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  1. Comment on "If you like _____, you might also like _____." - Music recommendation game in ~music

  2. Comment on "If you like _____, you might also like _____." - Music recommendation game in ~music

  3. Comment on "If you like _____, you might also like _____." - Music recommendation game in ~music

  4. Comment on The Raconteurs - Steady, As She Goes in ~music

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    I'm envious, you couldn't go a few hours in my area in the late '00s without hearing SASG from somewhere, whether it be ads, stores, or the radio.

    I'm envious, you couldn't go a few hours in my area in the late '00s without hearing SASG from somewhere, whether it be ads, stores, or the radio.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Oslo Municipality's Water and Sewage Administration has offered a useful tip to reduce water waste – it’s OK to pee in the shower in ~enviro

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    I gotta say, putting one in (we just have a cheap one that bolts on under the toilet seat and hooks into the water line) was one of the more satisfying little things I've done. We've saved a ton...

    I gotta say, putting one in (we just have a cheap one that bolts on under the toilet seat and hooks into the water line) was one of the more satisfying little things I've done. We've saved a ton on toilet paper too, so it's not just the sparkly clean buttholes that makes it awesome.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Oslo Municipality's Water and Sewage Administration has offered a useful tip to reduce water waste – it’s OK to pee in the shower in ~enviro

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    Maybe it's because I grew up in a dry area, but I never saw peeing in the shower as gross or particularly unusual unless you were showering with someone else. Why take the extra time when it's...

    Maybe it's because I grew up in a dry area, but I never saw peeing in the shower as gross or particularly unusual unless you were showering with someone else. Why take the extra time when it's getting washed down the drain and you're washing yourself off anyways?

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Do Nazis deserve electricity? in ~talk

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    It's this. In my state, I have power from Xcel (another massive privately-owned utility company), whereas my folks' area is served by a customer-owned power co-op, and there are cities with...

    It's this. In my state, I have power from Xcel (another massive privately-owned utility company), whereas my folks' area is served by a customer-owned power co-op, and there are cities with municipal electricity service here as well-- but both have to get things like rate increases cleared by the state PUC despite very different ownership structures. And one of the PUC's requirements is universal service within their operating areas-- neither the coop nor Xcel nor the cities that run their utilities are allowed to not connect structures and provide service. Same with shutoffs-- all providers are only allowed to do so for limited reasons (maintenance, safety, or non-payment, and the last is season-dependent).

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Please tell me what you think about this idea for a text editor/Linux Distribution combo in ~comp

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    That was the most satisfying part tbh. Now I'm tempted to try and buy myself an old one and go to town. Similarly to @mrbig, trying to get any writing done in front of a computer for me is a...

    That was the most satisfying part tbh.

    Now I'm tempted to try and buy myself an old one and go to town. Similarly to @mrbig, trying to get any writing done in front of a computer for me is a difficult task-- I've had to literally write a paper while riding random bus routes to take me in a circuitous route around town so that I wasn't tempted to fuck around on the internet (this was before being able to use your phone as a mobile hotspot was a common thing) or play games. I might actually do some more of it if I had one of these.

    That, or it'll gather dust in a closet. But eh, for about $30 I may as well give it a shot. Worst case scenario, I can amuse myself yeeting text at ultrafast speeds into a word processor and have a backup keyboard.

  9. Comment on Please tell me what you think about this idea for a text editor/Linux Distribution combo in ~comp

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    It's a lot simpler, but I remember back in elementary school (late 90s-early 00s), we had these things called AlphaSmarts that were just a full size QWERTY keyboard with a greyscale LCD on it to...

    It's a lot simpler, but I remember back in elementary school (late 90s-early 00s), we had these things called AlphaSmarts that were just a full size QWERTY keyboard with a greyscale LCD on it to display what you were writing. It had a USB port as well, so all you had to do to transfer it to a computer was hook it up, open a text editor/word processor on the computer itself, and press a button and it transferred over the text. I imagine it just presented as a standard USB keyboard to the host, so even old models should still work. I have zero idea if they're still made, but I would guess that used ones would be around on eBay still.

    EDIT: Looks like the models we had (the 3000) were discontinued in 2006, and the later ones were more like Palm Pilots, apparently.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on How Ireland's Kerrygold butter became a mainstay in US kitchens. in ~food

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    They even sell a garlic and herb one as well now.

    They even sell a garlic and herb one as well now.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on I think I may be out of the loop in ~tildes

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    On a different tack, I miss the Colorado-related articles that she would post, as someone from the same state. I guess I could post them, but I feel like either 1) no one would be interested or 2)...

    On a different tack, I miss the Colorado-related articles that she would post, as someone from the same state. I guess I could post them, but I feel like either 1) no one would be interested or 2) that I can't start a Tildes-level discussion about it. Maybe I'll have to work on getting over those hangups and post some.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on What's a piece of art or media (film, book, painting etc) that you loved, but would never want to see again? in ~arts

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    Mount Eerie's A Crow Looked at Me. If you're unfamiliar, it's the album he wrote and recorded after the death of his wife at a young age. It's the best album I never want to listen to again. The...

    Mount Eerie's A Crow Looked at Me. If you're unfamiliar, it's the album he wrote and recorded after the death of his wife at a young age. It's the best album I never want to listen to again. The raw emotionality of it is incredible, but fuck, it's the downer to end all downers, in my opinion.

  13. Comment on What's a piece of art or media (film, book, painting etc) that you loved, but would never want to see again? in ~arts

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    I made the mistake of watching it while I was recovering from fracturing my pelvis (and was on a lot of painkillers, this was three days after the break). Definitely one of the worst decisions...

    I made the mistake of watching it while I was recovering from fracturing my pelvis (and was on a lot of painkillers, this was three days after the break). Definitely one of the worst decisions I've made.

  14. Comment on What music reminds you of autumn? in ~music

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    It's crazy how he whipped back to a more cute sound with Romaplasm as well-- I feel it's kind of the synthesis of Cerulean and Obsidian.

    It's crazy how he whipped back to a more cute sound with Romaplasm as well-- I feel it's kind of the synthesis of Cerulean and Obsidian.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on What music reminds you of autumn? in ~music

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    So glad to see another John Grant fan! Pale Green Ghosts has a darkly autumnal feel to it, he makes great "dark season" music.

    So glad to see another John Grant fan!

    Pale Green Ghosts has a darkly autumnal feel to it, he makes great "dark season" music.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Call me crazy, but Windows 11 could run on Linux in ~tech

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    I'm far from an expert in this, but from my understanding, the NT kernel itself isn't "bad", and does some things better than Linux/other Unix-like kernels (and vice versa). I'd see Microsoft open...

    I'm far from an expert in this, but from my understanding, the NT kernel itself isn't "bad", and does some things better than Linux/other Unix-like kernels (and vice versa).

    I'd see Microsoft open sourcing the NT kernel (maybe going to a model similar to Apple with XNU and their various OSes) before switching to being fully Linux-based internally. So much of their business is built on backwards compatibility, and the amount of hardware out there, especially in some specialty environments, that only has Windows drivers that can't be covered by Wine or a Wine-esque solution, would preclude a full kernel switch.

    Unless they developed a kernel module that could act as a shim to enable Windows drivers (and I imagine the amount of work required to get that working to be significant), they'd be shooting themselves in the foot IMO.

    15 votes
  17. Comment on School uniforms are on the rise — even for toddlers — and it’s changing back-to-school shopping in ~life

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    I'm infinitely glad I never had to wear uniforms in school, and I was one of the "poor" (relative to my peers; my family was lower middle class but we lived in the wealthiest county in the US at...

    I'm infinitely glad I never had to wear uniforms in school, and I was one of the "poor" (relative to my peers; my family was lower middle class but we lived in the wealthiest county in the US at the time) kids who got mocked for the ugly, out of date clothes my grandma would buy at Sears for me until I was old enough to insist I choose what clothes I got as a gift.

    Even to this day I find formal shirts with collars unbearable (even t-shirts that don't have loose necks feel like I'm being choked), I'm allergic to leather and nickel so most belts that aren't casual wear cause me to break out, and especially as a kid I hated wearing things that required shirts be tucked in (all of these were part of the uniforms at the schools I had friends at with them)-- they feel almost like a straitjacket to me and make learning near-impossible because I would keep getting distracted by the discomfort.

    So unless a school did a casual uniform (a school t-shirt and chinos or similar, à la some casual workplace uniforms), I would still rather be teased but comfortable instead of stuck in a sea of identical-looking people being so uncomfortable that I can't learn.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Less than ideal router strength, curious what my Tech Tilderinos would recommend in ~tech

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    I have a couple 1000Mbps adapters, and I never saw them link up faster than about 450Mbps between themselves. You also have to be really particular about where they're placed to get speeds like...

    I have a couple 1000Mbps adapters, and I never saw them link up faster than about 450Mbps between themselves.

    You also have to be really particular about where they're placed to get speeds like that-- unless they were literally the only thing in the specific outlet, and they were placed in the outlets closest to each other, they'd get bad speed drops whenever our A/C would kick in.

  19. Comment on Less than ideal router strength, curious what my Tech Tilderinos would recommend in ~tech

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    One of those, the one that outputs Ethernet to the router, is the ONT and handles the conversion from fiber to Ethernet. It should be on tbe outside of your home, and that can't be swapped out....

    One of those, the one that outputs Ethernet to the router, is the ONT and handles the conversion from fiber to Ethernet. It should be on tbe outside of your home, and that can't be swapped out. It's the demarc for their lines where everything past it outside your home is Verizon's responsibility, whereas everything on the inside past it is yours. I don't know if Verizon has a different setup, but my ISP (CenturyLink) is set in such a way that you can replace their router after the ONT with any one that supports VLAN tagging, and only need their modem for DSL service. I know AT&T requires their router for all home internet, including FTTP though, so it may not be a possibility.

    Asus routers, Ubiquiti equipment, and OpenWRT-based ones all work in my experience for that. It may be worth looking into seeing if you need a modem at all on top of the ONT.

    As far as Ethernet, we have a few 100' flat Ethernet cables set up (one from the modem by our kitchen to the router in the living room, two going to the bedrooms) that are white and blend in nearly perfectly along our baseboards/frames of the doors so there's no cords to trip over once they got nailed up with some cable stays that came with the cables.

    3 votes