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  1. Comment on What is a modem+router good enough for online gaming? in ~talk

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    Usually there's an option to buy the ISP's internet hardware directly-- I know Comcast offers/offered the XB3/4/5 for actual purchase (I don't know if the XB6/XB7 continues this trend, since I...

    Usually there's an option to buy the ISP's internet hardware directly-- I know Comcast offers/offered the XB3/4/5 for actual purchase (I don't know if the XB6/XB7 continues this trend, since I both stopped working and being a customer of theirs before they came out), and Centurylink gives an option to buy one's modem at install time from them (plus there's a decent secondary market for their equipment on eBay/Amazon and the like). If that's a concern, that's the route to go down.

    Plus at least on the Comcast side, I could troubleshoot purchased modems that were Comcast branded the exact same as I could leased ones (do wireless network changes remotely, run our diagnostics, and so on), unlike the third party purchased where I just had the standard DOCSIS troubleshooting tools. If someone has less tech-savvy family or friends they've talked into purchasing their own modem, this is another thing that can help you from becoming free tech support for them. ;)

    3 votes
  2. Comment on What is a modem+router good enough for online gaming? in ~talk

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    Do you have another ISP option available (preferably one using different physical lines from your existing one)? This almost sounds like they changed routing or peering and your connection is just...

    Do you have another ISP option available (preferably one using different physical lines from your existing one)? This almost sounds like they changed routing or peering and your connection is just taking a long hop route. Unfortunately, that 1) changes all the time and 2) isn't something that gets changed based on individual customer complaints.

    One thing you could do, if you have a VPN accessible to use, is try connecting to it and check your latency to it post-connection-- if the VPN provider has different peering arrangements, you could see lower latency if it's a routing issue instead of any physical plant problems. If you get noticeably lower latency on the VPN, that points to ISP peering or potentially issues upstream of them, and swapping ISPs (or just using the VPN full time) might be the best bet.

    Do Brazilian ones have the constant new customer promo offers like they do here in the US? Could end up saving you some cash in the long run, depending.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What's your hardware setup? in ~tech

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    I'll also link to the what's your PC like thread for my desktop and laptop. In addition, I have a Lenovo Ideacentre AIO (acquired for free from a former coworker) that does double duty as a second...

    I'll also link to the what's your PC like thread for my desktop and laptop.

    In addition, I have a Lenovo Ideacentre AIO (acquired for free from a former coworker) that does double duty as a second monitor for my desktop and my home server (which handles NAS, torrent, Pi-hole, media serving, and ebook library hosting at the moment). It's super low specced (AMD E2-9010, 4GB RAM, originally just a 500GB HDD for storage)-- I've added 2TB of HDD space (scavenged from old external drives I used in college for backups and the like), as well as a 256GB SSD for the OS install, but other than that it's just as I got it. For free, I can't complain.

    My phone is a OnePlus 8 5G on T-Mobile. It's been a great phone, but one I didn't want to purchase in the first place. Unfortunately I managed to drop my Pixel 3a off a balcony into a puddle, basically precluding any hope of salvaging it, during the month I was moving into a new apartment and so was in a budget crunch. Had to get a phone on financing from T-Mo (no reason to put it on a credit card instead of taking the 0% interest carrier financing, I figured), and the 4a/4a 5G hadn't launched on them yet, so this is what I ended up with. Luckily, my line itself is free for me (ported back onto my parents' plan when T-Mo was doing a free line promotion a while ago, before this I was on AT&T prepaid and paying $50ish/mo), so that's one expense I don't have to worry about.

    Router: I have a Nighthawk R8000 running OpenWRT, and the bog standard Zyxel VDSL modem my ISP issues in bridge mode. The Nighthawk is absolutely overkill now for what I need (I live in a 400 sqft studio), but since my complex has a mesh wifi network for tenants with an AP right outside my unit (it's pure garbage, to where paying for my own ISP connection is worth it), something this overpowered is the only way I get useable WiFi.

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  4. Comment on I cannot wrap my head around my community public school system's logic in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'd imagine it's trying to thread the needle of keeping people healthy while still providing educational options (and childcare too, let's be honest) for people like the kids of essential workers...

    I'd imagine it's trying to thread the needle of keeping people healthy while still providing educational options (and childcare too, let's be honest) for people like the kids of essential workers who haven't been able to work from home during this.

    Seeing my co-workers and team who have kids here in the grocery store trying to juggle keeping enough hours at work with their kids doing online school is equal parts heartbreaking and frustrating. I know a few of them are in the boat where the usual person they lean on for childcare is their own elderly parents, which aren't an option given our constant exposure to thousands of people daily in the store.

    If (I'm assuming you're in the US as well for this, if I'm not then I share in your bewilderment) we had a government with an effective pandemic response that kept people home and solvent and hopefully employed at the end of all this, then it'd be a no brainier to stay locked down. Given our lackluster federal response, and given the limited tools and budget a single school district has, it's not surprising that they've gone down this middle route, unfortunately.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on Los Campesinos! - Avocado, Baby (2013) in ~music

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    Yeah, I would agree with that-- in fact, I described Los Campesinos! to a friend of mine as what The Decemberists would sound like if they had made a pop-punk band instead before.

    Yeah, I would agree with that-- in fact, I described Los Campesinos! to a friend of mine as what The Decemberists would sound like if they had made a pop-punk band instead before.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Los Campesinos! - Avocado, Baby (2013) in ~music

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    Mmm, that hyperliterate pop punk just hits different. Any recommendations for similar bands that anyone can give? This might be the best intro to Los Campesinos! too, this track has been...

    Mmm, that hyperliterate pop punk just hits different. Any recommendations for similar bands that anyone can give?

    This might be the best intro to Los Campesinos! too, this track has been responsible for turning a few friends and coworkers into fans.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Faroe Islands are set to open an under-sea roundabout – the underwater tunnels connect the islands of Streymoy and Eysturoy in a network some 11km long in ~design

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    Also a huge safety hazard and would be massively more expensive due to having to engineer the walls to withstand the weight of all that water. It'd be a nightmare if someone were to get into a car...

    Also a huge safety hazard and would be massively more expensive due to having to engineer the walls to withstand the weight of all that water. It'd be a nightmare if someone were to get into a car accident and crack the tunnel glass.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Jreg (Greg Guevara) has recently "toured" his apartment and people are genuinely getting concerned about his mental health and wellbeing in ~misc

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    Is it wrong that all I see is that the dude rents from an apparent slumlord? It's certainly not to the level of hoarder houses, or even the apartment of a friend of mine with major alcoholism...

    Is it wrong that all I see is that the dude rents from an apparent slumlord? It's certainly not to the level of hoarder houses, or even the apartment of a friend of mine with major alcoholism struggles while he's in the depths of a bender.

    I'll be blunt, the fraternity house I lived in during college was as bad, if not worse, than this place, down to the scary fire hazard two pronged outlets, mysterious leaks, floorboards that could be pulled up in spots, random rooms full of stuff from years of fratboys who had forgotten about it, the works. Granted, at least the house was owned by us and the grime and (dis)repair was our collective fault, instead of a lazy landlord, but I've known way too many people of all levels of mental health who have lived in similar conditions, especially if this dude is 23-24ish. (I have horrible memories of the black mold hellscape that was my first non-fraternity house rental, and my garbage landlords that lived next door and gave no fucks, since there was an endless parade of college kids ready to rent their shitholes)

    Seems to be an indictment of shitty slumlords more than anything else to me, that or I'm so used to chaotic mess (with my ADHD struggles, organization is usually the first thing to go when I'm under stress/struggling with other things) that I don't see it as the problem it is. Plus I totally feel the rent is cheap part, I'm living in an old ass studio (that admittedly is in better shape than this) with lazy landlords for the sake of cheap rent.

    Hopefully this dude's slumlord gets fucked from this, but (at least as someone who isn't familiar with him) I'm not too sure of the mental health issue portion.

    Also a minor thing-- dude's talk about how the place is always hot has me wondering if he knows about the control valves on the old-school radiators? Until I lived in that frat house, I had never been in a building with them and wondered why I'd have to keep my window open in the dead of winter-- until someone showed me that shutting off the valves would cool the room down. My ex who also grew up in houses with forced air heat had no idea how to turn them off either until I told him.

    Some of this just looks like the general struggles of moving out on one's own and figuring out the whole process, especially if one grew up in a more well-off environment/in a newer-built area and then moves to an old place in the city.

    17 votes
  9. Comment on Google to block embedded browser frameworks starting January 4, 2021; likely includes non-Safari WebKit in ~tech

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    If it's regular upstream Chromium being embedded, wouldn't it be somewhat trivial to spoof an application using CEF as just plain Chromium to get around Google's blocking of it? I mean, it's...

    If it's regular upstream Chromium being embedded, wouldn't it be somewhat trivial to spoof an application using CEF as just plain Chromium to get around Google's blocking of it?

    I mean, it's frustrating that developers would have to do that in the first place, but it seems like a simple workaround?

  10. Comment on Google to block embedded browser frameworks starting January 4, 2021; likely includes non-Safari WebKit in ~tech

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    I thought CEF was more like Electron in that it was a full Chromium engine implementation instead of just a fork? Isn't that what Spotify and Steam use for their desktop clients?

    I thought CEF was more like Electron in that it was a full Chromium engine implementation instead of just a fork? Isn't that what Spotify and Steam use for their desktop clients?

  11. Comment on Google to block embedded browser frameworks starting January 4, 2021; likely includes non-Safari WebKit in ~tech

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    I've had problems with Appfolio-based leasing portals recently-- I was unable to download my lease PDF or finish my application for an apartment in Firefox, both on Linux and Android. Even...

    I've had problems with Appfolio-based leasing portals recently-- I was unable to download my lease PDF or finish my application for an apartment in Firefox, both on Linux and Android. Even changing useragents didn't work in this case, had to use Chrome/ium.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on The case against single family zoning in ~design

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    This sounds very similar to where I grew up-- at the time, it was the wealthiest county in the US based on per-capita income, and fuck me is it a soulless place with a nice veneer over it. In two...

    This sounds very similar to where I grew up-- at the time, it was the wealthiest county in the US based on per-capita income, and fuck me is it a soulless place with a nice veneer over it.

    In two weeks, I'll be moving to about as close to downtown here as you can get without being in it directly (Cap Hill in Denver to be specific), and even in my walks around the area, despite its problems (yes, there is a homeless encampment three blocks from my new building, but there's also one in the park next to my apartment complex in the suburbs right now-- it was hilarious seeing the property manager trying to awkwardly dance around that when he saw I was moving from the suburbs until I mentioned that to him), and despite the pandemic, it just feels more alive and human-focused than my current one. For example, despite being carless for five years now, I didn't realize how nice it is to be in a neighborhood designed to be walkable.

    Even my favorite past place here, which was in the city proper but on its outskirts, was still a hassle because the train station by me was commuter-focused-- it's an island platform in the middle of an interstate right at the intersection of it and a different major state highway, and walking across it resulted in more than one near miss, that's for sure.

    Going back down to my hometown to see my family? Sure, it's got that idyllic stereotypical suburb feel at first, but scratch the surface and it's obvious that it's just a veneer. It's like a real estate equivalent of gaining the world, but losing one's soul. It just has a very fake feel to it that, like you mentioned, when you notice that there's barely any outdoor life, that people stare if you use a bike just to go to the store or something, where domestic violence is off the charts but swept under the rug because it's "the land of the beautiful people".

    I'm definitely envious of you getting the Amsterdam experience now.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Verizon 5G DSS isn't the 5G you want in ~tech

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    Has any carrier globally met those specs outside of the lab? Even with 5xCA using 3x20MHz 5GHz B46 + 15MHz B2 and 10MHz B4 (T-Mobile US's setup on the densified small cells in my area), I have yet...

    Has any carrier globally met those specs outside of the lab? Even with 5xCA using 3x20MHz 5GHz B46 + 15MHz B2 and 10MHz B4 (T-Mobile US's setup on the densified small cells in my area), I have yet to see above about 300Mbps down and 30-40Mbps up on a real-world network, while literally standing across the street from a node. If R13 LTE can't do this in a real-world setup with tons of spectrum and direct line of sight, I don't think there was any hope for LTE ever meeting the full 4G spec speeds on an in-use network in real-world conditions. Even a 5xCA with the licensed bands being 20MHz (the cap for LTE bands) situation would maybe get you to 400Mbps down.

    Are American cell networks that poorly deployed then? Can anyone from outside the US here speak to LTE speeds at actual 4G spec? I find it hard to believe that they'd be deployed so much more crappily here, especially a carrier like T-Mobile that's an international one, or Verizon who had near-half Vodafone ownership for years, to begin with.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Not every Trump voter is racist or misled. There’s a rational Trump voter too in ~misc

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    I'd argue that that near-deification of the Constitution is part of the problem though. The more it's treated like holy writ, the less likely it is for necessary changes to it to pass. I don't...

    I'd argue that that near-deification of the Constitution is part of the problem though. The more it's treated like holy writ, the less likely it is for necessary changes to it to pass. I don't think many other Americans would disagree with me saying that a constitutional amendment is functionally impossible right now. Aside from the weirdness of the 27th that took over 200 years to pass, we haven't had an amendment since the 70s. I don't think there's been another 50 year stretch in the US's history without one. Given the super high bar to passing one, and the fear of what would come out of a constitutional convention in this current political climate, plus the Republican party embracing this "originalist" doctrine for the courts-- the Constitution is put on too high of a pedestal as it is.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on UK sees record bandwidth use on Xbox Series X/S launch day in ~tech

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    Couldn't Microsoft use a system like what they do for Windows updates-- allow updates from other devices on the network, and an opt-in for being able to share/pull them from other Windows PCs...

    Couldn't Microsoft use a system like what they do for Windows updates-- allow updates from other devices on the network, and an opt-in for being able to share/pull them from other Windows PCs online? To be fair, I don't know if that is just a modified BitTorrent-based system to begin with, but MS has existing infrastructure to enable shared game and update downloads.

    To be fair, they already do better with game update distribution vs Sony (I didn't know until a few days ago when my roommate told me that game updates on his PS4 are full downloads, not delta updates), but that's an issue I'm surprised wasn't solved back in the 360 or current XB1 days.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What's something you don't understand the appeal of? in ~talk

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    For me, that only happens when I discover a song new to me that I love. I basically have to wring every drop of of dopamine out of the new shiny before I can move on. Yay for ADHD perseveration?...

    For me, that only happens when I discover a song new to me that I love. I basically have to wring every drop of of dopamine out of the new shiny before I can move on. Yay for ADHD perseveration?

    Also, much like rereading a book, repeated listens can help make parts I didn't notice on the first listen stand out to me.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on What's something you don't understand the appeal of? in ~talk

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    'Proper' golf is still bougie bullshit in my book, but the appeal of it started making sense once I started playing disc golf of all things. All of the chill of real golf, with far less...

    'Proper' golf is still bougie bullshit in my book, but the appeal of it started making sense once I started playing disc golf of all things. All of the chill of real golf, with far less pretension. It is nice to just have a semi-leisurely activity to do outdoors that's still competitive, but allows one to be social with the group they came with.

    Still would never get into the trappings of golf culture, but hey, if it's culturally coded for ones group to play it, and for it to be a leisure activity that can be turned into a 'working' event too? Who doesn't want excuses to do something fun that can still be treated as working too?

    6 votes
  18. Comment on What's something you don't understand the appeal of? in ~talk

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    Thank you! I've had people look at me like I'm batshit insane for not getting the appeal of streaming games/programming and the like. Obviously not the case for these streamers, but I'm one of...

    Thank you! I've had people look at me like I'm batshit insane for not getting the appeal of streaming games/programming and the like. Obviously not the case for these streamers, but I'm one of those people where having eyes on me just makes me flustered and turns my performance poor because a chunk of brainpower is being devoted to trying to work to appeal to said audience instead of what I'm actually doing. It feels almost physically wrong to me to be one of those sets of eyes for anyone else.

    Plus I think they give a false sense of community and social interaction. As if these streamers will ever know who you are or even interact with you personally outside of a shout-out in the stream or chat. It's fake bonding. I'd much rather watch a personal friend play a game while we chat and connect, rather than watch some stranger do so with other strangers.

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  20. Comment on Trump should have lost in a landslide. The fact that he didn’t speaks volumes in ~misc

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    Yeah, I'm convinced that nothing short of an effort on the scale of denazification in DE post-WWII will excise this mess from the American political landscape. And there's zero chance either an...

    Yeah, I'm convinced that nothing short of an effort on the scale of denazification in DE post-WWII will excise this mess from the American political landscape. And there's zero chance either an internal or external force has the power or will to literally force Trump supporters to open their eyes and lay the responsibility at their feet.

    Yet another way the ghosts of incomplete Reconstruction are coming back to bite us in the ass 150 years later.

    18 votes