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  1. Comment on Tomorrow's wireless world will be fatter, faster, and creepier in ~comp

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    It works! I'm somewhat disappointed that Android can't route IMS calling over Ethernet, since at the end of the day Wi-Fi calling should work with any network connection. Still nifty regardless....

    It works!

    I'm somewhat disappointed that Android can't route IMS calling over Ethernet, since at the end of the day Wi-Fi calling should work with any network connection. Still nifty regardless. Plus it looks like at least Android 11 natively supports Ethernet tethering with an adapter connected to the phone. Nice to see an old phone can be turned into a fixed wireless modem in a pinch too, without a router that requires USB tethering support.

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  2. Comment on Amazon’s mission: Getting a ‘key’ to your apartment building in ~tech

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    I think the pitch to management companies is requiring less or no on-site staff for the building to handle package deliveries, plus something about security by only allowing one company access to...

    I think the pitch to management companies is requiring less or no on-site staff for the building to handle package deliveries, plus something about security by only allowing one company access to the building for said deliveries. They'd have to charge some obscene amounts to end up more expensive than another FTE, so I figure that's why it's had such popularity with these buildings.

    I wouldn't be shocked to discover that Fetch is owned by or has substantial investments from companies like Greystar, Starwood Capital, and AMLI, either.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Amazon’s mission: Getting a ‘key’ to your apartment building in ~tech

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    Still beats the garbage Fetch setup that a lot of newer buildings in my city use. Basically they make every unit in the building non-addressable and require tenants to have packages (no matter the...

    Still beats the garbage Fetch setup that a lot of newer buildings in my city use. Basically they make every unit in the building non-addressable and require tenants to have packages (no matter the carrier) delivered to a custom address for a Fetch warehouse, who then turns around and delivers them to individual buildings. Adds 1-3 days to turnarounds, my local subreddit has had lots of complaints about packages going missing, being delivered to the wrong people, damaged, or caught in an endless loop of trying to deliver but needing a signature, only delivering during hours when the tenant is not home, and then sending the item back to their warehouse-- with no option to go pick it up in person, so it ends up as return to sender.

    I'm glad my building is small enough that the management company just has a separate door code for delivery companies to enter and drop them off in our lobby. It's not so secure that it could stop someone truly determined (the front door to my building has a large glass pane in the middle of it, so a dedicated thief could just smash it, get inside, and take the packages), but it's been fine as far as stopping the opportunistic thefts.

    I wish we'd just get a carrier-agnostic locker system set up in our laundry room, since there's more than enough spare space in it to handle a locker for the building, plus they wouldn't be sitting in direct view of everyone walking by or every other tenant in here.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I had an absolutely incredible time seeing Guster with the Colorado Symphony last night at Red Rocks. Despite a torrential downpour when I arrived (rain was pouring over the rocks, the roads...

    I had an absolutely incredible time seeing Guster with the Colorado Symphony last night at Red Rocks. Despite a torrential downpour when I arrived (rain was pouring over the rocks, the roads leading to the parking lots were just a wash of mud and gravel) and tons of wind the whole night, plus some fuckery with getting an Uber back home, it was hands down the best concert experience I've had so far.

    I've been wanting to see them live for over a decade now, and they delivered. I couldn't ask for a better first RR show in a couple years, first ever concert I attended alone, and first ever live Guster performance.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on What do you think are some good things about the US? in ~talk

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    You can't directly add Medicare and Medicaid percentages together though, as poor elderly folks get both Medicare and Medicaid, especially if they're in a long term care setting, since Medicare...

    You can't directly add Medicare and Medicaid percentages together though, as poor elderly folks get both Medicare and Medicaid, especially if they're in a long term care setting, since Medicare only pays for a limited number of days in those types of facility.

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  6. Comment on What do you think are some good things about the US? in ~talk

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    My favorite one is our public lands systems and how much we've been able to keep wild. Being born, raised, and living my entire life in multiple Western states where we have tons of freely...

    My favorite one is our public lands systems and how much we've been able to keep wild. Being born, raised, and living my entire life in multiple Western states where we have tons of freely accessible national forests and wildernesses, and cheaply accessible national parks, something that just doesn't feel the same in other places. Being in the woods in Europe, in the middle of nowhere, just felt so much more curated than the forests just a half hour drive from my city.

    13 votes
  7. Comment on What do you think are some good things about the US? in ~talk

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    Problem is is that's something like 20% of the population (and a slice that is almost certainly overrepresented here). It's a lot more shit for the other 80% of the population, and knowing how...

    Problem is is that's something like 20% of the population (and a slice that is almost certainly overrepresented here). It's a lot more shit for the other 80% of the population, and knowing how easily one can drop out of that 20% chunk due to healthcare costs alone is an anxiety that the rest of the developed world just doesn't have. If you're making the median income of around $35k/year, it's absolutely worse than in other comparable countries.

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  8. Comment on The e-cigarette company Juul bought an entire issue of a scholarly journal, with all the articles written by authors on its payroll, to ‘prove’ that its product has a public benefit in ~science

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    Seems like the UK NHS has taken that approach, which I just find fascinating how different of a tack they have taken versus here in the US re: vaping. Do we know if they've been using these...

    Seems like the UK NHS has taken that approach, which I just find fascinating how different of a tack they have taken versus here in the US re: vaping. Do we know if they've been using these Juul-funded studies as a basis for it, or have they done their own?

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Tips for dealing with bedbugs? in ~life

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    Does it require reporting in a specific amount of time? Mine stipulates that if someone has an infestation and does not report it within 72 hours of discovering it, if someone else reports it and...

    Does it require reporting in a specific amount of time? Mine stipulates that if someone has an infestation and does not report it within 72 hours of discovering it, if someone else reports it and it gets traced back to their unit, they are required to pay the costs of extermination for the whole building.

    As far as my state goes, the Warranty of Habitability statues do say that pest control needs to be taken care of, but does not specify that the landlord has to pay for it and cannot pass the costs on to tenants.

    I have a suspicion that that may not be legal at the end of the day, but I know I don't have the time or money to fight it in court either. But either way it may behoove you to report it ASAP, because it could get much more expensive for you if not.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Eldren - More of the Same (2020) in ~music

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    This is one of the few cases where I knew and loved the original version (Caroline Rose), but discovered this one and fell in love. I just love the lusher, more interesting instrumentals in this...

    This is one of the few cases where I knew and loved the original version (Caroline Rose), but discovered this one and fell in love. I just love the lusher, more interesting instrumentals in this as compared to the original. The whole Separation Sessions cover album they made during quarantine is pretty catchy, but this is IMO the gem of the whole album.

  11. Comment on What's something you wish made a comeback? in ~talk

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    It looks like Ford is making the Maverick, which is both available in a hybrid and about the size of the 90s-early 00s Ranger. As someone who had a 2000 Ranger for a long time, I'm legitimately...

    It looks like Ford is making the Maverick, which is both available in a hybrid and about the size of the 90s-early 00s Ranger. As someone who had a 2000 Ranger for a long time, I'm legitimately excited for a truck that size again, since the Tacoma, Frontier, Colorado, and the new Ranger are all gigantic relative to their small truck predecessors.

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  12. Comment on Microsoft announces Windows 11, with a new design, Start menu, and more in ~tech

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    Yeah, I wish the Solus team would just focus on Budgie development alone, as it's legitimately a great DE. Even if they went the route Elementary or even Mint (both of whom have a lot more...

    Yeah, I wish the Solus team would just focus on Budgie development alone, as it's legitimately a great DE. Even if they went the route Elementary or even Mint (both of whom have a lot more resources at their disposal than the Solus team) does, with a distro to show off Budgie that's based on a different distro like Debian or Ubuntu, would be better IMO. There's just so much work involved in maintaining a full distribution that they just don't have the bodies to get done.

    It looks interesting, I'm kind of excited to see where system76 takes pop going forward.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Microsoft announces Windows 11, with a new design, Start menu, and more in ~tech

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    Solus are the ones who refuse to allow anything that depends on libhandy into their GNOME spin, it's nothing with GTK themselves. It's things like this response to Btrfs support, or this honestly...

    Solus are the ones who refuse to allow anything that depends on libhandy into their GNOME spin, it's nothing with GTK themselves.

    It's things like this response to Btrfs support, or this honestly incredibly rude response from DataDrake to a developer re: libhandy that make me say that Solus is not ready for primetime and gives me misgivings about trusting their development team. They're basically incapable of taking any criticism, even well-reasoned and supported criticism, onboard without getting offended.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Microsoft announces Windows 11, with a new design, Start menu, and more in ~tech

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    I've had zero issues with gaming on Wayland for years now, that's been all an Nvidia problem. Given that pretty much every DE just disables Wayland on the proprietary Nvidia drivers on their own,...

    I've had zero issues with gaming on Wayland for years now, that's been all an Nvidia problem. Given that pretty much every DE just disables Wayland on the proprietary Nvidia drivers on their own, there's no reason to rip it out when it's been working on AMDGPU for years.

    I like GNOME, it's why their insistence on ripping out libhandy-related stuff is so shortsighted IMO. I don't know why they loathe adaptive design in desktop applications, but again, it's looking like GNOME is going to make that much more difficult for them to do going forward, so their hands are going to be forced.

    Simplicity is nice, but not when it comes at the expense of getting to tweak under the hood if you know what you're doing. New Linux users aren't going to be doing too much poking around in the terminal or anything, after all.

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  15. Comment on What are your ISP support experiences? in ~tech

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    Right now I have T-Mobile's home internet service, and it's actually been pretty good as far as support goes. I had to get in touch with their Twitter support because my initial order got stuck in...

    Right now I have T-Mobile's home internet service, and it's actually been pretty good as far as support goes. I had to get in touch with their Twitter support because my initial order got stuck in limbo, and I ended up getting a credit that covered my first month of service from them, as well as being able to go pick my modem up from one of their stores instead of waiting for it to ship.

    Before this, I had CenturyLink DSL, which worked fine, but dealing with support staff (not the field techs or the social media support team, both of those were excellent IME) was a hair-pulling nightmare. This most recent time when I called to cancel my service, I got a rep that tried to spend 20 minutes arguing with me that the speeds they were providing me were enough (they were, but they have FTTH taps available outside my building that they refuse to open up to MDU residents, and with T-Mo's 5G rollout I've gone from 140/20 on DSL to 500/50ish for the same price. Went through that mess, only to get stuck on hold for over an hour and transferred to yet another agent (who thankfully just took my cancellation reason at face value and got it taken care of quickly). One prior time I went through hell with them because they kept billing me a modem lease fee for the modem I had purchased outright from them, even after sending the receipt for it multiple times. Took my ex's father (who is a tech for them) to get that one fixed.

    For a couple years, I was stuck with Comcast (lived in an apartment where they were our only option). I also worked for them for a brief period there, and all I can say is they're great when things are working, but once things start breaking, you're in for an absolute nightmare of a time. Even having been on the inside, they have such a labyrinthine bureaucracy that it takes 3-4 teams to get a lot of issues fixed, their systems are a hodgepodge of varying quality depending on who they bought out to acquire it from, the turnover is so high on the front lines that nobody really knows what they're doing, and the customer base is so aggressive and even violent (the amount of times we had to go on lockdown thanks to an irate customer showing up at our call center was ridiculous) that it makes it hard for the staff to even give a shit. Between being a customer and employee of them, I will never give them my business again if at all possible.

    So long as this 5G Home Internet service keeps up the pace like it has so far (in fact, my speeds recently almost doubled from when I first signed up with them), I'll be a happy camper who never has to call Comcast or CenturyLink ever again.

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  16. Comment on Microsoft announces Windows 11, with a new design, Start menu, and more in ~tech

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    I find their curation to be more frustrating than not, anymore. No btrfs install options? No way to install from other distros, their weird insistence on ripping out Wayland and anything using...

    I find their curation to be more frustrating than not, anymore. No btrfs install options? No way to install from other distros, their weird insistence on ripping out Wayland and anything using libhandy from their GNOME setup (I hope with the latter moving to libadwaita, they won't be able to do that and still ship current GNOME anymore) ? I get having a good default experience, but to deliberately prevent users who are a little more comfortable/competent with the system from making their own, pretty standard tweaks to the base install (I keep coming back to that filesystem thing) is an annoyance.

    Plus I have serious doubts about their ability to keep the project going. They had install ISOs that were so out of date that multiple newer laptops could not even boot off of them, and when asked about when newer ones were forthcoming, I got a pissy reply about one of them being in the middle of completing their PhD-- which, all respect to them, but if you're that busy you need to be handing off those portions of the project to people with the free time to do so. They're also insistent that users can't roll their own install ISOs or make install scripts to install it from another distro.

    Solus is a good idea run by people who are too stubborn for their own good, frankly.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What's the cheapest food that makes you really happy? in ~talk

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    I can't believe I'm saying this, but your post made me crave a McGangbang for the first time in years. Also, if you get the chance, try the cheap greasy gloriousness that is the Hot and Spicy...

    I can't believe I'm saying this, but your post made me crave a McGangbang for the first time in years. Also, if you get the chance, try the cheap greasy gloriousness that is the Hot and Spicy McChicken , it's so good that the McD's in my state don't even sell the regular McChickens, just those. I honestly didn't know regular ones were a thing until I moved out of state.

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  18. Comment on Why 10,000 volts at altitude is a bad idea in ~science

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    I don't know why he didn't just get in touch with someone at Western State Colorado University, given that the town it's in is at about the same elevation as he is (~7700 feet) and had to have...

    I don't know why he didn't just get in touch with someone at Western State Colorado University, given that the town it's in is at about the same elevation as he is (~7700 feet) and had to have found a solution to these issues for their own similar equipment.

    Assuming it isn't just "have the experiments run in Grand Junction, Boulder, or Fort Collins and analyze the data in Gunnison", that is.

    He's literally in a state next door, and given how he drove across half of NM just for one video, it shouldn't be that hard for him to get in touch with people up there.

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  19. Comment on Can anyone recommend a printer? (...ahem...) a Linux printer? in ~tech

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    I'll second the recommendation of just getting a color laser printer again. Beats having to buy ink every year because it got dried out. I have a Xerox color laser that's 7 years old now and came...

    I'll second the recommendation of just getting a color laser printer again. Beats having to buy ink every year because it got dried out. I have a Xerox color laser that's 7 years old now and came with Linux drivers (both a Deb and RPM, even, and it was easy to pull the PPD out for my Arch system) out of the box. Ran me the same cost as a decent inkjet and two ink replacements, so it basically paid for itself five years ago. If I was needing to replace it now, I probably wouldn't (I was still a student when I bought it, definitely print a lot less now), but it shows no signs of giving up the ghost anytime soon.

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