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  1. Comment on Intel buys Rivet Networks, the maker of Killer Wi-Fi in ~tech

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    Is it a relevant distinction for their Wi-Fi? Judging by the card posted in the linked article, Killer was using Intel Wi-Fi chipsets anyways-- or is that a recent thing?

    Is it a relevant distinction for their Wi-Fi? Judging by the card posted in the linked article, Killer was using Intel Wi-Fi chipsets anyways-- or is that a recent thing?

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What's the last piece of technology that truly impressed you? in ~tech

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    Oh man, you took me back to the days of my Rio S30s. I spent the better part of a summer helping my aunt and uncle work on their backyard to earn the money to buy the thing after my uncle had told...

    Oh man, you took me back to the days of my Rio S30s. I spent the better part of a summer helping my aunt and uncle work on their backyard to earn the money to buy the thing after my uncle had told me about them. Just the idea of taking my CDs and being able to put it on a little red bean that didn't skip when I ran around while listening to music blew my 13-year-old mind.

    I'm tempted to buy an old one off of eBay for nostalgia reasons alone.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What's the last piece of technology that truly impressed you? in ~tech

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    I recently went from a SATA SSD to a NVMe one (SO got a new mobo and CPU for his gaming build, so I took his "old" one that was only three years old and significantly newer than what I was using),...

    I recently went from a SATA SSD to a NVMe one (SO got a new mobo and CPU for his gaming build, so I took his "old" one that was only three years old and significantly newer than what I was using), and that was a ludicrous perceptual improvement in performance. I thought something had gone wrong when the OS install took what seemed like half the time it usually did.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Employee monitoring software surges as companies send staff home in ~tech

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    Yeah, if I were in a position to WFH and they wanted monitoring software, it's either using the company issued laptop or setting up a VM just for work on my personal machine if it came to that....

    Yeah, if I were in a position to WFH and they wanted monitoring software, it's either using the company issued laptop or setting up a VM just for work on my personal machine if it came to that.

    Last call center job I had, my coworkers thought I was crazy for bringing my personal laptop in (we were allowed to, and I found it convenient, being in tech support for an ISP/cableco, to have my Mac around to have a physical machine to help walk customers with Macs through troubleshooting steps as well), but I couldn't believe how they'd just get on Facebook/Netflix/whatever without a care in the world on the work machines. I wouldn't want any of my employers seeing my social media/logging into my personal email or the like, especially not one that was also my home ISP.

    It's just asking for trouble to come up.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Doordash and Pizza Arbitrage in ~finance

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    They do a form of that batch ordering already in Uber Eats-- if you open it, up, it (at least in my area) has a list of restaurants that other people by you have ordered from, and if you order...

    They do a form of that batch ordering already in Uber Eats-- if you open it, up, it (at least in my area) has a list of restaurants that other people by you have ordered from, and if you order from one of the same ones, you get the delivery fee dropped.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Playing devil's advocate: Is there any possible reason Apple is gluing parts in instead of using screws in newer devices other than "greed"? in ~tech

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    I dunno, battery replacement isn't exactly uncommon with laptops, and is something that even non-tech-inclined people would look into. I've done it for my parents and grandparents' laptops in the...

    I dunno, battery replacement isn't exactly uncommon with laptops, and is something that even non-tech-inclined people would look into. I've done it for my parents and grandparents' laptops in the past, and know other people who have gone to places like UbreakIfix to have them swapped when they're not inclined to do so themselves.

    We've got a long way to go before a battery replacement, even with the amount of work required on these newest Macs, is more expensive than replacing the machine entirely. Especially with all the economic mess going on right now (and, guessing that it won't be an overnight recovery either), more people are going to be interested in repair of products than ever before, especially something as expensive as a nice laptop.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What's a song you enjoy listening to from a genre you don't? in ~music

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    Orville Peck - Turn to Hate I'm really no fan of country music, aside from dabbling in a couple bluegrass groups, but goddamn am I addicted to Orville Peck lately. It's basically old school...

    Orville Peck - Turn to Hate

    I'm really no fan of country music, aside from dabbling in a couple bluegrass groups, but goddamn am I addicted to Orville Peck lately. It's basically old school country meets The Cure (or, as my mother put it, sad gay cowboy music), and it's just so catchy and haunting.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Recommendation Request: Modern Wifi Routers in ~tech

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    It also runs OpenWRT very well, I used one for a couple years with no issues.

    It also runs OpenWRT very well, I used one for a couple years with no issues.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS arrives in ~tech

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    GNOME is hands down the best Linux DE for touch support though.

    GNOME is hands down the best Linux DE for touch support though.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Apple rumored to sell Macs with its own chips starting in 2021 in ~tech

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    That's pretty interesting to see. One thing I was thinking of, Apple could (with their enormous cash haul) purchase VIA and that way acquire an x86(64) license that works more along the lines of...

    That's pretty interesting to see.

    One thing I was thinking of, Apple could (with their enormous cash haul) purchase VIA and that way acquire an x86(64) license that works more along the lines of the license they have from ARM in order to produce the A series. They could bring more of their A series work to that, but keep compatibility with more existing software for pro machines at the least.

    I doubt it'd ever happen, but it's fun to think about what could come of something like that.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Apple rumored to sell Macs with its own chips starting in 2021 in ~tech

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    Well, Apple is about the only company to have successfully pulled off two different architecture transitions so far, so if anyone can do it, it's them. Although I imagine that the Mac Pros will...

    Well, Apple is about the only company to have successfully pulled off two different architecture transitions so far, so if anyone can do it, it's them.

    Although I imagine that the Mac Pros will remain x86-64 for the time being (until they can get ARM chips with Xeon-level performance, which (to my layman's eye at least) requires a different set of optimizations than the ones made for the A series as is (performance per watt being a huge consideration in a phone chip), plus getting all the pro software ported to ARM as well (because an emulated solution, even on powerful hardware) isn't going to perform at the levels expected of a $50k pro workstation.

    It'll be interesting to see regardless, given the great work they've done with their mobile processors so far.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on iPhone SE: A powerful new smartphone in a popular design in ~tech

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    It's giving me serious Pixel 3a vibes, it's as if that and an iPhone 6 had a child together, IMO.

    It's giving me serious Pixel 3a vibes, it's as if that and an iPhone 6 had a child together, IMO.

  13. Comment on Hey Tilderinos, what's your favorite cannabis strain? in ~talk

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    Durban Poison, hands down. It's got such a distinctive scent and flavor that it's one of the few strains I fell in love with pre-legalization, since those characteristics make it hard to pass off...

    Durban Poison, hands down. It's got such a distinctive scent and flavor that it's one of the few strains I fell in love with pre-legalization, since those characteristics make it hard to pass off as anything else.

    Plus that energetic high is great, it's my go-to for things like deep house cleaning where it just helps you get engrossed in the task at hand. It also doesn't seem to have the overly-racy feel that some other sativas have had in my experience (Bruce Banner and Blue Dream especially, both of those are just too speedy and leave me feeling jittery and paranoid).

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Whole Foods employees are staging a nationwide "sick-out" in ~finance

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    $15/hr is still more than the $0/hr most of my friends who work in restaurants are making right now, though.

    $15/hr is still more than the $0/hr most of my friends who work in restaurants are making right now, though.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Whole Foods employees are staging a nationwide "sick-out" in ~finance

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    Ironic that the people I have the hardest time training to work well in a grocery store, and the ones who end up getting fired because of bad attitudes and poor work, are largely the part-timers...

    Ironic that the people I have the hardest time training to work well in a grocery store, and the ones who end up getting fired because of bad attitudes and poor work, are largely the part-timers who have 'professional' jobs as their main ones. Sure, in theory anyone can be trained to be a cashier, but to be a good and effective one first requires one to not see themselves as above the job, something which our culture makes exceedingly difficult for people used to a white-collar milieu to understand and internalize.

    Just because one can ring up items and memorize PLUs easily doesn't mean that they know how to interact with customers well, how to keep their cool when people drop attitude and condescenscion, and how to deal with customers who bring attitudes of "well, literally anyone can do this" to every interaction with service industry staff without losing their cool.

    The core of the job is easy, the emotional labor of customer service work is something that's a lot more difficult, and difficult to train into people at all if they don't have the skills to do so to begin with.

    It's honestly amusing to think of a lot of my coworkers from my prior white collar work and how at least half of them couldn't last a week interacting with the general public.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on White House, Senate agree to $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package in ~finance

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    At least for mail-in votes, our solution in my state that's been mail-only for a few elections is to have a detachable tab on the physical ballot that the voter keeps with them, while the ballot...

    At least for mail-in votes, our solution in my state that's been mail-only for a few elections is to have a detachable tab on the physical ballot that the voter keeps with them, while the ballot is placed into a secrecy sleeve and then the envelope to be mailed back. When the county election office receives it, the outside envelope is scanned (so you can track that your ballot was received), and then the ballots in their sleeves are removed and run through the scanner separately. That tear-off tab has a unique code that one can use to make sure that the ballot was counted as well.

    If we're talking all-electronic, yeah, that's just a whole pile of problems waiting to happen.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Cellphone review: Umidigi F2 in ~tech

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    Not awful for a MTK chip though. Plus for me it's nice to buy any phone that isn't using Qualcomm inside, because screw their monopolistic practices. If I didn't have a Pixel 3a that works great,...

    Not awful for a MTK chip though.

    Plus for me it's nice to buy any phone that isn't using Qualcomm inside, because screw their monopolistic practices.

    If I didn't have a Pixel 3a that works great, I'd definitely have my eyes on this.

  18. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 18 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Thankfully my employer (a grocery store) is offering paid leave to all of our at risk staff without requiring exposure or being tested as of today. We're finally seeing some breathing room in the...

    Thankfully my employer (a grocery store) is offering paid leave to all of our at risk staff without requiring exposure or being tested as of today. We're finally seeing some breathing room in the store, which is surprising today given we're expecting 8+ inches of snow tonight and tomorrow.

    Hopefully the snow will keep more people inside this weekend, but we'll see if Friday brings the madness back with people getting paid again.

    It's been surreal seeing how empty the streets are lately. Went down to the other end of town to go help my parents clean
    their place (my mother is immunocompromised and works in nursing homes, so I told them that it was either happening Tuesday or not at all, since I can't risk exposing her) , and it felt like half of town up and left.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on So, what should I get at the grocery store? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I work in grocery in the US, and this is the case for us. Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and hand soap are impossible to keep in stock (and are getting shorted on orders more often than not), but...

    I work in grocery in the US, and this is the case for us. Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and hand soap are impossible to keep in stock (and are getting shorted on orders more often than not), but everything else, even the bulk bin stuff like rice, beans, and flour, has been in stock consistently and hasn't been utterly cleaned out for more than a day.

    Last night, word got out that we still had some toilet paper in stock, and we had a crush of people (30+) pile in fifteen minutes before close to clean us out.

    That may change, since I work in a more 'natural foods' type store, I could see people cleaning out the traditional supermarkets before making their way to us.

    Ultimately the issue will start to be if truck drivers and the warehouse workers at the distribution centers start getting sick en masse to the point of disrupting shipments. Even then, we have plans for temporarily switching vendors to ones with local DCs if our main out-of-state one falls to this, and I'd imagine any large grocery chain has similar ones.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on The laptop market is in an atrocious state in ~tech

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    Although given AMD's willingness to do a semi-custom Ryzen design for Microsoft and the Surface Pro, I could see Apple moving over for a semi-custom design, since I doubt Intel will let any of...

    Although given AMD's willingness to do a semi-custom Ryzen design for Microsoft and the Surface Pro, I could see Apple moving over for a semi-custom design, since I doubt Intel will let any of their customers touch anything about their chip designs.