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  1. Comment on Changing e-mail and cleaning up my Internet presence in ~tech

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    I'm currently in the process of moving from Gmail to an email on my own domain. I'm using Zoho for mail hosting. My domain is registered at Cloudflare, and since Zoho's free mail-hosting tier is...

    I'm currently in the process of moving from Gmail to an email on my own domain. I'm using Zoho for mail hosting.

    My domain is registered at Cloudflare, and since Zoho's free mail-hosting tier is generous, I get the control of owning a domain + the security of a professionally-managed mail server for $8/yr (the cost of the domain).

    I also enjoy that there's no lock-in. If Zoho changes for the worse, I can move my email wherever I'd like.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on Does anyone know of any good budgeting tools? in ~finance

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    Check out https://halfdollar.org/ It's a really cool budgeting tool that is based on a google sheet. You can use it completely offline if you'd like which is nice since it's financial data.

    Check out https://halfdollar.org/

    It's a really cool budgeting tool that is based on a google sheet. You can use it completely offline if you'd like which is nice since it's financial data.

  3. Comment on Inside SpinLaunch, the space industry’s best kept secret in ~space

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    That will be a requirement, I'd think. The one time, upfront cost of purchasing land at the highest elevation possible would payoff on every launch. You're skipping the thickest part of the...

    What if we placed the centrifuge at the top of a mountain though?

    That will be a requirement, I'd think. The one time, upfront cost of purchasing land at the highest elevation possible would payoff on every launch. You're skipping the thickest part of the atmosphere for free.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Good domain registrars? in ~comp

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    I moved recently to Cloudflare. They guarantee your renewal price will be at cost. You get the added benefit of all the free Cloudflare services for your domain. I'm also fairly confident that...

    I moved recently to Cloudflare. They guarantee your renewal price will be at cost. You get the added benefit of all the free Cloudflare services for your domain. I'm also fairly confident that Cloudflare does domain security better than most registrars, given their existing business and talent pool.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on The hidden dangers of the great index fund takeover in ~finance

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    I don't buy the fear mongering. Index funds make up less than 20% of the US stock market. The vast majority of holdings are still in individual equities. Further, index funds tend to be...

    I don't buy the fear mongering. Index funds make up less than 20% of the US stock market. The vast majority of holdings are still in individual equities. Further, index funds tend to be buy-and-hold, so their share of US trading volume (and impact on price setting in the market) is much lower still, between 5-10%.

    Index funds are one of the greatest things to happen to individual investors since the creation of the market. Entrenched interests (active managers) are getting hit where it hurts so these type of scare tactics are to be expected, imo.

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    10 votes
  6. Comment on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Discussion Thread in ~movies

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    In the final scene where Ren "force-heals" Rey, delivers one line, and then dies himself, I was really hoping Rey would return the favor and force-heal Ren, only to die immediately herself,...

    In the final scene where Ren "force-heals" Rey, delivers one line, and then dies himself, I was really hoping Rey would return the favor and force-heal Ren, only to die immediately herself, kicking off a never-ending cycle of each of them resurrecting the other.

    20 votes
  7. Comment on How can I deal with corrosion from saltpeter (salt from the ocean) on my desktop computer? in ~tech

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    Yeah, i'd definitely agree it's impractical compared to a case + air cooling, but if it's going to be exposed to a corrosive environment, it becomes less so. He could also look into an...

    Yeah, i'd definitely agree it's impractical compared to a case + air cooling, but if it's going to be exposed to a corrosive environment, it becomes less so. He could also look into an industrial-grade sealed enclosure with water cooling, but it'd be fairly expensive.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on How can I deal with corrosion from saltpeter (salt from the ocean) on my desktop computer? in ~tech

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    Sounds crazy, but fully submerging everything in mineral oil should do it. It's non-conductive and excellent at dispersing heat. To be clear, I'm not saying dip the components in mineral oil...

    Sounds crazy, but fully submerging everything in mineral oil should do it. It's non-conductive and excellent at dispersing heat.

    To be clear, I'm not saying dip the components in mineral oil temporarily to coat them; I'm saying permanently install the components inside an aquarium where it will live. You can run it fully submerged (minus the connectors). Bonus: add some fake fish and LEDs to complete the build.

    https://eleccelerator.com/aquarium-computer/

    4 votes
  9. Comment on What's a cheap laptop that works well with Linux and is available wordwide? in ~tech

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    I had that one too. Sold it on Craigslist after a month.

    I had that one too. Sold it on Craigslist after a month.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Advice for first home server? in ~tech

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    FYI, a bitcoin node is essentially just maintaining a copy of the bitcoin ledger on the local machine. It uses bandwidth and disk space, but very little CPU, as it's not doing mining / payment...

    FYI, a bitcoin node is essentially just maintaining a copy of the bitcoin ledger on the local machine. It uses bandwidth and disk space, but very little CPU, as it's not doing mining / payment processing.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on What mobile games do you play? in ~games

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    I have a (un)healthy aversion to free-to-play games and in-app purchases that aren't of the "upgrade the demo to full version" type, but I do really enjoy playing mobile games. Over time I've...

    I have a (un)healthy aversion to free-to-play games and in-app purchases that aren't of the "upgrade the demo to full version" type, but I do really enjoy playing mobile games. Over time I've collected quite a few quality free and pay-once games for Android that don't annoy me.

    My favorites (again, no free-to-pay, pay-to-win, or IAPs (other than converting a demo to the full version):

    Spaceflight Simulator): this is essentially a 2D version of Kerbal Space Program. It's really solid -- full version costs a few bucks, but the free version is very generous in its content.

    Rusted Warfare: this is a fantastic touch-optimized RTS ala Starcraft or Command & Conquer. Lots of fun.

    Stardew Valley: can't recommend highly enough. A relaxing RPG.

    Dungeon Warfare: the best tower defense game ever made, imo.

    Oddmar: a beautiful side-scrolling platformer

  12. Comment on How is Tildes doing? in ~tildes

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    Agree completely, and I'm happy to see that @Deimos is open to prioritizing subgroups creation. While I can only speak for myself, I know I would be more motivated to comment regularly if there...

    Agree completely, and I'm happy to see that @Deimos is open to prioritizing subgroups creation.

    While I can only speak for myself, I know I would be more motivated to comment regularly if there were subgroups that were focused on my areas of interest. For instance, investing / finance. As it stands, I don't post investing topics because I'd be placing them in ~misc or maybe ~life.

    I don't want to fatigue readers of a broad category like ~life with my niche posts which will be irrelevant to 99% of viewers. ~life.investing solves this problem I think.

    I understand the desire to curate the groups and subgroups, but I do think there's a happy medium between the wild-west subreddit creation on reddit, and what we have here on tildes. Perhaps a mechanism that would allow users to propose subgroups, where they would go into a vote queue and are only activated after passing a threshold of user votes + an admin endorsement?

    4 votes
  13. Comment on When a Newton family welcomed a baby who is deaf, 20 neighbors learned sign language in ~life

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    I'm a sucker for human interest pieces, but that's fantastic.

    I'm a sucker for human interest pieces, but that's fantastic.

  14. Comment on Any Linux-only gamers? Share your experience! in ~games

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    The options are really great these days for gaming on linux. I long ago gave up on staying up with the current crop of new games, so I don't mind browsing gog / humble bundle or the open source...

    The options are really great these days for gaming on linux. I long ago gave up on staying up with the current crop of new games, so I don't mind browsing gog / humble bundle or the open source options.

    I regularly play:

    Stronghold HD
    FTL
    Dwarf Fortress
    Kerbal Space Program

  15. Comment on Can we get a ~finance group? in ~finance

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    I agree ~lifestyle is probably the best group currently, and I totally see it being a decent fit for personal finance-related posts, I don't think it's too appropriate a place to discuss things...

    I agree ~lifestyle is probably the best group currently, and I totally see it being a decent fit for personal finance-related posts, I don't think it's too appropriate a place to discuss things like investments / stock performance, etc. The more business-focused finance-related sub-categories don't have a great spot currently.

    1 vote
  16. Can we get a ~finance group?

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but there's no good fit for topics ranging from personal finance, investing, portfolio management, budgeting, running a business, markets, etc. Seems ~finance or...

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but there's no good fit for topics ranging from personal finance, investing, portfolio management, budgeting, running a business, markets, etc. Seems ~finance or similar could be a catch-all for a massive category of topics that don't have a place currently.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Name a cool, mostly unknown feature of your OS of choice in ~tech

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    Yes. And I've been pleasantly surprised that the user experience is great for the majority of the android apps. Additionally, Google is rolling out full-blown linux support via Crostini. It will...

    Yes. And I've been pleasantly surprised that the user experience is great for the majority of the android apps.

    Additionally, Google is rolling out full-blown linux support via Crostini. It will allow you to seamlessly run linux apps in containers. It's already in the dev channel for pixelbooks and development is moving forward on bringing it to earlier kernels. Will make Chromebooks a compelling platform I think.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Name a cool, mostly unknown feature of your OS of choice in ~tech

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    As a linux user who uses a chromebook daily while on the go, I use the hell out of the Termux android app. It gives you a full linux terminal and access to my favorite linux terminal apps. WHen I...

    As a linux user who uses a chromebook daily while on the go, I use the hell out of the Termux android app. It gives you a full linux terminal and access to my favorite linux terminal apps. WHen I bought the chromebook I planned to wipe chrome os and install ubuntu, but I haven't needed to thus far, in part due to termux.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on What's a useful skill that only takes an afternoon to learn? in ~talk

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    Personally, I use a portfolio tracking spreadsheet that I made. I shared it on Reddit a year or so ago. Let me upload a copy to Google docs and I'll send you the link. It's designed for a mutual...

    Personally, I use a portfolio tracking spreadsheet that I made. I shared it on Reddit a year or so ago. Let me upload a copy to Google docs and I'll send you the link. It's designed for a mutual fund / ETF portfolio. You enter all your holdings, their characteristics, and your desired asset allocation, and it gives you an overview across all your accounts.

    Also, I'm an advocate for the Bogleheads.org philosophy. This is a community started in the spirit of John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard. Check their wiki for a comprehensive resource. Can't recommend it highly enough. https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Getting_started

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Why did you choose this username for your Tildes account? in ~talk