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  1. Comment on Got any new electronics? Tell me about them! in ~tech

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    While having to submit to surgery sucks, it's great that you were able to cure your apnea via a single procedure. I was nervous about CPAP as well, but I was lucky in that I seemed to adapt to...

    While having to submit to surgery sucks, it's great that you were able to cure your apnea via a single procedure. I was nervous about CPAP as well, but I was lucky in that I seemed to adapt to using the machine quickly, and I'm tolerating it well (no bloating, sore throat, or any other common side effects so far). Was able to use it all night since night #1, averaging 7+ hours usage per night. I did do a lot of research between the time I was diagnosed and when my machine arrived, which I think have contributed to my success by preparing me for the treatment. I bought a couple different masks and settled on a super minimal nasal pillow mask that is basically a pair of nose plugs. Much less claustrophobic than a full-face mask.

    Honestly, I think I'd keep using it just for the snoring. It's been a revelation in the bedroom. I was snoring horrifically from the moment I fell asleep until the moment I woke up. I'd wake my wife from the other room, and I had stopped sleeping in the same room as her because of it. I'm now silent all night.

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  2. Comment on Got any new electronics? Tell me about them! in ~tech

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    I was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea last month, and I purchased and received a CPAP machine (ResMed AirSense 10 Autoset), and its capabilities, data recording, and ability to respond in...

    I was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea last month, and I purchased and received a CPAP machine (ResMed AirSense 10 Autoset), and its capabilities, data recording, and ability to respond in real-time to my disordered breathing are really cool. I'm enjoying learning about the machine, it's detailed sleep logging (it records every inhalation and exhalation all night long, along with the therapy pressure, snoring, every apnea, hypopnea, or RERA event), and learning more about apnea in general.

    Interestingly, the gold-standard analysis software in the CPAP world is an open-source application called OSCAR, which has given me a ton of insight into my sleep and therapy progress over the last couple of weeks. On a side note, using the machine all night for two weeks has seen my average "events per hours" (AHI) reduced from 20+ per hour pre-treatment, to ~3 per hour on the machine. This frequency of occurrence is below the threshold of what would be diagnosed as apnea in an untreated person. And it's also cured my snoring, completely. Pretty exciting.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of November 22 in ~health.coronavirus

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    My two children, ages 6 & 11, just received their first dose 2.5 weeks ago. Both handled them well, with no appreciable side-effects. They'll receive their second shots this Saturday. Here's to...

    My two children, ages 6 & 11, just received their first dose 2.5 weeks ago. Both handled them well, with no appreciable side-effects. They'll receive their second shots this Saturday. Here's to having the entire family vaxxed!

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Amazon devices in the US will automatically join the Amazon Sidewalk mesh network and start sharing internet with neighbors on June 10th, unless opted out in ~tech

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    Please post an update if you have success..

    Please post an update if you have success..

    4 votes
  5. Comment on How do you manage data backups? in ~tech

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    all laptops & desktops (running either Mac OS or Linux) sync their home directories to a home server (running Ubuntu) via Syncthing. This is sync, not backup, but it supports versioning, which I...

    all laptops & desktops (running either Mac OS or Linux) sync their home directories to a home server (running Ubuntu) via Syncthing. This is sync, not backup, but it supports versioning, which I employ.

    The server, along with all user home directories, is backed up to Backblaze B2 using Duplicati (front-end for duplicity). Duplicati is great -- it's a block-based de-duplicating backup program, and I highly recommend it. Supports many different cloud storage targets, and pre-egress AES-256 encryption is supported out of the box.

    I've also been very happy with Backblaze B2 -- it's crazy cheap. $0.005 / GB / month for storage (half a penny per Gigabyte per month).

    I should add, all of the above is open source, and works on Windows.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on How should I host my images? in ~tech

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    You can use a GitHub repo + a web-based image upload tool for hosting your images, and you can even use your own domain. Here's a walkthrough: https://fizzy.cc/use-github-repo-to-host-images/

    You can use a GitHub repo + a web-based image upload tool for hosting your images, and you can even use your own domain.

    Here's a walkthrough:

    https://fizzy.cc/use-github-repo-to-host-images/

    1 vote
  7. 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
  8. 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.

  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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

  18. 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
  19. Comment on When a Newton family welcomed a baby who is deaf, twenty 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.

  20. 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