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  1. Comment on Firefox 75 released: Ambitions for April in ~tech

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    Excited about the rise of native lazy loading support. Nifty little feature, but never really wanted to depend on yet another JS library to implement it

    Excited about the rise of native lazy loading support. Nifty little feature, but never really wanted to depend on yet another JS library to implement it

    7 votes
  2. Comment on Young adults, burdened with debt, are now facing an economic crisis in ~finance

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    That's two generations in a row! Aren't we all so lucky?

    That's two generations in a row! Aren't we all so lucky?

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Seed sellers across North America have been overwhelmed by skyrocketing demand in recent weeks in ~enviro

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    I was lucky to find some leftover seeds from last year while doing some spring cleaning the other day. Problem is that my cherry tomato and carrot seeds spilled together in the container the bags...

    I was lucky to find some leftover seeds from last year while doing some spring cleaning the other day. Problem is that my cherry tomato and carrot seeds spilled together in the container the bags were in and the seeds look identical at a glance, so I guess I'll be playing seed roulette!

    5 votes
  4. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    I've tried to block reddit in PiHole a few times now and the one thing that always leads me to unblocking it is that it's really useful for gauging honest opinion on stuff. For example, I was...

    I've tried to block reddit in PiHole a few times now and the one thing that always leads me to unblocking it is that it's really useful for gauging honest opinion on stuff. For example, I was trying to figure out if I should get a 2019 Macbook Pro for work or not and when searching around all I could find was blogspam. I wanted insight from actual people who use the device full-time. So I just appended "reddit" to the search and suddenly I had a dozen discussions about the laptop, each offering a ton of information on what Apple had changed for the 2019 model and lots of pros/cons.

    Also really useful for getting into obscure hobbies. Like every single website on shortwave radio looks dated and is hard to navigate. But the subreddit? Tons of beginner info easily searched through and a sidebar with guides.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I love how the two most upvoted comments here are AC and Doom. Obviously because they're two new releases, but the little relationship between the two communities lately has been a lot of fun :)...

    I love how the two most upvoted comments here are AC and Doom. Obviously because they're two new releases, but the little relationship between the two communities lately has been a lot of fun :)

    Been playing AC pretty much exclusively since it launched. I rushed the first few days, but now that my house is upgraded twice and I've got new villagers arriving, I'm taking it a bit slower to focus on gathering fish, bugs, and fossils.

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

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    I had to work over the weekend to get ready for a big deploy on Tuesday that was announced as postponed at 4pm yesterday :/ So that's frustrating and I could really use a day or two off to...

    I had to work over the weekend to get ready for a big deploy on Tuesday that was announced as postponed at 4pm yesterday :/ So that's frustrating and I could really use a day or two off to decompress from all the extra work and the background stress from this quarantine and COVID-19 crap :(

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Topics about the coronavirus seem to be stifling other activity on the site. How should that be handled? in ~tildes

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    I wonder if there's much than can be done? There's not much really going in the world that isn't coronavirus related. Events cancelled, no sports, a lot of movies are being delayed, etc. Even when...

    I wonder if there's much than can be done? There's not much really going in the world that isn't coronavirus related. Events cancelled, no sports, a lot of movies are being delayed, etc. Even when games or movies are released it's in the shadow of the virus (released early because of quarantine, serves as a good distraction from the virus, etc.). Most tech news is somehow related or in response to the virus.

    I think in a week or so once we're all more adjusted to the lifestyle shift things will even out a little bit better. I may start actually contributing to the site (aside from comments) to help speed that along.

    29 votes
  8. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 22 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I have a therapy appointment next week and I just got a text from my therapist saying she was still open for sessions, but was also offering sessions via video conferencing. She explained they...

    I have a therapy appointment next week and I just got a text from my therapist saying she was still open for sessions, but was also offering sessions via video conferencing. She explained they were disinfecting the office between appointments and were practicing safe distancing in the office.

    I'm a little conflicted about what I want to do. On one hand I could really use the chance to go out and socialize in-person and I trust that my therapist wouldn't be taking any risks if she had concerns. On the other hand, should I even risk it?

    edit: Ended up opting for a video session. I think just video chatting with a familiar face will help a lot. I'm not a very social person, but even I'm starting to miss seeing people (other than my immediate family...sorry family)

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Disney dropping Onward on digital, Disney Plus after just two weeks in theaters in ~movies

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    FWIW, in PA they closed down all non-essential businesses and intend to enforce it starting this weekend and one of the things cleared to remain open is automobile part stores, manufacturing, etc....

    my stepdad for a warehouse that assembles parts for automobiles

    FWIW, in PA they closed down all non-essential businesses and intend to enforce it starting this weekend and one of the things cleared to remain open is automobile part stores, manufacturing, etc. It's going to very from state to state, of course, but there's a little hope for ya (I hope)

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Bill Gates does an AMA on Reddit about coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    "Posting my Start [M]enu for the first time, be gentle"

    "Posting my Start [M]enu for the first time, be gentle"

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Folding at Home: Team Tildes information in ~comp

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    Just re-configured mine to reflect my tildes name and the tildes team. Let's do this!

    Just re-configured mine to reflect my tildes name and the tildes team. Let's do this!

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Tom Brady to leave New England Patriots after 20 years and six NFL titles in ~sports

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    The rest of the AFC East rejoices.

    The rest of the AFC East rejoices.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What novel things can people do from home? in ~life

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    I feel real bad for folks with allergies or even just regular colds who are going to be viewed super suspiciously for the next few weeks :(

    I feel real bad for folks with allergies or even just regular colds who are going to be viewed super suspiciously for the next few weeks :(

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Washington debate discussion thread in ~talk

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    Between this and immediately going back on a threat to name off Bernies alleged 9 super pacs (because he can't), Biden's spewing a lot of bullshit.

    Between this and immediately going back on a threat to name off Bernies alleged 9 super pacs (because he can't), Biden's spewing a lot of bullshit.

    12 votes
  15. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I haven't, but I'll have to check that out. Thanks!

    I haven't, but I'll have to check that out. Thanks!

    3 votes
  16. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    The last few times I've posted in these threads I'd been reading post-apocalyptic books and I'm continuing that trend! I'm currently reading Malevil by Robert Merle. Basically a story about a...

    The last few times I've posted in these threads I'd been reading post-apocalyptic books and I'm continuing that trend!

    I'm currently reading Malevil by Robert Merle. Basically a story about a group of friends (and a few others) who find themselves saved from the apocalypse by the local geography (very cliffy region) and having been inside a castle's wine cellar during the blast. The book basically covers the following months after the blast and how the group of friends works to rebuild their own little slice of society in this post-society world. The castle offers protection, but they're left dealing with the trouble of farming a scorched earth, maintaining a small collection of farm animals that survived, and troubled interactions with neighboring bands of survivors.

    What I really love about this book is that unlike the other post-apocalyptic books I've been reading (The Postman, A Canticle for Leibowitz), it covers the time immediately before and after the bombs fall. Sets the stage for what normal life was like for the people in the region, then takes it away from them so we can see how they adapt.

    I've got two issues with the book:

    1. The main character is a bit of a Mary Sue. He's just ALWAYS right and ALWAYS the perfect leader and any shortcomings he may have are usually just him as the leader taking responsibility for his people's failures. He always has the solution the problem, he always outsmarts the bad guy, he always has some clever come back to any criticism. Maybe that's intentional because the book is written as though it's a book written by the main character (with his friends occasionally injecting commentary). But there have been a few times where it I'm just flabbergasted by how perfect he is at times.
    2. There's a lot of creepy misogyny in the book. The group of survivors are mostly men (and an elderly woman to start) and when a young (in her 20s or 30s, not sure) woman joins the group, the men hold a meeting to discuss how they're going to handle courting her and how everyone's desperate to fuck her, even though it's only been like a month since the bombs fell and most of the men had recently lost wives to the bomb. To their bare minimum credit, they agree to never make her do anything she doesn't want to do, but eventually it turns into this weird schedule system where she takes one of them up to her room every night. And then later on when another joins and she agrees to marry one of the men there's this weird conversation between the groom and the leader about how marriage simply won't work in group of mostly men and only 2 young women. And then the woman ends up just being this big flirt who just eye-fucks every single man in the group. Like there's nothing non-consensual going on in the book at all, but it just smacks of some creepy guy writing out his fantasies. Then there's a weird conversation between the leader and a 12 year old girl, who is enamored by the leader. She just out nowhere starts asking him if he thinks her boobs will ever come in and he's like "oh yes I'm sure".

    I seem to have written more about my dislikes than my likes, but overall I am really enjoying the book. I'm mostly just ignoring and eyerolling at the issues because literally everything else about the book is fantastic. Very accurate portrayals of how humans of various backgrounds would handle a post-apocalyptic situation.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Buttigieg: 'Time for rethinking what campaigning looks like' amid coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'm far from a fan of Biden's, but following CDC advice doesn't seem like a failure of leadership to me. Being a leader isn't always just doing what you think is best, it's listening to the...

    I'm far from a fan of Biden's, but following CDC advice doesn't seem like a failure of leadership to me. Being a leader isn't always just doing what you think is best, it's listening to the experts when your knowledge is lacking on a subject. None of them are medical professionals, so why wouldn't looking to the CDC be the best option? Certainly a better show of leadership than Trump's fingers-in-his-ears shouting "la la la" approach to the coronavirus so far.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on Not a 'math person'? You may be better at learning to code than you think in ~tech

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    I have a really negative relationship with math. I was never good at it and by the time I got to highschool and my other nerdy friends were in advanced math courses while I was taking catch-up...

    I have a really negative relationship with math. I was never good at it and by the time I got to highschool and my other nerdy friends were in advanced math courses while I was taking catch-up courses, I started to associate being intelligent with being good at math. Which did awful things to myself esteem and how I viewed myself. I thought I was a big idiot.

    Then my senior year of highschool we had a catch-all multimedia class centered around web development, graphic design, and for some reason creating a school newsletter (that nobody read). That was the first and only time in HS where I felt like the smart kid because I'd taught myself HTML/CSS before that and was running circles around most of the class. It encouraged me to pursue web development as a career and that's ultimately where I ended up. Took web dev classes at the community college post-HS (I assumed my math grades would keep me from going to a "real" college...idk why tf I thought that) and I ran circles around most of the students there, too.

    But anyway, I've been in web development for over a decade now and I don't think I've ever encountered something more advanced than basic arithmetic. And even then it was mostly for CSS and with the advent of SASS/LESS, you don't even have to do the math yourself anymore. Just plug in the numbers and let it calculate things on build.

    7 votes
  19. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Discovered Foundation last week and I've mostly just been playing that. It's a medieval city builder with a focus on organic growth and not locking you into a grid systems. It's an Early Access...

    Discovered Foundation last week and I've mostly just been playing that. It's a medieval city builder with a focus on organic growth and not locking you into a grid systems. It's an Early Access game, but I couldn't resist grabbing it. There are a lot of UI issues and the gameplay gets repetitive after you've unlocked all of the buildings, but it's still quite fun. Plus those things are to be expected with an Early Access game.

    If you've ever played Caesar or Banished, this is a lot like that.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on I've received a school project where I need to read a book but I've never really wanted to read a book and don't know many books at all. What book should I read? in ~books

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    How about something like I Am Legend? Short book, with a main character and a single named secondary character who shows up towards the end of it. Lots of psychology to unwrap, primarily in the...

    How about something like I Am Legend? Short book, with a main character and a single named secondary character who shows up towards the end of it. Lots of psychology to unwrap, primarily in the main character.

    It's the kind of book you could knock out in a day or so if you really committed to it. It's really easy to read and it's a classic. Plus it basically birthed the zombie genre (despite only featuring vampires).

    6 votes