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  1. Comment on Social media influencer sentenced to 14 years in federal prison after plotting to hijack internet domain at gunpoint in ~tech

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    This has got to be pretty far up there in the list of dumbest crimes ever. What was their best-case scenario here? The victim transfers the domain (a process with multiple paper trails) at...

    This has got to be pretty far up there in the list of dumbest crimes ever. What was their best-case scenario here? The victim transfers the domain (a process with multiple paper trails) at gunpoint, and then he just never calls the police afterwards? Were they going to murder him after he transferred it? Did they think previous attempts to purchase the the domain coupled with the transfer of the domain around the time of death wouldn't look super suspicious?

    On the upside, this "influencer" will be in prison long enough for his relevance to dwindle and his fanbase to move on. He won't have anything he had going into prison when he leaves it.

    16 votes
  2. Comment on Magnus Carlsen, the world’s best chess player for the last decade, is on the brink of reaching the top in another game – fantasy football in ~games.tabletop

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    Ah, that's what I get for skimming while under the influence of a preconceived notion!

    Ah, that's what I get for skimming while under the influence of a preconceived notion!

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Magnus Carlsen, the world’s best chess player for the last decade, is on the brink of reaching the top in another game – fantasy football in ~games.tabletop

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    Makes sense. For all the flack Fantasy Football gets for being a dudebro activity, there's a lot of critical thinking, planning, strategy, etc. involved. I've seen it called D&D for jocks, which...

    Makes sense. For all the flack Fantasy Football gets for being a dudebro activity, there's a lot of critical thinking, planning, strategy, etc. involved. I've seen it called D&D for jocks, which as a fan of both, I find to be completely accurate

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What do you think about YouTube rewind 2019? in ~talk

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    To be fair, if more people spelled it wrong, I would've learned it's not pronounced "Nitch" years before I did ;)

    To be fair, if more people spelled it wrong, I would've learned it's not pronounced "Nitch" years before I did ;)

    1 vote
  5. Comment on What do you think about YouTube rewind 2019? in ~talk

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    I watch a lot of similar things, so any recommendations? Here are a few of mine if you're interested: Real Life Lore - Random snippets of geography, history, etc. Townsends - Historical channel...

    I watch a lot of similar things, so any recommendations? Here are a few of mine if you're interested:

    • Real Life Lore - Random snippets of geography, history, etc.
    • Townsends - Historical channel with a focus on 18th and 19th century US. Recently did a series of videos on building a period-accurate log cabin with period tools/techniques.
    • How To Make Everything - Small team uses primitive techniques and tools to build their way through various ages of human history. Currently toward the end of the Bronze Age, I believe.
    • Timeline - World History Docs - Full-length (usually British-produced) historical documentaries (my favs are the ones featuring Tony Robinson)
    • Great Big Story - Random human interest stories from around the world. Usually short, good for watching while you eat lunch at work!
    • City Beautiful - About city planning, structure, etc.
    • Fire of Learning - Lots of documentaries about human history.
    • The Operations Room - New channel with overviews of historical (usually naval) battles.
    7 votes
  6. Comment on What do you think about YouTube rewind 2019? in ~talk

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    I usually don't bother with the Rewinds because it's nothing but ultra-popular channels I generally don't have any interest in (streamers, influencers, etc.). This year the one channel I...

    I usually don't bother with the Rewinds because it's nothing but ultra-popular channels I generally don't have any interest in (streamers, influencers, etc.). This year the one channel I recognized, and was thrilled to see on the list, was Andymation for his massive flipbook video. Guy is super talented and deserves more recognition for what he does.

    I'd rather see YouTube put some effort into things like Spotify does and do a personalized year in review. Show me my most-watched channels, show me my favorite channels' most-watched videos, etc.

    I'm never going to see LGR, 8bit Guy, Modern Rogue, etc. on these kinds of lists, yet they're all full-time YouTubers who churn out quality content. So I just don't really care about YouTube rewind.

    22 votes
  7. Comment on The Mandalorian | S01E04: Sanctuary in ~tv

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    What I find annoying is that it felt rushed, yet they still choose to conform the show to the lengths defined by ad-driven television. Why can't the episodes run a full hour, or even 50minutes?...

    What I find annoying is that it felt rushed, yet they still choose to conform the show to the lengths defined by ad-driven television. Why can't the episodes run a full hour, or even 50minutes? Why only 40minutes? Even just 5-10 more minutes could have loosened things up a bit and made it all feel a bit less dense/rushed.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on I showed vintage Mister Rogers to my 21st-century kids in ~life

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    I remember watching it constantly as a kid, always hoping that this would be an episode where he pulls out the castle playset in the kitchen area and played with it. He definitely didn't bring...

    I remember watching it constantly as a kid, always hoping that this would be an episode where he pulls out the castle playset in the kitchen area and played with it. He definitely didn't bring that out very often at all, but that was okay. Trolley fascinated me as a kid as well. I'm sure I had the same questions the author's kids did about it.

    My kids are 5 months old, so we've got a few years before they're old enough to appreciate Mr Rogers, but I cannot wait. I really love the way the author introduced him to her kids as "Mommy's Friend". That's seriously adorable and 100% accurate.

    9 votes
  9. Comment on Twitter will remove inactive accounts and free up usernames in December in ~tech

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    I had someone reach out to me on a spare gmail account (firstLast@gmail.com) saying he was trying to get his online branding in order. Meanwhile I was trying to minimize my online presence for...

    I had someone reach out to me on a spare gmail account (firstLast@gmail.com) saying he was trying to get his online branding in order. Meanwhile I was trying to minimize my online presence for privacy reasons and figured I didn't need it anyway, so I gladly give it to them. Unfortunately I forgot to disable the forwarding rule that sent it to my main account before I handed it off. I tried contacting them several times about it, but no response. It's mostly just vet appointment reminders anyway...

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Cats – Official Trailer in ~movies

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    I know absolutely nothing about the musical, so this is the weirdest damn thing I've ever seen in my entire life. And I truly mean that.

    I know absolutely nothing about the musical, so this is the weirdest damn thing I've ever seen in my entire life. And I truly mean that.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Car seat manufacturers and retailers suggest that secondhand ones are unsafe and that they expire every six years or so, but finding any data that supports this is difficult in ~life

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    I can see if you were in a rush you could maybe overlook something and not do the non-isofix setup correctly. Or at least I can see myself doing that because despite having a docking systems for...

    I can see if you were in a rush you could maybe overlook something and not do the non-isofix setup correctly. Or at least I can see myself doing that because despite having a docking systems for our car seats, we often have to swap them between vehicles last minute. I'm glad that the isofix is there to make it quick/easy to do it correctly and safely. Although in my case it's for twins, so its twice the effort and twice as many things that can go wrong.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What are you grateful for? in ~talk

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    I really wish I had the dedication and attention span (thanks, ADHD) to learn Spanish so I could be bilingual. Took it in highschool, tried duolingo half a dozen times, but aside from a few basic...

    I really wish I had the dedication and attention span (thanks, ADHD) to learn Spanish so I could be bilingual. Took it in highschool, tried duolingo half a dozen times, but aside from a few basic words and phrases nothing seems to stick. Maybe when my kids are older and learning it in school I'll get motivated again and learn it.

    But anyway, it really is cool that we can share a language and communicate with folks around the planet. We've got such an easy and open exchanging of ideas, news, and even just casual conversation. Despite the internet making me lose hope in humanity constantly, I'd like to think it's all a net good for our species.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on What are you grateful for? in ~talk

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    Thanks, enjoy your holidays as well!

    Thanks, enjoy your holidays as well!

    4 votes
  14. Comment on The new Motorola razr in ~tech

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    I'm kind of excited, although not likely to be able to afford the phone any time soon. Foldable screens are new and interesting (and black magic as far as I'm concerned) and I genuinely miss...

    I'm kind of excited, although not likely to be able to afford the phone any time soon. Foldable screens are new and interesting (and black magic as far as I'm concerned) and I genuinely miss having a small outer screen for at-a-glance info. Yeah, lock screens serve a similar purpose, but I can see battery savings from only needing to power up a smaller screen to check the time, notifications, etc. rather than the full screen. Although I guess it depends on if that screen is on and backlit all the time in folded mode.

    Also I find it humorous that the lesser, outer screen is around the size of my circa 2008 Blackberry's main screen, and certainly many times higher res. Neat how technology progresses!

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What are you grateful for? in ~talk

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    After a couple years of trying my wife and I found out were were pregnant last December. A month or so later we learned it was twins and they were born this June. They spent a few weeks in the...

    After a couple years of trying my wife and I found out were were pregnant last December. A month or so later we learned it was twins and they were born this June. They spent a few weeks in the NICU since they were almost 2 months premature, but they're a little over 4 months old now and perfectly healthy. They're our first kids and man this has been such a fun (and exhausting) adventure that I wouldn't trade for the world.

    So thankful that they're healthy despite early concerns and that they're in our lives.

    19 votes
  16. Comment on Has anyone done a Play-By-Post game? Tips? in ~games.tabletop

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    This is definitely true in my limited experience doing RPGs on a forum. Also I've found that sometimes you genuinely aren't able to check in on the thread and it's a huge pain in the ass catching...

    This is definitely true in my limited experience doing RPGs on a forum. Also I've found that sometimes you genuinely aren't able to check in on the thread and it's a huge pain in the ass catching up and then you've missed some great opportunities and meh. I'd rather just do things at a scheduled time all together live. Although definitely not via text chat because the one time I did that it turned into a confusing fast-paced nightmare.

    I'm just not cut out for these kinds of things unless it's in person, I guess.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Instagram "Personals" account relaunches as Lex, a dating and social app targeted for people who are lesbian, bisexual, asexual, womxn, trans, genderqueer, intersex, two-spirit and non-binary in ~lgbt

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    I'm not who you replied to, but personally I don't like "just google it" responses like this. If everyone "just googled it", there would be even less discussion taking place on this site than...

    I'm not who you replied to, but personally I don't like "just google it" responses like this. If everyone "just googled it", there would be even less discussion taking place on this site than there already is. Plus if just one person replies with an actual answer, it's here for other folks to learn from down the road.

    13 votes
  18. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I recently bought a server off of a friend and have been working on turning that into the homeserver of my dreams. It came with Windows Server 2012 and decided to use Hyper-V and docker for most...

    I recently bought a server off of a friend and have been working on turning that into the homeserver of my dreams. It came with Windows Server 2012 and decided to use Hyper-V and docker for most things I need. So far I have the following setup on it:

    • Webserver via IIS for a portal to make accessing my various services easier. Just wrote it in plain HTML/CSS and will probably just never stop tinkering with it.
    • Emby for streaming media (mostly just movies and tv shows)
    • File sharing server via the built-in functionality on Win server. This is really the primary reason for the server as I like to hoard data that's meaningful to me. Lots of pictures, docs, old work files, etc.
    • PiHole for adblocking and privacy at the network level.
    • mindmaps for ..well mind maps. I haven't gotten around to trying mind mapping yet, but it looked interesting and I needed something to test docker out on the server, so this was what I went with.

    If anyone has any suggestions of other fun things to throw in this baby, let me know. Always down to try new things. I'm trying to avoid making any part of the server public-facing, because I'm not nearly experienced enough to harden everything enough to make that safe. I don't ever leave the house though, so I think that's fine :D

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Martin Scorsese: I Said Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema. Let Me Explain. in ~movies

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    DC's failings are really frustrating. Their animated offerings have been amazing going back to the 90s Batman TAS, Superman, Batman Beyond, Justice League, etc. and their various direct-to-video...

    DC's failings are really frustrating. Their animated offerings have been amazing going back to the 90s Batman TAS, Superman, Batman Beyond, Justice League, etc. and their various direct-to-video films were all incredible. They're the entire reason I'm a fan of DC at all, and they can't offer up anything close in the live action film market. They just rush into things, half-ass it, and then pikachu surprise face when it tanks and Marvel keeps breaking box office records.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on What Is The Bible? - Part I in ~humanities

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    Hey I remember when you announced this a few months back here. Excited to check out the first video this evening when I've got a bit more time!

    Hey I remember when you announced this a few months back here. Excited to check out the first video this evening when I've got a bit more time!

    2 votes