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  1. Comment on Who are your favorite Twitch musicians? in ~music

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    Dean Lamb JMusicBand GregBurgessguitar TheJoshuaTravis UltraVioletRiot claines_world geargodsofficial GlostikWilly

    Dean Lamb
    JMusicBand
    GregBurgessguitar
    TheJoshuaTravis
    UltraVioletRiot
    claines_world
    geargodsofficial
    GlostikWilly

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Best Linux Distro for Gaming/Noob in ~comp

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    I use Kubuntu 20.04 LTS, and though it hasn't been without its hiccups (even in popular distros stuff can unexpectedly break), I was able to finally permanently break away from using Windows. This...

    I use Kubuntu 20.04 LTS, and though it hasn't been without its hiccups (even in popular distros stuff can unexpectedly break), I was able to finally permanently break away from using Windows. This is now my daily driver OS on my gaming PC.

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  3. Comment on What are you battling with right now? in ~talk

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    I don't know if this is helpful, but I will say that digital social groups (a discord server or two I am in) I've found less difficult to ease into, because you can join a server, say hi or...

    I don't know if this is helpful, but I will say that digital social groups (a discord server or two I am in) I've found less difficult to ease into, because you can join a server, say hi or nothing at all, and just sit and observe the social atmosphere before committing to it. I've left groups that just didn't gel with me, not even in negative way, just groups that I don't get anything out of or just never really feel fully "in".

    IRL groups might be much more difficult. While people do perform and complex social dynamics to arise in online groups- I think those dynamics are easier to see because of the ability to observe without participation. IRL, it's a different story, because participation at some level is required to enter the group and it can be overwhelming and difficult to parse this new set of dynamics and people operate under many layers of BS sometimes that makes it exhausting.

    That said, I mostly keep to myself except 1-2 IRL friends and very curated online social groups, and I've learned to join, observe, leave groups at will without feeling guilty about it. Heck, at one point, I left an IRL weekly board game group because I was tired of playing them, and the social exhaustion that went along with it. No hard feelings resulted that I am aware of, I just realized I had to care for myself and not worry about affecting the group.

    Maybe if you find an IRL social group that seems inviting/interesting to you- see if there's a digital counterpart you can join first? Maybe that would help ease you into it? If that's something that would seem like an option, of course- I don't want to make assumptions and could be completely misunderstanding the context of this discussion, and if so, sorry for the ramble :)

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  4. Comment on What are you battling with right now? in ~talk

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    I agree, learning about this stuff in school had practically zero bearing on operating in the real world. That may not be true for all avenues of learning, but it was for me.

    I agree, learning about this stuff in school had practically zero bearing on operating in the real world. That may not be true for all avenues of learning, but it was for me.

  5. Comment on Where do you acquire books? in ~books

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    Today is the first I've learned about AbeBooks, so will keep that in mind going forward. Though I suppose if both have something I'm looking for I'll learn towards ThriftBooks to provide some...

    Today is the first I've learned about AbeBooks, so will keep that in mind going forward. Though I suppose if both have something I'm looking for I'll learn towards ThriftBooks to provide some business to a non-Amazon source (I say as someone who begrudgingly uses Amazon all the time...)

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Where do you acquire books? in ~books

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    Just purchased some from ThriftBooks a few days ago. Seems to have good deals on used books and a low free shipping threshold. I got four hardcover books for about $22 total, shipped free.

    Just purchased some from ThriftBooks a few days ago. Seems to have good deals on used books and a low free shipping threshold. I got four hardcover books for about $22 total, shipped free.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Thoughts on learning languages in ~humanities

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    I cannot personally vouch for this yet, but have heard many people recommend Talk To Me In Korean - Become a Hangeul Master for learning Korean writing

    I cannot personally vouch for this yet, but have heard many people recommend Talk To Me In Korean - Become a Hangeul Master for learning Korean writing

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Suggest me a GPU in ~tech

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    The GPU market is indeed far far better than it was even 3-4 weeks ago. You can buy cards from Newegg, Amazon, etc. now, 30-series nvidia cards, for only slightly elevated prices. The market may...

    The GPU market is indeed far far better than it was even 3-4 weeks ago. You can buy cards from Newegg, Amazon, etc. now, 30-series nvidia cards, for only slightly elevated prices. The market may never actually return to companies' stated MSRP prices, who knows, but the crypto crash and the market flooding with supply means we're in a better place now than we've been in 24-36 months.

    3050s for $329
    3060s for $399
    3070s for $599

    Used cards are actually at or below MSRP now. This is actually a good time to buy, believe it or not. A couple of years ago a 3070 cost me $750 used

    Note: all my prices in USD

    9 votes
  9. Comment on Supreme Court rules for former coach in public school prayer case in ~news

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    It boils my blood to no end that SCOTUS has no accountability. As long as there is enough of a majority, things can just be wholly fabricated along the way. Enough has happened that I've lost all...

    It boils my blood to no end that SCOTUS has no accountability. As long as there is enough of a majority, things can just be wholly fabricated along the way. Enough has happened that I've lost all faith in the idea that SCOTUS was ever a good idea in the first place. It is designed to fail us. A poorly-constructed institution flawed from the beginning.

    Out of some misguided sense of tradition or constitutional exceptionalism, even if we ever get a strong left-leaning majority in congress, we'll never have enough consensus to change or dismantle the current SCOTUS structure either.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on First Aid Kit – Angel (2022) in ~music

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    Completely agree. I first discovered them from that wonderful cover and have followed their trajectory ever since.

    Completely agree. I first discovered them from that wonderful cover and have followed their trajectory ever since.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on My experience with Windows 10 in ~tech

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    You may be right that I'm being too generous (to a company and product I don't even like, and sometimes even hate! haha), and I concur with assessing my and other posts as anecdotes all the way...

    You may be right that I'm being too generous (to a company and product I don't even like, and sometimes even hate! haha), and I concur with assessing my and other posts as anecdotes all the way down

    From a long history of working in IT Support prior to my current role, I dealt with Windows problems day in and day out. So I know it's likely far worse than I made it out to be- I suppose I figured that users outside of work environments for the most part have very broad/low-impact use cases (email, web surfing, watching Netflix, etc) that would likely not encounter the majority of the issues we've discussed. So that's where my mind was approaching this from- both seeing the issues on the work and tech side- and also trying to understand an everyday user's use cases and experience.

    Definitely easy for us to attempt to extrapolate on own experience to a general one when that's not often the case. I am certainly guilty of that as much as anyone else.

    Speaking of Bluetooth- that is one place I've VERY surprisingly had a better experience on Linux (!)

    1 vote
  12. Comment on My experience with Windows 10 in ~tech

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    Your experience is a uniquely unlucky one. Aside from the pushiness of Edge and those universal annoyances that Windows always has- I think for the majority of users, Windows just works. I've used...

    Your experience is a uniquely unlucky one. Aside from the pushiness of Edge and those universal annoyances that Windows always has- I think for the majority of users, Windows just works. I've used all sorts of peripherals, input devices, old and new, and generally had very few issues overall, both at home and work.

    That said, Windows 10 presents plenty of issues. Pushy updates. Updates that just randomly break stuff. Marketing/ad annoyances. Microsoft being stuck between old and new. Having to deal with drivers to begin with can be annoying... etc. My workplace (thankfully) does a ton of Group Policy items so that users don't have to deal with 99% of Windows 10's BS

    Personally, I made the switch to Linux full-time (at home) a few months ago (except for one PC which I use for music production), and it was not without quite a few problems itself. I started with Zorin OS, but the system got screwed up so much it got to a point where I couldn't install Wine and my specific problem's only real solution was to reinstall. I'm now on Kubuntu on my gaming/main desktop PC and laptop. Kubuntu gave me a black screen after I installed it to the drive on my PC. Had to edit the grub boot-time parameters to get into Kubuntu at all to install the nvidia driver. Not something I've dealt with on Windows for a long time.

    Also, in general, my audio experience has been far easier on Windows than Linux, but not terrible on Linux. Windows works fine with my USB guitar/mic interface, midi keyboard, etc. Linux needed some care to get my mic working properly, etc.

    I'm now happy with my Kubuntu setups but my linux journey was bumpy (as someone that has used it previously AND does linux admin stuff at work).

    The thing is- we're some level of technical that normal users are not- and I think for the majority of everyday, non-tech users, the big operating systems (Windows/Mac) will generally have less hiccups than if we tried to set them loose with Linux. Regular everyday users are nothing like techies.

    I would love for Linux to somehow be the majority OS that everyone uses and has the least problems with... but I don't think it's ready for mass use any more than the big name OSes are

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Johnny Depp wins libel lawsuit against Amber Heard, but both sides guilty of defamation, jury finds in ~news

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    FWIW, most people I see railing against "political correctness" are hard-right individuals that use it as an excuse to be an asshole. Not saying "anti-PC" lefties don't exist, but I never...

    FWIW, most people I see railing against "political correctness" are hard-right individuals that use it as an excuse to be an asshole. Not saying "anti-PC" lefties don't exist, but I never encounter them... practically ever. I doubt someone on the left vs. right even define "political correctness" the same way as each other. Which is part of the problem of this whole discussion. No one can agree on definitions, therefore we're all just pissing in the wind

    9 votes
  14. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Lots of metal lately (as always). The Black Dahlia Murder specifically on heavier rotation lately due to the unfortunate passing of Trevor Strnad (vocalist). RIP. Also loving Moonlight Sorcery's...

    Lots of metal lately (as always). The Black Dahlia Murder specifically on heavier rotation lately due to the unfortunate passing of Trevor Strnad (vocalist). RIP.

    Also loving Moonlight Sorcery's EP Piercing Through the Frozen Eternity as a wonderful modern example of black metal with guitar solos and perfect callbacks to In The Nightside Eclipse era Emperor

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I enjoyed S. Carey's All We Grow but hadn't revisited his music since - I'll have to give his newer stuff a shot. I am a bit out of the loop on that side of music (save a few artists) since I'm...

    I enjoyed S. Carey's All We Grow but hadn't revisited his music since - I'll have to give his newer stuff a shot. I am a bit out of the loop on that side of music (save a few artists) since I'm mostly submersing myself in a deluge of metal these days

    That self-titled Fleet Foxes album was a gem too, I still consider it my favorite (in a constant battle with Sun Giant, which can sort-of be considered part of the self-titled album, since they did release deluxe versions that included it)

    2 votes
  16. Comment on I got this Omnichord for $10 at a thrift store in ~music

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    Oh wow, I doubt we still have it, but my grandmother used to own one of these. If we do still have it somewhere I might see if I can revive it. Might be great for samples that I can really twist...

    Oh wow, I doubt we still have it, but my grandmother used to own one of these. If we do still have it somewhere I might see if I can revive it. Might be great for samples that I can really twist into something using a DAW

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Team Fortress 2 community peacefully protests bot problem with #SaveTF2 campaign, Valve responds in ~games

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    I agree. It's one the reasons I stopped playing OW and eventually almost all competitive games. Rocket League is the only exception to that rule.

    I agree. It's one the reasons I stopped playing OW and eventually almost all competitive games. Rocket League is the only exception to that rule.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Texas school shooting kills nineteen children, two adults in ~news

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    Like many other things in this nation, it probably just seems futile to Democrats to even bother- and like you said, it would probably be stopped before it could be taken over, and then what are...

    Like many other things in this nation, it probably just seems futile to Democrats to even bother- and like you said, it would probably be stopped before it could be taken over, and then what are we left with- just an NRA with even more money

    6 votes
  19. Comment on How politics poisoned the Evangelical church in ~humanities

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    I also think one small part of this big nuanced discussion is that for some Christians, love is defined quite differently. Some hateful streetpreachers or anti-LGBT preachers or <etc etc> see what...

    I also think one small part of this big nuanced discussion is that for some Christians, love is defined quite differently. Some hateful streetpreachers or anti-LGBT preachers or <etc etc> see what they do as a form of "love" because they think they're attempting to save people from eternal hellfire.

    It is interesting how extremely corrupted a definition of love can become when warped by dogma.

    (Disclaimer: I am strongly biased as an ex-Christian, but I tend to consider dogma poisonous to begin with- so I'm not inclined to think politics poisoned Evangelicalism, but that it just amplified it exponentially.)

    5 votes
  20. Comment on What's something that you're pretty sure of, but can't really prove or demonstrate? in ~talk

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    I want to believe this, but I live in a privileged enough position in life that it feels privileged to do so. Sure, things might be okay for me ... but I honestly don't know about everyone else

    I want to believe this, but I live in a privileged enough position in life that it feels privileged to do so. Sure, things might be okay for me ... but I honestly don't know about everyone else

    3 votes