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  1. Comment on What are the best and the worst purchases you've recently made? in ~talk

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    Due to stomach issues, I cut alcohol out about 2 years ago. Have been growing more conscious of when I wake up and notice clenching/grinding. Need to find a new dentist where I am now, but will do so.

    Due to stomach issues, I cut alcohol out about 2 years ago. Have been growing more conscious of when I wake up and notice clenching/grinding. Need to find a new dentist where I am now, but will do so.

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  2. Comment on What are the best and the worst purchases you've recently made? in ~talk

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    Yup, sure! I got it for 83RMB from this seller/link: https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.14.187.35067892V6rOfP&id=581620205695&ns=1&abbucket=18#detail It sells on Ali-Express as well for...
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  3. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    It's not quite that open yet, but trending in that direction. I know for Ubuntu there's Libimobiledevice w/ Rhythmbox for music syncing/library management. Recently IOS13 added the ability for the...

    It's not quite that open yet, but trending in that direction.

    I know for Ubuntu there's Libimobiledevice w/ Rhythmbox for music syncing/library management.

    Recently IOS13 added the ability for the Files application to use mass storage devices on the iPad (Pro only?). I think with that you'd be able transfer videos and watch them. I haven't gotten to try it myself, as I don't really have the urge to watch shows on such a small device.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What are the best and the worst purchases you've recently made? in ~talk

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    Ugh, I already opted out of enrolment in dental coverage this year & don't have a dentist I'm going steady with in this location. Shopping around for medical professionals is always a big chore.

    Ugh, I already opted out of enrolment in dental coverage this year & don't have a dentist I'm going steady with in this location. Shopping around for medical professionals is always a big chore.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    What issues do you have with loading mp3s and videos onto your iphone? Streaming services don't have the kind of music I want to listen to, so I exclusively load my own MP3s, and have been for...

    What issues do you have with loading mp3s and videos onto your iphone? Streaming services don't have the kind of music I want to listen to, so I exclusively load my own MP3s, and have been for years. I'm using an iPhone X right now.

    I don't think flagship, modern Android phones fare any better in terms of reliability. Things are trending towards thinner and less repairable, which sucks in one aspect. But I've only had one accident this year after 20 years of owning cellphones that required me to repair, and because I purchased an extended warranty, it was only $29USD to repair the screen.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    I've never been able to get wireless iTunes syncing working well. Every time it takes forever to get started, and the progress indicator isn't accurate either. Whenever I add new music, I can...

    I've never been able to get wireless iTunes syncing working well. Every time it takes forever to get started, and the progress indicator isn't accurate either.

    Whenever I add new music, I can reliably plug my phone in and be done within 5 minutes vs. waiting 5 minutes for wireless to start working and wondering how close it is to being done.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on What are the best and the worst purchases you've recently made? in ~talk

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    Did you ever find a solution for clenching/grinding? I've been losing big chunks of my second molars lately and I suspect it's clenching/grinding at night.

    Did you ever find a solution for clenching/grinding? I've been losing big chunks of my second molars lately and I suspect it's clenching/grinding at night.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on What are the best and the worst purchases you've recently made? in ~talk

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    Best recent purchase: a knockoff Switch pro controller for $12USD shipped. I have a real pro controller, but didn't bring it with me on current trip. On a whim, I decided to pick up a Chinese...

    Best recent purchase: a knockoff Switch pro controller for $12USD shipped. I have a real pro controller, but didn't bring it with me on current trip. On a whim, I decided to pick up a Chinese knockoff. 90% of the functionality is there, only thing missing is real 3D rumble and wake-switch functionality. The buttons feel good enough for me. I was initially worried since there's a bunch of youtube videos complaining about how corners were cut, but I don't think those corners are that bad. For the savings you get, it's an awesome controller for when guests or around, or when you want to travel and not worry about carrying $60USD in controller with you.

    Recent bad purchase: Bought a suit, and they included a tailor made shirt + tie for an extra $100USD. The arm holes are weird kept making a weird shape when I moved my arms. Since there was a serious police situation near the store, I felt bad for the workers coming in just so I could pick up my suit. I ended up just paying and left without pushing the shirt issue. Oh well next time I know to plan much more in advance when getting a suit made.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Does High FPS make you a better gamer? Ft. Shroud - Final Answer in ~games

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    That was an entertaining video, but for all the build-up to being statistically confident, they didn't do much to mitigate the testers getting better at the tasks, or knowing which setup they were...

    That was an entertaining video, but for all the build-up to being statistically confident, they didn't do much to mitigate the testers getting better at the tasks, or knowing which setup they were on beforehand.

    Was also disappointed that there wasn't a conclusion or recommendation of upgrading. Would have been nice to have a list of weighted benefits to their cost. From what Shroud was saying, it seemed like the following might be best "bank for buck":

    • GPU first, if you struggle to hit 60 FPS @ 60hz
    • Monitor second if you're already hitting 144fps & supporting GPU
    • 240Hz & supporting GPU if price is no object, and you just want best
    1 vote
  10. Comment on MacBook Pro 16” in ~tech

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    Separate escape key, scissors, reduced besel. Ticks a lot of boxes for me but I unfortunately just got a new work laptop and can’t justify a new personal one. Next upgrade I suppose

    Separate escape key, scissors, reduced besel.

    Ticks a lot of boxes for me but I unfortunately just got a new work laptop and can’t justify a new personal one.

    Next upgrade I suppose

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Localify.org - Find local artists, attend live shows, support your community in ~music

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    Another plus from me on alternative services. I’m using last.fm.

    Another plus from me on alternative services. I’m using last.fm.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What do you gift a couch host? in ~talk

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    that’s something great to do once I’m already there — sneakily bring something breakfast from their favourite place. Maybe something they like but seldom get for themselves.

    that’s something great to do once I’m already there — sneakily bring something breakfast from their favourite place.

    Maybe something they like but seldom get for themselves.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What do you gift a couch host? in ~talk

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    Good point in addition to the help around the house mentioned by bbvnvlt, I think some fancy version of a consumable might be good. I might try socks as well, just gotta shop around first. I know...

    Good point in addition to the help around the house mentioned by bbvnvlt, I think some fancy version of a consumable might be good. I might try socks as well, just gotta shop around first. I know I love getting fancy socks

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What do you gift a couch host? in ~talk

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    I love this idea! I’ll need to be observant about what I can do. They’ve got a recently renovated place, so not much that’s old but I’m sure I can find something.

    I love this idea! I’ll need to be observant about what I can do. They’ve got a recently renovated place, so not much that’s old but I’m sure I can find something.

    2 votes
  15. What do you gift a couch host?

    In a few days, I’ll be crashing on my friend’s couch for a week. If it matters, I can only buy from retail stores within Hong Kong and hand carry on the subway. Every time I see them, they’re too...

    In a few days, I’ll be crashing on my friend’s couch for a week.

    If it matters, I can only buy from retail stores within Hong Kong and hand carry on the subway. Every time I see them, they’re too quick on the bill, so taking them to eat is out of the question.

    Obvious choices are alcohol or fruit basket. I’m terrible at picking gifts for people, as I’m always worried they’ll be as picky as I am on my purchases.

    What are your go-tos for gifts in this situation?

    11 votes
  16. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~design

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    At least one interesting thing is the scroll are have some interactivity. I didn’t notice that until I was trying to scroll on mobile to the other scroll bars.

    At least one interesting thing is the scroll are have some interactivity. I didn’t notice that until I was trying to scroll on mobile to the other scroll bars.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Tell me about your smartphone! in ~talk

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    Thanks for compiling all the links! That looks slick with the clear front panel and rock box. Sounds like it’s not much of a hassle worded like this. I’m going to start putting these pieces...

    Thanks for compiling all the links! That looks slick with the clear front panel and rock box.

    Sounds like it’s not much of a hassle worded like this. I’m going to start putting these pieces together. Will be so nice to have a huge percentage of my library in one place again.

    It looks like one of the links is missing regarding the opening guide, was it missing?
    EDIT: I see now that you meant to check out iFlash's installation guide.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Tell me about your smartphone! in ~talk

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    Can you talk about what mods you’ve done for your iPod video? I have an old one I would like to make more usable.

    Can you talk about what mods you’ve done for your iPod video? I have an old one I would like to make more usable.

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

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    Bayonetta 1 on Lintendo Switch. Switching off in portable mode is a great way to fill small chunks of time while traveling. I've not been travelling lately, and just playing it during breaks of...

    Bayonetta 1 on Lintendo Switch. Switching off in portable mode is a great way to fill small chunks of time while traveling. I've not been travelling lately, and just playing it during breaks of work. Frustrating at first, but getting better as I progress through the story.

    Haven't had time to do any more involved game-playing lately, but I do want to play Fire Watch once I can get a dock for my Swotch.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on What does your photography setup look like? in ~hobbies

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    My most often used cameras are: Fujifilm X100: This is very fun and easy to keep around all the time. I've been thinking about upgrading to one of the newer models for faster AF, but it's still...

    My most often used cameras are:

    Fujifilm X100: This is very fun and easy to keep around all the time. I've been thinking about upgrading to one of the newer models for faster AF, but it's still very good at quick snaps. It's been my only digital camera for the last 5 years.

    Mamiya 645AF: I kind of wish I had a non-AF version of this, but it's my go-to vacation camera. It is pretty small for a medium format camera, and the AF is just a plus for fun pics. I only own an 80mm f/2.8 kit lens. The kit lens is starting to have some blurriness in the center sometimes that makes me think it is misaligned. There's also a small lightleak that I suspect is due to misalignment of the film back on the body. At least I can work around the leak by not keeping the dark slide open too long.

    Canon Rebel XS w/ 40mm f/2.8 STM: My favorite 35mm combo, it's extremely light and the camera was free. I can carry this around and not worry about losing it or smacking it. Only downside is there's so many shots with 35mm that it takes me forever to get through a roll.

    Picture of all three together

    2 votes