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  1. Comment on Do you churn, or otherwise sign up for credit cards simply for the sign-up bonuses? in ~finance

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    Same here, if I have a big purchase, I'll make sure I get another good card, but it's so much admin working going through all the cards, paying them off, making sure balance matches my records....

    Same here, if I have a big purchase, I'll make sure I get another good card, but it's so much admin working going through all the cards, paying them off, making sure balance matches my records.

    Churning was fun in college when manufactured spending was as easy as walking into a pharmacy and getting some VGCs.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on New York City rental market pushed to breaking point by tenant debts in ~life

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    That’s not bad for a big city. From parts of BedStuy, you can be in lower Manhattan in less than 20 minutes. My apartment there was only $2900 for a gigantic 4-bedroom apartment ($725 each person)...

    That’s not bad for a big city. From parts of BedStuy, you can be in lower Manhattan in less than 20 minutes. My apartment there was only $2900 for a gigantic 4-bedroom apartment ($725 each person) with two living rooms. That was considered a relative steal, but there’s definitely deals around if you are willing to split larger apartments.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    I’ve recently discovered a canned tea called “HopTea” that’s brewed hops and tea. It’s been a really refreshing way to enjoy a hop beverage without drinking alcohol. Next step is to try making it...

    I’ve recently discovered a canned tea called “HopTea” that’s brewed hops and tea. It’s been a really refreshing way to enjoy a hop beverage without drinking alcohol.

    Next step is to try making it myself, though that will take some more prep.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Apple plans to announce move to its own Mac chips at WWDC in ~tech

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    PowerPC transition and x86 both happened. I think this mostly just means we lose stuff that not enough people are interested to port. I’m still on Mojave because of the 64-bit only requirement...

    PowerPC transition and x86 both happened. I think this mostly just means we lose stuff that not enough people are interested to port.

    I’m still on Mojave because of the 64-bit only requirement breaks one application that’s critical to my budgeting.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on What's the last piece of technology that truly impressed you? in ~tech

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    Yeah not the dying, but just flakiness of it. It might be since I'm looking mostly at people using with Macintosh computers. For some reason there just doesn't seem to be good collaboration with...

    Yeah not the dying, but just flakiness of it. It might be since I'm looking mostly at people using with Macintosh computers. For some reason there just doesn't seem to be good collaboration with Apple and peripheral manufacturers.

  6. Comment on Steam has added a "Play Next" shelf to the Library, using machine-learning to try to suggest which games you own that you should try next in ~games

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    Ooohh the trailer of it already looks very nice. It looks like a more cartoony Ico

    Ooohh the trailer of it already looks very nice. It looks like a more cartoony Ico

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What's the last piece of technology that truly impressed you? in ~tech

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    Have you seen anything about reliability of TB3 hubs? I've been scared of spending so much money on something that gets a lot of reliability rap. Right now, I've a mac mini but the only TB3 port I...

    Have you seen anything about reliability of TB3 hubs? I've been scared of spending so much money on something that gets a lot of reliability rap. Right now, I've a mac mini but the only TB3 port I use is USB-C -> Lightning cable. Everything else goes through a USB-A hub.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Steam has added a "Play Next" shelf to the Library, using machine-learning to try to suggest which games you own that you should try next in ~games

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    I'll push VVVVVV to top of list then ! I very briefly played Limbo when it was on P-station P-lus a long time ago but didn't get too far. Will need to give that another go as well .

    I'll push VVVVVV to top of list then !

    I very briefly played Limbo when it was on P-station P-lus a long time ago but didn't get too far. Will need to give that another go as well .

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Steam has added a "Play Next" shelf to the Library, using machine-learning to try to suggest which games you own that you should try next in ~games

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    Big pretty pictures and showing me "fresh" games makes this a plus so far. Mine were: LIMBO vvvvvv Night Sky

    Big pretty pictures and showing me "fresh" games makes this a plus so far.

    Mine were:

    1. LIMBO

    2. vvvvvv

    3. Night Sky

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Games for "the flame" in ~life

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    We've both been WFH during this time, so we'll have a few hours including meals together at the end of the day. One night a week we've committed to reading our own stuff in the same room, but I...

    We've both been WFH during this time, so we'll have a few hours including meals together at the end of the day. One night a week we've committed to reading our own stuff in the same room, but I like this idea too!

    I'm really bad about deeply getting into a book, and this would provide some twist.

  11. Comment on Games for "the flame" in ~life

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    Have you thought about something like a turkey baster or cone-shaped sponge? Presence definitely helps. I make a rule and gently remind during our meals together to please be present and no phone...

    Have you thought about something like a turkey baster or cone-shaped sponge?

    Presence definitely helps. I make a rule and gently remind during our meals together to please be present and no phone usage (biggest sink of presents for partner).

    2 votes
  12. Comment on We chat, they watch. How international users unwittingly build up WeChat’s Chinese censorship apparatus in ~tech

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    Haven’t thought of the immigrant experience like that. I’ve got family stuck with me in the states now and watching them adjust has some parallels. It’s their first visit to the states and they’ve...

    Haven’t thought of the immigrant experience like that. I’ve got family stuck with me in the states now and watching them adjust has some parallels. It’s their first visit to the states and they’ve been here for several months now, but daily WeChat use is still here. I’ve noticed they have started looking at supplemental news sources besides CCTV without any nudging.

    Another technology hurdle was getting chinese-language Televaion content. They’ll watch dramas on the Roku but I had to teach them how to use it in English because there’s no Chinese option for basically any applications despite shows being in Chinese/Japanese/Korean.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on We chat, they watch. How international users unwittingly build up WeChat’s Chinese censorship apparatus in ~tech

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    Overseas mainland in USA heavily use it. I used to use it when it was first to novel features like voice messages, but have weaned use off it to just older family who don't have access to anything...

    Overseas mainland in USA heavily use it. I used to use it when it was first to novel features like voice messages, but have weaned use off it to just older family who don't have access to anything else.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on iPhone SE (2020) review - The Verge in ~tech

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    Yup, storage space. I tend to spring for the bigger ones now just because of how much it helps with decide longevity.

    Yup, storage space. I tend to spring for the bigger ones now just because of how much it helps with decide longevity.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on iPhone SE (2020) review - The Verge in ~tech

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    Heavily depends on your phone capacity. Having low space definitely makes things worse. I have a 6S+ and it starts to choke when full.

    Heavily depends on your phone capacity. Having low space definitely makes things worse. I have a 6S+ and it starts to choke when full.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What's your go-to "comfort food" movie? in ~movies

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    When I first started my current job, I would watch The Garden of Words (言の葉の庭) on repeat for most of the workday. The rain scenes were really nice background, and money shots of Cellphones was a...

    When I first started my current job, I would watch The Garden of Words (言の葉の庭) on repeat for most of the workday. The rain scenes were really nice background, and money shots of Cellphones was a big plus as well.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    Have you tried a VM with old version of macOS?

    Have you tried a VM with old version of macOS?

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    Do you still play games on them? I have a DS Lite and 3DS, but they got a lot less use after I got a switch.

    Do you still play games on them? I have a DS Lite and 3DS, but they got a lot less use after I got a switch.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    What iOS version is it on? I've got an iPad 4 which I like to read on sometimes, but it's gotten a bit slow on the latest iOS. I need to see if I can downgrade it to get it faster again.

    What iOS version is it on? I've got an iPad 4 which I like to read on sometimes, but it's gotten a bit slow on the latest iOS. I need to see if I can downgrade it to get it faster again.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    I've a LaserJet III (released 1990) that I just got started using again. I picked it up in college off of a fellow FreeCycler, used it a bit, then stopped since I didn't need to print as much. Now...

    I've a LaserJet III (released 1990) that I just got started using again. I picked it up in college off of a fellow FreeCycler, used it a bit, then stopped since I didn't need to print as much. Now that we're on lockout, wife needed a printer at home, and I found it's easy as ever to use this one, even on Windows 10. It came with a USB-parallel adapter that's plug&play, with just having to install drivers from Windows Update for the printer itself.

    The guy I picked it up from gave me a bunch of old half-used toner cartridges, and I haven't had to buy any since I've had it.

    6 votes