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  1. Comment on Will Microsoft want to introduce a subscription fee to their Windows OS in the future? in ~tech

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    Windows 365 is specifically an offering as a part of Microsoft 365 (what Office sits under) it is just limited to enterprise customers.

    Windows 365 is specifically an offering as a part of Microsoft 365 (what Office sits under) it is just limited to enterprise customers.

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  2. Comment on "Appear weak when you are strong" - This Confucian proverb is keeping everyone in confusion in ~talk

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    It's like Roosevelt's "Speak quietly and carry a big stick." Avoids bravado, while having demonstrated competence be the major factor, if required to. Given the apparent attribution to Sun Tzu, in...

    It's like Roosevelt's "Speak quietly and carry a big stick."

    In a world where EVERYONE thinks like this and tries to appear all shrewd and masks just because the other dude is also shrewd and masks, what purpose does it even solve?

    Avoids bravado, while having demonstrated competence be the major factor, if required to.

    Given the apparent attribution to Sun Tzu, in a war context this would relate to having a fighting force that looks like it can be overpowered, only to have them either be much stronger than they appear or more numerous than expected.

    In a normal life context: Say you're truly the biggest, baddest dude in the room. Nobody really needs to know that until it becomes relevant, so it is better to keep that fact covered, if for no other reason than it doesn't matter.

    And I guess in the initally offered Confucian context, see "Speak quietly but carry a big stick." Be ready for anything, but don't make a big show of it.

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  3. Comment on Just wanna talk about drinking less in ~talk

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    There is no shame in drinking N/A beer. If you're in North America, some I've enjoyed for the hoppy brewed flavors are Penn's Best, Coors Edge, Guinness 0.0 (it's darn close), and one Sierra...

    There is no shame in drinking N/A beer. If you're in North America, some I've enjoyed for the hoppy brewed flavors are Penn's Best, Coors Edge, Guinness 0.0 (it's darn close), and one Sierra Nevada has. Even O'Douls (both varieties) are solid. Athletic is pretty good too. I would go for hoppy styles like pale ales, over porters and stouts (except Guinness, they nailed it). I drink considerably less than I used to, and N/A beer gets me the same yeasty, malty and/or hoppy flavors I enjoy. Talk with your wife about it if you're worried about "cheating," even, sometimes you just want a certain flavor, and there's nothing wrong with responsibly endulging. I think of it like soda you need an ID for with a different flavor, and I find it scratches the itch well enough both for the flavor and the ritual.

    Before bed if you want something, get some herbal tea. I became quite fond of chamomile which can be bought cheap online in bulk but tea bags are also cheap anyway, but there are so many brands and styles out there you will probaby find something you like.

    I've struggled with being a legit alcoholic and this has helped me back off. I'm far from the extreme side of it, more seeing a habit build and pumping the brakes on it.

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  4. Comment on GOG will host Fallout: London in ~games

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    Daggerfall Unity hasn't been updated on GoG in a long time, fwiw, and doesn't really seem to be an upstrem collaboration That said if Fallout: London is being managed sort of as a game, I don't...

    Daggerfall Unity hasn't been updated on GoG in a long time, fwiw, and doesn't really seem to be an upstrem collaboration

    That said if Fallout: London is being managed sort of as a game, I don't see the same happening. I'd be interested in a distribution like Enderal, even in Steam with its own store page

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  5. Comment on If you had up to US$250 to get one person into a hobby you're interested in, what would you do to get them started? in ~hobbies

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    I came to Renoise from Buzz Tracker and OpenMPT, and have a rarely-used FL Studio and Bitwig license because of the workflow differences. I have a hard time going from Renoise to something like...

    I came to Renoise from Buzz Tracker and OpenMPT, and have a rarely-used FL Studio and Bitwig license because of the workflow differences. I have a hard time going from Renoise to something like Furnace as well, but that's because it's a different featureset (DAW vs dedicated chip tracker).

    Check out Radium, Renoise will look like a simple walk in the park. Radium is super powerful with so many options and features it is terrifying.

  6. Comment on If you had up to US$250 to get one person into a hobby you're interested in, what would you do to get them started? in ~hobbies

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    I would also submit Renoise as a competitor to Reaper, it's even cheaper. Renoise costs 65 euro and your license is good for a full version update. I paid for 2.8 in 2012 and it's only at 3.4,...

    I would also submit Renoise as a competitor to Reaper, it's even cheaper. Renoise costs 65 euro and your license is good for a full version update. I paid for 2.8 in 2012 and it's only at 3.4, with slow but steady development. It comes out a bit cheaper and is immensely powerful. It even makes it dead easy to enter notes, having a PC keyboard-based workflow, and 2.5 octaves of notes available, with easy octave changing.

    I also have no problem recommending a tracker for a newbie because they don't have a workflow yet. Piano roll to tracker, or vice versa, is harder than learning one or the other in a way. I will say to any newbies: Pick one and stick with it, pick a small set of powerful synths and learn them in and out, you will thank yourself later.

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

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    Vintage Story after a thread here about it. I kept dying to pigs, wolves, eldritch horrors from beyond the veil. I have a mod now to set my bed as spawn but need to be in the roght mindset for...

    Vintage Story after a thread here about it. I kept dying to pigs, wolves, eldritch horrors from beyond the veil. I have a mod now to set my bed as spawn but need to be in the roght mindset for this game.

    I set up Minecraft b1.7.3 to scratch a long-standing itch. I found Prisma Launcher in Flathub and figured "why not?" I also have a rolling/up to date install and plan to work around to those win scenarios/deeper mechanics.

    Baldur's Gate 3: I'm mostly through Act II, which is brief, apparently, but can't wait to finish this game, just to see the story.

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  8. Comment on Winamp has announced that it is opening up its source code to enable collaborative development of its legendary player for Windows in ~tech

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    I would be curious about seeing a Linux port, unless it is tied heavily into Windows APIs.

    I would be curious about seeing a Linux port, unless it is tied heavily into Windows APIs.

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  9. Comment on How do you organize your Linux packages? in ~comp

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    I'm a fan of distroboxes with their own homes for anything I won't just have as part of my system. I use Aurora, a derivative of Fedora Kinoite, so this is a hard requirement, but I would take...

    I'm a fan of distroboxes with their own homes for anything I won't just have as part of my system. I use Aurora, a derivative of Fedora Kinoite, so this is a hard requirement, but I would take this to any other distro if I stopped using it. It's been great for creating custom environments as well. I can use distrobox manifests or even github automation to build custom images, slap them into GHCR, and offload the lion's share of the work as well. From there it's all package managers, containerfiles/dockerfiles and distrobox manifests.

    I need to start wrangling my dotfiles again but always just used GitHub, I don't keep anything I need secret there.

    Alternatively one could use nix+home-manager and donall of this declaratively, and store your dotfiles in some sort of privately accessible repository.

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  10. Comment on What is a value or belief you have that is extremely outside the norm? in ~talk

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    Honestly I was surprised at the candor in response to this comment, it was a topic I would've commented on. I don't have much to say beyond what has been, but was also worried about some opinions...

    Honestly I was surprised at the candor in response to this comment, it was a topic I would've commented on.

    I don't have much to say beyond what has been, but was also worried about some opinions I had that were also discussed rationally (the pedophile's orientation and how to deal with that for example).

    But yes, this would be how to prevent pedophiles from acting on this.

    I've admittedly made the "throw'em in the woodchipper" joke elsewhere but also think anybody who wants to get better should be given a highly supervised chance to do so.

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  11. Comment on Chinese police officers will soon be on patrol in Hungary in ~news

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    As a point of concern. Imagine if the US were to set up police stations in Eastern European nations, or other places, under the guise of "protecting its nation's tourists." The final goals would...
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    As a point of concern.

    Imagine if the US were to set up police stations in Eastern European nations, or other places, under the guise of "protecting its nation's tourists." The final goals would likely be different, but the power dynamics at play and the questions of jurisdiction would be nearly identical. There would be similar responses, likely all justified and nearly identical questions asked.

    Another point where this is troubling is China is trying to exert a cultural force on the world. The US already does to a large degree, and did so fairly organically (being centrally positioned after WWII helped, as did the US's global meddling in places that we could also call "less than organic"). China is using economic and "cultural exchange" systems to trade with countries and tie others into its alliance.

    If I may go back to the Chinese/US international police comparison, there is one thing that fundamentally separates the US and China: An institutional belief in individual freedoms. As an American citizen we've got a ton of issues with law enforcement, but these ideas generally hold true, and criticizing and making fun of our leaders is not considered to be a crime. To compare the two countries, in the US I can say "Fuck President Biden, he looks like Winnie the Pooh," and not go to jail. The only way for me to go to jail with my words would be to 1) Threaten a government official's life, and 2) be found to be an actual threat to said official. I would likely be investigated, but could potentially not even know about it if the respective agency just writes me off.

    In China, the state would treat my first sentence like the US would treat a credible death threat. I would be subject to detention, thorough investigation, and likely prosecution then incarceration. The presence of Chinese police stations in foreign countries mostly presents a threat to Chinese nationals for this reason, but also a not insignificant threat to the locals and any other tourists in the region due to the risk of doing something that falls under Chinese jurisdiction and criminal code. I would like to think these stations are only for Chinese, but the next question is "Why?" I sincerely doubt they're just trying to keep Chinese tourists safe, and would wager it's a more bold-faced strategy similar to Chinese stations in major cities, where the goal is to also ensure they are behaving in a manner that generally doesn't go against the government in any significant ways.

    EDIT: Minor refinement. This is quite a nuanced topic, and I'm trying to answer more questions than I would reasonably leave somebody with.

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  12. Comment on The hidden, magnificent history of chop suey in ~food

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    I love this sort of revisionism. I always took the "kitchen scrap" theory to be akin to nachos' origin of having a bunch of stuff to make a meal, but not a specific recipe, but definitely get how...

    I love this sort of revisionism. I always took the "kitchen scrap" theory to be akin to nachos' origin of having a bunch of stuff to make a meal, but not a specific recipe, but definitely get how it could be a troubling. The real history is generally more interesting here, especially as somebody who likes to find how a dish was originally created in its homeland.

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  13. Comment on California says restaurants must bake all of their add-on fees into menu prices in ~finance

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    The issue is that they may be, but to use Pizza Hut, a recent encounter I had, it becomes a "service charge" for operating in California, on top of menu price. Instead, Pizza Hut can add $0.50 to...

    The issue is that they may be, but to use Pizza Hut, a recent encounter I had, it becomes a "service charge" for operating in California, on top of menu price.
    Instead, Pizza Hut can add $0.50 to every price to cover the cost.

    Comapnies hate it because they try to depend on consumers to pay attention, or rather expect them to miss the less-than-transparent pricing and just pay it once the order is completed.

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  14. Comment on I'm curious how people on here stay politically engaged and aware while maintaining mental health? in ~life

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    Engage as much as you can comfortably. If anybody gives you guff for it, ignore/block them. People are the center of politics, and everybody who wants to be politically engaged needs to be at...

    Engage as much as you can comfortably. If anybody gives you guff for it, ignore/block them. People are the center of politics, and everybody who wants to be politically engaged needs to be at their best when they do so.

    Being politically engaged and interested is only good as far as you can meaningfully comprehend and contribute safely to whatever cause you support, whatever that looks like for you. Destroying your mental health because "I have to be tuned in all the time" is the surefire way to put yourself into an intellectual and emotional pit, which will throw off how you see the world and yourself, and affect how you engage in politics.

    Point is, find a balance, prioritize emotional health and try to engage as is comfortable. Even if that's just quietly pushing the needle your way in your daily life or whatever with no new outside information, that can be enough.

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  15. Comment on Does anyone play Vintage Story? in ~games

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    I believe I've heard of the game before this thread, but wound up buying it. It's pretty great, feels like if Minecraft was designed as a survival-oriented game with a full building system and...

    I believe I've heard of the game before this thread, but wound up buying it. It's pretty great, feels like if Minecraft was designed as a survival-oriented game with a full building system and more fine-grained voxels. I like how you craft items with knapping for stone tools, even.

    Strangely, it actually pushed me back to Minecraft 1.7.3b which I'm running via Prism launcher, but I'm planning on switching back and forth.

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  16. Comment on Sony backed down from the PSN requirement to play Helldivers 2. How will this change how the community reacts to game changes? in ~games

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    To answer the question in the title, it won't change anything. The same shenanigans played out here as they always do over the slightest inconvenience. It just happened that this was a...

    How will this change how the community reacts to game changes?

    To answer the question in the title, it won't change anything. The same shenanigans played out here as they always do over the slightest inconvenience. It just happened that this was a significant, international inconvenience. It worked this time because Sony also knew they royally fucked up with the plan, but Arrowhead also dropped the ball (by self-admission) by not making it absolutely clear that this was going to happen. This left the players justifiably mad.

    I also don't think Sony will have any qualms next time around requiring players to sign up, they'll just clarify the language beforehand and not grant an exception to avoid a situation where the developer, for some reason, doesn't warn the playerbase about a coming requirement.

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  17. Comment on Case before Norway's Supreme Court claims that depriving sex offender of a Snapchat account is unlawful under the European Convention on Human Rights in ~tech

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    In the US (just where I live, but we also are very reluctant to remove individual access to social media), it can be part of one's probation if the crime is related to a given medium. I would...

    At what point do you stop a sexual abuser from accessing Snapchat if that's where they're performing the crime,

    In the US (just where I live, but we also are very reluctant to remove individual access to social media), it can be part of one's probation if the crime is related to a given medium. I would assume a sex offender here would need to have used social media as a part of their crime currently. However a rule for the specific sort of sexuql crime one was convicted of, similar to some but not all sex offenders not being allowed to live near schools, could also be a thing.

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  18. Comment on The California man who hid for six months in a secret room inside Circuit City in ~life

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    He told his mom he "lost focus." Seems like he got too comfortable and went back to his old ways. He probably would've been caught at some point however, that old Circuit City was going to become...

    He told his mom he "lost focus." Seems like he got too comfortable and went back to his old ways.

    He probably would've been caught at some point however, that old Circuit City was going to become something else eventually.

    It was definitely a trippy story.

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  19. Comment on Is there an intuitive (but powerful) music thingie? in ~music

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    The post isn't about beginner friendly, but intuitive and powerful interface. A major advantage Bespoke has is its general transparency as a modular system. There's logic to sort out for more...

    The post isn't about beginner friendly, but intuitive and powerful interface. A major advantage Bespoke has is its general transparency as a modular system. There's logic to sort out for more advanced setups, but it works perfectly fine in simpler contexts, and doesnt have three to five interfaces to learn, just a bunch of modules that show you how they behave, and optional scripting modules.

    Another major feature that led me to that comment is that It locks to scales which removes the major barrier to musicality, a major thing I struggled with early on, as well.

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  20. Comment on Bespoke Synth - a highly modular DAW in ~music

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    Honestly my first thought was to just start plugging VSTs in. I only use samples for drum machines, and it's got a pretty robust interface for that. What sort of documentation did you use to pull...

    Honestly my first thought was to just start plugging VSTs in. I only use samples for drum machines, and it's got a pretty robust interface for that. What sort of documentation did you use to pull this off? I'm impressed, and like the screen mover.

    That was a pretty cool demo! I actually shouted you out on @Halfdan's post looking for an intuitive music interface because you actually show this off really well.

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