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  1. Comment on iPad recommendations in ~tech

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    Sounds like regular size iPad would do wonders for you. Your reading needs complicates the advice I can give you because regular iPad is bigger than the iPad Mini and Mini is better for reading...

    Sounds like regular size iPad would do wonders for you. Your reading needs complicates the advice I can give you because regular iPad is bigger than the iPad Mini and Mini is better for reading but you also want to have a bigger screen for gaming and streaming. The question is, what kind of performance and future proofing are you looking for?

    If I were you, I'd try to get the iPad Air, which was launched back in March and has no chance of being updated in Apple's upcoming October event (which usually covers the iPads and the Macs). iPad Air is $600, but it has an M1 chip, which is Apple's new silicon and it is certainly the future Apple's heading towards. It's as future proof as you're gonna get, assuming you don't want to shell out for the upcoming iPad Pros. I have no doubt the Air would be supported and perform well for at least another 5 years, whereas the regular iPad (which has A13 chip from 2019) is already relatively old. That's not to say it'd be slow, or it would be too slow in the upcoming couple of years1, but it'd simply not be as long lasting as the Air. M-numbered Apple chips are really quite something, in terms of performance and efficiency.

    If you're not in a hurry and don't want to spend too much money, you can (and should) wait until the October event where Apple will probably update the regular iPad (currently priced at $329) and will probably put an A15 chip on it, which is the same chip iPhone 13 (regular and Pro) and 14s (regular) have.

    Another advice I can give you is, if you're going to get yourself into the Apple ecosystem but don't have the time nor the interest to follow up with the rumors, take a look at this page before buying anything. It gives you concise information about the product cycle of all Apple devices and whether it's a good time to buy them.

    I hope I was helpful. Good luck!


    1: Just to give you an idea about iPad's performance in general: I have an iPad Air (2nd generation) from 2014 and Apple just dropped its support for the latest iPad OS. That's 8 years of software support. My device runs completely fine for my streaming needs. I don't think it'd run games great and the lack of RAM reminds itself when I switch from one streaming app to another, but otherwise the device runs completely fine. I don't plan on replacing it until my streaming services require a higher version of iOS, which isn't going to happen anytime soon.

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  2. Comment on What's a great recipe with sardines? in ~food

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    I'll be sure to tell her that! The fish are in season, so the next time I visit her, she might make me some the way you described. You should give anchovies a try. I find it hard to stop when I...

    I'll be sure to tell her that! The fish are in season, so the next time I visit her, she might make me some the way you described.

    You should give anchovies a try. I find it hard to stop when I start eating them, they're so delicious. If you try it and like it, you should give this one a go too. It's another one of my favorites.

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  3. Comment on What's a great recipe with sardines? in ~food

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    My mom cooks it similarly and it's very delicious. It's called hamsi tava. Although she uses anchovies more than sardines. I don't think for any reason other than anchovies are more readily...

    My mom cooks it similarly and it's very delicious. It's called hamsi tava. Although she uses anchovies more than sardines. I don't think for any reason other than anchovies are more readily available than sardines in our part of the world. (At least at the market.)

    Your recipe is pretty straightforward but when my mom does it, she doesn't use egg wash or breadcrumbs. (Which you mentioned can be skipped.) She only uses corn flour. @Grendel was surprised by the idea of cleaning them one by one but it's surprisingly easy once you get used to it. My mom cleans them with a single motion and he can get about a kilo of anchovies/sardines ready in about 10-15 minutes. (After cutting the head off she runs her middle finger through the fish and all the intestines etc. come right off. She doesn't use a knife, even to cut the head off.) Sardines are a bit more work to clean though depending on how big they are and you might need a knife to clean them, unlike anchovies.

    I'd agree with skipping lemon, but it's a personal preference. I think the acidity of lemon dampens the fish's taste a bit.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Requesting resources for de-googling in ~tech

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    Seconding the Gandi recommendation. My aforementioned custom domain is from Gandi for more than a decade and I've had no issues with them. Apart from the few years I used Fastmail through Gandi,...

    Seconding the Gandi recommendation. My aforementioned custom domain is from Gandi for more than a decade and I've had no issues with them. Apart from the few years I used Fastmail through Gandi, I've been using their email service as well, which they provide with any domain for free, and it's more than enough for my casual needs.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Requesting resources for de-googling in ~tech

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    Fastmail is excellent for email. I do not use them anymore because I don't email much (I still have a custom domain) but when I did used them I couldn't have been happier. I haven't used it myself...

    Fastmail is excellent for email. I do not use them anymore because I don't email much (I still have a custom domain) but when I did used them I couldn't have been happier. I haven't used it myself but I heard from one of the recent ATP podcasts that their tool for importing data from Gmail is excellent.

    As for the Google Authenticator replacement, I can wholeheartedly recommend Raivo. It's open source, free, syncs with iCloud (supports export too), and it's well designed.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on What's an underrated, cancelled, or largely forgotten show that you really love? in ~tv

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    Ah, of course! Yeah, I'll definitely give it a go, especially if it's got the same energy.

    The stuff with Spangler and Price really works. Its a pretty easy tie-in, though.

    Ah, of course!

    re:Review

    Yeah, I'll definitely give it a go, especially if it's got the same energy.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What's an underrated, cancelled, or largely forgotten show that you really love? in ~tv

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    Hah, might just be the case for Wayne. It looks like Amazon has bought its rights, so maybe more people will come across it on Prime Video. Thanks for the heads up for the original. I am aware of...

    I swear you're one of maybe a dozen people that also watched WAYNE.

    Hah, might just be the case for Wayne. It looks like Amazon has bought its rights, so maybe more people will come across it on Prime Video.

    For Review, make sure you get the original, Review with Myles Barlow.

    Thanks for the heads up for the original. I am aware of it but I just haven't gotten around to seeing that one.

    I love Rubicon so much. I like to think that it ties in with Mr. Robot :)

    Never thought of it that way. I honestly don't even remember a lot of specifics about Rubicon, but I'll trust your judgment. :)

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  9. Comment on What's an underrated, cancelled, or largely forgotten show that you really love? in ~tv

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    Yeah, I think partly why I still think about it is because the show got us hooked and reeled us in in its season and just as we were about to find out what we got, it was cancelled. I do get it...

    Yeah, I think partly why I still think about it is because the show got us hooked and reeled us in in its season and just as we were about to find out what we got, it was cancelled. I do get it though, it really was a niche show.

    You're exactly right about Terriers! I love shows like it where humor blends in with darker stuff. Not exactly macabre, but shows that are aware the world is mostly not black or white and what makes stories interesting is watching and trying to empathize with people who try to survive in the grey.

  10. Comment on What's an underrated, cancelled, or largely forgotten show that you really love? in ~tv

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    I can't believe I neglected to mention Rectify on my list, but I couldn't agree with you more. It was incredible from start to finish. If anyone's going to check it out based on your comment, I'd...

    I can't believe I neglected to mention Rectify on my list, but I couldn't agree with you more. It was incredible from start to finish. If anyone's going to check it out based on your comment, I'd recommend that they watch every episode with some space between them.

    Banshee was also so good!

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  11. Comment on What's an underrated, cancelled, or largely forgotten show that you really love? in ~tv

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    I always think of Rubicon when I see questions asked like this. It was a very unique a spy show -- it had no action, was all about strategy and code breaking at a very slow pace and it was so...

    I always think of Rubicon when I see questions asked like this. It was a very unique a spy show -- it had no action, was all about strategy and code breaking at a very slow pace and it was so smart and satisfying to watch. It was like watching accountants more than spies who really love to dig into the books.

    Terriers was another great show that cancelled way too early. I also think it's very underrated. There was some talks about a possible revival a couple of years ago but it sadly didn't materialize.

    Review. This one didn't get cancelled but I think it ended a couple of seasons earlier than it should've been. It did have a satisfying ending so that was something to be happy about. The reason why I'm adding it to my list is because I think it might be the most underrated show of all time. It was brilliant in every sense of the word and I have absolutely no fucking clue why no streaming platform has picked Andy Daly up to produce, write, and/or act in something.

    Man Seeking Woman, it's a surrealist romantic comedy. You don't see shows like this these days, if ever. It's hilarious until the end and executed so well. I loved it despite the romantic genre not being my cup of tea. Miracle Workers is another Simon Rich show. I don't like this one as much as I do Man Seeking Woman but it's still pretty good. Steve Buscemi plays an incompetent god in the first season, that should be enough reason to at least try it!


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    After reading @Eidolon's mention of Banshee, I remember Wayne which was a similar show to Banshee in its style. I think Wayne had more depth and humor than Banhsee but if you like one, I'm sure you'll like the other. The show was aired on YouTube Premium as an original, which I didn't even know was a thing but the show blew me away. I think I found out about it from a user here (I couldn't find their name) and I'm paying it forward in case someone watches it based on my recommendation.

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  12. Comment on A dad took photos of his naked toddler for the doctor. Google flagged him as a criminal. in ~tech

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    Kind of strange reading this as I had a moment of hesitancy yesterday when I was scanning some old family photos and came across the photo of the first bath my mother and I gave to my brother. I...

    Kind of strange reading this as I had a moment of hesitancy yesterday when I was scanning some old family photos and came across the photo of the first bath my mother and I gave to my brother. I ended up scanning and uploading the photo to iCloud but the fact that I did think about this highly unlikely thing that might label me as something I'm not and lock me out of my digital life, which is largely on Apple's platform, was bothersome. Apple has yet to scan photos for CSAM but I have no doubt that it will be implemented soon when the backlash from last year dies down.

    I already back my important stuff up to other mediums (using the 3-2-1 rule), but in a situation like this, I'd guess getting locked out of your accounts or even having your data permanently deleted will be the least of your problems.

    I'm of the opinion that scanning photos for CSAM is a mistake but Alex Stemos, whose opinion I value highly, has been engaging with people on his twitter account for the contrary and having been worked as a CSO of Facebook, I appreciate his insight given the scale he was responsible for. (His long back and forth with Matthew Green features the writer of the article Kashmir Hill as well.)

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Looking for a specific map app on iOS in ~tech

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    You most certainly did! Thank you for your comment again. Regarding the price, I'll buy the app. As you said and I noticed on their website, the app's being developed for a long time and there's a...

    You most certainly did! Thank you for your comment again.

    Regarding the price, I'll buy the app. As you said and I noticed on their website, the app's being developed for a long time and there's a low chance it will be abandoned the day after I purchase it. It just made me pause a bit for the reasons I stated, plus I recently bought Working Copy which is a similarly priced app, so I'm a bit wary to limit my app purchases for this month. 😄

    (Also, it looks like the app can be shared with family members, so that's a big plus. I don't travel much but a member of my family lives to travel and I'm sure she would love to use this app.)

    3 votes
  14. Comment on HBO Max to remove thirty-six titles, including twenty originals, from streaming in ~tv

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    It seems like this company is woefully mismanaged. I'm not knowledgeable enough to dig into its financial numbers, maybe they make sense and they have a healthy profit margin, but from the outside...

    It seems like this company is woefully mismanaged. I'm not knowledgeable enough to dig into its financial numbers, maybe they make sense and they have a healthy profit margin, but from the outside looking in as a regular consumer, they seem really indecisive about a few things.

    First there was a lot of confusion over what the service's name was going to be and they decided on a name that make people think HBO Max is HBO when it actually isn't, they remove content left and right, then as if the initial naming decision wasn't confusing enough, they decided to overhaul the service under a new name with a different technical infrastructure!

    I can get my hands on every content I want on the planet. I'm subscribed to almost every streaming service available in my country, and if I can't find what I'm looking for on these platforms, I can just torrent it from one of the private trackers I'm a member of -- even if it's a very obscure title. HBO Max was supposed to become available in my country in October, which I was very happy about, not for myself but for my loved ones because that meant they can finally watch most of the stuff I watch in a language they can understand but they seem to have scrapped their expansion plan until the end of 2024 because of their merger with Discovery+. Maybe I'm bitter about that but I believe HBO's content deserves better, more streamlined access than whatever Max is or trying to be.

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  15. Comment on Looking for a specific map app on iOS in ~tech

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    Whoa, this is it! It's exactly the kind of app I'm looking for! Fog of World, what a nice name too. I didn't think of it that way (despite spending years playing World of Warcraft), even though I...

    Whoa, this is it! It's exactly the kind of app I'm looking for! Fog of World, what a nice name too. I didn't think of it that way (despite spending years playing World of Warcraft), even though I used the term gamify in my post!

    The only drawback I can think of is the price, which you touched upon. With the exchange rate the way it is for my local currency, it's hard to swallow but I might buy it regardless. I don't travel much, if at all, so once I use it for about a week or two, I doubt I'll use the app again but considering it's being developed since 2012, it could be a worthwhile investment should I travel more often than I currently am.

    Thank you so much for the spot on recommendation!

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Looking for a specific map app on iOS in ~tech

  17. Comment on Looking for a specific map app on iOS in ~tech

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    Yeah, it works OK for the time being. As you said, the UI could use a lot of improvement but I'm not necessarily looking for a long term app. I live in a small town so it won't take me too long to...

    Yeah, it works OK for the time being. As you said, the UI could use a lot of improvement but I'm not necessarily looking for a long term app. I live in a small town so it won't take me too long to achieve my goal. As long as it works straight for a week or two in a way that I want, I'd be happy.

    I really like that I can edit OSM via OsmAnd, though. That could be a hook for me to make it at least installed on my phone all the time. It made me create an OSM account make a few edits already, it's fun to contribute! 🙂

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  18. Comment on What is an older TV show that you really think would be relevant today, both from an artistic and cultural standpoint? in ~tv

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    We Own This City, which was recently ended, was very similar to The Wire. It's set in Baltimore, has the same writers/creators, even has some of the same actors, and it depicts the same problems....

    We Own This City, which was recently ended, was very similar to The Wire. It's set in Baltimore, has the same writers/creators, even has some of the same actors, and it depicts the same problems. I've not yet seen The Wire but the people who did and loved it adored We Own This City. As a standalone piece, separate from The Wire, I did too.

    4 votes