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  1. Comment on How Vim became so popular in ~comp

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    I've never felt the need to become more proficient in vi/vim (or even emacs). The extent to which i've ever had to use an editor on a remote machine was simple or infrequent enough that I've...

    I've never felt the need to become more proficient in vi/vim (or even emacs). The extent to which i've ever had to use an editor on a remote machine was simple or infrequent enough that I've always been able to get by only with nano (or in many earlier unix years pico)...but i've never used/had access to (or even heard about) a unix or linux machine that lacked either nano or pico...so, this is quite an interesting anecdote! If this is a possibility (I've never used EC2 machiens from say AWS), then i guess i better brush up on at least vi, since that is supposed to be installed "everwhere".

  2. Comment on Real reasons why tech giants are hugging “remote work” in ~tech

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    This would be a great thing...However there would need to be a minimum of infrastructure to help support that mode of work...I'm speaking of at least widely, cheaply available high speed internet...

    ...people who live in small cities don't need to leave them to find a programming job...

    This would be a great thing...However there would need to be a minimum of infrastructure to help support that mode of work...I'm speaking of at least widely, cheaply available high speed internet access; something that is often not as widely, cheaply available as desired in rural areas. (I'm assuming your reference to "small cities" would also include rural areas.) Of course, as @bloup noted about tax incentives, I'll extend their note to wonder aloud if taxes captured elsewhere in the federal government could help subsidize more universal internet access for all which could help all this widespread remote work. (I'm ignoring the obvious, core, already-broken mess that is internet access and the ungodly amounts of money shipped to the big monopoly ISP/carriers across the U.S.)

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  3. Comment on Are there any datahoarders in here? in ~talk

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    I also have a good portion of my music collecition that many would categorize as definitely not popular music. As a side hobby, I'm teaching myself python...and one project i hope to undertake...

    I also have a good portion of my music collecition that many would categorize as definitely not popular music. As a side hobby, I'm teaching myself python...and one project i hope to undertake when my skills are far better is to use my music collection as training data for some set of machine learning algorithms. Sort of have it take a swipe at my music collection, and try to automatically tag my music...and then i would check a few results to review accuracy, have it go several more rounds, and iterate, etc. I know there are perhaps better tools for tagging music...but much like you, my music is not as popular enough to take advantage of existing databases...plus this project is more for me to augment my python skills primarily and learn more about machine learning secondly...with the tidying up of my music collection's metadata a third benefit.

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  4. Comment on Munich is shifting back from Microsoft to open source in ~tech

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    This reminds me about the recent article i read about the Dutch moving to a "free software by default" policy: https://fsfe.org/news/2020/news-20200424-01.html I know in the U.S. there have been...

    This reminds me about the recent article i read about the Dutch moving to a "free software by default" policy: https://fsfe.org/news/2020/news-20200424-01.html

    I know in the U.S. there have been movements to expose some data - hence data.gov and other sites like it - but it always feels like we're a little behind here on the software side. Hoping that with other countries taking the lead, we can eventually catch up. (Sorry, if my comment is interpreted as political, it is not meant to be.)

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  5. Comment on An ode to the unexpected whimsy (and strength) of your mail delivery in ~life

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    What a wonderful read! Those mini mailsters were so cute! I recall also hearing from another piece somewhere that even nowadays (well, pre-pandemic days anyway), with Amazon, FedEx, and other...

    What a wonderful read! Those mini mailsters were so cute! I recall also hearing from another piece somewhere that even nowadays (well, pre-pandemic days anyway), with Amazon, FedEx, and other services being lauded so often, for the last mile delivery, in some remote places in the U.S., they all still depend on the USPS...just amazing.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Coming soon: Fedora on Lenovo laptops! in ~tech

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    Totally forgot about Dell's project Sputnik. Yeah, between these efforts from Dell and Lenovo, plus orgs like Pine64, Purism, System 76, etc., it's really a great thing for linux! These orgs are...

    Totally forgot about Dell's project Sputnik. Yeah, between these efforts from Dell and Lenovo, plus orgs like Pine64, Purism, System 76, etc., it's really a great thing for linux! These orgs are where I choose to give my money to.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~health.coronavirus

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    I really don't know Mr. Kissinger personally, so can't speak to his intentions. And, to me, some of the things he stated don't seem like they're factual. Take for instance what @jakethedog...

    I really don't know Mr. Kissinger personally, so can't speak to his intentions. And, to me, some of the things he stated don't seem like they're factual. Take for instance what @jakethedog (rightly) quoted.

    But i at least like the following comment...

    Enlightenment thinkers reframed this concept, arguing that the purpose of the legitimate state is to provide for the fundamental needs of the people: security, order, economic well-being, and justice. Individuals cannot secure these things on their own. The pandemic has prompted an anachronism, a revival of the walled city in an age when prosperity depends on global trade and movement of people.

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

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    I've always been an android phone guy...Not so much as a fanboy of android...More a little bit poor, and a little bit philosophically opposed about paying so much for apple devices. But at one...

    I've always been an android phone guy...Not so much as a fanboy of android...More a little bit poor, and a little bit philosophically opposed about paying so much for apple devices. But at one point, i had the resources to buy an iphone SE, and sort of got over my slight annoyance at apple price tags...And then held the iphone SE in my hand, and fell in love with the form factor! I never pulled the trigger, never swicthed over to apple iphone ecosystem because had heard word that SE was going the way of the dodo bird; that apple was no longer going to support this phone, etc. Well, i dislike buying phones all the time; very much a fan of logevity with my phones (and other devices). So, considering that apple was supposedly going to kill off the SE - i held off buying it. Now, i regret it. I could've gotten at least a few years of good use out of it. And, things have flipped recently for me: i somewhat disdain android phones (for privacy/philosophical reasons). I'm not up on any new SE models coming out...but if they do release a new one - in a similar form factor (the smaller, the better) - then I might consider getting one. But to one of your points, many of the people i know would - weirdly enough - consider the SE "old tech" - which is ridiculous (i don';t think that its old tech, but whatever).

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

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    That's funny, before all this pandemic business, I actually had "buying paper maps" as a to-do item. Beyond the need for guiding myself, I also wanted to flex my "mapping" muscle. Kudos to you for...

    Once the pandemic is over I want to buy a map of my city including all the public transportation routes to use for day-to-day stuff, just to flex that muscle a bit and work on spacial reasoning.

    That's funny, before all this pandemic business, I actually had "buying paper maps" as a to-do item. Beyond the need for guiding myself, I also wanted to flex my "mapping" muscle. Kudos to you for having these maps!
    (I did grow up when maps were the main method to orient one's self; and later in life i was too poor/cheap to get actual GPS devices...until mobile phones nowadays anyways.)

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

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    Linux mint xfce is light on resources; but i believe there are other linux distros out there that are even lighter, which might help you. Have you considered trying other, different linux distros...

    Linux mint xfce is light on resources; but i believe there are other linux distros out there that are even lighter, which might help you. Have you considered trying other, different linux distros which might be better suited for "legacy" or more modest (resource-wise) systems? One that comes to mind is Lubuntu . Obviously, that is not the only option; there are many other choices as well. Also, i have not tried Lubuntu in many years, so not sure if they still as good as they used to be. See also DistroWatch for help choosing other linux distributions. You are not alone in getting legacy devices to get "resurrected" by a linux distro. Good luck!

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

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    Thank you for the intro to Clicky Keyboards! (Gonna save that in my bookmarks for when i need a keyboard!)

    Thank you for the intro to Clicky Keyboards! (Gonna save that in my bookmarks for when i need a keyboard!)

    3 votes
  12. Comment on What are your favorite CLI tools/applications? in ~comp

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    Yeah, that is a good benefit.

    appreciate the tab completion

    Yeah, that is a good benefit.

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  13. Comment on What are your favorite CLI tools/applications? in ~comp

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    I knew of youtube-dl for quite some time now...but for some reason i find myself using it tons more recently. I used it at first to mostly download DJ mixes and burn them to CDs (for listening in...

    I knew of youtube-dl for quite some time now...but for some reason i find myself using it tons more recently. I used it at first to mostly download DJ mixes and burn them to CDs (for listening in my old car)...now when i download the mixes, i just instinctively listen to them offline. If you have a playlist of media from youtube that you want to view/listen to without ads, youtube-dl is the way to do it. (Not that the ads bother me much, but i guess it might be important for others.)

    5 votes
  14. Comment on What are your favorite CLI tools/applications? in ~comp

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    I learned about exiftool only a few months ago myself, and have used it a few times to great benefit! The first time that i needed to use it, i had one of those moments where i literally said to...

    I learned about exiftool only a few months ago myself, and have used it a few times to great benefit! The first time that i needed to use it, i had one of those moments where i literally said to myself: "where have you been all of my life!?!" :-)

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What are your favorite CLI tools/applications? in ~comp

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    I like tldr, but recently learned of http://cheat.sh/ - and yes it is curl-able from the terminal. For example, in order to learn about the "ls" command, you would run the following: curl...

    I like tldr, but recently learned of http://cheat.sh/ - and yes it is curl-able from the terminal. For example, in order to learn about the "ls" command, you would run the following:
    curl cheat.sh/ls

    As long as you have curl installed, you don't need to install "cheat.sh" nor anything else - pretty nifty! (This assumes you have internet connectivity of course.) I have it set as an alias on my linux laptop, so just do something like:
    cheat ls
    (and then it runs "curl cheat.sh/ls")

    3 votes
  16. Comment on What are your favorite CLI tools/applications? in ~comp

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    I'm a recent convert to ripgrep. Admittedly my needs tend to be very simple (I'm not some sort of grep ninja), so grep is fine too...but ripgrep sure is fast!

    I'm a recent convert to ripgrep. Admittedly my needs tend to be very simple (I'm not some sort of grep ninja), so grep is fine too...but ripgrep sure is fast!

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What are your favorite CLI tools/applications? in ~comp

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    +1 on micro - if only because it so nicely/simply supports good ol' ctrl-c for copying and ctrl-v for pasting. ;-)

    +1 on micro - if only because it so nicely/simply supports good ol' ctrl-c for copying and ctrl-v for pasting. ;-)

    2 votes
  18. Comment on DIY internet provider sees demand spike amid coronavirus pandemic in ~tech

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    I wonder what a future would look like if more municipalities had somewhat more autonomous utilities? ...I'm thinking of smaller but indie electric grids, and municipal internet, etc. Sure,...

    I wonder what a future would look like if more municipalities had somewhat more autonomous utilities? ...I'm thinking of smaller but indie electric grids, and municipal internet, etc. Sure, commerce and other things need to span to other towns, etc. But such a possibility does intrigue me. I, for one, wish for things like NYC Mesh to flourish - among other good reasons it helps decentralize control and reduce single points of societal failure.

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

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    Wow, I've never heard of city pop, but am crazy intrigued! Thanks for sharing!

    Wow, I've never heard of city pop, but am crazy intrigued! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Comment on Introducing a simpler, more organized Slack in ~tech

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    THIS 100 times! I don't have anything personally against slack - though when given a choice i vastly prefer FOSS options (and yes, including stuff like Riot, which is one of many apps over the...

    THIS 100 times! I don't have anything personally against slack - though when given a choice i vastly prefer FOSS options (and yes, including stuff like Riot, which is one of many apps over the matrix protocol/network). Also, for my dayjobs, all my employers (unfortunately) have used proprietary systems (e.g. MS Teams, Skype for business, etc.)...so I get that there will be loads of users who use the proprietary stuff, and i understand that slack might simply be a private company trying to run a business without being evil...but i very much dislike when marketing and/or PR teams use false and/or hyperbolic language - e.g. "...the silos of email..." - which could brainwash potential users in such a dastardly way. My reflex is to get upset with the Slacks of the world...but then, i wonder, hey, maybe as the Riot or other matrix apps of the world get better and gain polish, maybe users will get frustrated enough with the Slacks and move over to FOSS options - sort of self-inflicted business suicide? ...hmmm, i guess we'll see. In the meantime, I'll enjoy my freedoms and liberty and truths/non-hyperbole with FOSS options.

    2 votes