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  1. Comment on If you have more than ten tabs open they’re not tabs anymore they’re bookmarks wasting RAM in ~tech

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    Storing something in RAM uses comparatively little electricity compared to the CPU cycles + internet bandwidth (i.e. upstream electricity usage) required to keep closing and reloading the same...

    Storing something in RAM uses comparatively little electricity compared to the CPU cycles + internet bandwidth (i.e. upstream electricity usage) required to keep closing and reloading the same webpage from a bookmark.

    Edit: The only "wasted" RAM is unused RAM.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on Can someone explain the systemd controversy to a nontechnical user? in ~tech

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    As others have explained, many people had issues with the technical side of systemd. But on top of this: at the time when there was a lot of community push-back, systemd was seen to be somewhat...

    As others have explained, many people had issues with the technical side of systemd. But on top of this: at the time when there was a lot of community push-back, systemd was seen to be somewhat "forced" into being the de-facto standard (against what "the community" believed to be the majority opinion) by some heavy-handed political manoeuvring. This, of course, made the controversy much worse.

    Edit: add "seen to be"

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Why you (probably) won’t finish reading this story in ~health

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    The main reason I didn't finish that story was because I saw the name "Johann Hari".

    The main reason I didn't finish that story was because I saw the name "Johann Hari".

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2021 in ~games

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    Sure thing - DM en route.

    Sure thing - DM en route.

  5. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2021 in ~games

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    OK! So far 0/5 of the "maybe" keys have worked, so I wouldn't be hopeful for Tower of Guns, but you might get lucky! DM en route.

    OK! So far 0/5 of the "maybe" keys have worked, so I wouldn't be hopeful for Tower of Guns, but you might get lucky! DM en route.

  6. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2021 in ~games

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    You've really gone for the jugular with those 3 choices! Great taste. Antichamber is an exceptional experience. Unfortunately /u/Spyder beat you to the "definitely not been redeemed" Bastion key,...

    You've really gone for the jugular with those 3 choices! Great taste. Antichamber is an exceptional experience. Unfortunately /u/Spyder beat you to the "definitely not been redeemed" Bastion key, but I have a second key that may or may not have been redeemed; hopefully it will work for you. The other 2 games are games I purchased at retail, and AFAIK I have never redeemed the HB keys, but I am really sorry if they have been redeemed already. Please let me know whether they work for you? DM en route. Cheers!

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2021 in ~games

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    Yep! I will DM shortly. The Dead Island / SR key is the one that I think is most likely to have been redeemed already, but I am really not sure. I'm sorry if it disappoints - let me know if it...

    Yep! I will DM shortly. The Dead Island / SR key is the one that I think is most likely to have been redeemed already, but I am really not sure. I'm sorry if it disappoints - let me know if it works please?

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2021 in ~games

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    Sure thing! I think both of these keys are 100% guaranteed unused, but I'm really sorry if not. DM on its way.

    Sure thing! I think both of these keys are 100% guaranteed unused, but I'm really sorry if not. DM on its way.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2021 in ~games

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    On their way! Great choices; I really hope the Mark of the Ninja key is still valid, I am so sorry if it isn't. It's a really, really great game that I have bought on both original retail and...

    On their way! Great choices; I really hope the Mark of the Ninja key is still valid, I am so sorry if it isn't. It's a really, really great game that I have bought on both original retail and "Remastered" forms, so I don't know why the key in my Humble account was already "revealed"; hopefully I haven't accidentally invalidated the key by redeeming it against my Steam account after having already bought the game at full retail price. Please let me know if it works? Thanks.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2021 in ~games

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    OK I have quite a few available if anyone wants any of these?! These are all Steam keys, mostly from Humble Bundles, or in-game DLC First come, first served. Up to 3 games, per user, per day until...

    OK I have quite a few available if anyone wants any of these?!

    • These are all Steam keys, mostly from Humble Bundles, or in-game DLC
    • First come, first served.
    • Up to 3 games, per user, per day until midnight NYE UK time; after that it's a free-for-all.
    • User must be registered before today (Unless we are in free-for-all)
    • EDIT : request via comment on this thread, please :)
    • A few at the bottom that I am not 100% certain, might have been redeemed. As far as I know they are available - I'm sorry if these are gone when you try the key, but if you don't have these games, then they are well worth trying (especially Mark of the Ninja, Trine 2, and Fez)! I will update the table as-and-when anyone claims.
    • EDIT: It looks very much like the "uncertain" keys might all have been redeemed. If anyone wants to try the remaining keys then please let me know, but I do think they are quite unlikely to work :(

    I also have a download key for a "25 classic games" pack that came with a retro joystick I just got for xmas - WIN only.

    Game Format Redeemed?
    Gratuitous Space Battles Multiplayer Key DLC N
    The Stillness of the Wind WIN/MAC N
    Quest of Dungeons LIN/WIN/MAC N
    Death Squared WIN/MAC N
    Rising Dusk WIN/MAC N
    Primal Carnage: Extinction WIN N
    Frog Detective WIN/MAC N
    Think of the Children WIN N
    Paperbark WIN/MAC N
    The Stillness of the Wind WIN/MAC N
    Paper Fire Rookie WIN/MAC N
    Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom WIN N
    Hoard LIN/WIN/MAC N
    Small World 2 Royal Bonus DLC DLC key N
    Star Wars Republic Commando WIN N
    Star Wars Starfighter WIN N
    ??? Serious Sam 3 : BFE LIN/WIN/MAC ???
    ??? Trine 2: Complete Story LIN/WIN/MAC ???
    ??? Thomas Was Alone WIN/MAC ???
    Tower of Guns LIN/WIN/MAC /u/toric ?
    Armello LIN/WIN/MAC Y :(
    Feather WIN/MAC /u/Protected
    The Adventure Pals WIN/MAC /u/wolf
    LIMBO LIN/WIN/MAC /u/wolf
    Bastion LIN/WIN/MAC Y :(
    Antichamber LIN/WIN/MAC Y :(
    Fez LIN/WIN/MAC Y :(
    Bastion LIN/WIN/MAC /u/Spyder
    Dead Island GOTY & Saints Row the Third LIN/WIN Y :(
    Duck Game WIN /u/under
    Mark of the Ninja LIN/WIN/MAC Y :(
    Super Meat Boy, Lone Survivor, and Braid LIN/WIN/MAC /u/Don_Camillo
    Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic WIN/MAC /u/Don_Camillo
    4 votes
  11. Comment on Ask Tildes: What alternative apps/webapps do you use to browse Reddit? in ~tech

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    I've used NoSurf for Reddit for years, to dip in from time to time. It's a pretty clunky client, but that's a feature, not a problem. Also, more recently I've installed Stealth which is a very...

    I've used NoSurf for Reddit for years, to dip in from time to time. It's a pretty clunky client, but that's a feature, not a problem.

    Also, more recently I've installed Stealth which is a very good client. However without the strict limits of NoSurf, I've found myself getting sucked in a little. I'm on the cusp of uninstalling it again.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Repeatedly clicking the first link on Wikipedia ends up at "Philosophy" 97% of the time in ~humanities

  13. Comment on Repeatedly clicking the first link on Wikipedia ends up at "Philosophy" 97% of the time in ~humanities

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    I thought this was absolutely fascinating: Clicking on the first link in the main text of an English Wikipedia article, and then repeating the process for subsequent articles, will end up at the...

    I thought this was absolutely fascinating: Clicking on the first link in the main text of an English Wikipedia article, and then repeating the process for subsequent articles, will end up at the article for "Philosophy" 97% of the time.

    (Not sure of which tilde to file this under; I filed under ~humanities because of the connection to philosophy)

    Edit: I got this from a pretty good BBC documentary called "The Joy of Data" - which is mentioned in the Wikipedia article. It can be found on YouTube, but probably not "legit", so I won't link it.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on What's something that you feel is unfairly criticized? in ~talk

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    Insane Clown Posse

    Insane Clown Posse

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Los Angeles Police Department told to collect the social media information of every civilian they interview, including individuals who are not arrested or accused of a crime in ~tech

  16. Comment on What's something that is, surprisingly, made with animal products? in ~enviro

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    Guinness has officially been all vegan since 2018. Tons of other beers (especiall macro beers) use isinglass finings though; it's extremely common. Barnivore is a great resource for looking up...

    Guinness has officially been all vegan since 2018. Tons of other beers (especiall macro beers) use isinglass finings though; it's extremely common. Barnivore is a great resource for looking up specific beers.

    7 votes
  17. Comment on Twitter starts to require login to view tweets in ~tech

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    Freetube and Newpipe are both wildly under-appreciated.

    Freetube and Newpipe are both wildly under-appreciated.

    12 votes
  18. Comment on Twitter starts to require login to view tweets in ~tech

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    I used to have low-4-digits of followers on twitter, before I deleted the heck of my account. That's not a flex; I never felt like I had many followers in the grand scheme of things. And even so,...

    I used to have low-4-digits of followers on twitter, before I deleted the heck of my account. That's not a flex; I never felt like I had many followers in the grand scheme of things. And even so, I only had accumulated that many followers because of quite how long I had been on there.

    But, it was more than enough to get meaningful replies to my customer service complaints when something went wrong - and to get weirdly performative amounts of action taken: because I might RT it to my followers. #clout #clout #letitallout

    After deleting my account, I soon found that Twitter is the only platform that corporate customer service teams pay attention to. At (really bad) times, I've even tried to create a Twitter account and speak to them that way - but without any twitter clout, it's completely futile - I don't even get a reply.

    11 votes
  19. Comment on What useless information do you have memorized? in ~talk

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    I can still remember quite a lot of friends' phone numbers from 1990-2000ish.

    I can still remember quite a lot of friends' phone numbers from 1990-2000ish.

    3 votes