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  1. Comment on An AI generated version of Seinfeld is running on Twitch non-stop in ~comp

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    As a counterpoint to that, I had it on all day yesterday on very low volume. It was great background visual/noise for work. If I wanted a distraction, I could easily watch a little of it and get a...

    As a counterpoint to that, I had it on all day yesterday on very low volume. It was great background visual/noise for work. If I wanted a distraction, I could easily watch a little of it and get a few giggles out of how badly it does or doesn't make sense and go back to what I was doing. I've never been a "background TV" kind of person, but I sort of get it if it's something easy to ignore like this.

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  2. Comment on ‘Avatar’ rerelease king of the world with $31M global bow in ~movies

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    There are a lot of big numbers here, but they all seem to be global. And divided by 50, not that big. I remember seeing the original twice, but also that the second time was completely lackluster....

    There are a lot of big numbers here, but they all seem to be global. And divided by 50, not that big. I remember seeing the original twice, but also that the second time was completely lackluster. Do audiences really have any interest n this? I know I don't. I can't even remember what it's about at this point other than some white dudes infiltrating a native culture.

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  3. Comment on Reddit CEO Steve Huffman discusses how he wants every subreddit to be its own media company and he wants to see money being exchanged from users to users and users to subreddits in ~tech

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    That makes me feel a little better. I only counted active for my 5 mods. The actual list is a bit longer, but I likely won't remove any of them anytime soon having done a cleanup not too long ago....

    That makes me feel a little better. I only counted active for my 5 mods. The actual list is a bit longer, but I likely won't remove any of them anytime soon having done a cleanup not too long ago. I'm #1 so I mostly just make those decisions and let the others do the actual work these days.

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  4. Comment on Reddit CEO Steve Huffman discusses how he wants every subreddit to be its own media company and he wants to see money being exchanged from users to users and users to subreddits in ~tech

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    One mod for 400k? That seems... not great? Is the sub actually active or are these dead subscriptions? I've got 5 for ~160k and still need a pretty active automod to get the job done. Even our...

    One mod for 400k? That seems... not great? Is the sub actually active or are these dead subscriptions? I've got 5 for ~160k and still need a pretty active automod to get the job done. Even our group tends to be pretty hands off. I can't imagine how hands off one has to be.

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  5. Comment on Seasonal beverages in ~food

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    Summer: Tepache, fermented pineapple. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNcoYLVFCKg Highly recommended with a habanero in the ferment and excellent with a shot of bourbon when served. Yeah, I know...

    Summer: Tepache, fermented pineapple.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNcoYLVFCKg

    Highly recommended with a habanero in the ferment and excellent with a shot of bourbon when served. Yeah, I know it seems like tequilla would be the right choice, but bourbon is excellent in it. And of course it's quite excellent without booze too.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Reply All is officially dead. What to listen to now? in ~misc

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    Loremen: Two blokes discussing and making fun of lesser-known local legends and rating their job with an arbitrary scoring system. They try to stay away from the kinds of big-name stories you've...

    Loremen: Two blokes discussing and making fun of lesser-known local legends and rating their job with an arbitrary scoring system. They try to stay away from the kinds of big-name stories you've probably heard before.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Paywalls everywhere you go? Get to the goodies with these two Paywall Ladder bookmarklets in ~tech

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    I'm a fan of 21ft.io, personally. They've got a bookmarklet around to make it "easy" on any browser without need of an extension.

    I'm a fan of 21ft.io, personally. They've got a bookmarklet around to make it "easy" on any browser without need of an extension.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I haven’t, this is the first order I’ve done there. I’m impressed, but probably don’t personally have much use for an assembly service since I’d only ever be doing one-off things.

    I haven’t, this is the first order I’ve done there. I’m impressed, but probably don’t personally have much use for an assembly service since I’d only ever be doing one-off things.

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  9. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I just completed a replacement of my Kinesis Advantage keyboard controller with a custom controller, kint, that runs the QMK firmware. Overall, it was very doable without having much skill in...

    I just completed a replacement of my Kinesis Advantage keyboard controller with a custom controller, kint, that runs the QMK firmware. Overall, it was very doable without having much skill in soldering. I think the project cost me about $70 and saved a $300 keyboard from what has been a slow decline into me not wanting to use it.

    One quick edit: I highly recommend using JLCPCB if you’re interested. The first recommended service on kint is about $80 for just two blank PCBs (not including the components!) and I got my five custom PCB blanks in just under 2 weeks for a total of $13.50 shipped to the states. They are perfect. You do have to download the specification package to get the job done, but that’s pretty minor for the savings.

    Soldering-wise, the project does call for 4 surface mount resistors and 4 surface mount LEDs, but I didn’t have anywhere near the trouble that I expected with those. Anybody attempting, I’d highly recommend scrubbing through the live build by its author.

    My biggest hurdle was that the older Advantage has its thumb key breakout boards soldered on to the main controller, and kint calls for you to solder the leads on to header pins. I originally attempted to desolder the ribbons, but it just wasn’t worth the time and I ended up snipping them instead. I’d consider female connectors for those if I did it to another original Advantage. The Advantage2 doesn’t have this problem. I think the only other hardware note is that you lose the USB hub in lieu of whatever USB cable you plug into the teensy board. It’s reasonably possible to save the original USB connector, but I didn’t bother. Both the new cable and the dead original cable just come out of the keyboard for mine. I removed the USB hub board and stuck the new cable out of the hole where the ports used to be.

    Finally, now that it’s together, the real benefits start. I’ve got a fairly complicated key layout programmed so that I can switch it between hardware qwerty that’s compatible with software dvorak (some of the keys are weird on the original layout if you do that), the original qwerty, and a hardware dvorak mode. I may yet add a mode to switch software dvorak into hardware qwerty. None of that was really the goal. My main motivation was to solve the connectivity/starting problems that seem to plague the original controller.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on What to do with NFC tags in ~comp

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    My most useful sticker is one next to my tea station that starts a tea-appropriate timer on a tap.

    My most useful sticker is one next to my tea station that starts a tea-appropriate timer on a tap.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on Nintendo Switch Indie World Showcase - April 14, 2021 in ~games

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    As much as it looks like a game of watching paint dry, I'm really enjoying The Longing. It has a good humor about it and every little detail is delightful. We'll see what happens when my timer...

    As much as it looks like a game of watching paint dry, I'm really enjoying The Longing. It has a good humor about it and every little detail is delightful. We'll see what happens when my timer reminds me to check on it in 399 days.

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  12. Comment on Home brew! Who's brewing up what? in ~hobbies

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    There are a lot of methods with various merits. It's worth noting that lactobacillus souring is very different from other forms, which tend to take quite a bit of time. For lacto, it's popular to...

    There are a lot of methods with various merits. It's worth noting that lactobacillus souring is very different from other forms, which tend to take quite a bit of time. For lacto, it's popular to inoculate the wort after taking runnings from the mash tun and then boil 48-72 hours later to lock in the sour pH, but not infect any post-boil equipment. I tend to prefer getting a beer done all in one day so I don't mind introducing fermenters to the cultures. The various sour cultures are sold in packs just as normal yeast is sold. Handling is usually similar but at different temperatures. For this recipe, I follow up a lacto inoculation with normal beer yeast after a few days.

    I highly recommend American Sour Beer by Michael Tonsmeire (https://www.themadfermentationist.com) if you want to get into making the styles.

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  13. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    I don't have any experience with full-frame, but 35mm lenses with adapters on 4/3 cameras are difficult to deal with. It's not a big problem to do the conversion of focal point/range/etc, but to...

    I don't have any experience with full-frame, but 35mm lenses with adapters on 4/3 cameras are difficult to deal with. It's not a big problem to do the conversion of focal point/range/etc, but to actually use any of them is where I find it to not work. A 50mm prime lens requires far too much distance to get anything in frame, for instance. I did this as a stopgap until I could afford a few Panasonic lenses for my body (GX1, a long time ago) and it did not work well. Today I have a 20mm and a 100-300mm that I mostly switch between with much better results. Granted, this is all just sporadic hobby/snapshot/vacation use, not video production.

  14. Comment on Home brew! Who's brewing up what? in ~hobbies

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    I was going to brew a gose yesterday, but the current midwestern US heatwave kept me from wanting to sit outside by a propane burner for a few hours. We're going to try tomorrow. This will be the...

    I was going to brew a gose yesterday, but the current midwestern US heatwave kept me from wanting to sit outside by a propane burner for a few hours. We're going to try tomorrow. This will be the third incarnation of this beer: Gose to 11 and I think I've decided to name it "Gose to 12" in that honor. I've always done a plain gose in the past, but I'm still deciding on if I'll add some fruit juice to it in secondary and what that juice might be.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    AFAIK, which I don't know a lot, the Safari content blockers are not extra software running while you are browsing but a separate app configures them. This is the mechanism on iOS as well, which...

    AFAIK, which I don't know a lot, the Safari content blockers are not extra software running while you are browsing but a separate app configures them. This is the mechanism on iOS as well, which certainly is not allowing 3rd party developers to run code on top of the Safari instance. It's basically what Chrome is doing in this case (noted elsewhere in this thread somewhere) but was created specifically for users to block content and does not share the exact same limits.

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  16. Comment on What are some interesting hobbies you can start for free and without leaving your home? in ~hobbies

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    I suggest starting with mead. It can be a ~3 ingredient beverage and there are a few very bare bones starting recipes out there. I moderate/created the mead community on That Other Site and we...

    I suggest starting with mead. It can be a ~3 ingredient beverage and there are a few very bare bones starting recipes out there. I moderate/created the mead community on That Other Site and we have a lot of getting started help on our wiki. I also recently viewed a Modern Rogue episode, How to Make Your Own Mead that did a nice job of talking basics and giving a nugget of what comes later.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    Oof that's sad. Perhaps the Chrome news will help put a spotlight (pun possibly intended) on the extension issues in that space. There are certainly paid options like OneBlockerX that come close...

    Oof that's sad. Perhaps the Chrome news will help put a spotlight (pun possibly intended) on the extension issues in that space. There are certainly paid options like OneBlockerX that come close enough for comfort as well.

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    In addition to the Firefox option, uBlock does exist for Safari/macOS. It's certainly got some problems, especially in the extension availability department. But I find Safari to use a lot less...

    In addition to the Firefox option, uBlock does exist for Safari/macOS. It's certainly got some problems, especially in the extension availability department. But I find Safari to use a lot less battery than Chrome and saves me from the icky feeling of Google products. I was shocked to find that the plethora of Chrome extensions I was using really aren't all that helpful in the long run and Safari does the job just fine. RES might be the one extension I truly miss. Going Google-free has been one of the better decisions I've made in the last few years. I'd encourage others to give it a chance.

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  19. Comment on Adventures with a programmable mechanical ortholinear split ergonomic keyboard in ~tech

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    I teach a software engineering class at a small university and I always run a "tools" week to help students understand how much both hardware and software tooling affects their job. I bring in my...

    I teach a software engineering class at a small university and I always run a "tools" week to help students understand how much both hardware and software tooling affects their job. I bring in my Kinesis Advantage and let students see and feel it, I give them the information that qwerty isn't the only keyboard layout out there, and I take the time to pick apart the workings of a good chair with good posture. In particular, I make sure to ask students how much they think carpal tunnel surgery costs in comparison to a $300 keyboard, and ask them how their hands are feeling. The time to start worrying about this stuff is before it hurts, not after!

    Every semester, this one section of two lectures always lands in my student reviews in a positive way. Previous students frequently come to ask my opinion of the things they're considering in their tools, and I have caught more than a few switching keyboard layouts. This is why I do what I do.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on US Department of Energy is now referring to fossil fuels as “freedom gas” in ~enviro