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  1. Comment on What are your views on hydrogen powered vehicles? in ~tech

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    Hydrogen is basically only useful as a battery. It takes energy to produce it, and it releases energy either through burning it or by passing it through a fuel cell. There's no such thing as a...

    Hydrogen is basically only useful as a battery. It takes energy to produce it, and it releases energy either through burning it or by passing it through a fuel cell. There's no such thing as a hydrogen mine we can tap from. There is no abundant source of it on earth. The only way we get elemental hydrogen is through electrolysis and other ways of removing it from molecules containing it. This is a zero-sum game though. Newton's laws say there's no way to gain any energy here, you can only lose it.

    Could hydrogen fuel cells be a good battery? Maybe. Lithium-ion battery tech has outpaced it though, and nowadays delivers more power density, efficiency, and safety than hydrogen. Until we come up with a portable fusion generator, I kinda think hydrogen is a dead-end.

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  2. Comment on Firefox 64 release notes in ~tech

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    Off topic, but did anyone read this as Starfox 64? Repeatedly? Probably just me, and I'm not sure why it is, but I've read the title at least a dozen times now and it still registers as "starfox"...

    Off topic, but did anyone read this as Starfox 64? Repeatedly? Probably just me, and I'm not sure why it is, but I've read the title at least a dozen times now and it still registers as "starfox" when I skim past it on the page.

  3. Comment on How old is too old for trick-or-treating? in ~misc

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    I have a roommate who trick-or-treats every year. He's in his mid-40's. The thing is he mostly only does so in our neighbourhood, where mostly everyone already knows him. We don't get many kids in...

    I have a roommate who trick-or-treats every year. He's in his mid-40's. The thing is he mostly only does so in our neighbourhood, where mostly everyone already knows him. We don't get many kids in our neighbourhood, but everyone ends up buying a 50-pack of candy anyway. So, we usually only end up getting 2-4 groups of trick-or-treaters on an average halloween and most of it just gets eaten by adults anyway. He says around 80% of people are happy to see him and give him candy. The rest tell him to fuck off, usually in no uncertain terms.

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  4. Comment on Introducing reCAPTCHA v3: the new way to stop bots in ~tech

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    What stood out to me is the part where they said something to the effect of: "Since this works in the background, you should add the recaptcha script to as many of your pages as possible". Knowing...

    What stood out to me is the part where they said something to the effect of: "Since this works in the background, you should add the recaptcha script to as many of your pages as possible".

    Knowing that this script is very probably collecting actions, keystrokes, who knows what else, and it gets embedded on a huge number sites because of its usefulness, coupled with Google's recent "We totally don't track your phone when your location settings are turned off, except when we do" policy coming to light, this doesn't sound good to me.

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  5. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tildes

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    Ok, got it. So just FYI to future historians or whatnot, I've been the recipient of volumes of abuse online. It's just I've never considered myself a victim per se, so I answered "No" to the question.

    Ok, got it. So just FYI to future historians or whatnot, I've been the recipient of volumes of abuse online. It's just I've never considered myself a victim per se, so I answered "No" to the question.

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  6. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tildes

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    This was difficult to answer since I don't know what the question intends to ask. If the question were "Have you been the subject of a substantial amount of internet abuse" I would have said yes....

    Would you say that you’ve been the victim of a substantial amount of internet abuse?

    This was difficult to answer since I don't know what the question intends to ask.

    If the question were "Have you been the subject of a substantial amount of internet abuse" I would have said yes. I've had some high profile accounts on some forums and sites before, and that's drawn a large number of haters at times. I would definitely say I've been subject to vast amounts of internet abuse at times.

    I have a hard time saying I've been a victim though. I try to keep a fair distance between my online life and IRL. I'm from an age on the internet where no one gave out their real name. Everyone took on pseudonyms and avatars and no one took things too seriously.

    So, I've dealt with lots of trolls in my time. I've dealt with people trying to doxx me, I've had people on IRC go on a campaign to try and DDOS my IP for days on end. In the end though, the only people online who know my IRL identity are people I've trusted with that info, and I've never actually felt in danger or victimized by any actions anyone has done online.

    Sooo, no? Yes maybe, but I'm probably not the demographic you're looking for for your thing.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Arrest Made in Connection to Suspicious Packages in ~news

  8. Comment on The US Air Force Has Spent $326,000 Replacing Broken Coffee Cups in the Last Two Years in ~news

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    On the one hand, $835 is stupidly expensive for a self-heating mug. On the other hand, if a pilot buys a $20 uncertified one from amazon that starts a fire or interferes with the aircraft's...

    Because it connects to the aircraft, replacements require FAA airworthiness certification.

    On the one hand, $835 is stupidly expensive for a self-heating mug. On the other hand, if a pilot buys a $20 uncertified one from amazon that starts a fire or interferes with the aircraft's electrical systems, the loss of life and millions of dollars in equipment suddenly makes $300k seem really cheap.

    16 votes
  9. Comment on What are some of your favorite "lost" games? in ~games

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    It's been a decade since I've looked into it, but I once had a roommate that was telling me how much he wanted to play the classic MacOS versions of Oregon Trail, Day of the Tentacle, etc, so I...

    It's been a decade since I've looked into it, but I once had a roommate that was telling me how much he wanted to play the classic MacOS versions of Oregon Trail, Day of the Tentacle, etc, so I set up SheepShaver for him. It seems I needed to find a copy of the System 9 floppy disks, and a system ROM, but I remember it working well once I got it set up.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on What is a small thing you can add to a regular dish, that makes it all that much tastier? in ~food

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    My favourite way to enhance ramen is to add about 1tbsp sriracha, a half teaspoon sesame oil, a dash of fish sauce, green onions, and an egg fried lightly so the yolk is still runny. If you're...

    My favourite way to enhance ramen is to add about 1tbsp sriracha, a half teaspoon sesame oil, a dash of fish sauce, green onions, and an egg fried lightly so the yolk is still runny. If you're eating nothing but ramen because you're broke, it's a bit of an investment to get the sriracha, fish sauce, and sesame oil, but you use so little that it'll last you several dozen packs at least.

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  11. Comment on What is a small thing you can add to a regular dish, that makes it all that much tastier? in ~food

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    Alcohol in tomato based dishes. Cocoa powder in chilis. Sesame oil in a stir fry.

    Alcohol in tomato based dishes.

    Cocoa powder in chilis.

    Sesame oil in a stir fry.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Best Command-line Productivity Tools? in ~tech

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    Another suggestion for your extract function might be: case $1 in *.tar* | *.tgz | *.gz | *.xz | *.bz2) tar xf $1 ;; Modern versions of tar now scan for gzipped, bzipped, etc tars and seem to pipe...

    Another suggestion for your extract function might be:

    case $1 in
             *.tar* | *.tgz | *.gz | *.xz | *.bz2)   tar xf $1 ;;
    

    Modern versions of tar now scan for gzipped, bzipped, etc tars and seem to pipe them through the appropriate decompressor. You just have to use tar xf filename.ext for pretty much everything but zips, rars, and 7z files I think.

  13. Comment on "The American Dream" is now a coin flip. 50% of Americans will not make more than their parents, and it correlates strongly with where they live. in ~news

  14. Comment on Netflix Is Planning a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure ‘Black Mirror’ in ~tv

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    If there's anyone I think can pull this off, it's Charlie Brooker. I'm a longtime fan of his after discovering Screen Wipe something like a decade ago. He, more than anyone else I can think of,...

    If there's anyone I think can pull this off, it's Charlie Brooker. I'm a longtime fan of his after discovering Screen Wipe something like a decade ago. He, more than anyone else I can think of, understands media and how it can deliver messages. I have high hopes for this.

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  15. Comment on What is the most recent thing you consumed? in ~food

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    A bit of both. I've been unemployed for a while now and it's sorta getting to me. It's one of those vicious cycle things they talk about; a sort of self-reinforcing downward spiral that if I don't...

    A bit of both. I've been unemployed for a while now and it's sorta getting to me. It's one of those vicious cycle things they talk about; a sort of self-reinforcing downward spiral that if I don't snap out of soon, my life is going to continue to get worse.

    I like to think it's no big deal, I'm just having a bad month/year kind of thing, but when I typed out what I ate yesterday, it sorta became apparent exactly how bad it looks from an outside perspective. I've really got to do something about this.

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  16. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~life

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    Ugh. Thank you. This is everything I knew was coming but didn't want to hear.

    Ugh. Thank you. This is everything I knew was coming but didn't want to hear.

  17. Comment on What is the most recent thing you consumed? in ~food

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    Cheap whiskey, cigarettes, 7-11 chicken. I'm not doing well.

    Cheap whiskey, cigarettes, 7-11 chicken. I'm not doing well.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~life

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    I don't really have anything to suggest; I wish I did. I just wanted to put it out there that this reads like a loosely-adapted story of my life, like a made-for-TV movie version of my life that...

    I don't really have anything to suggest; I wish I did. I just wanted to put it out there that this reads like a loosely-adapted story of my life, like a made-for-TV movie version of my life that gets a lot of the details wrong, but still captures the main parts.

    I've been a self-taught IT guy my whole life, always been the guy people call when they need someone to do "IT stuff", be that fixing a toaster oven, installing 20 network drops in a new office, recovering data from a dead hard drive, what have you. For a while I was taking overflow runoff work from a MSP, until I had enough regular clients in addition to that to start my own business. Me and a good friend spent our savings working on building it up. I wrote the website, the ticketing system, the billing system, etc, and he mostly brought the clients. For the first year it was great. I created an awesome ticketing system with a really great front end for clients to submit tickets. It had a really awesome and fast google maps address picker that forced people to give us a real address. It had a requested time field that checked our current schedules and said if all techs were booked, asked them for another time. The incoming tickets would be delivered to techs in the appropriate queue via email, which gave them super easy buttons to accept the ticket, reschedule it, etc, and it was all built into google calendar. So when they accepted the ticket it would get added to their calendar, and they'd get a reminder x minutes beforehand with the address as a nicely clickable link. Then, at the end, they hit close ticket, enter their hours, description of what they did, and it would automatically generate an invoice. I swear once we went under I should have continued working on it and sold it to pizza delivery companies or something.

    Anyway, everything went well for a year and a half or so, until me and my business partner realized we don't work well together and we had very different ideas of what the business should be and where it should be going. So I took a sabbatical for a year or so, went on a crazy journey, lost everything, long story. Came back to Calgary, took a 9-5 with one of my old clients with the title of "entire fucking IT department." I ended up working my ass off crazy doing overtime for a 4 year old company that called itself a startup; I virtualized all their shit, I created a domain, with roaming profiles and shadow volumes on a raid array that was backed up daily. Moved their web hosting from nearly $1000/mo on hostgator to hosting everything in-house while heavily leveraging caching and CDNs for <$50/mo. Long story short, they talked me down on salary when I started, saying I'd get a raise within 3mo. After I year of having that raise dangled over my head but never delivered, I walked out the door.

    I'm in the same sort of place as your right now, I think. I'm really not sure what's out there that matches my skill set. I wouldn't say I'm a linux expert by any measure, but I really have been using it for 15+ years. I've never had any training in electronics, and I'm really lacking on a lot of the theory, but I can very likely fix your broken TV. I am absolutely not a coder, but if you put me in front of the source code to any program in pretty much any language, and asked me to perform a simple change to one behavior, I'm sure I can do so in about double the time an experienced person could.

    But what do I want to do with that? I really liked being the guy who's called in when everything is on fire, everything is completely obscure and foreign, and I can somehow figure out how to put out all the fires, fix everything, get the data back, be the hero, and go home with a disgusting amount of money. My idea was once my consultancy business had enough clients, I'd outsource the day-to-day plug-in-a-printer calls to new hires, and I'd only go out for the random crazy shit, but that never happened. I think what I'm looking for now is a sysadmin job where I have to play shepherd to a bunch of linux servers for a medium-sized business. Not much happens day-to-day, I have to do backups and other housekeeping tasks, but then when shit hits the fan, and something totally unpredictable happens, I prove my value by fixing everything. I'm still looking for what keyword to search for though, I don't know how to find this job.

    As for getting certs, I have none, but I've found they're mostly only useful for getting past the first interview, or getting your resume past the HR department. Once you talk to the actual IT department, your knowledge will be apparent and the IT person interviewing you won't care much about certs. Most job listings I see, unless they're really strict like government, say something to the effect of "Bachelors Degree in CS (or equivalent)", and if you have 5+yrs experience that really does qualify as "or equivalent" to everyone except HR drones.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on 'Distracted boyfriend' advert ruled sexist in ~misc

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    Another article: Distracted Boyfriend meme is sexist, rules Swedish ad watchdog (The Guardian) via reddit Well, shit... The alt-right, anti-sjw crew is going to have a field day with this. I fear...

    Another article: Distracted Boyfriend meme is sexist, rules Swedish ad watchdog (The Guardian) via reddit

    Well, shit... The alt-right, anti-sjw crew is going to have a field day with this. I fear its going to feed directly into their insecurities and they'll feel like their paranoid delusions were right all along.

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