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  1. Comment on What’s a safe way to discard a almost full can of lighter fluid that’s way past expiration date? in ~misc

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    What I'd do is grab a large garbage bag with no holes, and a pair of pliers. Bring it outside, use the pliers to depress the valve and spray the contents of the can into the bag. Seal the bag,...

    What I'd do is grab a large garbage bag with no holes, and a pair of pliers. Bring it outside, use the pliers to depress the valve and spray the contents of the can into the bag. Seal the bag, making a big balloon. Find a stick at least 2 or 3 meters long, tie a candle to it, use the candle to ignite the gas. It'll make a really cool fireball, probably ten feet high. Make sure there's no dry grass or trees nearby.

    This will release a bunch of CO2 into the atmosphere, but it's better than releasing the butane directly, which is a more potent greenhouse gas, and is probably what a disposal facility will do with it anyway. Just be safe if you decide to try this, it'll be a very big fireball.

    That said, the butane is probably fine. There's almost nothing reactive in a can of butane, and unlike a can of gasoline no oxygen or light can reach the gas. Most brands are very pure and the contents are 99.999% N-Butane and ISO-Butane, sometimes with sulphur mercaptains added for smell in the range of parts per billion. Nothing that can react with the gas and break it down.

    The problem is likely in the valve of your lighter not being quite the same size as the valve on the can. The cans often come with a variety of adapters, and you could try one of those, or what you can try is slightly rocking the can back and forth as you fill it, which can often get the valve to open. Some gas is released when doing this though, so stay away from sources of open flame such as the pilot light on a stove.

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  2. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    Just popping in to say "I aten't dead!" I've always been primarily a lurker. Though I do sometimes try and post content and comments just for the sake of keeping the site lively, there's long...

    Just popping in to say "I aten't dead!"

    I've always been primarily a lurker. Though I do sometimes try and post content and comments just for the sake of keeping the site lively, there's long periods when I don't. I just need to remind myself more often when I see good content elsewhere, "Tildes might like this!"

    That said, the site has never lost my attention. I don't think there's been a whole week over the past two years where I haven't at least checked the front page. I normally refresh the front page a few times a day, and when it's set to activity sort you do see the same topics popping back up, but there's still enough new content further down the page where I never feel like the site is dull or lacking content. If I was refreshing it multiple times an hour like reddit, expecting new content each time I'd probably be disappointed.

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  3. Comment on Tech support request: getting a scanner and controller working in Linux in ~tech

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    Did you try adding the udev rules in that guide right below the symlink portion? It seems both these problems might have a similar cause. The issue with your gamepad is also possibly a udev...

    Did you try adding the udev rules in that guide right below the symlink portion? It seems both these problems might have a similar cause. The issue with your gamepad is also possibly a udev permissions problem: https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/6944

    Once you're done changing the udev permissions you may need to reboot for the changes to take effect.

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  4. Comment on Tech support request: getting a scanner and controller working in Linux in ~tech

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    There are specific workarounds for brother scanners. They use a weird version of some library, and you need to make symlinks to the correct libraries for it. Here's a guide to that. I wasn't going...

    There are specific workarounds for brother scanners. They use a weird version of some library, and you need to make symlinks to the correct libraries for it. Here's a guide to that.

    I know, scoff all you want!

    I wasn't going to, but if you insist. https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/03/25/
    edit: also: https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/11/28/

    I've actually been having some serious problems getting controllers to work in Pop_OS recently, and it hasn't been important enough for me to go digging for the root cause. What I've been doing as a workaround is using Steam. It has some kind of xinput to directinput wrapper layer that seems to work a lot of the time. It's usually enough to have it simply run in the background, but sometimes I've needed to "add non-steam game to library" to launch it from steam. From there you can right-click the game, hit properties, and force controller support on or off (some games require it forced off, so do try that as well).

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  5. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    It was a joke of course, but in all seriousness, you do start thinking about the flammability of things when commuting anywhere involves sitting on top of a hundred pounds of lithium batteries. My...

    It was a joke of course, but in all seriousness, you do start thinking about the flammability of things when commuting anywhere involves sitting on top of a hundred pounds of lithium batteries. My roommate loved to calculate out how if my bike's battery gave up all its energy at once, as lithium batteries sometimes do, it'd release 18 megajoules; equivalent to 9 sticks of dynamite.

    The leather jacket probably isn't a whole +1 fire resistance, but it's better than nothing, and I do avoid wearing nylon while riding the bike for that reason.

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  6. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    TL:DR: I spent the money I had trying to get my bike working perfect, now it doesn't work at all. I spent a bunch of my provincial covid-19 stimulus cheque on biking-related things for my...

    TL:DR: I spent the money I had trying to get my bike working perfect, now it doesn't work at all.

    I spent a bunch of my provincial covid-19 stimulus cheque on biking-related things for my moped/scooter (think electric honda ruckus). The weather was looking great, so I figured what better time to do bike maintenance? Well, I bought a much thicker, much better-fitting, much less-falling-apart leather jacket at a second-hand shop. I bought new rear-view mirrors since one broke a year or so ago and I've been living with only one. I bought turn signal blinker relays since often my signals didn't work, all sorts of nice heatshrink tubing and connectors to redo some of the wiring so it was less of an electrical hazard. I spent nearly half of the money I had on little things for my bike, only to have it break down unexpectedly in the most expensive way.

    My bike's controller is made by a tiny Russian company who's only posted on social media a half dozen times in almost as many years. Rumour has it they're still in business, but good luck getting ahold of them. My motor controller is basically unobtanium.They show up maybe once a month used, for nearly the same price as they were new five years ago.

    So now it looks like I need to spend somewhere between $700 and $2000 to get a replacement. The same model I have miraculously showed up for sale at $700, but it's barely adequate for what I want already, and the brand has been known to fail unexpectedly.

    As for replacing it, apparently I can either spend $700 throwing good money after bad, getting the same experience I had before, or there's another sketchy Russian company making a controller that's a lot better than what I have. It only costs $900, has double the performance, but has a backorder that could last 6 months to a year, due to covid-19 delays in parts manufacturing. Finally, the last option for a new controller is if I somehow became rich overnight, there's a Canadian company, ASI, who makes a controller that looks on-par with what I have, and has stock immediately, has an actual warranty policy, but costs $1710 freaking dollars. And that's not even an upgrade over my current controller's power, it's just more reliable.

    Basically I'm screwed, and my only source of transportation is out of commission. I spent a few hours each day on saturday and sunday going down to where it's parked and trying different workarounds I could think of, but it seems like the controller is toast. Walking it home will take a few hours and is mostly uphill, so I'm going to see how much it is to rent a box van with a hydraulic lift so I can take it back to my friend's house.

    ##Weekend Ranking:

    • Shittyness: 8/10 - Bad, but could be worse
    • Zombie preparedness: -1000pts - lost gas-free transportation
    • Hope for future: 6/10 - I dunno, you're on your own!
    • Clothing upgrade! +2 cha, +1 fire resistance
    • Ironic timing: 9/10 - Weather has reverted to a frigid arctic wasteland, so I couldn't ride my bike anyway!
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  7. Comment on Alternatives to desktop speakers in ~tech

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    Bone conduction headphones are great for audiobooks, youtube videos, etc, but don't have the greatest fidelity for listening to music. Here's a good review of the ones you linked, or a similar...

    Bone conduction headphones are great for audiobooks, youtube videos, etc, but don't have the greatest fidelity for listening to music. Here's a good review of the ones you linked, or a similar model from the same brand.

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  8. Comment on Recommend classic games you feel everyone should play at least once in ~games

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    I feel your pain. Or, I recall feeling that pain over and over when I was young and playing these games for the first time. The worst was when I was renting a game, say for a week, and I got stuck...

    I feel your pain. Or, I recall feeling that pain over and over when I was young and playing these games for the first time. The worst was when I was renting a game, say for a week, and I got stuck on some part where I needed to perform some specific action to advance the story. I'd often waste the last day or two of the rental trying to get past some obstacle, only getting more frustrated.

    I ended up getting better at JRPGs, and better at figuring out the specific thing they're hinting at. Now upon replaying things I'm not stumped as often, but I don't know if that's something that can be taught, or is just picked up with experience.

    In older RPGs you need to pay super close attention to dialogue. If one NPC says "I just came back from Townsville, to the east, and it looks like they've got this crisis solved!" and then you talk to another and they say something like "I heard a legend of a shiny thing that solves problems, in the caves in a town east of here." You've got to talk to both NPCs to gather that they're saying the red herring that advances the plot is in the caves of townsville, to the east. It's probably not a side-quest, they literally didn't have space for that on the cartridge.

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  9. Comment on Recommend classic games you feel everyone should play at least once in ~games

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    One of the great things about the game is how nonlinear it is. There's more than a dozen ways to beat it. Almost all of the story is optional, since once you get the Epoch, you can travel to Lavos...

    One of the great things about the game is how nonlinear it is. There's more than a dozen ways to beat it. Almost all of the story is optional, since once you get the Epoch, you can travel to Lavos at any time to beat the game.

    I'm not sure where you got stuck, but sometimes in old RPGs one of the ways they make stretch out the gameplay is by forcing to you talk to some specific NPC to progress. Sometimes the only way to get any further is to go back to the last place you were "supposed" to go, and just talk to every person in town. The really unfortunate part of old RPGs is they tried to get a dozen hours of gameplay into a game that's only a couple megabytes, so they make it needlessly grindy so it takes longer.

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  10. Comment on Recommend classic games you feel everyone should play at least once in ~games

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    The original requires MSDOS, a soundblaster compatible card, a DOS mouse driver, etc. It's not that difficult to get it running within DOSBox, but Chocolate Doom is an attempt to make it...

    The original requires MSDOS, a soundblaster compatible card, a DOS mouse driver, etc. It's not that difficult to get it running within DOSBox, but Chocolate Doom is an attempt to make it compatible with modern systems, including things like TCP/IP networking, PNG screenshots instead of the obsolete PCX format, etc.

    Most other ports go further and try and fix bugs and limitations in the engine, whereas Chocolate Doom only fixes harmful bugs and preserves quirks.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Feature request: Polls in ~tildes

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    I dunno. I think I'd rather retract my statement. I'm unable to articulate my thoughts on this. I think I'm just in a really shitty mood today and being excessively negative about everything.

    I dunno. I think I'd rather retract my statement. I'm unable to articulate my thoughts on this. I think I'm just in a really shitty mood today and being excessively negative about everything.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Feature request: Polls in ~tildes

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    I'm opposed. /r/DAE was just a circlejerk, /r/unpopularopinion is just a racist circlejerk. At best I don't see the feature adding a great deal of value to the site. At worst I see it adding...

    I'm opposed. /r/DAE was just a circlejerk, /r/unpopularopinion is just a racist circlejerk. At best I don't see the feature adding a great deal of value to the site. At worst I see it adding needless drama.

    1 vote
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  14. Comment on Have you ever watched a zeitgeisty show a long time after it finished? What did you think? in ~tv

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    There's a tvtropes article about this: Seinfeld is unfunny It's not even so much that it's zeitgeisty - a lot of its observations are timeless (airline food, amirite?) - but that it was...

    There's a tvtropes article about this: Seinfeld is unfunny

    It's not even so much that it's zeitgeisty - a lot of its observations are timeless (airline food, amirite?) - but that it was groundbreaking for its day, but now everything that made it new or unique has now been incorporated into everything that's come since it. The novelty of "a show about nothing" and the type of observational humour it used have completely worn off, leaving behind nothing but a mediocre sitcom.

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  15. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 23 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Might be a good idea to run it in a virtual machine. I'd recommend downloading VirtualBox and a linux distribution such as Ubuntu. Create a new VM, install ubuntu, install guest additions, then if...

    Might be a good idea to run it in a virtual machine. I'd recommend downloading VirtualBox and a linux distribution such as Ubuntu. Create a new VM, install ubuntu, install guest additions, then if you click on the "Devices" menu, you should be able to give your webcam to the VM. From there, Zoom will only see your activity within the VM, not the rest of the system. When you're done with it you can simply nuke the VM.

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  16. Comment on We need a massive surveillance program in ~tech

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    Given this author's previous speeches about data collection, I think the whole point would be to make people aware this data is already being collected with little to no oversight. [...] [...] I...

    Given this author's previous speeches about data collection, I think the whole point would be to make people aware this data is already being collected with little to no oversight.

    This surveillance sounds like dystopian fantasy, but it exists today, ready for use. All of the necessary data is being collected and stored already.

    [...]

    We could make similar quick changes to the surveillance infrastructure in the United States (hopefully with a little more public awareness that such a system was coming online)

    [...]

    But this proposal doesn’t require us to give up any liberty that we didn't already sacrifice long ago, on the altar of convenience. The terrifying surveillance infrastructure this project requires exists and is maintained in good working order in the hands of private industry, where it is entirely unregulated and is currently being used to try to sell people skin cream. Why not use it to save lives?

    I also think he's being a little tongue-in-cheek here:

    Those people would then be notified of the need to self-quarantine (or hunted with blowguns and tranquilizer darts, sent to FEMA labor camps, or whatever the effective intervention turns out to be.)

    Maybe if the hoards of data that already exist had the light shined on them and were put under public scrutiny we'd realize how much of a terrible idea it was to allow this data to be collected in the first place.

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  17. Comment on Recommend classic games you feel everyone should play at least once in ~games

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    I'm absolutely stunned that I've never heard of Live a Live. Back in the day I used to hang out on #romhack on EFNet and was ICQ friends with a lot of the RPGe team who translated FFV and was...

    I'm absolutely stunned that I've never heard of Live a Live. Back in the day I used to hang out on #romhack on EFNet and was ICQ friends with a lot of the RPGe team who translated FFV and was working on figuring out the compression used in SD3 at the time. I have no idea how this game escaped my attention for this long.

    Anyway, thank you so much for mentioning that. It's now at the top of my list of things to play.

    While we're on the subject of Japanese translations, if anyone's a fan of Earthbound, I can't recommend highly enough they get a GBA emulator and try out Mother 3.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Cellphone review: Umidigi F2 in ~tech

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    Update: 31/2 days after writing this and I'm still on the same charge. The battery in this thing is absurd. It's now been running over a week without charging, and I'm still at 33%. It says I...

    Update: 31/2 days after writing this and I'm still on the same charge. The battery in this thing is absurd. It's now been running over a week without charging, and I'm still at 33%. It says I still have 3 days remaining.

    https://i.imgur.com/CPuO7X8.png

  19. Comment on Recommend classic games you feel everyone should play at least once in ~games

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    What sort of genres do you like? Right now I'm currently on a SNES RPG kick. There were a ton of great RPGs for the system. Final Fantasy 6, Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, and Secret of Mana are...

    What sort of genres do you like?

    Right now I'm currently on a SNES RPG kick. There were a ton of great RPGs for the system. Final Fantasy 6, Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, and Secret of Mana are probably my favourites. Super Mario RPG, Secret of Evermore, Illusion of Gaia, Breath of Fire 2 are in my runners up list. There's a bunch that only came out in Japan, but have been patched with English translations, like Tales of Phantasia, Bahamut Lagoon, and Seiken Densetsu 3 (sometimes called secret of mana 2). This is only scratching the surface. The Lufia games had some great puzzles, Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past could be considered an ARPG I guess. There were some Dragon Quest and Dragon Warrior titles, Terranigma is a game I've never played, Shadowrun was apparently a really good cyberpunk dystopia RPG, etc.

    I've argued for a long time that the SNES was the best system for RPGs ever made. Partially because I never had a playstation growing up, so I never got into the 3D final fantasy titles.

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