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  1. Comment on 3D CAD software provider Dassault Systèmes announces Solidworks for Makers and Solidworks for Students in ~hobbies

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    In an apparent bid to capture the student/hobbyist market from Autodesk's Fusion 360, Solidworks publisher Dassault Systèmes has announced two new versions of Solidworks. The Maker Edition is to...

    In an apparent bid to capture the student/hobbyist market from Autodesk's Fusion 360, Solidworks publisher Dassault Systèmes has announced two new versions of Solidworks.

    The Maker Edition is to be browser-based, and is focused on hobbyists working on things like 3D printing. It looks to cost $99/year and will be out in the second half of this year.

    The Student Edition looks to be some sort of feature-limited or price-reduced version of full Solidworks, and is aimed at teaching students to use Solidworks for use in their future careers.

    Via Hackaday: https://hackaday.com/2021/02/28/hackaday-links-february-28-2021/

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  2. Comment on What kinds of content are you hoping to see on Tildes? in ~tildes

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    More everything. I don't mind wading through or filtering out content I don't care about. Not in the slightest. This site has good filtering tools. Historically it's been lack of fresh content...

    More everything. I don't mind wading through or filtering out content I don't care about. Not in the slightest. This site has good filtering tools. Historically it's been lack of fresh content that leads to me forgetting to check sites and eventually forgetting about them.

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  3. Comment on How would you improve advertising on Reddit? in ~tech

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    My view is there's a big difference between sustainable and profitable. Reddit was sustainable for over a decade with a skeleton crew of a couple dozen or less. It's only since they've taken a...

    My view is there's a big difference between sustainable and profitable. Reddit was sustainable for over a decade with a skeleton crew of a couple dozen or less. It's only since they've taken a billion dollars in VC funding and hired thousands of marketing people that they suddenly need to inundate the users with ads, force people to their app, etc.

    Social media being one of the largest driving forces of the economy is unsustainable. The largest and most important companies on earth are those that allow you to post 140 characters of text. If the stock market is a measure of worth, this is worth more to humanity than most other industries that produce actual real tangible goods that feed clothe and house human beings. That's absurd. It costs very little to run a server. You don't need hundreds of millions, let alone billions of dollars a year to run even the most popular sites on the internet. You need that to sustain wall street's insatiable greed and demand for ever increasing profits.

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  4. Comment on New York Times angers Italians with "smoky tomato carbonara" recipe in ~food

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    Agreed. Antistatic mats have a purpose, and if you're manufacturing PCBs or doing a ton of work on bare components, especially if you live in a dry climate, it's certainly worth owning one. For...

    Agreed. Antistatic mats have a purpose, and if you're manufacturing PCBs or doing a ton of work on bare components, especially if you live in a dry climate, it's certainly worth owning one. For building your first PC though, it's probably unnecessary.

    The idea behind the table is it's probably a better conductor to ground than you are. When you get a static zap from touching a doorknob in the winter, it's you discharging into the knob, not the knob discharging into you. You're a big capacitor because your feet are insulated. The knob being a good conductor attached to the door frame is a better path to ground than your socks through the carpet. A hypothetical metal desk would do the same.

    Anyway, it's moot since I don't know anyone who owns a metal desk. The closest I can think of is in mechanics shops they often have steel workbenches. It's just a weird piece of advice the video claims is vitally important for your first PC build.

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  5. Comment on New York Times angers Italians with "smoky tomato carbonara" recipe in ~food

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    I've just rewatched it with a really nitpicky eye and here's what I've noticed. 0.11 - "You can build a gaming PC for around a thousand bucks, but I decided to go all out and got one for $2000...

    I've just rewatched it with a really nitpicky eye and here's what I've noticed.

    0.11 - "You can build a gaming PC for around a thousand bucks, but I decided to go all out and got one for $2000 [...] A PC like this will be able to play most games on ultra settings."

    • I remember this got backlash for being overly simplified. At the time this came out you could pretty easily build a PC for under $1000 that was capable of playing most games on ultra at low resolutions. Meanwhile going "all out" for gaming enthusiasts typically means multiple high-refresh 4k monitors and spending $2000 on your graphics card alone.

    0.25 - "You need a table, preferably not metal. If it's going to be metal, use an antistatic mat on top"

    • I remember this being controversial, saying if you're using a metal table, just touch the table and it will discharge any static, so if you have a metal table you don't need any further anti-static precautions. There was a lot of debate on this.

    0.33 - "A thermal paste applicator, an alan wrench, tweezers to tidy up the wires, a swiss army knife that hopefully has a philips head screwdriver in it, and last but not least an antistatic bracelet which is to protect you and the parts"

    • The thermal paste applicator is never used in the video, and later on his application of thermal paste in the end leaves a lot to be desired. People say you shouldn't use these anyway since they can create bubbles. After decades of debates and testing, people have settled on a single pea-sized blob in the centre of the CPU's heatspreader.
    • The alan wrench is never used in the video, and is almost never used in a PC build.
    • The "tweezers" are called zip ties, cable ties, zap straps, etc, but never "tweezers".
    • The swiss army knife is really an awful choice for a screwdriver. It's short and stubby so it can't get into tight spaces, it's awkward and will try to fold, it's probably not magnetic so you've got to hold the screws in place, and it's got a big old knife attached to it making it annoying to turn it like a corkscrew. It seems like he realized this during filming and the knife is never seen or mentioned again.
    • And last but not least the antistatic bracelet, which is a regular silicone bracelet, not an anti-static one. Antistatic bracelets have a long wire of some description coming off of them so you can clip them to an electrical ground. This is how they dissipate static electricity. Some silicone bracelets like these are sold claiming they have mystical powers. They either balance your energy somehow or they have negative ions* etc. It's possible he mistook one of these quack devices as antistatic because it claimed something to do with energy. This is just speculation. Anyway, there's a lot of debate about how necessary these bracelets are anyway. Then he says "These not only protect you", well, they don't protect you from anything. They only protect the parts. That's just a silly thing to say.

    The next section from 0.53 to 1.58 where he explains components is mostly fine, but there's some awkward writing in there, some of which is confusing or nonsensical, like: "If you're building a budget build for video streaming, say for under $1000, you want to focus on parts. Like a core i5 or core i3 processor. That require less energy. They'll be less powerful, but then you'll be able to scale back the cost of several other parts." Most people don't really care about power consumption. The reason they'd buy those parts is they're cheaper. Then, how does them being less powerful allow you to scale back other parts? You'd think by scrimping on a CPU you could use that to get a better GPU for encoding, no?

    2.50 - He calls the I/O shield "the brace", which is not a term that is normally used. He has a habit of making up names for things he doesn't know the word for. It might be a good idea to mention at this point that the ones that come with cheap motherboards are razor sharp so be careful, instead he just says use a lot of force.

    3.09 - The standoffs have been installed in the case at some point between cuts without mentioning it so if anyone was actually following this video to build their first PC they could be shorting their board to the side of the case. It's also at this point most people would mount the CPU and cooler while the board is outside the case.

    3.50 - Should mention something about dual channel at this point. If this is a howto video for newbies, they're definitely just going to stick the ram into two random slots rather than the two specific slots they need to go in.

    5.22 - I've skipped a bunch because this is fatiguing, but at 5.22 he says "Make sure the power supply lines up with these insulating pads so that the power supply doesn't short circuit or come into contact with the rest of the system"

    • Not all cases have these insulating pads.
    • They're vibration dampeners, not insulators.
    • The power supply is supposed to come into contact with the case so that they share common ground. This will be achieved through the screw threads anyway, regardless of "insulating pads"

    6.20 - "Every power supply is going to come with a big bag of velcro cables"

    • I don't know what velcro cables are, but only modular supplies come with separate cables, and only high end modular ones come with them in a velcro bag like that.

    7:13 - He throws away the CPU socket cover. It's worth keeping that in case you ever need to RMA your board.

    7.15 - "Now we have an exposed.. CPU... holder... or rather, slot on the motherboard"

    • I feel bad for this kid, and this feels like a cheap shot, that I'm being pedantic, etc, but it's very specifically called a socket.

    8.22 - "coolers already come with paste but it's good practice to use extra"

    • This is really frustrating. If you don't know what you're doing just use the paste that comes with the cooler. If you want 0.5 degrees of extra cooling for overclocking, buy fancy paste and use that to replace the default stuff. Using too much is counterproductive. The multiple blobs he puts all over the CPU are not best practice either. Like I said, pea sized amount in the centre. At 8.35 you can see massive voids that are going to be air bubbles when he puts the cooler on.

    I have really lost my enthusiasm for watching the rest of this video. I could point out a few dozen other little nitpicky things but the gist of it is the kid is just too inexperienced to be teaching others. The creators and editors of this video, also clearly have little to no PC building experience or some of this might have been caught before it was put up.

    14 votes
  6. Comment on Climate Crisis Font shrinks in response to Arctic sea ice data in ~enviro

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    Unfortunately that's not quite possible. Fonts aren't smart like that. A font isn't able to know what the year is. The designers did make it so the "wght" parameter takes values from 1979 to 2050,...

    Unfortunately that's not quite possible. Fonts aren't smart like that. A font isn't able to know what the year is. The designers did make it so the "wght" parameter takes values from 1979 to 2050, so to make this font degrade over time you just need to use javascript to set "wght" equal to the current year.

    eg:

    <style>
    body { 
        font-family: "ClimateCrisis";
    }
    </style>
    
    <script>
    document.onload(){ 
        document.body.style.fontVariationSettings = '"wght" ' + new Date().getFullYear();
    }
    </script>
    

    In other news, TIL about variable fonts and font variation settings. I didn't know it was possible to set custom parameters like this. That's really cool and makes me wonder what other unique ways you could use this.

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  7. Comment on The last cassette player standing in ~music

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    The youtube channel Techmoan has quite a few videos about cassette players, including a video about this mechanism. He's recently posted a review of this boombox, claiming it's the last...

    The youtube channel Techmoan has quite a few videos about cassette players, including a video about this mechanism. He's recently posted a review of this boombox, claiming it's the last half-decent cassette player still available new today. Vintage hifi gear is still probably your best bet though. From watching Techmoan's videos you can also get an idea of how to refurbish these things yourself. Most of the time it's just a matter of replacing some belts, maybe some capacitors.

  8. Comment on Switching from Mac to PC? in ~tech

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    This is good advice if you're building a desktop for this purpose. If you're trying to use a laptop with nvidia optimus switchable graphics though, you could be in for a world of pain. I spent a...

    This is good advice if you're building a desktop for this purpose. If you're trying to use a laptop with nvidia optimus switchable graphics though, you could be in for a world of pain. I spent a year trying to fix my Code 43 problems, without any luck. And that's on a workstation laptop with a Quadro card, which is supposed to be licensed to support VM passthrough.

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  9. Comment on Switching from Mac to PC? in ~tech

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    Good point, and I recommend people DO thoroughly look at the readme file before trying to run Tron script. If you find yourself using it on multiple computers, since it's a batch file, you can...

    Good point, and I recommend people DO thoroughly look at the readme file before trying to run Tron script. If you find yourself using it on multiple computers, since it's a batch file, you can either comment things out you don't need, or simply delete the scripts for the stages you don't need.

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  10. Comment on Switching from Mac to PC? in ~tech

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    I kinda hate windows these days. Used it as my primary OS from 1990 to 2015 or so, but I've switched to linux pretty much full time for the past few years. I'm annoyed by the privacy issues, the...

    I kinda hate windows these days. Used it as my primary OS from 1990 to 2015 or so, but I've switched to linux pretty much full time for the past few years. I'm annoyed by the privacy issues, the bloat, the ads, the horrible control panel interface, the fact that searching the start menu is completely broken and doesn't work at all, etc. The lack of control is really annoying, like MS tends to install games you don't want into your start menu. You delete them, uninstall them, implement group policies to prevent them from reinstalling, but next time it decides to update and reboot when you're not looking, bam! Start menu's infected with Bubble Witch Saga, Candy Crush, etc.

    Any time I have to use Win10 I use a stripped down version called LTSC. It's up to date and gets regular security updates, but it doesn't have Cortana, the Store, etc. So long as you never need to install anything from the Windows store (Microsoft games like Forza could be a problem,) then I highly recommend it.

    Once it's installed I use Spybot Anti Beacon to turn off most of the telemetry (spyware). Then I use Tron Script to get rid of some more bloat. Tron is great, but it's a 100lb hammer, and does a bunch of things that aren't really necessary on a new install, like virus scans or rebuilding DSIM, but it does a good job. It just takes hours to run. There are also a lot of powershell scripts and debloating programs out there. Here's one I'm pretty sure I've used in the past.

    After that I install WinAero Tweaker, which I use to prevent windows update from rebooting without your permission, maybe enable aero lite theme, more debloating, reinstalling old calculator, old solitaire, old photo viewer, etc. From there, I go to https://ninite.com to install Firefox, 7zip, VLC, LibreOffice, SumatraPDF, etc.

    It takes a few hours, but it's possible to disable almost all of the annoyances in windows. After all that I still use linux 99% of the time.

    As for laptops, everyone's been saying gaming laptops, which I agree, might be your best option. My issue with gaming laptops though has been tacky RGB, Adolescent stickers of dragons or snakes or whatnot. Tacticool styling, with all sorts of angles on everything, etc. I usually go for refurbished business class laptops from Dell, HP, or Lenovo. Dell has the XPS line and HP has the Spectre line for high-end thin, well built consumer-grade stuff, but a step up from there, Dell's Latitude and HP's Elitebook lines can often be found for cheap but with some very decent specs. Or, a step up from there, Dell's Precision, and HP's Zbook lines are beastly machines with desktop-grade components. Sometimes you can find these cheap refurbished and you can end up with something with 64gb ram for under 2000. Lenovo's thinkpads are great too. The X series is great for portability, T series is a good mid range, and W and Y series are the serious workstations. They tend to keep their value though, and due to brand recognition from geeks they can't be found cheap as easy as some other business machines.

    As an example, here's a Zbook 17 with a Xeon, 64gb ram, Quadro m5000m w/8gb, still under warranty until the end of 2022, under $1900: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/324420080209

    Or, if you want something more portable, this Dell has a slightly worse video card, but this Precision 15 has a xeon 6 core 12 thread, 64gb ram, etc. Warranty until May next year, $1800: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/333866756107

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  11. Comment on DSP on the ESP32 With Faust in ~comp

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    I was able to find the TTGO one on Aliexpress. There are currently 10 listings, and I'm not sure why they're all more expensive but the cheapest one happens to be the official seller. The ESP32...

    I was able to find the TTGO one on Aliexpress. There are currently 10 listings, and I'm not sure why they're all more expensive but the cheapest one happens to be the official seller.

    The ESP32 Audio Dev Kit is originally made by Seeed Studio but it appears to be out of stock and no longer manufactured. Since it's open source hardware, clones exist. Here's the first one I found on Aliexpress. I can't vouch for it in any way, but my previous experiences with these sorts of things say it's got at least a 90% chance of working. Shipping will probably be brutal though. Give it 3 weeks minimum. Since it's lunar new year, I'd add at least a week or two extra.

  12. Comment on Rebecca Black - Friday (10yr Anniversity Remix) in ~music

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    I'm not 100% sure tbh. I tagged it that with hesitation, wasn't really sure if it was appropriate. @tindall mentioned "hyperpop" above, and looking that up wiki says "Hyperpop is a microgenre[4]...

    is this what happy hardcore is?

    I'm not 100% sure tbh. I tagged it that with hesitation, wasn't really sure if it was appropriate. @tindall mentioned "hyperpop" above, and looking that up wiki says "Hyperpop is a microgenre[4] characterized by an absurd and maximalist take on popular music" which sounds about right. I'll let someone else define happy hardcore, but I'm gonna retag this as hyperpop.

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  13. Comment on Rebecca Black - Friday (10yr Anniversity Remix) in ~music

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    Today marks the 10yr anniversary of Rebecca Black's viral youtube video Friday. Released when she was 13, the song and video were put together by a video production company as a birthday gift to...

    Today marks the 10yr anniversary of Rebecca Black's viral youtube video Friday. Released when she was 13, the song and video were put together by a video production company as a birthday gift to Black. The song's catchy tune, vapid meaningless lyrics, and heavy use of autotune drew vast internet criticism, with many reviewers calling it "the worst song ever." Despite that its popularity continued to rise, eventually culminating 167 million views and the title of Youtube's #1 video of 2011.

    Today's release is a psychedelic nightmare of pounding beats and oversaturated visuals, punctuated by chipmunk-like autotuned screeching. If nothing else, it's worth watching for the sheer spectacle of the thing.

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  14. Comment on How the United States chose to become a country of homelessness in ~life

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    Totally off topic, but the stock photo they chose shows the lady wearing a $500 blanket which is an iconic Canadian symbol. It's just a poor choice for an article on American homelessness. To me...

    Totally off topic, but the stock photo they chose shows the lady wearing a $500 blanket which is an iconic Canadian symbol. It's just a poor choice for an article on American homelessness. To me they look more like well-off Canadian campers than destitute Americans.

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  15. Comment on Is there a video downloader extension/program that still works? in ~tech

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    I looked into this for a friend a few weeks ago. I found youtube-dl-gui to be the simplest. This is a different project than mrs0m30n3's, even though youtube-DLG shares the same name. I've read...

    I looked into this for a friend a few weeks ago. I found youtube-dl-gui to be the simplest. This is a different project than mrs0m30n3's, even though youtube-DLG shares the same name.

    I've read good things about Tartube, but haven't tried it. It also seems to be pretty straightforward.

    What I ended up installing for her though is Persepolis. It's a bit out of scope since it's not just meant for youtube, but it's a full-fledged download manager. It seems like it'd be useful for enqueuing and downloading whole channels and playlists etc.

    All of these projects use youtube-dl as the backend. Perhaps the main benefit of the latter two is they don't have it included, and will download the latest version. Youtube-dl is in a perpetual arms race with google, and every time youtube changes something, youtube-dl needs to come out with a new version. As far as I can tell both "youtube-dl-gui" projects include a static copy of youtube-dl, so you'd need to update the whole program to get the latest version of youtube-dl, whereas tartube and persepolis have options to download new versions automatically. They also include ffmpeg and can do transcoding, embedding subtitles, things like that. Persepolis also has browser plugins available, though I haven't tried them. All of the above are cross-platform and open source.

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  16. Comment on The more boneless, skinless chicken breasts I sell, the worse I feel in ~food

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    She's seeming to imply that once you remove the breasts the rest of the bird is simply discarded. I for one buy thighs and legs because they're cheap. Wings used to be cheap until people realized...

    She's seeming to imply that once you remove the breasts the rest of the bird is simply discarded. I for one buy thighs and legs because they're cheap. Wings used to be cheap until people realized you can put hot sauce on them and serve them at bars. The neck, bones, and the rest of the carcass can be made into stock which can be sold as well. In an industrial-scale operation the skin and organs and everything else would be sold to dog food companies, the bones would be ground into bonemeal to use in fertilizers, etc. Just because there's a huge demand for breasts doesn't mean the rest of the animal is wasted. It means the rest of the animal is subsidized by the sale of the breasts. The only reason chicken thighs are so affordable is because breasts are in such high demand. I for one take advantage of this subsidy and it's how a lot of poor people can afford animal protein.

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  17. Comment on Looking Glass Portrait: Kickstarter Campaign in ~tech

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    From what limited info they give on the "how it works" section, this not only is not a hologram, but appears it isn't even a volumetric display. It seems like a 2d display with head tracking,...

    From what limited info they give on the "how it works" section, this not only is not a hologram, but appears it isn't even a volumetric display. It seems like a 2d display with head tracking, which works for up to 3 people simultaneously. That part seems novel and I'm not sure how they do it, probably lenticular lenses of some sort, but other than that nothing here seems all that revolutionary. At least that "holographic" display that uses stacked clear LCDs would give stereoscopic vision without moving your head.

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  18. Comment on Share a link to good singing in a language that you don't understand in ~music

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    I'm not really into opera, so I haven't really listened to much of his music and can't recommend a specific song, but a friend recently introduced me to Dimash, a Kazakh singer with the most...

    I'm not really into opera, so I haven't really listened to much of his music and can't recommend a specific song, but a friend recently introduced me to Dimash, a Kazakh singer with the most incredible vocal range I've ever heard. His singing is truly beautiful.

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