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  1. Comment on Questions about graphics card failures in ~tech

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    The trouble is EVGA does not make power supplies. They merely put their logo on other companies' products. The same goes for Corsair. They have several lines of power supplies; the...

    a trustworthy company like EVGA

    The trouble is EVGA does not make power supplies. They merely put their logo on other companies' products. The same goes for Corsair. They have several lines of power supplies; the medium-to-expensive ones are usually rebadged Seasonic PSUs. The annoying part is sometimes a medium-range line like the Corsair CX models will suddenly switch suppliers, and a "Corsair CX750M" from 2019 could be a completely different power supply than one with the exact same name from 2020.

    I haven't really kept up with the market, and it's fairly confusing, so I don't have much more advice to give than: Seasonic makes good power supplies. Most EVGA and Corsair power supplies that are good are actually rebranded Seasonics. Otherwise, a lot of digging is required, do some research, but make sure you're looking at current research from the past year or so, otherwise it might not be applicable.

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  2. Comment on What's your favorite defunct website? in ~talk

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    I used to use this to test people's internet connection when doing tech support over the phone. It was great because it's almost guaranteed they didn't have it in their browser cache, it's quick,...

    I used to use this to test people's internet connection when doing tech support over the phone. It was great because it's almost guaranteed they didn't have it in their browser cache, it's quick, simple, and gives a definite go/no-go indicator. Them: "It's really more of a blue." Me: "Good, that means it's working!"

    Now I use http://example.com for that, but it's just not the same.

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  3. Comment on What's your favorite defunct website? in ~talk

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    I love looking at the banner ads on archived sites like these. Aside from the regular locally hosted linux / hosting / IT ones you've got a pro united nations ad from Ted Turner's foundation,...

    I love looking at the banner ads on archived sites like these. Aside from the regular locally hosted linux / hosting / IT ones you've got a pro united nations ad from Ted Turner's foundation, you've got an ad for PBS Science Now, which doesn't seem to be available on archive.org, as well as oilfoodfacts.org, which is "a resource to those who seek information on the UN Oil-for-Food Program (OFFP) and news about the on-going investigations into the program’s alleged mismanagement."

    All the syndicated ads have a super obvious agenda, and it's super obvious they're not only ads, but third-party ones. Most of the time their agenda is for the greater good. I miss this internet.

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  4. Comment on What's your favorite defunct website? in ~talk

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    http://kuro5hin.org used to be a tech news alternative to slashdot in its day. RIP.

    http://kuro5hin.org used to be a tech news alternative to slashdot in its day. RIP.

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  5. Comment on Ask a cosmology PhD student (almost) anything! in ~science

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    What sort of discoveries have yet to be made that you think will have the biggest impact on humanity? Anything you're looking for that will tie the picture together, etc? Also: What do you think...

    What sort of discoveries have yet to be made that you think will have the biggest impact on humanity? Anything you're looking for that will tie the picture together, etc?

    Also: What do you think about the television series Cosmos? Have you seen the latest season; if so how do you think it stacks up against the original / previous season?

    Edit: To expand on the last point, do you think it does a good job of engaging the public in cosmology/astrophysics? If not, how could it do better?

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  6. Comment on Would everyone here, at least, consider allowing me to slowly migrate r/AskBibleScholars to Tildes? in ~tildes

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    I'm not really advocating for one position or the other. TBH when the group structure is said and done I'll still only use it occasionally to find things and probably continue to browse the...

    I'm not really advocating for one position or the other. TBH when the group structure is said and done I'll still only use it occasionally to find things and probably continue to browse the unfiltered list of all posts.

    That said I think the reasoning was because Usenet worked that way? I dunno. Reddit's John Cena subreddit is called /r/potatosalad. There's got to be a middle ground.

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  7. Comment on Would everyone here, at least, consider allowing me to slowly migrate r/AskBibleScholars to Tildes? in ~tildes

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    Yep, that's possible, and would make more sense within the hierarchical group structure of the site. As for needing a subgroup like that, I think traditionally we'd usually only create a group so...

    Yep, that's possible, and would make more sense within the hierarchical group structure of the site.

    As for needing a subgroup like that, I think traditionally we'd usually only create a group so specific if we had a ~humanities.religion already, and askbiblescholars posts were drowning out other content, or needed their own specific place.

    As for it being called "askbiblescholars" though, I could be off the mark but I recall reading discussions where some people agreed at one point "ask" groups were a bad idea and we'd rather have ask tags on threads in other categories, meta questions on ~tildes, and things like general surveys and questions on ~talk instead. So, like ~humanities.theology.academic etc, with a tag of "ask" would be normally used for a question thread.

    I mean, it's a little bit moot anyway. The groups aren't even super relevant right now. I have no data to back it but I suspect most people are still subscribed to all the default groups, and rarely browse them individually. I'd wager most people just view the front page since we have so little content to wade through.

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  8. Comment on Would everyone here, at least, consider allowing me to slowly migrate r/AskBibleScholars to Tildes? in ~tildes

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    There's no real rules here per se, other than @Deimos gets final say on everything. At most we have guidelines, but really it's more like a consensus of opinions. But no, I think that's a bad...

    There's no real rules here per se, other than @Deimos gets final say on everything. At most we have guidelines, but really it's more like a consensus of opinions.

    But no, I think that's a bad name. Taxonomies should go biggest to smallest, and if you've got two terms with equal weight they should be two categories. ~humanities.religion could have a .scholarly or .academic subgroup and then another casual discussion one in order to justify the existence of having such a specific group.

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  9. Comment on Would everyone here, at least, consider allowing me to slowly migrate r/AskBibleScholars to Tildes? in ~tildes

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    What do you suggest? Perhaps a ~history or some subgroup thereof?

    What do you suggest? Perhaps a ~history or some subgroup thereof?

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  10. Comment on 1-pixel wealth: Wealth in the United States, shown to scale in ~finance

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    The average American makes 1.7 million dollars in an entire lifetime's worth of work. If you have 20 friends and family and gave them each 17 mil, or ten entire lifetimes worth of money, you'd...

    The average person American makes 1.7 million dollars in an entire lifetime's worth of work. If you have 20 friends and family and gave them each 17 mil, or ten entire lifetimes worth of money, you'd still have $138,660,000,000.00 of your $139,000,000,000.00 left, having given away only less than one quarter of one percent of your wealth.

    edit: more specific

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  11. Comment on Elon Musk tweets "Tesla stock price is too high imo", shares fall in ~finance

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    It should make for an interesting court case. It'd be interesting to see lawyers trying to define "shitposting" in a formal setting, and having pages of animated gifs submitted as evidence.

    It should make for an interesting court case. It'd be interesting to see lawyers trying to define "shitposting" in a formal setting, and having pages of animated gifs submitted as evidence.

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  13. Comment on Reddit removes new chat room feature after one day in the wake of moderator protests and bugs in ~tech

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    Yeah, they rolled this out to "provide their users with an interactive outlet during the pandemic" or something to that effect. One difference between this and the normal subreddit chat option is...

    Yeah, they rolled this out to "provide their users with an interactive outlet during the pandemic" or something to that effect.

    One difference between this and the normal subreddit chat option is mods have no control over it. They can't opt out, and they can't moderate it. It's a site-wide chat run by the admins, with a room for each subreddit. Contrast to a sub-wide chat, run by the moderators, who have kick/ban privileges. Suddenly you've got what looks like an official /r/askscience chatroom, but it's up to the admins to interpret and enforce /r/askscience's rules, which no one realistically expects to happen.

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  14. Comment on Reddit removes new chat room feature after one day in the wake of moderator protests and bugs in ~tech

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    I agree that's probably the real reason, but it's not the reason stated by the admins, and is not the title of this article. They don't officially acknowledge the mod protests, and say they're...

    I agree that's probably the real reason, but it's not the reason stated by the admins, and is not the title of this article.

    “If you dismiss the banner in 3 communities where the feature is active on desktop web or android, then the small button you’re seeing appears on all communities. But importantly, for all support communities, the button does nothing. Your users could never enter chats for this feature even in the rare case they saw the button,” Le wrote. “We are actively fixing this now. The feature is being rolled back in a matter of a few hours and the button will be removed.”

    They don't officially acknowledge the mod protests, and say they're reverting it because of bugs.

    edit: I was about to revert it, but don't want to start an edit war. I just think it's editorializing to change the headline to the "woke" version even if everyone knows it's the case.

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  15. Comment on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS arrives in ~tech

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    No worries. I'm just usually around, and can often give Pop!_OS-specific advice. Helping you two times in a row was just that I happened to be the person who was nearby with the appropriate...

    No worries. I'm just usually around, and can often give Pop!_OS-specific advice. Helping you two times in a row was just that I happened to be the person who was nearby with the appropriate knowledge at the appropriate time.

    "As your attorney..." is a Fear and Loathing reference.

    I'd give it at least two weeks before updating, though again you're in the rare situation where you've got a system that's 100% officially supported on linux. In fact your distro of linux is custom made for your species of laptop, which is a rare luxury I can't even begin to relate to. I suppose if the new version doesn't work for you, you have every right to call up the company that made your laptop and demand they fix your linux problems, which is something so foreign to me I have a hard time typing it.

    Take advantage of your System76 warranty/support contract when you need it. It's the main benefit you get when you buy a laptop with linux preinstalled.

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  16. Comment on Recommendation Request: Modern Wifi Routers in ~tech

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    It'll only improve reliability if you're replacing the router portion with something more reliable, which tbh is pretty likely no matter what you do. In my experience modem/wifi router combos tend...

    It'll only improve reliability if you're replacing the router portion with something more reliable, which tbh is pretty likely no matter what you do. In my experience modem/wifi router combos tend to have lackluster wifi routers even if they contain decent cablemodems.

    Bridged mode should completely bypass the built-in wifi router, and your modem/router combo will act as if it was a regular dumb modem connected to a 4-port switch. If you get another router, no matter what you'll want your modem in bridged mode, otherwise the lousy router will still be routing packets.

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  17. Comment on Recommendation Request: Modern Wifi Routers in ~tech

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    With my ISP (Shaw, Canada) I was able to call them and ask them to put my modem/router into "bridged mode", which made it just a modem with a dumb switch and disabled the router portion. They were...

    With my ISP (Shaw, Canada) I was able to call them and ask them to put my modem/router into "bridged mode", which made it just a modem with a dumb switch and disabled the router portion. They were able to do this over the phone with an OTA firmware patch of some sort, but it wasn't possible to do yourself.

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  18. Comment on Recommendation Request: Modern Wifi Routers in ~tech

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    Mini-ITX x86 systems can be cheap and relatively low power, and roughly router-sized. You can find low-profile dual-gigabit lan cards for $20 every day of the week. You could reuse a laptop, but...

    Mini-ITX x86 systems can be cheap and relatively low power, and roughly router-sized. You can find low-profile dual-gigabit lan cards for $20 every day of the week. You could reuse a laptop, but you're going to have issues if you don't have two ethernet ports.

    It's totally possible to have a PC run on <50W, but I concede that's still several times more than most wifi routers. It makes more sense if you already have another reason to run a server, like having a NAS, plex server, webserver, etc.

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