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  1. Comment on If you had up to US$250 to get one person into a hobby you're interested in, what would you do to get them started? in ~hobbies

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    Watercolor costs (going by cheapjoes prices): 9x12 300lb wt cold-press Arches paper block: $47.55 14ml windsor & newton windsor lemon watercolor paint: $10.79 14ml windsor & newton rose madder...

    Watercolor

    costs (going by cheapjoes prices):

    • 9x12 300lb wt cold-press Arches paper block: $47.55
    • 14ml windsor & newton windsor lemon watercolor paint: $10.79
    • 14ml windsor & newton rose madder genuine watercolor paint: $17.32
    • 14ml windsor & newton cobalt turqoise light: $17.32
    • 14ml windsor & newton pthalo turquise: $12.64
    • 14ml windsor & newton quinacridone magenta: $13.47
    • 75ml windsor & newton art masking fluid: $11.39
    • Escoda Ultimo Evolution Series 1933 Synthetic Brush, Mop, Size 20: $73.89
    • 3 3/4 inch flat hake brush: $7.29
    • Sumi round brush, size 3: $8.99
    • plastic watercolor palette from amazon: $10 or so

    total: $220.65

    the colors provided are sufficient to mix a large gamut of vibrant colors including the supposed primaries, red and blue. The paper can be painted on directly; when you're done, just peel off your painting and start another one. The heavy weight of the paper means you can be reasonably sure your paint won't bleed through. Black can be produced by layering together all the colors.

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  2. Comment on Weekly Israel-Hamas war megathread - week of March 18 in ~news

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    To call this a war is disingenuous at best. This is the wholesale slaughter of a people to steal their land. It is genocide. This is what happens when fascism is allowed to metastasize within a...

    To call this a war is disingenuous at best. This is the wholesale slaughter of a people to steal their land. It is genocide. This is what happens when fascism is allowed to metastasize within a society.

  3. Comment on The more I use Linux, the more I hate every distro in ~tech

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    Man, I identify with this post. All OSes have little problems. I'm on ubuntu, but I always have to change a bunch of defaults for the OS, my DE, and my terminal before things work the way I would...

    Man, I identify with this post. All OSes have little problems. I'm on ubuntu, but I always have to change a bunch of defaults for the OS, my DE, and my terminal before things work the way I would prefer, and I still don't like the age of the packages. Void sounds interesting, I might give it a whirl as a weekend project one day.

    You might be interested to know, gentoo has expanded the number of binary packages it provides, so compilation at this point is probably completely optional.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Unpopular opinion: Capitalism is a better ideology than socialism or communism because greed is a more tolerable emotion than fear/envy in ~talk

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    In my calculus class, our professor had us pair up and share work. It worked pretty well. In real life, math is extremely collaborative. Another example: linux, which powers most of what we call...

    In my calculus class, our professor had us pair up and share work. It worked pretty well. In real life, math is extremely collaborative.

    Another example: linux, which powers most of what we call "the cloud". It was designed collaboratively.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Unpopular opinion: Capitalism is a better ideology than socialism or communism because greed is a more tolerable emotion than fear/envy in ~talk

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    When Bolivia implemented socialist policies, their literacy rate went up, pregnancies went down, and quality of life went up for everybody. It got killed by capitalists who didn't want to see...

    When Bolivia implemented socialist policies, their literacy rate went up, pregnancies went down, and quality of life went up for everybody.

    It got killed by capitalists who didn't want to see people flourish.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Unpopular opinion: Capitalism is a better ideology than socialism or communism because greed is a more tolerable emotion than fear/envy in ~talk

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    If people's basic needs -- food, shelter, medical care, childcare, elder care -- could be taken care of, that would allow people to live with dignity. If people want more -- the ability to afford...

    If people's basic needs -- food, shelter, medical care, childcare, elder care -- could be taken care of, that would allow people to live with dignity. If people want more -- the ability to afford nice clothing and go on vacations -- then they need a job. Thus, work would still be desirable, but here's the thing -- people wouldn't need to chase the highest-paying jobs anymore. So, stuff like fast food or even garbage collection that could be done part time would become pretty desirable in this situation.

    Socialism doesn't mean money just disappears, or that everyone has to wear the same clothes or work the same kinds of jobs. It just means the government does what it has been saying it does, and works for the people. Currently, the government works for corporations, and that isn't working very well.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on I'm thoroughly done with my choices being only "yes" or "not now" in ~tech

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    That sounds familiar. Were you working for sourceforge? I think there was a company connected to sourceforge that was doing this, but I don't want to name names without being sure. Certainly, I...

    That sounds familiar. Were you working for sourceforge? I think there was a company connected to sourceforge that was doing this, but I don't want to name names without being sure. Certainly, I heard of people being bit by it.

    13 votes
  8. Comment on How Lisp became god's own programming language (2018) in ~comp

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    I recommend racket as a first lisp -- no need to learn a new editor and go through lots of complex setup -- everything works out of the box, and it has a track on exercism.org

    I recommend racket as a first lisp -- no need to learn a new editor and go through lots of complex setup -- everything works out of the box, and it has a track on exercism.org

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Computer savvy people of Tildes, do you have any advice re setting up a new MS Windows personal computer? in ~tech

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    I was just giving my opinion that, if you need to use ssh, plain openssh in wsl is what I personally prefer to putty. Putty was included in @l_one's list. It's used more frequently than you might...

    I was just giving my opinion that, if you need to use ssh, plain openssh in wsl is what I personally prefer to putty. Putty was included in @l_one's list.

    It's used more frequently than you might guess; a lot of places that used ftp in the past use SFTP or scp (ie, ssh) these days.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What are some of your daily use/most important apps? in ~tech

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    Music: supysonic, mpd, malpd, dsub, sonixd, and some custom code Clipboard sync, using my phone as a remote for my computer: kdeconnect. There's a library you can install for mpv to be remote...
    • Music: supysonic, mpd, malpd, dsub, sonixd, and some custom code
    • Clipboard sync, using my phone as a remote for my computer: kdeconnect. There's a library you can install for mpv to be remote controlled by kdeconnect.
    • Videos: mpv, vlc
    • video and picture tagging: tmsu
    • music tagging: picard - it uses musicbrainz
    • cd ripper: cyanrip - it uses musicbrainz to automatically identify all the tracks.
    • upnp server: Universal Media Server. This is a cross-platform java program that can serve up your media. It also includes some network logic so only certain IP addresses or ranges can view your content.
    1 vote
  11. Comment on Computer savvy people of Tildes, do you have any advice re setting up a new MS Windows personal computer? in ~tech

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    go with @l_one's advice. Their process is pretty similar to mine. Only thing I'd change is using wsl and ubuntu instead of putty, but that's a matter of personal preference I suppose. enable...
    • go with @l_one's advice. Their process is pretty similar to mine. Only thing I'd change is using wsl and ubuntu instead of putty, but that's a matter of personal preference I suppose.
    • enable verbose startup: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/troubleshoot/windows-server/performance/enable-verbose-startup-shutdown-logon-logoff-status-messages -- this can go a long way to troubleshooting any issues that may arise in the future. It also makes the startup process less opaque, which I prefer.
    • go to start -> Administrative Tools -> Services, and set the Windows Update service to "manual". This will prevent windows from deciding to reboot your computer for you while you are in the middle of work.
    • I'd recommend a password manager. Bitwarden is the least expensive: it's completely free, on both desktop and mobile. This makes it easy to not reuse passwords, while also not forgetting passwords. This is a huge boost to your online security.
    • if you ever decide you need a VPN, my personal recommendation is mullvad; they are trustworthy, reliable, and they have good UX and good technology.
    2 votes
  12. Comment on What are your scary, spooky, creepy and unexplained experiences? in ~talk

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    He was never seen again, as far as I know.

    He was never seen again, as far as I know.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What are your scary, spooky, creepy and unexplained experiences? in ~talk

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    This story is from my mom. When she was a young woman, she was awoken from her slumber by a sudden movement of the mattress. She discovered the cause: a masked man with a knife was sitting on her...

    This story is from my mom.

    When she was a young woman, she was awoken from her slumber by a sudden movement of the mattress.

    She discovered the cause: a masked man with a knife was sitting on her mattress. She calmly talked him down: you don't want to do this, you are a better person than this, etc. After some minutes of this, he climbed out the window and left.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Suggestions for a new Android phone, please in ~tech

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    I was not impressed with the zenphone. The headphone jack was DOA, and getting a refund took weeks.

    I was not impressed with the zenphone. The headphone jack was DOA, and getting a refund took weeks.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Lets talk roguelikes! in ~games

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    You beat nethack? That is legendary. I have ascended, but I cheated - I savescummed. I don't think I could beat it otherwise.

    You beat nethack? That is legendary. I have ascended, but I cheated - I savescummed. I don't think I could beat it otherwise.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Retired Maj. David Grusch tells Congress the US is concealing ‘multi-decade’ program that captures UFOs in ~misc

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    There's also 2 (a) - are too damn far away. The entire observable universe is 94 billion light years across, and contains somewhere around 1 or 2 times that many galaxies, each of which has around...

    There's also 2 (a) - are too damn far away. The entire observable universe is 94 billion light years across, and contains somewhere around 1 or 2 times that many galaxies, each of which has around 100 million stars, each with their own planetary systems. But our observable universe is (likely) just an electron compared to the size of the entire universe, so if there are advanced alien societies out there, it is likely impossible to ever meet them.

    43 votes
  17. Comment on Any hardcore leftists here? in ~talk

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    It seems like our political system assumed that the people who are elected would be good, trustworthy people. Any new political system should assume deceit and untrustworthiness, and make it easy...

    It seems like our political system assumed that the people who are elected would be good, trustworthy people. Any new political system should assume deceit and untrustworthiness, and make it easy to remove people from office.

    3 votes