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  1. Comment on What noise canceling headphones can block? in ~tech

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    It depends on how loud that music is. If it's the kind of thing where you can hear a car thumping its bass as it drives by but not really what the music is, ANC may cover it. If it's "the ambient...

    It depends on how loud that music is. If it's the kind of thing where you can hear a car thumping its bass as it drives by but not really what the music is, ANC may cover it. If it's "the ambient volume in my residence is louder than I'd choose to play my own music", then no, ANC isn't the fix.

    Since normal headphones sometimes do the job in your situation, it sounds borderline enough that ANC will likely be a noticeable help, unless the times where normal headphones don't suffice are categorically different from the times where they do.

    My experience with ANC is that it blocks more and more kinds of sounds as those sounds get lower in volume. E.g., conversations are hard for ANC, but ANC performs much better for a conversation across the room than one right beside you. And even for one right beside you you'll see a drop in how loud it sounds, it just won't completely disappear.

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  2. Comment on What noise canceling headphones can block? in ~tech

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    I've seen a number of people recommend using standard earbuds in conjunction industrial earmuffs, the kind of things people use for chainsaws. Cheaper to get buy, more effective at killing noise....

    I've seen a number of people recommend using standard earbuds in conjunction industrial earmuffs, the kind of things people use for chainsaws. Cheaper to get buy, more effective at killing noise.

    I've had good experiences with active noise cancellation on headphones, but you're shelling out to buy a quality pair, and there are some common scenarios where they perform worse (e.g., people speaking right beside you). ANC is good for steady noises (hums, whirrs) low noises, and distant noises, and if you're playing music too you basically can't hear anything unless it's loud and right next to you.

    I'd steer clear of the Bose QC 2. The sound quality was unremarkable, and it always gave me a weird sensation of pressure in my ears when the ANC was enabled. I've heard that from others, too.

    I'm enjoying my Razer Opus headphones. The noise cancellation works really well, and I have no complaints about the sound quality. They also twist to store flat, which is convenient for storing larger headphones.

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  3. Comment on What are your thoughts on using a website/blog as a resume? in ~life

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    I built my resume as a website, just because it was the only sane way to be sure I had consistent styling/formatting for everything. It just looks like a normal resume, but available at a URL. I...

    I built my resume as a website, just because it was the only sane way to be sure I had consistent styling/formatting for everything. It just looks like a normal resume, but available at a URL. I link recruiters / hiring managers to it, but I'm not sure anyone's visited. So mostly I just print to PDF.

    It's been a mixed bag. Debugging print styles is awkward, and some online application portals demand a Word doc, but that's uncommon. But restyling is super easy, and my content is just a data structure that's trivial to make large changes to. I can also trim/truncate/drop job entries without fear, because git has the old stuff if I need it.

    Lots of job pipelines assume you have a PDF resume, so you'll likely need that in addition to your snazzy website. And this assumption raises the chance that your website won't be seen.

    Were you more likely to hire a candidate because they had a well-rounded website that showed off their skills

    I've been on the hiring side a number of times. It's uncommon for a candidate to have a website, but it's also unusual for a candidate's website to show anything notable enough to affect the decision. On most of my teams, nobody but me put any weight on enthusiast signals. This likely varies widely across teams.

    The more strongly your website makes a statement, the more polarizing it becomes during hiring. That's something you can use to self-select for environments you want to be in. For example, a recent submission to Hacker News is exactly the kind of thing that will resonate strongly with some hiring managers and make them fall all over themselves trying to hire you. But for many managers, it's either taken as a neutral signal, or a sign that you don't understand "professional" environments since you submitted a game during a job application.

    On the other hand, a humdrum website with unremarkable blog posts is likely to carry no weight at all during hiring.

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  4. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Horizon Forbidden West is fantastic, at least as good as Zero Dawn. I'm 70 hours in and 45% complete (I'm doing all the side quests etc.), and I'm just loving it. The combat is really fun....

    Horizon Forbidden West is fantastic, at least as good as Zero Dawn. I'm 70 hours in and 45% complete (I'm doing all the side quests etc.), and I'm just loving it.

    The combat is really fun. Reasonably tactical without being brutal about it. You can target enemy weak spots, choose weapons that synergize with weaknesses or just brute-force your way through the battle, leverage environmental hazards to your advantage, or sneak around in the brush killing unsuspecting enemies.

    The graphics are pretty great. Characters look very human, the landscape is beautiful, and the soundtrack is stellar.

    I also find the plot really gets my imagination going.

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  5. Comment on Wireless bridge or Powerline? in ~tech

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    Powerline can be hit or miss depending on the quality of your home's electrical setup and on what path through electrical components the signal takes between devices. It's always worked for me,...

    Powerline can be hit or miss depending on the quality of your home's electrical setup and on what path through electrical components the signal takes between devices. It's always worked for me, but speeds (even internal) are sometimes great and sometimes pretty disappointing.

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  6. Comment on How do you manage your digital notes? in ~talk

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    I've been using Workflowy (similar to Dynalist) for ages. On the whole, it's pretty good for me. I really like that it puts as much information in front of me at once as I want (vs file-based note...

    I've been using Workflowy (similar to Dynalist) for ages. On the whole, it's pretty good for me. I really like that it puts as much information in front of me at once as I want (vs file-based note systems, where you kinda only look at one "thing" at a time). I can see what I'm thinking about, but also all of the info that's "nearby" what I'm thinking about. Thinking in lists works really well for me, too.

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  7. Comment on Recommend me books with a twist (with a twist) in ~books

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    I just finished Project Hail Mary, by the author of The Martian. Hard-ish sci-fi. Good stuff. I've also been enjoying the (not yet finished) fantasy series, Spells, Swords, and Stealth ("What if...

    I just finished Project Hail Mary, by the author of The Martian. Hard-ish sci-fi. Good stuff.

    I've also been enjoying the (not yet finished) fantasy series, Spells, Swords, and Stealth ("What if the NPCs in our games were real people in a real world?").

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  8. Comment on Is anyone playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons? in ~games

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    Planting money into a glowing hole produces a tree with a chance of sprouting 3 bags of money each valued at min(deposit,30000). The chance is determined by how much money you planted....

    Planting money into a glowing hole produces a tree with a chance of sprouting 3 bags of money each valued at min(deposit,30000). The chance is determined by how much money you planted.

    https://nookipedia.com/wiki/Money_tree

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