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  1. Comment on The five most over-hyped tech devices in ~tech

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    As I see it, Apple's thing has always been to let everyone else figure out how not to do something before showing up and dropping their beautiful, sleek, desirable solution. I'd guess that they'll...

    As I see it, Apple's thing has always been to let everyone else figure out how not to do something before showing up and dropping their beautiful, sleek, desirable solution. I'd guess that they'll eventually get into the glasses market, but not before Google, Snap, and some other companies have taken a few more shots at it.

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  2. Comment on Got any new electronics? Tell me about them! in ~talk

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    I've picked up more tech than I'd like to admit in the last year, but the two that have been most interesting to me have been Apple's AirPods and a Vortex Pok3r mechanical keyboard. I was like a...

    I've picked up more tech than I'd like to admit in the last year, but the two that have been most interesting to me have been Apple's AirPods and a Vortex Pok3r mechanical keyboard.

    I was like a lot of people when AirPods first came out, making fun of them for being expensive and rather silly, but over time a number of my good friends grew to love theirs. I could never justify the price for myself, but a family member was kind enough to get a pair for me as a gift a few months ago. I was amazed by how quickly they replaced pretty much every other pair of headphones or earbuds I own, with the exception of my headset I use when gaming. Apple has done an amazing job of creating a seamless experience and packing it into a convenient little package.

    Unlike the AirPods, the keyboard was a spur of the moment purchase a few weeks ago. It's only my second mechanical keyboard, and my first keyboard ever that isn't full size (except my laptop, but that's slightly different in my opinion). So far, I'm really liking the small size, and the heft it's aluminum case gives it feels very nice. Still trying to get used to having function layers for keys that I used to be able to just reach for, but I think I'll come around eventually. At some point I really want to try using an ergodox or some other ergonomic keyboard to see how I like it, as I've been having more and more issues with wrist pain now that I'm working from home and sitting at my keyboard even more of the time than I did before.

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  3. Comment on Got any new electronics? Tell me about them! in ~talk

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    I can't speak for the parent commenter, but I think a lot of people are just interested in this type of hardware from a curiosity and maybe professional development standpoint. There's a whole lot...

    I can't speak for the parent commenter, but I think a lot of people are just interested in this type of hardware from a curiosity and maybe professional development standpoint. There's a whole lot of people on r/homelab on reddit with similar or significantly more advanced setups who are just doing it for fun.

    When I finally settle down into a longer term living arrangement, I'm planning to set up something similar to play with and maybe host any projects that I've got going on.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Canadian scuba diver in Mexico accidentally discovers vast, prehistoric industrial complex in ~humanities

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    The way I understood it was that the human activity was dated to ~12,000 years. If sea level rise after the last ice age was what flooded the caves, then that time range makes sense to me.

    The way I understood it was that the human activity was dated to ~12,000 years. If sea level rise after the last ice age was what flooded the caves, then that time range makes sense to me.

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  5. Comment on Canadian scuba diver in Mexico accidentally discovers vast, prehistoric industrial complex in ~humanities

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    I remember reading about that a few months ago and then seeing the recent articles about it being found. Amazing that it was real and was finally found.

    I remember reading about that a few months ago and then seeing the recent articles about it being found. Amazing that it was real and was finally found.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Fires linked to fireworks erupt across SF, Bay Area in ~news

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    Same here. Live in an urban area, and local cities have banned fireworks for as long as I can remember. There's usually some every July 4th, but it's been nonstop booms all day this year.

    Same here. Live in an urban area, and local cities have banned fireworks for as long as I can remember. There's usually some every July 4th, but it's been nonstop booms all day this year.

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  7. Comment on How Vim became so popular in ~comp

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    I appreciate the advice! Been away from Linux for a while and currently heading back, so reminders of things I've forgotten or not used much before are awesome.

    I appreciate the advice! Been away from Linux for a while and currently heading back, so reminders of things I've forgotten or not used much before are awesome.

  8. Comment on "An issue was experienced today during Rocket Lab's launch that caused the loss of the vehicle. The issue occurred late in the flight during the 2nd stage burn." in ~space

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    Really too bad for Rocket Lab and their customers on this launch. They've had an impressive string of successes for a newcomer to the launch industry. Hopefully they can figure things out quickly...

    Really too bad for Rocket Lab and their customers on this launch. They've had an impressive string of successes for a newcomer to the launch industry. Hopefully they can figure things out quickly and get back to flying. Space is hard!

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  9. Comment on How Vim became so popular in ~comp

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    Thanks for the detailed explanation. Definitely going to try it out sometime soon.

    Thanks for the detailed explanation. Definitely going to try it out sometime soon.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on How Vim became so popular in ~comp

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    That's a great idea! Would solve my big vim gripe. Any chance you could share what software you're using to map keys based on time pressed?

    That's a great idea! Would solve my big vim gripe. Any chance you could share what software you're using to map keys based on time pressed?

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  11. Comment on Discord launches a new website and announces $100M in new funding as it starts to distance itself from being a gaming-oriented service, moving towards day-to-day communication and "your place to talk" in ~tech

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    I had kinda been wondering if/when they'd be making this pivot in the way they brand and market themselves. Not sure about other people's experiences, but when I started using Discord several...

    I had kinda been wondering if/when they'd be making this pivot in the way they brand and market themselves.

    Not sure about other people's experiences, but when I started using Discord several years ago it was still pretty thoroughly a niche, "gamery" thing. The early communities I saw and joined were almost all entirely about gaming or at least pretty strongly related.

    Since then, though, it's definitely gone mainstream. Even my less internet or gaming oriented friends have heard of it in one way or another, and almost every community I've joined in the last year or two has been very much not about gaming. I'm in multiple servers with friends, one with colleagues from work, a bunch of hobbyist ones, and so on. Discord has done an incredible job of creating a relatively seamless and easy to get into experience for communicating across text, voice, and video, and I haven't seen any of the other services in their field (e.g. Slack) manage quite the same thing. Not sure how they'll be able to monetize that (sure hope the answer isn't ads...), but I'm super glad they exist.

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  12. Comment on How Vim became so popular in ~comp

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    Of course it's great, ed is the standard text editor.

    Of course it's great, ed is the standard text editor.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on These physicists finally figured out why microwaved grapes ignite in ~food

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    I also had no idea this was a thing, and I think my microwave is soon going to be very upset with me now that I've learned.

    I also had no idea this was a thing, and I think my microwave is soon going to be very upset with me now that I've learned.

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

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    A few of my friends and I picked up Elite Dangerous on the Steam sale since it's only $15 with all DLC (and apparently the Horizons DLC is well worth it), and we're really enjoying it so far. It's...

    A few of my friends and I picked up Elite Dangerous on the Steam sale since it's only $15 with all DLC (and apparently the Horizons DLC is well worth it), and we're really enjoying it so far.

    It's definitely a weird game in terms of progression, but the amount of freedom you have to figure your own thing out and have fun however you want to is great. The fact that we're exploring the Milky Way is also super cool for us since we're a bunch of space nerds.

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  15. Comment on The 2020 Steam Summer Sale is live and goes until July 9th in ~games

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    If you don't already own Kerbal Space Program and/or it's DLC, they're pretty heavily discounted for the sale. Highly recommend the game: it's one of my personal favorites, and, in my opinion,...

    If you don't already own Kerbal Space Program and/or it's DLC, they're pretty heavily discounted for the sale. Highly recommend the game: it's one of my personal favorites, and, in my opinion, well worth the ~$25 it currently costs to pick up (that includes both DLCs).

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  16. Comment on The 2020 Steam Summer Sale is live and goes until July 9th in ~games

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    That's great; it's a super fun game, especially if you can find some friends to play with. Hope you enjoy it!

    That's great; it's a super fun game, especially if you can find some friends to play with. Hope you enjoy it!

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  17. Comment on NASA expects to cover JWST launch slip with budget reserves in ~space

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    I'm almost certain that billion dollar ground telescopes will continue to be built, but I also anticipate that a transition towards high-volume satellite manufacturing and the continual lowering...

    I'm almost certain that billion dollar ground telescopes will continue to be built, but I also anticipate that a transition towards high-volume satellite manufacturing and the continual lowering of cost per kg to orbit will result in more, cheaper space telescopes being built.

    NASA already has a couple of operational or planned small telescopes (see the MIDEX chunk of the Explorers program), so I think it's reasonable to anticipate them looking into some kind of multi-telescope series as industry moves towards high volume production by building more constellations and less one-off spacecraft.

  18. Comment on NASA expects to cover JWST launch slip with budget reserves in ~space

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    The Aerospace Corporation recently put out a paper looking into the types of high-volume production that are slowly being embraced by space organizations. I'm really hopeful that those methods and...

    The Aerospace Corporation recently put out a paper looking into the types of high-volume production that are slowly being embraced by space organizations.

    I'm really hopeful that those methods and cheaper launch capabilities will get us to a point where our space telescopes aren't massive one-off projects built on billion dollar budgets and multi-decade timelines. It's so sad to see awesome things like JWST slip further and further behind while Hubble slowly heads towards death and other aging telescopes are shut down.

  19. Comment on SpaceX scrubs Friday launch attempt of its tenth batch of Starlink satellites—the first launch that will see all satellites equipped with visors to reduce ground brightness in ~space

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    At least they're showing that they'll be able to put lots up really quickly once they've got the inter-satellite links ready to go. After this launch they'll be at ~1/3 of the constellation...

    At least they're showing that they'll be able to put lots up really quickly once they've got the inter-satellite links ready to go. After this launch they'll be at ~1/3 of the constellation completed, and it's been under a year.

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