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  1. Comment on Does anyone know of any good budgeting tools? in ~finance

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    Thank you for the detailed response! I'll definitely look into what you suggested. The envelope method and gnucash both sound especially interesting.

    Thank you for the detailed response! I'll definitely look into what you suggested. The envelope method and gnucash both sound especially interesting.

  2. Does anyone know of any good budgeting tools?

    I've realized over the past few hours that I've spent an absurd amount of money relative to my income over the last few days, and I think that starting to budget would probably be a very good...

    I've realized over the past few hours that I've spent an absurd amount of money relative to my income over the last few days, and I think that starting to budget would probably be a very good thing for me. Does anyone know of any good tools for keeping and managing a personal budget?

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  3. Comment on Inside SpinLaunch, the Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret in ~space

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    It'll definitely be interesting to see something like this on the Moon or Mars as an enabler for orbital industry. Something like converting metal oxides in lunar regolith into slugs of pure...

    It'll definitely be interesting to see something like this on the Moon or Mars as an enabler for orbital industry.
    Something like converting metal oxides in lunar regolith into slugs of pure metals and launching them into low lunar orbit.

    Just gotta hope that the lunar settlements don't get mad at Earth and start chucking rocks down the gravity well...

    3 votes
  4. Good domain registrars?

    Looking to pick up a domain name for a personal site and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good registrar. The whole domain name industry always feels more than a bit shady, so I'm wary of...

    Looking to pick up a domain name for a personal site and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good registrar. The whole domain name industry always feels more than a bit shady, so I'm wary of most of the providers.

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  5. Comment on How to Track President Trump (tracking of government employees using cell phones) in ~news

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    Can't say I've done too much research recently, but, as a heads up, one that a ton of people used to recommend, Private Internet Access (PIA), apparently just got bought by a shady-ish company....

    Can't say I've done too much research recently, but, as a heads up, one that a ton of people used to recommend, Private Internet Access (PIA), apparently just got bought by a shady-ish company.

    They're trying to show that they'll remain transparent and a good provider, but a lot of people seem to consider them dead in the water from a privacy standpoint now.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Space-grade CPUs: How do you send more computing power into space? in ~space

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    Interesting article. I wonder if the rise of RISC-V that seems to be in progress right now will affect future architectural decisions for radiation hardened chips for spacecraft. It'd definitely...

    Interesting article. I wonder if the rise of RISC-V that seems to be in progress right now will affect future architectural decisions for radiation hardened chips for spacecraft. It'd definitely be awesome to see NASA or the ESA working on an open-source radiation-hardened architecture of some sort!

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  7. Comment on SpaceX has successfully launched another 60 Starlink satellites in ~space

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    Super excited to see the fourth flight of a Falcon 9 booster and the first reuse of a pair of fairings on this mission. I'll be super interested to see if they manage to pull off the Starlink...

    Super excited to see the fourth flight of a Falcon 9 booster and the first reuse of a pair of fairings on this mission. I'll be super interested to see if they manage to pull off the Starlink launch cadence that they're hoping for next year.

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  8. Comment on Watch enthusiasts in ~hobbies

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    Mine's a bit boring, as I just started down this particular rabbit hole of a hobby, but my daily watch is a super basic Casio F91W that my friend and I swapped NATO straps onto and filled with...

    Mine's a bit boring, as I just started down this particular rabbit hole of a hobby, but my daily watch is a super basic Casio F91W that my friend and I swapped NATO straps onto and filled with mineral oil in an attempt to improve the water resistance (which has worked surprisingly well so far). Hopefully, within the next few years I'll have the budget to move on to some more interesting Seiko watches, etc.

  9. Comment on Next Generation Electron Booster on the Pad for Rocket Lab’s 10th Mission in ~space

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    Excited to see them moving forward with first stage reuse. I think that it will definitely be important for them moving forward, as SpaceX seems to be moving into their territory with these...

    Excited to see them moving forward with first stage reuse. I think that it will definitely be important for them moving forward, as SpaceX seems to be moving into their territory with these sun-synchronous smallsat rideshares and (hopefully) Starship within the next few years.

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  10. Comment on The self-hammering probe on NASA’s Mars lander can’t seem to actually dig into the ground in ~space

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    Credit to Scott Manley for saying this on Twitter earlier today (I think it was him at least), but the bright side of all this is that some scientist who works on Martian soil density is probably...

    Credit to Scott Manley for saying this on Twitter earlier today (I think it was him at least), but the bright side of all this is that some scientist who works on Martian soil density is probably crazy excited about what we're learning from this particular turn of events.

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  11. Comment on SpaceX refused to move their Starlink satellite when they were alerted to the risk of collision with ESA's Aeolus satellite in ~space

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    One interesting thing I saw on Twitter from one of the people I get most of my satellite tracking/TLE info from is that, since SpaceX are apparently currently deorbiting the satellite, there could...

    One interesting thing I saw on Twitter from one of the people I get most of my satellite tracking/TLE info from is that, since SpaceX are apparently currently deorbiting the satellite, there could be a huge margin of error in the TLEs that ESA were using.

    As a result of that possibility and the fact that we haven't heard from SpaceX about this at all, I'm currently withholding my judgement until we hear directly from them about what happened (especially since we have no actual context on what the SpaceX reply to the ESA actual said).

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  12. Comment on Kurzgesagt - The Egg in ~humanities

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    This got me to decide to go back to Andy's writing site to read the original version of The Egg, and I ended up reading some of his other short stories for the first time. Highly recommend...

    This got me to decide to go back to Andy's writing site to read the original version of The Egg, and I ended up reading some of his other short stories for the first time. Highly recommend checking it out to anyone around here.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Review in ~tech

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    Absolutely, I still use an iPhone 6s, and I love that Apple provides support for so long. Although, at $1,200 for an XS Max I think Apple is still pushing it with most customers, especially those...

    Absolutely, I still use an iPhone 6s, and I love that Apple provides support for so long. Although, at $1,200 for an XS Max I think Apple is still pushing it with most customers, especially those who prefer to upgrade relatively often. Those customers have kept their sales up for over a decade now, and I think their recent sales/earnings show that that is falling off a bit with the crazy prices.

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  14. Comment on Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Review in ~tech

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    Flagship phones in general have gone completely crazy on pricing in the last few years. Apple seems to be realizing this with their sales projections, and I can't help but think that there's going...

    This thing is crazy expensive for a phone that likely won't get updated software for more than two years.

    Flagship phones in general have gone completely crazy on pricing in the last few years. Apple seems to be realizing this with their sales projections, and I can't help but think that there's going to be a reckoning for all of the big players within the next few years.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Taiwan can win a war with China in ~misc

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    This is a bit of an older article (from 2018), but I was directed to it today from HN and thought that it was a really interesting look at Taiwan's situation and the general situation of a...

    This is a bit of an older article (from 2018), but I was directed to it today from HN and thought that it was a really interesting look at Taiwan's situation and the general situation of a military trying to defend itself from a larger opponent in modern warfare.

    3 votes