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  1. Comment on Help needed: slow external hard drive in ~tech

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    Did a SMART report, it says that there are no reallocated sectors or any sectors that need reallocation (so in theory none of the sectors have failed) but there are some read errors, so I'll keep...

    Did a SMART report, it says that there are no reallocated sectors or any sectors that need reallocation (so in theory none of the sectors have failed) but there are some read errors, so I'll keep an eye on it... I've also made sure my backups are actually working which I probably should have done a while ago!

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Help needed: slow external hard drive in ~tech

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    Thanks for reading all that, I ran the scan and check for errors tool in Windows (right click drive > Proporties > Tools > Check). It took a while (scan didn't work, I needed to use scan and...

    Thanks for reading all that, I ran the scan and check for errors tool in Windows (right click drive > Proporties > Tools > Check). It took a while (scan didn't work, I needed to use scan and repair) but the logs show it deleted some corrupt attribute records. Since then the performance and active time have been back to normal. That gives me chance to check if the drive itself is actually okay and run a few more checks, at least.

    Lots of this:

    Unable to locate attribute with instance tag 0x0 and segment
    reference 0x1000000007fa3.  The expected attribute type is 0x80.
    Deleting corrupt attribute record (0x80, "")
    from file record segment 0x7FA3.
    

    I didn't have the thought it might be a physical problem since it's only a year old. Obviously it still could be, at least this fix will let me check it a bit easier.

    5 votes
  3. Help needed: slow external hard drive

    I've got a 2TB Toshiba drive (formatted as NTFS) that has become very slow and I was wondering if anyone here as any ideas what the problem could be and how I could fix it. All the data I'd need...

    I've got a 2TB Toshiba drive (formatted as NTFS) that has become very slow and I was wondering if anyone here as any ideas what the problem could be and how I could fix it. All the data I'd need off the drive is backed up, but I would at least like a drive to put it back on to!

    In short, it became slow after I had to force power-off the system it was connected to (Pop OS installed on another external drive which I unplugged by mistake) and I haven't bothered to try to fix it in the six months since.

    I've tested it on Pop and it takes about 10-20 minutes to mount, and 2 minutes to unmount and safely remove. The data itself seems fine but performance is slow, accessing a 20MB image takes several seconds and selecting the drive in GNOME Disks caused it to freeze.

    The drive sounded louder than normal, especially after plugging in.

    On Windows, the drive was recognised and browsable immediately, but browsing through folders was very slow - opening some folders causes Windows Explorer to freeze for a while. Some of my double-clicks were mis-recognised as click-to-rename, which took several seconds to activate and during which time Task Manager reported the average response time between 5000 and 11000 ms.

    Attempting to load an audio file resulted in lots of buffering. Task Manager reports an active time of 100% (even when not loading files or folders) and the activity never exceeded 100 KB/s (and doesn't sustain it for more than a second). Ejecting the drive takes forever - after ejecting it using the tray icon, the tray icon is not removed (even though there are no other drives connected or listed) and the active time is still 100% with the indicator LED blinking non-stop. The system did not enter sleep right away after me asking it to either.

    All of that to say, does anyone know what the issue could be, or how I could find and fix it? Thanks!


    Edit: fixed and normal functionality restored (at least so I can check the drive a bit easier) using Scan & Repair in Windows (see my comment).

    4 votes
  4. Comment on The Tildes' Make Something Month (Timasomo) 2021 Showcase Thread in ~talk

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    Despite how you see the grades piece, I think it's written really well and does a great job at illustrating the problem in question. I will ask though, is American education really this... odd? Do...

    Despite how you see the grades piece, I think it's written really well and does a great job at illustrating the problem in question.

    I will ask though, is American education really this... odd? Do schools really have such an influence over a student's results? Do all students study the same topics at the same level of complexity at the same time, regardless of their ability and knowledge?

    In the UK, "maths" is one topic and it's normal for there to be multiple classes at a particular year (grade) set at different skill levels. Each would cover different topics at different times, pitching them at different levels. Then, in year 11 (age 16) there are two maths exams of three papers each: one lower level paper (simpler, but with a capped maximum grade) and one higher level (uncapped but complex). They cover all the topics, not just one.

    It just seems like having exams at every year would distract from learning and remembering the topics in question (some topics you'd ignore for so long you'd forget them, even while still studying a mathematical topic).

    Am I right here? It probably seems normal to you but for me it seems unnecessarily complex and test-driven. That's not to say the British system works any better though - there are still massive social disparities.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Jailed for fifty-one weeks for protesting? Britain is becoming a police state by stealth in ~misc

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    18 pages have been added to the UK's new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that would make many tools and techniques of protest illegal, carrying a prison sentence up to 51 weeks, in a way...

    18 pages have been added to the UK's new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that would make many tools and techniques of protest illegal, carrying a prison sentence up to 51 weeks, in a way that evades the Parliamentary scrutiny bills should face. You can read the bill as-amended here - new additions are marked with a star and start on page 68.

    This is an opinion piece - so there are a few calls-to-action - but many other media outlets are not covering this, for example there is no mention on the BBC's Politics News page.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Facebook changes name to Meta: Mark Zuckerberg announces company rebrand as it moves to the metaverse in ~tech

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    I'm not so sure. People don't think of Alphabet when they use Google, so I don't see why it would be any different here. Unless they put the Meta brand on all their services, some people might...

    Now every time it gets used in a conversation it's going to provide natural topic diversion point to talk about Facebook et al.

    I'm not so sure. People don't think of Alphabet when they use Google, so I don't see why it would be any different here. Unless they put the Meta brand on all their services, some people might just never hear of it until another scandal arises. Facebook will continue to be Facebook for the majority of its users.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Tell me about your favourite place in ~talk

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    Snowdonia in Wales is a favourite of mine, love being around the mountains and in the mist. Very atmospheric. Definitely a contrast to the flatness of where I live.

    Snowdonia in Wales is a favourite of mine, love being around the mountains and in the mist. Very atmospheric. Definitely a contrast to the flatness of where I live.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on The entirety of Twitch has reportedly been leaked in ~tech

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    Ah, Twitch 2FA is such an arse though. I enabled it and added it to Authy when I used that - then decided to use an open source alternative instead, and transferred my 2FA tokens over. Twitch...

    Ah, Twitch 2FA is such an arse though. I enabled it and added it to Authy when I used that - then decided to use an open source alternative instead, and transferred my 2FA tokens over. Twitch seemed to use some sort of algorithm specific to Authy with a 7 digit code rather than a 6 digit code so I disabled and re enabled 2FA on my account, and this time it gave me a normal secret generating 6 digit codes that I could add to my new app. Great!

    Everything worked okay at this point. Using the new app, my codes were authenticating me on Twitch as I'd expect. Then I deleted my Authy account, and the codes stopped working. Twitch Support were of no help either.

    Thankfully Authy waits 30 days to actually delete your codes, so I decided to cancel the deletion and try porting it over again. And, as if by magic, the codes I already had started working again.

    Maybe 2FA on Twitch is in some way tied to Authy, as if it is the only 2FA app there is, and with no option to use an alternative without an active Authy account. I have no idea. But I think Twitch 2FA does require your phone number, as does Authy, so that might go some way towards explaining it.

    How was your experience with it?

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Why Britain's newbuilds are so ugly in ~design

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    Discusses what makes a housing estate a nice place to live, and what you can do to voice your opinion on new developments in your area. Personally, I think Marmalade Lane looks great! From what I...

    We explore the architectural underpinnings of a happy neighbourhood, and how communities can ensure new developments suit their surroundings

    Discusses what makes a housing estate a nice place to live, and what you can do to voice your opinion on new developments in your area.

    Personally, I think Marmalade Lane looks great! From what I remember having looked at my local planning site a few months ago though, it seems needlessly difficult to navigate. I get why so few people engage with it.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Climate change won't stop while America hates trains and walking in ~enviro

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    I'll admit I haven't read the article, but I'll share this video for a bit more on the topic - watch it from about 3:45. In short, Americans drive short journeys instead of using less polluting...

    I'll admit I haven't read the article, but I'll share this video for a bit more on the topic - watch it from about 3:45.

    In short, Americans drive short journeys instead of using less polluting alternatives like walking, cycling or public transport because those are not viable alternatives there - often, as much space as possible is dedicated to the movement and storage of cars with little consideration of more efficient forms of transport.

    If walking and cycling were safe, and if public transport was reliable and didn't get stuck in the same traffic as cars, it might be a slightly better situation over there. Even living in the UK I am jealous of what the Dutch have - to live in America seems horrible in this regard.

    But it is not irreversible. Amsterdam was wide roads and big car parks in recent decades - a shift in the priorites of city design will be beneficial for everyone. Taking away capacity for cars and turning it over to pedestrians, bikes and buses would actually reduce congestion for those still using cars, not increase it, as it would take cars off the road.

    It is no silver bullet for solving climate change but it's a big part of the solution.


    If you're interested, I recently watched this podcast featuring the person behind the YouTube channel I linked above. Among other things, he says most Dutch people live within 500 metres of a shop. Suburb planning and zoning is an issue too - many US suburbs are houses only for miles. In one example it would take 2 hours to walk door to door between two houses that shared a fence with each other. It has to change.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Formula E: How could they improve? in ~talk

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    It's definitely unique... If it helps at all, the extra power doesn't guarantee the winning driver will be able to make an overtake stick, especially on tighter tracks with shorter straights (see...

    It's definitely unique... If it helps at all, the extra power doesn't guarantee the winning driver will be able to make an overtake stick, especially on tighter tracks with shorter straights (see F1's DRS for example - both boost straight line speed, and in both cases the driver in front can still defend).

    And the extra power comes from the battery which doesn't get bigger if they win, so it has to be offset by a little more lifting and coasting later in the race. It's a negligible difference but it's there.

    I just wish they'd put something in place to stop the same drivers winning it race after race. It'd be nice if someone else got a chance.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Formula E: How could they improve? in ~talk

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    I do think they're working on pit stops to recharge batteries for Gen 3, starting late 2022/early 2023. I'm not sure swappable batteries would work - making batteries removable by design might not...

    I do think they're working on pit stops to recharge batteries for Gen 3, starting late 2022/early 2023. I'm not sure swappable batteries would work - making batteries removable by design might not be ideal for safety in crashes.

    Personally, I wouldn't like the idea of longer races. Add in the pre-race and post-race segments of the TV coverage too and you're approaching F1 levels of time commitment on a race day, but without F1's prestige or track record to justify it. For me, 45 minutes is just right to have a good race without it dragging on too much. FE cars and strategy lend themselves to a sprint much more than a marathon like F1.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Formula E: How could they improve? in ~talk

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    The final two races of this season are taking place on the 14 and 15 August in Berlin. You can find out where to watch in your country closer to the time here https://fiaformulae.com/watch I...

    The final two races of this season are taking place on the 14 and 15 August in Berlin. You can find out where to watch in your country closer to the time here https://fiaformulae.com/watch

    I follow F1, probably more closely than FE, and WRC and BTCC intermittently too. I enjoy the closer racing in FE - whereas F1 can be a bit processional this seems a bit more exciting, and the championship battles are close

    Last race highlights https://youtu.be/wGeB5BI8CRM

    Championship standings https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/results/standings/driver

    3 votes
  14. Formula E: How could they improve?

    Following the London E-Prix I thought I'd share some ideas I've had on how Formula E might be able to improve generally. Of course they'll never see this, but that's not the point right? Live...

    Following the London E-Prix I thought I'd share some ideas I've had on how Formula E might be able to improve generally. Of course they'll never see this, but that's not the point right?

    Live Broadcast

    • The timing tower needs some improvement, mostly with adding team colours or logos to help differentiate them at a glance. This is definitely needed to better understand what's happening, especially with a 24-car grid.
    • In group qualifying, the live lap timing appears seemingly in whichever order the director selects the drivers in. It would be better to order them showing whoever started their lap first, first.
    • The broadcast, both this weekend and previously, has lacked a little polish. I know they're operating on a smaller budget than other world championship motorsports but fixing the audio and team radio issues, and not cutting away from an overtake that's about to happen, are a minimum in my opinion.
    • They might do well to showcase the car development a little more. It's not a spec series but you'd be forgiven for thinking it is given how little they mention it - given road relevancy is a key focus of the sport I don't see why they don't focus on development of the powertrains every so often and how that is being carried over to road cars.

    Racing

    • More consistent penalties would help the sport's reputation a little. At the moment this is an easy way for people who don't watch the sport to criticise it - rightfully, as similar incidents are given very different penalties that seem to have no relevance to the incident itself.
    • I think most locations should host double headers. Firstly, why spend all the effort building the track and paddock for a single 45 minute race? Secondly, it's more compelling to say a driver is looking to reverse a poor result "tomorrow" rather than "in three weeks".
    • The championship should start and end in the same year. Having to say "2020-21 season" is more wordy than simply "2021 season" and the reason we need to use terms like "season 7" instead.
    • I hope they keep group qualifying! The drivers love to complain but it keeps the championship close without artificial reverse-grids, and the title still goes to the team and driver who best maximised the situations they found themselves in.
    • FanBoost is difficult - I don't take part in it, but don't hate it either. I like how there's still some skill involved - it's not a guaranteed overtake button, and sometimes the driver fails to get past. I do think it would benefit from preventing drivers repeatedly getting FanBoost, giving others a chance. Perhaps if a driver wins it twice in a row, take them out of voting for one or two races?

    Others

    • Better communication, especially with ticket sales. Right now it's not a given that an event will be able to host spectators, but they could have announced either way a bit earlier to give fans a chance to make or cancel plans to attend.
    • A way to watch historical races would be a benefit! There doesn't seem to be a universal way right now like there is with F1TV & was with Formula E races on their YouTube channel. For some reason, probably broadcasting rights, they took them down - I think it would be beneficial to put them back as it's an easy way for a fan to share a good race with someone else.

    What do you think?

    11 votes
  15. Comment on Differential privacy code removed from Chromium in ~tech

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    I was thinking (speculating without evidence) that maybe they are removing it from Chromium so browsers based on it can't use it, and Google keep full control over how it's used. Maybe they feel...

    I was thinking (speculating without evidence) that maybe they are removing it from Chromium so browsers based on it can't use it, and Google keep full control over how it's used. Maybe they feel Edge is a threat now?

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Please help me get acquainted with Signal in ~tech

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    A key feature of Signal for me is its SMS integration (on Android, at least). This means its effectively a drop in replacement for the SMS app you currently have, so you can use it and get used to...

    A key feature of Signal for me is its SMS integration (on Android, at least). This means its effectively a drop in replacement for the SMS app you currently have, so you can use it and get used to the interface right away with the contacts you already have without waiting for someone else to join, and you don't have to have another app on your home screen.

    Then, when someone in your contacts starts using Signal too, your conversation with them will start using encrypted Signal messages. You can switch between the two by holding the send button.

    I think it's one of the easiest switches of messaging apps you can do, and it might be a bit more of a convincing replacement for some. (of course, you'll have to keep mobile data always on now if you weren't already)

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Differential privacy code removed from Chromium in ~tech

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    Perhaps they're removing it from Chromium to make it a proprietary Chrome part? I thought most open licenses prevented revoking it after granting it though?

    Perhaps they're removing it from Chromium to make it a proprietary Chrome part? I thought most open licenses prevented revoking it after granting it though?

    3 votes