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  1. Comment on Are critics and audiences starting to sour on Marvel movies? in ~movies

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    It's the same for me. If I watch an MCU film I'll enjoy it for what it is, and look at the plot on its own rather than as part of a wider story, because it's just too complicated and sprawling for...

    It's the same for me. If I watch an MCU film I'll enjoy it for what it is, and look at the plot on its own rather than as part of a wider story, because it's just too complicated and sprawling for me.

    Admittedly I find the films themselves very enjoyable to watch, but that might just be because ambitious, high-budget films like these are what I've become used to watching.

  2. Comment on A letter to Discord for not supporting the Linux desktop in ~tech

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    I wonder if their Linux user share is only 0.1% precisely because it's a bad experience? I'm pretty sure the share of Linux users in desktops and laptops more widely is a little higher than that,...

    I wonder if their Linux user share is only 0.1% precisely because it's a bad experience? I'm pretty sure the share of Linux users in desktops and laptops more widely is a little higher than that, and I would've thought your average Linux user would be more likely to use Discord than your average Windows user.

    As someone interested in urban design, this is the exact same excuse often used against bike lanes. No-one uses bike infrastructure because it's inconsistent and unsafe, so no effort is put into improving it because no-one uses it and it's worthless, even though many more people would choose to use it if it were better.

    Personally, I just use it in the web, even on mobile. I don't trust their apps and don't need notifications, so just check in every now and then.

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  3. The BBC's Welsh crime drama Hidden is back for its third-and-final series this week

    I thought I'd take the time to post about a series I've been looking forward to for over a year now. Hidden is a fantastic crime drama set in Wales, and a third series was announced early last...

    I thought I'd take the time to post about a series I've been looking forward to for over a year now.

    Hidden is a fantastic crime drama set in Wales, and a third series was announced early last year. The Welsh version, Craith, aired late last year. This week, the bi-lingual version airs on BBC One Wales and BBC Four. In my opinion it's the perfect crime drama: set in the mountains of North Wales, with a great soundtrack and unconventional storyline. Some shows focus only on the investigation and the victim, who probably just admits to the crime at the end. Not so here.

    Sian Reese-Willams, who plays DCI Cadi John, explained what the series is about back in 2018:

    It’s not a classic detective drama in that it deals with the whodunit and the police catching the bad man. It’s much more of a personal drama. It takes time to delve into the lives of everybody that gets caught up in the crime - the detectives, the victims, the family of the victims and even the bad guy. You’re trying to understand him.

    It really plays with the idea of nature versus nature and almost tries to twist you into sympathising against your better judgement; it’s exciting and thought provoking. The characters are really interesting and it covers a lot of human emotion.

    Here's another interview ahead of the second series.

    Series two picks up around nine months after series one ends. We find Cadi trying to deal with the grief of losing her father, while trying to keep her head in her work.

    It’s a difficult time for her - just as one begins to come through the initial shock of losing someone and start to try and deal with it, that’s the time that everyone around you starts to forget and move on. She’s also faced with dealing with the estranged daughter of the victim of the case, and the parallels she sees between the two of them are difficult for her to navigate professionally.

    The first two series are on iPlayer now, and if you speak Welsh (or like subtitles) the third series is already on S4C Clic under the title Craith. Hidden is on BBC One Wales this Wednesday at 9pm, and BBC Four this Saturday at the same time.

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  4. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - February 26-27 in ~news

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    I don’t have much to add except posting a link to this article by The Intercept, covering Zelensky’s defiant response to the conflict and embeds his key speeches and videos, some of them with...

    I don’t have much to add except posting a link to this article by The Intercept, covering Zelensky’s defiant response to the conflict and embeds his key speeches and videos, some of them with English subtitles or translations, and Putin’s attempt at justifying the invasion too. https://theintercept.com/2022/02/25/putin-floods-airwaves-lies-zelensky-punctures-social-media/

    As a Brit, I admit I had never heard of him before Thursday. But his refusal to hide or flee shows who he is. Someone far more courageous than me.

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  5. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - February 26-27 in ~news

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    I was reading this Twitter thread by a Politico writer born in Ukraine that someone posted on yesterday’s thread. She says that, like Chernobyl raised doubt in the Soviet leadership, this war may...

    I was reading this Twitter thread by a Politico writer born in Ukraine that someone posted on yesterday’s thread. She says that, like Chernobyl raised doubt in the Soviet leadership, this war may do the same for Putin’s regime, and Russians might question what he says a bit more than the state-run news would like them to. I hope she is right, and I hope your family and everyone else over there stays safe.

    I know hope and wishes mean little right now, but looking at this from afar it is the least I can do. Stay well.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    Many devices let you set multiple DNS servers. I presume they have set their PiHole as the first entry and NextDNS as the second. That's why Cloudflare, for example, has both 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1...

    Many devices let you set multiple DNS servers. I presume they have set their PiHole as the first entry and NextDNS as the second.

    That's why Cloudflare, for example, has both 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 as their DNS IPs: one primary, one backup.

    2 votes
  7. 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
  8. 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.

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  9. 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).

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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.

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  12. 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
  13. 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.

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  14. 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?

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  15. 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.

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  16. 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.

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  17. Comment on Formula E: How could they improve? in ~sports

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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.

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