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  1. Comment on What delicious foods don't photograph well? in ~talk

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    Century egg maybe? Looks unappealing, maybe even otherworldly. Tastes pretty delicious, goes well with congee.

    Century egg maybe? Looks unappealing, maybe even otherworldly. Tastes pretty delicious, goes well with congee.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp are all down in ~tech

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    Curious to know if anyone with networking experience knows what needs to be done to fix this? At this point, I'm assuming that any simple "roll it back" fix is not feasible and people are...

    Curious to know if anyone with networking experience knows what needs to be done to fix this?

    At this point, I'm assuming that any simple "roll it back" fix is not feasible and people are sufficient locked out of fixing this remotely. Is someone basically having to fix this by physically patching each server/router?

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What do we do with all this rage? in ~misc

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    Ignorance is bliss. I fully understand why frontline workers take to online platform to vent their frustrations and tell their tales. It's also engaging for folks to read and emphasize with them....

    Ignorance is bliss.

    I fully understand why frontline workers take to online platform to vent their frustrations and tell their tales. It's also engaging for folks to read and emphasize with them. However, it's simply not healthy for this anger to get amplified with every post or tweet. The pandora's box has already opened unfortunately.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on What's the cheapest food that makes you really happy? in ~talk

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    Brunswick - Tuna Salad with Crackers for $1 at the dollar store. No prep required and one of the few things I consider to be tasty in a can. Great for a quick lunch or something to eat while outdoors.

    Brunswick - Tuna Salad with Crackers for $1 at the dollar store. No prep required and one of the few things I consider to be tasty in a can. Great for a quick lunch or something to eat while outdoors.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Apple introduces iPhone 12 in smaller size and 5G, and iPhone 12 Pro & Pro Max with LiDAR, larger screens, and more capable cameras in ~tech

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    Glad I got the iPhone 11 last year. In light of COVID, stuff like 5g and tougher screen doesn't matter as much when I'm indoors 90% of the time. And in a classic Apple move, they rolled out...

    Glad I got the iPhone 11 last year. In light of COVID, stuff like 5g and tougher screen doesn't matter as much when I'm indoors 90% of the time. And in a classic Apple move, they rolled out MagSafe instead of USB C. The equivalent sized iPhone now starts at $799 instead of $699 along with the fact that they don't have a charger and earbuds makes me appreciate the 11 so much more.

    The homepod mini looks great though. I'm happy to drop the google/nest/(next rename) mini for something with (what appears to be) more audio kick and iphone integration. Also, 10/10 on privacy and security.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What keyboard do you use? in ~tech

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    Nothing fancy. I have a Logitech G610 with a Logitech G502. I got both at a bargain for $35 from someone on CL. I use it for just about everything. Work (coding), web browsing, and gaming....

    Nothing fancy. I have a Logitech G610 with a Logitech G502. I got both at a bargain for $35 from someone on CL. I use it for just about everything. Work (coding), web browsing, and gaming. Initially I was looking at TKL keyboards, but I later learned the media controls + volume wheel is a godsend. Had this for 2+ years and it's still going strong.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on How to stream NFL football games in 2020 in ~sports

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    For those of us who don't have OTA TV (due to bad reception, don't pay for cable, or too lazy to buy an antenna), https://puffer.stanford.edu/ offers the major TV networks for free as a research...

    For those of us who don't have OTA TV (due to bad reception, don't pay for cable, or too lazy to buy an antenna), https://puffer.stanford.edu/ offers the major TV networks for free as a research project.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on What do you think are the most memorable examples of propaganda? in ~humanities

  9. Comment on What are some beautiful/brilliant/inventive games that were panned by critics? in ~games

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    For me, it's Brigador. MandaloreGaming just did a great review on this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bp3ivWv7Vs. Simply, it's an isometric cyberpunk styled mech game. This game has a...

    For me, it's Brigador. MandaloreGaming just did a great review on this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bp3ivWv7Vs. Simply, it's an isometric cyberpunk styled mech game.

    This game has a personal connection for me. I had no idea it even existed until I bumped into their booth at PAX West. I was blown away by the great art design, graphics, and gameplay. One of the cofounders was there and he even toured some of the dev console with me. It's such a fantastic game that it was mind-blowing to me why it wasn't widely known in the gaming community.

    From what I gathered, the game had a rough launch. They even did a GDC talk about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUsuusNLxik.

    That aside, it's a great game and it definitely felt like a passion project for the people that worked on it. I highly recommend everyone to try it out: https://store.steampowered.com/app/274500/Brigador_UpArmored_Edition/. They are also coming out with a storyline release this year: https://store.steampowered.com/app/903930/Brigador_Killers/

    GREAT LEADER IS DEAD. SOLO NOBRE MUST FALL.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on The 2020 San Francisco exodus is real, and historic, report shows in ~finance

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    Out of curiosity, do you mind sharing the difference in monthly rent?

    Out of curiosity, do you mind sharing the difference in monthly rent?

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    Cream soda and milk. You have to get the Schweppes one (available in most asian supermarkets) or else it doesn't taste the same. Here is a blog post about this odd mixture:...

    Cream soda and milk. You have to get the Schweppes one (available in most asian supermarkets) or else it doesn't taste the same. Here is a blog post about this odd mixture: http://forksnchopsticks.blogspot.com/2011/04/cream-soda-with-milk.html

    3 votes
  12. Comment on iPhone SE (2020) review in ~tech

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    I don't think so. It's a little more than a dollar a day for a year. For something that most people spend hours a day on and is the core communication device, I think it's a bargain. I honestly...

    400$ for a phone also seems really expensive for me.

    I don't think so. It's a little more than a dollar a day for a year. For something that most people spend hours a day on and is the core communication device, I think it's a bargain.

    I honestly recommend iOS and Apple if security and privacy is a focus. They have doubled down on the marketing, sales, and engineering on this point, so I feel my personal interest is aligned with the direction Apple is going. At the end of the day, Android is a product of Google and their core business is advertisement with all the latest in tracking users and their devices. As you've mentioned, the android alternatives aren't consumer friendly and, imo, rooting a phone just trades one set of security risk (closed source) for another set (limited dev resources). I also think the ideal smartphone that is safe and secure needs to be a concerted effort between hardware and software. So, getting the cheapest android phone out there and plopping a dev OS seems to defeat that.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! out on Early Access in ~games

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    They just released their roadmap for early access. https://steamcommunity.com/games/1000030/announcements/detail/1707363068212938712 I'm a huge fan of the CSD series, so it's great to see they got...

    They just released their roadmap for early access.

    https://steamcommunity.com/games/1000030/announcements/detail/1707363068212938712

    I'm a huge fan of the CSD series, so it's great to see they got a concrete timeline planned out. The gameplay is pretty much there, but they need to build out the campaign/content + bug fixing, which seems to be what they are aiming to do in the early access. I'm also glad they went with the route of Early Access. The dev is pretty good about taking feedback and being on top of bug fixing, so when it does leave early access, I think it's gonna be a polished and less stress for everyone involved.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Too many of America’s smartest waste their talents in ~life

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    Ugh, paywall'd. If I were to take the article's title at face value, my opinion is that there is a common myth of "untapped potential". By what measure are we determining who are America's...

    Ugh, paywall'd.

    If I were to take the article's title at face value, my opinion is that there is a common myth of "untapped potential". By what measure are we determining who are America's smartest and where their talents lay. Is someone who graduated 4.0 with a pre-med degree more capable than a nurse who has worked in a hospital for the same period of time?

    As someone who had to hire for a position and reviewed a number of applications, skills that one might consider "unique" doesn't look all that unique when you had to go through a pool of equally qualified candidates.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on How do you record your journal, personal log, or diary and why do you record it that way? in ~talk

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    I'm on the same boat as you of trying to do daily journaling. I kept at it for a better part of 2019, but struggled to keep up when I started traveling. Gonna try to keep myself honest for 2020....

    I'm on the same boat as you of trying to do daily journaling. I kept at it for a better part of 2019, but struggled to keep up when I started traveling. Gonna try to keep myself honest for 2020.

    My setup is pretty simple. Two notebooks. One, a generic dotted notebook from Amazon. Two, a palm sized notepad that I keep in my jacket.

    I made a conscious choice to not keep notes digitally, since I'm on my computer all the time already. I initially only had the notebook, but noticed that it works only when I'm at home or carrying my bag. Having a smaller notepad that fits in a jacket is good for when I needed to record something on the move.

    Each entry usually follows a similar format. Today's day + daily weight. Tidbits about yesterday and what I got planned today. I try to keep each entry to a page.

    12 votes
  16. Comment on What tea are yall drinking today? in ~food

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    Ito en green tea. Free at the office. I don't drink coffee and it's a much better choice than soda. I rate it 4.5/5, only because it's bottled and I don't know if they add any preservatives to it...

    Ito en green tea. Free at the office. I don't drink coffee and it's a much better choice than soda. I rate it 4.5/5, only because it's bottled and I don't know if they add any preservatives to it compared to brewing my own cup.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~hobbies

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    Right now, I wear a simple Timex Expedition. Super functional and it lights up at night. My dream watch is this though: https://www.stowa.de/en/Antea+Klassik+365.htm. :grimacing: it's pretty...

    Right now, I wear a simple Timex Expedition. Super functional and it lights up at night. My dream watch is this though: https://www.stowa.de/en/Antea+Klassik+365.htm. :grimacing: it's pretty pricey though.