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

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    KOreader has a lot of cool features, such as OPDS support (for online catalouges), RSS, and calibre integration. Along with that, with KOreader you can gain more control over the formatting of...

    KOreader has a lot of cool features, such as OPDS support (for online catalouges), RSS, and calibre integration. Along with that, with KOreader you can gain more control over the formatting of books, down to enabling/disabling the CSS itself. KOreader is open source, so you know exactly what it's doing, and can even add your own features if you want (and have the time).

    The default reader software can sometimes have odd, obscure bugs that haven't been fixed in a while. For example, the default kindle reader doesn't like loading covers from sideloaded books. To fix this you have to jump through a few hoops and create a separate image file in a hidden directory. Thankfully, another piece of open source software, Calibre, does this automatically.

    Another benefit is that if you install KOreader on every device you have, you'll have a consistent software experience across each device, which you don't get with a proprietary reader.

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

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    I recently purchased a Kindle Voyage (used, since they don't sell them anymore), which is a really nice e-reader hardware wise. It's a few years old, so it's lacking some of the features more...

    I recently purchased a Kindle Voyage (used, since they don't sell them anymore), which is a really nice e-reader hardware wise. It's a few years old, so it's lacking some of the features more modern e-readers have, notably an optional blue-light filter. However I prefer physical buttons, and I don't like the form factor of the Kobo Forma or the Kindle Oasis, so I'm basically stuck with the Voyage or the Nook Glowlight 3. I chose the Voyage over the Glowlight 3 mainly because it looks and feels a lot better hardware wise, but I do wish I could have a combination of the two, somehow.

    The other e-reader I considered was the Kobo Clara HD. The Kobo Clara HD comes with a blue light filter, but doesn't have any physical buttons, which is a bummer. The one thing I really appreciate about Kobo e-readers is how open they are. Unlike Amazon, who actively try to prevent people from messing with their e-readers, the Kobo e-readers are really simple to modify, install CFW, or even install alternative reading software, such as KOReader.

    The perfect e-reader for me (made with today's technology) would be something with the form-factor/hardware of the Kindle Voyage, that had a blue light filter, and was as developer-friendly as a Kobo.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Salsify: Better real-time video in ~comp

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    Could this be used for low latency streaming of interactive content, i.e. game streaming?

    Could this be used for low latency streaming of interactive content, i.e. game streaming?

  4. Comment on Esperanto Superfans Won’t Rest Until They’ve Achieved World Domination in ~humanities

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    I've never been a fan of Esperanto. Much like someone else pointed out, it has a myriad of technical/design issues that prevent it from reaching its' full potential as an auxiliary language (a...

    I've never been a fan of Esperanto. Much like someone else pointed out, it has a myriad of technical/design issues that prevent it from reaching its' full potential as an auxiliary language (a language designed to be a second language). But even more than that, it has somehow become the representative for all constructed languages, mostly due to its' popularity. I wish that a better designed, more modern conlang had become the representative for conlangs.

    I'm also relatively disappointed in the Esperanto community as a whole. Many of them believe in a global, constructed, second language (which I think is admirable). However I believe supporting Esperanto, which is dated, eurocentric, and inefficient is extremely counterproductive towards that goal.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Which anime would you guys recommend for someone who just started watching anime? in ~anime

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    I wouldn't really recommend kabaneri, no. If you were considering that, I would recommend shingeki no kyojin instead, it's really good and a great starter anime. Other than that, it really depends...

    I wouldn't really recommend kabaneri, no. If you were considering that, I would recommend shingeki no kyojin instead, it's really good and a great starter anime. Other than that, it really depends what kind of anime you want to watch. If you're into comedy/action you could try one punch man, mob psycho 100, assassination classroom, if you like sports you could try haikyuu, if you like darker stuff I'd recommend parasyte. There are also a few 'must watches' like Fullmetal alchemist: brotherhood, or hunterxhunter. In the end though it really depends on what kind of show you want to watch.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Steam Client Beta Update - May 15th, 2019 in ~games

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    The coolest part about this update, in my opinion, is steam finally opening up their streaming solution to wan. It was always possible, since the steam link app allowed you to input your IP...

    The coolest part about this update, in my opinion, is steam finally opening up their streaming solution to wan. It was always possible, since the steam link app allowed you to input your IP address, and if you had the correct ports forwarded it would work. Now you can do the same thing on PC without needing to use a VPN workaround.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Beat Saber on PC will leave Early Access on May 21, along with the release of a level editor and a price increase from $20 to $30 (USD) in ~games

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    I wonder how they plan to distribute beatmaps. So far, modded beatmaps have essentially been softcore song piracy distributed through unofficial sites and channels. Maybe the official level editor...

    I wonder how they plan to distribute beatmaps. So far, modded beatmaps have essentially been softcore song piracy distributed through unofficial sites and channels. Maybe the official level editor won't come with any sort of steam workshop/content hub support and it'll be up to the users or modders to create their own hub (or just merge it into the existing platforms).

    5 votes
  8. Comment on I'm working on an app for learning Chinese, anyone interested in helping me test it? in ~misc

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    So I've been studying Chinese for a while now, although not super consistently, and I'm at about the HSK 3 reading and speaking level, I believe. When I first logged in, I took just the reading...

    So I've been studying Chinese for a while now, although not super consistently, and I'm at about the HSK 3 reading and speaking level, I believe. When I first logged in, I took just the reading test, and it pegged me at 583 characters memorized. This is unsurprising, considering the cumulative words and characters up to HSK 3 are about 600. Next, I chose the "study reading" option on the website. For context, I primarily use Anki and personally made decks to study, so this is somewhat of a departure from that.

    One of the first things I noticed right off the bat was that the site presented the same word many times in a row. This probably isn't that efficient, memory wise. If possible, I would recommend trying to implement something like spaced repetition, as it's proven to be very effective at helping memorization. Another thing I noticed was that when it would provide the definition for characters, they would often be incorrect for the context. For example it had the character "月", and it provided the definition "moon" which is somewhat accurate, but in context it meant month. Also, some of the concepts where too low level for someone with ~HSK 3 knowledge. For example one test it gave me was just asking how to write different numbers, which is probably HSK 1 - HSK 2 level content, if that. Some interface decisions were weird, for example when you leave a test it says "Don't cancel", and "Cancel", which should probably be something like "Stay", "Leave", or "Leave? Yes, No".

    Otherwise it seemed interesting, I haven't tried out the writing section yet, and the concept of seeing characters within sentences seemed cool as well.

    11 votes
  9. Comment on "By this art you may contemplate the variation of the 23 letters" - An implementation of Borges' Library of Babel in ~misc

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    The site doesn't generate and store every combination (which would be impossible), it generates it on the fly using a special algorithm when you browse through the site. This algorithm is...

    The site doesn't generate and store every combination (which would be impossible), it generates it on the fly using a special algorithm when you browse through the site. This algorithm is impressive, as it allows searchability, but it's entirely different from generating it all and storing it.

    Also, the idea of searching the infinite library for a book is essentially no different from just writing a book. If you have an infinite library, the only way to index each book with a unique identifier would be to identify them by their content, and if you were generating the identifier you would be generating the content. If you mean literally just feeding it random "books" until it finds something good, that is entirely infeasible given the amount of combinations and the amount of computational power it'd require, it'd be like trying to brute force a novel-long password.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on What companies do you feel comfortable with supporting? in ~talk

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    I'm hesitant to support most companies, since a company might seem to be good and then turn the moment they smell profit in sabotaging their customers, but valve has been relatively consistently...

    I'm hesitant to support most companies, since a company might seem to be good and then turn the moment they smell profit in sabotaging their customers, but valve has been relatively consistently pro-consumer. Especially recently with the support of Proton, the refund system (not as recent), and just general lack of significant anti-consumer behavior.

    Typically though, I find the smaller the company, the better I feel supporting them. Indie devs, local businesses, one-person operations, etc. all seem to care about the consumer much more than the monopolistic corporations that seem to be becoming more and more prevalent.

    14 votes
  11. Comment on AIs should have the same ethical protections as animals in ~tech

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    There's no law that says humans cannot be copied, perhaps one day we'll be able to map all the synapses in a human brain and grow another, toss it into another human and bam we've copied a human....

    There's no law that says humans cannot be copied, perhaps one day we'll be able to map all the synapses in a human brain and grow another, toss it into another human and bam we've copied a human. AIs would just be in a medium that's easier to copy and manipulate since we've created it, but it does not mean that it's impossible to do to humans as well.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Which smartphone and carrier are you using? (USA only) in ~tech

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    I'm using a Xiaomi Mi A1 in the US with Cricket wireless. It doesn't work with LTE most places, but honestly I'm fine with 3g. However, I am a bit worried since I've been hearing news of 3g...

    I'm using a Xiaomi Mi A1 in the US with Cricket wireless. It doesn't work with LTE most places, but honestly I'm fine with 3g. However, I am a bit worried since I've been hearing news of 3g networks being discontinued. I'm planning on getting a new phone whenever AT&T/Cricket disables 3g. Otherwise, I'm very happy with the Mi A1, since it runs Android one (basically stock android), and it has a pretty long battery life,

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Light themes or Dark themes? in ~tech

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    If all you want to do is read sideloaded books, Kindles are fine. Although they don't natively support the de facto open standard for ebooks (epubs), nor do they support CBZ/CBR files (it isn't...

    If all you want to do is read sideloaded books, Kindles are fine. Although they don't natively support the de facto open standard for ebooks (epubs), nor do they support CBZ/CBR files (it isn't too difficult to convert using software like calibre though, so it's not really an issue for anyone willing to spend a few seconds converting). Still though, I recommend Kobo's instead of kindle since they don't actively prevent third party software, allow fonts, support a much wider range of file formats, and have comparable features and pricing.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Light themes or Dark themes? in ~tech

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    Calibre works on Kobo too. And if you install koreader on Kobo you can use calibre's opds server or Calibre sync. Open means it easy to install third party software and modifications.

    Calibre works on Kobo too. And if you install koreader on Kobo you can use calibre's opds server or Calibre sync.

    Open means it easy to install third party software and modifications.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Light themes or Dark themes? in ~tech

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    Kobo ereaders are a good alternative, and they are much more open than Kindles. To install third party software on the Kindle you have to jailbreak but on Kobo you can use the default update process.

    Kobo ereaders are a good alternative, and they are much more open than Kindles. To install third party software on the Kindle you have to jailbreak but on Kobo you can use the default update process.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Devuan, a systemd-less Debian just got hacked in ~tech

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    Kinda funny how a distribution determined to remove a supposedly bloated element of the OS gets hacked and has their site replaced with a less bloated version (gopher).

    Kinda funny how a distribution determined to remove a supposedly bloated element of the OS gets hacked and has their site replaced with a less bloated version (gopher).

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Python noob having trouble installing black in ~comp

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    Pip is a package manager for python modules that ships with python. Depending on how you installed it, you can execute it via pip, pip3, python3 -m pip, or python -m pip. Most likely it will...

    Pip is a package manager for python modules that ships with python. Depending on how you installed it, you can execute it via pip, pip3, python3 -m pip, or python -m pip. Most likely it will simply be pip. You would run this from the terminal, since pip is a command line program.

    10 votes
  18. Comment on Valve Index in ~tech

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    Fortunately Steam Proton has working VR support, so they'll most likely continue to support Linux.

    Fortunately Steam Proton has working VR support, so they'll most likely continue to support Linux.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on What are your dreams like? in ~talk

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    I actually keep a dream journal, so I consistently remember my dreams day to day. If you want to try to increase the amount of dreams that you remember, I recommend trying out a dream journal....

    I actually keep a dream journal, so I consistently remember my dreams day to day. If you want to try to increase the amount of dreams that you remember, I recommend trying out a dream journal. Even if you don't remember a dream, just write down what you would have wanted to dream about in the journal.

    Usually each night my dreams have about 2-6 separate stories/plots. Sometimes they are interwoven, and other times they are separate. My dreams can vary wildly, sometimes I'll have dreams that seem almost like real life, like I'm doing something normal at home or school, and interacting with people I know. Other times my dreams will be completely nonsensical. For example, tonight I dreampt that a scientist discovered a "psychic" star that is coming toward earth and being controlled by a sentient asteroid, and that the only way to stop it was by capturing a man that looked like a rat.

    In the dreams with odd plots, such as this one, I'm not always myself. Sometimes I'll be an onlooker, or an entirely different character. Notably, in real life I'm male, but sometimes in a dream I'll be female. I almost never question anything weird that happens in my dreams, and I'll usually completely take the role that I've been given, until I wake up and realize what happened.

    When I wake up, I don't remember all of the events that occurred. While I write the dream down the events slowly come back to me, primarily in the form of images (which is interesting, since in the aphantasia thread I heard that some people with aphantasia remember their dreams in a textual form).
    My dreams are very visually realistic, and my memories of them are about as detailed as memories of real life events, although they are less permanent and fade quickly if I don't write them down.

    I've dabbled a bit in lucid dreaming. I've attempted some of the techniques, such as WILD (which didn't work for me), and consistent reality checks. I managed to get some success out of consistent reality checks, but it becomes quite draining to continue to do them throughout the day, especially when I need to focus on something, so I've stopped doing them. Since I haven't had that many lucid dreams, I haven't really gotten the opportunity to practice controlling them. So most of the time I find myself walking around dream environments until I get bored and wake up, or fall out of lucidity.

    Something I've found interesting and that I haven't seen many people talk about is VR in dreams. I have a VR headset that I use regularly, and sometimes I find myself using VR in dreams. I usually either know this in the dream (since it's part of the plot), or I can see the screen door effect of the VR display in my visual memory of the dream. Usually I'll find myself playing weird nonsensical VR games, although sometimes it just seems like the entire dream is in VR.

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  20. Comment on What anime, old or new, did you not expect to enjoy, but now highly recommend? in ~anime

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    Space Brothers/Uchuu Kyoudai is probably one of the best anime I've ever watched. Most people get relatively turned off by the description, since it seems very realistic. I put it off for a while...

    Space Brothers/Uchuu Kyoudai is probably one of the best anime I've ever watched. Most people get relatively turned off by the description, since it seems very realistic. I put it off for a while since the description didn't catch my interest originally. But it's actually really exiting, with an amazing story, and amazing characters. From what I've heard, it does a good job portraying JAXA and the process for becoming an astronaut, along with other details related to the space industry. Although it isn't obvious, it's technically sci-fi, since it takes place sometime in the future, but it's very realistic, making it one of the best hard sci-fi anime I've watched.

    7 votes