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  1. Comment on Newsletter Recommendations in ~talk

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    oh wow, you were right about that conversational manner! His style makes somewhat dry topics feel like a light read. I love the footnotes. Thanks for this.

    oh wow, you were right about that conversational manner! His style makes somewhat dry topics feel like a light read. I love the footnotes. Thanks for this.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Emails show Iowa official's Tupac fixation before his ouster in ~news

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    yeah, that sounds great! Really, it should be a theme in ~Music --- post a group that alliterates with the day. :)

    yeah, that sounds great! Really, it should be a theme in ~Music --- post a group that alliterates with the day. :)

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Emails show Iowa official's Tupac fixation before his ouster in ~news

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    Wu-Tang Wednesdays are taken, but you can have Lil Wayne les Lundis

    Wu-Tang Wednesdays are taken, but you can have Lil Wayne les Lundis

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Lashana Lynch To Take Over James Bond's Iconic 007 Code Name in ~movies

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    For a few years now I've thought that Zöe Bell would make a great 007-like agent. She that perfect balance between 'tough girl' that still remains extremely feminine. She's also fun and funny --...

    For a few years now I've thought that Zöe Bell would make a great 007-like agent. She that perfect balance between 'tough girl' that still remains extremely feminine. She's also fun and funny -- which is key -- while still maintaining a 'cool' aesthetic.

    For me, as much as I like Bond as a series, asethetically, Mission: Impossible has produced better films both in excitement and franchise consistency. M:I also has more wiggle room and isn't held back by the legacy of Bond -- which is a strength. They haven't really branched out a lot, but if they decided to, there wouldn't be any rioting.

    For males, I was really hoping that they'd go with Tom Hardy or Idris Elba and cast Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as the big bad.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Vertical mice anyone? They really help my wrist pain. in ~tech

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    I might switch over. In some sort of twisted reverse Murphy's Law, disabling clipboard sharing has magically started working. haha. I swear this is some sort of sick, twisted simulation.

    I might switch over. In some sort of twisted reverse Murphy's Law, disabling clipboard sharing has magically started working. haha. I swear this is some sort of sick, twisted simulation.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Vertical mice anyone? They really help my wrist pain. in ~tech

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    does disabling the keyboard actually work? With proper synergy (both their failed v2 and v1) it always copies over regardless of the setting... and I hate it, until I have to paste a URL or...

    does disabling the keyboard actually work? With proper synergy (both their failed v2 and v1) it always copies over regardless of the setting... and I hate it, until I have to paste a URL or something. The worst part about it is that it's not consistent.

    I stumbled upon network KVMs one night when looking for a physical KVM. I'm so amazed with how well they work. I couldn't imagine life without it.

    Anyway, thanks for the head's up re: Barrier -- and welcome to the nKVM club!

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Vertical mice anyone? They really help my wrist pain. in ~tech

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    oh man, Barrier looks great. I've got pro licenses for both versions of Synergy -- but it seems like their development / company is in shambles. The software itself is really amazing. I've never...

    oh man, Barrier looks great. I've got pro licenses for both versions of Synergy -- but it seems like their development / company is in shambles.

    The software itself is really amazing. I've never been able to disable clipboard sharing, but you can at least set a limit for it. I prefer having a double-tap to change screens, since there are some goofy glitches if you're using photoshop or any other tool-based application that activates a selector.

    All in all, the conept for the software is excellent. The execution for v1 is pretty good, but I don't have a lot of faith in the company. This fork is welcome news.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on You should watch Years and Years in ~tv

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    Holy crap! I saw this post but totally dismissed it. I just finished the second episode.... and holy shit, this is unreal. I love how everything is so gradual and somewhat realistic instead of the...

    Holy crap! I saw this post but totally dismissed it. I just finished the second episode.... and holy shit, this is unreal. I love how everything is so gradual and somewhat realistic instead of the massive leaps that Black Mirror and other series take.

    Great recommendaton!

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Microsoft admitted to private Linux developer security list in ~tech

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    That does sound more realistic in the context of MS -- especially with the direction of the market. But, as almost always, MS is a bit late to the game. I would like to see MS take another stab at...

    That does sound more realistic in the context of MS -- especially with the direction of the market. But, as almost always, MS is a bit late to the game.

    I would like to see MS take another stab at the mobile market. I've only briefly used their mobile OS, but it was decent for a somewhat minimalist system. If they could sort out a system similar to iMessage, they'd probably pick up a lot of traction. But that is a whole other can of worms.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Microsoft admitted to private Linux developer security list in ~tech

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    I wouldn't be surprised if (a ways down the road) we see Windows basically being a another flavor of Linux with a Windows compatability layer (basically a juiced up WINE) for legacy software.

    I wouldn't be surprised if (a ways down the road) we see Windows basically being a another flavor of Linux with a Windows compatability layer (basically a juiced up WINE) for legacy software.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on How A Grocery Store's Plan To Shame Customers Into Using Reusable Bags Backfired in ~enviro

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    A few years back a Vancouver company was making GOD HATES BAGS totes that were somewhat popular. If the owner of EastWest is smart, he'll get into making funny totes. The bags themselves are super...

    A few years back a Vancouver company was making GOD HATES BAGS totes that were somewhat popular.

    If the owner of EastWest is smart, he'll get into making funny totes. The bags themselves are super cheap, and screening isn't much more, especially for a single color print.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on ‘Forrest Gump,’ 25 Years Later: A Bad Movie That Gets Worse With Age in ~movies

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    yeah, I can agree with that.

    yeah, I can agree with that.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Elvis Costello created a mammoth list of the 500 most essential albums in music history in ~music

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    I'm glad I'm not alone in this. Your 400 estimate is close -- he came in at 329! Since Costello is so confident in the representation of an artist's work with 'greatest hits' records, I guess the...

    I'm glad I'm not alone in this. Your 400 estimate is close -- he came in at 329!

    Since Costello is so confident in the representation of an artist's work with 'greatest hits' records, I guess the main takeaway is that Costello's The Very Best of Elvis Costello is all we really need.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on HQ Trivia lays off ~20% as it preps subscriptions—Just 8% as many downloads as last year in ~tech

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    I'm surprised that HQT hasn't made the leap to TV to create some sort of 'beat the audience' quiz show, where home contestants vote for an answer or something. Having an interactive platform like...

    I'm surprised that HQT hasn't made the leap to TV to create some sort of 'beat the audience' quiz show, where home contestants vote for an answer or something. Having an interactive platform like that could make for some really fun television. The platform itself could be shipped out to other game shows like Wheel of Fortune, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Deal or No Deal, etc. I don't watch game / reality shows, but I assume that American Idol already has something like this in place.

    I played THQ once with Danny DeVito (only a few months ago) and found the overall process to be exciting, despite the questions being fairly easy for someone of my age.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on ‘Forrest Gump,’ 25 Years Later: A Bad Movie That Gets Worse With Age in ~movies

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    Ha. It’s so true. I’ve only ever dated one technical woman, and we spent so much time online, whereas the others were typically into craft. However, I really need a partner to be into film, at...

    Ha. It’s so true. I’ve only ever dated one technical woman, and we spent so much time online, whereas the others were typically into craft.

    However, I really need a partner to be into film, at least on an ‘it’s enjoyable’ level. My ex-wife mostly liked stuff like The Notebook and those dance movies. I cannot sign into that again :)

  16. Comment on ‘Forrest Gump,’ 25 Years Later: A Bad Movie That Gets Worse With Age in ~movies

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    it was perfect, actually. Long story short: I met the girl through friends and didn't know her very well, but all of my friends were pushing me to date her since she was into me. The 'date' was...

    it was perfect, actually. Long story short: I met the girl through friends and didn't know her very well, but all of my friends were pushing me to date her since she was into me. The 'date' was pretty tame. We went to the movie then back to her place where we met up with her twin sister. From there we did quizzes from those teeny bopper magazines... then we made the trek home.

    I think we 'dated' for a whopping two months, mostly over the phone. At most I probably saw her once per week. She tried to claim... I think it was 'Interstate Love Song' by Stone Temple Pilots.. as 'our song', but I had the foresight to not associate a good song to what I would assume is an extremely temporary relationship. Instead of offered up the theme from that show The Heights -- a song I totally HATE, but is super sucky and what I assumed she'd be into. I was right and I kept the good track to myself.

    This turned out to be a long story.

    Anyway, the movie was great -- and I would say it was the best thing that came of that brief time. She was also the first person I tried to explain (in detail) what BBSs were and why they were so great. She wasn't sold (strike two!)

    4 votes
  17. Comment on ‘Forrest Gump,’ 25 Years Later: A Bad Movie That Gets Worse With Age in ~movies

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    Forrest Gump isn't one of those movies that I think to watch over and over again, but I'm with you. It's a great movie about a guy who, against all odds, stumbles into some incredible...

    Forrest Gump isn't one of those movies that I think to watch over and over again, but I'm with you. It's a great movie about a guy who, against all odds, stumbles into some incredible situations...

    The first time I went on a date, I went to see Forrest Gump at the cheap theatres. $6 total -- only because I dragged my best friend along with us. :)

    7 votes
  18. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    the battery in my macbook pro (late-2013) bubbled up late last night. I took it in this morning to get it fixed, but they (typically) don't have the part. So after waiting about three to five days...

    the battery in my macbook pro (late-2013) bubbled up late last night. I took it in this morning to get it fixed, but they (typically) don't have the part. So after waiting about three to five days to get the part in, they want another three to five days to do the actual repair. Its insane.

    In this model, they don't just replace the battery, but the trackpad, keyboard, and upper casing -- all adding up to $290CAD. It's crazy.

    So I am spending today putting xubuntu on my old beefed up (for its time) XPS 1640 from about a decade ago. I'll most likely lose the weekend getting everything set up just right...

    Worst case I'll just use my other modded Chromebook... but regardless, the overall process of using a different system for a week is frustrating.

    So I will be spending my weekend moping and hopefully unlocking the mysteries of magic trackpad gestures with the newest kernel.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Does anyone (else) not use social media in its entirety? What are your reasons? in ~talk

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    Many years ago I bumped into an old friend at Whole Foods. We started to catch up, but realized that we knew almost everything that had happened in each other's lives through a combination of...

    Many years ago I bumped into an old friend at Whole Foods. We started to catch up, but realized that we knew almost everything that had happened in each other's lives through a combination of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I had just divorced a month or so prior to this, and that was really the only interesting thing... but it was truly the last thing I wanted to talk about.

    It's nice to know what's going on in my friends' lives, but I value 'catching up' in person more than simply reading about it. I don't click with a lot of people in the same way I did in my 20s / early 30s.

    I set up email notifications for Facebook events. With my social circles, it's really all anybody uses facebook for now. Basically a glorified Evite with the most comprehensive address book. For most people, Facebook is still an excellent SPOC, regardless of how much they use the rest of it.

    3 votes