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  1. Comment on Quake - Alkaline map pack trailer in ~games

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    This looks so cool! I was just telling someone today after showing them a 3D print that they didn't need formal education to get started designing basic models; everything I know about 3D modeling...

    This looks so cool! I was just telling someone today after showing them a 3D print that they didn't need formal education to get started designing basic models; everything I know about 3D modeling I learned from making Quake maps to play with my friends way back. This has inspired a group of us to download Quake again and do a nostalgic co-op run and then give this mod a try afterwards.

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  2. Comment on MacKenzie Scott, citing wealth gap, donates $2.7 billion in ~finance

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    My completely uneducated guess would be conserving ammo so they can continue to give a percentage while having enough in the warchest to discourage major gifts to competing causes through a sort...

    My completely uneducated guess would be conserving ammo so they can continue to give a percentage while having enough in the warchest to discourage major gifts to competing causes through a sort of moneybags version of mutually-assured destruction. But that is admittedly painting it in the most positive and naive light possible, I'm sure.

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  3. Comment on Environmental impact of Bitcoin much worse than gold in ~tech

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    Much as I'm concerned about the environmental impact of bitcoin, the metal extraction argument really poisons the article early on by comparing the raw materials required for the equipment to mine...

    Much as I'm concerned about the environmental impact of bitcoin, the metal extraction argument really poisons the article early on by comparing the raw materials required for the equipment to mine bitcoin versus just the finished material output of gold. As if gold just magically rises out of the ground equipment- and wear-free when the very next photo in the article is of behemoth mining trucks that are obviously made of metal, themselves. I feel like this is even going to get sympathetic audiences to click off the piece.

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  4. Comment on TI announces new TI-84 Plus CE Python in ~tech

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    I absolutely love this. I first learned about programming by tinkering with TI-BASIC trying to make little games and utilities on long bus rides to school. I will say that my TI-83+ probably...

    I absolutely love this. I first learned about programming by tinkering with TI-BASIC trying to make little games and utilities on long bus rides to school. I will say that my TI-83+ probably hindered my math education a bit, as I would just spend math class making programs that would show both my work and the answer that way I could effectively skip all math homework. Still, these days I'm a programmer, so I guess it all worked out.

    I imagine learning Python first will be much more useful and transferable to other languages. TI-BASIC got you thinking like a programmer, but with tons of state variables and labels and GOTO statements. That might have been good because it was conceptually very easy and visual for a child to grasp.

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  5. Comment on Permitless carry of a handgun in Texas nearly law, after Senate passes bill in ~news

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    I am thoroughly unsurprised to read that in an article about a GOP legislature passing something along party lines. American politics are at least depressingly predictable.

    A solid majority of Texas voters don't think permitless carry should be allowed, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.

    I am thoroughly unsurprised to read that in an article about a GOP legislature passing something along party lines. American politics are at least depressingly predictable.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Joe Rogan spread anti-vaccine misinformation. Spotify's CEO redirects and refuses to address problematic behavior. in ~tech

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    I just want to chime in with another thank you. I considered responding to the post, but then decided to let it rest for a bit so it would come out more considered. Your response was great, and...

    I just want to chime in with another thank you. I considered responding to the post, but then decided to let it rest for a bit so it would come out more considered. Your response was great, and reflected well on the community here. It's unfortunate that it still needed to be said after so many deaths, but this is the world we live in, I suppose.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Cryptocurrency is an abject disaster in ~tech

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    I feel that. I accept bitcoin in my shop, but I learned pretty quick not to say the forbidden word "bitcoin" on most social media because the scammers' bots will dump all over your comment section...

    Every comment online about cryptocurrency is tainted by the fact that the commenter has probably invested thousands of dollars into a Ponzi scheme and is depending on your agreement to make their money back.

    I feel that. I accept bitcoin in my shop, but I learned pretty quick not to say the forbidden word "bitcoin" on most social media because the scammers' bots will dump all over your comment section with get-rich-quick crap and de-class the whole place. The last thing you want under your product is a bunch of people trying to outright scam your customers. So much cleanup.

    Disclosure as the author suggests, I put $400 or so into doge and litecoin ASIC mining as a side project while learning Linux back in 2014, then converted it into bitcoin when I could no longer keep up. I'm still invested. It's not a life-changing amount, but it is enough that I have to be careful my opinions aren't colored by it being there.

    21 votes
  8. Comment on Tech people of Tildes, what have you automated in your life? in ~tech

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    I got tired of setting the remote for my gas fireplace on the couch and then sitting in the recliner, or vice versa, so I chopped up a few TP-Link Kasa plugs and modded those into the fan and...

    I got tired of setting the remote for my gas fireplace on the couch and then sitting in the recliner, or vice versa, so I chopped up a few TP-Link Kasa plugs and modded those into the fan and ignition control on it. Kasa plugs are super easy to turn into voice- or app-controlled relays that you can pop into just about any circuit. I really need to write up a tutorial for it.

    Either way, now I just say "Alexa, turn on the fireplace," and like magic, fire heeds my call.

    And don't worry, there's still a physical cutoff switch. I'm sure that won't stop many of you from recoiling at the idea of 1) having Alexa in the first place and 2) handing it control of a gas line, but hey, it's something!

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Crypto exchange founder disappears with $2 billion in ~finance

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    It's always the exact same thing, too. People leave their money on an exchange, money gets stolen, repeat. Maybe they're just used to the idea of their money being sort of inaccessible on stock...

    It's always the exact same thing, too. People leave their money on an exchange, money gets stolen, repeat. Maybe they're just used to the idea of their money being sort of inaccessible on stock exchanges, or just don't know that leaving your currency hanging out in someone else's possession for an IOU is a risk? I mean I use an exchange, but only to load funds in, change currencies, and pull funds right back out. Even though I "trust" my exchange, that trust only goes so far and I keep it to the narrowest windows possible. It's not a bank account.

    13 votes
  10. Comment on Apple Event — April 20 in ~tech

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    The new iMacs make me wish I had any use for a Mac. I adored the old colored iMacs and the white G5 iMac may be my favorite computer of all time as far as looks go, and it's like they mashed the...

    The new iMacs make me wish I had any use for a Mac. I adored the old colored iMacs and the white G5 iMac may be my favorite computer of all time as far as looks go, and it's like they mashed the two together into this impossibly thin and sleek package. I'm actually a fan of the white bezel because it brings back that G5 look from the era when Apple product meant clean, bright white.

    Alas, I've gotten accustomed to way too many monitors running off cheap, hacky Linux machines for work and pleasure. But if they release a macbook that looks like this, though... like a throwback to the clamshell mixed with an iBook G4/white macbook... Take my money.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on The price of lumber is up 193% at an all time high — and about to spike even higher in ~finance

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    Seriously, it's $9 for a 2x4 here, when normally it would be maybe $3. I have projects I'd like to do, but not with wood prices like that. I'm just going to do my projects in CAD for a year or so...

    Seriously, it's $9 for a 2x4 here, when normally it would be maybe $3. I have projects I'd like to do, but not with wood prices like that. I'm just going to do my projects in CAD for a year or so and then they'll be super planned and easy to cut and put together when it's more affordable again.

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  12. Comment on How do you read books that defy interpretation, logic, semantics or even language itself? in ~books

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    I wish I still had it, but I'm afraid it may be lost for good. I don't see it on my NAS, and I wrote it over a decade ago so the details are totally forgotten. There's a slim chance it survived on...

    I wish I still had it, but I'm afraid it may be lost for good. I don't see it on my NAS, and I wrote it over a decade ago so the details are totally forgotten. There's a slim chance it survived on some CDs I have in storage, but I don't have a CD drive anymore. If it shows up when I move those CDs onto network storage I'll remember to send it your way, but I'm pretty sure only my documents from my first two years of college are on those.

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  13. Comment on Good electronics repair shop? in ~hobbies

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    One idea might be to see if you can find local people who are into amateur radio. They'll often know other people who are fantastically talented with analog electronics and are looking for...

    One idea might be to see if you can find local people who are into amateur radio. They'll often know other people who are fantastically talented with analog electronics and are looking for interesting projects. A lot of the people into it just love to tinker with random broken things, and have acquired amazing skills over the years. I also agree with the other comment about finding a library that might have archival equipment.

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  14. Comment on How do you read books that defy interpretation, logic, semantics or even language itself? in ~books

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    Hey that's fine. Nothing at all wrong with that. I may love Ulysses, but weirdly my favorite books ever are just random "crappy" novels in the Warhammer 40K and Warcraft universes. Enjoyment...

    Hey that's fine. Nothing at all wrong with that. I may love Ulysses, but weirdly my favorite books ever are just random "crappy" novels in the Warhammer 40K and Warcraft universes. Enjoyment doesn't need to be complicated to be real!

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  15. Comment on How do you read books that defy interpretation, logic, semantics or even language itself? in ~books

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    I've never read Molloy, but am a fan of Ulysses. Half the fun of that book is reading people's interpretations of chapters and seeing if you can see what they see. It's like a dynamic Magic Eye...

    I've never read Molloy, but am a fan of Ulysses. Half the fun of that book is reading people's interpretations of chapters and seeing if you can see what they see. It's like a dynamic Magic Eye puzzle. Totally unexpected things in Ulysses invite you to over-analyze, and totally deliver when you try to find discrepancies.

    I took a whole class dedicated to it in college and remember mapping out people's walking paths around Dublin to see if they would actually meet up when and where they did in the book assuming an average walking speed, and it totally delivers. I think my final paper was on how one of the chapters (I forget which one) demonstrated a character undergoing the psychological definition of a fugue state while also being structured comparably with a fugue (musical composition), but in writing. I mean who knows if that was what was intended, but it's free-for-all fan theory material due to how murky it can be.

    Totally out of left field, here, but I always recommend the anime FLCL to anyone who enjoys Ulysses since it's also just such analysis bait.

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  16. Comment on CSS container queries - An upcoming CSS feature that will enable style changes based on the size of the containing element in ~comp

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    Even as a primarily JS developer I'm 100% with you on that one. I want styles to be in CSS, because that's where I expect styles to be. Doesn't matter if they're Sass or Less or whatever, I just...

    Even as a primarily JS developer I'm 100% with you on that one. I want styles to be in CSS, because that's where I expect styles to be. Doesn't matter if they're Sass or Less or whatever, I just don't want to get hit with a JavaScript drive-by when something could have been handled within a normal, accessible separation of concerns.

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  17. Comment on Our brain typically overlooks this brilliant problem-solving strategy in ~science

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    I'm surprised by how much sense those balance bikes make. I'd never heard of one, but now that I think of it, I imagine they'd work fantastically. Rather than give the kids propulsion first and...

    I'm surprised by how much sense those balance bikes make. I'd never heard of one, but now that I think of it, I imagine they'd work fantastically. Rather than give the kids propulsion first and then train them to balance, give them nice slow balance first and then propulsion. Though I'm not sure I'd ever be tempted to shell out money for one. Half the draw of training wheels is they're removable, whereas pedals aren't exactly addable. Maybe a children's bike with removable cranks is the economical solution here.

    Anyway back to actually reading the article.

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  18. Comment on Review a product/service you first used over a year ago in ~life

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    Sure! So I put an elbow, valve, and muffler on the outlet, removed the down pipe on the inside, and put a quick connect, valve, oil separator and filter, regulator, and safety blow-off on the...

    Sure! So I put an elbow, valve, and muffler on the outlet, removed the down pipe on the inside, and put a quick connect, valve, oil separator and filter, regulator, and safety blow-off on the inlet. Make sure the little air diffuser thing is still screwed in on the inside so that incoming air goes sideways instead of straight down into your resin.

    It's the little C-clamp like things that the threads are wearing on. The bolts actually still look pretty good, but the clamps are pretty clearly getting worn. I can't seem to find drop-in replacements for them, so I'll likely just buy another tank just to grab the clamps off it. I'd swap tanks entirely, but my bottom half is sort of affixed into the rest of my setup and painted to match everything, so I guess the new tank just becomes spare parts.

    Oh, one more thing! Pizza liners. Buy big paper pizza liners. They're cheap and round and resin can't seep through them, which is perfect. Stick those down in the tank when you cast. Even if resin spills, it won't harden into the tank then.

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  19. Comment on Review a product/service you first used over a year ago in ~life

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    The Harbor Freight 2.5 gallon air pressure paint tank, converted to a resin casting chamber, is definitely one of those Harbor Freight roulette products that over-delivers. For $99 the thing is an...

    The Harbor Freight 2.5 gallon air pressure paint tank, converted to a resin casting chamber, is definitely one of those Harbor Freight roulette products that over-delivers. For $99 the thing is an unbeatable bargain. There are much nicer pressure pots to be had in the $300-$2000 range, but for the light operation of resin casting around 40-60 PSI it's perfectly adequate. I've taken it to pressure and back probably 300+ times now and the clamps' threading is finally starting to get visibly worn out, though it's still tightening well. Keep the threads lubricated and the seal greased and the thing will just work and work and work with no complaints.

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