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  1. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I live on a narrowboat, here in the UK. As part of my licence conditions I have to move every couple of weeks. So this weekend is boat moving time. I'm moving from Leeds in West Yorkshire to...

    I live on a narrowboat, here in the UK. As part of my licence conditions I have to move every couple of weeks. So this weekend is boat moving time. I'm moving from Leeds in West Yorkshire to Wakefield, which is a roughly 4.5 hour journey. I have 7 locks to navigate through, a water tank to fill up and a place to moor up to find.

    That'll be most of Saturday I suspect!

    Oh, as a point of reference, Leeds to Wakefield by car/motorbike is around 20 minutes.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on I Was A 10x Engineer. And I’m Sorry. in ~tech

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    Never heard the term 10x Engineer and I've been working as a developer for over 20 years. Silicon Valley sure likes its metaphors (ninjas, rocks stars, 10x engineers and so on).

    Never heard the term 10x Engineer and I've been working as a developer for over 20 years.

    Silicon Valley sure likes its metaphors (ninjas, rocks stars, 10x engineers and so on).

    11 votes
  3. Comment on Suggestion: Hide my logged-in username while browsing in ~tildes

    welly Link Parent
    I'm still confused. Who sees your username except for you when you're logged in?

    I'm still confused. Who sees your username except for you when you're logged in?

  4. Comment on Any motorcyclists? in ~hobbies

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    I've been riding my 125cc for a while now and have come to recognise the limitations of a small engine. Going up hill, the bike doesn't have enough torque to maintain speed. The maximum speed is...

    I've been riding my 125cc for a while now and have come to recognise the limitations of a small engine.

    Going up hill, the bike doesn't have enough torque to maintain speed.

    The maximum speed is lower than than the national speed limit.

    Acceleration, while reasonably quick, is not usually enough to get up to your desired speed quickly.

    The problem with all these is you can't get away from traffic fast enough and you find yourself among cars fairly quickly and when you're surrounded by cars then it means you're in a dangerous position.

    Bigger engined motorobikes means that all of these limitations above are not an issue and simply are safer. You can keep up with and keep away from the traffic either on small roads or motorways.

    Riding a 125cc on a motorway is simply asking for trouble. I'd probably be hestitant to ride anything below a 350cc on big motorways because you really can't keep up with traffic easily and quickly.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Why You Should Start a Blog Right Now in ~life

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    A ran a photography blog for years, which had a strong following in the niche area of photography I used to blog about (large format, traditional photography). It gave me the opportunity to meet...

    A ran a photography blog for years, which had a strong following in the niche area of photography I used to blog about (large format, traditional photography). It gave me the opportunity to meet and work with some very highly reknowned and respected photographers in that particular area of photography which is something I never expected when I started the blog. I no longer run it but have been thinking about starting blogging again, on a different subject, as I did enjoy writing even though I'm certainly not from a journalism background. It's a fairly easy creative outlet as all you need is a laptop/tablet/desktop computer (or even just a pen and notepad).

    As an aside, this guy's "Why You Should Join Twitter Right Now" post doesn't give any reasons why you should join twitter right now.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Any motorcyclists? in ~hobbies

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    That all sounds like good advice! I'm currently riding a Yamaha 125, which is what I'm limited to on my current licence. I shall be looking forward to getting my full licence, I'm certainly seeing...

    That all sounds like good advice! I'm currently riding a Yamaha 125, which is what I'm limited to on my current licence. I shall be looking forward to getting my full licence, I'm certainly seeing the limitations of a 125. I'll look up that book, anything to make my riding life safer.

    2 votes
  7. Any motorcyclists?

    I'm about to do my full motorbike licence here in the UK (direct access course) and currently looking at my first big bike, thinking about a 600cc Triumph at the moment. Wondered if there are any...

    I'm about to do my full motorbike licence here in the UK (direct access course) and currently looking at my first big bike, thinking about a 600cc Triumph at the moment. Wondered if there are any other riders here on tildes, what do you ride, what's your history with bikes etc.?

    16 votes
  8. Comment on Google employees are systematically listening to audio files recorded by Google Home smart speakers and the Google Assistant smartphone app in ~tech

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    I'm not ready to be talking to phones, home assistants, computers or anything similar. I can't bring myself to it. The only device I have that does voice recognition is an Amazon firestick which...

    I'm not ready to be talking to phones, home assistants, computers or anything similar. I can't bring myself to it.

    The only device I have that does voice recognition is an Amazon firestick which has an Alexa enabled remote and I have no desire to talk to that either. I think I'll be taping up the microphone because if Google is doing this, I don't think it's a stretch to suggest Amazon is doing it too.

    9 votes
  9. Comment on Buy Nintendo Switch now or wait for new release? in ~games

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    I bought my Switch yesterday. Decided now was as good a time as any to buy. It is fantastic, ticks all the boxes for the kind of gaming I'm interested in. I can't imagine not being able to easily...

    I bought my Switch yesterday. Decided now was as good a time as any to buy. It is fantastic, ticks all the boxes for the kind of gaming I'm interested in. I can't imagine not being able to easily use it as a docked console that I can easily plug into my TV. I think that is where the majority of my gaming will be done, at home on an evening. Need to get some game recommendations now! I've got Mario Kart and Zelda.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Pinboard is 10 years old in ~tech

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    I've got an original one too. You can have my pinboard account when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

    I've got an original one too. You can have my pinboard account when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Buy Nintendo Switch now or wait for new release? in ~games

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    Not for me. I'm going to go for the full thing. Thanks for the heads up though!

    Not for me. I'm going to go for the full thing. Thanks for the heads up though!

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Buy Nintendo Switch now or wait for new release? in ~games

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    I may just try and hang on. The danger is when I've had a few beers, mates are talking about the Switch and the credit card is close to hand...

    I may just try and hang on. The danger is when I've had a few beers, mates are talking about the Switch and the credit card is close to hand...

    2 votes
  13. I'm in no rush to buy but I am considering getting a Switch. From my brief bit of duckduckgo-ing, it appears that a new Switch is on the horizon, either a newer version (Switch 2) or a mini-Switch...

    I'm in no rush to buy but I am considering getting a Switch. From my brief bit of duckduckgo-ing, it appears that a new Switch is on the horizon, either a newer version (Switch 2) or a mini-Switch and the current release may drop in price.

    Any thoughts? What would you do at this point? Most of the shops around here that sell them are out of stock anyway so unless I was to buy online, it's not necessarily an option.

    Thanks all!

    Update: I bought a Switch. With Mario Kart and Zelda. It's brilliant!

    17 votes
  14. Comment on Burial at Sea: The Fall of Maddox, the Internet’s First “Outsider” Celebrity in ~misc

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    Like Epic Meal Time, David Thorne, Emails from an Asshole and other such youtube channels/websites who's names now fail me, I think Maddox/Best Page On The Internet was of its time. I did used to...

    Like Epic Meal Time, David Thorne, Emails from an Asshole and other such youtube channels/websites who's names now fail me, I think Maddox/Best Page On The Internet was of its time. I did used to love reading Maddox but there's only so long you can do such humour and stay relevant/interesting. After a while it is just repeating itself and gets stale.

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

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    This review feels like /r/iamverysmart. Fuck Eric Kohn. Forrest Gump was brilliant.

    This review feels like /r/iamverysmart.

    Fuck Eric Kohn. Forrest Gump was brilliant.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on To end fatphobia, we need to dismantle Western civilization in ~health

    welly Link Parent
    Is that for us to tell you? If you get something from this then great. If you don't, well then you don't. Others may.

    Is that for us to tell you? If you get something from this then great. If you don't, well then you don't. Others may.

  17. Comment on To end fatphobia, we need to dismantle Western civilization in ~health

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    With all due respect, that lifestyle - 12 hours work plus 2 hours at the gym plus an hour to get there and back which comes to 15 hours before you've had dinner, had any sleep, had any opportunity...

    With all due respect, that lifestyle - 12 hours work plus 2 hours at the gym plus an hour to get there and back which comes to 15 hours before you've had dinner, had any sleep, had any opportunity to wind down a bit - sounds mentally unhealthy. I'm sure you're fit as a fiddle but that schedule will break you eventually.

    People are absolutely not inherently lazy. If they were, our species would never have lasted. Modern living and society have made (some) people lazy.

    There are plenty of nations that have no real problem with obesity and related illnesses. Oddly, with few exceptions, it's western nations that have health issues. Is fast food, Netflix, reliance on the car, fat acceptance/positivity a contributing factor? I'm no scientist, but I bet it is.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on To end fatphobia, we need to dismantle Western civilization in ~health

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    Sure it is. But making them feel terrible about themselves is no way to go about it. As someone who is certainly overweight (about 110kg and doing something about it), I personally couldn't give...

    Sure it is. But making them feel terrible about themselves is no way to go about it. As someone who is certainly overweight (about 110kg and doing something about it), I personally couldn't give any hoots if someone tried to fat shame me. However for someone much more sensitive about their weight, it's only going to make matters worse.

    So absolutely encouragement is great, but shaming or embarrassing them is not.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on I paid $47 an hour for someone to be my friend. Is this a cure for the loneliness epidemic? in ~life

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    It's not a friend if you're paying for it. It's at best an acquaintance. I fail to see what this rent a friend provides that something like Meetup doesn't. If you want to find like-minded people,...

    It's not a friend if you're paying for it. It's at best an acquaintance.

    I fail to see what this rent a friend provides that something like Meetup doesn't. If you want to find like-minded people, join meetup and you'll find them there. And not pay 50 bucks an hour for the privilege.

    12 votes
  20. Comment on The trend of "my girlfriend isn't hungry" items on restaurant menus in ~food

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    Aside from the utter stupidity of the argument in the story, it feels like it was written by a teenager. The writing is terrible and having had a browse further into this site, bad writing seems...

    Aside from the utter stupidity of the argument in the story, it feels like it was written by a teenager. The writing is terrible and having had a browse further into this site, bad writing seems to be a theme.

    Journalism is not what it once was.

    2 votes