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  1. Comment on Tell me about your smartphone! in ~talk

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    I've got the same, XL version. I don't see anything on the new Pixel models that I can't do on my current phone. What do they actually have? A better camera? The camera and resulting photos on my...

    I've got the same, XL version. I don't see anything on the new Pixel models that I can't do on my current phone. What do they actually have? A better camera? The camera and resulting photos on my Pixel XL are outstanding.

    Apparently

    "The original Pixel is missing water resistance and wireless charging, the XL model has a tiny 5.5-inch display, it has an outdated design"

    Tiny? I watch movies on it and it's in a case so you don't see its outdated design.

  2. Unusual conversation with Meetup support regarding profile image uploads

    I had a problem uploading a profile photo to Meetup today and so contacted support: I can't upload a profile photo so am unable to join a number of groups. The photo just fails to upload and have...

    I had a problem uploading a profile photo to Meetup today and so contacted support:

    I can't upload a profile photo so am unable to join a number of groups. The photo just fails to upload and have tried a number of different sizes (from 400x400 to over 2000 x 1000) and formats - jpg and png. Something seems to be failing!

    I got a fairly quick reply:

    What problem do you see when you try to upload a photo? Are you seeing any error messages?

    The first thing to check when uploading a photo is the size and format of the image.

    Images should be .jpg, .gif, or .png format.
    The file size limit is 10MB. (If your file size is already below 10MB, try reducing the size further.)

    If your image meets these specifications, send the photo to me as an attachment and I'll take a look. I'll also need the link to the page where you're having trouble uploading the photo.

    So I sent the image I was trying to photograph (a photo of me with a camera wearing my Refused tshirt) and received this reply:

    Profile photos can't have text in them at all (even words written on clothing). It's one of the most common reasons you might have trouble uploading a profile photo. If your photo has any text or lettering, try uploading a different photo.

    If that still doesn't work, the next things to check when uploading a photo are the size and format of the image.

    Images should be .jpg, .gif, or .png format.

    The file size limit is 10MB. (If your file size is already below 10MB, try reducing the size further.)

    If your image meets those technical specifications and is free of text, send the photo to me as an attachment and I'll take a look. It's also helpful if you can send the link to the page where you're having trouble uploading the photo.

    What? "Profile photos can't have text in them at all (even words written on clothing)"

    I pixelated the word "Refused" from the photo and sure enough after uploading the edited photo, it uploaded.

    Confused, I sent a reply:

    I've pixelated out the text on my tshirt and that seemed to resolve it. It seems to be strange policy? Any reason for this?

    And got this bizarre explanation:

    To keep our design consistent across all devices, rich text formatting, embedded images, and embedded videos are not supported.

    I've replied back to see if the support person can explain what they mean.

    10 votes
  3. Comment on Meetup.com Pricing Changes: Up to $3 total per RSVP to free events in ~tech

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    The subscription fees are being reduced.

    The subscription fees are being reduced.

    Organizer subscription costs will drop to $2 per month, or $24 per year. That means organizers will be saving at least 80% annually on subscription fees. This will also distribute costs more evenly between organizers and members.

  4. Comment on Meetup.com Pricing Changes: Up to $3 total per RSVP to free events in ~tech

    welly
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    People are happy to pay $8 for food and drinks but not an extra $2 for the service that brought them together?

    People are happy to pay $8 for food and drinks but not an extra $2 for the service that brought them together?

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Meetup.com Pricing Changes: Up to $3 total per RSVP to free events in ~tech

    welly
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    Or perhaps what Meetup are currently charging isn't enough to sustain the business.

    Or perhaps what Meetup are currently charging isn't enough to sustain the business.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Meetup.com Pricing Changes: Up to $3 total per RSVP to free events in ~tech

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    It looks like they've changed the pricing (possibly a couple of times) today and now the organiser isn't getting charged for RSVPs. It was insane that they'd possibly contemplate that as a good...

    It looks like they've changed the pricing (possibly a couple of times) today and now the organiser isn't getting charged for RSVPs. It was insane that they'd possibly contemplate that as a good idea.

    However, I must say, you can't even buy a cup of coffee for $2. It seems that we've become so used to getting things for free online, even a small charge has really put people's noses out of joint. Meetup is providing a service, is it unreasonable for them to be compensated for this service?

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Todd Phillips Thinks Cancel Culture Ruined Comedy. Maybe He’s Just Not Funny Anymore. in ~movies

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    How long are we held accountable for things we may have said or done in the past? Is there a point where if we have since apologised for a misdemeanor that we are allowed to move on? It seems to...

    How long are we held accountable for things we may have said or done in the past? Is there a point where if we have since apologised for a misdemeanor that we are allowed to move on?

    It seems to me that many of these celebrities are still being held accountable for things in the long distant past.

    Of course, there are actions that are absolutely inexcusable but, as little as I know about this particular story, Kevin Hart (who I know little to nothing about) made these comments 10 years ago. Does he continue to hold these views and bring them up when he's on stage? Is it fair he is still being chastised for something he said all that time ago?

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Please tell me what you think about this idea for a text editor/Linux Distribution combo in ~comp

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    Wow. That's expensive. Who would carry one of those around with them instead (or in addition to) a laptop? That is a very, very niche product. And it doesn't have cursor keys - what if you make a...

    Wow. That's expensive. Who would carry one of those around with them instead (or in addition to) a laptop? That is a very, very niche product. And it doesn't have cursor keys - what if you make a spelling mistake and don't notice it until you've typed in another 3 paragraphs? Are you supposed to leave it until you get onto an actual word processor? Far, far too expensive for how limited it is.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Broken - An annotated summary of unpleasant experiences with macOS Catalina in ~tech

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    I can't remember the last time Apple shipped a new version of OSX/Mac Os that wasn't broken in some way. It's usually perfectly fine by 10.x.3 or 4, which is when I upgrade. I could probably get...

    I can't remember the last time Apple shipped a new version of OSX/Mac Os that wasn't broken in some way. It's usually perfectly fine by 10.x.3 or 4, which is when I upgrade.

    I could probably get away with upgrading now as I really don't use much of what osx offers. No icloud, no back to my mac, no time machine, honestly no idea what else there is.

    Osx is pretty much a launcher for Firefox, phpstorm, mamp pro, sequel pro and a few command line utilities.

    Oh, I launched iTunes for the first time in I have no idea how many years yesterday as I'm giving some podcasts a go.

    I could probably get away with running some Linux distro but simply can't bring myself to spend any time whatsoever configuring it to run on my macbook pro.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Sony confirms PlayStation 5 name, holiday 2020 release date in ~games

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    Holiday 2020? Can I assume that means Christmas 2020? Being as there are lots of holidays in 2020.

    Holiday 2020? Can I assume that means Christmas 2020? Being as there are lots of holidays in 2020.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Harry Dunn crash: Chief constable demands suspect's return to UK in ~news

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    For the wife of this US diplomat to have fleed the country is pretty damning and to use diplomatic immunity to avoid being investigated by the UK police is cowardice at its lowest. So much for the...

    For the wife of this US diplomat to have fleed the country is pretty damning and to use diplomatic immunity to avoid being investigated by the UK police is cowardice at its lowest.

    So much for the "special relationship" between the UK and the USA. It continues to crumble under the current US (and UK) administration.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Make your 5“25 floppy double-sided by punching a hole in ~tech

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    I went through a brief phase doing this to 5.25" floppies but was always a little nervous about losing data so in the end stopped doing it. I'm old enough to remember these days and had a fairly...

    I went through a brief phase doing this to 5.25" floppies but was always a little nervous about losing data so in the end stopped doing it. I'm old enough to remember these days and had a fairly large collection software collection on 5.25" disks until 3.5" HD disks came about and that was the end of that. 1.44Mb?! How much storage?? It honestly felt like the universe. Don't get me started on my first 40Mb HDD.

    Also here's a device you could buy - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floppy_disk#/media/File:Squareholepunch2.png.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Hollywood resident Sexy Vegan charged with sexually assaulting his pit bull in ~news

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    Well, that's certainly a headline.

    Well, that's certainly a headline.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Indonesia moving to ban sex outside marriage in ~news

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    Another country to add to the "Do not visit" list. Sadly the Middle East and SE Asia is featuring high on that list. I'm curious as to what is causing this very conservative lean that we've been...

    Another country to add to the "Do not visit" list.

    Sadly the Middle East and SE Asia is featuring high on that list.

    I'm curious as to what is causing this very conservative lean that we've been experiencing in the past four or five years, not just in countries such as Indonesia but worldwide.

    Is it just cyclical? It feels a little like it is.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on We Need An Alternative To Medium, And It’s Not Wordpress in ~tech

    welly
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    Here you say... And then you say... Which is it?

    Here you say...

    We Need An Alternative To Medium, And It’s Not Wordpress

    And then you say...

    I'd suggest Wordpress, though.

    Which is it?

  16. Comment on The FGC9 is a 3D Printed firearm that is built from unregulated components and costs 100$ to make in ~hobbies

    welly
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    Curious as to what you use your gun (or guns) for? A hobby or self defence? If the latter, have you ever been in a position where you've had to use it? I'm not questioning if you've shot anyone...

    Curious as to what you use your gun (or guns) for? A hobby or self defence? If the latter, have you ever been in a position where you've had to use it? I'm not questioning if you've shot anyone with it but at the very least waved it around at a potential intruder!

    1 vote
  17. Comment on ProtonMail and Huawei: A Relationship Made in Privacy Hell in ~tech

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    What's wrong with people making content for monetary gain?

    What's wrong with people making content for monetary gain?

  18. Comment on Former nail biters --- how did you quit? in ~talk

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    I'd love to know this too. I've not come even close to stopping. I suppose in the grand scheme of things it's not the worst habit to have. At least it's not smack. But I'd rather not do it. I had...

    I'd love to know this too. I've not come even close to stopping. I suppose in the grand scheme of things it's not the worst habit to have. At least it's not smack. But I'd rather not do it. I had hypnotherapy which worked for a little while but somehow got back into the habit after a few months.

    2 votes