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  1. Comment on Recommendations for Android messaging app, please in ~tech

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    There’s a Github issue to add RCS support to QKSMS. Last update was November: Looks like Google’s app is the only way now. Still, if you only need SMS/MMS, QKSMS is fantastic, very clean and easy...

    There’s a Github issue to add RCS support to QKSMS. Last update was November:

    I'd love to implement it as soon as it's possible to, but unfortunately we're still waiting on the public API from Google

    Looks like Google’s app is the only way now.

    Still, if you only need SMS/MMS, QKSMS is fantastic, very clean and easy to use, and it has lots of features.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Is anyone playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons? in ~games

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    I'm glad they made this change - especially the balloons. There seems to be a much more reasonable ratio of normal to bunny day balloons. This was especially annoying since the recipes for the...

    I'm glad they made this change - especially the balloons. There seems to be a much more reasonable ratio of normal to bunny day balloons. This was especially annoying since the recipes for the beautiful cherry blossom furniture are only available until April 10th, so it was nearly impossible to find them with all the bunny day stuff.

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  3. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I got Good Job, a Nintendo Switch game that released (out of nowhere) 3 or 4 days ago. I think it's like a mix of Untitled Goose Game and Human Fall Flat, with a very charming art style that...

    I got Good Job, a Nintendo Switch game that released (out of nowhere) 3 or 4 days ago. I think it's like a mix of Untitled Goose Game and Human Fall Flat, with a very charming art style that reminds me of those animations from Portal (with the little scientists in the labs).

    The game has different levels, which are themed as parts of an office building. You're dropped into levels with an objective like "fix the internet" or "move these 5 packages over here". It's fairly open-ended in that you can try to finish the goal as fast as possible, try to do the most/least destruction possible, try to find all the hidden items, etc.

    Speaking of destruction, each level is a highly destructible sandbox. You can grab and push furniture around, knock stuff over, send stuff crashing through walls, etc. The game has a very distinct art style, and it's super satisfying to smash stuff around and create chaos. A text review really doesn't do it justice, I suggest watching a minute or two of a gameplay video to get a feel for it.

    What I love about this game is that it always keeps things fresh. The game has 7 (or 8?) different floors, each with a different theme (i.e. accounting, logistics, recreation, etc), and 4 levels per floor. Every floor has it's own unique mechanic: for example, the first floor has lots of slingshots created by plugging in wires across rooms, the second floor (logistics) has cranes and forklifts, the third floor (recreation) has pools and hoses, etc. This makes me excited for each floor, and gets me wanting to find out what the next floor will offer.

    One of my gripes with Untitled Goose Game (and the reason I haven't gotten it, even though it looks phenomenal) is the extremely short playtime (2-3 hours). This game is the same price ($25), and from what I've read, is around 7-10 hours. I think it also offers a good amount of replayability: like I said before, it tracks time and destruction, and gives you letter grades on how you did, so you can always go back and try to improve your score.

    I've played the first three floors and I'm having a blast, I can definitely recommend this game to anyone with a Switch :)

    9 votes
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  5. Comment on What are some good party games that can be easily played via video chat? in ~games

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    I've played Pretend You're Xyzzy over voice chat, it can be a bit janky at times, but it gets the job done.

    I've played Pretend You're Xyzzy over voice chat, it can be a bit janky at times, but it gets the job done.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What are some games in which movement itself is a joy? in ~games

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    I'm surprised no one has mention Tribes: Ascend (and other Tribes games). I love the movement in that game: by holding right click, you fly upwards using a jetpack (has limited fuel, only...

    I'm surprised no one has mention Tribes: Ascend (and other Tribes games).

    I love the movement in that game: by holding right click, you fly upwards using a jetpack (has limited fuel, only recharges when you're on the ground), and when holding space, you go frictionless and slide around, called skiing.

    The maps were covered in hills. To move around quickly, you wanted to ski (go frictionless) downhill, and jetpack uphill. Definitely the most interesting movement I've seen, and it made for incredibly fast-paced gameplay.

    Here's a video I found showing it off: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dwkul_gBJzg

    4 votes
  7. Comment on The PinePhone ($150 Linux smartphone) is now available for pre-order in ~tech

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    From the store page: Worldwide, Global LTE bands LTE-FDD: B1/ B2/ B3/ B4/ B5/ B7/ B8/ B12/ B13/ B18/ B19/ B20/ B25/ B26/ B28 LTE-TDD: B38/ B39/ B40/ B41 WCDMA: B1/ B2/ B4/ B5/ B6/ B8/ B19 GSM:...

    From the store page:

    Worldwide, Global LTE bands
    LTE-FDD: B1/ B2/ B3/ B4/ B5/ B7/ B8/ B12/ B13/ B18/ B19/ B20/ B25/ B26/ B28
    LTE-TDD: B38/ B39/ B40/ B41
    WCDMA: B1/ B2/ B4/ B5/ B6/ B8/ B19
    GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    

    You can use frequencycheck.com to check the bands that your mobile carrier uses and see if the PinePhone supports them.

    AFAIK it should generally have good support for American and Canadian carriers.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on The PinePhone ($150 Linux smartphone) is now available for pre-order in ~tech

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    I think so, but I'm not sure on how well it'll work, or if anyone has been working on it. This forum thread may be worth watching for more info. Edit: After looking at the Pine64 IRC chat a bit,...

    I think so, but I'm not sure on how well it'll work, or if anyone has been working on it. This forum thread may be worth watching for more info.

    Edit: After looking at the Pine64 IRC chat a bit, it looks like Anbox can run on it, mostly depending on it your distro supports it or not. The other limitation could be performance, given that the PinePhone has 2GB of RAM (although I think that’s plenty for a phone, and it seems like people have gotten Anbox running on much worse hardware).

    5 votes
  9. Comment on The PinePhone ($150 Linux smartphone) is now available for pre-order in ~tech

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    My order came to $226 CAD (including shipping and handling, and PayPal's USD -> CAD exchange). I've been closely following the PinePhone and Librem 5, the two main Linux phone projects right now....

    My order came to $226 CAD (including shipping and handling, and PayPal's USD -> CAD exchange).

    I've been closely following the PinePhone and Librem 5, the two main Linux phone projects right now. I'm extremely excited to finally get one of these phones in my hands!

    This is an early adopter/developer edition of the phone. This will be the first mass production batch, so it's essentially a "beta test" of sorts. I'm a Linux nerd and I'm planning on developing apps for it, and with the relatively cheap price tag, I'm fine with the risk of running into some issues. If you're looking for a phone that will be ready to use out of the box, with a refined software experience, I think you'll have to wait a few more months/years.

    I think what will make or break the Linux smartphone experience is app availability. I really hope the FOSS community comes together to build a good set of apps for it (as well as porting existing apps, if they don't already work). I'm very excited to get my hands on the PinePhone and start developing for it!

    13 votes
  10. The PinePhone ($150 Linux smartphone) is now available for pre-order

    Some more info about the PinePhone Pre-order page on the Pine Store The early adopter edition of the PinePhone is now available for pre-order. This batch is 3000 units, from what I know ~1000 are...

    Some more info about the PinePhone

    Pre-order page on the Pine Store

    The early adopter edition of the PinePhone is now available for pre-order. This batch is 3000 units, from what I know ~1000 are already sold. These units are currently being produced, and are planned to ship in December/January. Mass production of the consumer edition of the phone is planned to begin in March 2020.

    I just pre-ordered mine, is anyone else getting one? Any thoughts on the state of Linux smartphones, whether it's the PinePhone, Librem 5, or something else?

    27 votes
  11. Comment on I'm trying to get a programming job without a degree. Got any tips? in ~comp

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    I tried to emphasize my experience from projects on my resume, hopefully that's a good start to showing them what I can do. I'll make sure to work on a strong application letter and interview...

    I tried to emphasize my experience from projects on my resume, hopefully that's a good start to showing them what I can do. I'll make sure to work on a strong application letter and interview skills.

    Do you have any advice for looking for positions at smaller companies? Do you think I should keep searching on job boards, or should I try reaching out to some smaller shops directly?

    Thanks!

  12. Comment on I'm trying to get a programming job without a degree. Got any tips? in ~comp

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    Thanks, that's very reassuring - even with some experience, I've had a lot of doubt about whether I could actually apply my skills to an actual job position, but knowing that I'll be able to have...

    Thanks, that's very reassuring - even with some experience, I've had a lot of doubt about whether I could actually apply my skills to an actual job position, but knowing that I'll be able to have support and ask questions makes me feel more confident.

    This is good advice - I'll make sure to aim to be a decent person to work with and fit in with company culture, and always be open to learning. Thanks again :)

    (I love your programming tip posts btw <3)

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  13. Comment on I'm trying to get a programming job without a degree. Got any tips? in ~comp

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    I tried to sign up for Triplebyte in the past, but I live in Canada, and I believe you have to be in the US (or willing to relocate) to continue with their process. I've heard of people being...

    I tried to sign up for Triplebyte in the past, but I live in Canada, and I believe you have to be in the US (or willing to relocate) to continue with their process. I've heard of people being fairly successful with it, but from what I know they do those trivia-style interviews that require knowledge in things that aren't really used in practice.

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  14. Comment on I'm trying to get a programming job without a degree. Got any tips? in ~comp

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    Thanks, this gives me a more confidence that my skills are good enough to do the job. I'll keep in mind the soft skills and proving that I can work in the environment the job asks for. Also thanks...

    Thanks, this gives me a more confidence that my skills are good enough to do the job. I'll keep in mind the soft skills and proving that I can work in the environment the job asks for.

    Also thanks for the tip @umbrae, I applied for a position at Wave, it seems like a nice company to work for.

    (mentioning @somewaffles and @45930 so they see this)

    3 votes
  15. Comment on I'm trying to get a programming job without a degree. Got any tips? in ~comp

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    Thanks, that's good advice! I just added tests, CI, and a Travis badge to the Django app. The rest are desktop and mobile apps, so it would be a bit more involved, but I'll try to add tests for...

    Thanks, that's good advice! I just added tests, CI, and a Travis badge to the Django app. The rest are desktop and mobile apps, so it would be a bit more involved, but I'll try to add tests for them at some point.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on I'm trying to get a programming job without a degree. Got any tips? in ~comp

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    I think I kept it that way cause the projects are still ongoing, but it does look off, I'll use past tense for all of them. Thanks!

    I think I kept it that way cause the projects are still ongoing, but it does look off, I'll use past tense for all of them.

    Thanks!

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