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  1. Comment on If you have more than ten tabs open they’re not tabs anymore they’re bookmarks wasting RAM in ~tech

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    Many browsers/addons let you "hibernate" tabs that you barely use, imitating the 'favorite' functionality even further. I have a ton of tabs open, but I can't just close them due to them being a...

    Many browsers/addons let you "hibernate" tabs that you barely use, imitating the 'favorite' functionality even further.

    I have a ton of tabs open, but I can't just close them due to them being a mix of "this might be interesting in a week when I have time", "oh, I still need to send this to xyx" or them requiring an hour of undivided attention. In my experience, it's rarely problem of "just forgetting to close them", but it's too hard to shelf them in the "correct way". You'd have to organize your favs in a specific way and then also send some websites to friends and also put some of them in your long-term notes solution (which is browser-agnostic).

    I've thought about using wallabag before to solve this "problem", but I feel like it would just become this unsurmountable pile of links aka backlog of doom that I'll just pile onto and never dare to touch again or it turns into work and I tell myself I have to 'work on 2 of those backlog links each day'. But at least it would be not an open tab anymore? :D

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  2. Comment on Ideas how to unlock Google's blocking of my YouTube RSS feeds in ~tech

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    I can't really help, but just let you know that my experience has been similar. I'm using miniflux for RSS feeds, and sometimes my YT feeds also return a '403 forbidden', like reported in the...

    I can't really help, but just let you know that my experience has been similar. I'm using miniflux for RSS feeds, and sometimes my YT feeds also return a '403 forbidden', like reported in the issue tracker link.

    I don't really have a solution, I just know that a few hours later it works again and I manually refresh a feed. There haven't been any issues for a long time now, but I don't know if that's a coincidence or not. I'm not using any VPN, it's just my home server fetching the RSS.

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  3. Comment on Plex breach exposes usernames, emails, and encrypted passwords in ~tech

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    Totally fine :) I totally get people not wanting to fiddle with that stuff. Here and there it takes a few hours on weekends, not gonna lie! Maybe some other folks here know good hosted solutions.

    Totally fine :) I totally get people not wanting to fiddle with that stuff. Here and there it takes a few hours on weekends, not gonna lie! Maybe some other folks here know good hosted solutions.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Plex breach exposes usernames, emails, and encrypted passwords in ~tech

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    Not trying to convert you and probably you've heard of it or even already looked into it, but Jellyfin is a good alternative. It's being actively developed with good community engagement. Big...

    Not trying to convert you and probably you've heard of it or even already looked into it, but Jellyfin is a good alternative. It's being actively developed with good community engagement. Big disclaimer: it's a self-hosted solution. But if you have a server with Docker running, linuxserver.io offers a good Jellyfin container, which is very easy to use. It probably took me a few hours to set up (including skimming the documentation and figuring out transcoding and how to pass through the iGPU) and since then I had basically zero issues whatsoever. And I've been using it for a few years now.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on Sanderson’s First Law for magic systems in ~books

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    I would not be surprised at all if he watched it. Maybe you can squeeze in this question in one of his Q&As :)

    I would not be surprised at all if he watched it. Maybe you can squeeze in this question in one of his Q&As :)

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  6. Comment on Sanderson’s First Law for magic systems in ~books

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    I totally see your point and I agree that it takes away of the mysticism of it all, if it "makes sense" and is "too logical". And I can see how people enjoy this part of fantasy. Without spoiling...

    I totally see your point and I agree that it takes away of the mysticism of it all, if it "makes sense" and is "too logical". And I can see how people enjoy this part of fantasy.

    Without spoiling anything of the Cosmere, though, there are reasons why there are principles and rules to his magic system at least in that universe.

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  7. Comment on Sanderson’s First Law for magic systems in ~books

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    For anyone who's intrigued by (t)his stuff, he's also teaching at BYU and a ton of his lessons are online on his YouTube channel for free (for example Lecture #1: Introduction — Brandon Sanderson...

    For anyone who's intrigued by (t)his stuff, he's also teaching at BYU and a ton of his lessons are online on his YouTube channel for free (for example Lecture #1: Introduction — Brandon Sanderson on Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy).

    For anyone not familiar at all with him, I can highly recommend his works, especially his Cosmere stuff :) His writing pace is absolutely nutty and his fan interaction is great as well (weekly updates, regular QnA Livestreams, huge "State of the Sanderson" status update at the end of each year). On top of it all, he's working on a undisclosed movie/series, so now's a great chance to join in before the big hype starts :)

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  9. Comment on Suggestions for wholesome alternatives to doomscrolling? in ~life

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    Not OP, but thanks for the recommendation :) I really enjoy such channels and I'm glad people are sharing them. In case you're not aware of it yet, I can recommend watchmaking/maintenance videos!...

    Not OP, but thanks for the recommendation :) I really enjoy such channels and I'm glad people are sharing them. In case you're not aware of it yet, I can recommend watchmaking/maintenance videos! For example wristwatch revival which I also mentioned in another thread not too long ago.

    If you have more channels that display craftsmanship in chill videos, feel free to share them :)

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Mechanical watch in ~science

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    To be honest, it's a fairly subjective thing to buy :) You need to like the hands, the face, the wristbands. It depends on what you want to use it for and which information you want. Watches look...

    To be honest, it's a fairly subjective thing to buy :) You need to like the hands, the face, the wristbands. It depends on what you want to use it for and which information you want. Watches look different on your arm, depending on how your arm shape is, yadda yadda. There's no point in recommending a watch to you that you don't like the looks of :)

    Sadly, I don't have much experience with pocket watches and pretty much all my knowledge comes from the watch repair channels I'm watching. The good thing is, many of the reputable watch makers are actually making good watches: Rolex, Seiko, Tissot, Omega, Tudor, Breitling. Many people know them and they generally make good watches and I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot of brands here. You can also filter for mechanical watches on their websites and browse this way. After a certain price point, you can get good mechanical watches and higher prices are then just fueled by more features on the watch face or rarity/demand.

    I've seen a deal on the Seiko SSB379P1 one day (100 bucks) and decided to buy it to make it my first watch. It's nothing fancy and I can wear it every day. It uses a battery, though. After wearing it for a while, I've noticed that I don't use the stop watch feature way, way less than I thought and therefore found it more distracting than helpful.
    I've looked around on Seiko's website and found a watch that I've liked a lot for casual/daily wear: Seiko SRPG29K1. It doesn't have a stop watch, but glowing hands, the time is easier to read and it has a week day as well and not only the date! It also doesn't run on a battery and needs to be (manually) wound (another point of consideration for you). On top of it all, it has a small window on the bottom of the watch which lets you see the beautiful movement. It comes with a black or blue watch face and I tend to find the blue one more 'neutral'. So now I'm waiting for a deal for it :) It's currently about $250, which is a bit above my personal price point (though reasonable for the watch). To make it perfect, I wish it didn't have a seconds hand, but can't have it all :)

    As you can see, a lot of it is personal preference. Do you need glowing hands? Do you need the date? Do you need a seconds hand or even a stop watch? Do you need lunar phases? Time zones? Are you okay with a battery, do you want to wind it automatically or manually? Do you want to take it into water? Do you want Roman lettering on your face watch? Or none at all? There's a pocket watch with 57 complications. Which of these are useful to you no one but you knows. Think about the functions you want to get out of your watch and when you want to wear it. Then filter watches by those criteria and then go by aesthetics. Or just go by looks and be happy with the complications it comes. The watch making/repair/collection scene is a pretty big niche community with a tons of resources and places to exchange.

    I'm not fully sure if I made it better or worse with my attempt to help you :) But I hope I gave you some ideas and criteria. As long as you keep your spending reasonable, just keep 1-3 watches and see if/when you wear them what you like about them, what you dislike about them and go from there. And if you don't like them, they generally re-sell fairly well. I've seen my watch being sold on a local marketplace for 160 EUR, so I could even sell it for a profit (because the price for a new one is about 200).
    If you want one that's above your price point but you really want it, look for used watches that are sold as functioning and get them serviced by a professional watchmaker. It will run as new then :) (though obviously buying used stuff comes - as always - with a certain risk).

    I hope I could help you a bit!

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  11. Comment on Mechanical watch in ~science

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    For anyone who's fascinated by this, there are a ton of great watch servicing/restoration channels on YouTube. In particular I can recommend Watch Repair Channel and especially Wristwatch Revival....

    For anyone who's fascinated by this, there are a ton of great watch servicing/restoration channels on YouTube. In particular I can recommend Watch Repair Channel and especially Wristwatch Revival.
    These videos make an hour go fly by and get you addicted to this hobby (which I've thankfully resisted (so far)). A good starting point that I've heard being mentioned are Mark Lovick's tutorials. After you've watched a fair share of those videos, you can get some basic tools for a relatively low price and then get Pocket Watches off of eBay (they're widely available and therefore cheap and because of their big size and simplicity of the movements, they're easy to service as a beginner). But I'm going to deep again...
    But seriously, give these channels a try, it's seriously soothing and de-accelerating if you're into it :) (or want to get into it)

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Rick Astley - abcdefu (2022) in ~music

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    I wasn't aware of the original song until now and now I'm the victim and can't get it out of my head. (Not sure which version I like more, to be honest, the cover sounds great!)

    I wasn't aware of the original song until now and now I'm the victim and can't get it out of my head.

    (Not sure which version I like more, to be honest, the cover sounds great!)

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Putin recognises Ukraine rebel regions, sends troops on what Moscow calls peacekeeping mission in ~news

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    Any idea what Russian citizens think of that or what the public opinion seems to be? I assume they're not hearing anything of it or if they do, it's some fairy story that is meticulously edited to...

    Any idea what Russian citizens think of that or what the public opinion seems to be? I assume they're not hearing anything of it or if they do, it's some fairy story that is meticulously edited to cater to the Russian people.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on NFTs, why do people hate them? in ~tech

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    Lots of comments here already, but I'll leave this good comment from r/OutOfTheLoop here :)

    Lots of comments here already, but I'll leave this good comment from r/OutOfTheLoop here :)

    14 votes
  15. Comment on What will prevent this site from becoming Reddit 2.0? in ~tildes

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    In my opinion: keeping it invite only. I don't want this to sound snobby, but if there's any indicator that's always the same when some subreddit goes down the gutter, it's that the user base hits...

    In my opinion: keeping it invite only. I don't want this to sound snobby, but if there's any indicator that's always the same when some subreddit goes down the gutter, it's that the user base hits a critical mass. As soon as that number is crossed, the user base is too diverse and there's too many new people coming. The old people who've been at this place for a while don't want it to change (or they would've left already), but new people have a completely different background and experience than the old users that have been there for a long time.

    That's generally the point where subreddits then hire more mods, try to crack down harder on the rules, introduce flairs and other small helpers, but it's too late. No matter what they try, 99% of the time the horse is out of the barn and the "old" subreddit is gone. There's endless examples from reddit.

    I think, the thing tildes does better is: no downvotes, the way even old thread can reach the front page as long as there's some comment activity and the comment tags. All of these heavily encourage (higher quality) submissions and less meme-y content. And though it sucks in some instances that you can't create your own group, having Deimos control them is probably for the better, since it makes it more likely that you engage with the sum of Tildes, not just your niche.

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  16. Comment on What board games have you played recently? in ~games.tabletop

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    The PC edition from Wingspan is actually pretty good and like 40% off during the Steam sale .

    The PC edition from Wingspan is actually pretty good and like 40% off during the Steam sale .

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Paywalls, and the difficulty of accurately tagging them in ~tildes

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    I've just typed out a lengthy response why I'd prefer no tags over incorrect ones that I forgot to send, but I like your system :D It's not intuitive as a tag maintainer but I don't think that...

    I've just typed out a lengthy response why I'd prefer no tags over incorrect ones that I forgot to send, but I like your system :D It's not intuitive as a tag maintainer but I don't think that this applies to 95% of the users anyway, since they just consume or share stuff, but don't maintain tags.
    One problem with this system is, that the paywall.soft tag would stay with Boston Globe articles, even when there's no paywall anymore (which doesn't disturb anything, to be fair). Another problem (which I'm not sure if it exists yet): if websites start to dynamically add and remove hard paywalls, depending on demand/age/other factors of the article, you'd have to switch between paywall.soft and paywall.hard all the time. And if that happens, having the information there in form of tags gets kind of diluted and therefore less useful and a certain point users start ignoring it, which would be a shame. So I'd rather have a system that has vague information that's more often/longer correct than an extensive tag system that is commonly wrong.

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  18. Comment on My thoughts on Denis Villeneuve's Dune in ~movies

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    As someone who has not read the book and had the movie running on TV while I was still a toddler: it worked great :) It was the first time since the pandemic that I went to watch a movie in the...

    I wonder how much of this works if you haven't seen Lynch's version (which has much more internal thoughts of characters) or read the books?

    As someone who has not read the book and had the movie running on TV while I was still a toddler: it worked great :) It was the first time since the pandemic that I went to watch a movie in the cinema and I enjoyed it a lot. Obviously, I can't talk for the cuts that Villeneuve did, but what I saw I enjoyed - a lot.

    The only issues I had with the movie were slight pacing issues at times. Everything else I thoroughly enjoyed. But I knew what to expect. When you go to see this movie, you have to just accept some things and how they work in this world without questioning everything (not that you did it, but I've seen that a few times, some of my friends who expected more of a The Expanse than Dune). I'm sure the book(s) will fill many, many gaps that I've just accepted with lore and extra characters and all that stuff, but I feel like if you add more to the movie it might become overwhelming for someone who's not familiar with the book. The way it was I could always follow everything, and normally I'm bad with people's faces and names. I feel like that's a feat on its own already. I'm very excited for Part II, whenever that may release.

    I agree with you, though, that it would make a great series, that may even surpass the movie. There's a short article with Jason Momoa and he says that there should be a 4-6 hour version and that he doesn't want any footage trimmed, which of course is not gonna happen for cinema. So that basically screams series. But who knows, maybe if we wait another 37 years, we'll get a series :) By then I'll probably have read the books.

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  19. Comment on God of War | Announce trailer (PC) in ~games