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[Tech] It's for grownups! And sometimes kids!

PeenPeen Registered User regular
edited July 2023 in Social Entropy++
We need a new tech thread to talk about technology, consumer and otherwise.

Speaking of which:

We're thinking about getting my 10 year old a cell phone because she's starting to have more after-school activities and other semi-independent activities and her having a phone would be really handy. I've been trying to figure out what the best way to give her a phone safely is, and I like the idea of the Google Family Link set of parent controls as a way to get her a better phone that we can still keep pretty locked down, and gradually relax the limits as she gets older.

Has anyone in here tried it that can speak to real world pros and cons?

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    JedocJedoc In the scuppers with the staggers and jagsRegistered User regular
    I have committed a cardinal sin and purchased a keyboard for work.

    In my defense, the last round of tech replacements gave all the branch managers a laptop and a dock so that we could take our work computers to in-person meetings more easily (whoops.jpg) and mine came with a mouse but not a keyboard. And since I didn't want to request another mushy enterprise-grade Dell keyboard from IT, I've just been using my old Eclipse. But recently it's been dropping inputs on the left side of the keyboard, and so I reluctantly went to Best Buy to replace it.

    Lo and behold, before I could even get to the keyboard section I spotted a Fnatic Streak on the clearance rack for $50. That's the same keyboard I replaced the Eclipse with in the first place, and so I bought it.

    I know it's bad form to buy a mechanical keyboard for an office setting, but it's got brown switches instead of the blues I use at home, and I've got my own office that's right next to the noisy book sorter in any case. Also, shut up. I've got a great keyboard for the computer I'm forced to use 40 hours a week, and we're in love, and we're running away together.

    Now my only problem is getting used to the lighter key resistance, so I don't accidentally keep typing wwwwwwwwwwww into a random field because I let my finger rest too heavily.

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    useruser Registered User regular
    Jedoc wrote: »
    I have committed a cardinal sin and purchased a keyboard for work.

    In my defense, the last round of tech replacements gave all the branch managers a laptop and a dock so that we could take our work computers to in-person meetings more easily (whoops.jpg) and mine came with a mouse but not a keyboard. And since I didn't want to request another mushy enterprise-grade Dell keyboard from IT, I've just been using my old Eclipse. But recently it's been dropping inputs on the left side of the keyboard, and so I reluctantly went to Best Buy to replace it.

    Lo and behold, before I could even get to the keyboard section I spotted a Fnatic Streak on the clearance rack for $50. That's the same keyboard I replaced the Eclipse with in the first place, and so I bought it.

    I know it's bad form to buy a mechanical keyboard for an office setting, but it's got brown switches instead of the blues I use at home, and I've got my own office that's right next to the noisy book sorter in any case. Also, shut up. I've got a great keyboard for the computer I'm forced to use 40 hours a week, and we're in love, and we're running away together.

    Now my only problem is getting used to the lighter key resistance, so I don't accidentally keep typing wwwwwwwwwwww into a random field because I let my finger rest too heavily.

    I feel you, s'why I prep my keyboard switches with nothing less than a 62g bottom out spring.

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    BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited October 2021







    The animatronic Collie without its fur. #StanWinstonStudio created the Bearded Collie puppet for @Disney's "The Shaggy Dog" in 2006. Check out this never-before-posted video from the SWS archive. https://t.co/SRGF3NWLZC

    You can see the finished animatronic on the left side. Or on the right? You decide. 😉 - Balázs https://t.co/36T1AnZavg

    don't like this

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    KarlKarl Registered User regular
    What in the fuck no

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    ProlegomenaProlegomena Frictionless Spinning The VoidRegistered User regular
    I can't believe Disney made a bearded collie movie 15 years ago and I never took the opportunity to work it in to our classic family joke (that is, sending a picture to my mother along with "it looks just like him", which my grandad always used to say about any picture of any bearded collie whether it looked anything like our faithful Monty or not. mainly not)

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    ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    Stilts wrote: »
    I have just discovered that Dan Olson (of Youtube semi-fame) created a Twitter thread to document every NFT project that is definitely not a scam that he received an invite to

    For days now I've been accepting every spam NFT Discord invite I've received, and it's getting dire
    It is a trip




    lol

    lmfao

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    KetarKetar Come on upstairs we're having a partyRegistered User regular
    What's that? A free upgrade to Windows 11 is available for me?


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    minor incidentminor incident expert in a dying field njRegistered User regular
    Lol, my 3 and a half year old CPU is too old to run Windows 11 anyway.

    Ah, it stinks, it sucks, it's anthropologically unjust
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    DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Does anyone use T Mobile?

    Cell phone service in my area is either Verizon or T Mobile. I currently use Verizon, but I will soon need a new phone. I think I can get a new phone much cheaper from T Mobile

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    minor incidentminor incident expert in a dying field njRegistered User regular
    Does anyone use T Mobile?

    Cell phone service in my area is either Verizon or T Mobile. I currently use Verizon, but I will soon need a new phone. I think I can get a new phone much cheaper from T Mobile

    I use T-Mobile and have been very happy. But obviously all cell service stuff is wildly local, so ymmv

    Ah, it stinks, it sucks, it's anthropologically unjust
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    KetarKetar Come on upstairs we're having a partyRegistered User regular
    I used T-Mobile for a very long time and was largely happy with it. I ended up switching after starting to go to more conventions and festivals and noticing that I frequently had no signal at crowded events - even outdoor events right in the middle of downtown Chicago - and AT&T proved to be way better in that regard.

    For regular use, T-Mobile is likely perfectly good for you. I have heard about issues with reception in some areas though, so if there's anyway to find a local coverage map or talk to someone who uses T-Mobile in your actual area you should try to do that.

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    WeaverWeaver Who are you? What do you want?Registered User regular
    I was with sprint when the t-mobile merger happened, it's been fine, better actually.

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    JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    some of it is also good

    stop lying!

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    ToxTox I kill threads he/himRegistered User regular
    I've been with Verizon for probably around a decade now. They're great. Around here, anyway. I've not had any specific issues with them anywhere else that I can think of, but my understanding is that most mobile phone companies' coverages are rather specific, at least outside of major metros.

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    I switched from t-mobile to verizon around where I live because verizon's coverage was better, mainly, lots of annoying dead zones on t-mobile here. Your mileage may vary greatly depending on your geographic region.

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    JragghenJragghen Registered User regular
    T-mobile was good, they bought sprint and their coverage got worse.....until I got a 5G enabled phone and my coverage has been great.

    I'd avoid T-Mobile if you don't have a 5G phone, but you're probably fine if you do.

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    KarlKarl Registered User regular
    Ketar wrote: »
    What's that? A free upgrade to Windows 11 is available for me?


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    I will be waiting as long as possible to migrate over to windows 11.

    I just want my stuff to work. Someone else can deal with the inevitable launch bugs.

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    DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    One of the reasons for a hypothetical switch to T Mobile is to get a 5G phone, probably an iPhone mini

    My current phone, a Pixel 3a, is three years old and that darn thing with the charging port bring worn and the charger not staying in it unless I position both phone and cord s certain is a pain in the ass

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    BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular

    Ghost Robotics
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    Latest lethality 6.5 #creedmoor sniper payload from @SWORDINT. Check out the latest partner payloads @AUSAorg Wash DC. Keeping US and allied #sof #warfighter equipped with the latest innovations. @USSOCOM #defense #defence #NationalSecurity #drone #robotics
    Sword International, a gun manufacturer, the machine is called the SPUR or Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle.

    “The [SPUR] was specifically designed to offer precision fire from unmanned platforms such as the Ghost Robotics Vision-60 quadruped,” reads Sword’s website. “Due to its highly capable sensors the SPUR can operate in a magnitude of conditions, both day and night.”

    We don’t know what level of autonomy the robot has or if it was designed to be fully remotely operated. We also don’t know who the machine was developed for.

    The four-legged robot is lugging a sniper capable of shooting 6.5 millimeter Creedmoor cartridges, a rifle ammunition, which was developed with long-range target shooting in mind.


    Hooray! Robots!

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    BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
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    I keep thinking about how we got here and then thinking about this tweet

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    PeenPeen Registered User regular
    As awful as robots with guns is, and it's awful, there's a part of me that looks at that thing and thinks that it's just really fucking stupid. Like, is it really more than military technowankery? Is there a situation where that thing is actually better than a trained soldier?

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    minor incidentminor incident expert in a dying field njRegistered User regular
    Peen wrote: »
    As awful as robots with guns is, and it's awful, there's a part of me that looks at that thing and thinks that it's just really fucking stupid. Like, is it really more than military technowankery? Is there a situation where that thing is actually better than a trained soldier?

    Better? Probably not. But will it, like drones, allow for more indiscriminate murder with less accountability? You bet. Fuck everything about it.

    Ah, it stinks, it sucks, it's anthropologically unjust
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    BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    Peen wrote: »
    As awful as robots with guns is, and it's awful, there's a part of me that looks at that thing and thinks that it's just really fucking stupid. Like, is it really more than military technowankery? Is there a situation where that thing is actually better than a trained soldier?

    ultimately it will end up somewhat cheaper on paper and do a "good enough" job when it comes to jobs like "shoot anyone who walks across the border crossing", where groups of them can be put on patrol with minimal supervision

    and then in a few years the overblown budgets of municipal police departments will buy them as refurbished toys, they'll be retrofitted with somewhat-less-lethal chemical weapons and then turned on domestic protestors and used to clear homeless encampments



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    BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
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    DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Yeah, if you ask someone to bomb a hospital because there's probably a terrorist in it, they might hesitate

    If you ask someone to fly a drone and push a button to bomb a hospital because there's probably a terrorist in it, they'll probably go through with it

    Apply that logic to a sniper and a sniper drone

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    KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    I guess at least sniperbots inflict less collateral damage.

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    minor incidentminor incident expert in a dying field njRegistered User regular
    KalTorak wrote: »
    I guess at least sniperbots inflict less collateral damage.

    I’d wager it’s the opposite if the current drone program is anything to go by.

    Ah, it stinks, it sucks, it's anthropologically unjust
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    QuantumTurkQuantumTurk Registered User regular
    Yeah, if you ask someone to bomb a hospital because there's probably a terrorist in it, they might hesitate

    If you ask someone to fly a drone and push a button to bomb a hospital because there's probably a terrorist in it, they'll probably go through with it

    Apply that logic to a sniper and a sniper drone

    Every ethics professor just yelling, "TOLD YALL TROLLEY PROBLEM MATTERED!"

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    KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    KalTorak wrote: »
    I guess at least sniperbots inflict less collateral damage.

    I’d wager it’s the opposite if the current drone program is anything to go by.

    I meant sniperbots inflict less collateral damage than bomber drones.

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    BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular

    My former employer CollegeHumor did this. In order to beat YouTube, Facebook faked incredible viewership numbers, so CH pivoted to FB. So did Funny or Die, many others. The result: A once-thriving online comedy industry was decimated. A $40m fine is laughable; shut Facebook down.

    Zuckerberg you greedy lying shitfucker there should be billions of dollars carved out of your pale narrow ass

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    KwoaruKwoaru Confident Smirk Flawless Golden PecsRegistered User regular
    edited October 2021
    Is there an update to that 2019 tweet or something?

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    DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    Brolo wrote: »

    My former employer CollegeHumor did this. In order to beat YouTube, Facebook faked incredible viewership numbers, so CH pivoted to FB. So did Funny or Die, many others. The result: A once-thriving online comedy industry was decimated. A $40m fine is laughable; shut Facebook down.

    Zuckerberg you greedy lying shitfucker there should be billions of dollars carved out of your pale narrow ass

    Decimated is the wrong word, it's more like the inverse, since we lost 90% of these communities not 10%

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    DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist I swear! Registered User regular
    I always forget does decimated mean reduced to 10 or reduced by 10?

    "Simple, real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time." -Mustrum Ridcully in Terry Pratchett's Hogfather p. 142 (HarperPrism 1996)
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    DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    edited October 2021
    I always forget does decimated mean reduced to 10 or reduced by 10?

    reduce by 10, which is big if your talking about lives in a platoon of roman centurions, but not when talking about whole industry shifts.

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    Whippy wrote: »
    nope nope nope nope abort abort talk about anime
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    Librarian's ghostLibrarian's ghost Librarian, Ghostbuster, and TimSpork Registered User regular
    I always forget does decimated mean reduced to 10 or reduced by 10?

    I think the second. To kill every tenth person in the traditional meaning.

    Obviously now a days it is just to cause a lot of damage/

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    ZxerolZxerol for the smaller pieces, my shovel wouldn't do so i took off my boot and used my shoeRegistered User regular
    edited October 2021
    I always forget does decimated mean reduced to 10 or reduced by 10?

    1 out of 10 dudes, or 10% of something.

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    JedocJedoc In the scuppers with the staggers and jagsRegistered User regular
    Specifically, you divide your unruly soldiers into groups of ten and then in each of those groups one is selected to be executed by the other nine.

    It was a way to severely punish a whole army while still having an army left afterward.

    Due to shifting usage, these days it means "to absolutely shithouse a person/place/thing" and that's fine.

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    BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    Kwoaru wrote: »
    Is there an update to that 2019 tweet or something?

    It came up in a conversation earlier about Ozy 's similarity to the Facebook/instagram deposition that's going on

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    GvzbgulGvzbgul Registered User regular
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    KwoaruKwoaru Confident Smirk Flawless Golden PecsRegistered User regular
    Brolo wrote: »
    Kwoaru wrote: »
    Is there an update to that 2019 tweet or something?

    It came up in a conversation earlier about Ozy 's similarity to the Facebook/instagram deposition that's going on

    Ahhhh gotcha

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