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Physicist & gamer from Alaska. Also on Mastodon: @captainsiscold

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Alaska's healthcare system kinda works like that, but only for Alaska Natives.

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Specifically Native American Alaskans (i.e. those with a tribal ID)

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I recently switched from my ISP's combo device to a GL-inet Flint 2 (https://www.gl-inet.com/products/gl-mt6000/); no complaints with it thus far, and I've enjoyed some of the quality of life features it's got built into it.

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I'm admittedly not much of a networking expert, but you might be able to improve your existing network by running Ethernet backhaul for your mesh network (assuming your access points support it).

Regarding whether you would benefit from a router like that: I've only got a 25Mbps connection, so my main use case for it is using ZeroTier to access various services on my local network, more advanced firewall controls, and the dual 2.5G Ethernet ports for connection between my main PC and home server.

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Fedora Server, with most of the services I need running via Docker.

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Just got a Pixel 8 (256 GB) for $510 a few weeks ago. I'm good with that, thanks.

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Unlocked, brand new direct from the Google Store. They emailed me a coupon code for being on the Google Assistant mailing list that gave me an extra $150 off, and it stacked with a $100 discount they were already running (so $250 off total). I'm a self-admitted headphone jack enthusiast, but the price was just too good to pass up.

Victory! Ring Announces It Will No Longer Facilitate Police Requests for Footage from Users (www.eff.org)

This is a victory in a long fight, not just against blanket police surveillance, but also against a culture in which private, for-profit companies build special tools to allow law enforcement to more easily access companies’ users and their data—all of which ultimately undermine their customers’ trust.

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Still skeptical here as well, but it's at least a step in the right direction. I still do not plan to have any Ring products anywhere near my place anytime soon.

Pixel phones are broken again with critical storage permission bug (arstechnica.com)

The “January 2024 Google Play system update” isn’t the usual OTA system update but is a Project Mainline or APEX module. These take core system components and wrap them up into easily distributable packaging where they can be delivered via the Play Store, much like an app, but with way more permissions (only Google can...

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Well, looks like I'm avoiding updates on my Pixel 8 for a while.

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I have to say, I was really impressed by how well the Pixel 7a did. At $400 now, that's a great (somewhat) cheap option for folks, though I do wish its battery life was a bit better...

I've got a Pixel 8 non-Pro on the way, so I'm excited to see how it performs compared to my old Galaxy S9 :P

Hyundai launching cheaper IONIQ 2 to sit below the IONIQ 5 – Here's what we know so far (electrek.co)

According to Hyundai Europe’s VP of marketing, Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, the brand is developing a cheaper IONIQ 2 electric car. Hofmann broke the news this summer following rival Volkswagen unveiling its ID 2all concept. The VW ID 2all will start at around €25,000 ($27,000) with up to 450 km (279 mi) range. It’s expected...

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Welcome to the club!

The only game I can’t play is rocket league.

Have you tried it on Heroic Games Launcher yet? I play RL from time to time with a buddy, and both of us have gotten it to work without any notable issues via Heroic.

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I'd love to see those features in phones today; all of those are basically dead in the US market (Xperia 1 V gets two out of three, Zenfone 10 at least gets the 3.5mm jack...might be some cheap Motorola something that still has a jack, as well?).

Me personally, I could even live with just the 3.5mm jack. The whole argument of "it's for waterproofing/making the phone thinner/insert BS excuse here" falls flat when my Galaxy S9 has a 3.5mm jack and the same IP68 rating as the Pixel 8, yet manages to be thinner.

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At this point, I'd honestly be fine with that too. Unfortunately it looks like one of the only ones around that has two USB-C ports is the Asus ROG Phone 7 & 7 Ultimate, which both already have a headphone jack too, lol.

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I really hope they fix the issue with the picture-in-picture video not staying over top of all other windows; that's the only thing keeping me from using Wayland Firefox right now.

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Have you ever found a way to make reminders in Tasks through Google Assistant actually work? When they switched from the Assistant reminders to Tasks, they became so unreliable at showing at the specified time (i.e. "remind me to do ___ at 3pm") that I can't use them anymore.

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Yeah, that seems to be a common theme. Creating timers from Assistant still works fine, but anything with Assistant that has to go through Tasks is basically broken :(

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You might be on to something there; I'll have to give that a look!

15 years of Android memories – When did you get your first Android phone? (blog.google)

My first one was a Samsung Galaxy S1 that I got in 2013 and it was a great little device that was easy to open up and repair. It had only 512MB of RAM but that was plenty for basic phone needs, web browsing and running some Android apps like AnkiDroid at the time.

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First Android phone was a Motorola Moto G4. Solid phone, great budget buy at the time. Replaced it with a refurbished Galaxy S9 in 202, which is actually still serving me to this day. My S9 is showing its age now, but I'm refusing to buy a phone that does not have a headphone jack, so I'm going to run it into the ground.

First Android device was actually a Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet (16GB storage, 1GB of RAM). Ended up running Jellybean, and finally KitKat, off of a microSD card to keep it going. Actually still have it, but flashed to Android 7. Gapps doesn't install, but I'm impressed it was able to run as well as it did.

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Snagged a 6800 XT for $510 USD a few months back. It's a beast of a card, and I'm very content to enjoy the performance I've got for quite a while to come. Unfortunately AMD doesn't bring their cool features to Linux right away, so I'll have to wait a while for stuff like Fluid Motion Frames (if it ever ends up coming to Linux at all).

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Pixels don't support display out over USB-C? Well, that's dumb. Surprised I've never heard about that being a missing feature before.

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