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Modern tech, retro tech, 80s/90s music & nostalgia. I live in northern England so most things I post about have a UK slant.

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Good mini PC for around 100€

My current setup consists of a Raspberry Pi 4 with 4gb RAM and a 1tb external SSD. I’m thinking of getting a used mini PC for around 100€ to replace that tho because it would give me a lot more power and especially RAM (I currently need to use an 8gb swap file). My plan so far is to get a used mini PC that’s quiet, has a...

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It's a little more than 100€

It's half as much again! If your budget is that flexible you really should have mentioned it in the original post so that people could give you a wider range of options.

Translate it up by a couple of orders of magnitude and you get "I want to buy a car, I have €10,000 to spend" ... "I found one for €15,000, it's a little bit more but ..."

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Why not? What's different about chicken meat compared to, say, beef or lamb, which most people like to cook so it remains at least a little bit pink (i.e. raw inside).

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In the UK we had three songs in the top ten in 1985 all called "The Power of Love", all different.

  • This one by Jennifer Rush
  • Huey Lewis & The News song from Back to the Future
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood's power ballad, now a UK Christmas classic

All of them completely awesome in their own ways.

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You can easily report if you're using kbin website, don't know how it works if you're using an app. You just hover over the "more" link and a dropdown appears with "Report" as the first option.

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Which would be what, exactly?

Literally the next line on the image tells you what:

"This includes: disability, pregnancy/maternity for the purposes of the mobility assistance use case."

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It's a great story. It's also completely Fake News. DIdn't happen at all.

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Legally a citizen (assuming born in the US) because lack of paperwork doesn't change the law - but with no way of actually proving it.

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Without a published POC there's a slightly longer window before clueless script kiddies start having a go at exploiting the vulnerability, though.

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As the commenter above said, you started to see them in the 1980s or maybe even 1970s but yeah they were called 'avacado pears' and were quite exotic. I was a teenager in the 80s and I never encountered an avocado, I don't think my parents would have had a clue what to do with one to be honest.

I've no idea when they became a fairly commonplace item. Probably the late 90s, early 2000s, from memory a lot of products that were previously considered exotic or extremely seasonal started becoming much more available around then.

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Give Clojure a go.

It's a modern variant of lisp that runs on the JVM and has deep interoperability with Java, so you can leverage your existing knowledge of Java libraries.

But as it's a lisp, it will have you thinking about problems in a very different way.

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It's a very flexible language so can find a niche almost anywhere. I know of fintech companies that use it extensively for their back end data processing systems, and I've seen some really interesting stuff done with Clojure and Apache Kafka. They're a good fit for each other - Clojure, as a lisp, is optimised for processing infinite lists of things and Kafka topics can be easily conceptualised as an infinite stream of data.

Also, when combined with Clojurescript, it provides a single language that can be used full-stack, so could drop in anywhere that you might otherwise use Node.

But I think one of the best things about it is the way it forces you to re-evaluate your approach to development. It's a completely functional language so you have to throw away any preconceptions about OO and finding new ways to resolve old problems is one of the things that should be a joy for most developers, even if it has no practical application.

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Not really a viable solution for many scenarios though. What if your PDF has half a dozen pages, your answer becomes really tedious. And in a lot of cases a PDF with forms is expected to be sent back to the person or company that created it once the fields have been filled in. They're not likely to want to receive a bunch of JPEG screenshots instead.

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From the sidebar

Posts must be relevant to operating systems running the Linux kernel. GNU/Linux or otherwise.

Nothing there saying it's specifically for Linux News.

Where can a Boomer catch up on current computer/software technology?

I have an eight-year-old laptop that needs replacing and I’m paralyzed. What are the most reliable ones now? Do I need a desktop for CAD? Pros and cons of operating systems (and where do I find them?) Browsers ditto? Where do I find answers that aren’t just product marketing?

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You don't need a desktop for CAD anymore.

Not for the raw processing power, but anyone doing serious CAD work is going to want at least a 21" monitor, relying on just the laptop screen is going to be difficult especially (and I speak as someone aged over 50 myself) as your eyes become less able to focus on fine details as you get older.

So OP needs to decide if they're going to want to use the machine for other things as well, in which case a laptop + external monitor might be fine, or if it's a dedicated work/hobby CAD machine in which case why not get the desktop + monitor.

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Ha, I enjoyed that. Trashy TV of the most enjoyable kind but good clean fun as well. Although I have to agree with whoever it was on Mastodon said that it looked like every round was designed to cater to a very specific kink or fetish!

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With flying cars we'd have the opportunity to take the human factor out of the equation, which is the cause of the vast majority of car crashes.

Imagine we had never invented cars and trucks and highways and were just doing it now. Do you think we'd take these two ton death machines and say "let's put them under control of an individual person, with all the distractions and fallibility and other problems we know we suffer from"? Or would be instead design a system where every single vehicle has a computer that is constantly in communication with all the other vehicles around it, and can react far quicker to any issue than a person could.

The problem with self-driving cars is that they have to operate in a world where there are also human-driven cars, and cyclists, and pedestrians, etc. If the only things on the road were computer-controlled, it's a completely different scenario. And that's what we'd have with flying cars. At least I hope so!

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It seems a lot more stable right now. I expect @ernest has been occupied with, y'know, actually having a life. Seeing as it's Christmas and all that.

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You might enjoy Peter F Hamilton's books Pandora's Star and its sequel, Judas Unchained. It's somewhere between space opera and hard sci-fi but there are significant plots and sub-plots involving alien creatures ranging from the vaguely comprehensible (to humans) through to creatures that are almost beyond our ability to understand.

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Years ago this came on the radio while I was driving and my wife said "It sounds like he's singing 'Fear of the Duck'" and honestly I can't hear anything else now.

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If an officer at a British airport asks you if he can search your luggage and you say no and you ask him if you are under arrest, what happens then?

The police (and Border Force staff when you're in a place under their jurisdiction) have the legal right to search you and your belongings, as long as they can justify the reason for that request. If you refuse to allow them to do that you will most likely be arrested and you will have your belongings confiscated and searched anyway.

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