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[13:22:08] <Z-Man> I usually trust user reviews, with exceptions. There have to be a couple that are not obviously planted by the seller/manufacturer.
[13:22:18] <Z-Man> There are the idiot cases you mention to ignore.
[13:22:26] <Z-Man> There are also EXPERT cases to ignore.
[13:25:15] <Z-Man> Like, when reviewing a baby bottle sterilizator (using ambient pressure water vapor), there was a review by a doctor who evaluated a unit for medical use. Which they are obviously not made for, they are only supposed to make drinking bottles more rid of bacteria than just washing them.
[13:26:31] <Z-Man> And some bodybuilder gave Wii Fit (the thing with the board you step on) a bad review because it did nothing for him. Of course, meathead. What part of the package you thought would give you significant resistance?
[13:28:47] <Z-Man> Also, I would not trust reviews of a anti-suicide-self help book, because those who would give a negative review on account of it not working are not in a position to write one. If they bought it for themselves, obvs. Also, don't buy anti-suicide self help books as gifts, maybe.
[13:30:04] <Z-Man> Of course, a backup system could totally handle .bzr/.git better. I suppose none do automatically because they're only some of the formats where smarter handling would lead to more usable backups.
[13:30:44] <Z-Man> Photoshop/Gimp images, for example, also have a history in them you don't need to backup more than once.
[13:32:03] <Z-Man> There is one system called bup, it uses the same deduplication techniques as git. That one may simply automatically handle such cases smartly.
[13:33:24] <Z-Man> I used it a couple of years back, but it didn't work too well for me. Can't remember why exacly. Now I'm on areca, that is easy to set up and forget about.
[13:34:03] <Z-Man> And yes, monitors could probably adapt their flashing backlight to the variable refresh.
[13:35:27] <Z-Man> First potential problem, though: Due to nonlinearities in the light, it may be difficult to maintain brightness. They do manage to precisely drive the backlights for HDR, so I suppose that's under control.
[13:36:33] <Z-Man> You could simply flash the backlight to display a frame when the GPU is just starting to send the next frame, with a brightness/duration proportional to the time since the last flash/frame.
[13:37:35] <Z-Man> That would add lateny, something between 0 and 1 frames, depending on when the flash would normally come. And also, for those with dual GPUs in a SLI configuration,
[13:38:20] <Z-Man> there the two GPUs alternate frame generation. That can lead to cases where one is consistently a couple of ms tardy compared to the other.
[13:39:51] <Z-Man> And well, with the flash-afterwards scheme, that would cause flickering at half the refresh frequency, because you get two flashes close together, then a longer pause.
[13:40:44] <Z-Man> And if the full refresh is < 120 Hz, half is < 60 Hz and very well visible.
[13:42:44] <Z-Man> That's probably only solvable if you introduce even more latency. So I guess you simply can't have low persistence, variable refresh and low latency all at once. You have to pick two. Accepting higher latency probably is a no-no for gamers.
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[14:57:36] <Lucifer_arma> on a game-related note, I was riding my scooter to my recovery meeting last night, and while I was going through a turnaround, I saw the cars in front of me using their brakes
[14:57:49] <Lucifer_arma> I wasn't, and I thought to myself, "Brakes are for weaks!"
[14:57:58] <Lucifer_arma> <3 Blade Runner :)
[15:01:37] <Lucifer_arma> I've been thinking about writing an anti-suicide help book and calling it "How to commit suicide"
[15:02:14] <Lucifer_arma> between the ensuing controversy (assuming anybody notices it) from the name, and the idea that the only people that would buy it are people actively seeking suicide, it would theoretically put a "don't kill yourself" book in the hands of someone who needs it
[15:03:02] <Lucifer_arma> definitely when it comes to automotive parts, I want to read the expert cases, because those are the most valuable to me
[15:03:29] <Lucifer_arma> but for someone who falls into the home mechanic classification, the expert cases are probably too terse and jargon-filled to be of value
[15:04:26] <Lucifer_arma> but easily my biggest problem with this chinese scooter is that the drivetrain is nearly universal amongst chinese scooters, particularly for scooters of the same engine size,
[15:04:55] <Lucifer_arma> so finding specific parts for this specific bike is really difficult, but finding universal parts that'll work is easy, but then figuring out if they'll fit on this frame is difficult
[15:05:31] <Lucifer_arma> I'm weighing building my own intake air duct vs buying one, so I can use my high performance air filter that came with the new carburator
[15:06:06] <Lucifer_arma> and it keeps coming back to "build your own, because then you can guarantee it fits", but the "build your own" option is the more expensive option
[15:07:13] <Lucifer_arma> but the universal options all require me to make modifications I don't want to make, like bypassing some emissions stuff
[15:07:27] <Lucifer_arma> why in the fuck would I be driving a scooter if I didn't also want the low emissions benefits?
[15:07:48] <Lucifer_arma> I want to maximize performance AND minimize emissions
[15:08:20] <Lucifer_arma> I want to be able to smugly pass a Tesla and know that my gas-burning bike is more environmentally friendly than their electric car!
[15:08:56] <Lucifer_arma> (I'm willing to install a catalytic converter to do it, too, especially since my little yamaha actually has one)
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[17:42:13] <Lucifer_arma> I was already leaning towards Elizabeth Warren's plan to break up Big Tech
[17:42:18] <Lucifer_arma> now I'm an ardent believer
[17:42:37] <Lucifer_arma> Amazon has fucked up again, and I'm really getting tired of paying for Prime and getting Shit
[17:42:54] <Lucifer_arma> I talked to their customer service rep, and he basically said there isn't anything they can do
[17:43:15] <Lucifer_arma> how is there nothing you can do?  You own the entire logistics train, except the actual delivery drivers!
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