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YellowJersey

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  1. I've been thinking about getting a bigger drone, which requires a basic drone license in Canada. Has anyone taken the basic drone license exam? Any tips on what I can expect? I was thinking of taking a course.
  2. "There he goes, one of god's own prototypes. Unfit for mass production, but too rare to die."
  3. So I've been watching LTT for a good four or five years now and I've picked up bits and pieces of info about Linus that's formed my impression of him in several capacities. I don't work for Linus, LMG, Floatplane, etc. Today, I want to talk about why, based on what Linus and his employees have said on camera, I think Linus is a good boss. First and foremost, it seems that he gets that his position of power comes with a corresponding obligation to his employees (cue Uncle Ben). What drives me absolutely nuts about virtually all the places I've ever worked is that the people at the top enjoy so much power and money and yet feel no sense of obligation towards the people who actually do the thing that people pay the business to do. Linus doesn't strike me as being like that. I've heard him mention a number of times that he employees people who depend on his business to pay their mortgages and so on. That's a quality I haven't come across very often and I think it's an invaluable asset to LMG. The employer/employee relationship is so often parasitic when it should by symbiotic. Second, carrying on from that, he also seems to get that if the business runs into trouble, it's his responsibility. Even if it's not necessarily his fault, it's still his responsibility. Save for an employee going on a "frolic of one's own," he seems to get that, while he can take a significant degree of credit for LMG's successes, that, likewise, its failures or troubles are also on him. That's what it means to be at the top. Again, great power, great responsibility and so on. Unlike so many other bosses who aim to pin all the blame on some poor sap, he seems to accept that, at least in part, any failures or problems are also on him, at least to a certain extent. I've seen far too many bosses screw up and then throw someone below them under the bus to save their own skins. Linus strikes me as not being that kind of boss. Third, he seems to have a good rapport with his employees to the extent that they're as much colleagues as they are employees. He's not detached from the work of his employees and seems to often be in the trenches with them. He seems to listen to their feedback to better enable his employees to do their jobs. It's a delicate balance to strike, as you don't necessarily want to be friends with your employees (I've seen people get played when they do that) nor do you want be aloof and unapproachable. Nor does he seem obsessed with micromanaging them and content to give them a certain degree of autonomy. If there's one thing I can't stand, it's a boss is simultaneously uninterested in what I do yet constantly breaths down my neck. I'm not trying to stroke Linus' ego here and gain points with him (though, Linus, if you are egosurfing, you're welcome ;) ). It's more to illustrate what I think makes a good boss versus a bad one. The nature of my work (often temp office work as an independent contractor) means I've worked for a lot of different businesses, reported to a lot of different people, and I've seen a lot of shit. But as I was catching up on last week's WANshow (or was it the week before that?), Linus said a few things that just got me thinking. So that's why I think Linus, or at least my impression of Linus based mostly on the WANshow, is a good boss and one that I wish I encountered more often. Anyway, I should probably get back to work now.
  4. CRT monitors/TVs are also something you need to be careful with.
  5. Well, it sort of is a matter of TVs because if I'm worrying about input lag over nothing then it makes the decision. A retro pi is just one of my use cases.
  6. After much research and such eye strain, wow, I've narrowed the choice of a new TV down to two models: Sony X900F (55 inch) Samsung RU8000 (55inch) Both are the same price ($999 CAD). I'm leaning towards the Sony, but the Samsung has better input lag for gaming. Now, input lag isn't a huge deal for me for modern titles, but I have a retro-pi and am worried about input lag for old platformers like Super Mario World. Could someone help me understand the input lag numbers? https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/sony/x900f Would a retro pi output 1080 at 60hz or 120hz? I'm outside my wheelhouse here.
  7. I personally use the MATE desktop, but I know I'm in the minority there. I never thought an OS could be exciting, but switching to Mint changed that.
  8. I switched to Linux when Windows 10 first came out as I didn't like the lack of privacy in 10. Check out Linux Mint. It's designed to be pretty friendly to uses coming from a Windows environment; it's what I've switched to.
  9. I'm in the market for a new TV. I don't need anything fancy or feature rich. I just need something decent for playing some console games (not a hardcore gamer so I don't need a "gaming" TV and I'm mostly playing Nintendo Switch titles), watching netflix (anime mostly), etc. These two appealed to me because they're not smart TVs (I'm very privacy conscious), they're big, and the price is right. I just want something decent; doesn't have to be amazing. Ideally, I'd like 1080, but the kijiji and FB marketplace market isn't great in my area right now and they only seem to make TVs of this size in 4k these days. Would either of these TVs be a bad idea? https://www.visions.ca/product-detail/50227/hitachi_58_4k_uhd_led_tv_with_block_noise_reduction_pictureperfect_processor_and_anti_glare_screen?categoryId=525&sku=C58M6 https://www.visions.ca/product-detail/50226/hitachi_55_4k_uhd_led_tv_with_block_noise_reduction_pictureperfect_processor_and_anti_glare_screen?categoryId=525&sku=C55M6
  10. A guy on the Vancouver-Inuvik ride had the model above the TCX-1 (TCX-0?) and the dust, dirt, and grit of the Dempster Highway resulted in his rear derailer being torn right off. Mine was fine. I like the cyclocross style. It feels a bit more robust than a road bike.
  11. I wrote out a whole post and then lost it due to some kind of host error. My first "proper" road bike was a Giant OCR-1. That's the one I did Victoria to St. Johns with and is currently retired. My current bike is a Giant TCX-1 cyclocross, but I use it as a road bike. I got it because my Vancouver to Inuvik ride involved riding the Dempster Highway, which is an 800km dirt "road" through the low Arctic, so I wanted something that I could put some bigger tyres on. We had 5 out of 8 days of rain on the Dempster and the road was just mush. 3C, windy as hell, rainy, cold, and miserable. I haven't done any fully self-supported trips. My long trips were through a company through Cycle Canada, so we had a truck carrying our camping gear from site to site and we only needed to bring what was needed for the day. I've done the Icefields Parkway a few times from Banff to Jasper, but I was staying at huts along the way, so I didn't need to bring a tent or stove.
  12. Good travel camera, too. I'm into bicycles. I've done Canada coast to coast to coast. A bit of a nutter.
  13. I half expected this episode's sponsor to be Robitussin or something. Jeez, if I sounded like Linus, I'd have to be doped up to my eyeballs to even show up to work that day.
  14. I've always found Mint easy to install and pretty much good right out of the box. I wouldn't say that Windows (for me at least) requires any less configuration post-install. Given how long it can sometimes take for Windows to update after a fresh install, I can definitely get Mint installed and up and running way faster than Windows.
  15. Fuji is what I tend to recommend anyway when we're talking APS-C mirrorless. So, good choice! I was basing my opinion on the notion that the SL3 and M6 were your only options. Also, *looks at username* you a cyclist?
  16. Unless you're keen on an EVF, I'd go with the SL3. Seems like you've got a bunch of EF-S lenses already and the M6 wouldn't offer that much in terms of size and weight reduction. Unless the M6 has some feature that the SL3 doesn't have that you think is a must, then I'd say the SL3 is the way to go.
  17. This is always the million dollar question and, as those who posted before me have said, it really depends on your budget and what you want to shoot. Fortunately, there aren't really any bad choices out there, but some choices will be better suited to certain use cases and budgets than others. There's also a subjective element of what just "feels right" in the hand. Advantages of DSLR: -wider variety of bodies and lenses -tends to have longer battery life if you shoot through the optical viewfinder -bodies tend to be a bit more robust and durable Advantages of mirrorless: -electronic viewfinder allows you to see your exposure before you take the picture -is definitely the future of photography -generally tend to have smaller and lighter bodies and, to a lesser extent, lenses Don't feel you need to get it right on the first go around. If you buy a camera and a lens or two, it's still fairly easy to switch systems as you haven't sunk a huge amount of money into any one ecosystem. I did a write-up of things to consider over in this thread: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1111987-the-i-want-a-real-camera-for-less-than-300-thread/ -
  18. It's a bit unreasonable to compare European dwelling sizes to Canadian and American dwelling sizes. In North America, most cities have plenty of space to spread out. In Europe, I'm going to assume that space is at more of a premium. I think it a lot of it boils down to geography and population density.
  19. Composition and lighting are the keys to everything so long as you get a usable exposure.
  20. I don't like Nest, but not for the reasons OP stated. First, it's fiddlier than a fiddler crab fiddling with its tax returns. Call me stupid, but I can't figure out how to set the damn thing so that the temperature is what I want it to be. I've set a custom temperature range and it routinely heats up well beyond the max that I've set it to. I'm so glad to be moving shortly into an apartment with a "dumb" thermostat that us three-inch-malformed-skull thickie bobos can understand. Second, I'm not keen on "smart home" stuff in general due to privacy reasons. However, if you don't care about the privacy stuff and can get the damn thing to work to your satisfaction, I can see the appeal as it can save energy and money. I tend to do things manually, though, as I've been burned too many times by automatic systems to trust them.
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