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Sauron

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    Sauron got a reaction from igormp in Upcoming IT student need inputs   
    I got through a master's degree in computer engineering with a 2011 thinkpad and I'm pretty sure it would still be sufficient now, you don't need a lot of horsepower. The "heaviest" IDE I needed to run was android studio and it worked just fine.
     
    I would prioritize weight, battery life, an ssd and a decent IPS screen over raw cpu or gpu power. Also don't spend too much, buy a refurb if you find a good deal; you want something that won't mind the inevitable mistreatment it's going to get by being lugged around every day. And also as a student there might be other things you want to spend your money on.
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    Sauron got a reaction from fpo in Upcoming IT student need inputs   
    I got through a master's degree in computer engineering with a 2011 thinkpad and I'm pretty sure it would still be sufficient now, you don't need a lot of horsepower. The "heaviest" IDE I needed to run was android studio and it worked just fine.
     
    I would prioritize weight, battery life, an ssd and a decent IPS screen over raw cpu or gpu power. Also don't spend too much, buy a refurb if you find a good deal; you want something that won't mind the inevitable mistreatment it's going to get by being lugged around every day. And also as a student there might be other things you want to spend your money on.
  3. Agree
    Sauron got a reaction from Laborant in Upcoming IT student need inputs   
    I got through a master's degree in computer engineering with a 2011 thinkpad and I'm pretty sure it would still be sufficient now, you don't need a lot of horsepower. The "heaviest" IDE I needed to run was android studio and it worked just fine.
     
    I would prioritize weight, battery life, an ssd and a decent IPS screen over raw cpu or gpu power. Also don't spend too much, buy a refurb if you find a good deal; you want something that won't mind the inevitable mistreatment it's going to get by being lugged around every day. And also as a student there might be other things you want to spend your money on.
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    Sauron reacted to BlueChinchillaEatingDorito in When can we buy current high-end computer parts at MSRP like before?   
    Which I find rather ridiculous that they're spending time to deal with scalpers on consoles and PC components when they literally did nothing in the early half of 2020 where people were scalping medical equipment, personal hygiene products, and cleaning supplies. They didn't take a virus seriously, but little Timmy who couldn't get a 3000 series GPU to play his Fortnite? Apparently to the UK Government that was unacceptable. 
  5. Agree
    Sauron got a reaction from Kilrah in Python, File to PNG Compressor.   
    This is not what lossless compression is though... you need to get back the exact file you put in. And it should work with files that aren't a PNG image, too. Plus it doesn't really make any sense to use it if it results in an image that is larger than the original file.
     
    If I just wanted to reduce the size of a PNG image without visual quality downgrades I could just open gimp and export it in PNG with maximum compression, removing "unimportant" data such as the thumbnail.
     

     
    This results in a visually identical image that is "only" 714Kb in size. Too bad I lost all the metadata which I'm never getting back. The image looks exactly the same though:
     

     
    and it's smaller than your script's output without requiring another script to get something resembling the original image. Perhaps more importantly, it's not larger than the original image.
     
    The truth of the matter is that PNG already has excellent lossless compression baked in and therefore any attempts to losslessly compress it further will result in a file that is the same size or larger, as seen with 7zip which also adds some metadata to the archive itself - unless you can put in the academic work required to potentially find a better algorithm than what PNG uses.
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    Sauron reacted to WereCatf in Python, File to PNG Compressor.   
    Well, no. Pngcrush has no way of getting back data that was removed, like e.g. if you remove colour-profiles, gamma-details etc.
  7. Agree
    Sauron reacted to mariushm in Python, File to PNG Compressor.   
    The reason is the file is not binary identical. 
    A lossless compressor-decompressor  MUST produce the same file when decompressed.
    If you're fine with lossy compression, then you may just as well save that LTT.png image as JPG with 99% image quality, and visually would look the same, but use less space. 
     
    By the way, also keep in mind that PNG images can contain extra data besides the raw image, it just happened the image you chose doesn't contain anything else.
    As an example, see EXIF data or IPTC info ... see the image below I took some time ago, which contains EXIF data that includes even the GPS location of where the picture was taken (i blurred it because I don't particularly care for people to know where I took the picture) ... but the point is that PNGcrush may or may not throw out this EXIF data because it's not needed to see the image on the screen. But .... I may care about it and want to keep it, to catalogue a collection of images or whatever.
     
    The PNG specification also allows for TEXT COMMENTS and lots of optional tags - see 4.7 and 5.4 in the specification: https://www.w3.org/TR/2003/REC-PNG-20031110/#4Concepts.Format
    Just because it's visually not relevant, doesn't mean it can be lost.
     

  8. Agree
    Sauron reacted to WereCatf in Python, File to PNG Compressor.   
    If you are interested in compression-techniques and such, you could take a look at how e.g. DEFLATE, the compression PNG-files use, works and try to write your own DEFLATE-compressor. Once you got that working, you could move to more complex ones.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deflate
  9. Agree
    Sauron reacted to ARikozuM in You hear that Mr Anderson, that's the sound of inevitability.... US law firm lookining into class action against CDPR   
    And they're trying to instigate the masses in an attempt to rescue the investors. 
  10. Informative
    Sauron got a reaction from Shreyas1 in You hear that Mr Anderson, that's the sound of inevitability.... US law firm lookining into class action against CDPR   
    Pffft, who cares about stockholders... these suckers invested into the company despite knowing exactly what was going on with their employee treatment AND they are most likely the ones who pressured the company to release as soon as possible, don't get dragged into this.
     
    This won't do anything for YOU and it will just embolden those who enable this sort of situation.
    They won't get anything, this isn't about misleading the costumers, it's about misleading the investors.
  11. Agree
    Sauron got a reaction from ARikozuM in You hear that Mr Anderson, that's the sound of inevitability.... US law firm lookining into class action against CDPR   
    Pffft, who cares about stockholders... these suckers invested into the company despite knowing exactly what was going on with their employee treatment AND they are most likely the ones who pressured the company to release as soon as possible, don't get dragged into this.
     
    This won't do anything for YOU and it will just embolden those who enable this sort of situation.
    They won't get anything, this isn't about misleading the costumers, it's about misleading the investors.
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    Sauron reacted to Mutoh in Living furniture free   
    Just buy furniture. "Furniture free" seems like a silly social experiment more than a realistic lifestyle. Also a hassle for reasons youve mentioned and terribly uncomfortable for you and your guests IMO
  13. Agree
    Sauron reacted to mariushm in Python preferably, Network Compression?   
    @Poet129you didn't make a compressor that's particularly good at small files, you're just converting files to PNG images which use deflate to compress the content. Cut this crap and confusion.  Skip the png generation and just use deflate directly. 
    As several of us explained, you managed to just use some bad inputs (more compressible than usual) to get some reduced file sizes (but you would have gotten that with regular compression anyway) and now you think you have something. You don't.
     
  14. Funny
    Sauron reacted to TetraSky in Hate seeing the camera cutout on Samsung devices? TOO BAD!!   
    They didn't remove it. It's a new feature they are trying. Called "fuck you and enjoy our notch".
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    Sauron reacted to DrMacintosh in Voat.co, a social media website Shutdown their services on Christmas   
    Yes the website admins. To address your point about “free speech.” Free speech has limitations. You cannot advocate violence and encourage crimes to be committed. That is not protected speech under the constitution. 
  16. Informative
    Sauron got a reaction from thechinchinsong in Voat.co, a social media website Shutdown their services on Christmas   
    Almost invariably sites like this lack any reason for people to move to them other than "you're allowed to be openly racist here", which isn't something all that many people are interested in. Plus, any effort to monetize them will inevitably carry with it the necessity to appeal to advertisers and you can't really do that on a site that explicitly rejects any form of moderation.
     
    In my opinion a case of "doing it right" would be something like Mastodon which gets rid of all the corporatist garbage while still maintaining a set of common sense rules for civil discussion. It'll never make any money, but it doesn't need to: it's supported and developed by its own community.
    No, I wouldn't say sites with 1/10000th the userbase of something like reddit offer more insight into what people generally think. If anything their repeated failure is evidence most people are fine with the ToS on "mainstream" social media or have concerns with them that these sites don't address.
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    Sauron reacted to Commodus in Voat.co, a social media website Shutdown their services on Christmas   
    And I've heard Mastodon is decidedly nicer as a result. It knows what it appeals to and isn't trying to become the next big thing (just for a certain political ideology).
     
    I can't help but think one or more of those sites is going to collapse in 2021 given the changing political landscape.
  18. Agree
    Sauron got a reaction from Commodus in Voat.co, a social media website Shutdown their services on Christmas   
    Almost invariably sites like this lack any reason for people to move to them other than "you're allowed to be openly racist here", which isn't something all that many people are interested in. Plus, any effort to monetize them will inevitably carry with it the necessity to appeal to advertisers and you can't really do that on a site that explicitly rejects any form of moderation.
     
    In my opinion a case of "doing it right" would be something like Mastodon which gets rid of all the corporatist garbage while still maintaining a set of common sense rules for civil discussion. It'll never make any money, but it doesn't need to: it's supported and developed by its own community.
    No, I wouldn't say sites with 1/10000th the userbase of something like reddit offer more insight into what people generally think. If anything their repeated failure is evidence most people are fine with the ToS on "mainstream" social media or have concerns with them that these sites don't address.
  19. Agree
    Sauron reacted to Commodus in Voat.co, a social media website Shutdown their services on Christmas   
    Have to disagree loudly with this criticism of verification.
     
    The point of the Twitter verification system is not to rubber-stamp someone based on the number of followers — it's to reduce the chances of impersonation in cases where that could pose a real problem. While I think more creators ought to get that badge, I don't fault Twitter for verifying that 100-follower journalist. That might be the reporter who broke a corruption scandal and where a fake tweet could do serious damage.
     
    Also, verified users don't get that much more privilege. They really don't. The biggest advantages: they're more likely to be recommended, and more likely to get noticed if they reply to a user. They don't get special posting privileges or significant exclusive features beyond analytics.
     
    Not gong to get political here (it's clear your view of who uses Twitter is based on your political bias), but I'll point out that Twitter saw a surge in growth mid-year from daily active users... and no, that's not likely due to bots.
     
     
     
  20. Agree
    Sauron reacted to Caroline in Voat.co, a social media website Shutdown their services on Christmas   
    Another troll cave.
    Sites like that hide behind "freedom of expression" in order to justify their users' trolling, hate speech -overused term but with this one I mean real, unironical hate speech that's not just a couple of comments with the N word or calling someone a f*g but a constant unending flow of extremely toxic posts, pics and comments that make the site unbearable after 3 seconds of scrolling through the homepage-
    Those toxic posts can evolve into more complex and dangerous activities like hacking, doxxing someone and so on until someone takes it too seriously and commits a crime IRL, you know, like chan-like sites where users start to get into the deepest layers of the net, dealing drugs, doxxing and plotting kidnappings or extortions, hacking into computers to steal money or scam people, and in the end suicides, rapes or murders.
  21. Agree
    Sauron reacted to Commodus in Voat.co, a social media website Shutdown their services on Christmas   
    I have a feeling this thread could very easily go off the rails given the nature of Voat, but I'll try to keep it on topic.
     
    It's not at all surprising that sites like Voat, 8chan, Parler and Gab struggle and sometimes die. If you create a site with effectively no rules, you just create a haven for the people kicked off other platforms... and surprise, those people are often extremely toxic. And when a community is dominated by toxic people, everyday people will just stick to the moderated spaces.
     
    In short: these sites are rarely the utopian dreams they're portrayed to be, and more-than-the-minimum content moderation frequently helps.
  22. Agree
    Sauron got a reaction from Kilrah in Python, File to PNG Compressor.   
    Yes, a few orders of magnitude faster.
    This is what computers are for my friend, handling arbitrary inputs without having to directly account for every single one.
  23. Agree
    Sauron reacted to Kilrah in Python, File to PNG Compressor.   
    A typical XY problem
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    Sauron got a reaction from kelvinhall05 in wxWidgets Ubuntu   
    http://www.cs.sjsu.edu/~mak/tutorials/InstallwxWidgets.pdf
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    Sauron got a reaction from Arika S in Should Websites Be Required To Have A Dark Mode Option?   
    It's not. Most walls don't emit light.
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