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  • It depends on the game really. Some are really cool to see the transformation, it becomes like playing two completely different games.

    Other times... yeah it just kind of shows all the flaws at the forefront and then leaves you feeling confused when 1.0 drops and very little has changed lol.

  • An FDA-approved device offers a new treatment for tinnitus
  • Yeah it's just a distraction like playing music/water sounds or getting tickled. Honestly, I've put an electric massager to my neck/head and the hum relieves the tinnitus pitch a bit. It seems like this is the tongue-version of that, but since it isn't as loud they're pairing it with some sound relief.

    A neat idea, I'm glad that it helps people who can afford it. Hopefully it can be priced more reasonably in the future. In the meantime I will have to keep my headphones handy! lol

  • Cybertruck Deliveries Halted Due To Car Being A Big Piece Of Shit That Doesn't Work
  • Well, that's the other thing. The Cybertruck has NO crumple zones, meaning in the event of a crash all of that energy is going into the passengers. I feel like at best you'd be lucky to get out with severe whiplash.

    Still, I'm more concerned about someone being flattened or worse, used for nefarious purposes. If anyone regrettably remembers when some peaceful protestors disrupting freeway traffic had a giant truck driving through them (not the Semi in Minneapolis but the regular Large Truck owner driving through an abortion rally protest, hitting 2 people).

  • An FDA-approved device offers a new treatment for tinnitus
  • I believe I'm talking about the Sony CRE-C10 Over the Counter Hearing Aids. I heard about them from an article right before they hit the market They're like $1,200 I think, but they're effectively just Bluetooth hearing aids. They don't have any particular qualities that make them good for tinnitus, just as I mentioned before it's about just hearing something that isn't silence so that you're able to focus on something that isn't the tinnitus you're hearing. It should be noted, Sony themselves explicitly say they do not help with tinnitus, which is likely as true as me saying regular headphones don't "help treat" tinnitus. However, I am pretty much crippled without headphones if I have a really bad flare up.

    I use almost the inverse of these, the Sony LinkBuds (and S series). These are Bluetooth earbuds that have a gap in the ear canal so you can hear the world around you. The LinkBuds S are closer to a standard pair of earbuds with the noise cancelling or pass-through sound options, which is over-all nicer due to being able to inherently block out sounds from the bus. Anyway all this to say, I only mentioned them because they're pretty similar to how I use my headphones.

    I can't speak on how the CRE-C10's are or how effective they might be for my style of tinnitus, I'm merely making assumptions!

  • An FDA-approved device offers a new treatment for tinnitus
  • Not for $4,000 though. Also, after reading a bit more it's just a pretty standard device that makes you think about something else. So for the meantime me setting up my headphones on a low-medium volume with something to listen to is far cheaper and provides the same long-lasting results (i.e. none confirmed). Nothing against the Lenire of course, I was mostly hoping treatment leaned on the side of fix!

    In terms of effectiveness, I'm sure it does a great job. My tinnitus is definitely able to be noticed then gets worse, which is why having close sound right up in there helps a lot for me. (Speakers don't quite "drown out" the tone the way in-ear or over-ear headphones do). The article also has it spot on about the wide range of causes and reliefs. I often use sounds of water to help alleviate a flareup.

    Anyway, nice read. A little too bad it's not something long term, and that it's so expensive for what sounds like the prank shock-gum for your tongue and a pair of headphones

  • What's a hobby or interest of yours that you really love explaining to others?
  • I can get pretty deep into cannabis and the wide range of herbal vaporizers. I'm also in the long term process of making a board game for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and much of that show is at a forefront of my mind at any given time.

    Otherwise, or rather, overall, I just am pretty decent at giving overviews. Making a PC build easy, some aspect of technology with repeatable steps, picking up on small details that can be utilized in some way (meta gaming etc). I was part of a lot of communities that allowed for an expiation and it was usually met with positive end results, which more than anything is what's important about whatever it is I'm sharing.

    Ironically the only thing of mine that I don't like going into extreme detail on is audio related stuff. I'm a production technician for live events so I can run lighting, audio, video, the works, and I know my way around it well. But talking about signal chains or DMX sets is just kind of sterile. I like more brief tidbits, such as properly wrapping a cable to make your life easier, and things like letting it sit in the sun for 30-60mins before wrapping it.

    Similarly, music production because it's just so far beyond the basic level. Unlike a computer where for some reason a GPU and CPU feel simple to describe (I suppose because they are an object), describing what a Saw Wave or what an LFO does to it is less tangible and tends to be met with a less engaging response. I think in this case it's in part the people it's been with, because I really enjoy learning this sort of thing from YouTube and many of those creators feel like a shoot-the-shit format where you're just hanging out and chatting about this cool noise.

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    Anyone else notice more tankies/hexbear type users than usual on /all the past few weeks, across most of Lemmy?
  • I'm also really tired of this word honestly. Yes, we know it's happening and see it all around us. It's kind of been doing it for 20 years, so it's just kind of funny since the word just popped up in these circles and now its run rampant and is beginning to lose its meaning, saying it about any business or service that is looking to make profit.

    Not that I disagree, just like yeah guys we get it, everything everywhere sucks, pointing it out every 30 seconds doesn't really do much if we aren't actively taking actions against it, which gets into the whole "then we have to bring it up know about it" and the cycle repeats itself.

  • Frac4D – a 4D Tetris variant from 1990
  • Also, anybody else find it a bit amazing that we can emulate DOS games in our frickin’ browsers‽

    I do, but not since like... 2012? I remember being in high school and coming across DOS games on websites, in browser. Absolutely crazy stuff haha. Not saying that it's not still impressive, just that it's been many years since the initial impressed!

  • Balsalmic Rosemary Porkchops

    Served with oven roasted broccoli and demi-baguette toasted with garlic butter!

    • 8oz. Broccoli florets
    • 1/4 oz. Rosemary (finely chopped)
    • 10oz Pork Chops
    • 5tsp Balsamic Vinegar
    • 2 tsp sugar
    • 4 TBSP Garlic Herb Butter
    • 1 TBSP Cooking Oil
    • ~1oz Chicken stock concentrate
    • 1/4 cup water
    • Salt & Pepper as desired

    Preheat oven to 425f, halve the baguette and set in toaster (but do not toast) while you wash & dry produce. Cut broccoli to size and put on baking sheet, drizzle oil, salt, and pepper. I also added just a bit of dried basil. Roast on top rack until browned, 15-20 mins. Make sure you set your timer loud, mine was going off for 5 minutes. That said, still great, they were like chips :)

    Once that's going, strip rosemary leaves from stems and finely chop leaves for 1tsp. Pat pork dry and dry season with salt and pepper (I did both sides salted). Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium high, add pork and cook until browned and cooked through, 4-6 minutes per side. Once done, transfer to cutting board or plate. Check on the broccoli if it hasn't come out by this point.

    You can also sub other meat like chicken or beef, roughly 3-5 mins per side or 4-7 minutes per side.

    It says to wipe out pan, but since I know what's in it I decided to just add another drizzle of oil and use the current season in addition.

    Add chopped rosemary cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds, then stir in stock concentrate, 1/4 cup of water, vinegar, and 2 tsp of sugar. Bring to a simmer and cook stirring until reduced slightly over 3-4 minutes. Season "generously" with pepper (I am not huge on pepper so I did a little more than I usually do, it was pleasant). Turn on the toaster for the baguette. Turn off heat then add about 2-3 TBSP of garlic herb butter and stir until melted.

    Once reduced, everything is ready to be plated! Serve the pork chop topped with the balsamic rosemary sauce, roasted broccoli, and baguette with garlic butter, salt and pepper to finish!

    I very much enjoyed this one, this was the first time I have made pork chops myself and I think I did very well! I did overcook the broccoli but they were still very good, and the baguette and garlic butter were to die for.

    Paired with a Deschutes Obsidian Stout, a bit of a chocolate-espresso with some sweet aftertaste before the bitterness sets in. It went very well with the Rosemary Balsamic reduction, which was very sweet as I think I added a bit more sugar.

    All in all it was delectable!

    Travel documentation apps like Journey?

    It featured geotagging and made it pretty easy to get really nicely organized albums for trips.

    However I don't really want my stuff on their servers nor am I fond of the subscription for trips I get to take maybe once a year these days.

    Currently I use syncthing and some gallery apps (immich, photoprism), but due to network conditions (CG/NAT) accessing these outside my local network can be annoying at times. Ideally I could sync&transfer photos and have them cached on the device instead, which is what Journey accomplished for me.

    My first interaction with Meta Services last night. Thought I'd share what I learned. (Cross-posting from my KBin) Meta tracking

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    Meta tracking

    I was up late last night and we know how that goes - rabbit holes. This time I was trying to find some ways to make my phone feel a little snappier and possibly eliminate the issue I was having where my recent apps button stops working until I restart the phone. On Android 13 I found that if I changed to gesture based navigation it solves the problem - recent apps can be switched to for just a small change. But the fluidity of gesture based navigation got me thinking about the animation speeds, so off I went into developer mode to play with some settings. This is where the rabbit hole begins.

    (Small edit for phone!) I've only recently gotten the Sony Xperia 1IV direct from Sony, put in my TMobile SIM and have been running it the last 8 months or so. I haven't looked too much into the A13, but I made sure to do all my usual protections - disable Facebook and whatever other bloatware comes preinstalled. I saw a category to see a list of running services and there's some pretty innocuous ones - wireless charging service, accubattery, google, KDE connect, Vanced MicroG and Meta Services. It just looked like an RSS feed with a notification icon, really and I didn't think much of it.

    Well with (edit for clarity) Vanced being dead me not liking ReVanced as much (end edit) and should have switched to LibreTube much sooner, I was trying to find where and how to uninstall MicroG. I came across my active processes again and I remembered about Meta, did a little digging (and I mean little) and saw that many Android phones come with a Meta App Manager and tracking service that runs automatically in the background, whether or not you have their apps installed/disabled. We all knew about bloatware coming preinstalled, but this was the first I'd come across full on background services using data and RAM (minute as they may be).

    So I thought I'd share. It's simple, but here we are. To find them (in Android 13)

    Android Settings > Apps > See All Apps > top corner Show System

    Scroll down to the M's and be sure to disable background data, clear cache and storage, and disable these 3 Meta services.

    And if you're curious to see your Running Services, enable developer mode, navigate to it and it's the 8th option, right under "OEM unlocking". Handy for finding sneaky apps.

    While I don't use Facebook on my phone (app wrapper), I do use Instagram and I've noticed zero issues with the app. Almost like the tracking is completely unnecessary for the user experience and its removal breaks nothing! But obligatory YMMV and do this at your own risk etc. The risk is likely that Facebook wont serve you ads as well, the horror.

    Anyway, I thought I was up to date on everything that needs to be done to debloat a phone, but I found some more that I've yet to see any mentions or guides for until after I started researching what and why Meta Services was running on my phone. I thought I'd share since I'm tech savvy and try to stay up to date, so if I feel this way then there may be others who would like to know about this as well.

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