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"Small" Laptop For General Use & Some Gaming

Hello everyone, I am looking for a laptop.

  • I want something that is under 15 inches because I will have to carry it around in my work bag and currently I walk to work. I don't want to walk back and forth with a huge 17 inch laptop.

  • I am going to be using it for general use (i.e. some office work, browsing the web) and some gaming.

  • I have a laptop currently that I like a lot (HP Pavilion x360), but the main problem I have with it (and why I will be returning it) is that it gets very hot when I start playing my games on it. I want a laptop that doesn't heat up so much and that I can actually keep on my lap while gaming. The laptop that I have now has an 8th generation i5 processor and is 14 inches. The games actually run very well on the laptop, it just gets too hot.

Total budget and country of purchase: Under $1000. USA

Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. I don't care.

How important is weight and thinness to you? It is important to me.

Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux Windows or Mac

Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. 12 to 14 inches.

Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing No

If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?

I play the following games:

Sims 4

Life Is Strange

Planet Coaster

Cities Skylines

SimCity

Two Point Hospital

I would like to play Sims 4 on regular or high settings, which I am able to do on the current laptop that I have with the 8th generation i5 processor. Everything listed after Sims 4 is expendable to me.

Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Just that it doesn't turn into a blazing inferno when I start playing a game.

Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. I am ideally hoping to pick this laptop sometime in the near future and I would prefer a laptop that I can get at one of the major stores, like Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Apple Store, Windows Store, etc.

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Seeking laptop with focus on build reliability

  • Total budget and country of purchase: $1900 USD, United States

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. I dislike 2 in 1 form factor and would actively avoid it. Let's go with best specs for the money.

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Let's go with less than 5 lbs and less than 1.3" tall. I'm guessing with today's laptops, not very important.

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows, Mac, or Linux

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. 14" is preferred. Could go down to 13" or up to 15.6".

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. No. More of general browsing, Netflix, and programming.

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? N/A.

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Reliable build quality is number one. I am thinking along the lines of aluminum or magnesium alloy. I still need a USB 3 type A port. I'm not going to play with dongles. Prefer no touch-screen, no finger-print reader, and no built-in web cam. Nice to have: Ethernet port. Also nice to have: SD card slot or MicroSD card slot.

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. I have a ThinkPad T410 that's now falling apart after eight years. I am now basically looking for a MacBook Pro except with a fucking USB type A port. I don't really care on the OS. I can work with Windows or Linux.

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NextVR brings virtual reality broadcasts to the Oculus Rift

Engadget - 2 hours 39 min ago
NextVR provides access to immersive sports and entertainment broadcasts for a number of virtual reality headsets, but it had a huge Oculus-shaped gap in its compatibility list. Now, the platform has finally rolled out support for the Oculus Rift and...

Prusa Introduces A Resin Printer at Maker Faire NY

Hack a Day - 2 hours 41 min ago

For one reason or another, the World Maker Faire in New York has become the preeminent place to launch 3D printers. MakerBot did it with the Thing-O-Matic way back when, and over the years we’ve seen some interesting new advances come out of Queens during one special weekend in September.

Today Prusa Research announced their latest creation. It’s the resin printer you’ve all been waiting for. The Prusa SL1 is aiming to become the Prusa Mk 3 of the resin printer world: it’s a solid printer, it’s relatively cheap (kit price starts at $1299/€1299), and it produces prints that are at least as good as resin printers that cost three times as much.

The tech inside the SL1 is about what you’d expect if you’ve been following resin printers for a while. The resin is activated by a bank of LEDs shining through a photomask, in this case a 5.5 inch, 1440p display. Everything is printed on a removable bed that can be transferred over to a separate ‘curing chamber’ after the print is done. It’s more or less what you would expect, but there are some fascinating refinements to the design that make this a resin printer worthy of carrying the Prusa name.

Common problems with a masked SLA printer that uses LEDs and an LCD are the interface between the LCD and the resin, and the temperature of the display itself. Resin is not kind to LCD displays, and to remedy this problem, Prusa has included an FEP film on the bottom of the removable tank. This is a user-replaceable part (technically a consumable, at least to the same extent as a PEI build plate on a filament printer), and Prusa will be selling those as spare parts on their store. The LCD is also cooled; one of the major drawbacks of shining several watts of UV through an LCD is the lifetime of the display. Cooling the display helps, and should greatly increase the lifetime of the printer. All of this is wrapped up in an exceptionally heavy metal case with the lovely hinged UV-opaque orange plastic lid.

Of course, saying you’ve built a resin printer is one thing, but how do the prints look? Exceptional. The Prusa booth at Maker Faire was loaded up with sample prints from the machine, and they’re of the same high quality you would expect from the Form 3D printers that have been the go-to in the resin printer world. The Prusa SLA also works with big-O Open resins, meaning you’re not tied to a single resin vendor.

This is just the announcement of the Prusa resin printer, but they are taking preorders. The price for the kit — no word on how complex of a kit it is — is $1300, while the assembled printer is $1600, with the first units shipping in January.

At a cross road between what programming path to take: iOS or Web Development

Learn Programming - 2 hours 43 min ago

So I've been toying around with programming for the last few months now, I have doing a little bit of HTML, CSS, and Swift/XCode.

I have really started to enjoy iOS development quite a bit, I like the feeling of creating apps because I always have the whackiest apps I want to create, it's a sense of pride. I recently made a very basic dice game and I was so happy.

I have no CS degree or education but I am taking online courses. I'm also considering doing a bootcamp. I've heard there are better job prospects for Web Dev compared to iOS and that spooks me a little bit considering I'll be dropping so much money.

I was wondering what this communities input on this is?

Also about a bootcamp. Now I know that I can learn EVERYTHING online for significantly cheaper or for free. But I've been looking into bootcamps and they seem good in terms of these things:

i) they have a structured syllabus with qualified instructors, if I ever get stuck on something I have someone to help me out instead of the feeling of frustration

ii) I can work with other people at roughly the same skill set as me

iii) (most importantly) the career services, they have connections with startups that at times look to hire students and also have services that help you find jobs post-grad. Basically I have direct access to a network.

Although it's expensive, I'm thinking of it as an investment in myself and my future career, much like my university education was at 4 times the price. Overall, this program doesn't start until january, so I still have until then to decide so I'm not rushed to spend the money.

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Better Blocker 2018.1 - Web privacy tool (was Better).

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 2 hours 44 min ago

Better Blocker (was Better) is a web privacy tool for Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It protects you from tracking and behavioural advertising on the web by enforcing the principles of the Ethical Design Manifesto (ind.ie/ethical-design).

Better Blocker is developed and curated by Ind.ie - that’s Laura, Aral, and Osky - we’re a tiny two-person-and-one-husky social enterprise striving for social justice in the digital age. (Osky doesn’t code much.)

Features
  • Blocks trackers and behavioural advertising.
  • We maintain our own block list based on our own web crawls to identify and block the most prevalent trackers. This makes Better’s block list lightweight and effective.
  • Improves the readability of popular web sites.
  • Easily contact us about sites that don’t play well with Better so we can fix it for everyone. (You can also add exceptions to turn Better off for certain sites until we’ve had a chance to fix things.)
  • Teaches you about trackers with encyclopedia-like entries.
  • Spotlights the worst offenders… Did you know that the worst site we found on the web had 172 trackers? Better blocks them all and makes that site 4× lighter and 15.8× faster!
  • Blocks blocker blockers (try saying that quickly a few times). Read our open letter to Wired in the app or on our web site to find out why blocking blockers puts people at risk on the web.
  • It’s open… anyone can help make Better even better.


Version 2018.1:

Note: Ready for macOS 10.14 Mojave

  • Simpler yet just as effective


  • OS X 10.11 or later


Download Now

Is it normal to give non-technical employees DB admin privileges?

Learn Programming - 2 hours 46 min ago

New dev here. I was talking to someone at a party last night who overheard I was coming out of a code program and corrected me in my pronunciation of “SQL.” They told me they were a project manager but didn’t have a technical background themselves.

They said they had to “fix the databases” regularly because the devs were incompetent at their job and they had to do a lot of work with SQL. I was kinda surprised and asked if they used a some sort of DBMS and they said they didn’t. I asked if they had any coding background using an ORM or something and they said they “just wrote the SQL”. While it is certainly possible, I was kinda surprised they had that kind of access and ability without any technical background. A lot of stuff didn’t make sense but I’m new to this field so I didn’t push the issue.

Is it common for someone in a non-technical role to be doing this kind of work with these kinds of privileges?

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Anyone know how to use NumericUpDown by reading the text file?

Learn Programming - 2 hours 59 min ago

So basically , i have 1000++ records of shareholders list and i made a "Numericupdown" key to scroll it 1 by 1. But im struck on the code page .

Would be appreciate if someone can help !

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Developing on iOS

iOS Programming - 3 hours 1 min ago

Does Apple want developers to start programming on iOS? I’ve been hearing rumors of an activity monitor, terminal, and Xcode coming to iOS but I’m not sure if this is good or bad. I always thought iOS was the user software and macOS was the development software wether it be for creatives or programmers. With Adobe CC shifting creatives over to iOS and Apple rumoring Xcode on iOS I’m wondering how other developers feel about this.

In my opinion I think Apple could focus macOS on developers because iOS is becoming the standard OS for everyday users who can do everything from their apps.

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Help in java exercise in eclipse

Learn Programming - 3 hours 3 min ago

Hi,

Exercise: Obtain a percentage of a value from a total. The percentage value must be returned in a real number (double) in the range [0.0, 1.0]

This is how I started:

Eu comecei assim: static double percentage(int n, int total) {

return n/total;

}

Thanks

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Macbook pro 2017 vs 2018

I'm primarily going to be using this device to do college work such as word documents, a little photography, a programming. I'm currently a freshmen studying computer science and I was wondering if there would be any tangible difference for my use case to choose between a 2017 macbook pro 13 with an dual core i7, 16gb of ram, and 512gb ssd and a 2018 macbook pro 13 with a quad core i5, 8gb of ram, and 256gb ssd.

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Looking for PC that i can use for photoshop, studying and wacthing movies with

  • Total budget and country of purchase:

My budget is around the 800USD +/- 70 usd. Denmark.

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply.

Good battery life is important. Idk about the rest,

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Important. I dont want the lightest or the thinnest, i just want something that doesnt make my back hurt.

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux.

Windows

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A.

n/a

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run.

I am going to run photoshop and adobe after effects. I also need it to studying, and watchig movies.

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? Dont game

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? N/A (obvs that it lasts ages)

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion.

My budget is around the 800USD +/- 70 usd

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What does creative commons cover?

3D printing news - 3 hours 28 min ago

So for those new to 3D printing and selling prints(like myself) what does creative common actually cover? What doesn't it cover? How can you protect your designs? How do you give credit for something printed and sold, to the original designer?

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Looking to make a serverside "fuel" gauge with sockets for clients.

Learn Programming - 3 hours 32 min ago

I want to create a gauge (like a fuel level indicator with a needle) that's displayed in a browser or application and have clients attach and "vote", with the needle going up and down with running averages.

I already have some Node.js client/server code I wrote with socket communication and user authentication, so I think I may just need a control with an API. A quick search online didn't come up with what I need, at least for free. Is there a browser-based set of gauges that I can control via some generic interface? I used to use a set of them in my Java programs..."Steel <something> ?"...but I'm looking for something that I can just run serverside with my XAMPP setup. I can sling PHP if need be, also Java, C++, C#. Well-versed in all.

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How to handle user blocking like on Facebook

Learn Programming - 3 hours 32 min ago

I've been trying to find solution on how to handle when user blocks another user. Behavior should be similar to ones on FB. When someone blocks you or you block someone you won't be able to see each other posts or anything else.

Should I handle each request separately, like check if I should return data based on whether user has been blocked or not? Or is there any better way to handle that?

I'm programming in PHP/Mysql, Laravel.

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