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What did someone want to gift you the last time you wanted to turn down the gift (and why)?
  • Personally I give gifts that people never knew they wanted. That the value from the gift itself is worth more than the shelf price. My favorite gift is a small, but capable, screwdriver set.

    Everyone always tells me it's lame like "it's just a tool, it's so boring". But every single person I've given it to contacts me again in a couple months like clockwork telling me how it saved their butts. Telling me they use it to replace a light switch, repair or tighten up some furniture, replace a part on their bike, take apart their PC and the list goes on.

    NO ONE'S first thought after getting 15$ would be a screw driver kit, which is why I give them.

    Another one is a luxury nail clipper. One that's like 20$. Something you'd never spend that kind of money on, but every moment you use it is GLORIOUS.

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  • This is why I avoid them. Just another lie, and guilt trip, to make the consumer spend more money. Dirty their conscious and make them pay to keep it clean.

    The same goes for "eco friendly"/"no emissions" products. Guilt you for killing the planet, and changes nothing themselves.

  • A cool guide to soldering
  • Both, which is why conical tips suck. They make poor contact with the pin and pad. With a chisel tip you make good contact with the pin and pad

    You add some solder to the tip, then drag it across the pin and pad. Solder flows towards heat and if the joint is properly heated the solder should flow beautifully.

    Sometimes the pad isn't heated (probably because the conical tip isn't heating it) and doesn't want to stick to the pad. It can also be due to oxidation on the joint surface. Add some flux to the surface and try again, allowing the iron to melt and activate the flux.

  • A cool guide to soldering
  • One tip that isn't mentioned is DITCH THE CONICAL TIP, USE A CHISEL TIP.

    Conical tips have terrible thermal contact, as they have both poor surface area in contact. Also the tip is further from the heating element, preventing it from heating faster.

    Additionally that tiny point doesn't store any heat, it cools down significantly as soon as it touches anything. A broad chisel tip stores more heat and is far more appropriate for through hole joints like this.

  • A cool guide to soldering
  • Probably because it is a "dumb iron" with no thermal control. As soon as it touches anything it cools way down. Nowadays fortunately, cartridge tip irons are cheap if you're willing to buy from China. Cartridge tips have the heating element and temp probe built directly into the tip, heat up and adjust extremely fast to thermal loads.

  • Anon wants to ride a zeppelin
  • To be honest it's pretty unfair to compare something built before humans sent anything into space, vs something after we've made it to Mars. There is over 60 years of innovation between the Hindenburg and the airbus.

  • Would you support a mandatory retirement age of 75 for US House, US Senate & US Supreme Court Justices and if not why?
  • Yes, aside from their senility, our politicians are simply way too out of touch to comprehend the average American's issues. Spent most of their life in politics with the easiest 6 figure salary (plus bribes) you can have.

    Granted politicians will probably remain out of touch but I'd like to imagine it'd be better

  • Why are there so many different AMD/Intel CPUs?
  • Some of it comes from "binning" of chips. Despite our technology, processor manufacturing is kind of a gamble, the number of transistors a chip will have will be somewhat random, and the performance will vary. They will then sort and separate these processors by speed, "binning".

    That's why you see CPU models that are nearly identical to each other but vary slightly in speed.

    Plus, companies love money. They will make a product for every possible conceivable market. Say if somebody doesn't want to spend 200$, but can afford something greater than 150$, there will be a CPU for that gap.

    Then different workloads require different types of CPUS. Single core applications need high clock speed, protein folding and needs many, slower cores and servers need processors that prioritize stability.

  • Now that google is going all in on ai what are some sites you plan on bookmarking.
  • I'm worried that corpos would use AI to exploit "human sections" of the internet. Already on reddit I have seen bots that try to answer questions, but "subtly" promote their product (sometimes to a comical degree).

    Wherever there are people, there will soon be bots to deceive and exploit them

  • Now that google is going all in on ai what are some sites you plan on bookmarking.
  • None. I think I'll honestly move off of the internet once ai becomes sufficiently advanced(as in web browsing). Every god damn company is so hell bent on making AI that can flood the internet with tons of mediocre, irrelevant, "content" that there's no point in visiting it anymore.

    Tons of comments now are made by bots running chat gpt, hell there are even bots made just to bully people. The internet is dying, and corporations are eager to kill it.

  • Alternative to bad parental advice: "Stand up to bullies"?
  • This is a weird one. Agree with them and basically be really pathetic. It really messes with people like this and narcissists.

    The moment you fight back, or try to establish boundaries with people like this, they perceive you as challenging them. Since these people are ultimately insecure they will put you down really hard, to feel secure about themselves.

    HealthygamerGG has a video on establishing boundaries and how it rarely works, and he discusses how you should approach it instead.

    https://youtu.be/gqwjBEf3znc?si=Yi28OpyiBzS5zbQA

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