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  1. Comment on On the other side of Prime Day, Amazon workers brace for 'two months of hell' in ~misc

    Akir Link Parent
    You've got the right idea. Amazon is diversified enough that their Amazon.com business could fail and they'd still be a megacorporation. Don't forget that they have more than one online retail...

    You've got the right idea. Amazon is diversified enough that their Amazon.com business could fail and they'd still be a megacorporation. Don't forget that they have more than one online retail operation as well.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Why You Should Start a Blog Right Now in ~life

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    That's exactly what I was thinking. Journaling has the added benefit of there being no way for you to accidentally publish information that can be used to aid in identity theft.

    That's exactly what I was thinking. Journaling has the added benefit of there being no way for you to accidentally publish information that can be used to aid in identity theft.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on The Golden Age of Cord-Cutting Is Over. Now What? in ~tv

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    I honestly think that people are overreacting to 'streampocalypse'. The most surprising thing about this is that apparantly The Office and Friends were the most popular shows on Netflix. I can get...

    I honestly think that people are overreacting to 'streampocalypse'.

    The most surprising thing about this is that apparantly The Office and Friends were the most popular shows on Netflix. I can get why so many people watch The Office, since it's still really relavent today, but I'm really surprised about Friends. I grew up with Friends, too, but the show is very dated. People watching it now remind me of the "old people" who kept watching Taxi and Cheers reruns when I was a kid.

    Personally speaking, I'm fine with new streaming services coming up. If they're bad, they will fail and the rights for those shows will likely be picked up by a bigger better streaming service. If they succeed, that means that they probably have a ton of good content and are going to be worth subscribing to. And just because some of these streaming services seem bad now, that doesn't mean that they always will be. CBS All Access was struggling for a while, but it has apparently shown quite a bit of growth this year because of how they have changed their programming.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on ‘The Lion King’ Review: Disney’s Remake Is a Disastrous Plunge into the Uncanny Valley in ~movies

    Akir Link Parent
    They drew the line between fantasy and realism in a very awkward place. The animals can talk, make complex decisions, and even sing, but for some reason they can't dance?

    They drew the line between fantasy and realism in a very awkward place. The animals can talk, make complex decisions, and even sing, but for some reason they can't dance?

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What games have you been playing lately? in ~games

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    I finally got a better graphics card (the Radeon RX 5700 is a really good deal right now!), Specifically so I can play Cyberpunk 2077 when it comes out. Coincidentally, the upgrade means I can...

    I finally got a better graphics card (the Radeon RX 5700 is a really good deal right now!), Specifically so I can play Cyberpunk 2077 when it comes out.

    Coincidentally, the upgrade means I can finally start playing The Witcher 3, which will be the first CD Projekt Red game I have actually been able to play. The new card not only makes playing the game acceptable, but I can do the highest settings and still get full speed on my not-quite-4K TV, and everything looks stunning.

    This is somewhat of a drawback, as I was originally playing A Hat in Time, which is incredibly cute and makes me very happy whenever I play it.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong: In the early grades, U.S. schools value reading-comprehension skills over knowledge. The results are devastating, especially for poor kids. in ~life

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    I kind of agree and disagree with this article. It feels anti-intellectual, without actually being so. I was really gifted at reading at a young age, but I saw that most of my peers had real...

    I kind of agree and disagree with this article. It feels anti-intellectual, without actually being so. I was really gifted at reading at a young age, but I saw that most of my peers had real problems and many of them were behind the reading levels they were expected to have at their age, at least up to the start of high school when reading wasn't measured as often. School was mostly a breeze for me, while many of my peers were struggling to keep up with the lessons.

    The methodology of the baseball experiment actually explains my biggest problem with the article. The reason why children who had no knowledge about baseball had worse reading comprehension than the children who did makes perfect sense. Baseball, to a child, is a very complex system with many moving parts. It would be like explaining how Java class inheratance works to a layman; they may be able to understand some of the terms, but they won't understand their significance or how things work together, and it's made more confusing because there are words the person already knew that are being used with different definitions than they know. The problem is not that they don't know the words, but that they don't have a grasp of the underlying system. I personally don't know enough about baseball to know who the shortstop is and thus would have failed the test. If that test had the students read a short briefing about how baseball works and what the terms refer to, it would have helped to even out the scores for the students with good reading comprehension.

    I think my real issue with this article is that it just seems to be too simple of an understanding of the issue. I 100% agree that students should get a more rich learning experience, that's for sure. The solution to get over the problem of unfamilliariaty in regards to reading is not to avoid the subjects, but to expose students to them.

    But my biggest issue is that it's yet another voice criticizing common core standards. In case I need to explain why that's a problem, Common Core (and any other type of standard) is the goal; the problem is implementation - how we get to that goal. The writer of the article conflates the two, which is problematic for obvious reasons. It talks about how the standards tell teachers to use nonfiction, but doing a quick search I can't find the word nonfiction mentioned before Year 6. The student he uses as an example at the beginning of his article is in the first grade. The standards do talk about informational texts for every year, but that does not necessitate nonfiction.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Buy Nintendo Switch now or wait for new release? in ~games

    Akir Link Parent
    Sure it's not ideal. You can't even charge the joy-cons without bringing along another accessories, and (IIRC) joy-cons have very short battery life. But that doesn't mean that everything is going...

    Sure it's not ideal. You can't even charge the joy-cons without bringing along another accessories, and (IIRC) joy-cons have very short battery life. But that doesn't mean that everything is going to be bad. You don't need to have a huge tv in order to enjoy most games. The only thing to worry about is accidentally punching the switch.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Buy Nintendo Switch now or wait for new release? in ~games

    Akir Link Parent
    Nintendo mentions on their comparison page that you can still use joy-cons, so you can still get the full experience with every game. It implies that you can even play games that do not support...

    Nintendo mentions on their comparison page that you can still use joy-cons, so you can still get the full experience with every game. It implies that you can even play games that do not support handheld mode this way.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Meet the anti-woke left: ‘Dirtbag’ leftists Amber A’Lee Frost and Anna Khachiyan on populism, feminism and cancel culture. in ~news

    Akir Link Parent
    Superficiality, ironically, is the biggest problem with these figures and the kind of politics they preach. Let's take identity politics as an example; the reason why people generally tend to...

    Everyone is too busy superficially addressing injustices and focusing on what divides us instead of uniting.

    Superficiality, ironically, is the biggest problem with these figures and the kind of politics they preach.

    Let's take identity politics as an example; the reason why people generally tend to think it's a problem is because they think that it's used to create divisions among people. But that's not really the case. Identity politics is used to bring attention to the injustices of minority groups so as to right those injustices. Identity politics is a natural part of any political system - people will tend to form parties with like people, after all. This has been a great force of good. To use the US as an example, it has given us benefits such as legalized gay marriage, giving women the right to vote and own property, and outlawing slavery.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Thoughts on Hannah Gadsby's "Nanette"? in ~lgbt

    Akir Link
    When i watched it, I really loved it. And it is absolutely worth watching, no matter who you are. But if you haven't seen it, stop reading past here because there is a bit of spoiler afterwords....

    When i watched it, I really loved it. And it is absolutely worth watching, no matter who you are.

    But if you haven't seen it, stop reading past here because there is a bit of spoiler afterwords.

    The thing that made the performance so powerful to me was that it seemed very real. Her announcing that she was retiring completely made it. But since then she has announced that she is not retiring, which takes away from the performance weather or not her claim was real.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Rust 2018 is here… but what is it? in ~comp

    Akir Link Parent
    From my abandoned web project, Rocket is what I would call good, but only through very gritted teeth. The biggest problem I had with it was some very vague documentation. But vague documentation...

    From my abandoned web project, Rocket is what I would call good, but only through very gritted teeth. The biggest problem I had with it was some very vague documentation. But vague documentation is a huge problem with basically any cutting edge software package.

    If they had excellent documentation, I would both unclench my teeth and briefly consider calling it great.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Meet the anti-woke left: ‘Dirtbag’ leftists Amber A’Lee Frost and Anna Khachiyan on populism, feminism and cancel culture. in ~news

    Akir Link Parent
    I think you're kind of getting to the bottom of why I find these people so irritating. All of their arguments seem to be arguing for the older status quo. It's like they're choosing to label...

    I think you're kind of getting to the bottom of why I find these people so irritating. All of their arguments seem to be arguing for the older status quo. It's like they're choosing to label themselves as progressive in spite of having some very obviously conservative viewpoints.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Meet the anti-woke left: ‘Dirtbag’ leftists Amber A’Lee Frost and Anna Khachiyan on populism, feminism and cancel culture. in ~news

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    I'll say! Who is against women having traditional relationships, again?

    I'll say!

    ‘I think the women who like it don’t understand why they do… women today aren’t allowed to want a traditional relationship’, she says. Khachiyan adds: ‘Which is what most people since the dawn of time have wanted… There’s nothing reactionary about wanting a boyfriend!’

    Who is against women having traditional relationships, again?

    13 votes
  14. Comment on How much money would you need to live the life that you want to live? in ~life

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    I like this answer the most. "You know what would make me the happiest? Total world domination." To be serious, though, if we would elect a world dictator, you would be high on my list. I am ready...

    I like this answer the most. "You know what would make me the happiest? Total world domination."

    To be serious, though, if we would elect a world dictator, you would be high on my list. I am ready for fully automated luxury gay space communism. It feels like it would be so close if we didn't have to deal with our current society's addiction to capitalism.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on How much money would you need to live the life that you want to live? in ~life

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    I'm going to give you a much shorter answer than you are expecting, mostly because I don't want to reveal too much about my personal life right now. In order for me to be happy, I would have to...

    I'm going to give you a much shorter answer than you are expecting, mostly because I don't want to reveal too much about my personal life right now.

    In order for me to be happy, I would have to make as much money as I am right now. That would be including health insurance, though, since I am an American.

    The big difference between the 'sad' present and the happy ideal future we are talking about is that I don't have to work in one of them. I'm living in an extremely expensive place right now, but I'm making roughly somewhere near the median income for the country, which means that I'm just barely hanging on. I like where I live right now, but having the same income would allow me to move to a number of less expensive but still attractive locations, including abroad.

    A lot of my money is spent maintaining my job. I maintain a car because I need to be able to get to work, and that's expensive. I eat a lot of prepared meals because there is no real brake room at work, and that's expensive. If I had time, I could cook every day. I wouldn't need the car if I didn't have to work - I could just borrow my boyfriend's car. Heck, I do actually like my car, but it would still be less expensive to maintain it for the simple reason that I would be doing much less driving than I am now.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Looking for game recommendations to tickle my Tempest itch in ~games

    Akir Link
    If you want to play something like tempest that's a little different, pull up MAME and play Konami's enhanced clone, gyruss. It's not vector, for better or worse, but the gameplay is excellent and...

    If you want to play something like tempest that's a little different, pull up MAME and play Konami's enhanced clone, gyruss. It's not vector, for better or worse, but the gameplay is excellent and it's got a great, though short, soundtrack.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on It Is Your Responsibility to Follow Up in ~life

    Akir Link Parent
    I honestly wonder if it would be worthwhile to sue these companies who do not comply. They need to be kept accountable. Then again, it seems that most of my email inbox traffic seems to be from...

    The services seem to “lose track” of my unsubscriptions though, and I find myself somehow reenrolled every few years.

    I honestly wonder if it would be worthwhile to sue these companies who do not comply. They need to be kept accountable.

    Then again, it seems that most of my email inbox traffic seems to be from spammers, so corporate emails are not actually that bad. At least relatively. The good news is that everyone's using pretty advanced spam filtration these days, so most users only have to deal with the corporate trash.

  18. Comment on It Is Your Responsibility to Follow Up in ~life

    Akir Link Parent
    There kind of already is something like this. There is an extension that allows you to mark an email as "urgent", and another one that requests your email client send a receipt when you've opened...

    There kind of already is something like this. There is an extension that allows you to mark an email as "urgent", and another one that requests your email client send a receipt when you've opened the email. Most email clients support these extensions.

    The good thing is that those emails are very rare. On the other hand, I tend to dismiss emails with those features because they tend to be from assholes.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on What are your favorite short games? in ~games

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    The sequel, Analogue: A Hate Story is also extremely worth a play, though it may be slightly longer than 3 hours. You will have to pay for it, though.

    The sequel, Analogue: A Hate Story is also extremely worth a play, though it may be slightly longer than 3 hours. You will have to pay for it, though.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Jumanji: The Next Level - Official Trailer in ~movies

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    I'm honestly pretty amazed they are making a sequel. I honestly thought the first movie was terrible. I thought all the jokes were childish, the writing was Suicide Squad levels of bad, and the...

    I'm honestly pretty amazed they are making a sequel. I honestly thought the first movie was terrible. I thought all the jokes were childish, the writing was Suicide Squad levels of bad, and the entire production was so design-by-committee style 'hollywood' that nothing seemed sincere.

    But oh well. Maybe this will be an improvement.