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  1. Comment on Playdate. A New Handheld Gaming System. in ~games

    Akir Link Parent
    Honestly, this didn't seem remotely compelling until I read about Teenage Engineering. Their designs are just incredible.

    Honestly, this didn't seem remotely compelling until I read about Teenage Engineering. Their designs are just incredible.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

    Akir Link Parent
    Typically I would use Kubuntu, since it typically just works with anything. However, I had a few hiccups with installing it on a laptop I bought not too long ago, partly because it had issues with...

    Typically I would use Kubuntu, since it typically just works with anything. However, I had a few hiccups with installing it on a laptop I bought not too long ago, partly because it had issues with an outdated kernel. That's not a problem now, but I figured I would try Pop!_OS because it seems to be more up to date and has support for Steam (which is a requirement since this is a gaming PC).

    Alternatively, I was considering experimenting with UnRAID.

    That being said, the goal is to get Windows working natively. I have a lot of older games that simply aren't likely to be supported by any Wine or Proton updates.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What's your special trick or preference for making the perfect cup of hot chocolate? in ~food

    Akir Link
    Two steps: 1 - Make it slightly different each time. Adding vanilla works, so does mint, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and many other spices. 2 - Have someone else make it for you. It turns out that...

    Two steps:

    1 - Make it slightly different each time. Adding vanilla works, so does mint, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and many other spices.

    2 - Have someone else make it for you. It turns out that the secret ingredient really is love.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on A randomized pilot study comparing zero-calorie alternate-day fasting to daily caloric restriction in adults with obesity in ~health

    Akir Link Parent
    There are other calorie-free drinks. Diet soda for instance. Unsweetened sodas have also been trending.

    There are other calorie-free drinks. Diet soda for instance. Unsweetened sodas have also been trending.

  5. Comment on As Cyberpunk 2077 development intensifies, CD Projekt Red pledges to be 'more humane' to its workers in ~games

    Akir Link Parent
    I agree. The Deus Ex games felt off to me. Perhaps they were just a bit too polished - they felt more like a regular action/stealth game that had the aesthetics of cyberpunk. I kind of want...

    Deus Ex: HR & MD were good, but I need something.. more.

    I agree. The Deus Ex games felt off to me. Perhaps they were just a bit too polished - they felt more like a regular action/stealth game that had the aesthetics of cyberpunk. I kind of want something that makes me feel like Shadowrun for the Genesis - a game that made you understand that cyberware was surgery. Honestly, I'm hoping that Cyberpunk 2077 has something like the Matrix, but please don't spoil it for me.

  6. Comment on ‘Fairbnb’ Wants to Be the Unproblematic Alternative to Airbnb in ~life

    Akir Link
    That's not a good idea. The problem with Airbnb is that they make housing more expensive, so two out of three of those options would only benefit the rich. Seriously?! If you are going to invest...

    Half of this money would be fed back into the local community where a unit is rented out.

    That money would be used to fund projects chosen in consultation with the community itself. These might include non-commercial meeting spaces, community centers, or (if the network can generate enough money) social housing.

    That's not a good idea. The problem with Airbnb is that they make housing more expensive, so two out of three of those options would only benefit the rich.

    Fairbnb guests would be able to choose the community project that would benefit from their stay.

    Seriously?! If you are going to invest in a community, you should get the input from the community, not strangers.

    This is cause marketing, fair and simple. It's the same vulture business model with all of the same problems, just with a sloppily painted smiley face on it. This business model still does far more harm than good.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on As Cyberpunk 2077 development intensifies, CD Projekt Red pledges to be 'more humane' to its workers in ~games

    Akir Link Parent
    Honestly, "Cyberpunk RPG" is the only thing I needed to know before I decided to buy this, so I've been avoiding every bit of PR on this game since I have heard about it.

    Honestly, "Cyberpunk RPG" is the only thing I needed to know before I decided to buy this, so I've been avoiding every bit of PR on this game since I have heard about it.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on How the Aldi grocery chain is upending America's supermarkets in ~misc

    Akir Link Parent
    Your store might not have everyone trained properly, then; they are supposed to call more people in if the line gets busy. They cross-train their employees so that most of them can do just about...

    Your store might not have everyone trained properly, then; they are supposed to call more people in if the line gets busy. They cross-train their employees so that most of them can do just about everything. That's why they only have one checkout opened most of the time - the other employees are supposed to be doing things elsewhere when they aren't busy.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

    Akir Link
    Tired of constant crashing, I have decided to reinstall Windows from scratch on my gaming computer before I make the rather drastic choice to replace the GPU that may or may not be at fault....

    Tired of constant crashing, I have decided to reinstall Windows from scratch on my gaming computer before I make the rather drastic choice to replace the GPU that may or may not be at fault.

    Honestly I might just install Linux on the PC and virtualize Windows for everything Proton doesn't work on. Windows is never as stable as Linux for me.

    If I do end up getting a new graphics card, I'm thinking about getting an RTX 2060. It seems to be the best value for a reasonably future-proof card since it appears likely that ray-tracing is going to be more and more important. Plus it offers more than 3x the performance of my current card according to Passmark's GPU ratings. The few things I do that use GPGPU will probably be around 10x faster since I'll be switching from AMD, which doesn't seem to get as much support.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on How the Aldi grocery chain is upending America's supermarkets in ~misc

    Akir Link
    I can confirm that Aldi is a pretty great place to shop. The only problem with them is they don't really have a great selection of fresh raw foods. They have the most common things but you won't...

    I can confirm that Aldi is a pretty great place to shop. The only problem with them is they don't really have a great selection of fresh raw foods. They have the most common things but you won't find the more exotic things.

    But their supply chain is wonderful. They often undercut Walmart prices considerably and tend to be much more fresh. At the same time it's much less cluttered and it is so much less stressful to shop there. You can walk in, grab one or two things, and be out of there pretty quickly. That's something you can't really do with most US supermarkets.

    13 votes
  11. Comment on What are your thoughts on Minecraft? in ~games

    Akir Link
    It's OK. I think some of it's clones offer better playability. It's got some irritating problems that always bothered me, most of which involve the randomness of the world generator. Towns have...

    It's OK. I think some of it's clones offer better playability. It's got some irritating problems that always bothered me, most of which involve the randomness of the world generator. Towns have been a part of the game for years, but I only found one for the first time about a month ago. Your initial spawn point may be in a poor location with few resources, which can make the beginning of your game very frustrating. Some things I think are simply too scarce. Redstone especially.

    The other thing that bothers me is that movement over long distances is really painful. The best way to go long distances is with minecarts with redstone tracks, but those are extremely resource-intensive, making them a less than ideal solution.

    Though to be honest, a lot of my complaints about the game have been fixed in more recent versions. For instance, it was really annoying to have to hoard coal all of the time, and then they introduced charcoal.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Which anime would you guys recommend for someone who just started watching anime? in ~anime

    Akir Link Parent
    You should look at anime that is not based on simultaneous-running serials. They don't typically have this kind of problem. I personally prefer the episodic format so long as it is pre-planned and...

    You should look at anime that is not based on simultaneous-running serials. They don't typically have this kind of problem.

    I personally prefer the episodic format so long as it is pre-planned and doesn't have filler episodes. There are some things you can do with this format you can't do with full-length feature films. See Tatami Galaxy and Ergo Proxy for examples.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What anime would you recommend to someone who's already watched hundreds of days worth? in ~anime

    Akir Link Parent
    Ah yes, and go from "hundreds of days" to "thousands of days". It's pretty good melodrama though. Certainly a better recommendation than most other long-running series.

    Ah yes, and go from "hundreds of days" to "thousands of days".

    It's pretty good melodrama though. Certainly a better recommendation than most other long-running series.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What companies do you feel comfortable with supporting? in ~talk

    Akir Link Parent
    The band actually had broken up by the time I made the order, so the merch was in storage. I had no idea since I don't usually follow any individual bands, and I couldn't ever see one of their...

    The band actually had broken up by the time I made the order, so the merch was in storage. I had no idea since I don't usually follow any individual bands, and I couldn't ever see one of their live shows since I live on a different continent.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on PHP in 2019 in ~comp

    Akir Link Parent
    I'm not really involved with any PHP projects for quite a while, but PHP always had a really great community. The documentation has always been very well written, and when you had a problem it...

    I'm not really involved with any PHP projects for quite a while, but PHP always had a really great community. The documentation has always been very well written, and when you had a problem it seemed like there was always someone willing to help you out regardless of which framework or application you were working with.

    Other languages feature communities that are typically highly fragmented and hierarchical. The 'atmosphere' can be vastly different depending on which framework you're working with.

    At best, it has become almost as good as Django or Rails or <name your thing here>.

    You're thinking in the wrong terms. Those are frameworks, whereas PHP is a language. The predominant framework, Laravel, has been often described to me as "like writing poetry", so I would venture to guess that most PHP users think it's much better than Django or Rails.

    Beyond all that, there is a whole shipload of services that are written on PHP, and refactoring to new versions of the language make much more sense than rewriting everything in a new language and with a new framework.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on The OnePlus 7 Pro has a 90Hz screen, three cameras, and costs $669 in ~tech

    Akir Link Parent
    Frankly, I don't really get it either. If it were different levels of zoom, I could get it, but instead they use unnatural-looking fisheye lenses that make just about everything look bad. Sure, a...

    Frankly, I don't really get it either. If it were different levels of zoom, I could get it, but instead they use unnatural-looking fisheye lenses that make just about everything look bad. Sure, a decent photographer could use it to great effect, but John and Jane Doe can't, and they are the market that matters. I know they can use the extra camera to do some special effects, but they all look really unrealistic to me. I would much rather have a single high quality high resolution camera than two mediocre cameras, one of which I will never use.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Building a $100,000 Speaker - Meridian Facility Tour in ~tech

    Akir Link
    I just watched this last night. Linus doesn't really know much about electronics manufacturing, but I think he managed to do pretty well in spite of it. But I would have preferred if a...

    I just watched this last night. Linus doesn't really know much about electronics manufacturing, but I think he managed to do pretty well in spite of it. But I would have preferred if a professional was there to explain some of the processes.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Recommend me a game that _________. in ~games

    Akir Link Parent
    It's not an RPG, but you might enjoy one of my earlier recommendations. There's a small indie game I fell in love with called Into The Breach, but the battles are all on a small grid with a...

    It's not an RPG, but you might enjoy one of my earlier recommendations.

    There's a small indie game I fell in love with called Into The Breach, but the battles are all on a small grid with a ruleset that almost makes each battle into a puzzle rather than a strategy, if that makes any sense.

    Honestly, the 90s were the golden age for strategy RPGs, so most of my recommendations will be old. If you haven't tried any of the Shining Force games, you aught to; they are full of so much personality, and they feel a lot more "RPG" than most strategy RPGs do. You could also try Vandal Hearts, Hoshigami, or any of the Front Mission games.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on What are some quality mobile games? in ~games

    Akir Link Parent
    Don't worry about finishing it. Approach it lik an old arcade game: you just want to play for score. My preferred way to play is floaty style; it's more amusing to try to jump on enemies and...

    Don't worry about finishing it. Approach it lik an old arcade game: you just want to play for score.

    My preferred way to play is floaty style; it's more amusing to try to jump on enemies and things. You build up a combo by killing monsters this way, and there is a bonus for getting longer combos.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on What are some quality mobile games? in ~games

    Akir Link Parent
    +1 on Simon Tatham'e puzzle collection. That and Downwell are the only true "pick up and play" games I ever come back to.

    +1 on Simon Tatham'e puzzle collection. That and Downwell are the only true "pick up and play" games I ever come back to.

    1 vote