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  1. Comment on Apple's modular Mac Pro now available to order in ~tech

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    $1000 is not even mildly low cost, especially considering how well MacOS will run on that hardware. No computer at that cost should rely on a mechanical hard drive, let alone a Mac where it's...

    $1000 is not even mildly low cost, especially considering how well MacOS will run on that hardware. No computer at that cost should rely on a mechanical hard drive, let alone a Mac where it's constantly pulling up previews and thumbnail caches. At least the MacBook starts with an SSD, but that is such a tiny space! The last time I checked Dell's catalog they didn't even sell SSDs smaller than 256GBs.

    Given that low cost computers tend to be Chromebooks nowadays, Apple's iPad lineup is a better competitor.

  2. Comment on Apple's modular Mac Pro now available to order in ~tech

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    Your argument doesn't make sense. SSDs aren't set aside to play with, and reputable manufacturers like Samsung offer a similar level of testing, QA, and support.

    Your argument doesn't make sense. SSDs aren't set aside to play with, and reputable manufacturers like Samsung offer a similar level of testing, QA, and support.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Do people like CSS or just grow to tolerate it? in ~comp

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    I actually really love the relative simplicity of CSS as a language; there's something beautiful about the simple selector{property:value} syntax. The thing about the actual implementation of CSS...

    I actually really love the relative simplicity of CSS as a language; there's something beautiful about the simple selector{property:value} syntax.

    The thing about the actual implementation of CSS is that there is simply no replacement for actual experience. The main difficulty with CSS is understanding what all the properties and meta-selectors are and what they do. But you also have to deal with understanding the different display models and selector priorities. Do yourself a favor and stop using bootstrap until you get a basic understanding of CSS properties so you don't have to worry about your CSS rules not working.

    I took Colt Steele's boot camp before, and frankly I don't think it's a very good resource because he doesn't really go in-depth on anything. Since I originally took the class, he had hired someone to add JavaScript classes after we had already built an entire application in JavaScript. If you are going to become a web dev, then yes, you do need to know every HTML tag, how the DOM works, essentially every bit of CSS, and be an expert on whatever today's version of JavaScript looks like.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on AI Dungeon 2: a text adventure game that uses OpenAI's GPT-2 model to respond to any actions that you enter in ~games

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    So I have been playing this for a little while and decided to actually do that to Orgrim, the leader of the orcs who were invading the town. Needless to say it soon became porn. Honestly, I wonder...

    So I have been playing this for a little while and decided to actually do that to Orgrim, the leader of the orcs who were invading the town. Needless to say it soon became porn.

    Honestly, I wonder why they bothered with the fantasy setting at all when they could have just skipped the middleman and turned it into a cybersex simulator. They would have much more luck monetizing that service. :P

    2 votes
  5. Comment on AI Dungeon 2: a text adventure game that uses OpenAI's GPT-2 model to respond to any actions that you enter in ~games

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    I think it's fine to have a game that you can't lose when it's not skill-based in nature. In this case, it's an adventure; the whole point of the game is to enjoy the journey. In any case, it's...

    I think it's fine to have a game that you can't lose when it's not skill-based in nature. In this case, it's an adventure; the whole point of the game is to enjoy the journey.

    In any case, it's not like the AI always lets you have your way. Check out this amusing transcript for an example where it doesn't seem to let the player do exactly what they want all the time.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Tough love: on Dark Souls' difficulty in ~games.game_design

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    I honestly don't understand why these games are so beloved. I played Demon's Souls and was so irritated between the difficulty and the incredibly bad multiplayer servers that I didn't get too far....

    I honestly don't understand why these games are so beloved. I played Demon's Souls and was so irritated between the difficulty and the incredibly bad multiplayer servers that I didn't get too far. It also had some extremely bad design, IMHO; The open design was akin to having a hallway with 10 doors where two don't go anywhere, one or two lead to another 10-door hallway, and all the other ones kill you.

    So I picked up Bloodborne and really tried hard on that one. And sure, it's a better game in every aspect. I think I only managed to get to one other campfire in Demon's Souls, but in Bloodborne I was able to get past three or four areas before I gave up. And I can see exactly the kind of design that the author is talking about in Bloodborne far more than I did in Demon's Souls.

    At the same time, I think the better execution in Bloodborne highlights the problems with the game design. Progression in Bloodborne did not feel like I was actually progressing; being able to go to these other areas didn't feel like I was 'clearing' an area because there were so many deathtraps, so I never felt like I was actually accomplishing anything. I just thought to myself, "Is this really a linear design? Am I supposed to be here? Did I just defeat the easiest boss instead of the one I was actually supposed to get? Is there an area or item I missed that I needed to get to progress later?

    Beyond that, I don't really like the twitchy nature of the combat in any of these games; you always need to dodge at exactly the right moment, and if you don't it will take so much HP away that it makes it easy to die from common and "weak" enemies. The crazy thing about it is that the twitchy dodge mechanic is common across many action games, and I actually love it in Bayonetta.

    I guess everything goes down to the idea of punishment. Like Madigan said in the article, it's not that the game is difficult, it's that it's punishing. The pleasure I get from progressing past difficult areas does not overcome the frustration I get from constantly being punished by the game. And it doesn't help that there is a notable lack of safe or cheery areas in the series, either.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on The Timasomo Showcase Thread in ~creative

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    Oh, those polyester bags; I know exactly what you are talking about. Honestly, I wouldn't have been able to envision this project when I first came across the idea if I hadn't bought that service...

    Oh, those polyester bags; I know exactly what you are talking about. Honestly, I wouldn't have been able to envision this project when I first came across the idea if I hadn't bought that service before.

    I'm honestly pretty bad with fabric. It would have been much easier if I had a big sewing table to put everything on, but I actually did most of this in bed, narrowly avoiding cutting the sheets. :P

    The only big project I have completed before this was a teddy bear I made for my boyfriend, which turned out terribly. He calls it bearcat because it looks more like a cat than a bear.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on What are the best and the worst purchases you've recently made? in ~talk

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    Since you've just started your hookup, I can also recommend purchasing one of the combination wireless keyboard and air mouse devices they sell on Amazon or the like. Rii makes some fairly decent...

    Since you've just started your hookup, I can also recommend purchasing one of the combination wireless keyboard and air mouse devices they sell on Amazon or the like. Rii makes some fairly decent ones that are really cheap. The steam controller has a virtual keyboard that is pretty good, but a physical keyboard still rules the roost, and these devices are a bit more convenient as they are remote-sized. Though obviously you will not be able to touch-type on them.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on There is no “Linux” Platform in ~tech

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    Sure, there are different solutions favored by different distrobutions, but I don't think that it's that much of a problem with most 'user-focused' distros. I haven't used it in a while, but I...

    Sure, there are different solutions favored by different distrobutions, but I don't think that it's that much of a problem with most 'user-focused' distros. I haven't used it in a while, but I know Ubuntu does a great job of making sure that Ubuntu Software Center is visible on a fresh install. And using Discover with KDE-based distros gives users an experience very similar to the Mac App Store. The biggest problem with linux package manager frontends tends to be the package metadata itself; descriptions typically aren't well written and don't have helpful screenshots.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What are the best and the worst purchases you've recently made? in ~talk

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    Hopefully I'm not a day late to warn you, but don't expect the Steam controller to be a drop-in replacement for a standard console-style controller. The entire point is that they are designed to...

    Hopefully I'm not a day late to warn you, but don't expect the Steam controller to be a drop-in replacement for a standard console-style controller. The entire point is that they are designed to be customizable, and it offers a configurability that makes them ideal for games that aren't designed for them. Even games with terrible interfaces can be played fairly smoothly with a good controller configuration.

    I'll also let you know ahead of time that they kind of don't work well without Steam since the configurability is actually built into the Steam client, so you will have to add your externally-purchased games to the Steam library in order to be able to use them properly. The upside is that you have access to community configurations, so for most games you can simply choose the most popular configuration and you should be able to jump in pretty quickly. Even if you are playing a rare or relatively unknown game, there are default configurations that should work for a majority of control types.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on The Timasomo Showcase Thread in ~creative

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    @bilbodwyer, your site looks good, it just needs more content. I especially wished that there was a quick blurb that told us something about the band, like what kind of music you play, where you...

    @bilbodwyer, your site looks good, it just needs more content. I especially wished that there was a quick blurb that told us something about the band, like what kind of music you play, where you guys are from, the names of the members, etc, but at the same time I know how things can go when you are waiting for a whole group to approve everything.

    I like your layout overall, but I do have some nitpicks if you're open to them. The quotes section takes up too much room in mobile because you have an 8rem padding, and it makes the text very squished horizontally. I'd suggest either using a media query to set a custom one, or set the css to something like padding: 8rem 1rem;. The other change I would make is to redraw the logo as an SVG and serve that instead. That will get rid of the white border issue as well as shrink the filesize to ensure it loads quickly.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    I fail to see how a headphone jack is more relavent on computers than they are on phones. Heck, it might be more relavent on computers than on phones. Phones have decent DACs where computers...

    I fail to see how a headphone jack is more relavent on computers than they are on phones. Heck, it might be more relavent on computers than on phones. Phones have decent DACs where computers typically do not. But at that point we are going into audiophile territory.

    I'm not sure how to react to the rest of your comment, honestly. The fact that the other manufacturers are still making phones with headphone jacks is clearly because they are relavent still. After all, designing a phone without the feature will save a few thousands in development costs. Beyond that, I am sure you are aware that flagship phones are not the entire market. There's more than five phone manufacturers as well.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    But is it really irrelevant? So far the only phone manufacturer who has actually committed to killing the 3.5mm jack is Apple, and even then it's only on their phones. They still offer it on some...

    But is it really irrelevant? So far the only phone manufacturer who has actually committed to killing the 3.5mm jack is Apple, and even then it's only on their phones. They still offer it on some iPads and on all of their computers. Is there a reason why it's irrelevant for phones and not other devices?

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021 in ~tech

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    Who cares if it's just a small number of complainers if this hurts what they want to do with their phones? Your statement comes across as a polite way of saying "I don't care about what these...

    Who cares if it's just a small number of complainers if this hurts what they want to do with their phones? Your statement comes across as a polite way of saying "I don't care about what these people think", which isn't a polite thing to say.

    From my perspective, the biggest problem with this is that it takes away the ability to attach devices to them. To use your CD example, sure laptop manufacturers aren't including internal optical drives anymore, but you still have the option of connecting an external one.

    I dabble with music, and I use my phone as a DAW on the go. One of the things that makes this possible is that I can plug in MIDI devices. Without a port, I can't do that anymore. Sure, there is a way to transport MIDI over a network, but it's far more complex, has a number of downsides, and simply isn't a real option on any hardware I own. I would need to purchase another device to use as a bridge, and I have not yet seen any MIDI WiFi bridges anywhere.

    (Thankfully this doesn't actually affect me as I am neither an iPhone user nor a competent composer)

    5 votes
  15. Comment on What are the best and the worst purchases you've recently made? in ~talk

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    The best recent purchase I made was catching those 5 buck steam controllers. They're the perfect controller to use for games that weren't designed for controllers! My only regret was that I only...

    The best recent purchase I made was catching those 5 buck steam controllers. They're the perfect controller to use for games that weren't designed for controllers! My only regret was that I only bought two of them; I really should have seen that the writing on the wall was for them.

    I haven't really been buying too much lately as a combination of money problems and Christmas gifts being a priority. Probably the worst waste of money was a roasted chicken I forgot to put in the refrigerator and had to throw away. I also bought one of those starfield Christmas projectors but realized that I need to buy an extension cord as well.

    13 votes
  16. Comment on Disney's Mulan | Official Trailer in ~movies

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    I can't tell you why, but I would strongly recommend you watch the movie when it comes out before you judge it too harshly. In any case, the Huns are not there to be a foil to Mulan in the...

    I can't tell you why, but I would strongly recommend you watch the movie when it comes out before you judge it too harshly.

    In any case, the Huns are not there to be a foil to Mulan in the original either. I don't think that any of them are, really. It's largely a movie about finding ones place in the world. That's why there is so much imagry with reflections in the film.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on More Teslas on the Road Meant Hours-Long Supercharger Lines Over Thanksgiving in ~news

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    If you want real world numbers, I can give you some, but please keep in mind there are many variables and differences in priced depending on where you go. So for my first generation Leaf, i...

    If you want real world numbers, I can give you some, but please keep in mind there are many variables and differences in priced depending on where you go.

    So for my first generation Leaf, i haven't been able to get a good handle on how much it has cost me since I bought mine at the same time I moved in with my boyfriend, even though I'm the one paying for electricity. My current estimate is that it costs me around 15-25 dollars per month for about 30 miles per workday.

    For quick DC charging (keep in mind this is not a system you have at home and for most cars you need to spend more just to able to use them), it's been around 10 dollars per charge. And on my car, that doesn't give me a 100% charge - it only goes to about 85% capacity, regardless of how much it was charged before. That gives me roughly 45 miles of real-world range. As you can see, it's a terrible value.

    Level 2 chargers (240VAC) are probably the most common. The good news is that there are a handful out there that offer free charging. Some of them only charge for the power, and they tend to be between 20 and 40 cents per kilowatt-hour. It's an inflated price, but they aren't too terribly unaffordable.

    It's when they also charge for parking that it becomes an issue. There is no standard fee for that. Some places have a flat fee, some of them charge you by the hour. Some only charge you for parking if you leave your car connected for over a certain period of time. And because of that I can't give you a realistic average. I can tell you that it often ends up being over 10 if it has a flat fee for parking.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on More Teslas on the Road Meant Hours-Long Supercharger Lines Over Thanksgiving in ~news

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    You really need to figure out how far in the future you are talking about in order for this conversation to be useful. Right now I'm just talking about the next 10-20 years because I doubt that...

    You really need to figure out how far in the future you are talking about in order for this conversation to be useful. Right now I'm just talking about the next 10-20 years because I doubt that electric will overtake ICE cars in that timeframe. In any case, you can't just hope for new technologies to appear and then suddenly they come up. The future isn't built on pipe dreams, it's based on current capabilities.

    I'm not saying that apartment buildings with more than two stories are rare, merely that they are not the most common. All three of your articles were pointing to new construction; highrise apartments are still a minority compared to the vast number of existing apartment buildings that currently exist. And yes, I am talking about America, the land of sprawl.

    In any case, you seem to think that running electricity is some ungodly unjustifiable cost, but it really is not. It's actually much easier to do in parking structures since you don't need to worry about running through walls and making everything pretty. The most expensive part is getting everyone their own meter so they pay for their own electricity, and the electric company usually subsidizes that part.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Firefox 71.0 has been released in ~tech

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    Oh my, multiline editing in the console sounds so nice. Sure, you could have just used shift-enter before, but not having to do that and accidentally execute code is a huge help when I am trying...

    Oh my, multiline editing in the console sounds so nice. Sure, you could have just used shift-enter before, but not having to do that and accidentally execute code is a huge help when I am trying to write data scrapers or other one-off utilities.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on The Mandalorian | S01E04: Sanctuary in ~tv

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    I know they have been talking about this show being a Disney+ exclusive for a long time, but likely during production they decided they wanted the option to run it on one of their channels at a...

    I know they have been talking about this show being a Disney+ exclusive for a long time, but likely during production they decided they wanted the option to run it on one of their channels at a later point.

    3 votes