Akir's recent activity

  1. Comment on USDA proposes new rules that would allow schools to cut the amount of vegetables and fruits required at lunch and breakfasts while giving them license to sell more pizza, burgers and fries in ~food

    Akir
    Link Parent
    I wrote that comment about 15 minutes before I fell asleep last night so I'm sorry if it appeared combative. I was just trying to fill in more details about why things are the way they are right...

    I wrote that comment about 15 minutes before I fell asleep last night so I'm sorry if it appeared combative. I was just trying to fill in more details about why things are the way they are right now. It's largely because people just don't care. If you're poor enough to get free lunch (the cutoff in the US is far lower than it should be), you'll be grateful for the free food. If you have enough money that you don't even get reduced fee lunch, you're pretty likely to simply opt out of the system. More people need to care, plain and simple.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on USDA proposes new rules that would allow schools to cut the amount of vegetables and fruits required at lunch and breakfasts while giving them license to sell more pizza, burgers and fries in ~food

    Akir
    Link Parent
    In this case, it's almost the opposite. Food (especially raw food like vegetables) is cheaper in bulk. A smaller order could mean that that the cost per meal goes up. It's also easier to push for...

    In this case, it's almost the opposite. Food (especially raw food like vegetables) is cheaper in bulk. A smaller order could mean that that the cost per meal goes up. It's also easier to push for more funding if there are more people taking advantage of the program, which will allow schools to buy important commercial food prep tools and machines, which are necessary to provide fresh high quality meals.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

    Akir
    Link Parent
    For each DKC Game, there were at least 10 other platformers that had either better graphics, better gameplay, or were just simply more interesting. But the thing about those games was that they...

    For each DKC Game, there were at least 10 other platformers that had either better graphics, better gameplay, or were just simply more interesting.

    But the thing about those games was that they were the perfect tech demo for the SNES. The impressive part of the graphics was not that they were prerendered 3D, but that they could be represented with enough colors that they didn't look terrible. Beyond that, it used very big sprites (not possible on the NES), had very smooth gameplay with no slowdowns (which was a common problem on the SNES, especially with shooters), and had great soundtracks that could take advantage of the sampler and effects that were only possible on the SNES.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Streaming TV is better in every possible way in ~tv

    Akir
    Link Parent
    Sure, unless it's niche or foreign. Then you run into the same problems. Right now, in order to legally buy some of the music I like I have to search through every online store to see if they have...

    The music industry has this figured out. Despite the existence of tens of thousands of studios, nearly all the music eventually makes its way to all the popular streaming services.

    Sure, unless it's niche or foreign. Then you run into the same problems. Right now, in order to legally buy some of the music I like I have to search through every online store to see if they have it. Most frequently some of their albums are on iTunes, but sometimes I can find it on Amazon's MP3 store. If I am super lucky, someone's selling the physical CD on Amazon who doesn't think a relatively common CD should cost $80. But for a lot of other music I have to either abstain entirely or pirate.

    The thing is that you are entirely right that it's all about abundance. There are thousands of studios and artists and they all want to be on every storefront because they are competing with all of the others. In the meanwhile there are only five media companies who own the vast majority of TV and film content. Sure, there is also the likes of Amazon Studios, Netflix, and HBO who are all producing original content that is valuable, but they do not have the backlog of content that people want to watch. And when it comes to new shows, guess who owns the IP that grabs people's attention?

    So now we come to the core of why I think that your oppinion, while valid, is irritating. You are right about abundance, but instead of being happy that you can subscribe to one or two services and have more entertainment than you can realistically watch, you are upset because you don't have access to whatever Big5 media. That, to me, makes you a victim of marketing. You are falling to a basic psychological trick every marketer abuses: humankind's oversensitivity to loss. In reality, much of that content is old, was produced to appeal to the largest common denominator, and was fairly boring. Worse, if you are quitting services like Netflix because Big5 are pulling their content, you have stopped supporting the small guys at the service of the big guys.

    I would like to emphasize that once again your oppinion is completely valid. You have as much a choice of who to pay as anyone, and you should absolutely not use my oppinions as reasons to change.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on USDA proposes new rules that would allow schools to cut the amount of vegetables and fruits required at lunch and breakfasts while giving them license to sell more pizza, burgers and fries in ~food

    Akir
    Link Parent
    The way you refer to cooking paints a picture that is unrealistic. The problem is not cooking a full meal every 3 seconds, but in preparing enough food ahead of time to be able to assemble and...

    The way you refer to cooking paints a picture that is unrealistic. The problem is not cooking a full meal every 3 seconds, but in preparing enough food ahead of time to be able to assemble and serve the meals quickly. And it is the preparation where we find the problems.

    Schools just don't have the money to maintain equipment or staff to make preparing good meals a possibility. Say for instance I want to prepair a dish that contains potatoes, carrots, onions, or garlic. How am I supposed to do that if I don't have a commercial vegitable peeler or a staff to peel them? Most schools in the US rely on their big ovens to prepare almost everything, which is why it Is so common to see meals with tater tots, chicken fingers, and pizza. Combine that with a handful of nearly-zero-prep-needed fruit and government-mandated milk and you have your average sad school lunch.

    And of course the reason why school cafeterias are this bad is simply because it is poor people who suffer the most from this. Middle- and upper- class families can just bring their own lunch, which means that the cafeteria gets even less funding.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

    Akir
    Link Parent
    I get it. As games get more refined, older games lose their sheen. Hydlide is the perfect example; people hate the game today, but it's largely because they don't have the historical background to...

    I get it. As games get more refined, older games lose their sheen. Hydlide is the perfect example; people hate the game today, but it's largely because they don't have the historical background to appreciate. It may seem like a cheap Zelda clone, but it actually predates the creation of Zelda.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What is a good free alternative to Wordpress that requires little coding? in ~comp

    Akir
    Link
    Assuming you don't have a moral objection, why not give up the self-hosted and FOSS requirements and just use Blogger? It's been forever since I used it, but last time I checked they have a bunch...

    Assuming you don't have a moral objection, why not give up the self-hosted and FOSS requirements and just use Blogger? It's been forever since I used it, but last time I checked they have a bunch of themes you can choose from and they won't insert any ads or anything you don't want in your site.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

    Akir
    Link Parent
    I agree with you, but it's not Discord's fault in the least. If Discord didn't exist, it would just be another platform. Unfortunately the closed nature of the platform makes it seem especially...

    I agree with you, but it's not Discord's fault in the least. If Discord didn't exist, it would just be another platform. Unfortunately the closed nature of the platform makes it seem especially dubious.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

    Akir
    Link Parent
    To be fair, I think that's an accurate description of the series all the way back to GTA3.

    To be fair, I think that's an accurate description of the series all the way back to GTA3.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

    Akir
    Link Parent
    I've been saying this since forever. It blows my mind that there's a game where the entire point is competitive online multiplayer and yet there is an experience system that gives you advantages...

    I've been saying this since forever. It blows my mind that there's a game where the entire point is competitive online multiplayer and yet there is an experience system that gives you advantages over newbies. Shouldn't it be the other way around - make it easier for newbies who won't have all the same skill as people who play compulsively so they don't want to permanently rage quit?

    But then these games make insane bank, so maybe it's just us who are crazy.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Windows 7 support has ended in ~tech

    Akir
    Link Parent
    It really should be noted that this is also some of the best value in proprietary software licensing out there. You only get charged once for 10 years of support, and realistically you get it...

    It really should be noted that this is also some of the best value in proprietary software licensing out there. You only get charged once for 10 years of support, and realistically you get it thrown in for free with the purchase of your computer. Compare that to other perpetual licenses which may not include any updates at all, and where a new release may be only 1 year away.

    But realistically if you are paying for something with as much active development and support as Windows, you are going to be given a SaaS style license. And if you stop paying for that, you lose access to the software.

    That's the thing with commercial licenses. If you don't agree with the terms, you shouldn't accept them. Period.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Epic Games Store has generated $680 million in revenue so far, largely from exclusives. Weekly free games will continue through 2020 in ~games

    Akir
    Link Parent
    Oh trust me, it's more of a problem for the idiotic drama more so than the hypocracy. I'm sure everyone knows about gamergate already.

    Oh trust me, it's more of a problem for the idiotic drama more so than the hypocracy. I'm sure everyone knows about gamergate already.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Final Fantasy VII Remake release delayed to April 10, 2020 in ~games

    Akir
    Link
    Honestly, I'm really missing the Square of the turn of the Century. Their modern games feel too polished. I miss the experimental feelings of games like Xenogears, Brave Fencer Musashi, Einhander,...

    Honestly, I'm really missing the Square of the turn of the Century. Their modern games feel too polished. I miss the experimental feelings of games like Xenogears, Brave Fencer Musashi, Einhander, and Parasite Eve. It's kind of hard to believe that this is the same development house that published the SaGa franchise.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Epic Games Store has generated $680 million in revenue so far, largely from exclusives. Weekly free games will continue through 2020 in ~games

    Akir
    Link Parent
    Those people are why I don't bother with gaming communities. They are always stirring up drama for the most idiotic and inane things, and they don't have enough moral backbone to actually resist...

    Those people are why I don't bother with gaming communities. They are always stirring up drama for the most idiotic and inane things, and they don't have enough moral backbone to actually resist buying games from the people they claim to be evil. For all the years that EA has been voted as the worst company and how often they are boycotted, they still make hundreds of millions of dollars with every release.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Concepts in music you’re easily impressed by? in ~music

    Akir
    Link Parent
    Oooh, male falsetto. One half angel, one half devil. That's one thing that I find is really, really hit or miss. There's a lot of music from the 60s and 70s that annoy me because of falsetto. It's...

    Oooh, male falsetto. One half angel, one half devil.

    That's one thing that I find is really, really hit or miss. There's a lot of music from the 60s and 70s that annoy me because of falsetto. It's good in most Queen songs, but it's torture in most Disco. It's also the reason why I'm still not entirely sure if I enjoy listening to Mika's voice.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Concepts in music you’re easily impressed by? in ~music

    Akir
    Link
    Honestly, I do the same thing, but I don't know if I would say that's a good way to choose music. I own quite a lot of music that I initially didn't like that much, but after repeated listening I...

    Honestly, I do the same thing, but I don't know if I would say that's a good way to choose music. I own quite a lot of music that I initially didn't like that much, but after repeated listening I learned to love it.

    But to answer your question, the thing I have found is the most reliable indicator of how much I love it is if it's in waltz time. I'm not usually one to count beats when listening to music, so I'll often go back into a great song and be pleasantly surprised to find that it's in waltz time. And to be honest, it doesn't even have to be waltz time; basically anything that's not 4/4 sounds good to me. Take 5 is a Jazz standard for a reason, you know. And if it's a song that changes time signatures mid-way, it's even better.

    Probably one of the more obvious things that I will enjoy in a song is good mastering. And what I mean by that is rather simple; can you clearly hear every part of the song clearly? That's good mastering. Pop music tends to be really bad at this; everything is compressed so that it sounds as loud as possible and all the backing tracks tend to kind of melt together. This also ties heavily into the actual production of the song, since it also relies on good instrument choices. Random Access Memories by Daft Punk is probably the gold standard for both production and mastery, IMHO.

    I also have a weakness for female vocal harmony, plucked or slapped bass, and syncopation.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Grand Theft Auto 4 for PC is currently not available to purchase digitally due to depending on the defunct Games for Windows Live service in ~games

    Akir
    Link
    That doesn't surprise me much, given rockstar did the exact same thing with Max Payne 2 a few years ago.

    That doesn't surprise me much, given rockstar did the exact same thing with Max Payne 2 a few years ago.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

    Akir
    Link Parent
    I'm going to say something that will get me a lot of flack. Kubrick just plain isn't that good of a filmmaker. Sure, he makes films that achieve the goals he set out to do. But I don't think...

    I'm going to say something that will get me a lot of flack. Kubrick just plain isn't that good of a filmmaker.

    Sure, he makes films that achieve the goals he set out to do. But I don't think entertaining the audience is some of those goals. The pacing of his movies is far too slow and he puts so much "meaning" into his movies that people LITERALLY go crazy trying to catch it all.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

    Akir
    Link Parent
    Cloud Atlas was everything I want out of a big budget feature film; great actors doing a great job together with filmmakers who are doing something nobody has ever seen before. You may have seen...

    Cloud Atlas was everything I want out of a big budget feature film; great actors doing a great job together with filmmakers who are doing something nobody has ever seen before. You may have seen it as a flawed film, but for what it was attempting it was far better than it had any right to be. And unlike other big budget feature films, it was an independent production made by people who were absolutely convinced in their vision.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on What gaming trend or trope needs to die in 2020? in ~games

    Akir
    Link
    Wait, are we putting unwinnable battles in our action games now? I can see what they are upset about that. It's one thing for that to happen in turn-based RPGs where stats are 75% of the battle,...

    Wait, are we putting unwinnable battles in our action games now? I can see what they are upset about that. It's one thing for that to happen in turn-based RPGs where stats are 75% of the battle, but in action games where it's 100% skill that is just traumatic. Just put that into a cutscene.

    I honestly have no problem with games having loot crates and obvious addiction mechanics. It simply tells me which games to ignore. That being said, I also know that video game addiction is real and these mechanics prey on these people, so it's my sincerest wish that the people who decide to implement these mechanics one day get to suffer a portion of the pain they have inflicted on these poor people.

    2 votes