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  1. Comment on Fires linked to fireworks erupt across SF, Bay Area in ~news

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    Fireworks are illegal where I live because it's dry and full of brush. But you can be sure that this night there has been so many fireworks going off I felt like I was in a war zone.

    Fireworks are illegal where I live because it's dry and full of brush. But you can be sure that this night there has been so many fireworks going off I felt like I was in a war zone.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition - PC features trailer in ~games

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    It's at 60FPS, though you have to select one of the higher quality options.

    It's at 60FPS, though you have to select one of the higher quality options.

  3. Comment on Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition - PC features trailer in ~games

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    The game was so good that I'd say it was a system seller - or perhaps it would have been if it hadn't been released at the same time as a lot of other big name games. Let me just put it this way;...

    The game was so good that I'd say it was a system seller - or perhaps it would have been if it hadn't been released at the same time as a lot of other big name games.

    Let me just put it this way; I'm considering buying the PC version just so I'll be able to relive the experience in a slightly nicer way.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Do Americans understand how badly they’re doing? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Just yesterday I had some idiot come into the store and tell me that they thought COVID-19 was a hoax because more people die from influenza. And I'm just sitting here relieved that maybe a few...

    Just yesterday I had some idiot come into the store and tell me that they thought COVID-19 was a hoax because more people die from influenza.

    And I'm just sitting here relieved that maybe a few more hundred thousand people dying might just change this guy's mind. Because for most of them they will not take any kind of evidence to convince them that what they are saying is insane.

    I didn't say anything to that gentleman, but I wonder if I made the world a worse place by my inaction.

    17 votes
  5. Comment on How Vim became so popular in ~comp

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    I respectfully disagree. If you are using an editor with sftp built in, all you have to do is give it your credentials to access the server. If you are already using a dedicated sftp tool, chances...

    I respectfully disagree. If you are using an editor with sftp built in, all you have to do is give it your credentials to access the server. If you are already using a dedicated sftp tool, chances are it has an edit option which will download the file to a temporary location and automatically upload it whenever it changes, which lets you use any arbitrary editor you want. And in either case, once you set it up it's done. There's no need to learn anything except where to get to the connection settings.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Anyone else diagnosed with depression? I need others to talk to in ~health

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    While we may not be experiencing the exact same thing, but I still stand by my suggestion since I have seen it work for people who think the same way as you do. I should have mentioned that I knew...

    While we may not be experiencing the exact same thing, but I still stand by my suggestion since I have seen it work for people who think the same way as you do. I should have mentioned that I knew it would be a hard ask, and may even be painful at times, but accomplishing that goal is going to help you more than you can see right now.

    You've already got a long term goal with your degree. And while it's not the ideal type of project for this, it's one you are clearly dedicated to. You just have to keep fighting the good fight.

    Your game time sounds like valuable bonding time with your girlfriend. I'd say to keep that up as well.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Has there ever been a moment where you felt you were doing fine but in hindsight you were a lot more vulnerable/troubled/worse off than you thought? in ~talk

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    That sounds like growing out of adolescence to me. But it's not just adolescence - like @drannex mentioned, everyone's constantly growing. The more you learn about people unlike yourself, the more...

    That sounds like growing out of adolescence to me. But it's not just adolescence - like @drannex mentioned, everyone's constantly growing. The more you learn about people unlike yourself, the more you will experience this feeling.

  8. Comment on Anyone else diagnosed with depression? I need others to talk to in ~health

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    I was diagnosed with depression years ago. But since then, I have made many changes in my life and as a result I don't need drugs or therapy to deal with it. I would like to say that I am cured of...

    I was diagnosed with depression years ago. But since then, I have made many changes in my life and as a result I don't need drugs or therapy to deal with it. I would like to say that I am cured of it, but in reality the symptoms keep resurfacing every once in a while.

    Personally speaking, being able to take charge of my life is what helped me take control of my depression. I made major changes - I moved to a new state, cut out some frankly poisonous people out of my life, and started working on me. Of course, it was hard at first. It took a long time for me to even understand who I was as a person.

    So what I would recommend if you're looking for some help is to work on some long-term project. I know it can be hard to find the motivation when you are depressed, but it seems to work pretty well. Some things that help it work is if the project will have tangible benefits for you (even if it's just for fun), and if you have someone else working on it with you. Both of those will help give you motivation to continue when you are having bad days.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Reclaiming Indian food from the white gaze in ~food

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    I'm not saying that it doesn't happen. By no means do I want to discredit anything of what the author of OP's article is saying. I'm just saying that it's nothing I have ever experienced. Both...

    I'm not saying that it doesn't happen. By no means do I want to discredit anything of what the author of OP's article is saying. I'm just saying that it's nothing I have ever experienced. Both yours and OP's articles are about New York. I live all the way on the other side of the country and it's far more likely that the entire foodservice crew is going to be Latinx or Asian.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Anime’s Present And Future At Stake: The In-Betweener Problem in ~anime

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    In-betweening has always been the sore spot for animation - so much so that the US has basically abandoned 2D animation. For the few studios actually producing animation in this country, we...

    In-betweening has always been the sore spot for animation - so much so that the US has basically abandoned 2D animation. For the few studios actually producing animation in this country, we basically only do key animation and outsource tweening to South Korea. You've probably noticed the credits for popular shows like The Simpsons and Futurama mention a studio called Rough Draft Korea. Or perhaps you may recognize Studio Mir, who did the animation for The Legend of Korra, Voltron, and Kipo. This is not a new thing; this has been happening since at least the early 90s.

    Japan also does this a lot. You've probably noticed in a lot of anime there is often a credit for "DR MOVIE" - that's another Korean studio.

    Of course Korea has grown since the 90s, so they are not as cheap as they used to be. There have long been efforts to create animation industries elsewhere in the world. Animation Magic is probably the most infamous one; they're the Russian studio who did the animation for the CD-i Zelda games.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Reclaiming Indian food from the white gaze in ~food

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    I think the author might be living in New York or somewhere else with a strong regional culture. Some of the things they talk about don't seem to actually have much of an effect for most of the...

    I think the author might be living in New York or somewhere else with a strong regional culture. Some of the things they talk about don't seem to actually have much of an effect for most of the country. For instance, she talks about how Goop is recommending Indian food; I don't know a single person who takes Goop seriously. Likewise, I don't know anyone who judges food by the color of the chef's skin.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on How Vim became so popular in ~comp

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    You are the second person to ignore my point that you can use your local editors. Listen, I get that you use vi and maybe even prefer it over other editors. There's no judgement here. I use vi...

    You are the second person to ignore my point that you can use your local editors.

    Listen, I get that you use vi and maybe even prefer it over other editors. There's no judgement here. I use vi from time to time as well. I'm just saying that "you might need to know it" is not really true any more. This does not affect how you choose to edit files.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on How Vim became so popular in ~comp

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    I wasn't suggesting better alternatives, merely that vi is not a requirement.

    I wasn't suggesting better alternatives, merely that vi is not a requirement.

  14. Comment on How Vim became so popular in ~comp

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    Sure, but those situations are shrinking away with time. And like I said before you still can edit the files locally with whatever editor you prefer, so you still have no need to learn vi.

    Sure, but those situations are shrinking away with time. And like I said before you still can edit the files locally with whatever editor you prefer, so you still have no need to learn vi.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on How Vim became so popular in ~comp

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    I really wish that people would stop saying this. You're really not that likely to need to ssh into some random system unless you're a system administrator of some sort - in which case you'll...

    Wherever you SSH today, you can start the Vim session, or at least Vi session. That is a strong (if not the strongest) point to learn it nowadays.

    I really wish that people would stop saying this. You're really not that likely to need to ssh into some random system unless you're a system administrator of some sort - in which case you'll likely have permissions to install whatever editor you want. And even without that there are plenty of tools that allow you to locally edit remote files with the editor of your choice. You really are not going to find many times you are 'forced' to use vi.

    In any case, I find it strangely relieving to see the reason why vi uses escape to return to command mode. That's easily my biggest gripe with vi, since it's so far away from everything else with most modern keyboards.

    9 votes
  16. Comment on The Monty Hall problem in ~science

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    I kind of love this 'paradox' because after you understand how it works you'll be amazed at how simple the problem actually was to begin with. It's one of the reasons why I like the design of Deal...

    I kind of love this 'paradox' because after you understand how it works you'll be amazed at how simple the problem actually was to begin with. It's one of the reasons why I like the design of Deal Or No Deal. It's full of these little probability problems that makes it seem like you can win the big prize but in reality that chance is microscopic.

    7 votes
  17. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Too many games to count. I just replaced my graphics card with a brand new RTX 2080 Super and somehow I am still getting crashes. I'm considering selling the computer for scrap and buying one of...

    Too many games to count.

    I just replaced my graphics card with a brand new RTX 2080 Super and somehow I am still getting crashes. I'm considering selling the computer for scrap and buying one of those crazy expensive prebuilt ones.

    So I picked up Minecraft for a short while just to play the RTX demo version. Raytracing is definitely the future, but the most impressive thing was DLSS, and how it managed to upscale from 1080p to 4K and still look so sharp. That being said, I wonder if the reason if works so well is because the aesthetic relies on clean and straight lines. I'm not actually a fan of the game, though, and the changes of late to the interface and push for monitization has become annoying.

    I got Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice as part of Humble Choice and I am loving it so far. The atmosphere is so we'll crafted and basically every aspect is a work of art on its own. I really enjoyed the combat, though it was a bit annoying how they just suddenly appear and I have to fight a bunch of them in a row. It ran without a hitch for the first two or three areas and then it started crashing because of computer problems.

    The last standout was 2063: Read Only Memories. As a VN, it lives and dies by it's writing, and thankfully it is pretty good so far. As is the art and the voice acting. There are many many references to retro gaming and old Japanese cultural artifacts like Yellow Magic Orchestra, and there is a liberal sprinkling of jokes and humour everywhere.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Bill requires employers to keep implanted microchips voluntary for workers in ~tech

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    Honestly, I don't think this law is broad enough. Implanting a microchip is a surgery. A very minor one, of course, but it's still invading the body. It should not be legal to have surgeries of...

    Honestly, I don't think this law is broad enough.

    Implanting a microchip is a surgery. A very minor one, of course, but it's still invading the body. It should not be legal to have surgeries of any kind as a prerequisite for employment.

    20 votes
  19. Comment on I joined Parler, the right-wing echo chamber’s new favorite alt-Twitter in ~tech

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    I get where you are coming from. Really, I do. When it comes to politics and governance, I often like to picture my ideal world and figure out what steps we would need to take in order to make it...

    I get where you are coming from. Really, I do.

    When it comes to politics and governance, I often like to picture my ideal world and figure out what steps we would need to take in order to make it a reality. But the truth is those steps are always going to be impossible because of dissenters. So in reality there is no way to achieve a utopia. One person's heaven is another's hell. And when I realized that I felt absolutely terrible because I also wanted to do something to make these people happy, but changing their minds would take Herculean effort.

    The fact at the heart of the matter is that these xenophobic and racist bigots are far too powerful politically to actually do something for them. I mean, what are we going to do, drop them in a group home until they say "black lives matter?" I don't think you'll find any solutions that would gain any traction even among leftists.

    11 votes
  20. Comment on Why do you watch anime? in ~anime

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    For the art. Not necessarily for the still art or designs, though those are usually very good, but for the art of animation itself. If a scene is animated well enough, you don't even need words to...

    For the art.

    Not necessarily for the still art or designs, though those are usually very good, but for the art of animation itself. If a scene is animated well enough, you don't even need words to complete a scene. And because animation is not reality, you can put more meaning and expression into a movement or expression.

    Another thing about Anime is that it is very likely to have an excellent soundtrack, and I am very much a lover of music. There is just something amazing about Japanese music - it has its own "accent" on the language. And they also seem to explore and experiment with music more than Western composers do. Yuki Kajiura in particular somehow manages to fill her music with so much intent and meaning.

    It's hard to believe it if you know me, but fantasy and science fiction are actually my favorite genres. But at the same time I hate the most common stuff in circulation - it seems everyone is just writing trope-filled stories by the numbers. And to be fair, that describes plenty of anime as well. It just seems that the better written gems seem to show up more regularly in Anime than anywhere else. The best example of what I am looking for is Violet Evergarden. It's in an SF/fantasy world, but the stories are all about the people who inhabit it. That's what I really want from these genres.

    6 votes