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  1. Comment on How to fix Twitter and social media in ~tech

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    I’m mostly just quoting this because it is worth repeating, but boy is this a frustrating concept to have to teach people all the time. They get so invested in the idea of one being able to access...

    The failure of elite media to understand that individual social media sites are not a public square, the open internet is the public square. These sites like to conflate themselves with the internet because they aspire to be monopolists, but it's disappointing how often journalists and thought leaders fall for it.

    I’m mostly just quoting this because it is worth repeating, but boy is this a frustrating concept to have to teach people all the time. They get so invested in the idea of one being able to access whatever platform that they often invent the concept of having some sort of natural right to an audience - which of course they do not see as being as crazy as it is.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    The project I'm working on right now happens to be both technical and creative! I've just put together a MiSTer, and it just so happens that attempting to plug it into my TV absolutely kills both...

    The project I'm working on right now happens to be both technical and creative!

    I've just put together a MiSTer, and it just so happens that attempting to plug it into my TV absolutely kills both eARC and HDMI-CEC because of course proprietary systems like this like to fail spectacularly for no reason whatsoever. So instead of playing with it on the nice big screen, I've just purchased one of those iPad screens with an HDMI control board so I can use it instead. It has the benefit of being reasonably high quality, 4:3 aspect ratio, and small enough to make turning it on it's side for tate mode a breeze.

    A whole bunch of bare boards are really unattractive, and herein lies the project. One of the benefits of choosing a relatively small screen is that it fits easily within the build volume of my 3D printer, so I intend to build a case to hold everything together including the MiSTer itself. Unfortunately I'm not actually great with CAD and making attractive cases, but fortunately someone else has released an unfinished version of such a project with aesthetics I really liked.

    To be honest I will probably end up redoing everything once I get my CAD skills up to par because for a future project I will want to print a custom arcade-style controller and will want to have a cabinet to match.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on How Disney's Tower of Terror works in ~tech

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    Oh yes, the theming for this ride was always top-notch. I just can't stand the ride itself. It turns out that the sensation of falling does not mix well with my everyday fear of heights.

    Oh yes, the theming for this ride was always top-notch. I just can't stand the ride itself. It turns out that the sensation of falling does not mix well with my everyday fear of heights.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Introducing: AMD Privacy View in ~tech

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    I've actually used such a polarized screen (they were really common in the university that sponsored an educational program I was in as a teenager - presumably to keep students from cheating off...

    I've actually used such a polarized screen (they were really common in the university that sponsored an educational program I was in as a teenager - presumably to keep students from cheating off of one another). And polarized screens seem to be a better solution. The reduction of viewing angle is the entire point. That's what prevents others from viewing your screen. Combining it with this eye-tracking software might offer better protection but it seems like it would make actually using your computer much more irritating since it's essentially emulating tunnel vision.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on How A24 became the ultimate film cult in ~movies

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    It's kind of rare to find an opinion piece that reflects what I think as well as this one does - though in my case I don't care one iota about their viral marketing campaigns or cultish fanbase....

    It's kind of rare to find an opinion piece that reflects what I think as well as this one does - though in my case I don't care one iota about their viral marketing campaigns or cultish fanbase. A24 today is to movies what Devolver Digital is to video games; they're taking advantage of the large pool of talented individuals to create unique experiences that the larger studios are no longer willing to risk their money on. But unlike the indie video game scene, there tend to be more barriers to getting people to watch a movie.

    On somewhat of a tangent, I don't think A24 would be as successful if it weren't for the releases that Blumhouse were putting out before they got popular. I noticed that a lot of Blumhouse films were not really so much horror as horror-themed, and I always thought the reason why these films became popular in spite of not being technically very good - or otherwise not quite in the horror genre that they specialized in - was precisely because of the public exhaustion with mainstream films.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Introducing: AMD Privacy View in ~tech

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    Is this something people are asking for? Having eye tracking software on my computer sounds awefully orwellian.

    Is this something people are asking for? Having eye tracking software on my computer sounds awefully orwellian.

    11 votes
  7. Comment on Texas school shooting kills nineteen children, two adults in ~news

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    I’m not a teacher but this story kind of broke me. I stopped paying attention to shootings because they have become far too common and I am just too weak to have to keep hearing how we are...

    I’m not a teacher but this story kind of broke me. I stopped paying attention to shootings because they have become far too common and I am just too weak to have to keep hearing how we are continually doing nothing to counter them. But today I am seeing children being murdered in cold blood because there are already too many people with guns to do anything about them. I can’t ignore this. It’s just too much. But I don’t know what to do anymore.

    We are living in a society that allows you to think it’s ok to murder children as long as you hate them more than you care to live. We let practically everyone own the tools to do it as effectively as possible. Sometimes people blame this on the murderers’ mental health but nobody does anything to ensure that everyone has access to comprehensive mental health programs so they are complicit with the murderers. But for fuck’s sake, congress, DO SOMETHING. Something that will meaningfully act to stop this shit from happening over and over like keeps happening.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on AlbumLove recommendations thread: May 2022 in ~music

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    It took me a while to get the time to sit down and listen to this but it looks like you found something special. Harumi Hosono is a name I have heard a number of times, and this album marks his...

    It took me a while to get the time to sit down and listen to this but it looks like you found something special. Harumi Hosono is a name I have heard a number of times, and this album marks his first collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto, with whom he would start a band called Yellow Magic Orchestra which would end up being one of the most influential music acts of the 80s. If you listen to some of those albums you might see even more influence.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on AlbumLove recommendations thread: May 2022 in ~music

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    I'm going to be honest with you, that particular soundtrack just completely slips through my mind. I actually played through Golden Sun during a vacation last year and I don't remember the...

    I'm going to be honest with you, that particular soundtrack just completely slips through my mind. I actually played through Golden Sun during a vacation last year and I don't remember the soundtrack at all. Listening to it right now, I'd say that you'll probably most like the work he did on the early Tales series. I actually particularly like his Tales of Phantasia soundtrack, but the rest of them are in the same "I like them but they're not terribly memorable for me" area as Golden Sun is.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Even a mugger didn’t want my old Nokia. So why are so many people turning to ‘dumbphones’? in ~tech

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    I was rather irritated that they found themselves being insulted by being called a neo-luddite. I am offended of them being called that because Luddites were honorable people who are fighting...

    I was rather irritated that they found themselves being insulted by being called a neo-luddite. I am offended of them being called that because Luddites were honorable people who are fighting against losing their livelihood because their jobs were about to be replaced by machines. In comparison, this person's ideas seems less like a reasoned position than it does simple stubbornness.

    Is this writer from the Guardian's UK staff? From what I understand, the reason why whatsapp is so popular in Europe is because it costs money to both send and receive SMS messages. The choice to stay off of the app is actually costing their friends money for their companionship.

    The only actually good thing about this is that they aren't contributing to the vast pile of e-waste that cellphones tend to create; that's a legitimate problem the world needs to deal with. Even so, I'm amazed they were able to continue using that phone for as long as they did, because in the US 2G networks have been off air for years now and 3G is probably going to be gone by the end of this year.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on Deep dive into the history of Kennywood's Old Mill ride, the cancelled Garfield theme park, and the infamous Garfield's Nightmare dark ride in ~humanities

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    Defunctland is always good, but this one was a particularly magical episode. I particularly love how he reached out to get people's memories of the ride. There really is something magical about...

    Defunctland is always good, but this one was a particularly magical episode. I particularly love how he reached out to get people's memories of the ride.

    There really is something magical about those small run-down theme parks that the big ones will never be able to reproduce. Especially if it's one that's relatively close to you. The feelings you get when you go back to one from your childhood and you see attractions from decades ago somehow still up and running are practically religious. The fact that they are kitschy and imperfect are features that add unique flavor to the experience.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Is anyone surprised Grubhub’s ‘free’ lunch program was a disaster for restaurant workers? in ~food

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    This is why I despise companies like GrubHub and Uber and all the other "app economy" companies. They're nothing more than rent seekers. They're just another middleman who exist to extract more...

    This is why I despise companies like GrubHub and Uber and all the other "app economy" companies. They're nothing more than rent seekers. They're just another middleman who exist to extract more money out of transactions that otherwise would not even involve them. Of course they didn't care about the damage they caused the customers and businesses, because their entire business model is to be a parasite to extract as much value out of restaurants and their customers as possible.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    It's been a long time since I had time to read anything, and I'm in a period with a lot of stress, so I'm trying to make it a point to set aside some reading time as a means of enforced...

    It's been a long time since I had time to read anything, and I'm in a period with a lot of stress, so I'm trying to make it a point to set aside some reading time as a means of enforced relaxation.

    There's a book I've been wanting to read since I was a child but never got the chance because I was a poor kid and most of my reading material was from thriftshops and bookstore overstocks. I finally realized that I'm an adult with real money so I could buy a new copy if I really wanted, so I spent an entire $8 on Amazon for a paperback version of The Neverending Story.

    I'm not terribly deep in the story yet, but I do love what I've read so far. It's kind of refreshing to read because you're also getting the reactions of Bastian while he's reading the book; it's kind of like talking about a movie with a friend while it's playing, but the fact that you're reading it gives it this sense of intimacy that you couldn't really get in real life because people tend to read at different speeds. But one thing I appreciate the most about the book is that it has this brisk sense of pacing that I can vaguely recall from other contemporary German fantasy, where the situation can completely change in the blink of an eye.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on My college students are not ok in ~life

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    Yes and no. Honestly there are some personal issues I'm going through that are making things worse for me than they aught to be including some that may be health related, but I'd rather not go...

    Yes and no. Honestly there are some personal issues I'm going through that are making things worse for me than they aught to be including some that may be health related, but I'd rather not go over them here.

    Beyond that, the stuff I'm talking about is a mentality you can find just about everywhere in the US. It wouldn't do me much good to change workplaces if that were all I were looking to avoid.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on My college students are not ok in ~life

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    IMHO it’s workplace expectations. I don’t have much real evidence but I have anecdotes in spades. You’ve probably heard of many stories about US worker productivity going up and how work is...

    IMHO it’s workplace expectations. I don’t have much real evidence but I have anecdotes in spades. You’ve probably heard of many stories about US worker productivity going up and how work is seeping into private lives with the rise of apps and smartphones. And coincidentally there are no minimum PTO requirements (as in forcing you to take time off) to help people force themselves to reset.

    Another fine anecdote is how the Nazi ground corps ended up being so effective. They could move faster than any other on foot forces could. You know how they managed it? Drugs - they pumped them full of amphetamines. How many people at your work are self-described coffee addicts? If not coffee, how about caffeinated sodas? Nicotine in cigarettes is also a stimulant.

    I know there are probably more reasons than this, but that is what I am feeling personally right now. I am falling asleep at lunchtime at work because I can’t sleep at night because I am not getting enough done. I am so exhausted.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Where is the Marvel Cinematic Universe going? Only Kevin Feige knows for sure in ~movies

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    My husband is on the bandwagon on this one and I am finding myself badgered to the point where I may become violent. Im fine with movies building towards bigger events and narratives, but the...

    My husband is on the bandwagon on this one and I am finding myself badgered to the point where I may become violent. Im fine with movies building towards bigger events and narratives, but the latest stuff just seems to point out “hey remember these guys?” And they never actually finish anything. Each new series just leaves a whole bunch of unanswered questions and it honestly doesn’t seem like it’s building up to anything.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on What’s a subculture you’re part of, and what insights can you give to outsiders about it? in ~talk

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    I've always been a bit curious about the whole "community" part of BDSM. I get being kinky and seeing a lot of the same people when indulging in them, but I don't think I would have thought of it...

    I've always been a bit curious about the whole "community" part of BDSM. I get being kinky and seeing a lot of the same people when indulging in them, but I don't think I would have thought of it as a community.

    So like, if you were to take your BDSM community friends over to Starbucks for some coffee, what do you talk about? Or if you go to a house party, is it going to be assumed to be filled with sensuality?

    And more specifically, you bring these three communities up together in a single sentence; so just for clarification, are you talking about three broad communities or one extremely specific community? And if it is just one niche community, how do you find eachother?

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Bill Gates is so over this pandemic in ~health.coronavirus

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    Oh, I'm sorry, I think I misunderstood what you were asking the first time. What I meant is that they have the tendency to think they can make arbitrary sweeping societal changes with computers...

    Oh, I'm sorry, I think I misunderstood what you were asking the first time. What I meant is that they have the tendency to think they can make arbitrary sweeping societal changes with computers running clever code or some arbitrary innovation. They've got heads-in-the-cloud ambition without the resources to make them reality. It's kind of like the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field, except where Jobs used it to make his existing products seem more revolutionary than they were, these guys don't actually have much to show for their lofty ideas.

    They try to make them sound utopian but they seem like they would actually cause dystopian side-effects. Intelligent Agents already exist - they're called human beings - but people like Gates want to replace them with software. And the Metaverse is just a less convenient and more proprietary version of the Internet that is quite literally copied out of a dystopian science fiction novel.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Bill Gates is so over this pandemic in ~health.coronavirus

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    People who get rich off of their merits are extremely rare. The vast majority of rich people become so either because they inherited it or because they stole Their riches from others. And the...

    People who get rich off of their merits are extremely rare. The vast majority of rich people become so either because they inherited it or because they stole Their riches from others. And the people with the most riches are overwhelmingly going to be the latter type.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Bill Gates is so over this pandemic in ~health.coronavirus

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    Even without him heading the company, Microsoft was spending significant resources trying to make it a reality. Remember Tay?

    Even without him heading the company, Microsoft was spending significant resources trying to make it a reality. Remember Tay?

    2 votes