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  1. Comment on The Google Olympics doodle contains a pretty entertaining game today in ~games

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    It appears to be really buggy. After I visited the table tennis area it stopped letting me progress.

    It appears to be really buggy. After I visited the table tennis area it stopped letting me progress.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on PG&E will bury 10,000 miles of power lines so they don't spark wildfires in ~enviro

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    This is extremely good news, but it's also extremely frustrating because it took them so long to finally do what they should have done decades ago. This excerpt from the article illustrates that...

    This is extremely good news, but it's also extremely frustrating because it took them so long to finally do what they should have done decades ago. This excerpt from the article illustrates that frustration fairly well:

    After previous leaders allowed its equipment to fall into disrepair in a apparent attempt to boost profits and management bonuses, the utility's grid was blamed for igniting a series of devastating wildfires in 2017 and 2018 that prompted the company to file for bankruptcy in 2019. The biggest fire, in Butte County, wiped out the entire town of Paradise and resulted in PG&E pleading guilty to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter last year just weeks before it emerged from one of the most complex cases in U.S. history.

    13 votes
  3. Comment on Completed skirt project! in ~hobbies

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    It's called a watch pocket. It exists as a place to put a pocketwatch. Now it's only there for tradition's sake.

    It's called a watch pocket. It exists as a place to put a pocketwatch. Now it's only there for tradition's sake.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Completed skirt project! in ~hobbies

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    I love that color! The fact that you made this to be form fitting and still have pockets is quite an accomplishment.

    I love that color! The fact that you made this to be form fitting and still have pockets is quite an accomplishment.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    This is what I find to be the most ironic thing about making the web into an application framework; I think that there's a good class of people who just simply don't want to use them. It's not...

    This is what I find to be the most ironic thing about making the web into an application framework; I think that there's a good class of people who just simply don't want to use them. It's not because they are worse than desktop apps, but because they require a degree of abstraction.

    Do your parents use the web version of all of G-Suite, or do they use the apps? I can tell you that when it comes to my grandmother using her android tablet, she gets very confused when you have to go to a website instead of an app. If she can't find it in her home screen, she's not going to have an easy time remembering how to get to something. And no, this isn't just an "old people can't do this" thing, it's a "people won't bother if they don't have to" thing.

    And the thing is that even our corporate overlords seem to want us to use apps instead of websites. Basically every major social network is full of nag screens whenever you access on a mobile device to use their app, and some take active steps from mobile users accessing the web version. Heck, even Apple and Google are taking steps to get you to use more apps with things like Web Clips.

    "It just works" is important, but being on the web does not automatically mean that it will just work. I've had plenty of issues using web applications. But there's nothing stopping mobile apps or full-blown desktop applications from having that "it just works" quality - in theory, at least.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    It is not the same thing. It only begins to become functionally simelar if you are providing a service, in which case your site is an application. The thing about websites that the people in...

    It is not the same thing. It only begins to become functionally simelar if you are providing a service, in which case your site is an application.

    The thing about websites that the people in charge of developing them tend to forget is that the greatest value of any given page is typically in the content. People don't buy from online stores because the website is fun, do they? Amazon would fold overnight if that were the case. Social networks, news outlets, and just about every other major category of website would completely fall apart without content. Even if you have a website that is purely to fill a business role, it only exists because it serves the content being brought to it.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Japanese police arrest man for selling modded save files for single-player Nintendo game in ~games

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    I'm incensed that governments - any of them - protect trade secrets. Trade secrets do not help society. They are a technological monopoly that lasts forever, and that only helps increase...

    I'm incensed that governments - any of them - protect trade secrets. Trade secrets do not help society. They are a technological monopoly that lasts forever, and that only helps increase inequality. Any government that protects them is openly corrupt.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    I've been making more ice cream! Yesterday I finally got around to making an old favorite flavor of mine, mint chocolate chip. For some reason I could not figure out how much peppermint extract to...

    I've been making more ice cream!

    Yesterday I finally got around to making an old favorite flavor of mine, mint chocolate chip. For some reason I could not figure out how much peppermint extract to add to the mixture. I think it's because homemade ice cream is so much creamier and rich when compared to store-bought. Seriously, you don't need to add any flavoring to make this stuff taste better. I probably ended up adding too much, but I don't think that I'll really know until tonight when I get the chance to have the fully hardened version.

    It turns out that Grape Nuts ice cream is objectively the best flavor of ice cream. Anyone who says otherwise has either never tried it before (bless their hearts), or is lying to you so that they can have more for themselves.

    My fiance has found a new favorite Thai restaurant, and while I also really like their food, it's for a completely different reason than he does. He likes it because their curry (his favorite dish) has a good mix of spices and is very sweet. But I'm liking it because all of their dishes have a good amount of vegitables with them. Their pad se ew comes with more vegitables than noodles by volume. I wish there were more restaurants that had dishes proportioned like this.

  9. Comment on ARM or x86? ISA doesn’t matter in ~comp

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    instruction sets on modern CPUs are kind of weird; it almost feels like assembly programming is not only outdated, but counterproductive; there's hardware put into CPUs to take apart your bad...

    instruction sets on modern CPUs are kind of weird; it almost feels like assembly programming is not only outdated, but counterproductive; there's hardware put into CPUs to take apart your bad instructions and tear them into micro-instructions so that it can run more of them at the same time. Modern high performance CPUs have transcended the RISC/CISC paradigm and are essentially VLIW machines in everything but name. They're practically DSPs at this point, and that's before you get into multicore design.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    I also think that it's strange to fixate on pages. And ironically, this has been somewhat solved in the modern web; you can now use CSS to define page breaks in an HTML document. Granted, nobody...

    I also think that it's strange to fixate on pages. And ironically, this has been somewhat solved in the modern web; you can now use CSS to define page breaks in an HTML document. Granted, nobody seems to actually care about the printability of web pages. The number of published webpages with print-specific CSS is so small as to be an outlier.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    You mean software developers. People just want to browse the web. Developers are the people who decided to change what the web is. The only people I see who are excited about using the web as an...

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    You mean software developers.

    People just want to browse the web. Developers are the people who decided to change what the web is.

    The only people I see who are excited about using the web as an application framework are developers. When average people hear about a web version of a type of application, they might say "Cool" but I don't think I've ever actually heard anyone talk about it as being a positive feature.

    Granted, people are now accustomed to the web being an application framework, so now there would be a backlash if they were not able to use the web in that way anymore.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Steam Deck - Valve's Switch-style portable gaming PC, starting at $399 USD and shipping in December 2021 in ~games

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    I’ve been seeing a ton of comparisons. And the timing for this announcement is perfect, since it’s coming right off the tail of the underwhelming OLED Switch announcement.

    I’ve been seeing a ton of comparisons. And the timing for this announcement is perfect, since it’s coming right off the tail of the underwhelming OLED Switch announcement.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Steam Deck - Valve's Switch-style portable gaming PC, starting at $399 USD and shipping in December 2021 in ~games

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    To be fair, there is a wide range of eMMC modules out there and the ones you see in most computers tend to be some of the lowest tier stuff. You might be surprised at the performance in this...

    To be fair, there is a wide range of eMMC modules out there and the ones you see in most computers tend to be some of the lowest tier stuff. You might be surprised at the performance in this implementation.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Sega sued for ‘rigged’ arcade machine in ~games

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    Ah, I see, that's understandable. The concept of legal precedent is a bit hard to define, but it's basically the practice of using historical cases to decide how to deal with current cases. So if...

    Ah, I see, that's understandable.

    The concept of legal precedent is a bit hard to define, but it's basically the practice of using historical cases to decide how to deal with current cases. So if there were a case where this kind of game fixing was ruled to be against the law, the lawyer for the person suing Sega right now would present the preceding case to tell the judge how to deal with the current case. It's why you see them bringing up old cases in legal briefs; it's basically like academic citations being used for the practice of law.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Sega sued for ‘rigged’ arcade machine in ~games

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    Yes, I also read the article. As far as I am aware, settlements do not attribute to legal precedent. Beyond that, I was talking about the use of similar 'sweepstakes' style rigging in all types of...

    Yes, I also read the article. As far as I am aware, settlements do not attribute to legal precedent. Beyond that, I was talking about the use of similar 'sweepstakes' style rigging in all types of machines rather than this one particular example.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Sega sued for ‘rigged’ arcade machine in ~games

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    I doubt this will go anywhere. Pretty much every redemption game is set up like this. This includes claw machines and even ticket-dispensing games. While I don’t know what the legal precedent for...

    I doubt this will go anywhere. Pretty much every redemption game is set up like this. This includes claw machines and even ticket-dispensing games. While I don’t know what the legal precedent for this is, I doubt that in the literal decades of this practice that it would have never gone to court.

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

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    Yeah, don't get me wrong, but Automata is certainly the better of the two; it had a dramatically higher budget and they brought in some action game experts to ensure the actual gameplay would be...

    Yeah, don't get me wrong, but Automata is certainly the better of the two; it had a dramatically higher budget and they brought in some action game experts to ensure the actual gameplay would be top-notch. And personally speaking I much prefer the philosophical writing in Automata to the pure emotion of Replicant. It also helps that Automata's "true" ending is an optimistic, almost happy ending, doubly so when you consider the that the main message in Replicant is that there is no choice that you can make that leads to a happy life.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on The Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con drift problem, explained in ~games

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    I really wish that game companies would go back to magnetic joysticks like Sega did. I've seen countless potentiometer-based joysticks fail over time, but the only time I've ever seen a magnetic...

    I really wish that game companies would go back to magnetic joysticks like Sega did. I've seen countless potentiometer-based joysticks fail over time, but the only time I've ever seen a magnetic joystick break is when someone physically snapped the plastic joystick lever itself. Magnetic designs are much more simple mechanically, more reliable, and generally more accurate.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on The Tennessee Department of Health will halt all adolescent vaccine outreach – not just for coronavirus, but all diseases – amid pressure from Republican state lawmakers in ~health

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    You are completely right. I have been desperately trying to understand why these people think the way they do and at the core this is exactly the problem. They believe in “alternative facts”. You...

    You are completely right. I have been desperately trying to understand why these people think the way they do and at the core this is exactly the problem. They believe in “alternative facts”. You cannot convince them of things contrary to their beliefs because those beliefs are core to their personality and worldview. It’s why you see them constantly looking for external validation for them, why you constantly see them parroting talking points among themselves.

    That’s why you should always stand your ground against them whenever they try to use intellectualism against you. They say that they are being censored, that their viewpoints are becoming a social liability. That’s because their ideas have already been through the so-called “marketplace of ideas” and we already know those ideas are junk. Many of them have not only been entertained, but have been made into the law of the land, and we have seen firsthand how disastrous the results have been.

    Our government is in shambles because our society allows people to never need to critically examine their beliefs, and that pisses me off.

    Perhaps the worst idea the right has is this extreme view on individualism. That’s the primary reason why they hate every piece of progressive legislature to be proposed. If something bad happens to you, it’s always your own fault. Are you homeless? Just get a job, freeloader! And of course they accomplished everything they have in this life without anyone else’s help. If we’re lucky they might give some credit to their parents for raising them. It is the reason why they refuse to take social programs seriously; if they really work, then a core idea that they base their sense of self on is no longer true. It would damage their ego and force them to realize all the people that they have both directly and indirectly hurt.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus faces death threats after releasing satirical music video in ~lgbt

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    Heck, it's not hard to find on the actual Reddit conservosphere. I know I read quite a few of them last weekend.

    Heck, it's not hard to find on the actual Reddit conservosphere. I know I read quite a few of them last weekend.

    4 votes