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  1. Comment on What do you want someone to ask you about? in ~talk

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    Something like $3500. The good news is that that is going to be split between three people. Even better, it may be at least partially covered by insurance, but we are still looking into it. The...

    Something like $3500.

    The good news is that that is going to be split between three people. Even better, it may be at least partially covered by insurance, but we are still looking into it.

    The problem is mostly timing, because it happened while we were saving up for a big two-week vacation on a cruise. We may not be able to go for a full year if we can't save enough money by the deadline. So if the insurance doesn't cover it, there is going to be a lot of stress.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on "What is the difference between a pixel and a voxel?" | Pixels and voxels, the long answer in ~games.game_design

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    I actually read the article after reading your comment. You're right, this is not quite accurate, and the characterization of Minecraft's graphics as voxel-based is the most egregious error....

    I actually read the article after reading your comment. You're right, this is not quite accurate, and the characterization of Minecraft's graphics as voxel-based is the most egregious error. Minecraft's blocks are absolutely not the smallest discrete visual elements because everything that is not block-shaped is generally smaller than a block.

    I would also take issue with calling 3D games "vector-based" for a number of reasons. Number one is that they are typically not represented by vectors, even if you are just talking about raw polygon data.

    I don't think that most voxel engines are based on drawing polygon boxes. That is a very mathematically complex operation. The reason why voxel engines came to being is because they are very easy to render. That being said, I don't have the know-how to explain any further.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What do you want someone to ask you about? in ~talk

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    Oh man, it's always awesome to find new people who like to play go! I love the game, but there is nobody near me who likes to play, and I find it too difficult to concentrate with online games....

    Oh man, it's always awesome to find new people who like to play go! I love the game, but there is nobody near me who likes to play, and I find it too difficult to concentrate with online games.

    The irony is that I'm living in a spot that is majority Asian, so there are tons of potential players. But there are tons of social barriers, mainly because I'm too socially awkward to talk to anyone I have actually seen playing the game.

  4. Comment on What do you want someone to ask you about? in ~talk

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    There isn't, and it bugs me every day. All we have is context clues. There is the alternate spelling, "Theatre", that is supposed to be about the art of putting on stage shows, but the only people...

    theater (one for plays, not movies. I don't know how to differentiate in English).

    There isn't, and it bugs me every day. All we have is context clues.

    There is the alternate spelling, "Theatre", that is supposed to be about the art of putting on stage shows, but the only people who use it are the people involved in the industry and a handful of fans.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Is it possible to reprogram a coffee maker? in ~tech

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    Just return it if it is new. Most coffee makers are not smart devices. Chances are that your coffee maker has no motor or pump to regulate how fast water is being moved. Instead, the water is...

    Just return it if it is new.

    Most coffee makers are not smart devices. Chances are that your coffee maker has no motor or pump to regulate how fast water is being moved. Instead, the water is moved entirely with the power of heat.

    There are coffee makers that are more advanced, of course, but they are appropriately more expensive.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Untitled Goose Game in ~games

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    Yes, it's called The Pirate Bay. In all seriousness, though, I didn't realize it was an EGS exclusive at the time I wrote that comment.

    Yes, it's called The Pirate Bay.

    In all seriousness, though, I didn't realize it was an EGS exclusive at the time I wrote that comment.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on The Guardian's ranking of the 100 best books of the 21st century in ~books

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    That's a perfectly valid complaint. But if I were to be completely honest, I think all of the HP novels feature somewhat contrived plots. I honestly can't think of any other books featuring magic...

    That's a perfectly valid complaint. But if I were to be completely honest, I think all of the HP novels feature somewhat contrived plots. I honestly can't think of any other books featuring magic that aren't like that. But then again, I don't particularly care for the fantasy genre as a whole, so there's not a lot to compare with.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on The Guardian's ranking of the 100 best books of the 21st century in ~books

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    I rather liked it. Of all of the HP books, I feel that it has the best overall storytelling. It's also the book that seems less about building the universe than it is about enjoying being in it,...

    I rather liked it. Of all of the HP books, I feel that it has the best overall storytelling. It's also the book that seems less about building the universe than it is about enjoying being in it, if that makes any sense.

    Then again, it's been ages since I've read any of them.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Unhappy meals - How 'Food Science' made us unhealthy in ~health

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    I get that! I really do. And let me say that I actually really respect this author. I think he is terrific at his job. I know he is not anti-science. The problem I have with this article is that...

    So in other words, he’s making exactly the same argument that you have in your post.

    I get that! I really do. And let me say that I actually really respect this author. I think he is terrific at his job. I know he is not anti-science. The problem I have with this article is that the way he starts building up to his conclusions involves anti-science arguments. My problem isn't the destination, it's the journey to get there.

    That being said, I seemed to have somehow skipped that part when he was talking about the French Paradox. Thank you for clarifying the issue.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Untitled Goose Game in ~games

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    You can run non-steam games through Proton.

    You can run non-steam games through Proton.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Unhappy meals - How 'Food Science' made us unhealthy in ~health

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    I did read it. Thus, my conclusion. The thing about it that bothers me is that I actually agree with his conclusions, but not the way he gets to them. I find it extremely problematic. The diet...

    I did read it. Thus, my conclusion.

    The thing about it that bothers me is that I actually agree with his conclusions, but not the way he gets to them. I find it extremely problematic.

    The diet fads he talks about, weather complete diets or truisms like "increase nutrient X and decrease nutrient Y" are not bad because the science behind them are bad, but because the people who are following these rules typically do not understand nutrition as a whole, do not fully understand the findings of recent studies, do not understand that a single study is not going to give definitive answers, or quite simply are acting from secondhand sources which were never correct in the first place. Look at all the people who cut out gluten from their diets in spite of having absolutely no benefits for them to do so. Heck, there are many diet fads that don't even come from scientific studies! Fad diets are bad, but it's not because of science.

    When he mentioned the French Paradox, I wanted to scream. There is no French Paradox. French people do not violate the laws of thermodynamics. French people ear a lot more fat than Americans were when this term came out, but they were also eating significantly less food overall. It turns out that fat helps you to feel full.

    But that is not the only time I wanted to tell out "thats not how that works!" He misrepresents the way science works in just about every fourth or fifth paragraph. Even early on, he disingenuously starts painting food science as bad simply because it makes it more complex. And yes, it is disingenuous - he literally starts using jargon to make it seem more complex than it needs to be.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Unhappy meals - How 'Food Science' made us unhealthy in ~health

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    There is no reason to read this. It is simply an anti-science article, therefore all statements can be boiled down to "I don't understand the science, therefore it is wrong" with a side of "there...

    There is no reason to read this. It is simply an anti-science article, therefore all statements can be boiled down to "I don't understand the science, therefore it is wrong" with a side of "there are some bad things in this category, therefore the entire category is bad". There are so many points that irritated me that I wanted to refute here, but I figured about halfway through that there was no point to being more specific than the arguments I have just listed.

    This is a bit of a shame because I genuinely think that the advice he gives at the start of the article - advice he is famous for - is legitimately good advice.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on How googly eyes solved one of today’s trickiest UX problems in ~tech

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    For some reason, I jumped in this thinking it would be about xeyes.

    For some reason, I jumped in this thinking it would be about xeyes.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Jack Conte, Patreon, and the plight of the creative class in ~tech

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    I'm just completely blown away that one of the people from this tiny indie band I used to listened to had created this insanely useful platform that gives some of my favorite creators an otherwise...

    I'm just completely blown away that one of the people from this tiny indie band I used to listened to had created this insanely useful platform that gives some of my favorite creators an otherwise impossible livelihood. I was always afraid to give money to Patreon because I figured it was another big financial con that would be taking away a huge portion of the cash. I'm definitely more likely to toss some money in the coffers after reading this.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Our Food Is Killing Too Many of Us: Improving American nutrition would make the biggest impact on our health care. in ~health

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    You can't blame individual consumers for acting according to basic economics. To fix the problem, we need to fix the parts of the economy that cause this problem. Let's shrink this problem to the...

    You can't blame individual consumers for acting according to basic economics. To fix the problem, we need to fix the parts of the economy that cause this problem.

    Let's shrink this problem to the US McDonald's menu. IMHO, McDonald's only offers one adult meal that is actually well balanced, and that is their "Premium salads". And to be more specific, I'm talking about the salad varieties that use grilled chicken, or possibly the fried chicken version without the dressing. The economic problem with this is that that salad will cost between $6 and $9, depending on the locations. On the other hand, a cheeseburger will only cost $1. If it only takes two or three of those cheeseburgers to satiate a person's hunger, that same person can have two meals for the price of one.

    While, sure, there are many more choices than McDonalds, pretty much every fast food restaurant works this way. Sit-down restaurants are not much better, either, because even though their salads are still mostly ultra-cheap lettuce, they still charge high prices for them.

    And don't forget that there are many more parts of this economics problem. People are going to these restaurants because they provide more value than just the food; it also provides convenience, which saves time - an extremely value economic currency. There are also psychological elements in place - eating unhealthy food makes you happy - it quite literally gives you a dopamine rush.

    8 votes
  16. Comment on Best cheap GPU for a Linux desktop? in ~tech

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    The cheapest GPUs are APUs. You can save a bunch of money buy buying a CPU with integrated graphics. I recommend spending the extra few bucks and getting their highest-end APU, the AMD Ryzen 5...

    The cheapest GPUs are APUs. You can save a bunch of money buy buying a CPU with integrated graphics. I recommend spending the extra few bucks and getting their highest-end APU, the AMD Ryzen 5 3400G. It's got the best integrated graphics out there, and it takes care of both your CPU and GPU for only $150 USD.

    Granted, the best integrated graphics isn't going to beat the majority of bespoke GPUs out there, but you'll at least be 'on the map', as you say. Most games should be at least playable. I've got a laptop with an older, less powerful APU and it plays a lot of games decently.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on What do you want someone to ask you about? in ~talk

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    I'm waiting for someone to ask me about money or about plumbing. Specifically, I'm waiting so that I can ask them for a loan to pay for an expensive plumbing repair job.

    I'm waiting for someone to ask me about money or about plumbing. Specifically, I'm waiting so that I can ask them for a loan to pay for an expensive plumbing repair job.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on A look inside Apple’s A13 Bionic chip and what it tells us about the future of mobile technology in ~tech

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    I really hate this kind of article. It doesn't look 'inside' the chip; it doesn't even open past the first page of the (imaginary) whitepapers where it gives you the quick overview. Basically...

    I really hate this kind of article. It doesn't look 'inside' the chip; it doesn't even open past the first page of the (imaginary) whitepapers where it gives you the quick overview. Basically everything about these chips are wrapped in mystery as far as I'm aware. Nobody seems to be able to give a satisfactory answer for what exactly the "neural engine" actually does or how it works. They talk about how the vertical integration helps, but when they go into examples they talk about how it accelerates text to speech - a technology that has literally been around for decades!

    Seriously, if someone publishes an article that says "Product X is the best" without explaining why, it's not journalism. Journalism requires research. This is just a regurgitation of Apple's marketing.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on DigitalFoundry Direct: Modern games look amazing on CRT monitors in ~games

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    My CRTs had to go when I was forced to leave the house. I didn't get the chance to get a moving van and it was short notice, so I left it along with almost all of my retrocomputing hardware. Among...

    My CRTs had to go when I was forced to leave the house. I didn't get the chance to get a moving van and it was short notice, so I left it along with almost all of my retrocomputing hardware. Among the lost includes a Tandy 1000 HX with original HDD, a late model beige Power Macintosh (can't recall the exact model, but it did have its own built-in TV capture card), a Magnavox Odyssey^2, and I think a TI-99/4A. At least I managed to keep the Amiga A3000 and most of the accessories for it.

    The good thing was that this was 2008, and full HD flat panels were now fairly common and relatively inexpensive (though color reproduction was sorely lacking). And because digital connections were becoming the standard, the picture was a bit clearer than my old CRT was.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on DigitalFoundry Direct: Modern games look amazing on CRT monitors in ~games

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    LCD projectors also need lamps. Though I wonder how common they are today when so few people are using projectors. In an era where you can have LCD or OLED pannels turn entire walls into screens,...

    LCD projectors also need lamps. Though I wonder how common they are today when so few people are using projectors.

    In an era where you can have LCD or OLED pannels turn entire walls into screens, it feels so strange that we used to have rear-projection TV sets just so we could get a big picture! And they were absolutely terrible for the health of your eyes.

    1 vote