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  1. Comment on Google announces "Stadia", a new game-streaming platform with deep YouTube integration in ~games

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    I've ditched cable long ago. Are they still wasting their bandwidth on analog "basic cable" channels?

    I've ditched cable long ago. Are they still wasting their bandwidth on analog "basic cable" channels?

  2. Comment on Google announces "Stadia", a new game-streaming platform with deep YouTube integration in ~games

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    I'll be more focused on the future when US ISPs shape up their networks enough for 720p game streaming to be decent. That was always the main reason why I never bothered with PlayStation Now after...

    I'll be more focused on the future when US ISPs shape up their networks enough for 720p game streaming to be decent. That was always the main reason why I never bothered with PlayStation Now after my free time was up. Resolution doesn't mean anything if there's not enough bandwidth to make the pictures look reliably sharp.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    There are Android phones with plastic screens as well. Though they aren't typically the high end ones. If you want to know the real irony, it's that the trend for having no bezel still requires...

    There are Android phones with plastic screens as well. Though they aren't typically the high end ones.

    If you want to know the real irony, it's that the trend for having no bezel still requires you to get a case. You can't win any way you play it.

  4. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    Plastic would work just as well, it's apparently just not "premium" enough.

    Plastic would work just as well, it's apparently just not "premium" enough.

  5. Comment on How did/do you fund your graduate education? in ~life

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    The same way as everyone else, rich parents student aid programs. I am actually taking college classes part time alongside a full-time job, which is excruciatingly slow. But because I am going to...

    The same way as everyone else, rich parents student aid programs.

    I am actually taking college classes part time alongside a full-time job, which is excruciatingly slow. But because I am going to a community college (a particularly good one, actually) and taking so few simultaneous classes, school isn't costing me a significant amount - even though it is costing me extra in periodic fees because I am taking so much time.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Does anyone on Tildes not speak—intentionally or not—to one or both of your parents? If so, why? in ~talk

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    I've talked about him here far more than I would have liked to, honestly. Though I haven't put the whole story, mostly because it's exhausting to explain everything, here is a vignette that gives...

    I've talked about him here far more than I would have liked to, honestly. Though I haven't put the whole story, mostly because it's exhausting to explain everything, here is a vignette that gives the general feeling without going into the drama that started it.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on How Google’s Bad Data Wiped a Neighborhood off the Map in ~tech

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    So what I'm getting from this is that where you live, neighborhoods are basically cliques for adults? Honestly, I don't see how this neighborhood concept is helpful to anyone. It seems like it's...

    So what I'm getting from this is that where you live, neighborhoods are basically cliques for adults?

    Honestly, I don't see how this neighborhood concept is helpful to anyone. It seems like it's either a result of or an excuse for discrimination, if not both.

    I get why people would come up with names for neighborhoods, but I don't see why this data would need to be in a map.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on GRID 2 + 2 Dlc Free for a limited time via Humble Bundle in ~games

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    I remember getting this game for free with a graphics card a while back and never installed it because it had some draconian DRM (It may have been GFWL). It really soured my oppinion on...

    I remember getting this game for free with a graphics card a while back and never installed it because it had some draconian DRM (It may have been GFWL). It really soured my oppinion on Codemasters.

    Looking on the Steam page, it doesn't look like it has DRM on it anymore. But strangely enough, the game has been ported to run on MacOS, but not Linux.

  9. Comment on “Boys Can Be Princesses Too”: Challenging gendered stereotypes in Hugtto! PreCure in ~anime

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    I was about to comment about how fluid gender expression is fairly common in the Magical Girl genre, but I realized that beyond Sailor Moon, I can't really think of many examples. I seem to...

    I was about to comment about how fluid gender expression is fairly common in the Magical Girl genre, but I realized that beyond Sailor Moon, I can't really think of many examples. I seem to remember some of the male characters in Cardcaptor Sakura were pretty effeminate, but that's all I've got.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    Phones and tablets already have replaced computers for most users. Even for people who need to use a computer for work, that typically means running Microsoft Word or Excel - both of which are...

    Phones and tablets already have replaced computers for most users. Even for people who need to use a computer for work, that typically means running Microsoft Word or Excel - both of which are available on iOS and Android. It seems more and more business applications keep getting ported to mobile platforms. Just look at how much Adobe has invested into their mobile versions of Lightroom and Photoshop.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    Yes! Absolutely! The fact that we call them smartphones is incredulous to me because nearly all of the things we say make them "smart" already existed before the iPhone was invented. The real...

    Yes! Absolutely!

    The fact that we call them smartphones is incredulous to me because nearly all of the things we say make them "smart" already existed before the iPhone was invented. The real innovation is simply the design of the UI built around a capacitive touch screen - but that's not the part that people pay much attention to.

    It's pretty easy to see why people got so excited over the 'smart' features on an iPhone in the US, though. Cell phone carriers only allowed you to use phones they sold, and those phones had modified firmware to lock out and paywall countless features.

    That's one of the reasons why I think that tech journalism is so bad. They keep propagating the myth that there is always some breakthrough technology on the horizon that will change everything. In reality, technology is iterative in nature. Design is what is groundbreaking, and the accessibility to technology is what is world-changing.

    15 votes
  12. Comment on Kurzgesagt's "Trust" video may have been a preemptive move to avoid criticism. in ~misc

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    I suppose I would agree with that. Though it is more problematic knowing that most people won't go any further than watching the video. This particular video is really the only one I have major...

    I suppose I would agree with that. Though it is more problematic knowing that most people won't go any further than watching the video. This particular video is really the only one I have major problems with.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Kurzgesagt's "Trust" video may have been a preemptive move to avoid criticism. in ~misc

    Akir Link Parent
    Perhaps doubling down was too strong a phrase, but they (very quickly, as part of a list) did say that they are sticking behind it's conclusion. It's funny you mention sources, because after...

    Perhaps doubling down was too strong a phrase, but they (very quickly, as part of a list) did say that they are sticking behind it's conclusion.

    It's funny you mention sources, because after re-watching this video I checked the sources for the meat video. About a quarter of the sources (not including the extra reading section) were from animal rights organizations. I would consider those sources to be biased. The section of the video using these sources loses any sense of impartiality because they begin to argue for a specific moral viewpoint. And that's a shame, because when combined with the misleading information it really undermines the legitimate reasons why one should limit their meat consumption!

    I will stand behind my view that the meat video doesn't meet the standards they are claiming in their trust video. Here's the reason why, in a quote from said video:

    In both of [the videos we took down], we didn't try to present a balanced perspective, but instead chose a take and ran with it.

    And in regards to their Addiction video specifically:

    Addiction is far from solved, and our videos should have reflected that, instead of taking one side. We simplified an idea so much, that it made a great story, but became distorting.

    (Forgive the comma splices; they were in the subtitles).

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Kurzgesagt's "Trust" video may have been a preemptive move to avoid criticism. in ~misc

    Akir Link Parent
    I just re-watched their "trust" video and it looks like they actually doubled-down on the meat video. The ones they removed were the ones on refugees and addiction. It's actually funny; they say...

    I just re-watched their "trust" video and it looks like they actually doubled-down on the meat video. The ones they removed were the ones on refugees and addiction.

    It's actually funny; they say one of the reasons why their refugee video was bad was because it was "divisive and emotional", but that applies just as well with their meat video!

  15. Comment on Is porn making young men impotent? in ~health

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    I think the problem is a little more nuanced than lacking sex education. I think one of the larger problems is that sex education is not comprehensive enough. We are teaching children the basics...

    I think the problem is a little more nuanced than lacking sex education. I think one of the larger problems is that sex education is not comprehensive enough. We are teaching children the basics of sex as a mechanical action. The problem is that it doesn't have an emotional or spiritual aspect. People who try to teach this are made fun of. See Meet the Fockers if you don't believe me.

    Just as a fun (read: terrible) experiment, you should listen to teenage boys talk about sex. It's not just brash and immature, it's unrealistic. They only think about sex in terms of both parties being aroused, and they don't really consider that having sex is going to change the dynamic of their relationships. When they lose their virginity they may be subject to emotional pain they had no way to predict.

    From a personal perspective, I didn't have this kind of insight even after I had sex with at least two partners. I honestly didn't really "get it" until I played Yu-No. It's saying something if a video game is better at teaching you life lessons than literally every adult who was ever charged with the responsibility.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Kurzgesagt's "Trust" video may have been a preemptive move to avoid criticism. in ~misc

    Akir Link Parent
    Well certainly. I just thought that the context would be helpful for others looking at the link. Then again, most people from Tildes were already on Reddit, so I'm not entirely sure who I am helping.

    Well certainly. I just thought that the context would be helpful for others looking at the link.

    Then again, most people from Tildes were already on Reddit, so I'm not entirely sure who I am helping.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Kurzgesagt's "Trust" video may have been a preemptive move to avoid criticism. in ~misc

    Akir Link Parent
    Given it's in their subreddit, it's probably not the best source for unbiased opinion.

    Given it's in their subreddit, it's probably not the best source for unbiased opinion.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Kurzgesagt's "Trust" video may have been a preemptive move to avoid criticism. in ~misc

    Akir Link Parent
    I can't speak for @Staross, but from the few Kurzgesagt videos I've seen have been off in a way I can't quite describe. I find it difficult to get meaningful information from their videos. It's...

    I can't speak for @Staross, but from the few Kurzgesagt videos I've seen have been off in a way I can't quite describe. I find it difficult to get meaningful information from their videos. It's largely because the animation is distracting and the even tone the narrator speaks in makes it difficult to tell which words are important.

    I have also noticed that they sometimes use scientific findings to support their narrative, but are actually part of a much more complicated argument. Their video on meat is a perfect example. One of the more specific arguments they use is how livestock requires much more water than plants. But that isn't an argument to stop eating meat - it's an argument to stop producing meat in areas with local freshwater shortages. Water used by livestock doesn't just disappear, it gets recycled. They later state the world could feed billions more people if we stopped producing meat, but that's not even a real argument. We already produce more than enough food to feed the world - the problem is that we aren't 100% good at ensuring everyone has access to it.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on A JavaScript-Free Frontend in ~comp

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    I am amazed that even after completely rewriting their browser (EDIT: was referring to IE -> Edge), Microsoft still doesn't support basic UI functionality. I was sad when they announced they were...

    If you need an animation, then absolutely prefer CSS animations before turning to JS. If you need expandos, then summary/details tags are perfect (if you don't mind 88% browser support).

    I am amazed that even after completely rewriting their browser (EDIT: was referring to IE -> Edge), Microsoft still doesn't support basic UI functionality. I was sad when they announced they were going to be abandoning Edge's rendering engine for Blink, but I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that Microsoft can't write software up to standards. Unless they have finally fixed it, Office still doesn't support their own OOXML file format standard.

    Above all else, I am glad I'm no longer dealing with frontend development.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on Why So Many Americans Are Turning to Buddhism in ~humanities

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    That's basically the state of general religion in the country. Most people I know believe in the Abrahamic God but do not believe in the teaching of any particular church. The most popular form of...

    I think it’s interesting that the article points out the “buffet Buddhists” pick and choose the philosophical teachings to practice, while ignoring the more typically religious aspects that require more commitment.

    That's basically the state of general religion in the country. Most people I know believe in the Abrahamic God but do not believe in the teaching of any particular church. The most popular form of religion in the US is protestant Christianity, where the whole shtick is that they don't believe in everything that Catholics do. To look at things from a different angle, most Christians don't believe everything in the Bible is literally true.

    2 votes