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  1. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

    Akir
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    Sadly the later seasons are not available in the US.

    Sadly the later seasons are not available in the US.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on 5G: The outsourced elephant in the room in ~tech

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    Honestly, I was just laughing through the whole thing. 5G is and always has been a complete joke; it doesn't exist to improve the lives of the people who are paying for it, it's just there as a...

    Honestly, I was just laughing through the whole thing. 5G is and always has been a complete joke; it doesn't exist to improve the lives of the people who are paying for it, it's just there as a way for telecommunications companies to milk more money out of people any way they can.

    I can practically guarantee that there's not going to be any new vendors for 5G equipment. I've spoken to people who have been involved in engineering wireless radios, and one thing that I've heard is that these supposed standards tend to be neither open nor standard; most smaller players are actually trying to reverse-engineer what the big guys are doing. Because in any kind of technology development, how things work in the real world is almost always differs from how they do in the blueprints.

    Also I was pretty amused by this statement:

    Similarly, most American service providers have managed to retain far more expertise and are able to run their networks much more independently of their vendors. US providers may leak less customer data, but to compensate, they flat out sell it.

    Of course, I'm laughing because the only alternative is to cry. Here in the US, our government will never do anything because there are too many people in power who think monopolies should be free to ruin everyone's lives, but I'm rather surprised that the EU isn't doing more to stop this kind of thing from happening.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

    Akir
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    I'm with you on that one. I don't know if it's just because I saw it after it aired and the jokes aged terribly, or if it's simply the case of people just having a vastly different sense of humor...

    I'm with you on that one. I don't know if it's just because I saw it after it aired and the jokes aged terribly, or if it's simply the case of people just having a vastly different sense of humor than I do.

  4. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

    Akir
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    Taskmaster is indeed great and everyone should watch it. The first few seasons are available for free on YouTube - at least they are in the US. That being said, as is the case for most UK comedy...

    Taskmaster is indeed great and everyone should watch it. The first few seasons are available for free on YouTube - at least they are in the US.

    That being said, as is the case for most UK comedy shows, I wouldn’t really recommend watching the US version.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on What game(s) have you tried to repeatedly get into but ultimately could not? in ~games

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    I'm also on this side. I wanted to love it but it just took too much darn time. I think I may have worn out a controller with all the nervous button pressing happening simply because of the...

    I'm also on this side. I wanted to love it but it just took too much darn time. I think I may have worn out a controller with all the nervous button pressing happening simply because of the transitions taking too much time.

    Honestly, even the narrative is super frustrating. It seems like everyone's calling out for help, but nobody seems to want to help. I think I'd get it if the characters were younger; when I was a kid everyone else was a complete ass, but these characters are young adults, and that's when most people at the very least start becoming more understanding of other people.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Does anyone else take other people's negativity pretty badly? in ~talk

    Akir
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    This is a major problem, I think. I have noticed that the majority of these news story come from local TV news stations, which we know have been largely bought up by Sinclair Media. I can’t help...

    The negativity in the news, specifically the focus on violent crime and not systemic issues, strikes me more as fearmongering than actually news. It's a lot easier to keep people subservient when they're afraid.

    This is a major problem, I think. I have noticed that the majority of these news story come from local TV news stations, which we know have been largely bought up by Sinclair Media. I can’t help but think every time I see this that it’s just there to drive people towards reactionary politics.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on What game(s) have you tried to repeatedly get into but ultimately could not? in ~games

    Akir
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    So I tried to play the game again because you brought up this new mood, but this time I did something slightly different by trying to play it on a Mac. Everything was far too small to be able to...

    So I tried to play the game again because you brought up this new mood, but this time I did something slightly different by trying to play it on a Mac.

    Everything was far too small to be able to read, and I couldn’t even figure out how to access a settings menu to fix it. After putting it in fullscreen I couldn’t get it back to windowed mode, and the UI didn’t scale anyways. And when I tried to simply close the program to access the settings menu before a game is loaded, it crashed.

    I think I might just be cursed. 😔

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I went into To Your Eternity blind and was completely overwhelmed at the first episode. It starts off on a very strange conceit, in that the main character of the show isn't actually the one the...

    I went into To Your Eternity blind and was completely overwhelmed at the first episode.

    It starts off on a very strange conceit, in that the main character of the show isn't actually the one the episode is about. Apparantly we're following a sentient orb that changes it's form to match it's surroundings.

    This episode is completely heartbreaking. I haven't been through so much in an opening sequence since Pixar's Up. The life of this boy is so incredibly sad that it's really hard to not feel really bad for him, and his cheery disposition makes you like him and empathize with his situation.

    I don't want to give away too much of the plot because it's very much worth experiencing for yourself, but what I will say is that I really loved the attention to detail in this episode; this character is in a bit of an unusual situation but if you look closely at the details you can see a lot of unspoken backstory.

    It's honestly one of the best things I've seen in a while, so I really strongly recommend everyone to watch it; it's on Crunchyroll right now.


    I don't know why, but I watched through all of Redo of Healer. It was absolutely horrible. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on What game(s) have you tried to repeatedly get into but ultimately could not? in ~games

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    Terraria. It has supporters who absolutely deify that game and apparently the most gracious developers ever born, but I just cannot grok the gameplay. Nothing makes sense, the game doesn’t explain...

    Terraria. It has supporters who absolutely deify that game and apparently the most gracious developers ever born, but I just cannot grok the gameplay. Nothing makes sense, the game doesn’t explain anything, and I can’t even understand watching others playing. It’s especially frustrating because it seems like it’s supposed to be pretty simple but I have less luck playing it than I have had trying to play Dwarf Fortress.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Mass Effect Legendary Edition - Visual improvements in ~games

    Akir
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    The lighting looks much better in this remaster, for sure; the biggest problem I have is with the faces that look really bright and unnatural. I take that back; the biggest problem I have with the...

    The lighting looks much better in this remaster, for sure; the biggest problem I have is with the faces that look really bright and unnatural.

    I take that back; the biggest problem I have with the graphics is that it came out in the era where visual designers were all screaming "BLOOM ALL THE THINGS! And we need lens flares to make things more epic!" The remaster is better, but it's still got too much bloom. At least the effect looks a lot nicer than it did back then.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

    Akir
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    Your response kind of sent me through a loop, because I did not remember actually talking about that song. And so today I did a search and found that it was from a two year old thread. I'm...

    Your response kind of sent me through a loop, because I did not remember actually talking about that song. And so today I did a search and found that it was from a two year old thread. I'm actually quite moved that you remembered what I said.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Are r&b, funk, soul and jazz the least controversial music genres or is it me? in ~music

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    Honestly, for everything except perhaps funk (and soul, though to a lesser extent), the definitions for those genre have shifted dramatically over time. I liked old-school R&B, but at one point it...

    Honestly, for everything except perhaps funk (and soul, though to a lesser extent), the definitions for those genre have shifted dramatically over time. I liked old-school R&B, but at one point it just became a subgenre for rap and I absolutely hated it for a while, only to come back around to where it is now, where I actually love it again.

    Jazz is particularly bad for this question, because Jazz is more of an umbrella term than a genre; there's so many different expressions of Jazz that make up their own subgenre, much like you noted with smooth jazz.

    I'll also say that there's very few people who really hate pop music. Pop arguably isn't even a 'real' genre; it changes too much to pin it down. Those who say they hate it tend to be misguided; what they actually hate is what pop music represents to them, which can be anything from excessively formulaic music, the commercial entities and industry that produces it, or simply music that gets repeated so often it becomes annoying.

    10 votes
  13. Comment on The Nostalgia Critic and The Wall in ~music

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    This, honestly, is the perfect critique of Doug Walker's work in general. Unfortunately It's at it's best when he's saying some of the cruelest things, like calling him the internet's version of...

    This, honestly, is the perfect critique of Doug Walker's work in general. Unfortunately It's at it's best when he's saying some of the cruelest things, like calling him the internet's version of Tommy Wiseau.

    The thing that makes Channel Awesome so enduring, and why they keep getting viewers after all of this time, is because the Walker Brothers have a very 'internet' understanding of films as art. They seem to represent the lowest common denominator in terms of how they understand the films they represent. So when they are reviewing pop culture pieces like Disney films, Ghostbusters, or the Super Mario movie, they're in their element; they'll say what most people want them to say and make jokes about the things that people knew were silly already. But when a film slips into that 'artistic' zone, where representations become abstract (where "the wall" is a pretty much perfect example), they can't really grasp at what the filmmakers are trying to say. So in effect, the Nostalgia Critic doesn't criticize movies, he reads the popular understanding of these movies.

    I've watched far more episodes of The Nostaliga Critic than I'd care to admit, but if you've seen a lot of his work none of this should be surprising. Personally speaking I had learned this years ago when I saw the episode they made on The Wiz, since he was basically completely unable to understand why things were different from how they were in the 50's Wizard of Oz, and instead decided to yell about his problems with the choreography.

    Ultimately, I agree with Dan when he talks about who Doug Walker is. Paraphraising, he wants to be a filmmaker but he doesn't have the creativity to make anything new, and he doesn't have the depth to understand how films work, nor does he have the drive to do the work it requires.

    And so he's perpetually stuck in YouTube land.

    Before anyone says anything about this, though, I should also emphasize that I don't think that any of this is actually a bad thing. It doesn't really matter that the Nostalgia Critic doesn't actually have good criticism. His fans - at least most of them - already know that they shouldn't be looking to him for decent film criticism. Doug Walker is an entertainer at heart, and in spite of his shortcomings he is very successful. Like every entertainer, you have to meet them at their level in order to get the full effect.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Discord will start designating entire servers as NSFW, and prevent all under-18 users from accessing them, as well as all users on iOS in ~tech

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    Wow, they're even requiring photographic evidence to prove that you're over 18, including proof of identity. That's not invasive at all.

    Wow, they're even requiring photographic evidence to prove that you're over 18, including proof of identity. That's not invasive at all.

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

    Akir
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    I've never heard of a brown sausage gravy before. Do they use beef broth for the liquid component, or do they just use darker roux?

    I've never heard of a brown sausage gravy before. Do they use beef broth for the liquid component, or do they just use darker roux?

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

    Akir
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    I absolutely love tteok. The problem is that Korean cuisine basically only ever uses it in spicy dishes, most of which are too spicy for me to eat. And I'm just not creative enough to make my own...

    I absolutely love tteok. The problem is that Korean cuisine basically only ever uses it in spicy dishes, most of which are too spicy for me to eat. And I'm just not creative enough to make my own dish.

    A while back I picked up a bowl of them that came with a spicy cheese sauce somewhere in my local Asian market's instant ramen section. It was so good, but it was also incredibly painful to eat.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Do I need a new computer? in ~tech

    Akir
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    I kind of agree with you, but at the same time I think it would be wasteful to buy a new computer if it's not actually causing them problems. Not only does it create more e-waste than necessary,...

    I kind of agree with you, but at the same time I think it would be wasteful to buy a new computer if it's not actually causing them problems. Not only does it create more e-waste than necessary, it's much more money that could be invested elsewhere. This machine can be upgraded to an SSD for $100 instead of $1000, and it will be enough to make it perform far better than it does now.

    15 votes
  18. Comment on Do I need a new computer? in ~tech

    Akir
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    Theoretically yes, but it really doesn't matter much unless they're moving giant files regularly; the biggest improvement you get from SSDs is the lookup speed. Linus Tech Tips even did a video...

    The big downside is that you'll be constrained to a SATA SSD, whereas a newer laptop would support NVMe which is a huge leap forward in terms of SSD performance.

    Theoretically yes, but it really doesn't matter much unless they're moving giant files regularly; the biggest improvement you get from SSDs is the lookup speed.

    Linus Tech Tips even did a video where they did a blind test to see if people could tell the difference between systems with NVME and SATA SSDs, and most people could not.

    10 votes
  19. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 12 in ~health.coronavirus

    Akir
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    It should be noted that it's a recommendation, not a mandate. (Though I think it's a monumentally stupid decision in any case)

    It should be noted that it's a recommendation, not a mandate.

    (Though I think it's a monumentally stupid decision in any case)

    8 votes