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  1. Comment on Alt-right Coloradans went to war with an alpaca farm — and the farm won in ~lgbt

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    My best guess, and this is purely a guess based on the lowest common definition at the completely-ignoring-every-other-aspect-commonly-but-not-wholly-held-by-individuals-in-the-group level, is...

    Why on earth would the Boogaloos want to help them?

    My best guess, and this is purely a guess based on the lowest common definition at the completely-ignoring-every-other-aspect-commonly-but-not-wholly-held-by-individuals-in-the-group level, is some offered to help because at the core they are an anti-government group.

    Of course that ignores literally every other aspect and typical quality expressed by individuals within it; akin to describing Bill Cosby as just a comedian.

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  2. Comment on Activision Blizzard are being sued by their investors now in ~games

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    This new lawsuit claims that Activision Blizzard neglected to tell shareholders about the investigation into their alleged toxic work environment, leading them to be "economically damaged."

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  3. Comment on Alt-right Coloradans went to war with an alpaca farm — and the farm won in ~lgbt

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    For nearly nine months, Tenacious Unicorn Ranch, a safe haven for trans and queer Coloradans, faced violent threats from right-wing extremists. Until, that is, they turned to their local anarchists for help.

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  4. Comment on Weezer – “Enter Sandman” from The Metallica Blacklist (2021) in ~music

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    Yeah, a lot of it is metal, but he has a few others peppered in from time to time. Like you said that's typical of just about anyone doing covers, Weezer included. The only genre-less cover artist...

    Yeah, a lot of it is metal, but he has a few others peppered in from time to time. Like you said that's typical of just about anyone doing covers, Weezer included. The only genre-less cover artist I'm aware of is the great one himself, Weird Al, and he's technically a parody cover artist.

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

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    After playing all of the new Wolfenstein games I finally reached Youngblood. Played for two hours and uninstalled it. Didn't like having to save my money to get upgrades that don't really change...

    After playing all of the new Wolfenstein games I finally reached Youngblood. Played for two hours and uninstalled it. Didn't like having to save my money to get upgrades that don't really change gameplay at all and I've never been a fan of skins, which seem extra pointless in a first person shooter where I don't see my body...

    After three Wolfenstein games in a row I might just be tired of the same game rehashed. So might try this again later.

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  6. Comment on Weezer – “Enter Sandman” from The Metallica Blacklist (2021) in ~music

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    Weezer does some good covers, I think Frog Leap has them beat though; by miles. One callback riff does not make it better in my opinion. Just did an edit to review of the rest of the available...

    Weezer does some good covers, I think Frog Leap has them beat though; by miles. One callback riff does not make it better in my opinion.

    Just did an edit to review of the rest of the available songs so far. Agreed on St Vincent, vehemently disagree on Cyrus and feel personally insulted at the statement.

  7. Comment on Mercedes-Benz EQS to offer rear-wheel steering as a subscription in ~tech

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    Oh hell no. Need to stop that shit right in it's tracks. That said, it'll be hacked to get for free and they deserve to lose money on it. VW/Audi have a notorious set of software options hidden in...

    Oh hell no. Need to stop that shit right in it's tracks.

    That said, it'll be hacked to get for free and they deserve to lose money on it. VW/Audi have a notorious set of software options hidden in their ECUs that have been cracked and can be easily changed by the consumer these days.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Weezer – “Enter Sandman” from The Metallica Blacklist (2021) in ~music

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    I'm a big fan of cover songs, I'm a big fan of Metallica, and I generally enjoy Weezer, but this is just terrible. It's played fine, but Rivers Cuomo just does not have the voice for this. It...

    I'm a big fan of cover songs, I'm a big fan of Metallica, and I generally enjoy Weezer, but this is just terrible. It's played fine, but Rivers Cuomo just does not have the voice for this. It sounds like a high school band during a talent show.

    Hoping the rest of Blacklist has better covers.

    Edit: Found the playlist of what has been released so far. Thoughts follow, generally typing as I listen to each track, I've also never heard of most of these people so this will be my first listen to them.

    Tomi Owó - Now that's a cover song! Prior to now I was unaware of this artist, but this song crosses genres, has their own spin on it, and sounds awesome. Shows Metallica's lyrics to be really versatile.

    Weezer - We've already talked about this. It's like an amateur band playing the tabs off a website with a singer that doesn't fit the song. It makes me want to go find that crowdfunding joke from years ago that tried to bribe Weezer to break up.

    Volbeat - Not as bad as Weezer, still just Volbeat playing Metallica's song with a little bit of different effects at certain parts. Boring.

    SebastiAn - Nice an funky at the start. Hmm, uses Hetfield's vocals, works during the stanzas, doesn't work during the deeper "don't tread on me" growling. This half works, could be better. Correction, just got to the Nothing Else Matters half and it's taken from the S&M album and the horns just don't work, gets better once the bass line comes in. A lot of electronic music does that and I don't know why. They build up to a bass drop, but make you suffer through some shit portion first.

    J Balvin - Uhh... Columbian hip-hop metal cover? Yes, please! Coming across random songs like this is why I'm glad I have surround sound and a subwoofer connected to my PC. Ugh. The copy/paste of the original song at 2 minutes in is lazy and unnecessary. Drops an 9/10 song to 6/10 because of those 30 seconds.

    Jon Pardi - This is what I imagine I someone that is drunkenly faking a southern accent would sound like singing along as they're driven home by a designated driver.

    Ha*Ash - The Unforgiven is probably the most covered Metallica song, they lyrics just work across a lot of different styles. The first 1:45 of this sounds like any other acoustic cover of the song, the rest has more character, but I can't say I enjoy it.

    Diet Cig - This sounds like she sang an acoustic cover in her bedroom, uploaded it to youtube, and then someone else mixed it with another amateur cover of just the instruments.

    Vishal Dadlani, DIVINE, Shor Police - Too may cooks in the kitchen. This has unimaginative portions, interesting portions, and just-okay portions, but overall it doesn't know what it wants to be.

    OFF! - First I'd like to thank SponsorBlock because the first half of this video is all build up/story-line BS and SponsorBlock automatically skipped it. Musicians/Directors: No one has ever cared about the story line of a music video, just stop it. As for the cover: Meh, it's punk. Sounds like pretty much every other punk song.

    Biffy Clyro - This sounds like an amateur messing with levels and effects in their first sound mixing computer program.

    Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit - Metallica has serious old country and blues influence already, so this works from the onset. The steel guitar is a great addition. If you bump the speed down to 0.75x it sounds like a legit old country and blues song that Metallica covered later. Great cover.

    Sam Fender - This sounds like a man doing a cover of Adele doing a cover of Metallica. It's terrible.

    St. Vincent - Hardcore channeling of NIN here. Almost works at 1.25x speed, so makes me think it could be sped up by 10-15% and still work just as well. Good cover.

    Juanes - First off, while none of these music videos have been good, this one is truly awful as they took the title and lyrics literally in the most shallow way possible. As for the song it would work if they stuck to genre. They have guitar that cuts the note short by killing the strings, but let the bass carry on forever. Do yourself a favor, stop listening at 3:25, it just gets worse from there.

    Miley Cyrus feat. WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo, Chad Smith - This is Miley Cyrus warbling over incredibly talented instrumentalists. A karaoke version of this would probably be amazing.

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  9. Comment on Homeownership can bring out the worst in you in ~life

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    I don't think @JXM meant physically in a literal sense and more of what is feasibly possible. An example, I live in Dallas, my wife and I are planning to move in the next few years and one of the...

    I don't think @JXM meant physically in a literal sense and more of what is feasibly possible.

    An example, I live in Dallas, my wife and I are planning to move in the next few years and one of the areas we were looking at is Baltimore. Looking at some commute times to various places and I was taken aback by how short they were. Did an overlay to find that I've become so accustomed to life in a place as huge as Texas that it didn't occur to me that other places are so small. All of Baltimore fits in an eastern quadrant of Dallas. The DFW metropolitan area is the size of Maryland, it's half the size of The Netherlands. I drive 25 miles to get to one of my favorite restaurants and I haven't even left the city.

    Reducing the number of cars and making all the highways into bike lanes doesn't work in a lot of places without razing the entire city and rebuilding anew.

    12 votes
  10. Comment on New leadership at Blizzard in ~games

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    Fair point. This post will seem as nothing significant to those that haven't been following the recent news on Activision/Blizzard: https://tildes.net/?order=new&tag=blizzard

    Fair point.

    This post will seem as nothing significant to those that haven't been following the recent news on Activision/Blizzard: https://tildes.net/?order=new&tag=blizzard

  11. Comment on New leadership at Blizzard in ~games

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    Blizzard: Take a snapshot and see what this page looks like in a year: https://www.activisionblizzard.com/leadership

    Blizzard:

    We scoured the ranks to see who had the credentials to lead (couldn't find one, so we promoted two) and was new enough that they didn't come up in any emails when we CTRL+F their names in the HR complaints.

    Take a snapshot and see what this page looks like in a year: https://www.activisionblizzard.com/leadership

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Stop saying print journalism is dead. Sixty magazines launched during this crazy year in ~news

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    Agreed and I'm fine with that, on the magazine front, as it tends to push the publications to greater and greater niches. As an avid magazine subscriber (I just subscribed to a new magazine today...

    I think we can safely say that print journalism is as dead as radio and cable TV (to which I still subscribe). They probably won't ever die out completely, but will continue to become a smaller and smaller part of the population's everyday life.

    Agreed and I'm fine with that, on the magazine front, as it tends to push the publications to greater and greater niches. As an avid magazine subscriber (I just subscribed to a new magazine today actually.) there have been a number of magazines I had subscriptions to at one time that were bought up and merged with others to become broader interest in the same sort of hobbyist spheres. Each culling ended up with less technical, less interesting, and more form over function rags that I do not enjoy as much.

    It seems these broader audience approaches have, thankfully, failed and now it's turning toward specifics as publishers realize that everyone fighting for the same piece of pie is less profitable than carving your own slice.

    Personally, I think it's fine to say that print journalism is dead. (Also, most of the magazines discussed in the article are not journalism. One was a cooking magazine, and the others sounded like celebrity-themed magazines.)

    How are the magazines not journalism?


    From the article:

    HGTV stars Drew and Jonathan Scott are behind Reveal, their new magazine that launched in January for 10 bucks an issue.

    And even though the average cover price of one of these newly debuted magazines was almost $8 this year, up from around $5 or so for magazines from tried-and-true brands, Husni says it’s helping pay for a premium aura around these new titles. Their covers are thicker. The paper is of better quality, and reading them feels a little like the affordance of a luxury.

    I've mentioned before that magazines are too cheap, so this is good sign in my opinion. Many of the non-US magazine subscriptions I've had are cover-price per issue subscriptions that are mailed to me, but in the US the subscription price is usually around a third of the cover price delivered to your door.

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  13. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Had some amazing Vietnamese food after the Chinese noodle place I wanted to go to was in takeout only mode and I wasn't interested in eating in my car during the 5+ hours of errands I was running....

    Had some amazing Vietnamese food after the Chinese noodle place I wanted to go to was in takeout only mode and I wasn't interested in eating in my car during the 5+ hours of errands I was running.

    Also had my first ever pedicure on Sunday and now have sparkly blue toenails. Pretty nice, might do it again.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on New Form Energy iron-air battery outperforms best lithium ion tech in ~enviro

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    Nice find. That's seems within feasibility range compared to a lithium ion cell at 3.6-3.8v. Per Form Energy each 1m2 battery has 10-20 cells, so we're in the 20-40v range each. An inverter to get...

    Nice find. That's seems within feasibility range compared to a lithium ion cell at 3.6-3.8v.

    Per Form Energy each 1m2 battery has 10-20 cells, so we're in the 20-40v range each. An inverter to get that to 220v isn't outside the realm of affordability I'd think. Just a question of how much capacity each 1m2 battery has.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on New Form Energy iron-air battery outperforms best lithium ion tech in ~enviro

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    Obviously they're light on details at the moment, but I'm curious about the capacity and, more importantly, discharge rate of a single one of their 1m x 1m cells. One of the problems long-duration...

    Obviously they're light on details at the moment, but I'm curious about the capacity and, more importantly, discharge rate of a single one of their 1m x 1m cells. One of the problems long-duration batteries have faced is the ability to get the electricity back out of them at a usable rate. Making a battery that can store a petawatt-hour of electricity is useless if it can't discharge it fast enough.

    If an individual 1m x 1m cell can spit out 220v then I can see these being sold to consumers as well for a distributed energy storage solution for individual homes; wire it to the house and put it outside near the AC unit.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Five parrots separated at British zoo after encouraging each other to curse profusely at guests in ~misc

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    A British wildlife sanctuary has been forced to separate five parrots who wouldn't stop swearing at visitors. Keepers say the birds encouraged each other to keep cursing, and had to be moved from the main outdoor aviary.

    "We are quite used to parrots swearing, but we've never had five at the same time," the center's chief executive, Steve Nichols, told AP. "Most parrots clam up outside, but for some reason these five relish it."

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