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  1. Comment on Dirty Machines - "The End of History" (2020, short film) in ~movies

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    A piece of speculative content for an intellectual property about time travel.

    A piece of speculative content for an intellectual property about time travel.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Reddit's 2019 Transparency Report in ~tech

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    I figured as much and that there is little chance of it here, but wanted to be sure. Thank you for the answer as always.

    I figured as much and that there is little chance of it here, but wanted to be sure. Thank you for the answer as always.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Reddit's 2019 Transparency Report in ~tech

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    @deimos Do you intend to ever provide the same should the time come where you've been asked for information or removal?

    @deimos Do you intend to ever provide the same should the time come where you've been asked for information or removal?

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

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    I've heard good things and bad things about Gwent. As someone that tends to ignore most side/mini-games in larger games I never even touched it, that I can recall, while playing Witcher 3. Your...

    I've heard good things and bad things about Gwent. As someone that tends to ignore most side/mini-games in larger games I never even touched it, that I can recall, while playing Witcher 3.

    Your opinion of it?

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

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    Thanks for the suggestion. If I decide I need to uninstall Mythgard I'll take a look at Rogue Adventure, but I see that one of the things that drew me to Mythgard isn't available in Rogue...

    Thanks for the suggestion. If I decide I need to uninstall Mythgard I'll take a look at Rogue Adventure, but I see that one of the things that drew me to Mythgard isn't available in Rogue Adventure, or a lot of games really, and that is the artwork of the cards.

    That's probably one of the few things I miss about MtG. I know it certainly wasn't the amount of money I spent...

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

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    Wolcen - Finished this game, friend lost a bet that it'd have a D3 copycat 5 acts/chapters (there is only 3). Still buggy. You will get stuck in a wall and have to quit and restart the level. A...

    Wolcen - Finished this game, friend lost a bet that it'd have a D3 copycat 5 acts/chapters (there is only 3). Still buggy. You will get stuck in a wall and have to quit and restart the level. A boss will get caught in a wall and you will have to quit and restart the level. Bosses provide an actual challenge, story was okay, and while the "no classes" thing seems like a good idea, it actually makes it a pain to switch from one main weapon to another as the attribute tree is massive and you'll want the supporting gear to go with it. Since there are no classes you get gear you don't use and you'll level up fast enough that there's little point keeping anything other than the top tier red/pink drops. The "upgrade your city" endgame would be interesting if your city was shared across all your characters, but it isn't. Each one will have to go through the grind to build it up to get better results. No thanks. Uninstalled now.

    Children of Morta - This is probably one of the most beautiful (when at your house, not necessarily playing) pixel art games I've come across. Still not sold on having to level up every member of the family, but is engaging and entertaining so far. I just unlocked, but haven't played, the big hammer guy and built the puppy a house, for those wonder where I'm at in the game.

    Wizard of Legend - Meh. Tried it, wasn't impressed, honestly can't remember enough of it to say why, uninstalled.

    Book of Demons - Cute little papercraft dungeon crawler. Pokes fun at itself and other dungeon crawlers. Not too far into it just yet, but it's not bad. Not a huge fan of the UI and the keyboard controls aren't great either.

    Mythgard - Mobile CCG, I despise the always on the internet requirement and will probably uninstall soon because of this. UI is too small for phones in my opinion, poor use of space, and needs a stylus or a tablet to really work well.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on 22 studies, across ideological differences, agree: Medicare for All saves money in ~news

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    All of the studies, regardless of ideological orientation, showed that long-term cost savings were likely. Even the Mercatus Center, a right-wing think tank, recently found about $2 trillion in net savings over 10 years from a single-payer Medicare for All system.

    21 votes
  8. Comment on Flat-Earther ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes dies in rocket ride above California desert in ~news

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    Because there's money in conspiracy theories and 9/11 is just another one with people lining up to fork over cash to someone that will confirm their delusions.

    Because there's money in conspiracy theories and 9/11 is just another one with people lining up to fork over cash to someone that will confirm their delusions.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Chef reviews crowd funded kitchen gadgets in ~food

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    TL;DW: They're all overpriced, useless shit, the only one that is cold shit, instead of the warm shit you step on in the night that the dog left for you in the hallway, is the collapsible cutlery...

    TL;DW: They're all overpriced, useless shit, the only one that is cold shit, instead of the warm shit you step on in the night that the dog left for you in the hallway, is the collapsible cutlery because it's just a spoon, fork, and butter knife which hasn't had or needed "innovation" in a few millennia.

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

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    Wolcen - Isometric hack and slash, D3 graphics, PoE attribute tree, D2 character class customization, WoW "don't stand in the fire" environmentals, pretty good cinematics. The skills you can use...

    Wolcen - Isometric hack and slash, D3 graphics, PoE attribute tree, D2 character class customization, WoW "don't stand in the fire" environmentals, pretty good cinematics. The skills you can use are based on the weapon(s) you have, the class you choose at the start will just decide what weapon and weapon specific skill you start with, any character can learn any skill. Unlike all Diablo games and PoE, you can get skills to have an actual support class build. Bosses present an actual challenge. Uber skill thing is a nice twist on the genre. Overall mostly fun, but still buggy. Don't use channeling skills as the game likes to freeze when you do so and you have to blindly call up a command line in order to kill it.

    Retrobowl - Android game, Tecmobowl call back football game, not a bad time waster when on the train, wish I could have some control over defense beyond just hiring players and hoping their stats plus RNG keeps the other team from scoring.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on The woman shaking up the diamond industry in ~finance

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    I assume from your comment that you're in a western country. "Emerging markets" is one of the terms many industries use for the expectation that they won't be selling the majority of their stock...

    I assume from your comment that you're in a western country. "Emerging markets" is one of the terms many industries use for the expectation that they won't be selling the majority of their stock in the west any longer. Asia is already consuming more luxury goods than many western countries and with image being seemingly even more important there, isn't likely to slow down any time soon.

    That said, I know several people in that age group (despite not being in it any longer) that have diamonds, but with only a couple of exceptions, all are using superior in every way lab grown diamonds. They still like things that are shiny, they just don't like overpaying for them or the slave labor used to mine them, so will happily take a flawless lab grown version of the mined item for less than a tenth of the price.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on The woman shaking up the diamond industry in ~finance

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    For those that do not have a subscription: https://outline.com/kbpVA2 Edit: Having read the article now, I'm not sure how the title makes sense. The majority of the article is about history of...

    For those that do not have a subscription: https://outline.com/kbpVA2

    Edit: Having read the article now, I'm not sure how the title makes sense. The majority of the article is about history of diamond mining, then a short bit at the end to talk about how some rich women own a diamond company and mine that also has women in leadership positions. What exactly is being 'shook up' about a couple of rich white women backed by a rich white billionaire that run another, undoubtedly slave run, mine in Africa?

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    Personally, I'd feel very comfortable about sharing these things, but that is because I find conversations that make most people uncomfortable to be highly entertaining. However I'm not the norm,...

    If you disclose that you're heterosexual, or gay/lesbian, how comfortable would you feel going immediately to talking about your genitalia? Or detailed sexual attractions and tastes?

    Personally, I'd feel very comfortable about sharing these things, but that is because I find conversations that make most people uncomfortable to be highly entertaining.

    However I'm not the norm, which kind of gets me to my counterpoint to the question you pose here. The norm isn't questioned because being so prevalent means that most questions about it have been answered or are obvious. A big part of my asking why you'd introduce yourself as queer if you don't want questions about it is because something that is unknown and undefined, even by you, is something that naturally garners questions from interested parties. And I'd assume that if you're speaking to someone, even if you've just met, and you've stated that you're queer, that the individual you're speaking to is an interested party.

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  14. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    GSM also has the whole being known mostly as a mobile communications standard thing... I'm also a fan of ~rainbow and remember helping /r/ainbow getting kicked off as /r/lgbt was becoming (and...

    GSM also has the whole being known mostly as a mobile communications standard thing...

    I'm also a fan of ~rainbow and remember helping /r/ainbow getting kicked off as /r/lgbt was becoming (and still is? I'm not subscribed) a hostile powermad mod hole.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    Profession is just an example. Replace it with "Hello, it may not be apparent, but I'm a panda. I don't want to discuss it even though I'm the one that brought it up." Which is my point. If you're...

    Profession is just an example. Replace it with "Hello, it may not be apparent, but I'm a panda. I don't want to discuss it even though I'm the one that brought it up."

    As you can see, even in friendly, welcoming communities, this is a level of personal disclosure that's not what you may want to get into when you've just exchanged names.

    Which is my point. If you're in a casual conversation, you've just exchanged names, and you don't want to talk about what queer means to you (since it's apparent it has no concrete defintion), why are you mentioning that you're queer?

  16. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    I have seen LGBT people on both sides of the fence for the next question, so I'll pose it here as well. How long/inclusive should the LGBT initialism be in your opinion? e.g. LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQ+,...

    I have seen LGBT people on both sides of the fence for the next question, so I'll pose it here as well.

    How long/inclusive should the LGBT initialism be in your opinion?

    e.g. LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQ+, LGBTQIA, LGBTQQIP2SAA, etc.

    9 votes
  17. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    Then why state such? Items are brought up in conversation to converse about them. People don't introduce themselves as secret government agents because they don't want to be asked about it. An...

    Perhaps that I, and other people, aren't immediately comfortable explaining all the details in introductory conversation with strangers?

    Then why state such? Items are brought up in conversation to converse about them. People don't introduce themselves as secret government agents because they don't want to be asked about it. An artist won't introduce themselves as an artist and then say "I don't want to talk about it" or "I'm not a sculptor or musician" when asked about their art.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on How do you buy a car? in ~talk

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    I think about what I need the vehicle to do first, then go from there. For example one of my four current vehicles is a 1992 Ford F350 quad cab dually with a 460CI big block because what it needs...

    How do you decide which kind of car you want?

    I think about what I need the vehicle to do first, then go from there. For example one of my four current vehicles is a 1992 Ford F350 quad cab dually with a 460CI big block because what it needs to do is haul around me and the guys plus our cars and equpiment.

    How do you prioritize what you're looking for?

    A jack of all trades is a master of none, so I choose to have multiple vehicles instead of trying to shoehorn everything into one. So I buy for the purpose.

    How do you know if you'll like it or not?

    I like rare, interesting, odd, or purpose built. It typically needs to fit two of the first three and can be made to suit the fourth. I research options it came with, rarer trim the better, or find as much information about it as possible to decide if I can build it to the purposes I want it to achieve. Bonus points if it meets all four of my preferences.

    Bonus points for tips on selecting a car your spouse will like as well.

    She has her priorities, I have mine. Hers are, thankfully, good gas mileage and reliability. So she selects commuter cars which are primary modes of transport for her and therefore our car if we need to go somewhere on typical roads.

    Why do you pick new/used?

    I don't like debt, depreciation, and dealers. So I buy used and buy in cash. I did put a deposit down on a Tesla truck which will be the first new car I've ever purchased, but will still be paid for entirely in cash.

    How do you negotiate the price of the car?

    Compare price to others on the market, deduct for condition/mileage/missing options/etc, haggle until both parties are happy with the price. I won't overpay, but I don't expect them to give it away either. I don't lowball, it's insulting, but I repair and build my own cars so I don't go in at a disadvantage to what something should cost to fix if needed.

    1 vote