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  1. Comment on TIME's Person of the Year 2019: Greta Thunberg in ~news

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    If anything good has come out of Greta Thunberg's activism, it's that she's helped expose the toxicity and hypocrisy of the right wing skeptics that have targeted her. All her opponents have...

    If anything good has come out of Greta Thunberg's activism, it's that she's helped expose the toxicity and hypocrisy of the right wing skeptics that have targeted her.

    All her opponents have really done is throw personal attacks at her. As an Aspie myself, I actually find it outright disgusting how many people have used this against her.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Firefox Private Network in ~tech

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    Hold up, why are Mozilla launching this as a limited Windows 10 invite-only beta when There are already a plethora of similarly priced VPNs on the market that take a similar approach towards...

    Hold up, why are Mozilla launching this as a limited Windows 10 invite-only beta when

    1. There are already a plethora of similarly priced VPNs on the market that take a similar approach towards ensuring user privacy by not logging user activity (Private Internet Access, BTGuard, to name a few.)

    2. Mozilla's technology is based on WireGuard servers provided by Mullvad, who already provide this themselves at a slightly more expensive price point to Mozilla?

    6 votes
  3. Comment on Members of the Final Fantasy VII Remake development team discuss their thoughts and feelings about the highly-anticipated reimagining in ~games

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    Well FFVII Remake is apparently set solely in Midgar and only covers part of the original game's story. Of course they'd have to greatly expand the world to not make consumers feel like they've...

    Well FFVII Remake is apparently set solely in Midgar and only covers part of the original game's story. Of course they'd have to greatly expand the world to not make consumers feel like they've been fleeced.

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

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    Undertale - Did a pacifist run all the way to the best ending. I didn't bother with the genocide path this time because I felt like it was a missed opportunity with only two challenging bosses and...
    • Undertale - Did a pacifist run all the way to the best ending. I didn't bother with the genocide path this time because I felt like it was a missed opportunity with only two challenging bosses and a cop-out ending the first time around.

    • Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Since I swore off of Blizzard due to the recent Hong Kong controversy, I picked this up to cleanse my pallet of SC2. It annoys me that so few people are playing this version of AOE2 because it truly is the best one. Aside from the obvious graphical overhaul, they fixed all the lag problems present in previous game versions while making much needed balance changes. It's a shame that the AOE2 community is fragmented across DE, Steam, Gameranger and Voobly.

    • Citystate - I have a love-hate relationship with that game. It's a bit like SimCity but buggier, with more performance issues and with an emphasis on making political decisions that impact your economy. Thing is, it feels like there's only one right way to play the game without either neutering your city's growth potential and/or going bust. I would not recommend it, especially since the sole dev has stopped development on the game to work on a sequel.

    • League of Legends - I absolutely hate the 2020 prepatch. Elemental drakes give overpowered permanent buffs which snowball the game in favour of your team while the Elder Dragon gives you a buff that deals true damage over time to any enemy heroes you attack and instakills them when they drop below 20% HP. They also nerfed mana regen on support items and completely neutered the role. Then there's Twisted Treeline, which they removed in favour of keeping their Dota auto chess clone...

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Half-Life: Alyx in ~games

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    I'd seriously advise you to run Valve's VR benchmarking tool to see if you actually have the specs for VR. That's the one thing stopping me from jumping aboard the VR train.

    I'd seriously advise you to run Valve's VR benchmarking tool to see if you actually have the specs for VR. That's the one thing stopping me from jumping aboard the VR train.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Thousands flock to Wikipedia founder's 'Facebook rival' in ~tech

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    If the subscription fee was reduced significantly, I'd consider paying for WT:Social. £10 a month feels like too steep an asking price when there are far more useful and demanding services that...

    If the subscription fee was reduced significantly, I'd consider paying for WT:Social.

    £10 a month feels like too steep an asking price when there are far more useful and demanding services that cost a fraction of this amount.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on How to save money by switching subscription between multiple streaming services. in ~tv

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    This article gives me an idea. What if there was a website for keeping track of upcoming releases on each subscription service and building a schedule around them so you could choose shows you...

    This article gives me an idea. What if there was a website for keeping track of upcoming releases on each subscription service and building a schedule around them so you could choose shows you want to watch with the intent of rotating between multiple subscription services to see how much you save.

    A lot of people became cord cutters because cable was too expensive, too unreliable, too inflexible and was being run by shoddy companies like Comcast, TWC and Verizon that would do everything in their power to stop you from cancelling your subscription. Streaming services may have largely replaced TV audiences but with an overabundance of streaming services, it's now becoming just as if not more expensive to catch up avidly on television.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on BlizzCon 2019 Opening Ceremony in ~games

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    That greentext is very obviously fake drivel that someone wrote to rile up the 4chan demographic. Just look at all the rants about "outrage culture" in the Overwatch 2 segment.

    That greentext is very obviously fake drivel that someone wrote to rile up the 4chan demographic. Just look at all the rants about "outrage culture" in the Overwatch 2 segment.

  9. Comment on Which games have great communities, and what do you like about them? in ~games

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    Final Fantasy XIV has the friendliest community I've seen out of any MMORPG. By comparison, World of Warcraft is incredibly toxic. A few years ago when Warlords of Draenor was a year into release,...

    Final Fantasy XIV has the friendliest community I've seen out of any MMORPG. By comparison, World of Warcraft is incredibly toxic.

    A few years ago when Warlords of Draenor was a year into release, I boosted a mage to level 100 and queued for a random Heroic. I enter Heroic Auchindoun and within two trash pulls get vote kicked out of the instance and slapped with a Dungeon Deserter debuff, meaning that I cannot queue for another dungeon for thirty minutes because the game had penalised me for "deserting" the group.

    My attempt to reason with the people in the group and demand some kind of explanation or apology from them resulted in me being called a retard and rudely put on ignore list.

    I then proceeded to take screenshots of the messages I received, tracked down the guild master and lodged a complaint about the toxic behaviour of his subordinates, hoping he would be disgusted enough to look into the matter and actually kick these elitist douches from his guild. The reply I got back from the GM was less than pleasant. He called me severely handicapped and told me to stick to playing Call of Duty single player. In the end I reported him to Blizzard and presumably landed him with a suspension.

    Here is why I think World of Warcraft is a cesspool of toxicity and elitism. Back in the old days, before cross realm everything was a thing, you had a reputation to uphold on your server. If you were a dick to others, you would very quickly be ostracised from the realm's community. Etiquette isn't important anymore, because changes to the game have made the community aspects of it irrelevant. Classic is definitely a return to form.

    Final Fantasy XIV by comparison has nice instance groups. FFXIV players are polite, friendly and will help you out in whatever way they can. If you make errors, they will politely point it out and not go into berserk mode. From the perspective of someone who has been playing online multiplayer games for years and has seen severe levels of toxicity, that game is a culture shock.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on U.K. Parliament approves snap general election on Dec. 12 in ~news

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    The Conservatives had a twenty point lead over Labour when Theresa May launched her electoral campaign two years ago. She squandered it by locking away journalists and barring them from covering...

    The Conservatives had a twenty point lead over Labour when Theresa May launched her electoral campaign two years ago. She squandered it by locking away journalists and barring them from covering her campaign visits, adopting a "strong and stable leadership" slogan that earned her widespread ridicule, being incredibly awkward, uncharismatic and robotic, breaking her previous promise to not hold a snap election, and even making the dumbass decision to hold some of her campaign meetups in constituencies that are Labour safe seats where she predictably got booed and heckled out by locals.

    May only won the Conservative leadership race three years ago because her rival Andrea Leadsom fucked up, made an insensitive gaffe about her and then resigned in shame. She didn't exactly face stiff competition, unlike Boris. She was not destined nor built to be a leader.

    Jeremy Corbyn has his work cut out for him. He faced one of the worst Conservative leaders in British history two years ago and couldn't even win the election. Now he's facing Britain's equivalent of Donald Trump. Boris is going to completely and utterly thrash him in the general election.

    Furthermore, Jeremy's last electoral performance came when public opinion of him was more favourable, and before he came out in support of Brexit.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on U.K. Parliament approves snap general election on Dec. 12 in ~news

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    I wouldn't be surprised if it resulted in a Tory landslide. Every pollster has projected a strong Conservative lead with YouGov, Opinium and Deltapoll projecting 13 to 16 point leads. Corbyn is...

    I wouldn't be surprised if it resulted in a Tory landslide.

    Every pollster has projected a strong Conservative lead with YouGov, Opinium and Deltapoll projecting 13 to 16 point leads. Corbyn is very unpopular due to his policies and Brexit stance, while a lot of people still hold resentment for the Liberal Democrats after the tuition fees scandal eight years ago.

    Two years ago, Theresa May entered the 2017 General Election with a 20 point lead over Jeremy Corbyn and squandered it heavily. Had she not royally fucked up her own political campaign, she would have easily secured a large majority in Parliament.

    It actually sickens me that we have one of the worst Conservative administrations in history and people are still sheepishly voting Tory against their own interests, because our country would rather commit seppuku than welcome Europeans.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Is there a manga equivalent of sakuga? in ~anime

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    TVTropes defines it as both a form of Artistic Suck and an Art Shift. One Punch Man is very well known for it, with Saitama being drawn badly during most scenes where he doesn't care and then...

    TVTropes defines it as both a form of Artistic Suck and an Art Shift. One Punch Man is very well known for it, with Saitama being drawn badly during most scenes where he doesn't care and then being drawn in ultra-high detail when he gets serious.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on The Pixel 4’s 90Hz display only works at high brightness levels in ~tech

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    I mean, at least you can go into developer settings and force 90Hz at all times. But it's something really basic for Google to fuck up with, especially when the 90Hz display is a major advertised...

    I mean, at least you can go into developer settings and force 90Hz at all times.

    But it's something really basic for Google to fuck up with, especially when the 90Hz display is a major advertised feature.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Crunchyroll and WEBTOON Team Up to Co-Produce New Animated Content in ~anime

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    If by "previous original announcements" you mean High Guardian Spice, it didn't go down well for several reasons: At first glance, it looks like a mediocre CalArts style rip-off of Little Witch...

    If by "previous original announcements" you mean High Guardian Spice, it didn't go down well for several reasons:

    1. At first glance, it looks like a mediocre CalArts style rip-off of Little Witch Academia.
    2. The entire trailer explained nothing about the premise of the show, but was just several minutes of the team bragging about how diverse they are, which is disputable based on the composition of their actual writing team.
    3. It was announced as an original on an anime streaming site. Anime fans felt their money was being wasted on a Western production.
    4. Crunchyroll has some glaring technical issues with its website. Many felt their money was being wasted because of this.
    1 vote
  15. Comment on Hearthstone Player Banned from Grandmasters Tournament for Voicing Support for HK Protestors in ~games

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    Given the fact that r/Blizzard blamed the lockdown on a rogue mod setting the subreddit to private and deleting his account (despite nobody actually disappearing from their mod list), my theory is...

    Given the fact that r/Blizzard blamed the lockdown on a rogue mod setting the subreddit to private and deleting his account (despite nobody actually disappearing from their mod list), my theory is that they set the subreddit to private purely to stir up more drama against Blizzard. It certainly made headlines.

    There definitely isn't a grand conspiracy about them being pro-China or pro-Blizzard, due to how lax they've otherwise been with posts and memes about the situation.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Hearthstone Player Banned from Grandmasters Tournament for Voicing Support for HK Protestors in ~games

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    Blizzard China made a far different statement to users on Weibo regarding Blitzchung. Full translation below:

    Blizzard China made a far different statement to users on Weibo regarding Blitzchung. Full translation below:

    "We are very angered and disappointed in what happened at the event and do not condone it in any way. We also highly object the spreading of personal political beliefs in this manner. Effectively immediately we've banned the contestant from events and terminated work with the broadcasters. We will always respect and defend the pride of our country."

    11 votes
  17. Comment on Hearthstone Player Banned from Grandmasters Tournament for Voicing Support for HK Protestors in ~games

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    I wouldn't necessary say that the casters "just happened to be there." They knew what Blitzchung was going to say, pretty much told him to get on with it and ducked under the desk giggling as he...

    I wouldn't necessary say that the casters "just happened to be there." They knew what Blitzchung was going to say, pretty much told him to get on with it and ducked under the desk giggling as he called out for the liberation of Hong Kong.

    I wouldn't necessarily say Blizzard were just in terminating them with immediate effect, but they were far from an innocent party in all of this.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on The next big thing in dining: virtual restaurants in ~food

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    That's an interesting revelation. You'd think that with the abundance of gig economy delivery apps like Deliveroo, Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub, Olio and Delivery Hub, they'd all be trying to...

    One thing Sardharia won't do is rely on delivery apps, which typically take 20 to 30 percent of each order. He has always kept a rotating group of drivers, with four currently employed, down from a high of 12. The drivers ensure product quality, but more important, they keep costs down. "I've always had my own delivery drivers. I consider that my best asset," Sardharia says.

    That's an interesting revelation.

    You'd think that with the abundance of gig economy delivery apps like Deliveroo, Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub, Olio and Delivery Hub, they'd all be trying to undercut the shit out of each other at the expense of their own workers to remain competitive.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Hong Kong protesters rally against ban on wearing masks in ~news

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    At this rate, I think China's best option is to back down. Hong Kong is way too free, westernised and linked to the global market for there to be any break from the status quo of one country, two...

    At this rate, I think China's best option is to back down. Hong Kong is way too free, westernised and linked to the global market for there to be any break from the status quo of one country, two systems.

    Any sort of violent intervention in the protests, whether from the Hong Kong authorities or the PLA would drive international opinion further away from China and could risk economic catastrophe. When China is already in the middle of a trade war with a Trump-led US, this is not a good thing. It's worse when you question whether Trump will get a second term, given the recent allegations that have come to light regarding his communications with Xi Jinping. None of the Democrat leaders are likely to be more sympathetic towards China.

    The protests see no sign of dying down, especially when the protesters have been very clear on their six demands. If anything, Carrie Lam's invoking of of the ERO is just going to rile them up even further.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on I think I may be out of the loop in ~tildes

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    TeamLiquid is probably a better example of a website that maintains moderation logs in the form of an automated ban list. It's not until a few dozen pages in that you start to see reasons...

    TeamLiquid is probably a better example of a website that maintains moderation logs in the form of an automated ban list. It's not until a few dozen pages in that you start to see reasons incorporated into the bans, even though many of them can come across as rather snarky comments from the site's mod team.

    A lot of the bans on TL are due to spammers or previously banned users attempting to slip by on alt accounts, but there are a lot of flame wars and overall shitty comments that the mods there need to sift through. The ban list is certainly entertaining to read through at times.

    When looking at the earlier ban logs, it's important to note that Team Liquid started out as a mere Brood War clan and fansite, then eventually branched out into professionally covering the competitive scenes of multiple games and even managing its own multi-game esports team. The ban reasons get more professional and descriptive as time goes on.

    4 votes