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  1. Comment on Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy (2019) in ~tech

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    The article title alone makes it feel like it belongs in /r/NotTheOnion.

    The article title alone makes it feel like it belongs in /r/NotTheOnion.

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  2. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    Took paid holiday from work this week with the intention to spend time with my partner. None of those plans went ahead. I didn't go abroad, I didn't go elsewhere in the country, heck I stayed at...

    Took paid holiday from work this week with the intention to spend time with my partner. None of those plans went ahead. I didn't go abroad, I didn't go elsewhere in the country, heck I stayed at home for the entire week and we never got to see each other.

    This week has been a mix of playing League of Legends, studying my course and getting small things done.

    When I get back to work I plan to request a home working situation, which is probably going to put my chances of getting the team leader role that my boss advertised for recently in jeopardy, but at this point I don't care. I live with people that have been advised by the government to socially distance for at least 12 weeks due to age/pre existing conditions, and I'd rather not put them in danger by continuing to work as normal.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Inside the pro-Trump Facebook group where first responders call coronavirus a hoax in ~tech

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    Let them call it a hoax. They can eat humble pie once millions of Americans get sick due to the President's incompetent handling of the matter. Or they'll just go back to xenophobically blaming...

    Let them call it a hoax. They can eat humble pie once millions of Americans get sick due to the President's incompetent handling of the matter. Or they'll just go back to xenophobically blaming their issues (this one included) on China, Muslims, Mexicans, the so-called "Deep State" that is apparently running the US despite no evidence whatsoever of their existence, or Russia as usual.

    Anybody calling SARS-CoV-2 a hoax doesn't grasp the concept of exponential growth. Here is a very good video on the subject.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Life during the outbreak in ~talk

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    Brit here. I'm not high risk but I live with people who are, so that means I'd need to self-isolate so as to not put their lives in jeopardy. Not looking forward to the next three months. People...

    Brit here.

    I'm not high risk but I live with people who are, so that means I'd need to self-isolate so as to not put their lives in jeopardy.

    Not looking forward to the next three months. People have been panic buying supplies like mad over the past few weeks to the point where supermarket shelves are largely empty. Hand sanitiser is unobtainium here, while soap disappears from the shelves the moment any store gets a fresh supply.

    A WFH arrangement looks increasingly likely, which will complicate matters at work. I had hoped to apply for a team leader role that my boss posted recently but given that I'll probably need to work remotely soon, I have a feeling that will destroy my candidacy for it.

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

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    There's a few things I hate about DotA, namely the absurd amount of animation delay on attack swings, which is incredibly apparent on heroes like Lina. I did try to get back into it about a year...

    There's a few things I hate about DotA, namely the absurd amount of animation delay on attack swings, which is incredibly apparent on heroes like Lina.

    I did try to get back into it about a year ago. Played two turbo made matches where I went 0/9 in lane because there was no sense of balance whatsoever, had teammates call me shit and tell me to uninstall, then uninstalled the game because holy crap what happened to it.

    I also call that game Defense of the Assholes for a reason. Game hosts were particularly massive dicks back in the Dota Allstars days, especially if you underperformed in a match or went something off meta. Most notable memory was being added to a global banlist and being told to kill myself via abusive PMs by the game host for building Mekanism on Dragon Knight in an -apem match.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Work From Home (WFH) Thread - March 16th, 2020 in ~life

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    Not currently WFH but my company is buying laptops for many of the employees in the eventual case that we do need to stay home. I work in the accounts team so most things I'll need to be in the...

    Not currently WFH but my company is buying laptops for many of the employees in the eventual case that we do need to stay home. I work in the accounts team so most things I'll need to be in the office for, due to the fact that I need access to paperwork.

    Given the government announcement today, I think our office is gonna be locked down real soon.

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

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    Still playing League of Legends actively on the EUW server, getting in about 5 - 10 games a day. I've damn near lost my mind with the player base at this point. In the past week alone I've...

    Still playing League of Legends actively on the EUW server, getting in about 5 - 10 games a day. I've damn near lost my mind with the player base at this point.

    In the past week alone I've witnessed players on both teams in my games:

    • Abandoning the bottom lane entirely to go steal farm from mid or top. In the case of supports this absolutely fucks over the ADC because it leaves them heavily vulnerable to ganks. In the case of ADCs this fucks over the support player's gold income and makes their wards come out far later on income items like Spellthief's Edge or Relic Shield.
    • Constantly calling other players idiots.
    • AFKing in base.
    • Repeatedly running down mid into tower and going 0/17.
    • Wishing that others die of coronavirus.
    • Wishing that others die of cancer.
    • Wishing death upon loved ones.
    • Throwing around hate speech.
    • Troll picking a champion and stealing another player's role entirely because "i wanna mid wah wah."
    • Dodging queue because of a bad champion pick. I've seen more draft dodging in League than in America during the Vietnam War.
    • Tanks who have no business doing so split pushing like wannabe pro ADCs only to get absolutely creamed the moment they venture near an enemy tower, all while their teammates are already dead from having gone 4v5 into a team fight without a tank.

    Reporting players does nothing because Riot's report system is entirely automated. Players are not flagged unless they have loads of reports against them, and even then the system automatically bans them without any investigation whatsoever. Riot claims this is false but I've been playing the game semi-actively again for a few months now, report on average 2 players per match and have only received the Instant Feedback Notification advising me that my reports did something once in those few months of play.

    Honestly wouldn't be shocked if I get the banhammer in lieu of these people, because I like to play oddball champions that draw the ire of my teammates because they're "not meta" (think Teemo Jungle, Pantheon Support or Heimerdinger Support) and draw out false reports from teammates regularly. I already had a 25 game chat restriction a few months ago where the worst I typed was incredibly tame compared to the behaviour listed above. Appeal rejected by Riot because it was my fault for arguing with players rather than just muting/reporting and moving on.

    I understandably have zero faith that Riot care about combatting toxicity, considering they have an awful company bro-culture themselves where senior management think it's okay to sexually harass, discriminate by gender, ball-tap, etc.

    I've had two promo series into Iron I ruined because of morons like the ones depicted above. When pro gamers claim that elo hell doesn't exist, I invite them to go into low elo on EUW on a 200 game Iron ranked account and witness the absolute epitome of human stupidity, sabotage and toxicity it really is.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on The UK backs away from “herd immunity” coronavirus proposal amid blowback in ~health.coronavirus

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    I am very surprised that the Conservatives are handling this crisis so badly, considering what's at stake for them personally. Worst case scenario: a vaccine doesn't come out over the next few...

    I am very surprised that the Conservatives are handling this crisis so badly, considering what's at stake for them personally.

    Worst case scenario: a vaccine doesn't come out over the next few months and Britain achieves herd immunity. Around 40,000,000 people end up infected and millions die, many of which would be in the 60+ range that is particularly susceptible to the virus. Not to mention that a lot of over 70s will undoubtedly defy the government order to self-isolate and expose themselves to a greater risk of infection.

    In Britain there is a clear generational divide between left and right wing voters with boomers far likelier to vote Conservative, Brexit Party, UKIP, BNP, etc. It's so polarizing that one pollster found that if only 18-25 year olds could vote in the 2017 General Election, Labour would have around 600 seats and the Conservatives would not have a single one in Parliament.

    Should herd immunity be achieved by our government, it would lead the Conservative Party into an existential crisis, not only because a lot of old people who traditionally vote for the party would die from COVID-19 infections, but because anybody who has had a loved one die from coronavirus would be disgusted by how the Tories have handled this crisis, and rightly so.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Love in the time of coronavirus? in ~life

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    My partner and I live about 50 miles apart from each other. She's in a small town with less than 50,000 people, I'm in a big city with over 1 million population. It's already kinda difficult for...

    My partner and I live about 50 miles apart from each other. She's in a small town with less than 50,000 people, I'm in a big city with over 1 million population.

    It's already kinda difficult for us because we both have busy lives, we can't really see each other during the week due to work commitments, neither of us are keen on moving closer to each other because she doesn't want to be away from family and I don't want to quit my job and move somewhere with a potential lack of work opportunities.

    We planned to go on vacation together next week and I booked a week off specifically for it. Coronavirus has kinda shelved those plans.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    In Britain, the Premier League season has been suspended and our government has banned "mass gatherings" from next week, so a lot of concerts, sports matches and other events will undoubtedly be...

    In Britain, the Premier League season has been suspended and our government has banned "mass gatherings" from next week, so a lot of concerts, sports matches and other events will undoubtedly be cancelled. Five cases have been confirmed in my city. Most of the cases are in London or further up north.

    We haven't yet gone into lockdown but are on the verge of going into isolation if the situation worsens. My workplace has ordered company laptops for us to temporarily work from home with if we need to close the office.

    I'm more concerned that Boris Johnson cares more about achieving herd immunity in the UK population, which involves over 60% of the population getting coronavirus, rather than halting the virus's spread through the lockdown that other European nations are doing. Even the WHO have called our government out on their bullshit. I'm honestly surprised that Boris hasn't done more because it's mainly the older generation that is susceptible to the virus who vote Conservative and if millions of them die as a result of coronavirus spreading like wildfire, the Tories are never going to get into power ever again.

    It also makes Trump's travel ban on Europe all the more ironic, because it's the Europeans who are finally getting their shit together and pushing isolation, whereas we as a nation who were exempt from Trump's travel ban are just going to the Winchester, having a cold pint and waiting for it all to blow over.

    20 votes
  11. Comment on The 2020 Endorsement Primary in ~misc

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndoH_GJii8U https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/hillary-clinton-the-true-outsider...

    I'm not at all sure that Hillary Clinton pretended to be an outsider or downplayed her experience. I guess I'd need some examples. And it seems clear that Biden isn't doing any pretending about being an outsider, so maybe that counts for something?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndoH_GJii8U

    https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/hillary-clinton-the-true-outsider

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/hillary-clinton-political-outsider-president/story?id=33898281

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Live election results: Super Tuesday 2020 in ~news

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    Bloomberg entered too late to make a difference and unlike Trump he used astroturfing tactics to give the impression he had a following. Trump's strategy on the other hand was three-fold: Draw...

    Bloomberg entered too late to make a difference and unlike Trump he used astroturfing tactics to give the impression he had a following.

    Trump's strategy on the other hand was three-fold:

    1. Draw attention to himself in the primaries to get an early lead and start winning. This is why he said a lot of crazy stuff in the primaries, to lap up the attention of the press. He got over $2 billion of free publicity from this.

    2. Eliminate his rivals one by one. He pulled this to great effect against Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz.

    3. Be flexible. He shifted gears quite significantly after he won the Republican nomination.

    Trump probably spent relatively little on his own campaign, and as far as I'm concerned he gamed the political system really well.

    Trump was right to mock him. Bloomberg did it all wrong.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on The 2020 Endorsement Primary in ~misc

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    Because Biden is part of the main party's establishment and they'd rather elect an insider who will keep the status quo than someone progressively radical like Sanders or Warren. Charlie from...

    Because Biden is part of the main party's establishment and they'd rather elect an insider who will keep the status quo than someone progressively radical like Sanders or Warren.

    Charlie from Charisma on Command did a really good video explaining why he thought Trump was going to smash Hillary in the 2016 election (and he was right about his prediction.)

    I bring this up because Charlie brought up a major weakness of Hillary's campaign. She didn't play to her strengths that she had qualifications, experience and was around for several of America's key victories like the killing of Osama bin Laden. Instead, she tried to paint herself as an outsider by playing the woman card, when in reality she was one of the biggest insiders of the Democratic Party. Trump on the other hand legitimately painted himself as an outsider because he defied the odds and even the Republican Party's own wishes by getting attention, riding off the billions in free publicity his campaign got and eliminating his opponents one by one.

    Biden is going to face a similar obstacle against Trump. If he does win big on Super Tuesday and secures the nomination, a lot of disgruntled and pissed off Sanders, Warren or Buttigieg supporters are going to cry corruption and either not vote in 2020, or vote for Trump.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Amy Klobuchar ending presidential bid in ~news

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    I think it will backfire pretty badly for another reason. The public doesn't particularly like Biden and him as the nominee would ensure that we see Trump land a second term.

    I think it will backfire pretty badly for another reason. The public doesn't particularly like Biden and him as the nominee would ensure that we see Trump land a second term.

    13 votes
  15. Comment on What is/was your favorite console, and why? in ~games

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    From a games standpoint, the Nintendo 64 was king. There were some solid third-party games like Doom 64, Rocket: Robot on Wheels, Glover, Turok, Chameleon Twist to name a few. Even without their...

    From a games standpoint, the Nintendo 64 was king. There were some solid third-party games like Doom 64, Rocket: Robot on Wheels, Glover, Turok, Chameleon Twist to name a few. Even without their third party lineup, Nintendo's solid first party titles alone could have carried the console to profitability, but the true lynchpin was Rare.

    The N64 represents Rare in their absolute prime, before their top talent left the company to form Free Radical, before Microsoft snapped them up in a rather misguided $800m buyout where execs genuinely thought they were snapping up the rights to Donkey Kong as a result, and before mismanagement both on Microsoft's and Rare's own end squandered their IPs and damn near sank the company. With Rare at the helm, we had Goldeneye 007, Blast Corps, Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, Jet Force Gemini, Mickey's Speedway USA, Diddy Kong Racing, Perfect Dark, Donkey Kong 64 and Conker's Bad Fur Day. At that point Rare hadn't even released a mediocre let alone a shit game.

    From a hardware architecture standpoint however, I'd say the PlayStation 2 is my favourite. I miss the days when consoles ran on dedicated gaming architecture and weren't just overglorified pre-built x86 rigs like the PS4 and Xbox One are. In particular, I'm a fan of consoles that have hardware specifically designed for very high throughput, even if there is a high learning curve to develop for it. The PS2 is the quintessential example of this. The Emotion Engine was incredibly powerful and some developers were able to push graphics almost on par with what early PS3 and Xbox 360 games looked like.

    Imagine the kind of graphical fidelity that a modern take on the PS2's architecture could bring.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Pete Buttigieg will end his campaign for President on Sunday in ~news

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    Out of all the major candidates which have a chance of winning the nomination, of which I believe four are left. Sanders is the candidate I want to win, but he recently recovered from a bout of...

    Out of all the major candidates which have a chance of winning the nomination, of which I believe four are left.

    Sanders is the candidate I want to win, but he recently recovered from a bout of poor health and is ancient compared to Trump's already old age. That being said, Bloomberg and Biden are similarly old.

    Bloomberg would be my second choice out of all the democratic candidates. He's the most qualified in terms of business smarts, but I think he entered the race far too late, and I don't like the shady online astroturfing tactics he's pulled to give the impression that he has a following.

    Biden is seemingly crooked, has a lot of dirt that Trump can dig up against him and will likely face an even bigger obstacle than Clinton did four years ago. He is also promising a return to the status quo under Obama, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but is not the change America needs.

    Warren is a Sanders-lite who has similarly progressive policies, but isn't gaining as much momentum as Sanders. If the Simpsons prophecy that a female president will follow Donald Trump is to occur this year, it will definitely be her.

    If you ask me, Buttigieg withdrew too soon and could have certainly clinched the nomination. He should've waited until at least Super Tuesday.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on QAnon now has its own super PAC, established by the owner of 8chan in ~misc

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    Probably a bit of both. Fredrick Brennan has pretty much distanced himself from 8chan's/8kun's community due to the Christchurch and El Paso shootings and feels the site should be shut down...

    Probably a bit of both.

    Fredrick Brennan has pretty much distanced himself from 8chan's/8kun's community due to the Christchurch and El Paso shootings and feels the site should be shut down because free speech has gone too far and created a toxic cesspool of violence and hatred. Meanwhile, Jim Watkins is running the show, is trying to do everything possible to defy the wishes of the site's founder, and has gone so far as to file a cyberlibel complaint against Brennan with the Filipino authorities.

    9 votes
  18. Comment on What are some bugs/glitches/exploits that have actually made games better? in ~games

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    K-Style in GunZ: The Duel. K-Style or "Korean Style" refers to a series of glitches discovered by the game's Korean community, which turned GunZ from a rather mediocre and bland third person arena...

    K-Style in GunZ: The Duel.

    K-Style or "Korean Style" refers to a series of glitches discovered by the game's Korean community, which turned GunZ from a rather mediocre and bland third person arena shooter into a surprisingly deep and mechanically intensive competitive experience.

    These expoits are mostly delay cancellations, or combos which would let you do absurdly broken stuff like infinite wall running, or slashing/blocking at the same time. A full list of techniques can be found here.

    The now defunct developers (MAIET) responsible for GunZ were particularly incompetent and tone-deaf in how they addressed this. They made several attempts to patch out K-Style over the years and backed down due to huge community backlash each time. K-Style was not present in the game's sequel (GunZ 2), which was the primary reason why the game flopped both within and outside Korea. In the end, it was server and performance issues surrounding another newly launched game (RaiderZ) that led to MAIET's demise.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on What are some bugs/glitches/exploits that have actually made games better? in ~games

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    Tripping was a blight on SSBB and was one of many things that turned the game into an utter joke. There is an almost 8 minute long video showcasing all the glaring flaws with Brawl as a...

    Tripping was a blight on SSBB and was one of many things that turned the game into an utter joke. There is an almost 8 minute long video showcasing all the glaring flaws with Brawl as a competitive fighter. Almost three minutes of this video are dedicated to how overpowered and broken Meta Knight is as a character.

    Brawl is such a joke in terms of competitive play that Ken, one of the most dominant players in Melee's early life, lost to a random 14 year old kid who had zero competitive experience in the EVO 2008 finals. In any other esport, an upset like this would be impossible.

    Wavedashing seems to always have this reputation as a cheat or an exploit when it's simply a part of the game, in which Melee players want to cling onto to feel superior. The movement mechanics of the later games in the series are just deliberately very different from SSBM.

    I dunno, I'd classify it as such because it was clearly an unintended consequence of how Melee's physics engine worked.

    The difference is that unlike strafe jumping in Quake and skiing in Tribes, Nintendo opted to remove it in later releases.

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

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    League of Legends. Gonna be very blunt here. I absolutely hate how toxic the game's community is. I've had countless matches entirely ruined by inters and trolls in Iron I and it's contributed a...

    League of Legends.

    Gonna be very blunt here. I absolutely hate how toxic the game's community is. I've had countless matches entirely ruined by inters and trolls in Iron I and it's contributed a sizeable majority of my losses. Just last game I had a Soraka mid go into my lane and deliberately feed my opponent until he snowballed the match - all because he died when he roamed top and I wasn't able to save him.

    Like... how much of a massive jerk does one have to be in order to go out of their way and ruin the gameplay experience of others?

    The game has such a nasty community that I swear Riot should be cutting back some of their esports funding to give the bad apples in their community some fucking anger management classes.

    2 votes