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  1. Comment on Reddit is about to delete a lot of subreddits based on post activity metrics in ~tech

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    The more time I spend on reddit, the more I'm convinced that the site will eventually fall apart. Reddit is being driven to the ground by a cabal of power users. Unlike with Digg though, these...

    The more time I spend on reddit, the more I'm convinced that the site will eventually fall apart.

    Reddit is being driven to the ground by a cabal of power users. Unlike with Digg though, these users have the power to actually remove posts, remove comments, ban users and (through their connections with Reddit staff themselves) can complain loudly enough until the admins swoop in and outright ban communities they don't like. Despite Reddit having moderator guidelines for healthy communities that should curb this stuff, they've only ever used said guidelines to rein in right wing subreddits that go against their own ideologies.

    If we interpreted the mod guidelines literally, many major subreddits would have needed admin intervention. The fact that you're more likely to be modmail muted by one of their power-tripping internet janitors than to be given a serious ban appeal (which is required as per the site's mod guidelines) is bonkers.

    The only reason that Reddit is still alive is due to angry internet mobs preventing any competitor from gaining traction.

    At the moment with any social media competitor that try to take Reddit or Twitter on, the problematic exiles from these sites often flock to it, push the platform's more liberal open speech policies to their limits and then drive the angry mob to mailbomb their stakeholders to stop doing business with the company. This is what happened to Voat, what happened to Poal, what happened to Gab, what happened to Parler, and what is currently happening to Ruqqus (Patreon stopped doing business with them, and they're currently dependent on Paypal to take premium subscription payments, which will surely end soon once they discover what Ruqqus's user base are like...)

    I think for any Reddit competitor to become big, they either need to find a way to stay afloat after most advertisers, payment processors and web hosts have cancelled them, OR they need to have clear and concise rules against hate speech that are enforced to prevent themselves from becoming another Stormfront.

    The former surely can't be too hard, right? I mean the Pirate Bay has stood for decades without the help of cryptocurrencies despite no legitimate business on this planet wanting to fund piracy...

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  2. Comment on Five Nights At Freddy's creator, Scott Cawthon, announces his retirement in ~games

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    Scott Cawthon had recently been called out on social media and accused of homophobia and transphobia for his support of Donald Trump and for making donations towards Republican candidates and PACs...

    Scott Cawthon had recently been called out on social media and accused of homophobia and transphobia for his support of Donald Trump and for making donations towards Republican candidates and PACs in 2020.

    After several days of outrage, this prompted Cawthon to make this post on the /r/fivenightsatfreddys subreddit. In his post he opened up about being doxxed and harassed as a result of his political affiliation, explained that his family had received death threats, and clarified that his support of specific Republican candidates wasn't out of animosity towards the LGBTQ community.

    The day after, he announced his retirement from game development via his official website. Security Breach will still go on, and Cawthon's post suggests that he'll pass the series mantle to someone else.

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  3. Comment on NASA has selected two new missions to study Venus, expected to launch in 2028 - 2030 in ~space

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    I'm surprised there isn't a major push for manned missions and later colonies on Venus, for several reasons in particular: Venus's gravity is very similar to Earth's at around 0.9g. Mars is closer...

    I'm surprised there isn't a major push for manned missions and later colonies on Venus, for several reasons in particular:

    1. Venus's gravity is very similar to Earth's at around 0.9g. Mars is closer to 0.4g. Artificial gravity is little more than science-fiction at the moment, and without it the Martians of the future wouldn't even be able to set foot on Earth. Even colonists who travel to Mars and later return to Earth may be permanently impacted by the lesser gravity.
    2. A human may die within seconds on Venus's surface where atmospheric pressures are equivalent to being 1km below the ocean and where temperatures are hot enough to melt lead, BUT the upper atmosphere may be far more habitable than even Mars and be a great place for a floating city. The atmospheric pressure in the Venusian upper atmosphere is more like Earth's and the temperature is far more bearable at about 70 degrees celsius. What would have needed a pressurised spacesuit on Mars would only need a respirator, oxygen supply and some protection from on Venus.
    3. A colony would receive around 8 times as much solar power on Venus as they would on Mars due to its proximity to Earth.
    4. Venus is far closer to Earth and has a more frequent launch window for optimal launches compared to Mars. This is good for minimising astronaut weightlessness and having shorter journeys.
    5. Radiation protection is far better on Venus than on Mars. Neither planet have magnetospheres but Venus's thick atmosphere provides far more protection from solar radiation than the thin atmosphere of Mars.
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  4. Comment on The state of Arizona is preparing to kill death row inmates using hydrogen cyanide, the same lethal gas that was deployed at Auschwitz in ~news

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    I generally support rehabilitation of criminals, but there are some crimes where rehabilitative and restorative justice is simply out of the question. When I state "most heinous of crimes", I'm...

    I generally support rehabilitation of criminals, but there are some crimes where rehabilitative and restorative justice is simply out of the question.

    When I state "most heinous of crimes", I'm not referring to the whole list of offences that may be punishable by the death penalty in US law. A lot of these can be tackled in some way through rehabilitation, especially drug related offences.

    My idea of heinous crime would be things like genocide, serial killing, sexual explotation of children leading to death.

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  5. Comment on How do you actually meditate? in ~talk

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    Was in a state of depression three years ago. Still kinda am. To avoid going on too much of a tangent, girlfriend broke things off with me mere days after she finally travelled to the UK to start...

    Was in a state of depression three years ago. Still kinda am.

    To avoid going on too much of a tangent, girlfriend broke things off with me mere days after she finally travelled to the UK to start her foreign exchange year. I made the mistake of telling her how bad I felt about the breakup a month later then got a cold & hostile response that resulted in me defriending her and going three years no contact. I try to avoid looking her up on social media because I still feel crap about what happened. She's the only one of several exes/former crushes where I still have this aversion to even look at them.

    That whole experience got me into the law of attraction and later Neville Goddard. I definitely think there's some truth to the idea that our thoughts and emotions shape the world around us on a quantum level, but I haven't been able to harness this power, and I've since grown disillusioned with the amount of "gurus" in the community trying to peddle their own courses like it's their own snake oil. A lot of them have a major presence on Reddit.

    There are a few of these gurus/YouTubers like Sky Life, Joseph Alai, Mia Magik, AllIsMind, etc, that I'm very skeptical of. Despite my skepticism, I think if it weren't for LoA and me trying to give it a serious shot, my mind would probably have been in a darker place.

    So how does that tie into meditation? I've tried several methods, some specific to Neville Goddard, in an attempt to control my mood and mindset. I tried several forms of relaxation and clearing my head, I tried researching zen forms of meditation, I tried NG's SATS (state akin to sleep) and mental diet attempts at manifestation and had mixed results with it. I even considered going to a zen dojo in my city to learn more about buddhism.

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  6. Comment on The state of Arizona is preparing to kill death row inmates using hydrogen cyanide, the same lethal gas that was deployed at Auschwitz in ~news

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    I'm incredibly torn on the death penalty from a moral standpoint. Part of me thinks it should exist but only for the most heinous of crimes. The other part of me thinks that giving such criminals...

    I'm incredibly torn on the death penalty from a moral standpoint. Part of me thinks it should exist but only for the most heinous of crimes. The other part of me thinks that giving such criminals an easy way out is a bad thing and that they should rot in prison for their crimes.

    Another problem I have with it is that wrongful convictions can and do happen. At least where the death penalty is abolished, these people can be released. You can't bring back an innocent person from the dead.

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  7. Comment on B.1.617 is quite concerning in ~health.coronavirus

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    That's greatly concerning, and this tells me that the government are clearly trying to cover up scientific data to support their phased reopening strategy. I don't think we should lift all...

    That's greatly concerning, and this tells me that the government are clearly trying to cover up scientific data to support their phased reopening strategy.

    I don't think we should lift all restrictions on 21st June, especially with the B.1.617.2 variant running amok.

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  8. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    Thought about downloading some free assets from itch.io, booting up RPG Maker and making a game for the hell of it. I want it to be a 16-bit fantasy turn based RPG with intuitive mechanics and...

    Thought about downloading some free assets from itch.io, booting up RPG Maker and making a game for the hell of it. I want it to be a 16-bit fantasy turn based RPG with intuitive mechanics and elements of permadeath.

    A basic plot I had in mind was that you woke up in a cave with amnesia. You are approached by royal guards seeking you out because the King had a prophetic dream about you protecting the kingdom. This kingdom is sealed off by wards that protect it from the enroaching darkness which engulfs the lands outside. Said dark lands outside the kingdom's borders are fully explorable and expand way beyond the intended path of the player by the way. They're incredibly dangerous though, even for incredibly high levelled players running on a New Game+ file.

    You're sent on a quest to protect each of the game's six temples, which house wards that protect the kingdom from darkness. These temples serve as the game's dungeons. You can tackle them in any order but the difficulty scales up based on which order you completed them in.

    Think how progression in Fallout New Vegas was. You could theoretically rush straight to New Vegas via the most direct route but high levelled mobs would eviscerate a lower levelled player. Except this time the plot actively discourages the player from going through the dark lands and the enemies become very threatening there - but there is almost like an alternative quest hidden there only for the most dedicated completionists and masochists out there.

    I won't spoil the underlying plot beyond what I highlighted above, but I intend for the game to have multiple endings, based on multiple criteria like:

    • Beating the final boss at certain points in the story - with varying amounts of in-game dungeons completed. The bad ending comes from all temples complete, and the endings get progressively better as you complete fewer dungeons.
    • Beating the final boss with no in-game dungeons completed. Only realistically possible on NG+ unless someone finds out a strategy to engage the final boss without appropriate stats. This gets the good ending.
    • Beating the final boss without any party members dying through the whole playthrough. This gets an alternative ending which is kinda good but also bad.
    • Completing an alternative route which brings you outside the kingdom in the Dark Lands. I want this ending to be incredibly hard to obtain - like so challenging that it makes Final Fantasy superbosses look trivial by comparison. This would get the best ending.
    • Worst ending comes from dying in the Dark Lands. I want the consequences to be so high that you get the worst possible ending rather than a generic game over.
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  9. Comment on Sex game can't get on Steam, even after $20,000 worth of attempts in ~games

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    How Topheavy Studios and GoD got away with a mere injunction & recall after that, I don't know. People have been arrested and jailed for less. This is the kind of game where you'd hire real life...

    How Topheavy Studios and GoD got away with a mere injunction & recall after that, I don't know. People have been arrested and jailed for less.

    This is the kind of game where you'd hire real life actresses and properly vet their background rather than go the reality TV route and film random girls on spring break. Because shit like this could very well happen and the only thing that's worse than filming child porn is burning it onto a PlayStation 2 disc and selling it for full retail price..

    Also don't understand how it only got an M rating from the ESRB despite tits.

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  10. Comment on Sex game can't get on Steam, even after $20,000 worth of attempts in ~games

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    Going back to a game I mentioned in my previous comment... what I find bizarre is that Microsoft and Sony refused to publish the more recent Gal*Gun games but Nintendo and Valve still allowed them...

    In attempts to create "objective" decision criteria they've created a framework where digital images of consenting adult women is taboo, but extremely suggestive images of anime children is not and I find this extremely bizarre.

    Going back to a game I mentioned in my previous comment... what I find bizarre is that Microsoft and Sony refused to publish the more recent Gal*Gun games but Nintendo and Valve still allowed them completely uncut. Nintendo have traditionally been known as the squeaky-clean "family-friendly" publisher and now they're allowing borderline paedophile propaganda on their platform.

    I don't use the term "paedophile propaganda" lightly here. I genuinely felt uncomfortable after watching a trailer of that game.

    Gal*Gun is an on-rails shooter where you're a schoolboy who gets hit with an arrow by a love fairy, which causes every girl in your high school to swarm towards you. You're armed with a pheromone gun that you're meant to use to shoot these girls and bring them to euphoria. You must find and kiss your true love before the day ends or otherwise you will be cursed for the rest of your life and forever be alone.

    On top of the gameplay I described above, there are QTE sequences where you grope a girl to euphoria and also minigame aspects which involve taking upskirt panty shots.

    How is this problematic? Because it's set in a Japanese high school, where girls can be anywhere between 15 and 18 years old. If it's one that also accepts middle school students, that means the girls can be as young as twelve... These girls are also in various states of undress: including gym uniform, swimsuits, underwear, etc.

    In my country indecent images of minors are illegal, even if illustrated. Which makes it more surprising that this game is being sold here in the UK.

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  11. Comment on Elon Musk announces that Tesla will no longer accept Bitcoin for vehicle purchases citing the energy demand required to maintain the cryptocurrency in ~tech

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    Crypto is only good for money laundering due to the lack of audit trails and the fact that it skips many of the financial checks and safeguards that banks and national governments impose. That and...

    Crypto is only good for money laundering due to the lack of audit trails and the fact that it skips many of the financial checks and safeguards that banks and national governments impose.

    That and the fact that very few legitimate companies take cryptocurrencies as payment.

    Surprised they haven't been outlawed.

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  12. Comment on Sex game can't get on Steam, even after $20,000 worth of attempts in ~games

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    My educated guess as to why this game was rejected was probably because it featured likenesses of real life porn actresses. Then again, Valve's content policy is about as consistent as that dollop...

    My educated guess as to why this game was rejected was probably because it featured likenesses of real life porn actresses.

    Then again, Valve's content policy is about as consistent as that dollop of bird shit on your car windscreen. If they enforced their content policies fairly and consistently instead of bowing down to press outrage a lot of games wouldn't even be on Steam. Those hundreds of cheaply built hentai puzzle game asset flips would be gone for starters. I'd even argue that Gal*Gun would be banned too because despite not being a porn game, the mere premise and marketing of the game is problematic to say the least.

    One example is a visual novel game which was pulled from Steam after major backlash which even prompted debate in the UK House of Commons because the game was about raping people. Which is kinda understandable, until I found a sex slaver simulator game featuring graphic depictions of the same thing that is still on Steam over a year later.

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  13. Comment on COVID-19 is a vascular disease not a respiratory one, says study in ~health.coronavirus

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    Question was asked before on Reddit. Consensus is that any vaccine proteins produced or contained in a vaccine are on a much smaller scale than an actual COVID infection. Either way it turns out...

    Question was asked before on Reddit. Consensus is that any vaccine proteins produced or contained in a vaccine are on a much smaller scale than an actual COVID infection.

    Either way it turns out that engineering vaccines to attack the proteins was a smart move.

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  14. Comment on What are your feelings towards achievements? in ~games

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    Don't generally bother for them unless there's a score behind them. And even then, back when I was a huge Xbox gamer and cared a lot more about my gamerscore, there were definitely games which...

    Don't generally bother for them unless there's a score behind them.

    And even then, back when I was a huge Xbox gamer and cared a lot more about my gamerscore, there were definitely games which took the piss in terms of freely awarding you points. Some games made every achievement incredibly hard to get while others, like Fight Night Round 3 for example made the 1000 Gamerscore threshold incredibly easy to get just by playing the career mode to a quick completion.

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  15. Comment on Reaching ‘herd immunity’ is unlikely in the US, experts now believe in ~health.coronavirus

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    The anti-vaxx movement was already pretty big even before Trump's rise to power. If anything Andrew Wakefield is the one with blood on his hands.

    The anti-vaxx movement was already pretty big even before Trump's rise to power. If anything Andrew Wakefield is the one with blood on his hands.

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

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    Aside from WoW, there are three other games I've been getting into. Friday Night Funkin' is really fun, but it does have issues like dropped inputs that don't make it play so well as a rhythm...

    Aside from WoW, there are three other games I've been getting into.

    Friday Night Funkin' is really fun, but it does have issues like dropped inputs that don't make it play so well as a rhythm game. Week 7 was a blast to play with some real bangers, plus I'm super hyped for the Kickstarter campaign, especially since all their major stretch goals aside from the 10 week epilogue have been funded within 15 days.

    If I had to rank each week by the overall quality of their tracks from best to worst, I'd go with: 4, 7, 2, 6, 5, 1, then 3. Favourite songs are definitely Satin Panties and Ugh.

    Yesterday I bought OMORI and I'm about 4 hours into it. Already one of the best indie RPGs I've played and I haven't even dived into much of the game's content. I'm surprised this game has received nowhere near as much recognition as Undertale did, because it feels like the true Earthbound successor.

    Also played Deadeus (Game Boy game that was released on itch.io a few months back) via emulator. Thoughts were... meh. As a game it was quite interesting and had some good world building but it's far too short and feels like little more than an overglorified 40 - 60 min long trading sequence. Doesn't take long to get all of the game's 11 endings either, takes a speedrunner about 1 hour and 20 minutes while a regular player would get about 2 hours of mileage out of the game. Deadeus is much better as a piece of art than a game.

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