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  1. Comment on With Vids, Google thinks it has the next big productivity tool for work in ~tech

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    That's a good point. Reading is generally faster than watching a video with a fixed length, it's a large reason I prefer written articles over videos. Having to pause everything you're doing to...

    That's a good point. Reading is generally faster than watching a video with a fixed length, it's a large reason I prefer written articles over videos. Having to pause everything you're doing to listen to a video feels more disruptive to work flow than reading an email. This is especially key when some people will ABSOLUTELY send very lengthy and overall unnecessary videos. Easier to skim a rambly email for key points than listen to a 10-minute ramble, especially if you need to consult it again later for reference.

    10 votes
  2. Eclipse plans

    Surprised there's not really a thread yet, so I'll start it. What plans have you made for today's eclipse? I know people have traveled from all over the world to see it. We happen to live in the...

    Surprised there's not really a thread yet, so I'll start it. What plans have you made for today's eclipse? I know people have traveled from all over the world to see it.

    We happen to live in the path of totality so no travel needed. Actually even less travel than we thought. We were going to go to a parking garage at a nearby mall, but it turns out we have a pretty good view of the sun from our backyard! We also went to grab fast food as a treat and saw a bunch of people walking to the nearby park.

    How about everyone else?

    25 votes
  3. Comment on What AI tools are you actually using? in ~tech

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    So far, I've been using the site TalkAI and a ChatGPT bot on Discord to consult for quick queries related to my writing without having to make an account with ChatGPT. I don't mean that as in...

    So far, I've been using the site TalkAI and a ChatGPT bot on Discord to consult for quick queries related to my writing without having to make an account with ChatGPT. I don't mean that as in heavy research, but just to get input for small details that search engines wouldn't really help. For example, the most recent query I gave was "What's some restaurant food that requires a knife and fork to cut?" for a scene in a restaurant. My own tastes lean towards pasta or classic American diner food, which didn't fit with the characters or scene. It's the kind of question that Google will just... not help with, at all, given all the fluff-filled articles about food and restaurants.
    The downsides for both options: TalkAI doesn't remember the previous question so you can't have a full, continuous conversation or build off previous queries. The Discord bot does remember, but it has a cooldown time for replies.

    Though the other day, one of my friends used an AI app to write a chapter based on the synopsis of my story as part of an April Fool's joke. On that note, I am somewhat surprised to see that my phone's autocorrect added "Threlthorian" to its dictionary before I actually typed that word. I guess it can pick up words from docs I view, because that word doesn't show up on Google.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on 4.8 earthquake in central New Jersey; felt in Philadelphia, New York in ~enviro

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    Your comment made me realize I probably won't recognize an earthquake if it happens when I'm at home. There's a quarry near our house that does a lot of blasting, so I'm used to our house shaking...

    Your comment made me realize I probably won't recognize an earthquake if it happens when I'm at home. There's a quarry near our house that does a lot of blasting, so I'm used to our house shaking about once a week or so. I'm talking hard enough to rattle our furniture. I know I slept through one earthquake years and years ago.

    I guess it's good we don't get many earthquakes here since my reaction time would probably be a bit slow.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Which anime or manga transcend the boundaries of genre and medium? in ~anime

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    I've got two off the top of my head. First to come to mind: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and the manga. Read the manga, and then watched Brotherhood as it aired. On the second to last episode,...

    I've got two off the top of my head. First to come to mind: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and the manga. Read the manga, and then watched Brotherhood as it aired. On the second to last episode, it just struck me as one of the best stories I've seen in ANY medium.
    One takeaway I took from it on a meta-level was a comment by the creator about how she makes sure to balance some of the serious moments with humorous faces, because at the end of the day, it's meant to be entertainment. That's one of the primary purposes of fiction in my opinion, and some people forget that and create works that just become slogs to get through because they lean too hard into the angst and suffering. It doesn't become depressing, it just becomes tedious. That comment about entertainment is part of my own writing philosophy now.

    The second one: the manga Souboutei Must Be Destroyed. I rambled about it on the first MangaLove thread, so I'll just link that ramble if you want plot details. It may be even better to go in blind, I really had no idea what I was getting into beyond it being about a haunted house. It is, by far, one of the best works I've seen in the medium.

    I'll quote this part of my ramble:

    This isn't just a manga, this is a love letter to art and humanity. Every page has so much passion in it. This series feels like the culmination of an entire career and lifetime, a writer's magnum opus.

    More than that, I firmly believe this is a manga that can change lives. It didn't have that effect on me, but I can tell it has that power for the right audience members. The story managed to delve so deep into the human psyche at various points without ever feeling preachy like so many other manga do. This is the sort of story that can only come from years of experience not only writing manga, but also from just living.

    Basically I will always take a chance to sing this manga's praises. It is currently the one manga I continually check to see if it's getting an anime adaptation, and also dread because I don't know if an anime adaptation can do it justice. It has some incredibly creative visual sequences that would be awesome to see animated, but only if the adaptation is done with effort and care.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Cargo ship hits major bridge in Baltimore, triggering collapse (gifted link) in ~transport

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    I thought that too for a second, but with how rare incidents like this are, I don't think the costs could really be justified. Most bridge collapses aren't really "predictable" like this one. I...

    I thought that too for a second, but with how rare incidents like this are, I don't think the costs could really be justified.

    Most bridge collapses aren't really "predictable" like this one. I skimmed the Wikipedia list of bridge failures and I counted maybe about 12 involving ships, which are probably among the easiest to see coming. Otherwise they tend to be pretty sudden though, such as natural disasters (particularly floods), structural defects finally rearing their ugly heads, trains derailing, cars crashing or trucks catching fire, etc.

    Basically, a majority of collapses come from causes that either A) are very sudden and lead to a swift breakdown, so no time to really issue a warning; or B) would almost certainly already be a known risk to people on the bridge (namely floods and fires).

    So while a speaker system could have saved lives this time, most of the time it wouldn't really change anything. With the costs of installing, maintaining, repairing and replacing a system that's statistically unlikely to ever be used... Well, I support preventative measures but that would feel like a waste of funding that could be better spent elsewhere.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Cargo ship hits major bridge in Baltimore, triggering collapse (gifted link) in ~transport

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    I think most bridges would collapse if a large cargo ship rammed into the support column, and I'm not sure how many protective barriers could effectively stop it. A lot of incidents and tragedies...

    I think most bridges would collapse if a large cargo ship rammed into the support column, and I'm not sure how many protective barriers could effectively stop it. A lot of incidents and tragedies basically boil down to some external factor going wrong, regardless of design.

    I think the reason this doesn't happen more often is just because of other preventative measures and regulations within the maritime industries. There are regular ship inspections for starters (and this ship passed one in September 2023), and most ships will have experienced veterans in command positions who know how to steer ships around bridges. Then there are pilots, who are local specialists familiar with the waters around ports who take control of navigating ships into ports. A few articles mention that the ship was under control of at least one pilot at the time of the accident.

    But even with all those measures, issues can still pop up with very little notice. This time really does seem like a case of horrific bad timing for a mechanical issue.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on Apple has kept an illegal monopoly over smartphones in US, Justice Department says in antitrust suit in ~tech

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    That reminds me of this recent post to Tildes about Apple terminating Epic Games' developer account in Sweden, before quickly reversing the decision. Apple claimed it was due to Epic violating...

    The FTC has a pretty solid case to be made given that Apple has a long term (and current!) ability to lock out competitors or raise prices. Apple could, tomorrow, ban all third-party apps from the app store which compete with their offerings, and raise their cut on the app store to 95%. It doesn't matter whether they will do these things, merely that they could.

    That reminds me of this recent post to Tildes about Apple terminating Epic Games' developer account in Sweden, before quickly reversing the decision. Apple claimed it was due to Epic violating policies in the past, but this was after Epic announced intentions to open its own third-party app store on iOS due to the DMA. The timing is suspicious, to put it lightly.

    So basically, Apple has already shown they're willing to try to shut out competition even in the face of legal regulations.

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

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    I just started Cassette Beasts at long last because we're traveling. I was hooked in the first five minutes, and have been consistently hooked since. I went in blind and didn't expect it to be an...

    I just started Cassette Beasts at long last because we're traveling. I was hooked in the first five minutes, and have been consistently hooked since. I went in blind and didn't expect it to be an isekai-type setting/story, or for the player and NPCs to transform into beasts instead of using them. Currently battling a third captain, but we're about to head out to dinner so it's on pause.

    Overall it's pretty refreshing!

    4 votes
  10. Comment on US libraries struggle to afford the demand for e-books and seek new state laws in fight with publishers in ~books

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    The fact that there's such a short limit on how long libraries can have copies of ebooks is just shocking to me. Two years or 26 checkouts is just so low. They don't have limits on physical books....

    The fact that there's such a short limit on how long libraries can have copies of ebooks is just shocking to me. Two years or 26 checkouts is just so low. They don't have limits on physical books. Is it because publishers have more control over digital copies, and thus can give into the greedier impulses more?

    Either way, I now feel guilty about the ebook I'd just checked out from my local library because I don't know if I'll actually read it.

    26 votes
  11. Comment on The future of Duck Game in ~games

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    Looking it up, I think there's a one-time registration fee to get a game published on Steam along with a 30% royalty rate on sales. The only cost I can imagine would be if they're running any...

    Looking it up, I think there's a one-time registration fee to get a game published on Steam along with a 30% royalty rate on sales. The only cost I can imagine would be if they're running any servers for online games, but no clue if that would even be on WBD's side.

    So if anything, they're making money by having the games for sale. Even if the division of profits would only give WBD 5%, it's still free income with zero effort on WBD's side. They're basically cutting off one of the few revenue sources, so this move is even more nonsensical. They're not gaining anything, but losing instead.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on The future of Duck Game in ~games

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    At this point, I can only think spite is the main motivator. I've ranted many times about Zaslav now, but this decision... I just can't see the logic. My one guess is that he's hoping for a panic...

    At this point, I can only think spite is the main motivator. I've ranted many times about Zaslav now, but this decision... I just can't see the logic. My one guess is that he's hoping for a panic rush of people buying the games before they're pulled, but that wouldn't be nearly significant enough to impact the $40B debt. I don't know if it would even get $1 million.

    So, at this point, only spite towards all those who came before him is left.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Canadian pet DNA company sends back dog breed results from human sample a second time in ~life.pets

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    One of my regrets is we never found out my second dog's heritage, because I swear we found the super mutt. She was incredibly smart, active, and lived to be ~19/20 with overall good health. She...

    One of my regrets is we never found out my second dog's heritage, because I swear we found the super mutt. She was incredibly smart, active, and lived to be ~19/20 with overall good health. She warped my perception of dog age, her body only really started breaking down in the last month or so of her life. People were consistently shocked when they'd hear her age. We knew she was part sheltie, but guesses on the rest ranged all over.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on Boeing whistleblower found dead in US in ~transport

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    I doubt Boeing murdered him, because that would be absolutely moronic when they're already under so much dang scrutiny for the door plug incident. I fully believe this was a suicide, either due to...

    I doubt Boeing murdered him, because that would be absolutely moronic when they're already under so much dang scrutiny for the door plug incident. I fully believe this was a suicide, either due to stress over his involvement in this case, self-assigned guilt for not doing more in his time at Boeing, or some other personal factors we're not privvy to.

    Even then though, the timing is bad for Boeing. I'd never heard of this case (1 in 4 oxygen masks don't work?? They used parts from scrap bins to avoid production delays!?), but it's now going to get plenty of national spotlight.

    Previously I'd found writeups on plane crashes reassuring because each one was a lesson for the industry on how to prevent each particular cause from happening again, but that only works if everyone involved actually cares about safety. And clearly, Boeing doesn't.

    30 votes
  15. Comment on What irrational video game requirements do you have? in ~games

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    Also an advantage on the Switch. I often use the home button instead of the pause button at this point.

    Also an advantage on the Switch. I often use the home button instead of the pause button at this point.

  16. Comment on The mystery social media account schooling US Congress on how to do its job in ~tech

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    It's the result of 200 years of laws, rules and processes spawning to address various needs and challenges. It's pretty natural for them to get complex, and I expect part of the complexity arose...

    It's the result of 200 years of laws, rules and processes spawning to address various needs and challenges. It's pretty natural for them to get complex, and I expect part of the complexity arose due to trying to minimize room for loopholes. The bigger issue in my mind is that it takes multiple books to understand it.

    I wonder how feasible it would be to condense the most crucial rules and processes into a more easily digestible single-volume format, with notes on where to find the details on more obscure processes. Maybe train an AI specifically on the all of the documentation for more obscure questions, not to provide answers like ChatGPT (because we can't guarantee it would give the correct answers) but to point people on where to find them within all the documentation.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on The mystery social media account schooling US Congress on how to do its job in ~tech

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    With how convoluted and long the "manual" is, I'm not surprised how few have read it. The article mentioned he used an 18-volume House reference book, and that's just one source on precedents. And...

    With how convoluted and long the "manual" is, I'm not surprised how few have read it. The article mentioned he used an 18-volume House reference book, and that's just one source on precedents. And with how dry a lot of reference books tend to be... Yeah, really not surprised.

    I wonder if it would be feasible to create a condensed version of all the rules that's easily digestible as required reading for new members of Congress, and can point to more detailed sources for specifics on more obscure topics.

    13 votes
  18. Comment on Akira Toriyama has passed away in ~anime

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    For those who want details, there's a statement on the official Dragon Ball Twitter. Text from it: I'm just... Damn. He is one of the most influential mangaka in history, right up there with Osamu...

    For those who want details, there's a statement on the official Dragon Ball Twitter. Text from it:

    “Dear Friends and Partners,

    We are deeply saddened to inform you that manga creator Akira Toriyama passed away on March 1st due to acute subdural hematoma. He was in age of 68.

    It’s our deep regret that he still had several works in the middle of creation with great enthusiasm. Also, he would have many more things to achieve. However, he had left many manga titles and works of art to this world. Thanks to the support of so many people around the world, he has been able to continue his creative activities for over 45 years. We hope that Akira Toriyama’s unique world of creation continues to be loved by everyone for a long time to come.

    We inform you of this sad news, with gratefulness for your kindness during his lifetime.

    Funeral service was held with his family and very few relatives. Following his wishes for tranquility, we respectfully inform you that we would not accept flowers, condolences gifts, visiting, offerings and others. Also, we ask you to refrain from conduction interviews with his family.

    Future plans for a commemorative gathering is not decided, we will let you know when it’s confirmed. We deeply thank you for your understanding and support as always.”

    I'm just... Damn. He is one of the most influential mangaka in history, right up there with Osamu Tezuka. Dragon Ball is part of what made anime a global phenomenon, it's likely still the most mainstream series even now. His influence can be felt on so many works, both within manga and anime but also in other mediums.

    His death is so sudden and tragic, it really hammers home that death waits for no one. I'm glad his family had some time to grieve in peace before going public.

    I'm sad his legacy came to such an abrupt end, but I'm glad for the impact he's had on so many lives. Rest in peace, Toriyama.

    16 votes
  19. Comment on What irrational video game requirements do you have? in ~games

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    Out of curiosity, do you get motion sickness from watching videos of people playing first-person games?

    Out of curiosity, do you get motion sickness from watching videos of people playing first-person games?

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  20. Comment on What irrational video game requirements do you have? in ~games

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    Depends on how it's implemented, I think. I know some people struggle with the reaction time in fishing in Stardew Valley for example, to the point many mods exist for it. It can make completing...

    Depends on how it's implemented, I think. I know some people struggle with the reaction time in fishing in Stardew Valley for example, to the point many mods exist for it. It can make completing at least one of the Community Center bundles pretty hard. Other games can have it be an incredibly flimsy mechanic, or take up a LOT of time.

    Then there's Big the Cat's levels in Sonic Adventure DX...

    1 vote