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  1. Comment on Inside TASBot’s semi-secret, probably legal effort to control the Nintendo Switch in ~games

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    If it can emulate a gamecube controller, I wonder why they wouldn’t just use the GameCube adapter for the same result. I suppose the appeal of this is the technical feat, though, and not the end...

    If it can emulate a gamecube controller, I wonder why they wouldn’t just use the GameCube adapter for the same result. I suppose the appeal of this is the technical feat, though, and not the end result

    2 votes
  2. Comment on It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges in ~sports

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    Football is a bit different from other sports in regards to talent, though. It's a very strategic sport, so quality coaching and learning a certain play style is incredibly important to pro teams....

    Football is a bit different from other sports in regards to talent, though. It's a very strategic sport, so quality coaching and learning a certain play style is incredibly important to pro teams. Big schools like Alabama pay big money for the best coaches and trainers. So recruits go there to be surrounded by talent, which also makes them a more valuable player for NFL scouts.

    The schools are able to spend that much money also because of private donations from boosters. Alumn from the school send insane amounts of money just to see the football team do well.

    https://www.ncaa.org/enforcement/role-boosters

    Not to mention the school's brand having value. If you've ever been to the state of Alabama, you would realize that Auburn and Alabama are basically treated like pro teams by the people who live in the state who haven't even seen the campuses. So there's going to be tons of money going into the football programs, regardless of whether or not they have the best players.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on How Fortnite’s success led to months of intense crunch at Epic Games in ~games

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    I hope the developers got their share of the gobs of money this game has accrued

    I hope the developers got their share of the gobs of money this game has accrued

    3 votes
  4. Comment on What is something you are reasonably certain is true, but you have no proof for it? in ~talk

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    Not everyone perceives time at the same rate. This isn’t a physical phenomenon, but a mental one. Time seems to pass quicker when you are enjoying an activity, the same way that your heart rate...

    Not everyone perceives time at the same rate. This isn’t a physical phenomenon, but a mental one. Time seems to pass quicker when you are enjoying an activity, the same way that your heart rate increases as you engage in physical activity. I see no reason why different people can’t have different “resting time perception rates” in the same way that they have different resting heart rates.

    I doubt the difference between rates is significant, but possibly significant enough to allow people to be quicker thinkers. It’s not a genetic trait either, but something that can be practiced.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on What is something you are reasonably certain is true, but you have no proof for it? in ~talk

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    Just like the fellow who say similarities with the god is Islam, I see a lot of similarities in this and the writings of Christian theologians. Christians assert that God revealed himself to...

    Just like the fellow who say similarities with the god is Islam, I see a lot of similarities in this and the writings of Christian theologians. Christians assert that God revealed himself to mankind, though, so we are able to have a basic understanding of His nature (ie. His goodness, omnipotence, omnipresence, and His love for His creation)

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Moderators of r/Games have closed the sub for the day and posted a serious message about harassment in the community. in ~games

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    Are you sure they weren’t just correcting your assertion of their gender?

    or "lady" (no capitals, no syntax; because being a woman in such a manly and strong-willed game is somehow undignifying).

    Are you sure they weren’t just correcting your assertion of their gender?

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Long interview on the influence of Reddit, its culture and history, its place among other social media giants, and other topics such as hate speech and Russian manipulation. in ~tech

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    I’ve also noticed more often that people treat reddit like a blog. They’ll post their review of a game, movie, or whatever on reddit in a self post, whereas people used to link to their actual...

    I’ve also noticed more often that people treat reddit like a blog. They’ll post their review of a game, movie, or whatever on reddit in a self post, whereas people used to link to their actual blog. I also see a lot of “sharing personal stories that are mildly related to the topic” in subs, like “how I got my dad into gaming” on the Nintendo sub.

    Reddit is becoming a weird Facebook-like place just with anonymity reduced focus on geographical community

    9 votes
  8. Comment on The Racists On Gab Are Sharing Obscene Advice For Cooking Pasta (and other goodies) in ~food

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    Adding more water isn’t what helps pasta not stick. It’s stirring the pot. Source: The Food Lab

    Adding more water isn’t what helps pasta not stick. It’s stirring the pot. Source: The Food Lab

    7 votes
  9. Comment on The Racists On Gab Are Sharing Obscene Advice For Cooking Pasta (and other goodies) in ~food

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    This article is pretty funny, but I feel like if you go to any social media site you will find some disgusting bottom of the barrel “cooks”. The whole trope of “I went to a bad place and look at...

    This article is pretty funny, but I feel like if you go to any social media site you will find some disgusting bottom of the barrel “cooks”.

    The whole trope of “I went to a bad place and look at these idiots!” isn’t very constructive since both sides of any topic can have success doing it.

    17 votes
  10. Comment on It’s time to make video games safe for children in ~games

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    If you aren’t old enough to hang out with strangers, don’t hang out with strangers. The best solution here is to make a kids-only lobby. I don’t like playing with kids any more than their parents...

    it’s another “let’s water down every experience to make it safe for children” episode

    If you aren’t old enough to hang out with strangers, don’t hang out with strangers. The best solution here is to make a kids-only lobby. I don’t like playing with kids any more than their parents like them playing with me.

    27 votes
  11. Comment on Alibaba will no longer bring 1 million jobs to the US, citing tariffs in ~news

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    If they hired one million people to do two hours of work each day, that’d be a million jobs. Hyperbole obviously, but don’t let the big number impress you too much.

    If they hired one million people to do two hours of work each day, that’d be a million jobs.

    Hyperbole obviously, but don’t let the big number impress you too much.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on What games have you have recently completed? in ~games

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    The Switch version had some bugs at launch, but a patch a few months ago fixed them completely.

    The Switch version had some bugs at launch, but a patch a few months ago fixed them completely.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What games have you have recently completed? in ~games

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    I recently beat DOOM 2016. I didn't get all of the collectibles, but the game was pretty fun. Real short, though. I can see DOOM Eternal becoming the Portal 2 to this game's Portal, if you get...

    I recently beat DOOM 2016. I didn't get all of the collectibles, but the game was pretty fun. Real short, though. I can see DOOM Eternal becoming the Portal 2 to this game's Portal, if you get what I mean.

    I'm still midway through Ys VIII and am itching to start Torna: The Golden Country. I played the first 10 minutes and the new battle system seems like a blast.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on “There are no girls on the internet” in ~talk

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    A girl could talk about girl things without mentioning they're a girl, too. One of the reasons I was inspired to make this post is that I saw on the infamous "science based 100% dragon MMO" reddit...

    A girl could talk about girl things without mentioning they're a girl, too. One of the reasons I was inspired to make this post is that I saw on the infamous "science based 100% dragon MMO" reddit post that at the time "I am a girl" was used twice as much on reddit as "I am a guy". Apparently that's changed now, with "I am a guy" bringing 3x the results as "I am a girl".

    But then again, what would you call "guy things"? I don't see why any topic should be assumed to only be discussed by one gender.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~science

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    I think affirmative action needs to be retooled. It never will, due to politics, but it's silly that a wealthy black student would receive more benefits than a poor white student. A better system...

    I think affirmative action needs to be retooled. It never will, due to politics, but it's silly that a wealthy black student would receive more benefits than a poor white student. A better system would give endowments based upon income, while also favoring people from minority majority (is that the right term?) areas of the country

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  16. Comment on “There are no girls on the internet” in ~talk

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    Oof, that was pretty edgy. But I like the point made there, and can definitely relate to it. For a while it felt like everyone on the internet was just here for fun; nobody was here to cause...

    Oof, that was pretty edgy. But I like the point made there, and can definitely relate to it. For a while it felt like everyone on the internet was just here for fun; nobody was here to cause drama.

    I suppose that is just the natural way of hobbies. Once they catch mainstream, the “unwashed masses” come in and demand everything be watered down to cater towards the least common denominator of people.

    The 2016 ruined the internet, in my opinion. The decline started long before then, but it was definitely accelerated by non-Twitter/facebook social media constantly being mentioned in the news.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on “There are no girls on the internet” in ~talk

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    Would you mind elaborating as to why that is necessarily a bad thing? I’m no psychologist, but I would guess that most people, even when reading a book, assume the gender and race of an...

    Would you mind elaborating as to why that is necessarily a bad thing? I’m no psychologist, but I would guess that most people, even when reading a book, assume the gender and race of an unspecified person being like their own, unless told otherwise.

    Also, how does this practice hurt online discussion? Racists assume everyone is white, and then treat everyone like they’re white. That obviously isn’t a good practice in the real world, but how would this be bad on the internet?

    12 votes
  18. Comment on “There are no girls on the internet” in ~talk

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    I feel the same way. The mainstream internet has just been going to crap. In my search for better places to retreat to, I found myself going to really quiet 4chan boards (like obscure /trash/...

    I feel the same way. The mainstream internet has just been going to crap. In my search for better places to retreat to, I found myself going to really quiet 4chan boards (like obscure /trash/ threads). Something about the anonymous board format is appealing, in the absence of the abhorrent racism and sexism that is rampant on that website.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on “There are no girls on the internet” in ~talk

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    It’s not easy to treat comments as coming from the void on a platform like Twitter though. Every tweet is interpreted through your profile, which for most people is a picture of their face. I feel...

    It’s not easy to treat comments as coming from the void on a platform like Twitter though. Every tweet is interpreted through your profile, which for most people is a picture of their face.

    I feel confident that Twitter’s vitriol would decrease drastically if profiles were less personal, but that’s not at all what the website was designed for.

    3 votes
  20. “There are no girls on the internet”

    “There are no girls on the internet” is one of the “rules of the internet” of the olden times. It was a tongue-in-cheek saying that meant two things. The first interpretation is that women don’t...

    “There are no girls on the internet” is one of the “rules of the internet” of the olden times. It was a tongue-in-cheek saying that meant two things. The first interpretation is that women don’t hang out on online forums because only loser guys do that. This obviously wasn’t totally true, but it felt true because of the second interpretation: gender doesn’t really exist on the internet, or at least it didn’t back then. Someone posting on IRC or 4Chan could be male, female, black, white, or any combination or race or gender, but you wouldn’t know that. Your post just existed in a void, completely separate from your social identity. While sexism and racism existed, someone wouldn’t be discriminated against on those grounds, because on the internet there are no girls. Only people.

    People who brought up their gender were accused of being attention seekers who couldn’t get by on their own merits. This was probably just a shitty excuse to justify harassment (ie tits or gtfo), but there might have been some truth to the idea that your gender and race have no effect on the legitimacy of your opinion.

    Today on the internet, a the “rule” “there are no girls on the internet” is completely done away with. Not only is the social makeup of the internet much more diverse today, all of the major networking sites have profiles on which you can proudly display your gender, race, sexuality, etc.

    I only just now came to realize this difference as I was reading some threads that posted statements like “as a gay man” or “as a girl who...”. These kinds of statements used to attract ridicule, but are now accepted as the norm.

    I’m not sure if this is an improvement or not. I do think it’s an improvement that harassment is no longer tolerated, but I struggle with the concept that it’s okay to that someone’s race/gender/etc can legitimize a claim, but it is not okay to think that it could deligitimize someone’s claim.

    Again, I want to add a disclaimer that I do not think it is or ever was good to harass people, or to discriminate based on identity. I just want to start a conversation about how the internet has changed in this respect, and whether or not online discourse has been hurt by this change.

    57 votes