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  1. Comment on Love, Death, and Robots: A Hit-and-Miss Anthology (Mild Spoilers) in ~tv

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    I watched the first 3 shorts with my wife and we both left with the same impression. The stories and tone feel "immature" for a lack of a better word. While watching I kept thinking "This is...

    I watched the first 3 shorts with my wife and we both left with the same impression. The stories and tone feel "immature" for a lack of a better word. While watching I kept thinking "This is written by a 12 year old edgelord". The 2nd short with the robots didn't come off as "12 year old edgelord", but it felt like a final project for a 3d animation class. I didn't want to give the series more chances after the first 3, but I'll go back and watch "zima blue" and "secret war".

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  2. Comment on Oculus Rift S Announced in ~tech

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    I really don't understand why Oculus made the decisions that it did with this headset: LCD instead of OLED Lower resolution than the Quest's panels. (HP and Pimax have 4k+) (Samsung's Odyssey+ has...

    I really don't understand why Oculus made the decisions that it did with this headset:

    1. LCD instead of OLED
    2. Lower resolution than the Quest's panels. (HP and Pimax have 4k+) (Samsung's Odyssey+ has better resolution as well)
    3. 80hz (lower than the CV1) When they previously stated that 90hz was optimal.
    4. Costs more than the current CV1 and in line with the odyssey+

    Who is this aimed at? Why would anybody buy this over the Odyssey+?

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  3. Comment on Google announces "Stadia", a new game-streaming platform with deep YouTube integration in ~games

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    Did you notice any sort of input latency when you tried project stream?

    Did you notice any sort of input latency when you tried project stream?

    3 votes
  4. Comment on I regret not seeing Solo in theaters in ~movies

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    I also watched Solo on a whim one day on netflix and actually enjoyed it. I'm not even a big Star Wars fan, I thought the original series was neat, the prequels were absolute dog crap, and Rogue...

    I also watched Solo on a whim one day on netflix and actually enjoyed it. I'm not even a big Star Wars fan, I thought the original series was neat, the prequels were absolute dog crap, and Rogue One was by far my favorite Star Wars film. Maybe it's because I'm not a big Star Wars fan that I liked Solo. I liked the story with a smaller scope in the world. The world building in this movie actually makes the rest of the Star Wars movies more interesting. In the other movies the empire never really seemed that bad. In this movie you got to see and feel the oppression and see the desperation.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Reddit Has Become A Battleground Of Alleged Chinese Trolls in ~tech

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    Thank you for the recommendation! It's interesting reading Taiwanese voices. The problem is more that I can't even read subs about my interests like /r/pcgaming without seeing comment chains...

    Thank you for the recommendation! It's interesting reading Taiwanese voices.
    The problem is more that I can't even read subs about my interests like /r/pcgaming without seeing comment chains calling for the execution of all Chinese people or something similar.

    My solution was just to read reddit as little as possible now. It just sucks that there isn't anything quite as encompassing as reddit. I really enjoy the tildes community though.

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  6. Comment on Reddit Has Become A Battleground Of Alleged Chinese Trolls in ~tech

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    I used to lurk on /r/worldnews and /r/news in the past but stopped a couple years ago cause it was just too racist for me and made me angry. I'll admit that the anger would sometimes push me to...

    I used to lurk on /r/worldnews and /r/news in the past but stopped a couple years ago cause it was just too racist for me and made me angry. I'll admit that the anger would sometimes push me to lurk on asian supremacist subreddits, and also black subreddits just to cool off. The reason for this is because there is no recourse for Asian Americans when reddit starts an anti-asian circle jerk. Any type of reason you try to inject will be immediately downvoted to oblivion so you become bitter and want to read people being racist towards white people until you cool off. /r/canada , /r/vancouver, /r/china are well known anti-asian subreddits in the community.

    I think the reason they haven't found any direct evidence of China coordinating trolls is because these trolls are actually just asian american or asian europeans that are pissed off by the extreme anti-asian racism and know there is no way to really fight back or speak reason.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    Totally just guessing here. In the near future, I think the folding screens will become more prominent. I also think in the near future maybe they'll make some kind of super HDR screen. I believe...

    Totally just guessing here.

    In the near future, I think the folding screens will become more prominent.

    I also think in the near future maybe they'll make some kind of super HDR screen. I believe some years ago John Carmack went to Samsung and had their engineers over volt an HDR display so that pixels could go super-bright. This was for VR, but apparently it was really impressive until it burned out after 10 minutes. I figure if samsung eventually puts those super hdr screens in headsets, they'll also eventually roll them out to phones. The super bright is so if you take a picture with sunlight in it, then those parts of the image will actually be much brighter than parts that have indirect sunlight. Right now OLED displays can go completely black, but they don't go super bright.

    Also in the near future I think Eye tracking might become a feature thrown into phones as well , this would be more for advertisers to track your gaze across ads and sites, but developers could use it for games and apps too.

    In the medium term I think maybe something like project Soli link here would be really cool in a phone under the screen. ( or VR headset or earbuds)

    Also in the medium term I think better area mapping using the cameras or laser projectors would become more used as phones start converging with AR headsets.

    In the long term I think AR headsets like the hololens will converge with phones in some fashion. Maybe the phone will just be the processor for the headsets, like you have your phone in your pocket and plug the headset into it with a cable. You could then unplug it and use it as a normal phone again. I think at this point the headsets would have some kind of virtual retina display where they draw the image directly onto the retina rather than having any screen. This is just so people will wear it without being scared of looking goofy.

    In the longer term I think AR and VR headsets will also converge. Then there would be 2 types of headsets. The XR headsets with screens where every pixel has an adjustable opacity to allow as little or as much reality in as you want. So it could switch between AR and VR. And the only-AR headsets that have virtual retinal displays. I think both of these may use your phone's processor rather than having all-in-one headsets.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on TikTok will change the way your social media works — even if you’re avoiding it in ~tech

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    Don't worry, I don't feel that you're bigoted. It's very difficult to be nuanced with every single news article, it would take more time than anybody has and if a bunch of outlets all report on...

    Don't worry, I don't feel that you're bigoted. It's very difficult to be nuanced with every single news article, it would take more time than anybody has and if a bunch of outlets all report on the same thing, its easy to just forgo looking at sources and just accepting it since it's really not that important for your day to day life. So I don't hate people that express these opinions, I get why they feel this way and when there is no flow of information telling you otherwise, it's nearly impossible to form a nuanced opinion.

    Please keep in mind i'm not attacking you or anybody, I just want to share what I've seen.

    The problem is that the attitude bleeds into society as a whole, at least in my experience, not sure how it is where you are. People are left with biases based off misinformation and then people from China, and Asian Americans get the brunt of it. I have one anecdote. My cousin wanted to immigrate to the US. He first got a student VISA and went to highschool and college in Las Vegas. But people would just assume stuff about him, like he was cheating, or he had laundered money, or whatever (this is in college, highschool seemed mostly okay for him). He just studied really hard. He also faced quite a bit of racism. He kind of had this naive starry eyed view of America before he came. Ironically I think his naivete was due to China censoring American media. He left hating Americans. He ended up just hanging out with other students from China and ignoring everyone else because he couldn't handle the racial tensions. He took his degree and left because he could make more money in China with it, and because he didn't want to work for people that hated him and regarded him with suspicion all the time.

    In my opinion , I think type of thing is what leads to stuff like concentration camps for the Japanese in WW2 in America. I think over time the Chinese are going to stop having such a positive opinion about the west too.

    I also understand the distrust of large corporations. I do a lot of investing so I follow business news (although a lot of it is rumor and speculation) and see a lot of the shady things they pull.

    btw that CRISPR scientist was fired from the university that he worked at before he came out with this stuff. Don't quote me on this, I'm not sure where I remember this from. I think the government has only really sanctioned CRISPR experiments on pigs and has a no go on humans, at least officially. I wouldn't be surprised if the government secretly funded this type of research though. This guy took some really serious risks with his experiment. I admit that it's really fascinating and I'd like to keep up with it, but I also feel disdain towards him for endangering babies.

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  9. Comment on TikTok will change the way your social media works — even if you’re avoiding it in ~tech

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    First, I'd like to thank you for being cool. I was honestly afraid to get back on tildes after I posted that comment because I'm so used to reddit's audience. I'm glad we can have civil...

    First, I'd like to thank you for being cool. I was honestly afraid to get back on tildes after I posted that comment because I'm so used to reddit's audience. I'm glad we can have civil discussions here. Your ability to acknowledge your own biases puts you ahead of the pack, at least to me.

    As for social credit, it's mostly just the media mixing up a proposed system by alibaba (a tech company that specializes in import/export, online retail, and web services, and social credit, which unfortunately translates poorly in the West. Alibaba's system was proposed to try and figure out who was trustworthy, like a more invasive version of ebay's user feedback. Considering the amount of scammers on alibaba, it makes sense, but is still invasive. Social credit by the government is literally just a credit score system. It's called "social credit" because socialist + credit , it's like if america called your credit score "capital credit". The social credit score is mostly used to track down serial scam artists. It's super easy to start a shell corp in China and get away with crimes then just dissolve the company and disappear. So people do it over and over, intentionally selling things like poisonous baby formula to the public. I don't know if you know this, but a lot of parents flew to a bunch of other countries buying baby formula because they were so scared they would get poisonous stuff. The government basically wanted a way to blacklist these people from exploiting the super lax rules for starting shell companies.

    Regarding censorship, I agree. I like to think the Chinese people could absorb what they want and make their own decisions. I think a better approach would information freedom and encourage critical analysis. Most Chinese people that care to see what's banned tend to use VPNs and from what I gather most people distrust any news from the government anyways. My family automatically disregards anything from the government. Most people seem to be like people here though, they don't really care and have their own internet culture to take part in. Thanks for donating to Internet Archive.

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  10. Comment on TikTok will change the way your social media works — even if you’re avoiding it in ~tech

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    I was born and raised in America but I am ethnically Chinese and have a ton of family and friends in China. I see this opinion all the time online and I understand where it's coming from. You read...
    • Exemplary x4

    Edit: oh by the way, don't even get me started how it's Chinese, a country that honestly i'd rather have as little as possible to have to deal with multinational-company-wise.

    I was born and raised in America but I am ethnically Chinese and have a ton of family and friends in China. I see this opinion all the time online and I understand where it's coming from. You read all this stuff from reputable sources and form opinions. I don't want to debate you, but I encourage you and everyone else to look into their sources and if possible talk to someone in China about these articles. You'll find that most of it either an outright fabrication, or something taken extremely out of context. My only conclusion is that the media is being coerced by the government to turn China and by extension all Chinese people into the next boogeyman. I don't like defending China because of what happened to my mom, but I also don't want America and the american people constantly villainizing my extended family. I'll give you a couple examples from memory:

    What the news article claimed: China has banned rap (maybe you remember this one)
    Reality: A chinese reality show has disqualified a chinese rapper because he had an affair with a big name chinese celebrity and they disqualified him to avoid fan outcry.

    What the news article claimed: China cancelled flights of 2 million people (or however many) because of their social credit scores.
    Reality: Government shut down the accounts of several large travel agencies (and thereby cancelling tickets they booked) because they had bad credit. (Social credit exists, but it's for corporations and serial scam artists who like to set up shell corporation to scam people, like people who set up shell corporations and produce poisonous baby formula then escape and do it again. It's basically the credit score we have except it can bar you from opening new businesses).

    What the news article claimed: China has banned winnie the pooh.
    Reality: nope

    I'm not saying everything you read is false, but a lot of it is and nobody bothers to check because "of course it's true, china is evil, the chinese are evil". There are legitimate concerns about things like censorship. The government sees media as soft power projection by other countries (which it is) but does that mean they should step in the way and censor it? I don't think so, but knowing how naive the people first moving into the city are, I can see the reasoning behind it. I just don't agree.

    There is a bunch of other stuff too, but I feel like I made my point. Please don't see this as an attack, I'm not angry at you. It's just frustrating seeing this all the time.

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  11. Comment on TikTok will change the way your social media works — even if you’re avoiding it in ~tech

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    This is a very unpopular opinion, but I actually like tiktok without being a paid shill. I'm not a teen or in my 20's. I gave tiktok a chance on a whim and now look at it regularly (~10 mins a...

    This is a very unpopular opinion, but I actually like tiktok without being a paid shill. I'm not a teen or in my 20's. I gave tiktok a chance on a whim and now look at it regularly (~10 mins a day) because I find the content imaginative or funny. I found that if you just don't give "likes" to videos that are stupid you end up with pretty neat videos. Most of my tiktok feed seems to be people in their 20's or older.

    The only other social media platforms I use are reddit (which I hate but haven't found a good replacement) and youtube (which I'm starting to hate). I don't make or feel the need to make any videos for tiktok, but I like that all these videos seem to made for the fun of it. I'm not sure if people with a lot of likes are monetized or what, but doesn't seem as commercialized as youtube.

    I goaded my wife into downloading it. She thought it was stupid at first then started enjoying it. She uses it about as much as I do now. It's just watching people enjoy themselves. As minorities we like that it doesn't seem to be full of racists like the rest of the internet. There are a couple but it's easy to look past a couple rather then the floods on reddit. Even the comment section on tiktok videos seem to be positive.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Andrew Yang discusses UBI on Joe Rogan's podcast in ~talk

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    Well said! I don't have much to add to what you said, but your experiences mirror mine. 0 of my network of friends are even thinking about kids. My SO and I consider it time to time but we come to...

    Well said! I don't have much to add to what you said, but your experiences mirror mine. 0 of my network of friends are even thinking about kids. My SO and I consider it time to time but we come to our senses when we look at our financial situation and future prospects. I believe we're a lucky anomaly because we own a house (I got lucky in the stock market), the rest of my friends live as frugally as possible, even those that hold a STEM degree.

    A world where a large portion of jobs are automated is inevitable and our only real choice is to decide how smooth the transition will be. If we don't act soon enough that transition will be bloody and full of strife.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Andrew Yang discusses UBI on Joe Rogan's podcast in ~talk

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    I was for UBI before listening to him talk about it, but now I think I'm even more firmly behind it. What do all of you think about this UBI plan? I'm not an economist so my opinion means very...

    I was for UBI before listening to him talk about it, but now I think I'm even more firmly behind it. What do all of you think about this UBI plan? I'm not an economist so my opinion means very little, but I think this would greatly benefit people that already have a job and encourage them to take more risks with their money.

    I'm working class and I only spend money on things if it's a necessity or if I can use it to make more money. I never by myself anything just because I feel like it. I save almost anything I can because I want to have as much runway as possible for if I ever lose my job. If I was guaranteed $1000 as month from myself and my SO, we could easily pay the mortgage and buy enough food. It would definitely give me the confidence to start more side businesses and spend money on a luxury from time to time.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Any tabletop RPG players? in ~games

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    I play DnD 5e. I'm currently playing a human Necromancer school Wizard in a party of mostly neutral and good PCs including a paladin that watches me very closely. I have to come up with really...

    I play DnD 5e. I'm currently playing a human Necromancer school Wizard in a party of mostly neutral and good PCs including a paladin that watches me very closely. I have to come up with really good reasons to raise dead so my party doesn't get mad at me. I have 2 main skeletons I keep raised at all times, they're my parents and my party allows me to keep them because they think I'm sad about losing them as a kid. I make human masks for them, but they're still not very human passing so I don't take them out of my bag of holding when we go into towns.

    I've tried a few other systems but I always come back to 5e just because I like the magic system a lot more. The group I play with meets consistently every week, we've been meeting for about 4 years now. We've completed 1 full campaign (lvl 1 - 20) and half of another. This is our 3rd campaign, we're all lvl 10. We do rotating DMs where we switch DMs every week or 2 depending on how long each arc is. This gives plenty of time for DMs to prepare interesting and deep scenarios. The downside is that no DM knows where the other DM will take the story, so most of us don't like to change things up too much as to not mess up the other DMs arc.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Finally, A Personality Quiz Backed By Science in ~misc

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    Openness to experience 100 out of 100 Agreeableness 46 out of 100 Conscientiousness 63 out of 100 Negative emotionality 46 out of 100 Extraversion 33 out of 100 Pretty accurate! Not sure how I got...

    Openness to experience 100 out of 100
    Agreeableness 46 out of 100
    Conscientiousness 63 out of 100
    Negative emotionality 46 out of 100
    Extraversion 33 out of 100

    Pretty accurate! Not sure how I got 100 out of 100 in openness to experience but that explains my rampant drug use.

  16. Comment on What were the best games you played this year? in ~games

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    Just wanted second your opinion. However if possible, try the PC version with the custom song mod, it completely changes things. There are literally thousands of songs available on beatsaver.com...

    Just wanted second your opinion. However if possible, try the PC version with the custom song mod, it completely changes things. There are literally thousands of songs available on beatsaver.com and a lot of them are charted better and are more challenging than the songs that come with the game.

    7 votes
  17. Comment on What was your fondest memory of a community on the internet ? in ~talk

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    SomethingAwful forums used to be great. They had these "choose your own adventure" threads where an artist would post a picture of a guy standing in a room then everybody would reply with what...

    SomethingAwful forums used to be great. They had these "choose your own adventure" threads where an artist would post a picture of a guy standing in a room then everybody would reply with what they wanted the guy to do. The artist would pick one of the suggestions and draw the next panel. These went on for sometimes over 100 pages of comments and were often hilarious. I think problem sleuth originated as one of these threads, but I could be mistaken.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on In China, a School Trains Boys to Be ‘Real Men’ in ~life

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    This narrative about abortions is mostly false. CNN Article My mother and her brothers and sisters were enslaved by the communist party in China when she was a little girl so I hate going around...

    This narrative about abortions is mostly false. CNN Article My mother and her brothers and sisters were enslaved by the communist party in China when she was a little girl so I hate going around defending China, but the amount of misinformation in the west regarding China and resulting in these opinions is just astounding. There are a ton of real issues in China, why do people like perpetuating the made up ones so much?

    People in China by and large aren't stupid drones or anything. If there is a fine for having an extra kid, they'll just have the extra kid and not report it, it's as simple as that. As the saying goes "The mountains are high and the emperor is far". All western reporters had to do was become friends with a local and ask them, it's an open secret. If reporters go around not becoming friends with people and still expect them to tell them anything besides platitudes, they're living in a distorted reality.

    China ended the 1 child policy in 2015, and the birth rates are still plummeting due to education and economic pressures, basically the same thing as Japan.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on A non-sensationalized description of China's social credit system as explained by a Yale Senior Research Scholar in Law : Jeremy L. Daum in ~news

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    I've read a lot of sensationalized headlines and articles being written about this topic in the past. Even what I would consider legitimate news sources seem to parrot the sensationalized and...

    I've read a lot of sensationalized headlines and articles being written about this topic in the past. Even what I would consider legitimate news sources seem to parrot the sensationalized and often times outright fabrications of illegitimate sources when in regards to anything about China, and especially in regards to this social credit system. I'm not in the business of defending China, but I like to have my information as close to truth as possible with as little opinion as possible. I've seen a lot of users on reddit parroting the misinformation and passing it off like it's fact and receiving thousands of upvotes. It distresses me how fast misinformation spreads while everybody ignores non-sensationalized facts. This seems to be one of the most in depth explanations on the social credit system as it was actually planned and it's implementation.

    6 votes