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  1. Comment on Kind Words: A game of lo-fi beats, writing nice letters to strangers, and feeling less alone in ~games

    Douglas Link
    This sounds wonderful. Between this, Sky, and Animal Crossing, I really hope we see a wave of multiplayer games that focus on cooperation, or just rewarding being nice to one another.

    This sounds wonderful.

    Between this, Sky, and Animal Crossing, I really hope we see a wave of multiplayer games that focus on cooperation, or just rewarding being nice to one another.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on Heat Wave Blankets Much Of The U.S. This Week in ~news

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    I hadn't checked my ceiling fan's rotation direction since we'd moved into our apartment two years ago. I didn't know why our bedroom was so cool and the living room so hot. Then two weeks ago I...

    I hadn't checked my ceiling fan's rotation direction since we'd moved into our apartment two years ago. I didn't know why our bedroom was so cool and the living room so hot. Then two weeks ago I flipped the living room ceiling fan to counter-clockwise and viola-- SO MUCH COOLER.

    Should've dusted it off first though, the dust bunnies flew everywhere :(

    Whatever, I'm ready! Bring the heat!

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Jay and Silent Bob Reboot - Trailer in ~movies

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    Weird seeing the same juvenile humor come from actors who've aged 20+ years. I've never truly laughed at a Kevin Smith movie with maybe the exception of Clerks and Matt Damon in Dogma, but I'm...

    Weird seeing the same juvenile humor come from actors who've aged 20+ years.

    I've never truly laughed at a Kevin Smith movie with maybe the exception of Clerks and Matt Damon in Dogma, but I'm also suuuuuper square and don't think the comedy's ever been aimed at me. I'm more of a dumb humor guy like Michael Showalter's stuff, Kids in the Hall, or even the ol' Police Squad/Airplane stuff.

    That said I'm happy to see them still doing their thing at least. I'm sure I'll-- at some point in my life-- have this on in the background while I'm playing some mindless game.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Overwatch - Introducing the Role Queue system in ~games

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    This is awesome. I'd love to play more competitive multiplayer games, but can't hit anything worth shit so I always opt for support roles when I can, but unfortunately when those roles are nabbed...

    This is awesome. I'd love to play more competitive multiplayer games, but can't hit anything worth shit so I always opt for support roles when I can, but unfortunately when those roles are nabbed first I'm like "...shit, time for you fellas to see how crappy of a tank I'll be!"

    TFC I'm always an engineer, WoW I was always a Warlock, Overwatch I always pick Mercy.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Newsletter Recommendations in ~talk

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    Judd Legum's Popular Information has been infuriatingly good, there's a paid version or just the free weekly article. They are all very enlightening and are essentially a form of accountability...

    Judd Legum's Popular Information has been infuriatingly good, there's a paid version or just the free weekly article. They are all very enlightening and are essentially a form of accountability journalism.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Vegetarian Protein Is Just As 'Complete' As Meat, Despite What We've Been Taught in ~health

    Douglas Link Parent
    Hmmm, I still only recall B12 being the deficiency vegetarians were specifically at risk of. I thought EVERYONE was doing a poor job with Vitamin D, regardless of diet. That said I might also have...

    Hmmm, I still only recall B12 being the deficiency vegetarians were specifically at risk of. I thought EVERYONE was doing a poor job with Vitamin D, regardless of diet.

    That said I might also have forgotten it on account my D's been in the green without supplements for as long as I've checked. I must be doing something right, just wish I knew what it was.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Vegetarian Protein Is Just As 'Complete' As Meat, Despite What We've Been Taught in ~health

    Douglas Link Parent
    Do you have a source for this? I'd read in a couple books (Eating Animals and The China Study) that our meat consumption increased only after the "chicken in every pot" approach that kicked off...

    People actually ate more animal products before the 20th Century.

    Do you have a source for this? I'd read in a couple books (Eating Animals and The China Study) that our meat consumption increased only after the "chicken in every pot" approach that kicked off factory farming. That it was mostly the rich that got to eat a lot of meat, and the poor mostly ate plant-heavy diets.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on Vegetarian Protein Is Just As 'Complete' As Meat, Despite What We've Been Taught in ~health

    Douglas Link Parent
    B12 is the only consistent one I've heard vegans/vegetarians need, but my latest physician also implied I should keep an eye on my iron as well. I personally just take a daily B12 and Omega...

    B12 is the only consistent one I've heard vegans/vegetarians need, but my latest physician also implied I should keep an eye on my iron as well. I personally just take a daily B12 and Omega supplement, it seems to keep my test results in the green every year.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Introducing a new Twitter.com - a refreshed and updated website in ~tech

    Douglas Link
    Man, Twitter really doesn't want me to just use it the way I want to use it: Follow accounts, turn off seeing those accounts' retweets where necessary, and only ever view Newest Tweets First. I...

    Man, Twitter really doesn't want me to just use it the way I want to use it: Follow accounts, turn off seeing those accounts' retweets where necessary, and only ever view Newest Tweets First.

    I don't use lists, bookmarks, direct messages, or explore. I don't want Twitter to guess what I'm interested in. And I don't plan on getting my news from Twitter (though I do follow reporters who break stories I then read elsewhere).

    Also this all feels a bit tone-deaf considering my biggest complaint with them is their lack of action on addressing frequent EULA-offenders and not doing anything to combat misinformation campaigns. IIRC they did even less than Facebook about that doctored Pelosi video.

    19 votes
  10. Comment on Lashana Lynch To Take Over James Bond's Iconic 007 Code Name in ~movies

    Douglas Link Parent
    One of my favorite Bond moments was when M said straight to Bond's face "I think you're a sexist, misogynst dinosaur, a relic of the cold war." I thought "Oh shit, they just called him out for...

    It would flip the entire series on its head. Maybe its time for that. Time to try something new. With that said it's really not James Bond anymore without the James Bond qualities.

    One of my favorite Bond moments was when M said straight to Bond's face "I think you're a sexist, misogynst dinosaur, a relic of the cold war." I thought "Oh shit, they just called him out for what he is! Maybe this'll be new!" --... but then he just kinda went on being Bond.

    The latest ones have all felt like he's been sleepwalking through the stories. Wonderful, hypnotic production value, but otherwise meh. I could easily see it needing a good flip on its head.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on On the other side of Prime Day, Amazon workers brace for 'two months of hell' in ~misc

    Douglas (edited ) Link Parent
    On that second point, it did feel surreal seeing that just happen out of nowhere. I recall NPR slipping it into my five minute morning news briefing and thinking "REALLY? THIS is worth mentioning...

    On that second point, it did feel surreal seeing that just happen out of nowhere. I recall NPR slipping it into my five minute morning news briefing and thinking "REALLY? THIS is worth mentioning in my small news dose? No thank you."

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Invasion of the electric scooter – can our cities cope? in ~misc

    Douglas Link Parent
    I also see a lot of low-income people using scooters to get to and fro. I think the accessible pricing has really helped them as a transportation alternative.

    I also see a lot of low-income people using scooters to get to and fro. I think the accessible pricing has really helped them as a transportation alternative.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on The bounty hunters of Fallout 76 will kill anyone you want, for a price in ~games

    Douglas Link
    Nnnngh, that's awesome. Reading stuff like this makes me want to pick it up; I have one friend that's heavily trying to coerce me and some others to get this game, but... it launched so...

    Nnnngh, that's awesome. Reading stuff like this makes me want to pick it up; I have one friend that's heavily trying to coerce me and some others to get this game, but... it launched so unpolished, and it doesn't feel like it's got all that big of a playerbase, right?

    I really just want to wait for some other game to do it better/am hoping they'll launch a Fallout 77 with vast improvements.

  14. Comment on On the other side of Prime Day, Amazon workers brace for 'two months of hell' in ~misc

    Douglas Link
    So happy to see more critical coverage of worker conditions at places like Amazon to bring more heightened awareness of it all. Is it just my news bubble, or does it feel like more people are...

    So happy to see more critical coverage of worker conditions at places like Amazon to bring more heightened awareness of it all.

    Is it just my news bubble, or does it feel like more people are turning their back on Amazon? Everyone at my work has canceled their Prime membership, and nobody I know cares about Prime day.

    15 votes
  15. Comment on What are you reading these days? #23 in ~books

    Douglas Link
    The Widow. I just picked it 'cause it was available from my library's eBook selection. Surprisingly decent, but hits a bit of a cheesy-CBS/CSI-esque hurdle whenever the author starts up the tech...

    The Widow. I just picked it 'cause it was available from my library's eBook selection. Surprisingly decent, but hits a bit of a cheesy-CBS/CSI-esque hurdle whenever the author starts up the tech jargon into the story. I don't care, really. I was looking for an easy read because I'm behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Microsoft Teams is now officially bigger than Slack in ~tech

    Douglas Link Parent
    My workplace went with Slack and we're only about ~100 employees. Considering how much of a chore it was to finally switch some departments onto it (namely HR & sales), I doubt they'll be...

    My workplace went with Slack and we're only about ~100 employees. Considering how much of a chore it was to finally switch some departments onto it (namely HR & sales), I doubt they'll be switching to something new anytime soon-- though they admittedly, for whatever reason, seem hellbent on trying a new video meeting service every year for the all-company meeting stuff.

    That being said, I naively had no idea there were similar programs out there; I'd assumed at most the competition was Skype or Google Talk. Aside from the price point, is there any reason a team might switch from Slack to Teams?

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

    Douglas Link
    I don't know if there's a philosophy name for it, or if I read this in a book or made it up, but I often think about how it takes two sets of eyes to see both sides of the Earth. Like two people...

    I don't know if there's a philosophy name for it, or if I read this in a book or made it up, but I often think about how it takes two sets of eyes to see both sides of the Earth.

    Like two people can be looking at the exact same thing and report extraordinarily different details; both accounts are objectively correct, but seemingly sound wrong to the other party. I recognize, in this example, the two parties can easily communicate/sort out that they are looking at two sides of a sphere, but it makes me wonder what other things are out there that are hard for two parties to understand because there is a factor that isn't getting noticed between the two of them, you know? What other granularity is language missing that might be causing a vast misunderstanding between two parties?

    I think of this whenever I've engaged in a debate or intriguing conversation with someone on certain topics; are we both looking at the same sphere from two opposite sides? Are we both correct and there's just a link missing between the two of us that is hard to overcome?

    2 votes
  18. Comment on How the biggest decentralized social network is dealing with its Nazi problem in ~tech

    Douglas Link Parent
    Some subreddits have filters that auto-ban users who comment in other specific subreddits so as to prevent them from coming in. For example I believe if you so much as make one comment in...

    there is no way for subreddit mods to block users coming in from other subreddits

    Some subreddits have filters that auto-ban users who comment in other specific subreddits so as to prevent them from coming in. For example I believe if you so much as make one comment in /r/libertarian, conservative, or something similar to that, you're auto-banned from /r/fuckthealtright.

    This was a jarring experience for myself as I just meant to debate someone I'd seen talking about something, but was banned from some subs I enjoyed because of it. Fortunately getting off the blacklist was easy.

    and even if there was creating a new one is trivial

    You're right, as the Masstagger browser extension could barely keep up with it all. It may work if the list for Masstagger auto-fed into the same filter that banned users from participating in hateful subs.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on ‘The Lion King’ Review: Disney’s Remake Is a Disastrous Plunge into the Uncanny Valley in ~movies

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    I think my problem right now is I'm just not in the mindset to watch a movie like this on account of the climate crisis. The planet's pretty fucked, and to puppet photo-realistic wild animals...

    I think my problem right now is I'm just not in the mindset to watch a movie like this on account of the climate crisis. The planet's pretty fucked, and to puppet photo-realistic wild animals around on screen in a photo-realistic environment is going to constantly remind me of that fact.

    ...but that's just me being a downer, I fully recognize this movie wasn't made for my audience.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Google employees are systematically listening to audio files recorded by Google Home smart speakers and the Google Assistant smartphone app in ~tech

    Douglas Link Parent
    ...I am probably doing the furthest thing from that. Like, the only thing I've used the "Routines" feature for on my Alexa is to have custom responses to inputs I say. For "Alexa, go fuck...

    Which is why it's always important to say please and thankyou to your virtual assistant. Always remember the human.

    ...I am probably doing the furthest thing from that. Like, the only thing I've used the "Routines" feature for on my Alexa is to have custom responses to inputs I say. For "Alexa, go fuck yourself" I have her respond "F'uck you too, buddy." (you have to put apostrophes mid-swears, otherwise it gets bleeped) Or "Alexa, tell Jeff Bezos to go fuck himself" I have her say "OK. Jeff Bezos will be crying momentarily."

    ...it's just a little dose of catharsis for me every now and again. I'm nice and polite af to everyone else, I swear!

    I'll check into Mycroft, thanks for the tip!

    5 votes