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  1. Comment on Crafting is (kinda) pointless in ~games.game_design

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    I was thinking the same thing. It's important and is done fairly frequently, but it's kept real tight; true crafting is fast, can be done anywhere, is kept only to consumables (ammo, gas mask...

    I was thinking the same thing. It's important and is done fairly frequently, but it's kept real tight; true crafting is fast, can be done anywhere, is kept only to consumables (ammo, gas mask filters, molotovs, etc.), doesn't mess around with recipes or pass/fail, only involves two resource types that can be found through regular gameplay (including picking up dropped enemy gear as materials instead), and very much fits in the post-apocalyptic setting. The additional "crafting" is really just swapping weapon and outfit mods for a situation or your playstyle; find a doodad or gun once and you're set for the rest of the game, no breakage or crafting a recipe or any nonsense, mods can be swapped from anywhere, the base guns can be swapped at home.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Apple’s iPhone 14 event: The nine biggest announcements in ~tech

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    I've learned to never buy an Apple product before checking MacRumors Buyer's Guide to see if it's a good time or if I should wait.

    I've learned to never buy an Apple product before checking MacRumors Buyer's Guide to see if it's a good time or if I should wait.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    Try eating a few plain saltine crackers, for example. It absorbs your saliva leaving your mouth dry, some crumbs stick in your mouth while the rest clumps, and the result is hard to swallow...

    Try eating a few plain saltine crackers, for example. It absorbs your saliva leaving your mouth dry, some crumbs stick in your mouth while the rest clumps, and the result is hard to swallow completely.

    People like crunchy toast and they like crunchy cereal, but they don't like dry toast or cereal. The bread spread (butter, jam, etc.) and the cereal milk serve the same purpose; provide enough moisture to make it pleasant to eat, while also using the opportunity to add flavor.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Linus Torvalds is using an Apple Silicon Macbook running Asahi Linux in ~tech

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    It's interesting to hear your experience, as I (almost) completely have the opposite opinion of the hardware. I don't use any external keyboard or mouse on a MBP - neither for professional...

    It's interesting to hear your experience, as I (almost) completely have the opposite opinion of the hardware. I don't use any external keyboard or mouse on a MBP - neither for professional software dev nor casual usage - because I love the built-in keyboard and trackpad. No issues with drag&drop or clicking with the touchpad, clicking and double clicking is accurate, the force-feedback click (and second click) is nice, and it keeps my hand close to the keyboard. Aside from the dark times of butterfly keys, the MB "island-style" keys feel great to me both in layout and physical movement. The sharp edge on the palm rest is the point I fully agree on; sitting a bit higher to take pressure off does mostly mitigate the issue for me.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on "Hide Nothing" in ~tech

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    Re: Unhelpful - Celibate priests can advise on marriage and sex the same way that a therapist can council on trauma they haven't personally experienced, a critic can analyze a film without ever...

    Re: Unhelpful - Celibate priests can advise on marriage and sex the same way that a therapist can council on trauma they haven't personally experienced, a critic can analyze a film without ever having produced one, or a researcher can speak on a topic they are not directly affected by (and even sometimes more accurately than the average person who is).

    Re: Anacrhonistic - It is an old rule, yes, but that's irrelevant. Whether the rule is still worth applying today, based on its own merits and the current situation, is what should be questioned (and is in this comment thread).

    Re: Hypocritical - While there's certainly hypocrisy in the church (and most religions), the degree here depends on how you view the situation. No sex outside of marriage is a fairly hard rule in the Church, even if the layperson often breaks it, so to have sex requires being married. Marriage is about love, devotion, and union into one. A priest not marrying is less about self-discipline and deprivation [of worldly pleasure], and viewed more like already being "married" to God, so there is no room for marriage to another.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on GitLab plans to delete dormant projects in free accounts in ~comp

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    The decision has already been reversed Now the code will be moved to slower storage instead of deleted. Details, like how publicly accessible it will be, still unknown.

    The decision has already been reversed

    Now the code will be moved to slower storage instead of deleted. Details, like how publicly accessible it will be, still unknown.

    17 votes
  7. Comment on What's changed here on tildes? in ~talk

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    First I've heard of beehaw, but at least two of the three listed admins in the right panel were well-known names on Tildes with well-known grievances and/or clashes with Tildes.

    Huh, is there a story behind that or is it a mess that doesn't need to be discussed?

    First I've heard of beehaw, but at least two of the three listed admins in the right panel were well-known names on Tildes with well-known grievances and/or clashes with Tildes.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Abortion Search Noise Generator in ~tech

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    I am sure the search engines and ad trackers are already detecting automated behavior, especially behavior this glaringly obvious, and at least flagging it accordingly in the collected data. Being...

    I am sure the search engines and ad trackers are already detecting automated behavior, especially behavior this glaringly obvious, and at least flagging it accordingly in the collected data. Being able to report and present statistics on real users is a huge part of their core business.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Abortion bans are going to hit us worse than we think in ~talk

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    I think it might help to have a more concrete example of the outcome you're looking for from this kind of acknowledgement. Take this topic as a starting point. Let's pretend that these questions...

    The ideal response to me is like, "Ah, I didn't realize you were feeling that way. Thank you for sharing your perspective here. I'll keep this in mind for the future. Is there anything else I should keep in mind here? Could you tell me more about how this made you feel?" Say that and there's no harm, no foul, no need to debate the right for cis men to post.

    I think it might help to have a more concrete example of the outcome you're looking for from this kind of acknowledgement.

    Take this topic as a starting point. Let's pretend that these questions were asked, your feelings heard without pushback. You've made it clear that you're not asking the discussion not to happen at all. How would you want OP, within the constraints of his identity (still a man) and what he has control over (e.g. can't guarantee what identity people will respond), to discuss this or things like this either as a topic or a comment on a topic going forward?

  10. Comment on Abortion bans are going to hit us worse than we think in ~talk

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    Why is the assumption that that topic is the first thought? The emotional, the life stories, the moral, the personal rights and body autonomy, the threshold of life, and more are flooding most...

    My reaction is kinda like, "X is going on right now, and your first thought is about Y? Man, Y has like... no bearing on what people are going through right now... how is it that Y is what comes to mind for you, of all things?"

    Why is the assumption that that topic is the first thought? The emotional, the life stories, the moral, the personal rights and body autonomy, the threshold of life, and more are flooding most major social media platforms. The same ones that have come up for years every time abortion, and similar core issues, are in the spotlight. Are they the most important aspects of the issue? Absolutely. Are there other ways to look at the situation, perhaps even ones that haven't been widely thought about yet, maybe even ones that are more "logical" that could be used to move the needle with those in power doing decision risk calculations, or those that disagree in the middle (who can eventually help influence those in power)? Also, absolutely. I don't think every topic on one of these other aspects needs to start with a disclaimer about how they acknowledge A, B, C

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Recommendations for Universal Game Launcher for Windows PC in ~games

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    Yeah, the DuplicateHider is essential. Between multiple storefront with separate ownership (got a lot of dupes from the free Epic games) and slightly different versions (e.g. normal, GOTY,...

    Yeah, the DuplicateHider is essential. Between multiple storefront with separate ownership (got a lot of dupes from the free Epic games) and slightly different versions (e.g. normal, GOTY, enhanced edition, etc.), the deduper really cleans up your library. It'll automatically find most duplicates and can configure it to prioritize one launcher over another (e.g. default to Steam), and it's easy to manually set duplicate associations for things it might not have picked up.

    Start Page Gives a nice "home" screen with recently added and recently played games. It integrates with other plugins well too, such as...

    SuccessStory which integrates achievements from some of the platforms, including Steam.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Recommendations for Universal Game Launcher for Windows PC in ~games

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    I like Playnite over GOG Galaxy. Open source, a bunch of plugins (Start Page and DuplicateHider are particularly useful), all of the major store platforms plus emulator support. There’s a lot of...

    I like Playnite over GOG Galaxy. Open source, a bunch of plugins (Start Page and DuplicateHider are particularly useful), all of the major store platforms plus emulator support. There’s a lot of bits and bobs to tweak or override metadata if you’re very particular about that sort of thing.

    9 votes
  13. Comment on Am I stupid or is the entire StackOverflow network difficult to navigate? in ~tech

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    Stack Exchange is the umbrella network. If you search from there, you can get results from all of the different sites in one place (e.g. google sheets search) They have a page with all member...

    Stack Exchange is the umbrella network. If you search from there, you can get results from all of the different sites in one place (e.g. google sheets search)

    They have a page with all member sites. StackOverflow is the largest, most active, and oldest.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on Introducing: AMD Privacy View in ~tech

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    My eyes aren't darting around once I find what I'm interested in; they're moving at average reading speed at best, fixed on a particular bit at worst. Together with the size the viewable area with...

    My eyes aren't darting around once I find what I'm interested in; they're moving at average reading speed at best, fixed on a particular bit at worst. Together with the size the viewable area with AMD would have to be to be make actually using the computer comfortable, it leaves plenty of information visible for plenty of time for a third party to casually see.

  15. Comment on Introducing: AMD Privacy View in ~tech

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    Is it common for only a tiny part of the screen that you'll rarely look at to be considered sensitive? If I'm working, basically the entire screen is sensitive (spreadsheets, emails, code,...

    Is it common for only a tiny part of the screen that you'll rarely look at to be considered sensitive? If I'm working, basically the entire screen is sensitive (spreadsheets, emails, code, whatever.). If I'm doing something sensitive (e.g. online banking), I would consider most things on the screen somewhat sensitive.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Introducing: AMD Privacy View in ~tech

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    Except, with this, whatever you're looking at is easily visible by someone sitting near you because there's no viewing angle reduction like the physical privacy filters offer.

    Except, with this, whatever you're looking at is easily visible by someone sitting near you because there's no viewing angle reduction like the physical privacy filters offer.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Autistic people care too much, research says in ~science

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    Even as a neurotypical, I hate the completely imaginary Mafia / Warewolf games. There's nothing real to base accusations, alibis, and such on, and so it usually boils down to a bunch of "just...

    Even as a neurotypical, I hate the completely imaginary Mafia / Warewolf games. There's nothing real to base accusations, alibis, and such on, and so it usually boils down to a bunch of "just trust me" and metagaming (revenge for previous games, etc.).

    While I haven't played Secret Hitler or Among us, I have played Bang! (social deduction spaghetti western card game) and Coup (board game of bluffing and calling bluffs). There's still plenty of uncertainty (especially early on), leaps of faith, lying, learning people's tells, and all that fun stuff, but there's also enough structure to make the deduction feel like it's meaningfully based on some actual evidence (as flimsy as it may be).

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Texas school shooting kills nineteen children, two adults in ~news

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    Ah, interesting. Sounds like they've really dialed it up to 11. If that's the level we're working at now... from a layman perspective, this seems like a gamble compared to pulling the blinds,...

    Ah, interesting. Sounds like they've really dialed it up to 11.

    We teach the kids that if the shooting isn’t near you, you should run out of the building and get away.

    If that's the level we're working at now... from a layman perspective, this seems like a gamble compared to pulling the blinds, covering & barricading the door, then getting to a corner. The walls were all cinderblock back when I was in school, so it would have been pretty safe as long as the door/barricade held. Hoping teachers, let alone students, are able to assess gunshot distance and direction in a panic, run out an exit in the opposite direction hoping the gunman doesn't move and gain line-of-sight of the exit path, and that there's only one gunman seems like a tall order.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Texas school shooting kills nineteen children, two adults in ~news

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    We had “lockdown” drills (for dangerous intruders) in my schools more than a decade prior. Might have started after Columbine in 1999, or even earlier.

    We had “lockdown” drills (for dangerous intruders) in my schools more than a decade prior. Might have started after Columbine in 1999, or even earlier.

    4 votes