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  1. Comment on I'm stuck and could use some help, please in ~talk

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    Perhaps you're imagining parents using blame, shame, and guilt as all-purpose tools to simply get behavior they (the parents) would like. A kid, especially one that old, can and should start to...

    A kid, even that one old, can’t and shouldn’t care about the impact their behavior has on parents.

    Perhaps you're imagining parents using blame, shame, and guilt as all-purpose tools to simply get behavior they (the parents) would like. A kid, especially one that old, can and should start to care about the impact their behavior has on others though, parents included. It can be done tactfully, and it can be done "objectively", focused on the clearly connected external consequences and their tangible effects, omitting things like potential feelings/disappointment/etc. This is especially important if the consequences for the kid are much more unlikely or insignificant than the consequences for others; many kids will brush off the concern as overbearing parents if the former is all they're made aware of.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Ridley Scott says pilots for ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Alien’ TV spin-offs are written in ~tv

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    Overall, it's hard to tell what's CGI and what's hand drawn, and I mean that in a good way; the CGI and blending is done very well. I think the general approach they took was to do things in 3D,...

    Overall, it's hard to tell what's CGI and what's hand drawn, and I mean that in a good way; the CGI and blending is done very well. I think the general approach they took was to do things in 3D, but be more than willing to use 2D when the former looks wonky or "wrong". So, for example, almost all of the facial expressions are 2D. Environments are a mix, from what I remember. I think the character bodies and hair are generally CGI, which works well because they're all

    possible spoiler, I forgetmade of crystal inside

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Ridley Scott says pilots for ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Alien’ TV spin-offs are written in ~tv

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    Check out Houseki no Kuni / Land of the Lustrous (2017). The people I know who usually bash any CGI anime hold this one as an exception. There's a lot that's CGI, some that's traditional 2D, and...

    Check out Houseki no Kuni / Land of the Lustrous (2017). The people I know who usually bash any CGI anime hold this one as an exception. There's a lot that's CGI, some that's traditional 2D, and it works out to something gorgeous.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp are all down in ~tech

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    One liners, jokes, quips, "I agree", and others that would reasonably be considered "low effort" are generally frowned upon here. Other users can label such comments as "Joke" or "Noise", which...

    One liners, jokes, quips, "I agree", and others that would reasonably be considered "low effort" are generally frowned upon here. Other users can label such comments as "Joke" or "Noise", which under some criteria will auto-collapse that comment (other labels are "Offtopic", "Malice", and "Exemplary"). There's no need to write an essay, but the goal is to have all comments meaningfully contribute to the discussion in some way.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on "Rate limit exceeded"? in ~tildes

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    I found this other file that indicates there can be separate per-user limits. Maybe a different rate limit has been set on your account. @Deimos would be the best person to shed light on the...

    I found this other file that indicates there can be separate per-user limits. Maybe a different rate limit has been set on your account.

    @Deimos would be the best person to shed light on the situation.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on "Rate limit exceeded"? in ~tildes

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    This is where the rate limits are defined I think that means in a given rolling time window T, you can have up to a limit L actions that are normally given out / replenished at a rate of one per T...

    This is where the rate limits are defined

    I think that means in a given rolling time window T, you can have up to a limit L actions that are normally given out / replenished at a rate of one per T / L, with a burst allowed up to B ignoring that rate.

    For comments, it's limited to a 1 hour rolling window (T), a 10 comment limit (L), and a burst of 5 (B). So you can generally comment once every 6 minutes (60 min / 10), and optionally make five all at once. With the burst, it's possible to get yourself in a situation where at some point you'll have to wait longer than 6 minutes.

    For topics, it's limited much lower, to a 4 hour rolling windows, 10 comment limit, and a burst of 4.

    10 votes
  7. Comment on Does the Internet feel American centric to you? in ~talk

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    I think this is more a factor of the country and transportation system than Google Maps. The more difficult it is to get accurate information, the worse service Google Maps is going to provide....

    Google Maps has a pretty bad implementation of public transport routes (although it's getting better) and my theory is this having to do with the poor state of public transport in the US: You don't really make that a priority if you work in Silicon Valley.

    I think this is more a factor of the country and transportation system than Google Maps. The more difficult it is to get accurate information, the worse service Google Maps is going to provide. Here in Singapore, there's official government APIs for all of the transport things (e.g. bus stops, routes, real-time estimated location and arrival). Google Maps is excellent, no need for any other bus app, and I believe that nice API is the reason.

    11 votes
  8. Comment on Climate change won't stop while America hates trains and walking in ~enviro

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    I spent most of my life in US surburbs, traveling somewhat regularly into cities (but not commuting), and have now lived for a few years in a small, densely populated city/country with a very...

    I spent most of my life in US surburbs, traveling somewhat regularly into cities (but not commuting), and have now lived for a few years in a small, densely populated city/country with a very well-funded public transport system that is consistently ranked among the top in the world (i.e. ticks all of the boxes). While better funding can improve public transport up to a point (and the US has a lot of room to improve), I am unconvinced that it can ever be great.

    Even well funded and under the best conditions:
    It's still slower (anywhere from a bit more to multiples of a private car travel time), less comfortable (crowds, often no open seat, inconsiderate others, no control over climage), possible transfers required and they might not be at the exact same location, usually still requires walking to and from transport endpoints and destinations, runs on a fixed schedule (be prepared to wait if you miss one or your transfers don't line up with enough buffer or its full already), almost zero stuff capacity (only what you can reasonably carry while walking, navigating gantries, and fighting crowds). Then add children for a difficulty multiplier. The only things I've found public transport has going for it are cost, not having to find a place to park (though here there's plenty of parking decks), and (for me) avoiding the anxiety of driving in a city.

    There's a lot within walking distance too, but that has many of the same problems (slow, carry capacity, comfort), plus dealing with rain, sweat, comfortable walking clothes/shoes vs what's appropriate where you're going, a fair bit of luck and money required in finding and getting a place with what you personally want/need within walking distance, etc. That last one is big; for example there's some small grocery stores closer to me, but the selection is so limited that I need to walk 15-20min to the nearest supermarket.

    There's a reason why Uber-equivalents are doing very well and car ownership is still high despite high walkability and ridiculous car prices (plus an going through a lottery system with additional govt fee of tens of thousands of dollars to be allowed to purchase)

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Alphabet’s drone delivery service Wing hits 100,000 deliveries milestone in ~tech

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    Perhaps they could work together instead of a full replacement. The delivery truck becomes like an aircraft carrier, driving along an optimized route without stopping, while a small fleet of...

    Perhaps they could work together instead of a full replacement. The delivery truck becomes like an aircraft carrier, driving along an optimized route without stopping, while a small fleet of drones fly back and fort to drop packages on doorsteps within a certain radius.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Moderators of hundreds of popular subreddits sign open letter calling on Reddit founders to do more to combat COVID-19 disinformation in ~health.coronavirus

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    I think it'd be hard to convince the majority of a major subreddit's users to leave. The biggest advantage Reddit has is that you can find everything under one roof and content is user-driven....

    I think it'd be hard to convince the majority of a major subreddit's users to leave. The biggest advantage Reddit has is that you can find everything under one roof and content is user-driven. Millions of active users means no matter how niche your interest, there's a great chance a subreddit exists. Come for that subreddit and get the rest for "free", no extra effort or accounts to participate. If moderators leave, even if from your favorite subreddit, even if they take some of the users with them, even if they shut the subreddit down, it probably doesn't matter; there's enough users that it/a replacement will likely continue on. Only for the most niche and heavily moderated subs, where the sub is the mods and core participants, would a planned exodus work, but losing groups on that scale is unlikely to have meaningful impact to Reddit the company.

    Reddit needs to screw up bad enough and long enough on a platform level that even the casual users are pissed enough to want a replacement, a la the Digg exodus.

    10 votes
  11. Comment on A decade and a half of instability: The history of Google messaging apps in ~tech

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    This is what I've run into as well. For example, my bank won't accept Google Voice as a mobile number capable of receiving SMS, so I can't use it for verification codes, which are required to...

    The worst thing is I'm having more and more trouble using it for two-factor these days.

    This is what I've run into as well. For example, my bank won't accept Google Voice as a mobile number capable of receiving SMS, so I can't use it for verification codes, which are required to authorize customer service actions over the phone. Thankfully, they do accept the requests through the bank's clunky web message portal after logging in, though response time much slower.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Do you wear a non-smartwatch? If so, what do you have? in ~talk

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    As far as I can tell from close inspection, the entire face is the solar panel, yeah

    As far as I can tell from close inspection, the entire face is the solar panel, yeah

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Do you wear a non-smartwatch? If so, what do you have? in ~talk

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    I've got a Seiko Solar V158-0AB0 (black face, silver body). Originally wore it with a black leather band, but now use a military-green Eulit Baltic perlon strap. It's lightweight, solar powered,...

    I've got a Seiko Solar V158-0AB0 (black face, silver body). Originally wore it with a black leather band, but now use a military-green Eulit Baltic perlon strap. It's lightweight, solar powered, shows date and day of week, hour/minute/second hands, subtle glow-in-the-dark markings. Pairs well with most formality-level outfits, in my opinion.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Homeownership can bring out the worst in you in ~life

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    I don't know your exact situation, but there are some legitimate concerns letting people regularly cut across your property. A few are: Over time, it will likely result in a bare-dirt desire path...

    I don't know your exact situation, but there are some legitimate concerns letting people regularly cut across your property. A few are: Over time, it will likely result in a bare-dirt desire path cut into your lawn, which is both unsightly and encourages additional use. Once the habit is established, good luck planting any sort of shrubbery or garden in that area later without it getting trampled. Depending on jurisdiction, liability protections for the property owner with regards to trespassers and injury can be weakened if you know of and allow trespassing to continue.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Should you be wearing a mask again? Here’s a map of the Covid hot spots subject to the CDC’s new guidance in ~health.coronavirus

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    I live in a country where it's 30c+, 60%+ humidity, and strong sun practically every day. We're required to wear masks at all times except strenuous outdoor exercise (rules that I do follow, to be...

    I live in a country where it's 30c+, 60%+ humidity, and strong sun practically every day. We're required to wear masks at all times except strenuous outdoor exercise (rules that I do follow, to be clear). Outdoors, and I like to spend a lot of time walking and in parks, it makes the experience kinda miserable, not to mention the uncomfortable and unsightly "maskne" afterward. After a while, it starts to seem completely unreasonable requirement outdoors when there's so much ventilation, strong UV, generally brief contact passing others, and high vaccination rates. Indoors, it's a small discomfort and does offer additional protection, though I think once vaccination numbers are high enough or we've given enough time for people to make their choice, we'll have to bite the bullet and move forward without masks.

    I'd also hesitate to say America in particular is weird. They might be more vocal and brazen about not wearing a mask at all, but if you look carefully at people in countries with high compliance, so many people are more subtly cheating. Nose out the top is extremely common. Walking mask down while holding a cigarette or drink so at quick glance, it seems reasonable. Stuff like that.

    10 votes
  16. Comment on Japanese police arrest man for selling modded save files for single-player Nintendo game in ~games

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    Precisely because they have not earned the achievement! Achievements are a recognition of particular feats of skill, determination, and (occasionally) a little luck under certain conditions....

    Why should players using assists not be eligible for earning rewards from completing achievements?

    Precisely because they have not earned the achievement! Achievements are a recognition of particular feats of skill, determination, and (occasionally) a little luck under certain conditions. Someone who didn't meet the criteria, or did so under different conditions, has simply not earned the same achievement. I'm not going to say you're not a "real gamer" or whatever nonsense for using assists. There's plenty of times I change difficulty or adjust settings to get through a game myself. You got to play the game in your own way, enjoy the experience, get from a start to a finish. Beyond that, to ask for the same meta recognition and reward without distinction, is ridiculous.

    Letting players with disabilities use assists and still earn achievements doesn't detract from a typical player's experience when they earn an achievement "the hard way" for themselves.

    A significant part of the appeal of achievements is the competitive nature and bragging rights, otherwise we'd all be fine with just the knowledge in our hearts and without explicit achievements. Once "everyone" has them, they become less meaningful, less noteworthy. Further, an unintended consequence could be new games thinking they really suck when they can't immediately get a super hard achievement is presented as easy due to the 90% completion rate thanks to assisted completions.

    I really don't think introducing assists is going to meaningfully affect whatever data you're trying to get from achievement stats anyways.

    You really think a bunch of people turning on god mode to get all of those achievements (and they definitely will if it's easy and they might get some rewards) won't impact the data?

    I'm not even going to touch the "young men" stuff.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Japanese police arrest man for selling modded save files for single-player Nintendo game in ~games

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    I'm generally all for exposing all manner of modifiers for the average player to tweak for their needs, so long as it the results don't completely break the game (e.g. let you get to and get stuck...

    I'm generally all for exposing all manner of modifiers for the average player to tweak for their needs, so long as it the results don't completely break the game (e.g. let you get to and get stuck in a place you normally need a special item to traverse) since that requires either possibly significant developer foresight and time/effort/alterations to accommodate every "assist" setting combination, or a bunch of people reasonably complaining that easy to change settings break the game.

    does not punish you by disabling achievements

    This, though, I don't agree with. While achievements are completely local and meaningless in some games, most modern games have some online comparisons (% of players who got a particular one, rankings for % achievements completed, etc.), and some even tie in to rewards (either in-game, or in the broader store). Aside from players caring, developers often use achievement completion stats to evaluate and balance a game instead of more invasive telemetries. "Assist" settings should either disable achievements, or switch to a duplicate set of "assisted" achievements.

  18. Comment on The one thing I wish someone had told me about physical activity in ~talk

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    "You haven't found your sport, yet" should be followed by "Your sport today might not be your sport tomorrow, and that's ok". I've known many people, myself included, who have fallen out of love...

    It will become a core part of your life and identity.

    "You haven't found your sport, yet" should be followed by "Your sport today might not be your sport tomorrow, and that's ok".

    I've known many people, myself included, who have fallen out of love with their sport and have a difficult time dealing with it. When it has become a "core" part of your identity, doubts about it feel like questioning your faith. "I can't not like it, I can't just stop after putting so much into it. I should feel guilty for just thinking about it. Even if I did stop, what would I do? What would my friends and family think? They've supported me and know me, and I know me, as a [sport] guy." The outcome is very similar to your history with fencing, going through the motions without enjoying it. Sometimes that continues indefinitely, sometimes you get to the point where enough is finally enough.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Loki discussion thread in ~tv

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    I’ve really only seen the movies and found it a bit underwhelming. As far as was shown, it was a relatively normal (seeming) guy who managed to beat out his other variants for control, and was...

    how well it plays out with fans that have no prior knowledge.

    I’ve really only seen the movies and found it a bit underwhelming. As far as was shown, it was a relatively normal (seeming) guy who managed to beat out his other variants for control, and was killed (obviously not permanently) shortly after his introduction. Didn’t even get an actual name.

    4 votes