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  1. Comment on No Man’s Sky Online announced, coming as a free update this summer in ~games

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    Well, i'd ve surprised if you weren't to be skeptical of their next project after what they pulled out during No Man's Sky at launch, some degree of mistrust is to be expected. Having said that...

    Well, i'd ve surprised if you weren't to be skeptical of their next project after what they pulled out during No Man's Sky at launch, some degree of mistrust is to be expected.

    Having said that though I don't think that Hello Games deserves to be deemed scummy at this point in time; the game was released in the summer of 2016 as a half baked piece of broken promises, but the studio got their shit together and continued substantially developing it into what the players wanted it to be.

    Now it's 2019 and they give out periodic dev updates, are active on the game's subreddit and seem to be genuinely interested in putting their best work into it, which is sadly not a given in the industry...

    On top of that no bullshit loot boxes, no paywalled DLCs and no microtransactions - this alone is of incredible value.

    To tell you the truth just some weeks ago i was looking if right now it was worth the purchase, and both then and now it seems to me like it definitely is worth 15/20€.

    I don't see why people are willing after all this time to still shove shit on Hello Games when Bathesda, EA and all those behind the last CoD (to name a few) still manage to hit record sales every time they shove out a loot boxes ridden AAA 60€ remaster.

    3 votes
  2. Sleep Paralysis might be one of the most horrifying experiences one could go through. Personally i had it only once, now about a year ago i think; i really don't know what it was caused by, but i...

    Sleep Paralysis might be one of the most horrifying experiences one could go through.

    Personally i had it only once, now about a year ago i think; i really don't know what it was caused by, but i sure as hell am glad it has never occurred since. During my specific episode i was just unable to move - no hallucinations ensued - but it was still one of the worst things i've had the displeasure of feeling.

    Now you might be wondering 'if this has happened to you long ago and never had it since, what prompted you to ask about it?'

    Well, yesterday i ended up watching this video; now i'm morbidly fascinated by this horrifying yet somewhat captivating condition.

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

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    Of course i won't take it as an attack, frankly it was a pretty poor comment written in the heat of the moment so take it with a pinch of salt. I think i owe you an explanation to what I meant in...

    Of course i won't take it as an attack, frankly it was a pretty poor comment written in the heat of the moment so take it with a pinch of salt.

    I think i owe you an explanation to what I meant in that paragraph; I really don't have anything against the Chinese people, I am just especially weary of the big corporations.

    Please note that the same way I hold a grudge towards the Chinese companies i also do (and perhaps with even more fervor) towards the American ones.

    This comes from an European POV (from a country that has little to no tech business - at least on the general user level), so to give you an idea I feel like the giants of the computer industry are 'squishing' us from the Silicon Valley on one side and the Beijing-Shanghai-Shenzen axis on the other.

    I'll also corroborate what @Atvelonis mentioned about the Chinese government; I find what they've managed to accomplish both fascinating (e.g. the sheer growth or how fast the infrastructure is being built) and also extremely terrifying; to exemplify what i'm talking about i'll refer to the recent CRISPR experimentation.

    Apologies, due to my lackluster way to express myself the point came across as me spewing bigotry.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on Brexit: MPs reject Theresa May's deal by 149 votes in ~news

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    If i may i'd point you to this 6 minutes video that explains the whole crux of the no deal situation. Don't be put off by the seemingly clickbait title. It won't tell you what's going to happen in...

    If i may i'd point you to this 6 minutes video that explains the whole crux of the no deal situation. Don't be put off by the seemingly clickbait title. It won't tell you what's going to happen in the future but it will sure as hell explain exactly why there has yet to be an agreement on a deal.

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

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    Before you read this i am biased, i just wrote a very critical rant on this same post and am reading the article with my keyboard warrior armor on. If you feel like proceeding you're welcome....

    Before you read this i am biased, i just wrote a very critical rant on this same post and am reading the article with my keyboard warrior armor on. If you feel like proceeding you're welcome.

    Honestly this whole article feels like a gigantic advertisement.

    Introduction talks about how the app's been growing and those still out join in because "fear of missing out" and "anxiety in being a loner".

    I'll quote these last 2 paragraphs from the intro cause they are extremely advertisement like imo and clearly display the intention of the article.

    It’s been a while since a new social app got big enough, quickly enough, to make nonusers feel they’re missing out from an experience. If we exclude Fortnite, which is very social but also very much a game, the last time an app inspired such interest from people who weren’t on it was … maybe Snapchat? (Not a coincidence that Snapchat’s audience skewed very young, too.)

    And while you, perhaps an anxious abstainer, may feel perfectly secure in your “choice” not to join that service, Snapchat has more daily users than Twitter, changed the course of its industry, and altered the way people communicate with their phones. TikTok, now reportedly 500 million users strong, is not so obvious in its intentions. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have them! Shall we?

    Then comes "The basic human explanation
    of TikTok."
    It boils down to 'app is attractive and inclusive for all ages, genders and types of people because:

    • it's extremely varied in sources of videos to repost
    • the UI is scroll down instead of swipe right/left
    • many sounds and filters and sparkly bullshit

    "So that’s what’s on TikTok.
    What is it?"
    Doesn't answer the question it poses, it babbles about how it was made in China (nonchalantly of course), how some of its content is 'AI curated' (still nonchalantly - also making it out to be futuristic), and how there are 'stars' and 'personalities' that were born in it.

    "Instagram and Twitter could only
    take us so far."
    That's the part where the writer fakes being impartial, mentioning how in the 'extremely wide array of content' some is good, some meaningless; he goes to compare all the various scum that we've had so far in the social network industry and how it's been all repurposed, compacted and enriched in a tiny and practical pill to shove up the users' asses.

    "TikTok is just doing
    to you what you told it to do."
    I don't even get whatever he's trying to even say here, only thing i could get is that while most of the social networks usually revolved around the user and its appeals, pointing it towards stuff that it's considering interesting, Tiktok just throws whatever wherever.

    "In What Laboratory Was This
    Monster Made?"
    Brief history of Musical.ly and so on.

    " Do People Spend Hours
    on TikTok? It’s the Machines."
    Powerful AI, inclusive interaction, notifications, revolutionary when compared to other competitors (of course).

    Edit: formatting

    5 votes
  6. 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 going to be a stream of consciousness -like rant, i hope it's going to be as liberating as i expect it to. I am extremely fed up with social networks and always have been negative about...

    This is going to be a stream of consciousness -like rant, i hope it's going to be as liberating as i expect it to.

    I am extremely fed up with social networks and always have been negative about them, but TikTok brought my hate towards them to a whole new level.

    It's been marketed in extremely obnoxious ways at first. Not much to explain here, Hit or Miss was one of the worst trending pieces of annoying shit we've had. Period. If you don't know what i'm talking about good for you, i wish i was in your condition, I ain't gonna link it and please don't look it up, it's irrelevant, stupid and will just waste your time.

    Their marketing team is extremely good in making sure some form of gif hits Reddit's front page on a daily basis; the gifs themselves have nothing to do with TikTok itself, more often than not are just reposts that are known to be upvoted, only difference is it has the app's watermark in the bottom corner. And it's just there, as an even more obnoxious reminder that the app exist. Fun fact, in the comment section if you sort by controversial there is always a highly downvoted 'fuck Tiktok' comment. On one hand thank god they exist, on the other fuck em as it still perpetuates the fact that the damn thing exist.

    Lastly it reminds me why i came to often despise Reddit: the users' hipocrisy. No matter how it was said more times than not that Tiktok's a known source of fake challenges to con kids in doing mindlessly stupid stuff that once on the internet, stays on the internet. No matter how some Youtuber's video will every once in a while be posted, condemning the app and hitting the front page. You can be sure that a gif or a video are still going to hit the front page like clockwork on a daily basis, because god forbid we need a funni, possibly loud, repetitive meme of the hour to be relevant.

    Fuck social networks, screw memes, let's not even talk about Tiktok, not positively nor negatively, let's just ignore it exists. Fuckin hope we're nearing the turning point when the majorty of people are going to stop using social networks and all these silicon valley bullshit companies are gonna be swept by the changing tide.

    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.

    13 votes
  7. Comment on American asking - how does your country's healthcare system perform for you? in ~health

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    Yikes about that last part, but it sounds it was quite some time ago so i'll assume you managed to get over it, props for it. I'm very weary at openly criticising any country as usually what it...

    Yikes about that last part, but it sounds it was quite some time ago so i'll assume you managed to get over it, props for it.

    I'm very weary at openly criticising any country as usually what it has or hasn't developed up to this point is the result of many years of history and are like it or not very circumstancial.

    That being said and stating the obvious, how the concept of meritocracy is brought up in the American society as a whole and stretched across all the various organisations (be it healthcare or prison to name the two obvious offenders) is rather unethical to say the least.

    Trust me though on this earth there is yet no 'Garden of Eden' of a country, sure the US may have its flaws and sure they might have weighted you down considerably, but it also has its advantages - in the same way Italy still currently functions great in its healthcare system but is headed towards a really explosive shitshow if we don't manage to get this populist regime out of our government.

    It's not a competition for what country is better or worse for there is really no end or prize to the game; the good of comparing ourselves to others is that it is the one and only way we can find our flaws, change and improve ourselves - a way to highlight the injustices.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on American asking - how does your country's healthcare system perform for you? in ~health

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    Italian here: as much as Italians usually like to shit on how we handle our country, very few are ever going to complain about our healthcare. It's universal, generally speaking our professionals...

    Italian here: as much as Italians usually like to shit on how we handle our country, very few are ever going to complain about our healthcare. It's universal, generally speaking our professionals are of reliably high quality and considering the ever increasing budget cuts across the board i never had (or directly heard) of any major issueand the system's been holding up great.

    Basically how it works is that if you are an Italian or European citizen and you find yourself in a serious injury you'll be transported, taken care of and healed free of charge if not for negligible tickets (magnitude of hundred of euros tops).

    Of course waiting time and fees ensue (in the range of 100€ in the worst case scenario) when you show up in an hospital in a non life threatening condition or without a serious injury.

    Exams are also usually taken care of by a generic personal doctor that will usually send you to specialised professionals if something's coming up.

    I've been stitched up quite some times, my parents have had heart attacks and ligament tears respectively, and each time we were taken care of without questioning, swiftly and with no fallouts.

    Having said this I'd like to chime in with my experience with the US healthcare system.
    The one time i came to the US i managed to fall into an internet connection manhole thing that was left open and somewhat hidden in the grass right beside the sidewalk while in Charlotte (i really should have sued that one time - that was dumb of me not to); i had a rebar beam pierce right in my knee by like a full cm and something. It was painful and gory, but thankfully it didn't get to the bone. I had to go to the hospital and was scared shitless of the fees having read many times horror stories online.

    I was treated fairly, though i was questioned before getting any help by some medical staff.
    Thankfully i had made a travel insurance before leaving (something like 200€), after hearing that (and having it proven) they had my wound cleaned and patched up and a tetanus shot administered. The fee was substantial, something like $1500, i know for fact that if this happened in italy i probably wouldn't have had to pay more than 50€ in the worst case scenario.
    Nevertheless they did a good job; wound has since healed well. I basically just left it all to the insurance company to deal with and never heard from them or the hospital since. I ain't complaining, everything went well in the end, but I'm sure things could have turned sour if i hadn't had insurance, which is kinda fucked up...

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What you need to get your recommended intake of fruits and vegetables in ~food

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    The moment I moved out to uni I realised how difficult it is to do my own groceries. I have to say that even if sometimes it's a proper pain in the ass, when you get the right ingredients and cook...

    The moment I moved out to uni I realised how difficult it is to do my own groceries.

    I have to say that even if sometimes it's a proper pain in the ass, when you get the right ingredients and cook yourself (and perhaps some friends as well) a good meal it feels extremely satisfying.

    Gotta admit though, even though I'm definitely not a picky eater, I tend to be squeamish about the quality of the ingredients; therefore keeping the diet described by the article can get quite expensive and time consuming if you live in a big city instead of the countriside...

    Oh btw

    Kangaroo steak with vegetables = 4 serves

    I had no idea Kangaroo meat used as actual consumed food. Are they hunted in the wild or are there actual farms?

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Climate Change Enters Its Blood-Sucking Phase - as winters grow warmer in North America, thirsty ticks are on the move in ~enviro

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    Man am I not glad this article didn't contain any pictures; I swear scrolling it while reading was excruciating. Everytime topics about parasites are mentioned I get flashbacks from this one...

    Rather, he exposed not the moose’s skin, but some 50 ticks that completely obscured it.

    This count would later produce an estimated infestation total of just under 14,000 ticks. This was actually far fewer than they often found [...]

    Man am I not glad this article didn't contain any pictures; I swear scrolling it while reading was excruciating. Everytime topics about parasites are mentioned I get flashbacks from this one reddit post I'm not going to search (because it'd just make my skin crawl) of a snake with gigantic ticks on it. I remember I insta-blocked the subreddit it came from that one time.

    In 2016, when much of the study area had received very little snow before January, 80 percent of the collared calves succumbed.

    If something so small as more ticks surviving winters can have this massive of an effect i don't see how anybody can not have a defeatist attitude when approaching Global Warming and other similar topics...

    Is there anyone on Tildes who works with wild animals enough to chime in with his own experience on this topic?

    4 votes
  11. Comment on What is something you want to gush/talk about but haven't had the chance/audience to? in ~talk

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    Oh my god, i just opened the link while on the go and there's so much to take in! I had no idea something like this even existed... I'll look into it later when i'll have some time on my hands, it...

    Oh my god, i just opened the link while on the go and there's so much to take in!

    I had no idea something like this even existed... I'll look into it later when i'll have some time on my hands, it looks like an extremely interesting website, thanks!

  12. Comment on What is something you want to gush/talk about but haven't had the chance/audience to? in ~talk

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    Believe it or not the first time i actually got to know NPR was when i moved to Berlin. While shifting through the radio stations one morning imagine my surprise when i heard some heavy American...

    Believe it or not the first time i actually got to know NPR was when i moved to Berlin.

    While shifting through the radio stations one morning imagine my surprise when i heard some heavy American accent talking about many different topics with absolutely no news and music breaks in-between.

    It was my go to for whenever i just wanted to drive without music up until some time ago.

    I actually wonder if there might be an FM back in Italy as well even if honestly i doubt so, I'll have to look it up.

    Glad to hear it's appreciated in the US as well.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Reddit launches /r/redditsecurity, "a running log of actions taken to ensure the safety and security of reddit" in ~tech

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    Hang on, i'm really out of the loop on this and it sounds extremely interesting. Could you go more in depth about this whole situation? Where does it stem from? How did it come to be?

    Hang on, i'm really out of the loop on this and it sounds extremely interesting. Could you go more in depth about this whole situation? Where does it stem from? How did it come to be?

    4 votes
  14. Comment on What is something you want to gush/talk about but haven't had the chance/audience to? in ~talk

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    Honestly i just want to praise how NPR (which often pops up with pretty solid articles here on Tildes imho) gives us Europeans the choice to opt out of any and all cookies, trackers and whatever...
    • Exemplary

    Honestly i just want to praise how NPR (which often pops up with pretty solid articles here on Tildes imho) gives us Europeans the choice to opt out of any and all cookies, trackers and whatever and just see each article in plain text with nothing else on it. It's commendable to say the least.

    Speaking of, how do the Americans see NPR as a source of articles? Is it considered credible and well respected?

    22 votes
  15. Comment on Apex Legends in ~games

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    I'm with you that it sounds really strange that this came from Respawn, i am aware that they hold a pretty solid track record; honestly i really hope i'm wrong and my assumption is incorrect also...

    I'm with you that it sounds really strange that this came from Respawn, i am aware that they hold a pretty solid track record; honestly i really hope i'm wrong and my assumption is incorrect also because Vince Zampella himself seemed to be really into the ongoing development of the game and taking genuine pride in it.

  16. Comment on The text of Article 13 and the EU Copyright Directive has just been finalised in ~tech

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    Oh man what a shithow this is... I'll try to get as many of my friends as possible to send an email each to our MEPs since they'll have another vote on either the 25th of March or 15th of April; i...

    Oh man what a shithow this is... I'll try to get as many of my friends as possible to send an email each to our MEPs since they'll have another vote on either the 25th of March or 15th of April; i sure as hell hope this insanity's gonna be put into a halt.

    I'm really dubious everything will turn out to be fine because last time everyone i know either was shrugging this off or was ignorant article 13 was even a thing - i really hope this time around news will circulate more and the whole deal won't be swept under the rug.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Valentine's day in ~talk

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    Unfortunately I'm single this year around, so nothing special here. For all those without a significant other, stay strong and perhaps take the chance to call your parents - they'll certainly be...

    Unfortunately I'm single this year around, so nothing special here. For all those without a significant other, stay strong and perhaps take the chance to call your parents - they'll certainly be happy to hear from you!

    I made sure to call my mom and have a nice chat with her since it's been 2 months since the last time i saw her, will probably do the same with pops this evening once he finishes with work.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Apex Legends in ~games

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    When i saw this post yesterday i was like 'hell yeah, i'll write down a praise on the game', but then decided to wait for the patch to drop and see if anything new was coming up. Admittedly i...

    When i saw this post yesterday i was like 'hell yeah, i'll write down a praise on the game', but then decided to wait for the patch to drop and see if anything new was coming up.

    Admittedly i still love the game: the gunplay feels very tight, satisfying and rewarding, mobility also makes the game feel super fluid even during the downtime characteristic of a BR game, and the ping system is honestly to be considered a trendsetter for any future BR; it's also impressive how they managed to make each character feel distinct without creating any powercreep with any of their ultimates.

    That being said I'm really disgusted in how they've decided to monetise it from today on. For those not aware, here's what the marketplace looks like right now.

    In short, not only are the prices outrageously high (which is questionable but i could still begrudgingly accept), but they decided to make the purchases just a tad more expensive than the currency packs necessary to buy them.

    The people at Respawn have stated that EA had no part in the development of Apex, and I'm assuming that this decision was too made only by Respawn.

    If that's the case, even though i am liking the game and recognising how it's very well made, i reserve the right to also critique it; i really don't undrstand how people over on Reddit are defending this predatory monetisation justifying it with the game being free to play.

  19. Comment on What mobile games are worth playing? in ~games

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    That's great news about Stardew Valley, the dev deserves every cent for all the work he's been putting in, now that i know it I'll make sure to keep an eye out for the port on the Play Store. On...

    That's great news about Stardew Valley, the dev deserves every cent for all the work he's been putting in, now that i know it I'll make sure to keep an eye out for the port on the Play Store.

    On the other hand, no surprise about FTL, although it's still an incredible game it's old news by now, plus the devs have had their fair share of work with Into the Breach, which now that i think of it is the perfect candidate for a future mobile port.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on What mobile games are worth playing? in ~games

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    Hang on a second, has Stardew Valley been ported to mobile? Also I'm pretty sure FTL is available only on iOS as i looked for it myself on the Play Store some time ago to no avail... I'll add to...

    Hang on a second, has Stardew Valley been ported to mobile? Also I'm pretty sure FTL is available only on iOS as i looked for it myself on the Play Store some time ago to no avail...

    I'll add to your list Motorsport Manager Mobile 3 and Guild of Dungeoneering which are both somewhat pricey yet definitely worth it!

    3 votes