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  1. Comment on Elon Musk says he’s moving SpaceX and X from California to Texas, blames new trans privacy law in ~tech

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    I guess it's true what they say: when the transphobia brainworms start their wiggle of doom, they just don't stop.

    I guess it's true what they say: when the transphobia brainworms start their wiggle of doom, they just don't stop.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Please convince me to like Fallout 76, I beg you in ~games

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    Well, those were some good answers that made me feel less unhinged or out-of-touch. Thank you all for contributing. I guess maybe it wasn't meant to be. Of, as John Fallout himself put it,...

    Well, those were some good answers that made me feel less unhinged or out-of-touch. Thank you all for contributing. I guess maybe it wasn't meant to be. Of, as John Fallout himself put it, "Conflict never evolves." Maybe I'll drop the game for a while, or check out some mods for it.

    4 votes
  3. Please convince me to like Fallout 76, I beg you

    I picked this thing up in a Steam sale at 75% off after having avoided it like contagious illness since launch, reasoning to myself that for a cost of about £7.99 it'd still pay for itself through...

    I picked this thing up in a Steam sale at 75% off after having avoided it like contagious illness since launch, reasoning to myself that for a cost of about £7.99 it'd still pay for itself through sheer amount of content.

    And content is what I got, all right. Nebulous, homogenous, thoroughly unexceptional content. My experience has been, more or less:

    • Find the three unmarked items in this room and craft them into a parcel, then deliver that to another settlement.
    • Pick up and listen to countless audio tapes made by people long-dead and never particularly captivating when they were still alive.
    • Boil some water.
    • Read through reams of discarded notes about the daily minutiae of life in Shitsville.
    • Grill some steak to go with that water.
    • Slowly feel your initial interest fade as it dawns on you that this isn't a story, this is what somebody thought constituted lore.
    • Realise that some people paid up to £59.99 to do this on launch day, while the fanfiction on AO3 is free.
    • Struggle to see the landscape, and enemies, through the film of clown vomit that is the Gamebryo engine's gasping attempts to render lighting effects and shadows that aren't pixellated.
    • Shoot at enemies who move in fits and starts, or not at all, in response to your presence.
    • Shoot at them again because the lag means you can't be sure if the first shot connected.
    • Question what you're doing with your life.
    • Christ, shoot him again, he's still dancing. - Re-level your wobbly desk leg.
    • Stare in wonderment at a game which is somehow uglier, and runs worse, than Fallout 4.
    • Appreciate a passing three-headed opossum.
    • Check out the pop-up for the overpriced store, which is the first thing you see every time you log in.

    I thought I'd at least enjoy exploring the wilderness of a new location full of fresh landmarks, enemies and particularly cryptids (none of them yet), but I think I might've already checked out in a matter of days. I just...don't care. This is the least compelling Fallout game I think I've ever played. I can't imagine how bad this must have been on launch.

    And the Camp UI is an absolutely headache-inducing abomination.

    Anyway, do you think I can still get my money's worth? Can this be saved?

    Are there...mods???

    27 votes
  4. Comment on Pride Month at Tildes: #10 - What did you do for Pride Month? in ~lgbt

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    I went to my first pride march in the nearby city. It was fun, pretty casual. We had pups, bears and fursuiters in the march, and some inclusive clergy members waving at us as we passed by. There...

    I went to my first pride march in the nearby city. It was fun, pretty casual. We had pups, bears and fursuiters in the march, and some inclusive clergy members waving at us as we passed by. There was a concert at the end which I didn't go to, because the streets around the stage were so packed that you couldn't move, but it was a jolly nice bit of exercise and a fun day overall.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What would it take for a soup to be exciting? in ~food

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    Turn it into a nice curry laksa, put some chicken slices and noodles and fish balls and bean curd in there, and serve it up with a glass of fresh iced calamansi juice.

    Turn it into a nice curry laksa, put some chicken slices and noodles and fish balls and bean curd in there, and serve it up with a glass of fresh iced calamansi juice.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Texas secessionists win GOP backing for independence vote: 'Major step' in ~news

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    Oh, please do it. The GQP really is the dog that caught the car. They keep counting on the adults in the room to step in and stop them from doing ridiculously stupid things for attention, just so...

    Oh, please do it. The GQP really is the dog that caught the car. They keep counting on the adults in the room to step in and stop them from doing ridiculously stupid things for attention, just so they can later whine and stamp their feet for a myopic audience on Xitter - "We wanted to make x great, but the deep state wouldn't let us!"

    I can't wait for the adults to get tired of dialling an ambulance. They need to reach the Find Out stage with this nonsense in the same way they have with Roe v Wade. I want to see the federal government let this go nice and far, and then announce that all those military bases will be closing and their personnel relocated. Goodbye revenue, goodbye towns. It's probably not going to happen, but it couldn't happen to a better bunch of bastards.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on How do you feel about it/its pronouns? in ~lgbt

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    The only time I've seen the it pronoun used seriously by a person/object to describe themselves/itself is within the BDSM community. I was surprised and confused to hear that anyone else did.

    The only time I've seen the it pronoun used seriously by a person/object to describe themselves/itself is within the BDSM community. I was surprised and confused to hear that anyone else did.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on What video games have had you taking real-life notes? in ~games

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    Oooooergh, lemme see <shifts bulk in armchair>. Hway back in the day, I used to jot down lots of item console commands and hexadecimal codes for Morrowind and Oblivion, as well as the locations of...

    Oooooergh, lemme see <shifts bulk in armchair>. Hway back in the day, I used to jot down lots of item console commands and hexadecimal codes for Morrowind and Oblivion, as well as the locations of various secret items and locations. I wouldn't normally need to, since I managed to find all the info on the Internet, but Bethesda's games would have a stroke if you tried to alt+tab in and out, so I had to write it down.

    Really, I don't write much on a physical pad anymore, unless it's to compensate for technical and/or design shortcomings like that.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Welcome to the millennial midlife crisis in ~life

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    Midlife being 30, hah, at least according to how my bones feel.

    Midlife being 30, hah, at least according to how my bones feel.

    11 votes
  10. Comment on Matt Berry on comedy, career and "What We Do In the Shadows" [2021] in ~tv

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    I wonder if he was "protecting women's spaces" when he posed as someone else to send dick pics to women on MumsNet.

    I wonder if he was "protecting women's spaces" when he posed as someone else to send dick pics to women on MumsNet.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on It’s time to bury the defective detective in ~tv

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    I don't remember how I was introduced to that show, but I do remember my grandad loved it. Foyle was a good detective, particularly good with his words, and never (IIRC) had to raise his voice.

    I don't remember how I was introduced to that show, but I do remember my grandad loved it. Foyle was a good detective, particularly good with his words, and never (IIRC) had to raise his voice.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on "twitter.com" is now officially dead in ~tech

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    Twitter or Xitter are acceptable. X is never going to happen.

    Twitter or Xitter are acceptable. X is never going to happen.

    23 votes
  13. Comment on I find myself intimidated by the Bear community in ~lgbt

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    Aww. I remember my first munch (I only went to two, that I can recall). Super casual, but I still felt this bizarrely strong anxiety and impostor syndrome that was almost enough to make me get up...

    Aww. I remember my first munch (I only went to two, that I can recall). Super casual, but I still felt this bizarrely strong anxiety and impostor syndrome that was almost enough to make me get up and leave before anyone else had really arrived. It was really just a group chat and meal.

    Don't make the mistake of letting your nerves get the better of you, deleting everything and running. I bet if you go, you'll at least have a fun time and meet some people you can just hug or have a casual chat with, with no great expectation of crazy partying or drinking - certainly not everybody goes for that.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on Switzerland's Nemo wins Eurovision as UK comes 18th in ~music

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    Shame. Croatia was better, fight me. Also Israel apparently got 300 points, which sounds shonky as hell. That plus the Netherlands fiasco has made it an entertainingly dramatic competition this year.

    Shame. Croatia was better, fight me. Also Israel apparently got 300 points, which sounds shonky as hell. That plus the Netherlands fiasco has made it an entertainingly dramatic competition this year.

    15 votes
  15. Comment on Movie of the Week #28 - Pan's Labyrinth in ~movies

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    Hehehe. Wait 'til you get to the bit where it suddenly and violently stops being a whimsical fantasy film. I usually like Del Toro's stuff, because he seems like a decent person who makes films...

    Hehehe. Wait 'til you get to the bit where it suddenly and violently stops being a whimsical fantasy film.

    I usually like Del Toro's stuff, because he seems like a decent person who makes films because he feels like he has something to say and can do it with impressive use of practical effects. Pan's Labyrinth came out lifetimes ago, but it was a phenomenon. It was rare for a foreign language film to be talked about that much.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Does anyone else have succulents? in ~hobbies

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    Hm, okay. Sounds doable enough. About how long would you roughly keep one before re-planting it in your garden?

    Hm, okay. Sounds doable enough. About how long would you roughly keep one before re-planting it in your garden?

  17. Comment on Does anyone else have succulents? in ~hobbies

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    No, but I'd like to pick some up and brighten up my windowsill with them. The room gets steady sunlight for most of the morning and afternoon. I just don't know dip about plantcare.

    No, but I'd like to pick some up and brighten up my windowsill with them. The room gets steady sunlight for most of the morning and afternoon. I just don't know dip about plantcare.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on The world owes Spider-Man 3 an apology in ~movies

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    The line, "I sense a plot to destroy the Jedi", may be Georgs Lucas's single greatest gift to film dialogue.

    The line, "I sense a plot to destroy the Jedi", may be Georgs Lucas's single greatest gift to film dialogue.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Early tests of H5N1 prevalence in milk suggest US bird flu outbreak in cows is widespread in ~health

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    You mentioned your EF was 20% - what's EF?

    You mentioned your EF was 20% - what's EF?

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Ukraine pulls US-provided Abrams tanks from the front lines over Russian drone threats in ~news

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    That too. Or mines. Once a track is knocked out, the best case scenario is that the crew and tank are evacuated, but the reality is probably more often that the tank is abandoned due to the sheer...

    That too. Or mines. Once a track is knocked out, the best case scenario is that the crew and tank are evacuated, but the reality is probably more often that the tank is abandoned due to the sheer number of mines all over the place which mean any vehicle you send after will drive over one and be similarly knocked out (if the artillery doesn't wipe it first).

    3 votes