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  1. Comment on I want to play Cyberpunk 2077 at its best and it sucks that a GPU shortage is going to stop me in ~games

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    Yeah, recommended retail price. I didn't even think about it, it's always been RRP in my mind, although I've definitely read MSRP before as well - most likely a UK/US difference, I imagine.

    Yeah, recommended retail price. I didn't even think about it, it's always been RRP in my mind, although I've definitely read MSRP before as well - most likely a UK/US difference, I imagine.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on I want to play Cyberpunk 2077 at its best and it sucks that a GPU shortage is going to stop me in ~games

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    Presumably they're at max production capacity already, since the RRP is profitable and it'd be in their interests to fill more orders if they could, so I don't think selling the first batch for...

    Presumably they're at max production capacity already, since the RRP is profitable and it'd be in their interests to fill more orders if they could, so I don't think selling the first batch for $4000 would make and meaningful difference to availability.

    My worry would be the exact opposite: scarcity, whether real or artificial, would push up the auction price. If they're pocketing the difference, it becomes in their interest to limit supply over time to make more profit from less manufacturing.

    Scalping pays a middle man at the expense of the consumer. Auctions pay the manufacturers at the expense of the consumer. The pro-consumer move here would be a lottery system with winners allowed to purchase at RRP.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    That sounds wonderful, as long as you can be the one to get in!

    That sounds wonderful, as long as you can be the one to get in!

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I've pulled myself out of a multiple-month slump on the exercise front, and accepted that the gym opposite my house really isn't coming back any time soon so I should probably stop using that as...

    I've pulled myself out of a multiple-month slump on the exercise front, and accepted that the gym opposite my house really isn't coming back any time soon so I should probably stop using that as an excuse.*

    I splashed out on a smart trainer and I've been on a few (short, easy) rides to get back into the swing of things. I appear to have the cardiac fitness of an 84 year old asthmatic right now, but it feels good to be pushing in the right direction again.


    *Gyms in general have been on and off where I live, and they're opening again next week, but frustratingly my local one is a tiny gym attached to a large swimming pool - they've had the gym part closed since March so they can use it as a safe one-way path from the pool, and extra space for parents to social distance when picking up their kids from swimming classes.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Xbox Series X/S vs. PlayStation 5 - A direct comparison and the Ars launch-month verdict in ~games

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    Just up the thread @nothis made a great point about how minor the generational changes are now compared to what we used to see. Gaming is a mature industry, and for all the good that brings it...

    Just up the thread @nothis made a great point about how minor the generational changes are now compared to what we used to see. Gaming is a mature industry, and for all the good that brings it does make for far fewer jaw-dropping "holy shit" experiences.

    VR is something entirely different - it's as big a change as the move from 2D to 3D all those years ago, and the current crop of hardware can comfortably push the limits of any PC out there.

    That's not an unequivocally good thing: the whole field is still rough around the edges, and much as I hate to say it the overall UX is quite a lot cleaner on the Quest than on SteamVR, but the immersion on the Index is absolutely second to none and it's exciting in exactly the same way that console gaming was back in the 16 & 32 bit era.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I want to thank you for the delightful image of someone sprinkling a half teaspoon of cayenne onto a literal bucketload of scotch bonnets and then nodding in satisfaction.

    I want to thank you for the delightful image of someone sprinkling a half teaspoon of cayenne onto a literal bucketload of scotch bonnets and then nodding in satisfaction.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on YouTube Vanced: A privacy-friendly YouTube app for Android with ads and telemetry stripped out in ~tech

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    What are your thoughts on their suggestion to use YouTube premium rather than selectively use Patreon?

    What are your thoughts on their suggestion to use YouTube premium rather than selectively use Patreon?

    8 votes
  8. Comment on Salary negotiation for software engineers in ~finance

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    That's a great example of how much employers can benefit from information asymmetry - as soon as the employees get talking, the negotiating position changes completely! Did you ever figure out why...

    That's a great example of how much employers can benefit from information asymmetry - as soon as the employees get talking, the negotiating position changes completely!

    Did you ever figure out why the disparity went in your favour the first time round? Seems like it must have been something fairly subjective, going on what you've said about the difference in qualifications/experience - I'd be interested to know what you think it was.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Boris Johnson announces ten-point green plan, including investments in nuclear and wind, and new combustion vehicle ban from 2030 in ~enviro

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    You've made an unintentionally tragicomic statement on US politics there. The Tories are officially called the Conservative party, and that's not a misnomer. They're our mainstream right wingers,...

    You've made an unintentionally tragicomic statement on US politics there. The Tories are officially called the Conservative party, and that's not a misnomer. They're our mainstream right wingers, with Johnson widely being derided as a British Trump-light.

    Conversations like this are a sobering reminder of just how insanely far right your Overton window is. Sadly, pulling it back to some semblance of the center is a lot easier said than done.

    13 votes
  10. Comment on Boris Johnson announces ten-point green plan, including investments in nuclear and wind, and new combustion vehicle ban from 2030 in ~enviro

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    One of the quite reasonable criticisms I've seen of the announcement is that it lacks clarity and/or detail. There's a lot of wiggle room in that hydrogen point, for example, and I imagine the...

    One of the quite reasonable criticisms I've seen of the announcement is that it lacks clarity and/or detail. There's a lot of wiggle room in that hydrogen point, for example, and I imagine the government themselves haven't worked out the details yet (yes, it would be entirely fair to say that they probably should have!).

    I'd say you've outlined a very plausible worst case: generation from fossil fuels and then a whole set of inefficient conversions to get useful work out of it.

    I'll counter that with a plausible best case: we're generating hydrogen renewably, and investing in storage and shipping technology so that it can be traded like oil. Suddenly Iceland's geothermal, or solar in the Sahara, can be of use to countries all over the world. From a consumer and infrastructure point of view, the old natural gas infrastructure is retrofitted to hydrogen, sending it directly to home appliances (the official release specifically mentions cooking as well as heating) to smooth the net zero transition and avoid overloading the national grid in the short term.

    Now I don't actually think that whole utopian view is really going to happen, and honestly I think your pessimism is probably more realistic, but I can get on board with a bit of investment to see if we can manage at least some of it.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on YouTube Terms of Service updated with the “right to monetize” in ~tech

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    Vimeo seems like a good middle ground in the hosting space - paid, but with a low cost point of entry and unlimited bandwidth at all tiers. It doesn't come with the built-in audience that YouTube...

    Vimeo seems like a good middle ground in the hosting space - paid, but with a low cost point of entry and unlimited bandwidth at all tiers.

    It doesn't come with the built-in audience that YouTube does, which definitely changes the dynamic, but it takes away a lot of the technical and cost hurdles involved in distributing video across other sites or apps.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on The iPhone 12 Pro Max: Real pro photography in ~tech

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    I noticed just in the last few days that Google Photos has added that, where I'm pretty certain it didn't exist before - admittedly it then made a bit of a mess of my carefully-angled photo that...

    I wouldn't be surprised if we start to see automated rotation and cropping show up fairly soon, that seems like it ought to be a relatively easy problem to solve.

    I noticed just in the last few days that Google Photos has added that, where I'm pretty certain it didn't exist before - admittedly it then made a bit of a mess of my carefully-angled photo that I'd been trying to frame into a nice neat square, but the option exists!

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Boris Johnson announces ten-point green plan, including investments in nuclear and wind, and new combustion vehicle ban from 2030 in ~enviro

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    My thoughts exactly! It could definitely go further, but I realised as I read it that I'd steeled myself with the general "oh god, what's gone wrong now?" that reading the news brings, and then I...

    My thoughts exactly! It could definitely go further, but I realised as I read it that I'd steeled myself with the general "oh god, what's gone wrong now?" that reading the news brings, and then I was pleasantly surprised.

    "Quite good, actually" seems to sum it up, from what I'm seeing.

    16 votes
  14. Comment on Verizon 5G DSS isn't the 5G you want in ~tech

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    I don't think it warrants anything like the hype it's getting - all else being equal I'd expect it to be mentioned in dry technical articles in the trade press and not much more - but it's not a...

    I don't think it warrants anything like the hype it's getting - all else being equal I'd expect it to be mentioned in dry technical articles in the trade press and not much more - but it's not a scam either.

    I trialled 5G broadband about six months ago, and it was a pretty solid product. The ~500Mbps download speeds were real, and the latency was no more noticeable than fixed line - something I absolutely can't say for the 4G products I've used. The upstream was pitiful (one of the major reasons I cancelled the service), but my understanding is that was a decision on the carrier's part rather than a technical limitation.

    I think it's a genuinely useful part of the infrastructure toolkit, and one that (along with 4G and fixed fibre) will help fill in a decent number of gaps in the connectivity landscape. Media hype, though? Yeah, I'm with you on that, it's weird and unjustified.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Why mainstream progressives have a strong incentive to 'sanewash' hard leftist positions in ~misc

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    I mostly agree with what you're saying, and I don't actually think any of it contradicts what I've said about messaging or branding. Engineering the message needn't mean sanitising it - Trump sure...

    I mostly agree with what you're saying, and I don't actually think any of it contradicts what I've said about messaging or branding.

    Engineering the message needn't mean sanitising it - Trump sure as hell proved that one - but it does mean packaging it in a way that speaks to the audience you need it to reach.

    Is there such a thing as a mutable voter in modern America? I honestly don't know. But there are, at the very least, voters who can be convinced to stay home or to come out for the side they nominally support - 2016 and 2020 proved that one.

    Can effective messaging change minds, at least enough to nudge that ratio? I've seen enough posts and articles about people who "lost" their previously reasonable parents to Fox News propaganda to believe it already has. So why can't that work in the other direction as well?

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Why mainstream progressives have a strong incentive to 'sanewash' hard leftist positions in ~misc

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    I'd meant for the second paragraph to contextualise that a bit. It's about managing the media, not the activists on the street. It's about presenting the message in a way that's digestible to...

    I'd meant for the second paragraph to contextualise that a bit. It's about managing the media, not the activists on the street. It's about presenting the message in a way that's digestible to those who need convincing, not just those who already agree. Perhaps most of all, it's something I see as totally realistic and achievable, as well as incredibly important.

    I don't think any of that is defeatist, nor do I think it's letting the right wing control the message.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on The German government's new coronavirus ad, subtitled in English in ~health.coronavirus

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    One of the better public health campaigns I've seen, and one that ties in well with some of the conversations we've been having recently about the importance of good messaging.

    One of the better public health campaigns I've seen, and one that ties in well with some of the conversations we've been having recently about the importance of good messaging.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on UK sees record bandwidth use on Xbox Series X/S launch day in ~tech

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    Does it necessarily need solving? I read it as an overall positive: "we had a peak that we likely won't significantly exceed in the next ~5 years, and the network handled it well". The...

    Does it necessarily need solving? I read it as an overall positive: "we had a peak that we likely won't significantly exceed in the next ~5 years, and the network handled it well". The sysadmin-adjacent part of my mind calls that a good day!

    3 votes