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  1. Comment on Do you ever feel like glitches can actually make the games MORE entertaining? in ~games

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    The first PC I played the original F.E.A.R. on had trouble with the physics engine. It would mean with sufficient force (like melee attacks or the nailgun-type weapon) to embed things (like enemy...

    The first PC I played the original F.E.A.R. on had trouble with the physics engine. It would mean with sufficient force (like melee attacks or the nailgun-type weapon) to embed things (like enemy corpses) partly into walls.

    I'd get distracted from the story for ages just seeing how much office furniture and dead clone soldiers I could kick into one wall.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~movies

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    There's also The Castle, perfectly capturing working-class suburban Melbourne in the 90s.

    There's also The Castle, perfectly capturing working-class suburban Melbourne in the 90s.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on What operating system do you use? in ~comp

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    Mint 18 on my indoors laptop, which is mainly a media / browser machine. Doesn't need any of the performance or configuration advantages of "serious" Linux distros. Dual Boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu...

    Mint 18 on my indoors laptop, which is mainly a media / browser machine. Doesn't need any of the performance or configuration advantages of "serious" Linux distros.

    Dual Boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu Studio on my shed laptop, for low-fuss drunk gaming and high-fuss audio tinkering respectively.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on John Bolton just did a complete 180 on his Russia stance after meeting with Putin in ~news

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    I doubt #2. It might be a thing that they share, but Iran is too important in Russia's sphere. It'd be a weird message to send. Unless Putin's influence on the US is even further than it looks....

    I doubt #2. It might be a thing that they share, but Iran is too important in Russia's sphere. It'd be a weird message to send.

    Unless Putin's influence on the US is even further than it looks. Iran becomes a bit redundant if you had the most powerful military and economy in the world as a client state.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation in ~news

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    Also sounds like Alastair Reynolds "The Prefect" (2007), but that might be a bit recent for OP to mentally file with Heinlein and Asimov.

    Also sounds like Alastair Reynolds "The Prefect" (2007), but that might be a bit recent for OP to mentally file with Heinlein and Asimov.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Priests won't comply with law: SA church in ~humanities

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    Fair enough, sorry to put a label on you that you didn't choose. It was just the only term I was familiar with.

    Fair enough, sorry to put a label on you that you didn't choose. It was just the only term I was familiar with.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Priests won't comply with law: SA church in ~humanities

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    Church/State pluralism and shared legal powers with secular authorities has always been a part of Catholic doctrine. I'm guessing by your disclaimer that you're a Sedevacantist and reject the...

    Church/State pluralism and shared legal powers with secular authorities has always been a part of Catholic doctrine. I'm guessing by your disclaimer that you're a Sedevacantist and reject the Second Vatican Council's cession of legal authority to secular states in which the church operates. But even pre Vatican 2 doctrine would only hold that church law trumps civil in the domain of a Catholic king or confessor state, which obviously doesn't apply to Australia.

    Correct me if I'm wrong here, I'm not Catholic myself.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Priests won't comply with law: SA church in ~humanities

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    I'm not sure what you mean here. Can you give a bit more detail? Are you referring to section 116 of the Constitution? I'm not positive, but I don't think it applies to the South Australian...

    I'm not sure what you mean here. Can you give a bit more detail? Are you referring to section 116 of the Constitution? I'm not positive, but I don't think it applies to the South Australian parliament that passed this law.

  9. Comment on What two games should bang? in ~games

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    I played Oblivion up until I got a horse for the first time, and found out you had to get off the thing to fight. Then I remembered I had an early demo version of something called Mount and Blade,...

    I played Oblivion up until I got a horse for the first time, and found out you had to get off the thing to fight. Then I remembered I had an early demo version of something called Mount and Blade, and thought, "at the same time?".
    Never did get back to Oblivion after that.

  10. Comment on What's your favorite cheap beer to drink? in ~talk

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    My taste runs to malty, rather than hoppy as most Australian beers have been heading. I always liked Victoria Bitter (which is a malty lager, it just retains the brand name of the bitter ale it...

    My taste runs to malty, rather than hoppy as most Australian beers have been heading. I always liked Victoria Bitter (which is a malty lager, it just retains the brand name of the bitter ale it was in the 19th century), and after expanding my palate, still do.

    Boag's and Toohey's dry lagers are crisp and sumptuous when the summer heat is beating down on you like a ton of bricks. Carlton Cold will keep the intense UV from the hole in ozone layer above your head from frying your brain while you're trying to maintain a conversation with your brother-in-law about how you both switched from petrol to electric whipper-snippers because they've gotten so much more affordable in the same output range and the batteries don't weigh a ton and take 24 hours to charge anymore and you love your sister and your nephew and your niece but you have nothing else in common with this guy you're spending the afternoon watching snags sizzle while your mum and your girlfriend are inside discussing how similar you dudes look and obviously Isaac would make a great father and OH GOD how good is a Boag's Premium right now.

    But when I want to enjoy a beer, malt is where it's at, and Buddweiser hits that spot for me. Come on CUB, do Bud, but better.

  11. Comment on What's your favorite cheap beer to drink? in ~talk

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    Not really. There was an Australian lager called Foster's, but for a long time it's just been a brand name owned by a series of international conglomerates (currently Anheuser-Busch). Owners of...

    Not really. There was an Australian lager called Foster's, but for a long time it's just been a brand name owned by a series of international conglomerates (currently Anheuser-Busch). Owners of the brand occasionally re-launch products in the Australian market, but nobody cares. It's mainly seen as a UK thing, an Australiana-themed local beer that has nothing to do with us.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Programming Challenge: creative FizzBuzz in ~comp

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    I just gave this problem a shot in Excel and came to same solution as you. I did consider using another IF(MOD(ref,15)=0) instead of the AND(), since 15 is the lowest common multiple. On the one...

    I just gave this problem a shot in Excel and came to same solution as you. I did consider using another IF(MOD(ref,15)=0) instead of the AND(), since 15 is the lowest common multiple.

    On the one hand, a shorter formula always looks more elegant. On the other hand, that's using knowledge calculated outside the program, which feels like bad practice to me. What does everyone else think?

  13. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Are you in Australia, or has Courtney Barnett broken out of the antipodes?

    Are you in Australia, or has Courtney Barnett broken out of the antipodes?

    2 votes
  14. Comment on It needs to become clearer what Tildes is about and how it differs from Reddit. Im part of the problem. in ~tildes

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    Maybe we need to be clearer about what votes mean, and perhaps if there needs to be two different vote buttons. I don't know if it's ever going to be possible to re-train a community not to use...

    Maybe we need to be clearer about what votes mean, and perhaps if there needs to be two different vote buttons.

    I don't know if it's ever going to be possible to re-train a community not to use votes akin to a Facebook "like". If I see a funny one-liner, I'm going to reflexively want to reward it, and there is a mechanism in easy reach. That shouldn't conflate with a desire to promote that as content reflective of the community.

    This is fundamentally a platform for communication. Disambiguity should be built into the function.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on It needs to become clearer what Tildes is about and how it differs from Reddit. Im part of the problem. in ~tildes

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    I don't have a problem with low-effort posts if they stay low in the community hierarchy. If, say, ~music~punk~hardcore is mostly composed of Strike Anywhere memes because that's how the...

    I don't have a problem with low-effort posts if they stay low in the community hierarchy. If, say, ~music~punk~hardcore is mostly composed of Strike Anywhere memes because that's how the subcommunity organically develops, fine. As long as it's the quality discussion that floats up into ~punk or ~music.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Your Weekend Plans in ~talk

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    Me and the girlfriend are going to drink a bunch of wine from the box that just arrived from my wine club, and read the Scots-language translation of Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone together.

    Me and the girlfriend are going to drink a bunch of wine from the box that just arrived from my wine club, and read the Scots-language translation of Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone together.

  17. Comment on What are you currently reading? in ~books

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    Then you might also like to know that there is a term for this.

    I like the idea of having everything the reader knows coming from letters and diaries.

    Then you might also like to know that there is a term for this.

  18. Comment on Guilty Pleasure Movies in ~movies

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    Seconded for the Ninth Gate.

    Seconded for the Ninth Gate.

  19. Comment on Name a cool, mostly unknown feature of your OS of choice in ~tech

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    That's actually pretty cool. I can imagine writing little programs in Python and saving the code to disk. Hand-writing the labels. "Here, let me just load my household budget app ...", pull out a...

    That's actually pretty cool. I can imagine writing little programs in Python and saving the code to disk. Hand-writing the labels.

    "Here, let me just load my household budget app ...", pull out a case and start rifling through.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on How has your first few days on tildes been? in ~talk

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    That's what I'm noticing. Very little white-noise so far.

    That's what I'm noticing. Very little white-noise so far.

    2 votes