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  1. Comment on Steam Deck and Docking Station now in-stock and available! in ~games

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    Gotcha. I wasn’t sure if that was immediate shipping quite yet. I may have to finally order one.

    Gotcha. I wasn’t sure if that was immediate shipping quite yet. I may have to finally order one.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Steam Deck and Docking Station now in-stock and available! in ~games

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    Confirmation isn’t the same as shipping though, right?

    Confirmation isn’t the same as shipping though, right?

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I got to play a few games of one of my favorite board games of all time this weekend, DungeonQuest. The gameplay is extremely simple: try to get to the treasure in the center of the map. You draw...

    I got to play a few games of one of my favorite board games of all time this weekend, DungeonQuest.

    The gameplay is extremely simple: try to get to the treasure in the center of the map. You draw random room tiles and cards as you move to a new space and hope they take you in the right direction. Occasionally you test you abilities with dice rolls or fight monsters.

    Usually I'm not a huge fan of games that are mostly reliant on luck, but most of the fun in DungeonQuest is laughing at your friends' misfortunes as terrible thing after terrible thing happens to them. Stuck in a dead end hallway because the rooms rotated? That's DungeonQuest! Fall down a bottomless pit on your first turn? DungeonQuest!

    It's easy to learn and usually takes less than 45 minutes for a game and it's a good one for people who have friends that aren't really into games that require planning 5 moves ahead or book keeping.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Photos: Hurricane Ian leaves path of destruction in ~enviro

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    You’re right. Once the coverage dies down, the people in south Florida who literally had their entire community destroyed will have to start rebuilding. And everyone will be competing for the same...

    You’re right. Once the coverage dies down, the people in south Florida who literally had their entire community destroyed will have to start rebuilding. And everyone will be competing for the same scarce resources.

    Living in Florida, I’ve been through a dozen hurricanes now. I was living in Miami during Hurricane Andrew we were without power for two weeks and had our roof completely ripped off. The other side of the street had power and everyone in our neighborhood ran extension cords across the street so our side could have power.

    One thing you didn’t mention, but I’ve seen a lot of, is the loss of power ruining groceries. That might not seem like a big deal to those of us lucky enough to be financially stable, but for a good portion of the population (Florida has a higher than average poverty rate) it can be devastating to lose hundreds of dollars in groceries. You might not think about it, but it can destroy a family’s finances for months. So even if their house came through unscathed, they can still suffer a major loss.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on After six seasons, Community will get its movie in ~tv

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    Your point about the evolution is true, but by season 4, all of the characters had mostly become stereotypes of their original selves. Pierce was no longer just a jerk, he was a complete asshole...

    Your point about the evolution is true, but by season 4, all of the characters had mostly become stereotypes of their original selves. Pierce was no longer just a jerk, he was a complete asshole with no redeeming qualities and Chang was just used as a “what wacky thing will he do this week?” prop.

    I do love Keith David and I thought he was a great character. I liked that they replaced Pierce with someone completely different.

    It’s not bad, I just don’t think it works as well as the earlier seasons.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on After six seasons, Community will get its movie in ~tv

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    I think the first three seasons of the show are a masterpiece. But without Chevy Chase, Donald Glover and Yvette Nicole Brown, the final two seasons were missing something. I really think the...

    I think the first three seasons of the show are a masterpiece. But without Chevy Chase, Donald Glover and Yvette Nicole Brown, the final two seasons were missing something. I really think the magic was the combination of all the main characters and how the all played off of one another.

    Just let it be. We got a fantastic run of a show that did some amazing things for a primetime, network show and changed television comedy in immeasurable ways. That’s a pretty impressive legacy.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Pemmican: History's power bar in ~food

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    One of my favorite YouTube channels. I got turned onto the channel pretty early and it’s been so cool to see the channel grow over the past few years. These types of episodes - where he covers...

    One of my favorite YouTube channels. I got turned onto the channel pretty early and it’s been so cool to see the channel grow over the past few years.

    These types of episodes - where he covers something that no one would eat as a normal meal, but only because they didn’t have much of a choice - are my favorite. These dishes aren’t so much about enjoying the food, but merely about survival. It’s interesting to see how people came up with creative ways to make shelf stable food before modern food science became a thing.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Strange World | Official trailer in ~movies

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    It seems like the trailer simultaneously gives the whole movie away and not enough to even understand the basic plot. I mean, the dad being the big hulking stranger is an obvious reveal, but stil…...

    It seems like the trailer simultaneously gives the whole movie away and not enough to even understand the basic plot. I mean, the dad being the big hulking stranger is an obvious reveal, but stil…

    It looks visually striking but the trailer was all over the place. I really have no idea what the actual plot is. Are they going to a different planet? Why? Besides the vague, bad stuff will happen if we don’t stop whoever the bad guy is, it doesn’t give me much to latch onto.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Russian parliament introduces mobilisation into law in ~news

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    Ah yes, the old make it legal once it’s done tactic.

    Ah yes, the old make it legal once it’s done tactic.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Hellraiser | Official trailer in ~movies

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    For those who don’t know, the franchise has had a very wild history. The last two movies in the series were made for as little money as possible and barely released. They were only made so that...

    For those who don’t know, the franchise has had a very wild history. The last two movies in the series were made for as little money as possible and barely released. They were only made so that Dimension Films could keep the rights because they had to produce a film every x years to keep the rights.

    Having recently watched all of the films in the series, minus the last two that were just ashcan films, I have to say this looks pretty good.

    I like the weird different “forms” of the lament configuration. That’s a neat twist. I also like the design of the minions, especially the chatterer. Visually, it looks way better than any of the films in the franchise for the last 20 years.

    I hope they bring back the one guy who just has a bunch of CDs sticking out of his head.

    And if it isn’t good? No great loss. The series has a pretty low batting average anyway (even when compared to other horror series). Beyond the first three, they are all uniformly terrible.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on I Wanna Dance With Somebody | Official trailer in ~movies

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    As soon as I saw it was from the writer of Bohemian Rhapsody, I lost a good deal of interest.

    As soon as I saw it was from the writer of Bohemian Rhapsody, I lost a good deal of interest.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Bernie Sanders blocks Republican bid to avert rail strike in Senate in ~news

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    Exactly. Like I said, they aren’t asking for anything crazy. Their demands are just baby steps toward better working conditions and work/life balance.

    Frankly, if these ~260,000 workers are the lynchpin that holds together the entirety of our economy....maybe they should be making as much as doctors.

    Exactly. Like I said, they aren’t asking for anything crazy. Their demands are just baby steps toward better working conditions and work/life balance.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Bernie Sanders blocks Republican bid to avert rail strike in Senate in ~news

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    It looks like an agreement is reached, but I would have fully supported them going on strike. For such a critical infrastructure, having them go on strike gives workers so much more leverage in...

    It looks like an agreement is reached, but I would have fully supported them going on strike. For such a critical infrastructure, having them go on strike gives workers so much more leverage in negotiations.

    The things these unions are asking for aren’t even wild or outlandish. Their demands are perfectly reasonable. They’re asking for the rail companies to get rid of an archaic and terrible demerit system.

    10 votes
  14. Comment on Disney chief Bob Chapek sees clear path for Hulu to merge with Disney+ once Comcast buyout is complete in ~tv

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    I mean, it makes sense for them to slowly move Disney from a childhood brand to a brand for all ages. There’s no reason they can’t expand what the Disney brand means. (Obligatory, “I hate the...

    I mean, it makes sense for them to slowly move Disney from a childhood brand to a brand for all ages. There’s no reason they can’t expand what the Disney brand means.

    (Obligatory, “I hate the massive empire that Disney is building and I think it’s bad for our culture as a society.”)

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Nick Cave lost two sons. His fans then saved his life. in ~music

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    An interesting interview with Nick Cave about how (and why) his perspective and output has changed over the last few years.

    An interesting interview with Nick Cave about how (and why) his perspective and output has changed over the last few years.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on JK Rowling furious to hear monarch has transitioned to a man in ~lgbt

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    This is an absolutely A+ joke. The last line had me laughing out loud:

    This is an absolutely A+ joke. The last line had me laughing out loud:

    Those close to Rowling have told reporters that she has been taken to a remote location in Scotland where she will be kept comfortably away from the knowledge that the Queen preferred to be known by the alternate pronouns “we/one”.

    7 votes
  17. Comment on Requesting resources for de-googling in ~tech

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    You’re right, but setting up all of those is an extra level of hassle that many people don’t want to deal with. But you’re right, it is annoying that they punish small hosts. Especially when SPF...

    You’re right, but setting up all of those is an extra level of hassle that many people don’t want to deal with.

    But you’re right, it is annoying that they punish small hosts. Especially when SPF and the other standards are specially designed to keep those types of hosts from being punished.

    (Also, we’re showing our age by calling it Hotmail! I think it’s been Outlook for like a decade now…)

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Requesting resources for de-googling in ~tech

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    The only downside to self hosting is that you’re much more likely to get out in the spam folder by bigger hosts like Gmail or Hotmail.

    The only downside to self hosting is that you’re much more likely to get out in the spam folder by bigger hosts like Gmail or Hotmail.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Requesting resources for de-googling in ~tech

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    I’ve been using Fastmail for 5 years and never had a single issue. Highly recommend them if you want to use a custom domain.

    I’ve been using Fastmail for 5 years and never had a single issue. Highly recommend them if you want to use a custom domain.

    4 votes