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

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    I say this with a great amount of respect, but it’s not about making you feel comfortable. It’s about making the person at the other end of the conversation feel comfortable, included, and like...

    I say this with a great amount of respect, but it’s not about making you feel comfortable. It’s about making the person at the other end of the conversation feel comfortable, included, and like their wishes are being respected.

    12 votes
  2. Comment on Thoughts on VR? in ~tech

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    Where the fuck is the immersive space/flight/racer sim revitalization? There's a VR version of No Man's Sky that fits the bill for the first two.

    Where the fuck is the immersive space/flight/racer sim revitalization?

    There's a VR version of No Man's Sky that fits the bill for the first two.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Thoughts on VR? in ~tech

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    I’d love to have a Quest, but I have no interest in them since they started requiring a Facebook/Meta account to use the headset. I’m lucky in that I’ve never had any issues with eye strain except...

    I’d love to have a Quest, but I have no interest in them since they started requiring a Facebook/Meta account to use the headset.

    I’m lucky in that I’ve never had any issues with eye strain except for the very first Oculus Rift development kit. That one was pretty rough.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Thoughts on VR? in ~tech

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    (Posting as a comment so I don't make the original post too long) I’ve tried a bunch of headsets over the years, starting with the original Oculus Quest. I had a friend who backed the original...

    (Posting as a comment so I don't make the original post too long)

    I’ve tried a bunch of headsets over the years, starting with the original Oculus Quest. I had a friend who backed the original Kickstarter and I have a very distinct memory of him inviting a bunch of us over the day it arrived so we could all try it out. We all had a great time watching everyone else try it out and be amazed at simply walking around a low res house. It was fun, but modern VR games didn't really exist at the time, so there wasn't much else to do.

    Eventually I found a PSVR at a pawn shop for around $150 and bought it on a whim. It was fun, but the lack of games and the clunkiness of the setup made using it a chore.

    When the PSVR2 came out, I immediately bought one. It was basically the perfect headset for me: no gaming PC required, one cable setup, worked with glasses. I don't really have the willingness/space to have a full PC-based VR setup. While the game selection is smaller compared to something compatible with SteamVR or the Meta Quest, there’s enough there to keep me interested. A few standout games have been:

    • Tales from the Galaxy's Edge
    • Rez Infinite
    • No Man's Sky
    • Job Simulator
    • Drums Rock

    One thing that I've fallen in love with is the movie watching experience. Having a massive screen to watch a movie on is fantastic. The only area that it disappoints is in sound quality. The headphones included are just a pair of generic earbuds that sound like crap. Good enough for gaming but not really up to snuff for watching a movie or anything like that.

    Just out of curiosity, I did the in store demo for the Apple Vision Pro in late April. I was abolsutely blown away. The pass through latency was incredible. The window, hand and eye tracking are far and away the best I've seen in a headset.

    So I kept my eyes out and managed to snag a Vision Pro on Swappa. It's a totally different beast than any other VR headset I've used. 99% of my usage has been consuming movies. And the Vision Pro is hands down, no contest the best solo movie watching experience I've ever had. Besides the obvious limitation that I can't use it to watch movies with other people, I love it.

    Watching The Great Gatsby in 3D, 4K, and HDR was amazing. It's also a treat to sit in a virtual cinema environment and watch a monster movie like 20 Million Miles to Earth. Seeing it on the "big screen" is so much fun.

    A few of the stand out apps/games I’ve found on the Vision Pro:

    • Job Simulator (again)
    • Synth Riders
    • Chroma (for Plex)
    • Reality Player (for 3D movies)

    And the fact that its self contained and doesnt require a connection to a console or PC is great. One big limitation of the PSVR2 is that you're tethered to your PS5. With the Vision Pro, I can sit wherever I want (like on the couch in the living room) and enjoy the movie.

    13 votes
  5. Thoughts on VR?

    Are there any other people on Tildes who regularly use VR? What has the experience been like for you? Which headset do you own? What do you use it for? Do you use it regularly? Any...

    Are there any other people on Tildes who regularly use VR?

    • What has the experience been like for you?
    • Which headset do you own?
    • What do you use it for?
    • Do you use it regularly?
    • Any favorite/recommended games/apps?
    22 votes
  6. Comment on Louisiana lawmakers approve surgical castration option for those guilty of sex crimes against kids in ~news

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    Unfortunately, in the United States (especially the South), the justice system is about revenge and punishment, not rehabilitation.

    Can we as a society please step back and think about what the point of the justice system actually is?

    Unfortunately, in the United States (especially the South), the justice system is about revenge and punishment, not rehabilitation.

    30 votes
  7. Comment on Spotify won’t open-source to-be-bricked Car Thing, but starts refund process amid lawsuit in ~tech

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    Not ideal, since they’ll just turn into e-waste once they’re deactivated but I think that giving everyone a refund is a reasonable gesture.

    Not ideal, since they’ll just turn into e-waste once they’re deactivated but I think that giving everyone a refund is a reasonable gesture.

    16 votes
  8. Comment on Must see touring artists? in ~music

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    Three of the top four concerts I’ve ever been to were Peelander Z shows.

    Three of the top four concerts I’ve ever been to were Peelander Z shows.

  9. Comment on Former US President Donald Trump has been found guilty of thirty-four counts of falsifying business records to influence the outcome of the 2016 election in ~news

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    Good. It's not a difficult case. No one is above justice, not even the president (despite what he might want to believe). We'll see how this all plays out in the long run. The appeals will take...

    Good. It's not a difficult case. No one is above justice, not even the president (despite what he might want to believe).

    We'll see how this all plays out in the long run. The appeals will take forever.

    36 votes
  10. Comment on My birthday gangbang in ~life

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    Leeroy Jenkins…now there’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time.

    Leeroy Jenkins…now there’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time.

    12 votes
  11. Comment on I ate the Subway Footlong Cookie so you don’t have to in ~food

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    Wasn’t expecting to laugh out loud at a cookie review. I remember the first time I saw the sign for one of these in the window and thinking it was a joke someone had stuck in the window without...

    Wasn’t expecting to laugh out loud at a cookie review. I remember the first time I saw the sign for one of these in the window and thinking it was a joke someone had stuck in the window without the staff noticing.

    My favorite line:

    The best and worst thing about the cookie is that it gets warmed up in the oven right before it’s served. That means you get a warm, gooey cookie to enjoy. But once the warmth fades, the illusion shatters and it becomes apparent that this is essentially the “Weekend at Bernie’s” of desserts.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Mortgage companies could intensify the next recession, US officials warn in ~finance

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    Do you have a good explainer for how that all worked? I’m curious, because I’ve only heard the bailout part, not how we (the taxpayers via the federal government) got paid back.

    Do you have a good explainer for how that all worked? I’m curious, because I’ve only heard the bailout part, not how we (the taxpayers via the federal government) got paid back.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Hey GM: If you want to beat Apple, give people the buttons CarPlay can’t in ~transport

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    True. But the point is that they already have a way to have physical controls in the car interact with CarPlay. I have to imagine that Apple/Google engineers were smart enough to make that a two...

    True. But the point is that they already have a way to have physical controls in the car interact with CarPlay. I have to imagine that Apple/Google engineers were smart enough to make that a two way street. So it would just be up to the car makers to enable access to the required systems so they can be controlled from within CarPlay.

  14. Comment on Hey GM: If you want to beat Apple, give people the buttons CarPlay can’t in ~transport

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    Ironically enough, CatPlay already supports physical interactions. My Chevy Bolt has CarPlay AND physical buttons. You can use a rotary knob to move through the CarPlay interface and select...

    Ironically enough, CatPlay already supports physical interactions. My Chevy Bolt has CarPlay AND physical buttons. You can use a rotary knob to move through the CarPlay interface and select things. I use it all the time to skip music tracks, etc.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on ‘Red One’ down: How Dwayne Johnson’s tardiness led to a $250 million runaway production in ~movies

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    Give a chronically late movie star an assistant to manage their time and you know what you get? A chronically late movie star and a frazzled assistant.

    A good chunk of it definitely is on him, but a lot of it could be avoided with an assistant to make sure stuff is on track - the article mentions other commitments and traffic lead to a two hour delay for a thing... only commit to one thing, leave earlier.

    Give a chronically late movie star an assistant to manage their time and you know what you get? A chronically late movie star and a frazzled assistant.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on ‘Red One’ down: How Dwayne Johnson’s tardiness led to a $250 million runaway production in ~movies

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    When you make studios billions of dollars, they’re willing to put up with quite a lot. And people working on the movies know that if it comes down to them or Johnson, the studio will pick Johnson...

    When you make studios billions of dollars, they’re willing to put up with quite a lot. And people working on the movies know that if it comes down to them or Johnson, the studio will pick Johnson every single time. So they’d rather not be a squeaky wheel and get a major credit under their belt.

    17 votes
  17. Comment on An honest assessment of American rural white resentment is long overdue in ~misc

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    This quote stuck out to me. That’s a lot of words to say, “I’m not racist but…” and we all know full well that when you hear that statement, someone is about to say some racist shit.

    What they’re arguing, then, is that it’s not that many rural whites (to reiterate, not all, but many) are racist per se, it’s just that they think nonwhites don’t work hard, aren’t self-reliant, and are the clients of nefarious “elites.”

    This quote stuck out to me. That’s a lot of words to say, “I’m not racist but…” and we all know full well that when you hear that statement, someone is about to say some racist shit.

    9 votes
  18. Comment on Home insurance rates to rise 6% in 2024 after 20% increase in last two years in ~finance

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    I purchased a house six years ago. In that time, our insurance cost has nearly tripled. I was told by my insurance company last year that they would not renew my flood coverage even though I live...

    I purchased a house six years ago. In that time, our insurance cost has nearly tripled.

    I was told by my insurance company last year that they would not renew my flood coverage even though I live in an "area of minimal flood hazard" according to FEMA. Due to the age of our house (it was built in 1980), no one will cover it.

    We had to get our state run insurance of last resort. It has deductible that's twice what our previous plan was, in addition to a co-insurance percentage of the damages we have to pay. It also has a much lower maximum payout. And it costs four times as much. Oh, and our state's insurance system is borderline insolvent, so who knows if they'll even be able to pay if something major happens that impacts a large swath of people.

    16 votes
  19. Comment on How do you feel about student loan forgiveness? in ~life

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    Regarding 2, I disagree. I’m one of those people who paid off my loans (took me nearly 10 years) but just because I had to suffer with the financial burden of student loan debt doesn’t mean I want...

    Regarding 2, I disagree. I’m one of those people who paid off my loans (took me nearly 10 years) but just because I had to suffer with the financial burden of student loan debt doesn’t mean I want others to. I’ll be happy for those who get their loans forgiven and get a better chance at financially succeeding than I did.

    17 votes
  20. Comment on I bought a house, now what? in ~life.home_improvement

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    Start putting money away now for the inevitable big expenses that come with owning a home (replacing the roof, HVAC repairs, water heater, etc). They sneak up on you and you don’t want to be...

    Start putting money away now for the inevitable big expenses that come with owning a home (replacing the roof, HVAC repairs, water heater, etc).

    They sneak up on you and you don’t want to be scrambling to find the money and have to just buy the cheapest replacement you can afford or have to result to terrible financing options to keep your house in good shape.

    8 votes