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  1. Comment on Radiolab co-host Robert Krulwich announces his retirement from the show in ~misc

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    Noooo! He's such a great "character" on the show. Like a friendly devil's advocate, at least in the presence of Jad. For anyone interested to know more about "Bobby" (or at least his work) I...

    Noooo! He's such a great "character" on the show. Like a friendly devil's advocate, at least in the presence of Jad.

    For anyone interested to know more about "Bobby" (or at least his work) I recommend this episode from 2014: Happy Birthday Bobby K

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  2. Comment on We’re excited to unveil Half-Life: Alyx, our flagship VR game, this Thursday at 10am Pacific Time. in ~games

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    Do you have any examples of this? Or just speculating? Because I would be shocked if they effectively made it VR-only.

    Do you have any examples of this? Or just speculating? Because I would be shocked if they effectively made it VR-only.

  3. Comment on Avenue 5 - Official Teaser in ~tv

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    This is not the kind of role I would expect Hugh in, but regardless, I'll watch it just to see him act again! I'm curious about what the meat of this show will be, interesting hint at the...

    This is not the kind of role I would expect Hugh in, but regardless, I'll watch it just to see him act again!

    I'm curious about what the meat of this show will be, interesting hint at the sociology in that trailer.

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  4. Comment on The new Motorola razr in ~tech

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    I don't think the RAZR design would make it any more resilient against shattering. First, there is a secondary screen on the outside that is completely bare. Second, you don't have to hit the...

    I don't think the RAZR design would make it any more resilient against shattering. First, there is a secondary screen on the outside that is completely bare. Second, you don't have to hit the screen directly for it to shatter—shock waves can propagate through the bezel, especially if it's in the right spot (like corners or against a sharp edge).

    To make matters worse, designing an effective, functional and decent-looking case for this would be a difficult task.

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  5. Comment on Supreme Court allows Sandy Hook families to sue Remington in ~news

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    The analogy doesn't work here because the car manufacturers are required to implement safety features that meet a certain standard. When a car is poorly engineered, i.e. malfunctions, then it is...

    The analogy doesn't work here because the car manufacturers are required to implement safety features that meet a certain standard. When a car is poorly engineered, i.e. malfunctions, then it is the manufacturers fault.

    If a gun is used to kill, regardless of target, then it is still functioning.

    A more accurate analogy is if the car was used to intentionally kill a person (or a group of people).

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  6. Comment on What is your dream game? in ~games

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    At least all the mammals (and certain other objects) ;)

    At least all the mammals (and certain other objects) ;)

  7. Comment on What is your dream game? in ~games

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    If you want a higher-production version that is also whimsical and fascinating, check out Everything Well worth the ~$12

    If you want a higher-production version that is also whimsical and fascinating, check out Everything

    Well worth the ~$12

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  8. Comment on What is your dream game? in ~games

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    Right, I'm on the same page with you about the complexity. And I would like to point out that I did not focus on just combat. I still don't understand why you think this is such a farfetched...

    Right, I'm on the same page with you about the complexity. And I would like to point out that I did not focus on just combat.

    I still don't understand why you think this is such a farfetched ideas. We already have primitive AI-generated literature and fairly advanced textual content generation (GPT-2). After a bit more engineering and training all one would need is some boundaries per the users preferences (and also global boundaries i.e. you want a Western (quite specific) and not a psychedelic dreamworld (mostly random)).

    This is essentially the same as having an AI generate a novel. Which is completely conceivable in the near term.

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  9. Comment on What is your dream game? in ~games

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    I don't see why you think this is so out of reach. I'll take this idea one step further, with the expectation that this will happen within the next decade (or two at most), and say that we will...

    I don't see why you think this is so out of reach. I'll take this idea one step further, with the expectation that this will happen within the next decade (or two at most), and say that we will have games that not only procedurally generate a world but one that is to your liking. As in, it will learn what kind of stories you pursue, the style of combat you engage with the most, the amount of time you spend in these "unique rooms" and then tailor the world to your liking.

    These sort of algorithms already exist, on both procedural generation and preference learning. It's just a matter of having a huge enough database of building blocks and templates, and a story...

    The only downside I see to this style is a product like No Mans Sky where it becomes an empty shell, no underlying narrative to make it truly immersive. But that can be solved with a crew of writers and continual story add-ons (like seasons in Fortnite or seasonal DLCs).

    Also, see Black Mirror S03E02 "Playtest", for the same idea but for horror games.

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  10. Comment on How's VR gaming these days? in ~games

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    Ah, yeah that's what I was getting at. Transforming to stereoscopic is kind of trivial, from the users perspective (pun intended). I'm not familiar with the technical details so I was hoping that...

    One thing to keep in mind with games that weren't specifically built for VR is that the camera motion or other aspects of the game can cause motion-sickness. Games designed for VR tend to use a lot of different techniques to avoid that.

    Ah, yeah that's what I was getting at. Transforming to stereoscopic is kind of trivial, from the users perspective (pun intended). I'm not familiar with the technical details so I was hoping that all of the "other techniques" used in VR would could also be ported.

    But I will check out Brass Tactics, thanks!

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  11. Comment on In 2020, I can no longer abide the 100-hour RPG in ~games

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    Welp, like any other analogous topic on a forum regarding art: to each their own.

    Welp, like any other analogous topic on a forum regarding art: to each their own.

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  12. Comment on In 2020, I can no longer abide the 100-hour RPG in ~games

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    That's a gross generalization. They can be just filler/padding like in No Mans Sky (I think that's the one) and to an extent Mass Effect (those other planets get boring quick). But not so if...

    100 hour games are richly padded with purposeless, procedurally generated content rather than engaging gameplay.

    That's a gross generalization. They can be just filler/padding like in No Mans Sky (I think that's the one) and to an extent Mass Effect (those other planets get boring quick). But not so if you're looking to immerse yourself in the world of the game. Fallout 3 had plenty of side quests that offered more perspective on the world. Witcher 3 as well. It all depends on the developers.

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  13. Comment on How's VR gaming these days? in ~games

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    Does anyone know about porting just about any game into VR? My specific thought is VR with RTS-style games or anything isometric and birds-eye. The immersion itself does it for me and I would...

    Does anyone know about porting just about any game into VR? My specific thought is VR with RTS-style games or anything isometric and birds-eye. The immersion itself does it for me and I would totally spend the money just for that feature/upgrade alone.

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  14. Comment on The Best Game Controller Buttons of All Time in ~games

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    Ironically, at least to me, that topic was deleted by the original inquirer. There were lots of useful tips in there though. This question does come up regularly though, I wonder what can be done...

    Ironically, at least to me, that topic was deleted by the original inquirer. There were lots of useful tips in there though.

    This question does come up regularly though, I wonder what can be done for that...

  15. Comment on In 2020, I can no longer abide the 100-hour RPG in ~games

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    Am I the only one not satisfied with anything less than 100 hrs? I have 140 hrs on Witcher 3 and that was me rushing the end because I had a busy couple of months coming up. Same goes with Fallout...

    Am I the only one not satisfied with anything less than 100 hrs? I have 140 hrs on Witcher 3 and that was me rushing the end because I had a busy couple of months coming up. Same goes with Fallout 3. If I'm paying $80 for a game I want a solid season of story and exploration.

    I rather play fewer, deeper games than many short, superficial games. I want to be immersed like a good book series.

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  16. Comment on Has anyone gifted you food or a kitchen / cooking gadget that you particularly liked? in ~food

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    I would be very careful about your sources of gas. Non-food-grade (or better) compressed gas has a lot of oil residue that becomes aerosolized and dissolved in the water. Food-grade gas will be...

    I am also looking into getting an adapter to use a paintball co2 cartridge and getting it refilled, so hopefully that will bring the cost per bubble way down.

    I would be very careful about your sources of gas. Non-food-grade (or better) compressed gas has a lot of oil residue that becomes aerosolized and dissolved in the water. Food-grade gas will be either high-purity or include non-toxic oils, or both. There may be filters that you can use on them but I'm not sure about their effectiveness.

    Same goes for whippits, FYI...

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  17. Comment on Unified theory of evolution in ~science

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    I'm sharing this because I find it shocking that epigenetics is not yet known by the mainstream layman. It's important because it's fundamental to why a good diet, exercise, low-stress and other...

    I'm sharing this because I find it shocking that epigenetics is not yet known by the mainstream layman. It's important because it's fundamental to why a good diet, exercise, low-stress and other immediate environmental factors are important to health: environment modulates gene expression and the gene expression of offspring.

    Also, it's good to know that Lamarck was not a quack.

  18. Comment on The Witcher - Main trailer - Releasing December 20, 2019 in ~tv

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    Wow, you put a lot of effort into being negative here. As far as looks go, Geralt is just a jacked dude with scars and white hair (and amber eyes). With that chiseled face he definitely resembles...

    Wow, you put a lot of effort into being negative here.

    Cavill looks not much like Geralt?

    As far as looks go, Geralt is just a jacked dude with scars and white hair (and amber eyes). With that chiseled face he definitely resembles the video game character.

    Why so little monster-hunting?

    Monsters don't just roam the streets, you generally have to go find them or be in their territory. Many of them hide and some resemble humans.

    So, people don't like him so much they'd throw rocks at him in broad daylight – yet back off when he turns around

    There is depth and nuance here that obviously can't be conveyed in a 2 minute trailer. They're called "teasers" for a reason.

    (ooh, cool force blast; not very powerful, but cool).

    Geralt (and Witchers) is not Superman. What's great about the Witcher universe is that the mutations are "mild" compared to many other fantasy genres. He can't summon a tornado but he can change the pressure in his vicinity.It's a feature that makes it more believable (like advanced tech in our own universe). Think of it closer to Batman than Superman.

    Why is it battle royale now, 1 vs population of Poland-fantastical?

    Because he is among the rare few remaining Witcher's in a society that no longer respects them (but will reluctantly hire them as hitmen/women).

    Aside from your opinions on story and style, you're clearly being disingenuous in your critique.

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