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  1. Comment on DeepMind reportedly lost a yearslong bid to win more independence from Google in ~tech

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    Original source for anyone interested/subscribed to the WSJ.

    Original source for anyone interested/subscribed to the WSJ.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Why does a completely local, self-contained html file need to access gstatic.com? in ~comp

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    Google Fonts are often cached, thanks to its popularity.

    Google Fonts are often cached, thanks to its popularity.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on AT&T may spin off WarnerMedia assets to Discovery in ~finance

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    I was hoping that, if a merger were done, they would merge with NBCUniversal, especially after Jeff Shell raised the prospect. That’d get both of the companies out of the hands of telecoms (AT&T...

    I was hoping that, if a merger were done, they would merge with NBCUniversal, especially after Jeff Shell raised the prospect.

    That’d get both of the companies out of the hands of telecoms (AT&T and Comcast, respectively) and make a powerhouse to take on Disney. Though, in the streaming landscape, HBO Max now has a larger market share in the U.S. than Disney+. (HBO is currently U.S. only, but will expand to 39 territories in Latin America next month.) Disney also owns Hulu, which is larger than either.

    Jason Kilar is reportedly on his way out and while losing AT&T should definitely help them, it feels they’re trying to do as much damage to it on its way out.

  4. Comment on Google says everything at Stadia is fine, as the water reaches their noses in ~games

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    A bunch of people were let go this month after SG&E fully shuttered. John Justice is the main loss not directly connected to SG&E. They’ve also made recent hires including a new marketing lead and...

    A bunch of people were let go this month after SG&E fully shuttered. John Justice is the main loss not directly connected to SG&E.

    They’ve also made recent hires including a new marketing lead and provided funding for more titles since shutting down SG&E. I won’t make any outrageous claims, but the editorializing declaring doom and gloom is getting old.

    Jason Schreier was mostly objective and now he’s left Kotaku for Bloomberg. This is not a high quality article.

    Here is the real article that Kotaku is just commentating on: https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-05-13-google-says-stadia-is-alive-and-well

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Tildes Film Festival: Final call for nominations in ~movies

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    Here’s where these films can be watched: The Steamroller and the Violin — The Criterion Channel 8½ — The Criterion Channel, HBO Max The Criterion Channel has the Criterion Edition, so it includes...

    Here’s where these films can be watched:

    1. The Steamroller and the ViolinThe Criterion Channel
    2. The Criterion Channel, HBO Max
      The Criterion Channel has the Criterion Edition, so it includes a bunch of extras. This isn’t always the case for films on The Criterion Channel, so I’ll note the ones that are.
    3. Stardust MemoriesHBO Max
    4. PersonaThe Criterion Channel, HBO Max
      Another Criterion Edition.
    5. Broken FlowersHulu
    6. La NotteThe Criterion Channel, HBO Max
      I don’t believe this one is a Criterion Edition, but it does have extras.
    7. Synecdoche, New YorkKanopy
      I was unable to find it on any traditional streaming services, but you may be able to watch it with your library card on Kanopy.
    8. Mulholland Dr.HBO Max
    9. A Serious ManUnavailable.
      Looked far and wide to no avail. It appears it was recently available with Cinemax, but is no longer. You might find it coming to HBO Max soon if it’s not that their license expired, or Peacock if it has, as Focus (a subsidiary of NBCUniversal) handles U.S. distribution.
    10. The LighthouseAmazon Prime Video

    A brilliant list, and it shows which streaming services are pulling their weight. You’ll notice some big-name omissions here.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on The Green Knight | Official trailer in ~movies

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    I’m a huge A24 fan, but they burned me with the Minari trailer.

    I’m a huge A24 fan, but they burned me with the Minari trailer.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on The Green Knight | Official trailer in ~movies

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    I’m so very excited for this one. I bought the companion tabletop RPG a while back and am planning to play it soon before going to see this one in theatres. I typically avoid watching trailers for...

    I’m so very excited for this one. I bought the companion tabletop RPG a while back and am planning to play it soon before going to see this one in theatres.

    I typically avoid watching trailers for films to avoid spoilers, but this one I just couldn’t wait any longer for.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Deepfake lips are coming to dubbed films in ~tech

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    I prefer subtitles, but completely disagree with your way of thinking. Dubs will exist either way, just because you prefer people don’t use them doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be allowed to improve...

    I prefer subtitles, but completely disagree with your way of thinking. Dubs will exist either way, just because you prefer people don’t use them doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be allowed to improve the viewing experience for those that choose to watch it that way.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on A future without passwords in ~tech

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    What’s special about it is that it is (optionally) tied to your Google account which means you can access your passwords from any device or even other browsers. As others have said, that may or...

    Chrome, like most browsers, has a built-in password manager, which can help people use strong passwords without reusing them between sites.

    What’s special about it is that it is (optionally) tied to your Google account which means you can access your passwords from any device or even other browsers. As others have said, that may or may not be seen as a benefit versus the tradeoff of Google having your passwords, but it is a little more advanced than the standard autofill.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Emma describes how she got over her fear of needles to have the covid-19 vaccination in ~health.coronavirus

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    It shows up for me. Still haven’t seen anything that tops Pinterest.

    It shows up for me.
    Still haven’t seen anything that tops Pinterest.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on SCOTUS sides with Google over Oracle in ~tech

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    6–2, I can’t believe it.

    6–2, I can’t believe it.

    19 votes
  12. Comment on SEGA lawyers demand “immediate suspension” of Steam Database over alleged piracy in ~tech

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    From the page claimed:

    From the page claimed:

    After initially being taken down by a DMCA, this page is now back up as the DMCA has been retracted.

    SEGA statement:
    Earlier this week, one of our games was incorrectly flagged on SteamDB. We utilize anti-piracy software to protect our games at a large scale, but sometimes it makes mistakes. SEGA will continue to fine-tune these systems to avoid this in the future and we appreciate SteamDB cooperating with us to resolve the issue quickly.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on ‘Believe Women’ was a slogan. ‘Believe All Women’ is a straw man in ~life

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    Anything particular against the Washington Post?

    Anything particular against the Washington Post?

    5 votes
  14. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    This was a good month, I’ve not read as much as I’d have liked to during the lockdown, but now I’m making up for it. This month I’ve read: Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman...

    This was a good month, I’ve not read as much as I’d have liked to during the lockdown, but now I’m making up for it. This month I’ve read:

    • Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman (non-fiction, social-science)
      This is an excellent book with tons of incredible historical anecdotes. The author set out to tell a narrative and I feel it sometimes reached a little far, but it was an important read nonetheless. Here’s one of the stories from the book published in The Guardian. If you haven’t read Rutger’s Utopia for Realists, I recommend that over this, but I still highly recommend this one nonetheless.
    • Don’t Move by Darren Wearmouth and James S. Murray (fiction, horror)
      You may recognize the name James S. Murray from The Impractical Jokers, that’s Murr. I listened to the audiobook of this one and, while I love Murr’s voice, he has a very friendly voice. This is supposed to be a serious book, and Murray can’t pull off a serious voice. There’s also one—just one!—reference to The Impractical Jokers in the book, and that rubbed me the wrong way. It’s a quick read and well-paced, but the story just wasn’t interesting enough for me.
    • Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein (politics, non-fiction)
      I enjoyed this one so much. The incredible history and the research you learn about in this book is spectacularly interesting. It provides historical accounts of U.S. politics as well as a thorough analysis on today’s political climate. While it provides some ideas, it doesn’t claim to be the solution. I highly recommend this one.
    • Infinite Country by Patricia Engel (fiction)
      I went in knowing nothing other than a sexual assault warning, I was expecting worse. The writing style was unique, which was a little hard to follow at first, but I enjoyed getting an up-close perspective on U.S. immigration.

    Hopefully I’ll read more enjoyable fiction books in April, as well as non-fiction books even half as enjoyable as the ones I read this month.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on The Snyder Cut is a much longer Justice League, but not a better one in ~movies

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    Most of the footage was filmed long before the pandemic, so your point is moot.

    Most of the footage was filmed long before the pandemic, so your point is moot.

  16. Comment on Tucker Carlson: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver in ~misc

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    I have been wanting John to do a segment on Tucker for so long. I’m honestly disappointed by how it came out, but I’m still happy to have seen him cover it nonetheless. I suppose if he were to run...

    I have been wanting John to do a segment on Tucker for so long. I’m honestly disappointed by how it came out, but I’m still happy to have seen him cover it nonetheless. I suppose if he were to run for president there’d be a more scathing episode reminiscent of Trump’s all-out episode, not that that’s what I expected here, but I’d love to see it.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Make a loop with the Chrome Music Lab song maker! in ~creative

  18. What publications do you subscribe to?

    I've recently gotten into paying the wall rather than jumping it. Until recently my only paid subscription was The Correspondent, before it unfortunately passed away. I'm now subscribed to: The...

    I've recently gotten into paying the wall rather than jumping it.
    Until recently my only paid subscription was The Correspondent, before it unfortunately passed away.

    I'm now subscribed to:

    • The New Yorker
      A publication I've long wanted to subscribe to, but never did. It lives up to its reputation, only wish it had an Android app.
    • The New York Times
      This one I started on the basic subscription, but upgraded to All Access for the crosswords and bonus subscription. I've found the Cooking subscription included to be quite interesting too.
    • The Wall Street Journal
      I subscribed to this one to provide me another perspective apart from NYT. I also have known them to uncover many stories in the past, and would like to have access whenever that does happen.
    • The Washington Post
      This one I'm not sure how I feel, I don't feel right giving Bezos money, or rather trusting him as a news source—but I got a pretty good deal on it for the year. I know The Washington Post rates highly in terms of credibility, but I can't help but be skeptical.
    • The Information
      This one I started before all the ones listed above, I've enjoyed it, it provides tech news, but I think I'm going to cancel it as soon as my billing period is over. They make quality articles and such, but they're a bit pricey for my taste.

    Anyway, I'd like to know what publications y'all subscribe to. Do you get paper or are you all-digital? And are there any credible conservative sources to broaden the perspectives I see?

    15 votes
  19. Comment on Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc. lawsuit: Can APIs be copyrighted? in ~comp

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    Any insight as to why video recording isn't allowed?

    Any insight as to why video recording isn't allowed?

    4 votes