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  1. Comment on Some Reddit comments are being hidden by default as "potentially toxic content" (i.e. a swear filter) in ~tech

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    When you said toxic swear filter i was expecting things to be on the tier of goose stepping racism, not things like "suck", "punch" and "fuck". It feels like we are going back in internet time....

    When you said toxic swear filter i was expecting things to be on the tier of goose stepping racism, not things like "suck", "punch" and "fuck".

    It feels like we are going back in internet time. Piracy is on the comeback because content is being divided by so many providers, i'm searching out forums and now 1337 speak is back to get around chat filters.

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  2. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    The computer i ordered is coming Wednesday, so ill be spending the day setting that up and downloading stuff that needs downloading. Nervous and excited. I've had my current computer for a nearly...

    The computer i ordered is coming Wednesday, so ill be spending the day setting that up and downloading stuff that needs downloading. Nervous and excited. I've had my current computer for a nearly 9 years with only a graphics card and harddrive upgrade. It's been showing its age for awhile now but in the past few months its been struggling with the demands of Chrome. Not having to say a prayer whenever i switch my PC on is going to be a relief.

    It's a customised prebuilt which i know is a bit sacrilegious to a lot of PC people but right price at the right time made me take the plunge. In the past when i have started looking at parts some other expense has always popped up or i've been told to wait a few months for X because they are going to go on sale etc.

    I've never bought a prebuilt before so i think the only thing i have to do is add Windows which i'm still unsure of the best way to do it. Go for a clean install (key off ebay) or clone my current harddrive? Then i think its just a case of downloading all the programs i use on a regular basis and getting used to a new set up.

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  3. Comment on Britain's Prince Andrew 'categorically' denies sex claims in ~news

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    The interview is out in full if you are interested in watching it. It's fascinating because he is such an awful liar and is so out of touch. LINK You dont understand because it makes no sense. He...

    The interview is out in full if you are interested in watching it. It's fascinating because he is such an awful liar and is so out of touch. LINK

    You dont understand because it makes no sense. He flew to New York to tell Epstein that he could no longer be he friend because he was a sex offender (because its "not the sort of thing you do over the phone") but he stayed in Epstein's house for 4 days because it was convenient and the honourable thing to do and he has a tendency to be too honourable. Feels like an episode of the Thick of It.

    7 votes
  4. Remember, remember, the fifth of November, Gunpowder Treason and Plot...

    I see no reason why the gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot. Today is Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes night, where we commemorate the 1605 plot by Guy Fawkes and a group of English Catholics who...

    I see no reason why the gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot.

    Today is Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes night, where we commemorate the 1605 plot by Guy Fawkes and a group of English Catholics who planned on blowing up Parliament and King James I to set off a popular revolt and putting a Catholic Monarch on the throne.. We do that by burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire, eating black peas, treacle and parkin and terrorising pets everywhere by setting off fireworks.

    Unfortunately because of its proximity to Halloween and silly things like "safety" many of the traditional celebrations are dying out. Kids used to essentially beg for money by stuffing clothing and asking for "a penny for the Guy" which they'd use for sweets or fireworks. Locally made bonfires are also becoming rarer with most these days done by professional and regulated firework companies and organised by the council so it feels more like watching a show and less like getting together with your neighbours and family.

    Are you going to any events, hosting one, do you have any stories or questions about Bonfire night, do you have any traditions. Thoughts on fire works etc.

    Just a general Bonfire Night thread.

    18 votes
  5. Comment on What happened in Saudi Arabia that left WWE wrestlers stranded?: Wrestling Observer Radio in ~sports

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    This is an 18 minute clip from the Wrestling observer Radio show featuring Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alverez talking about the recent incident where after one of WWEs controversial big shows in KSA...

    This is an 18 minute clip from the Wrestling observer Radio show featuring Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alverez talking about the recent incident where after one of WWEs controversial big shows in KSA (for which they are paid ~$50mil a year for 10 years) over 175 wrestlers and event staff were stranded after they were took off their plane and put in hotels for over 24 hours.

    WWE are claiming mechanical issues, fans, wrestlers and people like Dave think there is something more to it. Vince and the top stars left on private jets as soon as the show ended leaving the bulk of the wrestlers there. There are rumours about KSA not paying for the previous shows yet and Vince not broadcasting the show live as was planned. The wrestlers were really angry (quite a few with "never again" type tweets) and nearly all were silent until they left the country. The Smackdown show on Friday only has about 4 mainroster wrestlers on it because the rest were stuck in KSA.

    This also comes the week where WWE stock absolutely tanked nearly 20% from a week ago and is half of what it was 6 months ago.

    If only they could write stories as interesting as what is happening backstage!

    3 votes
  6. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I've been watching The Golden Horde (Zolotaya Orda) on Prime. It's really good. Only 3 episodes in but i'd take anything with the Mongols in. Multiple story lines that are easy to follow in...

    I've been watching The Golden Horde (Zolotaya Orda) on Prime. It's really good. Only 3 episodes in but i'd take anything with the Mongols in. Multiple story lines that are easy to follow in subtitle. Lots of fairly realistic clothing and settings (lots of colour!). Not everyone is covered in shit like most Anglo medieval stuff. Cant wait to watch more but because its subtitled i have to have a clear hour to give it my full attention.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on What are some interesting websites (tech related or not) that I can add to my endless rotation of Reddit, Tildes and Hacker News? in ~talk

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    I'd say most of the point of reading history as an amateur (and pro) is getting into arguments/discussions about history online.

    I'd say most of the point of reading history as an amateur (and pro) is getting into arguments/discussions about history online.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I originally started with the Alexander Pope version which was poetic and felt epic but is apparently not "accurate". Reading it was fun but tough because of how vague a lot of it was and the...

    I originally started with the Alexander Pope version which was poetic and felt epic but is apparently not "accurate". Reading it was fun but tough because of how vague a lot of it was and the Roman names for gods which i dont know as well as i do Greek names.

    Now i'm reading the Fagles translation which is apparently the go-to version for university students and is "accurate" but it feels very modern and so loses the charm and sense of epicness that Popes version had.

  9. Comment on Mash Made in Heaven: Tips for Making Better Mashed Potatoes in ~food

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    American mash seems so much wetter and thinner than British mash. The BA video is an extreme example, it honestly looks like a potato soup but even in less fancy versions it has the consistency of...

    American mash seems so much wetter and thinner than British mash. The BA video is an extreme example, it honestly looks like a potato soup but even in less fancy versions it has the consistency of a dip compared to our version which tends to be much heavier and can stand under its own weight (and the weight of sausages and beans)

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I am generally alright with avoiding food when fasting. I helped prepare tea/dinner today for family and it didn't bother me. That said i have started watch food asmr videos so i should probably...

    I am generally alright with avoiding food when fasting. I helped prepare tea/dinner today for family and it didn't bother me. That said i have started watch food asmr videos so i should probably go to bed before i head downstairs and do something stupid.

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  11. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I enjoyed Children of Time but man i hard time forgetting they were massive fucking spiders.

    I enjoyed Children of Time but man i hard time forgetting they were massive fucking spiders.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Currently 26 hours into a 48 hour fast. I've been struggling to get into the rhythm of dieting over the past few months so decided to go for a 48 hour fast to have a minor reset. Easy peasy so...

    Currently 26 hours into a 48 hour fast. I've been struggling to get into the rhythm of dieting over the past few months so decided to go for a 48 hour fast to have a minor reset. Easy peasy so far. I'm expecting it suck from about hour 40 when the light is at the end of the tunnel. I am already fantasising about food though (lots of "ooo, ive not had X in a while")

    I've also started playing with my Kettlebell again. So far i don't haev a routine, just swings, jerks, cleans etc. Between deaths on Apex Legends. Hopefully start something a bit more regimented in a couple of weeks.

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  13. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Still reading the Iliad. Losing interest but it still has it's moments. I'm also about 65% of the way through Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon. It's a scifi classic and simultaneously one of...

    Still reading the Iliad. Losing interest but it still has it's moments.

    I'm also about 65% of the way through Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon. It's a scifi classic and simultaneously one of the most interesting and one of the slowest books i've ever read. It follows 18 "species" of humanity through 2 billion years. It's truly fascinating, the scope is incredible and at least to me comforting. It's actually eased some of my collapse anxiety, humanity, might, keep on trucking even if it's in a barely recognisable form.

    However it's not a story in the expected sense, there are no "characters" barely any dialogue, after the first men it's mostly theoretical species and places. Just the constant rise and fall of Man.

    I absolutely adore stories that involve the changing of humanity over massive timescales, like this and Forever War. Any recommendations along similar lines would be appreciated.

    DNFed Jennifer Government by Max Barry. Unfunny hamfisted satire with some of the worst characters i have ever read.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Crusader Kings 3 - Announcement Trailer - An Heir is Born in ~games

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    Not sure if this should be in its own thread but there has been a recent post on the atmosphere within Paradox for employees and specifically QA. Could just be a couple of disgruntled employees...

    Not sure if this should be in its own thread but there has been a recent post on the atmosphere within Paradox for employees and specifically QA. Could just be a couple of disgruntled employees using PDXcon and CK3 announcement to get more eyes to the issue but it would certainly explain the issues in the games at release.

    https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/index.php?threads/buyer-beware-potential-qa-issues-at-paradox-may-affect-the-quality-of-ck3.1262056/

    The following is a copy/paste of a thread that was closed with no reason given started by cac579, since no actual contravention of the forum rules took place from what i can discern (no reason was given as to why it was locked.). I felt it appropriate to repost the thread, I feel this sort of information should be available to any potential customers when deciding to purchase a Paradox game.

    I looked through this and I was very surprised (PR strikes again). This also explains why the major titles are very unpolished with a lot of bugs. I have thought, along with other people, that Paradox's games don't have as much staff as they should have and the games are hurting as a result. It also makes a lot of sense why the games are still fun and enjoyable even if the games aren't polished (creativity and passion). And since now it looks like Paradox ain't hiding anymore with the release of their blatant cash grab mobile game (pulled back because of bad QA) this needs attention.

    Some of the issues noted in these anonymous posts is that:

    1. Paradox offers very low wages despite the financial growth of the company and exploits developer’s passion about the game.

    A current employee writes:“Paradox, and particularly PDS, have very low wages compared to other game devs/publishers in Stockholm 5-15k pm lower depending on position”

    Another currently employee confirms:

    "Paradox feels your passion is enough to compensate for your low pay, and that it is a privilege to work for them.”

    1. Quality Assurance is all over the place. QA testers are often mistreated, blamed, ignored and fired without noticed:

    A current employee writes: “They are overworked, with most doing the workload of two people. Their reports and quality verdicts are regularly ignored (ever wondered why most products launch with major issues? this is why). On top of all that, they are regularly disrespected, lied to and blamed for problems. When any of these issues are pointed out to anyone higher up, QA are told that actually all the problems are caused by their “attitude" or “toxicity".”

    Another current employee writes:

    "In 2019, Paradox fired all of Publishing QA. We were saddened by the news but understood the decision. However, there was no public or internal announcement of this because management didn't deem it "necessary" to inform the company, or the public, that this had happened. I found out my co-workers had been fired over facebook, it's absurd. Over the next few weeks, they were pushed out the door as fast as possible and with minimum effort/expense. This led to a lot of confusion, for example product owners coming to the Studio QA to ask where the Publishing QA were, then being informed that they had all been fired weeks ago.”

    1. Favoritism and allegations of sexual misconduct:

    A current employee writes: “There have been multiple reports of sexual misconduct at the company over the last two years. The ones that were reported have not been handled well at all. With many of them remaining in their positions or power/management over the individuals who reported them. Or even getting promoted “out of the way”.”

    I hope these issues can be addressed but not with BS PR.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Crusader Kings 3 - Announcement Trailer - An Heir is Born in ~games

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    After 7 years and a couple hundred pounds worth of DLC CK2 is getting a sequel. The aesthetic changes are ok, 3D models so modders are going to have a field day. The only game play change obvious...

    After 7 years and a couple hundred pounds worth of DLC CK2 is getting a sequel. The aesthetic changes are ok, 3D models so modders are going to have a field day. The only game play change obvious from the screenshots is the skill tree which is interesting change from CK2 in which skills were fairly random.

    It's going to be hard to follow CK2. It's fleshed out so much, often in uneven and battered way, that i find it hard to see how they will give a similarly complete release for CK3 that will make older fans want to make the jump.

    This more a niggling worry but the announcement trailer having infanticide in makes me think they are going to "embrace the meme" like they did in with a bunch of CK2 DLC where they focused on stuff that popular on reddit (incest, horsememes, magic/fantasy etc.) and not on strategy or roleplay depth.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Crusader Kings 3 - Announcement Trailer - An Heir is Born in ~games

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    Some screenshots via /r/crusaderkings and /u/]lrrel https://imgur.com/DZYWaUO https://imgur.com/asvLIkX https://imgur.com/VqBZNnJ Steam Page:...
    6 votes
  17. Comment on To solve the problem of a dwindling population, one small Finnish municipality took a big step – pay its citizens to have babies in ~life

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    Sweden tried something similar a few years ago with refugees. They refused to get off the coach that took them there (for days) because the village was too cold and isolated.

    Sweden tried something similar a few years ago with refugees. They refused to get off the coach that took them there (for days) because the village was too cold and isolated.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Click to Pray eRosary: the New Smart Rosary to Pray for Peace in the World in ~humanities

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    Same reason a lot of gimmicky smart stuff exists. A combination of good intentions mixed with a good salesman. Price is a bit high but i can see techy Catholics buying it or grandmothers looking...

    Same reason a lot of gimmicky smart stuff exists. A combination of good intentions mixed with a good salesman. Price is a bit high but i can see techy Catholics buying it or grandmothers looking for Catholics gifts for Christmas or confirmations.

    Laudate is a great catholic app for anyone not interested in gimmick stuff (or spending $100!). It contains rosaries, practically every prayer, lives of the saints, daily readings etc,

    3 votes