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  1. Comment on What board games have you played recently? in ~games.tabletop

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    If you can spare the money, there's a very good implementation of Root on Steam, with a very helpful tutorial.

    Most recently we played Root for the first time. It seems like a great game, but does take a little time to learn.

    If you can spare the money, there's a very good implementation of Root on Steam, with a very helpful tutorial.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Ten years of... whatever this has been in ~tech

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    Is that even a good thing? Will these bad places become less bad by transferring money out of them?

    Tfa suggests one possible net socially beneficial use is transferring money out of bad places.

    Is that even a good thing? Will these bad places become less bad by transferring money out of them?

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

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    King of Tokyo (tabletop) I got to play with expansions for the first time. The one that gives unique powers to each monster really did a lot to make the game more interesting. It was also the...

    King of Tokyo (tabletop)

    I got to play with expansions for the first time. The one that gives unique powers to each monster really did a lot to make the game more interesting. It was also the first time I played with more than 4 players, using both Tokyo slots, and that felt more like how the game is meant to be played. Definitely a party game at heart.

    Scum and Villainy (tabletop)

    We're nearing the end of our campaign, recently opening the mysterious Hanto Gate and flying through. It's been a great campaign. This game plays more smoothly and cinematically than any other tabletop RPG I've played.

    Snowrunner (PS4)

    A strangely addictive time sink, even if it's often deeply frustrating. I recently brought my truck from Michigan to Taymyr in Siberia, which feels like a much better designed map. The roads feel more real, and there are service stations in logical places. And the forests aren't as dense, so I don't get hopelessly stuck in the trees as often.

    Star Realms (tabletop)

    Played this for the first time on Wednesday's board game night. It reminds me a lot of Dominion. In some ways I like it better, though I'm not sure it will have the same depth and diversity over time. I like that there are no completely useless cards, so the game will never be as dull as a Dominion game with witches and no trashing. We played three versus three (three-headed hydra), and I'd like to try the other game modes.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on As of October 2021 what is in your opinion the best Reddit alternative and why? What are its best qualities? in ~tech

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    Oh hey, Readup just launched free trials, if anyone wants to try it out without committing.

    Oh hey, Readup just launched free trials, if anyone wants to try it out without committing.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on How one man was wrongly accused in Kongsberg attack – many international media outlets picked up on speculative tweets in ~news

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    There are a lot of clicks to be won! And the best part, readers can't take the clicks back after it turns out the news outlets identified the wrong person. So there's much to win and nothing to...

    is it really that urgent for the media to be the first to identify the person as events are still unfolding?

    There are a lot of clicks to be won! And the best part, readers can't take the clicks back after it turns out the news outlets identified the wrong person. So there's much to win and nothing to lose (well, except their credibility) by picking up on the first tweet claiming to know the person's identity.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on As of October 2021 what is in your opinion the best Reddit alternative and why? What are its best qualities? in ~tech

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    My favourite these days is Readup. The content is articles only. (My favourite type of content, but granted; not for everyone.) You have to read an article before you're allowed to post it, vote...

    My favourite these days is Readup.

    The content is articles only. (My favourite type of content, but granted; not for everyone.)

    You have to read an article before you're allowed to post it, vote on it, or comment on it. (No hasty upvotes or inflammatory comments purely based on the headline.)

    Articles are scored based on length. (Giving long articles with comparatively fewer votes the same chance to rise to the top as short articles with many votes.)

    Subscription based, which means no ads or donation drives.

    Revenue split with writers. (Readup keeps just 5% of revenue. Payment processors/app stores get their share. The rest goes to writers.)

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Remastered versions of GTA3, Vice City, and San Andreas releasing on consoles and PC later this year in ~games

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    My favourite SNES game was the remake of the then 5 years old Super Mario Bros. 3. That said, it has indeed been unusually long between GTA5 and GTA6, but I think that can be entirely blamed on...

    My favourite SNES game was the remake of the then 5 years old Super Mario Bros. 3.

    That said, it has indeed been unusually long between GTA5 and GTA6, but I think that can be entirely blamed on the success of GTA Online. If Rockstar did go ahead with a new GTA now, it would have to be made without a significant online part, so as not to cannibalize on their current cash cow. And a new GTA without proper online play would also for sure piss off a big part of the player base.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on In an open letter, five Nordic sports ministers have urged the International Handball Federation to review their uniform rules for female athletes in ~sports

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    This article is about beach handball, which has very different uniform rules than standard handball for female athletes.

    This article is about beach handball, which has very different uniform rules than standard handball for female athletes.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Where did the trend of disabling Javascript in one's browser originate from? in ~comp

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    I like that no-one has attempted to answer the headline question yet. In fairness, I don't really know the answer myself. Javascript used to be optional. Not all web browsers supported Javascript,...

    I like that no-one has attempted to answer the headline question yet. In fairness, I don't really know the answer myself.

    Where did the trend of disabling Javascript in one's browser originate from?

    Javascript used to be optional. Not all web browsers supported Javascript, and so if you wanted your website to work in all browsers, it had to work without Javascript. I vaguely recall browsers having an easily accessible setting to toggle Javascript on or off. Websites would still be functional (though usually less fancy), but you'd gain performance, stability, and security. (We didn't care as much about privacy back then; Facebook didn't exist, and we still believed in Google's company slogan.) That's where I believe the trend of disabling Javascript originated.

    As browser extensions became a thing, we started seeing extensions that offered more fine-grained control. The most popular is possibly NoScript, which according to their website has been around since 2004.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on The opposition Arbeiderpartiet has won Norway's general election – brings an end to eight years of conservative government, paving the way for a centre-left coalition in ~news

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    Well, that could have gone worse. I was worried the new government would have relied on support from both the Greens and the Reds, which would have led to tough negotiations and likely a very...

    Well, that could have gone worse. I was worried the new government would have relied on support from both the Greens and the Reds, which would have led to tough negotiations and likely a very unstable government, but with Labour, the Centrists, and the Socialists combined getting a majority of seats, this could make for four years of relatively smooth governing.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Transatlantic conquest the aim for new budget airline Norse – insists that demand for travel is bouncing back as coronavirus restrictions eased in ~finance

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    Wendover did a video a while back about long-haul low-cost airlines, and why so many of them go bankrupt. Nebula link YouTube link Let's hope Norse has done their research, and don't just try to...

    Wendover did a video a while back about long-haul low-cost airlines, and why so many of them go bankrupt.

    Nebula link
    YouTube link

    Let's hope Norse has done their research, and don't just try to take over Norwegian's unprofitable routes.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on The MAGA-targeted “Freedom Phone” has a breathtaking amount of red flags in ~tech

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    They'll probably just sell a few thousand phones, in which case they need a hefty markup to cover wages. What still makes me think it's a grift is the dishonesty. They could have said sorry, we...

    They'll probably just sell a few thousand phones, in which case they need a hefty markup to cover wages.

    What still makes me think it's a grift is the dishonesty. They could have said sorry, we really wanted to avoid China, but buying Chinese turned out to be the only viable option, instead of claiming it's built in the USA. And explained that this were the best parts they could get for cheap, instead of lying about their specs. They could have gone with stock Lineage OS and praised the freedom and censorship resilience that comes with open source software, instead of rebranding it and stealing the credit. They could have explained how Aurora lets users access all their favourite apps without a Google account, instead of claiming to have built their own app store. In this case, the line between a viable product for reasonably people and a scam for gullible people is pretty thin.

    As a side note, I noticed it comes with Brave as the default web browser, and I find it wildly amusing that a device that claims to be anti censorship comes with a browser which has censorship as a core feature.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on What do you think about voting? in ~talk

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    If you're thinking of Florida, it was in the triple digits. You and I are lucky that it's just a slight inconvenience. In some places (especially where the politicians in power want to suppress...

    Elections can and do come down to differences of the double and single digits even in national elections (2000 had a high-profile case of this).

    If you're thinking of Florida, it was in the triple digits.

    the slight inconvenience that is voting.

    You and I are lucky that it's just a slight inconvenience. In some places (especially where the politicians in power want to suppress voter turnout) there may be a whole bunch of hurdles, requiring weeks of planning and hours of queueing.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on What do you think about voting? in ~talk

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    Vote with your heart. If you really don't agree with any of them, vote blank. That sends a signal to the political parties and potential candidates that they need to change to get your vote. Also,...

    And its not like I would ever choose any of the candidates; some are much worse than others, but none represent my beliefs.

    Vote with your heart. If you really don't agree with any of them, vote blank. That sends a signal to the political parties and potential candidates that they need to change to get your vote. Also, don't avoid voting for a third-party candidate just because they don't have a chance of winning, for the same reason. High turnout for third parties may cause the dominating parties to change, in order to stay dominant. A recent-ish example of this was the UK Conservative Party embracing Brexit to gain back the voters they'd lost to the UK Independence Party.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on What do you think about voting? in ~talk

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    I got curious, and found an article from 2018 listing 11 such elections. And a longer list could probably be made of elections where a single vote caused or avoided a recount, though it is very...

    I'd just like to note there are representative elections where single votes matter.

    I got curious, and found an article from 2018 listing 11 such elections.

    And a longer list could probably be made of elections where a single vote caused or avoided a recount, though it is very rare that recounts change the outcome.

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

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    A friend talked me into playing Huntdown multiplayer with him (using Steam's Remote Play Together feature). For me, it wasn't fun at all. The cover system made the combat very unsatisfying to me,...

    A friend talked me into playing Huntdown multiplayer with him (using Steam's Remote Play Together feature). For me, it wasn't fun at all. The cover system made the combat very unsatisfying to me, and the boss fights were only fun for a moment, until we'd died and retried half a dozen or so times. I called it quits during the second boss. The game also does that thing some retro games do where some voice acting is intentionally bad. Because acting was bad in the 80s, I guess?

    I was hoping the game would be as fun as Broforce, but to me, it was both boring and frustrating.

    My friend loved it, and I think he went on to complete it without me.

    1 vote