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  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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
  5. 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.

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

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    I've been playing Hades for months now, and I still play it almost daily. Possibly my favourite Supergiant game, and that's a high bar to clear. How far have you reached?

    I've been playing Hades for months now, and I still play it almost daily. Possibly my favourite Supergiant game, and that's a high bar to clear.

    How far have you reached?

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

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    I also picked this up on the Switch recently (after my PS4 controller died, and I had trouble getting a new one). I've seen it featured regularly on best-of lists ever since it was released, so...

    I also picked this up on the Switch recently (after my PS4 controller died, and I had trouble getting a new one). I've seen it featured regularly on best-of lists ever since it was released, so playing it was long overdue.

    Combat is definitely too easy, and sometimes lasts too long. The developers were probably aware, since we get bonus money from finishing battles quickly and without taking damage, adding a little challenge.

    The game is very beautiful though, and I enjoy the brush mechanic, although it can be very fiddly at times. I got super frustrated during the first boss fight because the vines need to be so precisely drawn. (And even more frustrated with the log in the river immediately after, for the same reason.) Overall, it's a very cool spellcasting system, but drawing precise shapes with an analogue stick is tricky. The Switch version of the game has optional motion controls, but I couldn't figure out how to activate them, so I ended up tucking away the joycons and use a pro controller instead.

    Unlike nothis, I got really into the game, but after defeating the third boss I felt closure, and it feels like the game should be over. And yet, the walkthrough I occasionally consult says I'm only about half-way through the game, and I know there's a location I haven't explored yet. I haven't played it for about a week now, and not sure if I will pick it up again at all. Finally got a new PS4 controller, so now I can continue playing Nier Replicant.

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

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    Actually, when I think about it, there are going to be spoilers in the guides for a character you haven't met yet. You'll meet this person after reaching the surface for the first time, so you may...

    Actually, when I think about it, there are going to be spoilers in the guides for a character you haven't met yet. You'll meet this person after reaching the surface for the first time, so you may consider waiting until then to look up guides.

    damage when the bloodstone dropped

    Oh yeah, that's one of Artemis' boons. Sounds like you had a good combo going!

    How would you answer those questions?

    It's hard to pick! I think the bow is my favourite weapon. Athena's was my favourite dash for a long time, especially so whenever I come across the witches' coven in Asphodel. Poseidon has my favourite call. For cast I like any that hits more than one enemy (Zeus, Poseidon, Athena). Dionysis' attack, and Ares' special. For keepsakes, I can't count how many times the Lucky Tooth has saved my skin, but I think my favourite is Lambent Plume. That little ding is so satisfying, and it synergises well with Zagreus' aspect of the fists, and some of Hermes' boons.

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

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    From what I've seen, most of the written boon guides don't contain any spoilers. Avoid video guides, and you should be fine. I struggled so much with Theseus and Asterius... But the rats were...

    From what I've seen, most of the written boon guides don't contain any spoilers. Avoid video guides, and you should be fine.

    I struggled so much with Theseus and Asterius... But the rats were never a problem to me. The game is a bit odd like that, every stage is so wildly different, and it seems to be very individual which parts of the game we struggle with.

    Do you have any favourite weapons, boons, and keepsakes?

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  10. Comment on Reevaluating The Little Mermaid before Disney horks up another live action remake in ~movies

  11. Comment on Battlefield 2042 official reveal trailer in ~games

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    Remember: No preorders! This video of course isn't representative of actual gameplay, but it does showcase some of the game's vehicles, maps, and gadgets. I guess I'm cautiously optimistic. BFV...

    Remember: No preorders!

    This video of course isn't representative of actual gameplay, but it does showcase some of the game's vehicles, maps, and gadgets. I guess I'm cautiously optimistic. BFV was fine in my opinion, I played it for a while until my friend I was playing with moved on to the next thing, but I kinda missed the gadgets from the modern-era Battlefields. Sometimes I have off days when I can't aim or avoid fire at all, and in BF3 and BF4 I could at least do some good for my team by equipping the mortar or that spotting drone thing.

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  12. Comment on Battlefield 2042 official reveal trailer in ~games

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    BF1 and BFV were both part of EA Access from day one, if I recall correctly.

    Here's hoping they play to their strengths, and maybe look into a model that's a bit different than the usual $60 AAA game + DLC method they've used before.

    BF1 and BFV were both part of EA Access from day one, if I recall correctly.