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  1. Comment on The Biden blowout scenario in ~news

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    Source? FiveThirtyEight on the contrary has found very little evidence for shy Trump voters.

    There's good evidence that people are too shy to admit to voting for Trump in telephone interviews but then do at the voting booth.

    Source? FiveThirtyEight on the contrary has found very little evidence for shy Trump voters.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on Firefox usage is down 85% despite Mozilla's top exec pay going up 400% in ~tech

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    Do you have Fenix yet? If so, have you noticed any difference from Fennec? Most people I know use the same browser on their phones and their computers, and until very recently, you had to be a...

    on my low-end Android tablet I do use it, but especially scrolling feels super slow

    Do you have Fenix yet? If so, have you noticed any difference from Fennec?

    Most people I know use the same browser on their phones and their computers, and until very recently, you had to be a masochist to use Firefox on Android. I think the user bleed is going to slow down a little now that we finally have a Firefox for Android that's on par with Chrome.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Firefox usage is down 85% despite Mozilla's top exec pay going up 400% in ~tech

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    I don't even know what Seamonkey really is. Can you sell me on it?

    I don't even know what Seamonkey really is. Can you sell me on it?

  4. Comment on Should we talk about voting again? in ~tildes

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    Hah, right you are! Well, they're asking the important questions, but does that alone make their comment exemplary? I generally reserve that label for comments that have clearly taken a lot of...

    Which can often be counteracted rather effectively with exemplaries... and yet I notice you didn't use that on @ohyran's comment. ;)

    Hah, right you are! Well, they're asking the important questions, but does that alone make their comment exemplary? I generally reserve that label for comments that have clearly taken a lot of effort to research and/or write.

    You know what, I'm going to scroll back up and tag that comment exemplary. Asking the important questions, that may not necessarily require a lot of effort, but it's still exemplary in my opinion.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Should we talk about voting again? in ~tildes

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    I think these are the most important questions asked here, and your comment being at the very bottom (at the time I'm writing this) illustrates my biggest issue with Tildes' current comment voting...

    I think these are the most important questions asked here, and your comment being at the very bottom (at the time I'm writing this) illustrates my biggest issue with Tildes' current comment voting system: There is a huge advantage to commenting early!

    what is the problem voting is ment to solve?

    Reading the other comments here, it seems most consider votes a reward for providing quality content. I think this is misguided. The tiny endorphin rush we get from a vote or a reply is what makes social media so addictive, and part of what makes social media anxiety-inducing and a source of depression for many.

    For me votes on comments serve an entirely different purpose: They're a tool for rearranging the order of comments, with the goal of the best and most informative comments rising to the top, and those not contributing anything positive sinking to the bottom.

    Tildes actually succeeds better than most social media on that point, thanks to comment labels. Labels allow even late comments a chance to rise up if they're good enough to attract the exemplary label, and it allows early comments to sink if enough users label them as not worthy of being that high up. It's also worth noting that allowing downvotes doesn't automatically solve this problem; someone did the math on Reddit and proved that even there the earliest comments have a much higher chance of becoming the top comment.

    I've suggested before a very simple change to Tildes' comments voting system, that I think would help it better serve what I think should be its main purpose (rearranging comments): Disallow voting on the top comments! The reason for the early comment advantage is that most users read comments top to bottom, vote on the ones they like, and stop reading before they've read every comment. If we're not allowed to vote on for example the top fifth of comments, there will always be new comments rising up and competing for the top spot, instead of early comments cementing their place up there.

    (New comments will still struggle for attention if they're added to the very bottom. A potential solution for this is to give new comments a number of dummy votes for example equal to the average number of votes for all comments on the same level. New comments then get added to the middle instead of the bottom.)

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Supergiant's Hades has exited Early Access, currently 20% off in ~games

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    Only one of their previous games had a day 1 Linux version, so don't give up hope quite yet. And it does have a gold rating on ProtonDB if you're the impatient sort. I also couldn't really get...

    Only one of their previous games had a day 1 Linux version, so don't give up hope quite yet. And it does have a gold rating on ProtonDB if you're the impatient sort.

    I also couldn't really get into Transistor. The combat was pretty cool, but there were too many different abilities I think. If the game was twice as long, they could have paced unlocks better, and we'd be spending less time in menus and more time on the battlefield. Also the story-telling was too dense for me; even after playing for several hours I still had no idea what was going on.

    Bastion and Pyre are both among my favourite games though, so I'm definitely going to give Hades a try. I may get the Switch version if there's no Linux version by the time I'm done with my current crop of games.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Firefox Send and Firefox Notes are being shut down in ~tech

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    Send didn't really capitalize though, since it made them no money, only added costs. Maybe they could have made it a paid premium service instead of shutting it down. Though I guess abusers could...

    Send didn't really capitalize though, since it made them no money, only added costs. Maybe they could have made it a paid premium service instead of shutting it down. Though I guess abusers could still use it anonymously by paying with stored-value cards and such.

    10 votes
  8. Comment on The path to autocracy; A second Trump term will leave America’s political system and culture looking even more like Orbán’s Hungary in ~misc

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    There's going to be record numbers of mail-in votes this year, which means it will likely take weeks to count them all and get the final election results. But we're used to knowing the winner...

    There's going to be record numbers of mail-in votes this year, which means it will likely take weeks to count them all and get the final election results. But we're used to knowing the winner already on election night. Excluding the various combination of house/senate control, there are four realistic outcomes:

    1. Trump leads on election night. Trump wins the election.
    2. Trump leads on election night. Biden wins the election.
    3. Biden leads on election night. Trump wins the election.
    4. Biden leads on election night. Biden wins the election.

    The mail-in votes will likely lean heavily towards Biden, meaning in-person votes will likely lean Trump, so I fear outcome 2 might be the most likely. If that happens, Trump will of course declare victory, citing widespread mail-in voter fraud. His heavily armed cultists are going to take him at his word. One America News will declare him the winner, and the Internet Research Agency will mobilise massively behind him on social media. The big wildcard here as I see it is Fox News; will they declare Trump the winner even though they know he's likely to lose when every vote is counted? If they declare him the winner prematurely, I think the entire Republican Party (more or less) will unite behind him and support him, leading to a highly uncertain situation in January. I think even the best case scenario 4 will get ugly, but scenario 2 might be disastrous, maybe even more so than scenario 1.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on India bans PUBG, Baidu, WeChat, Alipay, and 114 Chinese apps in the third ban wave in ~tech

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    Is the Indian government still framing this as a security measure, or are they admitting to it being economic retaliations now?

    Is the Indian government still framing this as a security measure, or are they admitting to it being economic retaliations now?

    4 votes
  10. Comment on A grim outlook on the future of browser add-ons in ~comp

    KapteinB
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    Well, there's also Apple and their WebKit browser.

    my options are to use Firefox and try and support the open web or succumb to Chrome.

    Well, there's also Apple and their WebKit browser.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Why not ~comics? in ~tildes

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    Maybe there could also be an ~arts.comics, and we would post a topic either there or in ~books.comics, depending on if the comic in question is published in book form or not.

    Maybe there could also be an ~arts.comics, and we would post a topic either there or in ~books.comics, depending on if the comic in question is published in book form or not.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Why not ~comics? in ~tildes

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    From what I understand, the long term plan of Tildes is that posts will flow up.

    From what I understand, the long term plan of Tildes is that posts will flow up.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What are your favorite conlangs? in ~humanities

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    Solresol - the musical language In general, I tend to lean towards the older conlangs, from the time before mass media and the Internet established English as the de facto universal language. Back...

    Solresol - the musical language

    In general, I tend to lean towards the older conlangs, from the time before mass media and the Internet established English as the de facto universal language. Back then there was (at least perceived as) a real chance one of these conlangs could become a universal second language, and they were designed with that in mind. More modern conlangs are probably technically better, but they're designed more as theoretical exercises with no practical use in mind, since everyone involved know there is zero chance of dethroning English as the universal language.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on A typo in an OpenStreetMap edit created a 212 story skyscraper in Microsoft Flight Simulator in ~games

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    Now there's a thought. A racing game where you can race any street on Earth. The world's most realistic city builder. The ultimate transport business managing game. A battle royale FPS set in your...

    Now there's a thought. A racing game where you can race any street on Earth. The world's most realistic city builder. The ultimate transport business managing game. A battle royale FPS set in your own home town. A WW3 war game where you can fight in every corner of the world. GTA clones for every major city.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Cloud storage recommendations? in ~tech

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    Understandable, but he hasn't been involved with the company for years.

    Understandable, but he hasn't been involved with the company for years.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Cloud storage recommendations? in ~tech

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    Mega offers 50 GB for free. And they have a Linux desktop client, which for me personally is a must-have convenience. I've used it (free tier) for years now, without experiencing any downtime or...

    Mega offers 50 GB for free. And they have a Linux desktop client, which for me personally is a must-have convenience. I've used it (free tier) for years now, without experiencing any downtime or other issues.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on What TLDs do you view the most positively? in ~comp

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    As a cranky old-ish person, I prefer the top-level domain to reflect the contents of your site. If you're commercial; .com, if you're an organisation; .org, etc. Only pick if your blog is for...

    As a cranky old-ish person, I prefer the top-level domain to reflect the contents of your site. If you're commercial; .com, if you're an organisation; .org, etc.

    .info

    Only pick if your blog is for providing information to the general public. (As a side-note, I personally don't trust sites using .info, because it's so often used by scammers and malicious websites.)

    .xyz

    Fine for general purpose blogs I guess. It's pretty cool actually.

    .fyi

    "For Your Information", also only pick if your blog is for informing the general public. Also I think one sounds more snarky than .info.

    .computer

    Only pick this one if your blog is about computers.

    .me

    Of your suggestions, I'd probably go with this one for a general-purpose personal blog.

    Someone else suggested .blog, which might be the most informative top-level domain for a personal blog.

    For my own personal domain, I went with my country's TLD (.no), but I don't actually use the web site; I just wanted a personalised email address, and for that you'll want something everyone is familiar with. Someone else mentioned the .co/.com confusion for example.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Do you have any quirks/idiosyncracies in how you use the English language? in ~talk

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    One can (almost) never have too many parentheses.

    One can (almost) never have too many parentheses.

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

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    Gloomhaven (tabletop) I finally got the chance to play this, and yes, my first impressions is that it really is that good. A friend of mine bought it years ago, but even he hadn't had a chance to...

    Gloomhaven (tabletop)

    I finally got the chance to play this, and yes, my first impressions is that it really is that good. A friend of mine bought it years ago, but even he hadn't had a chance to play it yet. We had to do a lot of reading in the rule book, so we didn't get further than the first scenario. The mechanics feel very good, and what little I've seen of the story and world-building seems promising. After getting burnt out on D&D, I enjoyed that this game has no dice at all. Randomness mostly comes from drawing cards from various decks, including the actions you get to perform on your turn. When your actions deck grows low, you have to sacrifice a card from your discard pile to add the rest of your spent cards to the deck, which gives you some control over what cards are in your deck, but means you eventually run out of cards, leaving your character exhausted and unable to continue the scenario.

    I'm really looking forward to playing the next scenario.

    Into the Breach (Linux)

    When this game was released it didn't have a Linux version, so I kind of forgot about it, despite my love for FTL: Faster Than Light. ItB is turn-based, which gives it more of a puzzle-game feel than FTL has. Instead of travelling through the galaxy in a spaceship fighting rebels, I'm travelling through time with robots fighting giant insects. The graphics and music reminds me a lot of FTL, but the gameplay is very different, and overall I don't like this game as much as FTL.

    The Last of Us Remastered (PS4)

    Another game where I'm late to the party. This game never really appealed to me. From what I've seen of the gameplay there's a lot of stealth elements, which I'm awful at, and a lot of zombies, which I've been burnt out on since around 2009. Now that the sequel has been released though, I've been reminded of the enormous amount of praise the first game got, so I decided to give it a chance.

    The opening scene was great, where you get to know the protagonists, and see the events of the zombie outbreak unfold. Then there is a 20-year time skip, before we get to explore a dystopian city ruled by martial law. This scene reminded me a bit of the beginning of Half-Life 2, where we get to explore the dystopian City 17 ruled by martial law.

    I'm still early in the game, not even through the tutorial stage yet. So far it hasn't really gripped me, but I'll keep playing until I get to the meat of the game, so I can form a proper opinion. If large parts of the game as fleshed out and polished as the opening sequence, then I can understand all the praise it got.

    Motorsport Manager (Linux)

    Over the last several years I've fallen out of love with Football Manager. I no longer seem to have the ability to actually lead a football team to success, maybe because the games have become more complex and realistic over the years. The team management itch is still there though, and I think I've finally found the game to scratch it.

    In this game you have to build improved parts for your two cars, manage the team of drivers/engineers/pit-crew, expand your HQ, handle sponsorship deals, fine-tune your cars during practice, give instructions to your drivers during races, and handle pit stops. Somehow it's both more hands-on and less overwhelming than Football Manager. I finished my first season of 10 races last night, and I think I've learned most of the basics, while still a long way off mastering the game. In the between-seasons break I lost both my drivers (one I replaced with a better one, but after the other left me for a different team, I had to promote my backup driver because the one I fired refuses to speak to me), spent too much money on the chassis of next season's car, and expanded the factory at my HQ. Next season should be interesting.

    3 votes