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  1. Comment on New Zealand to ban semi-automatic rifles in ~news

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    [citation needed] I'm pretty sure we can own guns if we either have a hunting license or we're registered sport shooters. And if you're thinking of the guns members of Heimevern have in their...

    [citation needed]

    I'm pretty sure we can own guns if we either have a hunting license or we're registered sport shooters.

    And if you're thinking of the guns members of Heimevern have in their homes, they're missing the bolt, which is stored in a military compound until needed.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Google has quietly added DuckDuckGo as a search engine option for Chrome users in ~60 markets in ~tech

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    Ideally we should all avoid the large tech companies. Linux is a good replacement to Windows, Sailfish is a decent alternative to Android, Mega is a good alternative to Dropbox, and we can learn...

    Ideally we should all avoid the large tech companies. Linux is a good replacement to Windows, Sailfish is a decent alternative to Android, Mega is a good alternative to Dropbox, and we can learn to live without Facebook. The service I've found the hardest to remove from my life is YouTube, but as long as you use an ad blocker and don't sign into your Google account, I wouldn't worry too much about them tracking your activity there.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What are your views on hydrogen powered vehicles? in ~tech

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    Unlike gasoline, hydrogen can be produced locally, at least in places with good access to fresh water. Joe Scott did a video on hydrogen fuel cell cars a while back, where he explains some of the...

    Totally impractical, since we've got to set up massive refining, distribution, and storage networks for an element that's pretty difficult to store and pipe around.

    Unlike gasoline, hydrogen can be produced locally, at least in places with good access to fresh water.

    Joe Scott did a video on hydrogen fuel cell cars a while back, where he explains some of the advantages/disadvantages/challenges of both fuel cell cars and battery cars. I think the most important takeaway from the video is that fuel cell cars can coexist with battery cars, and while they don't have all the advantages of battery cars, they do have some of the advantages of gasoline cars.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Let's talk about possible UI changes to make donating to Tildes more obvious. in ~tildes

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    Personally I'm a fan of micropayments, and would like to see Tildes join more of these services. It already accepts BAT micropayments, but not my personal choice Flattr. Mozilla is in talks with a...

    Personally I'm a fan of micropayments, and would like to see Tildes join more of these services. It already accepts BAT micropayments, but not my personal choice Flattr. Mozilla is in talks with a service named Scroll, so that might be worth looking into.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on D.Tube as a viable YouTube Alternative? in ~talk

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    Is there really a complete lack of moderation? What do they do when someone uploads copyrighted material, or something blatantly illegal?

    Also, the complete lack of moderation will probably appeal to some people.

    Is there really a complete lack of moderation? What do they do when someone uploads copyrighted material, or something blatantly illegal?

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Things to consider with visual novels in ~games

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    One advantage of visual novels is that you can save yourself a lot of descriptions. An image says more than a thousand words, and all that. You can spend fewer words on describing characters and...

    That said, does anyone here have any thoughts on the pros/cons of taking the visual novel approach as opposed to a traditional novel or light novel?

    One advantage of visual novels is that you can save yourself a lot of descriptions. An image says more than a thousand words, and all that. You can spend fewer words on describing characters and locations, and instead focus on the dialogue and action. Though a disadvantage of that is that you'll be limited in your writing to scenes that can to at least some degree be described visually.

    A disadvantage is that you'll need artwork, preferably lots of it. You'll be spending months drawing images for your game, or paying loads of money to artists to do it for you.

    You'll need a game engine, but I do believe there are some you can use for free. Check out Ren'Py for example. Even if you choose not to build your own engine you'll probably need some level of technical expertise to be able to build your game.

    While it's not exactly a requirement, I think most players would expect a visual novel to have a branching storyline. This might actually be an advantage though, depending on what kind of writer you are. If you have loads of story ideas and can't decide on what path your story should take; write them all and let the players work it out.

    I'm not sure which option has the best potential for earning money. It's supposedly fairly easy to self-publish a novel on Amazon, and it's not too hard (honestly probably too easy) to get a game published on Steam and Google Play. Getting noticed is a lot harder though, as both of these markets are very saturated.

    You could also do both: Write a novel, then commission the artwork and rewrite the novel into a visual novel. Publish it on both Amazon and Steam. Those who really like it might even buy both, to experience it in different ways.

    There's also a third option that might be worth looking into. A company named Choice of Games provides a game engine that easily lets you build a chose-your-own-adventure type game, and will even publish the game for you (although they do keep the majority of income from the game).

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Can we make the new "Back to top" link optional? in ~tildes

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    I'll be the contrarian and say that I think a floating back-to-the-top button sounds like a useful feature, especially on mobile. But sure, make it optional, as apparently many want to be able to...

    I'll be the contrarian and say that I think a floating back-to-the-top button sounds like a useful feature, especially on mobile. But sure, make it optional, as apparently many want to be able to disable it.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Apple lays off 200 employees working on self-driving cars in ~tech

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    You could say that about smartphones as well though. Why would you want a device that is mediocre as a phone, takes mediocre pictures, and is mediocre for browsing the web, when you already have...

    You could say that about smartphones as well though. Why would you want a device that is mediocre as a phone, takes mediocre pictures, and is mediocre for browsing the web, when you already have feature phones, cameras, and laptops to do all those things better?

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Apple lays off 200 employees working on self-driving cars in ~tech

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    Ah, well spotted. Vote retracted. Isn't the article's age supposed to show under the headline when it's more than a few days old? Or has that feature been removed from Tildes?

    Ah, well spotted. Vote retracted.

    Isn't the article's age supposed to show under the headline when it's more than a few days old? Or has that feature been removed from Tildes?

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Testimony of Michael D. Cohen — Committee on Oversight and Reform — U.S. House of Representatives in ~news

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    How could this escalate into a civil war?

    I fully expect either a civil war or just a complete breakdown of politics.

    How could this escalate into a civil war?

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Apple lays off 200 employees working on self-driving cars in ~tech

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    I think they're building an android. What's the next logical development of virtual assistants like Siri? Give her a body, so she can help you around the house. She'll stock your fridge, walk your...

    We continue to believe there is a huge opportunity with autonomous systems, that Apple has unique capabilities to contribute, and that this is the most ambitious machine learning project ever.

    I think they're building an android.

    What's the next logical development of virtual assistants like Siri? Give her a body, so she can help you around the house. She'll stock your fridge, walk your dog, fold your laundry, cook for you, tutor your kids, and any other task you feel too lazy to do yourself.

    They currently have a job opening for a robotics engineer, but that seems to be purely for the software side. My guess is they'll soon buy one of the most promising robotics start-ups, so they won't have to start the body work from scratch.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Recommended 2-player board games under 60 minutes in ~games

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    BoardGameGeek claims 30 minutes playing time for Dominion and 45 minutes for Valley of the Kings, but has Dominion at a 2.36 "complexity rating" and Valley of the Kings at a slightly lower 2.19....

    BoardGameGeek claims 30 minutes playing time for Dominion and 45 minutes for Valley of the Kings, but has Dominion at a 2.36 "complexity rating" and Valley of the Kings at a slightly lower 2.19.

    (I'm not sure how trustworthy the playing time estimates are though, as I assume they are copied straight from what it says on the box, which in my experience is often wildly inaccurate. My board game group has never played Valley of the Kings, but we've played a lot of Dominion, and we rarely finish a game in less than 30 minutes.)

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Razer closes its game store after 10 months in ~games

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    I do believe I got access to Battlefield 1 on release day with the base version of Access.

    I do believe I got access to Battlefield 1 on release day with the base version of Access.

  14. Comment on Would you pay higher taxes for better government services? in ~talk

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    Can you elaborate a bit on this? Why would a draft stop the perpetual wars?

    Second, end the volunteer army and institute a draft. Now we won't be in perpetual war, especially since men and women are now eligible.

    Can you elaborate a bit on this? Why would a draft stop the perpetual wars?

  15. Comment on On YouTube, a network of paedophiles is hiding in plain sight in ~tech

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    It's improved a lot for Norwegian searches in the last few years. They've also added a toggle to limit the search results to only pages in your country, which helps a lot sometimes.

    It's improved a lot for Norwegian searches in the last few years. They've also added a toggle to limit the search results to only pages in your country, which helps a lot sometimes.

  16. Comment on On YouTube, a network of paedophiles is hiding in plain sight in ~tech

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    Pardon my ignorance; what is Heroes 2.0?

    Pardon my ignorance; what is Heroes 2.0?

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Razer closes its game store after 10 months in ~games

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    EA has a pretty good deal as well, with their EA Access. I was annoyed the base subscription didn't include Battlefield V though. Did some quick math and ended up buying the base version of BF5...

    EA has a pretty good deal as well, with their EA Access. I was annoyed the base subscription didn't include Battlefield V though. Did some quick math and ended up buying the base version of BF5 instead of upgrading to the premium version of Access.

    I'm currently considering replacing my PS4 (which to me is mostly a Netflix/YouTube machine at the moment) with a Xbox One so I can subscribe to Game Pass. Then maybe I'll either cancel my Access subscription, or change it for an Access subscription for Xbox (because annoyingly (and confusingly) there are two completely different (but identical in content and name) Access services; one for PC and one for Xbox).

    I have a lot of faith in gaming subscription services, but like video streaming services they are all betting on exclusive content, which isn't very consumer friendly. I'll probably end up alternating between subscriptions whenever I want to play different games, like I do with Netflix and its competitors when they release new seasons of shows I watch.

    1 vote