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  1. Comment on Netflix customers canceling service increasingly includes long-term subscribers in ~tv

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    I miss the old star rating system, but I understand why they replaced with something easier to understand. I suspect the vast majority of users never understood it and never used it correctly. It...

    I miss the old star rating system, but I understand why they replaced with something easier to understand. I suspect the vast majority of users never understood it and never used it correctly.

    It was also unintentionally funny in that it would recommend things based on what you'd previously watched, but rate them based on an estimate of how much you would like them. So for me at least, it would often recommend films it thought I was going to rate 1 or 2 stars, and that always amused me. It was like being friends with a person who is really into bad B-movies. "KapteinB, you have to watch this, you are going to hate it!"

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Can gravity batteries solve our energy storage problems? in ~enviro

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    Seems like someone at Energy Vault saw that video as well, because their newer EVx design looks like it won't collapse catastrophically in a storm. The video ends on the note of "don't build this,...

    Seems like someone at Energy Vault saw that video as well, because their newer EVx design looks like it won't collapse catastrophically in a storm.

    The video ends on the note of "don't build this, build pumped hydro instead", but as the article explains, that's simply not an option many places in the world.

    The article also mentions another company that plans to repurpose old mine-shafts for underground gravity batteries, and yet another company developing a different water-based solution.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Making sense of VRChat, the metaverse people actually like in ~tech

  4. Comment on Eurovision Song Contest 2022 discussion in ~music

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    Your song was my favourite last year. But it did even worse than this year's song, so apparently I have bad taste.

    Your song was my favourite last year. But it did even worse than this year's song, so apparently I have bad taste.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Eurovision Song Contest 2022 discussion in ~music

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    And the final scores! Position Country Points 1 Ukraine 631 2 United Kingdom 466 3 Spain 459 4 Sweden 438 5 Serbia 312 6 Italy 268 7 Moldova 253 8 Greece 215 9 Portugal 207 10 Norway 182

    And the final scores!

    Position Country Points
    1 Ukraine 631
    2 United Kingdom 466
    3 Spain 459
    4 Sweden 438
    5 Serbia 312
    6 Italy 268
    7 Moldova 253
    8 Greece 215
    9 Portugal 207
    10 Norway 182
    4 votes
  6. Comment on Eurovision Song Contest 2022 discussion in ~music

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    Overall, I'm pretty happy with the songs this year. There are some duds, sure, but also a lot of good ones. I'm pretty sure Ukraine has this one in the bag. Not undeserved; their song is great,...

    Overall, I'm pretty happy with the songs this year. There are some duds, sure, but also a lot of good ones.

    I'm pretty sure Ukraine has this one in the bag. Not undeserved; their song is great, possibly my favourite. Though I think I'm rooting for the United Kingdom this year; I really like their song, and I think a win for them would be good for the competition.

    I also really like Lithuania, and I loved Georgia, who sadly didn't make it to the grand final.

    I'm of course biased, but I really enjoy my own country's stupid song, and was sad to hear their performance in the semi-final wasn't quite on point. (They performed a lot better in the national final, so I hope they bring their A-game on Saturday.)

    Sad to say, I think Germany has a pretty good chance at scoring 0 points this year. Prove me wrong, please!

    As a side note, I'm happy Overthinking Eurovision is back.

    3 votes
  7. Eurovision Song Contest 2022 discussion

    With the semis behind us, we now have all the qualifiers for Saturday's grand final! Who's your favourite? Most entertaining stage show? Overall thoughts on this year's crop of songs? Which song...

    With the semis behind us, we now have all the qualifiers for Saturday's grand final!

    Who's your favourite? Most entertaining stage show? Overall thoughts on this year's crop of songs?

    Which song do you think will win? And who (if any) will get the dreaded 0 points?

    Who got robbed in the semis? Which songs should have rather won their national qualifications?

    11 votes
  8. Comment on Kalush Orchestra - Stefania (Ukraine, Eurovision 2022) in ~music

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    Yeah, that feels like a stretch to me too. I miss Turkey in Eurovision. Please come back. <3

    Yeah, that feels like a stretch to me too.

    I miss Turkey in Eurovision. Please come back. <3

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Kalush Orchestra - Stefania (Ukraine, Eurovision 2022) in ~music

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    This is the bookmaker-favourite to win on Saturday, and I don't mind, it's pretty great! Reminds me a bit of their song from last year, in a good way. (Actually, I think it's the same guy, Ihor...

    This is the bookmaker-favourite to win on Saturday, and I don't mind, it's pretty great! Reminds me a bit of their song from last year, in a good way. (Actually, I think it's the same guy, Ihor Didenchuk, who plays the flute in both performances.) And if this wins, I think it's the first time a rap song wins the ESC? Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Why the GOP won't deliver on any of their promises (including Roe v. Wade) in ~humanities

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    We're not talking about politicians though, but judges. They don't need to be reelected every 2/4/6 years to keep their power and wealth, they're set for life.

    We're not talking about politicians though, but judges. They don't need to be reelected every 2/4/6 years to keep their power and wealth, they're set for life.

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

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    Nantucket (Linux) I originally played this when it came out, but made the mistake then of playing in Ironman mode, losing several hours of progress after being killed by Inuit war canoes. Since...

    Nantucket (Linux)
    I originally played this when it came out, but made the mistake then of playing in Ironman mode, losing several hours of progress after being killed by Inuit war canoes. Since then, I've been thinking about giving it another try, and finally did this Easter when I was away from home (and thus away from my Xbox and desktop).

    It's a neat little game about killing whales for profit. It also functions as an unofficial sequel to the book Moby Dick (and thus probably contains a lot of spoilers for the book, so make sure to read the book first if you're worried about spoilers). I haven't read the book myself, and occasionally got the feeling I should have known who these characters and what these events are, but it was very enjoyable regardless.

    Combat is an important part of the game, mostly against whales, but sometimes against humans (and inuit war canoes). Characters roll dice of different types (damage, healing, manouvering, support), while enemies draw cards with special abilities. Each whaleboat carries three characters, but can only perform a single action each round, so you often have to make a choice between two or three available actions. It plays very much like a board game, which I don't mind.

    The main motivation through much of the game is earning money to afford a larger ship which can carry more whaleboats. Once you get the best ship, there's not really much use for money, so I just grinded enough prestige to be able to hire a good enough crew to go up against the final boss.

    After I finished the main quest I bought and played the Masters of the Seven Seans DLC. It includes a "challenge mode", where you can free-roam around the map hunting whales and completing quests in competition with 9 other captains. The map is expanded to include the whole world, with a few more ports added, and it adds a few side quests and a bunch of new events. I'm not actually sure if you can play the main quest with these new features, or if they are only available in challenge mode. The issue of not really having a need for money after buying the best ship feels an order of magnitude more serious when there's no end-game goal other than reaching a pre-determined end date. I naively set the game length to 50 years, and had the best ship in less than 4.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Twitter accepts buyout, giving Elon Musk total control of the company in ~tech

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    Why don't we like The Verge?

    Why don't we like The Verge?

    9 votes
  13. Comment on Man who paid $2.9m for NFT of Jack Dorsey’s first tweet set to lose almost $2.9m in ~finance

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    This is "the Mona Lisa of the digital world"?

    “This NFT is not just a tweet, this is the Mona Lisa of the digital world,” he said.

    This is "the Mona Lisa of the digital world"?

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

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    The 3D court view is great, and I wish they'd utilise it more. Interactions with courtiers and foreign emissaries could have taken place in this view, and it would be cool to see other rulers'...

    The 3D court view is great, and I wish they'd utilise it more. Interactions with courtiers and foreign emissaries could have taken place in this view, and it would be cool to see other rulers' courts when interacting with them. But that would have probably required extensive re-scripting of the events system, maybe more work than it's worth, especially if the court view is locked behind the paywall for many players.

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

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    Crusader Kings III I bought the new-ish DLC that adds more court and culture mechanics. Like all Paradox DLC, it has some good ideas, but is somewhat half-assed. I enjoyed the court events a lot...

    Crusader Kings III
    I bought the new-ish DLC that adds more court and culture mechanics. Like all Paradox DLC, it has some good ideas, but is somewhat half-assed.

    I enjoyed the court events a lot at first, but they quickly get repetitive. There needs to be many dozens more of these to stay interesting through a several-hundred-years campaign. I quickly got bored with this, and stopped holding court unless prompted by my courtiers.

    The artefacts are a cool addition, both the ones on display in the court and worn by characters, giving more personality to both. But they add a bit too much micromanagement, because they eventually break unless you periodically spend money to repair them, and every time you get a new one you have to decide which ones to put into storage. I miss an option to automatically decorate my court with the most powerful artefacts, and there are missed opportunity for set bonuses and culture/religion-specific objects.

    My favourite new mechanic turned out to be the new culture mechanics. The cultural head can spend prestige to replace tenets of their culture, modifying it to their liking. And rulers can create hybrid cultures with other cultures present in their realm. (I started as Basque, and am now Basque-Occitan-Butr-Egyptian.) Like creating or converting religion though, it's a bit too easy, and it's a decision you take when you've met the criteria, while it really should have been a more organic process.

    I'm not really sure if the DLC is worth the money or not. Paradox has this weird habit of putting half the new features in the free patch, and locking half behind the paywall, and I don't actually know which parts of this one is paid content and not. Buy it on sale, I guess.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Anyone else watching American Song Contest? They're not showing it live here in Norway (because of the time zones), but they've given it a very good Saturday time slot on the most popular TV...

    Anyone else watching American Song Contest? They're not showing it live here in Norway (because of the time zones), but they've given it a very good Saturday time slot on the most popular TV channel.

    The editing is slightly weird, in that they've cut away not only the advertisements, but even all references to ads, so the hosts are often cut off mid-sentence. The hosts by the way are Snoop Dog and Kelly Clarkson, and there are some big names among the contestants too. Michael Bolton performed in the first qualifiers for his home state Connecticut.

    The songs were a good variety of genres, and the performances some variety of quality. There were a few songs I really liked, and some I didn't really like. A couple were almost Eurovision-levels over the top performances.

    Overall, the first qualifier left a good impression, and I'll be following the competition over the coming weeks.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Systur – Með Hækkandi Sól (2022) in ~music

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    Ooh, tough one. I think I have Finland over Denmark. And maybe Sweden over Iceland? And Norway is kinda hard to rank since it's at the same time amazing and a complete joke, but I'm not allowed to...

    Ooh, tough one. I think I have Finland over Denmark. And maybe Sweden over Iceland? And Norway is kinda hard to rank since it's at the same time amazing and a complete joke, but I'm not allowed to vote for them in any case.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Systur – Með Hækkandi Sól (2022) in ~music

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    The bookies don't like this one, but I do. Best of luck, Iceland!

    The bookies don't like this one, but I do. Best of luck, Iceland!

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Duolingo on Ukrainian and Russian: How do these languages differ? in ~humanities

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    Which one do you prefer of Drops and Duolingo? I've used Duolingo for years now, but when I more recently wanted to learn a bit of Tagalog, I had to give Drops a try. They have very different...

    Which one do you prefer of Drops and Duolingo?

    I've used Duolingo for years now, but when I more recently wanted to learn a bit of Tagalog, I had to give Drops a try. They have very different approaches to teaching languages, so it may be very individual which approach works best for learners, but for me, I find Duolingo to be both more fun and more educational. In general, I think Drops will more quickly expand one's vocabulary, while Duolingo will more quickly let one get a hang of the grammar.

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

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    Backbone (Xbox Series S) There are a lot of things to love about this game. But not the ending. I was sure there would be another full act to the game at least, then suddenly it just ends, and I'm...

    Backbone (Xbox Series S)
    There are a lot of things to love about this game. But not the ending. I was sure there would be another full act to the game at least, then suddenly it just ends, and I'm not entirely sure what they were going for. My first thought was they were sequel-baiting. Then I started really thinking about the ending, and figured maybe they just wanted to leave the game open-ended. But the more I think about it, the more I believe they simply ran out of time or money and had to quickly wrap up what they had and ship it out the door.

    The developers recently teased a new game in the franchise. Hopefully it will wrap up some of the loose ends and give us some more closure.

    Fantasy AGE (tabletop)
    Our campaign is off to a pretty good start I think, with three proper sessions out of the way. Combat encounters seem to take about as long as they do in D&D 5e, but with each player getting many more turns in the same amount of time. And everyone seems to enjoy the stunts, which are a lot cooler and more engaging than D&D's boring old critical hits.

    Snowrunner (Xbox Series S)
    I have a new favourite truck: Chevrolet Kodiak C70. I got one for free after dragging it out of a Michigan swamp, but I just put it straight into storage with barely a second look. Just two axles? No AWD? So tall compared to its width? Only a lunatic would drive this thing. But after eventually finding the AWD upgrade, I finally took it for a spin, and it's so much fun! It's blazing fast, nimble, not as top heavy as it looks, and it handles both snow and mud surprisingly well. I hooked it up to a semi-trailer and made it my primary truck for parts of Alaska.

    Spellcaster University (Linux, via Proton)
    I finished the campaign. The ending is a tad underwhelming, but that doesn't really matter. It's not the type of game you play for the ending video. It was loads of fun, and I immediately started the campaign over again. Going to try the locations I didn't get to in my first playthrough, and maybe hopefully actually finish a dungeon without all my students dying.

    Vikingjarl (tabletop)
    One of my friends backed the Kickstarter campaign, but had to wait until someone made a condensed and more understandable rules booklet before being able to figure out the rules. The game has some interesting aspects, but also some serious flaws. I think the recommended 10 victory points goal is too low considering how many points settlements are worth, so if we ever play it again, I'm going to suggest we use a higher goal.

    1 vote