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  1. Comment on Notifications are ads in ~tech

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    Absolutely. I've started moving that direction.

    Absolutely. I've started moving that direction.

  2. Comment on Notifications are ads in ~tech

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    I thought notifications on my desktop OS would be a good thing, but it's honestly obnoxious like you describe (at least on Windows) so I often find myself in Focus/DND modes 90% of the time. Linux...

    I thought notifications on my desktop OS would be a good thing, but it's honestly obnoxious like you describe (at least on Windows) so I often find myself in Focus/DND modes 90% of the time. Linux is looking better every year.

    1 vote
  3. Notifications are ads

    This is a thought I've been having a lot lately. It seems like 90% of notifications I get these days both on my phone and computer are ads begging me to either: upgrade a service I already have...

    This is a thought I've been having a lot lately. It seems like 90% of notifications I get these days both on my phone and computer are ads begging me to either: upgrade a service I already have ("you're running out of space on [insert cloud service here] at 75% usage will you please UPGRADE?") or re-engage with an app that hasn't sucked enough of my attention ("we MISS you! PLEASE engage!"), with the remaining tiny minority being useful actionable information. I've noticed too that social media notifications NEVER give you enough detail about something that's going on to not have to open the app directly. It's kind of exhausting to the point where I've disabled most notifications on my devices altogether. I don't really know the point of this post other than to commiserate and to simply open it up for discussion. Thoughts?

    EDIT: WOW this blew up! Thanks everyone for your contributions!

    101 votes
  4. Comment on Apple Original Films’ ‘Argylle’ with C+ CinemaScore and near $17m opening isn’t cutting it at weekend box office in ~movies

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    I feel like a lot of people will wait for the Apple TV+ release on this one. Looks interesting enough but not enough for tickets the way they are these days.

    I feel like a lot of people will wait for the Apple TV+ release on this one. Looks interesting enough but not enough for tickets the way they are these days.

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

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    The Finals released this past week and I popped in and bounced right off of it. Felt like I was getting destroyed by sweaty try-hards all the time from Fortnight and Apex Legends. I gave it a...

    The Finals released this past week and I popped in and bounced right off of it. Felt like I was getting destroyed by sweaty try-hards all the time from Fortnight and Apex Legends. I gave it a couple of days and came back with friends and trying to be more methodical/strategic and found a lot more depth that way. The game can be played a number of ways but I’m having a blast with it now.

    9 votes
  6. Comment on Any Star Citizen folks here? I'm a new player with a barely passable rig, looking for tips to make play bearable... in ~games

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    I don't know about that with a GTX 960... maybe if the GPU were stronger and the CPU weaker. I think the GPU will be the bottleneck to be honest though. That should be the priority to upgrade...

    I don't know about that with a GTX 960... maybe if the GPU were stronger and the CPU weaker. I think the GPU will be the bottleneck to be honest though. That should be the priority to upgrade first anyway.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Midweek Movie Free Talk in ~movies

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    Interesting take on The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. To me it felt very meandering. The Hunger Games had a pretty well-defined story arc and TBoSaS felt like it wasn't sure what it wanted to...

    Interesting take on The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. To me it felt very meandering. The Hunger Games had a pretty well-defined story arc and TBoSaS felt like it wasn't sure what it wanted to achieve. HG wasn't high-end cinema by any means but it seemed more focused. Yes, there was some good acting in this one. Rachel Zegler's voice is phenomenal and Jason Schwartzman carried the torch well as the host, but there was something missing. I know you'll disagree but I also found the protagonist to be kind of boring with inconsistent characterization, and I think he may have been better cast with someone with more gravitas.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on A Dutch artist reconstructed Tenochtitlan in 3D in ~humanities.history

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    This is an incredible endeavor that merits a share. Full disclosure, I came across this on Hacker News but thought you’d all appreciate it here as well!

    This is an incredible endeavor that merits a share. Full disclosure, I came across this on Hacker News but thought you’d all appreciate it here as well!

    6 votes
  9. Comment on The war on stolen content in ~tech

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    Skit by Ryan George (of the Pitch Meeting series on YouTube) addressing these issues. He's a comedy channel but has great insight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zsbXosf5FM&t=8s

    Skit by Ryan George (of the Pitch Meeting series on YouTube) addressing these issues. He's a comedy channel but has great insight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zsbXosf5FM&t=8s

    2 votes
  10. Comment on 'We are really struggling with space': Amsterdam pushes more cars off its streets but is it enough? in ~transport

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    This is key. Cars are absolutely the least efficient way to transport large numbers of people but that was never their intent. Obviously in larger cities like Amsterdam, transportation priorities...

    This is key. Cars are absolutely the least efficient way to transport large numbers of people but that was never their intent. Obviously in larger cities like Amsterdam, transportation priorities should emphasize capacity and efficiency in moving large numbers with less trips. It is interesting though that with Amsterdam's focus on cycling as a primary mode of transportation, car owners are now feeling the squeeze rather than the opposite that has been happening in other large more car-leaning cities of the world.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I’ve started designing tees on one of those POD sites. I don’t intend to try to make a bunch of money off of it but I’ve always designed as a hobby and figured I’d at least try putting some...

    I’ve started designing tees on one of those POD sites. I don’t intend to try to make a bunch of money off of it but I’ve always designed as a hobby and figured I’d at least try putting some designs out there into the world to pay for my Affinity Designer purchase 😆.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Hurricane Hilary could dump over a year’s worth of rain on parts of the Southwest US in ~enviro

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    To my knowledge, this will be the first of its kind, a hurricane from the Pacific making landfall on the west coast of the US, though It's expected to reach as far inland as Las Vegas,...

    To my knowledge, this will be the first of its kind, a hurricane from the Pacific making landfall on the west coast of the US, though It's expected to reach as far inland as Las Vegas, southwestern Utah, and even as far north as Idaho and Oregon prior to dissipating. I don't know how anyone can deny climate change at this point.

    20 votes
  13. Comment on 'Barbie' review: Sometimes corporate propaganda can be fun as hell in ~movies

  14. Comment on 'Barbie' review: Sometimes corporate propaganda can be fun as hell in ~movies

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    Absolutely not. It was obvious they had no intention of that initially. I see that the filmmakers were trying to show how women feel in today’s society but the message kind of comes across as “see...

    Are you really suggesting the gov't the Kens wanted to enact was egalitarian?

    Absolutely not. It was obvious they had no intention of that initially. I see that the filmmakers were trying to show how women feel in today’s society but the message kind of comes across as “see how you like it” rather then “let’s see how we can improve it”.

    I agree with your other points.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on 'Barbie' review: Sometimes corporate propaganda can be fun as hell in ~movies

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    I don’t disagree with a lot of the messaging (women deserve more attention and power in society) but it became so blatant and heavy-handed I thought I was watching a politician speak. And then at...

    I don’t disagree with a lot of the messaging (women deserve more attention and power in society) but it became so blatant and heavy-handed I thought I was watching a politician speak. And then at the end of it all,

    (spoilers)

    Ken is told to be grateful for his non-existent lot in life and a more egalitarian form of government is laughed off.

    To be fair, this is coming from a man but it did feel pretty inflammatory.
    12 votes
  16. Comment on Minecraft Wiki strongly considering moving away from Fandom in ~games

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    Usually it’s a matter of pushing users to their respective app where they can be more easily tracked and/or otherwise monetized.

    Maybe I'm just dense, but why does it seem like every site is hell bent on making a worse user experience?

    Usually it’s a matter of pushing users to their respective app where they can be more easily tracked and/or otherwise monetized.

    14 votes
  17. Comment on Who has watched Jury Duty? in ~tv

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    Thought it was fantastic. The actors really had fun with it. Crazy how much work they put in and it was a really great concept.

    Thought it was fantastic. The actors really had fun with it. Crazy how much work they put in and it was a really great concept.

    6 votes