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  1. Comment on How do you choose a desktop wallpaper? in ~tech

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    Art from media I like. Stuff like the windmill from Feel Good Inc, some of the more abstract shots from Madoka. Backgrounds, fictional logos, enviornment shots, high quality fanart tend to be what...
    1. Art from media I like. Stuff like the windmill from Feel Good Inc, some of the more abstract shots from Madoka. Backgrounds, fictional logos, enviornment shots, high quality fanart tend to be what I use here. Not so much promo art or "cast shots", partly because they feel tacky, and partly because I watch a lot of anime and some people have weird ideas about a wallpaper full of anime girls in a workplace, which describes most anime promo pictures.
    2. I have a lot of the older wallpaper's smashing magazine puts out. They used to (maybe still do) a wallpaper calendar series and a lot of these had variants without the calendar that age better.
  2. Comment on Chris Delay's fail masterclass (Introversion discuss their failed prototypes) in ~games.game_design

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    Chris Delay and Mark Morris of Introversion (Developers of darwinia and prison architect) have been releasing videos for the prototypes they've rejected in their attempts to develop a new game to...

    Chris Delay and Mark Morris of Introversion (Developers of darwinia and prison architect) have been releasing videos for the prototypes they've rejected in their attempts to develop a new game to follow up on prison architect. There's been discussion of their creative process and the specific prototypes and where they feel they've fallen down.

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  3. Comment on Hataraku Maou-sama season 2 announcement! [The Devil is a Part-Timer!] in ~anime

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    I'll be looking forward to this. Devil is a Part Timer is still one of my favourite comedy animes, and the adult workplace cast is something that's actually unusual in anime (Basically Shirobako...

    I'll be looking forward to this. Devil is a Part Timer is still one of my favourite comedy animes, and the adult workplace cast is something that's actually unusual in anime (Basically Shirobako is the only prominent example).

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Asus has launched an AMD B550 motherboard with Thunderbolt 4 in ~tech

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    No, NVIDIA dropped it again for the 3000 series, AMD never bothered

    No, NVIDIA dropped it again for the 3000 series, AMD never bothered

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Google to stop selling ads based on your specific web browsing in ~tech

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    The business play is that they've been working on chrome features like FLoC and privacy sandbox which limit the ability of traditional third party tracking to work. At the same time, they've got a...

    The business play is that they've been working on chrome features like FLoC and privacy sandbox which limit the ability of traditional third party tracking to work. At the same time, they've got a lot of logged in users from just gmail and youtube alone, so they have a lot of personal data even without the internet tracking. (This is why the likes of Google and others started pushing for much more logins when GDPR, CCPA, etc. and technical measures like Safari's ITP or Firefox's ETP started hitting the effectiveness of third party cookies).

    Additionally, floc basically works by the browser forming groups of related users based on the sites visit. If you have a better ML implementation you can run your ads more effectively against them than your competitors. So the business argument comes down to:

    1. The writing is on the wall for the way advertising works today, between legislation like GDPR/CCPA and technical changes like Apple's or Mozilla's.
    2. Even though Google is both the majority web browser platform and majority mobile platform, Apple being seen as having a better privacy track record is already a factor in losing users, and they're worried that will extend to web browsers too if they don't implement similar technical changes eventually.
    3. Google can wipe out a lot of the smaller competitors from web advertising and android advertising who won't be able to provide ML targeting as effectively. The Facebooks and other major players will be able to adapt, and probably many of the B players too, but who knows about the C players like AdColony or whoever. You can pretty much look at the people signing on to TheTradeDesk's unified ID as the people who think they won't be able to adapt.
    4. Google gets praise for a more private approach that doesn't impact them as much as other people, due to their confidence in providing better ML targeting and more logged in user base.

    Don't get me wrong, this is an improvement in privacy over the status quo but it is neither totally private or done out of altruism on Google's part.

    11 votes
  6. Comment on What are the oldest games you still regularly play? in ~games

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    Two Point does a decent attempt at recapturing the spirit of the game. It's not exactly the same, but it gets 80-90% of the way there when a lot of spiritual sequels get 50% or totally miss the mark.

    Two Point does a decent attempt at recapturing the spirit of the game. It's not exactly the same, but it gets 80-90% of the way there when a lot of spiritual sequels get 50% or totally miss the mark.

  7. Comment on Reddit announces online presence indicators in ~tech

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    This has been going on for a long while though. Remember all the TrueX reddits when RES led to the takeover of many subreddits without strict moderation by memes? Sadly the track record implies...

    This has been going on for a long while though. Remember all the TrueX reddits when RES led to the takeover of many subreddits without strict moderation by memes? Sadly the track record implies that the bulk of the userbase and the communities will stay, just a little unhappier, and a few people will set out on their own to places like here or HN. Voat and the likes will be held up as the alternatives to scare people into staying.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What are the oldest games you still regularly play? in ~games

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    Theme Hospital gets a replay every few years. It's got a charm to it and the "game" part is more present than a lot of newer tycoons. Two Point Hospital made a good attempt at recapturing the...

    Theme Hospital gets a replay every few years. It's got a charm to it and the "game" part is more present than a lot of newer tycoons. Two Point Hospital made a good attempt at recapturing the spirit, and I also play that from time to time, but it hasn't totally surplanted the original for me.

    SimCity 4 was in the list for a long while but that's one of the games which did eventually get pushed out in favour of a modern successor in Cities Skylines.

    Depending on whether you count it or not, OpenTTD is probably the oldest game that I regularly play. The isometric grid based system has a tightness to it that modern prettier titles like Transport Fever can't have, and the way I like to play with big networks with 100s of trains is much better suited to it while newer 3d games end up with 10s of trains being a lot.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Crusader Kings III early thoughts and impressions? in ~games

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    My big fear for this, and why I've been avoiding getting too involved is that it continues the trend of Paradox games going from a more feel of influencing a simulated world to the a board game-y...

    My big fear for this, and why I've been avoiding getting too involved is that it continues the trend of Paradox games going from a more feel of influencing a simulated world to the a board game-y feel (e.g. EU4 "Spend mana to convert province"). Well that and the Stellaris and Imperator launches were pretty weak. Stellaris they've turned around, my impression is Imperator not so much. How's it feeling so far?

    3 votes