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

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    It's a pity that you can't quantify what the issue is, because there's an incredibly robust modding scene available to mold the game to your preferences.

    It's a pity that you can't quantify what the issue is, because there's an incredibly robust modding scene available to mold the game to your preferences.

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

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    Death's Door. It's a fun little isometric adventure game, feeling a lot like one of the earlier Zelda games. The difficulty is nicely balanced, the music is beautiful, highly recommend.

    Death's Door. It's a fun little isometric adventure game, feeling a lot like one of the earlier Zelda games. The difficulty is nicely balanced, the music is beautiful, highly recommend.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on ‘I am not gonna die on the internet for you!’: how game streaming went from dream job to a burnout nightmare in ~games

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    Oh, sure. I'm a regular on r/bookkeeping, and there's a few people a day who post something along the lines of "I'm [a college student/a stay at home mom/unemployed] and I've heard that you can...

    Oh, sure. I'm a regular on r/bookkeeping, and there's a few people a day who post something along the lines of "I'm [a college student/a stay at home mom/unemployed] and I've heard that you can make a good living being a bookkeeper. I've got my laptop and I've passed the Quickbooks Pro Advisor test. (A test that doesn't test bookkeeping skill, only software usage.) I can make $100k a year now, right?"

    Personally, I've done bookkeeping since 2006, and have lived through a sea change in the tools used. It's moved almost entirely from purchased software installed on an individual computer to being done for a subscription online. Not just the accounting software, but everything around it: task management, bill payment, invoicing, etc. As such, you can literally do it from anywhere in the world, and the up front cost to starting something that looks like a bookkeeping business has dropped to nothing. At the lowest of the low end, you get a laptop and a gmail account with a businessy-sounding address, and there you go.

    So this means that any of the hurdles that weeded out people who weren't serious or who didn't have the skill or experience to actually do bookkeeping have vanished. They "know" that bookkeeping is a stable job you can do from anywhere, and with no barrier to entry, they put their efforts into it without actually knowing how to run a business. (You may note the parallels with new streamers.)

    Does that answer some of your questions? I've tried to elaborate, but if you have other specific questions I'm happy to answer them.

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  4. Comment on What free, ad-supported Uber rides might look like. Mockups, economics, and analysis. in ~finance

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    That's the cost to you at time of use, but Bullmaestro is talking about total cost to operate the service, which is mostly funded publicly (which is to say, through your taxes,) and does really...

    That's the cost to you at time of use, but Bullmaestro is talking about total cost to operate the service, which is mostly funded publicly (which is to say, through your taxes,) and does really add up. It's very worthwhile, in so many ways, but it's not cheap. Well, not if it's done well.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on The McDonald’s ice cream machine hacking saga has a new twist in ~tech

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    Absolutely anecdotal, but I always eat fast food when I'm on the road, and Thanksgiving sees lots of travel. It's likely that the machines are seeing higher than average demand this weekend.

    Absolutely anecdotal, but I always eat fast food when I'm on the road, and Thanksgiving sees lots of travel. It's likely that the machines are seeing higher than average demand this weekend.

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  6. Comment on ‘I am not gonna die on the internet for you!’: how game streaming went from dream job to a burnout nightmare in ~games

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    Setting aside the issue of hot tub streamers, It makes sense to me that mostly people want to see performances with either skill, drama, or comedic value. Unless the community is strong enough...

    Another issue with Twitch is that the only way to gain a following is to either be a woman who isn't afraid to flaunt her body or be genuinely good at video games.

    Setting aside the issue of hot tub streamers, It makes sense to me that mostly people want to see performances with either skill, drama, or comedic value. Unless the community is strong enough that chat sticks around because chat is so great (a rare and evanescent prospect,) people want to see something that they can't get from playing the game themselves. If I wanted to watch someone play at a level roughly equivalent to my skill, I could be playing the game myself, yeah?

    I think that the very low barrier to entry stops people from having a solid business plan before they start what is functionally a side business as a solo entrepreneur entertainer. What is the value you add to the experience? What makes you different from the millions of other people out there providing the same general service? What's your stated timeline to test that this is what you should be doing with your life before you try something else?

    A little bit of an aside, but I see the same thing happening in bookkeeping now that all the tools are online. Everyone across the world now has the idea they can do it, just because the tools are available to them; but they don't have skill or something to make them special so they're mostly not actually going to raise to the level where they will actually make a living doing it. At least streamers mostly can't leave you with expensive liabilities.

    9 votes
  7. Comment on I can't ride a bike. How fast can Mike Boyd teach me? in ~life

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    Yeah, sand is literally the worst surface for cycling. There's a reason that beach cruisers often look like this. You need special equipment to make it relatively easy. A lot of the early process...

    Yeah, sand is literally the worst surface for cycling. There's a reason that beach cruisers often look like this. You need special equipment to make it relatively easy. A lot of the early process is like Mike showed: using it like a scoot bike to get used to balancing while the seat is low enough you can just stand up if you need. The likelihood of falling is miniscule. That said, people's fears aren't rational, so there's only so much you can do if someone has strong feelings about not riding on pavement.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of November 22 in ~news

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    It does make sense. Why bother with more subtle methods when sheer numerical superiority will make it easy and painless to just walk out with things? A security guard may try to stop one person,...

    It does make sense. Why bother with more subtle methods when sheer numerical superiority will make it easy and painless to just walk out with things? A security guard may try to stop one person, but a dozen? No way.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on I can't ride a bike. How fast can Mike Boyd teach me? in ~life

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    My wife, who is a certified cycling instructor who teaches adults to ride bikes, had many, many scathing things to say about how Mike Boyd went about teaching Tom to ride a bike. Among them: Grass...

    My wife, who is a certified cycling instructor who teaches adults to ride bikes, had many, many scathing things to say about how Mike Boyd went about teaching Tom to ride a bike. Among them:

    • Grass (especially wet grass) is a terrible surface to learn to cycle on, as it's very slippery. Pavement is much more stable, and makes new riders less likely to hurt themselves.
    • Pushing someone from behind to get them moving is solving the wrong problem. Pedaling (and forward movement) is basically never the part people have problems with, it's balance. And we did see Tom regularly unbalanced while being pushed, because Mike couldn't give truly even forward pressure.

    I enjoyed the video, but the professional opinion is a strong thumbs down for educational techniques.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Quarter shortage creates a two-bit black market in coin-operated Seattle in ~finance

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    God, as a Millennial I would happily take DST out behind the shed if they would let me.

    God, as a Millennial I would happily take DST out behind the shed if they would let me.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Quarter shortage creates a two-bit black market in coin-operated Seattle in ~finance

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    Always rounding down will definitely get more buy-in than any of the other options, to be sure.

    Always rounding down will definitely get more buy-in than any of the other options, to be sure.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Possibly the worst user interface I've seen all year in ~design

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    So they only made a phone app, and then someone pointed out that computers were a thing, so they just put their app on their website? That's hilarious and terrible.

    So they only made a phone app, and then someone pointed out that computers were a thing, so they just put their app on their website? That's hilarious and terrible.

    12 votes
  13. Comment on Quarter shortage creates a two-bit black market in coin-operated Seattle in ~finance

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    At the moment, there's 113 Yen to the Dollar, so the granularity of currency is actually pretty similar. They even still stamp 1, 5, 10, and 50 Yen coins, so Japan isn't necessarily a great...

    At the moment, there's 113 Yen to the Dollar, so the granularity of currency is actually pretty similar. They even still stamp 1, 5, 10, and 50 Yen coins, so Japan isn't necessarily a great example of it done differently, though I couldn't say how prevalent their use is.

    For me, the question is: what level of rounding off will most people be comfortable with? Round to the nearest .1? .25? I don't think people would necessarily be happy rounding to the nearest dollar per item, but perhaps for a whole transaction it'd be ok?

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  14. Comment on Quarter shortage creates a two-bit black market in coin-operated Seattle in ~finance

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    I've wondered why the US doesn't either get rid of change or change the smallest denomination of coin minted. Does anything actually depend on a coin smaller than a quarter?

    I've wondered why the US doesn't either get rid of change or change the smallest denomination of coin minted. Does anything actually depend on a coin smaller than a quarter?

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Why do we use Tildes? in ~tildes

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    I use it as a filtering mechanism to protect me from the worst of social media. I trust that if there's important news I'll hear about it here, and that most of the insignificant "outrage of the...

    I use it as a filtering mechanism to protect me from the worst of social media. I trust that if there's important news I'll hear about it here, and that most of the insignificant "outrage of the day" stuff will get filtered out. I developed really unhealthy media habits in the wake of the 2016 election, part of walking away from that cliff is that Tildes is the only news aggregator that I look at now. It's been very, very good for my mental health.

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  16. Comment on How a New Hampshire libertarian utopia was foiled by bears in ~humanities

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    That the last major wave of colonization happened by white-majority nations doesn't make colonization inherently white-supremacist, any more than the Mongols dominating most of Eurasia in their...

    That the last major wave of colonization happened by white-majority nations doesn't make colonization inherently white-supremacist, any more than the Mongols dominating most of Eurasia in their heyday made colonialism Mongol-supremacist, right?

    17 votes
  17. Comment on A note from the Rockstar Games team RE: Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition in ~games

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    It really depends on the level of control GSG had on the proceedings. A subcontractor in a situation with this much of a power discrepancy is often very very limited in their ability to push back...

    It really depends on the level of control GSG had on the proceedings. A subcontractor in a situation with this much of a power discrepancy is often very very limited in their ability to push back on unreasonable deadlines, argue for an appropriate budget, etc. It's not likely we'll know exactly what the budget and timeline were for this project, but we can assume that with more time and/or money there would have been a better product.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on The case against open-world games - Grand Theft Auto set the standard, and video games have been worse off ever since in ~games

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    I think it could theoretically be possible one day (even one day within the next few years) to have procedurally generated settlements that feel real-ish. Dwarf Fortress' Adventure Mode is a good...

    I think it could theoretically be possible one day (even one day within the next few years) to have procedurally generated settlements that feel real-ish. Dwarf Fortress' Adventure Mode is a good bit of the way there, though the graphics aren't. Combined with BigSleep, though, you'd get exceptionally trippy imagery from the fruitful descriptions. Perhaps not useful for gaming, yet, but we're on our way to something interesting.

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  19. Comment on How Pinterest utterly ruined photo search on the internet in ~tech

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    Thank you. I really appreciate your insight and perspective. I hadn't thought about it as a wear on the social fabric as opposed to it being a comparatively personal issue. To be honest, if you...

    Thank you. I really appreciate your insight and perspective. I hadn't thought about it as a wear on the social fabric as opposed to it being a comparatively personal issue. To be honest, if you wanted to be a YouTuber instead of a teacher, I'd follow your channel. You deserve more of a platform than you have.

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  20. Comment on How Pinterest utterly ruined photo search on the internet in ~tech

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    And if I was doing anything even the slightest bit dubious by anyone's standards, I would use a service that provided more privacy. I recognize that being so socially acceptable (straight white...

    And if I was doing anything even the slightest bit dubious by anyone's standards, I would use a service that provided more privacy. I recognize that being so socially acceptable (straight white middle class male with boring hobbies) is a position of privilege, and people who have a history of being discriminated against for various purposes do have reasons to be wary, even if they're currently tolerated or accepted. I'm not saying that this is fine for everyone, but all the warnings are just that Google will know everything about me and could one day put it to nefarious uses... and never explain what those nefarious uses might be, as if just being known is its own threat. And perhaps that lack of understanding is its own sign of privilege, that the idea of being seen by the large forces who can have power over me isn't very scary.

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