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  1. Comment on Illinois rep. wants to ban ‘all violent video games’ to curb violence in ~games

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    What are the issues with violence in games that you're thinking of?

    What are the issues with violence in games that you're thinking of?

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 delayed indefinitely in ~games

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    Honestly, I'm not sure what's happening with Paradox these days. It seems like they're doing a bad job of expanding from their grand strategy offerings into a broader game development and...

    Honestly, I'm not sure what's happening with Paradox these days. It seems like they're doing a bad job of expanding from their grand strategy offerings into a broader game development and publishing organization, though I'm not enough in the know to point at the reasons why.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Plush things for squeezing! 🐽 in ~hobbies

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    Those are delightful! Thank you for sharing. :)

    Those are delightful! Thank you for sharing. :)

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Disney's Cruella - Official trailer in ~movies

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    The bit that makes it especially good/awful is that the movie did lead to a burst in popularity that caused puppy mills to focus on dalmatians. Combined with their unsuitability for interacting...

    The bit that makes it especially good/awful is that the movie did lead to a burst in popularity that caused puppy mills to focus on dalmatians. Combined with their unsuitability for interacting with little kids, they were bred en masse and then abandoned just as quickly.

    1 vote
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  6. Comment on Facebook will ban Australian users from sharing or viewing news in ~tech

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    Are people actually going to be upset with the publishers here? If people want news they'll go outside of Facebook, and Facebook drops a little bit in terms of how much of their lives it holds.

    Are people actually going to be upset with the publishers here? If people want news they'll go outside of Facebook, and Facebook drops a little bit in terms of how much of their lives it holds.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Disney's Cruella - Official trailer in ~movies

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    Yeah, those dalmatians really just needed to be murdered.

    Yeah, those dalmatians really just needed to be murdered.

  8. Comment on Are you open about your gaming? in ~games

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    I don't hide the fact that gaming (video games, board games, tabletop games, etc) is one of my major hobbies. I try to not talk about it nearly as much as I'd like, since most of the people in my...
    • I don't hide the fact that gaming (video games, board games, tabletop games, etc) is one of my major hobbies. I try to not talk about it nearly as much as I'd like, since most of the people in my life aren't passionate about games, the gaming industry, game development, etc, and I know I could talk about it for far too long.
    • Yes, absolutely. System optimization is a major part of what I enjoy about games, and I extend that passion to my work in business administration. I'm open about my work and play both being outcroppings of that core desire to organize and improve.
    • I'm not a "gamer", to the degree that refers to a particular subculture. I don't feel like I'm judged for my choice of hobbies.
    • I definitely identify myself as part of a broader gaming culture, to the degree that I think about/discuss/consume secondary media about games for a good chunk of my recreation time. "Gamer" as a title has been for someone else to claim since GamerGate was a thing.

    Edit: cleaned up now-irrelevant aside.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on I'm considering on becoming a first-time dog owner soon, looking for advice in ~talk

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    Some advice: the size of the dog and the amount of attention, exercise, etc, are poorly correlated. A greyhound is a fairly large dog, but they need a very small amount of vigorous exercise each...

    Some advice: the size of the dog and the amount of attention, exercise, etc, are poorly correlated. A greyhound is a fairly large dog, but they need a very small amount of vigorous exercise each day, and spend most of the rest asleep or lazing around. By comparison a Jack Russel Terrier is a small dog but is an endless font of energy. (Terriers in general need a lot of exercise to be happy.) So make sure that you're getting a breed of dog that really does match your lifestyle.

    Also, be clear that you're getting a roommate that'll be with you for 10-20 years. While in choosing a breed you'll have some sense of what kind of roommate he or she will be, they'll be a person that you have to coordinate your life with in a way that cats just aren't. Think of a dog like a toddler. They have opinions about the world, and you'll need to work with them.

    In that they're a person, you really will need classes to teach them how to behave and to teach you how to guide them through life. For all that I talk of them like people, they aren't humans and you need to understand dog psychology to be able to work with them well. Everyone will be happier if both of you take classes together.

    18 votes
  10. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of February 8 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Out of all the people vaccinated during the tests, none of them have died of Covid-19 or vaccine related issues. That alone should tell you the vaccine is better than getting sick.

    Out of all the people vaccinated during the tests, none of them have died of Covid-19 or vaccine related issues. That alone should tell you the vaccine is better than getting sick.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Officer plays copyrighted music while being filmed in ~tech

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    To me, filming an interaction is a statement that you believe documentation is or may be needed, and possibly an attempt to dissuade others in the situation from engaging in actions they wouldn't...

    To me, filming an interaction is a statement that you believe documentation is or may be needed, and possibly an attempt to dissuade others in the situation from engaging in actions they wouldn't want to have filmed. If an officer of the law is miserable working while being recorded, why? What are they doing that they wouldn't want to be seen?

    I recognize the irony of using this argument when I completely hate it when it's applied to private citizens' privacy, but I think it applies. A police officer in the line of duty is a representative of the government, and should be behaving and seen to be behaving in an appropriate manner.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Officer plays copyrighted music while being filmed in ~tech

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    It's clear you've never been given the runaround by administration. There's dozens of ways to mess with someone who's just trying to fill out a form. If you're working with an untrustworthy...

    It's clear you've never been given the runaround by administration. There's dozens of ways to mess with someone who's just trying to fill out a form. If you're working with an untrustworthy institution recording them is an eminently reasonable action. It would be rude if they deserved the benefit of the doubt, but given that the person in question was attempting to get documentation regarding the police's prior unjust actions it seems like the benefit of the doubt has already been lost.

    11 votes
  13. Comment on Officer plays copyrighted music while being filmed in ~tech

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    It's easy to be rude while filming the interaction; that's not the same thing.

    It's easy to be rude while filming the interaction; that's not the same thing.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Officer plays copyrighted music while being filmed in ~tech

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    Filming an interaction when you have reason to expect the need for documentation is not rude.

    Filming an interaction when you have reason to expect the need for documentation is not rude.

    13 votes
  15. Comment on If you listen/have listened to musicals before, what's your favorite musical and favorite songs within each musical? in ~music

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    Easy. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Specifically the 1979 version by Sondheim. While I have a fondness for "A Little Priest" due to its elaborate wordplay about how different...

    Easy. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Specifically the 1979 version by Sondheim. While I have a fondness for "A Little Priest" due to its elaborate wordplay about how different professions taste when cooked into pies, "My Friends" is the one that always sends shivers down my spine. The relief and joy in Sweeney's voice as he gets his razors back combined with the resolution of the piece is just so good.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on The Ample Hills ice cream company had $19 million, a place on Oprah's favorite things list, a deal with Disney, and dreams of becoming the next Ben & Jerry’s. Then everything fell apart. in ~finance

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    Yeah, it's easy to fail to update your projections, leaving you with an outdated understanding of what your finances actually look like. Especially during aggressive periods of growth it can be...

    Yeah, it's easy to fail to update your projections, leaving you with an outdated understanding of what your finances actually look like. Especially during aggressive periods of growth it can be really hard to even know what the fundamental stable point of a given branch is, let alone for the organization as a whole.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on The Ample Hills ice cream company had $19 million, a place on Oprah's favorite things list, a deal with Disney, and dreams of becoming the next Ben & Jerry’s. Then everything fell apart. in ~finance

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    It's specifically that they aren't normally free of those constraints, and then suddenly have more money than they know what to do with. When tens of millions of dollars are suddenly available,...

    It's specifically that they aren't normally free of those constraints, and then suddenly have more money than they know what to do with. When tens of millions of dollars are suddenly available, unless you have experience dealing with money on that scale you start to lose track of what that much money does and does not mean. $19 million dollars definitely means you can have three to five storefronts and a small factory backing it up, but you're not going to be the next Ben & Jerry's without a lot more money and infrastructure.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Sending stuff around the world in ~talk

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    It depends a little on where you want to fit in the coffee supply chain. It sounds like you aren't the grower, so you'll probably be working with a counterparty who will already have some...

    It depends a little on where you want to fit in the coffee supply chain. It sounds like you aren't the grower, so you'll probably be working with a counterparty who will already have some experience with shipping in their geographic area. Can you give a bit more detail about what you're planning on doing?

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Tesla recalls 135,000 cars after pushing back against regulators in ~tech

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    That's audacious, but interesting. I'm not sure I see the steps to get there from here, but I'd be interested in seeing the results of such a program.

    That's audacious, but interesting. I'm not sure I see the steps to get there from here, but I'd be interested in seeing the results of such a program.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on Tesla recalls 135,000 cars after pushing back against regulators in ~tech

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    When you say "dissolution of the company", what do you envision happening to the employees? The physical assets distributed across the world? The intellectual property? What's the plan for...

    When you say "dissolution of the company", what do you envision happening to the employees? The physical assets distributed across the world? The intellectual property? What's the plan for continuing to supply the goods that the company used to supply, if that plan isn't purely "wait for a new company to move into that space, or for a large existing company to come closer to monopolizing that market?"

    It's really easy to say "Shut It Down!", but the logistics of not just ripping a hole in local and regional economies is not trivial.

    10 votes