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  1. Comment on The Super Mario Bros. Movie | Official teaser trailer in ~movies

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    That sounds honestly pretty ideal for a Mario movie in an animated style, where we'd expect a bunch of background characters with minor palette swaps.

    That sounds honestly pretty ideal for a Mario movie in an animated style, where we'd expect a bunch of background characters with minor palette swaps.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Timasomo 2022: Roll Call in ~creative.timasomo

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    Ah, fair enough. I'd seen your metalworking videos and made an assumption about the overall materials.

    Ah, fair enough. I'd seen your metalworking videos and made an assumption about the overall materials.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Timasomo 2022: Roll Call in ~creative.timasomo

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    I'd think that a semi-sharp pick would be the thing that'd be useful on the other side of the head. Something to loosen soil, adjust logs in a fire, or scatter the embers to extinguish it.

    I'd think that a semi-sharp pick would be the thing that'd be useful on the other side of the head. Something to loosen soil, adjust logs in a fire, or scatter the embers to extinguish it.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Fandom buys TV Guide, Metacritic, GameSpot and other brands for about $50 million in cash in ~games

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    Sigh. Fandom has been working hard to monetize other people's content in the wiki space. It makes perfect sense for them to expand that effort to paste ads all over anything that someone writes....

    Sigh. Fandom has been working hard to monetize other people's content in the wiki space. It makes perfect sense for them to expand that effort to paste ads all over anything that someone writes. Basically every game wiki with engaged personnel and some hosting chops has started to self-host to get away from them, though. They're awful to actually use.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Key Disco Elysium developers have 'involuntarily' left the company in ~games

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    This is a very polite way of saying that they didn't take the needed steps to maintain legal control of the company, which makes me really sad. I know that "artists get taken advantage of by...

    The ZA/UM cultural association is different from the studio ZA/UM that developed Disco Elysium, and Luiga says that he chose to dissolve the cultural organization as it "no longer represents the ethos it was founded on."

    "People and ideas are meant to be eternal; organizations may well be temporary," Luiga continued. "I find that the organization was successful overall and most of the mistakes that were made were contingent, determined by the sociocultural conditions we were thrown into. I still encourage people to organize, and I would say that one of the qualities that the ZA/UM cultural organization sorely lacked was pretty much any formal structure. For a while, it was beautiful. My sincerest thanks to all that have rooted for us."

    This is a very polite way of saying that they didn't take the needed steps to maintain legal control of the company, which makes me really sad. I know that "artists get taken advantage of by businessmen" is a tale as old as time, but it hurts to see it happen to the heart of ZA/UM.

    11 votes
  6. Comment on The Ice Bucket Challenge wasn't just for social media. It helped fund a new ALS drug. in ~health

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    While this is uplifting, it's also good marketing for a dubious drug. The studies do show an extended lifespan after diagnosis, but it was approved on the back of a single study of 137 people, and...

    While this is uplifting, it's also good marketing for a dubious drug. The studies do show an extended lifespan after diagnosis, but it was approved on the back of a single study of 137 people, and will cost cost about $12,500 for a 28-day supply, or $158,000 a year before insurance, far above the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review's recommended price of between $9,100 to $30,700 per year. The company releasing the drug promises that all the profits will go into researching the next generation of ALS drugs, but given that this drug is merely a combination of two previous drugs, the profits they'll receive seem exorbitant.

    My mother died of ALS, and on the morning of her death she wished that there would be news of a miraculous cure that would reverse the impact of ALS on her body and let her live a full life again. This is not that drug. It'll let people live a little longer (an additional 20% expected lifespan post-diagnosis is nothing to sneer at,) but it draws out a process that is already full of suffering. It may be the right choice for some people, to let them try to reach one more important landmark in life, but even if the effects do persist in a larger sample size it's not universally the right choice.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Defective altruism - the repugnant philosophy of “Effective Altruism” offers nothing to movements for global justice in ~humanities

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    I've worked with a person in the non-profit space who exemplifies this 1000%. They're independently wealthy and over the last 15 years have sunk 15+ million into various self-directed efforts to...

    I've worked with a person in the non-profit space who exemplifies this 1000%. They're independently wealthy and over the last 15 years have sunk 15+ million into various self-directed efforts to make healthy food more available to poor people. As far as I can tell, what they've actually done is paid a series of business people to develop plans that they abandon for the next socially conscious trend, administrative people to make powerpoints talking about said plans, and accountants to file reports and taxes for organizations that never end up doing anything. They has talked a great game over all that time, but the only good they've done is make sure that some people have money to live on, and it's not the people they say they're helping.

    While this is a condemnation of mission over effectiveness, it's also kind of a condemnation of wealthy individuals claiming they know how to help other people.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Weekly megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - September 29 in ~news

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    It's already being revisited. Wagner Group is already being used to "bolster morale" for conscripts.

    It's already being revisited. Wagner Group is already being used to "bolster morale" for conscripts.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Metros with the most unoccupied homes in America in ~life

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    That's a sobering piece. Notably, they fall into three basic camps: places where most of the housing stock is second/vacation homes for individuals, places so poor no one even wants the housing...

    That's a sobering piece. Notably, they fall into three basic camps: places where most of the housing stock is second/vacation homes for individuals, places so poor no one even wants the housing stock, as it's in terrible shape, and places where the price of housing has been pushed up so high that even as people want to buy, the houses sit empty because the owners want more money for them than anyone local has to offer.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Stadia is shutting down in ~games

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    I'm pretty sure Google doesn't want to be the test case for a class action lawsuit on the topic of deprived property due to the service shutting down, and they absolutely would be if they didn't...

    I'm pretty sure Google doesn't want to be the test case for a class action lawsuit on the topic of deprived property due to the service shutting down, and they absolutely would be if they didn't do anything about it.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Stadia is shutting down in ~games

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    Speaking as someone who invested real money in it and is getting their money back, it doesn't sting at all.

    Speaking as someone who invested real money in it and is getting their money back, it doesn't sting at all.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Stadia is shutting down in ~games

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    The key point: This is the ideal response. I only ever bought a couple things from Stadia, but I'm glad I'll get my money back, and it'll mean I can repurchase on Steam if I care about the games...

    The key point:

    We will be offering refunds for all Stadia hardware purchases (Stadia Controller, Founders Edition, Premiere Edition, and Play and Watch with Google TV packages) made through the Google Store and software transactions (games and add-on purchases) through the Stadia store. Stadia Pro subscriptions are not eligible for refund, however you will be able to continue playing your games in Pro without further charges until the final wind down date.

    We are working through this process now and will keep this article updated as we define the process for each of the countries and different situations. Our intent is to have the majority of refunds processed back to the original payment by January 18, 2023.

    This is the ideal response. I only ever bought a couple things from Stadia, but I'm glad I'll get my money back, and it'll mean I can repurchase on Steam if I care about the games enough to want to mod/replay them.

    19 votes
  13. Comment on Cheap, easy, and not-too-unhealthy homemade snacks? in ~food

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    An apple and a few walnuts are a classic. The other one my wife and I go with is a small bit of cheese. A single cheese stick or babybel, something quick and easy.

    An apple and a few walnuts are a classic. The other one my wife and I go with is a small bit of cheese. A single cheese stick or babybel, something quick and easy.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Weekly megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - September 22 in ~news

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    Given the degree to which Russia has used the existence of Russian minorities in adjacent countries as casus belli, I don't blame the countries near it for their resistance to accepting anyone...

    Given the degree to which Russia has used the existence of Russian minorities in adjacent countries as casus belli, I don't blame the countries near it for their resistance to accepting anyone from Russia.

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

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    I feel like the terrible control scheme is part of the point. It's a rare game that makes for a better experience when you're less good at it, but Trombone Champ hits that sweet spot.

    I feel like the terrible control scheme is part of the point. It's a rare game that makes for a better experience when you're less good at it, but Trombone Champ hits that sweet spot.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    Given the recent hack, you have reason to be hopeful.

    Given the recent hack, you have reason to be hopeful.

  17. Comment on Wikipedia Speedruns in ~tech

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    I took a really different path, going through the NHL to CBS, which has a music label arm, and from there to pop music and down to the Billboard 200. I did hit "Billboard (magazine)" on my way to...

    I took a really different path, going through the NHL to CBS, which has a music label arm, and from there to pop music and down to the Billboard 200. I did hit "Billboard (magazine)" on my way to the Billboard 200, but our paths were otherwise entirely different.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Wikipedia Speedruns in ~tech

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    I'm feeling lucky gave me a rough one: "Shot (ice hockey)" to "Billboard 200". I was able to do it in 186 seconds and 14 links, though I'm sure there's a faster route.

    I'm feeling lucky gave me a rough one: "Shot (ice hockey)" to "Billboard 200". I was able to do it in 186 seconds and 14 links, though I'm sure there's a faster route.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    It goes to a full galaxy over time, but have you checked out Aurora 4X?

    It goes to a full galaxy over time, but have you checked out Aurora 4X?

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Who are your favorite Twitch musicians? in ~music

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    I'm a fan of JMusicBand, though the band broke up because of covid. Their lead saxophonist still performs on the regular, and there's a huge backlog of great stuff on YouTube.

    I'm a fan of JMusicBand, though the band broke up because of covid. Their lead saxophonist still performs on the regular, and there's a huge backlog of great stuff on YouTube.

    2 votes