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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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    I started playing Elden Ring and am now ~25 hours in (for anyone familiar, in my case, that means I've got past Margit and Godrick, along with some minor dungeon bosses). I'm very much in two...

    I started playing Elden Ring and am now ~25 hours in (for anyone familiar, in my case, that means I've got past Margit and Godrick, along with some minor dungeon bosses). I'm very much in two minds about the game though.

    On the one hand, it's visually stunning. The aesthetic is very well achieved and consistent. Monsters/baddies are creative and scary, while landscapes are often gorgeous. It's also very satisfying in the way that if you can see something (e.g. a castle in the far-off, misty distance), you can go there. It'll take a while as you ride and you may have to fight/dodge things on the way, but you can go there. That's very immersive.

    Combat is tough, but very satisfying when you get it right. I came from games where mashing the "attack" button is enough, but that gets you nowhere in this game.

    However, there are huge negative points. There's little to no explanation, even of basic stuff, like tutorial-level stuff. You get turfed out onto a map with very little idea what's going on and almost instantly stomped by the first NPCs you come across. I ended up following the first video of a humongous walkthrough playlist, and that way I got hooked up with what, for example, a "golden seed" is. The game does a terrible job of telling you what all the stats and addins and pockets you have are for. You only get the privilege of levelling up and riding a horse if you go to a specific spot (that is not marked as anything special, just another save spot (to describe it roughly)). I was wandering around just getting stomped until I watched that tutorial.

    Overall, the game feels very hostile to a beginner. It doesn't feel like a game that wants you to play it, if that makes sense. I understand that some people find that interesting/different, but I don't like it. It feels like the annoying people on forums who gatekeep membership of a fanhood unless you've watched all the side content and read up on all the lore. It feels like the game itself is gatekeeping you, which is NOT a good feeling, and being opaque and difficult for their own sakes is NOT a good thing. Change my mind (/s).

    Great game, but huge shortcomings, and the fanbase is marred by the presence of (thankfully a minority) of fans who just chant "git gud" or "skill issue tbh" if you dare to voice any difficulty or question any of From Software's choices.

    9 votes
  2. Comment on Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix 2024 - Results in ~sports.motorsports

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    Could the positive feedback loops be strengthened? Could you "penalise" the top teams even more when they're ahead? If Red Bull aren't being reined in and Sauber/Haas/Williams/Alpine are dropping...

    Could the positive feedback loops be strengthened? Could you "penalise" the top teams even more when they're ahead? If Red Bull aren't being reined in and Sauber/Haas/Williams/Alpine are dropping back, perhaps the sliding scales need tilting even further? I don't know if this is feasible, but the problem of the pecking order being baked in for a whole era is problematic. I know friends that were borderline when Vettel was dominating, which meant that Hamilton's dominance was the final straw. I probably only kept on watching because I'm a Hamilton fan, but I could sympathise. I don't know if a balance of power solution is workable - a quick google on the issue showed me that the WEC community is pretty split, with passionate and solid arguments on both sides.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What AI tools are you actually using? in ~tech

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    I'm looking forward being able to locally produce audiobooks with a customised voice so that I can listen to my mum/dad/partner reading stories. That's got to be great for drifting off to sleep. I...

    I'm looking around at AI audio, because ever since Adobe announced they were going to have a voice software, I've had it in the back of my head that I can actually get a computer voice (that doesn't sound like a computer) to read some stuff for me, and put that together in some other projects. But I think those are sort of still cloud, or cloud-ish right now. Or maybe I haven't looked properly yet. But I'm still keeping an eye on it when I remember.

    I'm looking forward being able to locally produce audiobooks with a customised voice so that I can listen to my mum/dad/partner reading stories. That's got to be great for drifting off to sleep. I refuse to give those voices to some corporation though, so until it can be done locally, it's a pipe dream. I have Chinese friends who have uploaded their child's voice to their map app on their phone, and now their 5 year old's voice does the directions when they're navigating. But I also guess they can't undo that... so as well as being creepy (being told to slow down by your child and having all directions in an uncanny-valley version of your child, ew), they've also sold out their kid there. I guess your voice changes as you grow up, so it's not the worst. Overall, I didn't like it, but I'd like to be able to do it locally.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix 2024 - Results in ~sports.motorsports

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    Being able to predict the winner is going to kill the series if it persists, it was terrible with Vettel, barely tolerable with Hamilton when Rosberg was around (partnered with Bottas, it was back...

    Being able to predict the winner is going to kill the series if it persists, it was terrible with Vettel, barely tolerable with Hamilton when Rosberg was around (partnered with Bottas, it was back to being dire) and it's awful now that Verstappen is occupying that position. It's a huge, long-term issue for the sport, but it's what it needs to overcome for a huge breakout moment. I've stopped watching live, it's just not worth committing that time any more. I'll find a stream somewhere later and skip through the boring laps and be done. No more listening to breathless commentators wondering whether an overtake is coming (it nearly never is) or whether Verstappen might not win (lol). I've been watching since 2010, so I'm not an ancient fan, but I'm not a newcomer either. Packing in more and more races each year, demanding more and more time, while offering a less-entertaining product... it's just got as good a deal as it used to be.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix 2024 - Results in ~sports.motorsports

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    Honestly, he had his shot, that's still a massive win, in my opinion. I don't think he's good enough (along with a handful of others), but being "not good enough" to stay in Formula 1 is almost...

    Honestly, he had his shot, that's still a massive win, in my opinion. I don't think he's good enough (along with a handful of others), but being "not good enough" to stay in Formula 1 is almost meaningless with how élite-level he probably still is as a driver. He's demonstrated good character, team spirit and grit - that should surely stand him in good stead to move elsewhere.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Kobold letters. Why HTML emails are a risk to your organization. in ~tech

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    The laws don't apply to large corporations in the same way they do to individuals. Orange, for example, also flout the law on accepting payments from non-domestic European bank accounts (it's...

    The laws don't apply to large corporations in the same way they do to individuals. Orange, for example, also flout the law on accepting payments from non-domestic European bank accounts (it's called "IBAN discrimination". I reported them, and nothing happened. Corporations don't care and are rarely held accountable.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on French revolution: Cyclists now outnumber motorists in Paris in ~transport

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    It's really great to see a city put policies in place that drive towards this kind of result and see it realised. If cities can make cycling infrastructure widespread and safe, "normal" people...

    It's really great to see a city put policies in place that drive towards this kind of result and see it realised. If cities can make cycling infrastructure widespread and safe, "normal" people will use it, not just hard-core cycling aficionados. The endless chicken-and-egg debate regarding whether it's worth building cycling infrastructure is incredibly annoying - we have examples like this (and other cities, Paris isn't the first,by any means, although it's a very useful case now) showing that if you build it, they will come. I saw someone comparing the stance of "but nobody uses bikes so why build it out?" to measuring the need for a bridge over a river by looking at how many people currently swim across the river.

    I move around my city by bike nearly every single time I have to travel, but it's still way too dangerous to suggest to my wife or child that they should do the same. The other day, I found my first protected bike lane - normally there's a picture of a bike in the lane and it's denominated a "car-bike" lane, which is exactly as useless as it sounds.

    11 votes
  8. Comment on [SOLVED] What does the unsubscribe button on Outlook or Apple mail do? in ~tech

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    It's hard to know which ones I've hit unsubscribe for, too, when I get so many. I unsubscribe very regularly, and I do feel like the volume of spam from firms that have (no doubt underhandedly)...

    It's hard to know which ones I've hit unsubscribe for, too, when I get so many. I unsubscribe very regularly, and I do feel like the volume of spam from firms that have (no doubt underhandedly) got my permission to spam me has dropped, but if it's a very irregular schedule, it's hard to detect. I could sometimes swear that I've requested to unsubscribe and it's been ignored, but to take the time to make a list or something to track it is something I don't have the energy for.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Kobold letters. Why HTML emails are a risk to your organization. in ~tech

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    All emails from Orange, my ISP, are nothing more than the privacy footer and an image. It's infuriating, because you don't know if they're notifying you of a problem (service outage, etc.) or...

    All emails from Orange, my ISP, are nothing more than the privacy footer and an image. It's infuriating, because you don't know if they're notifying you of a problem (service outage, etc.) or sending you an advert (90% of this time it's an ad) until you let them load the image. Having images proxied is just the sort of solution I need to mitigate their bs practices.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on From the makers of the Monocle, Brilliant Labs releases open source AR Glasses in ~comp

  11. Comment on The film fans who refuse to surrender to streaming in ~movies

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    Fascinating, thanks for the pointers, I'll try one to see what I'm missing out on!

    Fascinating, thanks for the pointers, I'll try one to see what I'm missing out on!

    1 vote
  12. Comment on The film fans who refuse to surrender to streaming in ~movies

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    Same re. Plex - for me, it was non-negotiable that the services have to work without an external (I don't know what the word is) internet connection, only using the local network, and when I...

    Same re. Plex - for me, it was non-negotiable that the services have to work without an external (I don't know what the word is) internet connection, only using the local network, and when I realised you had to pay Plex to set that up, it was dead to me. I had been running it for music for a few months by then, so the change was a bit brutal, reconstructing playlists etc., but the ownership you mentioned really makes the difference, even if it's not as extensive a catalogue. Knowing that nobody will delete a song or change it is great.

    I always think of one of the GTA games as an example, I think the licensing ran out on some of the music, so my game in Steam got changed - those songs got removed from the game. If I'd had my own copy of GTA, it wouldn't be affected by stuff like that. Same with TV series, movies, albums, etc., I don't want to be at the mercy of the, say, Amazon content censor to know if I can watch/listen to the same episode/movie/song that I'm used to.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on The film fans who refuse to surrender to streaming in ~movies

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    I've always wondered who watches commentary tracks. Do you watch whole films with the commentary on? You must have watched the film prior to know what's going on, right? Or do you have subtitles...

    I've always wondered who watches commentary tracks. Do you watch whole films with the commentary on? You must have watched the film prior to know what's going on, right? Or do you have subtitles for the dialogue and the commentary from the speakers? I'm fascinated, lol. What movie has had your favourite commentary track (or if not favourite, which movie's commentary track would you recommend)?

    Edit: punctuation.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on The film fans who refuse to surrender to streaming in ~movies

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    I vividly remember the travails of trying to convert an audiobook on cassette tapes (a BBC adaptation of the whole Lord of the Rings, 13 tapes). This must be about a decade ago now, if not more,...

    I vividly remember the travails of trying to convert an audiobook on cassette tapes (a BBC adaptation of the whole Lord of the Rings, 13 tapes). This must be about a decade ago now, if not more, and I dived deep into the rabbit hole of, essentially, analogue to digital audio conversion. And then I realised, I could just pirate it. I fully agree with you on not paying twice. I paid a decent amount for the box set (well worth it, it's an excellent adaptation), but I'm not paying full price again for the privilege of a digital version.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on The film fans who refuse to surrender to streaming in ~movies

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    That flexibility is huge, isn't it? That you can rip them to a server, transcode them if you need to, download them without worrying about download expiration limits for a longer time away from...

    That flexibility is huge, isn't it? That you can rip them to a server, transcode them if you need to, download them without worrying about download expiration limits for a longer time away from home, the list goes on. I run my own Jellyfin server for music, which is always on, and it's such a game-changer. I still think that Spotify smashes it by a country mile, accessing others' playlists is very cool, but being able to access my music anywhere is great. I only got into Jellyfin because I had uploaded all my music to Google Music, but it shut down in 2020.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on The film fans who refuse to surrender to streaming in ~movies

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    I'm perfectly comfortable watching media at home - we have a huge screen (subjective, it's 55", I think, and I still can't get over how big images are, we upgraded from a 27" monitor) and ok...

    I'm perfectly comfortable watching media at home - we have a huge screen (subjective, it's 55", I think, and I still can't get over how big images are, we upgraded from a 27" monitor) and ok speakers (small flat, nothing bigger needed). I love the flexibility of not enduring adverts and being able to pause whenever we fancy, but there are some films for which the cinema experience just blows it out of the water. I watched Dune 2 and it was such good value for money and an enjoyable experience, even if I did need the loo from about halfway through!

    It's comforting to know that there are films that "justify" cinemas, still.

    Re. the article, I don't think I'll ever be swapping bread for DVDs - if society has collapsed to that point, I doubt I can keep a big telly, speakers and a safe space to enjoy it in!

    1 vote
  17. Comment on The magic of the blackboard in ~creative

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    Uff, I used to teach and I'd sometimes end up on loan for summer classes etc. Schools always seem to allocate the worst of their "classroom stock" for these kinds of things, so I ended up doing a...

    Uff, I used to teach and I'd sometimes end up on loan for summer classes etc. Schools always seem to allocate the worst of their "classroom stock" for these kinds of things, so I ended up doing a weekly class with a blackboard (it was a dark green, really) and the chalk dust was awful. I'd beat out the wiper before each class and get rid of clouds of dust, but when you write on the board, you could just see a stream of dust falling from the chalk tip. And of course you get it on your hands, then clothes, then phone/laptop. Whiteboards are such a huge jump. I left the industry before smartboards really kicked in, but hopefully they're another step along.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on From the makers of the Monocle, Brilliant Labs releases open source AR Glasses in ~comp

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    What is the maximum prescription these glasses can handle? I can't get my hands on a concrete number, which is annoying.

    What is the maximum prescription these glasses can handle? I can't get my hands on a concrete number, which is annoying.

  19. Comment on Stardew Valley 1.6 update released on PC in ~games

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    The wider Tildes community will get you playing SV 1.6 again, haha!

    The wider Tildes community will get you playing SV 1.6 again, haha!

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Stardew Valley 1.6 update released on PC in ~games

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    Is that what they are?! I saw something like that in the crafting menu when you hit Esc (on a keyboard, not sure how you bring that up on a controller, sorry). I think it was next to the...

    Is that what they are?! I saw something like that in the crafting menu when you hit Esc (on a keyboard, not sure how you bring that up on a controller, sorry). I think it was next to the deployable campfire. The tent is single use, I think.

    3 votes