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  1. Comment on Tove Styrke: ‘I wanted to do something different. It's okay for a song to be 3'30''’ in ~music

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    Homogenisation seems like the inevitable fate of anything optimising for mass market appeal. There will be one style that appeals to the most people. The only thing that has changed now is we have...

    Homogenisation seems like the inevitable fate of anything optimising for mass market appeal. There will be one style that appeals to the most people. The only thing that has changed now is we have more music, more data, faster evolution cycles. So artists can all exactly hone in on what mass market is.

    Of course the artist is free to have a song that switches from regular pop to something obscure and hardcore, but by doing so they are splitting their listener base by only targeting the intersection of people who like both styles of music.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on 'Catastrophic scene' inside Tulsa medical building where five people died in mass shooting in ~news

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    “There is nothing more this community can do for us than pray for the families and loved ones of the victims of this senseless act,” Thoughts and prayers.

    “There is nothing more this community can do for us than pray for the families and loved ones of the victims of this senseless act,”

    Thoughts and prayers.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What are some games that you recommend emulating today? in ~games

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    Honestly, I’m of the opinion that emulation is great for reliving old favourite games, but it’s not so great for trying out new games. Every time I try out stuff from the PS2 era it’s just a...

    Honestly, I’m of the opinion that emulation is great for reliving old favourite games, but it’s not so great for trying out new games.

    Every time I try out stuff from the PS2 era it’s just a reminder of how far gaming as come and how relatively mediocre games like Simpsons Hit & Run were so popular back then but wouldn’t hold up at all if released today.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on As the money pours in, Europe's second-biggest natural gas supplier Norway is fending off accusations that it's profiting from the war in Ukraine in ~enviro

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    Price gouging isn’t a very well defined thing. It’s primarily referring to essential survival goods seeing a huge spike in price immediately after a disaster despite no changes in supply. The term...

    Price gouging isn’t a very well defined thing. It’s primarily referring to essential survival goods seeing a huge spike in price immediately after a disaster despite no changes in supply.

    The term makes less sense for longer term situations where supply has been effected.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Just another pedestrian killed in ~misc

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    There are a lot of hard hitting quotes in this work but I think this one speaks out most to me We need to seriously redesign roads so that the average person does not feel safe driving any faster...

    There are a lot of hard hitting quotes in this work but I think this one speaks out most to me

    I’m fed up with people being killed because my profession contains a bunch of dogmatic idiots. I’m sure the response of some will be: But Chuck, the driver was drunk, this isn’t the engineer’s fault. Ridiculous. If I had a $100 for every time I heard an engineer recommend some stupid tree removal or curve widening because “some drunk is going to come through here and get killed” I would be fully funding Strong Towns with the interest off my latent wealth. We consider the drunk when it suits our purposes -- the free flow of traffic -- and ignore them when it doesn't. That's the sign of a broken moral compass.

    We need to seriously redesign roads so that the average person does not feel safe driving any faster than the listed speed limit. Rather than building a freeway and limiting it to a residential street speed and then fining everyone who drives to the design of the road.

    10 votes
  6. Comment on Apple Event (8th March) - Peek Performance in ~tech

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    The branding on the M1 is shocking. “The MacBook Pro M1 Pro” is such a confusing and bad name. I feel like intel did a much better job with “12th generation i7” where if you think about it for a...

    The branding on the M1 is shocking. “The MacBook Pro M1 Pro” is such a confusing and bad name. I feel like intel did a much better job with “12th generation i7” where if you think about it for a moment it’s quite clear which one says how new it is and which bit says what tier it’s on.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Google is wrong. Apple’s iMessage is actually a failure. in ~tech

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    I don’t think people care too much in direct messages, it’s group chats where the problems start. If you invite an android user, it means downgrading the group for everyone and losing a lot of...

    I don’t think people care too much in direct messages, it’s group chats where the problems start. If you invite an android user, it means downgrading the group for everyone and losing a lot of features people want. So it becomes “let’s not invite them, they use android and it will ruin the group”

    This is only an issue if your friend group uses iMessage though, and it seems discord is a lot more common. I actually agree with Apple blocking RCS though because it’s just another shitty carrier controlled platform with no desktop support. Killing of SMS and using internet IM programs is just a better solution.

    What is astounding is just how badly google has failed. It’s not that they just weren’t good enough, but that they seem to actively want to destroy their own products. Virtually everyone knows apples message program is iMessage. What is googles app of the month? Who knows.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Dutch museums and concert halls open as hair salons to protest Covid rules in ~health.coronavirus

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    It’s quite sad to see the situation in a lot of Europe right now. Governments around the world are starting to admit they have lost all control of covid but that it can be ok to return to normal...

    It’s quite sad to see the situation in a lot of Europe right now. Governments around the world are starting to admit they have lost all control of covid but that it can be ok to return to normal anyway. Lots of people caught waiting in the period before this happens.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What if phones were actually designed for hands? in ~design

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    The market has very clearly sided against the author here. Phones in all form factors exist right now and yet the best selling phone is always the biggest ones. Apple even released an iPhone mini...

    The market has very clearly sided against the author here. Phones in all form factors exist right now and yet the best selling phone is always the biggest ones. Apple even released an iPhone mini with all the features of the larger phones and yet hardly anyone got one. While the Pro Max is extremely popular despite being massive and one of the most expensive phones ever.

    The majority are completely fine with using a phone with two hands. For things like typing it becomes a massive speed up. And for basically anything visual it’s a clear benefit.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Crime prediction software promised to be free of biases. New data shows it perpetuates them. in ~tech

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    Read the first half and skimmed the rest. But these findings seem.. obvious? It would seem intuitive that poor areas have higher crime levels. Don’t know if this was buried in the body, but were...

    Read the first half and skimmed the rest. But these findings seem.. obvious? It would seem intuitive that poor areas have higher crime levels.

    Don’t know if this was buried in the body, but were the predictions wrong? I would be more interested if they could show that certain groups get a greater number of false positives than others. If the system is pretty close to predicting the truth, then I sounds like it’s working well.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Spotify Wrapped 2021 in ~music

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    I checked mine and it was 76,000 minutes which comes to almost 4 hours per day. I’m actually surprised it’s that low considering I typically work with Spotify playing for almost the whole 8 hours.

    I checked mine and it was 76,000 minutes which comes to almost 4 hours per day. I’m actually surprised it’s that low considering I typically work with Spotify playing for almost the whole 8 hours.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on The first thing we do, let's kill all the leaf blowers in ~enviro

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    I recently tried an electric leaf blower and they are shockingly powerful in a tiny package. Not a whole lot of reason to still use combustion. The thing was smaller and lighter than a hand held...

    I recently tried an electric leaf blower and they are shockingly powerful in a tiny package. Not a whole lot of reason to still use combustion. The thing was smaller and lighter than a hand held vacuum

    14 votes
  13. Comment on Apple's new thing, the iPod (2001) in ~tech

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    The new iPads use usb-c so they don’t require that insanely expensive camera dongle. A $2 eBay A to C cable works fine.

    The new iPads use usb-c so they don’t require that insanely expensive camera dongle. A $2 eBay A to C cable works fine.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Apple's new thing, the iPod (2001) in ~tech

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    Being profoundly wrong seems to be a trend with Apple announcements. I remember when the AirPods came out.. You can also see the original reddit thread when the iPhone came out and it’s filled...

    Being profoundly wrong seems to be a trend with Apple announcements. I remember when the AirPods came out.. You can also see the original reddit thread when the iPhone came out and it’s filled with people saying that no one wants a phone this big, no one wants a touch screen, it’s useless because it will get finger smudges.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Apple's new thing, the iPod (2001) in ~tech

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    To be fair, the original iPad didn’t really seem that useful and it wasn’t until multiple generations later that it innovated in to several markets which work. These days I think the primary use...

    To be fair, the original iPad didn’t really seem that useful and it wasn’t until multiple generations later that it innovated in to several markets which work.

    These days I think the primary use cases are pretty well captured. Artists, pilots, watching movies on planes, displaying sheet music.

    But other than just a movie watching device, none of those other markets were helped at the start and it would take a very forward thinking person to see the future we are in now.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    Not only that, but when you open something full screen like a video, it puts a black bar on the top so it looks exactly like the pre notch screen.

    Not only that, but when you open something full screen like a video, it puts a black bar on the top so it looks exactly like the pre notch screen.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Please stop closing forums and moving people to Discord in ~tech

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    The servers are almost the cheap part compared to the time it takes to maintain and secure a forum on a server. Self hosted things are not just set and forget, otherwise they very quickly end up...

    The servers are almost the cheap part compared to the time it takes to maintain and secure a forum on a server. Self hosted things are not just set and forget, otherwise they very quickly end up hacked.

    The value in managed platforms like discord is so immense that it’s no wonder everyone picks them.

  18. Comment on We must radically reduce carbon emissions by 2030 in order to avoid the most catastrophic damage of climate change. How can you help? in ~enviro

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    It’s always this huge finger pointing game where the consumers go “it’s not my job, the companies are at fault” and the companies go “it’s not my fault, the government allows it” and the...

    It’s always this huge finger pointing game where the consumers go “it’s not my job, the companies are at fault” and the companies go “it’s not my fault, the government allows it” and the government is funded by the companies so they point it back to the consumer.

    4 votes