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  1. Comment on Reddit CEO Steve Huffman discusses how he wants every subreddit to be its own media company and he wants to see money being exchanged from users to users and users to subreddits in ~tech

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    Drowned out, aged out, migrated to a variety of other places? I'm still on reddit daily, but I'm in my little niche subreddits and don't pay attention to the larger ones, or the ones that involve...

    Drowned out, aged out, migrated to a variety of other places? I'm still on reddit daily, but I'm in my little niche subreddits and don't pay attention to the larger ones, or the ones that involve controversy (If I want drama I'll watch a TV show). It seems like a long-term version of Eternal September.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on Building a Toy Story rocket car in ~hobbies

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    Aaaaaand subscribed. The attention to detail they put into each aspect was wonderful to watch.

    Aaaaaand subscribed. The attention to detail they put into each aspect was wonderful to watch.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What are some of your favorite tabletop RPG systems and settings, and what do you love about them? in ~games.tabletop

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    I think my favorite system is the mashup our DM created, we've been running it for about 3 years. We started by doing a real-time session over discord where he explained the basic rules of the...

    I think my favorite system is the mashup our DM created, we've been running it for about 3 years.

    We started by doing a real-time session over discord where he explained the basic rules of the Microscope system, and we each took a turn. We then spent the next 6 months or so adding to a google doc asynchronously as we built out our world. This was an really excellent way for all of the players to become truly invested in the world and to know the lore really well.

    At a fairly arbitrary point, we decided we were "done" and ready for the "real" game. We then picked a point in our Microscope timeline that we wanted to adventure in. We then each created characters using the Blades in the Dark system, but adapting all the flavor text to suit our created universe. Our DM then pulled together all the lore we had written and started us out having adventures.

    Blades is pretty non-crunchy, which suits our group's preferred play style of collective storytelling over battle mechanics. We often find ourselves describing what is happening by using cinema terms like "the camera fades to black as my character howls in anguish". It's been incredibly fun to play in this universe, and the tangled web of plots grows ever thicker and more interesting as we keep going.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on What have you learned from going through a breakup? in ~talk

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    You're right to a limited extent. Any 2 people moving to a new place would inherently need to depend on one another for support, at least for awhile. Codependency was definitely a problem though....

    You're right to a limited extent. Any 2 people moving to a new place would inherently need to depend on one another for support, at least for awhile.

    Codependency was definitely a problem though. I've been a people-pleaser my entire life, I really enjoy making other people happy. That's not inherently bad, until I ended up in a relationship with someone who exhibits narcissistic-avoidance behaviors. Without realizing it, the relationship morphed into a one where it revolved entirely around her and keeping her happy at all costs. I have to own part of that, my own lack of boundaries contributed to a large part of it. That's something I hope I can be better about in future relationships (both romantic and otherwise).

    4 votes
  5. Comment on What have you learned from going through a breakup? in ~talk

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    Recently divorced. Listen to your friends, especially the ones that knew you before the relationship. You don't always have to follow their advice, but they're probably the people who know you the...
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    Recently divorced.

    Listen to your friends, especially the ones that knew you before the relationship. You don't always have to follow their advice, but they're probably the people who know you the best and have your best interest at heart (if they don't, you make friends very differently than I do). I made the mistake of moving across country from both friends and family with a person that I had known less than a year. Nobody knew me well enough in the new location to point out the warning signs in the relationship.

    If you feel like there's an imbalance in how much effort each person is putting into the relationship, speak up. If speaking up doesn't work (either because they don't listen, or don't change) then leave. I spent way too long pouring way too much effort into my marriage. It felt imbalanced for a long time, but my co-dependency always lead me to double-down and try harder to try and fill a gap that wasn't my responsibility to fill.

    14 votes
  6. Comment on The new, improved James Cameron wants to reintroduce you to ‘Avatar’ in ~movies

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    I have maintained for a number of years that the 2 best ways to see a movie are on opening night, with all of the other people who are super-enthused about it, sharing that collective energy in an...

    There is something, for me, about experiencing common consciousness in physical proximity

    I have maintained for a number of years that the 2 best ways to see a movie are

    1. on opening night, with all of the other people who are super-enthused about it, sharing that collective energy
    2. in an empty theater on a Sunday morning many weeks after release, when there is literally nobody else there except people you brought with you

    @DanBC $40 is a hefty cost, which I would also balk at. I'm fortunate to have a local theater chain that is absolute top-notch. They have reclining heated leather seats, assigned seating, and a ticket is $5 before 5pm. I rarely buy concessions, but I will buy a $10 beer from them because I appreciate their setup. I can book online, walk in early on a weekend without speaking to anyone, have my ideal seat, and enjoy a movie for about the cost of streaming it via Apple

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

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    This amuses me. So there is no ability to customize decks, only the ability to choose to use a deck once you have encountered it? Probably the entire system resets and re-randomizes periodically...

    but the main draw is that there's a dominant strain of deck out there, and you're either feeding it's reign, or looking to take it down a peg.

    This amuses me. So there is no ability to customize decks, only the ability to choose to use a deck once you have encountered it? Probably the entire system resets and re-randomizes periodically to keep it fresh?

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

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    Yup, I'm in. Especially after playing through Stray.

    You have to learn cat language, and you then play a cat detective

    Yup, I'm in. Especially after playing through Stray.

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

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    I'm intrigued by this idea, and I wonder if the difficulty with the linguistics could be somewhat mitigated by having it be an async multiplayer experience? Where 2 players are randomly paired,...

    I'm intrigued by this idea, and I wonder if the difficulty with the linguistics could be somewhat mitigated by having it be an async multiplayer experience? Where 2 players are randomly paired, and you have to try and learn how to communicate with each other? I'm not sure how to make that interesting for both players though.

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

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    With the Lyra demo of UE5 as the starting point, I'd be surprised if there isn't at least 1 major company and several indie developers working on something like this.

    With the Lyra demo of UE5 as the starting point, I'd be surprised if there isn't at least 1 major company and several indie developers working on something like this.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of September 12 in ~news

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    Migrants on Martha's Vineyard flight say they were told they were going to Boston This is.... I don't even know what to call this. Human rights abuse seems fitting. I'm also not sure what the...

    Migrants on Martha's Vineyard flight say they were told they were going to Boston

    The migrants said a woman they identified as "Perla" approached them outside the shelter and lured them into boarding the plane, saying they would be flown to Boston where they could get expedited work papers. She provided them with food. The migrants said Perla was still trying to recruit more passengers just hours before their flight.

    He went on to explain why he boarded the plane with so little information in hand. "Look, when you have no money and someone offers help, well, it means a lot."

    Most of the arrivals spoke little or no English, and Spanish-speaking high school students were pressed into service as interpreters.

    This is.... I don't even know what to call this. Human rights abuse seems fitting. I'm also not sure what the proper recourse here is. The AG of one state suing another state for the funds to take care of these people?

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

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    I still yearn for a really well-thought out version of 10Six. It holds a special place for me because it was my first MMO, and it actually survived it's cancellation because one of the lead...

    I still yearn for a really well-thought out version of 10Six. It holds a special place for me because it was my first MMO, and it actually survived it's cancellation because one of the lead programmers took the code and is still running it over 20 years later. I was so into this game, that I actually used my fledgling 3D skills to model an item and send it to the team, and they actually incorporated it into the game!.

    The lead programmer has continued to make improvements, but he's only one person with a real career. And there are some fundamental mechanics problems with gameplay that could be improved on using modern designs. Really the core of the gameplay for me is a persistent world, with RTS strategies, and the ability to drop down into FPS mode. Everything beyond that is up for modification.

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

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    I think the closest I have ever seen to something like this was Savage 2. It never became very popular, but it was a really unique and interesting blend of RTS and FPS.

    I think the closest I have ever seen to something like this was Savage 2. It never became very popular, but it was a really unique and interesting blend of RTS and FPS.

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

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    Watching the announcement video and technical PoC presentation for this is still one of my top-10 most mind-blowing moments in gaming. A player in Dust514 calling down an orbital strike that must...

    Dust and it's integration with Eve was also a big step

    Watching the announcement video and technical PoC presentation for this is still one of my top-10 most mind-blowing moments in gaming. A player in Dust514 calling down an orbital strike that must be coordinated with actual players flying starships in EVE was jaw-droppingly awesome.

    I am a PC player and the few consoles I have ever bought have quickly languished and been resold on craigslist. But I bought a PS2 specifically and only because I wanted in on the Dust514 beta. It was very disappointing when they canned it, it could have been incredible in so many ways.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Peiter "Mudge" Zatko claims Twitter only has live production environment that all engineers can access in ~tech

  16. Comment on During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Peiter "Mudge" Zatko claims Twitter only has live production environment that all engineers can access in ~tech

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    JFC this is jaw-droppingly negligent/incompetent. It's one thing for a strappy new startup to have been caught off guard by a surge in traffic and have to scramble to improve their security....

    JFC this is jaw-droppingly negligent/incompetent. It's one thing for a strappy new startup to have been caught off guard by a surge in traffic and have to scramble to improve their security. Twitter has no excuses. At a minimum what should come out of this is a set of regulations requiring any company dealing with more than X customer records to have XYZ security procedures in place.

    12 votes
  17. Comment on 2022 Primetime Emmy Winners (Updating Live) in ~tv

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    @cloud_loud thanks for this no-nonsense list, I appreciate it!

    @cloud_loud thanks for this no-nonsense list, I appreciate it!

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of September 12 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Oh yes, to be clear my consideration was would I rather endure side effects all in one weekend, or spread it out. The last booster gave me pretty mild symptoms for less than a day, and flu...

    Oh yes, to be clear my consideration was would I rather endure side effects all in one weekend, or spread it out. The last booster gave me pretty mild symptoms for less than a day, and flu vaccines historically don't cause any side effects for me, so I think I'll just do it all at once.

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  19. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of September 12 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I was just contemplating today when to go get my boosters, and debating if I wanted to get the flu shot at the same time or space them a few weeks apart. I also have several trips coming up in Oct...

    I was just contemplating today when to go get my boosters, and debating if I wanted to get the flu shot at the same time or space them a few weeks apart. I also have several trips coming up in Oct so I definitely want to get boosters before then.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on The Little Mermaid | Official teaser trailer in ~movies

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    I haven't seen that movie, nor paid much attention to it. There was a thing?

    from the whole Morbius thing

    I haven't seen that movie, nor paid much attention to it. There was a thing?

    3 votes