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  1. Comment on The 9/11 era is over in ~misc

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    Because it destroyed a symbol that was before in the realm of fiction. On this regard, this excellent piece by Lindsay Ellis comparing Independence Day and War of the Worlds. It's more about the...

    How could 2 hacked planes scar a nation for a decade and a half?

    Because it destroyed a symbol that was before in the realm of fiction. On this regard, this excellent piece by Lindsay Ellis comparing Independence Day and War of the Worlds. It's more about the film themselves but the 9/11 subtext cannot be ignored.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on What's a good way to learn how to maintain my own computer hardware? in ~comp

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    There was a famous analysis about 10 years ago where a French hardware magazine (CanardPC) published a deep-dive review (including dissassembly) of such non-name PSU (here; the Google Translate...

    Never, ever buy a cheap PSU from some no-name outlet,

    There was a famous analysis about 10 years ago where a French hardware magazine (CanardPC) published a deep-dive review (including dissassembly) of such non-name PSU (here; the Google Translate version is surprisingly accurate and readable). The reason for they did this analysis was that the samples they tested exploded (!) under load (of 240W for a 500W-rated PSU).

    The results were horrific:

    • no radio interference shielding (required under European law, and probably US too)
    • under-sized and/or mislabeled internal components (e.g. 330nF condensers while they are supposed to be 470nF)
    • presence lead soldering (it was already banned in Europe)
    6 votes
  3. Comment on What's a good way to learn how to maintain my own computer hardware? in ~comp

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    In some case you don't even need a screwdriver !

    lego for adults

    In some case you don't even need a screwdriver !

    7 votes
  4. Comment on Megathread: April Fools' Day 2020 on the internet in ~misc

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    That BSOD lookalike in the middle of the page is a nice touch.

    That BSOD lookalike in the middle of the page is a nice touch.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on What have you been cooking during quarantine? in ~food

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    I've made a batch (1kg) of char siu following some of the steps of Chinese Cooking Demystified then froze most of them. I can now toss a few slice of those in a noodle soup whenever I'm feeling...

    I've made a batch (1kg) of char siu following some of the steps of Chinese Cooking Demystified then froze most of them. I can now toss a few slice of those in a noodle soup whenever I'm feeling too lazy to cook something more elaborate! Alternatively, this works pretty well with Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwiches).

    8 votes
  6. Comment on The sensory overload of Half-Life: Alyx points to the promise and problems of VR in ~games

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    This article spoils a mid-to-endgame game mechanics (it spoiled me at least). It's an obvious mechanic in retrospect considering it's Half-Life, but I managed to forget this aspect of the series....

    This article spoils a mid-to-endgame game mechanics (it spoiled me at least). It's an obvious mechanic in retrospect considering it's Half-Life, but I managed to forget this aspect of the series.


    The title of this article me and how it is sorted ("Analysis") infuriate more than it should.

    It spends very little time on the sensory overload part, except for this one half paragraph:

    [...] Alyx is exhausting. Even though the game provides welcome options for seated play, it throws so many details and dynamic game mechanics at players at the same time; I felt legitimate sensory overload.

    How is this an analysis ? The author could describe how Valve introduce new game mechanics in an invisible fashion, and how it became too much (for him; I don't think Valve have done too much, or too little). Or how Nintendo also have games packed with game mechanics but how it manage to stay friendly compared to Valve (again, from his point of view) ?

    Or I've misunderstood : does the author think that motion-sickness = sensory overload ?

    Also: "the promise and problems of VR". Maybe I'm making a strawman, but I'm reading that as "VR: the good and bad aspect of it". The article competently describe how HL:A is stupidly cool and immersive, so the good parts are covered (but: no mention of industrial application ? And/or creative usages of VR like the guy who used the whiteboard markers at the beginning of HL:A to give an actual math lesson?).
    About the bad part:

    • The "headsets are expensive, the computers to run them even pricier." problem: Apart from this single sentence, no further analysis on that. I would have mentioned Oculus Quest and Vader Immortal - a Quest is still expensive and Vader Immortal is no Alyx but still goes something like 33% of the way. No mention that Valve is aware of this problem -- when presenting the Index Valve said VR needed three "pillars" for mass market VR: fidelity, low friction, and affordability. And the Index only checked the "fidelity" checkbox.
    • Motion sickness: This is developed a bit more but then I feel like the author lose a bit of credibility when he states that teleportation is a "VR compromise for anyone who gets motion sickness. ". From my point of view I rather think that Valve made it pretty clear that teleportation is no second citizen within HL:A. But even then, no mention of how Valve tried to tackle this problem (by being accessible and offering different means of locomotion) ?
    • No mention that HL:A had in practice unlimited budget (hi Steam), near-unlimited time (no investor to satisfy, hence the famous Valve time), world-class engineers (who made the Vive ?), and world-class story-tellers (they got most of the old writer team back AND they have Campo Santo)? And this combination is unlikely to be repeated?
    6 votes
  7. Comment on Half-Life: Alyx review (spoiler-free): The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some in ~games

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    There's three main modes: teleportation: as you describe "shift teleportation" : the same but you see yourself moving very quickly (as if someone was force pulling you) joystick locomotion : what...

    There's three main modes:

    • teleportation: as you describe
    • "shift teleportation" : the same but you see yourself moving very quickly (as if someone was force pulling you)
    • joystick locomotion : what it says on the tin

    You can also snap rotate (instant turn by a fixed amount of degree) or continuously rotate (this get me sick quickly).

    Moving in VR definitely takes some time to get used to. If you're worried about immersion you could do some sort of redirected walking: walk to the edge of your chaperone / guardian, then rotate 180° while also turning 180° in the game. You can then continue to walk in the same direction in the virtual world. Of course this is a going to be tricky once you need to manage some headcrab zombies at the same time.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Half-Life: Alyx review (spoiler-free): The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some in ~games

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    I play Alyx with a cable of course, but I was referring to the 6DOF VR experience in general. Also, some people on the Quest subreddit report positive experiences with Virtual Desktop (a software...

    I play Alyx with a cable of course, but I was referring to the 6DOF VR experience in general. Also, some people on the Quest subreddit report positive experiences with Virtual Desktop (a software wireless solution ; I haven't tried this).

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Half-Life: Alyx review (spoiler-free): The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some in ~games

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    I do ! Background: I have an Oculus Quest and a PC describe somewhere in "Very Good" range according to LogicalIncrements (1660Ti, i5-4570K, 24 GB Ram). My taste in gaming is somewhat eclectic but...

    I do !

    Background: I have an Oculus Quest and a PC describe somewhere in "Very Good" range according to LogicalIncrements (1660Ti, i5-4570K, 24 GB Ram). My taste in gaming is somewhat eclectic but with some bias towards Japanese game. My latest played game on Steam include Yakuza 0, Devil May Cry 5, Control, Divinity Original Sin 2, Metal Gear Solid 5, Factorio, Ape Out. My most played game is Binding of Isaac and Tetris (I'm a huge Tetris nerd).
    I have my "VR legs" and I finished Boneworks without being sick.

    That said: they nailed it. It's clearly one step above anything I've played in VR.

    So it's definitely the same style as Half-Life 2 : there's an equal part exploration, combat, and puzzle.
    The first striking thing is the graphical quality. This is a beautiful game, even in my middling-to-ok system. Then they understood that what is fun in a VR game is its immersive aspect. Thusyou are incentivized to explore and search every nook and cranny (scarce ammo + this is how you get your weapon upgrade token). Then there's the traditional Valve polish where the game teach the player various mechanics and/or level gimmick without breaking immersion (see Mark Brown). I cannot comment on the game length yet as I do not want to rush it, but the Ars reviews says 15h.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Half-Life: Alyx review (spoiler-free): The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some in ~games

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    I have an Oculus Quest and having a standalone system to show your friends on a whim is really cool. But if money and/or portability is not an issue, Index is the way to go.

    I have an Oculus Quest and having a standalone system to show your friends on a whim is really cool. But if money and/or portability is not an issue, Index is the way to go.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I went to the 23rd College of Wizardry LARP (it's absolutely not Harry Potter). I accidentally helped start a war with the vampires; saw two prefect of opposite Houses swapping bodies (and liking...

    I went to the 23rd College of Wizardry LARP (it's absolutely not Harry Potter).

    I accidentally helped start a war with the vampires; saw two prefect of opposite Houses swapping bodies (and liking it) ; gained point for the house cup by building golem.

    I'm exhausted but had a blast.

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

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    My experience with FPS is that I got used to it. Most VR games with unwanted locomotion (particularly the ISS game/experience - I have a Quest) were nauseating for me, but then I got habituated....

    Pavlov/Boneworks

    My experience with FPS is that I got used to it. Most VR games with unwanted locomotion (particularly the ISS game/experience - I have a Quest) were nauseating for me, but then I got habituated. The Under Presents has a pull-to-teleport mechanism that is halfway between conventional teleportation and joystick locomotion. I felt I really got my VR legs with Sairento VR, which on first impression sounds a nightmare; it's an arena shooter where you play the role of an hopping, sliding, wall-running and even somersaulting ninja. Maybe it's the fact that I was intently focused on shooting/slashing the baddies ?

    they just felt like clunky and slow FPS.

    I feel the manual aiming and reloading provide different dynamics compared to conventional FPS. More deliberate than 360-no-scope. Aside: Boneworks really feels like a transposition of HL1/HL2 to VR (and started as such), so there's some shooter combat yes, but also plenty of physics puzzle (including level traversal).

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What is your favorite opening scene in a movie? in ~movies

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    The Artist: We're shown the protagonist of a silent film nearly dying because he will not talk, even under duress, only to be saved by his dog. After some physical feats, he gets the girl and all...

    The Artist: We're shown the protagonist of a silent film nearly dying because he will not talk, even under duress, only to be saved by his dog. After some physical feats, he gets the girl and all ends well.

    Guess what's the film about ?

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Australians are increasingly being diagnosed with cancers that will do them no harm if left undetected or untreated. in ~science

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    Not a criticism of the paper itself, but of the news release: I think the headline is very poorly worded and can spread dangerous misinformation. Cancer by definition 1 is harmful and can spread...

    Not a criticism of the paper itself, but of the news release: I think the headline is very poorly worded and can spread dangerous misinformation.

    Cancer by definition 1 is harmful and can spread to other places in the body. There's no such thing as a "harmless cancer". I think the university PR team mixed up the term "tumor" (i.e. abnormal cell growth) and cancer (i.e. cell growth that spreads to other parts of the organism). The paper itself never says "harmless tumor" but describe at length "cancer overdiagnosis", which is perfectly reasonable. A tumor is not necessarily a cancer, but a cancer is often found in tumor. You can be misdiagnosed with cancer (i.e. the guy think you have cancer but you have not), but you cannot have a harmless cancer.

    1 see Hallmarks of Cancer 1 and 2

    It may seems a petty nitpick but I think the difference is crucial. I would be like conflating a bicycle and motor cycle.

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

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    Ah, good point. I try to limit my screen consumption at/before bed, so I didn't thought of this use case.

    Ah, good point.

    I try to limit my screen consumption at/before bed, so I didn't thought of this use case.

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

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    I don't know why Go still exist while there's the Quest out there. 3 vs 6 DOF is like Aibo vs an actual puppy. 360 video are nice, but there's nothing magical like 6 DOF. The refresh rate doesn't...

    I don't know why Go still exist while there's the Quest out there. 3 vs 6 DOF is like Aibo vs an actual puppy. 360 video are nice, but there's nothing magical like 6 DOF.

    The refresh rate doesn't bother me, but then I hadn't that much experience with other headset (occasional original Vive experience in labs and festival). Being stand-alone and wireless are killer features IMO.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Close Your Open Tabs - Sometimes, information overload has its limits. in ~tech

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    Have you heard of our Lord and Savior Tree Style Tabs?

    The tabs bleed into one other, their icons shrinking in width and slowly becoming unclickable.

    Have you heard of our Lord and Savior Tree Style Tabs?

    8 votes
  18. Comment on What are the best movies mainly set in a single location? in ~movies

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    Does short counts? In Standby we watch in the span of 5 minutes how the relationship between two police constables evolve. It's available freely on Vimeo and I quite like it.

    Does short counts?

    In Standby we watch in the span of 5 minutes how the relationship between two police constables evolve. It's available freely on Vimeo and I quite like it.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Top Movies of the 2010s in ~movies

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    Also known as Inside Out in English speaking countries.

    Vice-Versa (2015)

    Also known as Inside Out in English speaking countries.

  20. Comment on What piece of kitchen equipment do you regret buying, and why? in ~food

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    A thin silicone (rubber?) sheet; the idea was to replace cling film with something reusable. It turns out it doesn't cling to my container, so it's useless. Maybe I can repurpose this as an anti...

    A thin silicone (rubber?) sheet; the idea was to replace cling film with something reusable.

    It turns out it doesn't cling to my container, so it's useless. Maybe I can repurpose this as an anti slip surface?

    2 votes