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  1. Comment on Proton vs. Native: Is there really a difference? in ~tech

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    Though I'm not a dev myself, the main reason I have heard for this attitude is because Linux is not that easy to support natively, especially for smaller indie studios. There have been devs that...

    Not many, but some, devs have said "Just use proton" when asked about Linux support.

    Though I'm not a dev myself, the main reason I have heard for this attitude is because Linux is not that easy to support natively, especially for smaller indie studios. There have been devs that did go ahead and make a native linux version. The result? Their support channels were basically inundated almost exclusively by people with issues on their Linux distro, even though Linux players made up a microscopic fraction of the playerbase.

    When small devs see that kind of stuff, it's only a given that most will prefer not even to approach Linux with a ten foot pole and instead let steam deal with it so they can spend their resources elsewhere.

    I'm not saying it's all Linux's fault or anything, I'm sure there are things you can do to mitigate bugs on Linux and all that, but I think it's completely reasonable for small devs not to want to spend their already limited resources on a platform that may not that easy to develop for and has a tiny user base. They'd much rather try to be compatible with Steam which everyone is already running anyway and avoid the trouble.

    You can call it a crutch, but there's not a limitless pool of resources either and knowing where to focus your time and money is important.

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  2. Comment on Five YouTubers. Five games. $10,000. in ~tv

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    After playing Virtue's Last Reward I literally can never believe this strategy anymore haha. On a more serious note, this strategy usually fails despite everyone agreeing it is optimal because all...

    since it is the optimal outcome it ought to be the least likely for people screwing eachother over.

    After playing Virtue's Last Reward I literally can never believe this strategy anymore haha.

    On a more serious note, this strategy usually fails despite everyone agreeing it is optimal because all it takes is a single person to screw everyone over, and this may happen completely unintentionally. If a single person begins to doubt the others and acts in self-preservation, it's all down the drain, even though no one was trying to be evil.

    In my opinion, to successfully pull this off the level of mutual trust must be really high from the get go (so preferably you're all very good friends), and ideally there must be negative consequences for betraying the rest of the group. If that can't be assured, you're usually better off fighting for yourself because there is a very high likelihood of someone trying to act in self-preservation, with ill intent or otherwise, and then screwing you over as well.

    Sadly our internal psychology doesn't always work in optimal ways.

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  3. Comment on Walking away from Omelas - Lindsay Ellis says goodbye in ~life

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    I'm very much on the left, but I hate, hate, hate that large portions of leftie communities are so fixated on "purity", to the point where any and all missteps is justification to forever shun...

    I'm very much on the left, but I hate, hate, hate that large portions of leftie communities are so fixated on "purity", to the point where any and all missteps is justification to forever shun someone. This sort of infighting leads to absolutely nothing but more and more alienation and fragmentation.

    What annoys me the most is that the same people who canceled her for this probably have some skeletons in the closet themselves that would likely get them shunned under the same system. I mean, who hasn't done stuff they regret? No one is perfect. So why in the world was Lindsay this viciously attacked?

    Such a huge shame, and I don't blame her at all for quitting. I would have done the same if basically all of the people and the places I thought were my support net turned their back on me. You can say that she could come back, and yeah I believe she could too. Financially she would have resisted because she does have a core audience, but as she clearly states in this, that doesn't mean her mental state would recover from it.

    I wish her all the best wherever she may venture in the future.

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  4. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: Holiday 2021 in ~games

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    Would love to have Golf it! and Mindustry if they're still available.

    Would love to have Golf it! and Mindustry if they're still available.

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  5. Comment on Steam Winter Sale is live (Dec 22 - Jan 5) in ~games

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    You mentioned no couch co-op but if you and your friend both have decent internet I recommend testing out Steam's streaming feature where you or your friend can stream their screen and the other...

    You mentioned no couch co-op but if you and your friend both have decent internet I recommend testing out Steam's streaming feature where you or your friend can stream their screen and the other person can give inputs, allowing you to play games with local co-op only through the internet.

    I played The Binding of Isaac multiple times like that and it works surprisingly well.

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  6. Comment on Web3 is going just great in ~tech

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    I suppose it's more broad than that. From my understanding, web3 is envisioned as the move away from the corporate owned and centralized web2 to a decentralized system controlled by the individual...

    I suppose it's more broad than that.

    From my understanding, web3 is envisioned as the move away from the corporate owned and centralized web2 to a decentralized system controlled by the individual with blockchains and AI and what have you.

    Of course, such a vision is incredibly controversial and it's highly contested whether or not technologies like blockchain even address the issues its proponents claim it addresses. The biggest problem being that this sort of system invites a lot more scams/grifting (and of course the huge environmental impact of stuff like NFTs)

    Obviously the notion of a more decentralized web isn't bad necessarily either, it's just whether or not blockchain and other things in the crypto world are really the best way to move forward with that that's contested.

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  7. Comment on Moderators of hundreds of popular subreddits sign open letter calling on Reddit founders to do more to combat COVID-19 disinformation in ~health.coronavirus

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    Ah yes, as we all know, reasoning with antivaxxers and understanding where they're coming from has really been working out... Seriously, saying the equivalent of "you should respect different...

    we continue to believe in the good of our communities and hope that we collectively approach the challenges of the pandemic with empathy, compassion, and a willingness to understand what others are going through, even when their viewpoint on the pandemic is different from yours.

    Ah yes, as we all know, reasoning with antivaxxers and understanding where they're coming from has really been working out...

    Seriously, saying the equivalent of "you should respect different opinions" in the face of people actively promoting harm to the world is pathetic at best and incredibly negligent at worse.

    I truly want to believe in a beautiful world where people argue in good faith and are willing to change opinions when presented with evidence, but we really need to realize that is but a pipe dream at this moment and some people just actively wish harm upon the world and you cannot change them no matter what, and removing them from your site is literally the best you can do.

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  8. Comment on OnlyFans drops planned porn ban, will continue to allow sexually explicit content in ~tech

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    Out of all the theories I've seen this one definitely sounds a lot more realistic and plausible. So there wasn't really bad PR at play, just legalese annoyances that force both parties to act...

    Out of all the theories I've seen this one definitely sounds a lot more realistic and plausible. So there wasn't really bad PR at play, just legalese annoyances that force both parties to act regardless of what they want, and now they're finally hashing out the details to get a working relationship again.

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  9. Comment on OnlyFans drops planned porn ban, will continue to allow sexually explicit content in ~tech

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    See I could see that If banks didn't have all the leverage in the world and could ignore any bad PR they wanted and nothing would change. I just don't see any reason why any bank would ever cave...

    See I could see that If banks didn't have all the leverage in the world and could ignore any bad PR they wanted and nothing would change. I just don't see any reason why any bank would ever cave to such pressure.

    Banks, card issuers, and payment processors are a huge monopoly, I can't imagine outrage over an adult site like Only Fans would get them to backtrack on anything, especially when they already a long track record of abandoning other adult services.

    I don't deny that maybe they got in touch, I just don't think the PR was what pushed the banks to act, but maybe I'm wrong.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on OnlyFans drops planned porn ban, will continue to allow sexually explicit content in ~tech

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    This makes me legitimately curious if this was really a problem with banks/payments or if they just thought they could turn SFW and gather more venture capital but then the backlash hit them in...

    This makes me legitimately curious if this was really a problem with banks/payments or if they just thought they could turn SFW and gather more venture capital but then the backlash hit them in the face. I suppose we'll never know, but I get a sense there's a lot of gaslighting coming from them, implying it was all on the financial side of things and not their own decision.

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  11. Comment on Japanese police arrest man for selling modded save files for single-player Nintendo game in ~games

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    They are taking advantage of this law that was passed in Japan called the Unfair Competition Prevention Law which aims to protect a company's trade secrets, which it defines as Because modifying a...

    They are taking advantage of this law that was passed in Japan called the Unfair Competition Prevention Law which aims to protect a company's trade secrets, which it defines as

    Technical or business information that is:
    i) useful for commercial activities such as manufacturing or marketing methods,
    ii) kept secret, and
    iii) not publicly known.

    Because modifying a save file means you have accessed trade secrets and hampered them, they can use this law to go after you. The law is written in such a way that pretty much anything related to modifying a company's product and sharing that in any capacity can get you in trouble. It's absolutely insane to many of us, but this falls in line with Japan's extremely rigid copyright laws.

    Somewhat anecdotal example but I have talked to several streamers in Japan who have a rough time simply streaming just because they typically have to directly contact most companies to get explicit permissions to stream games, because unlike in the US, there is not only no fair use but you cannot monetize video game content at all without explicit permission (without risking a copyright strike of course). This is just to exemplify how big of a copyright choke hold companies hold in Japan.

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  12. Comment on Which language do you think is best? in ~talk

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    I totally agree it's not just linguistics. History did play a massive, if not more crucial role in it, but it certainly helps to have an easy to pick up language when you're trying to teach it to...

    I totally agree it's not just linguistics. History did play a massive, if not more crucial role in it, but it certainly helps to have an easy to pick up language when you're trying to teach it to the whole world.

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  13. Comment on Which language do you think is best? in ~talk

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    Absolutely! My native language, Portuguese, has collective nouns as well. They're even one of the three distinct grammatical noun categories (the other two being personal nouns and common nouns)....

    do other languages have this or something similar?

    Absolutely! My native language, Portuguese, has collective nouns as well. They're even one of the three distinct grammatical noun categories (the other two being personal nouns and common nouns). They're not restricted to animals either. eg: RĂ©stia is a bunch of onions or garlics.

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  14. Comment on Which language do you think is best? in ~talk

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    I love this question but ultimately when I look at any language I ever learned about I find all of them have downsides in some area (of course, language being a product of humans would also...

    I love this question but ultimately when I look at any language I ever learned about I find all of them have downsides in some area (of course, language being a product of humans would also necessarily make it flawed at some point).

    I actually legitimately think English is one of the best languages ever. Not because it doesn't have its fair share of problems (I'm not even gonna get started its phonetic inconsistencies...), but because it's built in a way that you can learn the basic sentence structure so easily and start communicating very early on. Your verb conjugation might be broken and your articles missing, but I've seen so many people pick up English and start expressing themselves just a few weeks afterwards. They really don't call it the lingua franca for no reason.

    Outside of that I love (and hate) Japanese for its kanji usage, which allows the language to have very unique properties most languages who use the Latin alphabet simply don't have. Changing the entire feel/meaning of a sentence just by drawing a different character, even if the words you're expressing are the same, is simply charming to me. Plus all the different politeness levels it has which completely shift the perspective of a conversation. And each kanji packs so much meaning in it too, to the point where accurately translating many of them is nigh impossible without a footnote. Although it is frustratingly hard to learn and has many issues due its many homophones (even the Japanese hate this).

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  15. Comment on What games have you played the "wrong" way? in ~games

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    I don't think there's really an incorrect way to play Factorio, especially if you're just enjoying one of its game modes. As long as you're having fun expanding your factory, you're doing it right...

    I don't think there's really an incorrect way to play Factorio, especially if you're just enjoying one of its game modes. As long as you're having fun expanding your factory, you're doing it right in my eyes!

    Even today I still feel so much joy watching people's first bases which tend to be a complete mess. I don't think I'll ever be able to hate this game or how people play it.

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  16. Comment on What games have you played the "wrong" way? in ~games

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    As an avid Arkham Horror player this made me burst out laughing. Thank you. I hope your group got to enjoy the game more afterwards. It definitely must have felt easy after you had been awakening...

    As an avid Arkham Horror player this made me burst out laughing. Thank you.

    I hope your group got to enjoy the game more afterwards. It definitely must have felt easy after you had been awakening the ancient one all the time, but there's several fun ways to tweak the game's difficulty and adjust it to your preferences if you're finding it easy, which is why I love it. Though some ancient ones are absolutely brutal even on a standard ruleset.

    I'm curious though, did you play Azathoth with your incorrect rules? If so that must have been hell.

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  17. Comment on Norway's supreme court has approved government plans for oil exploration in the Barents Sea, rejecting a lawsuit by environmental groups in ~enviro

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    Thanks for that bit of info regarding the wealth fund. I had no idea that was part of their plans when I wrote my reply. The last time I had learned about this subject was in some interviews with...

    Thanks for that bit of info regarding the wealth fund. I had no idea that was part of their plans when I wrote my reply. The last time I had learned about this subject was in some interviews with Norwegian politicians where I know they didn't mention this, so to me it felt like they knew they had to do something but it wasn't clear what at the time. That helps put a lot into perspective, and I guess with that in mind I don't have as many qualms with their oil drilling anymore, although environmentally speaking I do want it to end sooner rather than later.

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  18. Comment on Voat is shutting down on December 25 in ~tech

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    You know that is a pretty good way to put it. I hadn't thought about it that way before. I have always believed that deplatforming works without fully comprehending how but looking at it this way...

    You know that is a pretty good way to put it. I hadn't thought about it that way before.

    I have always believed that deplatforming works without fully comprehending how but looking at it this way it's a bit easier to put into perspective.

    Its like constantly deviding the base. Eventually you're just left with infinitely small irrelevant clusters with little power.

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  19. Comment on Norway's supreme court has approved government plans for oil exploration in the Barents Sea, rejecting a lawsuit by environmental groups in ~enviro

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    They why is simply because it's not sustainable (ignoring the "its better for the environment" argument here since that's already a given). All oil reserves are finite and will reach the end of...

    They why is simply because it's not sustainable (ignoring the "its better for the environment" argument here since that's already a given).

    All oil reserves are finite and will reach the end of their lifespan sooner or later. I of course don't mean they have to stop extracting oil, I understand it is a useful product for many things, and Norway isn't the worst country to be having large oil reserves, I'm just saying in the long run relying so much on it as a county will bring about downfall sooner or later, and they will need to diversify income to sustain themselves eventually.

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  20. Comment on Norway's supreme court has approved government plans for oil exploration in the Barents Sea, rejecting a lawsuit by environmental groups in ~enviro

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    When people sing the praises of Norway and its social progress, they often don't know or forget that a huge chunk of its economy is held up by oil exportation, which is taxed very heavily and...

    When people sing the praises of Norway and its social progress, they often don't know or forget that a huge chunk of its economy is held up by oil exportation, which is taxed very heavily and funds a lot of Norway's public infrastructure.

    The reason they have wanted to explore the Barents Sea for oil is because their current reserve in the North Sea is already past its peak production capacity (meaning it'll now yield less and less).

    They really need to find a way to move past an oil economy. I know they're taking steps towards that but oil is still such a huge supporting pillar for them that they won't outright remove it as of now.

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