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  1. Comment on 3 Years and 2600 Hours Later, 'Mario Maker' Player Still Can't Beat His Own Level in ~games

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    These are called "dev exits" in the community. The problem with that is you then remove all the difficulty from the level, since players can just download and open the level in the editor to find...

    These are called "dev exits" in the community. The problem with that is you then remove all the difficulty from the level, since players can just download and open the level in the editor to find how to skip it, and then everyone could just beat it and all the effort would be for naught.

    Maybe you could pull it off in Mario Maker 2, as they removed the ability to open other people's levels in the editor in that game, but even then I'm sure someone would stumble upon the dev exit eventually, as I've seen happen already with some streamers I follow (example).

    Braden wants the level to be legitimately hard and unskippable, as do most kaizo map makers, and I think that's pretty commendable.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Does anyone use a trackball mouse? in ~games

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    Would you mind elaborating a bit more on why you dislike how standard mice operate compared to trackballs? I'm genuinely curious since from my point of view trackballs just seem like they'd slower...

    Would you mind elaborating a bit more on why you dislike how standard mice operate compared to trackballs? I'm genuinely curious since from my point of view trackballs just seem like they'd slower and more imprecise to use, but I've never had a chance to use one myself so I'm trying to understand how exactly it can be better.

  3. Comment on What brought you here? in ~tildes

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    I've seen a couple others with the same answer as mine, which is that I came from the RedditAlternatives subreddit, namely when I was browsing their mega thread of alternatives and was checking...

    I've seen a couple others with the same answer as mine, which is that I came from the RedditAlternatives subreddit, namely when I was browsing their mega thread of alternatives and was checking out each one individually.

    What made me want to stick with tildes above all the others were two things. One of them was the UI and the UX, I really like the look of Tildes and how well it performs compared to so many other "reddit alternatives" (and I now know this is not by chance but rather a core design principle when it comes to choosing the technologies to run the site) and the second was the fact that Tildes actually attempts to have some kind of moral compass guiding it, rather than going for the usual "everything goes" approach that many other alternatives boast about, which I really wanted.

    Of course what keeps me coming back everyday is the community more than anything else. I enjoy reading people's comments and learning about new points of view, something I find myself not doing as much as I used to on Reddit, and I hope it stays that way for years to come.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on The Terrifying World Of Alex Jones in ~misc

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    Great recommendation. And if by chance anyone is interested in listening to deep dives on Alex Jones' show's episodes (I understand if you aren't), I highly recommend following the podcast...

    Great recommendation. And if by chance anyone is interested in listening to deep dives on Alex Jones' show's episodes (I understand if you aren't), I highly recommend following the podcast Knowledge Fight, where the hosts tear appart all of Alex's old and new narratives and expose where his priorities truly lie. I know it's a hard sell of a podcast, even the hosts acknowledge that, but I really appreciate the work these guys do and think they deserve the attention.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Mozilla Firefox Preview, new Firefox browser, is available on Google Play in ~tech

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    Firefox Focus is a completely different product, so I wouldn't worry about them abandoning it, especially because it's one of their most popular mobile browsers. Fenix is a complete rewrite (or...

    Firefox Focus is a completely different product, so I wouldn't worry about them abandoning it, especially because it's one of their most popular mobile browsers.

    Fenix is a complete rewrite (or should I say complete reinvention, since it's literally built from nothing) of the regular Firefox browser (I suspect it will also eventually replace the regular Firefox, but I had a Mozilla employee tell me directly that this isn't confirmed, so I guess we can only wait and see) meant to be a full fledged browser whereas Firefox Focus is just a stripped down version of Firefox with no history, no syncing and no bookmarks that's mostly useful for one off searches or opening a random link someone sent you.

    So given the two pretty different usages, I can't imagine them getting rid of Firefox Focus.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on People of Tildes, what apps and programs do you use regularly on your PC? in ~tech

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    mpv lets you change what every single key does (and I mean that literally) so even if they're not the same you can easily fix it to match your preferences. I know I changed all of my mpv's...

    mpv lets you change what every single key does (and I mean that literally) so even if they're not the same you can easily fix it to match your preferences. I know I changed all of my mpv's keybinds to match those of mpc and have never looked back.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Why the Government Makes Filing Your Taxes Intentionally Difficult (in the United States) in ~life

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    It is still astonishing to me that this is the reality Americans face every year with their taxes. Either pay someone (or a piece of software) to do it for them, or risk drowning in paperwork so...

    It is still astonishing to me that this is the reality Americans face every year with their taxes. Either pay someone (or a piece of software) to do it for them, or risk drowning in paperwork so thick that you may make a mistake along the way and then get audited and lose even more money in fines. So you either lose money or time or both. The system is clearly skewed to benefit the middleman agencies/software and the people who can afford them and hinder everyone else.

    There are countless examples of automated tax filing systems across the world that have been proven to work. In my country, Portugal, I never have to touch a single piece of paper, it's all pre-filled on a government website (since expenses and gains are accounted here using a number on your national ID everything is automatically recorded for you) and I just check and approve it all in a couple of minutes.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on RSS Is Better Than Twitter in ~tech

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    That's an awesome way to tackle your news digest, I'm definitely saving this comment for future reference. Though I wish it was easier for people who don't know anything about code to also edit...

    That's an awesome way to tackle your news digest, I'm definitely saving this comment for future reference.

    Though I wish it was easier for people who don't know anything about code to also edit their subreddit feeds. I really wanted to do this myself but I don't know the first thing about a json file.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Crazy idea to help stop the spreading of untruthful news. in ~tildes

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    This sounds similar what Newsguard does, though what you want is more specific to each article rather than an entire outlet. I feel like your proposal is a little too grand to apply though. At...

    This sounds similar what Newsguard does, though what you want is more specific to each article rather than an entire outlet.

    I feel like your proposal is a little too grand to apply though. At best I think marking a website as possibly untrustworthy is the best you can achieve, because I don't think you'd be able to incentivize a group of people to constantly fact check every article, especially on a growing website of tens of thousands, and eventually hundreds of thousands of users, and Newsguard is even a perfect showcase of this problem. Their sole purpose is literally to fact check websites to see if they're trustworthy, and even then they have a giant backlog that takes a lot of time to go through.

    I'm not inherently against a fact checking system of course, I'm also vehemently against misinformation, I just don't know how feasible it is to have one on a social platform like Tildes.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Which messenger(s) do you currently use? If you had your preference, what single messaging service would you prefer to use? in ~talk

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    Discord, because everyone (including my friends in real life) I used to talk to on Skype jumped ship when it became a thing (and good riddance to be honest, Skype is truly awful to use). I've...
    1. Discord, because everyone (including my friends in real life) I used to talk to on Skype jumped ship when it became a thing (and good riddance to be honest, Skype is truly awful to use). I've always been more involved with people online than with people in real life, so for me the biggest pro of Discord has always been the fact that it allows me to encounter all these different communities I can be a part of. And while I could say many negative things about it and the way its run, from a usability standpoint it's still the best experience I've had with a messaging client compared to everything else I previously used, so I don't hate it as much as many others do.

    2. Probably Matrix. I absolutely love the unifying concept behind Matrix and I'm a huge proponent of open source software, so Matrix is honestly the messaging software I have the most regards for. But sadly everyone's already settled in other places so I highly doubt I will ever use it much because of that, since I won't have anyone on it. One can hope though.

    3. Probably not, but I think we'll get something close to that. I (sadly) believe Facebook will eventually have a monopoly over the majority of messaging in the Western world, especially once they finalize their plans to combine instagram, facebook and whatsapp messaging into one, unifying a huge chunk of the mainstream market there. Asia's market will also continue to be dominated by WeChat (China) and LINE (Japan and Korea). And the rest of us who refuse to use these services will probably remain a tiny minority, as much as I hate to put it like that. So yeah, there will probably never be something truly unified for the whole world, but in practical terms we're going to get somewhat close to that eventually, even if it's in the worst way possible.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Can we have a dedicated ~econ group? in ~tildes

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    This reply from Deimos sheds some light on why there's no ~politics currently. I get a feeling they would say the same about something such as ~econ, as economy can easily fit into several other...

    This reply from Deimos sheds some light on why there's no ~politics currently.

    I get a feeling they would say the same about something such as ~econ, as economy can easily fit into several other groups, but I may be wrong.

    10 votes
  12. Comment on Crunchyroll raises its monthly subscription price to $7.99 (US) in ~anime

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    This is even worse if you don't live in an English speaking country, as the catalogues outside those regions are already incredibly limited. This is a really big blow after the Funimation break...

    This is even worse if you don't live in an English speaking country, as the catalogues outside those regions are already incredibly limited. This is a really big blow after the Funimation break up, though I do understand this kind of stuff is to be expected at some point with subscription models.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on I need a good text editor on Windows 10 in ~comp

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    May I ask what you disliked about Notepad++? It seems to have all the features you want. You can make it as simple looking as this, it's open source, and it has a dracula theme (which I am using...

    May I ask what you disliked about Notepad++? It seems to have all the features you want. You can make it as simple looking as this, it's open source, and it has a dracula theme (which I am using as you can see). Did something about it just throw you off completely or?

    11 votes
  14. Comment on Just wanted to talk about Dracula theme in ~tildes

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    Hmm, it might not be working anymore, but to save you some trouble I created and saved the theme under the pass phrase "draculatheme", so you can import it with that (open the duckduckgo menu >...

    Hmm, it might not be working anymore, but to save you some trouble I created and saved the theme under the pass phrase "draculatheme", so you can import it with that (open the duckduckgo menu > other settings > appearance > load settings).

    All the values I used are in the github repo as well under config.js.

    Hope that helps.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Two devs automated the process of generating and publishing "garbage" mobile slot machine games on Google Play, and made over $50,000 in ~games

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    I don't know if you could use bots for this, Google is actually pretty good at detecting interactions from bots on their platforms and filtering them out. At most I feel like you could use a click...

    I don't know if you could use bots for this, Google is actually pretty good at detecting interactions from bots on their platforms and filtering them out. At most I feel like you could use a click farm with real humans (which sadly is a real thing), but I can't imagine the return would outweigh investment.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on The Happy Hob officially put a wrap on the entire Soulsborne series yesterday, just in time for Sekiro's release in ~games

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    Saw the clips several times already and still get goosebumps every time. Even though I didn't follow him personally I could feel the all the emotions after he completed the run, and it filled me...

    Saw the clips several times already and still get goosebumps every time. Even though I didn't follow him personally I could feel the all the emotions after he completed the run, and it filled me with joy even though I'm not personally in the know with the Soulsborne series. I can't even begin to imagine how much dedication you need to accomplish this.

    And clearly the devs felt the same way, since even they acknowledged his accomplishment.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Two devs automated the process of generating and publishing "garbage" mobile slot machine games on Google Play, and made over $50,000 in ~games

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    That's only part of the problem though I feel like. In fact I'd merely call that a symptom, the real problem in my eyes (besides the shady devs who do this) is people still downloading these...

    That's only part of the problem though I feel like. In fact I'd merely call that a symptom, the real problem in my eyes (besides the shady devs who do this) is people still downloading these garbage apps, or perhaps I should say the lack of awareness to these kinds of apps and how bad they are.

    You could publish one million of these to the play store, but if nobody downloaded them then you'd just be wasting your time. The fact that publishing hundreds of clones to the play store is profitable merely shows us that a significant percentage of people do not care enough about what they're putting on their phones, and that's very, very bad.

    And even assuming the majority of the people installing these are kids who don't know any better, then that's still bad because it shows a lack of oversight on the parents' part when it comes to the digital space.

    And of course shady devs fully take advantage of this sort of space, and it works.

    Of course I also wholeheartedly wish there were effective policies in place to stop this predatory behavior, but I really do feel like we have a problem on both ends here, and I think more people need to be informed about this type of stuff if we want to go anywhere with it.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Just wanted to talk about Dracula theme in ~tildes

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    The dracula theme is one of the reasons I immediately fell in love with tildes' website design. I wish every website had it. I've also been on the lookout for further implementations but it's...

    The dracula theme is one of the reasons I immediately fell in love with tildes' website design. I wish every website had it.

    I've also been on the lookout for further implementations but it's sadly hard to find much.

    Outside of the stuff in the official draculatheme website, I've used this duckduckgo dracula theme. And if you use Firefox you can install Firefox Color and use this dracula theme color palette (feel free to change the green accent color to any of the others in the official palette, like pink or orange), alhough I personally use Shadowfox since, sadly, Firefox doesn't allow you to change menu colors with add-ons.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on User bios added: you can write a short bio that will be visible on your user page in ~tildes.official

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    Thanks for the new feature, definitely appreciated! I personally would prefer to have it on the sidebar as others have mentioned. Although I understand your concerns over mobile users not seeing...

    Thanks for the new feature, definitely appreciated!

    I personally would prefer to have it on the sidebar as others have mentioned. Although I understand your concerns over mobile users not seeing it immediately unless they open the sidebar, I think this is mostly expected behavior on these types of platforms. I personally am often used to opening sidebars or moving tabs on mobile to see more information because I understand not everything can fit on my phone's screen, and user bios are definitely one thing I would expect to be expandable and not at the forefront, at least on a website like tildes.

    Also, perhaps a way to have it always display instead of being collapsed by default without taking up too much space would be to set up a box with a fixed maximum size? I don't know how appealing the idea sounds to you, but I've been on some sites where bios are always visible and when their contents go past a certain length the bio box starts cropping the contents and you have to scroll down to view the rest, so they never take up more space than intended. Just throwing it out there, I totally understand if this isn't feasible for tildes in particular.

    8 votes
  20. Comment on Season 2 of One Punch Man is coming but being animated by a different company in ~anime

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    As a manga reader myself (before the anime even aired) I also agree an important part of my enjoyment as I watched the anime was the story itself, so I will give JC Staff some credit if they do...

    As a manga reader myself (before the anime even aired) I also agree an important part of my enjoyment as I watched the anime was the story itself, so I will give JC Staff some credit if they do justice to the story, but it's undeniable that a huge chunk of the appeal of season 1 was seeing just how beautiful and full of life everything was, whether it was a static scene or an action scene, there was always stuff happening on screen, and all the other elements like the soundtrack and the choreography complemented every frame, and I don't know how much I trust JC Staff to carry that over to the new season, especially when they don't have the best reputation around.

    For sure if they keep the pacing of the story right it'll still be on the good side of the spectrum, but losing that lively animation will really damper my enjoyment I feel like.

    Of course in the end we can only wait and see, but I can't build my hype like I did when the season one trailers dropped, especially when all we got now was 1/4 black screens and the other 3/4 mostly static shots.

    I do very much hope I am proven wrong though, because I want this anime to be great.

    3 votes