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  1. Comment on Apple has acquired the Dark Sky weather app - Android version and website will shut down on July 1, API active through end of 2021 in ~tech

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    Yeah this is what it sounds like to me too. I don't get why people are saying they're not gonna reach more people this way. This absolutely does mean they will reach a wider audience, because...

    Yeah this is what it sounds like to me too. I don't get why people are saying they're not gonna reach more people this way.

    This absolutely does mean they will reach a wider audience, because their app/service will be natively built into everyone's iOS devices, which means millions of users will be using it by default, versus their couple million downloads on both app stores and however many apps used their website and API (which I still don't believe would surpass the amount of people they will reach by being the default weather provider on iOS).

    Sure, it does mean they no longer can reach everyone with a smartphone, but do people seriously realistically expected a weather app to be that universal in the first place? They'd have to convince everyone to voluntarily download their app, and I never saw them attempting such a thing. Hell, Dark Sky's app wasn't even available for download outside the US as far as I know, so regions like Europe and Asia had always been neglected by them anyway.

    I hate the move as an Android user, since I know so many weather apps depended on their API, but it does result in a larger customer base and more revenue, and I think tons of people are really misconstruing this point.

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  2. Comment on Reply All #158 - The Case of the Missing Hit in ~music

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    One of the best episodes they did in recent times. I was initially thinking it was going to be the usual case of what they call in the episode "hybrid memory", where the person is mixing different...

    One of the best episodes they did in recent times. I was initially thinking it was going to be the usual case of what they call in the episode "hybrid memory", where the person is mixing different things together, and it was gonna turn into them finding the separate songs, but I was very surprised and pleased with the end result. (Especially after that one episode they did with the crazy hair guy where we were left with no answers...)

    Now I can't stop thinking about how many songs may have been buried thanks to music labels' poor handling of distribution in the 90's.

    Side note: this instantly reminded me of this hilarious situation on Reddit.

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  3. Comment on Eight things toxic mothers have in common in ~life

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    Reading this article was like reading a biography. I know the article was targeting daughters, but despite being a man I still really identify with a ton of points raised here. I have so many...

    Reading this article was like reading a biography. I know the article was targeting daughters, but despite being a man I still really identify with a ton of points raised here.

    I have so many issues with my self-esteem and my image because of how my mother treated me as I grew up. She was never physically abusive, and I wouldn't necessarily say she was purposefully trying to be psychologically abusive either, she showed plenty of kindness at times even, but it's those snide remarks to the side, that gaslighting, intentional or not, that really sticks with you as a kid. You don't fully comprehend what your mother is saying, or why she is saying it, and sometimes you don't even understand how her remarks are impacting you, but they affect you, and that impact will manifest itself sooner or later.

    One of the things that I'm still struggling with to this day is trying to stay healthy, because when I first started getting a little bigger as a kid, the only thing I got from my mother was stuff like "wow you must have gotten pregnant". That really stung deep down, but I only realized of it way, way later, when the damage of remarks like that had already morphed into deeper psychological issues with myself. It was as if my mother, instead of trying to be positive, just commented on my weight like it was a joke, as though that was supposed to make me want to lose weight. Spoiler alert: It made me absolutely loathe myself and how I look, which in turn lead me to eat more as escapism.

    And that's just one example, there's also stuff like pressuring me to do certain things or pick certain paths in life. For example I'm trying to follow my dream profession of being a translator and every time I talk to my mother about it she always comments on how I should be doing this or that, as if my life should be molded the way she sees best. It's infuriating now, but it was especially toxic as a kid, when I had no clear direction of where I wanted to go, and she tried to coerce my choices even when I wasn't comfortable with them.

    As a child I thought stuff like this was normal. It was only when my father decided to separate from my mother, and she left the house, that I finally realized how great it was to live without someone constantly making snide remarks at you. She still visits from time to time, and every time she does she will inevitably bring snide remarks about something (if not about me then it'll be about the house she herself used to live in. I can't help but feel she's just projecting, because I know her living situation isn't great and she's constantly butting heads with my grandmother, who she now lives with). But now I've learned what she's doing and how to protect myself from it a little more and just kinda ignore it.

    Sorry if this was a bit rambly, I had never talked at length about how I feel about my mother and just sort of wanted to get it all out there.

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  4. Comment on Signal is finally bringing its secure messaging to the masses in ~tech

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    I like Signal. I used it for over a year as my default SMS app because, at the very least, even if not a single person in my contacts list used it, I could still send regular texts with it. But it...

    I like Signal. I used it for over a year as my default SMS app because, at the very least, even if not a single person in my contacts list used it, I could still send regular texts with it.

    But it felt so superfluous after a while because ultimately I'm just using it for regular texting, and at that point I really gain nothing with it. I can't even integrate regular texting with my PC, only the e2e encrypted messaging integrates with it (unless that has changed), so I was just replacing my default sms app with another sms app, and after that realization I kinda just gave up.

    Everyone I know just uses WhatsApp, and that includes people related to any job I may do, so I have to have that installed regardless, making Signal even more pointless.

    I also tried Telegram X in the meantime and actually have a legitimate use for it, as several apps I follow have active Telegram channels with updates.

    So Signal just... gives me nothing. It's a fine app, it works, but that lack of adoption after years, coupled with the lack of any innovative features (that I know of) really is a hard sell. And if I just want a texting app... then I'll stick with whatever app my phone came with, which funnily enough actually lets me text from my PC (talking about Google Messages), unlike Signal.

    And this isn't even getting into the features Signal lacks in comparison to other messaging apps, because if I got into that it'd just get even sadder.

    I wish them the best, but I really find it hard to see the light for this project.

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  5. Comment on Why Japan celebrates Christmas with KFC in ~food

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    Those descriptions sound incredibly gross. What a shame that it's like that, especially since America tends to have a ton of variety when it comes to food. I wonder what causes this. I can't...

    Those descriptions sound incredibly gross. What a shame that it's like that, especially since America tends to have a ton of variety when it comes to food.

    I wonder what causes this. I can't imagine it's just laxer food regulations (which I'm not even sure is true).

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  6. Comment on Why Japan celebrates Christmas with KFC in ~food

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    Yeah I was really surprised when my American friend told me KFC is absolute garbage. As a European I always felt KFC tasted pretty average for a fast food chain. I never regret going there...

    Yeah I was really surprised when my American friend told me KFC is absolute garbage. As a European I always felt KFC tasted pretty average for a fast food chain. I never regret going there personally (as in, I don't find it worse than going to a McDonald's or a Pizza Hut)

    I also ate KFC in Japan and again I have nothing negative to point out. It tasted fine, like how fried chicken should taste.

    I'm really curious how it tastes in America. There must be a big difference for KFC to get such a bad rep there.

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  7. Comment on Speedrunning is plagued with cheating, and technological advances are making it more and more difficult to detect in ~games

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    You could try to fake it via TAS, and people have tried, but it's very hard to fake human movement with a TAS because every human run is imperfect in unique ways that are hard to replicate. There...

    You could try to fake it via TAS, and people have tried, but it's very hard to fake human movement with a TAS because every human run is imperfect in unique ways that are hard to replicate. There are several people who know the ins and outs of how a human player behaves with regards to input in Doom, you would need to be an expert to even begin to think of faking it via TAS.

    And even then, in Doom's case there's more working against you since timing is done with in-game time and that only goes to the second, so time saves are done in increments of 1 whole second. Thus, since everything is incredibly optimized by this point since game is almost 30 years old, you would be scrutinized to hell if you actually beat any of the Doom world records, and you are almost guaranteed to be caught cheating.

    I'm not saying it's impossible to cheat in Doom, of course, but it is a much harder feat in its case, thanks in part to its replay files, hence my comment.

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  8. Comment on Speedrunning is plagued with cheating, and technological advances are making it more and more difficult to detect in ~games

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    This just makes me appreciate Doom's replay files, which make it virtually impossible to cheat speedruns since every single input can be read and played back at will, making it easy to detect...

    This just makes me appreciate Doom's replay files, which make it virtually impossible to cheat speedruns since every single input can be read and played back at will, making it easy to detect whenever something is off. I wish more games had this feature, although I completely understand speedrunning isn't on the mind of most game devs as a priority.

    It's a tough balance to achieve for sure, you want to make leader boards accessible (i.e you don't need the fanciest recording setup to submit), but also strict enough that you can catch cheaters. I think for most communities this is "solved" by having a rule like "any times lower than x have to adhere to these stricter rules", to make sure that actual world record times are subject to the strictest criteria.

    Of course it will always be a cat and mouse game, and with PC games it gets a lot uglier as this article points out, since modifying the game itself becomes possible, but ultimately I still think as long as you have a solid community and well thought out rules, the majority of cheaters will be weeded out at some point. World record runs are always scrutinized no matter what, and if nobody can reproduce whatever the world record holder did, then that record holder will eventually lose their title.

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  9. Comment on YouTube star PewDiePie has announced he is taking a break from the platform, saying he is "feeling very tired" in ~tech

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    Yup. He just got rid of everything on his twitter. He just posted a video on it as well.

    Was it like that a few hours ago?

    Yup. He just got rid of everything on his twitter. He just posted a video on it as well.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Reply All - The Real Enemy (3-parts) in ~life

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    I LOVED this episode (excuse my bias, long time Reply All fan). I'm not American so I'm not familiar with the inner workings of the Democratic party, but it was absolutely fascinating to hear...

    I LOVED this episode (excuse my bias, long time Reply All fan). I'm not American so I'm not familiar with the inner workings of the Democratic party, but it was absolutely fascinating to hear about this infighting and how it finally moved forward from its stalemate, for better or worse. To think something so interesting has been going on yet no one ever talked about it.

    I bet even most Alabamians didn't know the party they were voting for was going through this turmoil.

    To me this episode served as a good reminder that the status quo sucks, whether you're right or left leaning. Nothing good comes out of sticking to your guns from old times and stalling everything. Things change, the world is evolving, and parties need to keep up and stop clinging onto everything they once defended and block progress.

    I don't know if the resolution to this case was good or bad in terms of what the party will do in the future, but I think it's good in the sense that at least things aren't stuck in place anymore, and I'm happy this was all brought to light by Reply All.

    Also shout out to this comment on the r/gimlet subreddit from an Alabamian Democrat. I can't even begin to imagine how anyone left leaning there must feel when they hear this.

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

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    My friend gifted me Factorio and we've been playing together since and I already feel like I will lose a good chunk of my life to it. Love everything about it, in particular how it never feels...

    My friend gifted me Factorio and we've been playing together since and I already feel like I will lose a good chunk of my life to it. Love everything about it, in particular how it never feels like you're grinding or waiting for something to happen despite essentially being a game about resource management with progressive upgrades. The game strikes a very good balance between giving you obstacles and hindering your progress and also rewarding your work at every step of the way. And that's not even getting into mods that completely change the experience as well.

    Frankly one of the best early Christmas presents I could have gotten.

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  12. Comment on What do you do when you hit the point of chronically feeling low? in ~life

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    Hey, this might not help you much but I just wanted to say I was in the exact same situation you were in in my last year of college (3 years ago). I now finished college and am kind of aimlessly...

    Hey, this might not help you much but I just wanted to say I was in the exact same situation you were in in my last year of college (3 years ago). I now finished college and am kind of aimlessly trying to do my job which I should be passionate about (it's literally in my field of study which I still know I love) yet find little motivation for. I also am trying to self-study but once again I fall off really easily because I lose motivation for it. I spend most of my day on the computer bored and doing nothing, yet internally I reject doing something about it.

    I don't know who or what to turn to for help either. It's been 3 years since I graduated, and things aren't getting better, but if there's something I could have said to myself from 3 years ago it's to ask for help, from anyone, especially a therapist if I could afford one, so that's also what I'm gonna say to you.

    Don't take this as me being alarmist of course, I just don't want you to get caught up in a cycle similar to mine, and I think the best way to do that is seeking help from someone who understands what may be going on in your head and can guide you through recovery.

    In any case, I hope you can feel better in the future. :)

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  13. Comment on How does voting work in your country? in ~talk

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    Portugal Mandatory voting: No Voter registration: All citizens automatically become eligible for voting as soon as they turn 18 because all citizens in Portugal are required to have a national ID...

    Portugal

    • Mandatory voting: No
    • Voter registration: All citizens automatically become eligible for voting as soon as they turn 18 because all citizens in Portugal are required to have a national ID (document required for voting) from the moment they are born (Yes, babies have national IDs. Yes taking their picture for them is a lot of work!)
    • Required documents for voting: either a national ID, a passport or a driver's license. Every citizen has a national ID so they usually go with that.
    • Ranked choice: No
    • Minimum age for country leader: 35
    • System: If we're talking presidential elections then it's a simple popular vote (person with the most votes across the country wins), with a second round between the 2 top candidates if the top candidate in the first round doesn't get more than 50% of the votes.*
    • Significant parties: 6 parties are almost always in office, with 2 being bigger than any other (the centre-left Socialist Party and the centre-right Social Democrattic Party). Though in the most recent election we now have 9 different parties in office.
    • Options for voting: Paper and mail-in. There is not electronic voting of any kind allowed.
    • Minimum voting age: 18
    • Maximum voting age: Infinity!

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    *If we're talking government then it's a bit more complex (wikipedia article for reference). The rules are all the same as described above (except for the minimum age of the MPs. MPs can be 18 or older). So basically each district has a set number of MPs that will be elected for the assembly (for a total of 250 MPs). Every district is composed of several parishes, and each parish elects a party (not a candidate) via a first-past-the-post vote, and then the MP seats are distributed across the parties depending on the votes of all the parishes inside a district, who then decide which of their candidates for that district will have a seat.

    Another important bit of info is that presidential and government elections are publicly funded. Yes, people's tax money pays for each candidate to run. There is usually no donation gathering on behalf of the candidates/parties because of this. Although if they don't get above a certain number of votes, they will be in debt to the government depending on how much of the funds they spend (and if they don't spend anything then they don't owe anything).

    Because elections are publicly funded, every candidate is also legally required to have a small time slot on a public TV channel where they can share their campaign. This is to assure that no candidate is left out and also that no candidate can just buy time slots on TV and drown out the competition.

    These two last points often benefit independent candidates the most, since no one has to be affiliated with a party to feasibly run for president, and in the last election it was an independent candidate that won (although he was obviously a popular figure beforehand, having been on TV a lot, but the point still stands he was and is completely independent)

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

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    My country (Portugal) has 220v outlets, but you still make a solid case for a dutch oven so I'll definitely still look into them, thanks!

    My country (Portugal) has 220v outlets, but you still make a solid case for a dutch oven so I'll definitely still look into them, thanks!

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

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    Oh wow they even have a website! Nice find. You're right, it probably can be used for soft cheese, maybe I'll give it a try next time, it's just I often forget it even exists since I try to purge...

    Oh wow they even have a website! Nice find.

    You're right, it probably can be used for soft cheese, maybe I'll give it a try next time, it's just I often forget it even exists since I try to purge the thought I ever got it.

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

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    Well my plan was to get a deep fryer precisely because I want to control the temperature for double frying. I hadn't considered a dutch oven before. Would you say it's as useful for that?

    Well my plan was to get a deep fryer precisely because I want to control the temperature for double frying. I hadn't considered a dutch oven before. Would you say it's as useful for that?

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

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    Here's a picture of it that I posted in another comment. The holes do make it look like a cheese knife, but everything else doesn't, plus the packaging it came in never showed it cut any kind of...

    Here's a picture of it that I posted in another comment.

    The holes do make it look like a cheese knife, but everything else doesn't, plus the packaging it came in never showed it cut any kind of cheese, it literally just showed it cut vegetables. And the lady who gave it so me never at any point said cheese either.

    It really was just being sold as a "kitchen knife", there was no mention of cheese anywhere, hence my complaints when I tried to use it as a kitchen knife.

    If this is really meant to be strictly a cheese knife, then they have done the poorest job of selling it. I've even been cutting cheeses since I've had it with other knifes because I cannot deal with this dull thing.

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

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    Edit: here's a picture. If this was really meant to be a cheese knife then it sure as hell pretended not to be one. I should have posted a picture of it, but it is not a cheese knife, or at the...

    Edit: here's a picture. If this was really meant to be a cheese knife then it sure as hell pretended not to be one.

    I should have posted a picture of it, but it is not a cheese knife, or at the very least all the packaging it came in showed it cutting everything but cheese (iirc it mostly had vegetables being cut on the packaging), and even the lady who gave it to me didn't at any point mention cheese.

    When I say it's serrated, I don't mean it has pointed spikes on the blade, they're more rounded "spikes", making it even more useless, it's a super weird knife and does not look like any typical cheese knife I have seen.

    I'm sure it probably can cut a soft cheese, but if that was its purpose then it sure as hell didn't try to sell itself as such.

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

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    So I didn't directly buy it, it came from stamps I got from buying groceries, but I hope that's still okay. It's a serrated knife with a bunch of holes in the blade like so and is super thin and...

    So I didn't directly buy it, it came from stamps I got from buying groceries, but I hope that's still okay.

    It's a serrated knife with a bunch of holes in the blade like so and is super thin and dull, making it practically useless to cut anything that isn't easily cut, and even then I struggle with it.

    I kid you not there has yet to be ANY ingredient I can cut with it that I can't cut with any other of my knives, even some of my duller ones that have been in my pantry for over a decade.

    Should have gotten the plastic containers with my stamps instead. :(

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

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    I was scared to read your comment as I'm thinking about buying a proper deep fryer soon, glad to know the apparatus itself wasn't the issue. For bread I can totally sympathize. My grandma got one...

    I was scared to read your comment as I'm thinking about buying a proper deep fryer soon, glad to know the apparatus itself wasn't the issue.

    For bread I can totally sympathize. My grandma got one of those and while the bread it makes is honestly pretty good, I can count with my fingers the amount of times I have eaten it, and I visit my grandparents pretty often.

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