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  1. Comment on 2K Games breaks gaming's de facto $60 (USD) price ceiling, announces MSRP for next-gen NBA 2K21 as $70 in ~games

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    From context. You were responding to my post that asked if we should be opposed to any price increase no matter what, seemingly saying yes because otherwise we’ll just have price increases and...

    From context. You were responding to my post that asked if we should be opposed to any price increase no matter what, seemingly saying yes because otherwise we’ll just have price increases and microtransactions.

  2. Comment on 2K Games breaks gaming's de facto $60 (USD) price ceiling, announces MSRP for next-gen NBA 2K21 as $70 in ~games

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    There are tons of great games out there right now that just sell you the game and maybe an expansion here and there. Why would we want that to increasingly become an unviable business method?

    There are tons of great games out there right now that just sell you the game and maybe an expansion here and there. Why would we want that to increasingly become an unviable business method?

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  3. Comment on 2K Games breaks gaming's de facto $60 (USD) price ceiling, announces MSRP for next-gen NBA 2K21 as $70 in ~games

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    What point are you trying to make? Should we be opposed to any increases in price, which obviously definitely is unsustainable without other new revenue streams, just because it's possible that...

    What point are you trying to make? Should we be opposed to any increases in price, which obviously definitely is unsustainable without other new revenue streams, just because it's possible that prices will increase and they'll find other revenue streams?

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Introducing Worms Rumble - A real-time, 32-player Worms game with deathmatch, last worm standing, and battle royale modes in ~games

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    Oh, there was an after credits bit. I missed that! Something at least.

    Oh, there was an after credits bit. I missed that! Something at least.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Introducing Worms Rumble - A real-time, 32-player Worms game with deathmatch, last worm standing, and battle royale modes in ~games

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    I'm positive about them experimenting with them experimenting with similar-but-different type of games, but disappointed that they dont seem to have really taken anything but the worms from Worms....

    I'm positive about them experimenting with them experimenting with similar-but-different type of games, but disappointed that they dont seem to have really taken anything but the worms from Worms. There's nothing that would hint at it being a Worms game if you replaced them with, I don't know, green beans. No ninja rope, no blow torch, no holy hand grenade, no banana bomb. Nothing that's iconically Worms. Maybe there is something like that in the game, but if it is it's an odd choice to not show it off.

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  6. Comment on Immunity to COVID-19 is probably higher than tests have shown in ~health.coronavirus

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    [...]

    New research from Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital shows that many people with mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 demonstrate so-called T-cell-mediated immunity to the new coronavirus, even if they have not tested positively for antibodies. According to the researchers, this means that public immunity is probably higher than antibody tests suggest. The article will soon be freely available on the bioRxiv server and has been submitted for publication in a scientific journal.

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    “One interesting observation was that it wasn’t just individuals with verified COVID-19 who showed T-cell immunity but also many of their exposed asymptomatic family members,” says Soo Aleman. “Moreover, roughly 30 per cent of the blood donors who’d given blood in May 2020 had COVID-19-specific T cells, a figure that’s much higher than previous antibody tests have shown.”

    The T-cell response was consistent with measurements taken after vaccination with approved vaccines for other viruses. Patients with severe COVID-19 often developed a strong T-cell response and an antibody response; in those with milder symptoms it was not always possible to detect an antibody response, but despite this many still showed a marked T-cell response.

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  7. Comment on Lemmy, an open-source federated Reddit alternative, gets funding for development in ~tech

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    That's because that's not a left-right issue at all. At certain times it may be assosciated with one side or the other, but that's only because the dominant left and/or right ideology at the time...

    That's because that's not a left-right issue at all. At certain times it may be assosciated with one side or the other, but that's only because the dominant left and/or right ideology at the time happens to have particularly strong opinions on the matter. There's nothing inherently left or right about being positive or negative on the issue. If you look at the last 200 years of politics all over the world I'm not convinced that you'll find some obvious pattern at all of where it belongs on a polticial scale. After all a very common idea on the left has been that the purpose of immigration is to suppress wages. American conservatives, for example, may very well be a very liberal country on immigration. Liberals, of course, are typically center-right to right.

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  8. Comment on Wireless is a trap in ~tech

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    I guess all I can say is that I've personally noticed nothing of that even this spring when I've been working from my apartment, despite tons of neighbours also doing so.

    I guess all I can say is that I've personally noticed nothing of that even this spring when I've been working from my apartment, despite tons of neighbours also doing so.

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  9. Comment on Wireless is a trap in ~tech

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    This is just so foreign to me. I can't say that I regularly experience any significant problems with wireless at all, while probably the two tech-related features or gadgets from the last five...

    This is just so foreign to me. I can't say that I regularly experience any significant problems with wireless at all, while probably the two tech-related features or gadgets from the last five years or so that I would miss the most if I couldn't have them anymore are wireless-related (more specifically wireless charging for my phone and wireless earbuds).

    I do have ethernet for my computer and game console, but it really doesn't make much difference and if I didn't have everything wired up already I probably wouldn't bother.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Man behind Sweden’s controversial virus strategy admits mistakes in ~health.coronavirus

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    Full quote for anyone who can't listen to the audio. Very noticeable that he's not a politician or media trained, you can never admit that something wasn't perfect because then you’ll inevitably...

    "He said that there's a news story going around today that I and the health agency think that the strategy we've had to fight corona was wrong and that we would change it drastically but that's not the case at all, he said, we still think that the strategy's good in general but there's always things that you can improve especially with hindsight. I think it would be strange to answer the question in any other way, you can always be better in the line of work, he said".

    Full quote for anyone who can't listen to the audio. Very noticeable that he's not a politician or media trained, you can never admit that something wasn't perfect because then you’ll inevitably get just this response. Either it’s perfect or it’s a mistake.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on How do you pronounce "antifa"? in ~humanities

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    It’s the reverse though, because Eyeraq of Assburger is nothing like how it would be pronounced where it’s from, whereas rhyming Antifa with Latifah is a pretty good approximation of the...

    It’s the reverse though, because Eyeraq of Assburger is nothing like how it would be pronounced where it’s from, whereas rhyming Antifa with Latifah is a pretty good approximation of the pronunciation in German.

  12. Comment on What do you think is the next big technological breakthrough? in ~tech

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    There's not an ethical debate to “concede”, because that assumes that there's an ethical debate, which is incorrect. There are many. There's a debate if ever killing an animal is wrong, there's a...

    There's not an ethical debate to “concede”, because that assumes that there's an ethical debate, which is incorrect. There are many. There's a debate if ever killing an animal is wrong, there's a debate about how wrong it is, there's a debate if killing animals is more or less wrong than the consequences of other alternatives of producing food, and so on.

    There are very few people, if any, that live lives where everything that they do is what they'd consider optimally ethical. What you seem to assume with your comment about being "so ridden with akrasia they are dependent on technology to completely eliminate the cost involved in the choice" is that everyone views eating meat and meat production as an equally large ethical problem that you do and therefore prioritise it in the same way. For many people it's probably not even in their top 100 or top 500 of ethically non-optimal things in their lives, so of course it's nice if all of a sudden they can eliminate a low-priority item with no cost. I bet there are a tons of similar things in your life, that you consider vaguely non-optimal ethically and would happily change if there was no cost involved.

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  14. Comment on European Union proposes $825 billion coronavirus rescue plan, giving Brussels power to raise money for first time in ~finance

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    Yes, because it's just another example of the EU snowballing. If this was an isolated incident I could potentially be okay with it, but things are only ever moving in one direction: the union...

    Yes, because it's just another example of the EU snowballing. If this was an isolated incident I could potentially be okay with it, but things are only ever moving in one direction: the union doing more things, with more powers. This comes shortly after the proposed "solution" to the budget gap that the British are leaving, which if course is to scale back the budget and the ambitions to fit the new circumstances...I'm kidding, of course.

    I'm pro European unions, but the focus should be on doing things single countries can't realistically do. I want a diverse Europe.

  15. Comment on European Union proposes $825 billion coronavirus rescue plan, giving Brussels power to raise money for first time in ~finance

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    Thankfully this is never going to pass. When has a “one-time crisis measure” ever been a one-time crisis measure?

    Thankfully this is never going to pass. When has a “one-time crisis measure” ever been a one-time crisis measure?

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  17. Comment on Sweden has revealed that despite adopting more relaxed measures to control coronavirus, by late April only 7.3% of people in Stockholm had developed the antibodies needed to fight the disease in ~health.coronavirus

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    It's Stockholm the region, not the the city so the population is about 2.4 million, and at the end of April there were 1287 deaths in Stockholm. So out of at least 175 000 cases (but this number...

    It's Stockholm the region, not the the city so the population is about 2.4 million, and at the end of April there were 1287 deaths in Stockholm. So out of at least 175 000 cases (but this number is likely to be lower than the actual number) 0.74% died, but as I said that's likely an overestimate.

    You can compare it with the second largest region with the next largest Swedish city, Västra Götaland, where 3.7% were found to have antibodies. At that point they had 176 people who had died. That region has a population of 1.71 million, so with avout 63 270 definite cases they had a death rate of 0.26%, but again this is likely to be an overestimate.

    The third largest region is Skåne, with 4.2% having antibodies. At the end of April there were 65 deaths. With a population of 1.36 million that's at least 57 120 cases. That gives you a death rate of 0.11%, again probably an overesimate.

    Since we know that about 90% of the people who died were above 70 years old, despite people between 20-64 being vastly overrepresented among the people who've gotten sick (overall in all of the regions 6.7% of people 20-64 had been infected compared to 2.7% of the people 65-95) the death rate for people under 70 years old should likely be well below 0.1% which seems to jive well not only with reports from other countries such as Italy, where there's been findings of a death rate of 0.04% for people between 40 and 49, but also the comparatively low death rates in regions in Sweden where they were more succesful of keeping out of the care homes for the elderly.

    Really what I think is interesting is something like the fact that Malmö has fewer deaths per capita than Copenhagen despite their lockdown, with the two cities being seperated only by a 40 minute train ride which is a daily commute for many people. This may change in the long term, but it really shows how many factors go into all of this.

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  18. Comment on Finland has demonstrated that it is possible to reduce the number of smokers without seeing a surge in e-cigarette users in ~health

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    Curious that it doesn't mention increased use of snus (in Finnish), which is massive. Not that that's a bad thing, it's probably the safest way to use tobacco.

    Curious that it doesn't mention increased use of snus (in Finnish), which is massive. Not that that's a bad thing, it's probably the safest way to use tobacco.

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