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  1. Comment on Are you having any (professional) "I told you so" moments? in ~tech

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    I don't know what level of education you work in, but that sounds somewhat similar to my experience as a college student. We went from "dunno" to campus closed in just over 2 days. Additionally, I...

    I don't know what level of education you work in, but that sounds somewhat similar to my experience as a college student.

    We went from "dunno" to campus closed in just over 2 days. Additionally, I had a lot of professors tell us this was all overblown and we shouldn't be afraid to go out and enjoy our new time off.

    The only thing different is that it seems college admin had been discussing the idea of moving online, so there was at least a dialogue on how things would transition. But I don't think anyone expected online instruction would need to last so long, and there was basically no plan for how labs would transition. Honestly I'm still waiting for the email telling me my lab is just cancelled because there's no real way to do it online with our level of preparedness.

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  2. Comment on 3.3 million Americans file for unemployment claims, shattering records in ~health.coronavirus

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    The really staggering thing is that somehow his supporters have spun all of this as being the fault of the CDC, and that Trump has been doing everything that he can. I don't have a relevant...

    The really staggering thing is that somehow his supporters have spun all of this as being the fault of the CDC, and that Trump has been doing everything that he can.

    I don't have a relevant article at hand, but it's all my parents talk about, and it's what some rather conservative coworkers were saying last I saw them.

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  3. Comment on Recommend classic games you feel everyone should play at least once in ~games

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    If we're going back to the 80's, I feel like Zork should definitely get a mention too! It's quite likely the original RPG, at least as far as PC gaming is concerned.

    If we're going back to the 80's, I feel like Zork should definitely get a mention too! It's quite likely the original RPG, at least as far as PC gaming is concerned.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Super Tuesday: who did you end up voting for and why? in ~talk

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    I was expecting lots of Bernie, but not almost exclusively Bernie. Honestly I was hoping for a lone Biden vote. Tildes is obviously fairly politically homogeneous.

    I was expecting lots of Bernie, but not almost exclusively Bernie. Honestly I was hoping for a lone Biden vote.

    Tildes is obviously fairly politically homogeneous.

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  5. Comment on Half-Life: Alyx - 9 Minutes of Gameplay in ~games

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    Do you have problems with motion sickness or sea sickness? I think VR nausea is related to the same thing based on my own experiences, because neither seem to affect me, whereas both affect my SO.

    Do you have problems with motion sickness or sea sickness? I think VR nausea is related to the same thing based on my own experiences, because neither seem to affect me, whereas both affect my SO.

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  6. Comment on What's the longest running quandary/debate you've had with yourself? in ~talk

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    When you say you don't want to buy OSC books so as not to support him, do you mean to include buying secondhand books as well? Personally I don't see anything wrong with buying secondhand books in...

    When you say you don't want to buy OSC books so as not to support him, do you mean to include buying secondhand books as well?

    Personally I don't see anything wrong with buying secondhand books in this case because he won't make any money from the sale. Same logic goes for any artist really. If you can find it at a thrift store or used book store, I don't see the harm.

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

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    Not sure that this will be much benefit to you since you've stopped playing games altogether, but for anyone else who has similar feelings about Rimworld, my suggestion is to try surviving in...

    Not sure that this will be much benefit to you since you've stopped playing games altogether, but for anyone else who has similar feelings about Rimworld, my suggestion is to try surviving in extreme cold.

    I've tried extreme heat, but somehow it wasn't the same. I think the simple truth is that extreme cold is just harder to deal with, and has more repercussions. It feels like a different game honestly. Gathering food and mining resources becomes immensely more challenging, as does designing a base which can sufficiently keep your colonists warm and protected.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Divers discover an abandoned underwater strip club in ~hobbies

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    I wonder if they just stocked and reheated food while it was a restaurant or if they actually had a kitchen underwater as well? Seems like ventilation and utilities could be problematic, but it's...

    I wonder if they just stocked and reheated food while it was a restaurant or if they actually had a kitchen underwater as well? Seems like ventilation and utilities could be problematic, but it's hard to say without seeing how much of the structure is above the water.

    Regardless, I have to imagine there are a lot of hidden fees associated with maintaining an underwater structure. That, combined with the boom and bust cycle that any tourist attraction suffers from, were probably some big factors in why both the restaurant and the club closed if I had to guess.

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  9. Comment on Google Stadia announces plans to add over 120 games this year, including over 10 exclusives in ~games

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    Yeah, overall I have to agree. The current state of gaming didn't get to where it is overnight. Consoles and PCs have been around since the 80s (really the 70s, but they weren't near as popular...

    Yeah, overall I have to agree. The current state of gaming didn't get to where it is overnight. Consoles and PCs have been around since the 80s (really the 70s, but they weren't near as popular back then). Mobile gaming is a much newer phenomenon, but still over a decade old at this point.

    For Stadia to be popular and gain a significant user base, it has to become THE way that a large portion of people play games. Mobile gamers, console gamers and PC gamers aren't going to just abandon their platform because something new and shiny exists though.

    It would have to be a combination of raising a new generation exposed to Stadia, and convincing enough people to jump ship between hardware upgrades. Obviously though, that would take years.

    I'm not presumptuous enough to pretend I know everything. Maybe Google thinks they have some grand strategy to make things transition more quickly, I mean we are close to another console generation. But as has been pointed out already, it's far more in character to just abandon the whole idea in a couple years because it wasn't a resounding success.

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  10. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    I enjoyed the Marvel movies for the most part, but I also wasn't a fan of the comics beforehand. I can't stand the sequel trilogy, but I was previously a huge Star Wars fan. So I'm probably hugely...

    I enjoyed the Marvel movies for the most part, but I also wasn't a fan of the comics beforehand. I can't stand the sequel trilogy, but I was previously a huge Star Wars fan.

    So I'm probably hugely biased when I say that I thought the Star Wars sequels were worse than most of the comic book movies I've seen. Not DC levels of bad, because they at least had some redeeming qualities. But objectively speaking, there's less depth of plot, less coherence between movies, less character development and less originality, by comparison to the average MCU movie as the franchise stands currently.

    I could go on for a while but honestly I should probably stop myself here.

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  11. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    It definitely felt lacking in some way, because it never captured my interest the same way the second or even the first movie did. Watching it makes me feel I'm on the verge of being bored, aside...

    It definitely felt lacking in some way, because it never captured my interest the same way the second or even the first movie did. Watching it makes me feel I'm on the verge of being bored, aside from a few scenes.

    But honestly it had the odds stacked against it from the start, due to Heath Ledger's performance and subsequent death in the previous film.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on The Results of the 2019 Census in ~tildes

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    I don't even remember which one I picked because I feel like I go back and forth on which I identify more strongly with lol. That said, it's interesting to me how Tildes is dominated by straight...

    I don't even remember which one I picked because I feel like I go back and forth on which I identify more strongly with lol.

    That said, it's interesting to me how Tildes is dominated by straight techy males who are also left leaning. I feel like we've managed to select a very specific demographic here, and I'm surprised there wasn't more LGBT+ representation considering we're left leaning.

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  13. Comment on Half in the Bag: The 70-Minute Rise of Skywalker Review in ~movies

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    Honestly, it's worth a watch, but not in theaters. I'd wait for it to drop on Disney plus, and that way you can at least get some extra mileage out of your money by watching The Mandalorian...

    Honestly, it's worth a watch, but not in theaters. I'd wait for it to drop on Disney plus, and that way you can at least get some extra mileage out of your money by watching The Mandalorian (assuming you haven't already).

  14. Comment on Who are some creators that are doing interesting things on the internet right now? in ~misc

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    Since you mentioned Tech Connect, just want to throw in LGR and The 8-bit Guy. LGR and 8 bit guy both focus on retro computing, but in different ways and styles. Both really fun to watch and learn...

    Since you mentioned Tech Connect, just want to throw in LGR and The 8-bit Guy.

    LGR and 8 bit guy both focus on retro computing, but in different ways and styles. Both really fun to watch and learn from.

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  15. Comment on ‘There’s something terribly wrong’: Americans are dying young at alarming rates in ~health

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    The push is on cable and other ad spots. No one I've talked to is actually a fan of him, but it's obvious there's a lot of money being thrown behind him.

    The push is on cable and other ad spots. No one I've talked to is actually a fan of him, but it's obvious there's a lot of money being thrown behind him.

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  16. Comment on ‘There’s something terribly wrong’: Americans are dying young at alarming rates in ~health

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    I think the Democrats have seen the writing on the wall about Biden, because I've started seeing a lot of push for Bloomberg lately. Unfortunately, I feel less certain about Bloomberg than Biden....

    This spells out why a Joe Biden 2020 general election would be a disaster.

    I think the Democrats have seen the writing on the wall about Biden, because I've started seeing a lot of push for Bloomberg lately. Unfortunately, I feel less certain about Bloomberg than Biden. I have this intense fear that the Democrats won't be able to get over themselves, and will try to block Bernie again. It scares me because if they disenfranchise liberal voters like last time, I know it's going to end badly, and I don't want 4 more years of Trump.

  17. Comment on Why is Instagram deleting the accounts of hundreds of porn stars? in ~tech

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    People may be weaponizing the algorithm, but I find it hard to believe issues like this fly completely under their radar. I'm pretty sure major companies are allowing stuff like this to happen...

    People may be weaponizing the algorithm, but I find it hard to believe issues like this fly completely under their radar.

    I'm pretty sure major companies are allowing stuff like this to happen because:
    A) They perceive anything NSFW or NSFW adjacent to be harder to moderate (see: Tumblr)

    B) Advertisers have started demanding their ad spaces be ruthlessly family friendly, at the expense of even educational content (see: YouTube).

    4 votes
  18. Comment on The Mandalorian | S01E03: The Sin in ~tv

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    I honestly wanted him to just drop off Yiddle, walk away to a new job, and be haunted by his actions later. I feel like his actions weren't really justified to me either, as some have pointed out.

    I honestly wanted him to just drop off Yiddle, walk away to a new job, and be haunted by his actions later.

    I feel like his actions weren't really justified to me either, as some have pointed out.

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  19. Comment on In 2020, I can no longer abide the 100-hour RPG in ~games

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    Nope, I feel the same way. The idea of filler doesn't bother me as long as it's immersive. I guess the fun for me is the adventure and the immersion. The story comes second. And that definitely...

    Nope, I feel the same way. The idea of filler doesn't bother me as long as it's immersive.

    I guess the fun for me is the adventure and the immersion. The story comes second. And that definitely shows in my play style too. I love that in The Elder Scrolls you can spend dozens of hours not even doing anything, just ignoring the main quest and still have fun. Then there's the game Kenshi which doesn't even have a main questline. You just go out and create your own story, interacting with a dynamic world.

    I'd rather put a few hundred hours in that, instead of a quick storyline.

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  20. Comment on In upset, Democrat poised to defeat Trump-backed Kentucky governor in ~news

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    Just want to say thanks for pointing this out. There were so many bellwethers or other miscleanous indicators people passed around on Reddit in 2016 to explain why this meant candidate X HAD to...

    Just want to say thanks for pointing this out.

    There were so many bellwethers or other miscleanous indicators people passed around on Reddit in 2016 to explain why this meant candidate X HAD to win now.

    It was draining, both psychologically and emotionally, because it seemed rationally disingenuous and because it obviously didn't pan out. To put it another way, it was like I knew it was bull, but still wanted to believe, and so room was still made to be let down.

    And while we're here, I just want to say that a bellwether only holds true until it doesn't. It's actually a fun statistics problem. Out of thousands of patterns that we could possibly observe, there's a chance that each turns out to "predict" a result. And a chance that it continues to "predict" results. Over time there's bound to be a couple that still "hold true" via random luck, and those are the ones people cling to most strongly.

    There's actually a famous investing scam based around this same idea, where you basically give a large number of different people mutually exclusive advice. Eventually, after successive rounds of this, by sheer luck a small number have been given only correct "advice" and will essentially believe anything you say next. The next step obviously being to make them do something incredibly stupid that benefits you. And honestly I don't see much of a difference. How many people didn't vote because they thought there was no way Trump would win?

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