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  1. Comment on What do you think of the minimalist attitude popularized by people like Marie Kondo? Have you tried to incorporate any parts of that outlook into your life, and if so, how has that gone? in ~life

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    The only thing I got from (and about) Marie Kondo is the permission to throw stuff away – much like, I'm sure, a lot of people did. It isn't a matter of fashion, or adhering to a style: it's what...

    The only thing I got from (and about) Marie Kondo is the permission to throw stuff away – much like, I'm sure, a lot of people did. It isn't a matter of fashion, or adhering to a style: it's what I am. The idea of "less is better" has been guiding me through life for as long as I remember.

    It's about authentic intent for me. Wearing daily clothes I enjoy, rather than those I have to because I have no other choice. Spending time with people I like, rather than those whom I happen to share lengths of space-time with every day. Doing things that make me want to do them, rather than those I have to do to get by.

    I admit: I'm very lucky to be in a position to practice many of those principles – but it isn't a matter of choice for me, much like it isn't a matter of choice for someone to enjoy milk or lean left politically. It's a part of the core of my being.

    It isn't a matter of having few things, per se, either. It's a matter of having better things, of which can only be fewer. It's about efficiency of pleasure; about having fewer items, or ideas, or actions having the biggest impact towards the goals I hold. I'd rather have one shirt that I'd enjoy wearing than 50 where I have to pick the least-bad one. I'd rather save and buy one good tool than go through a dozen of mediocre-but-cheap ones. I'd rather invest in the future of the experience where I know it's going to pay off, like the chair I sit in daily, or a mat for the cold balcony floor that I'm going to visit multiple times a day, or clean shower that I enjoy almost daily (beyond sanitary showering).

    If I don't have access to better things, I'd rather have worse things than no things, in many situations. Sometimes, I'd rather get by and come up with an alternative to using a worse thing, because using the worse thing would make me feel worse than not using it at all.

    It's why I like what Dieter Rams codified as good design: "Less, but better".

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Please Recommend Me A Video Game in ~games

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    In Cataclysm, this is often the case. At higher speed stats, you can easily outrun the zombies – or, really, use the stairs, since they can't use them yet. Generally speaking, the Cataclysm...

    With zombies, at least in the games I've seen or played, they follow you.

    In Cataclysm, this is often the case. At higher speed stats, you can easily outrun the zombies – or, really, use the stairs, since they can't use them yet. Generally speaking, the Cataclysm zombies (at least the "mundane" ones: it has some crazy variants) are slow, and may be configured to be slower or faster during world generation stage.

    In Rebuild 3, zombies will try to attack you if you're far from the fort, and they will try to attack the fort from time to time, presenting a time-sensitive "defence" challenge (you have to put a strong-enough fighter character at or next to the tile being attacked to come out victorious, lest the tile is taken out of your control).

    I like the look of Bastion. I would have never found that one I bet, if I hadn't asked.

    If you end up enjoying Bastion, you might wanna try Transistor, from the same developer. Transistor follows a similar platformer idea, but is some mix of fantasy and cyberpunk in nature: your character has a technomagical sword that hosts the soul of her loved one, and you're able to cast spells which are programs.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Lightest, cheapest laptop out there with best battery life in ~tech

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    I don't know what kind of load Debian and Emacs provide. However, I can vouch for my laptop model for writing and coding: Acer Aspire ES1-311-C2N7. It's light, at ~1.5kg, and it presents exemplary...

    I don't know what kind of load Debian and Emacs provide. However, I can vouch for my laptop model for writing and coding: Acer Aspire ES1-311-C2N7. It's light, at ~1.5kg, and it presents exemplary battery capacity of ~9 hours (EDIT: some websites say 7 hours) for ~$300.

    I'd used it extensively throughout the uni, and it regularly returned home with enough charge to let me unwind for a couple of hours without plugging it in. I'd also used it to watch films, where a 2-hour film (x264-encoded 1080p) only took about 20% of battery charge on Windows 10, with no other apps running.

    It runs lighter games – nothing that requires extensive 3D (although the Shadowrun games and Dota 2 run well on lower settings). Latest Adobe Photoshop's loading time was 10s+, and larger processing options were slow, but it ran well otherwise. Like I said, it runs films up to a certain difficulty of encoding just fine. VS Code runs okay – not great, not bad either – in general, stuttering over large files (in HTML, it's 50kB and up).

    This particular model turned out to require a bit of post-purchase modding. It has small RAM by default, so I bought a 4GB memory stick. It also has an HDD and Win8 by default, both of which affect performance negatively, so I bought an SSD and installed Win10. After that, its performance became very good for the price.

    After three years of extensive usage and a bit of reckless transportation, it's showing signs of decay in two aspects only: the battery can no longer handle heavy CPU loads (it shuts down when unplugged and experiencing high internal temperature), and the screen can sometime show "lining", where bright lines (of text, image, or otherwise) leave a faint "nimbus" to the rest of the width of the line. The latter is only noticable when viewing dark screens, like VS Code's dark theme.

    Not sure if you can find this particular model on the market now, and I can't vouch of newer models of the same brand, since I haven't used or reviewed them. You may, however, have good luck to search the brand ("Acer Aspire") closer.

    P. S. If you remember, that's the laptop that went twice in price after the US sanctions.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Please Recommend Me A Video Game in ~games

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    Bastion. It's a sweet little game: a simple platformer with elements of RPG and a tiny bit of base-building. Ran smoothly on my cheap laptop. Plus: great soundtrack and great story. I'd also like...

    Bastion. It's a sweet little game: a simple platformer with elements of RPG and a tiny bit of base-building. Ran smoothly on my cheap laptop. Plus: great soundtrack and great story.

    I'd also like to recommend Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead, even though you might find it too involved and maybe stressful. It's a zombie apocalypse sim with a handful of sci-fi thrown in; you may choose to exclude some of the weirder aspects of the gameplay or the world with mods.

    I play it rather unfairly by the in-game standards – maxing out stats and skills of my character, plus spawning items via the cheat menu from time to time – because that's how I want to enjoy the game. I reckon you can do the same, if you're so inclined. There's plenty of challenge to be found in this game, but you can also make the experience easier on yourself.

    Speaking of low-res zombie apocalypse: try Rebuild 3. It's a Flash game coated well-enough in the app skin that it works just fine, at least on Windows. It's upbeat, bright, and not daunting, though not a cakewalk, either. You loot, recruit survivors, build, craft, and train your people. You can play the campaign, with persistent characters, or randomly-generated skirmishes.

    There's also Craft the World – a little gem of a game from Russian developers. It's a 2D side-view base-building, crafting, and colony-management-esque game. It has few features compared to, say, Minecraft, but it's been satisfying to play for me, so I'm recommending it.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Jordan Peterson Announces Free Speech Platform ‘Thinkspot’ in ~tech

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    My experience is that, while using this system, the difference between an ideological trap and a self-sufficient, truly-"free speech" community is the intent behind it. I used to be on this forum...

    My experience is that, while using this system, the difference between an ideological trap and a self-sufficient, truly-"free speech" community is the intent behind it.

    I used to be on this forum called Hubski. It's fairly small, with a dozen or two (semi-)regulars and a whole bunch of people who visit every once in a while. One of the things that stand out immediately on Hubski is that there's no admin-centric moderation, per se. Users are given the tools to suppress other users' comments and posts from their view, "out of sight, out of mind"-way. Enough regulars muting you on Hubski effectively means taking your voice away as part of that community.

    While it had led to its own share of conflicts, freak-outs, and misunderstandings, it's also led to a thriving little familial place on the Internet, where you're being told, with all honesty but also with the appropriate compassion, what you need to hear.

    This experience is why I'm not that opposed to the Peterson's platform's system: in my eyes, it's the purpose and the intent behind it that shapes its use.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Jordan Peterson Announces Free Speech Platform ‘Thinkspot’ in ~tech

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    I feel like, with good intentions, you can have a similar system (like torrent trackers already use just fine for themselves) to tracking a sort-of quasi-reputation, and acting on it. Not hide the...

    I feel like, with good intentions, you can have a similar system (like torrent trackers already use just fine for themselves) to tracking a sort-of quasi-reputation, and acting on it.

    Not hide the content, definitely, but place it downstream from the rest of the comments? Gray it out, or show it in reduced sizing. Something like Tildes' "noise" labeling.

    Tildes probably won't be able to handle this kind of community-sourced filtering, but a more self-moderated place... might?

    3 votes
  7. Comment on YouTube without all the crap? in ~tech

  8. Comment on YouTube without all the crap? in ~tech

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    How would one go about it? I'm not seeing any RSS links, on the desired channels or elsewhere.

    How would one go about it? I'm not seeing any RSS links, on the desired channels or elsewhere.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on GitHub shocks top developer: Access to 5 years' work inexplicably blocked in ~tech

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    I consider it good etiquette online to add a little description to the article I'm sharing. It lets others discern better whether they want to read something or not, based off more than just a...

    I consider it good etiquette online to add a little description to the article I'm sharing. It lets others discern better whether they want to read something or not, based off more than just a headline, which are meant to grasp the very essence while omitting as much as possible.

    Most often, the best description is a direct selective quote from the article.

    I'm thinking what @cadadr shared could've been used better as a subtitle for the topic itself, so as to explain the situation a little better.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on A dictionary with expressive definitions unlike those anywhere else in ~humanities

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    The text size is ridiculously-small in accord with the website's settings. Chrome defaults to 16px as its font-size, which is generous. The website then sets it down to 62.5%, which is 10px, which...

    The text size is ridiculously-small in accord with the website's settings.

    Chrome defaults to 16px as its font-size, which is generous.

    The website then sets it down to 62.5%, which is 10px, which is bad.

    It then sets the paragraph font-size to 1.4em, which is 14px – not enough for comfortable reading, especially with Times as its font.

    I think it's the latter due to the ridiculous margins on the sides of the article

    This is unrelated to text size, per se. Typographic concerns for the Web posit that the optimal width of a text column is somewhere between 55 and 75 symbols. At this length, the human eye finds the optimum between speed of reading for one line, and speed of switching between two adjacent lines. The length is derived from typographic industry, which had been researching the comfort of reading for a long time.

    Does this look better to you? Does it read better? (It won't reflect the huge margins caused by the enormity of your screen. Put two sheets of paper next to the image if you want. :) )

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Seeking suggestions for the name of this group in ~lgbt

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    ...which do not include written reactions, I presume. How do votes help you navigate the commentscape better?

    without contextual indicators of how people feel about things

    ...which do not include written reactions, I presume.

    How do votes help you navigate the commentscape better?

  12. Comment on Seeking suggestions for the name of this group in ~lgbt

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    As humans tend to do – something I'm entirely comfortable with, even if it means multiple persons now have to speak their mind.

    and so in order to express agreement visible to other people you need to reply to what you're agreeing with.

    As humans tend to do – something I'm entirely comfortable with, even if it means multiple persons now have to speak their mind.

  13. Comment on Seeking suggestions for the name of this group in ~lgbt

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    I do like to see that people now (have to) voice their opinions on Tildes, instead of expressing them via votes.

    I do like to see that people now (have to) voice their opinions on Tildes, instead of expressing them via votes.

    2 votes
  14. @alexey__kovalev: Okay, listen up. This is not a drill. Ivan Golunov, my colleague at @meduzaproject, one of the best investigative reporters in the industry, was arrested yesterday after leaving work (I was with him before he left). He is now awaiting formal charges at a remand prison in Moscow.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on Macron Humbled in France as Exit Polls Show Le Pen Win in ~news

  16. Comment on If anyone can give us a real Facebook alternative, it’s Apple in ~tech

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    When you say "stickiness", what do you mean? It doesn't seem to make sense to me, in any context I can figure so far, how iMessage plays a role at all similar to a social network. If anything,...

    If anything, they'd run a social network to enforce iOS stickiness. But, surprise surprise, they already have that. It's called iMessage. It works great, and it's already end to end encrypted.

    When you say "stickiness", what do you mean? It doesn't seem to make sense to me, in any context I can figure so far, how iMessage plays a role at all similar to a social network. If anything, it's far closer to Telegram and its ilk, and I find it difficult to call such a messaging service a "social network". So what is it that you're saying?

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Westworld III - HBO 2020 in ~tv

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    I reckon we just have different perspectives on what is a good start and what's good sci-fi. "in the right state of mind"... Fucking hell. The flak I'm getting for trying to get into something so...

    I reckon we just have different perspectives on what is a good start and what's good sci-fi.

    wait a few years for when you're in the right state of mind

    "in the right state of mind"... Fucking hell. The flak I'm getting for trying to get into something so hyped is ridiculous.

  18. Comment on Westworld III - HBO 2020 in ~tv

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    oh for fuck's sake

    You should really just watch it.

    oh for fuck's sake

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Westworld III - HBO 2020 in ~tv

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    That's a fun trailer. I liked it. That said, the whole Westworld thing is still a mystery to me. I've seen the first two episodes, and wasn't convinced, and left it there. Never heard from it...

    That's a fun trailer. I liked it.

    That said, the whole Westworld thing is still a mystery to me. I've seen the first two episodes, and wasn't convinced, and left it there. Never heard from it again.

    Now I see this, and it's exciting, and I'd like to know more about it. I asked about it in the comments to the trailer post on Reddit, and all that people have told me was "you should really just watch it", which isn't at all helpful if your last experience with the series was "...meh".

    POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR THE WHOLE SERIES

    I dug about the first two seasons, and from what I understand, the third season is supposed to take place IRL as the series has had it outside the parks. Apparently, the main gal – Dolores – has escaped the park and is now struggling on the outside in order to preserve her "species", for lack of a better term? They have robots IRL, but they're not the same kind of robots are the hosts are. I can see how having human-simulating synthetics that could potential acquire consciousness outside, in the real world, could be alarming.

    END SPOILERS

    So, like... what's up? I've read the first season's recap, and the second season's recaps are mostly for the finale, or mean nothing to me.

    People have been raving about the series, and the third season looks like it could be a lot of fun, so I'd like to see if I should get into it. I know some of the best series build slowly – I remember thinking "Man, this Breaking Bad thing is not that exciting" for the first two episodes, but man, did it explode as it went along.

    Maybe it's the same thing with Westworld for me.

  20. Comment on We Talked with the New Hampshire Family in Andrew Yang’s Universal Basic Income Experiment in ~news

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    Maybe you're right. I can see how he can get manipulated and strung around by people he owes things to. Maybe Yang's gonna be the same – or maybe, if he's ever elected, he'd just make a number of...

    Maybe you're right. I can see how he can get manipulated and strung around by people he owes things to. Maybe Yang's gonna be the same – or maybe, if he's ever elected, he'd just make a number of mistakes that would be atypical for someone who knows the system.

    It's just that... I keep seeing politicians fucking the US in the ass repeatedly, like a gang bang, exactly because they know how to work the system: they've been in it for long enough. Not knowing how I can contribute to the improvement of the situation (and I legally can't, as I'm not a US citizen), my best hope for the country I love so much is to have someone in the office that gives a shit and is not corrupted by the system yet.

    There needs to be a massive overhaul of the whole political system in the US for it to work "by the people, for the people", but for now, someone who isn't yet part of The Swamp™ is the best I can hope for. Whether they have political experience or not, to me, is irrelevant.

    2 votes