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  1. Comment on Google announces "Stadia", a new game-streaming platform with deep YouTube integration in ~games

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    Uh, wow, thats a tall order for anyone. It eliminates anyone using wifi right off the back and even if you have a wired connection, I dont think I've ever topped out above 20 or 30. And thats...

    50mbps

    Uh, wow, thats a tall order for anyone. It eliminates anyone using wifi right off the back and even if you have a wired connection, I dont think I've ever topped out above 20 or 30. And thats saying nothing about something like just having to pay for the amount of internet you actually use.

    This (the isp problem) more than anything is why i think games as streaming is doomed to failure.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on SpaceX's Starship prototype vehicle may "hop" for the first time this week in ~tech

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    Ah, that pesky speed of light and all :/ As it is, I'm confident I'll live to see us explore this solar system, at least, and thats good enough for me.

    Ah, that pesky speed of light and all :/

    As it is, I'm confident I'll live to see us explore this solar system, at least, and thats good enough for me.

  3. Comment on IMO, Trump 2020 is better than a non-progressive Democrat in ~talk

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    I understand your argument, but you are mistaken. Understand that whoever gets elected next, whether its trump, a centerist or sanders, the door to the trumpocracy will remain open regardless. The...

    I understand your argument, but you are mistaken. Understand that whoever gets elected next, whether its trump, a centerist or sanders, the door to the trumpocracy will remain open regardless. The problems which put him into power aren't ones that can be solved by the next presidency, but for the happenstance of the electoral college. Our broken media, anti-truth and exceptionally proud population, and tendancies towards us-or-them politics are the primary reasons he got elected, none of which are going to go away no matter who becomes the next president.

    What will change if Trump were reelected, though, is his policymaking. "Lame duck" terms are interesting - although the rest of the government will be less inclined to work wkth him, so, too, will he be less inclined to restrain himself because he no longer needs to be popular.

    Which is all to say, no matter which way you slice it, Trump being reelected is only going to make things worse, no matter who the dems were to put up in his place.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on I regret not seeing Solo in theaters in ~movies

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    Thats fair. I really enjoyed the Maul twist because its very well explained in the EU, but its rrally not hard to see how itd be frustrating otherwise. I disagree about the grievous comparison,...

    Thats fair. I really enjoyed the Maul twist because its very well explained in the EU, but its rrally not hard to see how itd be frustrating otherwise. I disagree about the grievous comparison, though. Grievous was a villain of convenience, introduced to fill a hole left by count dooku, who was himself introduced to fill a hole left by (I think) Lucas rightly chickening out about Darth Jar Jar. Maul, though, was done properly - he could have been someone new, and was introduced at the right time, in the right way, for it to be someone new, they just happened to pick Maul.

    As for the rest of your complaints, I dont disagree, I think I just enjoyed the rest of the movie well enough to look past them. It didnt bug me that they introduced all those concepts in such a short period of time because I got a kick out of how they were all used in the story.

    I dont mean to handwave. I respect the disagreement.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Hundreds of US cities are killing or scaling back their recycling programs in ~enviro

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    This assumes that we're going to wean off of oil before it disappears, which... In the US and other developed countries, maybe. But there are large swaths of the world where renewables are still a...

    This assumes that we're going to wean off of oil before it disappears, which... In the US and other developed countries, maybe. But there are large swaths of the world where renewables are still a pipedream, which will still drive oil scarcity well past what we've seen before when it finally does dry up.

    Economically, recycled plastics are a certain bet due to the nature of their production. Oil, right now, is more valuable as fuel anyway. If that never changes, we simply run out and recycling becomes extremely important. If it does, plastics become more expensive to manufacture and recycling becomes more economically viable.

    Will it be 20 years from now, or 100? Hard to say. But even our discovery of how to mine shale is quickly proving to be a rapidly shrinking stopgap, and without it, we were facing a crisis only 10 years ago. So I'm inclined to believe sooner, rather than later.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Hundreds of US cities are killing or scaling back their recycling programs in ~enviro

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    Recycled plastics will eventually be more appealing and affordable than they are now, for the simple reason that petroleum is a limited resource and plastics are too damn useful to disappear...

    Recycled plastics will eventually be more appealing and affordable than they are now, for the simple reason that petroleum is a limited resource and plastics are too damn useful to disappear entirely.

    We just keep kicking the can down the road. Once oil gets back up above $100 a barrel and the economy actually stabilizes around it, we'll see a lot more interest in the practices, and, for whatever irs worth, the plastic isnt going anywhere.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on IMO, Trump 2020 is better than a non-progressive Democrat in ~talk

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    Aye, I understand what OP is saying, and the civility here is why I come here instead of reddit, but this is a ridiculous thought on multiple levels. I'd also like to add that keeping Trump...

    Aye, I understand what OP is saying, and the civility here is why I come here instead of reddit, but this is a ridiculous thought on multiple levels.

    I'd also like to add that keeping Trump because a fucked-up status quo is better than a further slide is a poor argument. If Trump gets reelected, that, more than anything, has solidified the descent of the country. I dont think the US will ever result to autocracy - we simply have too many failsafes to allow for it, and a far too active population. But the system does need to reset, or else be replaced, and keeping trump would be the rough equivelent of keeping a cavity out of fear of the dentist. Itll be unpleasant and damn well unfortunate but at some point youve got to grit your teeth and pull off the band aid.

    Mixing metaphors but I think the point stands

    25 votes
  8. Comment on Apex Legends - Season 1 starts tomorrow at 10 AM PDT, Battle Pass details released in ~games

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    "Oh, how much does it cost?" BECAUSE THEY SURE WONT JUST FUCKING TELL YOU. Shit like that is, more than any other single reason, why it was downright ENJOYABLE to wipe every trace of video games...

    "Oh, how much does it cost?"

    BECAUSE THEY SURE WONT JUST FUCKING TELL YOU.

    Shit like that is, more than any other single reason, why it was downright ENJOYABLE to wipe every trace of video games off my computer. Manipulative, deceitful, dishonest, obstructive practices just like that.

    It might not seem like that big a deal that you cant tell, at a glance, how much that pass is, but it says everything about why the game tried so damn hard to addict me to it (and why so many others DID)

    1 vote
  9. Comment on "What the hell is going on?" A thoughtful and thorough overview of the rising entropy in society by David Perell in ~misc

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    I dispute your dispution. Although its true that different people are holding the cards, the motive and modus operandi which were once present are no longer there, and will likely never be again...

    I dispute your dispution. Although its true that different people are holding the cards, the motive and modus operandi which were once present are no longer there, and will likely never be again so long as I'm able to simply stop posting on reddit and start posting on tildes.

    Yes, these new companies hold new levels of control, but over different areas. They dont dictate the conversation, they just know everything about the people holding it. And the idea that there's some shadowy cabal of advertisers pulling the strings... Well, as an advertiser myself, the idea is fundamentally ridiculous. Youtube can panic when coca-cola and friends pull ad revenue, but the truth of the matter is, theyre still only a tiny, dare I say virtually inconsequential fraction of the advertising pie overall.

    As for the idea of bias manipulation, the only such thing we've seen be successful so far is people being turned towards what they already think they know, which is very different from the conformism and control which the old system was built on. Its the same in terms of propaganda; mccarthyism would never be able to succeed today - can you imagine the protests, desertions or riots today if Trump decided to institute a draft for Vietnam V2?

    The Charlottesville protests and the antifa movement are already evidence enough that the left wont sit idly by, and as for the right, Trump's entire election was the result of, more than anything else, people rejecting the establishment propaganda. More than anything, he was elected because he "told it like it was," no matter how wrong it turned out to be.

    No, I think the only true area on the article I can dispute myself is that things will get better. The author argues that our information age is in its infancy and just growing legs, but I'd argue that it did so 15 years ago, with the first advent of connectivity.

    Our society itself, by the very nature of democracy and consumerism, is built on the idea of conformism, and most people alive today are still part of that culture by merit of being idiots. The only thing thats really changed is that we're now telling the world what to tell us, rather than simply taking what we're told at face value regardless. I'm willing to bet it'll be another 4 or 5 generations before it truly took root that you should always draw a logical conclusion for yourself, and it'll be far too late at that point.

    A change is coming, but before it can, the ignorant masses will tear apart everything they no longer believe in, first, and that isnt about to stop at cancelling a cable tv subscription.

    3 votes
  10. Warning: this post may contain spoilers

    Spoilers for Solo follow - you have been warned.

    So a year after it's release and months after it went up on netflix, I finally got around to watching Solo.

    For context: for most of my childhood, I was a huge Star Wars buff. I played Star Wars: Galaxies growing up, I was in the massive crowd that saw The Force Awakens opening night, I spent the better part of 2 years as part of a prerelease community for Star Wars: The Old Republic. There was a time where I could name nearly every planet of consequence in the canon and knew most of the expanded universe's timeline.

    But the new trilogy has been... well, nothing. I found it to be a mediocre, hole-filled mess most of the time, too busy being Disney's Star Wars^tm politically correct safe-kid to actually be good movies on their own. Rogue One was an enjoyable exception, but still not particularly amazing... but the point I'm driving at is, the last couple of years, I've pretty thoroughly come down from the Star Wars high.

    When Solo came out, I assumed it would be more of the same - panned by critics, it was presumably going to be another politically correct, lackluster, rehashed or nonsense story, this time using Han Solo's name as a marketing tactic. No desire to see a childhood hero Anakin Skywalker'd, I skipped it, and didn't even care to watch it when it popped up on Netflix.

    Tonight, out of pure boredom, I decided to give it a watch and was surprised to learn that I couldn't have been more wrong. Which is to say, I enjoyed the crap out of it!

    It had romance! Snappy writing! Memorable, enjoyable, non-trope characters (mostly!) Although it had some of the same flaws as Rogue One (namely that it started to drag on), it also had something that Star Wars hasn't truly seen since the original trilogy: heart and soul.

    More importantly, it did something that no movie in the franchise has done since the original trilogy, and actually engaged me with the story. And this is where the spoilers come in.

    First, credit where it's due: although the story tended to go on and on, at no point did I feel like any of it was unnecessary - it just felt like it was too constrained by being a single movie.

    I was invested in seeing an actual romance in the story (since apparently ONLY Han Solo can do that), which saw a satisfying, and rather complex resolution. The dirty, street-level setting and story was an awesome break from the epic, world-shaking conflicts that the movies have clung to until this point (or whatever the hell The Last Jedi was). It was powered by characters, and I appreciated that.

    To top it off, the reveal of Maul at the end of the movie was totally intriguing, and (IMO) beats any other reveal in the series hands-down. I was a fan of his appearances in the cartoons, and seeing him on the villain's throne in a movie, I think, would've made for a much spicier and more intriguing story than whatever/wherever/whoever Snoke was. From getting his ass kicked by the Emperor for the plot, to getting beat down by ol' Ben (for the plot), the guy's a damn competent villain that still hasn't had a real shot.

    Don't get me wrong, it had its flaws: as mentioned, it was REALLY long, and I don't mean to imply that every character was perfect, or that the plot wasn't totally ridiculous in places. But the story was good enough, and the movie enjoyable enough, that I could overlook it, and that's more than I could say about the movies that caused me to not see it in the first place...

    Which, to my final point, is the greatest disappointment: with the cancellation of all the non-trilogy entries in the series, it's safe to assume that Disney's learned all the wrong lessons from Solo.

    Rather than attributing it's A- performance to the point that people just haven't much enjoyed their epics, remembered what happened the last time someone tried to do an origin story in the series, or were feeling Star Wars fatigue, and didn't go to see it as a result, they'll blame the format, the story, the stakes, the setting, the characters - all the things that made the movie worth watching at all.

    So, with Episode 9 coming out sometime this year and us presumably going to see a mediocre conclusion to what has at this point been a completely mediocre and forgettable trilogy (with lightsabers!), all I can say is, Solo sadly will stand out in my mind as the only movie in this era that carries on the legacy of the originals. I'm disappointed, more by circumstance than anything. I think, had Solo come out 5 years ago, it would've been hailed as the proper return to the franchise that it deserved to be, far more than any of the other franchise entries have succeeded in doing since.

    What'd you think of Solo, Tildes? Am I stark raving mad?

    18 votes
  11. Comment on New Zealand to ban semi-automatic rifles in ~news

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    I honestly have no faith that banning guns in the US would do so much as make a dent in the problem - if anything, in our current stigmatized climate, it would only further fuel the exact type of...

    I honestly have no faith that banning guns in the US would do so much as make a dent in the problem - if anything, in our current stigmatized climate, it would only further fuel the exact type of people who are liable to go on a shooting spree anyway. Illegal firearms are not hard to acquire in the US by any stretch of the imagination, whether it's a black market in a city, an under the table deal at a gun show, simply stealing them, or buying them off a neighbor or friend. If you do any kind of research at all, getting a weapon of any kind short of a rocket launcher is not difficult.

    I recently moved from city, california to rural, tennessee, and its important to understand that firearms are a fundamental part of the culture for a LOT of americans. Though I'm otherwise as socialist and liberal as they come, the idea of american gun control is almost always built on ignorance. Itd be tantamount to banning alcohol, and solve about as many problems.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Nah, its no longer procrastination thats the issue - being able to go colt turkey off of my ggaming addiction was a way for me to prove to myself that I have the willpower. Its just incredibly...

    Nah, its no longer procrastination thats the issue - being able to go colt turkey off of my ggaming addiction was a way for me to prove to myself that I have the willpower. Its just incredibly difficult for me to focus on a task for more than about an hour. What I didnt realize while I was working, like, in an office and at a desk is just how much time I ended up doing non-work in the process of a nonetheless normal workload. Sitting at home, I dont talk to anyone, and there's no variation in routine like there is in a lively workspace. I'm only accountable for the time I'm dedicating myself to specifically producing something because I'm not yet paid salary, so the result is its just difficult to continually condense what I'm doing - what would be an 8 hour day in an office is done in about 4 at home.

    In exchange, I basically have total free reign over what I want to put out and I'm completely able to set when and how much I want to work. Coupled with me enjoying my job, its still great, it just takes extraordinary focus and willpower to be able to produce at such a volume.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Yeah, unfortunately I dont make all that much doing it - even full time its only a little over a thousand a month. I'd like to get to that point someday, though!

    Yeah, unfortunately I dont make all that much doing it - even full time its only a little over a thousand a month. I'd like to get to that point someday, though!

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I just removed the app from my phone and have had the self discipline not to log onto it from my PC. I was active, but only in the sense that I was pulling out my phone and compulsively checking...

    I just removed the app from my phone and have had the self discipline not to log onto it from my PC. I was active, but only in the sense that I was pulling out my phone and compulsively checking the front page every 20 minutes or so.

    Now I'm doing something similar with Tildes, lol. Not as bad about it though, and putting my phone someplace I cant see it helps.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I work from home and recently (5 days ago) removed all things to do with gaming from my PCs, as well as reddit, so as to be able to work. 8-9 wasted hours of most days, now gone. Its gone okay so...

    I work from home and recently (5 days ago) removed all things to do with gaming from my PCs, as well as reddit, so as to be able to work. 8-9 wasted hours of most days, now gone. Its gone okay so far.

    So, work. Good thing I like my job! But seriously, nobody should work from home if they can help it. I wish this company could afford an office.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on What re-recording or variation of a classic song do you believe beats the original? in ~music

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    Another cover that I think Cash did better was Hurt (original by nine inch nails in the 90s). Completely reinterprets the song. I also enjoyed Disturbed's covers of Sound of Silence and Land Of...

    Another cover that I think Cash did better was Hurt (original by nine inch nails in the 90s). Completely reinterprets the song.

    I also enjoyed Disturbed's covers of Sound of Silence and Land Of Confusion far more than the originals (by Simon & Garfunkel and Genesis, respectively)

    I bring them all up in conjunction with your lizt because they keep with the theme of totally changing an otherwise average song and adding an entirely new layer to it.

    14 votes
  17. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    I'll agree to disagree. I agree that there are other options. I disagree that giving the platform what it ultimately wants (recognition and growth) is one of them, or that most others (basically...

    I'll agree to disagree. I agree that there are other options. I disagree that giving the platform what it ultimately wants (recognition and growth) is one of them, or that most others (basically talking the problem down) will ever be effective enough to counter their rise - at least, not in our generally complacent society.

    That is to say, I appreciate the idealism but that very level of tolerance is whats allowee the problem to appear.

    The point about connotation is useless semantics. My point is that antifa is being portrayed like an extremist alternative to fascism, when it isnt - its moderate by any definition, its just the appropriate caliber of response for an extreme scenario.

    This is really all I have to say on this. As time goes on, and especially during our next election cycle, I expect groups like amtifa will only become more and more relevent as other options fail.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Does anyone else get huge aimless bursts of inspiration? in ~talk

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    Happens to me while listening to music. Usually I funnel it into my work, if at all possible. Great for self improvement and motivation!

    Happens to me while listening to music. Usually I funnel it into my work, if at all possible. Great for self improvement and motivation!

  19. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    I'll pass on that one, lol. Technology can remain firmly OUTSIDE my body except where absolutely necessyary, thanks. Were my eyesight to go bad, I could see it being cool, though.

    I'll pass on that one, lol. Technology can remain firmly OUTSIDE my body except where absolutely necessyary, thanks.

    Were my eyesight to go bad, I could see it being cool, though.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    Well I'm certainly glad it exists. I agree with the other guy that there are unfortunate parallels, but unfortunately, dirty problems and dirty solutions... Calling radical actions against...

    Well I'm certainly glad it exists. I agree with the other guy that there are unfortunate parallels, but unfortunately, dirty problems and dirty solutions...

    Calling radical actions against fascists terrorism is like saying that shooting a shooter is murder. Its not, theres just similar pieces.

    Given the choice, it shouldnt need to escalate to vigilatism, but the fact of the matter is, as put, the establishment should not be giving these people platform to begin with.

    3 votes