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  1. Comment on British lawmaker David Amess dies after being stabbed multiple times while meeting constituents in ~news

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    Well, I also added this right after to qualify it further: It's uncouth to force ones negative statements about someone who has just died upon loved ones, but it shouldn't be to voice one's...

    Well, I also added this right after to qualify it further:

    He's not DMing the family members, or putting it out there on Twitter with the intention of his statement to circulate and take over any public discourse.

    It's uncouth to force ones negative statements about someone who has just died upon loved ones, but it shouldn't be to voice one's thoughts at all, which is what this has crossed into with the notion of "you can't say that yet!"

    I understand what @mat meant when they said what they said, but saying something like "I don't support murder but the world is a (marginally) better place without this man" can be read as an underhanded condonement of murder.

    I mean, at some point there has to be responsibility upon the reader for their legwork in coming to that conclusion. mat also provided plenty of reservations about holding such complicated, somewhat contradictory thoughts about this event but it seems there's a rush to distill it down into something simpler. And that simpler thing is a bit more questionable but only because it's not really true to the original sentiment.

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  2. Comment on British lawmaker David Amess dies after being stabbed multiple times while meeting constituents in ~news

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    As far as I can tell, all the negative implications suggested are from personal interpretations that contradict what was actually said.

    As far as I can tell, all the negative implications suggested are from personal interpretations that contradict what was actually said.

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  3. Comment on British lawmaker David Amess dies after being stabbed multiple times while meeting constituents in ~news

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    It's customary to avoid doing it to the face of those loved ones, or in public statements that tarnish the person's public image. That's custom because it's emotionally stupid or cruel to do...

    It's customary to avoid doing it to the face of those loved ones, or in public statements that tarnish the person's public image. That's custom because it's emotionally stupid or cruel to do something like that to someone in mourning.

    But this is a private statement on a small website. He's not DMing the family members, or putting it out there on Twitter with the intention of his statement to circulate and take over any public discourse. The only this this is crossing is a nebulous discomfort some people have about speaking ill of the dead—it's superstition. You've said yourself that if this was said a week later, then you would receive it differently. That means it's not a problem of the statement or sentiment, it's just a problem with your own personal interpretation.

    What are you trying to persuade them towards, exactly?

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

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    He's definitely a skill-check for if you've learned how to parry and deflect yet. The game's combat and bosses goes up a level of difficulty after that point as well, so he's a pretty effective...

    He's definitely a skill-check for if you've learned how to parry and deflect yet. The game's combat and bosses goes up a level of difficulty after that point as well, so he's a pretty effective skill-check boss.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack Details ($50/year) in ~games

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    Yeah, going to up to 250% of the current cost just for a basic N64 and Sega Genesis emulator with a couple of games (because I don't play Animal Crossing) is not a worthwhile value in the...

    Yeah, going to up to 250% of the current cost just for a basic N64 and Sega Genesis emulator with a couple of games (because I don't play Animal Crossing) is not a worthwhile value in the slightest. It's not like these VC consoles have the full libraries of these consoles to improve the value either.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on Ask Tildes: What alternative apps/webapps do you use to browse Reddit? in ~tech

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    Did they change the way the Best sorting works? It used to just be a version of "Top" that factored in the proportion of downvotes and the amount of votes as well.

    Did they change the way the Best sorting works? It used to just be a version of "Top" that factored in the proportion of downvotes and the amount of votes as well.

  7. Comment on Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Remastered versions of GTA3, Vice City, and San Andreas releasing on consoles and PC later this year in ~games

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    Yeah, there's a huge gulf between remakes and re-releases/remasters as well. A remake, done well, is almost as good as a new, original IP. Especially when they reimagine or recapture what the...

    Yeah, there's a huge gulf between remakes and re-releases/remasters as well. A remake, done well, is almost as good as a new, original IP. Especially when they reimagine or recapture what the originals were going for but in new ways. Bluepoint's built their reputation on incredible remakes of Shadow of the Colossus and Demon's Souls. This also extends to movies, TV shows, and music too. When something is remade well, it's a work unto itself worth remembering and considering.

    But with remasters and re-releases, it's a much lower ceiling when it comes to artistic merit. Not that there aren't great examples of both, but it's also unfair to lump remakes in with these when it comes to arguing for artistic ambition. Remakes are almost inherently a bigger artistic risk than remasters or re-releases.

    In terms of these GTA games, a full-on remake would be very welcome. I was actually playing through the series all over again over the pandemic and, honestly, they are dated as hell. I don't think many people realize just how dated their gameplay is, especially GTA3's. That was one of the biggest shocks I had going back to play these games over the pandemic after something like 15 years, especially after continuously playing GTAV for the last six years.

    A remaster won't fix or update these discrepancies, they are at the very core of the experience. These were games made before free aim existed on consoles outside of FPS games, when all games were lock-on aiming only, and your skill wasn't based on how well you could aim and shoot, but how quickly you can tap a series of buttons to lock-on, aim, and then run away before all the hitscan enemies took away too much of your health.

    But also, it can't be understated how groundbreaking GTA3 and VC were to video gaming, they're the ones that ushered in open-world games as we know them now. Really, those are still bigger genre-defining games than even the Souls games, as there have never been as many Souls-likes penetrating the market as "GTA clones" back in the 2000's. We're still feeling their influence even today with any game that involves on-foot and driving as part of their core gameplay.

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  8. Comment on Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Remastered versions of GTA3, Vice City, and San Andreas releasing on consoles and PC later this year in ~games

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    You mean Demons Souls? That was a totally different situation, and was quite risky. The original was one of the biggest risks of the generation.

    You mean Demons Souls? That was a totally different situation, and was quite risky. The original was one of the biggest risks of the generation.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Windows 11: The Ars Technica review in ~tech

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    There's a misunderstanding. I also said "Sure, there were reasons to be concerned". It's not that people were wrong to be concerned or think telemetry is bad, but that the negative response to it...

    You've established that you think the people who were saying Win10's telemetry was bad were wrong.

    There's a misunderstanding. I also said "Sure, there were reasons to be concerned". It's not that people were wrong to be concerned or think telemetry is bad, but that the negative response to it was too strong. Like reacting to a papercut with yells and screams of anguish—a papercut is bad, but it's not that bad.

    That's something that would be reasonable to disagree with, and I do disagree with it. You qualify it with the quote I took:

    My reading of this is that you're calibrating your idea of "constant, ubiquitous, draconian" (which, in the framework you give here, are the criteria which a privacy violation should satisfy in order for it to be OK for people to be upset about it) against the actions of "other major OS" vendors.

    Those are actually the adjectives used by the person I was replying to. The idea I'm addressing is that there were not invasions of throughout a usage lifespan of W10 that exceeded what was already done by other OS' and services that would warrant W10 being ascribed those things while others are not. My privacy settings now are the same as I set them as five years ago. The permissions they handle are explicitly described and are adhered to strictly, it seems. I can't see how this telemetry can be described by any of those adjectives unless I am so privacy-protective that any exposure of it is treated at a high DEFCON level.

    What I'm getting at is that people treated Windows 10 as if it was going above and beyond the usual amount and thus it had a huge amount of privacy furor, but that it was an unwarranted level. Some privacy furor made sense but level of it, and the consequent reputation W10 got, was not really justified.

    And even if one were to describe this regular level of telemetry that all OS' use with the restricted settings I have right now in W10 as those adjectives, I'd still say the language is too strong for the level of privacy that has been yielded. It's a major OS from a major corporation but it's not Big Brother on steroids.

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  10. Comment on Windows 11: The Ars Technica review in ~tech

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    Where did you get the idea I was talking about justification of behaviour in the first place? You took one sentence out of my comment and divorced it from all context in order to treat it as if I...

    Where did you get the idea I was talking about justification of behaviour in the first place?

    You took one sentence out of my comment and divorced it from all context in order to treat it as if I said something else entirely. Why are you doing this?

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  12. Comment on Windows 11: The Ars Technica review in ~tech

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    Probably more because all the concerns about W10 were massively overblown and concerns have finally settled down to a reasonable timbre. Sure, there were reasons to be concerned, but people were...

    Probably more because all the concerns about W10 were massively overblown and concerns have finally settled down to a reasonable timbre. Sure, there were reasons to be concerned, but people were addressing it like Windows 10 was Big Brother on steroids. A lot of what you're describing at the start there is basically from the overblown mania. There weren't constant, ubiquitous, draconian privacy invasions, no more than any other major OS or service anyway. No fake buttons either.

    Really, Windows 10's big mistake was being upfront with people about all the telemetry and then asking people how much of it they wanted to turn off immediately upon setting up the OS. There's a weird dissonance people seem to have where when they get asked or shown all the choices and details upfront, they get overwhelmed and then overreact. Maybe they should have done what Facebook or Google does and bury that lede, because those companies are far more privacy invasive (and, wildly, are known to be) but somehow avoided the furor that Windows 10 received for so much less.

    That whole Windows 10 furor is a big reason why I can't take many so-called privacy advocates without large grains of salt.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Take a look inside Steam Deck in ~tech

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    Yup! A surprisingly lovely and relaxing video at that.

    Yup! A surprisingly lovely and relaxing video at that.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on A case study in NIMBY entitlement: the former mayor of Beverly Hills is so mad about duplexes in ~life

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    Anecdotally, it's been fascinating to hear about how many grandparents here have taken to cannabis-based medication over their previous ones. A lot of them are of the vein of "Their old medication...

    Anecdotally, it's been fascinating to hear about how many grandparents here have taken to cannabis-based medication over their previous ones. A lot of them are of the vein of "Their old medication made them feel like zombies but cannabis makes them feel like themselves but without the aches and pains."

    CBD creams have been one of the most quickly rising products up here.

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  15. Comment on A case study in NIMBY entitlement: the former mayor of Beverly Hills is so mad about duplexes in ~life

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    We had a fun case of misplaced NIMBYism around our neighbourhood a couple of years ago. Shortly before marijuana was legalized here, there were a number of grey market stores popping up around the...

    We had a fun case of misplaced NIMBYism around our neighbourhood a couple of years ago.

    Shortly before marijuana was legalized here, there were a number of grey market stores popping up around the city. One was scheduled to open in our neighbourhood and many people were up in arms because they believed a less-than-legal drug business opening up would bring in all kinds of unwanted types, increasing the amount of homeless, miscreants, ne'er-do-wells, and more.

    The weedery opened and operated for eight months without any issue. Turns out all the people coming to buy weed were very good about keeping a low-profile, staying out of everyone's way, and turned out to be much more of the young professional types than the street hooligans they were expecting.

    Then a Tim Hortons opened up across the street and that's when the amount of homeless, miscreants, ne'er-do-wells, and more started coming by. Now the street is a traffic nightmare of badly and illegally parked cars (including the police!), there have been multiple instances of crime and (victimless) shootings, and the area is worse than ever.

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  16. Comment on Why is every young person in America watching ‘The Sopranos’? in ~tv

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    This headline really doesn't fit the article, blame the editor for that one. It's not trying to answer a simple question given the scope and many observations it holds. If anything, this article...

    This headline really doesn't fit the article, blame the editor for that one. It's not trying to answer a simple question given the scope and many observations it holds. If anything, this article is more of a review of the show through a more modern societal lens and trying to dive into how the show ended up being more prescient than was realized contemporaneously.

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

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    The STALKER games really are something special. They do open world in just enough of a unique way that there really isn't anything else that feels like it. It's desolate but alive at the same...

    The STALKER games really are something special. They do open world in just enough of a unique way that there really isn't anything else that feels like it. It's desolate but alive at the same time, and it really feels like the world goes on despite you better than most other open worlds that try it thanks to that ALife AI system they had. It's a shame no other game has really tried to have anything quite like that (the nearest I can think to it is the Nemesis system but even that is markedly different in nearly all regards).

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  18. Comment on Cowboy Bebop Netflix opening credits in ~tv

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    Spike Spiegel being 27 years old sounds way more ridiculous than him being in his 40's. I get that Japanese fictional ages are always so much younger than they should be on average but this is...

    Spike Spiegel being 27 years old sounds way more ridiculous than him being in his 40's. I get that Japanese fictional ages are always so much younger than they should be on average but this is certainly a wild one.

    Looking it up, all the characters ages are way younger than their characters seem. Jet as 36? With his grizzled old man past? That's a more reasonable age for Spike if anything, while Jet should be in his late 40's. Faye as effectively 23 years old old while being a sultry femme fatale conwoman who can turn it on and off on a whim? Late 20's is what I had her pegged as, at least.

    This is seeming more and more of a case where it's good the show adjusted the ages of the characters because these quasi-official ones are wild.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Cowboy Bebop Netflix opening credits in ~tv

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    Yup. This intro confirmed for me more than anything else that they are trying to be as faithful to the anime as possible, which was important for something as unique as Cowboy Bebop. So many...

    Yup. This intro confirmed for me more than anything else that they are trying to be as faithful to the anime as possible, which was important for something as unique as Cowboy Bebop. So many adaptations lose the focus or idea immediately, especially with anime or games as a source, but this alleviated a bit of the reluctance I had. Still, until I see a scene to see how it all comes together, I don't think that reluctance will be gone any time soon.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Russell T Davies to return as Doctor Who showrunner in ~tv

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    Well this is certainly a surprise. I suppose a welcome one now, Moffat turned out to be a bad showrunner in the end, and I haven't heard anything of Chibnall's run. I just hope that RTD changes...

    Well this is certainly a surprise. I suppose a welcome one now, Moffat turned out to be a bad showrunner in the end, and I haven't heard anything of Chibnall's run.

    I just hope that RTD changes his approach to how series finales should go as he had a bad habit of trying to one-up the last one and it got progressively stupider with each series. The finale where they towed the Earth across space to get it back in its proper position was just too stupid for me, and I was done with him as showrunner then. But then it somehow got worse in a different way under Moffat, and it seems like most fans ended up missing the whimsy and lightheartedness RTD brought to the show. So here's hoping.

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