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  1. Comment on What slow-burn game is worth the time? in ~games

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    I don't know if that's changed or not, but imo the "getting stronger" steps are getting good plate armor yourself, learning master strikes, getting the headcracker perk to beat up heavily armored...

    I don't know if that's changed or not, but imo the "getting stronger" steps are getting good plate armor yourself, learning master strikes, getting the headcracker perk to beat up heavily armored opponents using blunt weapons and getting high enough strength (I think?) so that you usually win when clinching. After that you can beat anyone one on one with relative ease. Groups are another matter.

  2. Comment on What slow-burn game is worth the time? in ~games

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    The "problem" with the swordfights, which may be an upside for you, is that you pretty much don't need anything but master strikes. You can master strike anything to death and it doesn't take much...

    The sword combat is vexing to say the least, and that's coming from someone who loved Lies of P and beat both of the Cal Kestis star wars souls like games with ease. This shiz is hard. I trained for several literal real world hours with the fella, Bernard, when that finally becomes available after the tutorial and I was still getting my butt kicked regularly.

    The "problem" with the swordfights, which may be an upside for you, is that you pretty much don't need anything but master strikes. You can master strike anything to death and it doesn't take much skill. When your stats are high enough, clinching also helps a ton. That's basically it. The difficult part is to beat Bernard in the previous learning steps in order to get to master strikes. For heavy armor get a blunt weapon and the headcracker perk, also very OP.

  3. Comment on What slow-burn game is worth the time? in ~games

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    It's been a while, so correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't there several options to beat that quest? Either beat him up yourself, which is very, very difficult but doable, or lose and then bring...

    The combat tutorial and the "quest" to collect that fucker's debt made me hate KC:D with a raw, seething passion.

    It's been a while, so correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't there several options to beat that quest? Either beat him up yourself, which is very, very difficult but doable, or lose and then bring your friends to help you or rob him, which was both relatively easy.

    The only time I've had a real problem with the combat was when I took a "clear bandit camp" sidequest in the very beginning, I had to return to that a bit later and do it in the middle of the night to catch them unprepared. But within quests it seemed relatively sanely scaled.

  4. Comment on Your favorite deeply unpopular music in ~music

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    Some of his music is kind of digestible, but I've heard the Doll Doll Doll album described as "sounding like a meth psychosis".

    Some of his music is kind of digestible, but I've heard the Doll Doll Doll album described as "sounding like a meth psychosis".

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  5. Comment on Your favorite deeply unpopular music in ~music

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    Yeah, there are many underground subgenres like this. Hard to say if they're deeply unpopular or not, because I think that unlike some super cheesy late 90s bands or Nickelback most people just...

    Yeah, there are many underground subgenres like this. Hard to say if they're deeply unpopular or not, because I think that unlike some super cheesy late 90s bands or Nickelback most people just don't care.

    Personally I'm a big fan of crossover-grindcore bands like Birdflesh or Insanity Alert. The average person probably wouldn't hate it as much as they would an average goregrind band, but they would still hate it. On the other hand these bands regularly tour and play some of the best festivals within the broader genre (metal), like Brutal Assault.

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  6. Comment on What slow-burn game is worth the time? in ~games

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    Kingdom Come: Deliverance Some people really disliked the opening. I was not one of them, but it's true that the real game only opens up after several hours during the first playthrough, after a...

    Kingdom Come: Deliverance

    Some people really disliked the opening. I was not one of them, but it's true that the real game only opens up after several hours during the first playthrough, after a completely closed off intro area and then a few intro missions after which you get a horse that makes transportation dramatically faster. Some of the systems also feel mildly janky, which takes some time to get used to.

    What follows is in my opinion one of the best open world RPGs ever. Beautiful realistic world, unique setting, very little stereotypical "open world bullshit" from mainstream gaming, nice story, amazing music, systems that are just complex enough to be interesting... It's not a perfect game, but it's one of those games where you can see the genuine effort to make something good and unique in every corner, the opposite of soulless design by committee high-budget shovelware.

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  7. Comment on What slow-burn game is worth the time? in ~games

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    Snowrunner/Mudrunner/Spintires are especially fun with friends. Just a couple dudes drinking beer and getting stuck in difficult terrain after their kids went to sleep. There are some bugs here...

    Snowrunner/Mudrunner/Spintires are especially fun with friends. Just a couple dudes drinking beer and getting stuck in difficult terrain after their kids went to sleep. There are some bugs here and there, but since the stakes are not that high (it's mostly just about having fun with the process), it's not a big issue.

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  8. Comment on Trackmania’s Deep Dip 2 has finally been beaten! in ~games

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    About 2,5 hours later we have a second finisher, Elconn. Even though every finisher after the first one has the advantage of being able to look at how the guy in front of them did it and Bren...

    About 2,5 hours later we have a second finisher, Elconn.

    Even though every finisher after the first one has the advantage of being able to look at how the guy in front of them did it and Bren surely deserves the win for his work on discovery and finding efficient strategies for obstacles, it's still pretty crazy that after more than a month of grinding the first two guys finish just a few hours from each other.

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  9. Comment on Trackmania’s Deep Dip 2 has finally been beaten! in ~games

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    He said (in a following kacky stream) that the main issue he had with it in the end was that there were multiple floors which were not really difficult or interesting but just took too much time...

    So yeah, can't blame him for dipping out, but I think if you were a more casual player the map isn't as toxic (though still hellish)

    He said (in a following kacky stream) that the main issue he had with it in the end was that there were multiple floors which were not really difficult or interesting but just took too much time in every attempt (and could still be screwed up when you momentarily lose concentration). That ideally he would like the map to be shorter with just the difficult floors and possibly to move some of the difficult floors lower. These issues are going to be hellish for everyone, streamer or not.

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  10. Comment on Weekly Gaza megathread - week of June 3 in ~news

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    You lost me there, because I think you could easily find reasonable evidence that Israel is behaving with unacceptable recklessness (and that is already outside of Israeli line of argumentation),...

    Referring to it as the "Israel/Hamas war" downplays Israeli action against civilians by toeing the party line that everything they're targeting is Hamas.

    You lost me there, because I think you could easily find reasonable evidence that Israel is behaving with unacceptable recklessness (and that is already outside of Israeli line of argumentation), but saying that they target civilians on purpose would imo clearly be taking a side as well.

    edit: However I don't think that "Gaza war" specifically is partisan, to be clear, only this reasoning.

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  11. Comment on My birthday gangbang in ~life

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    For sure, wasn't trying to imply otherwise. But I've seen a relatively strong shift in this direction from people who were otherwise rational, and those who stopped using for long enough gradually...

    but I know of people at the periphery of my social network who are into that without ever taking any such substances.

    For sure, wasn't trying to imply otherwise. But I've seen a relatively strong shift in this direction from people who were otherwise rational, and those who stopped using for long enough gradually became rational again and stopped being occult-adjacent.

    The effects from every day cannabis (on about 50% of people) feel way more pronounced to me.

    Also, you can't use LSD every day. The tolerance builds up too quickly. Maximum frequency is about every weekend. So unless you literally stay at home in between, you will get a hefty dose of unfiltered reality, especially during the afterglow.

    This is where I kind of disagree - yeah, the long-term effects of cannabis are usually much stronger, but imo that's just because many people use every day, which, as you say, is not possible with psychedelics. But using every other weekend long term and smoking weed inbetween (not even every day) is more than enough for some people and the two week pauses definitely are not enough to ground them.

    I do not claim to know what portion of regular (ab)users this affects, but I have seen it multiple times.

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  12. Comment on Weekly Gaza megathread - week of June 3 in ~news

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    In what way?

    at this point in the conflict it comes across as taking a side in a way it didn't before.

    In what way?

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  13. Comment on My birthday gangbang in ~life

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    You haven't met any people whose minds got a bit blurred or scrambled by taking psychedelics too often? I envy you, it's sometimes scary but mainly really, really annoying. Apart from an...

    You haven't met any people whose minds got a bit blurred or scrambled by taking psychedelics too often? I envy you, it's sometimes scary but mainly really, really annoying. Apart from an occasional straight up psychosis it can make a rational and grounded person into an esoteric weirdo who suddenly full on believes in healing power of sacred geometry. It normally completely fades away when they stay sober (no weed either) for about a year, but one has to realize they have a problem first, which is not common.

    However I don't know her and "using LSD like every day" sounds like it might just be microdosing which is unlikely to cause issues.

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  14. Comment on Is America ready for “degrowth communism?” in ~enviro

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    Perhaps it's just the barrier of online text communication, but this sounds borderline insane to me. Happiness is quite often uncorrelated with what we consider objective markers of wellbeing, but...
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    Another thing that I think we should realize is that arguements about quality of life are very broken. I have seen a number of people pull out statistics that say that quality of life has been improving for everyone constantly, but to be perfectly frank, they're full of shit. They are using statistics to justify the status quo, and discredit people's actual lives. The fact of the matter is that quality of life can best be measured with how happy a person is, and happiness is the single most subjective thing there is.

    Perhaps it's just the barrier of online text communication, but this sounds borderline insane to me.

    Happiness is quite often uncorrelated with what we consider objective markers of wellbeing, but if you try to take this as a goal and try to solve it politically, I cannot imagine a situation in which you will end up in a good place. There are rural populations with nonexistent healthcare or education happier than the average American. Often times people are unhappy not because their own life is not good enough but because they're constantly exposed to the fact that other people's lives are better - and this is not just related to meaningless consumption of products and services. There are also famous dystopian books about trying to achieve overall happiness in society.

    Arguably, happiness is more dependent on the overall mindset of the society than on external factors. You cannot directly try to achieve that goal without a ridiculous level social engineering, which rarely works and inevitably comes with huge side effects. You can fight for the individual's freedom to achieve happiness, but fighting for happiness of society itself is in my opinion a road to hell.

    If we make legislation like this where people and markets are discouraged from consumption, people will be upset for a while. But then it will become normal and it won't be a big deal. I've seen this pattern with every single regulation ever.

    I don't have the time to actually look through historical examples and do a statistic, but I really wonder if this is really what would happen. Implementing degrowth would immediately and very visibly reduce the living standards (whether perceived or real) of most of the society, because that is what reducing consumption is, and as always, these changes affect the middle and lower classes more than the wealthy.

    Regulations like that usually do not go down well even if they stay. One clear example as a counter-argument: the reforms of Margaret Thatcher and her as a person are widely hated in the UK to this day. That is despite the fact that she was implementing (brutal) solutions to problems that were real and over time would likely lead to deeper and certainly longer issues than what her "ripping off the band-aid" caused, and that she did at least attempt to soften the blow in many ways. The reforms were not reverted because it made zero economical sense to do so, but the Brits were very careful to not let anything like that happen again. It is unquestionably still a big deal 40 years later.

    Perhaps doing the changes gradually, using the "salami method" of incremental changes not big enough to cause uproar, would be viable. But if you need to manipulate society in this way, something is very wrong.

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  15. Comment on Toyota’s bet on hybrids was mocked, then vindicated. Now it’s trying to repeat the trick with an unlikely bet on the combustion engine. in ~transport

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    Those numbers seem to be nonsensical and likely based on how often someone can afford to buy a new car rather than how long an engine actually lasts. Here in Czechia the average age of a car is...

    As for battery degradation - wouldn't you suffer similar vehicle degradation with a tradition ICE or hybrid as well? The average ICE will only last about ~10 years or 200,000 miles [1] [2] [3].
    That's not considering that the engine will need constant maintenance during it's lifespan, and if not properly done, it will be shortened.

    Those numbers seem to be nonsensical and likely based on how often someone can afford to buy a new car rather than how long an engine actually lasts. Here in Czechia the average age of a car is almost 16 years and when you exclude company cars it's almost 20. Since we have dense cities and towns and public transport, it is likely that the average mileage is lower than in the US, but that seems to be the only difference (plus some parts of cars aging are not connected to mileage, like exhaust rust, and some things are made worse by not driving it regularly).

    Regarding the cost of ICE maintenance and its comparison to buying a new battery for an EV, it depends on the brand and quality. Due to EURO emission regulation newer ICE engines do not last as long and are more expensive to maintain than they used to be. Whether the maintenance is more expensive than buying a new EV battery over time, I don't know, with more expensive brands it's possible.

    But imo the biggest EV issue financially is that with ICEs you still have the option to buy second hand without needing to care about the range decreasing and the whole cost of buying a new battery being shifted on you from the original owner. I drive a second hand ICE from 2008 which I purchased for about 2600 USD in 2014 in excellent shape and put only about 2000 USD in maintenance in it since then. It still does 700 km on a full tank and there have not been any major issues with it yet despite nearing its end of life, because it's a very simple car. This is not really an option with an EV and as a result I probably could not afford a car at all.

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  16. Comment on Star Wars Outlaws - Everything you need to know about the first open world game in the galaxy far, far away in ~games

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    What about Andor? Frankly, it seems clear that Andor is a one-off and nothing as good will probably happen again (or at best they will try to milk this concept some more instead of finding a new...

    I was a massive, huge Star Wars fan as a kid. I thought it was such a fun universe, but since the prequels, and especially since Disney bought it, I keep finding myself thinking... it's really not that interesting of a setting.

    As far as sci fi it doesn't seem either especially unique as far as concepts, or applicable to any sort of real world issues.

    What about Andor?

    Frankly, it seems clear that Andor is a one-off and nothing as good will probably happen again (or at best they will try to milk this concept some more instead of finding a new one, which will dilute its uniqueness), but Andor is special because there are no Jedis, no force, and it's about a very "normal" civil resistance against the Imperium. Thanks to that it has more obvious parallels to real world issues. And the world feels unique because they're focusing on something else than the few big "cool" things already established in the original trilogy or the prequels.

    In my opinion Andor shows that the setting actually can be pretty interesting, it's just that the owners are usually not interested in making it so. I stopped caring about Star Wars almost 20 years ago when episode 3 came out (and that was pretty much "meh, might as well finish it the trilogy") and here I can't wait for the second season.

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  17. Comment on ICQ is shutting down after almost 28 years in ~tech

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    Holy hell, those other messengers could not do that? Here in Czechia literally everyone used ICQ at that pre-facebook time (you could still set a nick, the number was just for looking people up...

    To me, it was always a shame that ICQ didn't hold. I thought it was way better than AIM/MSN/Yahoo, since you could use it like email and leave chat messages for people who were offline (especially in the days of dial-up).

    Holy hell, those other messengers could not do that? Here in Czechia literally everyone used ICQ at that pre-facebook time (you could still set a nick, the number was just for looking people up efficiently btw), so I guess I never knew how good we had it.

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  18. Comment on A word about RMS, GPL and the free software movement in ~tech

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    This is just plain survivorship bias. The average quality of soviet tech in most fields was considerably lower than of western tech, and a lot of it was also better or worse copies of western tech...

    Second because socialism is not about having the same stuff nor about being low quality. There is a reason tech created in soviet union is still working and used today.

    This is just plain survivorship bias. The average quality of soviet tech in most fields was considerably lower than of western tech, and a lot of it was also better or worse copies of western tech that would not exist without other people's research and development. The availability for the average person was also much lower. The comparison with iPhones and "bleeding edge trinkets" as it that is the one or the most important thing that the west makes now is imo clearly disingenuous or short sighted.

    There is no basis about what you are saying. First because communism never happened since communism does not have a central government state. Communism Is when there are no classes anymore.

    Communism never happened, but attempts at communism did happen multiple times. How they ended is of course connected to the viability of the theoretical end goal.

    Innovation for innovation's sake is a slippery slope.

    I don't think "slippery slope" fits, but it has downsides for sure. But the reality is that this is how most important technological progress happens. Even with science, which greatly benefits from being state funded with results available to the public, most useful results happen either from innovating for innovation's sake or from cooperating with the private sector. Science itself is not enough to bring actually useful innovations to the people, somebody else has to solve the practical issues of manufacture, mass adoption, distribution etc. first, without which the research is nothing but a few pieces of paper in an archive - and this happens with regularity.

    For socialists quality is not needing to buy phones every 2 years.

    So buy a Fairphone? Most people don't buy Fairphones because they don't care enough to pay for the higher costs inevitably associated with avoiding some of the unsustainable methods used to manufacture cheap electronics. But the option is right here.

    I agree with your point on electric cars and intend to do just that... Though to be fair the decision is purely financial.

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  19. Comment on Lana Del Rey says her Bond theme was turned down in ~movies

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    Damn, that Alice Cooper song is excellent and actually would fit pretty well. The song they went with for comparison.

    Damn, that Alice Cooper song is excellent and actually would fit pretty well. The song they went with for comparison.

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  20. Comment on Weighing in on "Man or Bear" - from a woman that left society to the Alaskan wilderness in ~life.women

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    I know this is not exactly the point of this thread, but are you really one of the few, outside of online communities? First a disclaimer: I live in a country that's firstly objectively...

    I am one of the few people who picked "man" in man vs bear

    I know this is not exactly the point of this thread, but are you really one of the few, outside of online communities?

    First a disclaimer: I live in a country that's firstly objectively considerably safer than the US average (not specifically for women, but it changes the "baseline safety feeling" for everyone) and secondly doesn't have forests huge enough that a dangerous person could realistically use them to hide from society - I know the article (and the problem in general) speaks about issues with "normal" men, but I have to think that the awareness that antisocial people who want to get away form society realistically exist has to play a role as well. Here you normally expect that the people you meet in a forest are going to be above average in kindness and helpfulness.

    With that said, I asked most women I know irl well enough to openly talk about their (and mine) worldviews and reasoning and none of them answered bear. A couple of women aged 50+ were either surprised to almost horrified that a significant portion of American women view men so negatively, not in a "poor men" way, but saying that is must be difficult to live like that. The closest I got from younger women was "I get what they want to say by that, but I'm never going to actually choose a bear".

    However, I have no idea whether it's an online thing, where a member of feminist groups of social media is much more likely to answer bear, or whether it's cultural. Because while "women I know well enough" is obviously a biased group (although they're not conservative or "antiwoke"), when I think about it the question was not nearly as popular on social media around here either.

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