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  1. Comment on Google Stadia Hands-On in ~games

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    What about a sort of asynchronous spacewarp along with cloud rendering? Have a local computer render the old frame and movement data and have a cloud computer render the graphically intense frames?

    What about a sort of asynchronous spacewarp along with cloud rendering? Have a local computer render the old frame and movement data and have a cloud computer render the graphically intense frames?

  2. Comment on Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human are coming to PC, leading next wave of Epic Games Store exclusives in ~games

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    I don't think this is terrible. PC gamers have long said that the exclusive war on consoles was bad for consumers. I have not changedy mind on that. But these exclusives are not locked behind any...

    I don't think this is terrible. PC gamers have long said that the exclusive war on consoles was bad for consumers. I have not changedy mind on that. But these exclusives are not locked behind any paywall, such as a console purchase. They are simply a software download away. PC gaming has long been a steam almost-monopoly, with only a few standouts like gog and humble bundle (which is itself a steam key reseller for the most part). I hope epic is only using these tactics to get a foothold in the market, but even if they start doing very anti-consumer things later on, there is no barrier to entry for another platform.

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  3. Comment on Would you go to Mars? in ~talk

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    If I was told to fly to a launch site this minute, and I could take nothing with me, and there is a non-negligible chance of death either in transit or on the surface, I would accept instantly....

    If I was told to fly to a launch site this minute, and I could take nothing with me, and there is a non-negligible chance of death either in transit or on the surface, I would accept instantly. There is nothing that ties me here on Earth enough to outweigh being a pioneer on Mars!

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Which OS do you use and how does it look? in ~comp

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    I use Windows 10 pro. It is basically a default install, especially because I reinstalled recently. I keep it mostly normal anyway. I really like many Linux distros, but none work for my current...

    I use Windows 10 pro. It is basically a default install, especially because I reinstalled recently. I keep it mostly normal anyway. I really like many Linux distros, but none work for my current setup and wants (mostly Nvidia driver issues). Also, I just bought an oculus rift, and I think Linux and vr gaming doesn't really work currently.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on What re-recording or variation of a classic song do you believe beats the original? in ~music

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

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    The average user isn't using a powerful desktop now. If they have a desktop, it probably has a mobile low power chip and isn't even a full tower size. More likely, they use a low power laptop or...

    The average user isn't using a powerful desktop now. If they have a desktop, it probably has a mobile low power chip and isn't even a full tower size. More likely, they use a low power laptop or Chromebook. A low end x86 is absolutely fine for most workloads these days. A mid-range snapdragon can easily trade blows with low end x86 chips. Also, even a simple dock would be able to increase the available power consumption of a phone, as we see with the switch. A more advanced dock could even provide passive or active cooling to increase power even further.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System in ~misc

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    I haven't read the article yet, but I think this is a relevant video about electronic voting. https://youtu.be/w3_0x6oaDmI Edit: I have read the article and it has some really interesting ideas. I...

    I haven't read the article yet, but I think this is a relevant video about electronic voting. https://youtu.be/w3_0x6oaDmI

    Edit: I have read the article and it has some really interesting ideas. I really like the idea of a cpu architecture designed from the ground up to question commands and be more secure. Also I really like the paper separation of voting and tabulating the votes. But I don't understand why we need a machine to fill out our ballots for us. I have never had an issue with voting or understanding my (California) ballot. It seems to me that issues such as hanging chads and butterfly ballots are just a result of trying to overcomplicate issues that should be quite simple. We don't need technology in every subset of our existence. Tabulating votes is a place where technology can legitimately improve a lengthy counting process. But I don't see any problem with a paper ballot and simple boxes to fill in.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on What (if anything) do you support through Patreon? in ~talk

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    The main creator I support is sleep with me podcast. I give him $10/month and I have never regretted a dime I sent his way. Finding that podcast was single-handedly the best quality of life...

    The main creator I support is sleep with me podcast. I give him $10/month and I have never regretted a dime I sent his way. Finding that podcast was single-handedly the best quality of life improvement I have experienced.

    I also follow a handful of YouTubers. The most notable is Ahoy. He doesn't release many videos, but every single one is spectacular. (I also follow him because YouTube's algorithm hates his release schedule and will not tell me that he has a new video out, even though I have watched every video he releases within a day of me finding it.)

    1 vote
  9. Comment on The "Disney Vault" is open - Disney’s new streaming service will include "the entire Disney motion picture library" in ~movies

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    I pay around $2/month (albeit paid in a 2 year chunk up front) for my VPN. Show me a streaming service I can get for $2/month.

    I pay around $2/month (albeit paid in a 2 year chunk up front) for my VPN. Show me a streaming service I can get for $2/month.

  10. Comment on Feature suggestion: Highlighted text in comment automatically creates quote when you respond to that comment in ~tildes

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    Are subquotes a thing? Edit: yes they are, and they don't work with quick quotes. Should I post it in the bug tracker?

    Please let me know if you notice any issues with it.

    It works on my Android phone.

    Are subquotes a thing?

    Edit: yes they are, and they don't work with quick quotes. Should I post it in the bug tracker?

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Why open source projects don't charge (while keeping the code open)? in ~comp

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    Davx5 on Android does this. It costs money on Google play store, but you can download it for free from fdroid.

    Davx5 on Android does this. It costs money on Google play store, but you can download it for free from fdroid.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Tesla launches long-awaited standard Model 3 starting at $35,000 in ~tech

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    I don't know specifically about the use in cars, but I have heard good things about the batteries separately. You can buy Tesla 18650 lipos on ebay and from the one thing I saw about them, they...

    I don't know specifically about the use in cars, but I have heard good things about the batteries separately. You can buy Tesla 18650 lipos on ebay and from the one thing I saw about them, they had something like 92% capacity after the same number of cycles as the next best Samsung cell, which had 80%. I only saw this a very long time ago, so I'm not sure about the numbers. Also, things may have changed since then.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on As More Electric Cars Arrive, What's The Future For Gas-Powered Engines? in ~tech

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    A boat is a hole in the water into which the owner shovels money.

    A boat is a hole in the water into which the owner shovels money.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on As More Electric Cars Arrive, What's The Future For Gas-Powered Engines? in ~tech

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    I have a battery powered lawnmower, leaf blower, and weed whacker. They are spectacular. I would agree that they are not good enough for serious work, they are better than gas for anything less...

    I have a battery powered lawnmower, leaf blower, and weed whacker. They are spectacular. I would agree that they are not good enough for serious work, they are better than gas for anything less than that. They have basically zero maintenance. You never need to go to the gas station to refill your gas can. You don't have a jug of explosive liquid to store (although lithium ion is arguably just as bad on that regard). For anyone who just wants to keep their own small to medium size lawn maintained, electric is better.

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  15. Comment on What products do you absolutely love? in ~talk

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    You can just never connect it to the internet. It can't spy or send you ads if it can never talk to anything else. Anyway, it seems that you are pretty set on a cry, so I am not trying to convince...

    You can just never connect it to the internet. It can't spy or send you ads if it can never talk to anything else. Anyway, it seems that you are pretty set on a cry, so I am not trying to convince you. The only drawback as I see it to a smart TV is that you pay for something you never use.

  16. Comment on VLC on iOS - Late to the party on this but I have to GUSH! in ~tech

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    In my opinion no, but there are many who would agree with you. I see it as similar to any other transaction where you have to agree to the initial distribution terms. I am sure that if you could...

    In my opinion no, but there are many who would agree with you. I see it as similar to any other transaction where you have to agree to the initial distribution terms. I am sure that if you could find a store across the world that sold CDs and called them, they would agree to a sale regardless of whether you had any intention to go to their store to actually pick up the CD. It is up to the consumer to ensure the ability to receive the goods they purchased. If you buy something on amazon, you have to have a shipping address, or access to an amazon locker.

    As to your technical question, it is distributed as Apple Lossless Audio Codec in a .m4a file. It is a proprietary format, but it is still widely supported. FFMpeg can convert to and from alac. That being said, any music purchased before they made that change is only distributed to you through their drm locked files.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on VLC on iOS - Late to the party on this but I have to GUSH! in ~tech

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    I am really glad my post didn't seem aggressive. I debated with myself before posting, but decided I should not be part of the 90%. It seems to me from your post that you view amazon music as a...

    I am really glad my post didn't seem aggressive. I debated with myself before posting, but decided I should not be part of the 90%.

    It seems to me from your post that you view amazon music as a music player first, and a service second. Please correct me and ignore this part if I am wrong. It, along with other subscription services are first and foremost a service. you pay for the access to music and the app is just a way to access their music. It is completely understandable (to me) that there would be drm on a service where you pay for access and not the product, which is what those services are. It also doesn't help that, as far as I have seen, Amazon music is by far the worst music streaming service. I pay for amazon prime, and I would not bat an eye if they got rid of the service today. All, I think, of the other services let you import your own music. Google Play Music offers a frustrating way to import your own music, but once it is complete, it is treated as a first-class citizen along with other music you get with all access (streaming, and downloading). Even if you don't pay for all access, you get these features for songs you upload and ones you buy through google.

    Anyway, it seems like the rest of your criticism is against apple and itunes. That criticism is well placed in my opinion. I would say, however, that itunes was a known quantity when you bought an iphone. For reference, on an android, playing an mp3 is as simple as plugging your phone, transferring files (with no special software), and using a music app. Phones will probably have one on them by default, and there are hundreds of aftermarket ones available. You don't have to pay a monthly fee to use a music app, except for the ones that are a companion app to a subscription service.

    I got to this place because I was after the same sort of solution that used to be available on all hardware mp3 players (pre iPhone) where I had complete control over my music without being trapped into paying for some monthly service that I do not want.

    What I am trying to say is that, as far as I can tell, this never went away. Your original post reads to me as "Why are all of these apps for subscription services trying to sell me a subscription?" and seemed to imply that VLC is a lonely island because it is the only app that doesn't make you pay for a monthly fee. It is a great app, but it is far from the only app that doesn't try to upsell you. I would bet that there are many times more free or one-time-purchase music programs than apps for streaming services.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on VLC on iOS - Late to the party on this but I have to GUSH! in ~tech

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    I really don't understand most of this. To be clear, I understand being mad at Amazon for removal of tracks (although I do understand that it is an unfortunate reality of streaming services). I...

    I really don't understand most of this. To be clear, I understand being mad at Amazon for removal of tracks (although I do understand that it is an unfortunate reality of streaming services). I don't understand the frustration with apple and iTunes.

    I have not used an Apple product since the iPod touch 4, so things may have changed. Please correct me if I am wrong. Apple sells all of their music drm free. You need iTunes to download it, but you can take the file and move it to any device (that supports their encoding, I think m4a, or transcode it into any file type including FLAC and wav). You can add any drm free files into iTunes and sync them with iPhones. You can enable file sharing on your device (through iTunes) and then use it plugged into any computer with any file manager and use any mp3s withough touching iTunes at all (after enabling that setting).

    I just don't understand how you got to the solution that you did. I get that Amazon removing tracks is frustrating. I get that iTunes being a giant slow mess is frustrating. I get that no YouTube background play is frustrating. But you had many solutions. There has never been a better time to own drm free music. Even the most closed down music players (the ones for streaming services) allow you, in some way, to upload your own music and have it in your library. I don't know if Amazon music allows that, but Google music definitely does, Apple music I think does, and Spotify I think let's you stream from your desktop if it is on. You also could have paid for YouTube red to get background play, which would have gotten you Google play music too, which has hundreds of covers of you are my Sunshine. You could also have bought the song, to actually support the artist you took the song from.

    That all being said, yes VLC is a great program. I hope this post doesn't come across as aggressive, I just don't understand how the solution you got to follows from the problems you were having.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Metro Developer threatens to drop future PC support in response to boycott in ~games

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    You are correct, but the difference is steam is an open (not Foss open) platform in that you can install steam on almost any computer and play your games. You cannot install the PlayStation...

    You are correct, but the difference is steam is an open (not Foss open) platform in that you can install steam on almost any computer and play your games. You cannot install the PlayStation marketplace on an Xbox or PC and play good of war and spider Man on any system.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Disney’s Deal with EA Is Getting Worse All the Time in ~games

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    Did you play the Titanfall 2 single player? I just finished replaying it. It is short, but that is expected if a primarily multiplayer game. Otherwise, it is one of my most favorite games. I am...

    Did you play the Titanfall 2 single player? I just finished replaying it. It is short, but that is expected if a primarily multiplayer game. Otherwise, it is one of my most favorite games. I am suddenly looking forward to this new star wars game! (Although I fully expect EA to absolutely crush the soul out of this game, so I will keep my hopes down).

    4 votes