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  1. Comment on What's a "sore thumb" for you? in ~talk

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    Now that Youtube supports dynamic aspect ratios, it's a lot more apparent when videos have had black bars added.

    Now that Youtube supports dynamic aspect ratios, it's a lot more apparent when videos have had black bars added.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Pokémon Sword & Shield sound settings have to be unlocked by a key item obtainable from an optional NPC in ~games

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    Do Pokemon games even have voice acting?

    Do Pokemon games even have voice acting?

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Pokémon Sword & Shield sound settings have to be unlocked by a key item obtainable from an optional NPC in ~games

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    I can understand this being a minor annoyance, but I'm sure the Nintendo Switch has a hardware volume slider.

    I can understand this being a minor annoyance, but I'm sure the Nintendo Switch has a hardware volume slider.

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

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    I've had some similar moments in the Crash Trilogy (from last month's Humbumble). The game doesn't explain most of the mechanics, so I'm just making it up as I go. And for fear of spoilers, I...

    Whenever I checked one of these levels, they'd just say "come back later", so I figured that they probably didn't unlock until the end of the game or something.

    I've had some similar moments in the Crash Trilogy (from last month's Humbumble). The game doesn't explain most of the mechanics, so I'm just making it up as I go. And for fear of spoilers, I avoid looking up much online.

    I've beaten Crash 1 but I still couldn't tell you what the various gem colors were for, what swapping characters does, or what time trials unlock.

    Another interesting thing is that the game also gives you access to the DLC level ("Stormy Ascent") right off the bat. Being stubborn I decided to play through it before starting the rest of the game. I do like when games let you jump into the deep end right away.

    Started Crash 2 and like it more so far. The movesets has been made more interesting (they added sliding and belly flops). The map select screen is a lot slower to navigate though, and the story is... questionable. The levels seem more "3D".

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Development on the Zelda-inspired TetraForce is moving along at a fast pace! in ~games.game_design

  6. Comment on Google’s Secret ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans in ~tech

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    I recognize the sarcasm, but to clarify for others, Google does not sell user data. They use data collected to improve ad targeting and that stays within the company. Unfortunately there's a lot...

    I mean, yeah sure just go on and sell it.

    I recognize the sarcasm, but to clarify for others, Google does not sell user data. They use data collected to improve ad targeting and that stays within the company.

    Unfortunately there's a lot of misinformation surrounding this topic.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Google’s Secret ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans in ~tech

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    Sounds like Google Health v2. I wonder if they'll be ready for the challenges of thousands of independent health databases this time. Medical research and "big data" have a lot of potential for...

    Sounds like Google Health v2. I wonder if they'll be ready for the challenges of thousands of independent health databases this time.

    Google in this case is using the data, in part, to design new software, underpinned by advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning, that zeroes in on individual patients to suggest changes to their care.

    Medical research and "big data" have a lot of potential for public good. A way to automatically analyse patterns to find relationships could save millions of lives through faster disease detection or medical research.

    Of course, it's also a very tricky subject, as the WSJ's pointed headline has made clear. But if any company can make it work, it'd probably be Google.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Give Firefox A Chance For A Faster, Calmer And Distraction-Free Internet in ~tech

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    I'm getting pretty tired of it too. I like Firefox. I also like Chrome. They're both great browsers with different strengths and weaknesses, and I use them both for different purposes. The barrage...

    I'm getting pretty tired of it too. I like Firefox. I also like Chrome. They're both great browsers with different strengths and weaknesses, and I use them both for different purposes.

    The barrage of headlines calling people out just for browsing how they please is getting tiresome and non-productive. It's just noise at this point.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on In 2020, I can no longer abide the 100-hour RPG in ~games

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    I admire these behemoth Skyrim packs. Though personally I'm waiting for wabbajack to mature to let others do the hard work for me.

    I admire these behemoth Skyrim packs. Though personally I'm waiting for wabbajack to mature to let others do the hard work for me.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Tagging: "api" or "apis"? in ~tildes

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    Though plurals are recommended, it doesn't make as much sense for an acronym. Particularly as tags are all lowercase. I'd also opt for api.

    Though plurals are recommended, it doesn't make as much sense for an acronym. Particularly as tags are all lowercase. I'd also opt for api.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on Added a page showing details of Tildes's financials, as well as a monthly donation goal in ~tildes.official

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    Maybe a threshold bar that signified "minimum requirement" and "optimal goal"?

    Maybe a threshold bar that signified "minimum requirement" and "optimal goal"?

    11 votes
  12. Comment on I've been accepted into GitHub Sponsors - if you have a Patreon pledge or other recurring donation to Tildes, I'd really appreciate it if you could move it over in ~tildes.official

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    I imagine that new accounts are excluded to ensure that sponsored accounts aren't secretly donating to themselves to accrue the matching bonus. Maybe necessary, maybe overcautious. It's hard to...

    I imagine that new accounts are excluded to ensure that sponsored accounts aren't secretly donating to themselves to accrue the matching bonus. Maybe necessary, maybe overcautious. It's hard to say without seeing the numbers.

    Either way it's unfortunate that legitimate participants such as yourself are negatively affected.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Recent Study Estimates That 50% of Websites Using WebAssembly Apply It for Malicious Purposes in ~tech

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    Yeah, I've used the honeypot approach in the past. I abandoned it a few years ago though due to concerns of screenreaders (tabbing between fields), and form auto-fill tools. Plus it only stemmed...

    Yeah, I've used the honeypot approach in the past. I abandoned it a few years ago though due to concerns of screenreaders (tabbing between fields), and form auto-fill tools. Plus it only stemmed the flow of spam for me; it never stopped it completely.

    reCaptcha, as much as Hacker News hates it, has 100% stopped form spammers for me. Akismet is also great, albeit paid. I do like that it's entirely server-side though.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Recent Study Estimates That 50% of Websites Using WebAssembly Apply It for Malicious Purposes in ~tech

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    Well that's unfortunate. I hope bad actors don't ruin it for the rest of us. Just as spammers have ruined web forms without captchas, and email servers without strict protocol adherence. So at...

    Well that's unfortunate. I hope bad actors don't ruin it for the rest of us. Just as spammers have ruined web forms without captchas, and email servers without strict protocol adherence.

    The study reports that the 1,950 Wasm modules represent 150 unique samples, indicating that some Wasm modules are found on several sites, with the extreme case of one module being present on 346 different sites.

    So at least right now it seemed to be just a few bad scripts being employed by a large variety of sites. That makes it easier to block at least.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Tech Giants Have Hijacked the Web. It’s Time for a Reboot. in ~tech

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    Looks like Tilde's post metadata is pulling from the sample, and not from the true accurate. I clicked out of curiosity wondering how an article could only be 84 words.

    Looks like Tilde's post metadata is pulling from the sample, and not from the true accurate. I clicked out of curiosity wondering how an article could only be 84 words.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Monster Hunter World: Iceborne - PC Trailer - Releasing January 9, 2020 in ~games

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    I think I'm just as excited for the quality-of-life fixes as I am for the new content. MHW has a lot of great things about it, but some of the design decisions have really perplexed me. I wrote a...

    I think I'm just as excited for the quality-of-life fixes as I am for the new content. MHW has a lot of great things about it, but some of the design decisions have really perplexed me. I wrote a post which discusses some of them.

    Thankfully the devs seem to be addressing a number of my complaints with this update. Decoupling item loadouts from the radial menu will make creating specific loadouts actually worth doing. I just hope they add the ability to delete loadouts. I still have entries named "Delete Me" that I wish I could remove.

    I probably won't get this day 1, but Iceborne seems like a very welcome addition so far.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Should Tildes archive links submitted to it? in ~tildes

  18. Comment on Humble Monthly is becoming Humble Choice - More games each month, no mystery, choose which to keep in ~games

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    This seems like a decent improvement if you can hold onto Classic. You'll get more games now for the same cost. It does however mean maintaining your subscription, either by paying monthly or...

    This seems like a decent improvement if you can hold onto Classic. You'll get more games now for the same cost. It does however mean maintaining your subscription, either by paying monthly or re-pausing every month. That'll be frustrating.

    If you lose the Classic subscription, the value goes way down. Paying more for less. I'd probably never subscribe again.

    So there is some silver lining here for existing customers, but altogether I'm not a fan of this change.

    7 votes
  19. Comment on Announcements from Google's 2019 "Made by Google" event in ~tech

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    Seems reasonable. But most of these will apply in local gaming too, so it's not too useful in the comparison. I plan to do a BL4 run of Bloodborne in the near-future, so for me that will be the...

    It won't be 100ms for the network link, but you've got a few ms of input latency, up to 10ms of display latency, the normal processing latency, then add 20-50ms for the network, and you're pretty close, even in optimal conditions.

    Seems reasonable. But most of these will apply in local gaming too, so it's not too useful in the comparison.

    I plan to do a BL4 run of Bloodborne in the near-future, so for me that will be the acid test of game streaming.

  20. Comment on Announcements from Google's 2019 "Made by Google" event in ~tech

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    I doubt it's 100ms latency. I finished Bloodborne on Sony's older tech PSNow and didn't have a problem. That's arguably much more reflex-dependent than Assassin's Creed. With more data centers and...

    I doubt it's 100ms latency. I finished Bloodborne on Sony's older tech PSNow and didn't have a problem. That's arguably much more reflex-dependent than Assassin's Creed. With more data centers and some neural net magic, I can see streaming being a worthwhile competitor to at-home consoles, even for traditionally twitchy games.

    Also, you should know that Google Glass still exists. It's not a consumer device but is used in specialized industries.

    3 votes