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  1. Comment on Netflix has some great games but nobody's playing them in ~games

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    As far as I know, the games are same on Stadia as on other platforms. So the question for which is "better" really comes down to if you have a better gaming PC or a faster internet connection....

    As far as I know, the games are same on Stadia as on other platforms. So the question for which is "better" really comes down to if you have a better gaming PC or a faster internet connection. Alternatively, some don't have a PC at all and play on their phone or TV via Chromecast instead.

    I prefer the PC experience, but I can understand why streaming makes more sense for others.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Top scientist admits 'space telescope image' was actually a slice of chorizo in ~space

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    Come on, that's hilarious. There's nothing wrong with a scientist having some fun with his Twitter followers. I'd also say that is pretty obviously a slice of meat, but of course I had the context...

    Come on, that's hilarious. There's nothing wrong with a scientist having some fun with his Twitter followers. I'd also say that is pretty obviously a slice of meat, but of course I had the context of the title before seeing it so maybe it's less-obvious otherwise.

    I think we could all do with a lesson in skepticism and critical thinking now and then, and a good-natured joke like this is as fine a method as any other.

    25 votes
  3. Comment on Looking for some long book series recommendations in ~books

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    I enjoyed Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, which I think are the main books of Commonwealth. They're just over 2,000 pages and read as one long book. They're a good time if you have the...

    I enjoyed Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, which I think are the main books of Commonwealth. They're just over 2,000 pages and read as one long book. They're a good time if you have the patience for a long introduction.

    They're sort of the opposite of Stephen King novels. The plot is interesting and adaptive, but the characters are mostly there to move it along. But that's okay because it's a great plot.

    The story has lots of intrigue, unique aliens, and what I think I'll call "alternate future", wherein their technology evolution is on a path very different than our own. It's a lot of fun if you're into that sort of thing. The series has slow moments but it picks up like a steam train as it goes.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Denmark bans Chromebooks and Google Workspace in schools over data transfer risks in ~tech

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    Workspace accounts are very different than standard Google accounts. They have different terms, privacy policies, and data policies. This data is not tied into ad retargeting or anything else that...

    Workspace accounts are very different than standard Google accounts. They have different terms, privacy policies, and data policies. This data is not tied into ad retargeting or anything else that people usually find objectionable.

    It's also not free. It's a cloud service, and schools pay for it.

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

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    From loves to tell stories in indirect ways. Elden Ring has a massive story; far more in depth than any of their previous titles, but it's rarely given to you in lore dumps. It's told in the...

    From loves to tell stories in indirect ways. Elden Ring has a massive story; far more in depth than any of their previous titles, but it's rarely given to you in lore dumps. It's told in the environments, the item descriptions, and the personal journeys of the characters you meet. To better understand characters, pay special attention to their names, insignias, and even accents, as these help hint at relationships.

    Without giving anything away, I'll drop some provocative questions as to the bigger picture stuff.

    Questions
    1. What relationship do these demigods have to Marika, and to each other? Are there alliances or enemies among the royal family?
    2. Who are those that "live in death"? Why are they opposed by the Golden Order?
    3. Why might some oppose the Golden Order even though they appear "blessed"?
    4. What is the Greater Will, and what is its relationship to the Two Fingers?
    5. The Lands Between has been sundered by war. What exactly were they fighting over?
    6. Is there something unseen just beyond the veil?

    I hope you enjoy the game!

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Summer Games Done Quick 2022, a charity speedrunning marathon, has begun in ~games

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    Doesn't really explain why... Was it to make a point? I'm not sure what the motivation might be in this case, but it sounds like it wasn't simply a case of glory seeking since they readily admit...

    According to GDQ, Mekazarium contacted the staff “with a document detailing that he had planned this over a month, demonstrating this was planned and intentional. This was made possible because of the remote nature of this particular run in the marathon.”

    Doesn't really explain why... Was it to make a point? I'm not sure what the motivation might be in this case, but it sounds like it wasn't simply a case of glory seeking since they readily admit to it.

    It's a little disappointing how often these cheating scandals seem to be showing up lately. I think it casts doubt on the thousands of legitimate runs since it feels like anyone could be cheating now.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on FDA orders all Juul e-cigarettes off the market in ~health

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    That seems reasonable, and teens susceptible to peer pressure at least have an option that doesn't lead to a dependence. A slightly-more heavy handed approach would be to sell regular vapes (is...

    That seems reasonable, and teens susceptible to peer pressure at least have an option that doesn't lead to a dependence.

    A slightly-more heavy handed approach would be to sell regular vapes (is that the word?), but require a doctor's approval to buy nicotine variants for existing smokers. Ideally you'd want to simplify things for smokers while making things harder for non-smokers.

    Now you'd think in 2022 we'd have a unified ID with networked health records to make a program like that trivial to implement. In reality it would be a new layer built on top of a crumbling infrastructure, rife with abuse and fraud. But maybe there'd still be enough good to come out of it to be worth it.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Firefox rolls out Total Cookie Protection by default to all users worldwide in ~tech

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    I feel like that's stretching things a bit. Yes, extensions will have to port to the new API, but what is declarativeNetRequest still missing that webRequest could do?

    I feel like that's stretching things a bit. Yes, extensions will have to port to the new API, but what is declarativeNetRequest still missing that webRequest could do?

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Ohio governor signs bill allowing armed school employees in ~news

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    "Ohio governor signs bill authorizing firefighters the use of flamethrowers to more effectively put out fires" This seems like such a bad solution. How long until a teacher screws up and leaves a...

    "Ohio governor signs bill authorizing firefighters the use of flamethrowers to more effectively put out fires"

    This seems like such a bad solution. How long until a teacher screws up and leaves a gun exposed? How much fear will this create for the students? I don't care if somebody is legally allowed to carry a gun: it's going to make me feel incredibly unsafe to be near them.

    I also don't understand why non-lethal options are never considered instead. Pepper spray or tasers will also put down an active threat, but without literally ending somebody's life in the process. I still don't see any reason for teachers to be equipped with these tools, but it makes infinitely more sense than lethal weapons.

    I just don't understand America's cultural obsession with guns.

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

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    I'm pretty sure the game is Unity with Mono scripting. That seems to be the case based on the burgeoning mod scene anyway, which uses BepInEx for injection.

    I'm pretty sure the game is Unity with Mono scripting. That seems to be the case based on the burgeoning mod scene anyway, which uses BepInEx for injection.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on My students cheated... a lot in ~humanities

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    I had to keep deleting them in my browser dev tools. I find it almost impossible to read text when there's flashing images somewhere on screen.

    I had to keep deleting them in my browser dev tools. I find it almost impossible to read text when there's flashing images somewhere on screen.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Texas school shooting kills nineteen children, two adults in ~news

  13. Comment on Apple's Self Repair Program toolkit weighs 79 pounds in ~tech

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    I'm not sure it's ill-spirited. It seems like these are industrial tools which Apple likely uses themselves for repairs. It's actually a wonder they're sharing these at all. I agree it's not a...

    I'm not sure it's ill-spirited. It seems like these are industrial tools which Apple likely uses themselves for repairs. It's actually a wonder they're sharing these at all. I agree it's not a great solution for at-home users, but it opens up completely new avenues for repair shops which may ultimately drive down the price for consumers as well.

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

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    Awesome, well done! It's a tough challenge but that makes it all the sweeter when you complete it.

    Awesome, well done! It's a tough challenge but that makes it all the sweeter when you complete it.

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

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    I recommend checking out cabbage's videos on Youtube. He's a speedrunner that covers each Prismatic trial, showing you the best option for completing it quickly and effectively....

    I recommend checking out cabbage's videos on Youtube. He's a speedrunner that covers each Prismatic trial, showing you the best option for completing it quickly and effectively.

    https://www.youtube.com/c/Cabbage123/videos

    If you prefer to go it alone, I'd recommend waiting for a day with artifacts of glass or command (or both!). They will make the challenge considerably easier.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Making sense of VRChat, the metaverse people actually like in ~tech

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    Unless things have changed, you still need a FB account to sign up. You can then ask support to disassociate your account from FB. Understand too that you'll be losing various social features...

    Unless things have changed, you still need a FB account to sign up. You can then ask support to disassociate your account from FB.

    Understand too that you'll be losing various social features which may impact multiplayer.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Making sense of VRChat, the metaverse people actually like in ~tech

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    That was a great video, and offered a great "outsider looking in" perspective. I particularly liked the journalist doing the interviews. He comes off as intelligent and genuine. I've been a VR...

    That was a great video, and offered a great "outsider looking in" perspective. I particularly liked the journalist doing the interviews. He comes off as intelligent and genuine.

    I've been a VR user for a couple years, but steered clear of VR Chat mostly due to its reputation. To me it looks something like a 3D Habbo Hotel, though with more creative control. It's something that probably would have appealed to me when I was younger, but I don't think I'm intrigued enough to learn to navigate that world now. Still, it very interesting to get an idea of what the game is actually about, and better understand the communities that form within.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on GitHub will require two-factor authentication (2FA) for all users who contribute code by the end of 2023 in ~comp

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    That sounds useful, though I'm not entirely sure what it means. I use KeePass to manage passwords. Until now I thought two-factor was always a phone thing, but if I can do it on the desktop, that...

    That sounds useful, though I'm not entirely sure what it means. I use KeePass to manage passwords. Until now I thought two-factor was always a phone thing, but if I can do it on the desktop, that seems much better.

    I'll do some googling so you don't need to explain information that is probably already available online. Cheers.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on GitHub will require two-factor authentication (2FA) for all users who contribute code by the end of 2023 in ~comp

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    Uh oh. I don't own a cellphone so two-factor is a prohibitive requirement for me. I hope they allow email verification instead, similar to Valve's "Steam Guard" service.

    Uh oh. I don't own a cellphone so two-factor is a prohibitive requirement for me. I hope they allow email verification instead, similar to Valve's "Steam Guard" service.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on NFT Bored Ape marketplace gets hacked, people lose 'millions' in ape pictures in ~finance

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    Maybe I'm taking you too literally, but I don't think that's right. The Internet was a means of passing documents between networked computers, and eventually to connect those distant networks...

    People say it’s a solution searching for a problem, and that’s true, but the internet was once the same.

    Maybe I'm taking you too literally, but I don't think that's right. The Internet was a means of passing documents between networked computers, and eventually to connect those distant networks together. There were no web browsers or even a World Wide Web yet, but the Internet was created to solve the specific problem of deliverability.

    5 votes