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  1. Comment on What are some casual, kid-friendly games that can be played remotely, over a videoconference such as Zoom? in ~games

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    Board Game Arena might be a good option. It's web-based, so no need for Steam or anything complicated, and it has a decent variety of games. It's not 100% free as there is a premium account option...

    Board Game Arena might be a good option. It's web-based, so no need for Steam or anything complicated, and it has a decent variety of games.

    It's not 100% free as there is a premium account option which restricts some games. Only the host needs a premium account though, and it's pretty reasonably priced.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on A summary of the book "Why Nuclear Power Has Been a Flop" by Jack Devanney in ~enviro

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    Interesting post. That restriction on multiplexing is something I'd like to read more about. Imagine something like that on modern computers. I'm not wholly convinced on the takeaways at the end,...

    Interesting post. That restriction on multiplexing is something I'd like to read more about. Imagine something like that on modern computers.

    I'm not wholly convinced on the takeaways at the end, but I think there's probably some truth to it. The only one I can't really see is this:

    Align regulator incentives with the industry. Instead of an hourly fee for regulatory review, fund the NRC by a tax on each kilowatt-hour of nuclear electricity, giving them a stake in the outcome and the growth of the industry.

    I feel this would create an incentive to rubber stamp reactor designs even before they're ready. For an approval board, having incentives completely decoupled to what they're approving seems more sensible to me.

    It's an interesting article. Nuclear does seem like one of the biggest missed opportunities so far.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Misinformation about Permissions Policy and FLoC in ~comp

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    I don't have very strong feelings on FloC. I think the EFF raised a good point that it can be used as a strong piece of data for fingerprinting. But they didn't address that fingerprinting becomes...

    I don't have very strong feelings on FloC. I think the EFF raised a good point that it can be used as a strong piece of data for fingerprinting. But they didn't address that fingerprinting becomes less necessary as a result of FloC's existence (particularly when coupled with the privacy budget).

    I think the idea is okay in theory. Advertisers really don't give a lick what your name is or what street you grew up on. They want to know what your interests are and what kind of products you buy. By removing the individual, it's clearly a more "privacy-respecting" process than what we have now. Compared to the advertiser ID used by other platforms like iOS and Windows 10, we're giving the advertisers what they need (or at least want) without giving them the user.

    I do feel that FloC is over-engineered though. The complexity makes it difficult to educate about, and the "AI magic" makes it a bit of a black box. It's also not exactly clear how it will avoid sensitive topics other than manual curation.

    Hopefully native controls are built in to reset or customize your cohort. The biggest advantage of handling this client-side is they we ultimately retain control. If that control isn't exposed to the user though, then the browser isn't really acting as your "user agent" at all.

    I was hoping to see more technical criticisms of FloC, but it seems to be the typical kneejerk response from the usual suspects. I don't think many people are recognizing the reality that the web economy is built on ads, and you can't simply burn it all down without destroying many of the businesses which rely on it (which is far more than just Google).

    I do of course get why the idealists are opposed, just as they were with Encrypted Media Extensions. I used to fall into that camp too. But I see it as a compromise solution. Advertisers aren't exactly thrilled either as they're losing some of the high-precision accuracy they had before. FloC is an approach that tries to walk the line, solving the biggest issues from both sides while making neither party happy.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on Built-in FTP implementation to be removed in Firefox 90 in ~tech

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    +1 for WinSCP. It's so good I even run it in Wine on Linux. It fits my workflow so much better than Filezilla. It looks great and it's only as complicated as it needs to be.

    +1 for WinSCP. It's so good I even run it in Wine on Linux. It fits my workflow so much better than Filezilla. It looks great and it's only as complicated as it needs to be.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on CSS container queries - An upcoming CSS feature that will enable style changes based on the size of the containing element in ~comp

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    Cool. This is one of those features that only seems obvious in hindsight. I'm sure it will pair very well with grid layouts. For me that feature is :has(). I've been waiting for a parent selector...

    Cool. This is one of those features that only seems obvious in hindsight. I'm sure it will pair very well with grid layouts.

    I haven’t been more excited for a CSS feature like I’m now in the past six years I spent as a front-end developer.

    For me that feature is :has(). I've been waiting for a parent selector for over a decade, and this is the closest we've gotten.

    It's not my preferred syntax. I saw one proposal that used an exclamation mark to choose the selected element. So article! > h2 would style the article, not the h2. I thought that was a really nice approach. It would probably break a lot of CSS parsers though, and it doesn't have the same function() syntax of today's more programmatic features.

    Anyway, didn't mean to derail. The intro just got me thinking about this old feature. I might end up writing a post just like this if :has() ever comes into existence.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Satisfactory - Update 4 is now available in Early Access in ~games

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    I really enjoyed Satisfactory when I last played (about 10 months ago). I was expecting it to be a poorer implementation of Factorio, but I found it charming in its own right. There's pleasure in...

    I really enjoyed Satisfactory when I last played (about 10 months ago). I was expecting it to be a poorer implementation of Factorio, but I found it charming in its own right. There's pleasure in the methods of travel (running, sliding, squeezing through tubes), and it feels much more accessible as a game.

    I had some issues as a client when playing multiplayer, so I'm glad to see they've improved choppy player and vehicle physics. Hopefully that applies to trains too, because I do enjoy building me a train track.

    Nothing on dedicated servers yet. Hopefully that comes soon too, so hosting for a group becomes easier.

    The new additions look good. I'm glad the late tiers have a little more utility now.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on We're in a time loop of time loop movies in ~movies

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    See Expandable Sections in the docs. It's a bit of a kludge in lieu of real spoiler tags.

    See Expandable Sections in the docs. It's a bit of a kludge in lieu of real spoiler tags.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Magnus Carlsen eliminated from his own tournament – world champion lost his semi-final against Russian champion Ian Nepomniachtchi in ~games.tabletop

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    Oh that just seems mean. Even though he's been in a slump, it's hard not to like Magnus. No matter the outcome this is still absolute high-level play. Well done to Nepomniachtchi, and all other...

    The tournament’s name is the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, which makes it still more humiliating for the world champion.

    Oh that just seems mean.

    Even though he's been in a slump, it's hard not to like Magnus. No matter the outcome this is still absolute high-level play.

    Well done to Nepomniachtchi, and all other participants.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Nvidia's AI puts video calls on steroids in ~tech

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    This is mighty impressive. I can only imagine how much bandwidth this might have saved if integrated with Zoom about a year ago. AI is both very scary and very exciting. Nvidia continues to show...

    This is mighty impressive. I can only imagine how much bandwidth this might have saved if integrated with Zoom about a year ago.

    AI is both very scary and very exciting. Nvidia continues to show they have some of the best engineers in this space. I could see them licensing this to video chat applications.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Spain passes law allowing euthanasia in ~news

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    I definitely approve of this. Giving people a humane way to end their lives is an act of compassion, not negligence. I agree with the restrictions. In writing, two weeks apart, and with the...

    I definitely approve of this. Giving people a humane way to end their lives is an act of compassion, not negligence.

    I agree with the restrictions. In writing, two weeks apart, and with the approval of a medical professional. I'm a little unsure what "serious and incurable illness" may cover. Advanced Alzheimer's? Chronic depression? I'm sure there'll be some sticky precedent to be set, but all-in-all I see this as a very positive change.

    11 votes
  11. Comment on Godot OpenXR support in ~games

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    I love Godot and I love VR, so this is great to see! I'm especially glad that everybody is getting behind OpenXR. In the early days it really wasn't clear if we'd have a single standard. Khronos...

    I love Godot and I love VR, so this is great to see!

    I'm especially glad that everybody is getting behind OpenXR. In the early days it really wasn't clear if we'd have a single standard. Khronos has done a really great job with OpenXR, and the big players should be applauded for getting on board. Even icky Facebook.

    I know this is a niche within a niche, but I'm hopeful the further adoption of OpenXR means better VR support on Linux as well. It's a bit of a crapshoot right now, with only the SteamVR ecosystem really making an effort. Oculus doesn't support it as a platform, and obviously Windows Mixed Reality is out.

    Good feelings all around on this one.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on The Beigeness, or How to Kill People with Bad Writing: The Scott Alexander Method in ~misc

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    I think it's a fair concern you raise. Thankfully the Tildes community has done quite well at rejecting this sort of deceptive-intellectualism thus far. See the comments from this thread just...

    I think it's a fair concern you raise. Thankfully the Tildes community has done quite well at rejecting this sort of deceptive-intellectualism thus far. See the comments from this thread just earlier today where they (we) eviscerate an article that reads a little too close to rape apologism.

    Still, when there's a bad idea but it's been wrapped in an appealing package, it might be harder to debunk. I've seen reasonable people able to justify unreasonable actions because it meshed with their world-view.

    As one example, I've heard friends casually ask: "Would somebody just shoot Trump?". This is obviously a terrible idea. Even if you can somehow condone such an action, and that's a big if, the political ramifications would be just as bad. Trump dies as a martyr and hero to his party. The media stops focusing on any of his negative policies or actions and his party earns millions of sympathy votes in the next election. This should be so incredibly obvious that I'm shocked to have heard it suggested from multiple people.

    So I feel that even otherwise rational people will have their blind spots. That applies to us too. All we can really do is try and illuminate those blind spots, and allow for opposition to let us know when we're being ideologically motivated instead of seeing the full story.

    12 votes
  13. Comment on Being 'notified' of highly upvoted posts even if you aren't subscribed to that particular tilde? in ~tildes

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    While I obviously can't speak for Deimos, I feel this change is probably not in line with the kind of design he intends for Tildes. Tildes grants a greater focus on user control and filtering,...

    While I obviously can't speak for Deimos, I feel this change is probably not in line with the kind of design he intends for Tildes. Tildes grants a greater focus on user control and filtering, rather than algorithmic "boosting" factors. That seems more like a reddit change to drive engagement, which Deim has spoken out against.

    Rather than notifications though, a select view for filtering popular posts (ala reddit's /r/popular) does seem like a reasonable enough ask. I'm not sure how difficult that would be to implement on the server-side.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on Dungeon Alchemist Kickstarter meet in three hours - Dungeon map generator in ~games.tabletop

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    That's pretty darn neat. I wonder what formats it exports as. Just as an image, or maybe some sort of XML or JSON representation? I'm not sure what the common D&D tools use. Either way I'm...

    That's pretty darn neat. I wonder what formats it exports as. Just as an image, or maybe some sort of XML or JSON representation? I'm not sure what the common D&D tools use.

    Either way I'm intrigued - even as a non-player.

    edit: Found the answer in the FAQ.

    Which file formats will you be able to export to?
    At launch, we will support png, jpeg and webp for images. Alternatively, if your VTT supports it, you can also export as short videos in webm and mp4 to make your experience even more immersive.

    So it sounds like it's graphical data then.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Google’s FLoC is a terrible idea in ~tech

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    I can't say I agree on many of those points, but I want to specifically address this line: AMP was moved to an open governance model in 2018. It dropped the tag "Google" because it was no longer a...

    I can't say I agree on many of those points, but I want to specifically address this line:

    they also stopped branding it as "Google AMP" to avoid giving the impression that it was a framework solely for Google's benefit

    AMP was moved to an open governance model in 2018. It dropped the tag "Google" because it was no longer a Google project.

    The power to make significant decisions in the AMP Project will move from a single Tech Lead to a Technical Steering Committee (TSC) which includes representatives from companies that have committed resources to building AMP, with the end goal of not having any company sit on more than a third of the seats.

    https://blog.amp.dev/2018/09/18/governance/

    In the past, I've written more about AMP here (expand the bottom-most comment).

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Antivirus software creator John McAfee indicted on cryptocurrency fraud charges in ~news

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    I can't wait for there to be a documentary on John McAfee. The schemes, the drugs, the locales. If his life were a work of fiction, I might write it off as "too far out there".

    I can't wait for there to be a documentary on John McAfee. The schemes, the drugs, the locales. If his life were a work of fiction, I might write it off as "too far out there".

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Exploring the CSS @property feature and its type-checking and animating capabilities in ~comp

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    The article has a lot of embedded examples. Phones might not be too keen on that. I expect a subset of CSS probably won't have a feature like this for a while though.

    The article has a lot of embedded examples. Phones might not be too keen on that.

    I expect a subset of CSS probably won't have a feature like this for a while though.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Exploring the CSS @property feature and its type-checking and animating capabilities in ~comp

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    Seems very powerful. Probably more powerful than I'll ever be able to take advantage of. As CSS becomes more programmatic, having some type-safety is appreciated though. I wonder why there's no...

    Seems very powerful. Probably more powerful than I'll ever be able to take advantage of. As CSS becomes more programmatic, having some type-safety is appreciated though.

    I wonder why there's no date type? Unless that's just included with time.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Reddit hires its first chief financial officer as it prepares for an IPO in ~tech

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    I have a "How to contact the moderators" entry in the FAQ. I reply with a link to that whenever I get those.

    I have a "How to contact the moderators" entry in the FAQ. I reply with a link to that whenever I get those.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Google to stop selling ads based on your specific web browsing in ~tech

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    With the obvious exception of adservice, those domains aren't really relevant here. ajax belongs to Google's Hosted Libraries, and and fonts is a font CDN and webapp. Both strip referring...

    With the obvious exception of adservice, those domains aren't really relevant here. ajax belongs to Google's Hosted Libraries, and and fonts is a font CDN and webapp. Both strip referring information and only log requests generally for statistics (some of which they publish).

    Analytics is a separate product employed by site owners. Information isn't cross-pollinated except in one situation I can think of, which is the opt-in enhanced remarketing tool. As a user, you can disable this by opting-out of Ads Personalization.

    1 vote