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  1. Comment on Repeatedly finding myself upset with the conversations on Tildes in ~talk

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    I feel like a good bit of this could be solved with just two or three more mods. It's not like we can expect Deimos to be here 24/7, but it would be nice to have some mod or another around at...

    I feel like a good bit of this could be solved with just two or three more mods. It's not like we can expect Deimos to be here 24/7, but it would be nice to have some mod or another around at something close to all times. It would ensure a timely enough response for like 99% of people to be satisfied with. Personally I don't check the site more than about a couple times a month, so I never noticed a huge issue, but I'll take people who are more regular's word that this is a thing that happens. Surely we'd have at least a couple people willing and able to do a decent job at modding.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on Repeatedly finding myself upset with the conversations on Tildes in ~talk

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    When the issue at hand is whether you should have rights or not, that philosophy stops making a whole lot of sense. Not saying this is a problem here, just that there are some holes in that.

    When the issue at hand is whether you should have rights or not, that philosophy stops making a whole lot of sense. Not saying this is a problem here, just that there are some holes in that.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Repeatedly finding myself upset with the conversations on Tildes in ~talk

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    How the hell did i not know xkcd had a good mobile site until now???

    How the hell did i not know xkcd had a good mobile site until now???

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Microsoft in talks to buy Discord for more than $10 billion in ~tech

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    It doesn't even say this is anywhere near final yet. I'm not too surprised though, since Discord has said they've never actually made money. It'll really suck in 5 years when they decide to...

    It doesn't even say this is anywhere near final yet. I'm not too surprised though, since Discord has said they've never actually made money. It'll really suck in 5 years when they decide to require an MS account, but until then this isn't a huge deal even if it does go through.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on PS3, Vita, and PSP Stores to be permanently closed in a few months in ~games

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    Thanks to the emulation folks for making sure this kind of thing doesn't actually affect game availability.

    Thanks to the emulation folks for making sure this kind of thing doesn't actually affect game availability.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on What's hard about being demisexual/demiromantic/asexual/aromantic? in ~talk

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    Literally every piece of media involves sex in some way. I'm honestly tired of it being literally everywhere. Seriously, how do the allos ever get anything done if they think about it this much?...

    Literally every piece of media involves sex in some way. I'm honestly tired of it being literally everywhere. Seriously, how do the allos ever get anything done if they think about it this much? It's difficult to relate to most stuff out there because people just have a compulsive need to make their characters fuck each other.

    Plus it's a bonus annoyance factor toward the idiots who think my transness is a fetish of some sort. Even if I don't particularly care about sex, some people just feel the need to make it a huge issue.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on 'It's dead, Jim': Torvalds marks Intel Itanium processors as orphaned in Linux kernel in ~comp

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    Oh no, not Itanium! However will I go on? Really though, IA-64 was always a nice little curiosity to me.

    Oh no, not Itanium! However will I go on?

    Really though, IA-64 was always a nice little curiosity to me.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Any fans of regular non-smart watches? in ~talk

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    I'm one of the three nerds that still thinks calculator watches are cool. 11 year old me would be proud.

    I'm one of the three nerds that still thinks calculator watches are cool. 11 year old me would be proud.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Mount physical linux drives in wsl in ~comp

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    It's better integrated than standard VM software. I personally don't really like that, but it's a plus for some.

    It's better integrated than standard VM software. I personally don't really like that, but it's a plus for some.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Twitter should immediately and permanently ban Trump in ~tech

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    Good to see something like this age well for once.

    Good to see something like this age well for once.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on What do you use your extra mouse buttons for? in ~talk

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    I have a G600, which has a total of 14 extra buttons. I have left and right on the scroll wheel mapped to back and forward, and the buttons on the side mapped to numpad functions.

    I have a G600, which has a total of 14 extra buttons. I have left and right on the scroll wheel mapped to back and forward, and the buttons on the side mapped to numpad functions.

  12. Comment on Are there any major problems in society that we genuinely do not have any good solutions to? in ~talk

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    The closest we have to an 'easy' solution seems to be actually holding corporations to environmental standards (they're the ones producing most waste, after all) and switching everything to...

    The closest we have to an 'easy' solution seems to be actually holding corporations to environmental standards (they're the ones producing most waste, after all) and switching everything to nuclear power.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on With Obama saying "The filibuster is a 'Jim Crow relic' ”, it’s looking more and more like Democrats will abolish the filibuster if they win back the Senate in ~misc

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    most of the Dems' policies are this way. Even their proposed reforms don't go far enough usually, and once they're in power they water it down even further.

    most of the Dems' policies are this way. Even their proposed reforms don't go far enough usually, and once they're in power they water it down even further.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Bisexuality exists: Bisexual attraction study upends decades of flawed research in ~lgbt

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    Trans people consider that term offensive nowadays

    some anime trap

    Trans people consider that term offensive nowadays

    4 votes
  15. Comment on What are three things you wanna do once the pandemic is over? in ~talk

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    Department stores on Black Friday are never safe. I have never seen someone so rabid over a toaster. Really though, once campuses actually open up I'm planning on going back to school for computer...

    once a reasonable person feels safe enough to go to a department store on Black Friday.

    Department stores on Black Friday are never safe. I have never seen someone so rabid over a toaster.

    Really though, once campuses actually open up I'm planning on going back to school for computer science. Preferably not in the US, because things are..... not great here right now. Uprooting my entire life and getting on a plane across the Atlantic aside though, I want to be able to go to the beach again. From what I've heard, the Mediterranean is streets ahead of the Gulf of Mexico there. Way less densely packed too. Would be nice to go thrifting properly again too. People just aren't donating stuff right now, and there's a lot more people that need cheap clothes. Luckily leaving the house wasn't a huge part of my lifestyle to begin with. Really sucks to not be able to get a job though, I was really banking on getting something part-time.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on The war between alt.tasteless and rec.pets.cats in ~tech

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    Well that aged poorly.

    The Internet, as you probably know, is anarchic, not owned by anyone, and monitored mainly at its ever-expanding edges by the system administrators who sell or give people access.

    Well that aged poorly.

    11 votes
  17. Comment on Have you attended any protests lately? Why or why not? in ~talk

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    Nice try, officer! /s Seriously though, I went to a few, one in a larger city and a couple in my hometown. All pretty peaceful affairs, none of the "out-of-town agitators" the local PD later...

    Nice try, officer! /s

    Seriously though, I went to a few, one in a larger city and a couple in my hometown. All pretty peaceful affairs, none of the "out-of-town agitators" the local PD later claimed there were. I had the good fortune to be out of town the day they broke out the teargas.

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

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    I've been playing Newer Super Mario Bros Wii, which is a hack of New Super Mario Bros Wii. Honestly, I think if this came had come out instead of Mario U, the series wouldn't have the 'repetitive'...

    I've been playing Newer Super Mario Bros Wii, which is a hack of New Super Mario Bros Wii. Honestly, I think if this came had come out instead of Mario U, the series wouldn't have the 'repetitive' reputation it has today. It's got a lot of ideas, and it uses them well. All the unique level themes, level design, new enemies, and even truly unique bosses for every world. The Star Coins leave something to be desired though, most of them not really being that hard to collect and very few having you do anything really interesting to get them. All in all though, it's a great game. I'd go as far as to call it the definitive game of the 'New' series. And there's so much content too, especially for a fan hack. There are the eight worlds you'd expect from the New series, but each of them is longer, with 9 levels in the shortest and 14 in the longest. And the themes legitimately keep it interesting the whole time. I won't list them because you should really experience this game for yourself, but some worlds even transition in theme halfway through, and it genuinely feels like a natural evolution. And so many of the best elements from the past games make a comeback in a unique way. I especially like what they did with the Shy Guys. The hammer suit is fun as all hell to use too. And in addition to the 8 normal worlds, there's 5 shorter 'special worlds', labeled A-E with 5 levels each, and of course, a World 9 for collecting all the Star Coins. And these special worlds are no tacked-on feature either. In fact, world A is my favorite in the entire game. They didn't skimp on music either. It's not a classic track machine like some of the games on the NES were, but all the music is well-designed and not just "castle track #3". The controls are carbon copied from the original game, which is good and bad. It's nice and tight, giving you a ton of control in the air and on the ground, but you have to use motion controls. Although I was playing on Dolphin with a wiimote, so I just mapped B to shake and that worked well. It's decently harder than the original, but it is still a New series game, so don't expect a crazy amount of challenge. Overall it's what the 'New' series always should've been.

    All in all, I'd go as far as to call it the best 2D platformer of the past 20 years, if not of all time. And they're coming out with an upgraded version soon. I'd highly recommend it to anyone.

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  19. Comment on What's your favorite defunct website? in ~talk

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    wait, purple.com is gone?!?!

    wait, purple.com is gone?!?!

  20. Comment on You are going to live in a rustic cabin in the mountains for 4 months. What do you bring? in ~talk

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    I can bring anything, regardless of whether or not I actually own the thing in question right now? I choose a truly obscene quantity of diamonds, so that once I leave I can threaten De Beers with...

    I can bring anything, regardless of whether or not I actually own the thing in question right now?

    I choose a truly obscene quantity of diamonds, so that once I leave I can threaten De Beers with flooding the market with them so they pay me a few dozen million. Or, for the chaos factor, the Pacific ocean.

    In all seriousness though, people here are overlooking a vital piece of equipment. A deck of cards. You've got other people with you, and a deck of cards provides by far the most possibilities as far as number of games goes for any other object, let alone those of similar size. But not just any deck of cards; I choose a deck of uno cards. I know from experience that you can play it as-is for an hour a day for years without it getting the least bit old. And you can construct a normal deck from an uno deck by treating each color as a suit and substituting reverse, skip, draw 2, and 0 for the royals, but you can't do the same thing the other way around. Plus you can do other stuff with it (house of cards, etc.), and it's infinitely portable.

    6 votes