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

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    Definitely, I think people forget how absolutely groundbreaking that album was at the time. Cash's version was great, but the original is in a league of its own.

    Definitely, I think people forget how absolutely groundbreaking that album was at the time. Cash's version was great, but the original is in a league of its own.

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

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    for me it'll be when I can drop my phone completely in favour of my watch, or something else. Phones have peaked now. There's nothing in the last few generations of phones to write home about. And...

    for me it'll be when I can drop my phone completely in favour of my watch, or something else. Phones have peaked now. There's nothing in the last few generations of phones to write home about. And most reasonably priced phones can keep up with the flagships these days. I think the next big thing won't be a phone.

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

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    It was different, really good, but definitely not better than the original.

    It was different, really good, but definitely not better than the original.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Rubberbandits - Sonny in ~music

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    Powerful song and video. Only discovered it today. Every .time I listen to these lads I'm more and more impressed.

    Powerful song and video. Only discovered it today. Every .time I listen to these lads I'm more and more impressed.

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

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    So far only The Blindboy Podcast. It's the best thing I've heard in a long time. You need to start at the start though, and it takes a while to get into properly, probably about 6 episodes.

    So far only The Blindboy Podcast. It's the best thing I've heard in a long time. You need to start at the start though, and it takes a while to get into properly, probably about 6 episodes.

  6. Comment on The best album ever in ~music

  7. Comment on What author has the best worldbuilding? in ~books

  8. Comment on What author has the best worldbuilding? in ~books

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    Have you read any of Iain M Banks Culture Series?? I think that's my all time favourite

    Have you read any of Iain M Banks Culture Series??
    I think that's my all time favourite

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Is there a book that you'd like to see made into a movie or series? in ~books

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    Right there with you, this'd be top of my list, but I don't think anyone could do it justice. The scale of it is just too immense. Must be a TV series though, not movies.

    I'd like a Culture series which does justice to the books. But I don't think it's possible.

    Right there with you, this'd be top of my list, but I don't think anyone could do it justice. The scale of it is just too immense. Must be a TV series though, not movies.

  10. Comment on Advice for learning a language? in ~hobbies

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    I use babbel, it's great!! It's around €20 for a 3 month subscription, well worth it! https://www.babbel.com/learn-russian-online I use the android app, do all my learning on my daily commute! I'm...

    I use babbel, it's great!!
    It's around €20 for a 3 month subscription, well worth it!

    https://www.babbel.com/learn-russian-online

    I use the android app, do all my learning on my daily commute! I'm learning Swedish.

  11. Comment on How do you define your masculinity/femininity? in ~talk

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    Some of the good things about me that I define as my masculinity are: Being considerate of others feelings Providing emotional support to loved ones and friends if needed Being self-aware Being...

    Some of the good things about me that I define as my masculinity are:

    • Being considerate of others feelings
    • Providing emotional support to loved ones and friends if needed
    • Being self-aware
    • Being mindful of my own desires and needs (this is a relatively new one for me)
    • Being the best dad I can be to my son, teaching him about science, how to be compassionate and mindful

    The bad things:

    • I tend to keep my feelings to myself (working hard on that one)
    • I default to the strong one when I really shouldn't
    • I sometimes don't call my mates out for toxic behaviour (like the advert suggests I should), I don't engage, but I don't intervene, even when I know other male friends feel the same - In a group situation I mean, when we're having a few beers or whatever in someones house.
    3 votes
  12. Comment on How do I learn and understand what kinds of books I like? in ~books

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    I think you just need to read more. Look for highly rated books in genres you're interested in and just start.

    I think you just need to read more. Look for highly rated books in genres you're interested in and just start.

  13. Comment on What do you think of star citizen? in ~games

  14. Comment on What are some genuinely good places online? in ~talk

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    Step 1 on reddit: unsub from everything. Step 2: look for niche subs.

    Step 1 on reddit: unsub from everything.
    Step 2: look for niche subs.

    9 votes
  15. Comment on YouTube breeds sociopaths & monsters. Not through audience’s demands but how the platform itself is designed. in ~tech

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    That's a fair point alright, but from my brief experience using it I found it beneficial to me when writing, I thought more about the point I was making instead of trying to have a dig at the...

    You are right that it doesn't stop you from posting toxic stuff. But there is the concern about whether you'd rather have people saying toxic and horrible things politely versus saying good things rudely.

    That's a fair point alright, but from my brief experience using it I found it beneficial to me when writing, I thought more about the point I was making instead of trying to have a dig at the person (even though I didn't realise that's what I was doing) just because they were wrong, and rude about it. I was less aggravated by the end of it. I don't think it affected the point I was trying to make.
    I suppose it had a similar effect as discussing things in public would. I'd be fairly certain the majority of people wouldn't talk in public, in the real world the way they do on some of these toxic forums.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on What are some of your favorite co-op games? in ~games

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    Single machine only, up to four players. It's tonnes of fun. It's not easy either.

    Single machine only, up to four players. It's tonnes of fun. It's not easy either.

  17. Comment on What are some of your favorite co-op games? in ~games

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    Lovers is a goddam amazing co-op game, me and my kid spend hours screaming at each other over this game. It's so frantic!!

    Lovers is a goddam amazing co-op game, me and my kid spend hours screaming at each other over this game. It's so frantic!!

    4 votes
  18. Comment on What games do you have on your Steam wishlist that haven't come out yet? in ~games

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    Definitely Phoenix Point, it has a lot of potential.

    Definitely Phoenix Point, it has a lot of potential.

  19. Comment on YouTube breeds sociopaths & monsters. Not through audience’s demands but how the platform itself is designed. in ~tech

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    I don't think that's the case at all. If you can't get your point across without being rude or trying to rile up the person you're arguing with then you probably need to look more at the point...

    I can see it pushing discussions on contentious topics towards being anodyne and content-less

    I don't think that's the case at all. If you can't get your point across without being rude or trying to rile up the person you're arguing with then you probably need to look more at the point you're trying to make.
    Also remember that this functionality doesn't stop you posting your toxic shit, it just highlights that it might be perceived as toxic, in which case any reasonable person who just got caught up in the moment would take a second look before posting. I like it.