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  1. Comment on If anyone can give us a real Facebook alternative, it’s Apple in ~tech

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    I really loved the concept of google wave. It was really innovative.

    I really loved the concept of google wave. It was really innovative.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on What are your thoughts on Minecraft? in ~games

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    I've done so, so much bonding with my son through minecraft. I think we started playing when he was 5 and I was 39. It's just so much fun! Initially it mostly consisted of me trying to builds...

    I've done so, so much bonding with my son through minecraft. I think we started playing when he was 5 and I was 39. It's just so much fun! Initially it mostly consisted of me trying to builds stuff and him basically digging big holes and robbing all my stuff, or blowing shit up once he discovered dynamite.
    But within a year we were going on adventures together, exploring caves, slaying monsters, building castles and things, learning to farm stuff.
    It's been great. The graphics sound and music are exactly as good as they need to be, and it's an amazing atmosphere when we're both playing together on a cold winters night with a mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows.
    A thoroughly wholesome game!!
    When he turned 8 I got him a subscription to code kingdom, and he's had fun since learning to make his own mods. It's a really great site for kids who are interested in coding, really well done.

    Now he's really into fortnite, and that's not my thing at all, but we still play minecraft together (among other things) from time to time. It's a great game.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Recommend me a game that _________. in ~games

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    Oh I love the second one, I bought the first one after playing the second one for a while, but I couldn't get into it. XCOM 2 is leagues ahead of the other ones IMO.

    Oh I love the second one, I bought the first one after playing the second one for a while, but I couldn't get into it. XCOM 2 is leagues ahead of the other ones IMO.

  4. Comment on Recommend me a game that _________. in ~games

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    XCOM 2. Absolutely amazing game. Skip the older ones, they're a bit clunky compared to the second one. Great story, great graphics, lots of customization and it'll kick your ass on a regular...

    XCOM 2. Absolutely amazing game. Skip the older ones, they're a bit clunky compared to the second one. Great story, great graphics, lots of customization and it'll kick your ass on a regular basis. Get used to the idea of dying a lot.

    ... maybe not so chill at some (most) points, but a single mission can take about an hour, and sometimes I stick it on for 20 minutes of base management then turn it off again.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Recommend me a game that _________. in ~games

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    Impossible to beat as a co-op. You'll laugh, you'll cry, but mostly you'll scream at your friends for doing the completely wrong thing..... as they will at you. Also the music and graphics are...

    Lovers in a Dangerous Space-time

    Impossible to beat as a co-op. You'll laugh, you'll cry, but mostly you'll scream at your friends for doing the completely wrong thing..... as they will at you. Also the music and graphics are fantastic. And I love the way you can mod your weapons

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Recommend me a game that _________. in ~games

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    X-COM 2 will make you cry after about an hour. Probably for different reasons than you want though. I'm still crying months later.

    X-COM 2 will make you cry after about an hour. Probably for different reasons than you want though. I'm still crying months later.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on This Is What It Sounds Like Hiding In A Dark Classroom During A School Shooting in ~news

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    I get your point. There is definitely a distinction between a gang fight incident or external rivalry brought on to school grounds and a student who arrives to school to get the students just...

    I get your point. There is definitely a distinction between a gang fight incident or external rivalry brought on to school grounds and a student who arrives to school to get the students just because. And generally the term "school shooting" has come to mean the latter rather than the former in my mind too; although I think we should be using the term "Mass shooting".
    In any case, you guys have far to many shootings of all kinds in schools.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Google releases 53 gender fluid emoji in ~tech

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    I specifically ignore the skin colours, yet every time I use the thumbs up emoji in what's app it insists on telling me I can select my real colour. I know goddammit, I like the original yellow...

    I specifically ignore the skin colours, yet every time I use the thumbs up emoji in what's app it insists on telling me I can select my real colour. I know goddammit, I like the original yellow one, leave me alone!

    8 votes
  9. Comment on Google releases 53 gender fluid emoji in ~tech

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    The blobs were the best emoji I've ever seen! They got me! :-D

    The blobs were the best emoji I've ever seen! They got me! :-D

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What are your top three favorite games of all time? in ~games

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    Haven't tried that mod, I'll check it out. The videos too!

    Haven't tried that mod, I'll check it out. The videos too!

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What are your top three favorite games of all time? in ~games

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    Wipeout on PlayStation - Wipeout changed EVERYTHING. Wipeout 2 refined the first one perfectly, the graphics, the ship handling, the speed! And the music is amazing. So many firsts with Wipeout. I...

    Wipeout on PlayStation - Wipeout changed EVERYTHING. Wipeout 2 refined the first one perfectly, the graphics, the ship handling, the speed! And the music is amazing. So many firsts with Wipeout. I would consider it an almost perfect game, if there is such a thing. Later versions messed up the game mechanics IMO, the ships didn't have the raw power of the first two, they somehow lost the sense of speed. Pity.

    X-COM 2 - Man, I cannot get enough of this game. Turn based strategy game. You invest so much in the characters, then they get taken out by a bit of shrapnel or something. And it's brutal! This game doesn't give an inch. You die A LOT.
    The story is epic, the game mechanics are brilliant, and after the very first level there's no hand holding. This game is a challenge. Playing in Iron Man mode is something to be experienced. Excellent, Excellent game.

    Subnautica - current favourite, mellow, relaxing, and most realistic experience of being under water I've ever seen in a game. Great survival game. Just a pity it doesn't have LAN co-op so I can play with my kid.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Recommend me a book that _________. in ~books

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  14. Comment on Does your city have civil defense/fire/air raid sirens or similar systems? in ~talk

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    There's one in Lund, Sweden. It's tested every month, and I believe it's a warning system for chemical explosions. If the alarm goes off you have 15 minutes to get out of the city, or something...

    There's one in Lund, Sweden. It's tested every month, and I believe it's a warning system for chemical explosions. If the alarm goes off you have 15 minutes to get out of the city, or something like that. Not 100% sure.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 discussion in ~tv

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    I got surprisingly emotional when that happened. :-D

    Seeing Brienne smile like that after being knighted was very heartwarming

    I got surprisingly emotional when that happened. :-D

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Google is rolling out AMP for Gmail to let you shop and fill out forms without leaving your inbox. in ~tech

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    How's your broadband? If you have fiber you could just bite the bullet and buy a decent server, your own domain name and set up your calendar, email, etc... on your own machine at home. I don't...

    How's your broadband? If you have fiber you could just bite the bullet and buy a decent server, your own domain name and set up your calendar, email, etc... on your own machine at home. I don't see any reason not to do that these days. In fact I think I'll look into doing that myself, I'm already using a google email with my own domain, so from everyone elses perspective nothing would change.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on How much actual work do you do in a day? in ~life

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    I can honestly say I generally put in 6 hours of solid work (programming) a day, up until recently. Now my wife and I are separating for a while, with the stress and sadness and anxiety of it all,...

    I can honestly say I generally put in 6 hours of solid work (programming) a day, up until recently. Now my wife and I are separating for a while, with the stress and sadness and anxiety of it all, some days I'm probably getting less than 3 hours a day actual work done. It's horrible. My employer knows the situation though, and told me to lighten my workload significantly for a while, so at least that's something. Can't wait to get back on my game though. Might take a while.

    1 vote
  18. 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
  19. 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.

  20. 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