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  1. Comment on Big Band/Brass Cover of "Wake Up" (RATM) in ~music

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    You never have to apologize for having feelings about departed friends and family. I understand, and I'm sorry for your loss - videos don't plug that hole in your heart. Music is one of the things...

    Apologies,

    You never have to apologize for having feelings about departed friends and family. I understand, and I'm sorry for your loss - videos don't plug that hole in your heart. Music is one of the things that have always helped rebuild the broken pieces of myself that I have to keep carrying, so hopefully that's the same for you, and hopefully listening to your playlist helps.

    That's a great Spears cover - have you heard Ahmed and Dweezil Zappa's cover of Baby One More Time? I like that one a lot too.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Big Band/Brass Cover of "Wake Up" (RATM) in ~music

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    That's a great song for metal covers. You've probably heard Frog Leap Studios' cover of it but I'm gonna link it anyways for posterity. I'm not sure why I love genrebending but I almost always...

    Salt-N-Pepa's Push It, my favorites list is full of these.

    That's a great song for metal covers. You've probably heard Frog Leap Studios' cover of it but I'm gonna link it anyways for posterity.

    I'm not sure why I love genrebending but I almost always find it delightful.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Big Band/Brass Cover of "Wake Up" (RATM) in ~music

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    Brass Against is great! I think my all-time favourite cover that they do is probably War Pigs ft. Maya Azucena, but just about everything that they put out is a good listen, and fits nicely into...

    Brass Against is great! I think my all-time favourite cover that they do is probably War Pigs ft. Maya Azucena, but just about everything that they put out is a good listen, and fits nicely into the genre of "covers that have something important changed", which is probably my current favourite genre of music, like Leo Morrachioli from Frog Leap Studios.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Women’s Pockets are Inferior. in ~misc

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    Hey, I love this article. The data visualizations are great, the writing is engaging, and the topic is actually pretty interesting. Previous tildes discussion can be read here.

    Hey, I love this article. The data visualizations are great, the writing is engaging, and the topic is actually pretty interesting.

    Previous tildes discussion can be read here.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on A small notebook for a system administrator in ~comp

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    The computer is ugly, impractical, and anachronistic. The level of detail that he goes into about power is not worthwhile. The machine itself would either be preposterously expensive or too...

    The computer is ugly, impractical, and anachronistic. The level of detail that he goes into about power is not worthwhile. The machine itself would either be preposterously expensive or too cheaply built to be worthwhile. It actually includes more dongles and connectors than I even own for my MacBook Donglebook Pro (I own two dongles, one HDMI to USB-C and... another HDMI to USB-C in case I don't have the first one).

    I think that a modern sysadmin shouldn't really have the need for something like this, but maybe a Telecom worker would? In that case, all the connectors maybe make sense, but the form factor no longer does, since it would be in a Telecom van, and wouldn't have to have an arbitrarily small keyboard.

    Generally when one is designing anything, it's useful to think about why all the things in that category have similar form factors. Laptops are a particular way not because some designer thought it would be nice if they looked that way, but because it's actually functional for many uses.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Principal Who Tried to Stay ‘Politically Neutral’ About Holocaust Is Removed in ~news

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    The trouble is that he can't actually verify any of the history that is written down and taught because at some level all of history is just someone's accounting of what happened. He makes the...

    “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee,” Mr. Latson wrote, making a distinction between his personal beliefs about the Holocaust and his role as the leader of a public school.

    The trouble is that he can't actually verify any of the history that is written down and taught because at some level all of history is just someone's accounting of what happened. He makes the choices to take these facts about the Holocaust and question them, but not, say, Washington crossing the Delaware, which has less supporting evidence than the Holocaust.

    He is obviously antisemitic and he shouldn't be in the education industry.

    14 votes
  7. Comment on Amazon Game Studios and Leyou are developing a free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO in ~games

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    I don't think we've entirely left that idea behind, but I think the concept of games that are also work are pretty much behind us. Right now to play WoW, I log in on raid nights, I log in a couple...

    I don't think we've entirely left that idea behind, but I think the concept of games that are also work are pretty much behind us.

    Right now to play WoW, I log in on raid nights, I log in a couple more times during the week to do a M+ or two, and that's about it. Everything else I do is not necessary and I only do it if I enjoy doing it. I'm not a cutting edge player, but I get Ahead of the Curve for each raid and get a few mythic bosses down (and a raider.io score that's quasi-respectable). It's fun, and has a much lower time requirement than WoW had even during the last expansion where you had to grind content to get Legion-daries, which many people considered mandatory for most content.

    This world is not much work, and almost all the stuff that's immersive is entirely optional and can be accessed at my convenience. Everything I just wrote is a roundabout way of saying that we've given up some of that immersion for a lot more convenience, and a lot more immediate rewards.

    The worlds that give us a more immersive experience now seem to be single player RPGs, and I'm not sure if that's good or bad. I like a good 1P RPG, but I also like the concept of an alternate world with alternate things happening... but I just don't have the time, and I don't think it's just me. It seems like a lot of people are approaching gaming in a more convenient way for themselves. I think that's probably good (this is a recreational hobby) but in a way we miss out on some of the worlds that used to be magical.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Amazon Game Studios and Leyou are developing a free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO in ~games

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    I don't want to get off on a rant, but WoW Classic is definitely not a hardcore MMO. It was considered casual when it was released, and it still has a lot of casual-friendly quality of life...

    WoW Classic will be the true test of whether a hardcore MMO can still exist in today's market.

    I don't want to get off on a rant, but WoW Classic is definitely not a hardcore MMO. It was considered casual when it was released, and it still has a lot of casual-friendly quality of life features, along with impermanence of individual actions, easy and accessibly raids, no punishments for death, and a simple "guard rail" type approach to content (ie - everyone gets the same sorts of experiences if they put in time).

    Don't get me wrong, I love WoW, but it has never been a "hardcore" MMO, in any iteration.

    I think Classic will be successful, though probably not as successful as OSRS was (relatively speaking). I also think that the next expansion is going to be great, and as a person who mostly cares about raiding these days, WoW has only gotten better over time.

    leading to developers pushing out unfinished or crappy ultra-casual MMOs to market

    I think the idea of "ship it and fix it" is particularly bad when there's a behemoth in the marketplace that you really have one shot to dethrone, so I fully agree with your point here, but I also think that people have switched to games that have more immediate rewards, and it's hard to do that well in an MMO, which should be about constant improvement and rewards for effort.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Amazon Game Studios and Leyou are developing a free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO in ~games

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    Interesting - I'm not sure we need another LotR MMO, but here we are. I think MMOs are kind of a dying market. I don't think that they appeal to the current younger generation of gamers, and the...

    Interesting - I'm not sure we need another LotR MMO, but here we are.

    I think MMOs are kind of a dying market. I don't think that they appeal to the current younger generation of gamers, and the older generation is getting, well, old, and we already tend to be spoken for as far as MMOs go. I don't think this will draw me away from what minimal time I still spend playing World of Warcraft, and I don't think it's going to draw in too many new people to MMOs.

    But what do I know? Amazon made about four hundred and seventy nine bajillion dollars last year, so they probably have a better idea of what's going to do well than me.

    9 votes
  10. Comment on Finland to Estonia undersea rail tunnel project has taken a step forward in ~news

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    What an amazing project and feat of engineering. Specifically this is mindboggling: The whole thing is pretty amazing, but I have to admit that I'm mostly struck by the idea of adding an erratum...

    What an amazing project and feat of engineering. Specifically this is mindboggling:

    Drilling and constructing the tunnel will take an estimated six years, and the undertaking has been estimated to amount to 20,000 person-years of labour.

    The whole thing is pretty amazing, but I have to admit that I'm mostly struck by the idea of adding an erratum note to Ticket to Ride: Nordic which allows you to take the Helsinki - Tallinn line by ferry or tunnel.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Disney’s live-action Little Mermaid will star a black Ariel in ~movies

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    I'm not speaking for @ammut, but I think that having a recognition of the default, reasonable behaviour as a comment is an important thing that is often lacking. This isn't relevant to most people...

    I'm not speaking for @ammut, but I think that having a recognition of the default, reasonable behaviour as a comment is an important thing that is often lacking. This isn't relevant to most people as they are not the target audience, they weren't going to see the movie, and this doesn't change that for them. All too often, it's only the people who are adamant about an issue who have a voice, so the default ("meh") is often overlooked.

    This is pretty "meh". I'm mostly in the same boat as @ammut - this doesn't change whether I see the movie or not, or my general enthusiasm about it (though I'm at "I will see this movie" and "I am not super enthusiastic about it" - the joys of fatherhood).

    9 votes
  12. Comment on It Is Your Responsibility to Follow Up in ~life

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    Agreed. What if people just read their fucking email and dealt with things like grownups... I said, while ignoring 140 unread emails. (admittedly most of them are pull request notifications) Jokes...

    Agreed. What if people just read their fucking email and dealt with things like grownups... I said, while ignoring 140 unread emails. (admittedly most of them are pull request notifications)

    Jokes aside, I agree completely. It's one's own responsibility to read one's email, and if you're the sort of person who gets 100K email a month, then maybe a system is required for dealing with it. Start filtering out the things that you don't deal with, and then it doesn't have to be a lottery to see who wins a reply; you can just reply.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on The trend of "my girlfriend isn't hungry" items on restaurant menus in ~food

    aphoenix Link Parent
    Does it though? My wife does this. Before I got married, I had a number of girlfriends, of various seriousness, and almost every single one of them did this (I can think of but two that did not)....

    "My girlfriend isn't hungry" plays into a broader trope that women are unpredictable and fickle, and that they say no when they really mean yes or maybe.

    Does it though?

    My wife does this. Before I got married, I had a number of girlfriends, of various seriousness, and almost every single one of them did this (I can think of but two that did not). My mom does this. My oldest daughter does this. My mother-in-law does it a lot.

    I think it more plays into the trope that society puts pressure on women to not eat things and be thing all the time but when presented with delicious food, it's hard to say no.

    Not everything has to be taken in the most hostile or offensive way. I honestly think that a connection to date rape is extremely tenuous, and I don't think that the "she says no but means yes" is actually the same between food and actual rape.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on Why Do People Say "Jesus H. Christ," and Where Did the "H" Come From? in ~humanities

    aphoenix Link Parent
    This was delightful, so any triviality is certainly offset by that. Plus now I can say "Jesus H. Christ" and then in true know-it-all fashion know why we actually say that, which is great.

    This was delightful, so any triviality is certainly offset by that.

    Plus now I can say "Jesus H. Christ" and then in true know-it-all fashion know why we actually say that, which is great.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Infowars host, still verified on Twitter, calls for lynching of Obama in ~news

    aphoenix Link Parent
    Since it was also historically just for people who were "important" it came to be perceived as a status in and of itself: "Twitter thinks I'm important enough to have verification!" In this case,...

    Since it was also historically just for people who were "important" it came to be perceived as a status in and of itself: "Twitter thinks I'm important enough to have verification!"

    In this case, I think the verification should clearly stay, but he should probably just be banned.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on What brought you here? in ~tildes

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    I was invited relatively early by Deimos (iirc, there were ~20 users when I joined). I still have dreams of actually contributing worthwhile code to this project!

    I was invited relatively early by Deimos (iirc, there were ~20 users when I joined).

    I still have dreams of actually contributing worthwhile code to this project!

    9 votes
  17. Comment on Reddit has quarantined /r/The_Donald in ~tech

    aphoenix Link Parent
    I was super happy when Steve Huffman left, and not happy at all when he came back. Give me Yishan and Ellen any day.

    I was super happy when Steve Huffman left, and not happy at all when he came back.

    Give me Yishan and Ellen any day.

    20 votes