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  1. Comment on Alec Baldwin fatally shoots crew member with prop firearm on film set, authorities say in ~movies

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    Why the hell were live rounds allowed anywhere on set? Maybe we should have a law requiring prop guns be custom made to only be able to chamber blank cartridges.

    Why the hell were live rounds allowed anywhere on set? Maybe we should have a law requiring prop guns be custom made to only be able to chamber blank cartridges.

  2. Comment on Sinclair Broadcast Group was hit by ransomware over the weekend in ~tech

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    Bad things happening to Sinclair can only be a net positive to our democracy, but I agree that the general trend of cybersecurity attacks on American entities is overall a bad thing.

    Bad things happening to Sinclair can only be a net positive to our democracy, but I agree that the general trend of cybersecurity attacks on American entities is overall a bad thing.

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  3. Comment on Sinclair Broadcast Group was hit by ransomware over the weekend in ~tech

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    I'm only disappointed it didn't hurt them even more

    I'm only disappointed it didn't hurt them even more

    13 votes
  4. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    Pairing the SSD with the T2 chip is a good security move, I like that they do this by default, for everyone. Windows is essentially doing this with your TPM chip whenever you use Bitlocker, though...

    Pairing the SSD with the T2 chip is a good security move, I like that they do this by default, for everyone. Windows is essentially doing this with your TPM chip whenever you use Bitlocker, though for everyday consumers they store a backup of the key on their Microsoft account, and power users are prompted to store their own copy of the key somewhere secure. The user's data isn't lost forever if their motherboard dies.

    I think Apple should do the same: Offer iCloud storage of the users encryption key to make life easy for most users, and let power users keep a copy of the key wherever they want so they can plug an encrypted drive into another machine for data recovery.

    But I guess it's all moot when Apple makes a conscious choice to solder the SSD to the motherboard. Even the top 1% of power users probably aren't going to go through the effort of removing those NAND chips and transplanting them to a new board.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on New MacBook Pros in ~tech

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    These look like really solid machines. I'm very glad MagSafe and HDMI are back. My only major complaint is that the SSD is still not replaceable, which bugs me because it is essentially a wear...

    These look like really solid machines. I'm very glad MagSafe and HDMI are back. My only major complaint is that the SSD is still not replaceable, which bugs me because it is essentially a wear item. With heavy use, it will die long before all the other components soldered to the motherboard.

    The notch doesn't bother me. That space has been wasted on every Mac since wide aspect ratios became a thing.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on The Batman - Main trailer in ~movies

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    I love how Fincher has embraced digital cinematography in his work. He gets a very pristine "unapologetically digital" image, as you put it, and he pairs it with computer controlled camera...

    I love how Fincher has embraced digital cinematography in his work. He gets a very pristine "unapologetically digital" image, as you put it, and he pairs it with computer controlled camera movement. It gives the camera a very ethereal voyeuristic feeling that I don't think anyone else has really replicated. I find it extremely immersive, it really sucks me right in to whatever world he is portraying.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Ask Tildes: What alternative apps/webapps do you use to browse Reddit? in ~tech

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    +1 for Apollo. My only gripe is that we still don't have a usable iPad layout.

    +1 for Apollo. My only gripe is that we still don't have a usable iPad layout.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on Got the PS5 instead of the Xbox Series X in ~talk

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    I really like my PS5. I don't even really have any "next gen" games for it except Ratchet & Clank. I just love how it has breathed new life into a bunch of my favorite PS4 games. So many of them...

    I really like my PS5. I don't even really have any "next gen" games for it except Ratchet & Clank. I just love how it has breathed new life into a bunch of my favorite PS4 games. So many of them got patches to support higher framerates and the new controller features. Going from 30 to 60 FPS is really transformative for some of these titles.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What are some engrossing self-contained iPhone games? in ~games

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    I have been enjoying Grindstone on Apple Arcade. It is a unique take on "match 3" puzzle games, with a neat progression system. I do think the difficulty curve is a bit uneven.

    I have been enjoying Grindstone on Apple Arcade. It is a unique take on "match 3" puzzle games, with a neat progression system. I do think the difficulty curve is a bit uneven.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What are some engrossing self-contained iPhone games? in ~games

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    I really enjoy Minecraft, but I struggle to get used to the touch controls. It's incompatibility with the Java version also makes it a bit of a non-starter for me, as I've grown very accustomed to...

    I really enjoy Minecraft, but I struggle to get used to the touch controls. It's incompatibility with the Java version also makes it a bit of a non-starter for me, as I've grown very accustomed to the set of mods we run on my server. Some of them are rather necessary, since we bought a copy for my friend's 4-year-old to play with us and we need the ability to protect certain areas from his TNT and lava buckets.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on California to enforce 'gender neutral' toy aisles in large stores in ~lgbt

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    I think these are some really good points

    I think these are some really good points

  12. Comment on California to enforce 'gender neutral' toy aisles in large stores in ~lgbt

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    I agree, I'm just pointing out that controversy, even undeserved, incurs political penalty. The cost in political capitol for passing a law has little relation to its real world outcomes. I'm just...

    I agree, I'm just pointing out that controversy, even undeserved, incurs political penalty. The cost in political capitol for passing a law has little relation to its real world outcomes. I'm just a little frustrated that we pick a potentially expensive fight over something I think most shop owners in CA are already doing, when we could be spending that same capital on long-standing left wing wishlist items like healthcare.

    I guess we'll see how this plays out. Maybe it won't be a big deal. Living in Utah has made me very cynical about how people react to seemingly minor things California does.

    10 votes
  13. Comment on California to enforce 'gender neutral' toy aisles in large stores in ~lgbt

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    I may have misspoke, and I appologize. When I said "non-binary gender", I was referring to the fact that gender is not a binary construct, not specifically to people who identify as non-binary.

    I may have misspoke, and I appologize. When I said "non-binary gender", I was referring to the fact that gender is not a binary construct, not specifically to people who identify as non-binary.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on California to enforce 'gender neutral' toy aisles in large stores in ~lgbt

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    Houses and toys really aren't the same wheelhouse. Poor regulations on how houses were sold lead to the 2008 financial crisis. I think this kind of social change happens fairly rapidly, especially...

    Houses and toys really aren't the same wheelhouse. Poor regulations on how houses were sold lead to the 2008 financial crisis.

    I think this kind of social change happens fairly rapidly, especially these days. 20 years ago, gay marriage was still a pipe dream and nobody was talking about trans rights at all. This is a culture war that is being won handsomely by the younger generations.

    Codifying something like this in law, especially right now, costs a lot of political capital for relatively little gain. The law seems tailor-made to rile up conservatives and upset moderates who are still unsure about this whole non-binary gender thing, even though I do not believe that is its intent. Spending that capital on laws like this makes it more difficult to muster the political will to improve healthcare access or pass labor laws.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on California to enforce 'gender neutral' toy aisles in large stores in ~lgbt

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    I appreciate the sentiment, but exerting this level of control over private entities seems like it could backfire. This is the kind of change that will happen naturally in stores over the next...

    I appreciate the sentiment, but exerting this level of control over private entities seems like it could backfire. This is the kind of change that will happen naturally in stores over the next decade or so as public sentiment on gender continues to shift, without this kind of forceful and inevitably controversial intervention.

    I would much rather California liberals spend political capital on left-wing ideas that will have a more positive and lasting impact on people's lives, like healthcare access and fair labor laws. These are things that require legislative action, and will not come about naturally through societal change.

    12 votes
  16. Comment on Nearly 3% of US workforce quit their jobs in August in ~life

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    When I visited Europe about a decade ago, that is basically how things were. With the exception of bars and nightclubs, most things started winding down after dinner time. And it didn't seem like...

    When I visited Europe about a decade ago, that is basically how things were. With the exception of bars and nightclubs, most things started winding down after dinner time.

    And it didn't seem like that much of a problem, to be honest. Late night and 24/7 stores and fast food are a relatively new phenomenon. Humanity got by just fine for thousands of years before those came around.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Nearly 3% of US workforce quit their jobs in August in ~life

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    Work from home, plus the booming economy, meant a lot of people could abandon shitty service jobs. I think we are going to have to reckon with the fact that many of these super cheap service...

    Work from home, plus the booming economy, meant a lot of people could abandon shitty service jobs.

    I think we are going to have to reckon with the fact that many of these super cheap service industries that rely on human misery to be sustainable may no longer be viable. McDonald's being open at 2:30 in the morning only works because they could get away with paying some poor sucker a shit wage to stay up flipping hamburgers instead of sleeping. We might reach a point where McDonald's has to offer so much for that position that it is no longer economically viable for them to be open that time of day. In my book, that is probably a good thing.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on Please don't give up on having kids because of climate change in ~enviro

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    I think the author is missing the part where "climate change" is a convenient excuse for just not wanting kids. As someone who doesn't want kids, it is not uncommon for me to encounter people who...

    I think the author is missing the part where "climate change" is a convenient excuse for just not wanting kids. As someone who doesn't want kids, it is not uncommon for me to encounter people who think I am selfish or lazy for it.

    Articles like this are part of the problem. It very much feels like the author is trying to guilt me into wanting kids for political reasons.

    10 votes
  19. Comment on Please don't give up on having kids because of climate change in ~enviro

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    How about not having kids because I don't want them? Limiting my carbon footprint by not bringing more carbon-spewing humans into the world is just a nice bonus.

    How about not having kids because I don't want them? Limiting my carbon footprint by not bringing more carbon-spewing humans into the world is just a nice bonus.

    19 votes
  20. Comment on Neuomorphism — A passing fad or is it here to stay? in ~design

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    Have you seen Windows 11? While it isn't a radical departure from the current trend of neumorphism, I noticed it brings some of the natural looking materials and subtle shading and depth cues...

    Have you seen Windows 11? While it isn't a radical departure from the current trend of neumorphism, I noticed it brings some of the natural looking materials and subtle shading and depth cues reminiscent of Windows Vista and 7.

    I think neumorphism was born from a combination of factors: An increased emphasis on mobile, and growing user comfortability with computers. The former benefits from flat designs because they are easier to read on small, low res screens and the lack of complex effects simulating real world materials (like glass) is good for battery. The latter meant that designers could rely less on making their UIs resemble the real-world objects they are replacing.

    With mobile screens getting bigger, higher resolution displays and ever more processing power, the mobile-friendly benefits of flat UI design are becoming less pressing and we are seeing some of these elements slowly get updated to reflect that.

    4 votes