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  1. Comment on Meet the angry gaming YouTubers who turn outrage into views in ~games

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    I don't like it when gaming channels sound legitimately angry. I prefer AVGN, where the anger is much more tongue-in-cheek. Watching his show doesn't make me feel angry at all. Jim Sterling on the...

    I don't like it when gaming channels sound legitimately angry. I prefer AVGN, where the anger is much more tongue-in-cheek. Watching his show doesn't make me feel angry at all.

    Jim Sterling on the other hand doesn't feel healthy at all. He makes a lot of good points, but I would rather see those same arguments made without such an enormous side of rhetoric. Unfortunately calm, reasoned discussion of problems in the gaming industry don't seem to bring the views.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Mozilla CEO: Paid, premium features for Firefox coming this fall in ~tech

  3. Comment on Mozilla CEO: Paid, premium features for Firefox coming this fall in ~tech

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    Lots of non-profits charge money for products or services. From Wikipedia.

    Lots of non-profits charge money for products or services.

    A nonprofit organization is dedicated to furthering a particular social cause or advocating for a shared point of view. In economic terms, it is an organization that uses its surplus of the revenues to further achieve its ultimate objective, rather than distributing its income to the organization's shareholders, leaders, or members.

    From Wikipedia.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Mozilla CEO: Paid, premium features for Firefox coming this fall in ~tech

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    I don't think there is a good way to implement this.

    I don't think there is a good way to implement this.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Mozilla CEO: Paid, premium features for Firefox coming this fall in ~tech

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    To be fair this is the same country that thought Brexit was a good idea.

    To be fair this is the same country that thought Brexit was a good idea.

  6. Comment on Mozilla CEO: Paid, premium features for Firefox coming this fall in ~tech

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    I'm not sure how a non-profit can feasibly run a free VPN or cloud storage service. And honestly, I find this preferable over them continuing to take Google's money. It's not like they're planning...

    I'm not sure how a non-profit can feasibly run a free VPN or cloud storage service. And honestly, I find this preferable over them continuing to take Google's money.

    It's not like they're planning on selling browser features.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Mozilla CEO: Paid, premium features for Firefox coming this fall in ~tech

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    The headline makes this sound scary when it isn't. It sounds like Mozilla is going to start selling services, which will be accessible with Firefox. I don't see plans for a premium version of the...

    The headline makes this sound scary when it isn't. It sounds like Mozilla is going to start selling services, which will be accessible with Firefox. I don't see plans for a premium version of the Firefox browser here, I see plans to sell a VPN and cloud file storage.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Comment vote counts are now visible again in ~tildes.official

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    It's not about avoiding disagreements, it's about not putting the users brain in a strong emotional state. Seeing a comment you strongly disagree with have a ton of upvotes can make users respond...

    It's not about avoiding disagreements, it's about not putting the users brain in a strong emotional state. Seeing a comment you strongly disagree with have a ton of upvotes can make users respond with a lot more salt, rather than disagreeing in a more calm and collected manner that is more conducive to productive conversation.

    9 votes
  9. Comment on Comment vote counts are now visible again in ~tildes.official

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    I liked not seeing vote counts. It prevented them from influencing my opinion on a comment, and made highly voted comments that I disagree with less likely to make me want to angrily comment a...

    I liked not seeing vote counts. It prevented them from influencing my opinion on a comment, and made highly voted comments that I disagree with less likely to make me want to angrily comment a rebuttal.

    • If this were to become a permanent change, I think it would be useful to be able to see how many votes your own comments get when viewing your user page. This might give users that positive feedback we crave so much without the negative aspects of public vote counts.

    • Even with vote counts hidden, comments should be sorted like normal so popular comments still rise to the top. I'm guessing this was still the case during the experiment, but I want to bring it up because I still think it is an important aspect of how sites like this function.

    33 votes
  10. Comment on Ubisoft reveals game subscription service UPlay Plus for PC and Google Stadia in ~games

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    Google is willing to just burn money to make Stadia a thing. There is no way they can turn a profit on that free 1080p streaming plan launching next year.

    Google is willing to just burn money to make Stadia a thing. There is no way they can turn a profit on that free 1080p streaming plan launching next year.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on The number of votes on comments is no longer visible (for the next week) in ~tildes.official

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    I like the idea of vote counts being hidden from readers, but the default comment sorting algorithm should factor in how many times (and how quickly) a comment has been voted. This way, readers...

    I like the idea of vote counts being hidden from readers, but the default comment sorting algorithm should factor in how many times (and how quickly) a comment has been voted. This way, readers get a vague sense of what comments are popular by their order on the page without any concrete numbers to set off any strong opinions.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Star Trek fans: what's your position on the amount of technological mumbo jumbo? in ~tv

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    Did they? Because I'm still seeing tons of Star Trek on my Netflix. How do we know that they passed on Picard? It's just as possible that Amazon simply offered more money for it. The only evidence...

    Netflix dropped Trek completely.

    Did they? Because I'm still seeing tons of Star Trek on my Netflix.

    How do we know that they passed on Picard? It's just as possible that Amazon simply offered more money for it.

    The only evidence we have are these two facts:

    1: CBS has ordered a third season of Discovery.

    2: After seeing the performance of Discovery, CBS has gone on to order a spinoff and at least three other Trek shows.

    These aren't the behaviors of a studio with a dud on its hands.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Star Trek fans: what's your position on the amount of technological mumbo jumbo? in ~tv

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    I haven't seen any evidence of this. Reception of S2 on /r/startrek seems to be that is was a big improvement over S1, which seems to contradict the narrative being spun by these "rumors".

    coming with the drop in ratings and negativity around the show.

    I haven't seen any evidence of this. Reception of S2 on /r/startrek seems to be that is was a big improvement over S1, which seems to contradict the narrative being spun by these "rumors".

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Stadia Connect 6.6.2019 - Pricing, Game Reveals, Launch Info & More in ~games

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    I just don't see any incentive to trade in my dedicated hardware and massive library of existing games for this inferior experience. I don't think it presents a particularly good value either, as...

    I just don't see any incentive to trade in my dedicated hardware and massive library of existing games for this inferior experience. I don't think it presents a particularly good value either, as the subscription will easily outweigh the cost of a console after a couple years. The inability to buy or sell used games adds a hidden cost for price-sensitive gamers.

    I'm also willing to bet that at a 30% of game sales, Googles profit margin on this is too low for them to offer steep discounts or inexpensive games in general. Those GPU compute resources are going to be a lot more expensive than just serving up a few gigabytes of files once or twice. I could easily see a user buying a AAA game in a sale for $10 completely using more than $3 worth of server resources over the course of playing the game.

    At the end of the day, users are renting hardware instead of buying it, and renting something is always going to be more expensive than buying it. This will either fail, or Google will be forced to make changes to it's business model to turn it profitable.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Star Trek fans: what's your position on the amount of technological mumbo jumbo? in ~tv

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    Crazy theories like this have been running wild on YouTube since season 1 and CBS has never commented on them because they have no obligation to. All of these rumors have so far remained entirely...

    Crazy theories like this have been running wild on YouTube since season 1 and CBS has never commented on them because they have no obligation to.

    All of these rumors have so far remained entirely unsubstantiated. CBS behavior in general is not consistent with these stories. They wouldn't be investing heavily into additional series and spinoffs if it was a flop. The only thing propping these doom and gloom conspiracies is a hefty dose of confirmation bias.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Star Trek fans: what's your position on the amount of technological mumbo jumbo? in ~tv

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    You might like Season 2 a lot more. The main story arc ends up being about internal Federation politics (albeit tangentially), the overall tone is much brighter and more optimistic, and they gave...

    You might like Season 2 a lot more. The main story arc ends up being about internal Federation politics (albeit tangentially), the overall tone is much brighter and more optimistic, and they gave the Klingons their hair back. Captain Pike is also easily one of the top three captains after this season.

  17. Comment on Star Trek fans: what's your position on the amount of technological mumbo jumbo? in ~tv

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    Between TOS and TNG, warp factors switched to an exponential scale, which I think is fine. However the relative speed of warp factors has never been very consistent.

    That's not to say that the canon around tech is perfect. They retcon it all the time. eg. Warp 10 used to be considered "infinite speed", but that didn't stop them from going Warp 13 in another series.

    Between TOS and TNG, warp factors switched to an exponential scale, which I think is fine. However the relative speed of warp factors has never been very consistent.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on What is your personal preference and why: vim or emacs? in ~comp

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    You can disable the telemetry in the official build. The official build is also necessary if you want to do dotnet debugging.

    You can disable the telemetry in the official build. The official build is also necessary if you want to do dotnet debugging.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Apple WWDC 2019 Livestream in ~tech

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    8K footage? I feel like we've already hit a strong point of diminishing returns with 4k.

    8K footage? I feel like we've already hit a strong point of diminishing returns with 4k.

  20. Comment on How capitalism killed one of the best video game studios in ~games

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    AAA games are leisure products require hundreds of thousands of hours of tedious work to get made. Without monetary incentive to work on large scale games I think all we would see are small...

    AAA games are leisure products require hundreds of thousands of hours of tedious work to get made. Without monetary incentive to work on large scale games I think all we would see are small passion projects made by small numbers of people.

    3 votes