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  1. Comment on The case against American truck bloat in ~design

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    What exactly can be done to make a 3 ton hunk of steel moving at 35 miles per hour safer for the pedestrian getting hit by it? It's not that black and white. People are saying the jaywalking label...

    What exactly can be done to make a 3 ton hunk of steel moving at 35 miles per hour safer for the pedestrian getting hit by it?

    Let's blame the jaywalkers instead and ignore personal responsibility.

    It's not that black and white. People are saying the jaywalking label is pure victim blaming, while ignoring the fact that the laws everywhere still punish the driver when an accident happens, because our laws always give pedestrians right of way even when they themselves are breaking the law. Jaywalking isn't about assigning blame, it's about safety, just like helmet and seatbelt laws.

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  2. Comment on Xbox Series X launching in November, Halo Infinite delayed to 2021 in ~games

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    Really? I've had my PS4 since launch and have yet to encounter a single problem with it. A few years ago I upgraded the hard drive.

    Really? I've had my PS4 since launch and have yet to encounter a single problem with it. A few years ago I upgraded the hard drive.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on The case against American truck bloat in ~design

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    Jaywalking is a safety hazard. Yes, drivers should be paying attention to the road, but sometimes people run out in the middle of the road with out looking and you have to slam your breaks to...

    There is a long and inglorious history of victim-blaming non-drivers. This is particularly strong in the US – where they managed to criminalize crossing the road as "jaywalking" – but it's present in Europe and other places as well.

    Public infrastructure exists for the public. There seems to be this unspoken assumption that cars have an inalienable right to dominate public infrastructure and obliterate anything that doesn't confirm to that. Got in to an accident with a car? Should have been more careful!

    Jaywalking is a safety hazard. Yes, drivers should be paying attention to the road, but sometimes people run out in the middle of the road with out looking and you have to slam your breaks to avoid killing someone. Roads in busy areas would be unusable for vehicles if we didn't make people use crosswalks. Pedestrians still have right of way regardless, and the driver is the person who gets in trouble when they hit someone jaywalking. So I really don't understand how these laws are "victim blaming" pedestrians.

    No matter that you need to look in 6 different directions at once and be at hyper-sharp vigilance all the time.

    What kind of roads are you crossing?

    And for what? So you can be stuck in traffic for 30 minutes instead of just cycling for 30 minutes? There are certainly many cases where other transport (such as a car) is useful, but there are (and have been) many different ways to organize this.

    My 15 minute commute by freeway would be a 90 minute bike ride.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris as his Vice President in ~news

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    Jill Stein killed the Green party for me. She was legitimately worse than Hilary Clinton.

    Jill Stein killed the Green party for me. She was legitimately worse than Hilary Clinton.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on What do you use your extra mouse buttons for? in ~talk

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    I have a G502 Lightspeed. I use the two buttons just left of the left click to adjust mouse sensitivity on the fly. I use the two more prominent buttons placed under the thumb for "aggressive"...

    I have a G502 Lightspeed. I use the two buttons just left of the left click to adjust mouse sensitivity on the fly.

    I use the two more prominent buttons placed under the thumb for "aggressive" actions in video games (usually things like melee or grenades), and other actions in less violent games. I do not use them outside of video games.

    I have the third thumb button (with the crosshair on it) bound to scroll lock, which I use for push-to-talk VOIP apps like mumble, discord, and various games.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Apple won't allow game streaming services like xCloud and Stadia into the App Store in ~games

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    I think VNC/RDP apps get an exception because they are general purpose remote desktop apps. They aren't acting as a thin client for a specific product, they are more broad in that they allow users...

    I think VNC/RDP apps get an exception because they are general purpose remote desktop apps. They aren't acting as a thin client for a specific product, they are more broad in that they allow users to remotely control and manage their own systems. Apple similarly allowed SteamLink on the App Store, after Valve removed the store UI from it.

    That is not to say I think Apple's treatment of Stadia and xCloud is fair, just that I can see the logical distinction. I think game streaming apps should be given a similar exception.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Reddit moderator accounts compromised in coordinated hack, hundreds of subreddits vandalized in ~tech

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    You really think Reddit is selling phone numbers?

    You really think Reddit is selling phone numbers?

    1 vote
  8. Comment on The best parts of Visual Studio Code are proprietary in ~comp

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    If you get the Linux version from the VSCode website, you get a pre-compiled binary with the proprietary bits left in and the full name "Visual Studio Code". This comes as either just the app in a...

    If you get the Linux version from the VSCode website, you get a pre-compiled binary with the proprietary bits left in and the full name "Visual Studio Code". This comes as either just the app in a tarball, or packaged up in a .deb or .rpm. I'd presume the debs and rpms are available in some repos somewhere. Arch users can find this version in the AUR.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Horizon Zero Dawn PC port analysis in ~games

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    This is really disappointing. I was going to pick it up this weekend, but now I don't think I will bother.

    This is really disappointing. I was going to pick it up this weekend, but now I don't think I will bother.

  10. Comment on Pikmin 3 is coming to Nintendo Switch in October with all DLC and a new co-op mode in ~games

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    $60 for a game I paid $20 for on the Wii U years ago. This is some absurd pricing.

    $60 for a game I paid $20 for on the Wii U years ago. This is some absurd pricing.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on ‘Mulan’ to skip theaters for $30 rental (September 4th on the Disney Plus platform) in ~movies

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    People are purchasing Netflix stock because they are banking on Netflix eventually being profitable, and even bigger than it is today. But there isn't a guarantee that Netflix ever will be...

    People are purchasing Netflix stock because they are banking on Netflix eventually being profitable, and even bigger than it is today. But there isn't a guarantee that Netflix ever will be profitable. Plenty of companies have achieved sky high stock prices while burning piles of investor money before realizing their business model just won't work and they either change their business model or go bust. For some companies, the strategy is to start off with a completely unsustainable business model that brings in droves of customers, then slowly pivot to something that actually turns a profit.

    Netflix has yet to prove that their current business model is viable. They probably still haven't even figured out the best way to run their business, as their strategy the last few years has been to fling stuff at the wall and see what sticks.

    I'm not saying Netflix is doomed or anything. But I can say that if they continue to operate exactly as they are today indefinitely, they will run out of business.

  12. Comment on ‘Mulan’ to skip theaters for $30 rental (September 4th on the Disney Plus platform) in ~movies

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    Right, but your argument was which isn't a true statement, seeing as they haven't made any money yet.

    Right, but your argument was

    Netflix has shown that it's entirely possible to have high budget films and still make money off it.

    which isn't a true statement, seeing as they haven't made any money yet.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on ‘Mulan’ to skip theaters for $30 rental (September 4th on the Disney Plus platform) in ~movies

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    I'm not sure Netflix is really comparable. As you pointed out, their business model is entirely different. So far they've released only one film (The Irishman) with a budget approaching that of...

    Netflix has shown that it's entirely possible to have high budget films and still make money off it.

    I'm not sure Netflix is really comparable. As you pointed out, their business model is entirely different.

    So far they've released only one film (The Irishman) with a budget approaching that of Mulan, and it's doubtful they will be releasing $200m "blockbusters" at the same pace Disney does any time soon.

    They probably don't even know yet if these big budget films drive enough subscriptions to justify their cost. Netflix could very well find that putting out four $50m movies is more effective than one $200m special effects extravaganza.

    My hot take: Subscription services are going to be a boon for the kinds of mid-budget films and comedies that became increasingly rare at the box office after the recession, and theaters will continue to be dominated by big budget mass appeal special effects movies that benefit from the large screens and communal viewing.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on ‘Mulan’ to skip theaters for $30 rental (September 4th on the Disney Plus platform) in ~movies

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    I'm not sure how they could make it much cheaper. Disney movies in particular are dependent on you buying theater tickets for your whole family. $30 is probably a good deal lower than the average...

    I'm not sure how they could make it much cheaper. Disney movies in particular are dependent on you buying theater tickets for your whole family. $30 is probably a good deal lower than the average ticket sale price per group during first run in theaters.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Donald Trump calls for delay to 2020 US presidential election in ~news

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    Pelosi is out of office on January 3rd if California fails to hold their congressional elections, which seems even less likely than Trump postponing the Presidential election.

    Pelosi is out of office on January 3rd if California fails to hold their congressional elections, which seems even less likely than Trump postponing the Presidential election.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Donald Trump calls for delay to 2020 US presidential election in ~news

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    Is he not aware that if valid election results aren't obtained by inauguration day, Nancy Pelosi becomes President?

    Is he not aware that if valid election results aren't obtained by inauguration day, Nancy Pelosi becomes President?

    6 votes
  17. Comment on US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirms TikTok is under review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US following national security concerns in ~tech

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    I want to know what data TikTok is mining that could possibly make it more of a concern than the data Facebook and Google mine from their users. This reeks of "bad behavior is only wrong when the...

    I want to know what data TikTok is mining that could possibly make it more of a concern than the data Facebook and Google mine from their users. This reeks of "bad behavior is only wrong when the people doing it aren't American".

    I'm all for regulating what data TikTok can gather, but the same rules need to be imposed on all platforms, not just the foreign one.

    12 votes
  18. Comment on Seeking good anti-malware to replace AVG Free in ~comp

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    As long as you're not a complete idiot, Windows Defender (which comes built into Windows) should be plenty adequate. Also, VPNs are overrated unless you are downloading copyrighted materials on...

    As long as you're not a complete idiot, Windows Defender (which comes built into Windows) should be plenty adequate.

    Also, VPNs are overrated unless you are downloading copyrighted materials on file sharing networks like Bittorrent. There are better ways to manage your online privacy than routing all your traffic through someone elses computer.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on Cloud storage recommendations? in ~tech

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    It has no native Linux support, but I went with iCloud because they offer a 50GB tier for $0.99/mo. They also offer 200GB for $2.99/mo. Everybody else seemed to have nothing in these ranges,...

    It has no native Linux support, but I went with iCloud because they offer a 50GB tier for $0.99/mo. They also offer 200GB for $2.99/mo. Everybody else seemed to have nothing in these ranges, expecting me to either make do with the free tier or spend ~$10/mo on way more cloud storage than I need.

    My home server run Windows 10 so I had no problem serving up the iCloud Drive and Photos directories over SMB to access them from my Linux machines. Obviously this isn't practical for everyone.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on What are your best Bandcamp buys? in ~music

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    Eveyrthing from White Lung Post-Punk. Unfortunatley they've been quiet for 4 years no with no word of a new album. [USA] - Anamanaguchi - Electronic/Chiptune/Pop. Their entire discography is...

    Eveyrthing from White Lung Post-Punk. Unfortunatley they've been quiet for 4 years no with no word of a new album.

    [USA] - Anamanaguchi - Electronic/Chiptune/Pop. Their entire discography is great, but this album is particularly fantastic in my eyes.

    Odyssey - Home Electronic/Experimental This album is fantastic. Other albums from this artist don't hit the same high for me.

    2 votes