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  1. Comment on Putin grants citizenship to Edward Snowden in ~news

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    I wouldn't say "good for him". Getting in bed with Putin like this only serves to discredit him in the eyes of the public. I know he would face certain arrest if he left Russia, but at this point...

    I wouldn't say "good for him". Getting in bed with Putin like this only serves to discredit him in the eyes of the public.

    I know he would face certain arrest if he left Russia, but at this point I think my conscience would rest easier in prison than as BFFs with Putin.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on If you have more than ten tabs open they’re not tabs anymore they’re bookmarks wasting RAM in ~tech

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    I don't thinks it's hubris to suggest that in 2022, the average Firefox user is more technologically inclined in 2022. Most other people I know who still use Firefox are software developers or...

    I don't thinks it's hubris to suggest that in 2022, the average Firefox user is more technologically inclined in 2022. Most other people I know who still use Firefox are software developers or work in an adjacent field.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Reddit CEO Steve Huffman discusses how he wants every subreddit to be its own media company and he wants to see money being exchanged from users to users and users to subreddits in ~tech

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    Reddit has way more people on staff than it needs to run the site. They're all off working on worthless junk like NFTs. I bet if they stripped their business down to just maintaining and improving...

    Reddit has way more people on staff than it needs to run the site. They're all off working on worthless junk like NFTs.

    I bet if they stripped their business down to just maintaining and improving the core experience, they could turn profitable fairly quickly.

    The problem is they don't just want to be profitable, they want to be hugely profitable, and they're spending lots of money flinging shit at the wall to see what sticks

    14 votes
  4. Comment on Russian parliament introduces mobilisation into law in ~news

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    That sounds extreme, but also not something that is actually practiced. Otherwise we would have executed all of the PoWs returned to us after WWII.

    That sounds extreme, but also not something that is actually practiced. Otherwise we would have executed all of the PoWs returned to us after WWII.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Russian parliament introduces mobilisation into law in ~news

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    Sounds like Putin is getting desperate to maintain his war effort. This seems unbelievably harsh, but I have nothing to actually compare it to. What does US law say about service members...

    Sounds like Putin is getting desperate to maintain his war effort.

    A copy of the proposal suggests that voluntary surrender will be a punishable crime by ten years in prison, according to Reuters.

    This seems unbelievably harsh, but I have nothing to actually compare it to. What does US law say about service members surrendering to enemy forces, if anything?

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of September 19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I am not looking forward to my next cold because of this. I have literally not been sick at all since 2019. With COVID boosters becoming regular and the continued winding down of COVID mitigation...

    I suspect the cold hit me hard because I haven’t had one in literally years.

    I am not looking forward to my next cold because of this. I have literally not been sick at all since 2019. With COVID boosters becoming regular and the continued winding down of COVID mitigation practices as hospitalizations remain low, I anticipate my continued return to social activities this year will result in me getting my regular winter cold in the coming months.

    For what it's worth. the new boosters are multivalent, targeting spike proteins from the ancestral strain, Omicron B.A4, and Omicron B.A5 (the current dominant variant). I'm not surprised that your illness only two weeks after getting boosted was something else.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on EVGA terminates NVIDIA partnership, cites disrespectful treatment in ~tech

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    The term is used more to refer to the manufacturers than the devices themselves. You have AIB Suppliers and AIB Partners. Suppliers are companies like Nvidia, who make a chip which can be built...

    The term is used more to refer to the manufacturers than the devices themselves. You have AIB Suppliers and AIB Partners. Suppliers are companies like Nvidia, who make a chip which can be built into an expansion card. Partners are companies like EVGA who design and manufacture expansion cards around these available parts.

    I'm not sure when these terms entered common use, but I was hearing AIB in the '90s before the term "GPU" even took off. Back then you had graphics adapters and 3D accelerators, often as separate cards.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on EVGA terminates NVIDIA partnership, cites disrespectful treatment in ~tech

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    It's a term that refers to just about anyone who makes things that plug into an expansion slot on your PC motherboard. This is a practice that goes back to many the very earliest personal...

    It's a term that refers to just about anyone who makes things that plug into an expansion slot on your PC motherboard. This is a practice that goes back to many the very earliest personal computers. The Altair 8800 had expansion slots, as did the Apple II. The reason being that you often needed special hardware to do special things. One of those things in the early days being rich color graphics. It was not uncommon for computer dealerships to sell the same computer with different add in board configurations to meet various customer needs.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    This might sound weird but I want a AAA '90s style arena shooter that really leverages today's hardware. As in path traced global illumination, persistent gibs, blood fluid simulations, soft body...

    This might sound weird but I want a AAA '90s style arena shooter that really leverages today's hardware. As in path traced global illumination, persistent gibs, blood fluid simulations, soft body deformation, the works. At the end of a round of this hypothetical Quake V or Unreal Tournament 2023, the map should look like a very beautifully lit M-rated Splatoon.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – Coming May 12th, 2023 in ~games

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    I'm not convinced we'll see a "Switch Pro" in H1 next year, I think we would have more substantive leaks by now.

    I'm not convinced we'll see a "Switch Pro" in H1 next year, I think we would have more substantive leaks by now.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – Coming May 12th, 2023 in ~games

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    The Nintendo Switch launched in Spring.

    The Nintendo Switch launched in Spring.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Crafting is (kinda) pointless in ~games.game_design

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    The Last of Us does it similarly and I like it there. Both it and Metro are basically using crafting to let players prioritize what consumables they want to use in combat without detracting from...

    The Last of Us does it similarly and I like it there. Both it and Metro are basically using crafting to let players prioritize what consumables they want to use in combat without detracting from the sense of scarcity that is so important to the oppressive atmosphere they create.

    In games like Far Cry or Assassin's Creed it is just annoying. I'll never understand why I need 6 whole alligator hides in order to craft a slightly bigger wallet. It just feels like busywork with no logic.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Apple’s iPhone 14 event: The nine biggest announcements in ~tech

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    I'm not sure that really matters given that iPhones permanently lock themselves pretty quickly after a few failed guesses. If you lock your phone with 1234 in 2022 and an attacker guesses that on...

    How many people have a password or PIN that is easily guessable?

    I'm not sure that really matters given that iPhones permanently lock themselves pretty quickly after a few failed guesses. If you lock your phone with 1234 in 2022 and an attacker guesses that on the first try, then you probably deserve whatever happens next.

    Or the phone gets snatched from the victim while it is unlocked?

    Is this a common occurrence? I imagine most pickpockets are usually more subtle than that.

    Mind you, all of this has to happen out in a place with no cell service.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Apple’s iPhone 14 event: The nine biggest announcements in ~tech

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    Phones don't need to be unlocked to dial 9-11, but what about to use this emergency satellite feature?

    Phones don't need to be unlocked to dial 9-11, but what about to use this emergency satellite feature?

  15. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    Why is that?

    Charles is still deeply unpopular everywhere.

    Why is that?

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Apple’s iPhone 14 event: The nine biggest announcements in ~tech

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    Stealing an iPhone is a pretty complicated process. It is not enough to just have possession of the device, since it is unusable without the legitimate owner's password.

    Stealing an iPhone is a pretty complicated process. It is not enough to just have possession of the device, since it is unusable without the legitimate owner's password.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What are some good ultra-low-spec computer games? in ~games

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    Yes, just add it like you would any other non-Steam game. Then make sure to tick the box that forces the use of a compatibility layer and choose the version of proton you want.

    Yes, just add it like you would any other non-Steam game. Then make sure to tick the box that forces the use of a compatibility layer and choose the version of proton you want.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Star Trek: Lower Decks S03E01 - "Grounded" in ~tv

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    I have a co-worker who loves it and he's never watched any of the other shows or movies.

    I have a co-worker who loves it and he's never watched any of the other shows or movies.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Why Nintendo doesn't make everything you want in ~games

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    I think that just highlights how the Wii U itself failed to live up to this mantra. Nintendo needed a followup to the Wii, and pushed out something with an expensive and fundamentally flawed gimmick.

    I think that just highlights how the Wii U itself failed to live up to this mantra. Nintendo needed a followup to the Wii, and pushed out something with an expensive and fundamentally flawed gimmick.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Extreme China heatwave could lead to global chaos and food shortages in ~enviro

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    Just what we need, more supply chain chaos. If there is a god, they certainly decided "fuck this decade in particular" when 2020 started.

    Just what we need, more supply chain chaos.

    If there is a god, they certainly decided "fuck this decade in particular" when 2020 started.

    2 votes