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  1. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    I hope so, but I think there is no way both of them make it to the end.

    I hope so, but I think there is no way both of them make it to the end.

  2. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    Yeah, I was kind of surprised as well. Everything seemed to be moving along. Heck even Euron managed to sleep with Cersei. There was also almost no bloodshed (by GoT standards). There was that...

    Yeah, I was kind of surprised as well. Everything seemed to be moving along. Heck even Euron managed to sleep with Cersei.
    There was also almost no bloodshed (by GoT standards). There was that scene toward the end with the Umber kid and the seen where Theon rescues Yara, both of which were very brief.

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  3. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 discussion in ~tv

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    What are your thoughts on the Targaryen line of succession? I was under the impression that Daenerys would be ahead of John. I understand that John's father was the crown prince, but he was also...

    What are your thoughts on the Targaryen line of succession? I was under the impression that Daenerys would be ahead of John. I understand that John's father was the crown prince, but he was also killed before becoming king, so I always assumed that it would mean Daenerys would be ahead of him. The way they discussed it in the show makes it certain that John is the rightful heir. I have no doubt that Sam understands how the line of succession works better than anyone.

    How do you think John will handle the situation? Will he tell Daenerys? How will Daenerys take the news? Will she believe it, or acknowledge that she is not the ruler? Will they just agree on some co-ruler deal as varys was suggesting?

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  4. Comment on In team sports to what extent does how good a teammate someone is factor into an assessment of their greatness? in ~sports

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    I think it should be a factor but it usually isn't. Not because I don't value it, but because I can't measure it. I used to play competitive basketball and I can attest to the value of a good...

    I think it should be a factor but it usually isn't. Not because I don't value it, but because I can't measure it. I used to play competitive basketball and I can attest to the value of a good teammate, but it's really hard to measure how good of a teammate a player is, especially when I don't play with them or against them.
    For example, if you look at the Spurs of 2000-2010, just by looking at their game I can't necessarily say Tim Duncan is a better teammate than say, Manu Ginobili.

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  5. Comment on What is your favourite audiobook? in ~books

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    Dotrice has done all five books, but for some reason book four was really hard to find. Audible had it but it wouldn't show up in the search for some reason. I eventually found it and switched to...

    Dotrice has done all five books, but for some reason book four was really hard to find. Audible had it but it wouldn't show up in the search for some reason. I eventually found it and switched to it because I couldn't stand the other narrator after listening to three books by Roy Dotrice.

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  6. Comment on What is your favourite audiobook? in ~books

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    A Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones basically) narrated by Roy Dotrice. Too bad we will never get to hear books 6 and 7 in his voice. It's only one narrator but he does great voices and...

    A Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones basically) narrated by Roy Dotrice. Too bad we will never get to hear books 6 and 7 in his voice. It's only one narrator but he does great voices and he keeps it consistent throughout the books. These audiobooks helped me through an otherwise unbearable commute a few years back.

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  7. Comment on Appl Still Hasn’t Fixd Its MacBook Kyboad Problm in ~tech

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    I'd argue that this definitely isn't true. Sure there are many laptops with at least the same amount of issues, but there are definitely some with less issues and some combination of better price,...

    for every stuck keyboard that ever happened on a MacBook, you get at least the same amount of problems in non-Apple laptops.

    I'd argue that this definitely isn't true. Sure there are many laptops with at least the same amount of issues, but there are definitely some with less issues and some combination of better price, better design, and better specs. You just have to hunt for them.

    I have this discussion with Mac users a lot. I think since most Mac users are brand loyalists they shop for brands. For example, when I tell them there are better options they will ask "What's better? Dell? My sister has a Dell and it has ... issues.". For me the problem with this statement is that the person is looking at the brand (Dell) and not the specific laptop. This is understandable for Mac users because many of them have come to rely on the Apple brand. If you disassociate the brand and the laptop there are many good options. I spend a good few weeks researching different laptops when I want to buy one. I go to the store and test them out in person (at Bestbuy or Microsoft stores) and I sometimes end up waiting a bit because I hear that a promising laptop will be released soon which may be worth waiting for. I go for features that matter to me rather than general appeal and I usually find good options.

    I have a Macbook Pro through work (2016 model - 15inch with touch-bar) and I honestly find the design frustrating and much worse than previous generations. Don't get me wrong, it's visually appealing, and the display is gorgeous. The touch-bar makes the experience terrible though, making it very difficult to work without looking at the keyboard. The keyboard can get stuck and is also just annoying to type with given how minimal the keystroke is. On the 15-inch the touch-pad is very large and the keyboard is kind of crunched up near the display, for me this makes it difficult to work with the laptop on my lap because it keeps on tilting back (as if to flip over on to the back of the lid) -- this probably has more to do with the way I sit though. The sharp edges of the chassis cut into the skin of my wrists during the first few weeks (but seem to have dulled since). The USB-C only is frustrating for usability since USB-C isn't widely adapted. It would be even more frustrating for me if I had an iphone, but my phone also uses USB-C. Considering all of these, the only appeal I see in it, is for people who are accustomed to Mac OS.

    The OS issue can be tricky. You say you've used Mac OS for years and in my experience people who have used Mac for years (especially at a power-user levels) have the hardest time switching to any other OS. I used Windows as a power-user for many years, and although I never enjoyed it, I was OK with it. I later switched to Linux and with the endless possibilities it gives me I can't see myself switching to anything else anytime soon. Almost anything that I don't like can be customized and I've found that I can customize my UX to a point that it is much better suited for me than Windows or Mac OS. I can see that, had I gone straight from Windows to Mac OS, I probably would have liked it more, but having used Linux for 4-5 years, I can't bring myself to enjoy using Mac OS. I actually would prefer Windows to it (even-though I don't like Windows either).

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  8. Comment on What are you an "expert" on? in ~talk

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    I started following the NBA toward the end of Jordan's career and I became a fan of Kobe as rookie. In general I loved the era that followed with a lot of high flying shooting guards. T-Mac was...

    I started following the NBA toward the end of Jordan's career and I became a fan of Kobe as rookie. In general I loved the era that followed with a lot of high flying shooting guards. T-Mac was also one of my favorites. I started losing interest around the time LeBron moved to Miami. Now it's kind of hard for me to root for any team. Steph Curry is amazing but I just can't bring myself to root for a "super-team". I also liked it more when everything was out on the floor. Now-a-days, it all continues onto social media.

  9. Comment on What are you an "expert" on? in ~talk

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    Robotics / self-driving cars: This is where I work professionally. I've spent several years studying the algorithmic side of robotics at an advanced level and did my PhD on them. My PhD was...
    • Robotics / self-driving cars: This is where I work professionally. I've spent several years studying the algorithmic side of robotics at an advanced level and did my PhD on them. My PhD was focused on localization and sensor fusion, but I've also spent considerable time on Perception, and ML-based approaches to prediction and low-level planning. I'm currently working on self-driving cars (which are practicly robots).

    • Sports: I love all kinds of exercise. I played competitive basketball all the way through college and I've been passionate about soccer all along as well. I follow the NBA (not so closely anymore since my favorite players have retired) and the English Premier League. I also love snowboarding and rock climbing. Swimming and tennis are also up there but to a lesser degree.

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  10. Comment on FBI accuses wealthy parents, including celebrities, in college-entrance bribery scheme in ~news

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    What's new is that someone is prosecuting them for it (not donors).

    What's new is that someone is prosecuting them for it (not donors).

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Thoughts about investing in Weed stocks? in ~talk

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    Maybe a mutual fund would be a better option. In general, I'm not very bullish on the weed market for the near future, but I am by no means an expert. Just looking at their trend over the last...

    Maybe a mutual fund would be a better option. In general, I'm not very bullish on the weed market for the near future, but I am by no means an expert. Just looking at their trend over the last year or so for most of the big ones will show how risky they are. My non-expert experience with hype in investing tells me that it's too late to cash-in on any "hype-gains". I think from now on it will mainly rely on performance, which will probably mean slow growth unless the weed companies announce some unimaginably high earnings in the next few quarters.

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  12. Comment on Thoughts about investing in Weed stocks? in ~talk

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    Probably dodged a bullet with crypto since the boom was so short and quick you would most likely end up losing money. FB was considered a risky stock by many and the IPO price seemed high. IIRC it...

    I missed the boat with the bitcoin boom and the FB IPO

    Probably dodged a bullet with crypto since the boom was so short and quick you would most likely end up losing money.

    FB was considered a risky stock by many and the IPO price seemed high. IIRC it dipped quickly and took a year to reach the IPO price again. After that it soured until last year. The point is, there was a whole year for someone who bought at IPO to chicken out, sell low and lose a huge opportunity.

    Lyft will IPO this month I believe. Some people doubt it and some think it will be great. If you're looking for IPO stocks in hopes of getting massive gains in the next 3-4 years there are tons of options, but of course no one knows if they would sour. Just as no one did for FB.

    As for weed stocks, they fluctuate a lot and I find them a bit risky since it's hard to choose the right one. They had a bitcoin-esque surge and dump about 6 month ago, which makes me more skeptical of them. There definitely is an opportunity with them, but I feel they are very unpredictable. Imo, you will likely need to be ahead of the news to be able to ride the waves with them otherwise you'll be too late.

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  13. Comment on Elizabeth Warren proposes breaking up Amazon, Google, and Facebook in ~news

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    How would that work for a company like Google? Won't they all still be part of Alphabet? In that case, would it even matter to them?

    How would that work for a company like Google? Won't they all still be part of Alphabet? In that case, would it even matter to them?

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  14. Comment on The "Disney Vault" is open - Disney’s new streaming service will include "the entire Disney motion picture library" in ~movies

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    You're right. I'd totally forgotten about rewinding! There was even always a debate about whether to rewind the movie after it's over or let the next guy rewind... I find myself in a similar...

    Even the ritual of rewinding and playing a vhs made that moment more special.

    You're right. I'd totally forgotten about rewinding! There was even always a debate about whether to rewind the movie after it's over or let the next guy rewind...

    I think the medium lends itself well for tv shows, but movies seem too much of a time investment for many people. I tend to have to watch movies alone, because the only movies people want to sit down for are usually some blockbuster at the theatre.

    I find myself in a similar situation, and because I don't enjoy watching movies alone I almost never see those movies until years later when their on HBO and I'm just chilling in front of the TV with my laptop open, not giving it the attention it deserves. With all the options available, everyone always has "something better" to watch or do. I always enjoyed the social aspect of watching movies or TV shows in a group and I really miss that now.

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  15. Comment on The "Disney Vault" is open - Disney’s new streaming service will include "the entire Disney motion picture library" in ~movies

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    When I was a kid movies were special in that we couldn't see any movie at anytime. I remember waiting forever to see some movies because I couldn't get a hold of the VHS tape anywhere and you...

    When I was a kid movies were special in that we couldn't see any movie at anytime. I remember waiting forever to see some movies because I couldn't get a hold of the VHS tape anywhere and you couldn't just order one on Amazon. I wonder if all these streaming services will make them be less special for future generations.
    I don't think I would have loved Disney movies so much if I could just watch them at anytime with a click of a button.

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  16. Comment on Books for someone who wants to get back into reading in ~books

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    The Magician books take a bit of patience to get into. I think I struggled all the way through The Magician: Apprentice. Things got interesting in Master though and the final two books of the...

    The Magician books take a bit of patience to get into. I think I struggled all the way through The Magician: Apprentice. Things got interesting in Master though and the final two books of the Riftware Saga (Silverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon) are my favorite ones. The books develop some really interesting characters though which subsequent books are based on and the world is explored thoroughly in the other books in the Riftwar Cycle.

  17. Comment on Some small updates over the past week in ~tildes.official

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    I agree! It's the theme I use for coding and in my terminal as well. Stoked to have it on Tildes!

    I agree! It's the theme I use for coding and in my terminal as well. Stoked to have it on Tildes!

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  18. Comment on Waymo are making their lidar available to companies outside of self-driving in ~tech

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    I think this is pretty interesting considering how much of an advantage their lidars give them. It's only the perimeter lidar, but I'm sure a lot of competitors will still try to get their hands...

    I think this is pretty interesting considering how much of an advantage their lidars give them. It's only the perimeter lidar, but I'm sure a lot of competitors will still try to get their hands on them.

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  19. Comment on Valve: Rape Day will not be released on Steam in ~games

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    I kind of liked their official statement, it was pretty honest. Instead of giving us some BS about how valve is all about doing the right thing, they just went ahead and said we have to wait and...

    I kind of liked their official statement, it was pretty honest. Instead of giving us some BS about how valve is all about doing the right thing, they just went ahead and said we have to wait and see if it's going to do us any financial damage or not. If it does, we will then say that it does not meet our policies and pull it.

    4 votes