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  1. Comment on A new Nintendo Switch model will be announced next year, a new report claims in ~games

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    My nephews watch so much YouTube that they know games inside out without ever having played them.

    he showed me "secrets" (I legit didn't know about) he learned on some Nintendo channel

    My nephews watch so much YouTube that they know games inside out without ever having played them.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What are your favourite space games? in ~games

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    FTL is beautiful, infuriating, satisfying and addictive. Sometimes a plan comes together. Most of the time you die. Sometimes unbelievable luck strikes in your favour or against it. Either way,...

    FTL is beautiful, infuriating, satisfying and addictive.

    Sometimes a plan comes together. Most of the time you die. Sometimes unbelievable luck strikes in your favour or against it. Either way, it's a winner, and one of my favourite games.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Let's talk gaming on Linux in ~games

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    I have been Linux-only since 2010, including for gaming. The last 5 or so years I have been using a small 'console' (750ti, i5) with steamOS installed on it, and steam controllers. I have recently...

    I have been Linux-only since 2010, including for gaming.

    The last 5 or so years I have been using a small 'console' (750ti, i5) with steamOS installed on it, and steam controllers. I have recently given that away to someone who games more, so now I game just on my Arch linux thinkpad. I play mostly indie games so performance is not a massive issue.

    I have also by and large stopped using steam, going for DRM free options instead. Both steam and non-steam setups have a lot of games available to play, I've always been happy with the amount of choice I have.

    Games I love are Stardew Valley, FTL, Fez, Dirt Rally (been a while). Used to play a lot of Rocket League (RIP).

    Currently playing one called 'The Longing'. It takes 400 days in real time to complete, a great lockdown game.

    W/r to open source vs closed source games, I see games as art and use them as such. It's not a great argument I know...

    I think Proton is great if it gets people off Windows.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on What old tech are you holding onto and why? in ~tech

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    I was using an x200 until about last month! Excellent machines, and they don't make keyboards like that anymore.

    I was using an x200 until about last month! Excellent machines, and they don't make keyboards like that anymore.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What is something that you learned/were taught wrong? in ~talk

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    Yeah I think you are much better off taking the Newtonian approach to teaching about lift. Angle of attack makes much more sense. I started to suspect the Bernoulli explanation wasn't the whole...

    Yeah I think you are much better off taking the Newtonian approach to teaching about lift. Angle of attack makes much more sense.

    I started to suspect the Bernoulli explanation wasn't the whole story when I noticed that some planes could fly upside down indefinitely, and some stunt planes even had symmetrical airfoils.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Publisher drops Woody Allen's book after Ronan Farrow objects and employees walk out in ~books

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    Harrelson hasn't done anything really but his father was a convicted hitman!

    Harrelson hasn't done anything really but his father was a convicted hitman!

  7. Comment on What are some great songs from your homeland? in ~talk

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    Born in France, Charles Aznavour for some reason is what takes me back there. La Boheme, Emmenez-moi Lived in Sheffield for ages, no one listens to Pulp anymore because it's played to death, but...

    Born in France, Charles Aznavour for some reason is what takes me back there. La Boheme, Emmenez-moi

    Lived in Sheffield for ages, no one listens to Pulp anymore because it's played to death, but they still sound great. Common People, Disco 2000

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Finnish FA drops 'women's' prefix for league in push for equality – top football league to be called National League, not Women's League in ~sports

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    In athletics, it is easy to compare results. For instance, no woman has ever run a four minute mile.

    In athletics, it is easy to compare results. For instance, no woman has ever run a four minute mile.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Do you run your own blog for personal use? in ~comp

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    I'm at https://www.bfoliver.com Hosted on Netlify. Uses Jekyll. Not the best, I know, but it works for me. I started on GH Pages back when jekyll was the only option, so it all stemmed from there....

    I'm at https://www.bfoliver.com

    Is it self-hosted, or do you rent server space?

    Hosted on Netlify.

    Do you use Wordpress or another blog platform like that, publish through other means like a flat-file CMS, or did you build it from scratch?

    Uses Jekyll. Not the best, I know, but it works for me. I started on GH Pages back when jekyll was the only option, so it all stemmed from there.

    I use tailwind for css, which works for a noob like me. I like that netlify can handle this also.

    What topics do you write about?

    Any movie I watch or book I read gets reviewed. This is mostly to keep my fingers warm. I also write small tech articles, mainly like a personal wiki.

    How consistently do you post; or alternatively, why don't you post as often as you would like to?

    Usually a few times a week.

    Do you keep analytics, or do you write regardless of how many clicks you get?

    I toyed with GoatCounter but currently I do nothing. Not that interested.

    Is your site monetized with ads or otherwise?

    No

    How popular is your blog on average?

    No idea. I have three or four posts that I get a lot of emails about.

    How do you keep up with other writers' posts?

    RSS with newsblur.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on New ThinkPads with Ryzen 4000 announced in ~tech

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    I just got a T495, which is an AMD version of the T490 - so far so good!

    I just got a T495, which is an AMD version of the T490 - so far so good!

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Dreams: The video game that lets you make video games in ~games

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    Curious to see if it turns into another LittleBigPlanet, or a bit of a cesspool like roblox.

    Curious to see if it turns into another LittleBigPlanet, or a bit of a cesspool like roblox.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on It’s okay to leave your headphones at home in ~life

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    I see the idea behind this and judging by the sales figures people seem to love them. However, I couldn't help but laugh when I heard about headphones that are made so you can hear outside when...

    I see the idea behind this and judging by the sales figures people seem to love them.

    However, I couldn't help but laugh when I heard about headphones that are made so you can hear outside when they are in. It's like some dystopian AR stuff. I'm sure the reality is not that bad...

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What are you grateful for? in ~talk

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    Every day I am slightly amazed that I get to live in a town I love with a person I love in a place I love.

    Every day I am slightly amazed that I get to live in a town I love with a person I love in a place I love.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on It’s okay to leave your headphones at home in ~life

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    I don't like to listen to music when out and about either. I like hearing what's going on, whether it's traffic, people, sirens, buskers - I've never felt the pull of having to have music on all...

    I don't like to listen to music when out and about either. I like hearing what's going on, whether it's traffic, people, sirens, buskers - I've never felt the pull of having to have music on all the time.

    I've been without headphones so long that when I'm in the street I feel like I'm blindfolded with them in.

    9 votes
  15. Comment on Anyone here running a Pleroma instance? in ~tech

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    I have a single user mastodon instance, works great!

    I have a single user mastodon instance, works great!

    5 votes
  16. Comment on TIES - Georgia on My Mind (2018) in ~music

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    I got the album he crowdfunded not that long ago, it's really good!

    I got the album he crowdfunded not that long ago, it's really good!

    2 votes
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  18. Comment on Yes, electric vehicles really are better than fossil fuel burners in ~tech

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    Fair, I retract it! This brief shares both our outlooks - electric cars are superior over their lifecycle, and renewable energy is an important part of the equation. All that said it also...

    Fair, I retract it!

    This brief shares both our outlooks - electric cars are superior over their lifecycle, and renewable energy is an important part of the equation.

    All that said it also concludes that the CO2 emissions estimates for battery production vary by a factor of 10, something I have also noticed...

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Yes, electric vehicles really are better than fossil fuel burners in ~tech

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    You are better off driving your car if it works. Building a new car, petrol or electric, takes a lot of resources. Off the top of my head, the ~45% of CO2 emissions to come out of an electric car...

    You are better off driving your car if it works. Building a new car, petrol or electric, takes a lot of resources.

    Off the top of my head, the ~45% of CO2 emissions to come out of an electric car happen in production (the rest being electricity generated from fossil fuels).

    If you live in a place that has mostly renewable energy, it's worth the switch (from a strict CO2 standpoint). If you don't, it's probably a waste of resources to change cars when you don't need to.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on I showed vintage Mister Rogers to my 21st-century kids in ~life