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  1. Comment on Why do new cars look like this? (Gray and without any flake, as if formed out of dough) in ~design

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    Yeah I would love that. Every year the exterior designs try harder and harder to look like some muscle-bound predator. Just feels like they're insecure about their "alpha-ness," you know? I...

    Yeah I would love that.

    Every year the exterior designs try harder and harder to look like some muscle-bound predator. Just feels like they're insecure about their "alpha-ness," you know? I definitely prefer something classy.

    And of course, this phenomenon is most noticeable in pickup trucks, to nobody's surprise. Gotta market to your audience.

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  2. Comment on Why do new cars look like this? (Gray and without any flake, as if formed out of dough) in ~design

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    Yeah, sometimes I've seen one of these paint jobs (although not talking about the grey ones, but rather orange, red, yellow, browns, etc.), and it's made me get this little nostalgia burst for toy...

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    Yeah, sometimes I've seen one of these paint jobs (although not talking about the grey ones, but rather orange, red, yellow, browns, etc.), and it's made me get this little nostalgia burst for toy cars I used to play with.

    And actually, I think that's a positive trait for a car. Since exactly 0% of my identity is attached to the car I drive, I'd be happy driving around something that looked like a toy, just for the fun of it.

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  3. Comment on Why do new cars look like this? (Gray and without any flake, as if formed out of dough) in ~design

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    I like it. I'm bored with normal car appearance and this is interesting. Maybe I just haven't seen it enough yet for it to be "normal." And I have no idea whether it will age well or be "timeless"...

    I like it. I'm bored with normal car appearance and this is interesting. Maybe I just haven't seen it enough yet for it to be "normal." And I have no idea whether it will age well or be "timeless" enough to not look ugly in 15 years.

    As it currently stands, though, on the rare occasion I do see it, it just feels fresh.

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

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    Obviously I don't know as much about that specific implementation as its creator, but I have written code for engines before, made my own hobbyist engine, stuff like that. I've also used the GPU...

    Obviously I don't know as much about that specific implementation as its creator, but I have written code for engines before, made my own hobbyist engine, stuff like that. I've also used the GPU for plenty of non-traditional things, including game logic for entities. I appreciate that naive LOD might not be simple to do within that established compute pipeline the creator has made, but, for example, removing a set of the nearest units from that compute pipeline and instead processing them separately in an entirely separate pipeline meant for higher detail results sounds non-monumental.

    Perhaps this level of control just isn't possible in Unity specifically, and perhaps that's one reason the creator said that. I certainly wouldn't have picked Unity if I were trying to do anything non-traditional, myself.

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

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    I'm not so sure the requirements do increase that dramatically. UEBS does support zooming in and focusing on single units, and yeah, the animations are crude up close, but I think that's more...

    I'm not so sure the requirements do increase that dramatically. UEBS does support zooming in and focusing on single units, and yeah, the animations are crude up close, but I think that's more because nobody cares about them right now than because of technical limitations. Or in other words, they look wonky just because they threw some simple animation assets in there, and not because they couldn't have put nice ones in instead.

    But if we assume that it's true that the UEBS engine, for example, couldn't handle nice animations and meshes, then if people really want those things, it seems to mostly just be a matter of LoD. Give the units near the camera the full proper animation treatment, with fancier meshes, but still give the majority of them, which are distant, the current cheap treatment.

    LoD techniques like this are common and well understood, and I'm sure these games already rely on those techniques heavily anyway. And besides, I think a huge portion of the market for a game like this comes from people who are perfectly fine compromising on graphical fidelity in order to have the scale.

    I think neither M&B nor Star Citizen have experienced their long development times due to the difficulty of having lots of characters on screen. There are a lot of other long and arduous chores they've been working on. Battlefield restricts itself to 128 mostly because of netcode, and as far as I understood the conversation, we're not requiring that this even be a multiplayer game.

    I still think UEBS demonstrates everything you'd need from an engine, and the bulk of the work of making it into an "epic battle exploration RPG" or whatever would just be making assets, scripting the world or storyline or quests, and the usual high-level game design stuff.

    And to be fair, all those "assets and game design" things are what takes most of the budget in AAA game development, so yeah, you might be right that it would be expensive, but I think that's not because of the technology, but just because crafting a world for a game takes a lot of artists and hours, etc.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    I feel like Skyrim attempted this with the whole empire vs. rebels "dynamic war" that supposedly was going on in the background, but their shoddy grandfathered engine just didn't allow it to...

    I feel like Skyrim attempted this with the whole empire vs. rebels "dynamic war" that supposedly was going on in the background, but their shoddy grandfathered engine just didn't allow it to happen. Instead you ran across a group of like 6 people fighting and the game pretended it was a "battle" lol.

    But in more recent years, it sure seems like someone must have made a game like this, maybe one that flew under the radar. It seems like something that a lot of people have asked for and talked about over the years.

    We definitely have the technology. I mean, consider something like Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator. That engine (or something like it) could totally handle it, maybe being repurposed to a dedicated first person perspective, add the RPG elements, script some battles to appear when the player enters a given region, etc...

    I feel like one must already exist, because how could it not, but I just can't think of any.

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

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    Have you tried Bridge Crew? I got it purely to sit in the captain's chair in VR, and there are some downsides now (Ubisoft apparently didn't want to renew their license for the voice-recognition...

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    Have you tried Bridge Crew?

    I got it purely to sit in the captain's chair in VR, and there are some downsides now (Ubisoft apparently didn't want to renew their license for the voice-recognition middleware they used, so you can no longer give voice commands to the AI players, although how this allows them to remove features from a potentially single-player experience after purchase, I don't understand...)

    But anyway, it might be worth looking at.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on White House declares monkeypox a public health emergency in ~health

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    Would you mind elaborating a little on what is wrong with the statement you quoted? Are you saying that demographics is not disproportionately affected, and that the quote is flat out...

    Would you mind elaborating a little on what is wrong with the statement you quoted?

    Are you saying that demographics is not disproportionately affected, and that the quote is flat out misinformation?

    Or are you saying that it's problematic to bring up the demographic in relation to the disease for other reasons?

    I'm sorry, I must be missing whatever it is you're referring to by saying "Here we go again." Are you talking about HIV being the precedent?

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    I'm not sure why I read the comment as meaning "here we go again with this BS take" rather than "here we go again with another disease of this nature," but I think I was wrong to read it that way.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on GitLab plans to delete dormant projects in free accounts in ~comp

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    I almost had a heart attack because I misread that Github was doing it. I had some qualms over the years with Github's Microsoft acquisition, so I considered switching to GitLab several times, and...

    I almost had a heart attack because I misread that Github was doing it.

    I had some qualms over the years with Github's Microsoft acquisition, so I considered switching to GitLab several times, and now I'm glad I never did.

    I hope GitLab faces some outcry over this and maybe reconsiders. I have an archivistic philosophy about data (and about everything else), so to me this is a pretty ugly thing to do.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Is your smartphone ruining your memory? A special report on the rise of ‘digital amnesia’ in ~health

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    Well yes, the smartphone is significantly more adept at outsourcing mental load than a pen and paper. But no, there's no fundamental difference apart from magnitude. However, I think it's actually...

    Well yes, the smartphone is significantly more adept at outsourcing mental load than a pen and paper.
    But no, there's no fundamental difference apart from magnitude.

    However, I think it's actually defensible to say that Plato was correct about writing, and the worriers of today are correct about smartphones. It can be looked at as a crutch, but that's only half the story.

    When we wear clothes and shoes, we lose some of our tolerance for the elements. People don't really dispute this, but they also don't interpret it as a condemnation of clothes and shoes.

    It's a tradeoff in all these cases. We trade some useful natural habit, inclination, or aptitude for a technological augmentation of our intellectual ability or survival ability.

    And it's not much deeper than that. When someone complains that it's bad, they're not wrong. They're just failing to mention that it's also good. They're seeing only the price paid and not the benefit bought.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on Are critics and audiences starting to sour on Marvel movies? in ~movies

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    I've been sick of superheros in general since 2012. I'm really hoping they burn themselves completely out like the Westerns did. I think it would be great if, in a decade or two, bringing up...

    I've been sick of superheros in general since 2012.

    I'm really hoping they burn themselves completely out like the Westerns did. I think it would be great if, in a decade or two, bringing up superhero movies dated you, and brought people nostalgia for the 2010's, and nothing more.

    14 votes
  12. Comment on Amazon shared Ring security camera and video doorbell footage with police without a warrant in ~tech

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    Are they for real with this garbage? They're charging a monthly fee for you to store footage on your own hardware you bought, and people are expecting them to act ethically on privacy concerns?

    The only way you can store Ring camera footage locally is to buy a Ring Alarm Pro security system, which can store camera footage in its memory in exchange for a monthly fee.

    Are they for real with this garbage? They're charging a monthly fee for you to store footage on your own hardware you bought, and people are expecting them to act ethically on privacy concerns?

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Sony releases wearable air conditioners to keep you cool for hours on the go in ~enviro

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    I'll have to check if any exist. I don't even remember if anybody took pictures of it. That would have been like 2009 or something, and I was not interested in having photos taken of me in those days.

    I'll have to check if any exist. I don't even remember if anybody took pictures of it. That would have been like 2009 or something, and I was not interested in having photos taken of me in those days.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Sony releases wearable air conditioners to keep you cool for hours on the go in ~enviro

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    I once tried outfitting a hat with copper heat pipes to contact my scalp, which were connected to a radiator on the exterior of the hat. It kind of worked. Maybe I should lead an international...

    I once tried outfitting a hat with copper heat pipes to contact my scalp, which were connected to a radiator on the exterior of the hat.

    It kind of worked.

    Maybe I should lead an international corporation.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Is there a terse way to say "movies and TV shows"? in ~talk

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    This may be nothing more than a quirk of my familial or regional vernacular, but when I say "show" by itself, which is distinct from saying "TV show," it can sometimes mean broadly "TV show or...

    This may be nothing more than a quirk of my familial or regional vernacular, but when I say "show" by itself, which is distinct from saying "TV show," it can sometimes mean broadly "TV show or movie."

    Such as, "what show are we watching."

    I suppose "show" could also cover live performances.

    It's not a great answer, but it's the only thing that came to mind.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Salted vs unsalted butter in ~food

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    Interesting. I have no idea how much variation there is per-batch, or how many different groups of animals (with possibly different diets and environments) might contribute to the product, but the...

    I don’t even get a hint of that from Kerrygold

    Interesting. I have no idea how much variation there is per-batch, or how many different groups of animals (with possibly different diets and environments) might contribute to the product, but the particular butter I bought certainly made me taste that flavor. If I recall, I even tried two different boxes just in case.

    And I absolutely wasn't expecting it from butter, so I don't think I was "looking too hard for it" or anything like that.

    Just spitballing here, but I have lived many years in places that have cow pastures, and maybe I developed an over-sensitivity to the smell of cow or something, I don't know. I can tell you that I find the smell pretty appalling, whenever I do catch a whiff.

    American butters are certainly more bland, yes. And I might actually prefer that in a butter, given my experience with Kerrygold.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Salted vs unsalted butter in ~food

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    I've tried goat milks and cheeses before, and I have the same opinion of them, unfortunately. Taste and smell being so closely linked, if the food product has the same smell/flavor as the live...

    I've tried goat milks and cheeses before, and I have the same opinion of them, unfortunately.

    Taste and smell being so closely linked, if the food product has the same smell/flavor as the live animal, or the animal's living quarters or pastures, I can't stomach it.

    I don't remember having tried raw cow's milk recently, (I think I did occasionally as a young child) but I suspect I'd react to it in the same way.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Salted vs unsalted butter in ~food

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    Odd as this sounds, my enthusiasm for butter has come back to bite me before. I tried all kinds of butters while doing a keto diet a few years back, and was led to try the Kerrygold brand by...

    Odd as this sounds, my enthusiasm for butter has come back to bite me before.

    I tried all kinds of butters while doing a keto diet a few years back, and was led to try the Kerrygold brand by apparent popular internet opinion.

    So I tried it, and to me it tasted like licking the underside of the cow. Too fresh, too authentic, and just nasty. I don't want my butter to have a barnyard flavor, no matter how "organic" or "natural" that makes it.

    So anyway, I made the mistake of sharing this opinion on Reddit, and hooo boy. That was not received well. If the internet had a pillory, that's where I was for a bit, rotten tomatoes on my face and all.

    But I'm not sorry, because Kerrygold butter still tastes like unwashed udder, and I'm not going to pretend it doesn't.

    7 votes
  19. Comment on History of the Helihome, the flying camper in ~hobbies

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    Maybe the customer base would have been larger during those years following the Vietnam war, with more helicopter pilots than usual? I don't know, I have no data to back up this idea.

    Maybe the customer base would have been larger during those years following the Vietnam war, with more helicopter pilots than usual?

    I don't know, I have no data to back up this idea.

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  20. Comment on What's changed here on tildes? in ~talk

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    That's good to hear. Every time I see a post about U.S. politics, or anything relating to identity of any kind, I know to steer clear. It seems like there's always someone lurking in those threads...

    That's good to hear. Every time I see a post about U.S. politics, or anything relating to identity of any kind, I know to steer clear. It seems like there's always someone lurking in those threads trying to dissect every sentence for some tangential morsel they can latch onto to misrepresent what you say and say ugly stuff about you.

    And it's usually someone who you mostly agree with, and who you'd probably get along with in real life, but who is looking really hard for a fight. It's a horrible feeling to be caught off guard by one of these interactions.

    But if you've noticed an improvement along those lines, maybe someday I'll try opening those threads again.

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