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  1. Comment on MSX computers - Scrolling, sprites, and stereotypes in ~games

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    The part of me that wants to own any old computer tech (to use rather than to brag about or treat as an investment) agrees that it sucks that everything is a collectible. But I also think there's...

    The part of me that wants to own any old computer tech (to use rather than to brag about or treat as an investment) agrees that it sucks that everything is a collectible.

    But I also think there's a silver lining, which is that it's possible more tech will ultimately be preserved under these circumstances. The times when something old isn't a collectible are the times when it ends up as a centimeter-thick landfill stratum.

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  2. Comment on LUMITIME - A digital clock with no electronics in ~design

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    I really like a lot of the content on that channel. I questioned my taste a tiny bit when she went off on a sliiiightly hairbrained tangent about UFO's a year ago, but her more technical videos...

    I really like a lot of the content on that channel.

    I questioned my taste a tiny bit when she went off on a sliiiightly hairbrained tangent about UFO's a year ago, but her more technical videos remain a treat.

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  3. Comment on I've been on the hair loss drug Dutasteride for two years now. AMA. in ~health

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    I was balding at 18, and I just gave up on it shortly after. I shaved my head before college and I've kept it that way ever since. No medication, topical or otherwise, seemed to have any effect on...

    I was balding at 18, and I just gave up on it shortly after. I shaved my head before college and I've kept it that way ever since.

    No medication, topical or otherwise, seemed to have any effect on the march of baldness, so I was left with the conclusion that there was no real effective treatment for male pattern baldness.

    So I'm actually pleasantly surprised to hear you've seen any positive effect from drugs whatsoever.

    I guess I've been trying to maintain an attitude similar to what Gene Roddenberry described when asked about Captain Picard's baldness. Some reporter said to Roddenberry "Surely they would have cured baldness by the 24th century," and Roddenberry said "In the 24th century, they wouldn't care."

    I can't pretend I've always managed not to care, but it's how I want to feel about it.

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  4. Comment on Slow Social, a social network built for friends, not influencers in ~tech

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    Oh ok, I see. That's good to know.

    Oh ok, I see. That's good to know.

  5. Comment on Free happiness ideas in ~life

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    Reading some unsophisticated YA fiction/fantasy (let's say from the library, since it's free) helps me. These days, with many of us spending a lot of our lives online, it can be hard to remember...

    Reading some unsophisticated YA fiction/fantasy (let's say from the library, since it's free) helps me.

    These days, with many of us spending a lot of our lives online, it can be hard to remember the things we used to love doing in the before times, and even harder to make time to do them.

    Sometimes it's nice to leave the house with nothing but a notebook or drawing pad, no phone, and go sit somewhere and write something down, or draw something.

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  6. Comment on Slow Social, a social network built for friends, not influencers in ~tech

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    I don't understand what you're saying with this line. Could you clarify?

    Maybe you never triggered such responses, but Tildes have rate limiting to prevent hostile behavior.

    I don't understand what you're saying with this line. Could you clarify?

  7. Comment on Slow Social, a social network built for friends, not influencers in ~tech

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    I'm not sure you're using "disingenuous" how you intend to here. If what I said were disingenuous, that would mean I was being insincere. Calling my statement disingenuous is akin to calling me...

    I'm not sure you're using "disingenuous" how you intend to here. If what I said were disingenuous, that would mean I was being insincere. Calling my statement disingenuous is akin to calling me dishonest, and I don't appreciate that.

    Social media is disastrously addictive by design, and I absolutely stand by my opinion that it is at least as unhealthy an addiction as some chemical addictions are.

    IMO, this is nothing like older generations yelling about TV, video games, books, or some new kind of music being "bad for you" just because they're new and popular. Those media weren't as expertly designed to entrap a person, and didn't feed off of a person's own negativity in such a vicious feedback loop, as social media does. You don't come away from a TV show or a long series of books feeling like you're waking up from a fever or stepping out of a dungeon into the fresh air. Those other media don't make people habitually angry or irritable like social media do.

    Please reconsider your wording when disagreeing with people, especially when it comes to calling an earnest opinion "disingenuous." Perhaps you could have called my comment "hyperbolic" instead?

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  8. Comment on Slow Social, a social network built for friends, not influencers in ~tech

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    I pretty much agree with you. Further, A social network trying to pitch the idea that "we know social media is bad for you, so just do it less and it should be fine" seems a tiny bit like saying...

    I pretty much agree with you.

    Further, A social network trying to pitch the idea that "we know social media is bad for you, so just do it less and it should be fine" seems a tiny bit like saying "you're way too addicted to meth, so let us suggest doing meth once a week instead."

    Someone able to put up with that odd constraint and not relapse should probably just kick the habit entirely.

    Or I could look at it in a positive light, as a support mechanism to wean social media addicts off of it slowly. In which case, yeah, weaning your users off of your service won't keep your business alive very long.

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  9. Comment on Stranger accuses gay couple on Amtrak of molesting their own children in ~lgbt

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    I wish I could say there were a clear line between Republican messaging and QAnon anymore. I've never been a Republican, but I have a few friends and relatives who traditionally were, some for...

    I wish I could say there were a clear line between Republican messaging and QAnon anymore.

    I've never been a Republican, but I have a few friends and relatives who traditionally were, some for many decades. QAnon has acted like a filter for them. The ones I respected for being decent rational human beings with any hint of wisdom have all gradually renounced the Republican party, or at least hesitate now to associate themselves with it unconditionally.

    The others are all happily willing to entertain the cartoonishly nonsensical rhetoric coming out of the darkest corners of the far-right.

    QAnon and related conspiratorial thought processes have acted like a sieve for Republicans, letting only the smallest hearts and minds through and forcing those with a shred of decency or critical thinking ability to dissociate themselves from the group.

    The bad side of this is obvious: I can't really say that QAnon isn't directly connected to Republican messaging anymore. They are nearly inseparable, and people are being led down into a pit of insanity.

    The silver lining is that a handful of people I really care about have distanced themselves from that community and are better off for it.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Does anyone else feel like Tildes gets less effective at surfacing new stuff the longer you're on it? in ~tech

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    Funny, I usually don't click on them either, but it tends to be because I've already watched them by the time I see them pop up here... I might watch too much youtube. Well, at least the...

    Funny, I usually don't click on them either, but it tends to be because I've already watched them by the time I see them pop up here...

    I might watch too much youtube.

    Well, at least the technically-oriented ones. The humanities-related or politics-related ones I do tend to skip like you.

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  11. Comment on Dungeons & Dragons’ next anthology is written entirely by Black and brown authors in ~games.tabletop

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    I think "wokebaiting" was in reference to how the news sites, like Polygon in this case, are presenting the information about this release, rather than anything the release is doing itself....

    I think "wokebaiting" was in reference to how the news sites, like Polygon in this case, are presenting the information about this release, rather than anything the release is doing itself.

    Contrast Polygon's article with the Wargamer one, for example which doesn't make "black and brown people" the headline, but instead covers the diversity of the authors in the 10th paragraph.

    I don't really know what I'm talking about probably, but it seems like this could be the basis for saying that Polygon is "wokebaiting" for clicks.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on ICANN rejects Ukraine's request to block Russia from the internet in ~tech

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    I think these are both true. I'm unsure about one thing, though: Wouldn't an ICANN "block" of Russia be able to prevent even VPN use? They administrate more than just the DNS, right? They also...

    It's because of the internet, the people within the country can see and hear news beyond what the state dictates

    ICANN shouldn't block Russia because that's something ICANN must absolutely never do to anyone. It's fundamentally contrary to their purpose.

    I think these are both true.

    I'm unsure about one thing, though: Wouldn't an ICANN "block" of Russia be able to prevent even VPN use? They administrate more than just the DNS, right? They also manage regional address ranges, don't they?

    Could the address from which a Russian user would connect to their foreign VPN service make them vulnerable to an ICANN "block" preventing the connection to the VPN? I don't quite remember enough from my web dev days I'm afraid...

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  13. Comment on The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power | Teaser trailer in ~tv

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    I hope you're right, I really do. The info I had about the series was weeks old, and influenced by things like Bezos stating "I want my Game of Thrones" when talking about the series, and their...

    I hope you're right, I really do.

    The info I had about the series was weeks old, and influenced by things like Bezos stating "I want my Game of Thrones" when talking about the series, and their hiring of an "intimacy coordinator" for their set.

    Looking again, I'm a little bit more enthusiastic now that the statement has been made that "[The goal was] to make a show for everyone, for kids who are 11, 12, and 13, even though sometimes they might have to pull the blanket up over their eyes if it’s a little too scary."

    So maybe it will turn out well, like the Jackson movies did.

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  14. Comment on The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power | Teaser trailer in ~tv

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    Did you reply to the wrong comment by accident? If not, your reply is frankly disingenuous. I made myself abundantly clear when I said that nothing I have to say has anything to do with the...

    solely about casting decisions and "politics" in media.

    Did you reply to the wrong comment by accident? If not, your reply is frankly disingenuous. I made myself abundantly clear when I said that nothing I have to say has anything to do with the casting decisions. They can pick an all-black cast for all I care. It's just actors acting a part. What I care about, to quote my original comment, is "the theming, the atmosphere, the writing style, and the 'mature' content additions." I wanted to be able to watch this show with my family without worrying about surprise genitalia or obscene dialogue.

    As far as your remark about Star Trek goes - who brought up LGBTQ rights? I certainly didn't. It's like you read the first paragraph I wrote, decided not to read the rest, and tossed me into a mental box of "bigots" that deserve this kind of copy/paste treatment, exactly like I was describing was a problem with this entire wretched conversation. Would you like to see proof of my registration as a Democrat? Would that encourage you to actually read what I write?

    It would be really boring to have to continue rehashing the same themes over and over again.

    Then watch something else. There are plenty of newer works for you to get your fill of current events. Why should we take a fictional world created as a product of its time and turn it into a completely different world that's a product of ours? Just make a new fictional world if you think the old one is boring.

    the only criticisms I've seen boil down to "I don't like that there are black people in my fantasy show."

    I'm not at all surprised this is all you have seen, since you seem to be looking so hard for it.

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  15. Comment on Google search is dying: Reddit is currently the most popular search engine. The only people who don’t know that are the team at Reddit, who can’t be bothered to build a decent search interface. in ~tech

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    My searches tend to be mostly technical and often programming-related. Searching on DDG gives me mostly useless results, and what's worse, it doesn't respect terms in quotes. I tried for several...

    My searches tend to be mostly technical and often programming-related. Searching on DDG gives me mostly useless results, and what's worse, it doesn't respect terms in quotes. I tried for several months to use DDG as my default search engine, but found myself consistently putting "!g" in front of my query when I actually needed a good result. Which was most of the time.

    So I'd say there is a noticeable difference, and I'm sorry to say it.

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  16. Comment on The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power | Teaser trailer in ~tv

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    I'm bothered by how it feels impossible to express concern about the direction they'll take without being perceived as "anti-sjw," "bigoted," or otherwise making a broad political statement. Many...

    I'm bothered by how it feels impossible to express concern about the direction they'll take without being perceived as "anti-sjw," "bigoted," or otherwise making a broad political statement. Many of the concerned commenters you see feel the need to preface their statements with some sort of disclaimer along the lines of "I have no problems with their casting decisions, BUT..."

    I don't think they should have to do that. It's like the political tensions we suffer from are being used as a shield against all criticism, and that, to me, is ugly. My disclaimer, nevertheless, is that none of what I have to say is about race.

    From what I've heard so far of the series, I am worried it's going to feel like an adulteration of something beloved. This kind of adulteration is rampant in the reboot/revival scene, so worry is justified. Such a change would be most acutely observed in the theming, the atmosphere, the writing style, and the "mature" content additions. A separate issue is the gratuitous disregard of canon, including internal contradiction and continuity errors, but that's not what I'm talking about here.

    They do not need to insert commentary about today's social issues into Lord of the Rings. They did not need to insert it into Star Wars, or into Star Trek, or into any other decades-old franchise. But they did. We do not need steamy sex scenes, vulgarity, nudity, or an added emphasis on romantic drama in any of these franchises either. Nearly every time, though, that's what we get out of these reboots, revivals, and late additions.

    It's popular to counter this opinion by saying "Those franchises always had social commentary in them, and sensitive content common for their era, so this is no different." But yes, this is different. The era of the original work is an important property of the work, and that's what I think many fail to grasp.

    The Lord of the Rings had implicit commentary about issues we faced in the early 20th century. Continuing commentary about those issues would fit right in, if written in the same style. But inserting new commentary about the issues we face in the 21st century is jarring and inappropriate. If a writer, director, producer, or whoever, wants to make a piece that includes 21st century commentary, then they should make an original work instead. If they think that commentary and content appropriate for the 20th century is boring, irrelevant, and they don't want to write it, then they should keep their grubby mitts off of The Lord of the Rings. But, of course, money compels them to grab at the bigger pie.

    The Lord of the Rings has been special to my family for generations. Reading and watching Lord of the Rings content has been a wonderful family activity. It will be unfortunate if the creators of new additions to the franchise decide to make those additions unfit for family settings. Just like with other franchises that have received this mistreatment, I worry that the franchise will be effectively "ended" for good, as far as my family is concerned, if this goes the way I expect it will. I wish it weren't so, but I hold only a fool's hope for it.

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  17. Comment on What are some noteworthy games that are not available through the major platforms? in ~games

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    Vintage Story has been described as "Minecraft for adults," but I think that really sells it short. I prefer to describe it as "what Minecraft should have been," or in other words, if Minecraft...

    Vintage Story has been described as "Minecraft for adults," but I think that really sells it short. I prefer to describe it as "what Minecraft should have been," or in other words, if Minecraft had taken a more hardcore survival bent, and been endowed with a better building system (you can customize almost any block in the game with a "microblock chiseling" system), and had a more interesting and deeply simulated world to explore and a meaningful technology progression, we might have had a game more like Vintage Story a decade ago.

    As it is, Vintage Story has an active community, is being updated with new features regularly, and is well and truly alive. I play on multiplayer servers frequently.

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  18. Comment on How do I calculate my family's "average family location"? in ~talk

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    The problem is slightly easier if you allow for the fact that most peoples' average family location is underground. Otherwise, what, are we talking about bounding the results to the surface of the...

    The problem is slightly easier if you allow for the fact that most peoples' average family location is underground.

    Otherwise, what, are we talking about bounding the results to the surface of the Earth? If that's the case, then what if your family manages the unlikely case that they're equally distributed across the surface? What if there are just two members, and they're at exactly opposite sides of the earth? If it's not bound to the surface then you can say the average is just at the center of the Earth. But if it is surface-only, then do you say they're everywhere and nowhere? Has the family ascended? This surface mapping seems problematic.

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  19. Comment on Prey (2017) is currently free on the Epic Games Store in ~games

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    This was such a great game. Hopefully this will convince more people to try it out. I'm still salty that it was so criminally underrated, thanks to an extremely unprofessional IGN review. The...

    This was such a great game. Hopefully this will convince more people to try it out.

    I'm still salty that it was so criminally underrated, thanks to an extremely unprofessional IGN review. The reviewer stopped playing after running into a single pre-release bug, which was already fixed by the time the game released. They just gave it a 4/10 like they were in a rush to get out of the office so they could get home and take their stupid pills on time or something.

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  20. Comment on Zig 0.9.0 has been released in ~comp

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    This is the most exciting news I've heard in months. I've been kind of waiting to really start any serious projects in Zig until at least 1.0. Chances are I'd be just as well off starting now, but...

    This is the most exciting news I've heard in months.
    I've been kind of waiting to really start any serious projects in Zig until at least 1.0.

    Chances are I'd be just as well off starting now, but at least this way I can tell myself I have an excuse to not already have a Zig project going.

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