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  1. Comment on 'Israel Is the Nation-state of Jews Alone': Netanyahu Responds to TV Star Who Said Arabs Are Equal Citizens (Haaretz) in ~news

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    Green card holders are not citizens, Arabs in Israel are. Trying to equate them feels like an underhanded attempt to make Israel's actions and policies sound OK.

    But to get in the mindset, think of Arabs in Israeli politics like Mexican green card holders in US politics.

    Green card holders are not citizens, Arabs in Israel are. Trying to equate them feels like an underhanded attempt to make Israel's actions and policies sound OK.

    16 votes
  2. Comment on What are the best science fiction short stories, novellas, and novelettes you have ever read? in ~books

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    Looks very intertesting, thanks! Though the archives are a bit too long to ever catch up.

    Looks very intertesting, thanks! Though the archives are a bit too long to ever catch up.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What are the best science fiction short stories, novellas, and novelettes you have ever read? in ~books

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    Not exactly what you are asking for, but I can strongly recommend Compelling Science Fiction. It's a 100% reader funded magazine for sci-fi short stories, with a preference towards stories that...

    Not exactly what you are asking for, but I can strongly recommend Compelling Science Fiction. It's a 100% reader funded magazine for sci-fi short stories, with a preference towards stories that are self-consistent and scientifically plausible. Most are good, some are amazing.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Razer closes its game store after 10 months in ~games

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    Epic has definitely figured it out as they do have multiple super powers: For the developers, an unmatched revenue share from a major publisher and for the gamers, games that they want and can't...

    Epic has definitely figured it out as they do have multiple super powers: For the developers, an unmatched revenue share from a major publisher and for the gamers, games that they want and can't get anywhere else.

    I know people on reddit (and some here) rage about how store exclusives are this and that and so on but the simple fact is, most people don't care. They just want to play the games they want to play. That's why I think Epic will be very successful.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Razer closes its game store after 10 months in ~games

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    ... wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't written with so much conviction (capitalized will, "period"). It makes the rest of your comment seem hypocritical as on one hand you criticise others for not...

    My quote that you seem to love so much

    ... wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't written with so much conviction (capitalized will, "period"). It makes the rest of your comment seem hypocritical as on one hand you criticise others for not having everything Steam has and in the same breath make it clear you wouldn't use them even if they did. Am I reading that wrong?

    Do you like having all of these different game launchers divided by publisher on your PC?

    It's not a matter of liking for me. I use whatever launcher that allows me to play the game I want. It doesn't offend me that a developer chooses not to support the existing monopoly. If it's a game I want and if the store isn't too obnoxious (weird DRM and such) I'll buy it and play it just the same.

    Of course, none of this changes the fact that most games I own are on Steam, but that's mostly due to historical reasons (I have a very old account). Nowadays, any platform is fine really.

  6. Comment on Razer closes its game store after 10 months in ~games

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    Wait, now you are saying you don't use other platforms because they are not as developed as Steam, which implies you would use them if they got the features Steam has. Doesn't that contradict with...

    Wait, now you are saying you don't use other platforms because they are not as developed as Steam, which implies you would use them if they got the features Steam has. Doesn't that contradict with your statement below?

    If ever given the option, I WILL use Steam. Period.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Razer closes its game store after 10 months in ~games

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    You say this: but then also say this: Isn't a monopoly that controls nearly the entire PC gaming landscape much worse for the consumer than a multitude of stores?

    You say this:

    All of these different storefronts with their own logins, refund policies, technical problems, etc. are just bad for the consumer, and I'm sick of it.

    but then also say this:

    If ever given the option, I WILL use Steam. Period.

    Isn't a monopoly that controls nearly the entire PC gaming landscape much worse for the consumer than a multitude of stores?

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Razer closes its game store after 10 months in ~games

  9. Comment on A 4-Year-Old Trapped in a Teenager’s Body in ~life

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    Can you tell homosexuality from an embryo?

    choice of parents to abort homosexual children

    Can you tell homosexuality from an embryo?

    1 vote
  10. Comment on A 4-Year-Old Trapped in a Teenager’s Body in ~life

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    This guy got very lucky but what he did is extremely stupid and cruel. He risked a painful and scary childhood for his son because he wanted him to suffer just like he did.

    “It’s a boy!” I cried, just like in the movies.

    We named him Ned after her beloved grandfather. We brought him home and lay around the house and stared at him for two weeks while friends and family brought us food. And then we got the test results.

    They were negative. Ned hadn’t inherited the mutation. My friends and family reacted appropriately — with relief, with congratulations, with happiness. I barely reacted at all.

    This guy got very lucky but what he did is extremely stupid and cruel. He risked a painful and scary childhood for his son because he wanted him to suffer just like he did.

    14 votes
  11. Comment on Games as a Service - What drives retention in ~games

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    I think you meant this as a reply to me :)

    I think you meant this as a reply to me :)

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Games as a Service - What drives retention in ~games

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    This is a pretty good summary of how mobile games are developed and monetized. There is a reason that the vast majority of mobile (and increasingly PC and console) games follow a few basic rules:...

    This is a pretty good summary of how mobile games are developed and monetized. There is a reason that the vast majority of mobile (and increasingly PC and console) games follow a few basic rules: free to play, short core game loop (2-5 minutes), infinitely replayable, never too challenging. The number one priority of these games is to keep you coming back. Even getting you to pay is secondary - your presence helps increase the odds that other players will pay.

    Unfortunately, this also means enjoyment is at best the third priority, usually not even that. If your feelings are somewhere around "meh, it's not bad" and you put a dollar or two in it every month or so, that's more than enough for the developer.

    Sure, there are niche mobile games that don't fit into this pattern, but unless there is a fundamental shift in people's willingness and ability to pay for things, this will only get worse.

    Source: many years in this industry.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Why some Japanese pensioners want to go to jail in ~life

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    The salient bits:

    The salient bits:

    "The pensioners don't want to be a burden to their children, and feel that if they can't survive on the state pension then pretty much the only way not to be a burden is to shuffle themselves away into prison"

    "Ultimately the relationship among people has changed. People have become more isolated. They don't find a place to be in this society. They cannot put up with their loneliness"

    5 votes
  14. Comment on What games do you have on your Steam wishlist that haven't come out yet? in ~games

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    Never heard of it before, looks very interesting. Thanks!

    Never heard of it before, looks very interesting. Thanks!

    1 vote
  15. Comment on The Boring Truths I’ve Learned About Losing Weight and Keeping It Off in ~health

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    Yes, there are many, many conditions - including abnormal gut flora - that can prevent weight gain, but my point was about weight loss, which cannot be prevented by any disease given a caloric...

    gut microbes that allow you to turn 11 calories into 5

    Yes, there are many, many conditions - including abnormal gut flora - that can prevent weight gain, but my point was about weight loss, which cannot be prevented by any disease given a caloric intake below your body's daily expenditure. That's the argument behind CICO.

    I know for a fact that this person eats much, much, less than a number of other people who are able to eat large amounts and put on no weight

    Then those other people have higher caloric expenditure; i.e they burn more than they eat. We can both eat 10 cheeseburgers per day and you can lose weight while I gain. That doesn't contradict CICO.

    in many cases they will skip certain meals entirely

    When you eat has no bearing on weight gain or loss. It does effect other important things, like electrolyte levels, sleep patterns and so on but once again, the rules of thermodynamics don't change with time of day.

    they cannot eat junk food, or most fatty foods, without suffering for a number of days.

    This is also unrelated to weight changes. As long as you are getting above minimum levels of macro and micronutrients, your entire diet could be McDonalds and you could still lose weight as per CICO. It would have secondary effects on your cholesterol etc. but that's besides the point.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What games do you have on your Steam wishlist that haven't come out yet? in ~games

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    Indeed and I'm looking forward to it :)

    Indeed and I'm looking forward to it :)

    1 vote
  17. Comment on What games do you have on your Steam wishlist that haven't come out yet? in ~games

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    Looks very interesting. Wishlisted, thanks!

    Looks very interesting. Wishlisted, thanks!

  18. Comment on What games do you have on your Steam wishlist that haven't come out yet? in ~games

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    I choose to not count it as a Valve game, since they've only bought the studio (Campo Santo, of Firewatch fame) when the game was already in development. If these people ever get to make another...

    I choose to not count it as a Valve game, since they've only bought the studio (Campo Santo, of Firewatch fame) when the game was already in development. If these people ever get to make another game, then I'll count that for Valve :)

    1 vote
  19. Comment on What games do you have on your Steam wishlist that haven't come out yet? in ~games

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    Thanks! Here are some of the more memorable games I've played this year, in no particular order. Ranging from simple point-and-click games to 3D action-adventures, what they all share is a good...

    Thanks! Here are some of the more memorable games I've played this year, in no particular order. Ranging from simple point-and-click games to 3D action-adventures, what they all share is a good story :)

    7 votes