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  1. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    I don't have the Aeron but the Leap Steelcase (in many roundups see as the main Competitor for the Aeron), which IIRC has a normal price of $800 (I got mine used for 300€), and it's an insane...

    I don't have the Aeron but the Leap Steelcase (in many roundups see as the main Competitor for the Aeron), which IIRC has a normal price of $800 (I got mine used for 300€), and it's an insane difference to normal chairs. If you spend a lot of time sitting, I'd really recommend getting one of those. I think the Aeron chairs have a bit of a markup because they are mainly bought by businesses and agencies, the FBI uses them a lot for example.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on Nextcloud signs public letter, opposing German plan to force decryption of chat in ~tech

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    People had whole careers on internet things. Many teenagers grew up with the internet. Calling that "new" seems pretty weird.

    People had whole careers on internet things. Many teenagers grew up with the internet. Calling that "new" seems pretty weird.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Nextcloud signs public letter, opposing German plan to force decryption of chat in ~tech

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    No, Germany is horrible with tech. Our chancelor Merkel just a few years ago said "Das Internet ist für uns alle Neuland" (The Internet is a new thing for all of us). CSU (where this proposal...

    No, Germany is horrible with tech. Our chancelor Merkel just a few years ago said "Das Internet ist für uns alle Neuland" (The Internet is a new thing for all of us). CSU (where this proposal comes from; sister party of our majority party CDU) is extremely conservative in the sense that they oppose and fear all new technology.

    We barely have working public wifi because of "Störerhaftung", a thing where you become responsible for what people are doing on your wifi network.

    Our public startup scene is the China of Software: We copy ideas from the US. Usually almost 1-to-1. We used to have a shortlived Facebook clone (StudiVZ) that even included FB specific classes and CSS when it went public. Currently there is nebenan.de (literally "next door", a clone of nextdoor.com). Just two of many examples.

    Outside of big cities, our LTE network is questionable. Yet the politicians talk all about how important 5G is.

    The big stupid EU Article 13 thing? German idea, proposed by someone from the CDU. We have the Leistungsschutzrecht which was proposed by other CDU politicians when they took a break from being nested inside Axel Springer's ass (biggest German/European publisher), a law that forces Google to pay a Publisher for showing snippets in Google News while not allowing any publisher to opting-out of that.

    There are a lot more examples.

    This specific proposal is almost certainly going nowhere – last chance would be the constitutional court (the CDU doesn't care much about the constitution so quite a few times they have been told off by them for their proposals), but I don't even see this going that far. Seehofer in particular has little to no understanding of how technology works but a really big mouth.

    But what's very far from the truth, is that Germany (outside of B2B) is in any way on the forefront (or even middle field) of technology.

    /rant

    17 votes
  4. Comment on The euthanasia that wasn’t in ~news

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    Turns out I didn't know there is a special definition for fake news and only went by the meaning of the words. I removed the tag, thank you.

    Turns out I didn't know there is a special definition for fake news and only went by the meaning of the words. I removed the tag, thank you.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on The euthanasia that wasn’t in ~news

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    It's the reason why, when I nowadays read any kind of surprising, shocking or in other ways unexpected news, I check HN or Reddit to have the top comment tell me why it's bullshit. HN sadly seems...

    It's the reason why, when I nowadays read any kind of surprising, shocking or in other ways unexpected news, I check HN or Reddit to have the top comment tell me why it's bullshit. HN sadly seems to have transitioned to having those comments be unsourced quite often, but on Reddit at least they back up their claims usually. And when there are no comments to that regard I spend a few minutes searching to find out what is what.

    But I must admit, this is really hard for expected news. Unless I intend to share something (in which case I always do some research to make sure I'm not sharing some bullshit), I take it as is. Confirmation bias is hard to avoid, for me, even though I already am pretty jaded regarding news articles.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on The euthanasia that wasn’t in ~news

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    Has anything recently shown so well that most many news sites just repackage content from other news sites without doing an iota of research? I did a simple google search for yesterday’s topic of...

    Has anything recently shown so well that most many news sites just repackage content from other news sites without doing an iota of research?

    I did a simple google search for yesterday’s topic of Noa’s case and found no Dutch source mentioning euthanasia outside of her being denied at the clinic (I don’t speak Dutch, I used DeepL). I found a lot of English, some German and a Spanish article claiming it was under the Euthanasia laws, though I did not see the even dumber articles mentioned here.

    Today most sites seem to have issued corrections, but it was about a full day of plainly wrong articles being up all over the world.

    I feel like this is especially relevant with more and more countries (including my own, Germany) trying to create laws against fake news.

    PS: I feel like the discussion here should not be focused on euthanasia or suicide, yesterday’s topic is more appropriate for that.

    edit: most -> many

    14 votes
  7. Comment on 17-Year-Old Girl Who Sought Euthanasia Dies in Netherlands in ~misc

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    To quote from the reddit comment: So assuming that comment is true (and from some research through dutch sources it seems that way, none of them mention euthanasia besides her visit to the clinic...

    To quote from the reddit comment:

    She was refusing to eat and drink, which left her care providers with three choices:

    1. Force-feed the patient, saving her life for the moment at the cost of further infringing upon her bodily autonomy, with the near-certainty that it won't be the last time. Even assuming that she will eventually recover, you're looking at years of involuntary treatment and confinement of the kind that would traumatize even a person without mental health issues.

    2. Do nothing and let her die in pain.

    3. Provide her with pain relief.

    In the end, this time, they decided to take the third option.

    So assuming that comment is true (and from some research through dutch sources it seems that way, none of them mention euthanasia besides her visit to the clinic where her request was denied), it has nothing to do with euthanasia and this article as well as almost all others are just shoddy reporting.

    It really saddens me on how much she had to get through after she was raped. To me, there is no greater horror than being stuck in hell, be it imprisoned or force-fed by tubes. I've been pro-euthanasia since I was about 15 years old (in general, not for me currently) and not having laws to that regard is something I see as inhumane.

    13 votes
  8. Comment on How capitalism killed one of the best video game studios in ~games

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    I'll not comment on the game studio part (I don't play action games so nothing valve released was of interest to me anyway), but on something else: If only those other stores didn't suck horribly....

    I'll not comment on the game studio part (I don't play action games so nothing valve released was of interest to me anyway), but on something else:

    Steam's quasi-monopoly may soon end — and that is probably a good thing.

    If only those other stores didn't suck horribly. I once tried the uPlay store. Had to make several accounts because the UX was so bad that my first account stopped working for reasons. That's not even to mention the intrusive DRM they had.

    A few years later, origins came along. Granted, it was worse for people from countries with several official languages or immigrants who could only see a store in a language they didn't speak. But my browser which has US-en as the main language in the accept header got a German store with no way to switch it to English just because my IP was German. There was some other shit as well, but it's been too long since then.

    Didn't use either ever again.

    Just now, I visited the epic store for the first time. Finding something by genre? Nah. Even showing a genre on the details page? Nah. Autoplaying gif soundless video that you can't stop? Yes. Thanks for that. Also in hero image size so you can't see a lot of content before scrolling down. Steam gives way more info on load. Unless you scroll down and the epic logo turns into a fixed "Store" link, the only store related link goes to the game details page. The one I'm currently at. WTF? Video carousel with no apparent way to switch videos? Apparently clicking on a video partially shown doesn't start it but switches to it instead. Or one could pixel hunt the 5.3x5.3 px navigation buttons… Then a bunch of relatively small screenshots… that don't get bigger when you click on them. Sys Reqs, languages. The end. What are reviews? Any info about the game other than a generic publisher blurb? Nah.

    So far I have to see any non-steam store that is not GoG that isn't a clusterfuck. So I'll take my steam monopoly because the other stores give me such a bad experience. Steam and GoG. Because GoG is not only a good guy but also works on making a good store while the newcomers all try to make bad stores.

    And regarding exclusives: Number 2 way (after brutal DRM) to ensure that I'll only ever pirate a game if I even care enough to do that.

    /rant

    7 votes
  9. Comment on The standalone YouTube Gaming app and standalone gaming.youtube.com website have shut down in ~tech

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    FWIW, I didn't like StartPage. Without a profile, at least for me, Google's search is not as good as DDG with bangs. The only time I need google/startpage is for searches with few results (because...

    FWIW, I didn't like StartPage. Without a profile, at least for me, Google's search is not as good as DDG with bangs. The only time I need google/startpage is for searches with few results (because DDG thinks they somehow help the user by showing completely unrelated results and ignoring forced terms just so they can show more results… and they don't even rank the few documents containing the forced terms higher).

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Banned bread: why does the US allow banned additives that Europe says are unsafe? in ~food

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    What a horrible way to start an article: Utterly meaningless. Reminds me of the Dihydrogen Monoxide satire.

    What a horrible way to start an article:

    additives that also appear in things like yoga mats, pesticides, hair straighteners, explosives and petroleum products.

    Utterly meaningless. Reminds me of the Dihydrogen Monoxide satire.

    10 votes
  11. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Took Friday off to go with my wife to a local amusement park (Hansa Park in Sierksdorf, Germany), spent 7 hours there and had a lot of fun. But we skipped the 103-meter freefall tower. It looked a...

    Took Friday off to go with my wife to a local amusement park (Hansa Park in Sierksdorf, Germany), spent 7 hours there and had a lot of fun. But we skipped the 103-meter freefall tower. It looked a bit too scary :D

    Then we took the train home, freshened up and had Sashimi (Tuna for me, salmon for her). It was great as well.

    Tomorrow we'll go to a birthday BBQ and Sunday I'll spend trying to be alive again ;)

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Reddit user requested all the personal info Epic Games has on him and Epic sent that info to a random person in ~games

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    I confirmed I deleted the emails I incorrectly received at first.last@gmail.com unless the one asking is actually apologetic and courteous and doesn't just tell me that I'm legally required to...

    at least the guy they sent all that info to confirmed he deleted it, though I suppose Epic Games has no way to make sure...

    I confirmed I deleted the emails I incorrectly received at first.last@gmail.com unless the one asking is actually apologetic and courteous and doesn't just tell me that I'm legally required to delete them.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    haha, if you do, you should at least watch the 2nd episode afterwards, no matter if you enjoyed E1, otherwise you are getting close to insanity :P

    haha, if you do, you should at least watch the 2nd episode afterwards, no matter if you enjoyed E1, otherwise you are getting close to insanity :P

    1 vote
  14. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I'd say in that case you should stop trying ;) The characters hooked me within minutes of starting the show.

    I'd say in that case you should stop trying ;) The characters hooked me within minutes of starting the show.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    My wife and I started watching Chernobyl. It’s really well made and, for the things I checked, surprisingly accurate. Tomorrow the final, shortened, season of Elementary starts. We love the show...

    My wife and I started watching Chernobyl. It’s really well made and, for the things I checked, surprisingly accurate.

    Tomorrow the final, shortened, season of Elementary starts. We love the show but are a bit worried how it will be with them being Hover for Spoiler.

    And in less than a month, the next season of Dark starts. The first show in I don’t know how many years that I watched in German. Like with Elementary, there is some worry (more for my wife, less for me) how the new Season will be considering the first season ended in Hover for Spoiler. But I remain cautiously optimistic ;)

    PS: Sorry for those on mobile, vote for issue #57 for proper spoiler tags on tildes ;)

    Edit: And yay, slogfest GoT is finally over with probably the worst-written episode yet as a finale. A fitting end to its descend.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Counterpoint: While things changed a lot for S2 (and the ending made it seem that S3 will change even more), I thought it was amazing. Westworld, for me, is the best show currently running.

    Counterpoint: While things changed a lot for S2 (and the ending made it seem that S3 will change even more), I thought it was amazing. Westworld, for me, is the best show currently running.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Antergos Linux Project Ends in ~tech

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    I'm not sure I count as new to Linux (ran Ubuntu for a year or less on my laptop back in University, but did almost everything in the GUI. Had a Debian VPS for a year and was always having...

    It's common knowledge that Arch isn't a good choice for people new to Linux.

    I'm not sure I count as new to Linux (ran Ubuntu for a year or less on my laptop back in University, but did almost everything in the GUI. Had a Debian VPS for a year and was always having problems with it).

    With Arch, for the first time, everything worked for me. Since getting an Arch VPS I actually started thinking about dual booting into it (it helps that with netcore and JetBrains Rider/DataGrip I'm not dependent on Windows for work anymore). Now granted, working in IT I'm not a typical user, but still. For someone knowledgeable about computers who knows what a command line is and can google (a skill that surprisingly many people lack), I wouldn't say that arch is a bad recommendation.

    PS: Posting this from FF nightly, my daily driver. So maybe I just like living dangerously ;)

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Valve explains their thoughts about whether the recent Assassin's Creed: Unity giveaway resulted in the first "off-topic review bomb" with a positive effect in ~games

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    Because these people have tried uPlay and decided they value their time more than their money ;) Jokes aside, this was a really interesting read about an actually somewhat unimportant internal...

    Why were people buying AC:Unity if it was free on Uplay

    Because these people have tried uPlay and decided they value their time more than their money ;)

    Jokes aside, this was a really interesting read about an actually somewhat unimportant internal decision. I ended up agreeing with them, but as with them, it was by a small margin.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on The Race is on to Make the Next ‘Game of Thrones’ in ~tv

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    Even half the GoT budget is an extreme amount :D But that said, I'd even watch a b-show cheap production of Worm or at least give it a chance. And I assume so would the worm subreddit ;) But it's...

    Even half the GoT budget is an extreme amount :D But that said, I'd even watch a b-show cheap production of Worm or at least give it a chance. And I assume so would the worm subreddit ;) But it's not comparable to what the article was talking about.

    1 vote