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  1. Comment on Looking for a domain name registrar and a hosting provider for Intergrid in ~tech

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    Seconding Namecheap - I think the have a big sale on Black Friday, too. FYI.

    Seconding Namecheap - I think the have a big sale on Black Friday, too. FYI.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What Breath Of The Wild Is Like For Someone Who Doesn't Play Games in ~games

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    I thought the little factoid that she prefers inverted camera was interesting - I mostly play PC games where the camera is controlled by your mouse, and when I first started playing Breath of the...

    I thought the little factoid that she prefers inverted camera was interesting - I mostly play PC games where the camera is controlled by your mouse, and when I first started playing Breath of the Wild I couldn't figure out why it felt so wonky. Until my partner suggested inverting the camera.

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  3. Comment on Buttigieg surges ahead of Democratic rivals in Iowa: poll in ~news

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    Castro recently came out with an amazing disability platform, and it seems like he's actually centering marginalized communities in his policies and getting input from the people who are affected....

    Castro recently came out with an amazing disability platform, and it seems like he's actually centering marginalized communities in his policies and getting input from the people who are affected. I'm really disappointed he didn't make the next debate, and I at least partially blame the media for not covering him much.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Rumor of Half-Life: Alyx VR in ~games

  5. Comment on Moderate Republicans Can Save America in ~news

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    Yeah, those articles make me furious and so sad. His poor wife. Deported from the country where she'd lived for nearly 20 years, separated from her young son, unable to see her son while he...

    Yeah, those articles make me furious and so sad. His poor wife. Deported from the country where she'd lived for nearly 20 years, separated from her young son, unable to see her son while he underwent cancer treatment, and yet her husband still isn't sure if he made the wrong choice.

    10 votes
  6. Comment on Moderate Republicans Can Save America in ~news

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    I know the statistic is about parental approval, and thus a proxy for how the two groups feel towards each other... But I don't really see a problem with this. Of course my parents would rather I...

    I know the statistic is about parental approval, and thus a proxy for how the two groups feel towards each other...

    But I don't really see a problem with this. Of course my parents would rather I not marry someone who is likely to be anti-abortion (I don't want to be pregnant ever), anti-immigration (we're immigrants), and against universal healthcare and disability rights (I'm chronically ill, disabled, and can only work part time). They care about me and don't want me to end up with someone who votes for policies that would hurt me. (Not to mention the strife that would exist between me and a hypothetical Republican partner with other issues that don't directly affect me.)

    11 votes
  7. Comment on How Scientists Got Climate Change So Wrong in ~enviro

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    Perhaps I should work on moving away from the coast (and hurricanes) sooner than I was planning...

    Perhaps I should work on moving away from the coast (and hurricanes) sooner than I was planning...

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Massive White Supremacist Message Board Leak: How to Access and Interpret the Data in ~tech

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    The fourth amendment applies to searches by law enforcement/the government, right? Not actions of individuals. So this might be illegal in other ways, but I don't see what the Constitution had to...

    The fourth amendment applies to searches by law enforcement/the government, right? Not actions of individuals. So this might be illegal in other ways, but I don't see what the Constitution had to do with it. Or am I misunderstanding something?

    6 votes
  9. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I am very amused to learn there are multiple ways to die in the hotel room. :D

    I am very amused to learn there are multiple ways to die in the hotel room. :D

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    So glad to see more folks talking about this game! I also played it with my partner, which I talked about in a previous thread. It's one of my favorite games ever, I think.

    So glad to see more folks talking about this game! I also played it with my partner, which I talked about in a previous thread.

    It's one of my favorite games ever, I think.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on What are people’s thoughts on Edward Snowden? in ~talk

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    From what I read, it sounded like he was siding with the father. Based on the facts of the custody case that seems transphobic to me. @monarda is free to look into it (or not) and decide for...

    From what I read, it sounded like he was siding with the father. Based on the facts of the custody case that seems transphobic to me.

    @monarda is free to look into it (or not) and decide for themselves. I was only offering a possible reason they may have heard bad things about him.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What are people’s thoughts on Edward Snowden? in ~talk

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    I'd never heard of him before today, but I just came across his name on Twitter in a discussion about a trans girl who was the center of a custody battle. It sounds like he's transphobic.

    I'd never heard of him before today, but I just came across his name on Twitter in a discussion about a trans girl who was the center of a custody battle. It sounds like he's transphobic.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I've started playing Disco Elysium with my partner. It's very bizarre and fun. Not a major spoiler, but in our first attempt we managed to die in the hotel room before we'd saved and had to start...

    I've started playing Disco Elysium with my partner. It's very bizarre and fun.

    Not a major spoiler, but in our first attempt we managed to die in the hotel room before we'd saved and had to start over. That was very amusing. We have also leveled up by taking toilet paper off our clipboard, and by asking someone to explain something to us as if we are a child. It was also very thrilling to discover that we make more money from collecting bottles now that we are a Hobocop. We have so far declined to be the "sorry" copotype.
    6 votes
  14. Comment on What the Health Care Debate Still Gets Wrong in ~finance

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    The disability/chronic illness community has been pushing back against this idea for a long time. If you approach lowering costs with the assumption that people are getting "too much healthcare,"...

    The disability/chronic illness community has been pushing back against this idea for a long time. If you approach lowering costs with the assumption that people are getting "too much healthcare," disabled and chronically ill people will be denied medically necessary tests and treatment in the name of cutting costs. Prior authorization, drug formularies, step programs - these methods all deny things that doctors think their patients need. And it happens both with private insurance and Medicaid/Medicare.

    There's so much wasted time and resources in the current system. I have yearly MRIs for a genetic predisposition to breast cancer that will obviously never change. And yet every year I have to go through the prior authorization steps, which my insurance contracts out to another company. When I get approved, it's only valid for 30 days - if I'm unable to get my MRI in that time span, I have to get it approved again. Breast MRIs have to be done at a certain point in your period (if you menstruate) to decrease false positives, and when your cycle isn't regular it's very easy for approval to expire before the proper time.

    I'm still at high risk for breast cancer after 31 days - why is there even a time limit at all? Why do I have to ask each year for permission to monitor for breast cancer, when my family's medical history and my literal DNA aren't going to change?

    I also recently met my out-of-pocket maximum for my subsidized plan, but I had to keep paying for an MRI and doctor appointments. Why? Because the system hasn't updated. I'll just have to wait to see if I get a refund, or follow up with my providers in a month or two if I don't. More phone calls, more people wasting their time patching holes in a broken system.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I got to play Breath of the Wild for the first time last week, which was exciting. I promptly annoyed the hell out of my partner by climbing up a cliff in the opposite direction of main quest (I...

    I got to play Breath of the Wild for the first time last week, which was exciting. I promptly annoyed the hell out of my partner by climbing up a cliff in the opposite direction of main quest (I exaggerate), but I got my paraglider eventually. I also died enough times to notice that the red X on your map says "RIP" when you hover over it.

    I really enjoyed the atmosphere and what little of the environment I got to see. It's so pretty and evocative.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on The rise of the electric scooter in ~tech

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    Over of the major issues with them littering sidewalks is that some people can't see them to walk around, which is dangerous, while wheelchair users often don't have enough room to navigate around...

    Over of the major issues with them littering sidewalks is that some people can't see them to walk around, which is dangerous, while wheelchair users often don't have enough room to navigate around them.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Worst weather experience? in ~talk

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    A tree fell on our house during Irma, so that was probably the worst. We'd evacuated to avoid the inevitable power outages, but woke up to pictures from our neighbors. It fell on my bedroom,...

    A tree fell on our house during Irma, so that was probably the worst. We'd evacuated to avoid the inevitable power outages, but woke up to pictures from our neighbors. It fell on my bedroom, basically. I wouldn't have been hurt, since the ceiling caving in missed my bed, but it would have been a terrifying way to wake up.

    We spent several months in a hotel (complete with bed bug scare), then many more in a rental house. And even after all that, we recently learned that our contractor cut corners (against code and engineer drawings), so who knows if the roof will hold up with Dorian. Hopefully we won't get a direct hit, and it can handle tropical storm winds.

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  18. Comment on My Life With Face Blindness in ~life

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    Haha, oh dear. I sometimes joke that I'm a bit face blind - when my partner cuts his hair or beard, I joke that I need a day to re-calibrate. I scored 50%. Better than guessing on every question,...

    Haha, oh dear. I sometimes joke that I'm a bit face blind - when my partner cuts his hair or beard, I joke that I need a day to re-calibrate.

    I scored 50%.

    Better than guessing on every question, which I guess would have been 33%, but not great. Once I got to the 6 faces questions, even before the static, I started having trouble. Like you I'm not sure if it's face blindness or just worse-than-average short term memory (a symptom of my chronic illness that I thought was a lot better these days).

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Facebook is funding brain experiments to create a device that reads your mind in ~tech

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    I don't know if anyone wants this from Facebook, but the article mentions a particularly interesting potential use case: Assistive tech is often quite slow - some disabled people use things like...

    I don't know if anyone wants this from Facebook, but the article mentions a particularly interesting potential use case:

    Facebook says the research project is ongoing, and that is it now funding UCSF in efforts to try to restore the ability to communicate to a disabled person with a speech impairment.

    Assistive tech is often quite slow - some disabled people use things like computer interfaces that involve spelling out words with an eye tracker, for example. Obviously there's stuff like auto-completion which increases speed, but it's not ideal.

    If it ever exists as a viable technology, I'd also like to experiment with it myself (assuming there were actually robust privacy measures). I have repetitive stress injuries, but using speech-to-text when those flare up is very tiring because of my chronic illness. I find talking to be more tiring than thinking/typing, and it could be that an effective "mind reader" would be easier.

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  20. Comment on No Man's Sky - Beyond update patch notes in ~games

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    I didn't realize just how many quality of life things were being added alongside the larger things like VR and better multiplayer. Definitely considering picking it back up again soon. For...

    I didn't realize just how many quality of life things were being added alongside the larger things like VR and better multiplayer. Definitely considering picking it back up again soon. For example:

    Explorers can enjoy longer stretches of uninterrupted mining with less frequent and less aggressive sentinels, and a reworked overheat mechanic for the Mining Beam that rewards pushing heat to the limit.

    Inventory limitations have been relaxed, allowing explorers to carry near-unlimited quantities of mined substances. The inventory UI has been revised and improved.

    A large number of quality of life issues have been addressed, and new recipes and technologies have been added to alleviate grinding. Examples include: large specialist Warp Cells; being able to move installed technology; being able to install technology in stages, similar to repairs; adding additional ramps to the Space Station; adding Mining Beam upgrades that increase resources gained; adding starship technologies that automatically recharge the Launch Thrusters; and restoring Carbon Planters.

    And as someone who loves exploring, this caught my eye:

    The Discovery Page has been overhauled and expanded for a more intuitive interface, and to display alien flora, fauna and mineral discoveries in greater detail.

    Also the change at the very bottom made me laugh.

    7 votes