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  1. Comment on Assassin's Creed Mirage | Cinematic trailer in ~games

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    You have summarized pretty well the evolution of the series. I also played pretty much every AC games, and don't really like the 'RPGization' of the series. I've managed to transform the game into...

    You have summarized pretty well the evolution of the series.
    I also played pretty much every AC games, and don't really like the 'RPGization' of the series.

    I've managed to transform the game into its old form with the help of CheatEngines and some tables I've found on fearlessrevolution. I've managed to remove its negative aspect by boosting my damage, boosting the xp rate and ignoring resources + re-instored the insta-kill while in stealth. It limits the grind a lot, and feels a bit more like an assassin.

    And I feel there is always the question of the place in which each AC plays in, which helps or hinder a lot for each player preferences. I didn't like AC 3 and AC 4 because the american and pirate settings do not really inspire me much.

    But there is also our interest in gaming which changed a lot between the first one and the new ones. So maybe it's fine if new players like the new aspects of the game.
    For myself, I don't see any direction gameplay wise that the AC series could take that would makes me want to play it without cheating.
    Now I only play them to immerse myself into a re-imagination of a place at an historic time.

    I've really liked Origins and its depiction of Ancient Egypt with Roman, Greek and Egyptian presence, their delimitation/mixing in certain places. The different places connected to the Nile geographic or human made.
    Plus I've really liked the desert part of Origins. I don't really know why but I'm a sucker for desert in the AC setting (maybe the non presence of constant camps/quest/unknown point of interest).

    I liked the Odyssey one, mainly for the same reasons. The desert element is mostly not there, but there is a lot of range of depicted places with their specific color palette/geographic features, while sharing a lot of the same architecture (maybe it was also an economy of game assets).
    But the nature (forest/mountains) part of Ancient Greece feels really off with a certain emptiness. Compared with Red Dead Redemption 2, it takes a toll.

    And I've touched Valhalla only a bit, but for the bit I've seen, it did not touch upon the feeling of discovering ancient places like Origins and Odyssey, so I've kind of let it be for now.

    But I feel they could never return to their old ways in gamplay. I've tried to replay AC 2 and the stiffness that comes with the movement of Eizo feels really old unfortunately :/

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Please spoil Outer Wilds for me in ~games

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    I've read the comments here and your description, and feels like everyone is talking about the puzzle/story part of the game. Your comparison to The Witness also feels like you put your...

    I've read the comments here and your description, and feels like everyone is talking about the puzzle/story part of the game.
    Your comparison to The Witness also feels like you put your expectation on a puzzle game experience and analyzed it as such.

    I am part of the people that would recommend Outer Wilds to anyone and without reading too much about it. Also would have liked to be able to re-experience it for the first time.

    But it's not tied to neither the story nor the puzzle part, it's all about the way you discover the world itself and the way the game will push you to try to access part of it through fear/tension inducing ways.

    You were asking for our experience of it that makes it clicks with us, so here is a bit of what made me click with the game:
    I take my small spacecraft and I see the green foggy planet, and I want to try to go into it like trying to go into the Jupiter atmosphere.
    While approaching closer and closer to it, the fear of what is inside it is growing inside me. My spacecraft begin to enter the foggy part and for a moment I see nothing. I am expecting to have the spacecraft bump into some sort of ground at some point, but I finally pass through the fog and realize the planet is some kind of sea with tornado maintaining the outer layer of fog.
    So I feel in control again and manage to find an islet on which to land.
    I manage to understand through bits of story that there is more important knowledge to find in the center of the planet. So I take my spacecraft again and with my fear of what is under the surface of the water growing (I am quite fearful of any deep sea, so maybe it helps), I try to go through the water to go to the center. Each time I try, some kind of current push me back onto the surface.
    Through small hints while reading other bits of story I understand there is tornadoes that go in a different way than the majority and make you go through the flow protecting the center of the planet, and so restart my anticipation of going under the surface while finding the correct tornado, etc...

    And the whole game is filled with moments like this where your fear of the elements and the unknown beyond them is put to the test.
    There is no cheap or usual way a game induce you into these feelings.
    You are not facing some invincible enemy or you are not managing resources to survive, its just a world that you want to understand/explore its interesting part, and it still manage to make you fearful or tense while doing so.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What's something that should be polled or surveyed more often? in ~talk

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    You have to remember the act of polling isn't as neutral as one might think, especially for political polls. Bourdieu has published one article on all the effect polls have, and its an excellent...

    You have to remember the act of polling isn't as neutral as one might think, especially for political polls.
    Bourdieu has published one article on all the effect polls have, and its an excellent read to reason around polls:
    Translated in english I only found this pdf: http://moscowamerican.com/images/2/2b/Kupdf.net_public-opinion-does-not-exist_pierre-bourdieu-1972.pdf
    In french: http://www.homme-moderne.org/societe/socio/bourdieu/questions/opinionpub.html

    2 votes
  4. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    Maybe I've exaggerated a little bit on the zero influence (but I don't really write all that much in french, so I am less concerned by it) And if we go by the fact that this is a recurring theme...

    Maybe I've exaggerated a little bit on the zero influence (but I don't really write all that much in french, so I am less concerned by it)
    And if we go by the fact that this is a recurring theme to talk about when discussing the french language, like the many times in the Lingisticae channel, and its long video on it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfUsGmcr1PI).
    I suppose it has its presence felt.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    As a french person too, I feel the French Academy is regularly talked to as a powerful entity concerning the vocabulary and grammar we use in francophone countries, but I feel its role is only an...

    And keep in mind that French, unlike English, is codified by an academy

    As a french person too, I feel the French Academy is regularly talked to as a powerful entity concerning the vocabulary and grammar we use in francophone countries, but I feel its role is only an empty shell for symbolism of "Le Français des Lettres". I feel it might as well not exists as it has zero influence on our daily usage of french.

    For all their updates of the french language, either they are pushed by changes in the words spoken by the "common people", like all the words concerning Internet.
    Or are totally ignored apart from the few journalists that want to appear as "lettrés", like the change from "le COVID" to "la COVID", which nobody respect in our daily life because it sounds a bit stupid.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I don't think it's quite the response you would have preferred to have, but there is a tool that existed before here: https://www.lorenzostanco.com/lab/steam/ that do the filtering for your...

    I don't think it's quite the response you would have preferred to have, but there is a tool that existed before here: https://www.lorenzostanco.com/lab/steam/ that do the filtering for your library or, for a group of player like you did.
    But yours is quite nice too, and now you can be sure of what you do in the backend :)

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Where do you get news specifically for your own country? in ~talk

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    For France, I use four main sources: The youtube channel of VU FranceTV, which is a zapping condensing an opinionated view of one day of TV. It often channels through the main TV news shows, and...

    For France, I use four main sources:

    • The youtube channel of VU FranceTV, which is a zapping condensing an opinionated view of one day of TV. It often channels through the main TV news shows, and intercuts them with carefully chosen reaction shot of reality shows which produce a kind of meme reaction.
      As I don't watch TV anymore, it is a small view onto what still broadcast on it, and the day to day news.
      The show has some interesting history behind it:
      It originally came to life as Le Zapping in the unencrypted time slot of a cable TV channel called Canal+, but when a certain Vincent Bolloré came in control of Canal+, the rather good liberty that the teams writing many shows in the whole channel caused problems for him. So this show (and some others, the french wikipedia article on him is way more complete) was removed from the channel. It moved into the French government baked channel group of France Télévisions. Which to this day for this show in particular has been a re-gain in liberty for the writing team and producer Patrick Menais

    • The youtube channel of Médiapart, its the free channel of the paywalled news website Médiapart. Its a fully independent (meaning payed only by the subscriptions of its readers, no ads, no partners).
      The website does not interest me very much as I don't like to read articles narrated by one journalist small or big.
      But the channel has long-format set like shows with one journalist and always at least two person discussing deeper into a subject either for a book release of one of the interviewee, or for a big politic event such as the recent protests against the retirement reform. It's a very good way to get an handle of what's happening in the country as you will hear voices that are not present in the classical news outlets, and I feel its very important that we, as a spectator, hear their voices directly even through the shaky system of set-like show with several speakers. (As opposed to through the summarized view of one journalist's writing).
      It has also the leftist weekly reactionary show "Ouvrez les guillemets" ran by a "famous" french internet personality Usul which can be refreshing in this naturally right-winged world.

    • The long-format show of Arrêt-sur-Images, as with Médiapart, its an paywalled news website, fully independent with no ads and no partners. As the literal translation suggests: freeze frame, and figurative translation: step-by-step analysis, its more a meta analysis of the media treatment of a specific subject. It generally has some very good speakers either from the medias themselves, or from knowledgeable persons for the subject to construct a discussion with different point of views.
      Generally its a very good news source to have some more constructed point of view on a given subject, as there is more time to go into details and constantly show many recurrent problems of current media landscapes.

    • Again a long-format, the youtube channel Thinkerview, a self-described leftist and hacker-issued think tank. Fully independent but not paywalled, financed only by tipeee (patreon like). It consists of a long (1h-2h) interview with one (rarely two) person. As their main angle is geopolitical, their subjects tends to be more global rather than concerning only the France, but there are many interview linked to France politics. Again their interviewees are mostly non-existent on classical media, and the depth they can go into makes this channel a good way to have more constructed views onto a subject.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Eurovision Song Contest 2020 – The Nordic countries have now all made their decisions and picked the acts that they are sending to Rotterdam in May in ~music

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    It makes me think a lot of parcels, their first full album in particular: youtube playlist deezer spotify apple music (you should definitely listen to their EP deezer, spotify, apple, soundcloud)...

    It makes me think a lot of parcels, their first full album in particular:
    youtube playlist
    deezer
    spotify
    apple music
    (you should definitely listen to their EP deezer, spotify, apple, soundcloud)
    But every thing at eurovision feels like a subpar version of something I already know well, and this is no exception. But at least it feels a little bit more "original" for eurovision standard

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

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    You might want to try either NG+ and do the shura ending, or in simple NG. There is a good enough challenge in the two cases, and you might like to do the two bosses you couldn't do without doing...

    You might want to try either NG+ and do the shura ending, or in simple NG.
    There is a good enough challenge in the two cases, and you might like to do the two bosses you couldn't do without doing the shura ending, while doing all the bosses necessary to access it in a kind of speedrun mindset way.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Scroll: A subscription service partnered with major websites that removes ads and many trackers, and pays sites based on your usage in ~tech

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    So in my understanding I would have to enable third party cookies to be able to sign in into scroll through another website ? Hmm this is a difficult prerequisite to accept... I have many other...

    How does it work?

    Scroll isn’t a browser extension and you don’t just get the Scroll experience in our app. Scroll integrates directly into sites so that they can always recognize you and deliver a Scroll-enabled experience. Once you’re logged in to Scroll in a browser, you’ll automatically get the experience of a better internet.

    So in my understanding I would have to enable third party cookies to be able to sign in into scroll through another website ? Hmm this is a difficult prerequisite to accept...
    I have many other reasons to not subscribe to such service, but this implementation is simply at a technical level against good practices countering bad behavior of ads networks

    4 votes
  11. Comment on A software engineer's advice for saving social media: keep it small in ~tech

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    Every time this subject is put on the table, I feel a disconnect with my usage. I am very pleased of my feed on twitter because I manly follow musicians, artists, gamedevs, and humorists. I...

    Every time this subject is put on the table, I feel a disconnect with my usage.
    I am very pleased of my feed on twitter because I manly follow musicians, artists, gamedevs, and humorists. I blocked some news outlet to not even a retweet slip through, and I use the feature "Turn off retweets" often for removing low quality content retweeted by many people I follow.
    I keep the following list to a reasonable amount to be able to read all my feed each day. (Any people tweeting more than ~ twice a day is ignored)
    And this makes for a refreshing set of content each time I log in.
    A few people I follow brings thoughtful discussions on topics that "makes the news" on twitter and this is all.
    In my experience twitter is the best social media for my daily usage.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on The end of indie web browsers: You can (not) compete in ~tech

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    Yes exactly, for all my daily navigation on the web I use https://github.com/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium at work and at home, and I can navigate to all websites I regularly without problem. For...

    Yes exactly, for all my daily navigation on the web I use https://github.com/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium at work and at home, and I can navigate to all websites I regularly without problem.

    For music you can switch to Deezer for example to not have DRM on their website, I use soundcloud, mixcloud and bandcamp very often too, no problem.
    For videos, vimeo and youtube poses no problem.
    The only websites that uses DRM are the ones too big and too preoccupied by their money like the ones you listed.

    It makes me think of the Denuvo case for games on PC, there is a quite strong niche of people that don't buy any Denuvo protected games (that I kind of partake in), and feels the same thing for this content.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on The Results of the 2019 Census in ~tildes

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    Oh yes I didn't thought of that, it would be cool yes, as it touches everyone that use tildes it would make sense to pin them for a longer time, maybe something that could be editable by the...

    Oh yes I didn't thought of that, it would be cool yes, as it touches everyone that use tildes it would make sense to pin them for a longer time, maybe something that could be editable by the poster as some topics would not need a long time of "pinning"

    1 vote
  14. Comment on The Results of the 2019 Census in ~tildes

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    The timing for the survey was bad I think, even more so the window to respond. I think quite a lot of people has not checked on tildes for all the Christmas and new year period (myself included)...

    The timing for the survey was bad I think, even more so the window to respond.
    I think quite a lot of people has not checked on tildes for all the Christmas and new year period (myself included) and so you got mostly the ones that check quite regularly the site
    I would have loved to have participated :(

    9 votes
  15. Comment on The Results of the 2019 Census in ~tildes

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    I'm a little bit sad to not being able to participate as I joined in the middle of this year :,( I never check on tildes on holidays / weekends and not work related times I may be alone in this...

    I'm a little bit sad to not being able to participate as I joined in the middle of this year :,(
    I never check on tildes on holidays / weekends and not work related times
    I may be alone in this case, but I think a census where the participations are open all December might attract responses from much more people.

    When it comes to Tildes specifically, y'all need to chill out. Most people who answered the census visit Tildes multiple times a day, like the content here doesn't even move that quickly? WHAT ARE YOU ALL DOING? IS THERE SOME SECRET CULT I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?If it's a LSD cult I'm totes in lads.

    This might be actually tied to what I said, you might had responses only from the small group of tildes users who checks the site very regularly

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Twitter stock plunges 20% as company blames ad-targeting problems for earnings miss in ~finance

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    For anyone that is considering unchecking every one of them manually, consider doing a F12 on this page, and pasting this code in the console: Array.from(document.getElementsByTagName('input'))...

    For anyone that is considering unchecking every one of them manually, consider doing a F12 on this page, and pasting this code in the console:

    Array.from(document.getElementsByTagName('input'))
       .filter(el => el.getAttribute('checked') !== null)
       .forEach((el,i) => setTimeout(() => el.click(), i * 10))
    

    Twitter hopes that you will not insist in doing so by responding to most of the requests by a 500 HTTP status code, meaning they have not processed correctly your request, but they will nethertheless display the list as unchecked. You must refresh the page to be sure of the result.

    I repeated this process 3-4 times and they have finally processed it

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Twitter stock plunges 20% as company blames ad-targeting problems for earnings miss in ~finance

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    You can see what keywords twitter attach to you here (assuming you're connected): https://twitter.com/settings/your_twitter_data/twitter_interests This might have some insight on why this...

    You can see what keywords twitter attach to you here (assuming you're connected): https://twitter.com/settings/your_twitter_data/twitter_interests

    This might have some insight on why this specific.

    But from my own experience, the ads are not targeted by what you post, but more on who you follow and I think more importantly on what tweet you "engage with", and for someone that don't replies neither like or retweet, this will be based more on what tweet you clicked on to have more details (replies, image in full, etc..)

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Air ticket booking site uses Math.random for "38 people are looking at this right now" UX dark pattern in ~tech

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    No github to see the source of the extension, the team behind it is proposing online marketing to other businesses, and the homepage of website linked to the extension is using googletagmanager....

    No github to see the source of the extension, the team behind it is proposing online marketing to other businesses, and the homepage of website linked to the extension is using googletagmanager.

    So I would be suspicious of it before installing it

    11 votes
  19. Comment on I dare you to try OpenStreetMap! in ~tech

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    If you used the same kind of service as this one: https://download.geofabrik.de (which downloads the whole database of openstreetmap for a region you select). You can then use a tool like osmium...

    If you used the same kind of service as this one: https://download.geofabrik.de (which downloads the whole database of openstreetmap for a region you select).
    You can then use a tool like osmium (github repo here) to extract what you want through the tag system of open street map (You can see which tag has every node/way/feature via the Query Features on openstreetmap like this), and use the same osmium tool to convert the file to a more javascript friendly format such as .geojson

    2 votes
  20. Comment on What keyboard shortcut was a game changer for you? in ~tech

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    My bad, this is indeed the correct ones. I forgot to translate some keys from my french keyboard in english. For something I use every day, it is difficult to remember that the name of these are...

    My bad, this is indeed the correct ones.

    I forgot to translate some keys from my french keyboard in english. For something I use every day, it is difficult to remember that the name of these are not international ones.

    Thank you to precise the correct ones directly !

    1 vote