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  1. Comment on A third of Basecamp’s workers resign after a ban on talking politics in ~tech

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    Reading about this from other places, it has been super frustrating as lots of people got hung up over the whole "Bandcamp is rejecting politics at work" when really what was going on was...

    Reading about this from other places, it has been super frustrating as lots of people got hung up over the whole "Bandcamp is rejecting politics at work" when really what was going on was "Bandcamp is suppressing criticism about past mistakes, including outright rejection of committees and 'no more lingering or dwelling on past decisions".

    Like, I get it - there are conversations to be had about professional conduct when continuously bringing up politics to the point where it impacts relationships with coworkers in a negative way (this gives me flashbacks of a contractor with very strong conservative opinions who kept trying to talking about politics - at its worst I had to listen to her talk negatively about trans people - I had a headache for the remainder of the day) but this isn't that conversation.

    Everything about the Changes at Bandcamp blogpost was - at least after reading Casey Newton's incredible article - designed to suppress criticism about past bad behaviours, at the very least the list.

    And this wouldn't be so interesting if it wasn't for a few things:

    • DHH & JF are very outspoken about political stuff or at least when it comes down to Basecamp's business interests.
    • Very specifically, JF has spoken out about Basecamp's poor diversity, and DHH is (or was) incredibly active on Twitter about social/political issues.

    For all the talk about professional conduct about politics in the workplace, nobody seems to question the professionalism of keeping names of customers with "funny" names. I get that when customers wind us up or if we are having a bad day, we might say some things behind closed doors, but to go so far as to keep a list of names of customers is just a tad bit much for "blowing some steam".

    But it seems like JF & DHH only care about the optics of keeping such a list, rather than resolving the issues of how a list like that could have been curated and maintained for years.

    Was that worth a third of Basecamp's employees, including nearly the entirety of the iOS team though?

    7 votes
  2. Comment on The Nostalgia Critic and The Wall in ~music

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    I watched this recently as Folding Ideas appeared on my feed. I honestly had no clue NC did a video on Pink Floyd as I stopped watching him years ago when there was skits in every review. The...

    I watched this recently as Folding Ideas appeared on my feed. I honestly had no clue NC did a video on Pink Floyd as I stopped watching him years ago when there was skits in every review. The whole #ChangeTheChannel was a nail in the coffin for me.

    I think Dan does a great job at breaking down not only The Wall, but dissecting what has been so bad that many people complained (and as it turned out, many people on YouTube did dunk on NC's version of The Wall). I think what separates Dan from the others is that he directly knows people who worked for Doug Walker, so he can get a better gauge at what is going on behind the scenes. Others seem reactonary in comparison (which isn't bad, I mean I've found them all very entertaining).

    If I'm being honest, I don't think Doug Walker was actually watching the film when reviewing it for critique, just minimally skimming it with his mind set on it being pandering/pretentious given a few comments online and with the intent to sell a cover album too. I mean, how can you sell an album "spoofing" The Wall if all you give it is high praise?

    It's also clear from The Wall that Doug Walker has essentially given up on creativity. Many people have commented on the poor production values, but long time viewers will know that these are pretty much the same production values/setup Doug Walker had since he bought back his Nostalgia Critic character.

    This video ending with Dan with a Hat with the bad greenscreen/clipping and the fingerguns pushed this video into my mind's hall of excellence with HBomberguy's debunking of the Sarkeesian Effect videos.

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  3. Comment on Epic CEO Tim Sweeney is very excited about the Epic Games Store losing a ton of money in ~games

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    If I recall correctly, when online shopping was really starting to boom, Amazon intentionally reduced their prices on their store to make themselves seem cheaper than the competition, even though...

    If I recall correctly, when online shopping was really starting to boom, Amazon intentionally reduced their prices on their store to make themselves seem cheaper than the competition, even though it was done at a loss. I distinctly remember there being quite a lot of major online retaillers selling stuff online and Amazon just dwarfed them due to competitive pricing. Stores now exist, but a lot of big chains had to close down due to competition from Amazon.

    Hell, Amazon has perfected the strategy so much that they appear to be the cheaper option even in the rare cases that they blatantly are not. It definitely is a strategy and it absolutely can work. Hell, I got a few games on Epic Store that I really wouldn't have bothered on Steam due to cheap pricing (RDR2 for example). Not only that, but it's clear that Epic Games have been funding games that other publishers either struggle to or outright refuse to fund.

    That's not to say that EG are without criticism - their crunch culture - especially around Fortnite - is barbaric and disgusting. And their efforts of rapidly expanding has meant that a lot of the features in the store is painfully missing or broken (I remember trying to change my email address and it couldn't handle something that trivial). Also while I do respect someone "sticking up" to Apple, I really wish it wasn't EG as it's so obviously clear that they want all of the money to their benefit, and aren't really fighting Apple "for the small guys" as they try to make it out to be whereas smaller indie devs want to survive on Apple's platform without all the mess (myself included).

    But like others said, this article isn't the best take.

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

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    I've been playing/replaying some games: Tropico 6: I played Tropico 5 on PS4, and it was okay but a bit hard to understand its systems. Tropico 6 for me makes it easier to understand it's systems...

    I've been playing/replaying some games:

    Tropico 6: I played Tropico 5 on PS4, and it was okay but a bit hard to understand its systems. Tropico 6 for me makes it easier to understand it's systems via the tutorial and there is so much more depth. I originally got it for PS4, but after I found it lagging early on, I got it for PC and replaying it there.

    Ultrakill: I've talked about this before, and I absolutely love this game. I finally finished it, although I had to use some pretty major assists just to beat Gabriel. I absolutely love it's endless zone mode.

    Amid Evil: I tried this after someone recommended it to me, and... I just can't get into it. I don't think it's a bad game - in fact I really think it's a good game - I just want to shoot guns and having to fight with a sword/axe is really not what I wanted. I wanted more Quake, less Heretic.

    The Last of Us 2: Good game about horrible people.

    Saints Row The Third Remastered/4/Agents of Mayhem: Bought them on a sale for the PS4, absolutely loving them (yes, even AoM). I will say that I appreciate the look SR3 Remastered has, I just don't think it fits its comical style - in fact I think it counteracts the comical, outlandish tone of 3. But hey, it's still a fun game.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Popular female biker in Japan revealed to be fifty-year-old uncle using FaceApp in ~tech

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    Homie needed his serotonin so badly he switched his face to a different gender.

    Homie needed his serotonin so badly he switched his face to a different gender.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on The web's first online bookmark manager [1997 snapshot] in ~tech

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    I definitely love the old internet! Especially memories of chunky Windows 9x "Submit"/"Clear" buttons appearing in forms in the pages as well as just the incredibly rudimentary visuals that come...

    I definitely love the old internet! Especially memories of chunky Windows 9x "Submit"/"Clear" buttons appearing in forms in the pages as well as just the incredibly rudimentary visuals that come about it due to lack of css/theming knowledge, so the styling is just minimal enough to allow the content to pull the users in.

    Just looking at this page makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and it's not because I'm a Microsoft fan: https://web.archive.org/web/19990203104923/http://www.microsoft.com/

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    The soundtrack is incredible! Especially The Wind Can Be Still track - that song alone can cheer me up on even the worst days.

    The soundtrack is incredible! Especially The Wind Can Be Still track - that song alone can cheer me up on even the worst days.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Always glad to see a Bone Thungs-N-Harmony listener!

    Always glad to see a Bone Thungs-N-Harmony listener!

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Quitting Reddit follow up thread in ~talk

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    What really helped me limit my usage for websites (initially Facebook and Instagram, then Reddit) was setting up my PiHole to block those domains. Not only was it effective at getting rid of ads...

    What really helped me limit my usage for websites (initially Facebook and Instagram, then Reddit) was setting up my PiHole to block those domains. Not only was it effective at getting rid of ads across devices, but it was also effective at making me go "ah yes, I've blocked this because I'm trying to avoid using it. Right, on I go avoiding it then".

    But recently I've tried AdGuard Home and not only is it incredibly user friendly and braindead simple to switch off services (there is literally a page where you can just turn off popular websites like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Steam, Reddit, etc), but for me PiHole was pretty fiddly to set up while AdGuard Home is super simple and very reliable.

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  10. Comment on Reddit announces online presence indicators in ~tech

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    I'm honestly glad I've made a move to reddit alternative like teddit or libreddit. These alternatives are focussed on being a privacy front-end to reddit, but the unintended benefit to this is...

    I'm honestly glad I've made a move to reddit alternative like teddit or libreddit. These alternatives are focussed on being a privacy front-end to reddit, but the unintended benefit to this is that these alternatives do not get subjected to the same crap as reddit itself while both support different visual styles of reddit (teddit resembles old reddit while libreddit resembles new mobile-friendly reddit).

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

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    I just got my copy of The Outer Wilds for the PS4 and started playing last night! Haven't made it too far truth be told.

    I just got my copy of The Outer Wilds for the PS4 and started playing last night! Haven't made it too far truth be told.

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

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    I've been working on libreddit. Not in a big way, but small CSS/HTML changes that are styling fixes. I do coding at work and it's nice to have a small little project that I can contribute the odd...

    I've been working on libreddit. Not in a big way, but small CSS/HTML changes that are styling fixes.

    I do coding at work and it's nice to have a small little project that I can contribute the odd bit of code to and have a positive impact not only for myself, but to others.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Is Firefox still a good (enough) browser for privacy? in ~comp

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    Thanks for this comment. I've updated my post accordingly.

    Thanks for this comment. I've updated my post accordingly.

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  14. Comment on What were/are your favorite flash/browser games? in ~games

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    I'm surprised nobody has bought up Pico 8. A psuedo gameboy style fantasy console with restrictions on what can be displayed on screen but not necessarily the cart size. You'll find so many well...

    I'm surprised nobody has bought up Pico 8. A psuedo gameboy style fantasy console with restrictions on what can be displayed on screen but not necessarily the cart size.

    You'll find so many well done games for the Pico 8 that at times it could rival games that have released in recent years.

    Some of my favourites:

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    I ended up buying Pluralsight this year as a way to try and cover any gaps in my coding knowledge when I'm bored of Netflix and gaming. So far, it was pretty neat - at least with the Ruby and RoR...

    I ended up buying Pluralsight this year as a way to try and cover any gaps in my coding knowledge when I'm bored of Netflix and gaming.

    So far, it was pretty neat - at least with the Ruby and RoR tutorials. Those were incredibly short and sweet.

    Now I've tried a Swift course (as one of my weaknesses was Swift and iOS, and I want to be able to tackle at least one of them and do a hello world on iOS in pure native code rather than relying on React Native) and honestly it feels like my brain is going to escape my head. Not because it is hard, but because the topics covered in the nearly 2 hours I've done so far have been incredibly rudimentary. So much so that I've given up today and went to the https://docs.swift.org and I'm just learning the bits through the language guide. Much faster and efficient.

    So I guess my question is does anyone use any other aids like Pluralsight to keep on top of their learning, or how do you keep on top of languages and/or gaps in the knowledge?

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  16. Comment on Is Firefox still a good (enough) browser for privacy? in ~comp

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    It depends what you mean by privacy. For me, when I think of online privacy, I think of online services only collecting the info that is relevant to their service and nothing more. For example,...

    It depends what you mean by privacy.

    For me, when I think of online privacy, I think of online services only collecting the info that is relevant to their service and nothing more. For example, Google collecting information about what searches I perform as I type my queries into Google I can understand. Having Google track my online behaviour with Google Analytics, AMP, and whatnot is what I call overreaching, overbearing, and an invasion of my privacy.

    In this case, I've found that Firefox with uBlock Origin does a decent job at stopping a good deal of that privacy invasion. Out of the box, it blocks a lot of Javascript and web browser defaults (like preloading) and you can configure it to go even further. Hell, you can flat out tell it to disable JS, images, fonts, all sorts on websites without any additional extra plugins. Not only that, but Firefox isn't in the data broker business and have built their brand on privacy first, so it would be foolish of them to start being invasive with my data as I go about the internet. I cannot say the same with Google Chrome or even Microsoft's Edge browser (as good as it is). Brave browser is made by an ad company, so no doubt they don't really care that much about privacy - at least not as much as Mozilla.

    However, there's that other kind of privacy that other people online talk about. Not being tracked whatsoever, not leaving a trail, etc. To me at least, that's just a laughable idea - the fact that I went online and typed "www.tildes.net" meant that connections to a good few servers had to happen for the browser to even understand where that points to (DNS) and then going to Tildes, which exposes my IP address (and my IP address pretty much exposes the town where I live). Online smartypants might go "well just unplug and replug in your modem lololol" but the problem with that is that my ISP already knows I've visited Tildes and very likely keeps record logs of which customer with which IP went to whatever website. Use a VPN? All I've done is offloaded that information from my ISP to a private company. And to me, the privacy subreddit has this sort of tinfoil-hat conspiracy like thinking which is pretty dangerous if unchecked.

    Now true, Mozilla does have things like Google search as default and it will send websites to Google's Safe Browsing service. Some people will see that as a "betrayal" of Mozilla. But if you realise Mozilla has to cater to the general public as well as techies, then having that service set as on as default while allowing it to be turned off in the about:config is a good compromise - their users are less likely to get phished when they go to www.paypal.com-realwebsite.org or whatever, and techies who know better can turn that off. The only other browser that I know that is equal or better than Firefox is Safari, but for me it has too many compromises to be of use (mac only, and extensions are a nightmare).

    Turns out the above isn't even true thanks to @dblohm7's linked article. Only the download gets sent to Google, and only in very specific examples (i.e. when all possible options have been exhausted). The article goes to show how much Firefox takes privacy into consideration, so I'd say read that, as that should tell you how much Mozilla takes privacy seriously.

    It's all about moderation and being sensible, really. Nothing you do online is untracable, but you can do your best to avoid being tracked and traced by private data broker companies who just want to pilfer through your data to make $$$ of you.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on What were the best games you played this year? in ~games

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    I've actually got Dusk and Receiver, but I never tried Amid Evil or Receiver 2. Maybe I should fix that...

    I've actually got Dusk and Receiver, but I never tried Amid Evil or Receiver 2. Maybe I should fix that...

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What were the best games you played this year? in ~games

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    The ones that come to mind for me are: Animal Crossing - the gameplay loop, while "boring", was unexciting in a nice way that didn't hurt or exhaust my brain after a while The Takeover - Recently...

    The ones that come to mind for me are:

    • Animal Crossing - the gameplay loop, while "boring", was unexciting in a nice way that didn't hurt or exhaust my brain after a while
    • The Takeover - Recently got this on the Switch. It's pretty much Streets of Rage in everything but the name, but with some extra things in the gameplay that I never would've thought would've worked in this genre, but it does a magnificent job
    • Red Dead Redemption - After playing the second one this year and borrowing my brother's PS4, I got to stream RDR and oh man I forgot how much I just loved this game. A good part of it is because the physics in this game is super forgiving unlike in RDR2 (my horse is basically a bullet and I've accidentally ran over a few people now with zero consequence. Try that in RDR2).
    • Forager - while I played it, I was absolutely hooked on this game. And then I got to a point where everything was nearly automated for me and I got a bit bored and played something else. But levelling up was fantastic and I really enjoyed the gameplay loop while it lasted.
    • Forza Horizon 4 - HOLY SMOKES I was not expecting to even enjoy this game, let alone fall in love with it. OK, sure, it's got microtransactions and loot box shenanigans everywhere, but in terms of actual gameplay it is just so fun to drive these cars - from the low end crappy cars to the super exotic ones. I got this as part of the £5/mo Windows Xbox streaming service thing and man it was such a good bargain. I'm actually seriously contemplating buying a Xbox Series S just to play this game. It has won me over that much. That, and any Forza titles if I'm honest. I'm not even a racing person truth be told, I just love the way driving feels in Forza and in FH4 the UK setting (which I'm from, and it's so rare to see a UK based setting).

    But the crowning king has to go to The Last of Us Part 2. The story on closer inspection is a bit iffy, but the combat mechanics and the beat-to-beat gameplay is so good that none of that matters. I want to do a second playthrough, but I've got all these other games that I want to play through first (and I prefer to go into TLOU2 fresh again).

    6 votes
  19. Comment on What were the best games you played this year? in ~games

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    I absolutely love Ultrakill. When I saw the videos and saw the pixelated graphics with the fountains of blood, I was a bit skeptical because that's like a good chunk of Steam shovelware. But man,...

    I absolutely love Ultrakill. When I saw the videos and saw the pixelated graphics with the fountains of blood, I was a bit skeptical because that's like a good chunk of Steam shovelware. But man, it is just clenches fist so good!

    It's a lot like Doom Eternal in that it has this incredibly satisfying gameplay dance where you need to get up and close in the enemies face to get their blood in order to heal your health. But a lot of enemies do massive damage up close if you aren't careful. Trying to hide away is a great way to get killed as you stop replenishing your health.

    It also proves that guns with no reloading/unlimited ammo mechanics works so well. It wasn't until Ultrakill that I realised how unnecessary pointless and bogged down the whole reload ammo "minigame" in FPSes are. Maybe if games did something interesting with the mechanic (e.g. clip has a lot of ammo, but reloading has a time cost that, once done, gives you critical damage and has a cool-off period) then I'd happily be on board with it.

    5 votes