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  1. Comment on Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy in ~news

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    I absolutely agree. It just feels like older generations of a certain mindset are a lost cause and that's a shame. Sometimes folks can see through the bullshit when they're in the thick of it, but...

    I absolutely agree. It just feels like older generations of a certain mindset are a lost cause and that's a shame. Sometimes folks can see through the bullshit when they're in the thick of it, but it doesn't seem like most can. But educating students now is a great way to avoid repeating that mistake. Also, I think folks who grew up (or will grow up) with the internet stand a far better chance of filtering through the BS than those who had it thrust upon them later on in life.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on GOG Galaxy 2.0 - All your games and friends in one place in ~games

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    I find that really infuriating. MS Teams is similarly portable and yet no native linux client exists. Just the neutered web version.

    I find that really infuriating. MS Teams is similarly portable and yet no native linux client exists. Just the neutered web version.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy in ~news

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    I think teaching people how to spot actual fake news, think critically, etc. is wonderful. Hard to imagine it working in the US though. Especially when the term "fake news" was hijacked by Trump...

    I think teaching people how to spot actual fake news, think critically, etc. is wonderful. Hard to imagine it working in the US though. Especially when the term "fake news" was hijacked by Trump and turned into meaning anything that shows him or the GOP in a negative light. There's been solid evidence of Russian meddling in 2016 for a while now, but you'll still get eye rolls from Republicans (mostly older ones in my experience), who dismiss it as some liberal Trump-bashing attempt. These are the people who need to learn think critically the most, but they're too content being told what to think by Fox News and random (very likely Russian-tied) meme factories on social media.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Antergos Linux Project Ends in ~tech

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    You actually can use some GUI applications with WSL using something like Xming. I haven't used it too extensively since there are hardly any GUI linux applications that I use that don't exist on...

    You actually can use some GUI applications with WSL using something like Xming. I haven't used it too extensively since there are hardly any GUI linux applications that I use that don't exist on Windows, but it works really well for Remarkable, which I use when taking notes, writing documentation, etc. I was also able to get a the linux version of phpStorm to run a while back, but that's already cross-platform and Java-based, so no surprise there.

    I suspect that the more complex and graphics-heavy the application is, the more likely you are to run into problems.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Alabama Public Television refuses to air 'Arthur' episode with gay wedding in ~lgbt

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    I'm sure you know this, but the anti-censorship free speech crowd don't seem to mind when the government violates free speech, just private companies and only when it's their preferred type of...

    I'm sure you know this, but the anti-censorship free speech crowd don't seem to mind when the government violates free speech, just private companies and only when it's their preferred type of speech. And this would qualify as government, right, since it's publicly funded television?

    17 votes
  6. Comment on What should I do with all my old tech junk? in ~tech

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    The quick way to destroy an old drive is to drill some holes into it. The fun, overkill way is to take it apart, remove the platters, scratch them up to hell and back, drill holes in them, then...

    The quick way to destroy an old drive is to drill some holes into it. The fun, overkill way is to take it apart, remove the platters, scratch them up to hell and back, drill holes in them, then recycle each piece separately at different facilities.

    Also, if you're willing to write up what you've got, I'm sure folks here (myself included) would be glad to pay shipping (and more if desired) for some of it.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on The Sealed Garden That Was Only Watered Once in 53 Years in ~enviro

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    Terrarium building is a really cheap and easy hobby to get into. After watching a few how-to videos I ran to the store and bought everything I needed for less than $10 (Just a glass jar and...

    Terrarium building is a really cheap and easy hobby to get into. After watching a few how-to videos I ran to the store and bought everything I needed for less than $10 (Just a glass jar and aquarium gravel). If you've got glass jars and gravel (or just smaller stones) around, you can essentially start it for free. The dirt, the plants, the critters, etc. all came from my backyard for free.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What ruined Hanna-Barbera? in ~tv

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    I wasn't aware of the connection between Cartoon Network and Hanna-Barbera, but that certainly explains Sea Lab, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, and a handful of Johnny Quest crossovers in...

    I wasn't aware of the connection between Cartoon Network and Hanna-Barbera, but that certainly explains Sea Lab, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, and a handful of Johnny Quest crossovers in Venture Bros.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Adobe Warns Customers of Potential Legal Action for Using Older Versions of Creative Cloud Apps in ~tech

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    It really depends on the programming language you're writing code for. Some languages advance slowly, so sticking around on an older IDE version is fine. Some are cutting edge and the IDE needs to...

    It really depends on the programming language you're writing code for. Some languages advance slowly, so sticking around on an older IDE version is fine. Some are cutting edge and the IDE needs to be as well. Others sit somewhere in the middle.

    In terms of why their licensing is so generous, I think it's because they have an uphill battle with a ton of competition. Adobe on the other hand basically holds a monopoly on professional graphic design software. There are alternatives (FOSS ones, even), but if you're working professionally, with other designers, or just want to avoid a major headache, you're using Adobe's software. People can just use FOSS alternatives, but its rare and the second you have to interact with someone that uses or expects an adobe file format, you've got a headache to deal with.

    But with programming there are generally no proprietary filetypes, formats, etc. It's all just text that can be written in just about any text editor out there. That means there are a ton of free options out there, forcing the paid software guys to keep their prices low and their subscriptions generous.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on If Tildes goes public, how will it keep spammers away while still respecting privacy? in ~tildes

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    With invite-only comes a lower (and hopefully more active?) population on the site, which means less appeal to spammers. I think the trick would be to find a sweet spot where the population is low...

    With invite-only comes a lower (and hopefully more active?) population on the site, which means less appeal to spammers. I think the trick would be to find a sweet spot where the population is low enough to not appeal to spammers, but high enough to maintain a healthy community.

    You outright cannot keep spammers out, they will find a way in. But you can mitigate their impact and how much the site appeals to them.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on The end of our first campaign in ~games

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    Oh yeah I've been playing with roughly the same group of people for 2-3 years now and we've yet to finish a campaign. The DM has this world she built that we do everything inside of, but the...

    In my experience it's rarer than you might think to actually finish out a campaign.

    Oh yeah I've been playing with roughly the same group of people for 2-3 years now and we've yet to finish a campaign. The DM has this world she built that we do everything inside of, but the actual structured campaign has been broken up three times now due to people dropping out, new people joining, a desire for new characters, etc. Only one person has kept the same character the entire time, but in our defense we're all relatively new and our first characters were doomed from the start.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Adobe Warns Customers of Potential Legal Action for Using Older Versions of Creative Cloud Apps in ~tech

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    The comments in that article seem to suggest that the subscription model is to blame, but I'd argue it's Adobe's implementation of it. A subscription model for such expensive software greatly...

    The comments in that article seem to suggest that the subscription model is to blame, but I'd argue it's Adobe's implementation of it. A subscription model for such expensive software greatly lowers the bar of entry for new designers. Before CC you had to drop a couple hundred dollars on each piece of software you needed. Now it's a much more affordable monthly fee.

    A good example of a company doing it correctly is Jetbrains. They're basically the developer equivalent of Adobe in that they provide a lot of popular IDE software for programmers. But their pricing model is fantastic. They have a perpetual fallback licensing system where if you subscribe for 12 months straight or pay for a year ahead of time, you retain ownership of that year's software version. And if you stay subscribed, each year you get a decent discount each year up to year 3. For example, year 1 of phpStorm is $89, but year 3 and beyond is only $53, so it's a solid drop in price.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on What are your top three favorite games of all time? in ~games

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    I agree that Fallout doesn't need multiplayer, and aside from a handful of fun, but accidental, encounters I haven't really utilized it. I don't like PVP and shy of the last quest none of them...

    I agree that Fallout doesn't need multiplayer, and aside from a handful of fun, but accidental, encounters I haven't really utilized it. I don't like PVP and shy of the last quest none of them require co-op. Those accidental encounters were all a case of someone showing up to do a daily quest I was already in the process of doing. So for me I play it like I did FO4, where exploration, the lore, dungeon-crawling, etc. are my focus. It does get a little frustrating where multiplayer mechanics limit the experience. For example, you're severely limited in size and complexity for your CAMPs (functionally similar to FO4's settlements) and that's really annoying because of how much I enjoyed building in FO4.

    But anyway, while FO76 is definitely built around multiplayer, it can be played like a singleplayer game. But it's totally understandable if some of the sacrifices made to accomplish multiplayer would put you off on the game entirely.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Disney announces dates for new Star Wars movies, MCU Phase 4, and more in ~movies

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    Yes I suppose that would grease the sequel wheels a bit, wouldn't it?

    Yes I suppose that would grease the sequel wheels a bit, wouldn't it?

  15. Comment on Disney announces dates for new Star Wars movies, MCU Phase 4, and more in ~movies

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    My kneejerk reaction to Disney's live action remakes is annoyance, but I have to admit Lion King excites me and I'm stoked to see they're doing a live action Mulan.

    My kneejerk reaction to Disney's live action remakes is annoyance, but I have to admit Lion King excites me and I'm stoked to see they're doing a live action Mulan.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Disney announces dates for new Star Wars movies, MCU Phase 4, and more in ~movies

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    I really don't understand Avatar's appeal. The only interesting thing about it when it came out was how good the CGI was. Nobody ever said "hey check out Avatar, it has a great story!" or "Hey...

    I really don't understand Avatar's appeal. The only interesting thing about it when it came out was how good the CGI was. Nobody ever said "hey check out Avatar, it has a great story!" or "Hey Avatar's characters are super compelling check it!" it was always "Go see Avatar in theaters, it looks amazing". Maybe that's enough to warrant a sequel, but why multiple sequels? Why a theme park?

    4 votes
  17. Comment on What are your top three favorite games of all time? in ~games

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    I was going to ask for your thoughts on FO76, but judging by your thoughts on FO4 needing mods to be playable, I think I know the answer :P Personally I really enjoy it because it fills the void...

    I was going to ask for your thoughts on FO76, but judging by your thoughts on FO4 needing mods to be playable, I think I know the answer :P Personally I really enjoy it because it fills the void left by two games I've played the most -- WoW and FO4. There's enough MMO grindiness in 76 to keep me playing and enough of what I loved about FO4 there to keep me interested while I do it. The main storyline is sloppy, but the overall lore is really fascinating. It's been really cool experiencing post-war USA so close to the bomb drops (I think it's like 30 years?).

    But anyway, FO4...My main character went Minutemen and I've RP'd the hell out of being the General. There are some great mods for that faction and I went all out building up The Castle. Especially had a fun time building a little studio around the Radio Freedom hut (complete with TV cameras, soundboards, and a waiting area for guests). It's just such a fun little faction. It's rooted deep in American history and imo, they're the only morally acceptable faction in the game that stands a chance of fixing it. Especially if they partnered with the Railroad (also deeply rooted in US history, which I love) to bring equality to freed synths.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on The new Windows Terminal in ~comp

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    YEP! I could boot into the installer for Ubuntu and Manjaro fine, run it fine, but when it tried to boot into the OS it would completely freeze. By the end of it, the solution wasn't that...

    YEP! I could boot into the installer for Ubuntu and Manjaro fine, run it fine, but when it tried to boot into the OS it would completely freeze. By the end of it, the solution wasn't that complicated, but finding it was a nightmare. I didn't know it was called "Optimus", so googling and trying out a dozen different incorrect solutions devoured an entire evening.

    I'd kill to be on a desktop where this crap isn't a problem. I've been using Linux (mostly Ubuntu) for 10-15 years now and it wasn't until this laptop that I ever had a problem getting it installed and running on a device.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on The new Windows Terminal in ~comp

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    There's always O&O ShutUp10 to handle it all from one place. Just be sure to run it periodically to make sure updates didn't re-enable stuff. I couple that with PiHole to minimize Window 10's...

    There's always O&O ShutUp10 to handle it all from one place. Just be sure to run it periodically to make sure updates didn't re-enable stuff. I couple that with PiHole to minimize Window 10's nonsense.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on The new Windows Terminal in ~comp

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    Not who you replied to, but here are the two big reasons for me to stay on Windows: We use Office 365 at work and having native software rather than depending on the browser for that stuff is a...

    Not who you replied to, but here are the two big reasons for me to stay on Windows:

    1. We use Office 365 at work and having native software rather than depending on the browser for that stuff is a great convenience. We also use Teams for chat and meetings and while there are a few 3rd party Linux solutions, none of them beat the native experience. For example, screensharing outright doesn't work on Linux and notifications are non-existent. Also accessing Exchange stuff via Thunderbird or other email software on Linux is a pain in the ass. Outlook in the browser is surprisingly great, but still I'd prefer native.
    2. I'm on a work-provided laptop and while we're free to put whatever we want on it, my laptop only has a single HDMI output, so I'm stuck with a single monitor (plus the laptop's, but it's so small and awkward to use). On Windows I can plug in a $35 USB->VGA adapter and it just works. On Linux that cheap adapter doesn't work and while the go-to solution is DisplayLink, that's a colossal mixed bag. The devices are expensive, they made my laptop really unstable, and there's no guarantee it'll work until you try it out. I believe this is largely because of the dual GPU setup of most modern laptops (which is its own nightmare on linux, let me tell you!)

    I love Linux. I've used Ubuntu and Manjaro long-term on that laptop and I really enjoyed the freedom, but it came at the expense of too many conveniences. Windows 10 (once properly configured and liberal use of PiHole is applied) isn't that bad, plus anything I absolutely need linux for can be accomplished with a VM or WSL.

    6 votes