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  1. Comment on What do you like about social media platforms? in ~tech

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    For better or worse, I like that social media allows us to witness, and discuss major events in real-time. Jan 6th I was consumed by twitter. Seeing what journalists, locals, politicians, etc....

    For better or worse, I like that social media allows us to witness, and discuss major events in real-time. Jan 6th I was consumed by twitter. Seeing what journalists, locals, politicians, etc. were saying as the Capitol was stormed was super fascinating. Awful, awful day, but being able to keeps tabs on it like that was really interesting.

    And a little more light-hearted, if it weren't for Facebook I wouldn't know anybody's birthday.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on GameStop's stock has surged 1,500% in nine months after activist investors take board seats along with a massive short squeeze in ~finance

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    Now it's $330! That's almost enough for an xbox I'd purchase from literally anywhere but Gamestop haha. I was curious so I looked at the price of the share when I got it (for free). It was at...

    Now it's $330! That's almost enough for an xbox I'd purchase from literally anywhere but Gamestop haha. I was curious so I looked at the price of the share when I got it (for free). It was at $3.94 and when I sold it, it was at $4.13. Obviously I'm not really shook up about it because nobody could have ever predicted what happened with GME.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What games have you played the "wrong" way? in ~games

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    Throughout my entire childhood and teens I played Pokemon by only focusing on a single Pokemon (often my starter). They did all of my fights, got all of the XP, and I basically steamrolled through...

    Throughout my entire childhood and teens I played Pokemon by only focusing on a single Pokemon (often my starter). They did all of my fights, got all of the XP, and I basically steamrolled through the game. Elite 4 usually required me catching a few high-level burner pokemon I could use while I used restores/potions on my primary Pokemon.

    Then in my 20s I realized this was the "wrong" way and I started to curate a more balanced full team of 6. The game's much more fun and challenging when you play it the "right" way.


    Prior to WoW the only 3D PC RPG I'd ever played was KOTOR1/2, which featured click-to-walk mechanics. And so I played WoW the same way for quite a while before I realized nobody else was doing that. I'm not sure if WoW even still supports that, but I can't imagine being proficient at PVP or even raids without utilizing WASD to walk.

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

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    I started playing GalCiv3 over the weekend after Epic store had it for free. I'm a long time fan of the Civilization series and briefly played GalCiv2, so it seemed like a no-brainer to grab it....

    I started playing GalCiv3 over the weekend after Epic store had it for free. I'm a long time fan of the Civilization series and briefly played GalCiv2, so it seemed like a no-brainer to grab it. The game's tutorial is pretty useless, so I've had to turn to YouTube and some collections of tips on the subreddit. I'm enjoying it so far though, but I'm definitely still learning.

    One of the first things I did was create a custom race based off of the Redwall series. Had to keep it scifi-ish so I named them the Redwolians and then designated "Warrior Martin" as their leader. Might start playing around with the shipbuilder feature to make some appropriately themed ships. Although I doubt the building materials available to mice and badgers make for good ship hulls.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Great foreign shows? in ~tv

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    I recently binged Still Game on Netflix (US, at least). Scottish sitcom about two pensioners, their friends, and their antics. Great characters and great humor. I would suggest subtitles if you...

    I recently binged Still Game on Netflix (US, at least). Scottish sitcom about two pensioners, their friends, and their antics. Great characters and great humor. I would suggest subtitles if you don't have much experience parsing Scottish accents and slang. After 9 seasons, I almost don't need them!

    5 votes
  6. Comment on GameStop's stock has surged 1,500% in nine months after activist investors take board seats along with a massive short squeeze in ~finance

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    Gamestop was my free share when I joined Robinhood earlier this year. Dumped it the second I'd made a few cents off of it (it was doing awful at the time). Whoops! I'll just throw this on the "I...

    Gamestop was my free share when I joined Robinhood earlier this year. Dumped it the second I'd made a few cents off of it (it was doing awful at the time). Whoops! I'll just throw this on the "I sold my meager fractions of a bitcoin way too soon multiple times" pile.

    9 votes
  7. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 20 in ~news

  8. Comment on Are there any viable alternatives for Facebook? in ~tech

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    Personally I trust a Russian company about as little as I trust Facebook, Google, etc.

    Personally I trust a Russian company about as little as I trust Facebook, Google, etc.

    22 votes
  9. Comment on 2020 NFL playoffs are set in ~sports

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    If my backup team (Washington) doesn't pull through, you'll have my support. Us underdogs gotta stick together!

    If my backup team (Washington) doesn't pull through, you'll have my support. Us underdogs gotta stick together!

    2 votes
  10. Comment on 2020 NFL playoffs are set in ~sports

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    It's frustrating being a Dolphins fan seeing them go 10-6 and still not make it to the playoffs. Guess I'll just toss that on the pile of other reasons it's frustrating being a Dolphins fan.

    It's frustrating being a Dolphins fan seeing them go 10-6 and still not make it to the playoffs. Guess I'll just toss that on the pile of other reasons it's frustrating being a Dolphins fan.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on ‘The Mandalorian’ is the most pirated TV-show of 2020 in ~tv

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    Good thing The Mandalorian's a show then, eh?

    Good thing The Mandalorian's a show then, eh?

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What do you use for email? in ~tech

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    I've gone from AOL -> gmail -> zoho mail -> email bundled w/ my webhost -> ProtonMail -> iCloud From Zoho to ProtonMail I had a big privacy/security obsession, but also throughout that time my...

    What email provider do you use?

    I've gone from AOL -> gmail -> zoho mail -> email bundled w/ my webhost -> ProtonMail -> iCloud

    From Zoho to ProtonMail I had a big privacy/security obsession, but also throughout that time my email needs fell off the face of a cliff. A month or so ago I realized iCloud is "good enough" and moved to that.

    What clients do you use?

    Outlook for work, Mail app for Mac/iPhone, and usually the browser on Windows (since I only use it for gaming these days)

    How do you treat your email?

    At work it's critical and it's a great way to archive ideas, conversations, etc. I may need a year or two down the road. It's meticulously organized by folder (although admittedly, my inbox is usually cluttered until I get around to sorting). But personal email...it's just this disposable crap I don't care about. It's pretty much exclusively used for resetting logins, automatic notifications, and order confirmations. I haven't held any lengthy conversations over my personal email in at least 5 years now.

    Anything else you want to share in relation with this?

    It's weird seeing my personal rise and fall of email in my life. It used to be the most important bit of web technology for me, but now I've got Teams, Discord, Facebook Messenger, and the occasional SMS.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Parents warning about harm to children after UK legal decision bans access to puberty blockers in ~lgbt

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    So in cases of major news orgs, is that simply a reflection of who holds political power at the moment, or a reflection of the populace's stance on Transgendered people?

    So in cases of major news orgs, is that simply a reflection of who holds political power at the moment, or a reflection of the populace's stance on Transgendered people?

    8 votes
  14. Comment on What were the most novel, unique, or unusual games you played this year? in ~games

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    Ooblets. It's like a weird mix of Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, Pokemon, and dance-offs. But it certainly has its own unique style and game's humor is really cute/goofy.

    Ooblets. It's like a weird mix of Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, Pokemon, and dance-offs. But it certainly has its own unique style and game's humor is really cute/goofy.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on The Mandalorian | S02E08: The Rescue in ~tv

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    In "Tales from Jabba's Palace", which is non-canonical now, Bib escaped on a private skiff and booked it back to the palace to take control. Although in that book, Bib's comeuppance was a little...

    In "Tales from Jabba's Palace", which is non-canonical now, Bib escaped on a private skiff and booked it back to the palace to take control. Although in that book, Bib's comeuppance was a little more dark. He took back control only for the B'omarr monks (the spider droids with brain jars) to overtake him and make him a member of their order (which is to say they removed his brain and put it in a jar).

    3 votes
  16. Comment on The Mandalorian | S02E08: The Rescue in ~tv

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    I was thinking maybe they could even be deployed from orbit. Their armor seems impervious to blaster fire and the one Din fought didn't seem to be slowed down by a direct hit from a flamethrower....

    I was thinking maybe they could even be deployed from orbit. Their armor seems impervious to blaster fire and the one Din fought didn't seem to be slowed down by a direct hit from a flamethrower. Might mean they could be deployed from space and survive at atmospheric entry.

  17. Comment on The Mandalorian | S02E08: The Rescue in ~tv

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    My wife and I had our twins a few months before the first season started releasing. Back when they were small and could be held, I'd watch each week's episode with them on the couch. So I can't...

    My wife and I had our twins a few months before the first season started releasing. Back when they were small and could be held, I'd watch each week's episode with them on the couch. So I can't help but draw parallels between my journey as a father with Din's. The details are nothing alike, obviously, but as a relatively new father I've always felt that connection to Din and I've always seen a little bit of my own kids in Grogu. The cooing, the awkward steps, the insatiable curiosity (and hunger). I even caught myself mentally referring to Grogu by my son's name once or twice before "Baby Yoda" got a proper name.

    So the final minutes of this episode just tore me up. Din reluctantly giving Grogu up, Grogu reluctantly going with Luke. Luke's line about Grogu basically wanting Din's permission to leave... gah. I wanted to run upstairs and wake my kids up so I could hug them. I teared up just typing this up.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on Sony is pulling Cyberpunk 2077 from the Playstation Store; refunds offered in ~games

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    This whole trainwreck is hilarious to watch, but I also had no real interest in the game. For the sake of those interested in the game, however, I hope they pull a FO76 / No Man's Sky and the game...

    This whole trainwreck is hilarious to watch, but I also had no real interest in the game. For the sake of those interested in the game, however, I hope they pull a FO76 / No Man's Sky and the game ends up substantially better in the coming months/years.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Glitter bomb 3.0 vs. porch pirates in ~hobbies

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    It's bio-degradable glitter, which is the same stuff used in glittery facial makeup, which is eye-safe.

    It's bio-degradable glitter, which is the same stuff used in glittery facial makeup, which is eye-safe.

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

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    Kid Cudi's "Man on the Moon III" released today, so I'm taking it out for a spin right now. Liking it so far!

    Kid Cudi's "Man on the Moon III" released today, so I'm taking it out for a spin right now. Liking it so far!

    7 votes