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  1. Comment on A NASA intern stole $21 million worth of moon rocks. He wanted to have sex on them. in ~space

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    I very well might be misremembering this, or mixing it up with another story, but I swear this was featured on one of those weird sex shows that was on Spike TV back when that was a thing

    20 bucks this will be a comedy mini-series by the end of the decade.

    I very well might be misremembering this, or mixing it up with another story, but I swear this was featured on one of those weird sex shows that was on Spike TV back when that was a thing

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Built-in FTP implementation to be removed in Firefox 90 in ~tech

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    Here's the original announcement from last March stating the reason (security, age of the FTP code, etc.) Kind of a bummer. Certainly not a feature I use with much regularity, but it is incredibly...

    Here's the original announcement from last March stating the reason (security, age of the FTP code, etc.)

    Kind of a bummer. Certainly not a feature I use with much regularity, but it is incredibly convenient when you come across the occasional FTP directory. Hopefully the handoff from Firefox to FileZilla is smooth.

    5 votes
  3. 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 a lot of Skyrim lately. I've owned it since it came out on PC, but I've never been able to really get into it. I'll play a few hours, lose interest in the character, then take a...

    I've been playing a lot of Skyrim lately. I've owned it since it came out on PC, but I've never been able to really get into it. I'll play a few hours, lose interest in the character, then take a break. Come back to it, start over, repeat the cycle. Most recently I tried again and just found the kb/mouse controls and the UI to be a huge pain in the ass.

    But then I bought an Xbox Series S and Skyrim was available with GamePass. So I gave it a shot with a controller for the first time and I've put at least a dozen hours into it the last week. Everything just works better in the game with a controller.

    I went with a 2H plate barbarian type of character. Joined the Companions, became a werewolf, and I've been having a blast. I'm kind of feeling the urge to reroll as a caster, but I think I may just do the main storyline with my melee character and then start fresh with the caster and focus on side quests.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Age of Empires IV - Gameplay trailer in ~games

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    The box copy of AoE3 came with a promo pamphlet that showed what future AoE titles might look like. IIRC, it showed a WW2 era title and a futuristic warfare title. Not sure if that was ever their...

    The box copy of AoE3 came with a promo pamphlet that showed what future AoE titles might look like. IIRC, it showed a WW2 era title and a futuristic warfare title. Not sure if that was ever their actual intention, but I'm glad they didn't go through with it. As much as I loved the original and 3, I greatly prefer the eras represented in 2.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Zemo and New Cap: Lawful evil or lawful neutral? in ~tv

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    I'm finding Zemo to be one of my favorite characters in the MCU because of this show. His actions are awful (bombing the UN, framing Bucky, etc.), but his reasoning is solid, imo. Super soldiers...

    I'm finding Zemo to be one of my favorite characters in the MCU because of this show. His actions are awful (bombing the UN, framing Bucky, etc.), but his reasoning is solid, imo. Super soldiers are problematic for society and the Avengers were causing a ton of unchecked collateral damage. He also doesn't seem to be particularly evil in philosophy. He hates fascists (Hyrda) and he hates supremacy...both pretty agreeable stances. He's also got some sick dance moves. More often than not his beliefs are in line with what we'd consider a good person's to be, but he's willing to do evil things to reach his goals.

    New Cap...Man I hate him. But he's also been tasked with an impossible mission. The government expect him to be the next Captain America, but didn't give him the advantage (super soldier serum) that Steve had. Yet he's still being put up against super soldiers and expected to perform as Steve did. He's destined to fail and that weighs heavily on him and that finally took its toll in today's episode. I think ultimately he's a good guy with good intentions, but he's clearly got anger issues, he's impatient, and on top of that he's forced to live in the shadow of Steve Rogers. In other words, he's a terrible Captain America and while I empathize with the situation he's found himself in, I can't wait until I don't have to see his goofy-ass face anymore.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Yahoo Answers will shut down and delete its archives on May 4 in ~tech

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    Quora's a good successor for the intended function of Yahoo Answers. But sadly not a worthy comedic successor! Fortunately there's enough stupidity on twitter, tumblr, facebook, and reddit to...

    Quora's a good successor for the intended function of Yahoo Answers. But sadly not a worthy comedic successor! Fortunately there's enough stupidity on twitter, tumblr, facebook, and reddit to generate memes for decades.

    Also it's a shame that they're canning the archives as well. Presumably there are some decent (or comedic like "how is babby formed?") answers on there that would be worth archiving in a read-only format.

    14 votes
  7. Comment on Marvel Studios' Loki - Official trailer in ~tv

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    I've spent the last few months catching up on Marvel stuff and so Loki's progression as a character across the Thor films and the intro of Infinity War is fresh in my mind. When I first heard this...

    I've spent the last few months catching up on Marvel stuff and so Loki's progression as a character across the Thor films and the intro of Infinity War is fresh in my mind. When I first heard this show would feature Avengers-era Loki I kind of lost all interest in it. The reason I like Loki is because of everything that happened after Avengers.

    But this trailer...I have to admit I am kind of excited to watch this now. And I may never enjoy this version of Loki like I did main timeline Loki, but it still looks like a fun show.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Soviet TV version of Lord of the Rings rediscovered after thirty years in ~tv

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    The rave scene is fantastic. The whole thing looks like someone tried to do Lord of the Rings in the style of a community theater's take on a Dickens play.

    The rave scene is fantastic.

    The whole thing looks like someone tried to do Lord of the Rings in the style of a community theater's take on a Dickens play.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on RIP SpaceJam.com, 1996-2021 in ~tech

  10. Comment on The Jewish roots of Old Bay Seasoning in ~humanities

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    The Old Bay Summer Ale mentioned at the end is some weird stuff. I love it, since I love Old Bay, but I've not encountered many others that do! Also fuck McCormick for being anti-competitive...

    The Old Bay Summer Ale mentioned at the end is some weird stuff. I love it, since I love Old Bay, but I've not encountered many others that do!

    Also fuck McCormick for being anti-competitive antisemitic pieces of shit for half a century before buying Old Bay. I was previously unaware of their history with the seasoning prior to their purchasing of it, and now I don't know what to do with that knowledge.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on There's no "right" way to play a game, and Twitch streamers are sick of being shamed for playing on easy in ~games

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    I had this realization a few years ago for myself. There are just some games where I know I'm playing a movie wrapped up as a video game (Naughty Dog games come to mind) and I'm definitely in it...

    I had this realization a few years ago for myself. There are just some games where I know I'm playing a movie wrapped up as a video game (Naughty Dog games come to mind) and I'm definitely in it for the story, not the challenging game play. So I usually play their games on lower difficulties. Get to feel OP and experience a story without the disruption of death.

    And then there are games where I set out to get good at the game. Usually simulation, strategy, resource management, etc. games. I'll start on normal and ramp up the difficulty until I feel like I've mastered the game. And the best part is that it can take years. I'm still not playing Civ V on its highest difficulty after all these years. I've been slowly making my way through FrostPunk's scenarios on medium for weeks now...I'm terrified of the higher difficulties. But It's fun.

    And ultimately if you make a big stink about someone else's decisions that don't impact you, you're being a dick.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Do you tend to participate in April fools day? in ~talk

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    I usually check in on the well-known participants (google, reddit, etc.) because they're usually good for a laugh and are clearly jokes. Everything else I just kind of ignore. I don't read the...

    I usually check in on the well-known participants (google, reddit, etc.) because they're usually good for a laugh and are clearly jokes. Everything else I just kind of ignore. I don't read the news, I don't use social media much, etc.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Evil Genius 2 released in ~games

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    This one is kind of a technicality, but Kingdom Hearts III (PS4/XB1) was released 14 years after Kingdom Hearts II (PS2). Of course there were a bunch of HD re-releases and side games released in...

    This one is kind of a technicality, but Kingdom Hearts III (PS4/XB1) was released 14 years after Kingdom Hearts II (PS2). Of course there were a bunch of HD re-releases and side games released in between, but the core numbered series on console went 14 years between releases.

    But I'm really excited to play Evil Genius 2. The first game had so much character and embodied the 60s campy spy era I fell in love with because of TF2 and The Incredibles.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on We selected 10,000 American neighborhoods at random. If we dropped you into one of them, could you guess how most people there voted? in ~misc

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    63%, but pretty much only because most of the ones I got right were either clearly rural or clearly urban areas. I did abysmally on the suburbs though. Really hard to tell southern California,...

    63%, but pretty much only because most of the ones I got right were either clearly rural or clearly urban areas. I did abysmally on the suburbs though. Really hard to tell southern California, Texas, and the states between apart when you're not too familiar with those areas.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on LEGO wins design patent case against German company at EU court – critics say the firm is using its heft to crush competition in ~finance

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    Not sure why the article wouldn't include a picture of the brick in question, but from the description and year of introduction it sounds like it's the minifig baseplate (that's what I call it...

    Not sure why the article wouldn't include a picture of the brick in question, but from the description and year of introduction it sounds like it's the minifig baseplate (that's what I call it anyway). Exclusively used in the minifigure polybag collectable series.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on How did the USSR react to JFK's assassination? in ~humanities

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    Half expected a link to Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" video ;) But anyway this is a great, quick little breakdown of the post-assassination diplomacy that took place. Does anyone know of any good books...

    Half expected a link to Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" video ;)

    But anyway this is a great, quick little breakdown of the post-assassination diplomacy that took place. Does anyone know of any good books or other videos that might go into more detail?

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Marc Maron interviews Serj Tankian from System of a Down in ~music

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    Haven't listened yet (paused to type this up), but I am so excited that Serj and System are popping up again after all these years. I know it's largely because of what's going on in Armenia, and...

    Haven't listened yet (paused to type this up), but I am so excited that Serj and System are popping up again after all these years. I know it's largely because of what's going on in Armenia, and that's an unfortunate reason for them to be back, but I am glad to have SOAD popping up again.

    Definitely one of my absolute favorite bands of all time. I distinctly remember buying each and every one of their albums in my teens. I remember hearing Chop Suey, Science, and Toxicity across a few different video games and thinking "oh man I love this band, what albums do I need to buy to hear those?" and then it was all on Toxicity and man that was a great day.

    Anyway, going to give it a listen and share thoughts here afterwards :)

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    Thoughts:

    • The similar experiences between Marc's Jewish heritage and Serj's Armenian heritage is really interesting.
    • I'd never even heard of the Velvet Revolution before this somehow. Excited to see the movie about it.
    • The Atlantic records story is fascinating and just boosts my already high regard for Serj.
    • I don't know how I survived Trump's 4 years without a System album.
    3 votes
  18. Comment on Democraciv: Fake government plays Civilization in ~games

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    Have you ever played a multiplayer game with multiple civs played like this? I'd imagine it would result in some real-world espionage, but I bet that would be a blast to watch!

    Have you ever played a multiplayer game with multiple civs played like this? I'd imagine it would result in some real-world espionage, but I bet that would be a blast to watch!

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Hurricane China: How to prepare in ~misc

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    That's a pretty accurate description of most tech things on Medium.

    That's a pretty accurate description of most tech things on Medium.

    1 vote
  20. Quitting Reddit follow up thread

    Last week there was a discussion where a few folks took the plunge and quit reddit, including myself. @acdw mentioned us having a ~noreddit community to support each other and I actually really...

    Last week there was a discussion where a few folks took the plunge and quit reddit, including myself.

    @acdw mentioned us having a ~noreddit community to support each other and I actually really liked the idea. But in lieu of that, I thought maybe a follow up thread might be a good idea. Just to see how everyone who quit reddit is doing, what challenges they've faced, and maybe share alternative ways to kill time.


    For me, I've done pretty well. I've been to reddit a few times by accident (damn you, muscle memory!), scrolled a little, then remembered I quit. Then I mov on to something else. In its place I've spent a lot more time on twitter and medium. I have a very strong love/hate relationship with both of those sites. There's a lot of decent content there, but there's a ton of garbage to sift through. Very much like reddit in that regard, but not quite as easy to fine-tune, imo.

    Anyone got any good recommendations?

    42 votes