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  1. Comment on I am fighting back by switching this website from HTML to PDF in ~comp

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    I have so far seen one serviceable-to-good PDF reflow and that was on my sadly crushed iRiver eInk reader. IIRC the PDF reader on that thing was made by Adobe.

    I have so far seen one serviceable-to-good PDF reflow and that was on my sadly crushed iRiver eInk reader. IIRC the PDF reader on that thing was made by Adobe.

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  2. Comment on You really need to quit Twitter in ~tech

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    That is what I do as well, but for specific gaming. My Twitter account is primarily bound to my Switch, since that is (was) the easiest (and least privacy-messy) way to get screenshots and...

    That is what I do as well, but for specific gaming. My Twitter account is primarily bound to my Switch, since that is (was) the easiest (and least privacy-messy) way to get screenshots and recordings into the public. I don’t follow anything else (or much at all really), and I just “enjoy” the filter bubble.

    That being said, even within the bubble I do see that the μ-blog format (short, ephemeral, non-searchable, “if you missed it you’re too late”) is prone to quick quips instead of thought through writing, so I still very much dislike it.

    The way I see Twitter is a burning pile of garbage just begging everyone to be a stabby bastard, but in that vast landfill of quips and memes, there’re small refugee camps where people try to make the best of it and comfort each other.

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  3. Comment on GitHub Copilot is not infringing your copyright in ~tech

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    I have yet to read Reda’s article, and don’t think I’ll go through the pain of reading the actual paper, but am a lawyer and read Guadamuz’ article on the same topic. The crux, as you point it, is...

    I have yet to read Reda’s article, and don’t think I’ll go through the pain of reading the actual paper, but am a lawyer and read Guadamuz’ article on the same topic.

    The crux, as you point it, is indeed in whether if there was no license the use would constitute a copyright infringement or not. A license (by definition) is just specific rights granted to you by the licensor that go beyond what the law gives you.

    (Then there is the question how much non-license, contractual obligations a FOSS license can carry, but that’s another topic and one that causes heated debates between US and EU lawyers.)

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  5. Comment on Looking for suggestions of investigation-based games in ~games

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    A tiny bit on the light side, but great audio-visual package and I enjoyed it quite a bit is Fé

    A tiny bit on the light side, but great audio-visual package and I enjoyed it quite a bit is

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  6. Comment on Looking for suggestions of investigation-based games in ~games

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    To add to Myst, I’m currently playing something similar – The Eyes of Ara. Intriguing story that you uncover and some of the puzzles are quite challenging. Some of them have in-game ways how to...

    To add to Myst, I’m currently playing something similar – The Eyes of Ara. Intriguing story that you uncover and some of the puzzles are quite challenging. Some of them have in-game ways how to skip them as well, if you don’t fancy them.

  7. Comment on Looking for suggestions of investigation-based games in ~games

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    Paradise Killer is really something else. A big part of what makes it special is that you can accuse (and prove to have prosecuted) anyone and everyone of the main characters. To the extend, that...

    Paradise Killer is really something else. A big part of what makes it special is that you can accuse (and prove to have prosecuted) anyone and everyone of the main characters. To the extend, that you can finish the game right away by just having the most obvious suspect prosecuted and be done with it. …or, you interrogate everyone and search for clues everywhere in the 3D environment and uncover more and more of the truth.

    Ultimately, even after you gather enough proof to satisfy you (as said, game is fine with you just accusing the main suspect), you can start the trial and then you need to present the evidence. So it’s up to you who you accuse (even falsely, if you decide so) and which evidence you bring for that.

    Than after the the trial, you can still navigate the world and continue your interaction with the characters and how they lives changed after the trial.

    Ultimately, there may be one truth in the sense how things played out before you started investigating, but there is no right or wrong ending – the truth is what you make of it. And the “true” ending is the one you’re most pleased with.

  8. Comment on ArchLabs 2021.05.02 Release in ~comp

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    Thank you and @Dobbie03 both for your answers. That makes sense to me. I’ll probably stick with Manjaro for the time being, but will keep an eye on ArchLabs :)

    Thank you and @Dobbie03 both for your answers. That makes sense to me. I’ll probably stick with Manjaro for the time being, but will keep an eye on neo-#! ArchLabs :)

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  9. Comment on ArchLabs 2021.05.02 Release in ~comp

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    What makes it different from e.g. Manjaro?

    What makes it different from e.g. Manjaro?

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  10. Comment on The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles will be released in English on July 27, 2021 for PC, Switch, and PS4 in ~games

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    I know Ace Attorney is a cult classic in its genre, but I still haven't gathered the courage to pick one up yet for fear of being let down by oversimplification of the detective work and proving...

    I know Ace Attorney is a cult classic in its genre, but I still haven't gathered the courage to pick one up yet for fear of being let down by oversimplification of the detective work and proving one's innocence/guilt in court. (As a lawyer, there is some professional baggage here, I know.)

    I really enjoyed Murdered by Numbers and am hooked by Paradise Killer, but from what it seems to me, what I most enjoy in those titles is exactly what sets them apart from the classic.

    How is Ace Attorney different from just Murder by Numbers without nonograms/picross?

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

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    My go to rupee farming spot is the bowling game in the snow area.

    My go to rupee farming spot is the bowling game in the snow area.

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

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    I’m looking forward to its Switch release. Is it really a 20' run every time? If so, this might make it even cooler to me :)

    I’m looking forward to its Switch release. Is it really a 20' run every time? If so, this might make it even cooler to me :)

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

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    I have not participated in this thread in a while, even though I have played (and finished) games in between, but today I want to talk about a game I started playing a week ago (it’s on sale now)...

    I have not participated in this thread in a while, even though I have played (and finished) games in between, but today I want to talk about a game I started playing a week ago (it’s on sale now) and have become positively obsessed with it – Winbound.

    It is an extremely satisfying survival adventure game with sailing, crafting, souls-like combat that manages to hit the balance between relaxing and intense just right. The story seems to be about a lost civilisation and its fall (but I have not finished it yet.

    I very warmly recommend it (much longer description below).

    At a first glance you might brush it off as BotW clone due to the visual style and the (optional, craftable) glider – but that would be a huge mistake.

    They do share some similarities (that even BotW took from other games before it), but the combination stands very much on its own feet.

    You need to craft everything from tools, weapons, food, ships, armour. While in BotW you could just hoard everything, here you have a limited inventory (5 slots, before you start crafting bags) and everything wears down, as well as food spoils. The combat is pretty brutal, where a larger animal can basically 2-shot (or even 1-shot) you, while most of the easier to create weapons just nibble at their health. To the point it’s comparable to a Souls-like. The story is divided into 5 chapters each of which a section of a sea with a handful of islands. So sailing can take a huge part of your time – which is great, because it’s really well implemented.

    If you ever sailed, it’s on point. Seriously, I haven’t had that much fun sailing in a game since Sid Meier’s Pirates! way back in the 90’s.

    Between chapters you have to perform a tough sailing trial through a stormy tunnel and then you learn a bit more about what happened to the world (and what is your role in all of this?). There are also additional story pieces scattered throughout the islands, if you find them.

    When you die, you either start from the very beginning of the game with just the items you held on your body (normal mode), or beginning of the chapter with much more items (easy mode) .

    Between the runs, you do keep the crafting recipes, sea shards and blessings you found though. So that is the rogue-lite element.

    Also of note is that the world is procedurally generated, so no two runs are the exact same. There are different ways you can tackle a run as well, with several achievements (e.g. vegetarian/carnivore run, achieving max speed with boat) and blessings (e.g. unbreakable spear, sneaking makes you invisible) spicing things up.

    Also apparently you can dive and explore the sea that way as well, but while I have already found that blessing, I am saving it for after I beat the game at least once :slightly_smiling_face: So far my best run was to die in chapter 4 (normal mode).
    I had the game for about a week now, and I’m pretty sure I played over 15h already (Switch does not show the number of hours yet) and I’m not going to stop any time soon.

    Oh, and it has a free sailing mode, where you have unlimited resources, no enemies, no hunger …and you just build your boat(s) and sail around in them as you please.

    In the normal game, hunger causes you to lose stamina, and once your stamina is completely depleted, it causes also your health to go down. So hunting, gathering, cooking and resource management is very much a question of survival.

    I waited for a sale just in case, but TBH if I paid full price I would still find it very well deserved. Once I beat the game I’m going to buy the DLC outfit that was part of the pre-order package, just to show support.

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

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    If you do that, I suggest using the Facebook Container add-on in Firefox …you know what, I suggest you use that (perhaps also Multi-Account Containers add-on) regardless whether you use Facebook...

    If you want to drop Facebook though, I gotta say it’s not that hard. You can keep your own account and just stop visiting it. If you only visit mbasic.Facebook.com all the adware garbage to try and catch and keep your attention goes away. And even when I see something on someone’s timeline I’ve taken to just emailing them or texting them instead of replying within the Facebook platform.

    If you do that, I suggest using the Facebook Container add-on in Firefox …you know what, I suggest you use that (perhaps also Multi-Account Containers add-on) regardless whether you use Facebook or not!

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  15. Comment on Mozilla VPN desktop client now available on Linux in ~tech

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    That makes sense, thank you.

    That makes sense, thank you.

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  16. Comment on Mozilla VPN desktop client now available on Linux in ~tech

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    Can someone explain to me why I would need a separate piece of software for this (and many other VPN) instead of just relying on the VPN integration in NetworkManager?

    Can someone explain to me why I would need a separate piece of software for this (and many other VPN) instead of just relying on the VPN integration in NetworkManager?

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  17. Comment on Do you carry a knife with with you? If so, what type/company? in ~hobbies

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    From the UK I find Betty’s / Taylors of Harrogate to be pretty good. East India Tea Company can also have som good stuff. For darjeeling, assam etc., I haven’t found a better choice than Vahdam,...

    From the UK I find Betty’s / Taylors of Harrogate to be pretty good. East India Tea Company can also have som good stuff.

    For darjeeling, assam etc., I haven’t found a better choice than Vahdam, which is Indian-owned and claims to package directly from plantations.

    As for flavoured teas, my go-to brand for the past few years has been Kusmi, but they also have some hit-or-miss ones. In general I feel the French have a pretty good grasp at flavoured blends, as complanies like Mariage Frères and Damman Frères are at least as good, but probably a bit harder to get. The Austrian Demmer has some good ones as well (I really like their Sacher tea).

    For Souchong specifically (I love their Tarry, but their Tiger is a bit too strong even for me), I like Le Palais des Thés, but since they closed shop in my town, I haven’t bought anything from them yet.

    That being said, we have quite a few different tea houses in my town, so I’m a bit spoilt for choice even when it comes to brick and mortar shops.

    For Chinese teas I like Tea Vivre quite a bit. But haven’t ordered any in a long time. Part of the reason is that I manage to source quality teas from Japan, China and Taiwan through gift exchanges at conferences ;)

    BTW, if you like your teas earthy, a less known (and younger) tea growing region) is Kenya. Taylor’s has a pretty good Kwazulu.

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  18. Comment on Do you carry a knife with with you? If so, what type/company? in ~hobbies

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    Nope, not at all. Continental EU. Can tell you even that in my experience, the average cuppa in the UK (PG Tips, Lipton and Tetley are meh; Twinning and Sir Winston are mere shadows of their...

    Nope, not at all. Continental EU. Can tell you even that in my experience, the average cuppa in the UK (PG Tips, Lipton and Tetley are meh; Twinning and Sir Winston are mere shadows of their former selves), and Ireland even more so (Barry's tastes of fish) is pretty shite.

    There are far worse though. Hotel (even 4-5 star) coffee and tea can be pretty bad (and super pricey). And conference coffee is an established term for a reason.

    I have to say that the best tea I've had at a conference, was indeed at the Dublin Congress Centre. Of course it wasn't Barry's, but oddly enough while an Irish brand it sported the name of a German master blender.

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  19. Comment on Do you carry a knife with with you? If so, what type/company? in ~hobbies

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    Victorinox Outrider, but with the slider/button safety catch. I have it always in my backpack, and I almost always take my backpack when I go out (apart from just walking the dog). I’ve always had...

    Victorinox Outrider, but with the slider/button safety catch. I have it always in my backpack, and I almost always take my backpack when I go out (apart from just walking the dog). I’ve always had a swiss army knife ever since my dad gave me one when I was a kid.

    As a scout and sailor for many years and my work requires some international travel as well, so there are some parts that I learnt to rely on:

    • knife (preferably with safety slide) – the most practical thing, obviously
    • bottle opener and can opener – self-explanatory (BTW, they double as screwdrivers)
    • corkscrew – I can’t tell you at how many parties, that was the only civilised and safe way to open a bottle of wine
    • scissors – if nothing else, for cutting nails
    • pincers – rarely needed, but when you do get a nasty splinter abroad, it’s brilliant
    • saw – the saw on the Victorinox knife is surprisingly good, if you need to make a bivouac or a fireplace, it does a great job
    • phillips screwdriver – just the right size to open up your laptop if needed
    • hole puncher / awl – the least often used tool for me (apart from the toothpick), but when you need to sew something up (e.g. tent’s canvas) in need, it’s a god-send

    When traveling I also take a foldable spoon and fork, and a miniature spice set with salt, pepper and sugar compartments. I typically also take a few tea bags and a few satchels of instant coffee. Jet lag is bad, but jet lag with crap coffee and crap tea is far worse ;)

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  20. Comment on What do you use for email? in ~tech

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    I’m not familiar with the catch-all concept, but I have a few aliases, of which I only use one for my private use and another one for a specific NGO. The NGO mail gets into a separate folder,...

    I’m not familiar with the catch-all concept, but I have a few aliases, of which I only use one for my private use and another one for a specific NGO. The NGO mail gets into a separate folder, which as I am not that involved anymore I do not get notifications about, and just read at my leisure.

    I don’t use it myself, but my brother makes ample use of the plus notation (howto here) so assuming his actual e-mail address is name@example.com, he would use name+spam@example.com for logins to things he expects spam from, name+finances@example.com for financial stuff and then create filters to either move the messages that come to these addresses to their respective folders or trash them in the +spam@ case.

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