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  1. Comment on “Get Off My Lawn” Goes Digital: Home surveillance apps and community social networks aren't making anyone safer. They're allowing paranoid jerks to harass their neighbors. in ~life

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    I kinda want to lurk on my area's NextDoor to see what kind of craziness goes down as far as it's userbase, but I also don't want to find out. I already met a busybody talking about "the Mexicans"...

    I kinda want to lurk on my area's NextDoor to see what kind of craziness goes down as far as it's userbase, but I also don't want to find out. I already met a busybody talking about "the Mexicans" playing soccer at the elementary school across the street (it's an organized kids league).

    I hadn't considered the real issues of this sort of online neighborhood watch situation, but it's a bit concerning.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Shovel Knight - Treasure Trove 50% off on all platforms before the final update (King of Cards + Showdown) and price increase in ~games

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    I have it on PC, but may get a copy for Switch because why not? I may play better on Switch (I'm not very far).

    I have it on PC, but may get a copy for Switch because why not? I may play better on Switch (I'm not very far).

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Disney assumes full control of Hulu in deal with Comcast in ~tv

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    Because there is still plenty of competition, at least according to the legal definition from the US government. Is it strong enough to take on what is essentially 21st Century Fox and Disney's...

    Because there is still plenty of competition, at least according to the legal definition from the US government. Is it strong enough to take on what is essentially 21st Century Fox and Disney's entertainment empires? Probably not. The smaller players will likely start buying and selling each other to make up for it.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Recommend me a game that _________. in ~games

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    Yes. I'm driving from the tipnof Scotland to mainland Europe with a cheated TruckersMP profile (money and experience), and it's really chill. ATS is pretty cool too. I should just do vanilla...

    Yes. I'm driving from the tipnof Scotland to mainland Europe with a cheated TruckersMP profile (money and experience), and it's really chill. ATS is pretty cool too.

    I should just do vanilla single player.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on An app for tildes? in ~tildes

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    @Deimos doesn't want one, and he did a good enough design that, unlike the broken mess that is Reddit mobile or app, works amazingly.

    @Deimos doesn't want one, and he did a good enough design that, unlike the broken mess that is Reddit mobile or app, works amazingly.

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

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    I didn't grow up with video games they way some people did. I had very limited availability with them, and I don't exactly look at them as purely nostalgic, but tend to compare older and newer...

    I didn't grow up with video games they way some people did. I had very limited availability with them, and I don't exactly look at them as purely nostalgic, but tend to compare older and newer games evenly.

    Kirby's Dream Land I first played this game when I was like eight. My brothers and I got a bunch of game boy games from a neighbor, and this was one of them. It took me forever to beat it the first time, but it's one of those games that's just fun.

    DOOM (the original idtech1 games) These games are so great because they're still effectively in development, or rather, re-development began in so many different forms, with TCs, mods, expansions, and all sorts of craziness. The recent game felt very close, but the original has a way of requiring movement in such a way that it's almost a dance across the levels that even more intense games like HACX or Brutal Doom build from.

    Portal 2 Mike Morasky made this game. It is the only video game I've felt compelled to buy the soundtrack to (I got the 2-disk "Songs to Test By" because it's amazing. It enriches the game experience. It has physics puzzles, large spaces, the slight quirkiness that the Portal series. This is one of those games I think of as just perfect. Portal Stories Mel gets an honorable mention because it felt like Valve would have made it if they had the story idea, and I beat it before they added the easy mode (used walkthroughs on like 5 puzzles).

    5 votes
  7. Comment on I'm the only Australian living in North Korea. Let me tell you about it in ~life

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    It sounds a lot like Laibach's take when they went to North Korea. I'?m sure they both had a limited view of the nation on both parts as nobody wants to go to jail in a communist dictatoriship by...

    It sounds a lot like Laibach's take when they went to North Korea. I'?m sure they both had a limited view of the nation on both parts as nobody wants to go to jail in a communist dictatoriship by directly undermining the government, but the liberalization of it's economy, and introduction of outside stuff like smartphones and fast food were something I'd never seen.

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

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    I'm going to go through Aphex Twin's Analord series this week anytime my ears aren't otherwise occupied. I had to pirate it because I never got around to buying it digitally before Rephlex closed...

    I'm going to go through Aphex Twin's Analord series this week anytime my ears aren't otherwise occupied. I had to pirate it because I never got around to buying it digitally before Rephlex closed its doors.

  9. Comment on Firefox bug: All extensions disabled due to expiration of intermediate signing cert in ~tech

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    If it hasn't happened already you probably don't have the affected plugins (all but around 160), are behind in updates or are using the extended-support version.

    If it hasn't happened already you probably don't have the affected plugins (all but around 160), are behind in updates or are using the extended-support version.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What song do you want to hear on your deathbed? in ~music

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    I think it would be Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick." Technically an album, but it's just my favorite piece of music ever.

    I think it would be Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick." Technically an album, but it's just my favorite piece of music ever.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What companies do you feel comfortable with supporting? in ~talk

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    Valve. While I don't like DRM, they have the best content platform and try to be fair to devs, publishers, and customers. They develop their own awesome stuff and make ir compete in their market...

    Valve. While I don't like DRM, they have the best content platform and try to be fair to devs, publishers, and customers. They develop their own awesome stuff and make ir compete in their market against other companies evenly. I also like their push for Linux support, even after their hardware line failed, they're still commited Linux support on par with Windows, and probably better than MacOS if you consider Proton.

    Bandcamp, because they created a system that allows anybody to publish and sell music. CDBaby, as well, and neither uses DRM.

    CDProjekt/GOG. DRM-free gamws for Mac, Windows and Linux. Great. I hate they won't make Galaxy cross-platform, and so directly equivalent if not competitive with Steam, but they do good work restoring digital games, and make decent AAA titles.

    Itch.io, because it's basically Bandcamp but for games.

    Lots of game companies, apparently.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Do you have any odd or unusual fears? in ~talk

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    I still have that fear of dark objects. It makes watching 2001: A Space Odyssey a little more intense, lol. I was drawing something like the Pepsi logo when I was 10, started with a black circle,...

    I still have that fear of dark objects. It makes watching 2001: A Space Odyssey a little more intense, lol. I was drawing something like the Pepsi logo when I was 10, started with a black circle, and had to abandon it.

    I get this late night paranoia. It can kick in at 8pm in Winter, but usually closer to 10. I missed nights of sleep as a teenager as I waited for some horrible thing to be done to me by some creature lurking in the shadows, and didn't feel safe until the sky was ever so slightly blue with sunrise. I've learned to live with it, I think it's a biological thing, just a standard fear of the dark. It gets absolutely terrifying if I've been drinking too much whiskey at my computer, I'll start checking my dark living room by looking over my shoulder.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Shooting occurred at UNC Charlotte in ~news

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    They use posters that list the options and specifics, and that is the order, but they make it clear that fighting should be done as a group, and only as a last resort. It's pretty morbid, but also...

    They use posters that list the options and specifics, and that is the order, but they make it clear that fighting should be done as a group, and only as a last resort. It's pretty morbid, but also seems somewhat necessary.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Release of '13 Reasons Why' associated with increase in youth suicide rates in ~tv

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    I wonder if it may be that a depressed younger population was exposed to suicide as an option to end their pain, and figured it was a good way to escape the torment of their existence that they...

    I wonder if it may be that a depressed younger population was exposed to suicide as an option to end their pain, and figured it was a good way to escape the torment of their existence that they simply had not considered.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Do you have certain genres/bands for certain moods? If so, what are they and why them in particular? in ~music

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    I plqy an artist discography at a time. If I want to zone out and focus on something, I put on Autechre. I have a playlist of all of their stuff on Spotify. Quarstice and Exqi are great albums for...

    I plqy an artist discography at a time.

    If I want to zone out and focus on something, I put on Autechre. I have a playlist of all of their stuff on Spotify. Quarstice and Exqi are great albums for this.

    If I want to chill out, I'll play either Milo (rapper, from Wisconsin on/running Ruby Yacht, not oje of many other acts with a common name), Aphex Twin, Busdriver, Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic (separately, and together as Hail Mary Mallon, their music works great combined), or Open Mike Eagle.

    More neutrally, the avove list, plus Rammstein, Soundgarden, deadmau5, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Death Grips, Meshuggah or Mastodon. Extreme music, like Meshuggah or Death Grips doesn't amp me up or anything, I just like the rhythm and texture it provides as a stimulating backdrop to every day. It seems to scratch an itch, in a sense.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Crisis of Identity for A Guy Given No Direction in ~talk

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    I was critical of certain things I was taught in Sunday School since I started going at like 4. Little logical things like "if God can part the ocean for Noah, why can't he make mommy and daddy...

    How weird does this sound to you? Did you go through a similar crisis before landing on atheism?

    I was critical of certain things I was taught in Sunday School since I started going at like 4. Little logical things like "if God can part the ocean for Noah, why can't he make mommy and daddy stop smoking so they live longer?" I had little questions like that that became mountains of doubt. The answer was never concrete enough for me as a four year old, and my entire life the "God works in mysterious ways" thing never really flew with me, nor did the idea you could be a terrible sinner and repent on your deathbed, even if you were Hitler. I had a series of nightmares about Armageddon happening when I was like 12, and decided I was done. There was a scary five years where I had to seriously rethink morality and ethics without the religious framework I had learned, but it sort of started to fit together around when I turned 18.

    I'm not quite Atheist, if anything I'm a Buddhist, but the approach I take it from is more philosophical, but I'm not searching for God or anything, as I'm absolutely certain he doesn't exit. There are schools of Buddhism that add whole heaps of mystical stuff to Buddhism, but I try to go by the very core ideas, and assume everything else was either a product of the region a particular interpretation (Indian schools), or venerate an individual as the reincarnation of Siddharta Gautama (see Tibetan Buddhsim with the Dalai Lama). The work of Brad Warner is pretty good if you want to dip your toes in to a very stripped-down flavor of Zen that he learned from his master, Gudo Wafu Nishijima. He said in one book what it took me a decade to realize about Buddhism (he, and his teacher Gudo Nishijima, take a very basic, literal interpretation of Shobogenzo and the teachings of Bodhidharma, the first person to teach Ch'an Buddhism in China, which would eventually get to Japan and become Zen). I'm still bad about meditation, but do it occasionally, but found, early on the eightfold path and four noble truths provide a decent framework to live by.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Music Makers? in ~music

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    They were supposed to offer a sort of vibe as a collection, if that makes sense, but it might work more as a "this was what I did in <x> timeframe" sort of release.

    As far as putting out an album, are you trying to create tracks that are purposefully cohesive?

    They were supposed to offer a sort of vibe as a collection, if that makes sense, but it might work more as a "this was what I did in <x> timeframe" sort of release.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Music Makers? in ~music

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    My soundcloud is mostly just experiments and stuff, the last song I published was for a for-fun contest, but this contest has me actually working on stuff with the intent to complete it again, so...

    My soundcloud is mostly just experiments and stuff, the last song I published was for a for-fun contest, but this contest has me actually working on stuff with the intent to complete it again, so that's a plus.

    I sort of have an album written, but haven't been able to figure out how to make it work at all, so it's probably more of a mixtape sort of situation once I can figure out how to do it (which I've been trying for three or four years).

    1 vote
  19. Comment on The History of Buca di Beppo, America’s Most Postmodern Red Sauce Chain in ~food

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    I've never been to a Bucco di Beppo, even though there are two near me, but that was an interesting history. Considering the allusion to a recent reinvention of the restaurant to its culinary...

    I've never been to a Bucco di Beppo, even though there are two near me, but that was an interesting history. Considering the allusion to a recent reinvention of the restaurant to its culinary core, I sort of want to try it now.

  20. Comment on Which smartphone and carrier are you using? (USA only) in ~tech

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    I use T-Mobile. My plan is $50, but their JUMP plus protection (it's rolled into JUMP), is another $12. I have a Galaxy S7 I'm trying to hold on to as long as I can. Coverage is decent in my city,...

    I use T-Mobile. My plan is $50, but their JUMP plus protection (it's rolled into JUMP), is another $12. I have a Galaxy S7 I'm trying to hold on to as long as I can.

    Coverage is decent in my city, which is all I'm after.

    2 votes