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  1. Comment on How do you pick what sources of news you listen to? in ~news

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    I'm not one who actively seeks out news, but I look at several factors when considering a story. First is their bias. Do I know the organization's biases? Left? Right? Dedicated centrist? How...

    I'm not one who actively seeks out news, but I look at several factors when considering a story.

    First is their bias. Do I know the organization's biases? Left? Right? Dedicated centrist? How far/committed to a position?

    Next is the topic in relationship to their bias. Fox News? Reporting on Trump? Are they saying good or bad things? If good: is the language flowery or obscuring? If bad, is it written in anger, or an attempt to report the facts? Is it my local progressive site? Are they reporting on Biden's ability to win? What are they saying about it?

    I'm sure people who go out with the intention of catching up have their preferred periodical, but I'm pretty random in what I look up. I'll usually chase a lead if I hear about something concerning, and won't call myself informed until I've either seen all the perspectives in print or found something that feels truly objective in its reporting on the topic, and this can be from publications across the political spectrum, leaving out obviously far-right or far-left sites that have a tendency to border on opinion pieces that factually reporting. There are some, like my local progressive independent county paper I'm politically aligned with, because they don't tend to be too inflammatory aside from reporting on local happenings that are simply outrageous or maddening, but even they're prone to soapboxing occasionally.

    I also tend to unilaterally trust anything from the AP or Reuters, and check for consensus among independent reports if possible if I see anything hinky.

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  2. Comment on Greta Van Fleet - When The Curtain Falls in ~music

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    Oh yeah, they do. The whole music reviewer scene jumped on the GVF hate train, mostly because they sound like a carbon copy of Led Zeppelin. Honestly, I'd say it's okay to make fun of them a...

    Oh yeah, they do. The whole music reviewer scene jumped on the GVF hate train, mostly because they sound like a carbon copy of Led Zeppelin. Honestly, I'd say it's okay to make fun of them a little bit, but reviewers all went too far. After the first couple of reviews, everybody was beating a dead horse for clicks.

    I personally don't listen to them because I don't listen to a lot of classic rock, but I would think the reviewers would at least go "If you like Zeppelin, you'll like these guys."

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  3. Comment on Are there any aspects of your mental life that you know/suspect to be idiosyncratic? in ~life

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    That sounds a lot like head explosions, but they typically have a hallucinatory element, which for me was a voice ranging from an aggressive whisper to a full shout of either my first name, "HEY!"...

    I was told that they are relatively common, and can even just be triggered by chronic stress alone.

    That sounds a lot like head explosions, but they typically have a hallucinatory element, which for me was a voice ranging from an aggressive whisper to a full shout of either my first name, "HEY!" or a random short scream that would shake me awake. It's different than a hypnic jerk, though, and to me was quite frightening until I learned what it was.

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

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    I'm dropping another top-level comment because I found some winners. First one is Hedon. It's an FPS built on the GZDoom engine, but framing it that way doesn't do it any justice. It feels like a...

    I'm dropping another top-level comment because I found some winners.

    First one is Hedon. It's an FPS built on the GZDoom engine, but framing it that way doesn't do it any justice. It feels like a commercial game in a good way, with plenty of polish, while still getting some of that old-school vibe. I'm actually amazed at this game because it's not a run-and-gun shooter all the way through. There is a lot of puzzling to do, and even the combat can be more strategy than just destroying everything. I didn't expect to like it all that much, but it's a favorite. I've gotten stuck a few times, two on puzzles I couldn't figure out (investigation led me to the solution), and twice on combat sequences, where I had to carefully plan my way through because I was low on health and ammo. I enjoy that it's an option, though. There are also some interesting platforming moments that feel good to finish, which is mind-blowing on what is essentially a feature-rich Doom engine.

    The second was art of rally, from Funselektor. If you played Absolute Drift and enjoyed it, you may like this game. The driving is almost identical on tarmac, but as a rally game, you've got gravel and off-road dynamics to deal with as well. It's substantially more intense than Absolute Drift. Different cars, engine types, drive types, dimensions (also an issue in AD). It just came out today, but after their summer demo, I was sold on this game. I played about an hour today, and it's everything I expected it to be. It is a bit more intense than Absolute Drift being a rally game, but it's still really chill. You know, constant time-trialing, improving your run, but race seasons only take 10-15 minutes.

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  5. Comment on The election that could break America - What if Trump refuses to concede? in ~misc

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    It's a publicity stunt that never got the brakes installed. His whole schtick is basically being a runaway train. It got him elected, it got him popular, at least with his base, and it keeps him...

    if he takes it to the supreme court, is it a publicity stunt or is he serious about contesting the election while being a sitting president?

    It's a publicity stunt that never got the brakes installed. His whole schtick is basically being a runaway train. It got him elected, it got him popular, at least with his base, and it keeps him in control of his base, except for the slowly growing number of dissidents who were out near the edge of it anyway.

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  6. Comment on Firefox usage is down 85% despite Mozilla's top exec pay going up 400% in ~tech

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    It's low because people don't go out of their way for a product they're unfamiliar with. Much like how people don't use an operating system to use a web browser (it's a means to an end: the...

    I don't understand why the Firefox market share is so low. Or, rather, I don't understand why it has been dropping.

    It's low because people don't go out of their way for a product they're unfamiliar with. Much like how people don't use an operating system to use a web browser (it's a means to an end: the browser), people don't typically use a web browser to use the internet. The rest is advertising, conditioning, and familiarity with a product: Google can win converts from IE and Safari because it's Google, in a way. Mozilla doesn't have a way to win people over like that being purely in the browser game. Even Edge has an advantage by being made by a trusted software vendor, and included in Windows 10, which would explain it's

    What would it take to get desktop users to install Firefox first? Better migration tools? A browser feature that Chrome lacks?

    Name recognition. It's why Chrome was able to beat them out: "Use Google with the Google browser." They don't care about the browser, but what it enables, for the most part, and the browser by the company many consider The Internet has the biggest advantage.

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  7. Comment on Bots on Tildes in ~tildes

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    If you had administrator permission (I'm thinking about the idea on many sites) and made it absolutely obvious to anybody who received a message that it wasn't official, I'd be okay with the idea....

    If you had administrator permission (I'm thinking about the idea on many sites) and made it absolutely obvious to anybody who received a message that it wasn't official, I'd be okay with the idea. I'd prefer the balance of site clutter and comment responses, because it would potentially foster a discussion that would spread the idea better, and provide evidence that it's not just an individual being called out. I've been called out for this a couple times, and even wanting to do the right thing, there's a moment of offense when it happens. If that happens via DM from a bot and the only redress is to opt-out, it would possibly make this feeling worse, however detailed the explanation.

    I just feel like leaving the possibility of immediate human intervention in an open space helps more.

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  8. Comment on Tildes Census Deep Dive - What do you dislike about tildes? in ~tildes

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    If you can be short and to the point, go right ahead. Really, the only "bad" comment is something like "+1", "Yah, i totes agree" or stuff that simply doesn't contribute to the conversation. I...

    I mentioned that as refreshing as it is to have actual discussions in comments and whatnot, the norm is to write a lot which makes lighter interactions feel unworthy, which means a barrier of entry to engagement, which means lower activity, which I think manifests as a lot of folks feeling like the site needs more users.

    If you can be short and to the point, go right ahead. Really, the only "bad" comment is something like "+1", "Yah, i totes agree" or stuff that simply doesn't contribute to the conversation.

    I guess the other thing is shoot from the hip. Think about what you're saying, but don't overthink it. If you can say it in two sentences, do it. If it takes two paragraphs, that's just the way it goes.

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  9. Comment on The battle over dyslexia: It was once a widely accepted way of explaining why some children struggled to read and write. But some experts have begun to question the existence of dyslexia itself in ~life

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    It reminds me of the notion of math anxiety: The inability to do mathematics because you get anxious. I have a theory (with my stunning lack of qualifications) that it may be because people can't...

    It reminds me of the notion of math anxiety: The inability to do mathematics because you get anxious. I have a theory (with my stunning lack of qualifications) that it may be because people can't do advanced math, proceed to not do it properly under pressure, get anxious the next time, and enter a feedback loop. You can fix this by teaching somebody mathematics in an environment that doesn't freak them out, which American schools, in my experience, have a hard time doing.

    EDIT after 4 votes: There was an intended context for the math thing. I wonder if there's a more nefarious reason for dyslexia in kids if it's not neurological, a stress-related issue like the later-developed math issue. It wouldn't take much to frustrate a three year old to the point of long-term psychological distress if the kid is having a hard time, but not expressed in a typical way with crying, a tantrum, or whatever else would be "typical."

    I think the "dyslexia lobby" is pretty harmful in trying to defend the concept in the name of keeping the entitlements that come with the diagnosis. It doesn't help anybody. The main researcher in question, however, ought to re-evaluate his quest to end the concept of dyslexia in the face of a baked-in culture of government entitlements, and the people who take advantage of them with private psychologists. It's a situation where one side needs to give, like what happened in Cambridgeshire, where they quietly fixed the issue, and got praise from an organization they actively undermined.

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  10. Comment on Bots on Tildes in ~tildes

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    I think bots on reddit are annoying except for the ones purpose built for a community. I assume you aren't taking about something like dadbot, but people leaving commands as comments to bots...

    I think bots on reddit are annoying except for the ones purpose built for a community. I assume you aren't taking about something like dadbot, but people leaving commands as comments to bots causes a lot of clutter.

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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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    Mario 64 on PC. I won't link it because of piracy, but it runs really good, with an HD texture pack,and full resolution at 60FPS. I'm thinking of doing a run on it because i have never beat this...

    Mario 64 on PC. I won't link it because of piracy, but it runs really good, with an HD texture pack,and full resolution at 60FPS. I'm thinking of doing a run on it because i have never beat this game, getting about 90% through an my DS back in the day.

    Super Mario Sunshine, but in Dolphin, with HD textures, upscaling, in widescreen. It plays fine, and I'm having fun when I dip into it and get a couple shine sprites. FWIW, I own SM3DAS, but don't have my switch ATM, and figure if they're emulating, I can do it better. It's got some jank, the scene transitions are still 4:3 because they're all texture based, but it's normal for this sort of emulation. I'm trying to figure out how to do Galaxy/Galaxy 2 with one control scheme, but that won't need any upgrades.

    I'm still doing THPS 1+2. I'm hitting 2 million point combos by accident now, but can do a million on purpose on a few levels. I'm working on all the achievements, as well, but it's going to take a while, especially those 20-million point secret scores. The senior designer on this game is a dude who is known in the community for his scoring, but not for being the best at high score runs (hundreds of mil on this game vs a billion points), so he hid these treats in the game for people who can pull crazy scores. I got the secret board on Chopper Drop, at least, which is the easiest to get.

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  12. Comment on Microsoft to acquire ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda, id Software, Arkane Studios, and more in ~games

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    Not gonna lie, this actually made me exclaim "What the fuck!" at my monitor. Frankly, it won't change much for me as the only iD stuff I play is early doom and quake (finished 2016, and Eternal...

    Not gonna lie, this actually made me exclaim "What the fuck!" at my monitor. Frankly, it won't change much for me as the only iD stuff I play is early doom and quake (finished 2016, and Eternal didn't entertain me), and I've got ISOs of my TES collection ripped from my box. As long as they don't lock down all these properties as Windows/XBox exclusives it won't change too much for the negative, beyond the gradual concentration of AAA game studios under a few major companies.

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  13. Comment on Department of Justice designates New York City, Seattle, and Portland as “anarchist jurisdictions” in ~news

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    Somebody tell the mayor, city council, police, and borough presidents that! Seriously, how can that claim be made about a functioning city.

    Somebody tell the mayor, city council, police, and borough presidents that!

    Seriously, how can that claim be made about a functioning city.

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  14. Comment on What is something you hated as a youngster but now like as an adult? in ~talk

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    The unique misery that you get when you're doing something physically intense. I think a lot of it is pain tolerance, though. I know when I need to stop (being in the shape I'm in, it's much...

    The unique misery that you get when you're doing something physically intense. I think a lot of it is pain tolerance, though. I know when I need to stop (being in the shape I'm in, it's much sooner than others), but I can now, somehow, push myself further.

    I guess for background: I've always been in pretty bad shape. I like doing stuff in the outdoors, and bicycling has been my main athletic interest most of my life. But, because I eat too much, and sit too much, I'm overweight, which made hiking in the Boy Scouts more difficult. This was compounded by my focusing on the miserable parts of hiking, the sore feet, achy knees, and hours on the trail.

    Now, as an adult, I enjoy everything about a hard hike (hard for me is probably easy for a regular hiker). My brothers, twin's fiancee and I hiked Joshua Tree in summer with a tropical storm system overhead, and I loved every second of the hot, humid miserable hike. If I had to plan a trip and it fell on that week again, I'd totally do it (but, bring more water). There's a feeling both of accomplishment and "oh shit, I have to go back" when you get to the destination that can't be beat, a little happy you made it, and trepidation at the return trip. If it gets bad, it's almost meditative to just focus on progressing one step at a time, because you'll get there eventually.

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  15. Comment on Super Mario 3D All-Stars tech review: Remaster, emulation... or both? in ~games

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    I don't have my switch, so I'm using this video as a reference. I can only assume the controls are tight, as they are on Dolphin. If I can do it on Windows with a XBone controller and no tweaks,...

    I don't have my switch, so I'm using this video as a reference. I can only assume the controls are tight, as they are on Dolphin. If I can do it on Windows with a XBone controller and no tweaks, Nintendo can do it with full control of their hardware/software stack. I would love to get my hands on the 3DAS SMS rom, and am actually downloading the 3DAS ROM for that purpose (as well as for when somebody manages to pry the Galaxy ROM out of it).

    For the visuals, they're good enough, but I'm not particularly picky and they've only got 4GB of RAM to emulate a friggin GameCube on. When I played pimped-out WindWaker, I only updated the characters and HUD because those are the most important elements. It sort of looks like they did that with this, which I'd say is good enough, the static stuff looks crisp and movement keeps you distracted from the environment. I would have wanted a "Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition" style remap of the FLUDD controls to map to the Switch buttons, but that's a nitpick. As a side note, I think they did the same to Galaxy and you can check it out in this video I found. They're both really good looking games, and the first party GC games already had nice textures anyway, so I don't think they needed to touch up too much, unlike SM64, which they seem to have done a full retexture on, and looks pretty good.

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  16. Comment on Super Mario 3D All-Stars tech review: Remaster, emulation... or both? in ~games

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    I feel like this was a low-effort release by Nintendo because of the emulators and minor texture retooling on a computer as powerful as the Switch you can make Sunshine and 64 look really good...

    I feel like this was a low-effort release by Nintendo because of the emulators and minor texture retooling on a computer as powerful as the Switch you can make Sunshine and 64 look really good with existing emulation, or even porting. But, I can't really justify my positions too strongly, and don't feel burned having spent $50 on this ($60 preorder, Amazon refunded $10 after a price drop).

    The only thing I feel needs addressing is the 60fps SM64 issue: his complaint is "feel," but I think it's alright if the game is at 30FPS. Fractional FPS scaling tends to work out alright, and major tweaks to N64 games like that have a tendency to break games. Heck, I'm running an HD, wide screen 60fps Sunshine in Dolphin and while the core gameplay works fine, I wouldn't pay $20 for the experience because of all the little issues that emerge.

    I don't even blame them for not retexturing everything, they only have 4GB of RAM to work with, and there is some potential for ruining the experience in upscaling and retextuiring everything. My 3.8ghz i7 +16gb RAM + GTX1060 doesn't like Mupen64-Plus with 4x scaling ( to get close to 1080) and OoT3D textures, I can't imagine a similar load on a Switch.

    I think the core thing is that the games are playable. Could they have put more effort into the appearance? Definitely. Can they fix these issues? Definitely, but they only will for new releases, most likely, and I think they'll do more re-releases with this technology. It's a miracle they adapted Galaxy without people rioting, to be honest, and it may be a major reason I'm happy I bought this. I just need to get my Switch back.

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  17. Comment on Super Mario 3D All-Stars tech review: Remaster, emulation... or both? in ~games

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    I wound up buying this set, but playing it in Dolphin with HD textures, and it still does that with a GameCube rom. I noticed it in Windwaker, too, so it may be to do with it being HD that you...

    I wound up buying this set, but playing it in Dolphin with HD textures, and it still does that with a GameCube rom. I noticed it in Windwaker, too, so it may be to do with it being HD that you notice it more, particularly with upscaling.

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  18. Comment on What keyboard do you use? in ~tech

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    Razer Black Widow from 2013. I wanted a mech for it's durability, but now I really want to build my own. It has survived years of TF2, roguelikes, Tetris, and college papers, command line and...

    Razer Black Widow from 2013. I wanted a mech for it's durability, but now I really want to build my own. It has survived years of TF2, roguelikes, Tetris, and college papers, command line and programming as well as a couple of unortunate huge spills. The issue is I have a hard requirement for media keys, which don't seem to be a thing for hobbyist keyboards as far as I know. I would, however, love nothing more than knowing I soldered every switch into place and flashed it myself, and hand-picked the switches (I'd use MX Reds to keep it quiet).

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  19. Comment on Scientific American endorses Joe Biden: We’ve never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now in ~science

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    Honestly, it could be argued that it's not even an issue of politics at this point. Trump is being demonstrated as objectively bad, which isn't something you could say about a president since...

    Honestly, it could be argued that it's not even an issue of politics at this point. Trump is being demonstrated as objectively bad, which isn't something you could say about a president since maybe Reagan, who arguably planted the seeds for Trump, whether or not he knew it. Yeah, they've all done bad things, but none of them have caused this much trouble, even in wartime, or pandemics.

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

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    I can only agree as far as THUG2 is concerned, because I didn't get at all interested in high-scoring until THUGPro, which I have to pirate THUG2 for. Looking back, though, I can definitely see...

    I can only agree as far as THUG2 is concerned, because I didn't get at all interested in high-scoring until THUGPro, which I have to pirate THUG2 for. Looking back, though, I can definitely see how there would be better lines. People are still killing it with the combos, though, I watched andythps get 162mil on Hangar after grinding for four days, and BulletSiN nailed the first legit billion point combo, but these are both using heavily optimized loops that are run a bunch of times with intense precision, but that's radically different than hitting a 2mil combo across a map.

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