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  1. Comment on Final Fantasy VII Remake - Final Trailer in ~games

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    Is it true that it's not the whole game though? (i.e.: it's a remake of the first disc of FFVII)? I can't find anything definitive on that.

    Is it true that it's not the whole game though? (i.e.: it's a remake of the first disc of FFVII)? I can't find anything definitive on that.

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  2. Comment on Are you having any (professional) "I told you so" moments? in ~tech

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    It's not quite along the lines of your examples, but lots of us complained that open offices with unassigned desks are basically petri dishes. I wonder if/how this changes the direction companies...

    It's not quite along the lines of your examples, but lots of us complained that open offices with unassigned desks are basically petri dishes. I wonder if/how this changes the direction companies take in the future.

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  3. Comment on Don't buy new, fix the old: The repair business is booming in ~enviro

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    I wonder what awful ways companies might ruin it in the future. Fake/bad DIY videos? Bogus takedown requests? Not exactly the same thing, but I'm reminded of Casper buying out a mattress review...

    I wonder what awful ways companies might ruin it in the future. Fake/bad DIY videos? Bogus takedown requests?

    Not exactly the same thing, but I'm reminded of Casper buying out a mattress review site:
    https://www.vox.com/2017/9/23/13153814/casper-sleepopolis-lawsuits-mattress-reviews

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  4. Comment on Joe Biden's campaign has released an ad attacking Pete Buttigieg's record and experience in ~misc

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    True, people had that criticism of Obama. But it is valid to criticize a political candidate based on their lack of experience; it's not some baseless argument. And the argument has different...

    True, people had that criticism of Obama. But it is valid to criticize a political candidate based on their lack of experience; it's not some baseless argument. And the argument has different merit in each case. Obama was in the senate for 4 years. To put it in perspective, I think Buttigieg is probably now qualified to run for US Congress, as Obama was in 2004.

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  5. Comment on The hidden dangers of the great index fund takeover in ~finance

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    It's one thing to own shares and choose not to vote (as I would be doing, in the scenario you described). It's another for a brokerage to basically annex their customers' shares and vote on their...

    It's one thing to own shares and choose not to vote (as I would be doing, in the scenario you described). It's another for a brokerage to basically annex their customers' shares and vote on their behalf without consulting them. That's too far of a logical leap for me (not denying that it's happening). Has anyone tried contesting this in court? The brokerage literally doesn't own the shares they're voting on behalf of.

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  6. Comment on The hidden dangers of the great index fund takeover in ~finance

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    Can someone explain why the voting power at these firms would lie with the brokerage and not be divided among millions of individual account holders?

    Can someone explain why the voting power at these firms would lie with the brokerage and not be divided among millions of individual account holders?

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  7. Comment on What's gonna happen in the 2020s? in ~talk

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    Al Gore and Hillary Clinton?

    The frontrunners at this point in the democratic primary literally never win the nomination. Biden's current position is proof he's toast, not proof he's a winner.

    Al Gore and Hillary Clinton?

    8 votes
  8. Comment on Metric - Synthetica + Dark Saturday + Cascades + Now Or Never Now (Live on KEXP) in ~music

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    Awesome, thanks for posting. I saw them live 2 years ago, and they were awful. They tried to do an alternative rock-type show, and that's not their sound at all. The unplugged format really brings...

    Awesome, thanks for posting.

    I saw them live 2 years ago, and they were awful. They tried to do an alternative rock-type show, and that's not their sound at all. The unplugged format really brings out Emily's vocals (obviously).

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  9. Comment on Epic Games Store Roadmap in ~games

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    Thanks for the detail. The Steam love-fest, in response to all of this, is just weird to me. I guess I'm old enough to remember when Steam launched -- it was EXTREMELY unpopular. People were...

    Thanks for the detail. The Steam love-fest, in response to all of this, is just weird to me. I guess I'm old enough to remember when Steam launched -- it was EXTREMELY unpopular. People were furious at its existence as a launcher for CS, etc. It had practically all of the problems people are complaining about now with Epic. I do think it's important for Valve to face some competition in online game distribution, but obviously I don't want my data stolen. I haven't used or saved any payment information on Epic.

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  10. Comment on Epic Games Store Roadmap in ~games

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    Obviously I don't want to be tracked online by a Chinese conglomerate or an authoritarian regime, but with posts like yours here and elsewhere, I'm having trouble understanding the immense level...

    Obviously I don't want to be tracked online by a Chinese conglomerate or an authoritarian regime, but with posts like yours here and elsewhere, I'm having trouble understanding the immense level of paranoia. What's "worst case" here? Is the fear that Epic Games Launcher becomes a rootkit that tracks ALL activity on my computer? Or simply that China/Tencent will know what games I play? Not dismissing your concern; I'm genuinely trying to understand.

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  12. Comment on Renewables will replace ageing coal plants at lowest cost, Australian Energy Market Operator says in ~news

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    Energy storage is a huge problem with many renewables. Much of the time, peak usage occurs when the sun is setting or all the way down. We don't have the battery technology (or other alternatives)...

    Why build a coal power station which still produces some CO2 emissions when solar panels don't produce any emissions? That doesn't make sense.

    Energy storage is a huge problem with many renewables. Much of the time, peak usage occurs when the sun is setting or all the way down. We don't have the battery technology (or other alternatives) to be able to store anywhere near the amount of power we would need to store the required amount of energy. Planet Money did a segment on it. It's a huge problem that people rarely talk about. In the medium term, we need a mix of renewables (different types), nuclear, and fossil fuels.

    https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/pt/2018/06/npr-s-planet-money-features-the-world-s-biggest-battery.html

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Russia wins over Spain in penalties to advance to quarter finals in ~sports

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    From a neutral fan's perspective, it was a pretty terrible game. Spain was clearly the more talented team, but their style of play is so awful. It's like they were trying to lose.

    From a neutral fan's perspective, it was a pretty terrible game. Spain was clearly the more talented team, but their style of play is so awful. It's like they were trying to lose.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on How do you read? in ~books

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    I used to prefer hardcover books, but recently I switched over to an e-reader and I love it. Perfect for traveling. I waited too long! It's a little bit of money up front, but there are so many...

    I used to prefer hardcover books, but recently I switched over to an e-reader and I love it. Perfect for traveling. I waited too long! It's a little bit of money up front, but there are so many free ebooks at libraries that the cost is justified.

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  15. Comment on What can we learn from the life-cycles of Digg and Reddit? in ~talk

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    I don't think there's anything realistic that could have been done to keep reddit 'good' for longer than it has been. It's experiencing a natural rise and fall, as OP said. That it's lasted for...

    I don't think there's anything realistic that could have been done to keep reddit 'good' for longer than it has been. It's experiencing a natural rise and fall, as OP said. That it's lasted for this long (10 years!) is a testament to the site's design and flexibility. Subreddits kept reddit fresh for a really long time. It's been around for eons in web terms, and it's still good if you stick to the right subreddits.

    Some of that flexibiltiy, over time, has created problems. Fringe hate communities thrived on reddit because of the ability to stay out of the limelight, so to speak. All of us are guilty of creating our own echo chambers on communities like reddit. That's a major way in which the internet has changed in the last 10 years; we all get information targeted to our worldview.

    Reddit's problems grew as the site grew. It's expensive to run. Its userbase is not what it once was (nothing wrong with that, but the userbase's separation from youtube commenters gets smaller every year). There's not much to learn from that; it just got big. All of this didn't make the site die quickly because of the aforementioned flexibility of subreddits.

    The redesign reddit is going through has obvious motivations to anyone who's been through the Digg redesign or around the internet long enough in general. The admins are trying to monetize it; they're mostly doing things you or I would do if reddit was our job. I'm not here because the reddit admins ruined their site; I'm here because I want to try a smaller community again.

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