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  1. Comment on Vimeo is not very good in ~tech

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    The only people I know to use Vimeo are filmmakers that use it to share their work on a more "respectful" platform (maybe it brings more fidelity to the table, IDK). Vimeo also allows you to...

    The only people I know to use Vimeo are filmmakers that use it to share their work on a more "respectful" platform (maybe it brings more fidelity to the table, IDK). Vimeo also allows you to control access to your video via password, which is very useful when submitting short films to a bunch of festivals.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on When was the last or most important time you tried proving someone wrong? in ~life

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    I really try to avoid putting myself in that position. Persuasion is rarely effective. The people in my life are usually very reasonable so I don’t have a need to change their minds on basic...

    I really try to avoid putting myself in that position. Persuasion is rarely effective. The people in my life are usually very reasonable so I don’t have a need to change their minds on basic important stuff such as healthcare.

    I did convince a guy that the death penalty was bad. I merely stated that...

    it is not reasonable to put forth an irreversible penalty when it is very clear that the justice system is imperfect by nature, requiring constant adjustments and reassessments

    He was instantly convinced and changed his mind for life. It was pretty cool.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Implement a feature that allows users to flag and challenge exemplary labels on comments they find undeserving in ~tildes

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    IDK. This seems like a bit of overthinking. Yeah, some votes and labels may seem undeserved for some. But that’s pretty subjective. And wouldn’t “challenging” a label have a similar effect of a...

    IDK. This seems like a bit of overthinking. Yeah, some votes and labels may seem undeserved for some. But that’s pretty subjective. And wouldn’t “challenging” a label have a similar effect of a downvote anyway? It’s a good thing Tides doesn’t have downvotes, this removes a lot of friction. This proposal might add some of that friction without giving much in return. As I said, labels are highly subjective, and, like @deimos pointed out, they’re most frequently harmless.

    I rarely even see an exemplary label, to be honest. The time limit seems to be working fine.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Xbox Series X/S vs. PlayStation 5 - A direct comparison and the Ars launch-month verdict in ~games

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    I personally did not care for any of the exclusives. I may have a weird taste.

    I personally did not care for any of the exclusives. I may have a weird taste.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Xbox Series X/S vs. PlayStation 5 - A direct comparison and the Ars launch-month verdict in ~games

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    My PS4 Pro delivered pretty enough graphics already. Watching from the couch, most of the time I can't even tell the difference between 1080p and 4k. The one exception is framerate: with 60 FPS, I...

    My PS4 Pro delivered pretty enough graphics already. Watching from the couch, most of the time I can't even tell the difference between 1080p and 4k.

    The one exception is framerate: with 60 FPS, I definitely can see the difference. The smoothness is extremely pleasant to my eyes.

    I'm not even a competitive gamer, so the gains for me are mostly aesthetical.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Xbox Series X/S vs. PlayStation 5 - A direct comparison and the Ars launch-month verdict in ~games

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    Oh yeah, reviews like this one definitely won't have the time for this kind of issues to present. But there are definitely enough complaints right now to warrant at least a mention, I think....

    Oh yeah, reviews like this one definitely won't have the time for this kind of issues to present. But there are definitely enough complaints right now to warrant at least a mention, I think. Especially because many complaints are very similar to those from the PS4.

    In my experience, though, the risk of moderate/solvable failure on a PS3/PS4 is a lot higher than 1%--I wasn't really talking about catastrophic failures such as rings of death. Both Xbox 360 and PS3 had their versions of those.

    I'm talking about pervasive annoyances that impact day to day operation. I've had an Xbox 360 that worked liked a charm until I sold it many years later. PS3/PS4, on the other hand, were a constant source of grievances. I don't think there's much attention for that on the press, maybe because that is not very enticing reporting. For what it's worth, my friends who have both Sony and Microsoft consoles (current and previous generation) report me that Sony gives them a lot more headaches overall.

    EDIT: I'm also not an early adopter, so catastrophic failures are usually sorted out in the revisions I buy. Small annoyances, not so much.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Xbox Series X/S vs. PlayStation 5 - A direct comparison and the Ars launch-month verdict in ~games

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    To me one of the most important points of comparison is that, starting with the PS3, all Sony consoles (with the exception of the Vita) where significantly more buggy and less resistant to failure...

    To me one of the most important points of comparison is that, starting with the PS3, all Sony consoles (with the exception of the Vita) where significantly more buggy and less resistant to failure than its competitors. On the PS4 Pro messing with safe-mode, rebuilding the database, trying over and over to turn it on and following multiple online tips to get it to work was a common occurrence for me. A power failure can mean a world of annoyances. The PS5 is not different: https://kotaku.com/the-ps5-is-kind-of-buggy-right-now-1845727223. It even has some of the same problems of the PS4!

    I’m not sure why many reviews and comparisons fail to take that into account.

    I expect a videogame console to work 99.99% of the time.

    Me and most of my gamer friends are extremely fed up and don’t even consider buying a PS5 just because of Sony’s history of bugginess and constant annoyances on its consoles.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on A beginner's guide to the subgenres of film noir in ~movies

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    while genres can be used as tags, genres are not tags They’re more like categories. Film noir is a very specific genre -- it encompasses crime films made mostly in the United States between the...

    while genres can be used as tags, genres are not tags

    They’re more like categories.

    Film noir is a very specific genre -- it encompasses crime films made mostly in the United States between the 1920s and 1959. It's realistic for the period and considered by many a result of the atmosphere of vice and pessimism that followed the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

    Neo-noir is simply any movie with lots of noir characteristics made after 1959. Chinatown (1974) is neo-noir even though it follows the film noir recipe to a tee.

    I don't get the point of the other genres, they are either too specific to be of use or distinct enough that they should probably not be called noir anything.

    "Western noir" is just western with dark themes and/or chiaroscuro.

    "Tech-noir" is cyberpunk (cyberpunk already mixes noir and science fiction...). The author cites The Terminator as tech-noir, which is just science fiction. She also mentions Johnny Mnemonic, which is 100% cyberpunk.

    Most "horror noir" is simply horror (horror itself shares so many characteristics with noir that "horror noir" is pointless. They both drew inspiration from gothic and expressionism, for example). I would call Angel Heart neo-noir with supernatural elements. It's not really horror.

    "Noir comedy" is not noir, it's comedy of the parody kind. Noir is the target of ridicule, not the genre.

    Leave noir alone :P

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I realized I don't really like video games that much, so I sold my PS4 that I almost never used and bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite with the main purpose of reading comic books on it. Most...

    I realized I don't really like video games that much, so I sold my PS4 that I almost never used and bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite with the main purpose of reading comic books on it. Most online reviews are not that enthusiastic about it, but from my point of view that's an awesome piece of tech. The screen is vibrant, the resolution allows for all the detail I need, the colors are gorgeous, and the price is reasonable. I've been geeking out like crazy in the last few days.

    I acquired almost 80 GB of comics via alternative means. Many things that I love but was never able to read in full because I didn't have much money. It's also quite easy to miss a bunch of issues when you depend on newsstands.

    Right now, I have loaded on the tablet:

    • A whole lot of Batman, Superman, and X-Men from different eras
    • Grant Morrison's Animal Man
    • Alan Moore's Swamp Thing
    • Neil Gaiman's Books of Magic

    I'm currently reading a fan-made Sensational She-Hulk omnibus on it. I love John Byrne so much, his stories scream "90s fun". His drawing style is very appealing and synonymous with super heroes to me. Character's builds reflect their powers in a clear and unambiguous way, and their anatomy is very detailed. I'd describe the style as "over the top realism".

    Byrne’s take on She-Hulk is titillating and would probably raise eyebrows today (I personally don't think that's offensive in any way, but in 2020 moralism and progressiveness go hand in hand..). Byrne's She-Hulk is playful and hilarious. And yes: she's hot as fuck.

    Apart from that, I read some dead-trees Detective Comics: a great self contained story in which an unknown villain forces Batman to face his traumas and grow a little bit.

    In Batman's regular series, the Bat-family of affiliated heroes face the traumatic death of someone close to them. A great story with a lot of character development.

    The Sandman Universe's The Dreaming is still quite disappointing in the vol2 (TPB). A lot of misdirection in a hard to follow story. I even re-read some of the original Sandman just to make sure, and yes, Neil Gaiman's 1989 stories are way more approachable. The Dreaming has some good moments, though. And the art is stupendous.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What is/are your favorite quote/s? in ~talk

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    By a friend of mine:

    By a friend of mine:

    I never fall in love. It’s them that make use of love I always have.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on „Hating Men is a freeing form of hostility” in ~life

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    I cannot think of a single answer on this interview that could not be easily reformulated around “hating men can be a good thing” while conveying the same meaning. Of course, emotional release has...

    I cannot think of a single answer on this interview that could not be easily reformulated around “hating men can be a good thing” while conveying the same meaning. Of course, emotional release has its place. But does the shock value outweighs potentially alienating half of your readers? Maybe it does. I really don’t know. It certainly made people discuss the subject—I doubt very much that this thread would attract so many passionate long form responses if the author hadn’t used a falsehood to state several necessary truths.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on „Hating Men is a freeing form of hostility” in ~life

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    I believe the difference between those examples is much greater. “Black lives matter” can be interpreted in a exclusive way, but such interpretation requires a logical leap. The idea that hating...

    In a way, this is the extreme version of the conversation around black lives matter

    I believe the difference between those examples is much greater. “Black lives matter” can be interpreted in a exclusive way, but such interpretation requires a logical leap.

    The idea that hating men can be a good thing, on the other hand, is very clear in its meaning, and requires extensive intelectual operations to convey precisely what the author wants.

    Ultimately, the author defends the hate for men only to negate that statement later on. She does not actually recommend the hate for men, so why say that in the first place?

    12 votes
  13. Comment on Positive Youtube channels? in ~hobbies

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    Pasta Grannies City Beautiful Technology Connections How it’s made Team Coco
    • Pasta Grannies
    • City Beautiful
    • Technology Connections
    • How it’s made
    • Team Coco
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  15. Comment on Not every Trump voter is racist or misled. There’s a rational Trump voter too in ~misc

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    As I said, if the law allows you, just keep your guns if you want. That’s a private mater, why do you expect me to have an answer for that? It would be the task of legislators to determine what...

    As I said, if the law allows you, just keep your guns if you want. That’s a private mater, why do you expect me to have an answer for that?

    It would be the task of legislators to determine what constitutes legitimate necessity under the law. This is not a simple calculation, but I think it’s a necessary one.

  16. Comment on Not every Trump voter is racist or misled. There’s a rational Trump voter too in ~misc

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    You should do whatever the law determines. Hunting is not a necessity unless it’s a requirement for your subsistence or for the regulation of certain species instead of a merely a hobby or sport....

    then what do you think I should do?

    You should do whatever the law determines.

    Hunting is not a necessity unless it’s a requirement for your subsistence or for the regulation of certain species instead of a merely a hobby or sport. Do you need hunting to eat or to help regulate an ecosystem?

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  17. Comment on Not every Trump voter is racist or misled. There’s a rational Trump voter too in ~misc

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    I’m certain you’re entirely reasonable, but public policy is not meant for a single individual. You are not stupid, but what about everyone else? Besides, even the most calm individual can...

    To me, it's just a tool but a dangerous one, so keep it in a safe and don't be stupid.

    I’m certain you’re entirely reasonable, but public policy is not meant for a single individual. You are not stupid, but what about everyone else? Besides, even the most calm individual can eventually lose their cool. Nothing prevents them from opening the safe in order to hurt others or themselves. You can, of course, do the same without firearms. But guns shorten the distance between intention and action, and that’s extremely dangerous.

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