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  1. Comment on Why the short-lived Calvin and Hobbes is still one of the most beloved and influential comic strips in ~comics

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    I love how every article about Calvin and Hobbes is like "but what's Schulz' secret?!?" and the answer is always "he didn't sell out". And yet we get article after article about how that could...

    I love how every article about Calvin and Hobbes is like "but what's Schulz' secret?!?" and the answer is always "he didn't sell out". And yet we get article after article about how that could possibly be and how crazy it is and did he really say no to selling out? Yes he did!

  2. Comment on France urged to repay billions of dollars to Haiti for independence ‘ransom’ in ~news

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    How do you even begin to fix this? A rather dark and cynical part of me thinks that the only solution would come from within but what would that look like? A gang taking over and forming a...

    How do you even begin to fix this? A rather dark and cynical part of me thinks that the only solution would come from within but what would that look like? A gang taking over and forming a dictatorship? Devastating.

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  3. Comment on Pompeii: new paintings found in ~humanities.history

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    I love these so much, it’s downright absurd how well preserved these frescos look! It seems to me that over the past year or two a lot has been discovered, is there a new technique they’re using...

    I love these so much, it’s downright absurd how well preserved these frescos look! It seems to me that over the past year or two a lot has been discovered, is there a new technique they’re using or something?

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  4. Comment on ‘Matrix 5’ in the works with Drew Goddard as director, Lana Wachowski as executive producer in ~movies

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    The Animatrix is the only good thing that ever came out of franchise-ing the Matrix.

    The Animatrix is the only good thing that ever came out of franchise-ing the Matrix.

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  5. Comment on ‘Matrix 5’ in the works with Drew Goddard as director, Lana Wachowski as executive producer in ~movies

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    They've done enough damage to it with Matrix Reloaded. But yea, Resurrections was an unbearable, tacky trainwreck of a movie.

    They've done enough damage to it with Matrix Reloaded. But yea, Resurrections was an unbearable, tacky trainwreck of a movie.

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  6. Comment on Microsoft to separate Teams and Office globally amid antitrust scrutiny, will cost $5.25/month standalone in ~tech

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    Whatever Microsoft was sued for in 1998, Google should be sued for 10 times over. It's ridiculous how much of the web and mobile infrastructure runs through Google. They should not own a browser...

    Whatever Microsoft was sued for in 1998, Google should be sued for 10 times over. It's ridiculous how much of the web and mobile infrastructure runs through Google. They should not own a browser standard but de facto do, I've seen more and more web apps blatantly telling you they only work with Chrome. Same shit as that happened with the Internet Explorer (ironically, Edge is now a Chrome reskin as well).

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  7. Comment on Why Bluesky remains the most interesting experiment in social media, by far in ~tech

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    Is that really a feature? Isn't the whole problem with social media that you create your own reality-bubble?

    This means that anyone can provide moderation services, and users can pick who they want to moderate their experience.

    Is that really a feature? Isn't the whole problem with social media that you create your own reality-bubble?

    6 votes
  8. Comment on The small company at the center of ‘Gamergate 2.0’ in ~games

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    You seem to actually put effort into arguing this point, so I'm gonna ask: What, concretely, is the thing gamergate "exposed"? Professional game critics having a liberal arts background? I do not...

    You seem to actually put effort into arguing this point, so I'm gonna ask: What, concretely, is the thing gamergate "exposed"? Professional game critics having a liberal arts background? I do not think the (absolutely bizarre!) Five Guys manifesto is a "red herring", it's literally the whole story and everything that followed was a reaction to the following crusade not being appropriate or proportionate. Even the most damning accusations were of the kind of "some journalist donated to a patreon of a game dev he mentioned positively".

    What annoys me about the cultural impact (beyond the fact that individual people got attacked) is that this happened at a time when games got really good, mostly thanks to indie devs and interesting, experimental takes on the medium. This would have been a great time for the medium to mature, critics to grow beyond mere entertainment reporters and conversation about games getting deeper. Instead we got this shit, places like /v/ exerting dominance in gaming discussion and forcefully (there was doxxing and death threats) setting back gaming discourse a decade or more. All in the name of "ethics in game journalism". Note that the Sweet Baby story is about a company... doing story consulting work. There is nothing even to "expose". Like, the "-gate" part implies something illegal or at least unethical being exposed. This is about having a brown woman as a side character in some AAA game. That is the absolute state of this movement.

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  9. Comment on The small company at the center of ‘Gamergate 2.0’ in ~games

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    I have to disagree strongly about gamergate ever having been about anything real. It was, quite transparently, a case of lonely internet men acting out a fantasy about the women that aren’t...

    I have to disagree strongly about gamergate ever having been about anything real. It was, quite transparently, a case of lonely internet men acting out a fantasy about the women that aren’t interested in them forming conspiracies against them. Period.

    Zoe Quinn barely made a dent on gaming culture before, she had like two quirky text adventures that got mentioned in lists of unusual indie games. The gamergate conspiracy claimed that there was essentially a scandalous wave of gaming journalists who slept with female indie devs who got favorable coverage in return but that, obviously, was ridiculous. I don’t even remember a second female game dev being in the news back then, let alone a third or anything you could consider “a pattern”.

    The hate for Anita Sarkeesian was about her taking the boobs away. Like… there’s porn. That’s it, that’s the whole fucking story.

    The whole thing is and has always been stupid and, ultimately, a power trip for insecure white men. I have not seen a single argument that would convince me otherwise.

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  10. Comment on Travelling to Japan for eleven days in May. Stay in Kyoto or Osaka other than Tokyo? in ~travel

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    I spent 3 weeks in Japan last year and it's been my favorite trip ever. I have to hold myself back from writing a novel about all the awesome things we saw but I think you're on the right track if...

    I spent 3 weeks in Japan last year and it's been my favorite trip ever.

    I have to hold myself back from writing a novel about all the awesome things we saw but I think you're on the right track if you have Nara on your list (feeding the deer in the middle of the city was an absolute highlight!).

    If nightlife is not your thing, I'd recommend Kyoto over Osaka. Osaka is good at the extreme sensory-overload type of neon sign aesthetic but Tokyo can provide that as well. Kyoto is temple city. You can soak in "modern" Japan in Akihabara and I found the quiet streets of Kyoto a nice contrast. Try walking a day along the "philosopher's path" and check out the most famous temples and houses with gardens along the way, those gardens are breathtakingly beautiful.

    As for other day(ish)-trip recommendations: We spent two days in Hakone where we treated ourselves to a stay in a traditional ryokan. It's expensive but a very beautiful and unique experience. A sliding door to a private garden, an 8 course kaiseki meal, a private onsen. A big surprise for me (since I'm not that big of an art museum guy) was the Hakone Open-Air Museum. It's sculptures placed in a large, hilly area, with a few buildings in-between (including a huge Picasso pavilion). With the mountains in the back, it was really beautiful.

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  11. Comment on Game recommendations, specifically (round 2) in ~games

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    It can be hard for me to tell what’s “obvious “ since I love the genre but I can recommend Stephen’s Sausage Roll.

    It can be hard for me to tell what’s “obvious “ since I love the genre but I can recommend Stephen’s Sausage Roll.

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  12. Comment on Shell to permanently close all of its hydrogen refuelling stations for cars in California in ~transport

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    What's the long-term, serious solution for how long it takes to charge car batteries? I always thought of this as a problem that will be solved, eventually, but somehow it's still a thing. I heard...

    What's the long-term, serious solution for how long it takes to charge car batteries? I always thought of this as a problem that will be solved, eventually, but somehow it's still a thing. I heard about battery-swapping, is that feasible?

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  13. Comment on The majority of traffic from Elon Musk's X may have been fake during the Super Bowl, report suggests in ~tech

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    He's an asshole, to make that clear, but this was like, his major thing: Get rid of the bots!

    He's an asshole, to make that clear, but this was like, his major thing: Get rid of the bots!

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  14. Comment on The majority of traffic from Elon Musk's X may have been fake during the Super Bowl, report suggests in ~tech

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    Didn’t Elon Musk claim “getting rid of bots” was his primary goal in order to fix twitter?

    Didn’t Elon Musk claim “getting rid of bots” was his primary goal in order to fix twitter?

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  15. Comment on The majority of traffic from Elon Musk's X may have been fake during the Super Bowl, report suggests in ~tech

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    I’m definitely noticing search results that are like 30 paragraphs on a question like “how do you switch off Cortana”. Either it’s someone’s job to write these or it’s all AI generated. Both...

    I’m definitely noticing search results that are like 30 paragraphs on a question like “how do you switch off Cortana”. Either it’s someone’s job to write these or it’s all AI generated. Both sucks. Ironically, I’m starting to just ask chatbots since they at least give single-sentence answers to simple questions.

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  16. Comment on ‘Bob Marley: One Love’ gets up and stands up to $51M; ‘Madame Web’ crawls near $26M over six-day holiday frame in ~movies

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    Oh man, I almost forgot about the “It’s morbin’ time!” memes, those were hilarious!

    Oh man, I almost forgot about the “It’s morbin’ time!” memes, those were hilarious!

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  17. Comment on Humble Choice - February 2024 in ~games

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    That's actually pretty neat. Can you just do one month of humble choice if you like the games or do you have to subscribe ahead of knowing the games and it's more of a gamble?

    That's actually pretty neat. Can you just do one month of humble choice if you like the games or do you have to subscribe ahead of knowing the games and it's more of a gamble?

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  18. Comment on Humble Choice - February 2024 in ~games

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    First time in many years I’m checking out a Humble deal. I’m surprised it’s still around. This isn’t the list of headline-making games I remember. But more than that, the offer of quantity...

    First time in many years I’m checking out a Humble deal. I’m surprised it’s still around. This isn’t the list of headline-making games I remember. But more than that, the offer of quantity (regardless of quality, even) no longer draws me in that much. What do I do with 8 new games every month? I barely finish one.

    I guess if you look to build a solid indie library from scratch, this is a good deal, though. Do they still give out Steam codes?

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  19. Comment on Gen Z and millennials proudly wear ‘lab-grown’ diamonds, oblivious to the fact they’re made from burning coal in China and India in ~enviro

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    It's the "gen z and millenials" in the title. It's a huge fuck you towards two entire generations and the only reason boomers are excluded is because they couldn't give a flying fuck about how...

    It's the "gen z and millenials" in the title. It's a huge fuck you towards two entire generations and the only reason boomers are excluded is because they couldn't give a flying fuck about how bloody their diamonds are. I want to see a calculation of the entire energy needed to make diamond the size of a rice corn which is probably a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. It's probably laughable. Meanwhile voting for a party that actively sabotages green energy is probably doing millions of times that damage to the environment.

    Halfway into the article they go into the price of diamonds and whether it "drops in value". The whole article seems to be a plant by the diamond mining industry.

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  20. Comment on I applied for a software role at FedEx and was asked to take this bizarre personality test in ~life

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    That makes the test even more stupid, lol.

    That makes the test even more stupid, lol.