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  1. Comment on Fantastic false cognates - words that seem related, but aren’t in ~humanities

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    I'm looking at some of these and couldn't it just be that the connections just go back one step further back? There's some that seem like genuine coincidences (emoji not being related to "emotion"...

    I'm looking at some of these and couldn't it just be that the connections just go back one step further back? There's some that seem like genuine coincidences (emoji not being related to "emotion" at all in Japanese), but I'm unconvinced that, say, Latin, Proto-Germanic and Sanskrit couldn't have some ancient, undocumented connection.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Bolsonaro, Lula headed to runoff after tight Brazil election in ~news

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    Who are the other candidates? Would people who previously voted for the others rather switch to Lula or Bolsonaro?

    Who are the other candidates? Would people who previously voted for the others rather switch to Lula or Bolsonaro?

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Stadia is shutting down in ~games

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    It feels weird but I keep reminding myself that the majority of services on the internet have an expiration date. There was myspace before facebook. And facebook monthly active users seem to be...

    It feels weird but I keep reminding myself that the majority of services on the internet have an expiration date. There was myspace before facebook. And facebook monthly active users seem to be peaking with younger people finding alternatives. My circle of friends switched from WhatsApp to Signal like 3 years ago, it was a non-event, it's the exact same app, basically. Twitter MAU seems to have peaked in 2015 (which is kinda weird). There was search before google and I switched to duckduckgo about 2 years ago... not missing google one bit. Oddly enough, the "stickiest" service I actually use is email, so I'm still kinda stuck with Gmail despite looking for alternatives.

    So while youtube seems more entrenched in internet video culture, it's absolutely replaceable. Big youtubers would find a way to transfer their content, some obscure stuff might go missing but that's a small price to pay to break a monopoly. If youtube's popularity truly collapses, I actually don't see Microsoft or Amazon filling that potential gap but some smaller site that takes a risk none of the big players are willing to take. Something none of us would expect.

    I don't personally see it happening, but 10 years from now, a lot of change is possible.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Reddit CEO Steve Huffman discusses how he wants every subreddit to be its own media company and he wants to see money being exchanged from users to users and users to subreddits in ~tech

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    If mods just get a flat sum, it’s tremendously unfair to the better ones. Quantitatively measuring their work seems even worse since it just opens the door to all kinds of abuse. Basically...

    If mods just get a flat sum, it’s tremendously unfair to the better ones. Quantitatively measuring their work seems even worse since it just opens the door to all kinds of abuse. Basically encouraging clickbait on a mod level.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Sample Breakdown: Daft Punk - Discovery in ~music

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    🤯

    The Daft Punk discovery that blew my mind was learning that harder better faster stronger is effectively Cola Bottle Baby, by Edwin Birdsong

    🤯

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Klarna has revealed that losses more than tripled in the first half of the year – firm has been hit by a slowdown in consumer spending in ~finance

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    That sounds like mostly a hit from rapid investments, so a rather internal problem. I don't personally care about Klarna but what would be interesting is the "slowdown consumer spending". There...

    That sounds like mostly a hit from rapid investments, so a rather internal problem. I don't personally care about Klarna but what would be interesting is the "slowdown consumer spending". There doesn't seem to be an actual value given in the article. Consumer spending slowing could, long term, be a good thing since it would mean inflation coming down.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Sample Breakdown: Daft Punk - Discovery in ~music

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    The whole youtube channel is mind blow after mind blow. A lot of super famous songs are just 3 samples from some soul track from the 70s, lol.

    The whole youtube channel is mind blow after mind blow. A lot of super famous songs are just 3 samples from some soul track from the 70s, lol.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Architecture in video games: Designing for impact in ~games.game_design

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    That game is something else. There's a talk by one of the environmental artists I can rather recommend, don't have the link right now. I fear like I'm spamming its praise too much, lol, but it's...

    That game is something else. There's a talk by one of the environmental artists I can rather recommend, don't have the link right now.

    I fear like I'm spamming its praise too much, lol, but it's hands down my favorite game of all time. I can only recommend anyone to give it a try with an open mind and some patience.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on How are things in your country right now? in ~talk

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    Still no proper tourism in Japan? We planned a trip for March 2020 (yea, that deserves an award for bad timing). Doesn't seem to make sense to retry until 2023, it seems?

    Still no proper tourism in Japan? We planned a trip for March 2020 (yea, that deserves an award for bad timing). Doesn't seem to make sense to retry until 2023, it seems?

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What's an underrated, cancelled, or largely forgotten show that you really love? in ~tv

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    I guess it's not really forgotten. It's a cult classic that comes up regularly. It's like Twin Peaks or Arrested Development. Niche, but kinda big on the internet.

    I guess it's not really forgotten. It's a cult classic that comes up regularly. It's like Twin Peaks or Arrested Development. Niche, but kinda big on the internet.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Assassin's Creed Odyssey's New Game+ is unironically the best way to play the game in ~games

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    Exactly! Calling those “time-savers” must be among the most cynical trends in gaming, I absolutely despise it.

    Exactly! Calling those “time-savers” must be among the most cynical trends in gaming, I absolutely despise it.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Assassin's Creed Odyssey's New Game+ is unironically the best way to play the game in ~games

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    My theory is that Ubisoft, for a long time now, is designing these games to be microtransaction sinks. So it's subtly unfun by design so you have a constant, nagging feeling that you want to waste...

    My theory is that Ubisoft, for a long time now, is designing these games to be microtransaction sinks. So it's subtly unfun by design so you have a constant, nagging feeling that you want to waste less of your time and just buy "time saver" resource packs. That shit must make some money. Of course, only few people actually pay for it (pay way too much for it, of course) which means 90%+ of players have a worse experience. It's just perfectly designed to balance backlash against profits, it's very subtle.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Lord of the pings: How I turned off my phone notifications, and got my life back in ~tech

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    The new notification grouping features in iOS are amazing. I had this app I was semi-interested in and it just constantly spammed messages, roughly ever 20 minutes. Most were pointless but every...

    The new notification grouping features in iOS are amazing.

    I had this app I was semi-interested in and it just constantly spammed messages, roughly ever 20 minutes. Most were pointless but every couple of times it showed something I didn’t want to miss. So it was like a constant presence in the back of my mind. Now I force it to group messages into a summary in the morning and at night, skim them in bulk and mostly be done in 3 minutes. That just freed up so much mental space without even missing out on anything.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Why Nintendo doesn't make everything you want in ~games

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    Agreed, except for one thing: Disregarding disappointing sales, Star Fox Zero is probably an example of Nintendo applying these “quality standards”, not abandoning them. The game is built around...

    Agreed, except for one thing: Disregarding disappointing sales, Star Fox Zero is probably an example of Nintendo applying these “quality standards”, not abandoning them.

    The game is built around the idea of making the Wii U game pad relevant. It failed, but that’s a failure of the whole hardware concept, not the game. That’s the tragedy of the Wii U.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Why Nintendo doesn't make everything you want in ~games

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    Speaking of Zelda, Breath of the Wild 2 was announced for this year, got delayed, and will now almost certainly be a 2023 game for their current gen Switch.

    Speaking of Zelda, Breath of the Wild 2 was announced for this year, got delayed, and will now almost certainly be a 2023 game for their current gen Switch.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Why Nintendo doesn't make everything you want in ~games

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    I can’t watch the video right now so sorry if the following is mentioned, lol, but if that’s the core argument, I think it’s incomplete. They’re definitely in control of many of the major IPs...

    I can’t watch the video right now so sorry if the following is mentioned, lol, but if that’s the core argument, I think it’s incomplete. They’re definitely in control of many of the major IPs associated with them that saw no release in 10+ years.

    There’s a genuine obsession with “quality” at Nintendo and it, for better or worse, leads to Apple-like minimalism. Better not do something at all than doing it half-assed. Before you go and point out their half-assed online services and whatnot — this is about their definition, not ours.

    Concrete example: Miyamoto once said that the reason they’re not producing a new F-Zero is that he sees no “new ideas” for the franchise and this being a requirement to green light a game internally. You’ll also hear in making ofs and reports on their corporate culture that games have to be pitched with very specific requirements for utilizing the newest hardware and whatnot. That’s partially why the Wii/Wii U days were kind of a dark time if you weren’t into input gimmicks.

    Ultimately, though, I believe it’s a stubborn refusal to scale their software departments. It’s ridiculous to not have Animal Crossing and Splatoon developed by separate, full-scale studios, for example.

    Edit: Watched the video. An interesting explanation of their different internal studios, I long lost track of their “EAD” and “SPD” structures. Still, saying they rely on external studios is not much different from asking why they do not found more internal studios. They have the talent, the money and the IP. I remain baffled. But I can’t really complain about the Switch’s library, it’s mostly just… you know, it could be even better.

    7 votes
  17. Comment on Embracer Group, parent company for a vast and expanding roster of studios and publishers, goes on a spending spree buying up Middle-earth Enterprises and more in ~games

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    "Embracer" is such a low key terrifying name for a conglomerate like this.

    "Embracer" is such a low key terrifying name for a conglomerate like this.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on The Futures of Inform (Talk transcript and slides) in ~games.game_design

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    This looks interesting but it goes into git repositories before it even shows an example. It is a tool for creating text-adventure style interactivity? Anyone got a good example of seeing it in...

    This looks interesting but it goes into git repositories before it even shows an example. It is a tool for creating text-adventure style interactivity? Anyone got a good example of seeing it in action?

    1 vote
  19. Comment on UK inflation to hit 18.6% next year according to Citi in ~finance

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    Well, thank god they're no longer entangled with the EU and can solve that problem efficiently on their own. /s

    Well, thank god they're no longer entangled with the EU and can solve that problem efficiently on their own. /s

    6 votes