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  1. Comment on Advocating for rich civilians in ~talk

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    I would argue that those with immense wealth aren't part of the solution though, but a problem. Yes, Gates forked over a small percentage of his wealth to eliminate polio. But his foundation is...

    I would argue that those with immense wealth aren't part of the solution though, but a problem. Yes, Gates forked over a small percentage of his wealth to eliminate polio. But his foundation is not an unalloyed positive, and there is no rule of nature saying that only people like Gates can solve these problems. Under their watch, power has dissipated from government - which for all its flaws is accountable and somewhat democratic - and shifted it to an undemocratic cadre of individuals with little accountability or oversight; it's not a good idea to have societal machinery rely on so few. All people have their biases and blind spots; something that democracy is designed to mitigate. Even if they start with good intentions, it's a well-known fact that power corrupts.

    It also matters on a societal level. The impoverished and disempowered have few paths to success in today's world, because the metaphorical big fish take up the whole pond. Bezos and Musk wouldn't be so rich if Amazon and Tesla treated their workers more fairly - workers whose contribution is definitely not reflected by their slice of the pie. And due to Gates, one company has an effective monopoly on desktop computing operating systems, and almost had one on the web.

    11 votes
  2. Comment on Feature request: Ability to ping a comment author about spelling mistakes in ~tildes

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    Personally, I'd appreciate corrections, but I imagine others may see the feature as annoying.

    Personally, I'd appreciate corrections, but I imagine others may see the feature as annoying.

    10 votes
  3. Comment on Xenia, the forgotten trans Linux mascot in ~tech

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    Also, Linus just has a soft spot for penguins. He jocularly stated that he got "penguinitis" after being bitten in Australia.

    Also, Linus just has a soft spot for penguins. He jocularly stated that he got "penguinitis" after being bitten in Australia.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Baba Is You - Mobile release trailer in ~games

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    Agreed. Played a bit of Baba a while back and it seems like a perfect game to play on the go.

    Agreed. Played a bit of Baba a while back and it seems like a perfect game to play on the go.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Near, the author of bsnes and higan, has died in ~games

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    Sad for so much potential to be thrown away. It cannot be understated how impressive Near's body of work was, and they seemed like a stand-up person as well. Given the nature of the perpetrators,...

    Sad for so much potential to be thrown away. It cannot be understated how impressive Near's body of work was, and they seemed like a stand-up person as well.

    Given the nature of the perpetrators, unfortunately it's completely unsurprising that they'd do that. KiwiFarms is consistently underreported for the damage they do, and they should get far more media attention. Like usual, the marginalised and vulnerable don't get the voice they deserve.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Reddit introduces CryptoSnoos NFTs in ~tech

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    Seems to be standard-issue for most social platforms these days to put mobile first. Makes sense, as they have the most users, but it still feels kinda shitty. At least when desktop platforms got...

    They've been treating mobile as the primary platform in a lot of ways, with many new features only available on mobile (and often only available on iOS specifically), so it's odd that this one is getting the opposite treatment.

    Seems to be standard-issue for most social platforms these days to put mobile first. Makes sense, as they have the most users, but it still feels kinda shitty. At least when desktop platforms got exclusive features it could be semi-justified by them being ostensibly more "advanced".

    I would guess that the crypto demographic largely uses desktop computers; mining isn't suited to mobile. Hence the reversal of the trend in this instance.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Why QAnon is disappearing from online view in ~tech

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    QAA is indeed a great podcast. I'm personally a subscriber to the premium episodes and highly recommend it.

    QAA is indeed a great podcast. I'm personally a subscriber to the premium episodes and highly recommend it.

  8. Comment on YouTube experimenting with removal of public dislike count in ~tech

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    Totally agree; they could have easily implemented something like Steam did, where abnormal negative ratings are excluded from the total.

    Totally agree; they could have easily implemented something like Steam did, where abnormal negative ratings are excluded from the total.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Which gaming console would you recommend and why? in ~games

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    Another point to consider is that Microsoft (manufacturers of the Xbox) have recently been - rather controversially - buying out a lot of publishers of popular games, with the intention of making...

    Another point to consider is that Microsoft (manufacturers of the Xbox) have recently been - rather controversially - buying out a lot of publishers of popular games, with the intention of making future products exclusive to their console and PC. For instance, if your kid hears about the upcoming Doom, Fallout, or Elder Scrolls title from a friend, there's a good chance they won't be able to get them on the PlayStation.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on The most divisive trend in water-closet architecture has reached Boston: the open-concept bathroom in ~design

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    Anecdotally, one of my bathrooms has wooden floors and it's a mess (it's an old house, and was originally a hallway). It gets plenty of circulation if you open the window too.

    Anecdotally, one of my bathrooms has wooden floors and it's a mess (it's an old house, and was originally a hallway). It gets plenty of circulation if you open the window too.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Reddit announces online presence indicators in ~tech

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    Because the investors probably don't really understand the market or the concept of product differentiation. They just hear that Discord is more popular with the kids these days, so they want to...

    Because the investors probably don't really understand the market or the concept of product differentiation. They just hear that Discord is more popular with the kids these days, so they want to make Reddit more like Discord.

    13 votes
  12. Comment on Users are losing out against Big Sur’s sealed System in ~tech

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    While I agree with much of what is said in this article, the author's description of "half-hour updates" seems to be a bit of an exaggeration from my experience. My Mac isn't particularly new or...

    While I agree with much of what is said in this article, the author's description of "half-hour updates" seems to be a bit of an exaggeration from my experience. My Mac isn't particularly new or anything either.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on What's something that hasn't aged well? in ~talk

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    To be fair, Biden only barely got the nomination in some key states, even with a pandemic that @Amarok undoubtedly didn't account for. Still amusing though.

    Biden is toast bro

    To be fair, Biden only barely got the nomination in some key states, even with a pandemic that @Amarok undoubtedly didn't account for. Still amusing though.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on 🤷🤷♂️🤷♀️🤷🏻🤷🏻♀️🤷🏻♂️🤷🏼🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♂️🤷🏽🤷🏽♀️🤷🏽♂️🤷🏾🤷🏾♀️🤷🏾♂️🤷🏿🤷🏿♀️🤷🏿♂️ in ~tildes

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    If there's a good reason why ZWJs are stripped, it's probably better to just ban emojis and be done with it rather than coming up with a potentially difficult-to-maintain workaround. It's not like...

    If there's a good reason why ZWJs are stripped, it's probably better to just ban emojis and be done with it rather than coming up with a potentially difficult-to-maintain workaround. It's not like we have oodles of posts with emojis in their titles anyway.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Norway is offering drug-free treatment to people with psychosis in ~health

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    Oh definitely, especially with the newer generation of medications.

    Oh definitely, especially with the newer generation of medications.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Norway is offering drug-free treatment to people with psychosis in ~health

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    I'd like to see more of this kind of thing. A lot of anti-psychotic medication has severely detrimental side effects that are ignored by much of society, because they see medicated people as...

    I'd like to see more of this kind of thing. A lot of anti-psychotic medication has severely detrimental side effects that are ignored by much of society, because they see medicated people as effectively cured. Psychosis is an outgrowth of an integral part of the mind, one that often cannot be removed without severe consequences.

    To be clear, this kind of thing should only really be done in a controlled environment, given the unpredictable and perception-distorting nature of people's afflictions. And it of course doesn't work for everyone, as the article says, but it's still very much something that should be encouraged under the correct circumstances.


    (disclaimer: I once had an experience that could be described as an psychotic break, and now take medication. although it's anti-anxiety, not anti-psychotic, my symptoms have mostly abated.)

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

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    Last week, I played the RPG Ikenfell1... and it's pretty good. Easily 9/10 or 10/10. I was a bit doubtful about the combat system as it had received some bad reviews, but I found it really...

    Last week, I played the RPG Ikenfell1... and it's pretty good. Easily 9/10 or 10/10.

    I was a bit doubtful about the combat system as it had received some bad reviews, but I found it really engaging, perhaps one of the best one that I've played. It's a tactical affair, taking place on an isometric grid, but also requires timed button presses for optimal defence and attack, which heavily affect the outcome. IMO, this creates a nice balance of strategic thinking and more immediate action elements - especially as the moves are really fun to use and the characters have a nice mix of them beyond standard "healer", "attack", etc. As the aforementioned reviews said, you do have to be quite aggressive about attacking most enemies so you level with them, but that wasn't an issue as I realised that early on.

    The story is great as well, though it has more twists than a mountain pass. Even though I'm very much a straight white male, it's nice to see good LGBT representation in video games beyond one or two characters (the T part is especially lacking a lot). I liked the decision to include vocals heavily in the soundtrack (done mostly by Aivi and Surasshu), which is something that more indies (aside from Supergiant) should incorporate IMO.

    1 Disclaimer: I wrote most of the Wikipedia article, as the game didn't have one.

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

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    Totally agree - Oxenfree is a really good game, can highly recommend it. Not sure how far into it you are ofc, but the plot goes into some really interesting places, so look forward to that. My...

    Totally agree - Oxenfree is a really good game, can highly recommend it. Not sure how far into it you are ofc, but the plot goes into some really interesting places, so look forward to that. My only real qualm would be that there's a bit too much walking around in some places.

    The soundtrack is also well worth checking out after you've played if that's your thing - and there's also some bonus tracks that aren't in the game.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on The Ample Hills ice cream company had $19 million, a place on Oprah's favorite things list, a deal with Disney, and dreams of becoming the next Ben & Jerry’s. Then everything fell apart. in ~finance

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    I hear a lot of these stories about hubristic startups overextending and then crashing and burning these days. It's telling that so many upper-class and upper-middle-class individuals are so...

    I hear a lot of these stories about hubristic startups overextending and then crashing and burning these days. It's telling that so many upper-class and upper-middle-class individuals are so insulated from the constraints of reality.

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

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    Last week I played There is No Game: Wrong Dimension.It's another "meta" indie game, but manages to do something reasonably new with the concept - the game that you are trying to play "isn't...

    Last week I played There is No Game: Wrong Dimension.It's another "meta" indie game, but manages to do something reasonably new with the concept - the game that you are trying to play "isn't ready", so you get kicked around other games with an somewhat frustrated anthromorphic version of it. Gameplay consists largely of breaking and messing with said games, which is reasonably enjoyable if a bit unintuitive at times (there is a built in hints system, which is perhaps an admission of that fact) - though like many indies of its sort, it's still largely a means to carry the narrative.

    Overall though, I'd say I really enjoyed it. My only major qualm would be that the ending is somewhat contrived and tonally discordant, but that's something I can forgive given that the dev's Kickstarter campaign failed.

    2 votes