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  1. 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
  2. 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.

    9 votes
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Comment on πŸ€·πŸ€·β™‚οΈπŸ€·β™€οΈπŸ€·πŸ»πŸ€·πŸ»β™€οΈπŸ€·πŸ»β™‚οΈπŸ€·πŸΌπŸ€·πŸΌβ™€οΈπŸ€·πŸΌβ™‚οΈπŸ€·πŸ½πŸ€·πŸ½β™€οΈπŸ€·πŸ½β™‚οΈπŸ€·πŸΎπŸ€·πŸΎβ™€οΈπŸ€·πŸΎβ™‚οΈπŸ€·πŸΏπŸ€·πŸΏβ™€οΈπŸ€·πŸΏβ™‚οΈ 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Comment on Let's talk about communism and the left in ~humanities

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    Someone in the Middle Ages could say the same of democratic governance and be reasonably convincing. History is too long to write off ideas forever, or decree things failed since they have only...

    Someone in the Middle Ages could say the same of democratic governance and be reasonably convincing. History is too long to write off ideas forever, or decree things failed since they have only been tried once.

    The USSR's failures were created by things like the Cold War and how it compared to the US or China at the time, they were racing to compete with each other which led to lies, corruption and cutting corners, still happening today.

    I would argue that the corruption was created by the monopoly and unaccountability of the vanguard party. Otherwise, the US would fail as well, since it was trying to speed things up and cut corners as well. And competition by itself doesn't create ethnic cleansing and oppression.

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  13. Comment on Let's talk about communism and the left in ~humanities

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    Communists envision a worker-controlled society without money, classes, or large-scale ownership of assets. It's an extension of socialism, where workers control the means of production (in...
    1. Communists envision a worker-controlled society without money, classes, or large-scale ownership of assets. It's an extension of socialism, where workers control the means of production (in layman's terms, democratically control business). According to Marxist theory, a country first becomes capitalist, then state socialist, then communist. As you might realise, no country has ever reached the third, and its debatable if any have ever reached the second. They were "communist" ideologically, not in mode of governance.
    2. A combination of general anti-socialist sentiment and warranted concern about the USSR's historical crimes. There is a dispute between three sides on this issue:
      • Those who say that those atrocities are inevitable when aiming for socialism/communism - therefore those ideologies are bad
      • Those who think the crimes can be avoided via a different mode of socialism. That's me. The USSR and most socialist countries largely came from one socialist school of thought, but there are many others: anarcho-communism, syndicalism, democratic socialism, market socialism, left communism, etc.
      • And those who think the atrocities were good actually. You definitely don't want to be this one.
    3. Most Marxists are communists, as that is what Marx advocated for. Your friend is most likely one; most communists or socialists would agree with that about Biden, though some would still not vote for him. As for Biden, he's a centre-left liberal, and is most definitely not loved by the radical left.
    4. Centrism is a thing. However, defining yourself by what you've not can lead to problems.
    5. I personally don't think that claim is borne by empirical evidence. And regulation is definitely not communist by itself - an actual commie would want to abolish NestlΓ© or put it under worker control, not regulate it. Some social democrats,* for instance, would support heavy regulation of industry, but communists claim that their efforts are futile and will be undone.
    6. See my answer to question (1.) They were definitely ideologically communist, but hadn't reached the ideal communist society they purportedly were fighting for. However, some communists and socialists would claim that they were ideologically perverted by corruption and malign interests, and therefore not very communist in practice.
    7. China claims to be ideologically communist and striving towards a socialist society. However, it has pretty weak corporate regulations and and poor health-care; which conflicts with its stated leftist ideals. They claim that they will eventually switch to socialism once they are economically developed; there is little evidence to support this IMO, especially when it's not in the ruling party elite's interest to do so. There is also Cuba, which does have some of the equality many socialists etc. fight for, but is marred by authoritarianism and suppression of dissent.
    8. Not sure what to recommend here. If you want to hear the Communist point of view, the Manifesto is a quick, easy read, though a bit outdated in a few regards and obviously biased. But I'm guessing you want a more neutral introduction to the topic; unfortunately, I don't know any that are reasonably approachable.

    * A much milder leftist position.

    28 votes
  14. Comment on Pirate Bay founder thinks Parler’s inability to stay online is β€˜embarrassing’ in ~tech

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    If Parker goes, something else will fill its void. I don't like it, but the Trump crowd is here to stay.

    Note: I hope they stay gone, but just food for thought.

    If Parker goes, something else will fill its void. I don't like it, but the Trump crowd is here to stay.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Game soundtracks: Listening to them outside the game and how they impact the game itself in ~games

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    Definitely, though I usually listen to it only when I'm in the mood for something cinematic or VGM-y. Even then I often just stick to my favourites, which are pretty much all indie titles:...

    Definitely, though I usually listen to it only when I'm in the mood for something cinematic or VGM-y. Even then I often just stick to my favourites, which are pretty much all indie titles:

    3 votes
  16. Comment on The Burger King rebrand: Design fit for a king? in ~design

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    In my opinion, the new design - especially the logo - is vastly superior to the old one. Due to the blue swoosh, I didn't realise it was supposed to be a burger for years.

    In my opinion, the new design - especially the logo - is vastly superior to the old one. Due to the blue swoosh, I didn't realise it was supposed to be a burger for years.

    9 votes
  17. Comment on Ask Tildes: How do you organize the files on your computer? in ~comp

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    Neat question. I generally use the default macOS directory structure with a few tweaks: ~/... Applications/ └─ apps that deal with personal stuff (my Mac is one-user, so only semantic) Desktop/ β”œβ”€...

    Neat question. I generally use the default macOS directory structure with a few tweaks:

    ~/...
    Applications/
      └─ apps that deal with personal stuff (my Mac is one-user, so only semantic)
    Desktop/
      β”œβ”€ uni/work projects, with a folder each
      └─ Miscellanous/
    Developer/
      └─ programming stuff and custom Homebrew formulae
    Documents/
      β”œβ”€ Archives/ (zip files of old projects, resources, tools, etc. that I don't use anymore)
      β”œβ”€ Backup/ (of data stored in online accounts; actual backups use Time Machine)
      β”œβ”€ Fun/
      └─ documents, graphs, spreadsheets, etc. (formerly books, which now live in my e-reader app)
    Downloads/
      └─ downloads and temp/working files; try to keep empty
    Music/
      β”œβ”€ GarageBand/
      └─ Music/ (my songs, by artist then album)
    Pictures/
      β”œβ”€ Avatars/ (online icons I drew myself)
      β”œβ”€ Heraldry/ (heraldic art)
      β”œβ”€ Icons/ (custom icons for some of my apps)
      └─ Maps/
           └─ Data/ (GIS stuff)
      β”œβ”€ Resources/ (font packs, brushes, and other design/art resources)
      └─ Wallpapers/
           β”œβ”€ Current/ (my background is chosen randomly from here)
           β”œβ”€ Custom/ (source files of ones I drew myself)
           β”œβ”€ Former/
           β”œβ”€ Mobile/
           └─ zips of online wallpaper archives
      └─ misc art and photos, and my Photos app library file
    Sites/
      └─ web dev stuff
    

    Note that the Desktop/ folder doesn't actually appear on the desktop; I use a hidden setting for it to not show anything.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Which online content creators do you regularly follow? in ~talk

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    Here's what I check frequently - i.e. at least once a week. There's lots more stuff that I look at once every few months or so, which I have listed on various pages of my personal site. Podcasts...

    Here's what I check frequently - i.e. at least once a week. There's lots more stuff that I look at once every few months or so, which I have listed on various pages of my personal site.

    Podcasts

    • QAA - Focused on debunking conspiracy theories; has lots of very informative and fascinating content as well as being very funny.

    I can also highly reccommed Behind the Bastards, but that is often too depressing to regularly check on.

    Webcomics

    • The Order of The Stick - A D&D-inspired strip that, while being very comedic, still tells a complex and layered story. Started off being a lot cruder in artstyle and worse in quality than it is now
    • Gunnerkrigg Court - Been running for almost twenty years and it shows. Still good though.

    Blogs

    • fuzzy notepad Interesting content about technology and social issues. Most famous for PHP: A fractal of bad design, which is how I first found it.

    Youtubers

    Hbomberguy, Folding Ideas/Dan Olson, Fredrik Knudsen

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Apple introduces AirPods Max in ~tech

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    Jobs-era Apple came up with the iPod Hi-Fi, which is IMO an even more tangential name.

    Jobs-era Apple came up with the iPod Hi-Fi, which is IMO an even more tangential name.

    1 vote