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  1. Comment on Recommend classic games you feel everyone should play at least once in ~games

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    Homeworld is in my opinion the best single player experience in any RTS made. The voice acting, the innovative 3D gameplay, the score, the story, the graphics and the immense, beautiful, colossal...

    Homeworld is in my opinion the best single player experience in any RTS made.

    The voice acting, the innovative 3D gameplay, the score, the story, the graphics and the immense, beautiful, colossal sense of scale and immersion that all of those things put together exude make it one of my favorite games of all time.

    A group of human(oids) living on a harsh desert planet begin to piece together that they have almost no similarities with any other lifeform on the planet.

    After a deep space survey satellite gets pointed the opposite direction by accident and finds a massive, faster than light capable ship buried under the sands, the people undergo a colossal, worldwide effort to build a ship filled with 200,000 people in search of their true Homeworld. Some crazy stuff happens along the way.

    The intro mission with Adagio for Strings playing still gives me goosebumps.

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  2. Comment on What it’s like to isolate with your girlfriend and her other boyfriend in ~life

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    I think the prevailing take on jealousy in this thread is pretty off the mark at least with respect to monogamous relationships. People keep talking about jealousy as some negative aspect of...

    I think the prevailing take on jealousy in this thread is pretty off the mark at least with respect to monogamous relationships. People keep talking about jealousy as some negative aspect of relationships that need to be solved. I don't feel that way at all. I've been with my wife for ten years, and if some other guy tries to flirt with her, I get jealous. I like that I get jealous. My wife likes that I get jealous also. It's a subconscious reminder of how much I care about her. I'm not in any way afraid of losing her, and vise versa when she gets jealous about female attention towards me.

    I view it as a normal, healthy part of a committed relationship; not some horrible thing that needs to be solved by polyamory. The idea of that horrifies the both of us, and it's not because of some weird external cultural programming, like many people keep suggesting.

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  3. Comment on Social Distancing: This is not a snow day in ~health.coronavirus

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    All the people who lose their jobs and can no longer afford medical care, all the people who lose their homes and are now crowded into tight quarters with poor hygiene during a pandemic, all the...

    All the people who lose their jobs and can no longer afford medical care, all the people who lose their homes and are now crowded into tight quarters with poor hygiene during a pandemic, all the people who are impacted by increased crime levels by a populace who is now plunged into poverty and with nothing to do all day. The concept of "The Financial System" being a thing that rich people worry about that doesn't affect normal people isn't correct. Money and debt is necessary for life the way that our society is structured. It coming crumbling down would hurt virtually everyone, but it would hurt the poor and middle class a lot more than it would hurt the rich.

  4. Comment on Social Distancing: This is not a snow day in ~health.coronavirus

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    Yeah... when that happens, people die. Lots of people die, way more than are projected to die from this virus. Starving to death or getting killed in riots seems pretty not fun.

    Let the financial system fail. It should have failed in 2008.

    Yeah... when that happens, people die. Lots of people die, way more than are projected to die from this virus. Starving to death or getting killed in riots seems pretty not fun.

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  5. Comment on Font size fallacies in ~comp

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    Isn't that... kind of obvious? Anyone that's ever gone from a lower res screen to a higher res screen without enabling UI scaling features can see that pretty plainly, and if you have a 1080p...

    Isn't that... kind of obvious?
    Anyone that's ever gone from a lower res screen to a higher res screen without enabling UI scaling features can see that pretty plainly, and if you have a 1080p screen on your phone, obviously 64x64 is going to be a lot smaller than if you were to put it on a 24" 1080p monitor, since the screen is smaller.

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  6. Comment on Lankum - The Rocky Road to Dublin in ~music

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    I think basically every irish/irish american band I've ever heard has done a version of Rocky Road to Dublin. Here's a version by Dropkick Murphy's

    I think basically every irish/irish american band I've ever heard has done a version of Rocky Road to Dublin. Here's a version by Dropkick Murphy's

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  7. Comment on NYSE paused after Dow plunges shortly after trading begins in ~finance

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    The market crashing hard means lots of people losing their jobs, their homes, and their ability to take care of themselves. Why would you hope for that?

    The market crashing hard means lots of people losing their jobs, their homes, and their ability to take care of themselves.

    Why would you hope for that?

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  8. Comment on The case against Microsoft and Github in ~comp

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    It's not even like he cited them building custom software for missile control systems or something like that either. One of his examples was that in 1998, aircraft carriers ran Windows NT. I mean,...

    It's not even like he cited them building custom software for missile control systems or something like that either. One of his examples was that in 1998, aircraft carriers ran Windows NT. I mean, come on.

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  9. Comment on Many young voters sat out Super Tuesday, contributing to Bernie Sanders' losses in ~news

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    Teaching isn't expensive, but people don't generally go to college to get an education. They go to college for a diploma, and for the people who go to college for a diploma, the more prestigious a...

    Teaching isn't expensive, but people don't generally go to college to get an education. They go to college for a diploma, and for the people who go to college for a diploma, the more prestigious a university is, the more valuable that diploma. Teaching isn't expensive, but prestige is the most expensive cost a university has. The giant marble stairs, the ivy covered arches, the massive football stadiums, and the huge research departments are what win universities prestige, and prestige is what wins them students.

    If you just want an affordable quality education, go to community college. I spent two years there and learned from passionate, intelligent professors who had experience in the fields they were teaching. I then went to a big fancy university and got to sit in a room with 300 other people cupping my ears to hear guys who didn't want to be there mumble from a textbook. I didn't learn anything at that university, and if I hadn't joined the military to pay for it I would still be in debt because of it. To top it all off, those vultures have the balls to make an undergrad call me 5+ times a year asking for a donation.

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  10. Comment on Finnish FA drops 'women's' prefix for league in push for equality – top football league to be called National League, not Women's League in ~sports

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    Yeah, that makes sense because they're pointlessly gendered terms. "Women's league" isn't pointlessly gendered. You have to be a woman to compete in them. If it was a league that had no...

    Which is precisely why so many people have been trying to do away with those pointlessly gendered terms, as all they really do is further reinforce stereotypes, traditional gender roles, socioeconomic division, and prejudice.

    Yeah, that makes sense because they're pointlessly gendered terms. "Women's league" isn't pointlessly gendered. You have to be a woman to compete in them. If it was a league that had no restrictions to play in but just happened to have mostly women playing in it, I would agree, "women's league" would be a pointlessly gendered term for it, but you must be a woman to play in it, so being called a women's league is descriptive, not pointless. I don't know anything about soccer, but in the NBA, NFL and MLB league, there isn't actually a rule restricting women from playing on those teams, so calling them "men's leagues" would be pointlessly gendered, because there's no rule preventing women from playing in them. If there's a rule prohibiting women from playing in professional soccer, renaming it "Men's professional league" or whatever would make sense.

    I don't really see how glossing over the fact that it's an all women's league with the name makes any difference in reinforcing stereotypes.

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  11. Comment on What's the Coronavirus like where you are? in ~talk

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    Nothing here in FL. I'm trying to get some sanding done and all the dust masks are sold out at Home Depot, so there's that.

    Nothing here in FL. I'm trying to get some sanding done and all the dust masks are sold out at Home Depot, so there's that.

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  12. Comment on Finnish FA drops 'women's' prefix for league in push for equality – top football league to be called National League, not Women's League in ~sports

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    We don't refer to female engineers as "women engineers" because their sex makes no difference in engineering. There's a practical reason why there are separate women's leagues, and the fact that...

    We don't refer to female engineers as "women engineers" because their sex makes no difference in engineering.

    There's a practical reason why there are separate women's leagues, and the fact that you have to be a woman to play in them are their differentiating characteristic. So it's not just soccer that happens to be played by women, it's soccer that can only be played by women.
    Renaming it makes about as much sense as renaming women's bathrooms to "national bathrooms". It's just needlessly confusing for no real benefit.

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  13. Comment on Finnish FA drops 'women's' prefix for league in push for equality – top football league to be called National League, not Women's League in ~sports

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    Yes, of course. That's not actually what the article about is though. It's just a name change. They're literally just changing their women's league's name from "Women's League" to "National...

    Yes, of course. That's not actually what the article about is though. It's just a name change. They're literally just changing their women's league's name from "Women's League" to "National League". It's still a women only league.

    Personally, I think that's pretty stupid, but whatever.

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  14. Comment on Finnish FA drops 'women's' prefix for league in push for equality – top football league to be called National League, not Women's League in ~sports

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    What do you mean by this? There have been quite a few studies that show differences in average upper body strength and overall muscle mass between men and women. Aside from that, in athletics...

    What do you mean by this? There have been quite a few studies that show differences in average upper body strength and overall muscle mass between men and women.

    Aside from that, in athletics where performance can be objectively measured, men outperform women
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3761733/
    with a few exceptions (women seem to dominate in ultra long distance swimming).

    It's harder to measure athletic performance in something like soccer, where top tier women most often compete against other women obviously. It's pretty plainly clear that there's a biological disparity between men and women in most physical sports though.

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  15. Comment on Linux is a subpar choice for professional video editing in ~comp

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    That's what I mean. Most people, including your parents, would be fine using linux as they don't rely on a specific piece of software to do their job. They need email, but they don't need outlook...

    That's what I mean. Most people, including your parents, would be fine using linux as they don't rely on a specific piece of software to do their job. They need email, but they don't need outlook specifically, any email client will do.

    People like graphic designers who absolutely, 100% must have a copy of Photoshop on their computers, or an engineer who must have a copy of AutoCAD on their computers aren't going to have a good time on Linux, even if they can get those programs running via compatibility layers or virtual machines.

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  16. Comment on Linux is a subpar choice for professional video editing in ~comp

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    Honestly, unless you're a programmer, sysadmin, network engineer, or someone who may use a computer, but doesn't really rely on specific software for your workflow (you just use email, write...

    Honestly, unless you're a programmer, sysadmin, network engineer, or someone who may use a computer, but doesn't really rely on specific software for your workflow (you just use email, write documents, use webapps, etc) you're going to have a bad time trying to use linux professionally. I say this as someone who uses linux professionally.

    Professional software is very very difficult to develop, given that one wrong design choice can end up costing millions of dollars in lost productivity, and the funding just isn't there in the open source arena for anything but the most fundamental system level projects that large corporations rely on. No one really uses linux as a desktop outside STEM fields, unless they're just using the PCs as general workstations (even then, it's hard to beat the inertia of MS office, especially Outlook/Exchange), so no one is funding those projects. It's impressive that they work as well as they do given the fact that most of them are hobbies. I'd love for large enterprises to wake up one day and decide to collaboratively fund high quality open source projects that they'd all benefit from at a fraction of the cost of the licensing fees they pay to Microsoft, but I don't see that happening any time soon unfortunately.

    There's definitely a vocal minority of the FOSS community that would shame you for "giving up", but those are people who are completely unable to empathize that people have different needs and work in different jobs than they do. I don't think there's anything wrong with jumping ship if it means you actually get to be good at your job, and there's not really a whole lot you can do about improving the situation besides investing your own time or donating to open source projects.

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  17. Comment on Silicon Valley ruined work culture in ~life

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    I think I've commented about stuff like this before, and I don't see an end in sight. It's the epitome of cargo cult mentality. These companies don't know why google/apple/facebook/amazon are...

    I think I've commented about stuff like this before, and I don't see an end in sight.
    It's the epitome of cargo cult mentality. These companies don't know why google/apple/facebook/amazon are successful, or rather, maybe they do know why, but realize they can't replicate those reasons, so they just try to emulate the easy surface level stuff that gets press. Silicon valley behemoths are successful in spite of their management practice, not because of them.

    There's no real data or research that goes into these decisions, these execs just go "Well silicon valley does this, and silicon valley is successful, so we should also do this", without realizing that

    1. They're completely different industries, locations, and demographics, so assuming what works for google works for a meat distribution company is ridiculous from the get go

    2. Just because a company does something doesn't mean that that's the reason they're successful. There are infinite ways a given company in the valley does things different than any other company. Assuming that just because they do a given thing, and they're successful that that given thing is the reason for their success is a massive fallacy.

    and finally,

    1. The things that make those companies successful are not things that you, as a paper mill, or an insurance reseller, or a medical management company can replicate. They were on the ground floor of a massive, world changing technological revolution. They were in the right place at the right time, and managed to attract some of the smartest people in the entire world and retain them. You do not have access to the smartest people in the world, and even if you did, you can't retain them with ping pong. Ping pong is a tiny little side perk that google tosses in along with their seven figure salaries. You cannot afford seven figure salaries, and no one works at a company for ping pong. When google backs up their ping pong with money, it becomes a nice little perk. When you offer ping pong along with a 30k a year salary, it's embarrassing and insulting.

    I wish these management consultants would actually do their jobs and give tested, workable solutions tailor fit for the companies they give advice to, but that would be difficult and expensive. Much easier to just tell them what Google's doing, call it a day, and then make the entire workforce miserable I guess.

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  18. Comment on This simple crib cost $28,885 to make—because it was made with zero fossil fuels in ~enviro

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    It depends on what you mean by "carbon free". I don't know of a single finish that literally doesn't have carbon in it, but then, wood is mostly carbon by weight as well. If you mean finishes that...

    I wonder what they used as a finish on the wood? What kinds of paints and oils are carbon-free? I really don't know.

    It depends on what you mean by "carbon free". I don't know of a single finish that literally doesn't have carbon in it, but then, wood is mostly carbon by weight as well. If you mean finishes that don't require burning fossil fuel, there are a ton of different oils, waxes and varnishes that could be made without burning fossil fuel. Tung oil, boiled linseed oil, etc. I think polyurethane would be the only thing that would be out.

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  19. Comment on Stop using encrypted email in ~comp

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    Usually end to end encryption is used in comparison to transit encryption, but email doesn't even have transit encryption by default. If it did, it would be at least reasonably secure. HTTPS to...

    Usually end to end encryption is used in comparison to transit encryption, but email doesn't even have transit encryption by default. If it did, it would be at least reasonably secure. HTTPS to gmail isn't transit encryption with respect to email as a service, because that's not even the link that really matters. That link is a new vector introduced with webmail. The SMTP link is still unencrypted.

    If the SMTP link was encrypted that still wouldn't be E2E encryption though, because the messages would be unencrypted by google, then re-encrypted for delivery to you.

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  20. Comment on Stop using encrypted email in ~comp

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    What he's saying is email in it's totality, end to end. Connecting to gmail via TLS is encrypting the link between you (the user) and the MUA. It says nothing about the encryption between that MUA...

    What he's saying is email in it's totality, end to end.
    Connecting to gmail via TLS is encrypting the link between you (the user) and the MUA. It says nothing about the encryption between that MUA and any other component that google operates. I would imagine that google encrypts the link between the MUA and their MTA, but even if they do, once your message leaves google's servers, it's in the free and clear to whoever you're sending it to using plain old SMTP. Anyone with a tap anywhere along that message's route is free to listen on it and trivially read your message with a plain old MUA of their own, just like they were reading their own email.

    Calling that type of setup "encrypted" would be like saying your house is locked because you locked your back door even though you left the front door wide open.
    From a technical standpoint, yes, some part of your house is locked, but that's usually not what someone means when they say a house is locked.