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

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    I played through Ori and the Will of the Wisps last week. I enjoyed it, but I think the original game is tighter. As one example, there's a few dozen perks you can choose between, but I only found...

    I played through Ori and the Will of the Wisps last week. I enjoyed it, but I think the original game is tighter.

    As one example, there's a few dozen perks you can choose between, but I only found a handful of them to actually be useful, and some of them are downright useless cruft. It sort of felt like they were just adding more so that there was more content, not because it necessarily served the game design well.

    Also, I hadn't played Hollow Knight when I originally played Ori and it puts Ori's combat system to shame. Ori's system in both games is squishy at best; it depends on the fact that you will regularly take damage and it'll be NBD, whereas Hollow Knight is a lot more refined.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Organizing Life in Checklists in ~life

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    I discovered many years ago that I work best when I don't have too keep track of things in my head. Whenever I think of something I need (or want) to do later, I jot it down. That way I never have...

    I discovered many years ago that I work best when I don't have too keep track of things in my head. Whenever I think of something I need (or want) to do later, I jot it down. That way I never have to juggle thoughts on my head, I can just focus on what's at hand.

    I use Trello to track tasks. Each card is a task, and I make lists for today, tomorrow, this week, etc. Part of why I like using Trello is because it's flexible: each card can be whatever I want it to be (a task, thought, reminder, whatever) and I can just archive lists whenever they are empty instead of having to rigidly match one setup. (Full disclosure, I work on Trello so I'm heavily biased in its direction; without it I'm sure I'd use a similar tool though.)

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Silicon Valley’s Safe Space: Slate Star Codex was a window into the psyche of many tech leaders building our collective future. Then it disappeared. in ~tech

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    Scott Alexander has responded to the post. The response doesn't really surprise me because the NYT article read as revenge for SSC causing them so much trouble. I commented earlier today that I...

    Scott Alexander has responded to the post.

    The response doesn't really surprise me because the NYT article read as revenge for SSC causing them so much trouble. I commented earlier today that I was a "casual reader" of SSC and if the NYT's version of SSC was the real one, I'd be scared of what that implied about me.

    That isn't to say I always agree with Scott Alexander... I do think he has some weak spots, especially around social justice. But the NYT article just paints him as a villain who only cares about free speech, which is... not why I read SSC?

    16 votes
  4. Comment on Silicon Valley’s Safe Space: Slate Star Codex was a window into the psyche of many tech leaders building our collective future. Then it disappeared. in ~tech

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    As a casual reader of SSC before all this kerfuffle went down, I'll say that at its core, it was about trying to reason about the world. It was about curiosity, and trying to come up with answers...

    As a casual reader of SSC before all this kerfuffle went down, I'll say that at its core, it was about trying to reason about the world. It was about curiosity, and trying to come up with answers to things you wonder about in a rational way.

    I only ever read SSC, which I thought was generally fair and level-headed. I never got involved with the comments on the site nor the subreddit. Perhaps things are more toxic there (in fact, I know at some point SSC disassociated itself from the subreddit).

    10 votes
  5. Comment on Cyberpunk developers ask players to please stop having sex with Keanu Reeves in ~games

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    The company I work for has been running ads using ML generated faces for years, mainly because of licensing issues.

    The company I work for has been running ads using ML generated faces for years, mainly because of licensing issues.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on How many people did nuclear energy kill? in ~science

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    I am fine with continuing to use our existing nuclear power plants, but if we're talking about a carbon-free future, nuclear is no longer a big part of it. Other sources of renewable energy, like...

    I am fine with continuing to use our existing nuclear power plants, but if we're talking about a carbon-free future, nuclear is no longer a big part of it. Other sources of renewable energy, like wind and solar, are cheaper to build and significantly faster to install than new nuclear plants and can easily provide all the energy we need.

    In fact, nuclear fear-mongering isn't what's killing nuclear; it's economics. How to Save a Planet put out a really good episode on the topic a couple months ago.

    9 votes
  7. Comment on WandaVision | Episode 4 Discussion Thread in ~tv

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    I am really disappointed in this episode. WandaVision was doing a fairly good job of "show, don't tell", but then I guess the producers were worried that people wouldn't get it, so they spent an...

    I am really disappointed in this episode. WandaVision was doing a fairly good job of "show, don't tell", but then I guess the producers were worried that people wouldn't get it, so they spent an entire episode on exposition.

    All the weird stuff that happened in episodes 1-3? Don't worry, we'll explain every last part of it in excruciating detail.

    I wanted a Lynchian mystery, or another Legion; but in the end, this is just mass-market Marvel doing its thing.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What do you like about social media platforms? in ~tech

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    I'm an Android developer, and I joined Twitter because I heard all the other Android developers were hanging out there. The rumors were true, and it was a boon to both my knowledge base and my...

    I'm an Android developer, and I joined Twitter because I heard all the other Android developers were hanging out there. The rumors were true, and it was a boon to both my knowledge base and my career that I hung out on Twitter talking about tech.

    I've since kind of abandoned Twitter, but it was pretty central to my career for a few years.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on The great Wikipedia titty scandal in ~tech

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    A common software developer mistake is underestimating how hard someone else's job is. "I could do it in a weekend" syndrome, and all that.

    A common software developer mistake is underestimating how hard someone else's job is. "I could do it in a weekend" syndrome, and all that.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on The great Wikipedia titty scandal in ~tech

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    I'm guessing it's like software development - it's easy to revert a change immediately after its made, but trying to revert it years later requires careful examination since you might be undoing...

    I'm guessing it's like software development - it's easy to revert a change immediately after its made, but trying to revert it years later requires careful examination since you might be undoing other changes based on the original change. Kind of like the butterfly effect, but for Wikipedia.

    9 votes
  11. Comment on Dumbdown - The dumb alternative to markdown in ~comp

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    Might I suggest taking it down a notch? I'm all for discussing competing ideas, but this is just a hyperbolic, aggressive rant.

    Might I suggest taking it down a notch? I'm all for discussing competing ideas, but this is just a hyperbolic, aggressive rant.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on TrackBiden: The first 100 days in ~news

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    Personally, I'd rather use Politifact's tracker because then you can compare Biden to Obama or Trump. It's lacking data right now because Biden has barely been in office for a day at this point...

    Personally, I'd rather use Politifact's tracker because then you can compare Biden to Obama or Trump.

    It's lacking data right now because Biden has barely been in office for a day at this point...

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Retiring Tucows Downloads in ~tech

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    Surprised Tucows was still around. What an institution it was back in the day.

    Surprised Tucows was still around. What an institution it was back in the day.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Dumbdown - The dumb alternative to markdown in ~comp

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    Exactly! I write all my notes in markdown (most of which will never be rendered) because it's a good way to format plain text. If you want a way to do rich text without remembering esoterica, open...

    Exactly! I write all my notes in markdown (most of which will never be rendered) because it's a good way to format plain text.

    If you want a way to do rich text without remembering esoterica, open a WYSIWYG editor.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on What Parler saw during the attack on the Capitol: Curated videos, arranged on a timeline in ~news