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  1. Comment on The most influential board games of the decade, according to four top designers in ~games.tabletop

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    Sure, but you've heard of Spelunky at least, right? We can disagree over whether it is highly influential, but surely you know it exists. To me, reading Ruhnke's influential games was like hearing...

    Sure, but you've heard of Spelunky at least, right? We can disagree over whether it is highly influential, but surely you know it exists.

    To me, reading Ruhnke's influential games was like hearing someone say "the best game of the 2010s is NeverDead." You'd go, wait, I've been reading video games news forever, and I've never even heard a whisper of this game before.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on The most influential board games of the decade, according to four top designers in ~games.tabletop

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    Volko Ruhnke was quite bold to include one of his own games as a pick for top 3 most influential games of the decade... In general I have a hard time accepting any of his answers for being all...

    Volko Ruhnke was quite bold to include one of his own games as a pick for top 3 most influential games of the decade...

    In general I have a hard time accepting any of his answers for being all that highly influential, primarily because I've never heard of any of them (which is my own bias, but I am around enough board gamers and designers that I feel like they'd at least once bring up one of the most influential games of the decade with me).

    4 votes
  3. Comment on The Internet Free Zone in ~tech

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    Critical note I missed on first reading, at the top of the page:

    Critical note I missed on first reading, at the top of the page:

    NOTE: I keep this old page on my site to remind me how idealistic I was about the Internet, many years ago.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Has anyone gifted you food or a kitchen / cooking gadget that you particularly liked? in ~food

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    The best random kitchen gadget I've been gifted is an automatic soap dispenser (mine is a Simplehuman). I put my dish soap into it, and that makes it much easier to do the dishes, since normally...

    The best random kitchen gadget I've been gifted is an automatic soap dispenser (mine is a Simplehuman). I put my dish soap into it, and that makes it much easier to do the dishes, since normally you have one too few hands when you try to hold a sponge, a dish, and pump soap at the same time.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Firefox to hide notification popups by default starting next year in ~tech

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    Pretty high and mighty for the article to declare those popups as annoying but then also do this.

    Pretty high and mighty for the article to declare those popups as annoying but then also do this.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Spiderverse Twitter account teases *something* for April 8, 2022 in ~movies

  7. Comment on Police Owe Nothing To Man Whose Home They Blew Up, Appeals Court Says in ~news

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    The same plot line plays out in a lot of superhero comics. Superhero stops villain, but destroys half the city doing it, then people get angry at superhero. I'm sympathetic to all sides here and...

    The same plot line plays out in a lot of superhero comics. Superhero stops villain, but destroys half the city doing it, then people get angry at superhero.

    I'm sympathetic to all sides here and it's a difficult problem. The real person who should be paying is the criminal, but they probably don't have the funds to actually do so.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Twitter stock plunges 20% as company blames ad-targeting problems for earnings miss in ~finance

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    Real answer: It's because you need someone to recognize the mistake, and while hindsight is 20/20 it can be awfully hard to realize it in the moment because software has so many moving parts. For...

    Real answer: It's because you need someone to recognize the mistake, and while hindsight is 20/20 it can be awfully hard to realize it in the moment because software has so many moving parts.

    For example, this feature might've been in development for two months. For the first 7 weeks, it could've worked exactly right. Then in the last week, someone reports a bug where users in, say, Ukraine weren't getting the correct prompt. A developer goes in and fixes that, but unintentionally breaks the dialog so that collection always happens. Now something they thought was a sure thing is now broken.

    Or maybe the "show data" code and the "collect data" code are owned by two separate developers, and one of them breaks the other's code without realizing it.

    Alternatively, if the data wasn't being collected before, perhaps they only tested whether the data was collected now, and forgot to test that the data should (in some cases) still not be collected. It's amazing the blindspots people have, especially when they're being pushed to develop lots of new features.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Adventure Time Revived at HBO Max in ~tv

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    Adventure Time had such a good ending; I wish they'd just let it be done.

    Adventure Time had such a good ending; I wish they'd just let it be done.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on How safe is Apple’s Safe Browsing? in ~tech

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    I think the issue is more with who they're storing the data with rather than the feature itself. The article makes it pretty clear that security experts have decided the privacy/protection...

    I think the issue is more with who they're storing the data with rather than the feature itself. The article makes it pretty clear that security experts have decided the privacy/protection tradeoff of the feature is worth it, but you also have to trust whoever is storing the data, and in this case there is some nervousness around Tencent being that place.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Who are the best and worst members of your game group and what do they do? in ~games.tabletop

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    In general, the worst players in my groups are the ones who focus too much on winning the game and not enough on the entire group having fun. That exhibits itself in a few ways: Too picky about...

    In general, the worst players in my groups are the ones who focus too much on winning the game and not enough on the entire group having fun. That exhibits itself in a few ways:

    • Too picky about which games they are willing to play.
    • Taking too long thinking during turns, bogging the game down.
    • Playing rules lawyer or nit-picking the rules of the game to win.
    • Dominating weaker players instead of taking it easy on them.
    • Throwing a fit if they lose.

    Likewise, the best players are the ones who do the opposite of the above: willing to play most games, sacrifices optimal play for the sake of moving things along, and remain cheery regardless of winning or losing.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on An overview and ranking of the 17 available Ticket to Ride maps in ~games.tabletop

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    The USA map will always bother me because they put Duluth where the Twin Cities is actually located.

    The USA map will always bother me because they put Duluth where the Twin Cities is actually located.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What games would you consider "hidden gems"? in ~games

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    I was almost going to post this one, too! It's such an odd, unique game but I've sunk hundreds of hours into the original and the sequel. If anyone reading here gets into it, I highly recommend...

    I was almost going to post this one, too! It's such an odd, unique game but I've sunk hundreds of hours into the original and the sequel.

    If anyone reading here gets into it, I highly recommend starting at Hand of Fate 2. It's basically just HoF1 with every aspect of it improved.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on What games would you consider "hidden gems"? in ~games

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    There's one game that springs to mind, primarily because I loved it as a child but have never met a single other person who has played it... God of Thunder. I really dug it as a kid, it's got some...

    There's one game that springs to mind, primarily because I loved it as a child but have never met a single other person who has played it... God of Thunder. I really dug it as a kid, it's got some amusing jokes and decent puzzles. It wasn't more widely known because it wasn't anything too special by early 90s standards. Still holds a special place in my heart, though.

    It's freeware now, so maybe I'll go replay it and see if it's as good as I remember it being.

    3 votes