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  1. Comment on Why you should stop reading news in ~life

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    There were a couple of salient points in there. In particular the description of the mechanisms that keep you locked in reminded me of The Guardians flashing "live" threads that I genuinely feel...

    There were a couple of salient points in there. In particular the description of the mechanisms that keep you locked in reminded me of The Guardians flashing "live" threads that I genuinely feel are tuned to pull me in.

    However I had already come to the conclusion that I was going to stop going to The Guardian and had settled on my local Australian public broadcaster, the ABC for news as it's much less cynically tuned and presents much more straight forward reporting (although the right wing here would say otherwise).

    So although this article makes some good points I think they're throwing the baby out with the bathwater and presenting the wrong conclusion.

    Be aware of the news you consume and the patterns it's using to keep you coming back. Same as social media like Twitter and Facebook - are you reading for that little kick of thrill when you read something outrageous or are you reading to be connected to the world and your community?

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  2. Comment on HG Wells fans spot numerous errors on Royal Mint's new £2 coin in ~books

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    'HG Wells fans' - anyone who knows a tripod has only three legs?

    'HG Wells fans' - anyone who knows a tripod has only three legs?

    3 votes
  3. Comment on The Tildes Best of 2020 Music Dropbox - please bookmark, or ignore in ~music

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    Thaehan - Mekatsune A popcorny, electronic, chiptune carnival. I found the album earlier in 2020, released Feb 29 but only just discovered this post. It's just so zingy and zany, with a lot of...

    Thaehan - Mekatsune
    A popcorny, electronic, chiptune carnival.

    I found the album earlier in 2020, released Feb 29 but only just discovered this post.
    It's just so zingy and zany, with a lot of tunes that got me through a lot of the tedium this year.
    Check out Chapo Chapo or Goblins to see if you like the style.

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  4. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    What list of Clone Wars episodes are you working from?

    What list of Clone Wars episodes are you working from?

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  5. Comment on The Mandalorian | S02E08: The Rescue in ~tv

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    I loved the episode, and I was cheering and hoping the Jedi was the person it turned out to be BUT Spoilers As soon as he revealed his face and I realised they were deepfaking it, I realised that...

    I loved the episode, and I was cheering and hoping the Jedi was the person it turned out to be BUT

    Spoilers

    As soon as he revealed his face and I realised they were deepfaking it, I realised that this is well and truly it for Luke and Leia and all our favourites.

    Originally fans had the extended universe to enjoy stories with these characters, but they're no longer canon, and the sequels aren't what they could have been.

    But by making the choice to use a CGI Luke, instead of going with a new actor, it's like they're telling us these characters are tied to their actors. Maybe it's just respect for Mark Hamill and maybe there's still time to make a new show or movie with new faces for beloved characters, but they're currently not slated to come back as far as I'm aware.

    Which means I'm worried all we're going to get from now on are stories tangential to the characters we love. And they can be good and enjoyable like the Mandalorian has been, but doing it this way was not just a nice send off to Mark Hamill, it was a send off to Luke as well, because it's clear they're not planning to use his character much moving forward.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on The Batman universe will expand with an HBO Max cop show in ~tv

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    Of course, a good story is a good story. But you can't tell me TV hasn't run a lot of "Batman minus Batman" shows lately, and trying to get milage out of a character without featuring the...

    Of course, a good story is a good story. But you can't tell me TV hasn't run a lot of "Batman minus Batman" shows lately, and trying to get milage out of a character without featuring the character is a dirty trick to keep playing on your audience.

  7. Comment on The Batman universe will expand with an HBO Max cop show in ~tv

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    Because the one thing people are desperately clamoring for is another TV show that's Batman adjacent. I too love watching the stories of people who live in the same city as the characters I'm...

    Because the one thing people are desperately clamoring for is another TV show that's Batman adjacent. I too love watching the stories of people who live in the same city as the characters I'm interested in, that's why my Harry Potter fanfic about the Dursley's neighbours is so popular.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Trump order encourages US to mine the moon in ~space

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    This would be great if we weren't on a thread for an article about the US deciding it's up for grabs to whoever gets there first, the opposite of bringing wealth and prosperity to our...

    The aesthetic cost is inconsequential compared to the wealth and prosperity it will bring to our civilization

    This would be great if we weren't on a thread for an article about the US deciding it's up for grabs to whoever gets there first, the opposite of bringing wealth and prosperity to our civilization. it's taking our current dubious practices with us into space. The only wealth and prosperity will be for the rich companies who already have enough wealth and prosperity to afford to beat the rest of the world to it

    8 votes
  9. Comment on The billion-dollar disinformation campaign to re-elect the President in ~misc

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    The other thing that doesn't help is waffly prose like this that doesn't just state the point, but has to tell us the life story of every minor actor on the stage.

    The other thing that doesn't help is waffly prose like this that doesn't just state the point, but has to tell us the life story of every minor actor on the stage.

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

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    I feel like an idiot when I say it out loud, but i've just got back into Red Dead 2 Online. I love just being a cowboy. My ideal would be to wander the map with a posse of mates just role playing...

    I feel like an idiot when I say it out loud, but i've just got back into Red Dead 2 Online. I love just being a cowboy. My ideal would be to wander the map with a posse of mates just role playing cowboys, but I don't have any mates who want to play.

    It doesn't help much that almost everything fun a group of people could do is turned off online, and all upgrades are locked behind hours and hours of grinding or worse, microtransactions. Also, the open world is not as alive as the single player game.

    But I'll admit I dropped some real money just to be able to unlock some extra play options and the world itself is just so endearing, and I fucking love being a cowboy, so I put up with all that so I can ride my hoss and say "boah".

    Edit: changed an unfortunate autocorrect.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

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    I specifically researched nuclear weapons that can be carried. They exist, although probably not in the yeild range I was hoping for.

    I specifically researched nuclear weapons that can be carried. They exist, although probably not in the yeild range I was hoping for.

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  12. Comment on Which are your top five computer programs? in ~comp

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    Firefox ripgrep - I couldn't do without this Sublime Text - I don't use it anymore because people stopped writing plugins for it when VSCode came along but it is a beautiful piece of software...
    • Firefox
    • ripgrep - I couldn't do without this
    • Sublime Text - I don't use it anymore because people stopped writing plugins for it when VSCode came along but it is a beautiful piece of software
    • Ditto - a Windows clipboard manager that's made me actually miss a piece of Windows software on my Linux box
    • A tie between Mastodon and Fastmail, both of which are excellent alternatives to those big company products that just want to monetise your personal data. In the same vein maybe Tildes, but I'm reserving judgement.
    10 votes
  13. Comment on How would you kill Hitler? in ~talk

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    Being a jackass myself, I take earth's largest nuclear weapon back to the dawn of mankind before we've even become homo sapeins and detonate it in the small but burgeoning population. I'm not one...

    Being a jackass myself, I take earth's largest nuclear weapon back to the dawn of mankind before we've even become homo sapeins and detonate it in the small but burgeoning population.

    I'm not one to hate on humanity, but you've given me a task to complete and I mean to do it thoroughly.

    Of course this is contingent on

    1. Proper reconnaissance pinpointing the exact time and place of the emergence of humanity
    2. The jackass genie deciding that a person who is not human but part of the dominant emerging species 100 thousand years later who is very much like Hitler isn't actually Hitler therefore invalidating my work
    3. Said genie also not declaring that my mission failed because I destroyed more lives temporally than Hitler ever did, declaring me "New Hitler" and sending another agent after me.
    4. Not being incarcerated after googling "portable nuclear weapon" to research this post.

    I don't like being given mandatory assignments.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on The secretive company that might end privacy as we know it in ~tech

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    He can't be the only one doing it, maybe just the first to be stupid enough to publicise it. I think this horse has bolted long ago but we're only just realising.

    He can't be the only one doing it, maybe just the first to be stupid enough to publicise it. I think this horse has bolted long ago but we're only just realising.

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