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  1. Comment on Can European carmakers stop China’s electric behemoth BYD? in ~transport

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    AFAIK there's a difference between Chinese made for China cars and Chinese made for EU/US cars. Their local production just needs to look fancy, they're the MacMansions of cars. But for overseas...

    AFAIK there's a difference between Chinese made for China cars and Chinese made for EU/US cars.

    Their local production just needs to look fancy, they're the MacMansions of cars. But for overseas customers, they need to actually compete with western cars on things other than price.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on The DVD biz has circled the drain for years. In 2024, it goes down the tubes. in ~movies

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    All of the enshittification and pulling stuff from circulation on streaming services got me back into physical media. The difference in picture quality on a 4k BluRay vs "4k" streaming is so clear...

    All of the enshittification and pulling stuff from circulation on streaming services got me back into physical media.

    The difference in picture quality on a 4k BluRay vs "4k" streaming is so clear it's not even funny. I think Apple TV is the only one that has a decent bitrate, but it's still way behind actual media.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Police bodycam shows sheriff hunting for 'obscene' books at library in ~books

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    Yep, all these causes need is a single billionaire who shares their values. You can make an oversized impact with a few hundred members who get a million or two in funding for their cause. They...

    Yep, all these causes need is a single billionaire who shares their values.

    You can make an oversized impact with a few hundred members who get a million or two in funding for their cause. They can be the very loud squeaky wheel and they WILL get greased.

    If they don't the same billionaire can drop a few million on advertising for a candidate in a local election who's for The Cause and try again when they are in position. They do this in counties where the average ad budget for a candidate is tens of thousands max.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Denis Villeneuve hates dialogue in film in ~movies

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    This is the perfect example of what Villeneuve does. Some other director would've added a second character along with K and they would've talked about stuff a lot. Or maybe have some internal...

    This is the perfect example of what Villeneuve does.

    Some other director would've added a second character along with K and they would've talked about stuff a lot. Or maybe have some internal dialogue for K where he talks about what he sees and feels.

    To me, it's more emotional and impactful without someone yapping on top of the visuals and music.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on Denis Villeneuve hates dialogue in film in ~movies

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    This is the only good thing about the Disney+ Star Wars shows (and to a smaller extent all streaming-first shows). The episodes are just as long as they need to be, nobody is forcing them to...

    I think what's getting lost in the weeds here is Denis specifically bringing up modern prestige TV shows. Many of which don't feature striking images, but are very talky talky and drag plot points and dialogue scenes to fit the runtime of a television show.

    This is the only good thing about the Disney+ Star Wars shows (and to a smaller extent all streaming-first shows). The episodes are just as long as they need to be, nobody is forcing them to compress or stretch the story of the episode to exactly 44 minutes (with 16 minutes of commercials).

    (The shortest episode of The Mandalorian is 30 minutes, the longest is 56 minutes)

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Denis Villeneuve hates dialogue in film in ~movies

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    At the same time this is why I am impressed by his work. He moves the story and makes me feel just with images and music. I don't need a character to explain in a voiceover or dialogue how they...

    Frankly, this explains why I have been singularly unimpressed by any of his work. Yes, including Dune. And Sicario, Blade Runner 2049, Arrival which you'd think is a story that should feature language fairly centrally. They're all flat and dull and uninteresting, yet a huge segment of online geek culture worships them endlessly.

    At the same time this is why I am impressed by his work. He moves the story and makes me feel just with images and music. I don't need a character to explain in a voiceover or dialogue how they feel, I want to experience it.

    Villeneuve is the master of that. But it also means you can't watch is movies with a phone in one hand, doomscrolling Twitter, you need to really be in it.

    Dune is one example of that. He conveys the feeling and emotion of what's happening in the story without dialogue. You don't need someone describing the horrors of the Harkonnen/Sardaukar attack in the first movie, he does it without any words needed.

    11 votes
  7. Comment on I want to hear about your unknown favorites! in ~books

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    Steerswoman series by Rosemary Kirstein 4 books, incomplete as the author has a day job Notoriously hard to say anything about this without spoiling major things, but in essence the main character...

    Steerswoman series by Rosemary Kirstein 4 books, incomplete as the author has a day job

    Notoriously hard to say anything about this without spoiling major things, but in essence the main character is a librarian who travels the world looking for new information and sharing what she knows - if asked a question a Steerswoman must answer truthfully.

    Then stuff starts to happen and you’ll learn new things about the world with the main character, which is the main reason this book is so good.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on American teachers are missing more school, and there are too few substitutes in ~life

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    This is another thing. Laws around the world were made at a time where kids didn't even imagine doing felony level crimes. Yes there was always that one dude from a broken family who did something...

    The kid was also found to be dealing weed in quantities that would get an adult federal charges.

    This is another thing. Laws around the world were made at a time where kids didn't even imagine doing felony level crimes. Yes there was always that one dude from a broken family who did something stupid for every generation, but as a majority teenagers were fine, just being teenagers with zero impulse control who ended up doing stupid shit.

    Laws were made so that one impulsive decision as a teenager wouldn't ruin your whole life, which is a great idea.

    BUT, now we are in a state where gangs (I live outside of the US) specifically hire underage kids, because they are immune to all effects the legal system can do. Especially if their parents are checked out too. The kids get paid proper $$ for stealing, dealing and even mugging. And with the rise of Roadman culture even outside of the UK, kids consider it "cool" and actually aspire to become one.

    A kid under 15yo can do anything they want, they can be assigned fines but they don't need to pay. In theory the parent should pay, but again there is nothing in the legal text that would force them. They can just tell the system to pound sand and nothing will happen.

    The laws have to change, because kids don't implicitly respect the authority of teachers or law enforcement, they know their rights exactly and won't cooperate. They know that the teacher can't touch them physically and will abuse the fact to the detriment of everyone else in the class.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Advice on expanding storage in starter homelab/media server in ~comp

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    Synology with SHR is pretty much plug & play, accepts any random disks you have laying around and still can recover from one disk failing without data loss. The 9xx+ -versions are pretty good bang...

    Synology with SHR is pretty much plug & play, accepts any random disks you have laying around and still can recover from one disk failing without data loss.

    The 9xx+ -versions are pretty good bang for the buck. (I think the current one is the 923+) It has hardware acceleration for video decoding and decent power to run applications via Docker. You can also install a bunch of "standard" stuff like the -arr stack just by searching "<application> synology" and most support it out of the box.

    I personally ran a 918+ from 2017 to last fall with zero issues. Started by slapping in random drives I had around the house and upgraded them piecemeal with shucked WD MyBooks I got on sale off Amazon. Upgraded memory to 12GB and added an SSD cache for a bit of a performance boost. I'm up to 18TB of usable space and 12GB of memory on it currently.

    The first issue (last fall) was that it just didn't boot. Which was fixed with a new PSU from Amazon, but it kinda opened my eyes. Because of the proprietary nature of the SHR system, the only way to get data off the drives is a new Synology unit and some luck.

    So I went a bit overboard and bought a Node804 case and built a completely overpowered Unraid server (Ryzen 5700G, 64GB of RAM and a total of 48TB NAS-grade SATA drives with a 2TB SSD cache 😅 - I did grab all of the components from Black Friday sales over a few months, but it was still a bit pricey.

    On the other hand now the data is stored on a standard XFS filesystem on every drive. If the computer fries, I can just pop the drives out in an USB dock and read them without any hassle. It's also powerful enough to do pretty beefy processing by itself without me having to use my desktop to reencode video over the network.

    The 918+ is going to my parents when I visit next, to act as an offsite backup the next time I make a longer visit.

  10. Comment on What Is A Secure Note-Taking App? in ~comp

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    How can you fail in it? You just create the vault and it works. Then switch to the same remote one on every device and you're done.

    How can you fail in it? You just create the vault and it works.

    Then switch to the same remote one on every device and you're done.

  11. Comment on Windows95man – No Rules! (2024) in ~music

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    It’s like watching a bad movie intentionally. Nobody does it fully sober, we have drinks and snacks. And the best local commenters are really snarky and funny - adding to the entertainment value....

    It’s like watching a bad movie intentionally.

    Nobody does it fully sober, we have drinks and snacks. And the best local commenters are really snarky and funny - adding to the entertainment value. (Like Graham Norton, who seems to get more and more drunk himself as the show progresses)

    We all know the show is “rigged” because too many countries still favour jury votes and thus vote for the “moral” winner or the most artistic. Like last year. Sweden won because their entry was so professionally polished it lacked any personality - while Finland was overwhelmingly the crowd favourite.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on A Quiet Place: Day One | Official trailer in ~movies

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    They are different genres of horror. Alien is the kind where you can just go boomboom on the aliens and kill 'em all. It's a valid tactic, they are a finite number and killable. In A Quiet Place...

    They are different genres of horror.

    Alien is the kind where you can just go boomboom on the aliens and kill 'em all. It's a valid tactic, they are a finite number and killable.

    In A Quiet Place and (most) Zombie movies, the bad guy is more like a force of nature. You can avoid it, redirect it and beat it back for a while - but you can't go to war with it and win.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on US federal appeals court rejects Donald Trump’s claim of absolute immunity (gifted link) in ~news

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    The truly insane bit is that they can't fathom the effects if presidents were immune to ALL laws. Biden could just walk up to Trump and shoot him in the face, because he has immunity. Or he could...

    The truly insane bit is that they can't fathom the effects if presidents were immune to ALL laws.

    Biden could just walk up to Trump and shoot him in the face, because he has immunity. Or he could throw him in the deepest dark site to be tortured, because he's immune to all laws.

    They really can't understand that the law would apply to ALL presidents, current and future. And they don't like the current president.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on US federal appeals court rejects Donald Trump’s claim of absolute immunity (gifted link) in ~news

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    I really want to see this happen. I wonder how many hardcore MAGA people will vote for a female candidate who's also a first generation immigrant (Nimarata Randhawa) just to spite Biden.

    The entire reason Haley is staying in is because if a lawsuit takes out the pumpkin, she's instant frontrunner for the nomination. That will put Biden into a more serious fight than he'd have with Trump, and I say that knowing next to nothing at all about Haley.

    I really want to see this happen. I wonder how many hardcore MAGA people will vote for a female candidate who's also a first generation immigrant (Nimarata Randhawa) just to spite Biden.

    9 votes
  15. Comment on Taskmaster NZ | Series 2 complete playlist in ~tv

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    IMO it works, because Paul Williams is outdoing even Little Alex Horne in the crazy department =) Jeremy being a bit more stoic works in context.

    I think the cast was generally great, but Jeremy Wells just doesn't click with me. I know Greg has set an incredibly high bar, but at least in the first two NZ seasons, Jeremy just doesn't seem like a great fit.

    IMO it works, because Paul Williams is outdoing even Little Alex Horne in the crazy department =) Jeremy being a bit more stoic works in context.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Taskmaster NZ | Series 2 complete playlist in ~tv

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    The only good contestant in the American attempt was ... British =)

    The only good contestant in the American attempt was ... British =)

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Blogging recommendations? in ~tech

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    The first thing you need to do is to write 5-6 blog posts, then you can start bikeshedding about the blogging platform :) Github and Notion both allow you to put stuff on the internet completely...

    The first thing you need to do is to write 5-6 blog posts, then you can start bikeshedding about the blogging platform :)

    Github and Notion both allow you to put stuff on the internet completely free.

    And always remember to follow POSSE (Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere). Always keep whatever you produce on a platform you control a 100%.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on Apple Vision Pro review: magic, until it’s not in ~tech

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    Similar but not quite :) A proper version could overlay street names on actual streets on the windshield, instead of just projecting an image on a static spot

    Similar but not quite :)

    A proper version could overlay street names on actual streets on the windshield, instead of just projecting an image on a static spot

    1 vote
  19. Comment on What is the importance of not swearing in front of my kid? in ~life

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    It's funny until they go "fuck you bitch" to someone in a position of authority and you'll be there explaining that "it was funny when the kid was 3". For example when dealing with police in my...

    It's funny until they go "fuck you bitch" to someone in a position of authority and you'll be there explaining that "it was funny when the kid was 3".

    For example when dealing with police in my country we don't need to be as careful as in the US where anyone with a tan might get shot just because. But still it's not a good idea to go on a swearing tirade at their face, it's not gonna help with your case at all.

    20 votes
  20. Comment on Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce and a MAGA meltdown (gifted link) in ~misc

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    All she needs to do is to motivate her massive fanbase to register and vote, that's about it. She doesn't even need to endorse any specific candidate, her fanbase isn't Republican (old) enough to...

    All she needs to do is to motivate her massive fanbase to register and vote, that's about it.

    She doesn't even need to endorse any specific candidate, her fanbase isn't Republican (old) enough to matter.

    1 vote