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  1. Comment on How Pinterest utterly ruined photo search on the internet in ~tech

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    Theres a whole discussion to be had on privacy in general - but its not just the youtube videos you watch that they are tracking. Depending how much of their ecosystem you use, they are tracking...

    Theres a whole discussion to be had on privacy in general - but its not just the youtube videos you watch that they are tracking. Depending how much of their ecosystem you use, they are tracking physical locations, all web browsing, shopping trends, and more. Theres a lot of information up for grabs, and a lot can be figured out using your data. Google (and other similar companies) have a huge trove of wealth in your data.

    Google doesn't sell your data - but it can be hard to really protect that data once its out there. Even with "anonymized" information, there is often enough information to create a fingerprint and pinpoint individuals. Google has to deal with warrents and requests from the government - so it also depends how well you trust the government to limit the scope of their requests. Or if they already have access to that data.

    Ultimately its up to you how much of a concern privacy is. For me, google is making money off of my data (even with tracking and personalized ads turned off). And I don't trust that people won't do nefarious things with my data (its not usually physically dangerous things - but there are lots of ways to take advantage of people given enough data). Theres a reason why privacy centric products like DDG (avoid tracking) and AdNauseum (generates lots of fake data) exist.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on How Pinterest utterly ruined photo search on the internet in ~tech

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    You can use DDG's bang feature to quickly search elsewhere if you aren't seeing the results. Adding a quick !g to the beginning of your query will search google (or !startpage if that is...

    You can use DDG's bang feature to quickly search elsewhere if you aren't seeing the results. Adding a quick !g to the beginning of your query will search google (or !startpage if that is preferable). Its an easy way to compensate for any searches where DDG isn't cutting it.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on How Pinterest utterly ruined photo search on the internet in ~tech

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    They are still likely building up information and a profile on you even if you don't have targeted ads enabled.

    They are still likely building up information and a profile on you even if you don't have targeted ads enabled.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on How Pinterest utterly ruined photo search on the internet in ~tech

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    So its a bit different than just a privacy layer around bing. But Bing is probably one of the biggest contributors to their results.
    6 votes
  5. Comment on How would you explain your favorite sport to someone that knows nothing about it? in ~talk

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    I'm not a huge watcher of sports, but I know enough to watch Football and Baseball - as those are the common sports that are watched socially. Both are somewhat slower to watch, with constant...

    I'm not a huge watcher of sports, but I know enough to watch Football and Baseball - as those are the common sports that are watched socially. Both are somewhat slower to watch, with constant starting/stopping of action. Some folks like that aspect - however I'm not a huge fan of it. I get a lot more out of watching the highlights on youtube later.

    The two sports that I will occasionally watch are Hockey and Lacrosse. Both are much faster paced, with much more constant and interesting play. It helps that I played Lacrosse growing up, and have a basic understanding of the strategies (beyond just the rules).


    And then the sport I still play (casually) is Ultimate (Frisbee). Quick clarification, Frisbee is to "Flying Discs" what Kleenix is for Tissues - so saying Ultimate is correct, but most people will recognize Frisbee. Anyways, the sport is fast-paced, similar to Hockey/Lacrosse, but has gameplay elements of Football (attempting to reach the endzone, with turnovers that swap who is on offense/defense) and even basketball (planting on a pivot foot, defending, and picks). All you need is a disc, which makes it pretty similar to Soccer/Futbol in how accessible it is. The rules are also fairly simple and very adaptable for casual play. Its picking up steam in North America, Japan, and some European countries. Theres some "professional" leagues, but nothing near as established as the more popular sports, but it tends to have what I consider a "clutch play:standard play" ratio - that is, you get to see a lot of cool plays and athletic ability compared to other sports. Soccer has 90+ minutes, but a lot of that is back-and-forth and not the exciting drives towards a goal. Likewise, football and baseball have a lot of stopping/starting and a lot of "standard play" - such as short running plays to gain <5 yards and move the football up the field. As others here have pointed out, that makes it a good sport for social watching - but isn't what I typically like.

    I'd highly recommend giving ultimate a shot if you can find a pick up group or hat league. Most groups I've found have been pretty good about helping and teaching newer players, but obviously it will depend on the group. It isn't hard to pick up the rules - and the floor for developing some basic short-range throws and catching ability isn't too difficult. However, theres a high ceiling with lots of growth - reading the disc's flightpath, learning to throw "forehand", learning complicated/trick throws like hammers, and putting varying levels of spin and height to put the disc into the receiver's hands while putting it around/above the defenders.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Sudoku experts “Cracking the Cryptic” play Baba Is You in ~games

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    I watched the VODs of The Witness and quite enjoyed them. Simon has a way of just being amazing by clever things in a way that is really heartwarming. Add in the interesting combination of "genius...

    I watched the VODs of The Witness and quite enjoyed them. Simon has a way of just being amazing by clever things in a way that is really heartwarming. Add in the interesting combination of "genius puzzle solver" and "older person who doesn't quite get video games" and the series was quite enjoyable. Sometimes he was solving complex puzzles before I could even wrap my head around the rules - while others he was missing something that anyone with video game instincts would pick up very quickly.

    Would highly recommend watching him play The Witness...though i will admit to putting it on at 2x speed to save time, as it is several hours long.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Exploring the weird world of Adult Video Games in ~games

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    A pretty good intro to a pretty complex and somewhat controversial topic. Its good to see someone going out of the comfort zone and delving into something that could be very bad for their image -...

    A pretty good intro to a pretty complex and somewhat controversial topic. Its good to see someone going out of the comfort zone and delving into something that could be very bad for their image - and this video does a decent job of staying at arms reach, so hopefully theres no blowback for exploring the topic.

    But you do get a weird intersection of things when it comes to adult games. You have the obvious intersections of gaming in general and adult content, but theres also a clash of cultures contributing (Japan and America being the main two). Add in that ficitonal content can explore more ...niche or extreme concepts than traditional porn - and the world of adult video games is very unique. There are a lot of questions of ethics and morality that come up - but as I mentioned earlier, it can be very tough to ask or delve into them. These topics can be poisonous to someone's career - and there are rarely nuanced discussions on these topics in the mainstream. An example would be a politician refusing to look at something like Romeo and Juliet laws due to how close that topic is to underage sex or child pornography - most politicians won't go anywhere near there.

    But there are definitely some interesting topics and questions...though it can often be hard to step back to try and remain objective and open minded. Japan in particular has very different laws and opinions on what is acceptable in fictional media - so a typical westerner is going to feel very out of place, very fast. Notably age, extreme fetishes like gore/bestiality/incest, and a very different culture when it comes to consent/rape. You'll also see fictional things like anthropomorphized animals/concepts that don't necessarily have a direct counterpart in the real world. Many of those things compound to create some very unique questions...if you stick cat ears and a tail on a fictional girl, is that bestiality? Whats the age-of-consent for a fictional monster? Should age even come into play for something completely fictional - or reframed, are child pornography laws meant to protect real children, or punish people for liking those body types? Does the artist determine the age of the character, or should they be judged on their body type (Is it ok if its a 500 year old loli dragon? Is a drawn short+petite+hairless character considered a child's body type, despite that body type existing on real adults?). For those with a hardwired extreme/illegal fetish, does fictional media of their fetish enable them or provide a safe outlet? Has being pushed away form mainstream distribution outlets forced/enabled more extreme content into games?

    Lots of questions. Lots of charged emotions. I don't necessarily want to have those discussions (on here or IRL) - but theres definitely a lot to explore.

    10 votes
  8. Comment on How far do you live from the place you were born? in ~talk

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    Amusingly, <50 miles. But I've moved around a ton and lived all over the US (and even Germany) - just happened to end up in the same area for a job, and haven't quite felt pressured enough to leave.

    Amusingly, <50 miles. But I've moved around a ton and lived all over the US (and even Germany) - just happened to end up in the same area for a job, and haven't quite felt pressured enough to leave.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on What place/places (physical, online, personal) did you leave later than you should have? in ~talk

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    No worries - I agree on the UI being not great on mobile. I don't often use reddit on my phone (too easy to spend hours time-wasting), but when I do I use the compact mode by appending .compact to...

    No worries - I agree on the UI being not great on mobile. I don't often use reddit on my phone (too easy to spend hours time-wasting), but when I do I use the compact mode by appending .compact to the URL. But as you said, if you aren't looking to actually use reddit, then UI tweaks aren't going to help.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What place/places (physical, online, personal) did you leave later than you should have? in ~talk

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    You can still use the old reddit UI. Theres a setting to default to it, but old.reddit.com instead of 'www' will use it. If they didn't have old reddit, I would leave and never look back.

    You can still use the old reddit UI. Theres a setting to default to it, but old.reddit.com instead of 'www' will use it. If they didn't have old reddit, I would leave and never look back.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Ratz Instagib: The purest arena shooter in ~games

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    Pronunciation of internet slang is always an interesting topic. Many times the etymology is obscured and these terms are first seen in text as a shorthand - its hard to truly say what the...

    Pronunciation of internet slang is always an interesting topic. Many times the etymology is obscured and these terms are first seen in text as a shorthand - its hard to truly say what the "correct" pronunciation is. The pronunciation of giblet itself seems to differ too (I definitely use the 'g' rather than the 'j') - though I don't know if thats a regional thing or not...and I don't run into giblets very often in my life. The hard 'g' vs soft 'g' in English is also quite an interesting deep dive - the letter 'j' commonly replaced instances of soft 'g' for many words (like how 'gaol' became 'jail')...however many words kept both the spelling and pronunciation of the parent languages, which is why we have tons of words that start with 'gi' and are use different 'g' sounds (girl, gift, giggle, gills vs ginger, giraffe, gigolo).

    Its also possible that it evolved after being shortened to "gib" and "instagib" - the hard 'g' is more natural to pronounce after saying "insta". I remember that there is a fancy linguistics term for that form of drift, but I'm not a fancy linguist and don't remember the term.

    And not that twitter polls are reliable evidence, but this quake poll indicates that that hard 'g' is probably more common and more likely to be understood by the majority.

    I know you said its a pet peeve and those aren't always rational - but know that its not necessarily as cut and dry as it seems.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Steam Deck - Valve's Switch-style portable gaming PC, starting at $399 USD and shipping in December 2021 in ~games

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    Something interesting in the FAQ: That, combined with proton, has a ton of potential. Any free games you've picked up from Epic, maybe blizzard games. Maybe one-off games like Genshin Impact. But...

    Something interesting in the FAQ:

    That said, Steam Deck is a PC so you can install third party software and operating systems.

    That, combined with proton, has a ton of potential. Any free games you've picked up from Epic, maybe blizzard games. Maybe one-off games like Genshin Impact.

    But also...emulation. Without delving into the legality/morality of it, the potential to run modern emulators could add a ton of console-exclusive games to an already-extensive library. Definitely a wait-and-see for me, but will be looking forward to seeing what the modders do with it once they get their hands on it.

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

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    I've cleared it probably 10-15 times or so. On heat 2-4 depending on the weapon. So done with the "main story" and onto the secondary/later stuff. Just found out that I actually haven't gotten the...

    I've cleared it probably 10-15 times or so. On heat 2-4 depending on the weapon. So done with the "main story" and onto the secondary/later stuff. Just found out that I actually haven't gotten the rewards for 0 heat for most of the weapons, so amusingly my next step for most weapons is to turn off the pact. Should make for some easier/quicker runs to progress story, grind up item levels, and maybe fish for some of the duo/legendary abilities I haven't seen yet.

    I can see a whole ton more to do though, which is pretty amazing for having beat the "main story".

    1 vote
  14. Comment on New ad-free search subscription service: Neeva in ~tech

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    DuckDuckGo has its own crawler and also pulls results from many sources. Yahoo is based on bing.

    DuckDuckGo has its own crawler and also pulls results from many sources. Yahoo is based on bing.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Who else here is trying to beat the heat? in ~life

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    Eastern US. We've had a few waves in the 90s with high humidity. Not many houses have AC, including my current place - so all I've got is a window unit and some fans. My bedroom gets the window...

    Eastern US. We've had a few waves in the 90s with high humidity. Not many houses have AC, including my current place - so all I've got is a window unit and some fans. My bedroom gets the window unit and is staying cool. But my office next door is 85-90 degrees inside...work the past few days has been amusing. Spend 30-60 minutes in the office doing work and sweating my ass off. Then taking a break to go lay down in the cool room. I certainly haven't been very efficient this week...

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

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    I've finally gotten around to playing Hades and I'm loving it. I ended up streaming to my friends in discord and I've got 3 others to start playing. Great rogue-like with pretty crisp combat, an...

    I've finally gotten around to playing Hades and I'm loving it. I ended up streaming to my friends in discord and I've got 3 others to start playing.

    Great rogue-like with pretty crisp combat, an approachable learning curve, tons of replay-ability, and an amazing story.

    ...and I just found it that it has cross-saves between steam and the switch. So I might pick it up on the switch so I can play it on the big screen or while traveling. I use a controller when playing on it on the PC anyways.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Writing a best man speech for my brother’s wedding, any advice? in ~talk

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    I gave a best man speech for my brother a couple of years ago. Doing some research on general public speaking can be helpful. And then I'll echo aphoenix in that you want to be somewhat brief,...

    I gave a best man speech for my brother a couple of years ago. Doing some research on general public speaking can be helpful. And then I'll echo aphoenix in that you want to be somewhat brief, humor without roasting, and heartfelt. Play to your strengths - I was definitely more comfortable adding humor because of who I am and my relationship with my brother/family.

    Some random notes:

    • Practice. Rehearse. Time yourself. General public speaking stuff.
    • Know how how to hold a mic
    • Write down the major talking points on a notecard and have it in your pocket as a backup - but aim to know the content so that you don't need it. It'll come off as much more natural.
    • Easy on the drinks beforehand. You know yourself best, so you determine if that means no drinks or 1 to loosen you up without getting tongue-tied and tipsy.
    • Do consider having some juice beforehand for some sugar. My family is known for passing out when nervous, so the sugar helps with that.
    • In a similar vein, don't lock your knees or stand still.
    • Google "best man speech ideas" or something and try to find something that fits you for an overarching "theme". I ended up going with something like "as the oldest sibling, I got to watch my brother grow up and have all the embarrassing stories (humor: check), but I also have an inkling of how proud my parents are right now (heartfelt: check)"
    • Include the bride in the latter half or end of the speech. A good anecdote or story with them is helpful. And feel free to throw in some (clean) humor. For example, I went with a funny story from when we first met her and closed with "I'm proud to call you my sister, but glad we got to skip the awkward teenage years".
    • A good trick is to introduce something early on, and then loop back to it when closing. Think about a stand up comedian telling a joke early on, and then 10 minutes later that joke comes back as the final punchline. So for a speech like this, maybe a funny story about your brother from childhood about them refusing to wear socks. And then you can close with a line about socks (and then a heartfelt congrats).
    8 votes
  18. Comment on Why electric motorcycles are failing in ~misc

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    Good video. I don't really know too much about motorcycles, but at first glance it does seem like a lower powered motorcycle would work really well as an electric vehicle. Its interesting to see...

    Good video. I don't really know too much about motorcycles, but at first glance it does seem like a lower powered motorcycle would work really well as an electric vehicle. Its interesting to see that electric bikes/scooters are doing well - so there should be a market there, but it isn't being tapped at all.

    His cheap EV conversation is really cool too. If I was more mechanically minded and/or in a better place for a motorcycle (either in the city or in a more rural area where you can just go for a ride), then that seems like a fun toy.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on What's the cheapest food that makes you really happy? in ~talk

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    Sounds pretty similar to pepcorn (featuring the glorious man with 3 first names, BDG). I'm glad I found Lao Gan Ma too - its delicious.

    Sounds pretty similar to pepcorn (featuring the glorious man with 3 first names, BDG). I'm glad I found Lao Gan Ma too - its delicious.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Turns out, Spock is kinda bad at logic in ~tv

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    If you haven't read Redshirts then I think you might like it.

    If you haven't read Redshirts then I think you might like it.

    6 votes