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  1. Comment on Valve looking to drop support for Ubuntu 19.10 and up due to Canonical's 32bit decision in ~games

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    I'm not versed in this stuff sorry, but I am currently playing Borderlands 2 which says it's 32-bit, but my Windows 10 is 64-bit. So what does this mean?

    I'm not versed in this stuff sorry, but I am currently playing Borderlands 2 which says it's 32-bit, but my Windows 10 is 64-bit. So what does this mean?

    1 vote
  2. Comment on ‘It’s getting like Disneyland’: Bruges pulls up drawbridge on tourists in ~misc

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    They're experiencing the same issues in the former Danish west indies. I know this because I learnt about it in history class last year - basically the biggest problem are cruise ships. They dock...

    They're experiencing the same issues in the former Danish west indies. I know this because I learnt about it in history class last year - basically the biggest problem are cruise ships. They dock for brief periods of time and don't eat shop there because they can do that on their cruise ship, which I guess is what the article points out as well:

    Too few of those filling the cobbled streets and sun-dappled squares are spending money when they come, instead being shipped in and shipped out within hours of arrival

    4 votes
  3. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    My cousin commented on my keyboard this weekend when he was over. He (rightfully) complained how noisy it is, but then I said it's worth it because of how comfortable it is - and when he tried...

    My cousin commented on my keyboard this weekend when he was over. He (rightfully) complained how noisy it is, but then I said it's worth it because of how comfortable it is - and when he tried typing on it, he just went "oh my god this is amazing" lol

    6 votes
  4. Comment on What is a contradiction or dissonance you live with on a regular basis? in ~talk

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    I'm the same way, and my solution is to do my grocery shopping often. Doing it every day or every other day means that I have almost complete track of what's getting old. The downside is that my...

    I'm the same way, and my solution is to do my grocery shopping often. Doing it every day or every other day means that I have almost complete track of what's getting old. The downside is that my fridge is rather empty and I'm halfway forcing myself to eat those things. I can't just cook something different if I feel like it, because I just don't have the ingredients. The upside is huge though - I avoid waste, and it's incredibly frugal to do it like this because it means I never buy more than I need.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister. in ~news

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    What does that mean sorry? I am not English

    And Esther McVey is Theresa May wearing a latex mask.

    What does that mean sorry? I am not English

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy in ~news

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    When you introduced the quote with, among things, saying "their model seemingly works" I just figured the quote would have contained what the model is. And since it didn't I figured I...

    When you introduced the quote with, among things, saying "their model seemingly works" I just figured the quote would have contained what the model is. And since it didn't I figured I misunderstood something and that the article also didn't contain that information.

    I feel like @asoftbird still has a point with their comment. A little descriptive bit is still valuable for people like me who do not care enough about the subject to read an entire article, but still care just a little bit - enough to read a descriptive bit. Nothing to lose from having those as a comment from the OP, in my opinion :)

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy in ~news

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    Nowhere in that quote does it say what they're doing/have done. I must be dense because I have no clue what Finland learnt lol

    Nowhere in that quote does it say what they're doing/have done. I must be dense because I have no clue what Finland learnt lol

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    So he just went to live beyond the wall, yes? Otherwise it makes no sense because the wildlings aren't a threat and neither are the dead, so there's no need to the Night's Watch anymore

    So he just went to live beyond the wall, yes? Otherwise it makes no sense because the wildlings aren't a threat and neither are the dead, so there's no need to the Night's Watch anymore

    9 votes
  9. Comment on How the Aldi grocery chain is upending America's supermarkets in ~misc

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    Never considered that these would be considered inconveniences. It's the standard in Europe lol

    New customers may be jolted at first by the experience of shopping at an Aldi, which expects its customers to endure a number of minor inconveniences not typical at other American grocery stores. Shoppers need a quarter to rent a shopping cart. Plastic and paper bags are available only for a fee. And at checkout, cashiers hurry shoppers away, expecting them to bag their own groceries in a separate location away from the cash register.

    Never considered that these would be considered inconveniences. It's the standard in Europe lol

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Google Pixel 3a: high-end features at a more affordable price ($399 USD, $479 for XL) in ~tech

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    This is the comment I could have written if I knew what I was actually talking about. All of what you're saying (the parts I understand anyway) also apply to my Nexus 5 from 2013. Still works...

    This is the comment I could have written if I knew what I was actually talking about. All of what you're saying (the parts I understand anyway) also apply to my Nexus 5 from 2013. Still works perfectly fine, albeit rather slow at times and occasionally new large apps crash. But I can only echo the statement that the newest flagships are like fashion accessories - so true.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Google Pixel 3a: high-end features at a more affordable price ($399 USD, $479 for XL) in ~tech

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    Thanks for writing this out! I don't know anyone that cares about these two. I feel like they're features for no reason other than for the sake of innovation - so the companies can say they made...

    Thanks for writing this out!

    No waterproofing

    No wireless charging

    I don't know anyone that cares about these two. I feel like they're features for no reason other than for the sake of innovation - so the companies can say they made something new. As for the other three points, the headphone jack is a major plus. Less storage and worse CPU is not an issue personally, so this very much looks like my next phone..!

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 discussion in ~tv

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    You call it terrible, but that's only true in comparison to seasons 1-4. Season 5 of The Wire is still better than 99% of TV series in my opinion.

    You call it terrible, but that's only true in comparison to seasons 1-4. Season 5 of The Wire is still better than 99% of TV series in my opinion.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Avengers Endgame Discussion Thread, potential spoilers in ~movies

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    A pretty spot-on comment/quote from reddit:

    A pretty spot-on comment/quote from reddit:

    Just like for Infinity War, A O Scott's review is probably gonna be the defining take when this all settles down. It's sort of positive but with some barbs that will sting several years down the line.

    Any single film can serve as a point of entry, and insider status is easy enough to obtain. There has never been anything difficult or challenging, which is a limitation as well as a selling point.

    None of the 22 films in this cycle are likely to be remembered as great works of cinema, because none have really tried.

    Still, “Endgame” is a monument to adequacy, a fitting capstone to an enterprise that figured out how to be good enough for enough people enough of the time.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on Avengers Endgame Discussion Thread, potential spoilers in ~movies

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    Spoilers: ... ... ... Thanos getting decapitated in the first 10 minutes of the movie resulted in me having no clue at all as to where it was going to go. It was a completely open book on the...

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    Thanos getting decapitated in the first 10 minutes of the movie resulted in me having no clue at all as to where it was going to go. It was a completely open book on the first page, and all I could do was become immersed in the movie as the plot unfolded. It's still a Marvel movie though, and it hit the usual checkpoints - but it was solid! 8/10, would watch again

    19 votes
  15. Comment on Voat, the ‘Censorship-Free’ Reddit, Begs Users to Stop Making Death Threats in ~tech

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    Slightly off-topic. I'm still sort of sad that Voat turned out the way that it did. Before the many subreddit bans, Voat was a neat little place not unlike Tildes - just a lot less users. It was a...

    Slightly off-topic.

    I'm still sort of sad that Voat turned out the way that it did. Before the many subreddit bans, Voat was a neat little place not unlike Tildes - just a lot less users. It was a rather cozy place to hang out but as the article says, it was basically flooded and turned into a far-right haven overnight, more or less.

    13 votes
  16. Comment on What is something you are reasonably certain is true, but you have no proof for it? in ~talk

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    Ah, I did not know it was a popular phrase at all (I'm not English) - Mgła are a Polish black metal band and they released a record by that name with 6 songs all named that, but enumerated:...

    Ah, I did not know it was a popular phrase at all (I'm not English) - Mgła are a Polish black metal band and they released a record by that name with 6 songs all named that, but enumerated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yguSkVd2rk

  17. Comment on What is something you are reasonably certain is true, but you have no proof for it? in ~talk

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    You said it! It's not about being helpful - if anything, you (@mrbig) posted a more helpful comment than most others would have. But we indeed would just end up talking past one another. I've...

    You said it! It's not about being helpful - if anything, you (@mrbig) posted a more helpful comment than most others would have. But we indeed would just end up talking past one another. I've almost completely stopped debating things online, not just religion or politics etc. I just reached a point where I realised that it is completely pointless most of the time, that people hardly ever change their views.

    exercises in futility

    Hello fellow Mgła fan! :)

  18. Comment on What is something you are reasonably certain is true, but you have no proof for it? in ~talk

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    Underwhelmingly, I'm not going to read all of those things. I did skim the first link though, and didn't at all bother with the others as I saw how many hundreds of pages there is! Not trying to...

    Underwhelmingly, I'm not going to read all of those things. I did skim the first link though, and didn't at all bother with the others as I saw how many hundreds of pages there is! Not trying to be rude.

    I think my main issue with this is that you on one hand say that god is all-powerful, and yet there are all these different explanations for suffering in the world. No amount of reasoning, excuses or preaching is ever going to be enough to justify all of what's wrong. It's rather pointless to debate this as you and I are both not going to move a millimeter in terms of changing one's views, so I propose we just leave it here.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on What is something you are reasonably certain is true, but you have no proof for it? in ~talk

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    Completely wrong link! This is the one I meant

    Completely wrong link! This is the one I meant

    4 votes
  20. Comment on What is something you are reasonably certain is true, but you have no proof for it? in ~talk

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    What do you think of this? Specifically the "how dare you" part.

    What do you think of this? Specifically the "how dare you" part.