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  1. Comment on You will soon need a Microsoft account to play Mojang games (including Minecraft Java edition) in ~games

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    That's the main bit I don't like. Both of the Microsoft accounts I have already have one, so I'm guessing that means my username would change. It'd be nice if they gave us a free username change...

    Part of Microsoft account migration is having to set up an Xbox Profile

    That's the main bit I don't like. Both of the Microsoft accounts I have already have one, so I'm guessing that means my username would change. It'd be nice if they gave us a free username change on Xbox, which for some reason still costs money. This free cape is worthless, doesn't even look that good and everyone getting one only devalues capes, because that was never the idea.

    And it leaves the door open for a couple of things:

    • Monetisation with the Marketplace. Now every account is connected to Xbox it's easy to add a payment method, so here come expensive, low quality skins and mods.
    • Eventually a forced migration to Bedrock. It makes no sense to maintain a separate code base in a less efficient language that's more difficult to work with if everyone using it could also be using Bedrock. The only officially supported version of Windows is 10, with the Store and Bedrock Edition, so if you can't get it, that's your fault. You should be using a newer version. It's getting easier to port iOS apps to macos, so they can get Bedrock there too. And Linux doesn't really matter, since they wouldn't pay for anything in the Marketplace anyway.

    It's a shame, but I guess it makes sense. I think a reason a lot of people don't like this change is because of change. They have been playing the game for years and have seen it go from a small indie game to this massive, overcommercialised hit. The gameplay has changed significantly in that time and this was one of the only things that were left. And it doesn't help that Microsoft are treating us like idiots in the process.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Rio F1 racetrack plans add fuel to Brazil deforestation row: Most of city’s last flatland area along with 180,000 trees would be destroyed if project goes ahead in ~enviro

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    Brazil already has an F1 grade track in Sao Paulo highly rated by both drivers and fans, and the new project has been criticised by 6-time champion Lewis Hamilton. It will destroy most of Rio's...

    Brazil already has an F1 grade track in Sao Paulo highly rated by both drivers and fans, and the new project has been criticised by 6-time champion Lewis Hamilton. It will destroy most of Rio's last remaining forested area.

    It has a political aspect to it too:

    But the pressure is on for Rio Motorpark, a consortium led by US holding Rio Motorsports, to take Brazil’s annual grand prix from its rival track in São Paulo – a prize [President] Bolsonaro could then rub in the face of the São Paulo state governor, João Doria, a bitter rival. There’s a “99% chance, or more, of us having Formula One in Rio de Janeiro from 2021,” the president said last year after meeting the Formula One chief executive, Chase Carey.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Smart watch recommendations? in ~tech

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    Bit late here. But yes I do. It's a Ticwatch E, an older, cheaper watch with half the RAM this has and a much worse CPU. It's not great, Google Assistant barely works, it's quite slow. I get a few...

    Bit late here. But yes I do. It's a Ticwatch E, an older, cheaper watch with half the RAM this has and a much worse CPU. It's not great, Google Assistant barely works, it's quite slow. I get a few random reboots and GPS fails to lock every now and then. But you can see in the video the Pro 3 is more than fast and reliable enough, completely different to my watch. The hardware has improved a lot in the last few years.

    As for Wear OS itself, it'll be very similar to what I'm using and like the hardware it has improved a lot over time. So lots of choice of apps and watch faces, and using a site like FaceRepo and a supported app like this one there are many more user made ones. Personally I use Marine Commander - very information dense but in a nice way.

    To the left of your watch face is shortcuts to calendar events and a few suggested actions. To the right are widgets, I have weather, heart rate and a hand wash timer. You can have a timer too, or agenda, fitness or news headlines. Below are notifications and above, quick settings.

    You can reply from the watch if you get the Reply option in the notification on your phone. Most apps support it. You can use voice or the on screen keyboard.

    For health related things you will have Google Fit and Mobvoi's apps as well so you can choose what to use. Sleep as Android can do sleep tracking.

    And as for battery life, bear in mind the watch you're looking at has the extra low power display on top so you can extend battery life by using that, and if you really need to by turning off WearOS completely and using it as a regular watch. I think they say it lasts over a month like that.

    Hopefully that answers some questions!

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Smart watch recommendations? in ~tech

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    WearOS doesn't have the best reputation at the moment due to its bugs and performance - but the Ticwatch Pro 3 looks to change that. It's the first watch with the new Snapdragon Wear 4100...

    WearOS doesn't have the best reputation at the moment due to its bugs and performance - but the Ticwatch Pro 3 looks to change that. It's the first watch with the new Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor and like most recent watches has 1GB of RAM. According to that review I linked above it works a lot better than previous generations. It's got another layer on top of the display too so you can use that for ambient mode to extend battery life to several days.

    Overall I think WearOS is a better ecosystem choice than Fitbit, Tizen or anything else. Personally I think it's more well rounded than those with more choice for third party apps and watch faces. I quite like this one.

    Or if you want something worse as a smartwatch but that you'll never have to charge take a look at this: https://youtu.be/g6ZmlqZaNoM

    4 votes
  5. Comment on What social norm(s) you would like to see changed? in ~talk

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    Following on from a couple of other comments... uniform and dress codes here in the UK and especially in schools. Other countries are much less restrictive with this, and the only benefit I've...

    Following on from a couple of other comments...

    • uniform and dress codes here in the UK and especially in schools. Other countries are much less restrictive with this, and the only benefit I've heard for it is for people with low incomes who can't afford nice clothes might be bullied for it. Maybe it would help if people didn't have to pay for expensive uniforms?
    • work/life balance, and the general acceptance that worse is better. 4-day weeks would be a significant improvement for a lot of people if it became at least an option everywhere.
    5 votes
  6. Comment on Thoughts on feeling like you're posting too many links when there is not enough content in ~tildes

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    Good idea, copied it over just now.

    Good idea, copied it over just now.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on How can we change the site's structure/mechanics/patterns so that we're not discouraging posting "too much" on particular subjects? in ~tildes.official

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    I know this thread is a few days old now but I've had some more ideas on topic tags on another thread and it was suggested I post them here:

    I know this thread is a few days old now but I've had some more ideas on topic tags on another thread and it was suggested I post them here:

    Maybe topic tag filtering just needs a couple of small changes to help people filter out what they don't want to see.

    • a tag like indie could apply both to ~music and ~games, but maybe you still want to see one of them. At the moment it's both or nothing. If topic tag filters could be on a per-group basis that could help.
    • and, filters are global currently. Maybe you don't want to see something on the front page, but you do if you are actively looking for it?
    • options in the menu on posts to hide posts tagged TAG from the front page or hide posts from GROUP from front page as a shortcut
    4 votes
  8. Comment on Thoughts on feeling like you're posting too many links when there is not enough content in ~tildes

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    Maybe topic tag filtering just needs a couple of small changes to help people filter out what they don't want to see. a tag like indie could apply both to ~music and ~games, but maybe you still...

    Maybe topic tag filtering just needs a couple of small changes to help people filter out what they don't want to see.

    • a tag like indie could apply both to ~music and ~games, but maybe you still want to see one of them. At the moment it's both or nothing. If topic tag filters could be on a per-group basis that could help.
    • and, filters are global currently. Maybe you don't want to see something on the front page, but you do if you are actively looking for it?
    • options in the menu on posts to hide posts tagged TAG from the front page or hide posts from GROUP from front page as a shortcut
    3 votes
  9. Comment on Minecraft Live: Vote for the next mob (on October 3rd) in ~games

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    And maybe it is a movable source of light as well? Didn't know there was a second round. Final result was pretty close: Iceologer 47% Glow squid 53%

    And maybe it is a movable source of light as well?

    Didn't know there was a second round. Final result was pretty close:

    • Iceologer 47%
    • Glow squid 53%
    3 votes
  10. Comment on President Trump and first lady Melania have tested positive for coronavirus in ~news

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    "Contradictory reports" on his health according to The Guardian He is either only mildly symptomatic and recovering, or has worse symptoms which may or may not be getting worse, and he may or may...

    "Contradictory reports" on his health according to The Guardian

    He is either only mildly symptomatic and recovering, or has worse symptoms which may or may not be getting worse, and he may or may not have been on oxygen. According to White House chief of staff next 48 hours are "critical"

    11 votes
  11. Comment on Minecraft Live: Vote for the next mob (on October 3rd) in ~games

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    First results: Moobloom 28% Iceologer 35% Glow squid 37%

    Final First results:

    • Moobloom 28%
    • Iceologer 35%
    • Glow squid 37%
    4 votes
  12. Comment on YouTubers are upscaling the past to 4K. Historians want them to stop in ~tech

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    I actually don't mind colourisation, even if it isn't completely truthful. It's more difficult for me to picture being there or get what's happening with a black and white photo compared to a...

    I actually don't mind colourisation, even if it isn't completely truthful. It's more difficult for me to picture being there or get what's happening with a black and white photo compared to a colour one.

    It's a shame some people are so against it.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on How can we change the site's structure/mechanics/patterns so that we're not discouraging posting "too much" on particular subjects? in ~tildes.official

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    I actually quite like this idea. Strikes a nice balance between seeing everything but not too much, if you get what I mean. Maybe this could be the behaviour by default. Maybe have the biggest,...

    I actually quite like this idea. Strikes a nice balance between seeing everything but not too much, if you get what I mean.

    Maybe this could be the behaviour by default. Maybe have the biggest, most general interest topics like tech, games, news etc all "unthrottled" as they are now, and everything else throttled. It reduces clutter a bit for new accounts while ensuring more niche topics don't get left out.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on How can we change the site's structure/mechanics/patterns so that we're not discouraging posting "too much" on particular subjects? in ~tildes.official

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    And to expand on that, by sorting based on discussion, higher quality content that promotes discussion stays closer to the top. Which looking at the original announcement blog post is exactly the...

    And to expand on that, by sorting based on discussion, higher quality content that promotes discussion stays closer to the top. Which looking at the original announcement blog post is exactly the aim:

    Tildes prioritizes quality content and discussion

    I get to see things on here I wouldn't have done elsewhere. And it is almost all of high quality and from reputable sources. Because the low quality content doesn't promote discussion, which is how activity sort works. You don't see it as much.

    In short, I don't know what the answer is!

    6 votes
  15. Comment on How can we change the site's structure/mechanics/patterns so that we're not discouraging posting "too much" on particular subjects? in ~tildes.official

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    Maybe there's room for a sort of "hybrid" approach with activity sort. I like it how it is now, so I'd like to see it stay around in some way, maybe as a different sort option. As for changing it...

    Maybe there's room for a sort of "hybrid" approach with activity sort. I like it how it is now, so I'd like to see it stay around in some way, maybe as a different sort option.

    As for changing it maybe you could

    • only move posts to the top when they have a certain rate of comments being made, or
    • separate comments into "updates" and "discussion" and move a post to the top only when there is a significant update to the original post. This could work well with the labelling system, and could work well with megathreads too depending on what the topic is. Like with the whole Trump COVID thing. There's a lot of discussion in that thread, but maybe it's only right to bump it back to the top when there's an update? But then where do you draw the line between a new development being an update to an existing thread or its own new thread?
    5 votes
  16. Comment on President Trump and first lady Melania have tested positive for coronavirus in ~news

  17. Comment on What are your thoughts on the next gen consoles from Xbox and Playstation? in ~games

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    I think it's potentially quite interesting. Xbox has by far the best overall package - better hardware, Game Pass, better backwards compatibility with games and peripherals, better design... But...

    I think it's potentially quite interesting. Xbox has by far the best overall package - better hardware, Game Pass, better backwards compatibility with games and peripherals, better design... But Sony is coming into this with the bigger name and better reputation having "won" the last generation. And while the Series S is the cheapest option its a bit of a step down from the X - Sony has the cheapest way into "next-gen" gaming by about £90 as hardware wise the all digital edition is the same as the one with the disc drive. Except the disc drive.

    I think Sony will end up doing better. But if it were my money it'd be the Series S.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on To the three people on Tildes using LineageOS: is it worth it? in ~tech

  19. Comment on Will the Xbox Series S hold back next-gen gaming? in ~games

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    Also covers how the Series S might be better in overall performance than the One X due to bottlenecks. Might think about selling mine and upgrading after reading this...

    Also covers how the Series S might be better in overall performance than the One X due to bottlenecks. Might think about selling mine and upgrading after reading this...

    2 votes