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

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    I picked up the Halo Master Chief Collection on steamrecently, and I have now played the Halo Reach campaign for the first time, and I'm making my way through Halo CE this week. Reach was a pretty...

    I picked up the Halo Master Chief Collection on steamrecently, and I have now played the Halo Reach campaign for the first time, and I'm making my way through Halo CE this week.

    Reach was a pretty solid game in terms of gameplay, especially since prior to playing reach, I had only played the original Halo back on the xbox. The story wasn't the most engaging for me, and it felt like they were referring to a bunch people and things I didn't know about with little to no explanation. Hopefully the other games in the series will fill in the gaps in my knowledge and may make me like the story more in hindsight.

    The original Halo has been fun and somewhat nostalgic for me, but as I play through the later missions for the first time in over15 years, I'm finding the game much more repetitive and uninteresting than I remember. It feels like every room and hallway is the same as the previous one, and the only way to tell I'm still moving forward is if new enemies are spawning when I enter the same room full of the same few enemies for the 15th time this level. I've honestly forgotten how the game ends, so I don't know how much longer the backtracking and repetitiveness will continue, but hopefully the end game will at least take me to somewhere new.

    All things considered, I'm glad I am able to play reach and the original game again on a PC with updated graphics, and I look forward to seeing what happens in the future entries in the series as they are released.

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  2. Comment on LDS Church suspends all worship services worldwide due to coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    This honestly seems like a good move. Hopefully other churches will follow suit and help to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

    This honestly seems like a good move. Hopefully other churches will follow suit and help to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

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  3. Comment on No Man's Sky - Beyond update patch notes in ~games

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    You might want to wait a bit before pulling the trigger on VR. Looks like lots of people are having trouble with frame rate and stuttering unless the settings are really low. Probably worth at...

    You might want to wait a bit before pulling the trigger on VR. Looks like lots of people are having trouble with frame rate and stuttering unless the settings are really low.

    Probably worth at least waiting until they know if it's a bug, or if it's a a problem with the game itself.

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  4. Comment on Teensy 4.0 Released. in ~comp

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    I love the Teensy platform, and I've used many in my personal projects over the years. This new one seems like a massive improvement in terms of hardware functionality. Looks like a great step,...

    I love the Teensy platform, and I've used many in my personal projects over the years. This new one seems like a massive improvement in terms of hardware functionality. Looks like a great step, and I look forward to seeing how people use it. Now I just need to come up with a project that would be able to use these features...

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  5. Comment on More people need to talk about having fewer children in ~life

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    I don't see it this way at all. I'm a human, sharing a planet with a bunch of other humans. I will never have children, but that doesn't mean I'm willing to be shitty for personal gain even though...

    I don't see it this way at all. I'm a human, sharing a planet with a bunch of other humans. I will never have children, but that doesn't mean I'm willing to be shitty for personal gain even though I don't have any children that may be effected by it. I will be effected by that shitty behavior, as will my friends, and family, and their children.

    I've got empathy for the other life on this planet, and I want to see life, including humanity, be able to thrive and continue to exist. Ideally it would be in a sustainable way, where people voluntarily limit the population to a number that the world can support indefinitely. This can be accomplished by educating more people on the costs of having children, and working to make sure that the children that are born are taught what is needed to keep the world sustainable to life.

    As a fellow human living on this planet, I am as responsible for the future of this planet as anyone with children of their own, and having been educated myself I know that even if I am not personally effected, my actions effect the future of the world for everyone I care about, and all those that will come after them. We need to work towards a society where people who think it's okay to be shitty because it doesn't effect them personally can be taught empathy for their fellow humans. Everyone has a stake in the future of this planet, whether they have kids or not, and that responsibility has to be impressed upon us all if we're going to be able to continue to live on this planet.

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  6. Comment on What was your most memorable gaming moment? in ~games

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    For me it was when I was 10-11 and my friend got this fancy new game 'Myst' that had just come out. He had me come over, and we went down into the basement and turned off all the lights, and and...

    For me it was when I was 10-11 and my friend got this fancy new game 'Myst' that had just come out. He had me come over, and we went down into the basement and turned off all the lights, and and cranked the volume on the speakers, and it was like we were actually transported to an entirely new world. I'll always remember how much my mind was blown by the amazing graphics and lifelike sounds. It was such a huge step up from my Sega Genesis and old DOS computer at home in terms of graphics and audio. When his mom came down to check on us and let the light in, I had actually forgotten that we were in his house. I've never quite been that entranced or immersed in a game since.

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  7. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (June 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    I've been working on a project I call the oMIDItone. I took a silly 'instrument' from Japan called an otamatone and decided I would turn it into a MIDI synth. I first made a prototype with just a...

    I've been working on a project I call the oMIDItone. I took a silly 'instrument' from Japan called an otamatone and decided I would turn it into a MIDI synth. I first made a prototype with just a single otamatone head and realized the range was too limited to make a functional synth that could play a recognizable song. I ended up hacking together a newer version that uses 6 heads at once to allow for it to play music somewhat coherently.

    Here's a direct link to a video of the oMIDItone playing a song for those of you who don't want to read through the whole blog post to get to it.

    This month I just finished designing and ordered a new PCB for controlling all 6 heads without all the wires and hacking-it-together of the current version. I'm hoping that if this new PCB works well, I will be able to add servos to control the mouths and make them open and close in time with the music as well.

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  8. Comment on What is your personal preference and why: vim or emacs? in ~comp

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    I've recently switched from Vim to VSCode with vim keybindings. Best of both worlds, in my opinion. I get the macros, navigation, and editing features of vim combined with the plugins, version...

    I've recently switched from Vim to VSCode with vim keybindings. Best of both worlds, in my opinion. I get the macros, navigation, and editing features of vim combined with the plugins, version control, and better UI of VSCode.

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  9. Comment on Maine Senate endorses bill to elect president by popular vote in ~news

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    If this passes in Maine, that gets them from 189 to 217 of the required 270 votes to make the interstate voting compact take effect. This seems like a step in a good direction in my opinion, as I...

    If this passes in Maine, that gets them from 189 to 217 of the required 270 votes to make the interstate voting compact take effect. This seems like a step in a good direction in my opinion, as I feel the electoral college is an outdated institution and that a national popular vote is more appropriate for electing the president.

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  10. Comment on Any hams around? in ~hobbies

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    General here. I got into things a few years ago, mostly on UHF/VHF with a Baofeng HT, but my interest has waned a fair bit. I much prefer using SDR stuff and decoding digital data signals to...

    General here. I got into things a few years ago, mostly on UHF/VHF with a Baofeng HT, but my interest has waned a fair bit. I much prefer using SDR stuff and decoding digital data signals to talking with the old folks on the local repeaters over voice.

    I recently built a uBitX so I could try and work HF, but my antenna broke last fall and I haven't gotten around to fixing it yet now that things are warming up. My eventual goal is to figure out JT8 and see what I can hit with 5W and a dipole.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on “Myst” at 25: How it changed gaming, created addicts, and made enemies in ~games

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    I've always loved the Myst games, and played them all several times over the 23 years since I became aware of them. For me, this was pretty true. My first exposure to Myst, I was at a friend's...

    I've always loved the Myst games, and played them all several times over the 23 years since I became aware of them.

    Despite its largely static nature, its groundbreaking pre-rendered visuals (which many people called photorealistic at the time) made Myst feel like the first convincing virtual reality experience, at least in the sense of feeling physically present in a fictional world.

    For me, this was pretty true. My first exposure to Myst, I was at a friend's house, and he led me to his dad's office where the computer was, turned out all the lights, turned the volume up, and it was like we really did get sucked into the linking book and transported to another world. It wasn't just the visuals, but the sound design for the game was amazing in it's time as well. Ever since that day, I was hooked.

    Even now, I still look back fondly remembering how the game was able to do such a good job of making me feel like I had left the real world behind and gone somewhere completely new. It was an experience unlike any my young self has ever had, and that level of immersion has rarely been duplicated.

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  12. Comment on Do any of you have blogs? in ~talk

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    I've got a blog with writeups for the various projects I've made over the years. I lost some projects when the places I used to host them were taken down, so I wanted to make sure I had control...

    I've got a blog with writeups for the various projects I've made over the years. I lost some projects when the places I used to host them were taken down, so I wanted to make sure I had control over my stuff going forward, in addition to posting on places like github and imgur.

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  13. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    This is why end-to-end encryption is so important for all online communications. They might be able to know which IP address is talking to which, but they won't have any means of intercepting data...

    This is why end-to-end encryption is so important for all online communications. They might be able to know which IP address is talking to which, but they won't have any means of intercepting data is everything is using encrypted communication channels.

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  14. Comment on Mozilla: Changing Our Approach to Anti-tracking in ~tech

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    This seems like an awesome move, and hopefully it's just the first step in a continuing effort to limit cross-site tracking. I'm always running Ublock Origin, https everywhere, and Privacy Badger...

    In order to help give users the private web browsing experience they expect and deserve, Firefox will strip cookies and block storage access from third-party tracking content.

    This seems like an awesome move, and hopefully it's just the first step in a continuing effort to limit cross-site tracking. I'm always running Ublock Origin, https everywhere, and Privacy Badger by default, but it's good that less technical web users can be afforded similar protection be default in the future.

    10 votes
  15. Comment on Republicans secretly study their coming hell in ~misc

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    The way things are now, the left in the US is the middle. There's nothing extreme about looking at the obscene costs of healthcare, comparing the US to most of the rest of the world, and saying...

    When both sides take extremes on the left and right, all it does is leave people in the middle alone and without a way to meaningfully engage with politics or with their country generally.

    The way things are now, the left in the US is the middle. There's nothing extreme about looking at the obscene costs of healthcare, comparing the US to most of the rest of the world, and saying 'there are other options, and we can do this for less money than we are currently paying.' It's not extreme to demand that workers be paid more in an economy where corporate profits and the wealth of the richest continue to grow unbounded while wages for most of the country remain stagnant. It's not extreme to support voting reform and fight against the blatant political gerrymandering that is going on over much of the country.

    The 'both sides are too extreme' argument keeps getting talked about, but we don't even have a viable left-wing voice in the US. I want to see massive taxes on wealth, including income and property. I want to see basic income provided for everyone in the country. I want to see the oligarchy of corporations and wealthy individuals stripped of their influence, and their wealth. I don't have any party that is working towards those ends, I only have the choice between the Democrats and the Republicans in all practicality. My choices are to support Republicans, which is just voting to prolong the oligarchy, or to vote for Democrats, who might take some steps in the direction I want to see the country take.

    If there was a viable option to vote for real socialist policies, I would jump on that ship. As it stands now, I can only support the actual middle ground, which is the Democratic party platform, and hope that in the future I can support some true left-wing options.

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  16. Comment on Nintendo shuts down the tool behind your favorite Pokémon fan games in ~games

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    I've heard this is the case with US trademark law, but I wasn't aware that it also applied to copyright law. I thought that rights holders of registered copyright could always go after...

    I've heard this is the case with US trademark law, but I wasn't aware that it also applied to copyright law. I thought that rights holders of registered copyright could always go after infringement regardless. I also don't know where I could look to find out which is true.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on FCC can define markets with only one ISP as “competitive,” court rules in ~tech

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    I don't know if I'm more upset that they used this argument, or that it seems to have worked. We need to get local municipalities to seize the last mile lines to homes from the telecoms and allow...

    The FCC voted last year to eliminate price caps imposed on some business broadband providers such as AT&T and Verizon. The FCC decision eliminated caps in any given county if 50 percent of potential customers "are within a half mile of a location served by a competitive provider."

    I don't know if I'm more upset that they used this argument, or that it seems to have worked. We need to get local municipalities to seize the last mile lines to homes from the telecoms and allow anybody to connect to them at will, for the same uniform price. The fees will cover maintenance and upgrades, and be mandated to keep the lines in good repair, using current technology. The ISPs prove time and time again they can't be trusted, so we need to take away their infrastructure and return it to public control.

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  18. Comment on Yahoo, Bucking Industry, Scans Emails for Data to Sell Advertisers in ~tech

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    This is Google's business model. As far as I know, they have always read your emails to target ads. I can't read the full article due to a paywall, but I am curious how they justify that this is...

    The U.S. tech industry has largely declared it is off limits to scan emails for information to sell to advertisers.

    This is Google's business model. As far as I know, they have always read your emails to target ads. I can't read the full article due to a paywall, but I am curious how they justify that this is considered unusual in the tech industry.

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  19. Comment on Hollow Knight: harsh restrictions and subtle lessons make this platformer an excellent teacher in ~games.game_design

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    I've got ~35 hours into the game at this point, and I am stuck on a couple bosses myself (specifically Hornet 2 and the Watcher Knights). That being said, I agree that the game has been a really...

    Sure, Hollow Knight is hard. Like, really hard. I still haven't beaten the final-most boss.

    I sometimes listen to the soundtrack on YT and can think back to the amount of frustration I had trying to get to and past the next boss, but I also know the feeling of accomplishment that I got from finally doing so, time after time.

    I've got ~35 hours into the game at this point, and I am stuck on a couple bosses myself (specifically Hornet 2 and the Watcher Knights). That being said, I agree that the game has been a really fun time for me. I've had a blast wandering around and unlocking areas and skills. It's a very well-made game, and it runs smoothly and consistently. I almost never feel like if I die it was because of the game's design, but just because I didn't react properly or well enough.

    I also have feelings of accomplishment from the things I've overcome to get as far as I have, but at this point, I basically feel like I'm just throwing myself at a wall over and over again. I'm not sure I'll ever finish the whole game, but I do feel like I definitely got my money's worth out of it, and I've enjoyed what I successfully accomplished in the game to date.

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  20. Comment on Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems in ~misc

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    This is a totally new philosophy for me to digest. Can you go into more detail about what 'welfare capitalist' means specifically? Also what you mean by 'George W. Bush' in this context? I'd...

    This is a totally new philosophy for me to digest. Can you go into more detail about what 'welfare capitalist' means specifically? Also what you mean by 'George W. Bush' in this context? I'd genuinely like to understand the concept better.

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