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  1. Comment on As someone with ADHD, I hate the "RTFM" motto in ~comp

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    I have never experienced the Arch community, but I have used Arch in the past (and I use Manjaro on my laptop) and I have to say that the Arch wiki is rather complete and useful, so I never had to...

    I have never experienced the Arch community, but I have used Arch in the past (and I use Manjaro on my laptop) and I have to say that the Arch wiki is rather complete and useful, so I never had to go far to find answers. At the same time, due to the wiki being so good it's easy to understand when someone asks a question the community just assumes you haven't read the documentation. On top of that, since Arch is ever changing the documentation is sometimes in flux.

    Personally, I would say that anyone who thinks Arch is 'advanced' is fooling themselves. It's a step or two above something like Ubuntu, but plenty of people just build their own OS (that's generally where Distros come from.)

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  2. Comment on What are some of your favorite mobile games? in ~games

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    Threes. Available both on Android and iOS. I think there might be a browser based variant as well, I'm not sure. I think it's a few dollars and there is an ad-supported variant as well. It's the...

    Threes. Available both on Android and iOS. I think there might be a browser based variant as well, I'm not sure. I think it's a few dollars and there is an ad-supported variant as well.

    It's the game that inspired the ever-popular 2048. It is a significantly better product that requires forethought and strategy. It's very challenging, beautiful, and exciting. Getting the next number up from your previous best is very rewarding. I don't play it often because when I do I become entrenched in planing out all of my moves and figuring out what series of moves I'll need to get the next biggest number.

    I've been playing for years and the highest number I have gotten is 384, there are four others that come after that and I'm not sure if I'll ever get a higher number.

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  3. Comment on Should we have a small description for why a removed comment was removed? in ~tildes

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    To play devil's advocate: mods on social media websites normally aren't formally trained personnel. While I really like what you said and agree with it, I do think @alyaza is right. It would...

    To play devil's advocate: mods on social media websites normally aren't formally trained personnel. While I really like what you said and agree with it, I do think @alyaza is right. It would become a bad land scenario very easily with comments being removed for hundreds of different reasons.

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  4. Comment on This staircase from the Eiffel Tower is for Sale in ~news

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    It looks and sounds really silly, and it's going to sell for stupid money, but I have to admit I wish I could tell people part of my house was part of the Eiffel Tower.

    It looks and sounds really silly, and it's going to sell for stupid money, but I have to admit I wish I could tell people part of my house was part of the Eiffel Tower.

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  5. Comment on Is eating vegan really the best diet for the planet? I tried it for a month. in ~enviro

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    I've taken a harsh look at the environmental impact of some of the most ancillary foods I eat. Nuts and nut butters take so much water and land to produce. Coffee is pretty bad too, although shade...

    I've taken a harsh look at the environmental impact of some of the most ancillary foods I eat. Nuts and nut butters take so much water and land to produce. Coffee is pretty bad too, although shade grown coffee is starting to become the norm. I know some teas are pretty bad, and beer and wine take a lot of land and energy to grow and produce.

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  6. Comment on Is eating vegan really the best diet for the planet? I tried it for a month. in ~enviro

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    Very interesting, takes a very neutral view on the topic. The main issue aren't the options or choice, it's the price and flavor. Animal based products just taste so good. This is a problem that...

    Very interesting, takes a very neutral view on the topic.

    The main issue aren't the options or choice, it's the price and flavor. Animal based products just taste so good. This is a problem that won't be solved by informing people. It's somewhat undeniable that vegetable crops are generally better than animal crops in terms of their ecological impact, and even the fiercest deniers have to admit that the way we treat animals is very cruel. Even though most people know that vegetarian and vegan diets are generally better for the planet and more moral, they choose to eat meat.

    There are many exciting products in the pipeline currently that could change all of this. I've had the Beyond Burger and it's not terrible, even though it doesn't quite reach the flavor of beef. It's about twice the price of ground beef. If they can lower that price, and it seems like they are have the momentum to make it happen, then it could sit on the shelf next to normal beef and most people wouldn't notice the difference.

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  7. Comment on Anyone with a CAT phone? in ~tech

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    If you don't need the crazy construction related features, I would honestly suggest the greener option of just paying for a battery replacement. You're looking at like $100-$150 to get it...

    If you don't need the crazy construction related features, I would honestly suggest the greener option of just paying for a battery replacement. You're looking at like $100-$150 to get it replaced, or $25 if you feel up to repairing it yourself (which might be worth it if you're thinking about dropping a grand at a moment's notice anyway). The Nexus 6P is going to outclass any of CAT's phones in terms of performance. The only thing that CAT's phone has on the 6P is that it has 4GB of RAM vs 3GB on the Nexus. Otherwise the camera is better, the SoC is better, the screen is better, and the 6P is going to have more wide spread third party support (which seems like something you want.)

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  8. Comment on Hey, Tildes, what's a strong opinion you hold, but which you also feel like is the minority opinion? in ~talk

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    Assassin's Creed 2 is a worse game than Assassin's Creed. A lot of people really hate the original Assassin's Creed because of its many shortcomings. It saw many sales and so a sequel was...

    Assassin's Creed 2 is a worse game than Assassin's Creed. A lot of people really hate the original Assassin's Creed because of its many shortcomings. It saw many sales and so a sequel was developed, which removed anything that was criticized in the first game. What resulted was a game full of things people liked but had lost the thread of its raison d'etre.

    Assassin's Creed was very ambitious. They stared development long before 'next-gen' consoles (the Xbox 360 and PS3) were in development. Just look at other open world games that came before Assassin's Creed, they don't even compare. The vertical and parkour elements were all new and remain to be some of the best parts of the series. It did all this while managing to be beautiful and well produced. The voice acting and graphics are beautiful, and still hold up.

    The problem is that the game had these missions where the player character would collect information for their mark. The content they produce was actually quite good, gave the player a feeling like they were collecting meaningful information. The missions were extremely repetitive and not fun. Several involved standing in a single spot and pushing a single button. Others involved walking behind an NPC and pick pocketing them (which weren't bad, but they were either stupidly easy or frustratingly hard.)

    There was a sense of accomplishment when completing these tasks. The problem is that I'm sure most players didn't notice that they were collecting stuff like maps and other tools. The missions were also a huge time sink, so players felt more like they were running around and sitting on benches more often than being a sneaky assassin, but the missions made the player a better assassin. With the missions complete, the player could more easily plan how they would complete their assassination and their escape.

    Assassin's Creed 2 removed these missions and made assassinations either into minor fights or silly obstacle courses. The preparation step is totally removed and now the assassinations felt more like spur of the moment killings rather than an assassination. Everything else about the game was better, but it lost the thread of what it was.

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  9. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I've been listening to a lot of orchestral and violin music. I've always been interested in playing violin and learning music. I play some guitar now and I own a few guitars, but buying a decent...

    I've been listening to a lot of orchestral and violin music. I've always been interested in playing violin and learning music. I play some guitar now and I own a few guitars, but buying a decent violin is a different beast altogether. Learning it is also much more challenging without a teacher. So I plan on buying a decent violin and getting a teacher after I finish school next year.

    Other than that I recently fell away from current popular music and went back to my old ways of listening to Ska. Five Iron Frenzy is my favorite band of all time and listening to them reminds me of good times I had back in middle and high school. Streetlight Manifesto is a really great, maybe the best current, ska band.

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  10. Comment on Warframe's "Fortuna" expansion is releasing on PC this week, consoles "soon" in ~games

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    This might be a good time to remind everyone that Destiny 2 is free on Battle.net until November 18th. Not that I want to shit on Warframe, but the two games are similar and I imagine people...

    This might be a good time to remind everyone that Destiny 2 is free on Battle.net until November 18th.

    Not that I want to shit on Warframe, but the two games are similar and I imagine people interested in Warframe would also probably enjoy Destiny 2.

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  11. Comment on What are you optimistic about? in ~talk

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    Energy. I think we are moving in a net positive direction in a huge way currently. Even big companies who mine oil and destroy Earth are moving toward a more renewable infrastructure because...

    Energy. I think we are moving in a net positive direction in a huge way currently. Even big companies who mine oil and destroy Earth are moving toward a more renewable infrastructure because fossil fuels are unsustainable and they don't want to be the ones on a sinking ship 10-50 years from now. They're doing it for totally selfish reasons but that doesn't stop it from being good, just good hearted.

    Although other parts of the environment I still worry, at least Energy is getting a lot of good attention. It affects many parts of the environment and not just emissions.

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  12. Comment on Halloween game sales are live. What are your Horror/Halloween-themed recommendations? in ~games

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    I was considering it before but you pushed me over the edge. Huzzah.

    I was considering it before but you pushed me over the edge. Huzzah.

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    Yesterday @talklittle posted the topic Halloween game sales are live. What are your Horror/Halloween-themed recommendations?. There have been some good recommendations and whatnot. If you like...

    Yesterday @talklittle posted the topic Halloween game sales are live. What are your Horror/Halloween-themed recommendations?. There have been some good recommendations and whatnot. If you like horror games and weren't aware of the ongoing sales, go check out the comments for some recommendations.

    Being the meta-killjoy that I am, I started this sidebar about the top comment. tl;dr: I don't think this type of content engenders Tildes's discussion forward community.

    Fell free to read the whole thread of comments for some civil discussion on the matter, but I do want to open this up to all of Tildes: should this type of comment be policed on Tildes?

    Also: do you think this type of comment is good? Do you agree with me that it's retroactive to Tildes's goals? Am I just a big killjoy? Given that the comment I'm calling into question is the top comment of that topic, I'm probably David in this arena but I want to hear it from everyone else.

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  14. Comment on Halloween game sales are live. What are your Horror/Halloween-themed recommendations? in ~games

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    It's semi-tangential, but I would also suggest the original Prey from 2006. It's horror adjacent, very much sci-fi and gore-y. Really underrated and kind of forgotten. I played it recently and it...

    It's semi-tangential, but I would also suggest the original Prey from 2006. It's horror adjacent, very much sci-fi and gore-y. Really underrated and kind of forgotten. I played it recently and it holds up surprisingly well. Graphics are good, at least not distractingly bad. Although it takes a bit of work to get it to display at 1920x1080 (for no good reason, it was an Xbox 360 game). The gameplay is a little uninspired but held up by some of the mind bending gravity mechanics. It stays for a bit too long and the death mini-game is annoying but it's worth a play.

    Sadly, it's not readily available on distributive platforms like Steam, only physical copies remain. This is one of the few titles I wouldn't blame someone for pirating. First because you really can't buy it new and second because it's 12-years-old.

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  15. Comment on Anyone use special keyboards? in ~comp

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    I think the keymouse is really silly looking. Probably not that bad either way. It's one of the most expensive keyboards I have seen, but from from the most expensive. (Maltron custom makes each...

    I think the keymouse is really silly looking. Probably not that bad either way. It's one of the most expensive keyboards I have seen, but from from the most expensive. (Maltron custom makes each one of their keyboards and they're all very expensive too.) I'm skeptical that it would be a good mouse, and I don't like how shifted the keys are on the outside of each half. Overall, though, I do like the key layout.

    I've seen people who do this with a Kinesis Advantage and that seems like a possible solution for you. It's less elegant, and maybe you don't like touch pads, but it offers a similar solution with a more proven product (with the advantage of being cheaper as well.)

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  16. Comment on Anyone use special keyboards? in ~comp

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    I'm career adjacent in IT, so I don't have as much need for keyboard efficiency, but I do have a few good quality ergonomics myself, and one of them is even a mech. The keyboard I use right now is...

    I'm career adjacent in IT, so I don't have as much need for keyboard efficiency, but I do have a few good quality ergonomics myself, and one of them is even a mech.

    The keyboard I use right now is kind of unique: TypeMatrix 2020. It's the one on top, it's no longer made anymore. The keyboard on the bottom, the TypeMatrix 2030, is the one that TypeMatrix makes now.

    It's a totally grid layout, not dissimilar from the planck but has a might split. It's light, thin, and quiet. Uses scissor switches, the kind you might find in a laptop, but they're really great. I personally really like scissor switches. It has some quarks, keys are moved around from where you might find them on a standard keyboard which leaves me 'lost' when I have to search for a key I rarely use. The split is what does it for me, but I really like the grid layout as well.

    These next two aren't recommendations, but I do like mentioning them.

    I also have the Truly Ergonomic, although the one I have is radically different from the current model. Mechanical, used to be Cherry but now they use off brand switches. I would steer clear, though. Unless build quality has improved significantly, I've heard of many people having the same problems I had such as double tapping and ghost key presses. (and mine has Cherry switches) The owner of Truly Ergonomic is also kind of a prick.

    I also used to love my Microsoft Ergonomic Elite. It hasn't been in production for year, and I prefer smaller keyboards these days, so I no longer have one. Microsoft now make the Scult which I've taken a passing look at given its chiclet style keys.

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  17. Comment on What are your thoughts on Soylent and clones? in ~food

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    Some years ago I was on nothing but Soylent for a few weeks. I lost 30-40lbs and people were starting to notice. I was saving some money on food as well because Soylent really only costs a few...

    Some years ago I was on nothing but Soylent for a few weeks. I lost 30-40lbs and people were starting to notice. I was saving some money on food as well because Soylent really only costs a few dollars, at most, per day.

    At the same time, I was really starting to regret it. I hated having nothing but Soylent, and I really missed food. Soylent basically tastes like nothing and that only bothered me the first few times I had it. My wife also thinks eating together is really important and she was starting to get depressed because we had stopped eating meals together. I eventually stopped and sold all of my remaining Soylent.

    Earlier this year I wanted to lose some weight so I looked at Soylent and alternatives because it worked so well. I found Keto Chow. I also tried Keto last year and while I thought it was a great diet that introduced me to interesting foods, but it was unsustainable for me. Keto Chow was interesting because it has so many flavors (From Mocha to Chicken Noodle Soup.) I tried it part time (on day, off day) for a short while but I started to have bathroom problems so I had to stop.

    I do think that Soylent and Soylent related meal replacements are really cool and some people are ultra fanatical about it. I've always been surprised how full they get me, but there is just something enjoyable about eating food that Soylent can't replace.

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  18. Comment on Halloween game sales are live. What are your Horror/Halloween-themed recommendations? in ~games

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    I don't blame any one person, and I already ceded ground that people like this type of content. I did think that perhaps the topic is partially to blame because it was a request for...

    I don't blame any one person, and I already ceded ground that people like this type of content. I did think that perhaps the topic is partially to blame because it was a request for recommendations which is essentially asking for a list. I do think that Tildes's goal of discussion forward content should trump this idea.

    If the topic were instead something like "What horror game deeply affected you and why?" or "How do good horror games build tension?" then I agree with you: a list like this wouldn't work because the question is specifically seeking more than just the title and a quick summary.

    My only issue with this, is that I don't think changing the exact formulation of the question would change the ultimate result. I'm sure if the question were formed the way you suggested, it wouldn't change the way @emnii responded. I also don't think that the initial body asked for only a quick summary, although now we're arguing semantics.

    I guess the question your comment brings up for me is this: is Tildes a place for list posts like this one, or not?

    I've kind of already said this, but I don't think it is. All the same, Tildes as a whole would decide something like this and not just me.

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  19. Comment on Halloween game sales are live. What are your Horror/Halloween-themed recommendations? in ~games

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    I haven't finished the game myself, but I have heard that the first big Alien encounter, the one where you actually have to do a lot of dodging and hiding, is the worst part of the game. It was...

    I haven't finished the game myself, but I have heard that the first big Alien encounter, the one where you actually have to do a lot of dodging and hiding, is the worst part of the game. It was enough for me to stop playing it and not want to come back. I love Alien, though, and my wife really wants to see the rest of the game, so I might come back to it. It's not often that I rage quit a game, especially one with such good presentation.

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  20. Comment on Halloween game sales are live. What are your Horror/Halloween-themed recommendations? in ~games

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    I'm sure my comment will be seen as inflammatory, and it is off topic but I want to start somewhat of a discussion. Comments like yours always get votes, and it's not without some merit. You put...

    I'm sure my comment will be seen as inflammatory, and it is off topic but I want to start somewhat of a discussion.

    Comments like yours always get votes, and it's not without some merit. You put in a lot of effort and you're at least knowledgeable on this topic. People like when someone puts in the work, and people also like hearing popular things get praised. (In this situation at least it's a minor echo chamber where people who like horror games will see your comment and largely agree with what you said, but it's not so bad because you're also disseminating a lot of information to people who don't know as much.)

    My problem arises in that your comment isn't a very good start for a discussion. You give a really general overview of a bunch of different games without making a point about any of them. You basically made a verbose bulleted list of horror games with a minor description. That's not exactly unwarranted in this thread but, at least for me, Tildes is a venue for discussion. Obviously that is my view of this site, but I don't think it's unfounded.

    I just don't have a good response to your comment because it would be silly or a waste of time to respond to every highlight you made. If you limited your recommendations to one or two titles you could expand on what you found good, and things you didn't. That would initiate a conversation on those titles. Instead what happens is other people heaping on praise of the games they liked that you mentioned.

    On top of that, personally I feel like someone making many recommendations gives each recommendation less weight. I think this is just me personally, because obviously other people voted for your comment and I'm sure it'll soon be and remain as the top comment of this thread. I think when someone is a fan of a genre or series, they're more willing to tolerate downsides or ignore them entirely. It's not always true, but that's the sentiment I get from you after reading your comment. Because of that, all of your recommendations hold less water for me, even if that's totally unwarranted.

    I'm not the comment police and I'm sure most people will disagree with me. This is a pet peeve of mine and it's really minor.

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