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  1. Comment on Meetup.com Pricing Changes: Up to $3 total per RSVP to free events in ~tech

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    Turns out bait and switch (sorry, I mean Startup MVP and Pivot, I apologise) comes with a cost - when you change things from free to not free people's expectations are no longer met and they get...

    Turns out bait and switch (sorry, I mean Startup MVP and Pivot, I apologise) comes with a cost - when you change things from free to not free people's expectations are no longer met and they get angry.

    No sympathy for companies that base their existence on the idea that they can use prior use as leverage on a market.

    10 votes
  2. Comment on Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC - First screenshots, details about new features and updates, and system requirements in ~games

  3. Comment on Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC - First screenshots, details about new features and updates, and system requirements in ~games

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    Get yourself a 10TB external drive, and just raw cut and paste the folders. The registry still thinks everything is there, you just copy in when you want to change games. Not as convenient as a...

    Get yourself a 10TB external drive, and just raw cut and paste the folders. The registry still thinks everything is there, you just copy in when you want to change games. Not as convenient as a 10TB m.2, but faster than a network connection by far.

  4. Comment on Reward system? in ~tildes

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    There is literally no case on the internet where this hasn't gone terribly. Why not just reply to someone saying you like their comment/post? Why would an icon be any better a reward than a human...

    There is literally no case on the internet where this hasn't gone terribly. Why not just reply to someone saying you like their comment/post? Why would an icon be any better a reward than a human saying thankyou?

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Things Chefs Do That You Should Not Do: Just say no to lemon zest, “ripping hot” pans, and the ice bath in ~food

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    As someone who likes good steak, ripping hot pans are a must and this author is the co-author of what are probably the sort of cookbooks that should have been left as blog post compilations (aka...

    As someone who likes good steak, ripping hot pans are a must and this author is the co-author of what are probably the sort of cookbooks that should have been left as blog post compilations (aka the Taste brand in general). If you can't use a ripping hot pan without setting things on fire then you need to hang up the apron because you can't cook for shit. The trick is not to use american levels of oil.

    They then take their argument against lemon zest and flip it around in their favour for not using premade chicken stock with "because its utter thoughtlessness precludes excuses not to make it". Make up your mind - if you can use juice instead of zest why can't you use premade stock?

    10 votes
  6. Comment on Things Chefs Do That You Should Not Do: Just say no to lemon zest, “ripping hot” pans, and the ice bath in ~food

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    You need a better zester. The one I have can zest an entire lemon in maybe 15 seconds. Not that you ever need more than 1/8 of a lemon unless you've cooking for a horde.

    the hyperbolic eons that it takes to zest a tablespoon of lemon zest

    You need a better zester. The one I have can zest an entire lemon in maybe 15 seconds. Not that you ever need more than 1/8 of a lemon unless you've cooking for a horde.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Ring Says It Doesn't Use Facial Recognition, But It Has “A Head Of Face Recognition Research” in ~tech

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    This is false on the facts presented - they said their products don't use it, they are developing it. These are not contradictory statements. Buzzfeed again with the dodgy reporting. There's...

    Ring’s contradictory statements about its facial recognition efforts

    This is false on the facts presented - they said their products don't use it, they are developing it. These are not contradictory statements.

    Buzzfeed again with the dodgy reporting. There's enough about Ring to rail against that this sort of fluff just isn't necessary.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Scott’s Supreme Quantum Supremacy FAQ! in ~comp

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    Fuck this style of thinking. People are allowed to be wrong, and should be allowed the option to admit they were wrong without needing to be raked over the coals for the oh so egregious offence....

    Q14. If quantum supremacy was achieved, what would it mean for the QC skeptics?

    I wouldn’t want to be them right now! They could retreat to the position that of course quantum supremacy is possible (who ever claimed that it wasn’t? surely not them!), that the real issue has always been quantum error-correction. And indeed, some of them have consistently maintained that position all along. But others, including my good friend Gil Kalai, are on record, right here on this blog predicting that even quantum supremacy can never be achieved for fundamental reasons. I won’t let them wiggle out of it now.

    Fuck this style of thinking. People are allowed to be wrong, and should be allowed the option to admit they were wrong without needing to be raked over the coals for the oh so egregious offence. Ruins his entire (and otherwise well written) post IMO.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on People with Learning Disability have the right to ask for reasonable adjustments during sight tests in ~health

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    Sorry but where does the title come from? It doesn't seem to have any relationship with the video, which was about people with learning disabilities needing sight tests in the first place and then...

    Sorry but where does the title come from? It doesn't seem to have any relationship with the video, which was about people with learning disabilities needing sight tests in the first place and then extra support to deal with identified sight issues.

    On first reading it sounded like you meant when that sight test qualifies you for something, like learning to drive.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What are some good Mobile Home Pages? in ~talk

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    I honestly thought home pages went out when Myspace went under... I haven't used a homepage for a long, long time, and haven't noticed the lack. The omnibar is my homepage, and you just set that...

    I honestly thought home pages went out when Myspace went under... I haven't used a homepage for a long, long time, and haven't noticed the lack.

    The omnibar is my homepage, and you just set that to whatever search engine you prefer. I open a web browser with intent, not to start thinking about what I am doing.

  11. Comment on French Court Says Valve Must Allow Steam Users To Resell Games in ~games

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    The unDRM is to release the DRM code to open source. It will be DRM free in hours if not minutes.

    The unDRM is to release the DRM code to open source. It will be DRM free in hours if not minutes.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Experts say the enormous amounts spent on old shows like Seinfeld and The Big Bang Theory ignore a key point: we have no way of knowing how much shows are worth in ~tv

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    It's a market in flux - you'll see people looking at what Google and Facebook became and considering even $1bn to be a worthwhile gamble.

    It's a market in flux - you'll see people looking at what Google and Facebook became and considering even $1bn to be a worthwhile gamble.

  13. Comment on Experts say the enormous amounts spent on old shows like Seinfeld and The Big Bang Theory ignore a key point: we have no way of knowing how much shows are worth in ~tv

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    Or just pirate. Way I see it only bootlickers could be against it in a world otherwise so stacked towards corporate power over consumer.

    I need to own a physical copy of it.

    Or just pirate. Way I see it only bootlickers could be against it in a world otherwise so stacked towards corporate power over consumer.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Experts say the enormous amounts spent on old shows like Seinfeld and The Big Bang Theory ignore a key point: we have no way of knowing how much shows are worth in ~tv

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    Disney and Fox combined are powerful, no doubt about it - but they aren't yet greater than 51%, and 'everyone who isn't Disney' may end up forming the other half of a duopoly. There's a good...

    Disney and Fox combined are powerful, no doubt about it - but they aren't yet greater than 51%, and 'everyone who isn't Disney' may end up forming the other half of a duopoly. There's a good possibility that other half is a coalition under Netflix after all the other entrants (Amazon, Hulu, NBC) fail - or maybe Netflix fails and one of the others picks it up. This is what they're aiming at.

    The worst possible outcome for Disney however is that everybody but them fails. Disney is a bad election outcome away from an anti-trust and they know it.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Experts say the enormous amounts spent on old shows like Seinfeld and The Big Bang Theory ignore a key point: we have no way of knowing how much shows are worth in ~tv

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    I don't think subscribers to the current environment are driving anywhere NEAR the totals these shows are commanding. This isn't a case of buy and win the current market base, this is setting up...

    We have no actual information about what creates or reduces churn

    I don't think subscribers to the current environment are driving anywhere NEAR the totals these shows are commanding. This isn't a case of buy and win the current market base, this is setting up the next generation of media giants. Cable is fucked. Movies are close to fucked. The 'internet internet' like Youtube is fragile. Streaming under the Netflix model has the best chance I can see (and presumably others based on the $) of being the mainstream core of the future of content delivery, and positioning yourself now as a brand to be reckoned with in that space has the potential to add to the list of multi-tiered vertically integrated super-corporations the way Disney did with film.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on How many users are here now? in ~tildes

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    That assumes everyone who has ever left deleted their account, and that nobody has any alts.

    That assumes everyone who has ever left deleted their account, and that nobody has any alts.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Battlestar Galactica reboot from Sam Esmail in the works for NBCU's Peacock streaming service in ~tv

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    The core problem with a prequel is the 2004 series annihilates everything. There's a pointlessness to it that makes it really hard to get invested in. I think this was my core complaint with...

    The core problem with a prequel is the 2004 series annihilates everything. There's a pointlessness to it that makes it really hard to get invested in. I think this was my core complaint with Caprica - who gives a fuck, you're all going to die anyway.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on A bronze cauldron dating back to the Roman Age has been unearthed in a burial cairn in central Norway in ~humanities

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    I find it a little funny that you are pooh-poohing the akshually of 2001 while ackshuallying yourself about the 0 or 1 CE thing.

    I find it a little funny that you are pooh-poohing the akshually of 2001 while ackshuallying yourself about the 0 or 1 CE thing.

  19. Comment on A bronze cauldron dating back to the Roman Age has been unearthed in a burial cairn in central Norway in ~humanities

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    This is such an odd heading in so many ways... "The Roman Age" - what on earth does that even mean? That is an absolutely enormous time scale, anywhere from 500 to 1800 years depending on your...

    This is such an odd heading in so many ways... "The Roman Age" - what on earth does that even mean? That is an absolutely enormous time scale, anywhere from 500 to 1800 years depending on your definition. And yet at no point in any of those years was Trondheim (or whatever was at that spot back then) part of Rome - they barely touched Germany and never even got to Denmark ffs.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Microsoft's STL is open-sourced in ~comp

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    They've recognised the death of the proprietary OS and are pitching themselves as a competitor to Amazon with Azure and a competitor to IBM with their AI APIs - the day may very well come that...

    I don't think they'll go absolutely crazy

    They've recognised the death of the proprietary OS and are pitching themselves as a competitor to Amazon with Azure and a competitor to IBM with their AI APIs - the day may very well come that office gets open sourced, because everyone who pays is on 365 anyways.

    9 votes