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  1. Comment on Game soundtracks: Listening to them outside the game and how they impact the game itself in ~games

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    Skyrim wasn't a bad game but I don't think I would have stayed to watch the scenery in awe without Jeremy Soule's amazing music. The first time I heard his stuff was in Total Annihilation, in...

    Skyrim wasn't a bad game but I don't think I would have stayed to watch the scenery in awe without Jeremy Soule's amazing music. The first time I heard his stuff was in Total Annihilation, in which he also managed to transform a good game into something special.

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  2. Comment on 70TB of Parler users’ messages, videos, and posts leaked by security researchers in ~tech

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    Can you be identified from your tildes account? Many people probably cannot (at least easily), and they like to keep it that way. Also, this place has private messages which some might not want to...

    Can you be identified from your tildes account? Many people probably cannot (at least easily), and they like to keep it that way. Also, this place has private messages which some might not want to be leaked.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Trump prepares pardon list for aides and family, and maybe himself in ~news

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    If Trump can pardon Trump, then theoretically Biden can pardon Biden on Jan 20th and then order a drone strike on Mar-A-Lago with no risk of a punishment. Interesting (and doubtful) if they're...

    If Trump can pardon Trump, then theoretically Biden can pardon Biden on Jan 20th and then order a drone strike on Mar-A-Lago with no risk of a punishment. Interesting (and doubtful) if they're willing to open that can of worms.

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

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    Just finished Control's main quest, most of the Hartman side quest and now doing Foundation. A very good game. Lots of interesting and fun lore and some memorable characters. Ahti of course is...

    Just finished Control's main quest, most of the Hartman side quest and now doing Foundation.

    A very good game. Lots of interesting and fun lore and some memorable characters. Ahti of course is brilliant (especially so as I'm Finnish so there's lot to be recognized in him). The Board is amusing with their/its use of singular concepts that seem to conflict with itself.

    The action gets slightly repetitive and boring as always in a game like this, but somehow keeps being interesting still thanks to the not exactly typical powers and weapons.

    Can recommend.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on The Matrix Holiday Special (2020 Edition) in ~comp

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    I like your optimism, but I think an organisation that’s subscribed to O365 has near zero reason to move from Teams to Matrix/Element. For one, it’s an extra price to be paid, secondly it’s...

    I like your optimism, but I think an organisation that’s subscribed to O365 has near zero reason to move from Teams to Matrix/Element. For one, it’s an extra price to be paid, secondly it’s another authentication point that has to be managed and thirdly Element lacks almost all integrations to existing Microsoft things. And number four might shock you: Teams is easier to use than Element. edit 5: Element/Matrix afaik offers no Enterprise security features (auditing etc).

    Slack (or Salesforce who owns it now), on the other hand, should be afraid. Good timing from Slack’s owners on that sale.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on What do you wear? in ~design

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    Raw denim loose-fitting jeans that I now wear almost exclusively. Hoodies and sweaters on top. Button-up shirts when I feel like looking bit sharper, like for customers and special occasions. I...

    Raw denim loose-fitting jeans that I now wear almost exclusively. Hoodies and sweaters on top. Button-up shirts when I feel like looking bit sharper, like for customers and special occasions.

    I usually go to a Finnish store that markets itself as army surplus: https://varusteleka.com -- my current jeans are from here, as are most other new things I had to get over the last few years or so.

    I'm now pushing 40. The older I get, the more I dislike the experience of buying clothes. Especially in actual shops. So I now try to optimize primarily on longevity and local production. I'll gladly pay 10-100x for a higher quality product that hopefully I never have to replace, and one that was made by non-slaves preferably working geographically or at least politically as close to me as possible.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    I showed my teenagers (13&16) Madoka, and thus watched it myself for perhaps the 6th time. It's still superb, and the kids liked it as well.

    I showed my teenagers (13&16) Madoka, and thus watched it myself for perhaps the 6th time. It's still superb, and the kids liked it as well.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Who did JK Rowling become? Deciphering the most beloved, most reviled children’s book author in history in ~books

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    Seems to me that in this case as well, not having Twitter (or similar) would have prevented a huge amount of grief.

    Seems to me that in this case as well, not having Twitter (or similar) would have prevented a huge amount of grief.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Cyberpunk 2077’s problems go much deeper than bugs in ~games

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    Sounds like another CD Projekt hit game, Witcher 3. I mean it's ok, a 7-8/10 game, but people are praising it like it was the video game equivalent of Godfather.

    Sounds like another CD Projekt hit game, Witcher 3. I mean it's ok, a 7-8/10 game, but people are praising it like it was the video game equivalent of Godfather.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Apple introduces AirPods Max in ~tech

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    Here's the thing I don't understand about this. Why is everyone assuming the Max's audio quality when no reviews are in yet? The Homepod beat every competitor in its area when it came out, so it's...

    in spite of the fact that they likely have about the same audio quality if not better.

    Here's the thing I don't understand about this. Why is everyone assuming the Max's audio quality when no reviews are in yet? The Homepod beat every competitor in its area when it came out, so it's not absurd to guess that these might too.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Apple introduces AirPods Max in ~tech

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    A high-end headphone should last for 10 years minimum. The Max seems interesting, but I don't think it can pull that off. But then again, these cost like 1/2-1/4 of actual high-end headphones and...

    A high-end headphone should last for 10 years minimum. The Max seems interesting, but I don't think it can pull that off.

    But then again, these cost like 1/2-1/4 of actual high-end headphones and Apple's recycling program is apparently pretty good. I'm waiting reviews myself.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Former Israeli space security chief claims an alien "Galactic Federation" has been in contact with humanity for years, but are keeping themselves a secret to prevent hysteria until humanity is ready in ~space

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    Extremely stretched resources? :)

    And I don’t think “Galactic Conspiracy” is that compatible with “not that powerful”, but that’s just me.

    Extremely stretched resources? :)

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Former Israeli space security chief claims an alien "Galactic Federation" has been in contact with humanity for years, but are keeping themselves a secret to prevent hysteria until humanity is ready in ~space

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    Here's a few guesses: their morals prohibit killing they're powerful enough that they don't need to resort to that they don't care that much whether they are revealed they actually killed and...

    if such a powerful alien organization exists and wishes to remain secret, how is he alive?

    Here's a few guesses:

    • their morals prohibit killing
    • they're powerful enough that they don't need to resort to that
    • they don't care that much whether they are revealed
    • they actually killed and replaced him already
    • they're not that powerful

    And of course the one that everyone's implying:

    • they don't exist and thus can only influence the world via fiction
    3 votes
  14. Comment on Xbox Series X/S vs. PlayStation 5 - A direct comparison and the Ars launch-month verdict in ~games

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    Back in the day I was happy to get 5FPS in Ultima Underworld 2 with lowest possible detail levels (no textures in walls). But yeah, 60FPS in 2020 is pretty much the standard requirement. I still...

    Back in the day I was happy to get 5FPS in Ultima Underworld 2 with lowest possible detail levels (no textures in walls).

    But yeah, 60FPS in 2020 is pretty much the standard requirement. I still don't get what the hell people who say they can see any difference between 60-120FPS are talking about. Perhaps I get to see it some day...

    1 vote
  15. Comment on “Elves are Jews with pointy ears and gay magic”: White nationalist readings of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in ~games

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    But I wonder, if we are to take this seriously as a mechanism for influencing peoples' behaviour and thoughts, does it follow that we should take violence in general in games just as seriously?

    But I wonder, if we are to take this seriously as a mechanism for influencing peoples' behaviour and thoughts, does it follow that we should take violence in general in games just as seriously?

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What movie (or series) really speaks to you, but which most people don't seem to "get" in ~movies

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    Most David Lynch things seem to be an allegorical critique of something or other -- usually show business probably -- but most people just think they're weird horror stories.

    Most David Lynch things seem to be an allegorical critique of something or other -- usually show business probably -- but most people just think they're weird horror stories.

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  17. Comment on Public shooting in Vienna (Allegedly terror attacks) in ~news

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    Every civilized country and individual is essentially in war against Daesh.

    Every civilized country and individual is essentially in war against Daesh.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on It’s 2020. Why do printers still suck? in ~tech

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    Paper was supposed to go away 20 years ago. I get notebooks, pens, artistry and such, but why do we use printers at all?

    Paper was supposed to go away 20 years ago. I get notebooks, pens, artistry and such, but why do we use printers at all?

    2 votes
  19. Comment on In which a foolish developer tries DevOps: critique my VPS provisioning script! in ~comp

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    If you use bash for important stuff, go "secure mode", i.e. start your script with set -eu set -o pipefail This prevents a few potential fuckups. Run shellcheck on your scripts. This is a shell...
    • If you use bash for important stuff, go "secure mode", i.e. start your script with
    set -eu
    set -o pipefail
    

    This prevents a few potential fuckups.

    • Run shellcheck on your scripts. This is a shell script linter

    If you start getting more infrastructure, you might want to check out a more declarative form of scripting, like Ansible. If you write your Ansible scripts correctly, you can run them several times on your machines, and only the changes get applied. This is a much nicer experience in the long run.

    Do I get any meaningful increase in security by implementing 2FA on login here using google authenticator?

    2FA always gives you a nice improvement in security, so it kinda depends on how important you think security is. The threat here is probably that somebody gets hold of your private key, which is probably a bit easier than getting hold of your private key AND your phone without you noticing.

    8 votes