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  1. Comment on Star Trek: Lower Decks trailer in ~tv

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    It has its moments, but relatively not many. It feels like it was made for teens, but it has an interesting amount of blood and gore for such a thing.

    It has its moments, but relatively not many. It feels like it was made for teens, but it has an interesting amount of blood and gore for such a thing.

  2. Comment on mpv drops GNOME support in ~tech

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    This might be rationalization to try to tell myself that I made the right choice... but man I'm glad I'm not part of this "ecosystem" anymore. If this becomes any sort of an actual battle, Gnome...

    This might be rationalization to try to tell myself that I made the right choice... but man I'm glad I'm not part of this "ecosystem" anymore.

    If this becomes any sort of an actual battle, Gnome will probably eat the others for lunch, just like systemd did to the fringes. I imagine the ecosystem will be at a better shape after that's done, like happened when systemd had won.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Linux Mint 20 Blocks And Removes Snap Citing Backdoor To Canonicals SnapCraft Store in ~comp

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    Does that snap sandbox chromium properly?

    Does that snap sandbox chromium properly?

  4. Comment on What, if anything, did you do for Pride Month this year? in ~lgbt

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    I... didn't know it was Pride Month. So not much out of the ordinary, I guess.

    I... didn't know it was Pride Month. So not much out of the ordinary, I guess.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What's something that's a "really big deal" that has fallen out of public awareness and discourse? in ~talk

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    Is there any way to know what the level of tension actually is? Currently it might be rather low, since, you know, Trump and Putin. But Russia is a constant threat on the eastern border of Europe,...

    Is there any way to know what the level of tension actually is? Currently it might be rather low, since, you know, Trump and Putin. But Russia is a constant threat on the eastern border of Europe, with regular information war waged against several European countries and even battles going on in Ukraine since 2014.

    Climate change is disturbing yes, but it's not a thing where just a couple human beings can trigger the end of the species in less than 30 minutes. And this all could happen because of a mistake, like almost has happened already a couple of times.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Got any new electronics? Tell me about them! in ~talk

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    New iPhone SE to replace my older SE. I'm not wild about the huge size (yes, I know, some phones are even larger), but the 16GB=>128GB upgrade is not bad. Also this phone allowed me to join the...

    New iPhone SE to replace my older SE. I'm not wild about the huge size (yes, I know, some phones are even larger), but the 16GB=>128GB upgrade is not bad. Also this phone allowed me to join the 2020s by going eSIM. Those little plastic things is something I think I won't feel any nostalgy for.

    The switchover process was interesting. I wasn't home, so I was trying to make the switch without a WLAN available. Well, iPhones cannot upgrade via mobile connection, and the new iPhone's OS was too old. I had to get an Android phone to work as a WLAN hotspot to get it done, because an iPhone/iPad hotspot doesn't look like a regular WLAN connection to another iPhone. I wish Apple entered the 2010s in this regard, but I guess they're protecting their 2nd and 3rd world users whose ISPs charge by the byte.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on What's something that's a "really big deal" that has fallen out of public awareness and discourse? in ~talk

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    There are still est. 900 nukes on high alert 24/7 in both America and Russia. Seems like everyone just forgot about them even though they are clearly a much bigger problem by far than anything...

    There are still est. 900 nukes on high alert 24/7 in both America and Russia. Seems like everyone just forgot about them even though they are clearly a much bigger problem by far than anything else that is happening on the planet.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on What are the best games you've played so far this year? in ~games

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    This year, I remember playing Outer Worlds, Baldur's Gate 2, Doom 2016, Doom Eternal, Witcher 3 and Grand Theft Auto 5. Doom 2016 is easily the best of these. It breathes fresh and angry air to a...

    This year, I remember playing Outer Worlds, Baldur's Gate 2, Doom 2016, Doom Eternal, Witcher 3 and Grand Theft Auto 5.

    Doom 2016 is easily the best of these. It breathes fresh and angry air to a genre that looked dead, and the sound design was masterful. GTA5 comes close: the narrative, the characters and the environment feel like the game is alive. Driving through a city in GTA at high speeds at night is amazing.

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

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    Finally got to GTA5. I’m liking the game a lot! GTA has always (since Vice City at least) been brilliant at making a high-speed drive through a city feel nice. The characters seem well-written,...

    Finally got to GTA5. I’m liking the game a lot! GTA has always (since Vice City at least) been brilliant at making a high-speed drive through a city feel nice. The characters seem well-written, the missions are interesting and varying.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What do your bookshelves look like, and how do you organize them? in ~books

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    My bookshelf is a mess, a legacy storage space from the dark ages that I’m trying to get rid of. My active books are all in an e-reader.

    My bookshelf is a mess, a legacy storage space from the dark ages that I’m trying to get rid of. My active books are all in an e-reader.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Rasmus Paludan, head of Denmark's far-right Stram Kurs party, has been given a month in jail for a string of offences including racism in ~news

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    I wonder if the civilized West is committing an error on the same scale as letting Hitler walk free in 1930s when we just give these people wrist slaps. I don't see how it does anything except...

    I wonder if the civilized West is committing an error on the same scale as letting Hitler walk free in 1930s when we just give these people wrist slaps. I don't see how it does anything except energize their supporters and themselves. They get to play the oppressed heroes with only minimal damage.

    Of course, fighting fire with fire intuitively seems like a bad strategy as well, but that's what it will lead to eventually if the spread cannot be contained.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2020 Livestream & Discussion (starts 10AM June 22 PT / 5PM June 23 UTC) in ~tech

  13. Comment on Trump’s latest firing seems to have violated four democratic values in ~misc

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    Who's counting? Seriously, I don't think anyone who matters (=who can stop this madness) is counting.

    Who's counting? Seriously, I don't think anyone who matters (=who can stop this madness) is counting.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on What is something that most people don't realize is harmful? in ~talk

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    Coffee. It’s addictive, and can cause the body to go into stress mode, causing all sorts of problems, not to mention sleep pattern disruptions. It’s great for creativity and mental acuity, but so...

    Coffee. It’s addictive, and can cause the body to go into stress mode, causing all sorts of problems, not to mention sleep pattern disruptions. It’s great for creativity and mental acuity, but so are many other drugs, most of which everyone agrees are harmful. But coffee seems to have a status of an elixir of life in most of the world.

    A suspicious number of coffee research is funded by coffee companies, which makes the non-negative results slightly questionable.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on Let’s dump master-slave terms: they’re vague, horrible, and we’re better off without them in ~humanities

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    Is changing blacklist/whitelist to something more neutral a controversial change? Like the article mentions, that seems pretty clear, since it's on the evil/good axis. Calling connectors...

    Is changing blacklist/whitelist to something more neutral a controversial change? Like the article mentions, that seems pretty clear, since it's on the evil/good axis. Calling connectors male/female seems a less obvious change. But it is a rather pointless, and if you think about it, rather explicit sexualisation.

    Just because renaming A is clearly a good thing, doesn't mean renaming B is too.

    Absolutely. Some of those suggestions seem like jokes and/or malicious attempts to make people who want the good changes look silly.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Let’s dump master-slave terms: they’re vague, horrible, and we’re better off without them in ~humanities

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    I find myself not caring about this issue almost at all, in either direction. Two things irritate me about this: 1) that some people made it a free speech issue and 2) how much energy has been...

    I find myself not caring about this issue almost at all, in either direction. Two things irritate me about this: 1) that some people made it a free speech issue and 2) how much energy has been wasted on this trivial thing. So just change the terms and let's be done with it.

    22 votes
  17. Comment on 8:46 - Dave Chappelle in ~misc

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    That was good stuff. Possibly due to this issue being very far from me geographically and socially, I've been influenced by pretty much whatever I happened to bump into in the net, and I've been...

    That was good stuff. Possibly due to this issue being very far from me geographically and socially, I've been influenced by pretty much whatever I happened to bump into in the net, and I've been getting a rather one-sided argument. This video alone brought me back from the brink (ha ha). Either Chappelle is a very good actor or that anger was real.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Announcing sound null-safety for Dart in ~comp

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    In this case, you're switching slightly more irritating coding experience with having to look at null pointer exceptions. I'm not absolutely certain which I prefer, but I can see the allure of...

    In this case, you're switching slightly more irritating coding experience with having to look at null pointer exceptions. I'm not absolutely certain which I prefer, but I can see the allure of both: the former contributes to more momentum in the implementation phase (which might be very important for morale, flow state etc.) and the latter contributes to higher quality software. I think we're stuck with this juxtaposition for a long time.

  19. Comment on Has your local climate gotten noticeably warmer in your lifetime? in ~enviro

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    Not really at all in the last almost 40 years.

    Not really at all in the last almost 40 years.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on How many hours per day are you working? in ~life

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    4-6 hours per day seems about correct, with occasional slumps and spikes as needed. I slightly distrust people who claim significantly more hours, at least for intellectual work.

    4-6 hours per day seems about correct, with occasional slumps and spikes as needed. I slightly distrust people who claim significantly more hours, at least for intellectual work.

    1 vote