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  1. Comment on What are your personal picks for "Games of the Decade"? in ~games

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    Dwarf Fortress brought the procedurally generated idea and Fun into base building. Every base builder after that wants to be DF, but none have managed it quite. Rimworld comes close, though, and...

    Dwarf Fortress brought the procedurally generated idea and Fun into base building. Every base builder after that wants to be DF, but none have managed it quite.

    Rimworld comes close, though, and is much much more fun to play.

    Insurgency gets the tactical+fun FPS just right. Sandstorm might be good too, but I haven't tried it yet.

    Gris is a gorgeous platform game.

    Crypt of the Necrodancer is an amazing rogue-like dance game.

    KeeperRL is the best Dungeon Keeper reimagination. And the client is open source!

    4 votes
  2. Comment on The Mandalorian | S01E04: Sanctuary in ~tv

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    So is this like Firefly without a soul?

    So is this like Firefly without a soul?

  3. Comment on Thousands flock to Wikipedia founder's 'Facebook rival' in ~tech

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    A social network doesn't need Facebook numbers to replace it for me. If the top 0,1% (measured in character, not wealth) join, it will work.

    A social network doesn't need Facebook numbers to replace it for me. If the top 0,1% (measured in character, not wealth) join, it will work.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Dungeons & Dragons has made a surprising return to mainstream culture in ~games.tabletop

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    The Adventure Zone is a pretty great podcast. Features 3 brothers and their father playing D&D: https://www.maximumfun.org/shows/adventure-zone

    The Adventure Zone is a pretty great podcast. Features 3 brothers and their father playing D&D: https://www.maximumfun.org/shows/adventure-zone

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Let's Talk: What browser are you using? in ~talk

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    Firefox (primarily for private things), Chrome and Safari on MacOS. Safari on iOS.

    Firefox (primarily for private things), Chrome and Safari on MacOS. Safari on iOS.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What's a piece of media (show/movie/game/album/book/comic/etc.) that you passionately like, but never see anyone else mention? in ~talk

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    Puella Magi Madoka is an incredible anime. The story is focused, the villain is interesting, art is fascinating, and the twists are rewarding. Not sure if this is obscure anymore, since it's on...

    Puella Magi Madoka is an incredible anime. The story is focused, the villain is interesting, art is fascinating, and the twists are rewarding. Not sure if this is obscure anymore, since it's on Netflix, though.

    Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells. I don't want to spoil this one, but give it a shot. The first part is called All Systems Red.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Tell me about your smartphone! in ~talk

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    iPhone SE (16GB storage). Best phone I've owned, and was instrumental in my changing all of my personal computer infrastructure to Apple. It was something like 400-500 euros when I bought it 2-3...

    iPhone SE (16GB storage). Best phone I've owned, and was instrumental in my changing all of my personal computer infrastructure to Apple. It was something like 400-500 euros when I bought it 2-3 years ago.

    Tried the iPhone 10 XS recently (would've been 100% financed by my employer), but wasn't impressed by the size so I went back to my SE. I'm hoping that Apple can come up with another hit like the SE. Apparently a new SE should be coming next year, but I'm not immediately hopeful that it can beat this.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What editor/IDE do you use? in ~comp

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    (Doom) Emacs or Visual Code Studio depending on how much pain I'm prepared to stand :) Emacs is <3 but love hurts sometimes.

    (Doom) Emacs or Visual Code Studio depending on how much pain I'm prepared to stand :) Emacs is <3 but love hurts sometimes.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Which games have great communities, and what do you like about them? in ~games

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    If there was a God, I imagine this is exactly the sort of interviews it would be giving out.

    If there was a God, I imagine this is exactly the sort of interviews it would be giving out.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" has been released in ~tech

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    You just described perfectly why I've slided towards buying only Apple for everything they make and I need. ... I hope the end of the previous sentence is true.

    You just described perfectly why I've slided towards buying only Apple for everything they make and I need.

    ...

    I hope the end of the previous sentence is true.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" has been released in ~tech

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    What did you experience? I've had zero problems with Catalina on two different models of macbooks.

    What did you experience? I've had zero problems with Catalina on two different models of macbooks.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" has been released in ~tech

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    Just get a macbook. They're far better machines than the public comments suggest. A new macbook air isn't even that expensive, and you're not forced to suffer the touchbar that way.

    Finding a reliable laptop is a goddamn nightmare, because everything seems like a complete gamble. Bought

    Just get a macbook. They're far better machines than the public comments suggest. A new macbook air isn't even that expensive, and you're not forced to suffer the touchbar that way.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Do Nazis deserve electricity? in ~talk

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    The last time Nazis took over, it was rather irrelevant what was already ok, wasn't it? For this reason, I don't believe the argument of "we shouldn't have this law because the really bad guys...

    What happens if Nazis take power and this is already ok?

    The last time Nazis took over, it was rather irrelevant what was already ok, wasn't it? For this reason, I don't believe the argument of "we shouldn't have this law because the really bad guys might abuse it once they get power" holds water. It does hold for "regular bad guys", i.e. for your non-evil political enemies, but nazis are not that.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Do Nazis deserve electricity? in ~talk

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    I'd like to point out that nazism and racism are not equivalent. Racism alone is not grounds for any punishment (besides shunning and shaming where appropriate) in my opinion.

    I'd like to point out that nazism and racism are not equivalent. Racism alone is not grounds for any punishment (besides shunning and shaming where appropriate) in my opinion.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Do Nazis deserve electricity? in ~talk

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    I see your point, but if we focus on the actual problem ("nazis exist" [also, you may replace the word "nazis" with any other crazy totally harmful group like "ISIS"]), will that help? If we think...

    I see your point, but if we focus on the actual problem ("nazis exist" [also, you may replace the word "nazis" with any other crazy totally harmful group like "ISIS"]), will that help? If we think about ways to fix that problem, we have at least:

    1. Kill them. This worked in World War 2 and seems to be working against ISIS (if you just wouldn't stop doing it prematurely...), but carries significant collateral damage. Also, there's no knowing that the next war will be won, which would make everything much worse. Furthermore, someone might consider this method immoral even if you somehow could only target actual nazis.

    2. Imprison them. This might work for individual people, but if you start throwing hundreds of people to prison, they'll just network in there which totally is not what we want to happen.

    3. Appease them. This famously didn't work before world war 2, and seems like currently it also works only to embolden and strengthen them.

    4. Educate them. This would probably be the most positive and least immoral way of doing this, and clearly works on individuals at least. However, the problem is already large enough that I don't think individual-level education will work fast enough. The amount of effort required is immense, and nazis can counter such actions quite easily.

    5. Segregate them. I think this is what you're suggesting. Might work, but I would think it has the same problems as imprisonment.

    So I think we only have two options in the long run. Educate or kill. I'm not happy about that.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Announcements from Google's 2019 "Made by Google" event in ~tech

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    The type of gamer who really really likes ads and their data being collected.

    The type of gamer who really really likes ads and their data being collected.

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

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    Baldur's Gate 2 for the first time. I'm playing in story mode because I've played enough computer AD&D with that sort of challenge already. The game starts in an open-ended way: you have a general...

    Baldur's Gate 2 for the first time. I'm playing in story mode because I've played enough computer AD&D with that sort of challenge already.

    The game starts in an open-ended way: you have a general goal (rescue your friend from vastly overpowered wizard) but no clear direction and huge map with lots of side quests. Once you get the first part done, the game puts you on a sort of rails and the plot gets more focused. I just cleared the Drow city (man, I thought dark elves were cool!) and met with the elves. The story is very good, and seems like a good dive into all the most important D&D tropes.

    And when I get the urge to kill bots, there's Insurgency.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Firefox Nightly on Mac OS improving battery life & performance by using CoreAnimation in ~comp

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    Apparently this is already in beta, and will thus be in the next release of Oct 22.

    Apparently this is already in beta, and will thus be in the next release of Oct 22.

    1 vote
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