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  1. Comment on Why authors are so angry about the Internet Archive’s Emergency Library in ~books

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    As an independent artist/musician... I would be thrilled if people were looking at stuff I made 2 years after I finished it, lol. It would be nice if they paid for it/got royalties for it, but...

    As an independent artist/musician... I would be thrilled if people were looking at stuff I made 2 years after I finished it, lol. It would be nice if they paid for it/got royalties for it, but most of the time (especially for streaming music), if there isn't a large surge at once, it literally does not matter and nets maybe $100 or something like that (from a streaming perspective for smaller, regional(!) artists. Maybe this should be more so I would be more of the other side of this! I don't know!). If someone takes the time to download something, usually it'll get lost/forgotten about it, or they're actually taking the time to meaningfully engage with the work, which I don't think money can buy.

    That said, if there is a LARGE surge, like for example, surrounding a months long/expensive marketing campaign around the launch... I could understand being a smidge upset... but yeah. idk. Maybe artists are also underpaid/undervalued in times like this, and prices should be higher/people should be getting paid more. I know I wouldn't mind being able to make a living off of a skill I have.

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  2. Comment on What's a good way to learn how to maintain my own computer hardware? in ~comp

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    Was pretty much going to say this. Laptops are a bit different, but most desktop computers are the same and are relatively foolproof as long as you check the connectors/wires/ports before pulling...

    Was pretty much going to say this. Laptops are a bit different, but most desktop computers are the same and are relatively foolproof as long as you check the connectors/wires/ports before pulling the trigger and buying a new component.

    If you're more into trying an incremental upgrade, I'd probably recommend just picking one component (the processor is probably the most annoying one if you have to remove/reinstall a heatsink) and going for it. It's way easier than you think.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Tildes' Backlog Burner Event: Shrink your unplayed games list this April! in ~games

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    I just finished Control, and with Animal Crossing I haven't gotten much progress done in other single player stuff in a while. I got a Short Hike when it was free on Epic, and I have a few other...

    I just finished Control, and with Animal Crossing I haven't gotten much progress done in other single player stuff in a while. I got a Short Hike when it was free on Epic, and I have a few other shorter games I need to cross off the list.

    The Witcher 3 is probably my biggest, most zeitgeist-y game that I never got around to playing at the time. Maybe I'll start on that this weekend.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Would you look down on a normal citizen wearing an N95 mask? in ~talk

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    Was originally going to complain about someone I saw wearing a brightly colored plague mask and laughing while going around a store, but I guess either way I don't think I would judge anyone. Some...

    Was originally going to complain about someone I saw wearing a brightly colored plague mask and laughing while going around a store, but I guess either way I don't think I would judge anyone. Some shit just hits you different, I guess.

    To clarify: nah, just don't be an ass about it.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on My family owns a grocery store. The supply chain is a real problem in ~finance

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    That seemed pretty optimistic towards the end... other than the toilet paper/chicken situation (which got resolved, right?), or did I miss something. In the couple of stores I've been to it's...

    That seemed pretty optimistic towards the end... other than the toilet paper/chicken situation (which got resolved, right?), or did I miss something.

    In the couple of stores I've been to it's mostly the same, dairy/meat/bread/paper/cleaning supplies are almost always out, canned/soup stuff has been pretty much decimated, and produce is doing fine.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Restaurant suppliers are stuck with tons of unsold food in ~finance

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    There are a few resturaunts here that are selling off their stuff from distributors. This is getting pretty crazy....

    There are a few resturaunts here that are selling off their stuff from distributors. This is getting pretty crazy....

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What are some games in which movement itself is a joy? in ~games

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    Nobody for Quake? I never really got into the race maps or anything like that, but jumping/flying around in quake was always really enjoyable for me. Been having an itch to play an arena shooter...

    Nobody for Quake? I never really got into the race maps or anything like that, but jumping/flying around in quake was always really enjoyable for me. Been having an itch to play an arena shooter again too...

    12 votes
  8. Comment on E3 2020 has been cancelled in ~games

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    With the news of iam8bit pulling out[1] a few weeks ago, and the previously leaked deck[2] for what E3 was going to be like this year, this may be a blessing in disguise. I feel like E3 has had a...

    With the news of iam8bit pulling out[1] a few weeks ago, and the previously leaked deck[2] for what E3 was going to be like this year, this may be a blessing in disguise. I feel like E3 has had a bit of an identity crisis the last few years, struggling to figure out what they want the general admission experience to be like, and what it was in the past as a trade show. Hopefully they can figure it out next year.

    1. https://twitter.com/iam8bit/status/1235686367264301056?s=20
    2. https://gamedaily.biz/article/1215/e3-2020-planning-document-proposes-overhaul-with-queuetainment-new-floor-plan-industry-only-day
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  9. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

  10. Comment on What do you like/dislike about where you live? in ~talk

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    Oh for sure. I think about that most of the time I go to visit my parents on the backroads that are almost flooded if the tide is a little high. There are a lot of problems that the local...

    Oh for sure. I think about that most of the time I go to visit my parents on the backroads that are almost flooded if the tide is a little high. There are a lot of problems that the local governments seem to not care about, and I know it's not long for the world. Matthew and Irma were very bad for a lot of the waterfront properties along the river, and those were very close to being as bad as they could be, and they were only category 2 and 4 when they hit us. These storms are only getting bigger and more unpredictable as time goes on.

    I don't own property here, and I'm not sure I ever will. My parents were fortunate enough to get a new roof after Irma through insurance, but I can only imagine what a larger scale, more devastating storm would be like. There was yard and tree waste blocking roads for weeks after as well.

    I am constantly thinking about it, but yes, most of the more conservative population, you're kind of out of place if you don't fall in line with that. I vote, I try to remain vocal, but there's only so much one person can do, and when you're treated as crazy and idealistic and radical, it's very hard to make a real impact.

    That said, we don't have as consistently bad flooding as Miami, and Jacksonville is the furthest point west on the Eastern coast. We're slightly less vulnerable than other cities in the state, but not by much. It's going to take a lot to preserve a lot of what we have left, and fix the problems that people are facing.

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  11. Comment on What do you like/dislike about where you live? in ~talk

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    Wow, lots of Floridians here 👀 What are the best quality-of-life features of Jacksonville, FL? No state income tax. Pretty much everywhere has Central AC. What natural features do you appreciate...

    Wow, lots of Floridians here 👀

    • What are the best quality-of-life features of Jacksonville, FL?
      No state income tax. Pretty much everywhere has Central AC.
    • What natural features do you appreciate most?
      Oceans and Rivers, lots of parks/nature, the weather is pretty phenomenal for how much I complain about it (it's very humid, believe it or not)
    • Is it getting better/worse?
      I'd say it's getting better. Hopefully our current Mayor gets voted out in the next election and people don't vote for croneyism, but otherwise there have been some good development choices. There have been way too many buildings that should have been kept around for historical value that haven't been, and some other strange choices (a self-storage complex on the same strip as a bunch of bars/shops. It would make sense in the neighborhood closer to the interstate (about 2 miles down the road), but they had to choose that spot. There have been some other drama in the same neighborhood that's like "... seriously? why won't you just take their trash?" and our downtown transit system is supposed to be getting an overhaul in the near future, which a new regional bus station.
    • What do you dislike?
      I dislike how unsafe it is for general commuter cycling. Jacksonville is in the top three (along with two other florida cities!) for cycling deaths in the country. I don't understand how, but I constantly see people riding their bike on the sidewalk, against traffic, and numerous times I've almost hit someone. Otherwise, it's the poorly lit, unmarked roads pretty much everywhere in the city that contribute to this problem.
      (EDIT: also the confederate apologists and a good portion of the bad parts of being in the south)
    • Where, if anywhere, would you rather be?
      I'm really not sure. I just visited Chicago and that was nice. Somewhere like that with decent transit/walkability, decent enough weather, and ok enough jobs?
    6 votes
  12. Comment on Resources for music composition? in ~music

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    Almost made a very similar post the other day haha. I'm looking into learning bass and trying to figure out some basic theory/comp stuff (I've been playing sax for ~15 years or so).

    Almost made a very similar post the other day haha. I'm looking into learning bass and trying to figure out some basic theory/comp stuff (I've been playing sax for ~15 years or so).

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What's your streaming equivalent to turning on the TV just to avoid doing your chores in complete silence? in ~talk

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    I stayed at an airbnb and didn't know about this feature and got a little vertigo seeing one of these out of the corner of my eye not too long ago, hah.

    I stayed at an airbnb and didn't know about this feature and got a little vertigo seeing one of these out of the corner of my eye not too long ago, hah.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Truth be sold: How truth became a product in ~humanities

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    This is really good advice, and something I struggle with all the time. Thanks!

    This is really good advice, and something I struggle with all the time. Thanks!

    4 votes
  15. Comment on NYSE paused after Dow plunges shortly after trading begins in ~finance

  16. Comment on What's your streaming equivalent to turning on the TV just to avoid doing your chores in complete silence? in ~talk

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    There are a lot of good videos of train rides that are similar to the Norway stuff on youtube I'll throw on sometimes. Can usually just put in Train POV and find some pretty decent ones. I...

    There are a lot of good videos of train rides that are similar to the Norway stuff on youtube I'll throw on sometimes. Can usually just put in Train POV and find some pretty decent ones.

    I personally follow a lot of Bonsai youtube channels, and those can usually be pretty long/have neat stuff to look at as well as not have a lot going on.

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  17. Comment on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night released for iOS and Android for US $3 in ~games

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    Does it have controller support? I don't see what the issue is. Edit: after reading the article: I guess those weren't exactly great ports?

    Does it have controller support? I don't see what the issue is.

    Edit: after reading the article:

    It appears to be based on the PSP and PS4 versions of the game rather than the PlayStation original. There’s support for external controllers, achievements, and a “new continue feature.”

    I guess those weren't exactly great ports?

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

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    That's probably what I'll end up doing. Just wish it used third party controllers 🤷♂️

    That's probably what I'll end up doing. Just wish it used third party controllers 🤷‍♂️

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

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    That's what I figured, but I don't want to go through the hassle of unpairing/repairing to my phone every time I need to switch, I'd rather just have the controller I use with my phone work with it =\

    That's what I figured, but I don't want to go through the hassle of unpairing/repairing to my phone every time I need to switch, I'd rather just have the controller I use with my phone work with it =\

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

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    "Played" a decent chunk of Persona 5 over the weekend (I'm at one of the in-between sections — Summer, specifically — where there's a lot of the setup for the next act and not really doing a lot...

    "Played" a decent chunk of Persona 5 over the weekend (I'm at one of the in-between sections — Summer, specifically — where there's a lot of the setup for the next act and not really doing a lot other than scrolling through the text... which I enjoy a lot, don't get me wrong. I just have limited time to play games these days, which leads me to my real question....

    Has anyone had any luck with using the onscreen controller option for the PS4 remote play app on Android? I figured Persona 5 would be a good candidate to play a lot of on that due to the turn based nature, but walking around in the world is miserable due to the camera settings. I haven't really looked too much further into it other than "oh well, that would have been nice", so I may have missed a setting somewhere, but it seems like there isn't really a way to change the controller settings (or even use a third party controller that's paired with the device.

    4 votes