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  1. Comment on Playdate. A New Handheld Gaming System. in ~games

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    This isn't a console for you, then. How many people have a Nintendo Switch? It's objectively very underpowered compared to the XBox One or the PS4 (the originals, not the current upgraded...

    This isn't a console for you, then. How many people have a Nintendo Switch? It's objectively very underpowered compared to the XBox One or the PS4 (the originals, not the current upgraded versions.) Yet they've sold a buttload of them. That's because Nintendo has always prioritized game design (the mechanics and the feel) over graphical quality. This seems to be the same: a heavy emphasis on unique, innovative concepts that can take advantage of the portable form factor, the crank, and the hardware buttons in a way that Angry Birds (Seventh Edition, with more pigs) can't.

    I for one want to support independent efforts to move game design back into the forefront of the game industry. Plus, the hardware looks excellently put together. I can't wait to see what they've done with it.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Alabama Public Television refuses to air 'Arthur' episode with gay wedding in ~lgbt

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    Yeah, I don't know enough about the specific circumstances or discrimination laws to present anything more than a very broad overview of the 1st amendment and my thoughts about it. It looks like...

    Yeah, I don't know enough about the specific circumstances or discrimination laws to present anything more than a very broad overview of the 1st amendment and my thoughts about it. It looks like APT's gotten themselves into the hot seat again, especially when they repeat the exact same move that got them in trouble last time.

  3. Comment on Alabama Public Television refuses to air 'Arthur' episode with gay wedding in ~lgbt

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    I mind when the government violates free speech. Private companies can do whatever they want, for any reason, and I don't consider that a violation of my free speech rights (or censorship) because...

    I mind when the government violates free speech. Private companies can do whatever they want, for any reason, and I don't consider that a violation of my free speech rights (or censorship) because I don't have any rights to a voice on a privately-owned forum.

    However, I do have the right to free speech without being punished or silenced by the government. And that includes my right to not distribute your speech through my platform.

    (See my comment for what I think about Alabama Public Television being government-funded.)

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Alabama Public Television refuses to air 'Arthur' episode with gay wedding in ~lgbt

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    As a quick primer, here's the full text of the 1st amendment: I would classify myself as being a member of the hardcore anti-censorship free speech crowd. At the same time, I completely understand...

    As a quick primer, here's the full text of the 1st amendment:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


    I would classify myself as being a member of the hardcore anti-censorship free speech crowd. At the same time, I completely understand that privately-owned forums (such as Tildes) aren't bound by the 1st amendment, and therefore the owners of the forum can do as they wish, including permanently banning any user. I don't personally consider that censorship, just as a magazine not publishing your article isn't censorship: it's not required for anybody else to listen to you (or to help others hear what you have to say.)

    That said, if Alabama Public Television is funded by state tax funds (as it appears to be, at least in part), then they should be bound by the 1st amendment. However, deciding to not distribute content is not a violation of the first amendment (even if it's a fully government-funded office doing so.) Note that the 1st amendment makes no mention of the government controlling its own speech; it only requires that the government is not allowed to outlaw or otherwise attempt to control the speech of its people. As long as content creators are able to create and share their work freely without being stopped by the government, nobody is violating the constitution.

    All of that said, it's super shitty of Alabama Public Television to selectively not air content that the owners personally disagree with. But doing so is constitutional, and it should remain constitutional. That's the entire point of free speech: nobody should be prevented from speaking their mind, no matter how much I, personally, dislike it.

    At the end of the day, any privately-owned forum can choose to not allow another person to have a voice. They have the ability to silence anybody they choose for any reason. If they don't want people talking about the best way to feed children bleach, they have the right to delete those comments and ban the people involved. In the same way, if you go into a general store and hold a conversation about feeding your children poison, being kicked out of the store isn't censorship. You're free to buy your own property and say whatever you want there, and the government can't stop you. It's not censorship if you have a voice, even if nobody wants to give you a platform.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on What is the size of your smartphone? in ~talk

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    I have an iPhone 8+, one of the biggest phones when I got it. At the time, I was working in a job that often had hours of downtime, so I wanted the bigger display for media consumption. Now that...

    I have an iPhone 8+, one of the biggest phones when I got it. At the time, I was working in a job that often had hours of downtime, so I wanted the bigger display for media consumption. Now that I've gotten used to the larger display, I don't want to go smaller; but at the same time, it's quite a large phone, almost uncomfortably so.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on An app for tildes? in ~tildes

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    I’m currently working on that for iOS. There’s a lot of potential for UX improvements with native apps (things like offline caching, comment/post drafts, etc.) that really can’t be done easily...

    I’m currently working on that for iOS. There’s a lot of potential for UX improvements with native apps (things like offline caching, comment/post drafts, etc.) that really can’t be done easily with a web page.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on What companies do you feel comfortable with supporting? in ~talk

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    Steam does not require DRM. Many (most?) games do use Steamworks' DRM, but it's not required for Steam games. Games like Kerbal Space Program (DRM-free) almost force you to copy the entire game...

    Steam does not require DRM. Many (most?) games do use Steamworks' DRM, but it's not required for Steam games. Games like Kerbal Space Program (DRM-free) almost force you to copy the entire game folder, so you can have multiple versions of the game installed at once for mod compatibility.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Light themes or Dark themes? in ~tech

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    Same here; I don't mind either light or dark themes in most circumstances. I set my display brightness relatively low, so white content at night isn't a blinding flash. I don't mind dark themes...

    Same here; I don't mind either light or dark themes in most circumstances. I set my display brightness relatively low, so white content at night isn't a blinding flash. I don't mind dark themes (I'm using it on macOS), but I don't go out of my way to enable it, either.

    On mobile devices that you use throughout the day (and night), though: that's something I'd love a dark theme on. I think dark theme on phones needs to be set system-wide, or you'll blind yourself whenever switching from a dark app to a light one. That's the primary reason I don't use dark themes in iOS apps today (even when it's available.)

    4 votes
  9. Comment on /r/ChangeMyView moderators announce that they are launching their own site at ChangeAView.com in ~tech

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    If you're willing to drop the ideological "gif" part, it's just a video, which are generally far smaller than gifs. Unfortunately, r/HighQualityGifs is very much a creator-led subreddit, not a...

    If you're willing to drop the ideological "gif" part, it's just a video, which are generally far smaller than gifs. Unfortunately, r/HighQualityGifs is very much a creator-led subreddit, not a community-driven Q/A subreddit, so I don't see it being a financial success as a standalone website.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Tipping thoughts? in ~life

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    I can attest to this. I used to drive a semi truck, and one night I stopped at a truck stop which had a pizza chain franchise inside. I got a mini pizza (maybe 4" diameter) for somewhere around...

    It perpetuates a lot of problematic behaviors and isn't of real benefit to anyone except cheapskates

    I can attest to this. I used to drive a semi truck, and one night I stopped at a truck stop which had a pizza chain franchise inside. I got a mini pizza (maybe 4" diameter) for somewhere around $5.

    The cashier asked for a $2 tip.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Appl Still Hasn’t Fixd Its MacBook Kyboad Problm in ~tech

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    Yes, the keyboard fix itself will be free thanks to the Keeyboard Serevice Program for affected models even if they're out of warranty. However, the issue for me is that my MBP is my daily driver...

    Yes, the keyboard fix itself will be free thanks to the Keeyboard Serevice Program for affected models even if they're out of warranty. However, the issue for me is that my MBP is my daily driver and I really don't like not havinng it for a week.

    (Typos preeserved for accuracy.)

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Appl Still Hasn’t Fixd Its MacBook Kyboad Problm in ~tech

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    I'm actually going to bring my MBP (2017) in tomorrow for this exact issue ('e' and 'n' for me). I love macOS and I love the hardware feel and quality (this issue notwithstanding), but I just...

    I'm actually going to bring my MBP (2017) in tomorrow for this exact issue ('e' and 'n' for me). I love macOS and I love the hardware feel and quality (this issue notwithstanding), but I just can't recommend the current MacBook lineup. The keyboard issue is too much of a dealbreaker.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Appl Still Hasn’t Fixd Its MacBook Kyboad Problm in ~tech

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    Or doesn't use a MacBook!

    Or doesn't use a MacBook!

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Oculus Rift S Announced in ~tech

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    I have a Rift, and I just want to make sure you're aware of the audio cutout issue. It's probably due to a design flaw that excessively abrades a ribbon cable, causing premature failure of the...

    I have a Rift, and I just want to make sure you're aware of the audio cutout issue. It's probably due to a design flaw that excessively abrades a ribbon cable, causing premature failure of the built-in headphones around the 1-2 year mark. I haven't encountered this yet, but it's a widespread issue and the warranty is only one year (in the US.)

    5 votes
  15. Comment on What are the best science fiction short stories, novellas, and novelettes you have ever read? in ~books

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    While I get your point about Mark Watney being a Mary Sue, I'd like to raise the argument that that's the kind of person that NASA looks for when they're picking astronauts. To fall back to...

    While I get your point about Mark Watney being a Mary Sue, I'd like to raise the argument that that's the kind of person that NASA looks for when they're picking astronauts. To fall back to cliché, they pick the best of the best because that's the kind of person you want when something goes wrong and you're 250 miles away from the next-closest person.

    8 votes
  16. Comment on What do you look for in a game and why do you play? in ~games

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    I'm honestly not sure what kind of game I like to play. I started out with open-source games like Xonotic and BZFlag before making the jump to story-driven first-person shooters like the Half-Life...

    I'm honestly not sure what kind of game I like to play. I started out with open-source games like Xonotic and BZFlag before making the jump to story-driven first-person shooters like the Half-Life and Portal series and competitive online shooters like Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Overwatch. I have over a thousand hours in TF2 and over 900 in CS:GO, and I honestly have difficulty saying that I "enjoy" those games. (A lot of those hours are also me idling in the game while making maps.)

    When Elite Dangerous: Horizons came out, I tried that out for a while, and greatly enjoyed it. I love the completely open-ended gameplay; I'm out in the middle of nowhere right now, 10k light years from the closest colonized system, and it's incredibly calming to just hop in my spaceship and fly around for an hour or two. (It's vastly improved by VR, too!)

    Obviously, these two categories of games are very distinct (or at least, how I play them.) I think in CS:GO and Overwatch, I'm trying to improve at the game; while for Elite Dangerous, I'm using it purely as relaxation and/or immersion. So while they're both games, and I do like to play both of them, they satisfy very different niches.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on sr.ht, the hacker's forge, now open for public alpha in ~comp

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    The billing FAQ states:

    The billing FAQ states:

    During the alpha, free accounts are not limited in any way. After the alpha, free accounts will not be allowed to own resources, including git repositories, bug trackers, mailing lists, etc, nor submit builds on builds.sr.ht. They will, however, be able to contribute to projects maintained by paying users.

    9 votes
  18. Comment on Tech Talk: What's the make & model of your current phone? What do you like about it? Dislike? What phones have you owned in the past? in ~tech

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    Currently using an iPhone 8+ (and Apple Watch Series 3). I had to choose between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8+; I went with the iPhone 8+ because the iPhone X was a first-generation design, and I...

    Currently using an iPhone 8+ (and Apple Watch Series 3). I had to choose between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8+; I went with the iPhone 8+ because the iPhone X was a first-generation design, and I was worried about Face ID outdoors (my job required me to be outdoors a lot.) In hindsight, Face ID apparently works pretty well outside, and I mildly regret not going for the iPhone X. I'll probably end up upgrading to the Xs when the used market begins to fill out near the end of the cycle.

    My iPhone 8+ is paired with an Apple Watch Series 3, which I got at the same time. Still works fine and has almost zero cosmetic damage, which is impressive, because I've hit the glass face directly against solid metal several times (by accident, obviously).

    Previously

    • Moto G4, which was functional but had some issues (mostly wear and tear; at the 2-ish year mark, just a few days before I got my iPhone 8+, things started failing quickly: first the power button literally fell out, then the touchscreen started to die, and then the connector stopped working unless you held the cable at an angle.) About one year in, I unlocked it, rooted it, and flashed LineageOS because Motorola hadn't released the Marshmallow update that they'd promised for several months.

    • Galaxy Nexus, which was a hand-me-down, and never actually used as a phone. It had a first-gen OLED display, which really showed its age after all those years (terrible density, very obvious PenTile matrix, severe burn-in, and more.)


    Regarding the iPhone 4 and its sharp steel edge; I feel like disliking that is a highly unpopular opinion. I never liked that design, from both engineering and aesthetic standpoints. It's a very poor antenna (since by touching it, you're massively altering the electrical characteristics), and it means the device has sharp edges (which could potentially be mitigated with a case.) I much prefer Apple's current rounded edges; sure, they're a bit more slippery, but there are no sharp edges on the device at all.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on After canceling ‘Rift 2’ overhaul, Oculus plans a modest update to flagship VR headset in ~tech

    zlsa Link Parent
    I've created some prototypes in Godot, but no games. I've been super happy with it. It solves most of the problems that Unity has (like nested prefabs, a clean and simple 2D mode, great UI layout...

    I've created some prototypes in Godot, but no games. I've been super happy with it. It solves most of the problems that Unity has (like nested prefabs, a clean and simple 2D mode, great UI layout engine, etc.)

    2 votes
  20. Comment on After canceling ‘Rift 2’ overhaul, Oculus plans a modest update to flagship VR headset in ~tech

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    Godot actually has a plugin that provides native Oculus support (for Windows), which uses the Oculus API directly instead of going through OpenVR. I've used it and can confirm that it works perfectly.

    Godot actually has a plugin that provides native Oculus support (for Windows), which uses the Oculus API directly instead of going through OpenVR. I've used it and can confirm that it works perfectly.

    1 vote