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tuckerm,

Seeing Bea Arthur's name reminds me of this clip that someone might enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzYrKrYbaSo

tuckerm,

Man: Origins was good. But don't forget about Man: Legends and Man: Raving Rabbids.

tuckerm,

Occasionally I'll search for "workin on my night" just to make sure that "cheese" is the first autocomplete result, not "moves." It still is.

tuckerm,

Similar story for me, too. I'm not in the game industry, but Morrowind is the game that made me realize how great a game could be. It got me really into gaming, which made me want to be a game developer. I ended up not becoming a game developer, but that's what got me on the path of learning to code, so it certainly affected my life.

I remember waking up early on Saturday mornings so that I could play Morrowind for a bit before my parents woke up. A friend and I would take turns playing as our different characters after school. Before that I had played Sonic the Hedgehog, Wolfenstein, and Duke Nukem -- and those were fun -- but Morrowind put you inside of a story, a really good story, that took place in a world that felt completely real.

While it's too bad to see that The Elder Scrolls 6 likely won't deliver that same kind of experience, I'm sure games like Baldur's Gate 3 are filling that role for kids today. There are still people making inspirational virtual worlds, and players are still being changed by them.

tuckerm,

Oh, that's a really cool idea. I'll check that out just for my own nix education, although I'm a little leery about doing something so custom for my first nix setup, especially if services.nextcloud has a lot in it. Thanks for the info, though! That's really good to know about. I'll probably end up running NixOS in a docker container. The server is an Orange Pi 5, which doesn't have a stable NixOS image available for it, unfortunately.

tuckerm,

Thanks, that makes sense. When I saw the error about how self and config weren't being passed in, I assumed those must be values that NixOS gives you, not the plain package manager.

I saw a blog post a while ago that said you can basically get all the benefits of NixOS just by using the package manager. Sounds like that's not so true, although the package manager is definitely very cool by itself.

tuckerm,

I see, thanks. I hadn't realized the difference between installing one package vs. configuring the system. (And in the case of creating a server setup, that would be configuring the system.) Well, that's good to know.

tuckerm,

Sounds like that's my best bet. My goal here was to stop using docker and use nix instead, but at least this would allow me to still use NixOS for the configuration and mostly ignore the fact that it's actually running in docker. I used the stones to destroy the stones kind of thing.

tuckerm,

That is absolutely a fair point: Jesus, as Christians believe in him, did not exist, even if there was a religious teacher named Jesus (or Yeshu, whatever) who was alive at that time.

But, there's a part B for that point, and I think it's an important one: there is no "book version" of Jesus. The Bible isn't one book, it's a collection of many separate writings, written over many years by many different people, and they didn't even agree on what they were writing about. Christians like to think of the Bible as one consistent work, and it isn't. (The scholarly term for that is "univocality" -- the Bible is not univocal.) So it's not even possible to point to a Jesus figure as described in the Bible, since there is not a singular, consistent Jesus described in the Bible.

The general consensus among historians is that there probably was a real Jesus. Not the walk-on-water Jesus, but some kind of Jewish religious leader, and he was executed. Which means that some of the books of the New Testament describe a real-ish version of him, especially the earlier books. Then, as the messiah narrative starts to take off, the later books in the New Testament get increasingly magical and describe a very unrealistic version of him.

The Wikipedia page about historically-accurate Jesus is a good starting point for info about "real Jesus." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_Jesus

I also recommend looking for podcasts and YouTube videos featuring Bart Ehrman.

What I'm saying here does not at all contradict your comment, I just think it's a good idea if we atheists are always very keen on the fact that the Bible doesn't consistently describe much of anything. That does mean, though, that some parts of the Bible may describe something historically accurate, and that gives no credibility to the more magical parts of the Bible. Seems like the consensus in this thread is to throw away the whole idea of Jesus, and that doesn't match what real historians believe.

tuckerm,

If he can manage to resurrect himself, he can manage to be born before his birthday. It checks out.

tuckerm,

Preach 👏 it 👏 louder 👏

(But like, for real, though.) I certainly don't feel bad for Reddit when the CEO says he intends to use that forum's users to train AIs, and then every comment turns into some "please upvote me" catchphrasey nonsense. Hopefully, whoever buys training data from them receives nothing of value.

tuckerm,

My last phone before getting a smart phone as a Motorola Razr, and man that one was so satisfying.

tuckerm,

It does look cool! I'm worried about that too, though. I would only be buying it for the "snap it shut" action, and it's more expensive than any other phone I've owned. The original Razr was premium for it's time, but that was when "premium phone" meant $300.

tuckerm,

Every time I hear about this problem, I get that one part from the song Love Shack stuck in my head.

🎵 Your what?!?!
TEEEEEEEEEEES-LAAA!
...rusted

Love shack,
Baby love shack 🎵

tuckerm,

Always sucks to have more tech layoffs.

The article mentions they're "decreasing their investment" in Firefox Relay, which is a service for creating burner email addresses that get forwarded to your real email address. It's honestly the best spam-prevention method I've ever used. If Mozilla decides to axe that project, I hope the Thunderbird team can somehow pick it up. Seems like it could be an opportunity for some recurring income for them.

tuckerm,

I don't think I've ever seen them ask for donations as visibly as Wikipedia does. Sometimes there's a small banner at the top of their website with a donate button. Currently, if you go to https://mozilla.org and scroll all the way down, there's a "Donate" link in their footer.

Seems like they're always kind of subtle about asking for donations -- I wonder if they think that if they pushed for donations harder, it would just make more people use Chrome. (On the other hand, there is no real alternative to Wikipedia, so they can do the big banner once a year.)

tuckerm,

I'm not sure what kind of disagreement went on behind the scenes, but just as someone who enjoyed the game, this seems fine to me. Five years of post-release content is better than what you usually get, especially considering that they were all good updates and none were hasty cash grabs. The base game by itself was endlessly replayable, then they kept adding variety. It's not like people aren't going to get their money's worth, now that this game with near-infinite replayability isn't getting even more new content.

The article mentions the studio is a co-op; I was not aware of that before. From the studio's Wikipedia article:

Motion Twin is run as an anarcho-syndicalist workers cooperative with equal salary and decision-making power between its members.

WELL DAMN I already loved the game, now I love it all over again.

tuckerm,

This live action colossal titan looks worse than the anime.

tuckerm,

Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and I replayed a couple levels as recently as a few weeks ago. It has been a great game the whole time.

tuckerm,

This wasn't my very first game, but was definitely an early one I played. I beat the remake recently and it was exactly the way I remembered it.

tuckerm,

23andMe was always a product with a very small upside and absolutely massive downside. Best case scenario, it's a neat little thing to learn about yourself. Worst case scenario, it's a massive opportunity for discrimination and blackmail.

Completely unrelated: for some reason, on kbin, the thumbnail for this article is the thumbnail for this youtube video, and that is a cooler thing than 23andMe by far.

tuckerm,

The way I played it, Sonic Adventure was a virtual pet raising game with a 3D platformer minigame in there for something else to do on the side.

tuckerm,

Whoa, I was not aware that this existed. I'll have to check it out. I never played the original Double Dragon games, but I did play a lot of that genre on the Sega Genesis, and recently loved Streets of Rage 4.

I definitely agree with this reviewer that some older beat-em-ups were a little short on mechanics. Very cool that newer games are finding ways to innovate on the classic beat-em-up formula.

tuckerm,

There's also the fact that the amount they make (plus business culture in general) is going to be creating and reinforcing a God complex in them. I often wonder if a lower salary for CEOs would actually result in them being better decision makers. What if their kids went to the same school as their customers' kids?

People of all political ideologies say they want their political leaders to be "in touch" with everyday people; why would we want business leaders to make so much money that they wouldn't even have to look at an everyday person if they didn't want to?

tuckerm,

It's nice if you put them on something that will keep them fairly crispy. Like, using them as the protein in a vegetarian taco. But sometimes I like to have them with a kind of "appetizer dinner." Fruit, cheese, crackers, tzatziki, and crispy chickpeas are a great combination.

tuckerm,

Yeah, it's hard to blame Nexus Mods for not wanting to poke the world's most litigious bear.

tuckerm,

Haha, OK fine, how about "a particularly litigious bear, though not as litigious as Oracle, which is the world's only known lawsuit-seeking jellyfish: a completely mindless creature that instinctively sues anything that touches its tentacles."

tuckerm,

Shout out to Denuvo, they made a DRM scheme so easy to remove that every publisher inevitably does it at some point or another.

And also, because the publisher has to renew their license annually, it's like a live service DRM that they all eventually stop paying for. Perfect!

Billy Mitchell has surrendered (perfectpacman.com)

Billy Mitchell didn’t win his defamation lawsuit against Twin Galaxies. Not only was Billy not in a position to get a financial settlement, Billy’s cheated Donkey Kong scores were not reinstated(as he’s claiming), and his claimed Pac-Man score from 1999 is also not on the main scoreboards. What had happened is that the...

tuckerm,

I read that as "surrendered to the authorities" and I thought WOW there must have been some Billy Mitchell developments that I was not aware of.

tuckerm,

The left one looks great. Usually we don't think of computer peripherals as gaining a patina, but it kind of works here. Good call on buying a spare, though!

tuckerm,

Oh nice, I hadn't heard of Dreampipe! I'll have to check it out. I mostly just play DC games using an emulator for convenience, but sometimes I feel the urge to use the actual system.

What are you using to connect it to the TV? I have a Dreamcast VGA box from forever ago, and then I bought a VGA-to-HDMI converter. Is there a better setup nowadays?

Many players have become "patient gamers". What are games people might miss out on by waiting for sales?

Sales follow the tradition of supply and demand. Products come out at their highest price because of expectations and hype. Then, as interest wanes, the publisher continues to make some sales by reducing price to tempt the less interested parties....

tuckerm,

For me, the only reason to jump on a game early is if it's necessary for there to be a thriving multiplayer community to enjoy the game. That's something you would miss out on by waiting for a sale. That early stage, where everyone is still figuring out how the game works and finding new strategies, can be fun. But I rarely play multiplayer games now, so I just skip that and I don't mind.

If it's a singleplayer game, there's no reason to jump on it early -- and certainly not to enjoy it as a technical spectacle. It'll look just as good five years from now.

I remember replaying the original Half-Life in 2008 for its ten year anniversary, and thinking, "This is still fun, but the graphics are almost distractingly outdated." But when I replayed the original Mass Effect from 2007 just a couple years ago -- which was more than ten years old then -- I thought it looked just fine.

tuckerm,

This also highlights a huge advantage that popular fighting games have: the constant arrival of new players. You don't want to be the only person who picked up the game that week.

Thankfully, there are multiple really popular fighting games out right now (at least, really popular compared to how the genre was doing a few years ago), which is great.

tuckerm,

That's a really good point. Sometimes the fun you can have with the game's "multi player" community isn't in the game itself.

Baldur's Gate 3 is probably the best example I can think of. (And I don't have it, and it is really tempting for the reason you just gave.) I actually overheard two people talking about it at a coffee shop today, and three people talking about it on the train a couple weeks ago. I can't think of any other game that has been like this.

tuckerm,

That makes sense. AFAIK, at least when the consoles launched, the PS5 and Xbox X/S controllers used the exact same parts for the joysticks. Maybe one of them has changed suppliers by now, but originally they both used this: https://tech.alpsalpine.com/e/products/category/muiti-control-device/sub/01/series/rkjxv/

It's a poor design, but they're cheap to make, especially since they are made in massive quantities because every controller is using the same part. My guess is that no one can manufacture hall effect sensors right now at the scale that Sony and Microsoft would need. Plus, Sony and Microsoft have no incentive to fix it, since it makes you buy more controllers, and it's not like they are any worse than their competitor.

If anyone wants a controller with no drift right now, the Gulikit Kingkong controllers have hall effect sensors which won't drift. They're for Switch and (I think) work on PC, too. I don't actually have one, so I can't say for sure.

tuckerm,

Microsoft's initial departure from Microsoft-brand peripherals meant it would only focus on more expensive, higher-end designs worthy of Surface branding.

They're saying this like we didn't all just read an article about the official Xbox toaster yesterday...

tuckerm,

I remember a lot of people saying it was very good, and being surprised by that fact since it got very little promotion.

tuckerm,

Sometimes it's kind of fun to scroll through the McMaster-Carr catalog, which has parts for those industrial needs. Their buttons and switches are here. I'm pretty sure the basic mechanism on those is the same as a keyboard switch, just larger.

Some of those panel-mount switches look almost exactly like what's in my arcade stick, and are probably intended for things like elevator buttons.

*edit: That link is being weird and sometimes not loading. Try searching for "switches" in their search box, then clicking "manual switches" to see what I was trying to link to.

tuckerm,

Very nice! Also, I don't think I've seen a build with 3D printed keycaps before. Looks great.

downloading gmails

my gmail account is full, most of the space is emails. I tried to download them through “takeout” and it has an option that says hey let’s split this up into 2GB chunks. And you select that and it sends you one 12GB .mbox file regardless. The 12GB download keeps failing and now it says you’ve already downloaded these...

tuckerm,

I'm sorry I have nothing helpful to add, other than congratulating you on the achievement of filling up a Gmail account. That is impressive.

Google should send out awards for that. Like, if you get a Youtube play button for having 1 million subscribers, they should give you some kind of "I'll get to it later" button for having 1 million unread emails in your inbox.

tuckerm,

Yeah, this is perfectly consistent with the idea that people don't want to read AI generated news at all.

The title of the paper they are referencing is Or they could just not use it?: The paradox of AI disclosure for audience trust in news. So the source material definitely acknowledges that. And that is a great title, haha.

tuckerm,

Eight Points is the George Santos of game studios.

tuckerm,

I think the next best thing we could get would be Sega releasing a Dreamcast Mini, which apparently they thought about, but scrapped.

tuckerm,

I am posting this purely so that I can say that I called it:

No, it won't. This game will be very unpopular and they will abandon support for it quickly.

tuckerm,

I'm kind of surprised that they didn't pull the plug as soon as they saw what happened with Avengers. That game did not make money. So even greedy assholes had a reason to change direction on this one.

The concept of Brainiac taking over the Justice League, including Superman so the Suicide Squad has to be called-in has so much fun potential, especially with how Rocksteady handled the Arkham series.

Definitely! That's what makes this live service game so confusing. Rocksteady knows how to make a great game with a great setting, and those have made a bunch of money. But instead, someone saw what happened with Avengers and thought, "second time's the charm?"

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