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Does enshitification happen because companies are publicly-traded?
  • You might be interested in Portal on the N64 while you're at it.

    I'd check out Narbacular Drop. Pretty sure that's the game that I'm talking about that became Portal, in a way, later.

    There was a good YouTube video about it a while ago but I think it had a clickbait title that makes it hard to find.

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    Aluminium drawback? Why US still uses so many plastic bottles?
  • Well when it comes to water I feel like it has a lot to do with corporate events and advertising. If you are in Florida for example and the water tastes like it's been filtered with dead fish you might be more inclined to grab a bottle.

    As for soda I think it has a lot to do with the cost of using glass bottles. People don't really get them refilled. They just recycle them.

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    Does enshitification happen because companies are publicly-traded?
  • I'm not sure. Portal and Team Fortress both have really interesting back stories that I think have a bit to do with Valve acquisitions

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    Friends matter
  • Where's the triple point?

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    Andor: The Complete First Season (Steelbook) (4K UHD Review)
  • Is Andor worth picking up as someone who isn't a huge Star Wars fan?

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    You think Linux is living a Renaissance with Gaming and New Non-Technical Users?
  • I think so. Installing Linux was a hurdle for a lot of people but having it by default on the Steam Deck was a bit of a game changer. Installing Windows on it versus figuring out how to use something Lutris probably takes a similar amount of effort for average casual user.

    I feel like it also helps that Windows isn't very controller friendly, in my experience, and an increasing amount of people are looking for that for couch gaming and viewing media.

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    Garry's Mod - We're working on removing all Nintendo related stuff from Steam Workshop, takedowns came from Nintendo.
  • What a shame. I feel like mods are an example of how passionate fans are and it's not impacting Nintendo's profits if some 12 year old wants to play as Zelda in Trouble in Terrorist Town.

    I wonder how long it will be until Nintendo starts targeting other games with a rich workshop community like Teardown.

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    Garry's Mod - We're working on removing all Nintendo related stuff from Steam Workshop, takedowns came from Nintendo.
  • Same. I was real happy when the MIG Switch came out. I might actually buy a (used) Switch now.

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    Aluminium drawback? Why US still uses so many plastic bottles?
  • Do you mean in things like plastic water bottles or other beverage containers like plastic bottles containing soda?

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    Does enshitification happen because companies are publicly-traded?
  • I don't think it's required by law for a publicly traded company to increase profits. I think that's a side effect of shareholders voting.

    If Microsoft held a vote on whether or not disclose a report covering diversity I feel like the board would recommend against it and a majority of voters would agree because it could mean decreasing their stock's value.

    There is a thing called ethical investing but that can mean investing in stocks that will see lower gains.

    All-in-all I feel like it depends a lot on the core of the company and what percentage of the company belongs to different people.


    To be clear: I am not a professional and am drunk. This is just my two cents on the topic.

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    Does enshitification happen because companies are publicly-traded?
  • Another catalyst is one company buying another. I cannot think of one example where the acquired company’s product/services got better after a M and A.

    I feel like there have been some positive outcomes of mergers and acquisitions but I am having trouble thinking of them. What comes to my mind is Meta acquiring Oculus, Activision merging with Blizzard, and Microsoft acquiring Minecraft. All of those have led to a shitty Russian nesting doll of launchers and DRM.

    The positives might be harder to note though. There must have been a couple times where some kind of acquisition has brought a series into the mainstream.

    I know a lot of people prefer the classic Fallout games but I do wonder how people would be aware of the series if it weren't for Bethesda buying the right to Fallout for example.

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    If you like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Silicon Valley you might want to check out Mythic Quest
  • What do you like about Mythic Quest and dislike about IASIP?

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    If you like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Silicon Valley you might want to check out Mythic Quest
  • Have you watched Curb Your Enthusiasm?

    I feel like it's significantly worse for that

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  • If you like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Silicon Valley you might want to check out Mythic Quest

    I feel like it leans more into the latter as a kind of tech industry comedy. It stars Rob McElhenney who played Mac in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and I feel like a lot of the humor his character adds is present in Mythic Quest.

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    I wanted to share this because I was pleasantly surprised by Mythic Quest and I feel like other people who are looking for a lighthearted comedy to watch might enjoy it.

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  • This is exactly why I store my devices with a dead and fluffy battery

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  • I listen to a decent amount of audiobooks and I'll occasionally miss a one-off description of something important. I was wondering if there are projects to add a visual component to audiobooks? Official or fan-made it doesn't matter. If it does exist what would I search for to find something like this?

    Maybe a video with AI generated images and the listener is required to supply their own audiobook or something like that.

    I feel like I have seen this done with the Bible several times.

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    Edit: It seems like the answer is no.

    People have suggested movies, VNs, and point and click games but that's more than what I am after. All I really want is something that accompanies the audio that can occasionally act as a quick reference. If you are still have trouble imagining what I am talking about think of an audio-only podcast that is uploaded to Youtube. They might add a photo in post to accompany what they are talking about but you can still enjoy it without the visual aspect.

    I thought there might be a group of people on Youtube doing this with AI images or an audiobook publisher commissioning art to do this.

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    Comparison is the thief of joy
  • I feel like it's a lack of vocabulary knowledge to describe something. If someone was trying to explain Kermit the Frogs voice they might explain it as like Ray Romano for example. If you asked them to elaborate they probably could but you can expect a fair amount of stumbling through their explanation.

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    What're some of the dumbest things you've done to yourself in Linux?
  • Mostly powering off my system when I shouldn't have. I believe one time I began the process to format a drive I didn't mean to and when I saw the process had started I pushed the power button and just made things worse. The other times were when I was updating.

    This all happened when I first started using Linux.

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    Comparison is the thief of joy
  • Does that matter after someone has observed it though?

    If it was bringing people in because it was advertised as being adjacent to something else sure it might be relevant because you are setting up expectations and the adjacent work might overshadow the newly created art. Palworld could be considered an example of this. People were calling it Pokemon with guns and getting incredibly high expectations in the lead up to its release.

    In the situation where someone has experienced it themselves and then went on to make comparisons I don't think it does matter. They could be making those comparisons so that they can figure out what aspects they like or to explain an abstract concept. I made a post a while ago about The Father, mother!, and The Fall all having scenes with a sense of spiraling hopeless confusion and looking for other movies that felt similar. It is tricky to explain without comparisons.

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  • I don't think it is. It's like the Family Guy Conway Twitty cutaways or the scene transition jokes in Archer. I've seen the joke done so many times I don't find it amusing.

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    Comparison is the thief of joy
  • Yeah. Even things that would later be marked as the starting point of a new genre were compared to other things upon their release.

    I love the Fallout series and I feel like it's a great example of it. The creators have talked in depth about all the media that inspired the games and Fallout has since gone on to be the inspiration for a slew of games like the Metro series and ATOM RPG.

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  • I feel like "Comparison is the thief of joy" should only really be relevant if someone is comparing their work to the work of others in an effort to put themselves down. Saying a piece of art is entirely without some kind of inspiration is a tad narcissistic.

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  • piped.video Piped

    An alternative privacy-friendly YouTube frontend which is efficient by design.

    More information can be found on this GitHub page.

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    I linked the FitMC video because he does a decent job explaining it at a basic level and the SpawnMasons, a 2B2T group, are behind the GitHub post.

    The original title of the video was "RANDAR: Minecraft's Most DANGEROUS Exploit" but that was a bit too clickbait for me.

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    I've seen the Retro Games Corp follow up video and a few others on the device but I can't recall all the info.

    The firmware is largely where I'm in the dark. Does it have a proper sleep mode? Any news of custom firmware or updates?

    It seems pretty neat and I feel like it would make for an alright pocket device to pair with my RG405M.

    Also which colour do you think looks the best?

    I was leaning towards the green or red but I saw the black and it looks pretty neat too. I'm wondering which looks good with the green LEDs on the side.

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    Any recommendations on what to do with this mini-PCIe slot in my x200s?

    Not sure if it matters but I have Libreboot installed. It's the slot located next to the drive slot.

    Also any other upgrade recommendations while I'm at it? I have maxed out the RAM and have an SSD. I am wondering if I should upgrade the WiFi card. I don't know if there are any limitations there.

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    Specifically Arch. I found a GitHub page for xbox360wirelesschatpad but the installation instructions are for Windows. I know LibUSB is available but the vjoy driver doesn't seem to be. I feel like there's probably some comparable package.

    There might also be an alternative way to do this all together. There seem to be a few methods of doing this on Windows using third party applications.

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    I am mostly doing this for the novelty of it but I feel like it could be useful for navigating my PC from my couch or responding to messages through Steam.

    It seems like this whole process is pretty plug and play with the Xbox One controller and it's chatpad but that's not what I am after.

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    The show is apparently canon. It's not like the All Roads comic, Fallout Tactics, or the Fallout Bible where it's considered flavor materials and only elements of it are later added to the canon.

    > "We view what’s happening in the show as canon," Bethesda director Todd Howard told Vanity Fair. "That's what's great, when someone else looks at your work and then translates it in some fashion."

    https://www.gamesradar.com/is-the-fallout-tv-show-canon-bethesda-games-todd-howard/

    The show takes place in 2296 making it the furthest along we've seen the world of Fallout so it might gives us some leads on canon endings of Fallout 3, NV, and 4.

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    I've only watched through the show once but I am wondering what you felt were significant additions to the canon or lore of Fallout?

    Here's some stuff I thought of:

    • We knew there were Vault-Tec brand vaults in Canada following the annexation because of letters found in mailboxes outside of Vault 101 in Fallout 3 but a lot of people assumed this would be limited to major cities. Some people believed the settlement to the north mentioned in The Pitt DLC was a reference to Toronto and thought there might be a vault there. The map in one of the latter episodes seems to suggest there are a lot more vaults up there than people thought.

    • I feel like there were enough references to the situation the Brotherhood of Steel is currently in with the early episodes to suggest what happened to them in the non-isometric games but I'd need to rewatch it to dig deeper. I don't know if there are mentions of their command structure or the Mojave chapter. Either would likely be a giveaway. I don't think the destruction of the Prydwen in Fallout 4 is out of the question. In Fallout 4 Captain Kells talks about the prior construction of airships on the West coast and Scribe Rothchild from Fallout NV mentions a rogue detachment of the Brotherhood of Steel that might be able to fill emerging power vacuums.

    • Even with Shady Sands gone I feel like the NCR might still exist elsewhere. The population of the NCR according to a holotape in Fallout 2 is around 700,000 and with around 30,000 people in Shady Sands I feel like that means there were a lot of people outside this region. Unless this is being retconned. The whiteboard in the show, if I recall correctly, had a note that said the fall of Shady Sands was in 2277 which would have put it during Fallout 3 and before Fallout NV.

    • I think it has finally been confirmed that Vault-Tec kicked off the nuclear war in some way like the cancelled Fallout film from back in the day originally wanted.

    • New Vegas might may have been destroyed. It looks like it isn't lit up and the buildings have been further damaged.

    Notable can mean many things. Maybe it was high quality, insightful, and provided context for a more artistic scene. Maybe they teased a cut scene that would have radically shifted the tone of the movie. Maybe it was funny. Maybe the director absolutely hated what they produced and is only providing narration because of a contractual obligation and a lot of alcohol.

    I am looking to hear about anything that stuck with you in some way.

    A lot of people consume content online where director's commentary frequently isn't present but I imagine there are still a lot of people who are into this niche.

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    I am using Arch Linux on an older Thinkpad and recent upgraded. KeePassXC was part of that and now, after I enter my credentials, and click to unlock my database it shows that it is loading but never finishes. I am using a password, Yubikey, and keyfile and have it set to max decryption time (5s) though I don't know if that is relevant.

    I had to downgrade KeePassXC to 2.7.6-3 and Baton to 3.3.0.-1 and add them to my ignore list in /etc/pacman.conf.

    The same database works with KeePassDX on Android.

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    Does anyone know what would be causing KeePassXC to fail to load?

    My next step would probably be creating a new database and seeing if an empty one can open then adding the extra security measures like the challenge-response before finally merging the two but I thought I'd ask if anyone has a better idea before trialing and erroring my way to a solution.

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    I feel like everyone has had a movie partially spoiled by a trailer but I also feel like descriptions, movie posters, and even genre tags can be a give away and make a plot twist or scene less impactful.

    One movie I vaguely remember watching without any context was the 2021 movie Oxygen. I enjoyed it but I feel like it would have been slightly more predictable if I had looked at the genre tags and that would have effected my enjoyment.

    I feel like you need to have a pretty good sense of someone's tastes to make a "trust me"-style recommendation like this.

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    I feel like I see a fair amount of gaming laptops in the US but a majority of people seem to still game on desktop. I guess what I am looking for is a ratio of one versus the other otherwise a country like China might dominate on numbers alone.

    When looking for searching online for this I was mostly coming across pros and cons lists. This isn't what I am after.

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    If you are buying long premium braided cables it might help you save some money and space.

    I'm not sure what devices these days are fine with a USB C to USB C connection. I feel like a USB C to USB A (male) to USB A (female) to USB C connection would allow you to use a USB C wall charger safely by acting as a kind of bottleneck but it would mean potentially carrying two cables.

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    Do you have any sbcgaming "life hacks"?

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    Why Cheddar has become hot garbage this past month and alternative channels with similar content

    For those that don't know Cheddar was a channel that posted around ten minute videos answering questions you probably didn't think to ask. For example some of their most popular videos are about why the US doesn't like roundabouts, why sitcoms stopped using laugh tracks, and why 3D logos fell out of style so quickly.

    In the past week they've started posting significantly more frequently but it has all been traditional news style videos.

    I decide to look it up and came across this Variety post about it:

    > Cheddar, founded in early 2016, was acquired by cable operator Altice USA in 2019 for $200 million. Last Thursday Dec. 28, Altice USA said it sold Cheddar to Archetype, a media company owned by private-equity firm Regent, for undisclosed terms.

    > On Jan. 2, Cheddar employees received an email informing them that they were to suspend work immediately, per the Times. “We would like to have given you more notice of this action, but the decision was necessitated by unforeseen internal and external factors that required rapid adjustments in our business strategy,” the message said.

    It seems like they are motivated to redirect the channel into something new.

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    If you are looking for similar channels that answer questions you didn't ask (or couldn't be bothered to find answers for) I'd recommend checking out one of the following channels.

    Vox has some videos like Why we all need subtitles now and UV lights kill viruses. Why aren't they everywhere? some of their other videos have a bit to do with politics.

    Half As Interesting is good if you are looking for something similar but with a bit of added humor.

    Casual Navigation is also pretty neat if you have an interest in ships or sailing. Similarly there's also Practical Engineering. It's more about infrastructure.

    Can you think of any other educational channels that cover things you might not have thought to ask?

    • I'll try to add links to the channels above and the Cheddar videos I mentioned later today
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    I've got some DOOM WADs I have been meaning to play so I would probably grab Trench Foot, Total Chaos, and the sequel to Ashes 2063, Ashes: Afterglow with a portable install of GZDoom to play them.

    After that I'd probably bring Star Trek TOS and a MOBI copy of Neuromancer by William Gibson combined with a portable install of VLC and Calibre in case the computer didn't have applications that support the file format.

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    What about you?

    I wanted to phrase this in a way where it isn't a prolonged or desert island style question where the responsible idea would be to bring Wikipedia ZIMs and educational PDFs. It's just an awkward amount of time to kill. The mid 2000s office desktop stipulation is just an additional challenge so you can't just bring in a copy of Baldur's Gate 3 or Cyberpunk 2077.

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    Edit: By mid 2000s I meant around 2005; the XP or Vista.

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    I have been thinking about the Cerveza Crista edit of Star Wars: A New Hope that sporadically splices in beer ads and the Toy Story 3 edit alternate ending where they fall into the incinerator and it made me wonder if people have come across these kind of joke versions, in full, in the wild.

    It seems like a majority of the time it's just short clips being made and reposted.

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    I'm not talking about the edits of movies where they do things like decrease the speed of the audio so it gradually desyncs from the rest of the movie or when they replace the entire movie with the Limewire Bill Clinton ad.

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    Modern Vintage Gamer takes a look back on the GP2X Wiz an early emulator handheld that he used around the time of the PSP and DS.

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    I was using Spotiflyer for a while because it worked well and was available through F-Droid but it seems like the creator has moved on to an app called SoundBound that I haven't seen in the megathread or any of the other sites listed in the Other Treasures section.

    I was wondering if there is a different Android app people are recommending for downloading MP3s of Spotify playlists. I am indifferent towards audio quality and don't mind missing out on a few Spotify-exclusive songs so if it is using YouTube MP3s that's fine with me.

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    tvtropes.org Video Games / Spiritual Successor - TV Tropes

    Spiritual Successor in Video Games. The first Video Games (and arcade games in general) can be seen as a Spiritual Successor to various carnival games such as the claw game, shooting ranges and Pinball as you spend little money for one game that …

    > A Spiritual Successor is a type of sequel that is not part of the same world or story as its predecessor, but is nonetheless considered to be a successor because it shares common themes, styles, and elements. In other words, it’s a sequel "in spirit".

    I was thinking about how Bioshock is considered a spiritual successor to System Shock 2, went down a rabbit hole, and came across this list.

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    I was going to say replaying but I feel like that limits the question to games like Prey or Fallout New Vegas that have endings and games like The Sims 2 or Cities Skylines where you can play indefinitely end up excluded.

    I'm not really referring to games like League of Legends where you're coming back every month. More so games where you stop playing for an extended period of time.

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