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    Elon Musk’s defamation trial over ‘pedo guy’ tweet kicks off in Los Angeles

    Kind of creepy? She's a 40-year-old woman. Honestly once both participants are over the age of 35 you are an insufferable busybody if you even notice what people are doing together. Who fucking cares, if people can't be trusted to handle their own business by that age then we may as well be...
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    Blizzard Employees Walk Out, Fans Rebel After Company Bows to China

    It may be a socialist "ideal", whatever that means, but surely the concept of a government controlling where its internal corporations/guilds/clans operate predates socialism. It's too simple to have originated in the 1880s.
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    Intel Spotlights Quantum Computing Research

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_supremacy The lower limit of the resources required scales more slowly with quantum computers than with classical computers, putting solutions for some classes of problems possibly within reach. I couldn't tell you specifically what phenomenon of quantum...
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    YouTube Stars Panic as Site Pulls Ads over "Inappropriate Comments"

    Your channel is your content, and your responsibility. Yes, comments are part of your channel, and part of your job.
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    YouTube Stars Panic as Site Pulls Ads over "Inappropriate Comments"

    Youtube is doing what their customers want. If the customers want the impossible, you either do it or find new customers (good luck with that.) But we already know it's not impossible, as there are plenty of videos that don't allow comments. And there is a system for approving comments, which...
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    YouTube Stars Panic as Site Pulls Ads over "Inappropriate Comments"

    Youtube is not fucking over creators. Advertisers don't want their ads appearing above a creepy pedo discussion. It's up to creators to make their content palatable to advertisers. That's not Youtube's job, it's the creator's job. Otherwise they can make money on patreon, or go be an IG star...
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    Nvidia is Publishing a Book on Raytracing

    It's a free book on ray-tracing by the people who wrote all the editions of Real-Time Rendering (1st ed. 1999.) I don't see how this is anything other than awesome. The 2018 edition of RTR is $80 and this book is $0.
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    Metro Review-Bombed: Dev Threatens Next Game Won't Be on PC If Sales Are Low

    Even dumber, they're review bombing the previous games which are still available on Steam and already have a known level of quality.
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    Microsoft Puts $500 Million Towards Affordable Seattle Area Housing

    ("Middle-income" is up to $110,000 for a household, assuming an upper bound at 120% MHI) A few thousand units will make a difference. The question is if even a few thousand is possible.
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    The NSA to Release Free "GHIDRA" Reverse Engineering Tool

    Like IDA but open source and provided in as-is condition. Considering how expensive the full version of IDA is, even a raggedy alternative is nice.
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    Blizzard Responds to Diablo: Immortal Backlash

    There were console versions of Warcraft 2. Doesn't change the fact that between Starcraft 64 in 2000 and Diablo 3 in 2013, Blizzard released zero console games. And Starcraft 64 was a bad port on a dead system. You'd have to go back to at least 1998 to find an in-house Blizzard console game.
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    YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Opposes EU Article 13 Copyright Legislation

    But the content goes up on youtube whether the owner wants it or not. That fucks up their negotiating position. If they could sue Google for infringing content they'd probably get a better deal.
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    Microsoft's Problem Isn’t How Often It Updates Windows, It's How It Develops It

    And that's been true for basically 20 years now. I shudder to think of the wasted effort now contained in every Windows install, and it's even more horrifying to think of what it would take to identify and rip out all the useless parts.
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    US Government Sides with Apple and Amazon, Denying Bloomberg "Spy Chip" Report

    That's such a bizarre way for two intelligence agencies to weigh in on this. "No reason to doubt" someone else's statement instead of acknowledging your own awareness? I get that it minimizes the release of your intelligence, but it's also leaving a giant unsightly gap to contort your statement...
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    Bloomberg Stands by Chinese Chip Story as Apple, Amazon Ratchet Up Denials

    No. The NSA intercepts shipments. This is supposedly a different method.
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    Linus Tech Tips: "Linux Gaming Finally Doesn't Suck"

    The documented functions in the API do nothing but call undocumented functions that do the actual work. That way MS can change how the work gets done under the hood without anybody on the outside noticing. It's still native. If you call the undocumented functions directly eventually your code...
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    U.S. Judge Blocks Programs Letting 'Grand Theft Auto' Players 'Cheat'

    Aren't the users mostly at fault? Legally they should also be most at risk, since if there's any unauthorized access involved the cheater is the one doing it.
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    Netflix’s “The Witcher”: Henry Cavill Cast as Geralt, Minority Sought for Ciri

    The TV series doesn't seem to be based on the games and I can't find any indication that CD Projekt is involved. The cinematics director (who does not work CD Projekt) seems to be the only direct connection between the games and the series, though clearly the games set a visual precedent that...
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    Changes to Twitch Prime

    Only if the channel has ad-free subs turned on.
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    Mobile Phones and Cancer: The Full Picture

    RF poses no threat of ionization, that's not the same as posing no threat of human cancer. Governments are concerned because people are concerned, and studies are inconclusive. Any mechanism by which RF could cause cancer is unknown.
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    The Inconvenient Truth about Cancer and Mobile Phones

    *Ionizing radiation. I've never heard that claim in regards to visible light or infrared radiation. And I've never heard it in regards to radio. For some reason microwaves seem to be the sweet spot for paranoia.
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    Youtube Making Sure You Youtube Correctly

    Apparently you can tell when someone on the internet is a dog. You two have the memory retention of one, anyway. You seriously don't remember "Bush lied people died"? And 9/11 conspiracy theorists get mocked in public every time they show up in the media. I just wish that kind of crazy was as...
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    Apple Depreciates OpenGL and OpenCL in MacOS

    And then there were none. What's there to explain? It's not coming to Mac.
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    The Great Video Game Exodus

    Visceral was never independent. They spent their entire history making EA's yearly titles and licensed games. Then they came up with Dead Space (after years refining the pitch and concept), it was successful for a little while, then petered out. Obviously that still means EA is at the root of...
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    Bungie Moves to Reassure Destiny Fans after Securing $100M for New Game

    All their games before Halo were good and more than half of the Halo games were also good.
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    BioWare Employee Celebrates and Mocks TotalBiscuit’s Death

    It's not for the benefit of the person who died. Nothing anyone can say will affect him at all. It's for the benefit of the people who cared about him, who are still alive and as far as you know did nothing wrong. There's just nothing to be gained from slamming the recently deceased, and by...
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    NVIDIA’s First 4K G-Sync HDR Monitor Is Available to Preorder for $2,000

    2K for the very first one ever? That's actually fairly promising for future prices.
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    Bitcoin's Growing Energy Problems

    I mean it's ownership of assets and liabilities, which have to belong to someone. You're saying stocks can't be a legal claim on something of real value to people? The point is day trading is just a manifestation of the ability to trade. If you ever want to trade stocks, even infrequently...
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    Bitcoin's Growing Energy Problems

    Day trading is just trading at some range of frequencies. I can certainly see the value of being able to trade property. I don't see the value to society of backyard pools, but I definitely see the value of the water infrastructure.
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    Obsidian: RPG Genre Can’t Evolve Because Players Are “Resistant to Change”

    Power isn't a requirement in an RPG. As long as things go on and come off a character sheet that affect your interactions in the game world, and other entities behave as if the same thing happens to them (whether it's faked or consistent) that's an RPG. Doesn't matter if those things are stats...
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    Obsidian: RPG Genre Can’t Evolve Because Players Are “Resistant to Change”

    I don't see anything non-RPG about running a campaign with no stats and no hit points. I can't fully conceive of one in my head but that doesn't make it an impossibility. Maybe if you eliminate the idea of a character sheet, even a hidden one, that would actually erase the core concept of a RPG...
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    Obsidian: RPG Genre Can’t Evolve Because Players Are “Resistant to Change”

    They did run up against this in the PoE kickstarter, where they took a poll of the backers between pure turn-based and real-time+pause. Obsidian recommended turn-based but the backers wanted rt+p like the old Infinity engine games, so they went with the backers' choice. Obsidian has only worked...
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    US NTSB More Upset with Tesla...Again

    Once the data is out it's in a standard format that is the same for all black boxes. Meaning the NTSB (or anyone else) can do an independent analysis.
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    Stores Use Database To Track And Decline Returns

    The people they're actually trying to stop probably don't make purchases. This system catches "abusers" who technically follow store policy but in my experience that population is tiny compared to outright fraudsters. Receipts aren't magic. You can just go buy a thermal printer, swipe some...
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    These Are the Video Games the White House Played in Its Meeting on Game Violence

    That seems like it has to be true. Also, I wasn't trying to say that parenting as a whole doesn't have any effect. It just seems really unlikely that leaving kids alone with only video games to raise them is what's driving mass violence among young people.
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    These Are the Video Games the White House Played in Its Meeting on Game Violence

    I don't think America has uniquely hands-off or disinterested parents, particularly if we are only considering parents of young (video game-playing) mass murderers. And yet America is uniquely fertile ground for young mass murderers. So I'd expect the problem to be something other than just the...
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    These Are the Video Games the White House Played in Its Meeting on Game Violence

    I honestly don't see why it even matters whether parents have any interest in what their kids play. Where is the evidence that parental involvement has any effect?
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    NRA Honors FCC Chair with Rifle for Repealing “Net Neutrality”

    What indicates to you that this is an option?
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    Arizona Considers Allowing Residents to Pay Taxes in Bitcoin

    Ok, but Arizona doesn't have a sovereign currency to back.
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    Twitch is Watching You Even When You're Not on Twitch

    They don't have to monitor, they're accounting for incidents that become well-known. For instance if a well-known streamer uses their fame to start stupid beef on Twitter then Twitch can kick them off the service. Or I guess the more immediately relevant context would be if a streamer is...
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