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Bramimond

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  1. I'd watch that. Also, I've got a >30 year old computer from East Germany. Pretty sure nothing in there was made in China, but who knows. It's kind of broken, though. Can't decide whether to fix it or to use it as a case for a modern PC (Linux). Form factor is pretty close to a smaller VCR.
  2. Back in 2009, when Youtube wanted me to link a Google account or not let me log in anymore, I decided to not log in anymore. I don't have a Google account and don't plan on ever getting one. Incidents like this confirm that this was the correct decision on my part.
  3. People preferring lower framerates remind me of people preferring their food burned, because that's how their mother made it and it gives them that special feeling of nostalgia and a homely cooked meal if their food is burned. This becomes even more obvious if they then go around and say "but gaming needs to be 60Hz". It's the same for movie grain. People just got used to an inferior product. It was probably the same for people growing up with black and white movies. I can just imagine them complaining about how color in movies is just wrong.
  4. If it's bright, light theme. If it's dark, dark theme. If it doesn't match my eyes will hurt. Would be nice if sites switched according to the system clock of the visitor.. or at least had that as an option. For sites that don't have dark themes or I'm too lazy to figure it out, there's a tool (Linux) that smartly puts everything on your screen in dark mode: xcalib xcalib -invert -alter ..and the lights go out.
  5. I blame the difference in ethics for this. It reminds me of this conversation I heard in the library way back when some economy students were talking about how to most effectively scam elderly people. There are scummy people out there and tech has come far enough for them to figure out how to make cheap and exploitative games. They're also up the corporate ladder of your typical triple A gaming studio. Remember, back when games were really fun they were made by up to five people out of their garage. People with a passion for technology, not with a passion for scamming people out of their money.
  6. Like I said: I do not trust that information. The same things were true for smoking. There were studies that summed up the information nicely in an understandable way but it was all lies. I cannot distinguish between lies and the truth. I would have to trust the source of the information, which I don't.
  7. I'm not smart enough to solve this through a little research, I'm afraid. The stuff about microwaves was brought up by someone smarter in my family, who I trust. So since then, no one in my family uses microwaves anymore since I think it was five years ago. We've been happy with this decision up till now. I'm repeating myself here, but it's fundamentally a trust issue. Of course there are lots of people not smart enough to make sense of what scientists do. Highlighting the difference in intelligence/knowledge doesn't change this. The problem is the deep mistrust towards "authority", which is reasonable, since lots of lying was revealed. And you don't have to be a scientist to figure out that it's not a good idea to trust in someone who repeatedly lied to you in the past. So you get people who understand that they have been lied to, but can't differentiate between the liars and honest scientists, so they can't trust anybody and if doubts are raised on anything they also lack the means to verify things, since they just ain't smart enough for that. It's understandable that you get people suspicious of even vaccines. What are you supposed to do if you cannot distinguish between what's harmful and what isn't other than avoiding the stuff doubt is cast on? Would you drink a potion A says will heal you and B says will kill you when you don't have the means of telling which of them tells the truth? Even worse in case of vaccines is, that vaccines are associated with the government and the government are known liars. The guy living next door never has lied to you before and says vaccines are bad. Education won't fix that. If you're not smart enough education can only get you so far. And the trust is already lost. From my perspective the situation is unfixable.
  8. @WereCatf That's beside the point I'm making here. What I'm saying is that if you're worried and you can avoid it easily, then just avoid it. Getting reliable information on this will be a trust issue and my standpoint is that I do not trust just anyone. Also, what you're saying is stupid. "Look at all this radiation around you, don't worry about this nuclear waste we dump across the street, you won't even notice."
  9. Because it hasn't been around long enough I tend to play it safe and avoid wherever I can. The disc player example is a little bit ridiculous, as not pointing a laser at your eye is different from radiation and I don't have a microwave, either, since some doubts were raised about it changing the molecular structure of the food and I can do just as well without a microwave. If it doesn't enhance my life by that much and it's no trouble to avoid, I will play it safe. Why unnecessarily put yourself at risk? Now, I could do research on that microwave claim and waste hours trying to figure this out or I can just not buy a microwave, which is far simpler. (Besides, microwaved food never tasted that good.) I can't tell the difference, to be honest. Back in the day you had scientists that did assure everyone it was safe. How am I supposed to know who is paid by whom? You could be a paid shill yourself, there's no way for me to know and I'm not inclined to waste my life on doing the research on everything myself. But I can assure you that now just as then there are business interests at stake and they probably are more worried about their bottom line than they are about your health. That's why I'm saying it's a trust issue and I'm not trusting anyone on the Internet. Even the "true" scientific community can be wrong about things. If I can avoid it, I'll not be a test subject to figure out 50 years from now that it was responsible for my incurable disease. There's plenty of people willing to bet their health on this, I don't have to be one of them. So I don't microwave my food and won't let plastic touch it either and I'll avoid radiation as good as I can. It's not a big hassle. Worst case I worried over nothing.
  10. The way I see it, we don't know. It doesn't look that dangerous, but neither did X-Rays in 1895 nor cigarettes in the 1950s. Remembering this history obviously leads to a trust issue. Scientists assured everyone that smoking was healthy just 70 years ago, if memory serves well. Speaking of memory, I remember reading about London's sparrows disappearing shortly after cell phone towers were deployed and stories about cell phones increasing your risk for cancer if you hold them to your body while sending/receiving data. In the end, it's all about whom you decide to trust. Personally, I choose to trust no one that is sure that these types of radiations are just fine. It could be the same type of people that were wrong about smoking. I wouldn't know, so I won't trust. Unless proven beyond a doubt to be safe I consider radiation harmful and try to avoid it. Though, I haven't plastered my walls with tinfoil... yet.
  11. What I picked up over the years is that Nintendo doesn't have the know-how to do that. Apparently they struggled with getting their games to support HD for the Wii U and couldn't meet deadlines because of this. Just remember how Breath of the Wild was supposed to be released in 2015. They went two years over and still couldn't finish everything they had planned, hence the sequel. Which isn't out yet, even though it's been nearly three years since Breath of the Wild. To put that into perspective, they cranked out Majora's Mask within about a year after Ocarina of Time. I don't think those timelines would look any better on even more powerful hardware.
  12. Not even one ergonomic keyboard, like the Natural 4000 which can be had for about $50 and is arguably among the best keyboards ever made in that price range. Why are people punishing themselves with non-ergonomic keyboards? You may not feel the consequences now, but you will feel them, maybe decades from now. It's like craftsmen using their body all their work life and then coming down with trade associated illnesses once they retire. But just switching to an ergonomic keyboard can alleviate that for people working on computers.
  13. Pick a project and do it. Just ask a search engine for everything you don't know, which will be everything. Just pick a project that isn't too ambitious. It helps if it's something you want.
  14. Sorry to have my answers being misleading, but it's your fault for the way the questions are made, since you didn't take someone into consideration that cancelled TV before streaming became popular and that isn't subscribed to any streaming service, either. All my answers will look like I'm still holding out on television, when I cancelled that back in 2004. Also not sure how those questions would help you reach a conclusion about Netflix.
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