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Misanthrope

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    Misanthrope got a reaction from Ben17 in Ghosts/poltergeists   
    Is definitely a human construct. The best argument I've found is the lack of younger ghosts: Notice how most of the time is someone at least from the 50s and such but usually from 2 centuries ago? Statistically, the odds of you finding a Victorian era ghosts are slim to none: the population has literally exploded during the last 20 to 30 years, mere logic dictates that most ghosts you'd find will be fucking around with a cellphone or trying to watch TV simply because there would be so goddamn many more of them than plantation owners and whatever.
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    Misanthrope got a reaction from Shreyas1 in McDonald's Paper Straws - Yes or No? ( Edit: Mc DonaldsPaper Straws are now officially non-recylable)   
    Frivolous efforts are more damaging ths than "It still helps" since they take away resources and attention from real issues like industrialized fishing and push insignificant consumers against each other in judgemental condemnations of something ultimately trivial by comparison and that does legitimately affect for example, people with certain disabilities that do need straws with plastic being a far better option. 
     
    I'm sorry but consumer choices are such a blatant and intentional distraction to have people blame each other individually while billionaires are literally planning on colonizing the moon and Mars while we die here on earth arguing with both climate change denialists and easily fooled concerned liberals that blame people for using straws, plastic bags and not owning an electric car while industry alone can and will fuck up the environment for everybody without any consumer choices making any kind of significant impact.
     
    The entire topic of discussing plastic straws is just fucking stupid. 
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    Misanthrope got a reaction from jagdtigger in Mozilla Firefox soon to go freemium   
    I'd be willing to throw a symbolic buck at them for keeping things ad free after Google has taken a turn for the worst with Chrome (possibly)
     
    And no please do not try to make "web sites can't survive without ads!" argument at me: by Capitalists standards, most websites that can't survive with tasteful add integration that doesn't ruins the experience simply shouldn't fucking exist whenever it's some random dude's skater pictures or the WSJ ads can fuck off.
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    Misanthrope got a reaction from Sauron in Cyberpunk's creator slams critics who claim Cyberpunk 2077 is racist / inaccurate to the source, refutes their claims   
    Sure it's not like transphobia has real world repercussions. (Also notice the dates, these are all current news)
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    Misanthrope got a reaction from EldritchMoose in Cyberpunk's creator slams critics who claim Cyberpunk 2077 is racist / inaccurate to the source, refutes their claims   
    "Everything is sexist, everything is racist and you have to point it all out"
     
    - Most famous quote taken seriously when the context was specifically to self-deprecate about that very attitude.
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    Misanthrope reacted to Drak3 in Cyberpunk's creator slams critics who claim Cyberpunk 2077 is racist / inaccurate to the source, refutes their claims   
    Cyberpunk isn't a political thing. It's along the same vein of Steampunk and Dieselpunk, more settings revolving around that technology.
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    Misanthrope got a reaction from Sauron in Cyberpunk's creator slams critics who claim Cyberpunk 2077 is racist / inaccurate to the source, refutes their claims   
    "Everything is sexist, everything is racist and you have to point it all out"
     
    - Most famous quote taken seriously when the context was specifically to self-deprecate about that very attitude.
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    Misanthrope reacted to Sauron in Cyberpunk's creator slams critics who claim Cyberpunk 2077 is racist / inaccurate to the source, refutes their claims   
    The problem is that the outraged commentators are also a direct gateway to... less flavory circles. This became bigger than games when they moved from "game x isn't racist lol" to "racism and sexism don't exist and sjws are taking over the world to kill white men".
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    Misanthrope got a reaction from Sauron in Cyberpunk's creator slams critics who claim Cyberpunk 2077 is racist / inaccurate to the source, refutes their claims   
    "The critics are wrong" is such a shit take honestly: it puts Liberal against Liberal in a competition of "Who's got the most social capital" (i.e. Followers and media attention) to "win" the argument.
     
    I am sure there can be legit criticism and legit points to be made for or against the game, once it is out for more than a few individuals invested in creating a fake controversy for publicity are involved. However as we have learned from a certain feminist youtuber that shall remain nameless, one can be critical of a medium while enjoying said medium anyway. Even if it seems as "destructive" criticism, it just aims at people to possibly self reflect issues of representation not to cause frivolous boycotts and other nonsense.
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    Misanthrope reacted to Maxt1607 in Should i Buy an RTX 2080 now? How long till price drop?   
    Thanks for your thoughts i think as you say it is probably worth waiting a couple of weeks!
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    Misanthrope got a reaction from Maxt1607 in Should i Buy an RTX 2080 now? How long till price drop?   
    I honestly do not expect a price drop at all since Nvidia would rather just confuse consumers with a bunch of in-between tiers but even if we end up being wrong about that, it probably can't hurt to wait like a couple more weeks anyway: I'd wait just long enough to get official pricing and third party benchmarks to see if a new tier makes more sense but I still wouldn't regret a 2080 today: it is close enough to 1080ti to be ok for moderate 4k (read: anything 4k but the most intensive games probably not maxed 4k just decent one from the top settings) and it has enough support for RTX for when it actually matters (Again this means: once smaller, easier to run games implement it you'll have enough performance to take the hit on the latest battle royale game with full Ray Tracing enabled, for the time being it's probably not an acceptable compromise but it's barely present on any games to factor into buying decisions imho)
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    Misanthrope got a reaction from Trik'Stari in XBox Game Pass for PC - The Netflix of games (low price)   
    Hmm. Now this is basically admitting nobody is ready for the latency involved (And yes, this is were we are at Google: you have to convince us this is ready against all odds) in direct game streaming and I'm inclined to agree. I am a tad concerned about a couple details
     
    1) Constant re-downloads: Let's face it for most modern games you want and SSD. TB SSDs are pretty reasonable priced right now however that's potentially just 10 games. The point of the service seems to be equal to Netflix on this regard: make you think you can game a lot but betting on you playing 5 to 10 different games per month otherwise a not-insignificant amount of time will be spend on downloads and ssd upkeep deleting games, even on a TB SSD
     
    2) No control (which mainly means no mods): My guess is that this will be pretty locked down so you can forget about modding. This is not insignificant btw: Companies like Bethesda seem to forget that some of their success is due to modders making up for their laughable quality control and lack of quality content.
     
    3) Appealing to lowest common denominator: This is also kind of a no brainer: I am assuming that non first party titles might have a licensing agreement. One that unlike Steam, can be revoked at any time in case somebody like say, Epic, offers a better deal (They'll be ready with a competitor fairly soon) so it means it will become a war of exclusivity nonsense (Again just like TV/Movie streaming services) and who's got the hottest games right now and the catalog of smaller games might suffer and make your experience rather inconsistent: "Ooops, that nice RPG you were advancing through just got removed from the store and your copy locked into nothingness, lol fuck you: go play FIFA kid, exlusive on Xbox Game Pass!!"
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    Misanthrope got a reaction from EldritchMoose in McDonald's Paper Straws - Yes or No? ( Edit: Mc DonaldsPaper Straws are now officially non-recylable)   
    Frivolous efforts are more damaging ths than "It still helps" since they take away resources and attention from real issues like industrialized fishing and push insignificant consumers against each other in judgemental condemnations of something ultimately trivial by comparison and that does legitimately affect for example, people with certain disabilities that do need straws with plastic being a far better option. 
     
    I'm sorry but consumer choices are such a blatant and intentional distraction to have people blame each other individually while billionaires are literally planning on colonizing the moon and Mars while we die here on earth arguing with both climate change denialists and easily fooled concerned liberals that blame people for using straws, plastic bags and not owning an electric car while industry alone can and will fuck up the environment for everybody without any consumer choices making any kind of significant impact.
     
    The entire topic of discussing plastic straws is just fucking stupid. 
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    Misanthrope reacted to Beowulff83 in Budget Ryzen gaming rig   
    Agree go for the 16gb or ram now because its a good time to buy.  I would still try to get an rx 580  if you can squeeze it in your budget.  If not then go with the 570.
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    Misanthrope got a reaction from boey in RAM: 2x4 with 1x8 it works well?   
    Ideally no: the "dual channel" part of DDR means that it needs sticks to be in pairs (hence, dual) to enable full performance. How important is RAM speeds? Varies a lot, we'd need to go into the rest of your rig stats and use cases but if you can help it at all, get another 2x4 instead: As long as you keep the second pair of sticks on their own channel it should be better (Not ideal, but better) than 2x4 + 1x8
     
    This is talking DIMMS of course, I know SO-DIMMS are a whole different story since laptops are more limited in the available SO-DIMM slots and such but for a desktop pick DDR on pairs if you can help it.
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    Misanthrope got a reaction from PCturbobutton in Budget Ryzen gaming rig   
    This is already pretty good I think so most of the comments are just tweaks but here we go:
     
    1) If you want wait like less than a month at this point, the Ryzen 3600 looks to be a pretty significant bump up but that's just an aside: 2600 is already pretty good at gaming anything with the only exception being extremely high refresh rate low detail gaming (So if that's your thing then intel might be worth it and a good "in between" compromise might end up being the 3600 I mentioned) (EDIT: Also I specifically said "high refresh low detail gaming" because at your budget you probably won't be able to push most games, and specially not recent AAA games, at high detail and high refresh. That costs a lot more)
     
    2) I would actually aim for a 570 instead. It's a pretty good deal and not really that far away from the 580. I say this not because there's anything wrong at all with the 580 but because you could potentially make room for,
     
    3) 16 gb ram. I go about it this way: the best time to buy RAM is right now because it has been well established RAM manufacturers are price fixing assholes that exacerbate the normal market fluctuations and unforseeable events like floods, earthquakes, etc. That in the past have had an effect on prices.
     
    I know that 2) and 3) might seem to be opposite points but the difference is that while nobody can predict a new crypto driving demand for GPUs again those issues did respond almost entirely to market fluctuations whereas RAM companies have a history and even pending/current litigation for price fixing.
     
    More over RAM upgrades beyond capacity are really not anywhere near as impactful as GPU upgrades so chances are you will be upgrading your GPU every 2 to 3 years anyways (At that price range, higher end GPUs you can keep for a lot longer but in the case of mid range 2 to 3 years it's reasonable before it start showing age too much)
     
    Those are my overall thoughts but again, if you just wen with exactly what you picked already it would still be a damn effective system with lots and lots of fun ahead of it.
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    Misanthrope got a reaction from Stormseeker9 in Budget Ryzen gaming rig   
    This is already pretty good I think so most of the comments are just tweaks but here we go:
     
    1) If you want wait like less than a month at this point, the Ryzen 3600 looks to be a pretty significant bump up but that's just an aside: 2600 is already pretty good at gaming anything with the only exception being extremely high refresh rate low detail gaming (So if that's your thing then intel might be worth it and a good "in between" compromise might end up being the 3600 I mentioned) (EDIT: Also I specifically said "high refresh low detail gaming" because at your budget you probably won't be able to push most games, and specially not recent AAA games, at high detail and high refresh. That costs a lot more)
     
    2) I would actually aim for a 570 instead. It's a pretty good deal and not really that far away from the 580. I say this not because there's anything wrong at all with the 580 but because you could potentially make room for,
     
    3) 16 gb ram. I go about it this way: the best time to buy RAM is right now because it has been well established RAM manufacturers are price fixing assholes that exacerbate the normal market fluctuations and unforseeable events like floods, earthquakes, etc. That in the past have had an effect on prices.
     
    I know that 2) and 3) might seem to be opposite points but the difference is that while nobody can predict a new crypto driving demand for GPUs again those issues did respond almost entirely to market fluctuations whereas RAM companies have a history and even pending/current litigation for price fixing.
     
    More over RAM upgrades beyond capacity are really not anywhere near as impactful as GPU upgrades so chances are you will be upgrading your GPU every 2 to 3 years anyways (At that price range, higher end GPUs you can keep for a lot longer but in the case of mid range 2 to 3 years it's reasonable before it start showing age too much)
     
    Those are my overall thoughts but again, if you just wen with exactly what you picked already it would still be a damn effective system with lots and lots of fun ahead of it.
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    Misanthrope reacted to Zodiark1593 in Digital camera shipments at their lowest since 2001 thanks to the smartphone   
    I would have to agree. For example, Lightroom runs very competently on my Snapdragon 821 device. While it takes a little time for the full resolution preview to come up, I don't feel that computation resources really limit me here when working with 20 MP raws.
     
    Addendum: Though my phone gets hotter than the bloody sun when working on an image for awhile.
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    Misanthrope got a reaction from Tog Driver in McDonald's Paper Straws - Yes or No? ( Edit: Mc DonaldsPaper Straws are now officially non-recylable)   
    Frivolous efforts are more damaging ths than "It still helps" since they take away resources and attention from real issues like industrialized fishing and push insignificant consumers against each other in judgemental condemnations of something ultimately trivial by comparison and that does legitimately affect for example, people with certain disabilities that do need straws with plastic being a far better option. 
     
    I'm sorry but consumer choices are such a blatant and intentional distraction to have people blame each other individually while billionaires are literally planning on colonizing the moon and Mars while we die here on earth arguing with both climate change denialists and easily fooled concerned liberals that blame people for using straws, plastic bags and not owning an electric car while industry alone can and will fuck up the environment for everybody without any consumer choices making any kind of significant impact.
     
    The entire topic of discussing plastic straws is just fucking stupid. 
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    Misanthrope got a reaction from Stormseeker9 in RTX 2060 or GTX 1070 (poll)   
    This pretty much: even if you don't want RTX features (They're not really feasible for 2060 level performance anyway, for the kind of games that currently offer Ray Tracing) the fact that Nvidia is responding to Navi means you would have better choices than the 2060 and the 1070 and probably at competitive pricing.
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    Misanthrope reacted to Stormseeker9 in RTX 2060 or GTX 1070 (poll)   
    Hold on a month. New Navi cards around the corner + refreshed RTx cards
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    Misanthrope reacted to imreloadin in Google pulling games from the play store that run on Unity   
    Forcing developers to only use Google's payment processing method, which I'm sure they get a cut of, seems a little anti-consumer...
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    Misanthrope got a reaction from LAwLz in XBox Game Pass for PC - The Netflix of games (low price)   
    Hmm. Now this is basically admitting nobody is ready for the latency involved (And yes, this is were we are at Google: you have to convince us this is ready against all odds) in direct game streaming and I'm inclined to agree. I am a tad concerned about a couple details
     
    1) Constant re-downloads: Let's face it for most modern games you want and SSD. TB SSDs are pretty reasonable priced right now however that's potentially just 10 games. The point of the service seems to be equal to Netflix on this regard: make you think you can game a lot but betting on you playing 5 to 10 different games per month otherwise a not-insignificant amount of time will be spend on downloads and ssd upkeep deleting games, even on a TB SSD
     
    2) No control (which mainly means no mods): My guess is that this will be pretty locked down so you can forget about modding. This is not insignificant btw: Companies like Bethesda seem to forget that some of their success is due to modders making up for their laughable quality control and lack of quality content.
     
    3) Appealing to lowest common denominator: This is also kind of a no brainer: I am assuming that non first party titles might have a licensing agreement. One that unlike Steam, can be revoked at any time in case somebody like say, Epic, offers a better deal (They'll be ready with a competitor fairly soon) so it means it will become a war of exclusivity nonsense (Again just like TV/Movie streaming services) and who's got the hottest games right now and the catalog of smaller games might suffer and make your experience rather inconsistent: "Ooops, that nice RPG you were advancing through just got removed from the store and your copy locked into nothingness, lol fuck you: go play FIFA kid, exlusive on Xbox Game Pass!!"
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    Misanthrope reacted to GoodBytes in XBox Game Pass for PC - The Netflix of games (low price)   
    No I think it is more. "Depending on your ISP and where you live, game streaming might be possible, but this more of a 'universal' solid solution".
    MS announced at E3 their xCloud service, where you can stream games, but no more info then that. I won't be surprised if it ties with this service later on.
    To make xCloud more possible, you can use your own XBox as a server to host the service so that you can play your games on the system on the go (laptop out of home for example, or show games to a friend instead of bringing the disk or start a never ending download over there), or use MS servers.
     
     
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