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Paradoxvoid

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Canberra local, lover of all things geeky

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Have to disagree with you on echoes - I loved the game, but IMO it was much easier than Prime 1 - the most difficult boss was the probably the boost guardian midway through rather than any of the endgame bosses. The ammo system made the standard power beam too centralising which was boring, and the dark world damage just served to slow the player down, since the light fields regenerated your health.

Should we allow job-sharing in parliament? (www.theguardian.com)

These two potential candidates want to try become the first job-sharing parliamentarians. I can see the benefits of opening up possibilities for people with kids/dependents. I think a broader range of perspectives in parliament would be great. And these people would be there to do the job, rather than career politic-ing. The...

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Yeah I’m not a constitutional expert but I’m 90% sure this won’t work. Like professor Twomey said, we elect individuals, not parties (which is what this basically is) - and what happens if they have a falling out, or disagree on a policy position?

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No one’s suggested it yet, so I’ll say Fire Emblem: Three Houses - lots of gameplay hours, especially if you want to go through each of the four storylines, albeit can be a bit repetitive getting to that point.

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Those are so easily commensurable! It’s 1 and 59/64 obv.

I legit can’t tell if this is sarcasm.

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You do you, but if you’re reverting to binary to explain how simple it is to add values together, I think you’ve made a wrong turn somewhere.

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Did Labor learn nothing from the last time they were in government? This just seems like a rerun of the Rudd-era ETS legislation, no doubt along with blaming the Greens rather than the opposition when it fails to pass.

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Here’s another example where trying to chase the live-service money train has just ended up with a subpar product that people abandon or avoid almost instantly.

Unfortunately I suspect the wrong lessons will be taken away from this as well - e.g. the console/PC gaming market is too fickle, etc.

Your 4G phone could be impacted by 3G shutdowns this year. Here's what to know (www.abc.net.au)

All three major telcos have been warning customers to make sure they upgrade from 3G-only devices, but also to check if their 4G and 5G devices have something called Voice over LTE (VoLTE), so that they don’t get caught out when 3G networks shut down....

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What’s more interesting about the shutdown is how this might affect IoT devices that rely on 3G - e.g. Canberra’s public transit system uses the Optus 3G network to enable its MyWay card system - once it goes down, what will that mean for commuters (especially given that Transport Canberra doesn’t accept cash on buses since COVID).

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Yeah I don’t understand the premise of the headline either - unless it’s supposed to be some slight on ‘inner-city lefties’, being the only ones who could possibly want an EV…

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With GOG, you could theoretically download the offline installer, give that to someone else and then ask GOG support to remove BG3 from your account, and be fully abiding with the EULA conditions.

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I haven’t been following it super-closely, but this reads like the SMH is trying to drum up homophobic controversy where there wasn’t any.

My understanding was that the murders were commited by a spurned lover (who happened to be a Police Officer) as opposed to some systemic homophobia within the NSW Police that led to the murders.

No doubt the NSW Police could be more receptive in general, but I don’t know if they’d have treated the case any differently if it was a heterosexual officer who was spurned and committed murder - probably more of an indictment on the awfulness of the force than any particularly political or social bent.

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Lazy Web devs who took the ‘mobile first’ mantra to mean ‘mobile only’ 🙄

Starbreeze admits Payday 3 is massively underperforming (www.gamedeveloper.com)

Payday 3 launched for Windows PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X | S in September 2023 but has seemingly struggled to win over players. The title currently has a ‘mixed’ rating on Steam with over 36,000 user reviews, although the vast majority of recent reviews have been ‘mostly negative.’...

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Holy shit, it’s actually impressive to tank that hard - not cresting more than 1000 concurrent players in over a month, and hasn’t been able to beat 5000 since November… I know people love throwing the ‘dead game’ meme around prematurely, but if this isn’t dead yet, it’s definitely got one foot in the grave.

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The trick will be seeing what the cost is like, but you definitely can’t argue with the convenience for a popular tourist destination.

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But if it gets to the point where Ubisoft goes and every studio starts making their own, I don’t think that will work if they don’t have the game catalogue to support it, that would mean Ubisoft could just start churning out horrible games to build their stupid catalogue.

I feel like we’re starting to see a rerun of the streaming service wars - if this takes off across the industry I can definitely see people going back to piracy. I don’t want game pass, ubisoft+, Blizzard Prime, Nintendo Online Super Premium Expansion Pass or whatever stupid names these companies come up with just to play a few games that I’m interested in, just because they’re spread across different publishers.

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Australia has mandatory voter turnout, but you do not need to submit a vote. You just need to show up on polling day.

So just to clear up a technical misconception here - the wording in the Electoral Act is quite clear. All enrolled electors are legally required to vote. It’s only a consequence of the secret ballot that makes this provision unenforceable, so someone can turn up and get their name marked off while not submitting a vote without facing any consequences, but it is technically an illegal act.

If the AEC were to come up with some way to determine that you didn’t vote without betraying that secret ballot, they would be within their rights to issue a you a fine.

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Yep, this is why the Senate is much more representative, and why the big parties who control the House of Representatives hate it so much.

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It forces politics to the centre. Parties put a huge amount of effort into ‘bringing out the vote’, and do things to appeal to the fringe which is how you get characters like Trump finding success. When this isn’t a concern, parties can focus on policies that appeal to the majority of people rather than fringe groups that they can use to guarantee voter turnout.

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I’m using ‘didn’t vote’ to include submitting an empty ballot, which for the purposes of the Electoral Act, is the same thing.

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Yeah that’s what made me jump ship to Boost - I sincerely doubt that even if I used Sync for ten years, the value of the ad impressions I give would be worth A$35. I can basically buy a huge number of high-quality games for that amount.

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Ultimately this won’t change unless young Democrats actually take over the party and shift the overton window back to the left.

This generally, and specifically electoral reform is the only way to get the USA out of its two-party hellhole.

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Good luck getting any reform done within America’s FPTP by going 3rd-party.

Politics is a battle of inches, and you need to walk before you can run, or else 3rd-parties are doomed to irrelevance forever.

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It’s still a marathon, but a significantly less annoying one that doesn’t have large sticky mud sections randomly throughout (the metaphor breaks down a bit here…)

I used One Pace to catch up recently and it’s very good - downside is a lot of the earlier arcs aren’t complete yet, but the OG anime isn’t quite as bad with those so it’s typically ok to just watch the real one for those arcs.

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Are you planning on signing up for a Meta account? Their rules won’t affect anyone who isn’t using their instance.

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I think it’s really worth watching this Flipboard interview/podcast with Eugen Rochko, the creator of Mastodon.

flipboard.video/w/cTBu4HusskGTuPBahqm6WY

He sees it as a good thing, and I’m inclined to trust his judgement - it lets us share our ideals and culture with a broader audience, it lets us engage with a larger amount of content (if we want to), and we still have the power to block it at any point if we decide it’s a bad thing. Pre-emptive defederation takes the power out of users hands, only grants more power to large silicon valley corporations, and is self-defeating if the goal is to try to move to a federated web.

Also, their federation is likely to have a near non-existent impact on aussie.zone, given we’re a link-aggregation platform and not a microblog like Mastodon or Kbin.

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