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Ah the weekly "I don't actually know what 'left' means" comment.

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They're the same picture.

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Tankies are not leftist. That's like, the whole reason that pejorative term exists. They are just another contingent of far-far-rightists who - like most other rightists - brazenly lie about their position on the political spectrum.

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...Rightist then proceeds to give examples of Rightist countries while demonstrating their complete and total ignorance of the political spectrum...

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Yes. The separation of left vs right is the consolidation of power. Leftism is egalitarian (shared power) and Rightism is authoritarian (consolidated power). Everything you just described is Rightist.

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Yet another reason to have nothing to do with OpenAI.

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I moved to Proton Mail specifically because I want nothing whatsoever to do with Google or Microsoft.

So what are the best alternatives to Proton, now that it looks like I need to add yet another degree of separation?

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He seems like a really nice guy and a very good educator. But I've been to a couple of his restaurants and was not super impressed.

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Let's not forget our deeply corrupt, illegitimate Supreme Court. Yes, Trump is responsible for that, too... but they must never be let off the hook for their part in the rapid dissolution of freedom, liberty, and justice in this country.

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Yes, please!

PSVR2 is a great headset, and I would love to free it from the shackles of PS5 exclusivity. If they officially supported PC, it would easily be the best PCVR headset you can get right now.

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The problem is, those are SUPPOSED to be the same thing.

And right now they are not.

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I watched the first episode this morning, and won't be watching any more. Visually, it's perfect... but the writing is horrible. Everything is "weighty exposition" and every little action has overbearing dramatic music attached. None of the fun, levity, natural storytelling, or character chemistry from the cartoon has survived in this adaptation. It's like it was produced by Junior High kids doing their darndest to make everything feel weighty and exciting... and as a result, nothing does. It's all tryhard bluster... a non-stop rollercoaster of cringe.

This is the Avatar equivalent of Rings of Power.

What makes this worse, though, is that in the hands of a skilled editor, this could probably have been salvaged.

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I’m going to throw this out to see what others think.

Personally, I don’t believe in “morality”. Morality is arbitrary and, therefore, inherently abusive.

What I do believe in is ethics. Ethics, by its very definition, requires explanation and justification. Morality does not. Morality can be - and usually is - little more than a dictate; a tool abused by the powerful to maintain control, power, authority, and privilege.

A chaotic US House is losing three Republican committee chairs to retirement in the span of a week (apnews.com)

In a single week, the Republican chairs of three House committees announced they would not be seeking reelection, raising questions about whether the chaos that has reigned this Congress is driving out some of the GOP’s top talent....

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There is no such thing as a Republican that isn’t crazy. The precious few who weren’t crazy abandoned the party years ago. Anyone left has accepted the crazy.

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Glad I didn’t buy it, then. I was waiting for a sale because $70+ is too much for a game… especially a fighting game. Knowing it has microtransactions puts it on the no-buy list.

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Wait, who actually claimed that EVs would do anything about “energy” or “traffic” problems? I was on board until here. The goal of EVs is to reduce usage of fossil fuels. That’s it.

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Damn you, Poe’s Law!!!

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I have been smoking cigars and pipes "on occasion" for 20+ years. And by "on occasion" I mean "between a few times per year and a couple times per month". In fact, almost every cigar/pipe smoker I know is exactly the same way. Cigarettes, however, are a COMPLETELY different beast. You just can't conflate all tobacco products like that.

Also, use of weed predates beer.

So... wrong on all counts.

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Always online, live service, Denuvo, and characters that are not remotely faithful to their source material abilities...?

Hard pass four times over.

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And that. The list of "nopes" is so long I missed the most obvious one!

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Not if I’m not using any Google products. There are now excellent (even superior) alternatives to everything Google offers save YouTube.

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"Already paid for a year? Too bad, pay us more or we'll ruin the thing you already paid for!" - Amazon

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Exercise Equipment:

  • Hop on a treadmill/stationary bike/stair-stepper and you are now hiking in a scenic outdoor location, but still aware of the equipment.
  • Hop on a rowing machine and you are in a boat on a river.
  • Or just put your PC/PS5/etc screen on a wall above your equipment and do some gaming while you work out.

Productivity:

  • Infinite monitor space. You can place any window anywhere, not confined to a physical monitor.
  • The above, but you can do it anywhere at any time.

Privacy:

  • Nobody can see what you are doing. Get sensitive tasks done on the train, in a coffee shop, wherever without worrying about spying eyes.

Immersive Entertainment:

  • Desktop class real-time graphics in extremely high resolution running natively on-device.
  • 3D movies, photos, and home videos.

Improved Reality:

  • Use environments to replace your physical surroundings with something more zen and conducive to productivity.
  • Overlay reality with whatever you want - replace ceilings, walls, anything with something virtual that is INDISTINGUISHABLE from reality. Cater your physical reality - no matter where you are - to your own tastes.

Mind you, Vision Pro is 100% a first-gen, early-access, janky product and nobody without long-term plans to invest in the technology should buy one (unless you are rich and just want it as a new pricey toy). But mark my words, in 5-7 years this tech is going to be every bit as ubiquitous as smart phones are right now. Apple just happened to be the first to put the pieces together into something useful and meaningful... and even this version barely scratches the surface of what is possible.

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Right now, it doesn't mean much. The WebXR implementation is disabled by default and turning it on requires digging deep into system settings... and when enabled, it's very buggy, incomplete, and annoying (you have to respond to 2-4 consent popups every time it activates, and it won't save or remember your prior approvals).

Sure, WebXR has stagnated for the last few years, but the Vision Pro absolutely demonstrates the necessity of a mature web-based XR ecosystem... especially given how aggressive Apple is at maintaining their app distribution monopoly.

Apple Still Hasn't Discussed the Vision Pro's Weight and Optional Top Head Strap (forums.macrumors.com)

Coming away from all the press coverage and the demonstration videos that Apple released for its Vision Pro headset, most people would be forgiven for not realizing that there is an optional additional strap for the device that goes over the head. Still from Apple's WWDC keynote video showing...

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Both straps are horrible for anything but short-term use (under 1hr). I wore mine for almost every waking hour this weekend, and it proved my fears were well-founded.

While the light seal and cushion ARE very comfy, there is still a significant amount of pressure on your face at all times, no matter which strap you use. The dual-loop strap helps prevent slippage, but it is NOT any more comfortable than the default strap... because both rely on facial pressure to keep the thing in place.

Secondly, because none of the straps have any kind of counterweight, there is the constant pull of gravity on the front of your head. Over time, this results in SIGNIFICANT neck strain. The back of my neck still aches.

I've since dug out my homemade battery pouch strap from the Quest days and attached that to the back of the dual loop. It originally held an Anker battery and the AVP battery fits perfectly. That makes a world of difference in comfort since you no longer have all this front weight forcing your neck muscles to hold it up.

It's obvious Apple chose aesthetics over comfort here. The "weight" of the headset is less important than it's distribution... and having all the weight on the front of your head was a huge mistake.

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