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  • A bit surreal since they never had either here in Germany, at least in the 40 years I can actively recall. In fact they're suspiciously trying to improve themselves here, which feels even more surreal.

  • What's the most notable difference between you and the other people in your neighborhood?
  • Most people around me are significantly less me than me.

  • [History] An editor letter by Edsger Dijkstra, titled: "go to statements considered harmful" (march 1968).
  • Yeah but we got labels with continue and break, so we can pseudo goto.

  • What search engine do you use?
  • Same. Once every few months I give DDG another try for a week or two, but between their strictly inferior and more spam riddled results and the absolutely grotesquely bad Apple Maps they integrate, it's back to Google pretty quickly.

    It's like that study found out: Yeah, Google results have objectively gotten worse. But so have Bing's and by extension DDG's, and more so than Google's.

  • Would you support a mandatory retirement age of 75 for US House, US Senate & US Supreme Court Justices and if not why?
  • Yeah that sounds reasonable. You can at most finish your current term once you're past 65. And term-limit everything, Justices, whatever.

  • Louisiana becomes 1st state to require the Ten Commandments be posted in classrooms
  • America! Land of the free*!

    *: Unless you meant freedom of religion. You better not! We'll sue/burn/shoot/jesus you if you do! Ultraconservative Christianity or death!

  • If you've done the Final Fantasy marathon did you include FF XI? Was it worth it?
  • I'll be honest compared to many of the main FF games like X, XIII or XVI, XIV's story from ARR->EW, especially once you're in the last segments of ShB and EW, easily outdoes them. It's slow as molasses since it has to fit a whole MMO with 2y release cycles into it, but it's also damn good.

  • If you've done the Final Fantasy marathon did you include FF XI? Was it worth it?
  • No of course not. Plus XI nowadays is a bit tricky to play anyways, and with XIV, there's also no reason to for the average player.

  • Is there a way to disable the "Restart to Keep Using Firefox" page?
  • Damn, computers have gotten really far if nowadays we're happily throwing away the performance of dockerizing ˜everything on entirely normal application installs. Sigh.

  • Is there a way to disable the "Restart to Keep Using Firefox" page?
  • But it restores tabs? In fact I think nowadays that's the default behavior unless you turn it off.

  • Apple limits third-party browser engine work to EU devices
  • Just one more reason to make laws that enforce similarly fair competition in other countries. Don't let companies get away with this shit!

  • Seriously, Wikibooks?
  • That's actually really cool that they do that. Reduces the ability of people to scam because they cannot pick intentionally-similar usernames.

  • Half Of PlayStation Players Still Haven't Upgraded To PS5
  • That's a good thing - as the consumer.

    The less exclusives, the better. We don't need lock-ins, we need open platforms and open systems. If I want a plug&play gaming experience I can buy a console, if I want maximum performance and quality in a more maintenance and setup intensive package I can build my own PC.

  • where does firefox android store my downloads in A14?
  • In your downloads folder. Just as before. Did you by chance remove it's file permissions? Or mess with the config to swap the folder in the past and now it no longer has permissions?

  • Maine Cybertruck Owner Sad Everyone Hates His Truck
  • Honestly if the POS that Tesla sells here counts as a truck, my bicycle does...

  • Maine Cybertruck Owner Sad Everyone Hates His Truck
  • But what if it ain't a car but a Cybertruck?

  • Mozilla Firefox Adds AI-Powered RTX Video
  • Meh, with games we want them to work independent of which type of controller we use, but display each driver's specific button graphics as needed. I see no difference here. Do I want dynamic upscaling and auto-HDR for all graphics cards? Sure! Do I still want it optimized for each type of graphics card unless the hardware makers can - unlikely - present a unified API? Of course I do.

  • Mozilla Firefox Adds AI-Powered RTX Video
  • Why not? They are one of the last browsers to add support, so I think they quite did?

  • Nature Valley: 10 bars in 5 packs
  • “Natural” has almost no meaning on a package, it is just a hand-waving word

    That's partially because it's useless in general, of course it's natural, where else would you get it from? Every atom from a particle accelerator colision?!

  • Homeworld 3 Reviews [opencritic - 80% average, 79% recommended] Homeworld 3 Reviews

    Homeworld 3 is rated 'Strong' after being reviewed by 16 critics, with an overall average score of 80. It's ranked in the top 17% of games and recommended by 79% of critics.

    Homeworld 3 Reviews
    27 isBooleanTooLongAndComplex

    This is another post in our Code Health series. A version of this post originally appeared in Google bathrooms worldwide as a Google Tes...


    Short but honestly good advise to rather pull boolean checks apart and re-group them as they make sense in the context of the given situation you're checking for.

    I started doing this when building an alert-check system for the company I'm working for right now, and it really helps organize what is a pre-condition, what a syntactical requirement, etc etc.

    23 The wild successes of Helldivers 2 and Baldur's Gate 3 send a clear message: Let devs cook

    The studios behind these mega hits spent more than a decade iterating on their favorite design ideas until they went supernova.

    The wild successes of Helldivers 2 and Baldur's Gate 3 send a clear message: Let devs cook



    Absolutely fantastic to see Shelby in there! 🤩

    0 Remedy Makes Changes to Core Management Team, Wants to Grow Alan Wake and Control into Larger Franchises

    Remedy has made a couple of changes to its core management team with the goal to grow Alan Wake and Control into larger franchises.

    Remedy Makes Changes to Core Management Team, Wants to Grow Alan Wake and Control into Larger Franchises

    > This morning, Finnish game developer Remedy Entertainment announced a couple of key changes to its core management team. First and foremost, Chief Operations Officer Christopher Schmitz has resigned and will leave the company on May 31. Secondly, Mikael Kasurinen has been promoted to Creative Director, sharing responsibilities in this role with Sami Järvi, more commonly known as Sam Lake. Kasurinen also joins the Remedy core management team.


    They're going to fix the lighting in the character creator that makes the new models look worse than ingame. Also working on the remaining textures and all, so things are more comparable to how it'll be in the final product.

    Bethesda Quietly Removes Denuvo DRM from Ghostwire: Tokyo Bethesda Quietly Removes Denuvo DRM from Ghostwire: Tokyo - IGN

    Bethesda and Tango Gameworks have quietly removed Denuvo DRM technology from Ghostwire: Tokyo on PC as part of a recent update.

    Bethesda Quietly Removes Denuvo DRM from Ghostwire: Tokyo - IGN

    Talk about having essentially forgotten about it. I bet!

    I suppose they only did it now due to some license agreement expiring?

    Deliver Us Mars: Ultimately just not enjoyable

    So I finally got around to trying out Deliver Us Mars, having never played the predecessor but having a fair few friends rave about it (the previous game) being this rough but amazing gem.

    With the successor... I made it to just after landing on Mars before I had to drop it. Ugh.

    It's not a bad game, not at all. I found two really big positive things about it:

    • The vistas on Mars are truly breathtaking with everything cranked up to max. They did phenomenal work here, it really feels like you're alone on this giant red planet that is utterly alien to you.
    • The sequence before that, in zero gravity, was amazing in how it felt moving around in a cramped space. Especially in first-person view.

    But throughout the entire 3 hours up to that point, the actual atmosphere struggled hard against the facial and character models. And since the game is talk-heavy in the early parts, the camera constantly shows faces. Which look incredibly bad. Really amazing, as if someone intentionally tried to do that. And this would be alright - after all it's a small-budget game - but it contrasts really hard against the amazing scenery and space graphics.

    It was this weird contrast that kept pulling me out of the story, ruining the immersion. Then came the first bigger climbing areas, and budget Lara Croft was okay, but ultimately the straw that broke the camel's back.

    So, for me at least, set to "Abandoned" as completion state and uninstalled. A shame, there's a lot of really good pieces in here, they just never come together IMO.

    For those of you who played it, what was your experience?

    4 FINAL FANTASY XIV: Dawntrail Official Benchmark

    The official site for the FINAL FANTASY XIV: Dawntrail benchmark.

    FINAL FANTASY XIV: Dawntrail Official Benchmark

    It's out!

    Interesting details:

    • We have a better ambient occlusion option now.
    • DLSS/FSR is available.
    • Character lighting is smoother, eyes are better, mouth animation is amazing, hair looks better. Sadly difficult to see in the character generation due to the lighting but if you let the benchmark play with it, it becomes rather obvious.
    • When selecting voices for a character, you can now also select which type of emote you want to hear as an example.
    4 Slay the Spire devs followed through on abandoning Unity

    Unity's Runtime Fee debacle cost it the trust of several indie developers, and led to Slay the Spire 2 being made in Godot.

    Slay the Spire devs followed through on abandoning Unity

    > Unity's Runtime Fee debacle cost it the trust of several indie developers, and led to Slay the Spire 2 being made in Godot.

    45 Meet a Missouri dad who went from a ‘full-on bigot’ to fighting bathroom bans on behalf of his 16-year-old daughter: ‘When it was my child, it just flipped a switch’

    Dusty Farr says “it’s uplifting when you can actually accept the way things are, and you’re not carrying that unfounded hate and unfounded disgust."

    Meet a Missouri dad who went from a ‘full-on bigot’ to fighting bathroom bans on behalf of his 16-year-old daughter: ‘When it was my child, it just flipped a switch’

    Better late than never! 🥳

    Against the Storm - Update 1.3 Sneak Peek & Experimental Update Against the Storm - Update 1.3 Sneak Peek & Experimental Update - Steam News

    Greetings Viceroys! We recently celebrated a major milestone for Against the Storm (thank you all for your love!), but we're not resting on our laurels. We're currently working on the next free update teased in the post-release roadmap - Update 1.3 - and it's finally time to share some sneak peeks w...

    Against the Storm - Update 1.3 Sneak Peek & Experimental Update - Steam News

    Basically hearths are getting species-specific upgrades which also makes organizing who moves close to which hearth easier (so slightly more micro early game, but less late game in each stage).

    Also some assorted stuff like new cornerstones and so on.

    4 Age of Wonders 4 - Wolf 1.3 Update

    Hi Everybody! I hope you all had an eggcellent Easter. This weekend I partook in an Egg Hunting competition, but to my disappointment all of my collected eggs weren’t edible. Instead my eggs opened up to reveal hidden messages within them. When...

    FFXIV-inspired necklaces Kickstarter hit by Square-Enix DMCA because apparently the job icons are copyrighted artwork

    Damn, did not know a design this trivial in nature can be protected. They're not marked as registered logos in images, hence me thinking they'd be okay, and they had already removed all verbal mentions of FFXIV, Square-Enix and the job names and so on.

    Shame, the necklaces were super pretty, I was looking at getting an Astro one, pricy as they are.

    In case the status changes, here's what the page looks like right now:

    > MMORPG INSPIRED ✧ Necklaces is the subject of an intellectual property dispute and is currently unavailable.

    And when clicking on the claim details:

    ```MMORPG INSPIRED ✧ Necklaces [Submitted by Square Enix, Inc.]

    Date: 2024-03-28T17:13:03.000-07:00

    Sender [Private] Square Enix, Inc. 999 N. Pacific Coast Highway El Segundo, CA 90245 US

    Sent via online form

    Recipient Kickstarter, PBC 228 Park Ave S PMB 59430 New York, New York 10003-1502 US USA

    Re: MMORPG INSPIRED ✧ Necklaces

    Description of copyrighted material: Material from FINAL FANTASY XIV, specifically the icons for the different jobs in the game. You may find information about the FINAL FANTASY XIV job icons here:

    Description of infringing material: Necklace designs using copyrighted FINAL FANTASY XIV job icons as part of the design. ```

    Eternal Strands announced (by former Dragon Age devs), coming to PC, Playstation, XBox Eternal Strands | Home

    Fight epic, towering creatures in ETERNAL STRANDS while blending magical abilities with an arsenal of powerful weapons in this third-person, action-adventure game.

    Eternal Strands | Home

    Short description:

    > Play as Brynn, a young but fearless Weaver, determined to recover her people’s cultural home in the debut fantasy action-adventure title from Yellow Brick Games, a new independent studio founded by industry veterans.

    > Armed with powerful magical abilities and an arsenal of magical weapons, face enemies that range from humanoid constructs to towering beasts. Use the environment and temperature to your advantage in battles against a diverse roster of fantastical creatures, like turning a dragon’s fiery breath against ice-covered minions. Climb every surface and use arcane skills to create new paths. Explore the world in pursuit of the Enclave’s lost mysteries and challenge giant titans on your journey.

    On first glance it feels a bit Shadow of the Colossus, both in how dreamy much of it looks and how we're climbing around on large monsters.

    2. April 2024 Patchnotes (bugfixes + crossover event)

    Also, here's the known issues after this patch:

    > In the FINAL FANTASY XVI Crossover Event: The Path Infernal, during the quest of the same name, the Duty List display will not update from "Speak with Clive" even if the quest objective is completed.

    > This is only a display issue with the Duty List; progression of the quest itself is not affected and we have confirmed that the Duty List will update upon re-login. For this reason, if you should encounter this issue we ask that you log in again in order to cause the Duty List to update.

    Letter from the producer scheduled for the 13th!

    > The next Letter from the Producer LIVE will feature as part of our upcoming 10th Anniversary Celebration 14-hour Broadcast. Join us for the latest look at what’s to come in Patch 7.0, along with our segment "A Realm Resplendent with Warriors of Light," in which we showcase some fun FFXIV statistics!

    Times are:

    > Saturday, 13 April 2024 at 4:00 (GMT) / 5:00 (BST) / 14:00 (AEST)

    All worlds maintenance on 2.4.2024

    The maintenance that is currently underway on all Worlds is now scheduled to end at approximately hh:mm (GMT), hh:mm (BST), hh:mm (AEST) on on Apr. 2, 2024.

    We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

    [Date & Time] Apr. 2, 2024 3:00 to 6:45 (GMT) Apr. 2, 2024 4:00 to 7:45 (BST) Apr. 2, 2024 14:00 to 17:45 (AEDT)

    • Completion time is subject to change.

    [Affected Service]

    Announcing the FFXIV on Xbox Sweepstakes! (custom Xbox + actual Xbox)

    Bit weird how the fancy one is for display purposes only and non-functional. But hey, you get a full Xbox with it, and what else would you use your X-account for nowadays except to spam shit like this?

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