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I'm really annoyed by how much Brave Search is pushing AI

I’ve been using Brave Search supplemented by Startpage for the past 2+ years. When I search for something, I want to get results for credible webpages, not a summary of unknown quality. I liked the previous AI inclusion because it was instant, didn’t take up much space, and I could quickly navigate to the websites referenced...

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At the risk of seeming to throw shade; why use Brave at all if you’re going to switch off all its unique features?

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As a fellow FP5 user, I haven’t come across the issues you’ve mentioned - that said, I did install /e/os pretty much immediately, so perhaps that’s why.

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This is utter bollocks. The implication here is that I shouldn’t physically be able to tell the difference between any of the colours in each group

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Pro Pinball Timeshock Ultra Edition, probably

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I hate to be nitpicky; but that’s a decompilation, not a demake.

‘Demake’ usually refers to a game that gets remade for a system older (or less powerful) than the one it was released for. A good current example is the in-progress Super Mario 64 demake for GBA.

‘Decompilation’ is where one reverse-engineers a game (or any software!) back to its original source code, or close enough that when you build it, it’s identical to an original copy. So, the goal of the Lego Island demake is to produce source code that can be built into a fully binary-compatible copy of Lego Island, indistinct from what’s on the original CD.

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Correct!

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My dad got into Kazaa in the mid-00s, then Limewire, before discovering Mininova and TPB. Just kinda saw what he was doing and thought it was interesting. (We were often told not to touch the computer as it’d “knock off his download”…)

I seem to recall one of the first things I pirated was… er, Pirates of the Caribbean, which I watched with my friends huddled round my laptop. Quality times.

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My dad had a Raspberry Pi running Kodi, complete with a bunch of Totally Legit plugins which allowed him to watch anything he wanted. Thought it was legal and above board because… wait for it… it’s open-source

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IT here: you’re right about Outlook being junk, but I disagree with your current year argument. What’s laughable about having your emails synced locally?

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And the fact that the status notification now has an area of roughly 4 pixels.

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Simutrans is quite interesting, although it’s probably closer to a Transport Tycoon than a SimCity. Otherwise I tend to go for SimCity 3000.

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For general purpose, I’d say 8bitdo Ultimate C.

I am a huge fan of the GameCube pad and would use it for everything if I could.

For 2D games, particularly fighting games, I’m very fond of the Saturn pad.

However, if I had to pick a best controller ever, it’s got to be the SNES pad. No question.

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a streaming server

Huh, that’s not a bad idea. Something that, say, Links to another machine running Steam…?

/s

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I agree with your statement. However, what I believe the original comment was saying is that if the developers who have lost their jobs were to get together and make a game as they describe, then they would buy it. The malice was directed at Microsoft and so on.

At least, that’s how I read it…

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Fuck corporations

is precisely what everyone’s been saying this whole time. Nobody’s blaming the devs. Your rant is misplaced.

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What about Stevie?

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevie_Nicks - one of the world’s most celebrated female singers, famously part of Fleetwood Mac in the 70s. Thought it was a funny pun.

Wanting to dual boot Windows with Kubuntu. Am I fine getting a Windows 10 key instead of 11?

A couple of months ago, I wiped Windows off my old laptop and installed Kubuntu instead. Now, I was thinking of dual booting Windows additionally for a certain game (definitely not League of Legends, for sure not) and will need to buy a new key. Am I fine getting a copy of Windows 10 despite Microsoft’s discontinuation, or...

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You can use Windows 10 indefinitely without using a key. You’ll lose out on a few settings, mainly to do with personalisation, and you’ll have a watermark on your screen - but if it’s just for one game, then perhaps that’s something you can live with.

…there are also Certain Methods to permanently activate Windows without a key at all if necessary.

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I tend to use objects in space. My media server is called phobos, and my AzuraCast server is called dorado.

They’re a bit meaningless, though, so when I do my planned server upgrade this year I’m going to go with something different. My pfSense server was called sibyl, so perhaps something along those lines.

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By that logic, nothing is reliable…? Because you could say that about literally anything

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Abandonware isn’t really legally defined

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Oh, for sure. Would be pretty good if there was an actual definition of what constitutes abandonware; say, if the game has been out of print for at least 2 years or whatever.

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It was reimplemented a couple of years ago - don’t have a link to hand but it’s on GitHub - so it’s likely to be native.

Twitter alternative Post News is shutting down (www.theverge.com)

Post News, a Twitter alternative that emerged in the wake of Elon Musk’s takeover, is shutting down. Noam Bardin, the platform’s founder and former CEO of Waze, writes that Post News “is not growing fast enough to become a real business or a significant platform.”...

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According to this (rather lengthy) page, Cohost’s financial situation isn’t the best and was always on pretty shaky ground - d-shoot.net/cohostfinance.html

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Agreed. I blame Crash Bandicoot for this one.

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Like ‘Susie’, which according to the rest of this thread, puts me in the minority

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I’m generally happy just installing Mekanism and a few small extras, honestly. (Kind of wish BuildCraft was still a going concern, though… I miss those stupid quarries)

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Down this path lies oblivion. (Source: been playing RS / OSRS on and off for over 20 years)

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I do like Create a lot. I really need to spend some proper time with it!

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Impressive! Do you have a video of it in action? How does it work?

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It’s an RPG, of course it does! Particularly if you decide to give your character the ‘Bloody Mess’ perk, which causes every enemy to violently and horrifically explode in a shower of miscellaneous chunks.

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I’d say try one of the older Tekkens, 2-3 or Tag Tournament. They feel a lot better and punchier to me.

Is the new Fallout TV show depressing?

I get pretty easy depressed watching TV shows with a depressing tone or a lot of character deaths or that. If its more in the background its generally fine, but things like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Boys are a lot for the moment. How does the new Fallout show compare?...

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I’m a little confused, why is this news? They’re updating their site design?

The replies don’t help much, either, unless they’re being ironically hyperbolic…

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Small history lesson for those interested: the reason we didn’t see much of this sort of thing is because Namco actually had it patented, up until late 2015. Originally, you could play Galaxian while you waited for Ridge Racer to load! (At the expense of everyone else being able to have little loading screen games…)

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It’s difficult to find where to even download the thing, particularly if you’re looking for older versions

You are going to be trapped in a room for 12 hours with a mid 2000s office desktop with no internet connection and an external hard drive; what are you putting on the hard drive?

I’ve got some DOOM WADs I have been meaning to play so I would probably grab Trench Foot, Total Chaos, and the sequel to Ashes 2063, Ashes: Afterglow with a portable install of GZDoom to play them....

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I think they’re referring more to the aspect ratio - watching a 16:9 film on a 4:3 display isn’t the most optimal method, to put it charitably

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If it’s an office desktop, we’re probably talking a low-end Intel Pentium with 256MB RAM. If there is a discrete graphics card, it’ll be one of those ultra-basic ones, but chances are it’ll be onboard only. There’s probably a CD-ROM drive (DVD drives were still quite expensive!) and USB 2.0.

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Could spend your 12 hours making it run! Plenty of tinkering opportunity there :D

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Must’ve been an office with money, then…

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That’s pretty impressive. I’m especially surprised about the 8GB RAM considering that was a lot even in the early 2010s.

Gameplay mechanics were also a lot better with more replayability. (lemmy.world)

Ignoring the lack of updates if the game is buggy, games back then were also more focused on quality and make gamers replay the game with unlockable features based on skills, not money. I can’t count the number of times I played Metal Gear Solid games over and over to unlock new features playing the hardest difficulty and with...

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Counterpoint: budget re-releases of games (e.g. ‘Platinum’ on PlayStation) were often an opportunity to fix bugs, or sometimes even add new features. A few examples:

  • Space Invaders 1500 was a re-release of Space Invaders 2000, with a few new game modes.
  • Spyro: Year of the Dragon’s ‘Greatest Hits’ release added a bunch of music that was missing in the original release.
  • Ridge Racer Type 4 came with a disc containing an updated version of the first Ridge Racer, which ran at 60fps.
  • Super Mario 64’s ‘Shindou Edition’ added rumble pak support, as well as fixing a whole bunch of bugs (famously, the backwards long jump).

Those are just off the top of my head. I’m certain there are more re-releases that represent the true ‘final’ version of a game.

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