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BmeBenji ,

Leave it to microsoft to join the party years late with a product that completely misses the point of what makes the original to their copy actually popular

BmeBenji ,

Probably the most outdated thing about it was how it was clearly written and developed for the male gaze. I don’t even mean the sex cards, I mean how Triss and Shani are purely there as objects of attraction with hardly any personality aside from being sexy women.

BmeBenji ,

Ah yes, the notoriously most expensive of all the vegetables: the potato.

US sues Apple for illegal monopoly over smartphones ( www.theverge.com )

The US Department of Justice and 16 state and district attorneys general accused Apple of operating an illegal monopoly in the smartphone market in a new antitrust lawsuit. The DOJ and states are accusing Apple of driving up prices for consumers and developers at the expense of making users more reliant on its iPhones.

BmeBenji ,

Objectively superior? Superior user experience is entirely subjective, but that is the main selling point of almost everything Apple has done in the last 17 years

BmeBenji ,

The crux of this suit seems to be that the DOJ believes that Apple needs to make its hardware fair to everyone that can develop on it, and make its software fair to all possible hardware that can run it, which is particularly interesting because Apple’s main product seems to be a pleasant and easy user experience that cuts through the physical barriers of the pieces of hardware it sells. And part of that user experience is the sense of security that is supposed to come with knowing that Apple is (more or less) able to decide who is allowed to access important, secure elements of their hardware.

On the software side of things, I don’t fully understand why or how the DOJ could force Apple to develop better integration support for cross-vendor hardware usage? Why do they need to go the extra mile to make an Apple Watch work well with an Android phone? Because the DOJ says so? I mean, sure I guess that would be better for everyone but it’s a weird thing to require.

BmeBenji ,

I think you’re just proving that it is entirely subjective. If it was objectively an inferior experience, I’m confident they wouldn’t be nearly as popular as they are. I get that there are plenty of people who believe firmly that total control over their own electronics is the best experience, and I can understand that. I enjoy tinkering in a Linux machine as much as any Lemmy user. However the vast majority of people do not want to be overwhelmed with the amount of ways they can configure their devices to the point that they can’t discern one choice from another. And my iPhone does exactly what I need it to just as much as my Android did.

Yeah, marketing is definitely part of it. They make their devices sound, look, and appear like they’re some sort of luxury experience. But there’s definitely something extremely smooth about the way Apple’s suite of software works with their hardware, and how their hardware works with each other, and I appreciate that for what it is.

BmeBenji ,

I just wish we could get some heavy met-Al

Apex Legends streamers surprised to find aimbot and other hacks added to their PCs in the middle of major competition via anti-cheat software ( www.pcgamer.com )

Wow it finally happened. So glad I switched to steam running on linux mint last week. I refused to install helldivers because it wanted to install some no holds barred god level permissions anti-cheat software. Windows 11 was the last straw for me. Good times.....

BmeBenji , (edited )

I imagine their surprise came across kind of like this

“what is this? I bought a xbox card! what is this? i don’t even know what that is!”

BmeBenji ,

Pokemon with guns and more slavery…

“How could someone make money with such a stupid idea?”

“And how could you NOT make money with such a BRILLIANT idea!”

BmeBenji ,

I don’t believe that’s possible, depending on what you mean by “supreme creator.” If you’re talking about the being that created everything we can possibly perceive, witness, or even theorize, then I don’t think so, or at least I don’t think It could have always been composed of atoms.

If this being created atoms, it would be logically inconsistent to consider this being to have been consisting of what It created. That being said if, this being also created the laws of logic through which we are capable of understanding anything at all, then why not? If these laws of logic did not exist before the creator of these laws of logic, then why would this creator be bound by them?

TL;DR nobody can possibly answer this question with any grounded certainty whatsoever.

BmeBenji ,

I love the design of Interstellar. It’s less surreal than other movies but still beautiful. Alien is similarly gorgeous but in a far more haunting way.

Poor Things is extremely surreal and gets progressively ungrounded throughout the movie.

Tron: Legacy to this day remains one of my favorite movies to watch in spite of its dumb story thanks to its awe-some audio and visual design.

Transformers: Age of Extinction stands out in my mind with some of the coolest and weightiest CGI of any movie I’ve seen.

Then there’s live-action steeped in cartoon inspiration which Speed Racer and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World both nailed.

BmeBenji ,

I once played the drinking game Paranoia with a group of people where everyone was asking things like “who’s the horniest here” or “who drinks the most on a weekly basis” and “whose probably the worst at their job” and everyone was joking around, laughing and having a good time. When it was my turn to come up with a whispered prompt, I asked “who here drinks glasses of milk regularly” and the guy whose name was said was clearly more concerned about this than any of the other things that had been said that night. He had to know and understand what about him gave off the aura of “milk-drinker” and I’ll never forget how that label was the most upsetting thing that was said that night.

BmeBenji ,

Who is this “they?”
Anyone who is voting “uncommitted” has enough brain cells to know both candidates are bad for the world, which means they have enough brain cells to know Biden is an obvious choice in a Biden v Trump matchup.

BmeBenji ,

Do you understand that in the primary there is no contest between Trump and Biden? Biden’s going to get the Democratic nomination anyway, so voting uncommitted in the primary has no negative consequences in the actual election that happens in November?

BmeBenji ,

What mentality? The one I’m describing is the “Biden sucks but Trump is way worse” mentality. I don’t see how that results in Trump being elected

BmeBenji ,

People voted uncommitted in an effort to tell Biden that he needed to improve his policies, not to say that they’re gonna not vote. If they weren’t gonna vote, they wouldn’t have voted.

BmeBenji ,

Escape Academy? It’s a great escape room game (even better in co-op) but it’s more engaging than Escape Simulator since there’s a story pulling everything together. The story’s ridiculous but honestly the context adds entertainment value, regardless of how absurd it is.

SuperBrothers: Sword and Sworcery probably fits this bill. It’s an odd game, but I love the shit out of every minute of it. I have 3 hours in that game. I haven’t touched it since 2013, but I still remember just how ethereal and soothing it was while still being an exciting adventure game. One of the odder things about it is how it instructs you when and for how long to play it. For example, it tells you to stop playing it for a few weeks so the moon’s phase can change. Not that that’s a bad thing, but

BmeBenji ,

So far, these three come to mind:

Mammoth WVH (2021 self-titled debut)

  • Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang’s debut album in which he wrote and recorded all instruments. It’s some fantastic hard rock about not giving a shit what other people expect of you. “Mammoth” embodies the spirit of the album, while “Stone” is one of the best low-tempo, high-energy songs I’ve ever heard.

Pawns & Kings (2022) - Alter Bridge

  • A heavy, raw, intense and politically charged album about how the new generation of humanity needs to be better if we want any sort of societal continuity. I may be playing it up but the music is kickass.

Fortitude (2021) - Gojira

  • Most of Gojira’s music is about the doom we’re sowing by destroying the planet. This album is a stark tonal shift for them in that almost all of it is supposed to be positive and encouraging. “The Chant” is nothing but encouraging those who suffer oppression to fight on for their rights. “Into the Storm” is an anthem for fighting for political change in a world that beats everyone down for trying to challenge the status quo. This album was exactly what I needed after COVID had already gone on for a year and showed no signs of stopping.
BmeBenji ,

I saw Lorna Shore as the warm-up for the Mega Monsters tour and I have to say whoever did the mixing for that performance is awful at their job. I had never heard any of their music before and I’m pretty sure I can still say that in all honesty. The vocals sounded like nothing but static and the instruments didn’t sound like much more than speaker feedback lol.

For someone who hasn’t found many heavy metal bands to enjoy other than Gojira, are they worth looking into?

BmeBenji ,

Hoo boy what a question.

TL;DR: I would say give at least one song from each album a try since they have a good amount of variety in their sound from one album to the next. I recommend:

Terra Incognita: “Clone”
The Link: “Remembrance”
From Mars to Sirius: “The Heaviest Matter of the Universe”
The Way of All Flesh: “The Art of Dying”
L’Enfant Sauvage: “Planned Obsolescence”
Magma: “Magma”
Fortitude: “Fortitude” followed by “The Chant” (they go together)

Otherwise,
If you like heavy metal, Terra Incognita is great. “Clone” and “Blow Me Away You (Niverse)” get stuck in my head a lot. “Planned Obsolescence” from L’Enfant Sauvage (one of my favorite songs ever) is about as in-your-face “fuck off, capitalism” as a song can get.

If you like environmentalism in music, the theme persists throughout their discography but From Mars to Sirius is chock full of it. “Ocean Planet” builds to one of my favorite lines in any song ever with a painfully dissonant melody at the very end of the song. It’s also hard to ignore “Flying Whales” with all the memes and the song is written from the perspective of whales looking down in sorrowful pity on how humanity treats their shared home, plus the song has a wonderful chorus. And I can’t not mention “Global Warming.” It might just be Gojira’s magnum opus imo. “Toxic Garbage Island” is a really cool rhythm-heavy song about treating the planet like a giant trash can with one of the most emotional finales of any song I know.

“The Art of Dying” is an incredible song about what it means to die well. The music is incomparable, and it pairs really well with “The Way of All Flesh” which is an artistic audible rendering of the experience of actually dying - only listen to it if you plan to listen to all 17 minutes of it.

If you need something more encouraging,
“Born In Winter” has been my track of choice many a late night. “New Found” is also shockingly uplifting compared to the rest of their music.

Truthfully, I love all of their music and I normally will turn on an album and listen to it start-to-finish. I most commonly do that with their album Magma because it’s extremely well paced musically and emotionally. While in the process of writing it, Joe and Mario Duplantier’s (vocalist/guitar and the drummer) mother died and you can definitely feel it. The album is mostly about the way that strong human emotions can feel like Magma boiling inside of you, and I think it’s extremely well conveyed. I go back and forth between thinking “Global Warming” and the entire album Magma are their greatest work.

BmeBenji ,

“Only Pain” is my pick for the real peak of Magma. I always get stoked out of my mind when that drum intro comes on.

I’m surprised you don’t like Amazonia. It does sound like it has some power metal influence but I think it’s got a great sound overall. I especially love the mouth harp intro lol

BmeBenji ,

Hey I’m just glad more people are interested in them.

Thinking about “Planned Obsolescence” reminds me that another of Gojira’s greatest skills is in writing endings. Plenty of songs have great endings, and every single album ends with something emotionally memorable. It’s probably why I love listening to all of their albums start-to-finish. There’s a great sense of completion and closure to all of them.

Terra Incognita’s “1990 Quadrillions De Tonnes” (the weight of the Sun) is layered with the sounds of people screaming as the Earth burns. The Link’s “Dawn” is a dark naturalist instrumental. From Mars To Sirius’ ending… well you should just listen to it. “The Way of All Flesh” I already mentioned. L’Enfant Sauvage’s “The Fall” is about as dark as the entire album gets. Magma’s “Lowlands” into “Liberation” tears my soul to shreds. And Fortitude’s “Grind” is the heaviest, most depressing sarcastic call to inaction to follow all of the encouragement that came before it, reminding the listener that the world is not easily fixed.

Damn I think I really love this band more than I thought I did lol

BmeBenji ,

Killing thousands of mortally challenged, including a few with a chainsaw.

I’m probably not who you were hoping to reach with this meme lol

BmeBenji ,

When science unveils more about the way the world and life works but religious nuts refuse to acknowledge that any of it has actually been uncovered

BmeBenji ,

I bet Captain Universe Peter Parker is excited he finally caught something bigger than a thief

BmeBenji ,

The government labeling something that Apple fans love as “not needing regulation” is purely a win for Apple. Imagine if 99% of text messages sent were via iMessage, and the EU kept the same ruling. That means that Apple has a functioning monopoly that is not considered a monopoly because there’s technically an alternative.

BmeBenji ,

I’m sure the rule would be different. My point was mostly to say this is in no way bad for Apple

BmeBenji ,

Did you just say Apple would try to prevent their users from switching to iMessage? Apple knows iMessage is a massive selling point for iPhones which is the reason Apple is so afraid of opening iMessage up to begin with.

BmeBenji , (edited )

It is a major point of social pressure. People get legitimately upset when they start a group chat and realize one of the members doesn’t have an iPhone. That absolutely makes it valuable to Apple

BmeBenji , (edited )

I agree it’s a minor irritation by most standards, but when all that’s on the line is making jokes about someone based on their choice of phone there’s no reason not to pressure someone else.
As to sources, I see it happen all the time. I used to be the one who upset people, then I bought an iPhone and almost everyone I texted got really excited to see the color of our chat change. I’ve also seen countless memes about green chat bubbles and people ruining group chats because of their Androids. I’m not sure you’re going to get much more reliable sources than anecdotal ones for something like this.

BmeBenji ,

Okay, I don’t think I was trying to convince anyone. I’m not on Apple’s side here, but I don’t see how less governmental regulation could possibly be worse for Apple.

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BmeBenji ,

You misspelled “they’re gonna require all games sold on Windows to be explicitly licensed by Microsoft in an effort to capitalize on Playstation exclusives”

BmeBenji ,

If it’s good hot, I’ll probably wrap it up in a tortilla and then fry it on the stove. Burritos make basically any food better.

BmeBenji ,

4K is overkill enough. 8K is a waste of energy. Let’s see optimization be the trend in the next generation of graphics hardware, not further waste.

BmeBenji ,

“Early Access Hardware” is a new one lol

New to Linux? Ubuntu Isn’t Your Only Option ( www.howtogeek.com )

Ubuntu's popularity often makes it the default choice for new Linux users. But there are tons of other Linux operating systems that deserve your attention. As such, I've highlighted some Ubuntu alternatives so you can choose based on your needs and requirements—because conformity is boring.

BmeBenji ,

“New to Linux? Where the most daunting thing about switching to it is how many choices you have in configuration? Well, good news! You have more choices than you think!”

BmeBenji ,

I’m like 99% sure “enshittification” is just a code word for “capitalism”

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Make that 100% sure.

BmeBenji ,

I feel like I’m watching Arrested Development

BmeBenji , (edited )

And I’m not too happy with how capitalism chows down on the poor like the fucking Oroborus it is yet here we fuckin are.

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