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Comment Re:How do they know? (Score 3, Informative) 314

This is precisely why I enable telemetry data in any software I use that uses it. If that specific bit data collection is in place, it will be used to determine future development of the software, so I well might try and help the software developers know that yes, I do use these menu options.

Alas, my telemetered usage of tab groups in Firefox didn't help this feature stay, and I wonder how many power users never let Mozilla know they use it in the first place. Sigh.

I've been considering moving to Pale Moon due to Mozilla's dumbing down of Firefox. The fun thing with that is that, while Pale Moon did this before, tab groups can be added back if one so wishes: Pale Moon Tab Groups add-on. And it also allows installing the Australis theme if one likes it (I do): Australium theme. So, yeah, I'm moving there sooner rather than later now...

Comment Re:Bad Example (Score 1) 222

Since eating a hamburger or a chicken sandwich is perfectly fine, morally speaking

Why, every moral person knows that, if it is for their own enjoyment, causing pain to another being is fine. For example, what's wrong with setting cats on fire? It's pleasurable to my eyes to see them running alight, to my nose to smell their burnt fur and flesh, and to my ears to hear them screaming. Ditto for, without anesthesia, burning chicken beaks, ripping pigs testicles and ripping cattle tails, then painfully slaughtering them. It makes their corpses' taste more pleasurable to my tongue, and that alone makes it right.


Comment Re:Ugh (Score 2) 191

OS X is not easy to use. It's counter-intuitive as hell.

It depends on your background. If you already know a UI, switching to another one will feel annoying and counterintuitive unless the new one works almost exactly like the first. But I remember reading that complete computer illiterate beginners, including small children, get up to speed in Mac OS X's UI in less time than they do in other UIs. If that's accurate, the claim that Mac OS X is in general more intuitive would be correct.

Comment Re:Very Probably Wrong (Score 1) 269

What you're expressing is your deeply held faith in continued technological progress. You believe that progress is accelerating and that there is no upper bound. How would you defend those beliefs?

The main reason is that these are all multi-layered recursive processes (irrespective of you agreeing or not, check the small sequence of blog posts linked below to understand what this refers to -- detail: the author thinks Kurzweil a pessimist...). Therefore, an upper bound certainly exists, but barred resource limits, until we get there the growth will continue being exponential, not linear.

That prediction about it taking centuries then? Make it "n * log( guess in years )" years and, all things remaining the same, you'll probably be closer to the actual time it'll take, if it'll happen at all. If no "because bounds", then no, but that's another matter entirely.

Part 1: The First World Takeover
Part 2: Life's Story Continues
Part 3: Surprised by Brains
Part 4: Cascades, Cycles, Insight...
Part 5: ...Recursion, Magic

PS.: If the above feels like TL;DR, the important ones are parts 4 and 5. Parts 1 to 3 help 4 and 5 feel more intuitive, but they can be easily skipped.

Comment Re:A more important question is... (Score 1) 212

I don't see how asking for evidence for your claim that "people cosplay hockey" is the NTS fallacy.

Cosplay goes from partial to theatrical production with full makeup. You restricted your side to complete outfits, playing on the fact I randomly mentioned hockey. Other sports, let's say, soccer, use simpler outfits whose fans completely emulate.

But the point you're trying to avoid is this: the delimitation between what is proper adult behavior and what is child behavior is cultural. Sport fans act in every single way exactly like anime, video-game, sci-fi etc. fans, but no one thinks it strange because they're used to seeing it all around. This familiarity is the sole thing that gives any of it the "air" of legitimacy, and that's all there is to it. Objectively, there's no difference except this one, and it's one that's being slowly closed.

Since English Literature has no actual bearing on Pokemon

Actually it does, by means of something that goes beyond it. Pokemon, as almost any work of fiction, including the fairy tales Lewis studied and worked upon (including writing them) and including adult stories, even hard core military fiction, are variations of the same set of narrative elements, that of the monomyth. The teenage boy catching big-eyed cute pseudo-monsters in an all-primary-colors world, or the hardened veteran of a thousand battles watching his companions gruesomely dismembered one by one while struggling to survive in a scenario of nightmares where death is the easy way out and nothing but supreme sacrifices will work, are both the same story. The difference in setting, tone and style are fluff, a matter of taste and preference, and little more.

But you didn't. Instead, you got all defensive.

You asked in an aggressive manner and you got aggressive replies. As for your rephrased and deescalated question, the answer is simple: adults still play Pokemon because for them it's fun to play Pokemon. The same reason anyone does any past time.

Now, would you want a reason for you to play Pokemon? I doubt I'd have any to offer, not even the simple one that you should try it. The reason is that what you wrote make it clear you'd feel so uncomfortable trying a "children's game", so challenged by what others might think if they saw you doing such a thing, that any enjoyment you could discover in the game itself would be overshadowed by that extra layer of negative social expectations, resulting in an almost certain verdict of "it sucks". So, there's no point.

Now, adults who an enjoy "children" things are precisely those who, like Lewis, are able to give the middle finger to that social layer and look at things objectively. For them, the experience of playing for the first time something like a Pokemon game, is one of experiencing that thing, not one of experiencing that thing through the lens and these concepts, those norms, those expectations, these opinions etc. They can allow themselves to enjoy whatever they want enjoy.

Want to have this experience? First thing, learn to not ask yourself anymore whether this or that is something that {list of things you are} "can" enjoy. Managed that? Then I say, go try those games. Then, and only then, you'll be able to say with full knowledge whether it's something worth playing. Note: not "something an adult should be playing", something worth playing.

Comment Re:A more important question is... (Score 1) 212

Sports change with age.

Yes. And once you've grown enough, after decades of effort at adulting, you finally reach the ultimate level: a pretty good dominoes player. Not to mention a regular at the local bingo parlor.

Send me multiple links of many people wearing complete...

Yay! Let's play No true Scotsman as the adults we are!

Adults write children's books. That doesn't mean they obsess over them.

And as an adult, I allow myself to obsess over books written by other adults.

You're the second person to quote that to me.

I was the first. As for him not being an arbiter of opinion, actually he is. That isn't an "opinion". That's his expert advice as one of the foremost scholars in the field of English literature.

Now, evidently you may disagree. But then, who am I to prevent someone from being of an opinion mutatis mutandi similar to that of a flat Earth apologist? Have fun within your prejudice-delimited field of "permissible content". In the meantime, we'll continue having fun with literally anything and everything we want.

Comment Re:A more important question is... (Score 1) 212

More specifically, some things you grow out of because you grow into other, more mature, interests.

"Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." -- C.S. Lewis

Grow up.

Comment Re:A more important question is... (Score 2) 212

And what "other, more mature, interests" do you suggest Pokemon players pursue?

Sports, evidently. Sporting is what adults do. Pokemon video-gaming, bad. Football video-gaming, good. What? Children also play football video-games? Oh, but that's just them wanting to grow up, so it's fine!

Also, cosplaying. True adults don't cosplay. I mean, they don't cosplay Pokemon team's uniforms. Hockey team uniforms, now, those are fine to cosplay.

Also, let's not forget that only children write Pokemon games. Adults never do that. And those rare that do, they hate every single minute of their day. They could all be adulting, and instead they're childring. That's just plain evil! They could be cosplaying their sporting team, and by means of that showing all their grown up adulting, but no, they're forced to be childring. Oh, how they suffer! I'm sad for them. So, so many sporting stuff they could be doing. Sad. :(

Comment Re: Oh God (Score 1) 269

Bitter much? I see a diatribe coming from your keyboard, but nothing refuting any of the points made.

There's nothing to be refuted proper. This is all based on speculation, in turn based on these and those metaphysical assumptions, in turn based on what certain religious seers said they perceived. It can be right, it can be wrong, it can be neither.

The situation is strictly similar to that famous episode regarding Galileo in which someone, after looking through his telescope and seeing mountains in the Moon, and noticing it went against his belief that the planets were perfect spheres -- a belief sustained upon the best, most well argued for ideas from the best Philosophers of the previous 2000 years and upon the same religious seers --, argued that all the valleys were filled by a perfectly transparent substance that guaranteed the Moon remained a perfect sphere. Galileo quipped that yes, this invisible substance was certainly there, except it was all accumulated on top of the lunar mountains, making them even taller than they seem to be, and therefore the Moon even less spherical than the other guy thought.

Comment Re: Oh God (Score 1) 269

Nice. There's hope then you're one of the pots that will be thrown to the ground and tread upon. What is it you say? That you thought you were one of the glorified ones? My, oh, my, isn't that rich? Having the broken pots believe themselves the ones that'll get into the glory is precisely where all the fun is!

Oh? What? You think that's unfair? Here's some mind rape. Now, now, don't be like that. You're now convinced you deserve eternal torture, don't you? Yes, nod, exactly like that, yes. Good boy! I'll leave now. Please keep screaming as high as you can, okay? The sound is quite pleasant, and we wouldn't want me non-pleased, right? Good, good! That's how I like it!

Now, to fix those saved over there. They seem to be getting some horrified expressions in their faces. Breaking their minds so that they feel joy in watching my Hell and sing non-stop praising my torture of their former loved ones is a full time job. Sigh. Oh, well, no infinite sadistic megalomania is complete without a chorus of non-stop screams and hosannas from billions of voices at full lungs, and some god has to make things work around here...

Comment Re:It works, no questions asked... apk (Score 1) 410

All or nothing across all apps multiplatform.

Then "APK Hosts File Engine 9.0++ SR-2 32/64-bit" isn't flexible enough for my needs. I guess I'll wait until you add the missing automation, granularity and fine tune controls then. Until then I'll keep using uBlock Origin, as it provides me with the features I need.


I like their content, and I like the fact they earn enough from ads to be able to work full time in making this content and providing it.

Comment Re:Yes easily... apk (Score 1) 410

If you right click on the trayicon for the program IF you leave it resident (which doubly protects hosts vs. alteration by malware by the way, over WFP/SFP in Windows since it CAN be bypassed), it has an "enable/disable hosts" functionality, 1 click easy...

When I'm browsing I usually have 60 tabs opened at the same time. Five or so of those tabs are sites I want to see Google Ads in. The other 55 tabs are sites I don't want to see them. Also, among these 55 tabs a few are self-reloading tabs.

From your explanation, I understand that the "enable/disable hosts" button is global. It enables all protection, or it disables all protection. In other words, all the 60 tabs, particularly the self-reloading ones, will become unprotected and begin loading all scripts and all ads from all ad networks after as I press the "disable hosts" button. And all 60 tabs, including those I want to see Google Ads in, will become 100% protected and not load any ad at all after I press the "enable hosts" button. Is this interpretation of mine correct?

If I interpreted it correctly, this is not what I want.

I want to be able to disable the protection against Google Ads only in those 5 specific tabs. At the same time, I want Google Ads to be fully and completely blocked in all the other 55 tabs, including those tabs that self-reload every few seconds. Also, want all other ad networks and tracking scripts blocked in all 60 tabs. And I don't want to be obliged to remember to press a button in a tray icon to enable and disable ads at will, I want this process automated.

Can "APK Hosts File Engine 9.0++ SR-2 32/64-bit" provide this level of granularity, finely tunned controls, and automation, so that I can set it and forget it, having only those 5 tabs loading Google Ads while no other tab load Google Ads at all?

Why WOULD you WANT TO man?

Because there are a few sites that I like a lot that earn their living that way. That's how I pay for them.

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing for money.