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Not being productive should not make you feel guilty. All of us need downtime, no exceptions.


She’s probably gotten used to the thick boots and pants. Plus, I vaguely remember her not wearing any sleeves, so I guess it evens out?

Also worth noting is that while the Avatar universe had its fair share of catastrophes, severe climate change wasn’t one of them, so I’d imagine Avatar world’s summer is nowhere near as hot as our current summer.


This project looks like it could come in handy in the future. Slightly off-topic question, though: How are these vacuuming robots if you have furry pets in the household? I’ve seen quite a few just give up after vacuuming a certain amount of hairs.


Hey, it’s an improvement at least. The crow is annoying, sure, but at least it’s only shouting this time. Remember when people found that their PC upgraded itself to Windows 10 when they were sleeping or out for lunch or whatever? That was fun.


Ah, so it’s just delayed for now, not outright banned, gotcha. Still funny though!


Diablo Immortal is now banned in China
This is hilarious. Blizzard created Diablo Immortal with the express purpose of getting their foot into the Chinese market. Then some genius at Blizzard had the brilliant idea to make a post on Weibou (a social network in China) to make fun of Xi Jinping: [Picture of post](https://lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/b9b4aa88-e394-4821-8944-c6693f5060a7.webp) Welp, there goes that Tencent money. Couldn't have happened to a nicer company, too.

It’s basically a standardized format of a CV. Here’s what it looks like, or the first page of it, anyway: link.

I love the idea of everyone using the same format of CV, as opposed to everyone having to spend hours in Word trying to spruce up their own special personally styled CV. In theory it should be easier for employers too, because the CVs are all structured the same way, they are easier to parse. Moot point now, though.


You can no longer login to Europass if you don't have an Android or iOS smartphone or an eID
...as I just found out. My phone doesn't have a Play or App Store and my country hasn't implemented eIDs yet. I wanted to ask if there really is no other way to log in, but their feedback page doesn't work either. ([Pic](https://lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/ba8f0dc6-1de3-463b-b7fc-33e8d634012e.png)) So fuck me, I guess. /rant

Heavily. They want to keep their money, but there is no way in hell they actually need such ludicrous amounts. At this point the richest people on the planet are not unlike gold-hoarding dragons.


Oooh, geeky graphs about Linux. This piques my interest. GNOME is still a memory hog, I see. I never would’ve guessed KDE is an even bigger one, though.

Can I request just one more addition? Namely, XFCE, my desktop environment of choice.


Dragon's Dogma II has been announced
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndLqGPqeQqM&t=691s I was very impressed with how Dragon's Dogma handled battles with huge enemies. The combat was so good. Instead of hacking away at their ankles, you could climb them and hack away at their weakspots. Or, if you prefer solid ground beneath your feet, you could also impale them with an icy spike three times your size using magick. Speaking of, the some of the spells were insane. I mean just [look](https://dragonsdogma.fandom.com/wiki/Gicel?file=Skill_Sorc_Gicel.gif) [at](https://dragonsdogma.fandom.com/wiki/Bolide?file=Skill_Sorc_Bolide.gif) [this](https://dragonsdogma.fandom.com/wiki/Seism?file=Skill_Sorc_Seism.gif) [madness](https://dragonsdogma.fandom.com/wiki/Maelstrom?file=Skill_Sorc_Maelstorm.gif). And those aren't even the most powerful versions. Very excited for this.

I ain’t not noticed that.


I would say Thunderbird is great or meh depending on the context. On Linux, you have quite a few email clients to choose from and yes, Thunderbird isn’t the most feature-rich or resource efficient app out there.

On Windows, however, it’s a whole different story. Basically, you have the choice of: Thunderbird or Outlook. And trust me, you NEVER want to deal with Outlook. On Windows, I will take Thunderbird every. Single. Time.



Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Quartz edition. Now with always online DRM and Ubisoft Quartz. Pre-order now!


Look, I’m a fan of the Sands of Time trilogy (Warrior Within less so, but that’s neither here nor there), but… it’s modern day Ubisoft. We’re talking about the same scummy company that ties every single one of their games to Uplay, is hellbent on including in-game stores in games that already cost full price, is pushing Quartz even though they haven’t a singular clue how that is beneficial to anyone.

So even when they do remake Sands of Time, are we seriously expecting this to be any less than a shitshow?


As far as I can tell, there is no software that integrates multiple chat protocols and email. However, if you’re okay with having a separate email application, you may want to have a look at a multi-protocol messaging client like Pidgin or whatever it is that KDE uses these days (used to be Kopete and Telepathy).

EDIT: Scratch that. Kopete and Telepathy don’t have Matrix support. Pidgin still has it, though.


This is beautiful. Please tell me there’s a distro out there that still has this localization!


The past few years have not been kind to Bioware: they’ve lost Mass Effect’s creator, Dragon Age’s writer, Mass Effect: Andromeda was critically panned and Anthem fared even worse.

The very existence of the company might hinge on Dreadwolf’s success. Because if it’s another flop, well… I think we all know what EA does to unsuccessful game studios.


Was the batter made of Gatorade?


Cautiously optimistic about this. An open world Sonic game where you can run, boost and grind wherever sounds pretty good! Then again, it’s Sonic, it could be a stinker. I swear, if I see princess Elise anywhere in this…


I wonder if anyone at Netflix actually thought this would go over well. If people wanted to jump through hoops, they would have joined the circus.


Aperture Laboratories looks like Google Picasa in disguise.



“They won’t just be burning the midnight oil, they will be burning the 3am oil, they won’t even leave the factory type of thing, whereas in America people are trying to avoid going to work at all.”


Thoughts on repositories such as this?
The repository in question: https://github.com/BullyWiiPlaza/Ghosts-WiiU-Mod-Injector All it has is a README.md file and they want 8€ for anyone to use this app. I mean, sure, but why host something like this on github? Or am I missing something?

Inside Team17, following the Worms NFT firestorm
Staff speak out on pay, working conditions and management failures.

Ubisoft VP says players 'don't get' NFTs, but can't explain what there is to get
Original article: https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/ubisoft-vp-says-players-dont-get-nfts-but-cant-explain-what-there-is-to-get/

Does anyone else dislike Bluray discs?
For me, they're more trouble than they're worth. For wanting to support your favorite artists, I'm rewarded with unskippable trailers and FBI warnings, and if you want to play Blurays on PC, well... Just take a look at [this](https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Blu-ray#Playback). Keydb files? BD+ decryption? What happened to just putting the stupid disc in the machine and hitting play? With pirated movies and shows, I just double-click on a file and away I go. Why would I ever want to go back to Blurays?

No way I can be objective about all of this, so here I go! After months, if not years of enabling sexual harrassment and doing jack shit about it, Kotick is walking away without repercussions. What he IS walking away with is hundreds of millions. Check out the tweet near the bottom of the article to see just how much. Don't get me wrong, it's good that the Tick is finally dropping off its host after all the horrible things he's done, but man. No repercussions? At all? Just a big, fat paycheck?

Can anyone tell me what the heck web3 actually is?
I mean specifically, what criteria does a webpage have to fulfill for it to be considered web3 compliant? Because all I see around the web are people waxing poetic about freedom, ownership and whatnot without really saying anything. There's no consensus, there's no whitepaper, just... vague, nondescript ideas.

Square Enix wants in on the NFT action
Here's the original letter. It's as dry as it is depressing: https://archive.ph/Bqd4f Some choice quotes for you: > I realize that some people who “play to have fun” and who currently form the majority of players have voiced their reservations toward these new trends, and understandably so. However, I believe that there will be a certain number of people whose motivation is to “play to contribute,” by which I mean to help make the game more exciting. Translation: I realize that the majority of people play games to have fun, but I only care about the people who will continue to give me money after they've bought the game. And I don't know about you, but "play to contribute" sounds a lot like work to me. > Traditional gaming has offered no explicit incentive to this latter group of people, who were motivated strictly by such inconsistent personal feelings as goodwill and volunteer spirit. Yeah, fuck those feelings. > It is precisely this sort of ecosystem that lies at the heart of what I refer to as “decentralized gaming,” and I hope that this becomes a major trend in gaming going forward. If we refer to the one-way relationship where game players and game providers are linked by games that are finished products as “centralized gaming” to contrast it with decentralized gaming, then incorporating decentralized games into our portfolio in addition to centralized games will be a major strategic theme for us starting in 2022. He keeps throwing that phrase around, "decentralized gaming". Does he even know what decentralized means? If it's made and controlled by his company, then it's by definition centralized. Sorry if this was a bit long, but corporate drivel such as this really gets my goat.

What's the cheapest hardware that can playback videos at 1080p?
There are so many options out there, it's kind of dizzying. I'm looking for a cheap solution that I could hook up to a TV and ethernet, so it could run a flavor of Linux (or BSD) and play videos at 1080p. Bonus points if it can handle 1080p@60 FPS. Other than that, it would be used for light web browsing. I was looking at Raspberry Pi 4, but is there anything else you would suggest?

[Answered] Trying to remember an IP-KVM-like device
This is going to sound rather vague, but less than a week ago, I was reading a forum post somewhere about a device that lets you control a machine remotely, allowing you to do stuff like remotely access a machine's BIOS. Pretty sure it was Linux-based. I thought it was super neat, so I bookmarked it. Or so I thought, because I can't find the bookmark anywhere and for the life of me I can't remember the name of the device. I do remember it being really small, about the size of a Raspberry Pi. In fact, I remember reading the "recipe" for the device on the manufacturer's website that would allow you to make your own and I distinctly remember one of the components being an RPi. There was also a pre-assembled model available. Does this ring any bells for anyone or am I just talking nonsense?

What's the best way to emulate a PC at a specific processor speed?
The game I'm trying to run is Legend of Heroes 3: Prophecy of the White Witch for Windows XP. I installed XP in VirtualBox, but unfortunately, the game logic seems to be tied to the processor speed, which makes the game run at a blazing speed, making it unplayable. Same when I tried running it with Wine. I should probably mention at this point that my host OS is Linux. The game was originally meant for a Pentium II at 300 MHz or higher (specs [here](https://www.falcom.co.jp/ed3_win/m_order/)), so that's what I'm aiming for. VirtualBox doesn't seem to offer me the option of setting the processor speed, so that's out. Are there any other options available, outside of running out and buying a 20-year old PC?

How about a scary story in one sentence?
The last man on Earth hears a knock on the door. (Not mine, but I remember hearing it somewhere)


GOG removes HITMAN after customer backlash over online features
Yoink'd from [here](https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2021/10/gog-removes-hitman-after-customer-backlash-over-online-features)

GOG and IO Interactive are finding out what happens when you try to sell a game with online DRM on a DRM-free store
The game in question being Hitman: Game of the Year Edition, which has content locked away behind an online connection. The community is not taking the news well: https://www.gog.com/forum/general/release_hitman_game_of_the_year_edition_11093 https://www.gog.com/wishlist/games/remove_hitman_game_of_the_year_edition_from_catalog The store page for the game currently features [this](https://lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/7MiZ3afzfH.png) lovely banner, a [less than stellar user rating](https://lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/Wszoouj14p.png) and a bunch of customers who are rightfully upset at the prospect.