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  1. I'm not sure how you get more than "completely"...
  2. All the people who worked on it have already been paid. And I would hope they're not particularly proud of what they've produced. The more money it makes now, the more Rowling benefits, and she doesn't just have abhorrent views, she's actively promoting the persecution of a vulnerable minority - to me, that's worse than the more generic evil of Amazon etc. The game is also apparently extremely antisemitic. It's not like there's any shortage of other games to play...
  3. There have been a few threads on that topic, though sadly most appear to be lost to time.
  4. The elves would be the only characters that remain constant for the whole series, but that doesn't mean a changing cast of humans, dwarves, etc couldn't share the focus; their stories would just be completed in a single season. The bits with Isildur in the books span nearly 200 years; there's not need to condense that. He's already a grown man when Sauron is captured, and his ninety-year-older father is still sufficiently in his prime to go toe-to-toe with Sauron at the end, so it would be no problem to keep the same actors for the Numenoreans.
  5. I just assumed that they were far enough away from the eruption that it wasn't that deadly where they were. The heat and force must dissipate as the affected area grows exponentially as the radius expands... I would assume the big time skips would mostly be between episodes, not scenes. Maybe even between seasons. Adjusting the timeline to keep each group of humans around for one full season seems reasonable. But in almost any show we're only shown the important moments, with the vast majority of the time experienced by the characters skipped over. What's the difference between skipping half an hour of driving across town, a week of a starship monitoring a mysterious anomaly, or a century of elves getting better at making magic rings?
  6. Loved the Golden Enclaves; not flawless (I could have done with more of a reaction to what they did at the end of book 2, which should have been a pretty big deal) but a solid ending to a fantastic trilogy.
  7. @Buckwheat I hope you manage to get at least a few proper days off during the week! Good to hear the teenagers are treating you well, and the hair looks good
  8. Most instances aren't; some because they're not currently accepting new members (though I believe most servers let their existing users generate invite codes, so if you know anyone with an an account you can ask them for one), some because they don't meet the conditions, and some just aren't interested in being listed. There are more comprehensive lists at https://instances.social/ and https://mastodon.fediverse.observer/list Not defederating Nazis and spammers is definitely a bad policy. That's a key benefit of Mastodon - being a network of independent servers, it's not vulnerable in the same way a centralised privately owned service is. Though that does introduce additional complexity.
  9. Selling a house doesn't destroy it; the new owner will either live in it (instead of wherever they were living before), or rent it out themselves. Just ban AirBnB entirely.
  10. Yep, they're strict about meeting the eligibility requirements for a second booster.
  11. I'm assuming we'll get more on that thread next season; at least more detail on what happened on Kenari after Cassian left, if not his sister actually showing up. If there is no followup, I'd agree it's a mistake.
  12. Though the moral of the story was a bit confused. Dal's "mistake" was instrumental to their survival!
  13. Being Russian doesn't mean they automatically like the Russian government and want to remain under its authority...
  14. The Empire can trivially afford to replace the stolen credits, but it needs to allocate them and physically transport them across the galaxy; that takes time. The payment delays will draw people's attention to Aldhani.
  15. Except the whole situation with the prison was a consequence of the Aldhani job. Taking that away makes the story worse. And the first arc ends with him just running away rather than being recruited for a job; that's worse. And how and why does Luthen find him after the prison break? Does he still run off after the job, and if so, what changes his mind? Luthen was hoping to recruit him to the Rebellion. It was a disappointment that he took his money and ran once the job was done. If Luthen hadn't had such hopes for him, he wouldn't have dealt with him personally, and he wouldn't have become such a security risk. Depends on the information. Visibly reacting to what the ISB knows gives away that they have a leak, but things they don't know can be changed, eg he stopped Saw from joining Kreegyr and losing two cells instead of just one. Certainly he'd sacrifice Mon Mothma first if he had to, but it would still be a devastating blow! Replacing that money wouldn't be easy, if even possible.
  16. I considered starting one, but I don't have the time and energy to run it properly. I mostly just really like the concept in principle, and as a user it's working well for me so far.
  17. @JGP As I understand it, it's largely an unfortunate clash of expectations that will hopefully sort itself out in time. Mastodon has a culture of liberal use of "Content Warnings" (functionally equivalent to spoiler tags here, and in practice effectively Subject/Read More). Having a whole bunch of newbies storm in and ignoring that is naturally going to upset the existing population (which includes most of the mods). And from the other side, it's entirely natural for black people etc to be upset about being told off for not hiding their experiences behind warnings. Both sides have some learning to do. Mastodon servers are largely run and moderated by unpaid volunteers, currently dealing with an unprecedented and ongoing surge in traffic. And many mods are new recruits lacking in experience. Cut them a bit of slack! See how they deal with their mistakes, and don't condemn the entire network for the actions of a few. On the other hand, Mastodon is full of people, and people are the worst. A lot of them will be genuinely racist, sexist, etc to some degree or another, and I have no idea how to solve that on any platform. At least with Mastodon you've always got the option of running your own server and moderating it to your standards. Siloed is definitely the wrong term. Having many diverse servers is a strength, not a weakness, and they mostly talk freely to each other. Nazi servers etc do get siloed off from everyone else (it's open source software, so there's no way to stop them existing, but they don't get to interact with the rest of us). That is completely unreasonable. A lot of the early adopters of Mastodon were tech-savvy persecuted minorities. Disproportionately white subcultures, perhaps, but not intentionally so (I'd guess economic factors would play a significant role), and certainly not trying to get away from black people.
  18. Too siloed how? Some servers, sure. Is there any site that doesn't have moderation issues of one kind or another? Twitter certainly wasn't one even before the Muskpocalypse. At least with Mastodon you have the option of choosing a server that does have good moderation, however you personally define that - there's never going to be universal agreement! It's many different things. A thread discussing instances with non-white admins/mods: https://anticapitalist.party/@serenissima/109379407400439772
  19. The Bad Batch arc was released years earlier with rough animation, so the list might predate the final season.
  20. I always assumed the Separatists were regularly winning whenever the Jedi weren't around. We see a lot of Republic victories because of the characters we're following, but that's not representative of the war as a whole.
  21. And donations from users (via Patreon etc) are also mounting. It's not a problem. I suspect the increased moderation workload is more likely to be an issue; the number of people willing to volunteer will grow with the user base, but recruiting suitable candidates is still a significant extra job for the server owner. Mastodon was doing just fine for years before the Twitterpocalyse. It's not a business; it doesn't need to maximise profits to be a success, just serve the needs of its users.
  22. I wouldn't expect all that many users to bother actually deleting their accounts; they'll just stop using them, which won't affect nominal follower numbers. And stopping use will be a gradual process, not an immediate one. I'd expect users who want to leave Twitter would post a lot less than they used to, but still keep reading until most of the people they follow have also quit posting.
  23. Equity in Twitter? Hardly seems worth the effort of asking for it at this point. I'd prioritise a big lump sum cash payment over a pay increase, since there's no guarantee they'll be back there for very long.
  24. EU canon (old and new), sure, that's not in dispute. Artificial gravity might not be mentioned, but it is certainly demonstrated, most notably with the Falcon's guns having gravity at right angles to the rest of the ship. While there's evidence against backup hyperdrives - if the Falcon has a working backup, why doesn't it kick in when the main hyperdrive fails? Why bother chasing through asteroids and hiding on the back of a Star Destroyer? It's only ludicrous if there's a viable alternative. Cars don't have backup engines no matter how convenient it would be if something went wrong with the primary engine. And hyperdrives have been around for thousands of years; I'd expect them to be extremely reliable, if you have an ordinary ship instead of something customised and overclocked like the Falcon.
  25. It's a Twitter/email hybrid. The interface is very much like Twitter, but you need to pick a server to open an account, just like you need to pick an email provider to open an email account. Doesn't matter too much which one, they all have the same basic functionality and talk to each other. https://joinmastodon.org/ or if you know anyone who already has an account, ask them for an invite.
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