Archive for Mar, 2019

Peteetion · Oxford University Press: Stap the Oxford Dictionary fae pittin in Scots wirds · Change.org

Thu, Mar 21st, 2019

Fur thae that dinna knaw, The Inglis Dictionar fae Oxford is pittin in 40 Scots intae it, an this is concernin me, cause A’m feart that this will lead tae thaim addin mair, an makkin Scots redundant or discredtit as a language. In yer concerned aboot this an aw, gie the peteetion linkit below an sign it! Spreid the wird!

Source: Petition · Oxford University Press: Stop the Oxford Dictionary from adding scots words · Change.org

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Goodbye Memrise, I’m leaving

Sat, Mar 16th, 2019

I agree with everything here. Except the Anki part, I hate Anki!

Luna's Language Learning Blog

What happened?

On February 20, 2019, many Memrise users received an email from Memrise’s CEO Ed Cooke, informing us about important changes to the service: The community-created courses would be removed from the Memrise website and app, and moved to a sister website called “Decks” in mid-March.

The forum announcement was immediately filled with angry users, mostly Memrise Pro customers. Many of us (including myself) are paying for the pro subscription to have offline access to the community courses in the app. By removing the community courses, Memrise is removing the reason why many people even pay for the subscription.

Memrise promised a follow-up and published a blog post on February 21st. This blog post made it clear that Memrise would hold on to their decision and was not interested in discussing it.

The decision in more detail: how Memrise treats its customers

It’s understandable that companies sometimes have…

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Is the PS1 overated?

Wed, Mar 13th, 2019

In short: I think it is. For those who just wanted to know that, you can now piss off.

For those who want to know what brought me to that conclusion, I suppose I can give you a backstory.

I used to have a PS1 back in the day, and I loved it. There were so many great games for it. The 3D aspect was mindblowing coming from the Mega Drive!

When I got into retro gaming, I naturally went back to the PS1. Those wobbly textures have a charm to them that you can’t recreate with modern games!

So I decided to expland into other retro consoles of that generation, and I got a Saturn, then an N64, then a Dreamcast.

Over time, I found myself playing those way more, and my PS1 was just collecting dust.

It seems I’m not alone. People my age seem to rave on about those consoles more than the PS1. Look at any meme about the 90s, and 9 times out of 10, you’ll see a reference to the N64 there.

Dreamcast obviously has it’s huge fanbase, and the Saturn has a dedicated one, too.

But the PS1 seems completely forgotten. Sure, you have some guys, such as myself, recalling memories of it, but generally, people seemed to have just moved on and don’t pay any attention to it. At least this is from my experience.

This is all despite the fact the PS1 sold about twice as many consoles as the other 3 combined.

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? From playing all of the consoles, almost on a regular basis, I can give you my reason for doing this myself.

The PS1 just feels… bland. Lifeless. Almost corporate.

The library seems quanity over quality. Absolutely it has it’s classics, but a big percentage of those weren’t even exclusive, and most of the time, in my opinion, the PS1 version wasn’t even the best.

Wipeout is also available on Saturn and PC.

Wipeout 2097/XL is also available on Saturn and PC.

Croc is also available on Saturn and PC.

Destruction Derby, you guessed it, also on Saturn and PC.

Destruction Derby 2 was also on PC, and a Saturn port was in the works, but cancelled.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was also on N64 and Dreamcast.

Pro Skater 2 was also on N64, Dreamcast, and PC. (There was also 2X on Xbox, but that never got released here)

Final Fantasy VII was also on PC.

Metal Gear Solid was also on PC.

Bugs Bunny Lost in Time and Sheep, Dog n’ Wolf were also on PC.

See where I’m getting at?

Don’t get me wrong, the PS1 has some absolute classics to call it’s own, such as the Crash Bandicoot games, the Spyro trilogy, Klonoa, Wip3out and Ape Escape. I’m not holding anything against those, I love those games! It also has Bubsy 3D… I guess?

But outside of those, the PS1 feels like it hasn’t got anything truly outstanding to offer.

I also respect that the same could be said for the Sega Saturn, many of it’s games were also on PC, but at least those Saturn games had multiplayer that was harder to achieve on PC, so there was a reason to own the games on Saturn, if you had one. Most of the PS1 games listed were singleplayer only.

The other consoles felt like they had personality to them, like you go to one of them to play a specific type of game.

Whereas the PS1 feels like it’s just a generic for everyone console, it lacks such personality.

I’m not knocking the PS1 at all, mind you, I still think it’s a great console, just overshadowed by almost every other console that generation.

So what do you think? Feel free to

 

My opinion on Article 13

Wed, Mar 6th, 2019

So I thought I’d share my view about Articles 11 and 13 (and more recently Article 3).

I’m going to do this article in English, as opposed to my usual Scots because I want as many people to read this as possible.


I think it’s going to be a disaster, not just for your average joe, but it will be detrimental to the corporations that are probably lobbying for it.

For those somehow not in the know at this point, Article 11 is the idea of taxing people for simply linking to articles, Article 13 is a copyright filter that stops people from uploading anything with copyrighted content.

Article 3 is a very recent article that stops people from modifying their routers or any other radiowave device. To stop people from bypassing the other 2, no doubt.

So you can see what is wrong with this on the user end, and is only to serve the corporations and traditional media outlets.

On one hand, I can kind of sympathise with said corporations, sales of newspapers and physical media in general (not counting Vinyl or Cassette) are falling, much to my dismay, and streaming services such as Spotify or Youtube, give out so little money to the artists.

This said, I’m going to argue that said corporations and outlets are actually tying a noose around their necks, thinking they attached a safety rope. Here’s why: Read the rest of this entry »

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