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Thread Unpaid internships should be illegal
They're completely illegal in Canada, unless you're a student and receiving University credit for your work. This is important: if you're in Canada and you spot an unpaid internship, report them. There are people who actually care. I've seen multiple companies in Vancouver get heavily fined, and forced to give all their interns (past and present) backpay.
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Thread (Round 4) - What is a POSITIVE controversial game opinion you hold?
Fallout 76 is great. Yeah, all the complaints about it are valid. But I also found it utterly engrossing. It's a dense world, everything is worth exploring and has a ton of thought and care out into the environment. It has that lonely wandering feeling that I'd been craving since Stalker. And then, you get to take all the stuff you found wandering and build stuff, scratching that LEGO / Minecraft itch. The thing that will kill it isn't the game itself, it'll be the hatred it gets. Y'all missing out.
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Thread President Trump unveils the Space Force logo, which has absolutely no similarities to the Star Trek Starfleet Command logo
Space Force (oh-ah-ahhh) Department of the Air Force (oh-ah-ahhh) Champion of the Sun
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Thread I'm irrationally mad at musical conductors
No idea why there's a conductor when the person on the bass drum could just yell "ONE TWO THREE FOUR" and the snare could just throw an extra stick at anyone falling off-beat. Which is usually the snare. Okay, no, we designate one timpani player to throw mallets at the snare to get them back on time (makes sense, because the mallets will be softer and they'll be thrown A LOT) and then the snare player throws sticks at-- Hold on. I need to think about this some more.
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Thread (CartoonBrew) MPC, Studio behind ‘The Lion King,’ visual effects and the Sonic redesign Shuts Down Vancouver Studio
That's what I did. I was a technical director at a VFX company in Vancouver, then jumped ship for a gaming company. That was five years ago, I've never regretted the decision. That said, game studios have also been closing left and right here. But the other game companies seem to be able to absorb a lot more of recently-laid-off people than VFX. A lot of VFX people I know really struggled to find work when they were laid off, whereas most of the game dev people I know landed on their feet at another company. Feels like the game companies here ebb and flow, while the VFX companies just inevitably implode with no one to take their place.
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Thread (CartoonBrew) MPC, Studio behind ‘The Lion King,’ visual effects and the Sonic redesign Shuts Down Vancouver Studio
Jesus. Vancouver's been going through a massacre for years now, I hope all those people find other employment. Though I'd imagine a lot will have to leave the city.
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Thread Just Bought a Canada Goose Coat on eBay
I mean, that is literally what they are. That said, I've lived in places where the weather can be <-40c, and lots of people buy these jackets because they're one of the few brands that will actually keep you legitimately warm. I agree, though, that I'd go Arc'teryx if you have money to burn. They might not be as warm, but I like the style way more.
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Thread Amazon Prime Video is the worst of the major streaming services
In Canada, there's no legal way to stream His Dark Materials, or Watchmen, or any other HBO show / co-production in HD. Your only option is Crave, which is low-bitrate 720p and apps that take 2-3 attempts to play anything, sometimes it just won't play at all. For $20+ / month.
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Thread Going to live in another country and my anxiety is destroying me.
Quebec City doesn't have nearly as much English as Montreal, but most people here have rough English as a second language and are usually happy for the chance to practice. In general I always found the city much more patient with me. Luckily, if you know English and Portuguese, you'll find yourself picking up French shockingly fast. And in the meantime, you only really need one phrase: "un latte pour emporter si vous plait." That got me through pretty much the whole first year.
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Thread Going to live in another country and my anxiety is destroying me.
Where in Quebec? If you're headed to Montreal, you'll do just fine without knowing French, though you'll get regular stink-eye from people on the street who hear you speaking English. Oh, and buy a winter jacket. Like, a real one. Other than that... you'll be fine. Canada is great.
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Thread ResetEra's GiftBot 2.0 Launch Giveaway Extravaganza (Now Featuring Ori and the Blind Forest for Nintendo Switch, Courtesy of Xbox Games Studios)!
316 pages and I haven't posted five times yet? ... don't judge me.
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
Ah, thanks for this. I've just started my first few dungeons and could tell that clicking on names / tabbing through enemies wasn't how I was "supposed" to do it.
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
Any chance someone has a Starter Edition code kicking around? My partner has started playing with me and would like to dive deeper into crafting, but it's hard / impossible to get much traction on the free version. I'm happy to drop the money on the Starter Edition for them but thought I'd ask first, since there were a ton a codes circulating from Twitch a while back.
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Thread ResetEra's GiftBot 2.0 Launch Giveaway Extravaganza (Now Featuring Ori and the Blind Forest for Nintendo Switch, Courtesy of Xbox Games Studios)!
Oh please oh please oh please oh please
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Thread So I just finished Murakami's "1Q84"
I adore a lot of his books, Wind-Up Bird is one of the greatest books I've ever read. 1Q84 is the only book on my bookshelf that has its spine turned the wrong way so it's forced to face the wall and think about what it's done. It's awful. Shit. The worst book I own. Fuck you, 1Q84.
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Thread ResetEra's GiftBot 2.0 Launch Giveaway Extravaganza (Come Get Your Free Games)!
This whole thread is utterly wild and I love it.
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
Already subscribed, we started with the trial but you can't party up without at least one person on a subscription. So I subscribed so at least we can see each other on the map. Looks like the pants are a 60-day veteran reward. I'm going to be so cold in the meantime.
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Thread Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers |OT| First World Problems
My partner and I jumped into FFXIV this week, prior to this we played The Secret World (pre-reboot) and Guild Wars 2 (completed Heart of Thorns before dropping it). After not playing anything for a few years, it's nice to be back in an MMO. Our greatest drive in MMOs is to create impeccably fashionable characters. I started as a Miqo'te woman, so my first true quest has been to find a pair of pants. If anyone has a spare Heavensward key, I'd appreciate the ability to play as Au Ra. Seems like that's where a lot of the killer fashion is. So far we've just been running around our starting city, is there a point where the game becomes a little more co-op-y? We used to spend hours just exploring the world in Guild Wars 2, taking on random boss fights and events (sometimes local, sometimes map-wide). It seems like in FFXIV, one of us is always in the middle of some fetch quest, so it's a little hard to run side-by-side.
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Thread Do you believe in God?
Like I said, it's a question of worldview. Back to the Zeus metaphor, if someone asked you if you believed in Zeus and you said no, are you agnostic or gnostic in regard to Greek gods? You could say that you're agnostic, since you can't they don't exist. But do you live in such a way that accounts for the possibility of it? If you take the position that the Greek gods don't exist, but you won't take a hard stance because you can't it, that's a religious position. It's a value greater than zero on the scale of belief. If your level of belief is actually zero, I'd say that's gnostic. Semantics can make this debate go all over the map. If you consider it a hard rule that any unprovable negative idea is, by definition, agnostic, then gnosticism doesn't really exist outside of cases of self-delusion. But I've always preferred a softer definition.
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Thread Do you believe in God?
Yeah, it's all semantics. I've often used the Greek god analogy: just because I can't prove that Zeus doesn't exist, doesn't mean I'm Zeus agnostic. You can't prove a negative. Agnostic implies that your worldview allows for the possibility. An "agnostic atheist" is still ultimately a religious position. I'm not religious, therefore I kind of have to be gnostic. But you could spend the rest of eternity debating this and take any position imaginable and probably still be able to justify whatever label you want, so ultimately just go with a label that doesn't involve being a dick to people.
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Thread Alec Holowka (Night in the Woods, TowerFall) accused of sexual assault [Update: Alec Holowka has reportedly passed away] [See staff posts/threadmarks]
Alec was a friend of mine and this is just the fucking worst. I'm still mostly numb. It's coming in waves. Take care of yourselves. Talk to people. Get help, even if you just have an inkling you might need it. And believe victims. And jesus christ leave his friends and family alone.
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Thread Can anyone confirm Acuitus is legit?
There are a lot of places where unpaid internships are illegal. A few local IT companies were recently sued and had to backpay hundreds of interns. PAYING for an internship? That's an outrageous scam.
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Thread Infinity Train |OT| Last train out of Oshkosh
Without spoiling anything: can I watch this with my 5-year-old? They love She-Ra, Hilda, Voltron. Does this head into any dark / scary territory, or is it a pretty kid-friendly affair?
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Thread What's your best Price-Error story?
A video rental place was closing and was liquidating everything for 75% off. Somehow, that included Xbox Marketplace gift cards. Bought a small stack of them, didn't pay for an Xbox game for a few years.
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Thread UltraViolet digital movie locker shutting down July 31, 2019
That's only worked for a few movies for me. The majority of my movies didn't transfer to Movies Anywhere because the original codes were Canadian. Mostly recently, Baby Driver -- it's currently stuck in UV, when UV dies I think I just literally can't watch it.
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Thread Buy/Sell/Trade Thread 2019 | Read the New Rules in the OP |
I've amassed a hilarious collection of Humble gifts and keys over the years, lots of things that didn't interest me but peppered with some higher-value stuff that I already owned. That's it. That's all I want in the world. Just please don't say you'll trade for "all of them." I don't want to spend an entire evening retrieving keys.
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Thread Games you remember, names you don't
Okay, here we go. I'm looking for an old DOS game, I'm assuming only ever released on disks (more than one, I think 3-4?). Very low-budget. Release date would have been early to mid-90s. Two words, first word is "Space" or "Star". It was a 3D polygonal space combat / sim. Everything was predominantly brown -- browns ships, mostly brown planets. You'd fly from planet to planet accepting banal missions -- I don't remember there being any real story. The real stand-out detail here in my mind was that some of the missions were "delivery" missions, where you left your ship and were instead flying a little space-scooter (like a Vespa without wheels, with no visible person driving) to bring things from one point on a planet to another. But the scooter itself moved along a straight horizontal axis even though the planets were curved, so if you just aimed at the horizon and cranked up the throttle you'd end up in space. The disks themselves were beige with white labels. Okay, it's a book, not a game, but this is probably the right crowd to ask. I've been looking for it for the last or so -- an introductory guide to the internet. No amount of googling, questioning, or used-book hunting has ever found it. I don't remember if it was aimed at kids or families, but it had tons of graphics, and I think there were blue floppy disks with eyes and hands that introduced important concepts in sidebars. The cover was the two anthropomorphic blue disks, and I believe had the earth's horizon behind them (all illustrated). Around that was a red border, with a red spine as well. There was a directory of popular websites and Usenet groups, and it even touched on Gopher and Archie. My guess for a publication date would be between 1993 and 1995, but it's hard to know for sure. Usenet was popular, which points to earlier in the 90s, but I can't remember whether or not it mentioned Geocities, which would push it to ~1995. The only additional clue I have is that it was part of a series -- I found a cached SomethingAwful post where someone mentions a very similar book, but doesn't identify it:
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Thread Games you remember, names you don't
Nope. The game was much more sterile -- had a really bland look to it. And I'm 99% sure the ships were actually polygonal. It could be played in third-person, I don't remember if it had a first-person view at all. If it did, it was a very simple cockpit.
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Thread Games you remember, names you don't
Impressive sleuthing. For a tiny game released in 1995, it was pretty ambitious. Looks like it was developed by a small company near Montreal -- I picked up a boxed copy at a computer expo in Winnipeg. I was starting to wonder if it was a very local release that never saw wider distribution. ...but it turned out I was EXTREMELY WRONG. "The game was consistently ranked amongst the 'Top 40 Most Popular Games in the World' throughout 1996, as published by PC Games Chart." - Crazy that one of the "most popular games in the world" can be completely unheard of twenty years later. Oh god, there was even a horrifically failed .
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Thread Games you remember, names you don't
0 / 13 For what it's worth, I've seen this game mentioned online. I suspect it's pretty rare -- but got a boxed release, so there must be at least a handful of copies out there.
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Thread Canada PoliERA |OT| Two Years of Sunny Days? That’s Scheer Madness!
Hey, at least Quebec Solidaire wants to take the crucifix down. At the same time as they separate Quebec from Canada and make the language laws even more draconian. And they have the first candidate in Quebec to ever wear a headscarf! Despite the fact that they said if they'd win they'd ban public employees from wearing headscarves. Oh, and they also said they'd to allow them to legally discriminate against minorities. So maybe I could vote Liberal! If I was fine with a crucifix hanging in parliament and increased oil drilling. Throwing out specifics like this is actually helping. Maybe Liberal is my best option. I agree with a lot of Quebec Solidaire's policies, but others outright disgust me. On the flipside, I don't agree with the Liberals on practically anything...but I think they have a smaller capacity for evil? And they're the more popular of the two parties, so a vote for them is probably the only thing I can do to take a stand against CAQ's potential majority.
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Thread Canada PoliERA |OT| Two Years of Sunny Days? That’s Scheer Madness!
Any party I vote for is going to make me feel awful for doing so.
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Thread Canada PoliERA |OT| Two Years of Sunny Days? That’s Scheer Madness!
I moved to Quebec last year, and I have no idea what to do about the upcoming election. There isn't a single party that I wouldn't feel incredibly gross voting for. It makes me realize how good I had it, politically, in BC. I could get involved, I felt like there were good options and bad options. In Quebec, it seems like a zero-sum game with no path forward. Do you vote for the party that's blatantly racist, or the one that wants to kick out anyone who fails a French exam? The one who wants to force immigrants to pass a ridiculous "values test", or the one that fights to hang a crucifix in parliament? But you have to vote for someone, right? Abstaining helps nothing. But no matter who I'd vote for, I'd be hurting someone. Contributing to negative progress. God dammit.