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    Amazon has been sued due to introducing Ads

    I tend to agree. Initially, there was a decent selection of things to watch. Plus, enough shows that I was willing to outright purchase that there was value. Lately, there don't seem to be very much worth watching (*), including shows that I can purchase, and more and more is on channels...
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    Amazon has been sued due to introducing Ads

    But, can I still be from Mars? 🤔 TomB
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    Amazon has been sued due to introducing Ads

    Maybe I'm from Mars, but is anyone else (1) in the habit of ignoring ads, (2) dis-inclined to buy from online ads that pierce their awareness? I find very very few ads to be of use. When I need to buy something I do some queries and figure out what to get. Ads and search placement are huge...
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    Amazon has been sued due to introducing Ads

    Not a lawyer, but I thought there were limits to such terms. A contract that can be changed by one side isn’t much of a contract. But, changing terms on renewal is fair game. All Amazon needs to do is make the changes effective on the next renewal. TomB
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    Did the Ads Recently Change on this Site (New Pop Ups)

    Ah, not quite. It seems the goal is to prevent the pop up’s on the smaller screens, where they rather do not fit. So, I’m very much speculating. There was a 13.5 inch with check which was commented out, then reappeared as an 8 inch width check. 13.5 inches cuts out most tablets and most...
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    Did the Ads Recently Change on this Site (New Pop Ups)

    It seems that the width test changed again. I'm seeing a new minimum width of 8 inches. My guess is that they are trying to find a "reasonable" width for which the window is not too terrible. Less than what they had, enabling the pop-up on more browsers. You can check this by viewing the...
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    Did the Ads Recently Change on this Site (New Pop Ups)

    I’m just getting the bottom anchor ad. Looking at the page source, it seems a width check was uncommented. Has anyone tried on a wide monitor? Although, aren‘t iPads more than 1300 pixels wide? [Edit: one ”px” is 1/96 inches. 1300 px is 13 1/2 inches, plus 4/96 of an inch.] TomB old <!--...
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    Did the Ads Recently Change on this Site (New Pop Ups)

    Ugh, JavaScript is a truly evil language. Just for interest: There are some ads from gamerati and others from nitro pay. Nitropay seems to be adding the pop ups. The interstitial add is in a comment (“<!— —>”) so is disabled. The floating video and the bottom anchored look enabled. TomB...
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    D&D General Why Isn't There a D&D Table Top Miniatures War Game?

    IMO the pre-painted miniatures version suffered because of the use of randomized packs, and because of fairly horrid miniatures. A few were OK. Many were quite bad. For a while it seemed to capture some players, but it didn’t last. Nowadays, there are a couple of skirmish games. The ones...
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    What if Earth suddenly stopped spinning?

    Perhaps one should ask ... how quickly? Most folks would be moving quite quickly relative to the now non-rotating earth. Folks at the equator would suddenly be moving at about 1000 m/hr relative to the earth. Folks at the poles would be OK. There would be rather large ocean surges if they...
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    D&D 5E Why is animate dead considered inherently evil?

    I think we are in agreement. My point in regards to cultural variation failed to convey that the cultural variations seem to have a much stronger regard for these things. TomB
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    D&D 5E Why is animate dead considered inherently evil?

    There are definitely cultural aspects to this. That is, dead bodies, bones, graveyards, present themselves very differently in different cultures. My sense is that the modern western sensibility is quite at odds with historical cultural norms. (On the other hand, how did people deal with mass...
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    D&D 5E Why is animate dead considered inherently evil?

    “Whatever preferable is good” seems highly disputable. I take the statement as an attempt to unify relative measurements (better than and worse than) with absolute descriptions (good and evil). I don’t think the statement, by itself, succeeds. Very probably, the statement must be understood...
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    D&D 5E Why is animate dead considered inherently evil?

    “We” don’t think any such thing. Color practitioners know very well that color perception is not absolute. They don’t think of color as being objective. Not in a terribly precise sense. This is opposed by sound. Perfect sound perception (perfect pitch) is a real thing. Perfect color...
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    D&D 5E Why is animate dead considered inherently evil?

    Not everyone accepts that part of Eberron. I imagine most ignore it. In my games, when it comes up in play, the players all think the Elves are seriously deluding themselves. TomB
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    D&D 4E Ben Riggs' "What the Heck Happened with 4th Edition?" seminar at Gen Con 2023

    I think that is due to the terrible presentation, together with certain business decisions, together with the failure to deliver the digital platform. (We haven’t even mentioned the incomplete tools disc and the nightmare that was Gleemax.) All of that didn’t just turn people away — it riled...
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    D&D 4E Ben Riggs' "What the Heck Happened with 4th Edition?" seminar at Gen Con 2023

    I rather prefer stout .. but wtf is oyster milk??? TomB
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    D&D 4E Ben Riggs' "What the Heck Happened with 4th Edition?" seminar at Gen Con 2023

    Isn’t interminable debate the essence of scientific and academic discovery? Also, the ongoing discussion shows that folks still care about this stuff. And, the discussion does seem to have mellowed. Perhaps allowing a few more details to be settled without the heat of the discussion...
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    D&D 4E Ben Riggs' "What the Heck Happened with 4th Edition?" seminar at Gen Con 2023

    Ah, Maybe the power would be more well received if it were “Readied Whirlwind”: You stand ready for an expected onrush. Until the beginning of your next turn, you receive a free attack against any opponents who moves into reach. That seems to be the common scene. It does rely on the GM not...
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    D&D 4E Ben Riggs' "What the Heck Happened with 4th Edition?" seminar at Gen Con 2023

    Comparing "cut of his head" with Come and Get It is not a good comparison. As a more defined example, let's compare Bull Rush, from 3.5E, and Come and Get It, from 4E: Note that in 4E "pull" is defined to be the same as "shift" and "push". The fighter using CAGI is not presumed to be...
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