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  1. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I lucked out and got a Switch to relieve lockdown boredom. I had one years back and sold it, so this is my second rodeo. Animal Crossing - New Horizons - It’s the first Animal Crossing game I’ve...

    I lucked out and got a Switch to relieve lockdown boredom. I had one years back and sold it, so this is my second rodeo.

    Animal Crossing - New Horizons - It’s the first Animal Crossing game I’ve played, and I bought into the hype. It’s cute and relaxed, but I can’t say I love it or would highly recommend it to everybody. I’m about 80 hours in and it seems like all you really do is collect things and try to arrange them to look nice. It’s a great time waster, but I also regret how much time I’ve wasted on it, and will continue to.

    Celeste - Revisiting this game and it’s just as great as ever. Difficult but fair 2D platforming game that is a pleasure to play, and rewards you every step of the way. Only complaint is I find the story/cutscenes boring and unnecessary, but I’m probably the minority in that.

    Shinobi (SEGA Ages) - Excellent arcade port of a title that has held up surprisingly well. The dev team did a great job adding QoL improvements, and it’s great to see classics handled with care as opposed to the typical retro port cash grabs you often see from whoever ended up with the licence.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Elon Musk tweets "Tesla stock price is too high imo", shares fall in ~finance

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    It’s not unlike Trump. Left unchecked, he’ll continue pushing and the behaviour becomes normalized.

    It’s not unlike Trump. Left unchecked, he’ll continue pushing and the behaviour becomes normalized.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Brush up your COBOL: Why is a 60 year old language suddenly in demand? in ~comp

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    It’s been mentioned often before, but the issue isn’t COBOL or learning COBOL. Yes it’s ancient by today’s standards, but it’s not horrible or even that difficult to learn. What is horrible is...

    It’s been mentioned often before, but the issue isn’t COBOL or learning COBOL. Yes it’s ancient by today’s standards, but it’s not horrible or even that difficult to learn.

    What is horrible is jumping into a 50 year old code base that’s been hacked together by just as many contributors over the years. Trying to figure out how to deal with years of fixes for weird edge cases, squeezed in business requirements from long gone PM, hacks... all thrown together in a time before best practices and modern CS fundamentals. A time when coding was something you learned on the job.

    On top of that throw in minimal to no documentation, nobody around with a deep understanding of the system, and the fact that most of these systems are business critical (if they weren’t, they were likely migrated to something else already) so make a mistake and it could end up costing the company millions.

    You can teach any programmer COBOL. It’s becoming familiar enough with the spaghetti that takes time, and it’s not the type of work most programmers worth their salt want to spend their career learning.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    While I wait for my Switch to arrive and cure me of COVID boredom, I've been playing Phantasy Star IV on the Sega Genesis Mini. I'm really surprised how well it's held up and fast-paced it is. It...

    While I wait for my Switch to arrive and cure me of COVID boredom, I've been playing Phantasy Star IV on the Sega Genesis Mini. I'm really surprised how well it's held up and fast-paced it is. It can be a bit of a grind at times - as most RPGs were back in the day - and the translation can be a bit questionable, but overall it's a great RPG with some nice little surprises along the way.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on What are some games in which movement itself is a joy? in ~games

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    Castlevania:SOTN and Super Metroid’s double-jump fit the bill. Also - and I doubt many will agree - Bionic Commando on NES, while stiff by modern standards, was very satisfying to swing around in...

    Castlevania:SOTN and Super Metroid’s double-jump fit the bill.

    Also - and I doubt many will agree - Bionic Commando on NES, while stiff by modern standards, was very satisfying to swing around in once you got the mechanics down.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 20 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Anybody else feel like going to the grocery store is now like the scene in every zombie movie where they need to do a supply run?

    Anybody else feel like going to the grocery store is now like the scene in every zombie movie where they need to do a supply run?

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night released for iOS and Android for US $3 in ~games

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    A classic that deserves better than this.

    A classic that deserves better than this.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Trump impeachment: Failed witnesses vote paves way for acquittal in ~news

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    I’m not American, but as an outside viewer I’m not surprised at the result but at the apathetic response to the result. For a country that prides itself on its democracy and rule of law, this to...

    I’m not American, but as an outside viewer I’m not surprised at the result but at the apathetic response to the result.

    For a country that prides itself on its democracy and rule of law, this to me proves just how fundamentally broken the system is, and it has little to do with Trump.

    To me this looks like a pretty clear roadmap to totalitarianism and I don’t see how anything less than a civil war will change things.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on What are your favorite concept albums? in ~music

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    Daft Punk - Discovery / Interstella 5555 Pink Floyd - The Wall

    Daft Punk - Discovery / Interstella 5555
    Pink Floyd - The Wall

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I picked up a Sega Genesis Mini over the holidays and recently installed Project Lunar on it. Being playing Revenge of Shinobi, Altered Beast, Golden Axe, and Streets of Rage which still hold up....

    I picked up a Sega Genesis Mini over the holidays and recently installed Project Lunar on it. Being playing Revenge of Shinobi, Altered Beast, Golden Axe, and Streets of Rage which still hold up.

    Have to admit a lot of the games that blew me away as a kid didn’t age well though, and now aren’t much fun. RPGs from that era especially seem like huge grinds.

  11. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I started out doing negative pull ups (and chin ups). What worked for me was to place a chair under the pull up bar, stand on it, and slowly lower myself down. After 10-20 of these a day for 2...

    I started out doing negative pull ups (and chin ups). What worked for me was to place a chair under the pull up bar, stand on it, and slowly lower myself down. After 10-20 of these a day for 2 weeks, I would start trying to pull myself up. After a few weeks it got a lot easier, and now I can do several rounds of 10+ unassisted.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What programming languages will you focus on in 2020 and why? in ~comp

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    SwiftUI, although I hope Apple improves the error messaging in the next Xcode update. Right now debugging can be very frustrating as compiler errors can be totally misleading if not outright wrong.

    SwiftUI, although I hope Apple improves the error messaging in the next Xcode update. Right now debugging can be very frustrating as compiler errors can be totally misleading if not outright wrong.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Which Tildes Theme are you using? in ~tildes

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    Dracula! Also use it with Xcode, Sublime Text, and Telegram.🧛♂️

    Dracula! Also use it with Xcode, Sublime Text, and Telegram.🧛‍♂️

    3 votes