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  1. Comment on Cloudflare moves from reCAPTCHA to hCaptcha in ~tech

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    I'm glad that they are switching away from reCAPTCHA. Frankly, reCAPTCHA is garbage. It's fine if you are logged into a Google account, but if you are not (and doubly so if you are avoiding...

    I'm glad that they are switching away from reCAPTCHA. Frankly, reCAPTCHA is garbage. It's fine if you are logged into a Google account, but if you are not (and doubly so if you are avoiding Google's tracking), it's the single most annoying and frustrating pieces of software that you can't functionally opt-out of. I've had times when it kept me waiting forever because it kept showing me new images to click, all hidden behind the slowest fade-in and fade-out transitions I have ever seen. And most of the times I have had to go through six or more challenges just for them to decide I'm a human being.

    11 votes
  2. Comment on Why I don’t use a static site generator in ~comp

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    It's interesting that this guy does cyber security for a living but is ok with handwaving away Wordpress's bad reputation for security with strong passwords and MFA. Then again it's been forever...

    It's interesting that this guy does cyber security for a living but is ok with handwaving away Wordpress's bad reputation for security with strong passwords and MFA.

    Then again it's been forever since I last evaluated WordPress, during which time I am sure it has been completely rewritten since PHP has changed so dramatically. Perhaps WordPress is much more secure and reliable than it used to be.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on JPMorgan's Athena has 35 million lines of Python code, and won't be updated to Python 3 in time in ~comp

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    It's software in the financial industry. They are famous for only needing to update and upgrade when absolutely necessary. This news doesn't surprise me at all. That being said the fact that this...

    It's software in the financial industry. They are famous for only needing to update and upgrade when absolutely necessary. This news doesn't surprise me at all.

    That being said the fact that this launched in 2018 and they decided to use Python 2 seems like they were asking for problems.

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

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    Oddly enough, I had just today decided to go through my steam backlog and play Pinstripe. It's very very short. So it's a narrative fueled puzzle platformer where you play a priest who is trying...

    Oddly enough, I had just today decided to go through my steam backlog and play Pinstripe.

    It's very very short.

    So it's a narrative fueled puzzle platformer where you play a priest who is trying to get his daughter back from the devil. Honestly, the puzzles are all very easy to figure out and the twists are not very shocking. It would have been much nicer if it was much longer and had more gameplay mechanics. The one redeeming factor is how visually polished it is.

    Overall I wouldn't recommend Pinstripe.

    Right before I played Pinstripe, I finished replaying Zero Time Dilemma. It's the last game in the Zero Escape series. I bought it a short while ago because I wanted to play the PC port, and it is much nicer to play than the originals since those versions were extremely choppy. Unfortunately, this game is easily the worst one in the series; though the puzzles are much more solvable here (generally less moon logic), the change in presentation makes pacing crawl; you can't reliably skip a single line of text, so if you do try to speed through the dull parts you will likely skip something important. Beyond that, the disjointed storytelling means it's really easy to lose your interest early on, and it gets really irritating in the third act since it's constantly stopping even when the story finally turns linear.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Sad state of cross platform GUI frameworks in ~comp

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    I'll be the first one to agree with you about how bad JS is, and there are many stupidities in HTML, but I would not call CSS bad at all. CSS is well respected to the point that I see it's...

    I'll be the first one to agree with you about how bad JS is, and there are many stupidities in HTML, but I would not call CSS bad at all. CSS is well respected to the point that I see it's influence in many other UI toolkits. Heck, there is a CSS analogue right in at least two of the toolkits in the article (qt and JavaFX).

  6. Comment on How SNES emulators got a few pixels from complete perfection in ~games

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    I doubt that CELL will be a problem for emulation. All the most important bits are already fairly well known since it's based on PowerPC, and there is fairly good documentation for the non-PPC SPU...

    I doubt that CELL will be a problem for emulation. All the most important bits are already fairly well known since it's based on PowerPC, and there is fairly good documentation for the non-PPC SPU elements. Beyond that, microprocessors generally are well documented so that programmers and compiler designers can make the most out of them. They do tend to sell based on efficiency, after all.

    Beyond that, new games are much different than old games. SNES games were written on the bare metal and had programmers taking advantage of errata and imperfections in the hardware. Modern games are all built on thousands of libraries that are usually written to be portable and therefore will generally not take advantage of odd tricks.

    Modern emulators don't even take the same approaches that older ones did; it's not good enough to simply simulate what a processor will do because that demands insane performance. Instead of simulating processors, modern emulators act like virtual machines that JIT recompile code into something they can run much faster.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on As dairy crisis deepens, American farmers are warned that milk dumping could harm the environment in ~enviro

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    The US dairy industry is somewhat insane. To my understanding there is actually a minimum price at which milk can be sold. There is a giant powerful dairy industry lobby, which is why our...

    The US dairy industry is somewhat insane. To my understanding there is actually a minimum price at which milk can be sold. There is a giant powerful dairy industry lobby, which is why our government keeps recommending drinking milk every day.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on What ever happened to the bread machine? in ~food

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    I really dislike bread makers. And it's not because they aren't as good as making bread by hand or because they are "unitaskers", but simply because they encourage bad nutrition. People with bread...

    I really dislike bread makers. And it's not because they aren't as good as making bread by hand or because they are "unitaskers", but simply because they encourage bad nutrition. People with bread makers seem to make a lot of sweet bread, but the biggest problem is that if you are using it regularly you are probably eating a lot of bread since the lack of preservatives means that the bread is going bad fast.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Humble Book Bundle: Software Development by O'Reilly in ~comp

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    It should be noted that many of these book bundles for tech tend to be outdated, so I wouldn't recommend this one to beginners (with the possible exception of the Regular Expressions book). This...

    It should be noted that many of these book bundles for tech tend to be outdated, so I wouldn't recommend this one to beginners (with the possible exception of the Regular Expressions book). This one is noticable because only the books in the $15 tier even have O'Reilly's new style cover design.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What's the best way to connect four monitors to two computers? in ~comp

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    Since this is a no expenses barred conversation, theres a pretty easy solution; buy a killer good laptop and get rid of the PC. If you want separate working environments, either set up a second...

    Since this is a no expenses barred conversation, theres a pretty easy solution; buy a killer good laptop and get rid of the PC. If you want separate working environments, either set up a second account or virtualize.

    It's probably not the answer you were looking for, but I think it's probably going to be the easiest one to deal with overall.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Home pizza oven put to the test by two professional chefs in ~food

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    You can get a bit closer by making another layer with ceramic tiles above the pizza in the oven. I really enjoyed watching this video on pizza making recently:...

    You can get a bit closer by making another layer with ceramic tiles above the pizza in the oven.

    I really enjoyed watching this video on pizza making recently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smjnOG1diXg

    1 vote
  12. Comment on It's not what programming languages do, it's what they shepherd you to in ~comp

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    I made a comment about this a little while ago: https://tildes.net/~comp/m88/i_want_off_mr_golangs_wild_ride#comment-4nqv I'll admit I was amused at the Java comment though. The most popular Java...

    I made a comment about this a little while ago:

    https://tildes.net/~comp/m88/i_want_off_mr_golangs_wild_ride#comment-4nqv

    I'll admit I was amused at the Java comment though. The most popular Java framework is Spring (at least it was while I was still in that world), which at it's most basic level is designed specifically for Inversion of Control - in other words, to break the OOP pattern of writing and instantiating classes.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What happens when the maintainer of a JavaScript library downloaded 26 million times a week goes to prison in ~comp

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    As much as it seems to have gotten a bad rap lately, problems like these are why I think that JavaScript needs its own version of a standard library. IMHO when it comes to these mega-popular...

    As much as it seems to have gotten a bad rap lately, problems like these are why I think that JavaScript needs its own version of a standard library. IMHO when it comes to these mega-popular packages, the npm model of software development takes the efforts that would normally be taken care of by the most involved people and makes it so that every developer has to constantly evaluate the quality and usability of each module. Perhaps I am a bit too old fashioned, but it terrifies me that usage statistics have replaced code review as a method of determining the quality of a software package.

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

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    Thank you, I appreciate it.

    Thank you, I appreciate it.

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

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    No, I am home now. The only reason why I was stuck was because it was a long cruise and most of the ports were canceled. I was actually pretty lucky to avoid sickness during this time but now my...

    No, I am home now. The only reason why I was stuck was because it was a long cruise and most of the ports were canceled. I was actually pretty lucky to avoid sickness during this time but now my fiance has come down with something, so I figure it's just a matter of time for me.

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

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    I have been stuck on a cruise ship for the past few weeks, but thankfully before I left I picked up the new Android port of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. And while playing the game with...

    I have been stuck on a cruise ship for the past few weeks, but thankfully before I left I picked up the new Android port of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. And while playing the game with touchscreen controls is exactly as frustrating as you would think, it's still as fun as it has ever been.

    Unfortunately it also came with the same irritation as when it came out since I was unable to figure out how to get past the Richter fight and there was no internet connection for me to find an answer. So instead of finishing the game I played the new-to-me Richter and Maria modes. You can play through the first castle as them fairly easily, but the second castle is almost impossible because those characters can't turn into bats or smoke. Both of them have moves that can "cheat" you higher but they are hard to pull off even with physical buttons to press.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Recommend classic games you feel everyone should play at least once in ~games

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    I'd second both recommendations, but I would maybe hold off on Terranigma at first because it's the third game in a series. And while Soul Blazer is probably skippable, I would definitely...

    I'd second both recommendations, but I would maybe hold off on Terranigma at first because it's the third game in a series. And while Soul Blazer is probably skippable, I would definitely recommend playing Illusion of Gaia. IIRC it's shorter and more streamlined, which makes it a bit better of an introduction to the series.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Recommend classic games you feel everyone should play at least once in ~games

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    There were many more JRPGs on the SNES than just about any other platform, but the PlayStation had a much greater selection of high quality titles. I would even go so far as to say that the median...

    There were many more JRPGs on the SNES than just about any other platform, but the PlayStation had a much greater selection of high quality titles. I would even go so far as to say that the median quality of PlayStation RPGs is higher than some of the best SNES RPGs. Since this was the first console generation where everyone had CD drives, developers were able to squeeze in far more art, dialogue, and music than they could before, and every developer took advantage of it. Keep in mind that the reason why so many of those early SNES RPGs were so terse was because even text takes up valuable space in these expensive microchips they needed to purchase to manufacture their cartridges.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Copper destroys viruses and bacteria. Why isn’t it everywhere? in ~health

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    Forgive me if I missed something, but did the author completely pass over the fact that copper is also poison? There are copper pool sanitizers on the market right now, but they are limited to...

    Forgive me if I missed something, but did the author completely pass over the fact that copper is also poison?

    There are copper pool sanitizers on the market right now, but they are limited to releasing something like 1 ppm max because of the health risks.

    Copper went out of fashion not because it gets "groady", but because it is reactive. It won't stay the size and shape forever and will need to be maintained far more often than plastics or other materials.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I spent all day yesterday removing furniture from the library in our house because there was a secret leak behind one of the walls and there is now mold everywhere. And this is literally on the...

    I spent all day yesterday removing furniture from the library in our house because there was a secret leak behind one of the walls and there is now mold everywhere.

    And this is literally on the last day before we leave for our three week vacation (the boyfriend and I leave tonight).

    We are going to try to make sure this doesn't ruin the vacation, though. So if you all don't hear from me for a while, it's a good thing.

    6 votes