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  1. Comment on Hollywood crews vote to authorize a strike for better pay and working conditions in ~movies

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    In another life, I continued my amateur theater tech passion into a career. I have the utmost sympathy for the crews and the conditions they're going through. Here's hoping the studios make some...

    In another life, I continued my amateur theater tech passion into a career. I have the utmost sympathy for the crews and the conditions they're going through. Here's hoping the studios make some actual real concessions during negotiation.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Framework laptop review in ~tech

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    Unfortunately no - I'm still going to be keeping my desktop around for most of that. It's mostly for travel - can I sit in my hotel while on vacation and play some games. It's definitely something...

    Unfortunately no - I'm still going to be keeping my desktop around for most of that. It's mostly for travel - can I sit in my hotel while on vacation and play some games. It's definitely something I could live without, but I'm used to it at this point and don't want to go back to GPU-less.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Framework laptop review in ~tech

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    I've been giving Framework some serious thought recently, as my System76 Oryx Pro is starting to get to the point where I can justify an upgrade. I'm torn on two things, though: I'd like a GPU to...

    I've been giving Framework some serious thought recently, as my System76 Oryx Pro is starting to get to the point where I can justify an upgrade. I'm torn on two things, though: I'd like a GPU to do a non-zero amount of higher-powered gaming, and I'd like a bigger model - probably 15" screen or so. Framework's lack of a dedicated GPU is somewhat tempered by the fact that everything is lacking dedicated GPUs nowadays... if I wanted to just upgrade my Oryx to a newer model, I can't - System76 has had no stock of all discrete-GPU models for months.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    My wife and I did tacos al pastor starting from Serious Eats' recipe - al pastor are my favorite type of tacos by far, and this recipe is excellent. I know it's not quite traditional, but I'm...

    My wife and I did tacos al pastor starting from Serious Eats' recipe - al pastor are my favorite type of tacos by far, and this recipe is excellent. I know it's not quite traditional, but I'm considering trying to smoke the meat next time we try this.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Why we turn off autocaps and only write in lowercase online in ~humanities

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    I'll always recommend Because Internet as a really in-depth look at digital communication, from many different angles.

    I'll always recommend Because Internet as a really in-depth look at digital communication, from many different angles.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Democrats circulate draft antitrust bills that could reshape Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google in ~tech

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    Only tangentially-related: I know FAANG was originally more a descriptor of market dominance and not overall size/influence, but including Netflix increasingly strikes me as odd when using "FAANG"...

    Only tangentially-related: I know FAANG was originally more a descriptor of market dominance and not overall size/influence, but including Netflix increasingly strikes me as odd when using "FAANG" to mean "Big Tech"

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    The Red Blob hex-grid articles are a shining example of an educational/informative website.

    The Red Blob hex-grid articles are a shining example of an educational/informative website.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Recommend me a podcast app for android in ~tech

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    I switched from Doggcatcher to Pocket Casts at some point and have been very pleased with the switch.

    I switched from Doggcatcher to Pocket Casts at some point and have been very pleased with the switch.

  9. Comment on Results from the Fermilab g-2 experiment indicate new physics with 4.2 sigma confidence, stronger than previous measurements in ~science

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    Fermilab is such a cool place. They really do care about making physics accessible to anyone who wants to learn more. And they have bison!

    Fermilab is such a cool place. They really do care about making physics accessible to anyone who wants to learn more. And they have bison!

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Looking for recommendations for half-hour shows in ~tv

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    Only Connect is so good, it makes me genuinely sad that I'm not a UK citizen and am therefore not eligible to compete.

    Only Connect is so good, it makes me genuinely sad that I'm not a UK citizen and am therefore not eligible to compete.

  11. Comment on Cricut backs off plan to add subscription fee to millions of devices in ~tech

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    Cool, I still don't trust you. I was already leaning towards Silhouette anyway, but Cricut just made the decision real easy. Any company that moves to a subscription model after already operating...

    Cool, I still don't trust you.

    I was already leaning towards Silhouette anyway, but Cricut just made the decision real easy. Any company that moves to a subscription model after already operating off single-purchase just feels so nakedly greedy to me.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on March Madness is upon us! in ~sports

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    Let's go Illini! We're so much fun to watch this year - Ayo and Kofi, Fraiser and Curbelo, the streak we're carrying through the B1G tournament... I'm really hopeful for a deep run this year.

    Let's go Illini! We're so much fun to watch this year - Ayo and Kofi, Fraiser and Curbelo, the streak we're carrying through the B1G tournament...

    I'm really hopeful for a deep run this year.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on A bird-feed seller beat a chess master online. Then it got ugly in ~games

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    In addition to looking at matching percentage vs engine moves, they also look at factors like time between moves. A human player will take wildly varying amounts of time to make moves - they'll...

    In addition to looking at matching percentage vs engine moves, they also look at factors like time between moves. A human player will take wildly varying amounts of time to make moves - they'll think for a while on a position, then make several quicker moves, as long as the opponent plays the line that they're expecting to get played. A player who is depending on an engine doesn't understand that the opponent's move is the expected one - they have to input it to the engine, see the result, then play it on their board, and they have to do this on every move.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I think there might be some experimentation in this area, and even more-general "procedural narrative" stuff. Super interesting to see where it goes, if anywhere.

    I think there might be some experimentation in this area, and even more-general "procedural narrative" stuff. Super interesting to see where it goes, if anywhere.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I've been doing some tinkering with a super-flexible video game dialogue engine - the kind of thing that would drive a BioWare RPG where you have dialogue being chosen based on current party...

    I've been doing some tinkering with a super-flexible video game dialogue engine - the kind of thing that would drive a BioWare RPG where you have dialogue being chosen based on current party members, choices made earlier, etc.

    As a supporting feature for this project, I've been trying to define/parse a text-based format for the dialogue, and it's getting tricky. I want to be able to do things like "this response triggers if you have a party member with stat xyz greater than some threshold". I feel like I'm crossing a line where I'm writing a "parser" and not a "deserializer", and I'm having to adjust accordingly.

    6 votes
  16. Comment on Why I rewrote my Rust keyboard firmware in Zig: consistency, mastery, and fun in ~comp

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    I've had a super fun time tinkering with Zig. Comptime, especially, really gives me a feeling of "Oh, of course I can just do this"

    I've had a super fun time tinkering with Zig. Comptime, especially, really gives me a feeling of "Oh, of course I can just do this"

    2 votes
  17. Comment on The small web is beautiful in ~tech

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    I'm glad they also talk about small non-web software - projects like the Handmade software movement and the Zig programming language are things that I try to keep in mind when I'm writing code....

    I'm glad they also talk about small non-web software - projects like the Handmade software movement and the Zig programming language are things that I try to keep in mind when I'm writing code. For software to remain "good" (for varying measurements of "good"), you have to care about it being good. (And you have to be able to afford to care - it's all too often that time/budget/etc mean that you've just gotta get some code out the door or someone will come breathing down your neck about it)

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Anyone catch Jeopardy! tonight? in ~tv

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    I know I'm probably not going to give the other guest hosts a fair chance, but I'm going to be very sad if Ken doesn't get the permanent job.

    I know I'm probably not going to give the other guest hosts a fair chance, but I'm going to be very sad if Ken doesn't get the permanent job.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Gonti Steals Kaldra | Commander Clash Moment #6 in ~games.tabletop

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    I'd love to have more Magic chatter here - maybe I should help do something about that, huh. One of my friends has been brewing some bonkers commander decks and publishing them on /r/EDH and the...

    I'd love to have more Magic chatter here - maybe I should help do something about that, huh. One of my friends has been brewing some bonkers commander decks and publishing them on /r/EDH and the new Commander's Herald site - a few weeks ago, MTGMuddstah featured a modified version of his "$10 Pirate-less Pirate Storm" deck and it almost got there.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    I'm only a novice zig tinkerer myself, but I love it so far. Not just from a language standpoint, but from a community/development standpoint too - it really feels like the people involved care...

    I'm only a novice zig tinkerer myself, but I love it so far. Not just from a language standpoint, but from a community/development standpoint too - it really feels like the people involved care about software and software development in the way that I want to/wish more people did.

    3 votes