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  1. Comment on Announcing Tildes' Make Something Month (Timasomo) for 2022! in ~tildes

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    It's a bit earlier than last year, since last year it was in November.

    It's a bit earlier than last year, since last year it was in November.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Magnus Carlsen withdraws from Sinquefield Cup in ~games.tabletop

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    So is this a confirmation of some sort that Carlsen was concerned about Niemann cheating, or does it seem like weaselly language to ease speculation?

    At the same time, we share his deep concerns about the damage that cheating brings to chess. FIDE has led the fight against cheating for many years, and we reiterate our zero-tolerance policy toward cheating in any form. Whether it is online or “over the board”, cheating remains cheating. We are strongly committed to this fight, and we have invested in forming a group of specialists to devise sophisticated preventive measures that already apply at top FIDE events.

    So is this a confirmation of some sort that Carlsen was concerned about Niemann cheating, or does it seem like weaselly language to ease speculation?

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Steam Deck production update (it's good news) in ~games

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    I'm slowly getting excited for this, especially since it seems like everything I want lately is either on backorder or shipping very late. I don't even know what I'm going to play yet.

    I'm slowly getting excited for this, especially since it seems like everything I want lately is either on backorder or shipping very late.

    I don't even know what I'm going to play yet.

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

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    I picked up Oxygen Not Included on the Steam sale a while ago and I finally started playing it this past week and a half. Steam says I already logged over 50 hours, so I can safely say I'm hooked....

    I picked up Oxygen Not Included on the Steam sale a while ago and I finally started playing it this past week and a half. Steam says I already logged over 50 hours, so I can safely say I'm hooked.

    My first colony went rather okay, but after about a hundred cycles, I slowly realised that I didn't plan for everything slowly heating up. My farms started dying due to a high temperature, and eventually my dupes starved.

    My second colony fared a bit better. I got lucky with a bunch of good colonists, I managed to get some sort of cooling solution in place, found oil and a bunch of useful geysers, but then I noticed that my base layout was far suboptimal for mid to late game. It would be less of a pain to restart on this seed than to try to renovate my base to make room for extra things.

    I'm loving it so far. 8/10 game.

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

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    Funny, I've picked up FTL for the first time in about a decade as well. It took me a few tries to get a win on Normal, despite me remembering regularly being able to beat it a decade ago. Do you...

    Funny, I've picked up FTL for the first time in about a decade as well. It took me a few tries to get a win on Normal, despite me remembering regularly being able to beat it a decade ago.

    Do you have a favoured strategy/ship?

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What did you do this week (and weekend)? in ~talk

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    Flew back to Canada, got upgraded to business class along the way. Slowly unpacking and trying to handle the jet lag. Getting ready to fly to the southern US next week, since my new job offered to...

    Flew back to Canada, got upgraded to business class along the way. Slowly unpacking and trying to handle the jet lag. Getting ready to fly to the southern US next week, since my new job offered to have an onsite orientation and meeting since I joined at just the right time.

    I'm not sure if things have changed since I've been gone, or if things have always been this way and I just now have a fresh view on things after living in central Europe for three years, but so far, it seems like more of a downgrade than I expected. One thing that popped out was how nonsensical a lot of the government instructions are, before even getting out of the airport.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Five UX improvements that could save lives in ~tech

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    Yeah, at first I thought it was a satire site because it hung at this screen for me for over a minute.

    Yeah, at first I thought it was a satire site because it hung at this screen for me for over a minute.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on What did you do this week (and weekend)? in ~talk

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    Daydrinking and staycationing. Mostly blasting Central American music while sitting on my balcony and drinking tropical drinks in the 30+ degree heat in Central Europe. Also had a going-away party...

    Daydrinking and staycationing. Mostly blasting Central American music while sitting on my balcony and drinking tropical drinks in the 30+ degree heat in Central Europe. Also had a going-away party with soon-to-be-former coworkers at a Witcher-themed bar.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Suggest me a GPU in ~tech

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    Does nVidia still require you to literally log in online to use some features on their cards, or did they scrap that?

    Does nVidia still require you to literally log in online to use some features on their cards, or did they scrap that?

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Distillation and sealing of 139g of pure cesium into a glass vial in ~science

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    What does one even do with a vial like this, in a homemade context? Use it somehow? Store it for later? (Is that even possible? I'd be worried about storing something as reactive as this...)

    What does one even do with a vial like this, in a homemade context? Use it somehow? Store it for later? (Is that even possible? I'd be worried about storing something as reactive as this...)

    6 votes
  11. Comment on Having been on Android for over a decade, I just got my first iPhone! What should I know? in ~tech

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    Confirming that this works on Android 12, at least.

    Confirming that this works on Android 12, at least.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on What did you do this week (and weekend)? in ~talk

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    ElixirConf EU. Travelled to London to attend, which is neat since it's my first time here where it wasn't just for a transfer at Heathrow. Company went all out and got us a great hotel near the...

    ElixirConf EU. Travelled to London to attend, which is neat since it's my first time here where it wasn't just for a transfer at Heathrow. Company went all out and got us a great hotel near the center of London. The people are mostly nice, and it's fun just walking around and taking everything in.

    I'm planning to spend the weekend doing standard touristy shit now that the conference finished about an hour ago.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on My experience with Windows 10 in ~tech

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    The problem isn't that Nvidia doesn't provide drivers, it's that the drivers provided are absolutely awful.

    Nvidia, on the other hand, has drivers for linux. They also can be included with the distro, or be downloaded on demand by the OS. If your distro doesn’t provide this, it isn’t on nvidia.

    The problem isn't that Nvidia doesn't provide drivers, it's that the drivers provided are absolutely awful.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Turkey will now be known as Türkiye (at least at the UN) in ~news

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    Yeah, my Android phone has that as well. An actual, physical keyboard doesn't, though. Unless recent versions of Windows changed something, yes, you have to add in a specific language to make it...

    Recent macOS and iOS versions set to English language input methods can type ⟨ü⟩ quite easily (I just did it on my phone).

    Yeah, my Android phone has that as well. An actual, physical keyboard doesn't, though.

    I’m not familiar enough with keyboard input methods on other OSs to know how you’d do it. Would you have to change your locale/language settings to get specific subsets of the Latin script to be available?

    Unless recent versions of Windows changed something, yes, you have to add in a specific language to make it easier to type in it, which requires downloading and installing a language pack for some odd reason. Some have keyboard shortcuts that let you type the letters directly, such as Polish, and others have other ways to help type stuff.

    I know you could always look up the Unicode code points for what you want and type the UTF8 hex escape sequences in a terminal, but that seems much more cumbersome.

    Yeah, thus my "easy/memorable" qualifier. There's also holding down Alt and typing in the code for the specific letter if you don't want to do stuff in the terminal directly. (I remember having to write assignments in French in elementary school, where instead of using the standard keyboard shortcuts, most of us would manually type in the codes for the letters, ie. typing Alt+[1 3 0] to get é. I can't believe a lot of us didn't know an easier trick until high school.)

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Turkey will now be known as Türkiye (at least at the UN) in ~news

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    Standard keyboards with English language packs don't have an easy/memorable way of typing ü, so I'll at best half-ass it as "Turkiye". It doesn't really help that by typing this on a phone, it...

    Standard keyboards with English language packs don't have an easy/memorable way of typing ü, so I'll at best half-ass it as "Turkiye". It doesn't really help that by typing this on a phone, it autocorrected "Türkiye" and "Turkiye" to "Turkey".

    9 votes
  16. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    Sure, but you may have to go a bit out of your way to visit, since it's in Poland. It's called the Wolf Pit Tavern ("Tawerna Wilczy Dół"), and it's just a short walk from Kraków's main square. As...

    Sure, but you may have to go a bit out of your way to visit, since it's in Poland. It's called the Wolf Pit Tavern ("Tawerna Wilczy Dół"), and it's just a short walk from Kraków's main square.

    As for the job, I'm still awaiting details and results from a background check, so I hope that goes smoothly.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Subnormality #231 - Zahir in ~life

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    The comic straight up says this.

    I wonder if the inspiration for the name comes from the short story by Borges, which is thematically related (though maybe less than Pierre Menard).

    The comic straight up says this.

    Regretfully I even allowed myself to stalkerishly search her name online once at 4am, away from the eyes of the world, but there was nothing other than the suspicion that her last name was a reference to a Jorge Luis Borges story about something that's hard to forget. Well played...

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    A lot of stuff happened this week, it's been a rollercoaster. I was planning on going to Monaco with a few friends for this weekend's F1 race, but those plans fell apart when 2 of them got sick...

    A lot of stuff happened this week, it's been a rollercoaster.

    I was planning on going to Monaco with a few friends for this weekend's F1 race, but those plans fell apart when 2 of them got sick and have to stay home.

    I found a Witcher-themed bar nearby that makes a lot of good cocktails with dry ice, giving them a "foggy" look that looks really cool. The atmosphere is great, and the food is pretty good, too. I thought I found a place to hang out regularly.

    Then, the big news: I got an offer from a company I interviewed with for a ridiculous sum of money. Not completely ridiculous compared to Big Tech salaries, but everyone I know is claiming I'm lying about it, so that's kind of an ego booster. The only real catch is that I have to go back to Canada to work for them, for reasons. The negotiation process seemed ridiculously easy as well. I think I bumped up my compensation by a large percentage just by asking for it and making a semi-joke.

    It's kind of a shame, I was actually starting to like it here, what with the bar and finding a new social circle in the past few months, but the money is just far too good to decline.

    Fuck it, I'm celebrating. This is the closest thing I've felt to excitement in a long time. Hard to believe I would have been satisfied with a much smaller amount just a short while ago, if they brought their original salary back up; this offer is over 3x that one.

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

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    Writing a bunch of Elixir NIFs (Native Integrated Functions) at work in Rust, and getting severely annoyed with Rustler's quirks and documentation.

    Writing a bunch of Elixir NIFs (Native Integrated Functions) at work in Rust, and getting severely annoyed with Rustler's quirks and documentation.

    2 votes