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  1. Comment on White House urges use of type safe and memory safe programming languages and hardware (PDF) in ~tech

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    I wonder if the explicit mention of Rust will boost its popularity. Would be nice.

    I wonder if the explicit mention of Rust will boost its popularity. Would be nice.

    9 votes
  2. Comment on Nintendo is suing the creators of popular Switch emulator Yuzu, saying their tech illegally circumvents Nintendo's software encryption and facilitates piracy in ~games

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    One idea I recall was the government covering (most of?) legal costs until a verdict is reached, when the losing party would cover them in entirety plus interest, but yours sounds like a good...

    One idea I recall was the government covering (most of?) legal costs until a verdict is reached, when the losing party would cover them in entirety plus interest, but yours sounds like a good suggestion, too. Especially the asymmetry rule.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on The DVD biz has circled the drain for years. In 2024, it goes down the tubes. in ~movies

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    What infuriates me is media that "disappear overnight" never to return. Poof, just deleted. You get special legal privileges for publishing big enough art, you should have special legal...

    What infuriates me is media that "disappear overnight" never to return. Poof, just deleted.

    You get special legal privileges for publishing big enough art, you should have special legal responsibilities like actually preserving a copy (i.e. putting a reasonable effort into it at least) of it until copyright runs out and then sending this copy to a public archive.

    Would also put somewhat of an incentive to not extend copyright into centuries.

    14 votes
  4. Comment on Nintendo is suing the creators of popular Switch emulator Yuzu, saying their tech illegally circumvents Nintendo's software encryption and facilitates piracy in ~games

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    This exactly. Nintendo always does that. Always makes me think there should be some sort of a legal mechanism against such frivolous scare lawsuits, but I could never think of a flawless one....

    This exactly. Nintendo always does that. Always makes me think there should be some sort of a legal mechanism against such frivolous scare lawsuits, but I could never think of a flawless one. Though I'm sure a flawed but still better one is possible. No one should be able to just dish out random threats of years of debt.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on What are your favorite series that are not from the US or UK and also not popular anime? in ~tv

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    I wish they'd reboot or continue Travelers. It has endless potential. I've heard some talk about S4, but obviously nothing materialized since.

    I wish they'd reboot or continue Travelers. It has endless potential. I've heard some talk about S4, but obviously nothing materialized since.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What are your favorite series that are not from the US or UK and also not popular anime? in ~tv

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    Just binged it. 1 is great, and it goes downhill from there. 3 is very bad.

    Just binged it. 1 is great, and it goes downhill from there. 3 is very bad.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Living day to day with the weight of existing in ~talk

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    I definitely get it. Birth is a not a choice, and slowly decaying meat is a horrifyingly limited and fragile anchor to existence. No amount of medication, drugs, or therapy will "fix" this because...

    I definitely get it. Birth is a not a choice, and slowly decaying meat is a horrifyingly limited and fragile anchor to existence. No amount of medication, drugs, or therapy will "fix" this because it's just a fact. Our brains pick holes in happiness because that's how previous meat survived. Sure, there are ways to try and counteract that, and I hope people's suggestions or your own ideas will work for you as long as you need, but I think acceptance may be the only reliable and persistent one.

    In the end, I think you should pet your dog about it.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Nvidia CEO says kids shouldn't learn to code in ~comp

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    Was Warhammer 40K prophetic? Hope not!

    If something doesn't work OpenAI and Nvidia will send out their priests to exorcise demons from within the machine?

    Was Warhammer 40K prophetic? Hope not!

    11 votes
  9. Comment on Nvidia CEO says kids shouldn't learn to code in ~comp

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    But that's a rather big if. How would you know if the code produced is actually good, and the results are correct, if you don't understand it? People copied from Stack Overflow since its...

    But that's a rather big if. How would you know if the code produced is actually good, and the results are correct, if you don't understand it? People copied from Stack Overflow since its inception, and it didn't kill coding. Even if "programming language is human" you still need someone good at analytic thinking to phrase things correctly, to state the requirements. Kind of the point behind business analysts I guess.

    I did not use any of my childhood programming knowledge in adulthood. The languages, environments, methods, practices all changed. I did use my analytic thinking skills that I trained on my childhood programming.

    I applied them to physics. Because we'll always need analytical thinkers in science, engineering, and, yes, even biology mentioned by Huang. All the biologists I know would not survive without writing scripts, and it's not the only part of the job that requires the same mindset.

    9 votes
  10. Comment on Nvidia CEO says kids shouldn't learn to code in ~comp

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    Talk is cheap, and at least this piece of data shows that AI is just another coding tool, not a replacement. Someone who understands the code is still necessary to judge if it's safe and correct,...

    Talk is cheap, and at least this piece of data shows that AI is just another coding tool, not a replacement. Someone who understands the code is still necessary to judge if it's safe and correct, to interface with it and debug it. Maybe it's a matter of time, but this time is not yet.

    35 votes
  11. Comment on Stardew Valley 1.6 release date announced: March 19th in ~games

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    I don't think it's that bad outside CoD and EA sports games. Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege was released in 2015 and still gets new content, mostly for free, living on newcomers. Dance games need to...

    I don't think it's that bad outside CoD and EA sports games.

    Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege was released in 2015 and still gets new content, mostly for free, living on newcomers. Dance games need to cover song licensing costs and there's no real way around that.

    Meanwhile, thousands of indies never got an update after the first year. Which is fine—that's the only way to make time for new things.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I had the exact same experience. I feel like it'd be fine if they had planned from the beginning to end the story after maybe 6+6 episodes, Peter dead and all. So many shows drag on unnecessarily.

    I had the exact same experience. I feel like it'd be fine if they had planned from the beginning to end the story after maybe 6+6 episodes, Peter dead and all. So many shows drag on unnecessarily.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on FastSDXL.AI: Free demo that lets you generate AI images as fast as you can type in ~tech

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    Oh, this is so nice. Lightning seems so much better than Turbo. Faces look like faces!

    Oh, this is so nice. Lightning seems so much better than Turbo. Faces look like faces!

    5 votes
  14. Comment on FastSDXL.AI: Free demo that lets you generate AI images as fast as you can type in ~tech

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    Yeah, they used to be happy to do it when you're not asking, which is why they are trained to not do it, and also web services are often fed an invisible negative prompt specifically to prevent...

    Yeah, they used to be happy to do it when you're not asking, which is why they are trained to not do it, and also web services are often fed an invisible negative prompt specifically to prevent deformities.

    11 votes
  15. Comment on Stability AI announces Stable Diffusion 3 (currently in the early preview stage) in ~tech

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    It's really just to try and shift any liability onto the end user. It's not supposed to be truly effective, I don't think. People will uncensor the model within hours.

    It's really just to try and shift any liability onto the end user. It's not supposed to be truly effective, I don't think. People will uncensor the model within hours.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on What's a "house rule" that has made a game more fun for you? in ~games

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    No getting turned into a toad in Talisman board game i.e. D&D Lite™ (especially if you made custom cards). If that were to happen, you would lose: all your stuff, including magical items, all your...

    No getting turned into a toad in Talisman board game i.e. D&D Lite™ (especially if you made custom cards). If that were to happen, you would lose:

    • all your stuff, including magical items,
    • all your gold,
    • all your followers.

    This was often the equivalent of dying and having to wait 3 turns to rejoin with little to no chance of winning. And possibly actually dying in that time, as the toad is weak and can't cast spells. I don't remember what we replaced it with, but it wasn't worse than death.

    Not only it was frustrating, but also perplexing. I understand not being able to carry stuff, but losing followers felt mean. Surely they'd continue traveling with the toad for 3 turns? Or keep it safely in a jar?

    3 votes
  17. Comment on The real danger to civilisation isn't runaway AI it's runaway capitalism (2017) in ~misc

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    Yeah, I mean look at Russia doing a foreign intervention into the US affairs via mass disinfo and Trump. It took just about a decade to take Crimea and then destroy the reliability of the biggest...

    Yeah, I mean look at Russia doing a foreign intervention into the US affairs via mass disinfo and Trump. It took just about a decade to take Crimea and then destroy the reliability of the biggest power that could prevent further conquest of Ukraine and the coming siege of Europe. It seems cheap and easy to destroy systems from afar with absolutely zero risk.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on The real danger to civilisation isn't runaway AI it's runaway capitalism (2017) in ~misc

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    Weren't there instances where the government has rescinded such leases for reasons such as public interest?

    Weren't there instances where the government has rescinded such leases for reasons such as public interest?

  19. Comment on Signal messenger releases 'usernames' so you no longer need to tell someone your phone number in order for them to message you in ~tech

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    Yup. It costs little for a spammer to buy registration-free starter SIM cards... but it does cost. And it adds up.

    Yup. It costs little for a spammer to buy registration-free starter SIM cards... but it does cost. And it adds up.

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

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    I tried out Endless Legend after hearing great things about tactical combat, but I ended up utterly disappointed by that. Plus apparently building a city over a lava river does not mean there's a...

    I tried out Endless Legend after hearing great things about tactical combat, but I ended up utterly disappointed by that. Plus apparently building a city over a lava river does not mean there's a road, and units will happily jump in to their deaths, among other issues that kept making me think "devs really should have known better". At some point I even thought "well if that situation ends up as stupid as I think it will instead of something intuitive or reasonable, I'll just Alt+F4 and uninstall". Seconds later it was gone.

    1 vote