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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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    It definitely has legs. The barrier of entry is so incredibly low, and it makes an absolutely perfect game to play on Discord or whatever group-chat your particular family or friend group uses....

    It definitely has legs. The barrier of entry is so incredibly low, and it makes an absolutely perfect game to play on Discord or whatever group-chat your particular family or friend group uses. The game itself is simple, the legs come out of playing it with people you are friends with IRL.

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

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    I've put 63 runs into Hades so far, escaped twice, still love it (also the story isn't done yet!). If you haven't looked into Supergiant's other games, they are all equally excellent. They have a...

    I've put 63 runs into Hades so far, escaped twice, still love it (also the story isn't done yet!).

    If you haven't looked into Supergiant's other games, they are all equally excellent. They have a truly top-caliber level of polish, from the art to the music to the gameplay mechanics and everything in between. I've bought and played every game they've made and have no regrets. Some I like more than others, but they are all superb.

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  3. Comment on No game days. No bars. The pandemic is forcing some men to realize they need deeper friendships. in ~life

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    I sympathize with anyone who is going through this right now, and if you want to chat, feel free to DM me. I've moved states several times over the last few decades, and have had to find new...

    I sympathize with anyone who is going through this right now, and if you want to chat, feel free to DM me. I've moved states several times over the last few decades, and have had to find new friendships several times. At some point I ran across one or more articles talking about the topic of male friendships (like this one does) and pointing out that they commonly lack "depth". I recognized that all of my male friendships where pretty superficial. It took a lot of very deliberate effort, some awkward starts, but I've never regretted starting a "deeper" conversation with a friend I trust. Some of them I still have and some have drifted away, but none have played out the way the Voice of Anxiety said they would "whoa, get away from me with that".

    I miss hanging out with those close friends, though we still txt and play games over Discord. Never the same though, but at least it's something.

    The best way I've found so far to start a deeper male relationship is to mention articles like this, in the same way you'd mention anything else. "Hey I read an article I found interesting yesterday....". Depending on their reaction, it's pretty easy to pivot it into a deliberate 1:1 lunch or drinks after work.

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  4. Comment on Implement a feature that allows users to flag and challenge exemplary labels on comments they find undeserving in ~tildes

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    I also like this idea, and wonder if it would combine well with a delay? If the actual label didn't show up on the post until X hours after it was given (or after the post/thread is X hours old?),...

    I also like this idea, and wonder if it would combine well with a delay? If the actual label didn't show up on the post until X hours after it was given (or after the post/thread is X hours old?), how would that change behavior?

    Requiring that a certain number of people give an Exemplary label before it shows essentially does this as a side effect, and I wonder if that effect in itself is desirable?

    The post owner should still get the message when the label is given, and the sorting algorithm could start taking it into account immediately.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on I want to play Cyberpunk 2077 at its best and it sucks that a GPU shortage is going to stop me in ~games

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    I've actually got budget allocated from work to buy one, but can't find one. Very frustrating

    I've actually got budget allocated from work to buy one, but can't find one. Very frustrating

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  6. Comment on A visit from The Great Internet Migratory Box of Electronics Junk in ~tech

  7. Comment on Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau encounters monolith in Red Rock Country in ~news

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    I love stuff like this. Though people should respect national parks. Also, this is definitely the beginning of an alien invasion movie, and one of the guys in the video clips should have been...

    I love stuff like this. Though people should respect national parks.

    Also, this is definitely the beginning of an alien invasion movie, and one of the guys in the video clips should have been teleported or exploded or something.

    13 votes
  8. Comment on Jeopardy! will start filming new episodes with Ken Jennings as interim host in ~tv

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    Article mentions a "series of guest hosts". They're likely final auditions, and the one who gets the best ratings gets the job. Replacing someone like Trebek, who had the job for so many years, is...

    Article mentions a "series of guest hosts". They're likely final auditions, and the one who gets the best ratings gets the job. Replacing someone like Trebek, who had the job for so many years, is a nearly impossible job. They would be fools to just pick someone without putting them through the ultimate litmus test: the actual TV audience.

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  9. Comment on A quick primer on Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin in ~comp

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    I haven't seen exactly that, but my first development job was at a company that fetishized TDD to a degree that I dare say nobody else can match. Uncle Bob and Kent Beck are the holy ones, and...

    but I haven't seen anyone advocate using tests instead of types in a language that has a static type system

    I haven't seen exactly that, but my first development job was at a company that fetishized TDD to a degree that I dare say nobody else can match. Uncle Bob and Kent Beck are the holy ones, and their guidance was followed religiously. I once got into a debate with one of the other devs who took the TDD gospel to heart, about writing a test for a CSS file.

    I look back on my time there as the developer equivalent of military boot camp. They had their Agile/TDD/xtreme programming process, and they followed it to the letter, no exceptions. It definitely instilled some habits that I still use today, but it was also quite detached from the reality of how everyone else on the planet does software development.

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  10. Comment on Salary negotiation for software engineers in ~finance

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    So we never found out for sure, but we speculated about it many times since. Our current theory is based on the initial recruitment emails. When the recruiting agency was shotgunning emails trying...

    So we never found out for sure, but we speculated about it many times since. Our current theory is based on the initial recruitment emails.

    When the recruiting agency was shotgunning emails trying to get bites, my friend got a slightly different email than I did. Both of them had the job description, played up how it was for one of the major auto manufacturers, big new opportunity, blah blah. However in my email, one of the banners at the top of the email was "earn up to $120k". In my friend's email, there was no mention of any salary. So early in the process when we hadn't started talking with each other yet, we got the standard question of "so what kind of salary are you looking for to move away from your current position?". Naturally, I said "as close to that $120k as you can get me". He said $90k (our existing salaries where both around $75k). So that's pretty much how it played out. His offer was for $90k, mine was for $110k.

    Also worth noting that about a year on the job, we both got a raise since they where really desperate to keep talent. About 6 months after that he got converted from contractor to a full-time employee. However they have a blanket policy that they don't hire developers without 4yr degrees, so they said "pass" when I attempted the same conversion. So I applied to a job that I feel has more meaning, took a 50% pay cut, and am much happier for it (pandemics non-withstanding).

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  11. Comment on Salary negotiation for software engineers in ~finance

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    Ok, story time. I have a good friend that I met at my first dev job. We hung out frequently outside work, carpooled almost every day, and I have since officiated his wedding. We both started...

    Ok, story time. I have a good friend that I met at my first dev job. We hung out frequently outside work, carpooled almost every day, and I have since officiated his wedding. We both started looking for our next job at around the same time, and amusingly found this out when we asked the other if we could use them as a reference.
    "Hey would you mind if I use you as a job reference?"
    "Sure that's fine, hey while we're on the topic..."

    So we immediately discovered that we where talking to the same recruiter at the same staffing company, about the same job. Fortunately there where multiple positions, so we weren't competing against each other.

    We told the recruiter we where aware of the other and it was fine, and they where amused/confused when we starting conference calling them together to answer questions and get updates. We ended up carpooling to our interviews, which we had scheduled back to back. Which the interviewer also found very weird.

    Less than an hour after that interview, while we're both still in the car on the way home, the recruiter calls us, so we put them on car speaker. They had called to let us know that the company wanted to make each of us an offer. They then offered to call each of us back and discuss the individual offers and salary.

    My friend and I exchange glances, and we both knew immediately that we wanted to compare salaries to make sure they where fair. Which is not a common thing here in the US btw. Talking about your compensation with coworkers is an unspoken taboo, though it is getting better. However my friend and I had discussed these things before, and agreed that it was idiotic.

    I should also mention that my friend has a BA CS degree (I do not have a college degree), and 3 more years of experience than I do. So when the recruiter told us what our individual offers where, and mine was (and I swear I'm not exaggerating) $20,000/yr higher, our jaws dropped to the floor of the car.

    I immediately pointed out to the recruiter the reasons why this difference in salary didn't make sense, and told them to go back to the company and tell them they needed to alter their offer. Either we should be paid equally, or my friend should be paid more than me.

    The recruiter was dumbstruck. Apparently nobody had ever made such a request, but they agreed to go back and negotiate. An hour later they called back to say the company agreed and where offering us both the same higher salary.

    So ya, that was a fairly unique scenario, where they where clearly very very interested in recruiting us, and I had the context needed to point out the huge discrepancy. But I think this has lessons that are more broadly applicable. Always be aware of what salary is possible, and never be afraid to ask for more.

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  12. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of November 16 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Internet hugs to you, hope you end up with a mild case of it.

    Internet hugs to you, hope you end up with a mild case of it.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on I lived through a stupid coup. America is having one now in ~misc

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    That is the entire purpose of terrorism in a clinical sense, to inflict terror upon your enemy in a way that achieves your goals. So a philosophical question then: if someone commits an act of...

    That is the entire purpose of terrorism in a clinical sense, to inflict terror upon your enemy in a way that achieves your goals. So a philosophical question then: if someone commits an act of terrorism, but the target(s) are not terrorized/afraid, is it actually terrorism?

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  14. Comment on Discussion - Raised By Wolves in ~tv

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    I think you might be frustrated by the things that I found appealing. The ambiguity of a lot of it is what captures a lot of my attention/imagination. There's a range of possible explanations for...

    I think you might be frustrated by the things that I found appealing. The ambiguity of a lot of it is what captures a lot of my attention/imagination. There's a range of possible explanations for a lot of the goings-on that are happening, which aren't explained, and that's what keeps me interested.

    The main thing that I think makes it "good" rather than just "oddly interesting" is that I think it holds pretty well to what I think of as "core" scifi. Meaning, you take humans and put them in new circumstances, and then let them be humans, and focus on how individuals and/or humanity adapt to their new place in the universe.

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  15. Comment on Cyberpunk 2077 - Gameplay trailer in ~games

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    I considered stopping, but also considered that this trailer is made by CDPR so if they don't consider these points major spoilers, I'll trust them on that point since it's their story.

    I considered stopping, but also considered that this trailer is made by CDPR so if they don't consider these points major spoilers, I'll trust them on that point since it's their story.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Trump's election power play: Persuade Republican legislators to do what US voters did not in ~news

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    Certainly learning a lot about the legalities around the electoral process this year. As a Michigan resident, if they where somehow to pull a rabbit out of their ass and overturn the result, there...

    Certainly learning a lot about the legalities around the electoral process this year.

    As a Michigan resident, if they where somehow to pull a rabbit out of their ass and overturn the result, there would be fucking riots.

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  17. Comment on Joe Biden just appointed his climate movement liaison. It’s a fossil-fuel industry ally. in ~news

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    I fully anticipate Biden not running a second term, however I also fully believe he won't state that for at least 2 years (unless health reasons or etc). I think he and a few others probably...

    I fully anticipate Biden not running a second term, however I also fully believe he won't state that for at least 2 years (unless health reasons or etc). I think he and a few others probably already have a few people picked out to run in his place and are already laying plans to set them up to be elevated in the public eye, get good PR, etc. I wouldn't be surprised if it's Kamala herself.

  18. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of November 16 in ~health.coronavirus

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    This seems like the appropriate response to a bunch of people protesting against restrictions literally designed to save their lives and the lives of people near them. I wish the US would treat it...

    This seems like the appropriate response to a bunch of people protesting against restrictions literally designed to save their lives and the lives of people near them. I wish the US would treat it as seriously. Berlin Police Disperse Anti-Lockdown Protesters With Water Cannons

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  19. Comment on Tom & Jerry (2021) - Official trailer in ~movies

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    There's some shade being cast by other comments, but I'm actually excited for this based on the trailer. They appear to have adhered to a few key rules. Namely Tom and Jerry never speak, neither...

    There's some shade being cast by other comments, but I'm actually excited for this based on the trailer. They appear to have adhered to a few key rules. Namely Tom and Jerry never speak, neither is ever permanently injured, and the comedy is focused on slapstick physical humor.

    With that as the main drivers, you're left with a script that only needs to do just enough lifting to keep Tom and Jerry fighting for 90 minutes, and the human characters don't need any depth whatsoever to them.

    So we'll see, but I'm optimistic.

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  20. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of November 16 in ~health.coronavirus

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    On Sunday Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer announced closures and restrictions affecting resteraunts, movie theaters, colleges and highschools starting in Wednesday. Mike Duggan, the mayor is...

    On Sunday Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer announced closures and restrictions affecting resteraunts, movie theaters, colleges and highschools starting in Wednesday.

    Mike Duggan, the mayor is Detroit, places blame on the suburbs around Detroit not behaving themselves.

    I've been waiting for this for weeks. Michigan's average cases per day is now over 6000, almost 10x higher than it was in March when our first shutdown occurred. Meanwhile our Republican legislature has done shit all to offer any relief or comprehensive plan, aside from play legal games in court with Whitmer over her executive authority to declare a State of Emergency. So now instead of using her executive authority, instead the department off health just issues the same restrictions.

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