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  1. Comment on Anybody have experience writing a scripting language? in ~comp

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    Thank you stu2b50 this is a great task and seems really interesting. I'll definitely try out the handwritten approach as it's a bit of a learning opportunity.

    Thank you stu2b50 this is a great task and seems really interesting. I'll definitely try out the handwritten approach as it's a bit of a learning opportunity.

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  2. Comment on Anybody have experience writing a scripting language? in ~comp

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    I've developed some small games and work as an SDET during the day, but a lot of my work is high level python cloud service stuff. There are probably other options than a custom scripting language...

    I've developed some small games and work as an SDET during the day, but a lot of my work is high level python cloud service stuff. There are probably other options than a custom scripting language but it's also something I'm interested in. The two use cases are...

    • A game where the player interacts with game objects that all expose simple a simple api the player programs against to solve a puzzle or do something else.
    • A language similar to Ren'Py for defining branching narrative stories. This could be done with a GUI. But I'd like something that's a bit more accessible and clear.
    2 votes
  3. Anybody have experience writing a scripting language?

    Hello, I've had two ideas for games I find pretty compelling, and both would require different custom scripting languages. Unfortunately, I don't have any formal CS education or experience with...

    Hello, I've had two ideas for games I find pretty compelling, and both would require different custom scripting languages. Unfortunately, I don't have any formal CS education or experience with parsing or scripting languages. So, I'm feeling a bit lost and thinking it'd be a herculean effort, is that correct?

    Has anyone here written their own language or DSL and have any insights, resources, or starting points to share?

    8 votes
  4. Comment on My experience with Windows 10 in ~tech

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    Isn't this mostly typical onboarding stuff? You'll always run into things like this setting up a new system. Linux's problems might be different than pushing a particular browser but there will...

    Isn't this mostly typical onboarding stuff? You'll always run into things like this setting up a new system. Linux's problems might be different than pushing a particular browser but there will always be problems.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Apple's Self Repair Program toolkit weighs 79 pounds in ~tech

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    It's not really true that water resistance requires super specialized tools like this. The water resistance comes from glue around the display. This complicates the repair by requiring people to...

    It's not really true that water resistance requires super specialized tools like this. The water resistance comes from glue around the display. This complicates the repair by requiring people to heat the adhesive to remove the display and replace it when putting it back together. But there are many tools and approaches to heating the adhesive for removal. You can see this in pretty much all of Ifixit's guides.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on For aeropress, which one is the better upgrade: better grinder or temperature control kettle? in ~food

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    I'll go against the grain and recommend a temperature control Kettle. It might not be the biggest thing to improve your coffee. But something like this gooseneck Kettle makes it much easier to...

    I'll go against the grain and recommend a temperature control Kettle. It might not be the biggest thing to improve your coffee. But something like this gooseneck Kettle makes it much easier to experiment with temperature. It also allows for easier consistency if you're not just boiling water. Plus it's essential if you're ever going to try drinking tea.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on What's an achievable technological, scientific, or computational breakthrough that you're really looking forward in the next fifteen years? in ~tech

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    There are three things i'm looking forward to. High-Refresh e-ink displays I've been using some e-ink displays with higher refresh rates like the Remarkable 2 and it's great. But in 15 years we...

    There are three things i'm looking forward to.

    High-Refresh e-ink displays

    I've been using some e-ink displays with higher refresh rates like the Remarkable 2 and it's great. But in 15 years we might have full color e-ink displays with 60hz refresh rates and that would be a game changer. Even if you're only thinking of animated art displays hanging on your wall. But i'd be interested in seeing what other uses people can think of.


    Cheaper Improved Batteries

    This one's pretty basic, I've been wearing a Bangle.js 2 for a couple months. It's been really interesting to have a device that only needs charging every 3 weeks or so. If battery technology is able to improve and we can extend that kind of lifespan to laptops, phones, etc. Also if batteries were cheaper I might be able to buy an electric car some day. I think we'll begin to see interesting changes in how people use their devices.


    Solving the vergence-accommodation problem in VR

    This is a big one for me because I've been avoiding purchasing VR because of it. I believe it also marks a milestone for VR where the technology crosses from in-development stage to a finished product that just needs iterative improvements.

    19 votes
  8. Comment on Noto Emoji: A new black and white emoji font in ~tech

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    I see your point and generally agree. But I think it's important to recognize that for the most part choosing a gender or skin-tone is optional. It's not necessary when you're just trying to...

    I see your point and generally agree. But I think it's important to recognize that for the most part choosing a gender or skin-tone is optional. It's not necessary when you're just trying to convey body language. But if the gender or skin tone is important to what you're trying to communicate it's nice to have that choice. I don't like the blobs because they purposefully remove that choice.

    The idea of noto emoji seems to be that emoji should be general symbols and things like gender or red vs white wine are too specific. I disagree with that, but I think we should consciously create generic emoji alongside specific emoji. A black and white wine emoji lets you be generic about going out for wine. Whereas language is likely to attach subtle meanings behind red or white wine emoji.

    In the end I think language is better when it's expressive and limiting the specificity or generality of symbols doesn't seem helpful. We can have blobs, genderless people, gendered people, and anything else. Humans we're great with language and I think we can handle it.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on How polyester bounced back in ~humanities

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    There are few things in this world I hate more than plastic. It's contaminated everything, and trying to find clothes made without it has to be a concerted effort.

    There are few things in this world I hate more than plastic. It's contaminated everything, and trying to find clothes made without it has to be a concerted effort.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Ask Tildes: What small purchase has vastly improved your life? in ~life

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    It sounds like it works better than pi-hole. Which I have setup. It blocks most things but I find it's difficult to block YouTube ads. NextDNS sounds like the same thing, but they tinker and...

    It sounds like it works better than pi-hole. Which I have setup. It blocks most things but I find it's difficult to block YouTube ads. NextDNS sounds like the same thing, but they tinker and maintain it for ya.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on We still haven’t properly reckoned with Monsanto’s destruction in ~enviro

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    This is an interesting topic, but as with most things involving Monsanto seems to be in bad faith. Which is dissapointing because people need to reconcile our history of herbicide, pesticide, and...

    This is an interesting topic, but as with most things involving Monsanto seems to be in bad faith. Which is dissapointing because people need to reconcile our history of herbicide, pesticide, and GMO use quickly. These technologies will have to move forward but people get stuck up on the most frivolous points.

    9 votes
  12. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~news

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    Everyone might be 'at fault' in some way, but Kyle Carruth brought a weapon into things unnecessarily. Someone is dead precisely because of his actions which I don't think seem reasonable. That's...

    Everyone might be 'at fault' in some way, but Kyle Carruth brought a weapon into things unnecessarily. Someone is dead precisely because of his actions which I don't think seem reasonable. That's the part to me that seems 'fucked up'. It's terrible someone can escalate things to being deadly and still be considered legally in the right.

    15 votes
  13. Comment on Austin HOA pitches in to help cops kill a guy over uncut grass in ~life

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    I think we'd need more information to determine that. Judging from how things turned out the HOA might have suspected the homeowner to be violent or need mental help and didn't feel safe engaging...

    I think we'd need more information to determine that. Judging from how things turned out the HOA might have suspected the homeowner to be violent or need mental help and didn't feel safe engaging with them directly. But that's speculation because I don't know the circumstances.

    Ideally, the HOA would be able to call on the government to check on the person and help resolve the dispute and it would be handled in as reasonable and safe a way as possible.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Austin HOA pitches in to help cops kill a guy over uncut grass in ~life

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    The HOA didn't call swat, they called the cops who were shot at and the coos called swat. If you shoot at someone you might get shot back. IMO the cops aren't at fault there. Yeah, it's weird that...
    1. The HOA didn't call swat, they called the cops who were shot at and the coos called swat.
    2. If you shoot at someone you might get shot back. IMO the cops aren't at fault there.

    Yeah, it's weird that the cops were called for such a minor HOA issue but the way it ended up wasnt really related to the HOA.

    10 votes
  15. Comment on What's your smart home setup? in ~tech

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    I started with Mozilla's Webthings gateway, which unfortunately doesn't have much support but had potential. But then I moved to Home Assistant and it's been great. I live in an apartment so I...

    I started with Mozilla's Webthings gateway, which unfortunately doesn't have much support but had potential. But then I moved to Home Assistant and it's been great. I live in an apartment so I can't get too crazy with installing/modifying things. But what I have now is...

    • Used ESPHome to setup an ESP32 to control a strip of LEDs on the beds headboard.
      • Also has an automation to slowly dim the light at night
    • Temp/Humidity/Motion/light sensor in living room to detect motion
      • Used to turn lights off at night if we forget.
      • Notifies us if it's gotten to hot
    • Smart RGB Light
      • Automated to turn on if someone gets home at night.
    • Smart switch in bedroom
      • Automated to track my phones charge level and stop charging at ~70%
    • Additional integrations for AQI, weather, etc.

    It's pretty simple stuff, but it adds some convenience at little cost to privacy/security.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What is this Gemini thing anyway, and why am I excited about it? in ~tech

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    I'm probably wrong but this doesn't seem that different from what could be accomplished with a simple REST api. The separation of content from presentation can easily be seen with reddit's api and...

    I'm probably wrong but this doesn't seem that different from what could be accomplished with a simple REST api. The separation of content from presentation can easily be seen with reddit's api and its many clients. With that in mind why spend time on gemini building new clients, servers, libraries instead of just making basic http requests.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Apple / iOS rant in ~tech

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    Integrating SMS and IMessage into the same application is typically what leads to Iphone users sending content that cant be properly displayed to other users. They should probably be separate...

    Integrating SMS and IMessage into the same application is typically what leads to Iphone users sending content that cant be properly displayed to other users. They should probably be separate applications, so It could make sense wanting to force IMessage to act within one system or the other.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Spreadsheet horror stories in ~tech

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    I think we can agree these issue are all very common, even when they don't lead to loss of millions of dollars. I see some of these issues in my own spreadsheets. The most complex one I've been...

    I think we can agree these issue are all very common, even when they don't lead to loss of millions of dollars. I see some of these issues in my own spreadsheets. The most complex one I've been managing is my budgeting spreadsheet.

    Which honestly shouldn't be too complicated as it is basically 3 parts. Income aggregation, subtracting expense and savings goals, and then calculating distributions to accounts from there. But excel has a way of getting away from you and something that should be simple turns into a fragile web of cell references that is hard to maintain or modify.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on [Google IO 2021] A high-level overview of how Excalidraw works and the browser APIs it uses in ~comp

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    I have spent some time with it now and it works well enough. My main disappointment I think is that this is presented as some sort of progress. However there are a ton of similar drawing apps that...

    I have spent some time with it now and it works well enough. My main disappointment I think is that this is presented as some sort of progress. However there are a ton of similar drawing apps that each have slightly different feature sets. I would also compare it to Google's jamboards, Microsoft Whiteboard, Lucidchart, and I'm sure many others.

    The distribution (web app) is slightly unique but I don't actually value it that much. There's really not that big of a difference between going to a website and downloading an app from an app store. But as far the app itself, I just wish we would've made more progress in the last 20+ years since Microsoft Paint came out.

    Lastly, I'm unclear what Excalidraw+ is. I can't seem to find if they're letting people host their own service if Excalidraw+'s features are proprietary. Do you know?

    3 votes