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  1. Comment on Humankind is Sega’s innovative new challenger to Civilization in ~games

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    It'd be cool to see itch.io Civ-style game or some mobile-game that's turn-based that's like Civ. DomiNations is kinda like that but not quite, feels closer to Empire Earth. Humankind looks neat...

    It'd be cool to see itch.io Civ-style game or some mobile-game that's turn-based that's like Civ. DomiNations is kinda like that but not quite, feels closer to Empire Earth.

    Humankind looks neat though.

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  2. Comment on Humankind is Sega’s innovative new challenger to Civilization in ~games

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    The last time I went into end game in a multiplayer Civ 5 game, it went well. Paratroopers, helicopters and missiles made it go by pretty quickly and it still felt like a race to get more tech and...

    The one big question I have is will Humankind have a good end game? That sinks the civ series for me.

    The last time I went into end game in a multiplayer Civ 5 game, it went well. Paratroopers, helicopters and missiles made it go by pretty quickly and it still felt like a race to get more tech and build more troops and it felt way more intense. But that was multiplayer on a smaller map. Larger maps always have a tedious end game....Civ 4 end game was meh and tedious.

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  3. Comment on What are you coding today? in ~comp

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    Are you me? I spent all weekend wrestling with Angular HTTP client and weird type errors in unit tests, now I'm trying to get Angular and Django REST Framework working with pagination, filtering...

    Work today: Angular + Django Rest Framework work (which is our typical SPA project workflow).

    Are you me? I spent all weekend wrestling with Angular HTTP client and weird type errors in unit tests, now I'm trying to get Angular and Django REST Framework working with pagination, filtering and OAuth.

    Backfilling the tests shouldn't be too bad (I like to think that I write easily testable code) but doing it all at once is a bit painful.

    Sounds "fun" ;p (though Django test code isn't bad to write)

    Wagtail looks awesome: https://wagtail.io/

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  4. Comment on What are you coding today? in ~comp

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    What books/tutorials did you read to catch up on the theory? I've started (slowly) making my way through Hands-On Machine Learning but it's quickly becoming apparent that I probably should catch...

    What books/tutorials did you read to catch up on the theory? I've started (slowly) making my way through Hands-On Machine Learning but it's quickly becoming apparent that I probably should catch up on the foundations and theory.

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  5. Comment on Reddit is preparing to launch a livestreaming service called the "Reddit Public Access Network" in ~tech

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    It's like they never learn. The best thing for reddit is to go full open-source and to go full donation-supported like Wikipedia and become a foundation whose mission is to aggregate all...

    It's like they never learn. The best thing for reddit is to go full open-source and to go full donation-supported like Wikipedia and become a foundation whose mission is to aggregate all communities on Earth. That would be a far more noble mission than trying random bullshit to please investors.

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  6. Comment on Wirecutter has selected TunnelBear and Mullvad as the best current VPN services, and written extensively about how they made this decision in ~tech

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    I wrote about the privacy issues with the TunnelBear acquisition here: https://sourcecontribute.com/2018/03/09/tunnelbear-sells-out-to-mcafee-violating-user-privacy/comment-page-1/ The other issue...

    I wrote about the privacy issues with the TunnelBear acquisition here: https://sourcecontribute.com/2018/03/09/tunnelbear-sells-out-to-mcafee-violating-user-privacy/comment-page-1/

    The other issue I pointed out was that TunnelBear actually received Canadian government grants for R&D and that was in 2017, just a half year to a year before being acquired.

    So Canadian taxpayers paid for a US company to grow bigger and reduce the competition in the VPN space and the user data belongs to McAfee so who knows wtf they will do with it.

    The credibility of The Wire Cutter is taking a hit here, at least for VPN service reviews.

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  7. What are you coding? Or are you reading a CS paper? and of course, have you read SICP today? ___-------___ _-~~ ~~-_ _-~ /~-_ /^\__/^\ /~ \ / \ /| O|| O| / \_______________/ \ | |___||__| / / \ \...

    What are you coding? Or are you reading a CS paper?

    and of course, have you read SICP today?
    
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  8. Comment on Should clicking an article on Tildes be a prerequisite for posting a comment in the associated thread? in ~tildes

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    You can't force people to think, but you can slow them down enough that maybe they'll think. On the other hand, if there are bots on Tildes, they'd just auto-click and post something that somewhat...

    You can't force people to think, but you can slow them down enough that maybe they'll think.

    On the other hand, if there are bots on Tildes, they'd just auto-click and post something that somewhat sounds intelligible.

  9. Reading HackerNews and saw that some mentorship software launched: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20656223 and someone mentioned another software as a service that does mentorship:...

    Reading HackerNews and saw that some mentorship software launched: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20656223 and someone mentioned another software as a service that does mentorship: https://mentorloop.com/

    Now I'm wondering where the mentorship for leftists and leftist organizing is.

    And I'm wondering if anyone else feels like most of the good ideas that leftists have slowly trickle into businesses but in ways that can be controlled by executives/managers. Their "features" include these slogans:

    Tools to Turn Human Resources into Superheroes

    Don't let employees slip through the cracks
    Stay on top of hundreds to thousands of mentoring interactions in a way that still feels personal. Check in on employee relationships, give them the right nudges they need.

    What's your take? Is there a need for more mentorship and peer to peer training/collaboration amongst anarchists and communists? Is that realistic? Or is this something that we just need to be on the defense against and form our own networks outside these systems of control?

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  10. Comment on Activision Blizzard has moved billions of dollars of profit into tax havens and is under investigation by multiple international tax authorities in ~games

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    Not surprising at all, just happy that Bungie was able to get away from Activision.

    Not surprising at all, just happy that Bungie was able to get away from Activision.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Dolphin Emulator dev diary: fixing the most curious Wii game in ~comp

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    The rest of the progress report is good but this section was awesome. A truck racing game for Wii did the following: It's so cool to re-discover a cool hacky awesome thing created for a game...

    The rest of the progress report is good but this section was awesome. A truck racing game for Wii did the following:

    Dekotora has a lot going on in game. It features high polygon models, custom textures you can draw for your trucks in an editor, and even dynamic resolution scaling in a Wii game during replays for increased performance! But the crown jewel at the center of the game was its dynamically generated reflections as you drive around the city.

    It's so cool to re-discover a cool hacky awesome thing created for a game during the course of emulator development.

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  12. Comment on Rant: Docker is a labyrinth maze of brick walls and show-stopping issues that has done nothing but slow my development in ~comp

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    This has struck me as messed up ever since I started using Linux; other devs use Macbooks and companies seem to force it and mandate it for all developers (business people use Thinkpads or...

    This has struck me as messed up ever since I started using Linux; other devs use Macbooks and companies seem to force it and mandate it for all developers (business people use Thinkpads or whatever Windows-equipped laptops are around) and yet we end up deploying our software onto Linux servers. All the user-facing stuff is in HTML/CSS and it would make more sense to run an emulator for Mac or Windows on top of Linux to make sure the frontend stuff looks good in different browsers.

    Instead it's a struggle between Linux and OS X which kinda sorta looks like a UNIX if you squint your eyes a bit. Docker is just one symptom of using the wrong environment for development.

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  13. Comment on Rant: Docker is a labyrinth maze of brick walls and show-stopping issues that has done nothing but slow my development in ~comp

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    That's how I feel with any software development to be honest. The difference is how often the interruptions to development and the amount of yak-shaving that needs to be done. Docker is just yet...

    That's how I feel with any software development to be honest. The difference is how often the interruptions to development and the amount of yak-shaving that needs to be done. Docker is just yet another complicated bit of machinery that slows down dev once in a while for me (in a previous company it slowed down development a lot).

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  14. Comment on Ludwig: Uber open sourced a config-based deep learning tool in ~comp

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    I discovered this a few months ago, in April and I am surprised no one has been talking more about it. It just showed up on reddit/programming today. Basically, you take a config file, apply it to...

    I discovered this a few months ago, in April and I am surprised no one has been talking more about it. It just showed up on reddit/programming today.

    Basically, you take a config file, apply it to data set in a CSV file, and then watch that deep learning stuff do its thing.

    My main concern with AI and Machine Learning has been ethics and by making this even easier, I am 99.999999% certain there is a product manager out there or tech bro somewhere contemplating some horrible unethical stuff and saying "just code it! it takes 5 min with Ludwig!"

    Software developers haven't been known for standing up to the unethical behavior of managers very well (see: Uber).

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  15. Comment on The sinkhole that saved the internet: Keeping the 'kill switch' alive is the only thing preventing another WannaCry outbreak in ~tech

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    I hardly ever update whatever Macbook I get on the job. Only when an app stops working I'll update it because who knows how long it'll take to update and who knows what will break. With GNU/Linux...

    Blame Microsoft and Apple. Especially Microsoft. Back when Windows update got introduced in the Windows XP era, the words "update" and "fuck shit up" were interchangeble.

    I hardly ever update whatever Macbook I get on the job. Only when an app stops working I'll update it because who knows how long it'll take to update and who knows what will break.

    With GNU/Linux I can just update and much of the time shit will not break, if it does break it's a really bad break (I'll never forget getting burned by XWindows config changes in ArchLinux) but much of the time, it's painless.

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  16. Comment on Amazon Game Studios and Leyou are developing a free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO in ~games

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    This is the same idea as Epic building Fortnite; it's a real-world case study of the best things you can do with their engine. The engines that Amazon provides are under AWS, there's stuff for AI,...

    This is the same idea as Epic building Fortnite; it's a real-world case study of the best things you can do with their engine. The engines that Amazon provides are under AWS, there's stuff for AI, massive amounts of compute power, storing data, storing backups, CDNs for serving data, multiple geo hosting for lower latency, and more. Lord of the Rings is a suitably impressive and existing IP that Amazon can leverage instead of coming up with a whole new fantasy world and risk being brand a clone of every other MMORPG out there.

    Small game studios that want to scale fast will look to Amazon after seeing a case study like this.

    Also disclaimer, I work at a game company. Also, all opinions are my own.

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  17. Comment on Beyond Meat has hit the ‘short-squeeze trifecta’ as borrow fees keep soaring in ~news

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    The chart of revenue vs earnings is basic but gives an okay overview The revenue is growing, but the earnings are low, in the negatives and not keeping pace. In contrast, Maple Leaf Foods...

    The chart of revenue vs earnings is basic but gives an okay overview

    The revenue is growing, but the earnings are low, in the negatives and not keeping pace.

    In contrast, Maple Leaf Foods (disclaimer: I've bought a few shares in them), have revenues that are growing (3.29B in 2015, 3.5B in 2018) and earnings are keeping pace (41M in 2015, 101M in 2018). To be fair Maple Leaf Foods has been around for a long time, and Beyond Meat is essentially a tech startup (or at least funded by tech wealth).

    Maple Leaf Foods acquired Lightlife and I'm sure there are plenty of other competitors to Beyond Meat. It's taken them a decade to get anywhere and now the competitors are all in. The best bet for Beyond Meat is to get acquired and hook into the production and distribution and marketing that someone else can provide and it gives them a nice way to be a money-losing enterprise within a bigger enterprise ;)

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