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  1. Comment on What's a game that you wish you could play again for the first time? Why? in ~games

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    OpenTTD. I played the hell out of that in the early 2000s. Played it on private servers for an internet forum, all day long during summer break. I played multiplayer games with the custom...

    OpenTTD.

    I played the hell out of that in the early 2000s. Played it on private servers for an internet forum, all day long during summer break. I played multiplayer games with the custom patchpacks. I played in OpenTTDCoop (I might still be listed as a full member on there). I've played that game for something like 15 years of my life.

    Every once in a while these days I get the craving to start up a new game of it. Every time I play for maybe an hour or two, after spending another hour or two thinking and researching what new scenario I should come up with to play this time. After that I get bored again and forget about it for another few months, maybe a year. I've already played enough games, played enough different trains NewGRFs, played enough big maps and super small maps, played enough games where I've connected all industry types, or made big passenger networks, I've played before pathfinding signals (the pre-signal era), and I've played before cargodist (I remember cargodest!).

    I wish I could go back to being that 15/16 year old binging it all day long, making a huge train network and having to optimize it, trying to make it work against the operational constraints. It never hits for me the same way now, and I have more than enough things vying for my attention and time. I can't go back to it in the same way, even though the game has only gotten better since then.

    I've never played another game like it (aside from Factorio, maybe that was a lie on my part), and I'm not sure I ever will -- but I can never play it in the same way again. For me it's done.

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  2. Comment on Stop hoping for an Instagram replacement, diversify instead in ~tech

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    You can now, didn't used to be able to, but I did it earlier today. Can't upload to stories, only posts. In general, Instagram as a place to post photography is incredibly frustrating in all cases...

    There is no native way to upload a photo directly from a computer to Instagram.

    You can now, didn't used to be able to, but I did it earlier today. Can't upload to stories, only posts.

    In general, Instagram as a place to post photography is incredibly frustrating in all cases though. There are way too many medium and large format photographers posting their photos on it because it's the only viable photo social network out there, and their giant, ripe for super high resolution photos are only seen in a small thumbnail on a phone.

  3. Comment on Jordan Peterson suspended from Twitter, says it might as well be a ban: 'I won’t apologize' in ~tech

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    Jorp's rise to notoriety was really odd to witness first hand. One of the first things that brought him a following was that appearance he made on TVO's The Agenda a long time ago about Bill C-16....

    Jorp's rise to notoriety was really odd to witness first hand. One of the first things that brought him a following was that appearance he made on TVO's The Agenda a long time ago about Bill C-16. I remember they had him on along with a lawyer that was familiar with the topic, and the lawyer basically completely repudiated everything he said about C-16. Even from the start it was clear that he was talking out his ass about it.

    Nothing since then has made him seem any more compelling or noteworthy. He's a weird sad right-wing bootstraps-ish grifter.

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  4. Comment on The Grug Brained Developer: A layman's guide to thinking like the self-aware smol brained in ~comp

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    I've never had to actually accomplish this so it's probably easier said than done. The only important parts are the parts in the original Agile Manifesto, everything else is a way someone has...

    I've never had to actually accomplish this so it's probably easier said than done.

    The only important parts are the parts in the original Agile Manifesto, everything else is a way someone has thought of of accomplishing those items, or to sell a workshop.

    Know what you're trying to accomplish with agile processes before suggesting or implementing them. What specific goals are you hoping to achieve with them? How would you explain it to the team that has to live with the processes what value it brings and which of their problems it can help solve.

    If it doesn't seem to be working, ditch it. If people don't seem engaged or are straight up unhappy with processes that have been introduced, ask them why, ask them what they think could improve it, and be ready to ditch it if it doesn't work.

    What may work for one team may not work for a lot of others. Enabling a high performing team is mostly about finding out what works best for them and to keep them engaged.

    The parts of scrum/agile that people tend to hate are things like: when people get really bogged down in jira, pointing being used as time estimates instead of complexity estimates, being held to deadlines without being able to cut scope, having processes forced on them, having scrum processes eat up a lot of time, etc.

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

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    Yep, it seemed like the winter maps were perma-winter. Also I now have to heat my homes (on a temperate map, which never gets snow, despite having the DLC). It's an annoying one because it doesn't...

    Yep, it seemed like the winter maps were perma-winter. Also I now have to heat my homes (on a temperate map, which never gets snow, despite having the DLC). It's an annoying one because it doesn't go deep enough, the winter isn't good enough on its own to justify it, but the DLC also gives streetcars, so I have to have it.

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

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    The ones everyone generally should have: mass transit: adds nice mass transit options like transit hubs, ferries, blimps, cable cars, and monorails, along with new roads industries: brings out a...

    The ones everyone generally should have:

    • mass transit: adds nice mass transit options like transit hubs, ferries, blimps, cable cars, and monorails, along with new roads
    • industries: brings out a whole new game system of building industrial areas and meeting demand for goods.

    The ones that are good to have:

    • campus: you can make a pretty campus that looks realistic
    • parklife: you can make pretty parks that span arbitrary dimensions and look realistic

    The ones you may conditionally want:

    • after dark: gives you bike and bus lanes, which I like
    • snowfall: it gives you streetcars, which I'm biased towards because I like streetcars. Other than streetcars, it gives you winter maps, which I've never tried

    The ones that people seem to poo poo a lot:

    • sunset harbor

    And Airports also exists and looks amazing, but I don't have it yet since it just got released and is expensive.

    Natural disasters also exists, but I don't really want to destroy my city so I never got it.

    Green cities also exists but I can't remember what it really does. It might just add some eco-friendly buildings and policy options. It's usually pretty cheap in sales though so I bought it at some point.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on We are (almost) halfway through the year. How is 2022 going for you? in ~talk

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    Mixed bag. Started out the year with my workplace making some weird and frustrating decisions. I decided to start interviewing and move on to the next steps of my career. Ended up interviewing for...

    Mixed bag.

    Started out the year with my workplace making some weird and frustrating decisions. I decided to start interviewing and move on to the next steps of my career. Ended up interviewing for months while working on a team I actively dislike being on. Saw all my longtime competent coworkers beat me to the punch and leave before me. After a small eternity of interviewing I got an amazing job offer for a big company doing what I want to do, and they're paying for relocation and visa sponsorship for me to move to New York City. That process is finally wrapping up after another 2 months of a small eternity doing background checks and visa setup.

    Finally I'm about to leave my job and do the big move, halfway through the year many months after I thought I would happen. Now I'm in the boring yet unsettling calm where I'm slowly getting ready to move, right before the big and exciting move, restarting my life, and getting started on what I'm confident will be a big fun adventure in a big city.

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

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    Cities Skylines I've been playing off and on since release (2015 wow), and SimCity 4 before that. I'm doing it with heavy use of mods (realistic population, lifecycle rebalanced, TM:PE, real time,...

    Cities Skylines

    I've been playing off and on since release (2015 wow), and SimCity 4 before that.

    I'm doing it with heavy use of mods (realistic population, lifecycle rebalanced, TM:PE, real time, RICO, etc.) to make it seem and look more realistic.

    I still love the game, even after all these years and all of its many many negatives. Hell it barely runs on my computer at this point in my save with about 450k people, just chugging along and freezing every once in a while. I just like making a virtual zen garden of a city, and seeing it grow as it gets bigger, and refining little parts of it, and just watching it exist as a living thing.

    I recently bought the Campus DLC since it was on sale, plopped one of those down in the middle of my city in a former industrial park. Airports is the last DLC -- both that I think they should make, and the last one I still have a desire to buy (when it goes on sale).

    I still think they did an awesome job making the game, and it should be on the same pantheon as the Sim Cities (no not that one!). At the same time, I can't wait for a sequel that will clean up and modernize it, and hopefully go father in city planning theory.

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  10. Comment on Canadian colleges: Lethbridge vs. Manitoba for Computer Science? in ~life

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    Not sure I've ever met anyone from either of those schools (I'm an East coast elitist, so everyone I know is UofT or Waterloo). Seems like Manitoba has better university rankings and a much bigger...

    Not sure I've ever met anyone from either of those schools (I'm an East coast elitist, so everyone I know is UofT or Waterloo). Seems like Manitoba has better university rankings and a much bigger student body than Lethbridge. Not sure if the Manitoba co-op program requires you to be local or if you can do remote, but it seems like their CS department is invested in their co-op program. Might be good to ask someone there directly what the opportunities are like.

    It sounds like you're going to be a foreign student so I'm not sure how transferring works, is it possible to spend a year at either of these schools then try to transfer somewhere? Wouldn't be the end of the world to spend a year at the less-optimal one then transfer elsewhere.

    Either way I doubt it will be a lifelong regret, getting any co-op experience is already a leg up, and getting real world experience after that is another big leg up.

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  11. Comment on Meet Freshii’s new ‘virtual cashier’ — who works from Nicaragua for $3.75 an hour in ~tech

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    Putting aside the ethics and such (as the Reddit thread I saw was filled with, reasonably), I can't help but feel like this is just a bad move operations-wise? Like you've got a remote worker...

    Putting aside the ethics and such (as the Reddit thread I saw was filled with, reasonably), I can't help but feel like this is just a bad move operations-wise?

    Like you've got a remote worker taking orders, can't have good contact with the kitchen, has different objectives from the rest of the staff in the store, can't really do much in terms of customer service with a person in the store. In periods of high demand, I just envision this leading to worse efficiency than having a worker in the store, at the cash register, able to field your questions.

    And as a Canadian, I have gone to Freshii, it's alright, it's not bad, I enjoy it, there's one next to my apartment that I've gone to often, but I can't help but feel like if I go in to one and I have to talk to an outsourced worker[1] screen to order a basic bowl that I'm just going to come out of it feeling like the experience was degraded overall. I can't see a way this doesn't lower my feelings of going in to one.

    I've used things like Ritual (order food on an app ahead of time, walk in for pickup when it's done) before, along with self-service kiosks in McDonalds, and those are different -- they're much more convenient in times of high demand, they cut out the middleman of the (virtual) cashier to talk to, and there's still someone at the counter if you want to go order with a real person, or have a problem with your order. This just seems to me like a strange strategy to try.

    [1] Nothing against people in Nicaragua, or outsourced workers, I just mean the experience of talking to a person on a screen thousands of km away to order food for the food place that you are standing in.

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  13. Comment on Bruce Willis, diagnosed with aphasia, steps away from acting in ~movies

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    Ah that's interesting to know, I edited my comment to (hopefully) be more accurate with that information.

    Ah that's interesting to know, I edited my comment to (hopefully) be more accurate with that information.

  14. Comment on Bruce Willis, diagnosed with aphasia, steps away from acting in ~movies

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    I had heard those rumours that he had dementia[1] in the last few years, and that's why he's been doing these very fly-by-night movies where he doesn't put in a big acting performance. I didn't...

    I had heard those rumours that he had dementia[1] in the last few years, and that's why he's been doing these very fly-by-night movies where he doesn't put in a big acting performance. I didn't expect to see this basically publicly confirmed. A sad state of affairs for an actor with such a wealth of notable performances.

    In an odd turn, the RedLetterMedia guys published a video about a month ago (before the news broke) about the recent odd turn in low budget Bruce Willis movies (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd1eNS9HtXo), and then again about 2 weeks ago had to publish another video (still before the news broke) discussing the possibility of the cognitive decline of Willis (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbLk4ktAE5U) and it being the possible reason he is doing these movies (while trying to be sensitive about the at-the-time-rumour). I had seen those videos and still did not expect this news to break so soon.

    In the end I'll always remember him from his awesome performances in movies such as Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, The Fifth Element, etc.. He has a great legacy amongst him.

    [1] Note: the rumours were dementia, he doesn't seem to have dementia, the family is saying it is specifically aphasia the rumours were saying dementia, the family has only confirmed he's experiencing aphasia.

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  15. Comment on Trying to become a junior developer in Brazil is an uphill battle in ~comp

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    Don't take it too personally. Even for experienced people the interviews (at least in the USA) are arbitrary and random, and ask questions that don't really relate to actual on the job stuff. To...

    Don't take it too personally. Even for experienced people the interviews (at least in the USA) are arbitrary and random, and ask questions that don't really relate to actual on the job stuff.

    To some degree it's a numbers game, and you have to spin the wheel enough times that it lands on black and you get the offer.

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

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    I've done all the souls games as a "whack whack" str kind of guy, so dex/str still felt natural, never did these as a mage before. An optimized int build is nice, for a lot of bosses you can set...

    I've done all the souls games as a "whack whack" str kind of guy, so dex/str still felt natural, never did these as a mage before.

    An optimized int build is nice, for a lot of bosses you can set it up so your ash takes aggro on the boss, pop a wondrous physick to boost your sorcery damage, and you melt them with a sorcery buff + damage spell to just drain their HP.

    The one part where this falls down, however, is with two phase bosses, such as some of the final bosses in the game. Now I can't pop my physick and melt the boss, because that'll take down the first phase and leave me open for the second phase. So for the final boss especially, I have to conserve my int melting magic for the second phase, and beat the first phase with spells or my sword alone. Now here comes the problem with the moonveil katana -- it's too good. I can use spells on phase 1 (of the final boss, or choose any boss you want) and do some good damage, and replenish my FP with a flask -- or, and here's the clincher, I can just use my moonveil katana which scales just as well with int as my rapier/twinblade/katana did with dex, and means I can do just as much damage with my "whack whack" katana r1 as I can with spells. The spells have a longer cast time and I keep my staff in my left hand, so if I want to guard, I have to switch away from spells, and then I'm right back at basically being a dex wielder, except I'm doing my damage with an int scaling weapon instead of a dex scaling one.

    To cut it short -- int seems just as viable as str or dex, and lets you use spells, which are fun. I don't think the final boss (also this is NG+1) is much harder with int vs. how hard it was with a pure dex build anyway, so it's viable and fun, and I need to put in the reps against the final boss to beat it with this build. Moonveil katana is very alluring, and a trap for me specifically, because it lets me play a mage the exact same way I played the dex/str styles I'm so used to, and doesn't make me get out of my comfort zone. Good game overall, love it.

    The respec'ing is great and I recommend doing it whenever you feel. For my NG+2 runthrough I'm going to respec fully for a faith build, using the Coded Sword and do some incantations. I don't feel constrained to a specific playstyle anymore, I can just completely shift to what I want when I want. It's great.

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

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    Elden Ring. NG+1. I did a dex/str bleed build the first time, now for NG+1 I've respecced for the second half to be an int/dex mage with the moonveil katana. I got to the last boss fight (in the...

    Elden Ring. NG+1. I did a dex/str bleed build the first time, now for NG+1 I've respecced for the second half to be an int/dex mage with the moonveil katana. I got to the last boss fight (in the Erdtree) pretty easily.

    I curse the final boss fight, it's still hard, even with a very nicely levelled and complete endgame build. This shit hurts.

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  18. Comment on What noise canceling headphones can block? in ~tech

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    If you're fine with the feeling of something jammed in your ear, you may want to check out In-Ear Monitors. Little earbuds that seal up pretty well in your ear. It blocks out most of the...

    If you're fine with the feeling of something jammed in your ear, you may want to check out In-Ear Monitors. Little earbuds that seal up pretty well in your ear. It blocks out most of the surrounding sound (much like earplugs, because it's basically the same thing, but with a mini speaker too) and you get great audio fidelity out of it. They're passive noise cancelling, they don't try and play the inverse sound to cancel out noise, they just block out outside sound in general.

    I'd recommend Etymotics, they have a wide range (and also normal earplugs) with some lower end options too:
    https://www.etymotic.com/product/er2se-earphones/

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

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    Caves with smithing materials (weapon upgrades matter a lot, sometimes more than levels) show up on the map as a slightly-orange-y-brown-y blob, try to look for those on the map (there's one or...

    Caves with smithing materials (weapon upgrades matter a lot, sometimes more than levels) show up on the map as a slightly-orange-y-brown-y blob, try to look for those on the map (there's one or two in limgrave and weeping peninsula, a few in liurnia. Good for XP and smithing materials.

    Catacombs and graves don't have an easy tell on the map, but there's a few statues of finger crones strewn about that will point you towards them (and show up on your map after discovering them). Also great for XP and some ash summons (and material for levelling ash summons, have you been doing that?), along with being fun to do.

    As MimicSquid said, a lot of exploration is just kind of checking different paths, wandering around, trying to figure out what that empty space is for. If there's something on the map that kinda looks like some kind of structure, it probably is, and probably has something good there.

    It looks like you've explored a bit of Liurnia east (but not all of it) and some of the lake. There's also a bunch of stuff in Liurnia west (there's a few ramps up to the land in the lake) that's worth a look but may be harder for you right now.

    If you've been able to beat Margit, you can probably beat Godrick, I found Margit harder than Godrick at that point. Once Godrick's done, you may be able to make your way through Raya Lucaria, and doing that will help you level along the way.

    So, give Godrick a few tries, might be easier than you think, and would give a ton of souls. Otherwise for exploration, just try and find interesting features on the map, try and poke around what's there, try all different branching paths of things like roads and ramps, see what's out there, enjoy the process of riding around the environment and embracing the landscape.

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  20. Comment on Why coding interviews aren't all that bad in ~comp

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    I've been interviewing lately and although I don't think coding interviews are the perfect way to go (and I certainly dreaded them before starting), they're also comforting at times in a sense of...

    I've been interviewing lately and although I don't think coding interviews are the perfect way to go (and I certainly dreaded them before starting), they're also comforting at times in a sense of consistency. The more interviews you do at places that do coding interviews, the more it helps you build up confidence and ability for later interviews. You can progress through leetcode (or what not) practicing the fundamentals of algorithms and data structures, and read through a book about system design -- now you're good to go for 90% of interviews.

    I did a final round at Amazon (for a software eng role) and the part I didn't like was actually the values chat (i.e. the part where you talk about your work style and projects you've done), the coding interviews were pretty straightforward and what I had gotten used to with other interviews (and with preparation). The segments I didn't do well in, I could at least tell I wasn't doing well in, and could earmark that for later to improve on for future interviews.
    The values chat at Amazon were what I think a lot of people are pining for as a better alternative for interviews, a way of just having a conversation with your potential future peers about work you've done, and you can wow them with what you've done, without even knowing how to reverse a linked list.
    That's not what those value chats were though, they were asking questions they were reading off of a form, you give an answer, they give vaguely related followup questions that are clearly driving towards a text box on their screen they have to fill in with what you say, and a major part of your interview success is now how well your answers are aligning with what they need to write down. If they ask you a time you've been proactive about learning something, would you be able to come up with a good example on the spot? Is it an impressive example? What if your current position was pretty straightforward and you haven't needed to learn new things for it. What if the example you chose doesn't lead itself well to followups, is that entire question a write-off for you now because you chose the wrong example on the spot? What if you've concentrated on helping your team run smoothly, filling out a leadership role, but not actively learning something new, so you don't have a good example to give? Did that just hurt your chances at this interview? And unlike the coding portion, you don't get good feedback about this part -- how do you know whether you just bombed a values question? With an algorithm or system design you can tell if it worked, or if you were running close to out of time, or if it was very inefficient.

    I had a different interview the other day with a smaller startup, and it was 2.25 hours of just talking, talking about projects I've done, talking about times in the past where I've bipped and bopped and dizzled and dozzled or whatever. After an hour of that you start getting really tired of just talking about random things you've done, and half-remember from months or years ago -- if you have examples that line up nicely with the question at all.
    And then the dangerous questions: what if someone goes through this process who isn't a strong communicator, or is reserved and doesn't give a lot of details what would help them, or are tired of talking for an hour and start giving sloppy answers -- what if they have a strong accent and the interviewers don't understand them? Did you just filter out people who could be good at their jobs (especially over text-based communication like most places do now) because of an accent? Would your hiring team even know that that's the reason?
    After a few of those interviews at different places, you start running on half-autopilot when you're answering these questions, losing the excitement in your voice, potentially skipping details, and wondering if you've been failing a few of these from using a bad example, or not having impressive enough examples. Did switching away from coding interviews help your companies chances at finding good talent and filtering out talent-that-doesn't-align-with-what-you're-hiring-for? Maybe it hurt it and you don't even realize.

    Anyway just as a disclaimer, the way I've seen in a few places that's really the best way of going about it IMO is:

    • an initial 45 minute to 1 hour screener with a simple technical question, just something to make sure you're not a fraud before going to the next or final round
    • 1 hour of coding an algorithm or similar-to-real-work kind of example, can be harder, but something to see how you work around a problem and approach it
    • 1 hour of system design (this is for back-end and fullstack interviews, so specific to those) to see how you think about constraints in the real world, and building an architecture that's reasonable and scalable
    • 1 hour of talking, hopefully with someone you will be actually working closely with if you get hired
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