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  1. Comment on Linux bans the University of Minnesota for sending intentionally buggy patches in the name of research in ~comp

  2. Comment on What are your feelings towards achievements? in ~games

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    I don't really pay attention to achievements. I think good achievements are those that encourage to do something you'd never do in the normal course of playing the game. They don't really effect...

    I don't really pay attention to achievements.
    I think good achievements are those that encourage to do something you'd never do in the normal course of playing the game.
    They don't really effect how I play games, and I never feel like I have to get them.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Neat website, I'll have to remember this if I ever find myself needing some tarot cards :).

    Neat website, I'll have to remember this if I ever find myself needing some tarot cards :).

    3 votes
  4. Comment on PoW is efficient in ~finance

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    I'd be willing to accept the author's argument that the calculation of the energy costs of bitcoon that the author is referring to is incorrect - that certain strikes me as a calculation where...

    I'd be willing to accept the author's argument that the calculation of the energy costs of bitcoon that the author is referring to is incorrect - that certain strikes me as a calculation where small inaccuracies quickly balloon, whether introduced purposefully or not. But overall, as others have said, this article is not well based or particularly coherent.

    It also focuses a fair bit on ASICs (Appication Specific Integrated Circuits), and I think that the share or bitcoin or other cryptocurrency mining that uses those is very probably not above or at a simple majority - there is certainly a lot of demand for GPUs for that purpose.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Cryptocurrency is an abject disaster in ~tech

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    As someone who has never invested in crypto, the only impact it's had on my life is depriving free software projects of CI and being a large source of GHG emissions, so I can certainly empathize...

    As someone who has never invested in crypto, the only impact it's had on my life is depriving free software projects of CI and being a large source of GHG emissions, so I can certainly empathize with this article, without having personally ever had a stake in the financial world there.

    EDIT: I a word

    10 votes
  6. Comment on What should a lay user know about Linux app packaging? in ~tech

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    For more info on flatpak/snaps being independent, look into sandboxing - it's not particularly relevant to what you're doing and you don't really need to care about it, but it's what your phone...

    For more info on flatpak/snaps being independent, look into sandboxing - it's not particularly relevant to what you're doing and you don't really need to care about it, but it's what your phone and browser do for security.

    I know someone who runs Discord with flatpak because they don't particularly trust it in regards to privacy, for example.

    12 votes
  7. Comment on They hacked McDonald’s ice cream machines—and started a cold war in ~tech

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    Great read, thanks for the link!

    Great read, thanks for the link!

    1 vote
  8. Comment on They hacked McDonald’s ice cream machines—and started a cold war in ~tech

  9. Comment on An implementation of C++'s std::unique_ptr that represents each object as an NFT on the Ethereum blockchain in ~comp

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    This is excellent, thanks for sharing it!

    This is excellent, thanks for sharing it!

  10. Comment on [SOLVED] Tech Support Request: Finding the biggest files of a specific type in ~tech

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    Hey, I was going to bring up du! I'll also mention vips/libvips as an alternative to ImageMagick - it's apparently quite a bit faster, and definitely a fair bit less memory intensive than...

    Hey, I was going to bring up du!

    I'll also mention vips/libvips as an alternative to ImageMagick - it's apparently quite a bit faster, and definitely a fair bit less memory intensive than ImageMagick. It's not particularly important for most command line work, but would definitely be a boon working with many or very large files.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on First clinical trial confirms HIV vaccine using Moderna inoculation in ~science

  12. Comment on First clinical trial confirms HIV vaccine using Moderna inoculation in ~science

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    Could someone more literate in medical study terminology than I translate? From what I gather, this is saying that this method could potentially work to create an actual vaccine?

    Could someone more literate in medical study terminology than I translate? From what I gather, this is saying that this method could potentially work to create an actual vaccine?

    12 votes
  13. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I know next to nothing about the subject, so forgive my ignorance on the topic, but http://forth.works/doc.html may interest you if you're learning FORTH.

    I know next to nothing about the subject, so forgive my ignorance on the topic, but http://forth.works/doc.html may interest you if you're learning FORTH.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Brutalist buildings aren’t unlovable. You’re looking at them wrong. in ~design

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    It's nice to hear what other people see in Brutalism (I've never really understood it), thanks for sharing this! Though I still don't see the beauty in these buildings - they can look fine when...

    It's nice to hear what other people see in Brutalism (I've never really understood it), thanks for sharing this!

    Though I still don't see the beauty in these buildings - they can look fine when new, but are utterly depressing with age.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Why do interviewers ask linked list questions? in ~comp

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    I have much less experience than you - a few years of hobbyist C++ (video game) programming, but in there I have found use cases for linked lists as data structures where even if they change,...

    I have much less experience than you - a few years of hobbyist C++ (video game) programming, but in there I have found use cases for linked lists as data structures where even if they change, references/pointers/iterators to elements within it are still valid. That said, there are other data structures with the same guarantee, that aren't even implemented as linked lists, and overall this is not a common need.

    EDIT: wording/typos

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Firefox 87 released in ~tech

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    Container tabs is really great - what do you do in other browsers to get similar things?

    Container tabs is really great - what do you do in other browsers to get similar things?

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    I'm assuming this is happening on a machine with huge amounts of memory? Are you asking for help on the level of 'I don't know much about C++, so I don't understand references and/or pointers', or...

    I'm assuming this is happening on a machine with huge amounts of memory?

    Are you asking for help on the level of 'I don't know much about C++, so I don't understand references and/or pointers', or higher? (E.g. are you used to C and similar languages, or higher level things like Java that manage your memory for you?)
    If it's at that level, the most basic advice is to take a const reference whenever you need the data, but are not changing it, and use a non-const reference if you are changing it, but don't need to leave an unchanged copy.

    I realize this advice may not be super legible if you're not familiar, but I can elaborate.

    How the memory works depends on what data structure you're using, but for std::arrays and std::vectors, all the data will be stored continuously in memory (and probably non standard library array types too). If you don't pass this data to functions, etc. as either a reference or pointer, you will be copying all of it.

    For higher level stuff, if the computer running this simulation runs Linux or OSX, you can use valgrind (massif in particular) to profile memory/heap usage.

    This post is a bit wandering and doesn't feel particularly helpful, but I think you expected that, so if anything here grabs on to you, let me know and I can probably be more helpful.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on New groups and site mechanics - 2021 edition in ~tildes

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    If you're familiar with discourse style forums, this strikes me a little bit like the 'heart' feature on those.

    If you're familiar with discourse style forums, this strikes me a little bit like the 'heart' feature on those.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on How do you choose a desktop wallpaper? in ~tech

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    Oh, that simple desktops link is great, thanks for sharing it!

    Oh, that simple desktops link is great, thanks for sharing it!

  20. Comment on "Why is this subreddit private?" or why some large subreddits are protesting the censorship of discussions about a reddit admin's ties to pedophilia. in ~tech

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    As per Wikipedia:

    As per Wikipedia:

    TERF is an acronym for trans-exclusionary radical feminist. First recorded in 2008, the term originally applied to the minority of feminists espousing sentiments that other feminists considered transphobic...[t]he meaning has since expanded to refer more broadly to people with trans-exclusionary views who may have no involvement with radical feminism.

    3 votes