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  1. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Oh, interesting! Didn't know there was a book club going. Will have to read the others impressions and be on the lookout for the next book!

    Oh, interesting! Didn't know there was a book club going. Will have to read the others impressions and be on the lookout for the next book!

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  2. Comment on Science fiction or fantasy recommendations for children in ~books

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    Some of Sandersons books might be nice: Tress and the Emerald Sea Mistborn series (might be too young) My oldest daughter (13 now) got into the Warriors series of books which is essentially about...

    Some of Sandersons books might be nice:

    • Tress and the Emerald Sea
    • Mistborn series (might be too young)

    My oldest daughter (13 now) got into the Warriors series of books which is essentially about wild cats (there are a lot of books in the series)!

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  3. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Finished listening to The Dispossed by Ursula K. Le Guin while painting our house. It is a lot more slow paced and pensive than my usual books, but I would recommend it! It made me think about a...

    Finished listening to The Dispossed by Ursula K. Le Guin while painting our house. It is a lot more slow paced and pensive than my usual books, but I would recommend it!

    It made me think about a few things. How language shapes our morals and ethics by vurtue of how we express concepts. Secondly, why we strive for material wealth.

    The anarchist society described in the book seems like a anarcho-syndicalist ideal. While the society has problems it is depicted as fairly benign and actually quite inspiring! There are a few mysteries that are hinted at, i.e. the Hanish's role. It's fun that Earth is part of the story, but only really aluded to in the background, with a few exceptions.

    Recommended it to my 15 year old. Super interested in their opinion of the book... it might be too slow for their tastes though.

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  4. Comment on Your favorite deeply unpopular music in ~music

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    I recently discovered The Tiger Lillies - Banging in the Nails. Not sure if they count as deeply unpopular since in my head they are too obscure.

    I recently discovered The Tiger Lillies - Banging in the Nails. Not sure if they count as deeply unpopular since in my head they are too obscure.

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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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    V Rising Player it a bunch when it was in early access. Now that it has been officially released I'm giving it another go. I remember it as more difficult, but now it is a bit quicker to get...

    V Rising

    Player it a bunch when it was in early access. Now that it has been officially released I'm giving it another go. I remember it as more difficult, but now it is a bit quicker to get through the different bosses. I like the introduction of trader camps, nice when missing some particular resource.

    My main gripe isn't with the actual game, but with the lack of a Linux based server option. I'll look into setting it up with wine in a docker container, but it's a bummer they've made it more difficult to host a server. Seems like a nobrainer to compile a Linux option for the server part at least... should try going to their office to complain ;) or just ask them for the source and build it myself! I did try for a few minutes to decompile the binary and figured I could rebuild it, but couldn't get it to decompile with dotPeek unfortunately.

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  6. Comment on AI: The decade ahead in ~tech

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    Ultimately this is true. In an unequal economic system however education becomes a means to an end. A way of improving the odds of increasing your material wellbeing. A way to gatekeep and filter...

    Education is its own reward.

    Ultimately this is true. In an unequal economic system however education becomes a means to an end. A way of improving the odds of increasing your material wellbeing. A way to gatekeep and filter people. If we could get away from this I think we'd be more fulfilled in general. Then education would be a its own reward. Today it can be... if you are privileged enough.

    I like to think that also work, in and of itself, is its own reward. That tend to be a bit more controversial, but a job well done is satisfying no matter if there are economic incentives in place.

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  7. Comment on How the US is destroying young people’s future | Scott Galloway in ~life

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    I tend to agree. I believe it is much more important for a functioning democracy that people are taking part in formulating the choices that are being consideredrather than the actual choosing...

    I tend to agree. I believe it is much more important for a functioning democracy that people are taking part in formulating the choices that are being consideredrather than the actual choosing between options. There is much more power in deciding what the question on a ballot is rather picking between the options, e.g. "should women have bodily autonomy?" vs "should we allow the murder of unborn babies?". While both questions pertain to the same underlying issue; which you choose to ask will influence the answer people give.

    So in general, get organized! Start championing issues you care about within the existing political system. Don't wait and allow others to formulate the choices for you!

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  8. Comment on V Rising 1.0 out now in ~games

  9. Comment on V Rising 1.0 out now in ~games

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    It is a bit interesting that a bunch of very successful early access games have come out of Skövde in Sweden (including V Rising and Valheim). The college there started a game development program...

    It is a bit interesting that a bunch of very successful early access games have come out of Skövde in Sweden (including V Rising and Valheim). The college there started a game development program back in 2002 (with some separate courses starting as early as the late 90s) meeting some internal resistance initially. Now game development is one of the bigest industries in Skövde! Funny how things work out sometimes.

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  10. Comment on Looking for advice on a work related issue in ~life

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    Maybe... They haven't expressed this sentiment though. They are a quite nice person when they do join lunches etc. There isn't a lot of opportunities for socialising as we are remote most of the...

    Maybe this person is too conscious of not being as knowledgeable / smart as the rest of the team? Do you speak during coffee breaks? How open / friendly is this person?

    Maybe... They haven't expressed this sentiment though. They are a quite nice person when they do join lunches etc. There isn't a lot of opportunities for socialising as we are remote most of the week.

    I've had bad experiences of groups of "pro" devs low-key reminding me how junior I was compared to them.

    Sorry to hear that you've had this experience! Hopefully my team mate doesn't share the same. Was there anything you or someone else did that made it better?

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  11. Comment on Looking for advice on a work related issue in ~life

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    Good questions! I think the feedback loop on their work is too long at the moment. Well, once they actually do push out a PR they inevitably need to rework it. That's not uncommon of course; there...

    Good questions! I think the feedback loop on their work is too long at the moment.

    What is the outcome when they post a PR? I would expect the comments/reviews/forced rework there to be the place where their deficiencies are most visible, but what consequences do they see?

    Well, once they actually do push out a PR they inevitably need to rework it. That's not uncommon of course; there are often things that get comments in PRs (less when the team pairs of things). However, there is little consequence for having to rework things. It just takes longer to complete, which is fine IMO. But, in my view they do not seem to learn (similar issues crop up over and over)... which causes me to become extra cautios about their contributions.

    the fact that the most junior dev person was made the scrum master suggests that it is seen as "make work" while the dev work is the "real work".

    I suppose that might be the case... but when they were hired they claimed to already have experience of being a scrum master and expressed interest in that (which since shifted as mentioned). A good scrum master can really benefit a team by proactively removing obstacles and steering meetings in a constructive direction.

    To expand a bit on how we work, we've moved a way from pure scrum to more of a kanban approach. We've retained the IMO most important bit; retrospectives. We also formally have sprints to align our cadence with the rest of the organization. Other than that we just continually prioritize the work to be done and ensure we have enough slack to handle emergencies. Kanvan is a more light-weight process, but I actually think it is harder to do well than scrum (easy to get overwhelmed by the non-stop nature of work coming in).

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  12. Comment on Looking for advice on a work related issue in ~life

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    This is good advice, thanks! I suspect they might feel like they are under performing (which does mess with ones self confidence etc etc)... I do try to lead by example, admit when I mess up (I go...

    confirm that your expectations are the same as theirs and their manager

    This is good advice, thanks! I suspect they might feel like they are under performing (which does mess with ones self confidence etc etc)... I do try to lead by example, admit when I mess up (I go out of my way with this and tend to post about it in our public team chanels as to destigmatize failure and spread the learnings from it), ask others for help and bounce ideas around etc... I don't have an expectation that they will reach an equal level of productivity. I do expect that they contribute in SOME meaningful way to the team (e.g. socially, niche expertise and/or contributions) OR at least that they show some growth in some area... meh... maybe I just need to vent a bit!

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  13. Comment on Looking for advice on a work related issue in ~life

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    Yeah... the dynamics of the situation is a bit weird to be honest.

    Yeah... the dynamics of the situation is a bit weird to be honest.

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  14. Looking for advice on a work related issue

    I'm currently a software developer consultant working as a lead developer in the fintech industry. My team consist of me and 6 other developers of various levels of expertice. I started apx a year...

    I'm currently a software developer consultant working as a lead developer in the fintech industry. My team consist of me and 6 other developers of various levels of expertice. I started apx a year ago in this position and the project was to take over an system built by an external company and develop and maintain it going forward. We grew the team over time, so initially there was only me, but after 3 months we'd added a couple of other developers. The most junior developer with only a few years of experience took on the scrum master role at 50%, which allowed the other of us to focus moren on dev stuff. I wouldn't have said the scrum master was a junior level developer based on them having worked for several years. That was my expectation...

    After a few months we've continued to grow the team. All in all we are now 7 developers. The person that initially had the scrum master role has since opted to focus more on the dev side. We've accomodated them and since mid january they've focused soley on dev. However, the outcome of this hasn't met my expectations. Working 50% as a dev I understand (and expected) that they wouldn't pick up the domain/system as easily as simeone soley focused on the dev role. Given that they've now had a couple of months I don't really see any improvement however! And, to be clear, it isn't really about their level of output. I'd be content if they were able to show some increased understanding of the domain and/or had increased the quality of their work somewhat. I see none of this and a tendency to "hide" their work (postponing creating PRs so it's hard to judge their progress/need of help, not asking for support, dismissing offers for help when given, non participation in discussions/problem solving etc etc).

    Speculating, but to me it seems they are not comfortable in their dev role and I seem to have failed in this instance to establish enough trust (either in me or in the team as a whole). I don't see this issue in the other team members though (even with the more junior people). Complicating things is that I am not their manager. So, it is ultimately not my responsibillity.

    Any advice in addressing the issues? Ideally the outcome would be a situation where they have started to contribute to the team in some meaningful way. Should I be more patient? Should I impose help on them, e.g. comitt to pair with them on all work? What is a good and construcrive way to approach this (preferably without being a complete ass)?

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  15. Comment on Terraform Industries converts electricity and air into synthetic natural gas for the first time in ~enviro

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    Sure, as long as they don't use fossil fuel for the hydrogen I think this could be a good thing. Using fossil fuel would negate the benefits of this whole process I imagine! This could be used as...

    Sure, as long as they don't use fossil fuel for the hydrogen I think this could be a good thing. Using fossil fuel would negate the benefits of this whole process I imagine!

    This could be used as a way to produce fuel for gas powered combustion engines. Not sure, but the energy density of NG is probably better than a battery AND less need for rare earth minerals!

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  16. Comment on Terraform Industries converts electricity and air into synthetic natural gas for the first time in ~enviro

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    Too bad they need hydrogen gas, which (as of now) is mostly obtained from fossil fuel. They stipulate that its "green" hydrogen, but I'm a bit skeptical... I guess they could get it from...

    Too bad they need hydrogen gas, which (as of now) is mostly obtained from fossil fuel. They stipulate that its "green" hydrogen, but I'm a bit skeptical... I guess they could get it from electrolysis of water, but then they'd need more energy.

    I like the idea of producing natural gas. We already have a lot of infrastructure for it and it is easier to store/transport than many other options! Hope they manage to figure out a viable business out of it.

    Edit: Replaced hydrolysis with electrolysis. Hydrolysis is a completly different process! Was a while since I took chemistry classes.

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  17. Comment on What's a "house rule" that has made a game more fun for you? in ~games

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    Alchorally/Robohole is a drinking game variant on Roborally. Our main innovation is that you drink when you shoot and when you reach one of the goal posts. This has the added benefit of evening...

    Alchorally/Robohole is a drinking game variant on Roborally. Our main innovation is that you drink when you shoot and when you reach one of the goal posts. This has the added benefit of evening out the game. Good players becomes worse as the game progresses allowing the others to catch up.

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  18. Comment on How to center a div in ~comp

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    I mostly mention center in jest, but I'm fairly sure it affect block elements it encloses: https://jsfiddle.net/#&togetherjs=9stmUyLe3I

    I mostly mention center in jest, but I'm fairly sure it affect block elements it encloses: https://jsfiddle.net/#&togetherjs=9stmUyLe3I

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  19. Comment on How to center a div in ~comp

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    <center><div>$$$ Profit!!! Should work fine in all browsers :)
    <center><div>$$$ Profit!!!
    

    Should work fine in all browsers :)

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  20. Comment on Pew Research data on how many countries people have travelled to in ~travel

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    I think it's fairly easy to rack up a bunch of countries in Europe. So growing up in Sweden most people will have at least visited the neighbouring Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Norway and...

    I think it's fairly easy to rack up a bunch of countries in Europe. So growing up in Sweden most people will have at least visited the neighbouring Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Norway and Finland). Then lots of schools arrange trips to some European country usually by bus. That let's you quickly rack up another 4-6 countries without much effort. In addition, historically Sweden has taken in immigrants and asylum seekers who by necessity have had to hop through a bunch of nations to just get here.

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