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

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    I really regret that I never found anyone to do the co-op campaign with :/

    I really regret that I never found anyone to do the co-op campaign with :/

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  2. Comment on The need for software testing: Neil Ferguson's unstable epidemiologic model in ~tech

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    Matlab is $860 a year (or $2150 for a perpetual license). Python is free, and kicks the pants off of Matlab w.r.t., GPU acceleration / extensibility / available packages (e.g., Tensorflow and...

    Matlab is $860 a year (or $2150 for a perpetual license).

    Python is free, and kicks the pants off of Matlab w.r.t., GPU acceleration / extensibility / available packages (e.g., Tensorflow and friends) any day of the week.

    Really the only reason I ever see to use Matlab is if you're deep into Simulink or their control-process design stuff.

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  3. Comment on The need for software testing: Neil Ferguson's unstable epidemiologic model in ~tech

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    What? I mean, at the very least you'll have C/C++/Fortran, CUDA, python, OpenMP / OpenACC, various MPI stacks, runtime/transport layers (e.g., Charm++) etc. Not sure what other compiler support...

    compiler support for other languages is pretty non-existent on high performance machines

    What? I mean, at the very least you'll have C/C++/Fortran, CUDA, python, OpenMP / OpenACC, various MPI stacks, runtime/transport layers (e.g., Charm++) etc. Not sure what other compiler support you're really looking for there, as that really covers 95% or so of most HPC / compiler codes. You could always build your own Rust compiler or something if you needed

    And, of course, Fortran is blazing fast

    Fortran is "blazing fast" in the sense that compilation times are fast... but in that case, so is C. The code itself can been fast or slow depending on how optimized it is. It's not inherently faster or slower than properly written C / C++ or even something like Python using Cython or numpy to offload the computation-y bits.

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  4. Comment on The need for software testing: Neil Ferguson's unstable epidemiologic model in ~tech

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    FORTRAN with implicit none is generally fine, this does things like disabling implicit creation of new variables, making I,J,K not implicitly be integer counters, requiring array size bounds, etc....

    FORTRAN with implicit none is generally fine, this does things like disabling implicit creation of new variables, making I,J,K not implicitly be integer counters, requiring array size bounds, etc. In implicit mode there are many ways to shoot yourself in the foot (and unfortunately, lots of legacy codes are written like this) but you can do that in modern languages , e.g.,:

    for i in range (10):
        .... # doing some work
        i = 4 - input[i] # shadow loop variable
        output[i] = sin(i)
    

    There’s nothing inherently wrong with FORTRAN, but I’ll take C or C++ any day.

    Edit: honestly the worst thing about FORTRAN is that the language spec is behind a paywall, so you don’t have an equivalent to things like: https://en.cppreference.com/w/

    That’s a roundabout way of saying, if I’ve interpreted what implicit none does incorrectly, it’s because what documentation I’ve found is not great :p

    4 votes
  5. Comment on As a DM, I kinda hate Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition in ~games.tabletop

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    While I agree compared to 4e, 5e is much easier to get into, I have had much much much better success getting new players into something like DungeonWorld instead of 5e. Plus there, the game...

    While I agree compared to 4e, 5e is much easier to get into, I have had much much much better success getting new players into something like DungeonWorld instead of 5e. Plus there, the game places emphasis is actually on storytelling by design, rather than being somewhere in the middle like 5e is.

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  6. Comment on As a DM, I kinda hate Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition in ~games.tabletop

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    The thing is, there are way better choices for storytelling games than 5e e.g., pretty much all of the PBTA universe. I find 5e to be a weird in-between from really hardcore tactical stuff and...

    The thing is, there are way better choices for storytelling games than 5e e.g., pretty much all of the PBTA universe. I find 5e to be a weird in-between from really hardcore tactical stuff and story-telling games, hence I understand the OP’s frustration.

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

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    I’ve been playing Hollow Knight, after @kfwyre gifted it to me at the beginning of April. It took me a bit to find the time, but I’m really getting into it now. Easily the most I’ve enjoyed a game...

    I’ve been playing Hollow Knight, after @kfwyre gifted it to me at the beginning of April. It took me a bit to find the time, but I’m really getting into it now. Easily the most I’ve enjoyed a game in years.

    I’m really enamored with the way the visual themes of each zone blend at the boundaries. It’s such an simple thing, but when you travel through the boundaries of 2-3 zones in quick succession (especially within a single map/load area) it’s really breathtaking.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Biden is planning an FDR-size Presidency in ~misc

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    Really? The guy who a month ago was opposing a single-payer healthcare during a health crisis is planning a new deal "as big as FDR's"? I mean, I guess people have the ability to change their...

    Really? The guy who a month ago was opposing a single-payer healthcare during a health crisis is planning a new deal "as big as FDR's"?

    I mean, I guess people have the ability to change their minds, but I'm real fucking skeptical...

    14 votes
  9. Comment on Food Escapades & Curry Fridays ! Ultimate Chicken Curry (Tamatar Murghi) from 'Indian Cooking Unfolded' in ~food

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    Relevant timing on the spicy question! I made Vindaloo today and it was amazing...ly spicy depending on who you listen to lol. I thought it was top notch, but at the border of my spice level but...

    Relevant timing on the spicy question!

    I made Vindaloo today and it was amazing...ly spicy depending on who you listen to lol. I thought it was top notch, but at the border of my spice level but it was too much for my SO (who can normally hang with me). I think I had something like 10-12 dried birds-eyes in the Marsala, and another 8 or so green Thai chili’s in the vindaloo proper... May have overshot that by a bit!

    Got the recipe from the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/feb/08/how-to-cook-the-perfect-vindaloo-recipe

    I highly highly recommend it — easily the best vindaloo I’ve ever made, and on the plus side, I’ve got lunch all week :p

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Tesla sues Alameda County to force California factory reopening in ~finance

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    I mean, this is a pretty optimistic view in and of itself...

    We are past peak in the US now

    I mean, this is a pretty optimistic view in and of itself...

    15 votes
  11. Comment on The coronavirus killed American exceptionalism in ~health.coronavirus

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    Not gonna say the word choice was unintentional ;)

    Not gonna say the word choice was unintentional ;)

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  12. Comment on The coronavirus killed American exceptionalism in ~health.coronavirus

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    For an inside perspective, I’m feeling about the same these days.... I’m not surprised or especially disappointed. If you had pitched our anemic (and quickly trending towards economic class...

    For an inside perspective, I’m feeling about the same these days.... I’m not surprised or especially disappointed. If you had pitched our anemic (and quickly trending towards economic class genocidal) response as the likely outcome of a global disaster, I would have have said “yup, sounds about right”. Another administration probably would have handled the initial response at least competently, but no matter who is in charge I have zero confidence that we would not eventually have made it to the point we are today, where it has been made clear to the entire world how completely capital trumps humanity in America, and that we as a people just don’t care.

    At least it’s Friday, I guess.

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  13. Comment on Tony Allen, pioneering afrobeat drummer, dead at 79 in ~music

  14. Comment on The Big Dig jazz show, episode 10: Large and In Charge (Big Band Sounds) in ~music

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    Hell yeah, this was my favorite episode yet. So many good tunes, that Buddy Rich song is killer.

    Hell yeah, this was my favorite episode yet. So many good tunes, that Buddy Rich song is killer.

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  15. Comment on iPhone SE (2020) review - The Verge in ~tech

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    100% agreed, but I code all day... I really just don't want to play the "tinker with my phone" game in my very small amount of free time.

    Not that I'm an expert but I think if you want privacy, Apple is better but its not the answer. There are some alternatives in the market right now but they are probably not consumer ready (they all involve modifying Android phones and relying on small altruistic teams).

    100% agreed, but I code all day... I really just don't want to play the "tinker with my phone" game in my very small amount of free time.

    10 votes
  16. Comment on iPhone SE (2020) review - The Verge in ~tech

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    Already got mine on pre-order -- I'm pretty indifferent to the features... I just wanted a cheapish phone that works well. Mostly came down to good timing w/ my Android breaking a few days after...

    Already got mine on pre-order -- I'm pretty indifferent to the features... I just wanted a cheapish phone that works well. Mostly came down to good timing w/ my Android breaking a few days after the announcement, but I'm OK with a 400$ phone if it rids me of another avenue of Google surveillance in my life. (Thanks to everyone over here for convincing me!).

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  17. Comment on Ada++, an open source fork of Ada focused on making the language more accessible and friendlier in ~comp

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    I mean, this commit has something going on. Looks pretty limited though?

    I mean, this commit has something going on. Looks pretty limited though?

  18. Comment on Food Escapades & Curry Fridays ! Serious Eats’ Better Stovetop Butter Chicken in ~food

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    I put some lemons in a jar w/ salt yesterday to get some quick preserved lemons, that's um... kinda fermenting, right? :P I'm planning on using them for my next run at Tagine :)

    Question of the day: Have any of you tried dabbling in fermented foods lately?

    I put some lemons in a jar w/ salt yesterday to get some quick preserved lemons, that's um... kinda fermenting, right? :P

    I'm planning on using them for my next run at Tagine :)

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  19. Comment on Tips for making a first DnD character? in ~games.tabletop

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    Ok, so there's a couple things you might ask there: First, what's a trash bard? A trashy person who is a bard? Someone bad at being a bard? A bard really into trashy romance songs / stories? -> I...

    For example, what question would you ask next, once you've established you want to play "a trash bard"?

    Ok, so there's a couple things you might ask there:

    First, what's a trash bard? A trashy person who is a bard? Someone bad at being a bard? A bard really into trashy romance songs / stories?

    -> I like the last one, that sounds like fun.

    From there, I might go right to the backgrounds. Where would someone in the world live that they would get exposed to enough knowledge that they can develop such a niche interest? It might be fun if they were training to be a priest, but got kicked out for being too horny of a Monk?

    -> So acolyte might be a good choice here.

    Ok, so if they're a disgraced, horny acolyte, what class would they be?

    -> Probably at least a level of cleric, before putting anything into bard. That's likely something you'd rarely see recommended in an optimized build, but now we see how it just kinda comes about naturally by looking at your character.

    Hopefully that makes a little more sense? It sounds like you're kinda on that path already! It's not a formal process or anything, I just found their podcast really useful to help me break out of the min/maxing mold :)

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  20. Comment on Tips for making a first DnD character? in ~games.tabletop

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    Depends whether your group is into the crunch/min-maxing part of DND, or the role-playing aspects IMO. There are tons of guides out there if you want to go for min/maxing, e.g., Treantmonk's...

    Depends whether your group is into the crunch/min-maxing part of DND, or the role-playing aspects IMO. There are tons of guides out there if you want to go for min/maxing, e.g., Treantmonk's guide. I find that kind boring, my preference is for RP, but whatever floats your boat!

    My favorite way to make a new character is liberally stolen from the All My Fantasy Children podcast. They take a really simple user-submitted prompt (e.g., "A trash bard") and walk through their process of transforming that into a character. Instead of letting "what will give me the best stats / abilities", etc. drive the character creation process, you are letting the idea of the character drive what stats / abilities they have. I find it results in a much richer character for RP. Give an episode a shot, and see if it's for you!