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  1. Comment on Solar Protocol in ~enviro

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    Low Tech Magazine has a solar powered server that sometimes goes offline if there hasn't been enough sun yet. This clearly takes it a step further and gives more redundancy. From an energy usage...

    Low Tech Magazine has a solar powered server that sometimes goes offline if there hasn't been enough sun yet. This clearly takes it a step further and gives more redundancy. From an energy usage standpoint though, I wonder how much more energy transmitting a page across the world takes than a local CDN; each router uses some energy to direct the packets, how much energy do they use as compared to the amount needed to generate and send the packets in the first place?

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

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    Yeah, I've tried to play Divinity 2 so many times and so frequently get stuck in the swamp just outside of Fort Joy. The fact that enemies don't respawn means I can't farm XP until I can get past...

    Yeah, I've tried to play Divinity 2 so many times and so frequently get stuck in the swamp just outside of Fort Joy. The fact that enemies don't respawn means I can't farm XP until I can get past a boss or some big fight but have to find the other avenues to gain XP, which is not my playstyle and becomes very frustrating for me! But the characters and setting seem so cool!

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  3. Comment on What is the Cyrillic alphabet? in ~humanities

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    That's funny, my dad immigrated to the US from Moscow in his 30s, and during the rest of his life he never learned to pronounce the English "th" sound, instead approximating it with "Z", ("zere").

    For example the English “th” (as in “there”) to me is closer to the French “V” (Victor) than to “Z” (Zero).

    That's funny, my dad immigrated to the US from Moscow in his 30s, and during the rest of his life he never learned to pronounce the English "th" sound, instead approximating it with "Z", ("zere").

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  4. Comment on What is the Cyrillic alphabet? in ~humanities

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    Do you know why the opposite holds as well? A lot of English words/names use Г in Russian where we would use H in English. Harry Potter -> Гарри Поттер Hamburger -> Гамбургер Robin Hood -> Робин...

    Do you know why the opposite holds as well? A lot of English words/names use Г in Russian where we would use H in English.

    Harry Potter -> Гарри Поттер
    Hamburger -> Гамбургер
    Robin Hood -> Робин Гуд

    It really confuses me when Russian has Х which seems much closer in sound

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  5. Comment on I've been on the hair loss drug Dutasteride for two years now. AMA. in ~talk

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    Interesting! Thanks for the info!

    Interesting! Thanks for the info!

  6. Comment on I've been on the hair loss drug Dutasteride for two years now. AMA. in ~talk

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    I feel like this is pretty common knowledge by now but it's a cool fact: Male-pattern baldness is coded for on the X chromosome, which as a man you only get one copy of and it's from your mother...

    My father is in his 50s and he has zero signs of hair loss.

    I feel like this is pretty common knowledge by now but it's a cool fact: Male-pattern baldness is coded for on the X chromosome, which as a man you only get one copy of and it's from your mother (you get your father's Y chromosome), who got one of her two copies from your grandfather. It's therefore your mothers father you have to look to if you're worried about going bald; there is no connection between a man's father's baldness and his baldness.

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  7. Comment on When should you really use a NoSQL database? in ~comp

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    I don't know about that. Postgres has a pretty good built-in full-text search! You can create functional indexes over multiple columns in a table in order to make Postgres FTS pretty damn fast....

    If full text search is your goal, it's hard to even compare the abilities of ES vs Postgres.

    I don't know about that. Postgres has a pretty good built-in full-text search! You can create functional indexes over multiple columns in a table in order to make Postgres FTS pretty damn fast. You can weight different columns differently in the search results. Postgres can also weight searches based on the proximity of the search terms in the text.

    It is limited in that you can only index the search across one table, so if you need to join tables in your search, ES is probably better, but it comes with its own downsides: now you have to manage essentially two databases and two services.

    I've found Postgres full-text search to be brilliant in all the applications I've needed to implement full text search so far.

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  8. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - March 11-13 in ~news

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    Does anyone know of ways it’s still possible to send money to people in Russia? My grandma is 86 and lives in Moscow, I’d like to make sure she can still afford to buy groceries, and my Russian...

    Does anyone know of ways it’s still possible to send money to people in Russia? My grandma is 86 and lives in Moscow, I’d like to make sure she can still afford to buy groceries, and my Russian language teacher can no longer receive payments through the platform we use.

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  9. Comment on If I wanted to make a game like Wordle, where would I start? in ~comp

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    Ah yes, I meant state as in the React construct, not general state of the game. You're completely correct about game state; you can't make a game without that!

    Ah yes, I meant state as in the React construct, not general state of the game. You're completely correct about game state; you can't make a game without that!

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  10. Comment on If I wanted to make a game like Wordle, where would I start? in ~comp

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    I want to throw my voice in here in support of Adys's approach. If you've never programmed before, it's going to be a challenge just figuring out the basics of how the game logic should work. Get...

    I want to throw my voice in here in support of Adys's approach. If you've never programmed before, it's going to be a challenge just figuring out the basics of how the game logic should work. Get that figured out with a simple text-in-text-out program first, without the distractions of HTML, CSS, DOM manipulation, state, props, etc. Even simple web applications can be really complicated to a beginner.

    Once you have the working command line application, then there's nothing stopping you from taking what you've written and changing it around to be a web app.

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  11. Comment on Solaris in ~games

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    It's a web app that's not super friendly on mobile, but I have used my phone to issue commands before when I wasn't at my computer.

    It's a web app that's not super friendly on mobile, but I have used my phone to issue commands before when I wasn't at my computer.

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  12. Comment on Solaris in ~games

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    Solaris is a neat open source 4x space game that's played at a slow pace in real time. I've finished one game and am currently in two more. If anyone from here wants to play against each other...

    Solaris is a neat open source 4x space game that's played at a slow pace in real time. I've finished one game and am currently in two more. If anyone from here wants to play against each other (once you've tried a new player game), we can try to organize something!

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Tildes' 2022 Backlog Burner Event: It Begins! in ~games

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    I started playing the Halo Master Chief Collection, working my way through the games in chronological order. I've finished Reach, which I didn't really have strong feelings about, and now I'm on...

    I started playing the Halo Master Chief Collection, working my way through the games in chronological order. I've finished Reach, which I didn't really have strong feelings about, and now I'm on to mission 7 or 8 in Halo: CE. Boy, do they get hard!

    I never owned any consoles growing up so I missed out on playing those games even though I was very big into gaming when they came out, so it's been fun to go back and play through what I've missed. I remember my friends talking about "the Covenant" and "the Flood" and now 20 years later I actually have an understanding of what those things are! It's been pretty fun!

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  14. Comment on Day 8: Seven Segment Search in ~comp.advent_of_code

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    I spent so much time trying to figure out the math with set differences, it didn't even occur to me that I could also use set intersections!

    I spent so much time trying to figure out the math with set differences, it didn't even occur to me that I could also use set intersections!

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  15. Comment on Day 8: Seven Segment Search in ~comp.advent_of_code

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    I got completely nerdsniped by this and was up until 1:30 AM trying to solve it (new days drop at 10 PM for me). It wasn't working so I went to bed and in the morning I realized one of my...

    I got completely nerdsniped by this and was up until 1:30 AM trying to solve it (new days drop at 10 PM for me). It wasn't working so I went to bed and in the morning I realized one of my predicates was wrong!

    Rust on sourcehut

    It's real ugly, I like the way some other Rust users made theirs easier to read!

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  16. Comment on Day 7: The Treachery of Whales in ~comp.advent_of_code

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    Some people here rediscovered what I remembered learning at school as Gauss' Sum, but I can't find a corresponding wikipedia entry, and Gauss's Sum appears to be something else! Anyway, using...

    Some people here rediscovered what I remembered learning at school as Gauss' Sum, but I can't find a corresponding wikipedia entry, and Gauss's Sum appears to be something else! Anyway, using (2n(n+1))/2 was a great way to calculate the cost of Part 2!

    Rust on sourcehut

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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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    I've been playing so much Apex Legends. I really suck at the game but I have a close friend who also plays and we've gotten pretty good at communicating during battles and are getting better at...

    I've been playing so much Apex Legends. I really suck at the game but I have a close friend who also plays and we've gotten pretty good at communicating during battles and are getting better at choosing good positions. Still lots of stuff to learn but I do think I'm improving! I also bought a razer tartarus pro gamepad to try out; so far it has made me much worse at the game than better, but I'm still adjusting to the new keybinds.

    My home TV has a 120hz refresh rate compared to my computer's 60 hz display, so I'd like to get a setup where I can play Apex with a mouse and keyboard on my couch.

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  18. Comment on Day 6: Lanternfish in ~comp.advent_of_code

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    Well, to be fair, Python is not the most memory efficient language. It allocates 4 bytes per int. If you used chars in C or u8s in Rust you could probably get that cost down to just $69,763!

    Well, to be fair, Python is not the most memory efficient language. It allocates 4 bytes per int. If you used chars in C or u8s in Rust you could probably get that cost down to just $69,763!

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  19. Comment on Day 6: Lanternfish in ~comp.advent_of_code

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    I make excuses for myself when all the pythonistas post really simple code. I say "oh, well Rust is way more verbose and complicated, there's no way I could make my code look as nice and easy to...

    I make excuses for myself when all the pythonistas post really simple code. I say "oh, well Rust is way more verbose and complicated, there's no way I could make my code look as nice and easy to understand as theirs."

    And then you show up with that beautiful solution and just completely ruin my day. ;)

    3 votes