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  1. Comment on Is there any interest in a video game design subgroup? in ~tildes

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    I second this. I'm not a software engineer working in the gaming industry but one with over 20 years of experience working in enterprise environments with, at this point, nearly 30 years of being...

    I second this. I'm not a software engineer working in the gaming industry but one with over 20 years of experience working in enterprise environments with, at this point, nearly 30 years of being extremely passionate about games and game development in all its aspects.

    A place in which we could share articles, videos and discussions about everything that happens "under the hood" and "behind the scenes" in the gaming industry would be very much appreciated.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on A trip down the UK in ~travel

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    Adding to that, you can buy an oyster card online and choose a station from which you'll get it. Simply choose the station in which you'll arrive in London and go to the ticket boots / customer...

    Adding to that, you can buy an oyster card online and choose a station from which you'll get it.

    Simply choose the station in which you'll arrive in London and go to the ticket boots / customer service boots. They will have your Oyster card ready for you.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Designing my first DnD boss fight with a giant mimic (5x lvl 5 characters) in ~games.tabletop

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    That sounds terrible design in a ttrpg to be honest. What would happen if one of the team members dies and not the others... how visually the "possessions" including xp are represented and why the...

    If you die, you go back there at 1hp, and you can full heal there--at the cost of respawning all the enemies in the area

    That sounds terrible design in a ttrpg to be honest.

    What would happen if one of the team members dies and not the others... how visually the "possessions" including xp are represented and why the rest of the team cannot take them with them back to the bonfire? I am seeing so many "immersion breaking" aspects here that I am not even wanting to think of the rest of complications.

  4. Comment on Italy bans cultivated meat in ~food

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    I'm Italian. This is 100% a political decision to keep the electoral base happy. Nothing to do with anything else really. Italy have the strictest protocols for health and safety of imported...

    I'm Italian. This is 100% a political decision to keep the electoral base happy.

    Nothing to do with anything else really.

    Italy have the strictest protocols for health and safety of imported products. The safety concern simply doesn't exists.

    For the specific heritage, we already have some food and products that are DOC or DOP, you could simply extend it to some animals, enough to keep the heritage alive (and also could substantially raise the price for those protected meats) while allowing the vast majority of the population to have affordable meat.

    The same stage have been adopted for insect based food not too long ago.

    When you have conservative fascists in power in 2023, this is the outcome you have to expect in terms of decisions.

    19 votes
  5. Comment on Cloud exit - cloud is NOT cheap in ~comp

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    and that is the right approach. Cloud is not meant to be a panacea to every problem.

    and that is the right approach.

    Cloud is not meant to be a panacea to every problem.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Cloud exit - cloud is NOT cheap in ~comp

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    If Google cloud is costing more than the other alternative (if the other is aws ir azure) you might want to review your infrastructure design or check in details what kind of discounts you are...

    If Google cloud is costing more than the other alternative (if the other is aws ir azure) you might want to review your infrastructure design or check in details what kind of discounts you are maybe not taking advantage of.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~life.men

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    I beg you to not delete this thread instead. Maybe there is a way to put it in "silence" mode? I totally understand your response and the tiredness because I experience that as well and are in the...

    I beg you to not delete this thread instead. Maybe there is a way to put it in "silence" mode?

    I totally understand your response and the tiredness because I experience that as well and are in the middle of a toxic relationship that I am enduring only because I cannot "take away" the child and don't want to just leave free reins to my partner.

    It's tiring because no one I would try and complain, would understand the struggle of trying to be a good father despite the society seeing you as a bad one by default.

    Every good thing you do is not seen and every little slip is seen under a magnifying glass it seems.

    BUT, tildes is publicly readable, and having these sort of open letters searchable and indexed online, will help others understand that they are not alone, even if this doesn't solve this problem, it would help someone feel less alone in a similar situation.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Have I Been Pwned? in ~tech

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    That's a point 3 clear as day. The example use gangs but, really, any organisation that aim at power can fit.

    That's a point 3 clear as day.

    The example use gangs but, really, any organisation that aim at power can fit.

  9. Comment on How to download and install Linux in ~comp

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    I use Azure for work every day since a couple years and even there, they are moving some PaaS from Windows hosting into Linux hosting. I mean, at this point is quite the farce. The only reason I...

    I use Azure for work every day since a couple years and even there, they are moving some PaaS from Windows hosting into Linux hosting.

    I mean, at this point is quite the farce.

    The only reason I myself still use a Windows machine is because of games. Thanks heavens Proton is moving things, hopefully, soon (years) I'll be able to just drop windows entirely.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on I’m a microbiologist and here is what (and where) I never eat in ~food

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    I worked for 5 years in the ministry of health, department of food and feed, in Italy We have one if the most strict regulations in terms of food safety. I've seen the number of alerts that come...

    I worked for 5 years in the ministry of health, department of food and feed, in Italy

    We have one if the most strict regulations in terms of food safety. I've seen the number of alerts that come through (most from Chinese imports, sorry to confirm the stereotype) but that never made me as fearful as the person writing that article, on the contrary, it made me confident that it would be very hard for something bad to end up in my fridge.

    Your mileage may vary in other countries so, the best thing you can do is do your research on how your country is determining what's safe and what's not.

    That article feel like the personal vent of a germophobe, sorry

    8 votes
  11. Comment on Graduated and moving to an apartment in a major city in the US, advice/tips? in ~life

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    That's all good but the user is going for apply for what seems to be the first job. Even in IT I never heard of the equivalent of an intern being told "sure, you can start in 2 months"

    That's all good but the user is going for apply for what seems to be the first job.

    Even in IT I never heard of the equivalent of an intern being told "sure, you can start in 2 months"

    2 votes
  12. Comment on How can I get my engineers to accept being on call? in ~tech

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    Being "on call" is worse than not being able to ever be on vacation. For my first project in the current company, the was the need for an on-call rotation. Management said they were organising it...

    Being "on call" is worse than not being able to ever be on vacation.

    For my first project in the current company, the was the need for an on-call rotation.

    Management said they were organising it but if the first couple of weeks someone from the project could cover for it.

    I did one week.

    One week in which:

    • I couldn't go to the park with the kids at any time
    • I could not go out to dine with my partner
    • I could not take a walk for more than 10 minutes from my house (20 minutes to respond to the higher severity alerts)

    And so on. Everything for something like 200£ extra.

    When the proper on-rota was established we were asked if we wanted to be part of it and I explained that that amount was barely enough to justify being on call for one day. Certainly not a week.

    The manager told me "ah, but most of the time nothing happens".

    I answered: "Yeah, that's even worse."

    63 votes
  13. Comment on What are some of your favorite "meeting games?" in ~games

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    We are talking about games that don't require much focus.

    We are talking about games that don't require much focus.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Yes, you can measure software developer productivity in ~tech

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    I started working for one of these "consultancy" companies since last year and, unfortunately, I have to say that until now every single time I was assigned to a project, it was going to shit...

    I started working for one of these "consultancy" companies since last year and, unfortunately, I have to say that until now every single time I was assigned to a project, it was going to shit because the client's management have no clue of what they want and what they need.

    From absurd level of micromanaging to vague and volatile requests without any respect for what the planned release was (and I'm not talking about bugs or issues).

    It reached a point in which, in the internal quarterly feedback, the overwhelming majority of suggestions were "please offer the clients to teach them how to manage a tech company". I've literally asked to be removed from my last project because I couldn't bear to deal with the clients' management and how they were being bamboozled by other consultants they hired to "replace us because we were not working towards the goal". The goal is still a mystery to this day.

    I can assure you, every project I joined, the people on our teams are always eager to just do something of good quality and deliver in time and mathemagically the clients' management have some moron in key position that just want to show that we are there to sabotage their company, apparently.

    I couldn't give a shit about your company pal (not you specifically OBLIVIATER :P), the company I work for don't give a shit as well, we offer vastly different product and if you are successful it's good for us because of reputation and potential follow-up business.

    It takes a special kind of idiots to think a consultant firm is there to damage you.

    A clarification, we provide teams of people, usually a single manager to act as contact point, 1–2 architects depending on the task, and several engineers of different specialization according to needs (security, platform, engineering, QA, etc). We are not that kind of consultancy firm that submerge you with management and meetings. In fact, if a meeting exceed 30 minutes, it must be for something really fucked up that happened.

    9 votes
  15. Comment on What are your thoughts on Cyberpunk 2077 update 2.0? in ~games

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    Just tried a minute ago but just for the time to go to the ripperdoc and get jacked full of chrome. It was the save before the last mission so money wasn't a problem and the talent point weren't...

    Just tried a minute ago but just for the time to go to the ripperdoc and get jacked full of chrome.

    It was the save before the last mission so money wasn't a problem and the talent point weren't as well.

    Honestly I don't feel the appeal. I jumped around a bit, didn't want to start a mess, the world still felt shallow like a nice cardboard background... and that's it.

    I should play a new playthrough probably but knowing that the origin doesn't change anything and that I already tested all ending back then, really takes any interest out of me.

    It doesn't help that this supposedly patch that make the game "as it should have been" just remind me of how badly they lied with that damn 40 minute videos (we still don't have that hacking shown there, that was so cool, just "quickhacks" as in witchers signs).

    Also I wasn't remembering a slight but annoying mouse inertia. I checked the options but have seen no way to disable it.

    I'll probably try again in the next few days but I have no interest really.

    It's worth playing through once anyway, so whoever waited 3 years ago will definitely have a good time today.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on It's not just you. LinkedIn has gotten really weird. in ~tech

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    I only go to LinkedIn to update my profile when I want to change job and this article made me says out loud: What The Fuck. Which, incidentally is also a great summary for it, I'd say :D

    I only go to LinkedIn to update my profile when I want to change job and this article made me says out loud: What The Fuck.

    Which, incidentally is also a great summary for it, I'd say :D

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

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    I uninstalled after roughly 80 hours, having finished the main story and some side quests along the way and "restarted" doing the UC colonies and Crimson Pirates main questlines. Haven't touched...

    I uninstalled after roughly 80 hours, having finished the main story and some side quests along the way and "restarted" doing the UC colonies and Crimson Pirates main questlines.

    Haven't touched with a stick the radiant quests as they are garbage and the location for them are always the same.

    I would say that if you expect skyrim or fallout in space you're going to be satisfied. It's exactly that, down to the "powers". Overall, it's an "RPG by Bethesda" with "age of space" as the theme instead of "fantasy" or "post apocalypse".

    Of the recent Bethesda games is definitely the most polished but it doesn't measure even remotely with things like Baldur's Gate 3 (scale) or even The Witcher 3 (moral choice and consequences).

    As I said, it's you usual Bethesda experience. A decent 7- of a game. Will become a solid 8 when the community will make the usual incredible mods for it.

    What you SHOULD NOT expect, because it's not, is a space sim or anything that start with space. Comparing it with things like Elite Dangerous etc is asinine or just being fooled by the usual exaggeration of Todd and the usual hype industry.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on XML is better than YAML. Hear me out... in ~comp

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    That is absolutely not what I said nor implied. What I mean is that usually you start from a template or an example and just do some adjustment. Rarely, if ever, you write a configuration file...

    That is absolutely not what I said nor implied.

    What I mean is that usually you start from a template or an example and just do some adjustment.

    Rarely, if ever, you write a configuration file from scratch.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Starfield and the problem of scale in ~games

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    I'm sorry to have to reply with such a short response but Engine limitation. It's just that. (and that I'm on mobile right now) Look at Neon for example which have several loading screens to just...

    I'm sorry to have to reply with such a short response but

    So why did they go with this approach? I don't know.

    Engine limitation. It's just that. (and that I'm on mobile right now)

    Look at Neon for example which have several loading screens to just move around its parts. The only reason for that is the number of entities that can be loaded without compromise too heavily on performances.

    Now, mind you, creation engine is a fantastic engine. For modding.

    And that's the point. Since some time already, Bethesda have understood that it doesn't matter if their game are mediocre at best (I played around 80 hours and experimented the ng+ as well), the important factor to drive their success is the easily modding content.

    In that way, they are absolutely right on continuing to do what they do. After all they are not terrible games, they are just "raw" and the community take care in cooking them properly.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on XML is better than YAML. Hear me out... in ~comp

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    Let's be real please. In 2023, with any IDE and autocompletion, templates and plugins, if you are working configuration comes by hand one line at a time you are "doing it wrong".

    Let's be real please. In 2023, with any IDE and autocompletion, templates and plugins, if you are working configuration comes by hand one line at a time you are "doing it wrong".

    4 votes