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  1. Comment on How to start a DnD campaign with your friends? in ~games.tabletop

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    I just started this adventure on roll20 with some co-workers. Super fun, and easy to prepare. I recommend starting with theatre of the mind before using maps for combat.

    I just started this adventure on roll20 with some co-workers. Super fun, and easy to prepare. I recommend starting with theatre of the mind before using maps for combat.

  2. Comment on How do you set up Emacs? in ~comp

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    There's no shame in starting with the batteries included! Spacemacs, Doom Emacs, Prelude, and Centaur Emacs are all great places to start. Or just copy the config of your favorite developer...

    There's no shame in starting with the batteries included! Spacemacs, Doom Emacs, Prelude, and Centaur Emacs are all great places to start.

    Or just copy the config of your favorite developer (because many do publicly post their config to GitHub).

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  3. Comment on How do I combat the "women need safe spaces" argument? in ~lgbt

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    Genuine question: have there been cases of sexual assault where the victim is a female cis female-bodied person and the aggressor was a female trans male-bodied person?

    Genuine question: have there been cases of sexual assault where the victim is a female cis female-bodied person and the aggressor was a female trans male-bodied person?

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  4. Comment on What git commands do you use frequently that you think more people should use? in ~comp

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    Lol, I never quite got that analogy until reading your comment. I love it. Magit is awesome.

    Lol, I never quite got that analogy until reading your comment. I love it. Magit is awesome.

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  5. Comment on The Mandalorian | S01E08: Redemption in ~tv

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    I think you raise a good point. I also find it strange that Mando hasn't heard of the Jedi even though he was orphaned from the Clone Wars.

    I think you raise a good point. I also find it strange that Mando hasn't heard of the Jedi even though he was orphaned from the Clone Wars.

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  6. Comment on The Mandalorian | S01E08: Redemption in ~tv

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    This episode was an absolute pleasure to watch. The opening scene with the bickering scout troopers was laugh-out-loud funny. The action sequences with IG-11 were original and cool as hell....

    This episode was an absolute pleasure to watch. The opening scene with the bickering scout troopers was laugh-out-loud funny. The action sequences with IG-11 were original and cool as hell. Exposition in the middle of the episode gives us a taste of each character's backstory and answers questions we've asked the whole season. Baby Yoda was the cutest and most badass he's been all season. We're all set up for season 2, and get the see the DARKSABER in live-action! The episode is a testament to the talent behind the show.

    Very minor gripe: I didn't like the "tell don't show" characterization of Moff Gideon. The guy is described as ruthless and dangerous. It says a lot that he's in possession of the dark saber. However, he didn't "feel dangerous" during his air-time in the episode. I hope that changes in season 2.

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  7. Comment on The Mandalorian | S01E08: Redemption in ~tv

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    Fwiw, it's consistent with the original trilogy. Han says on the milenium falcon he doesn't believe in the force. Admiral Motti gets choked in a Death Star conference room because he thought Vader...

    Fwiw, it's consistent with the original trilogy. Han says on the milenium falcon he doesn't believe in the force. Admiral Motti gets choked in a Death Star conference room because he thought Vader had no special powers.

    In the prequels, "normal" people like the trade federation leaders, Anakin, and Watto are aware of the Jedi and the powerful nature of the force. However, none of these characters had seen a Jedi before.

    In real-life, I think George Lucas had a strong vision for how far the Jedi fell, but he needed the height of the Jedi order to be within Anakin's lifetime. If you're looking for an in-universe explanation, just look at Palpatine. His motivation is to destroy the Jedi. After order 66, he had Vader seek out the stragglers. He may have used his power and influence to erase the Jedi from official history.

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  8. Comment on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Discussion Thread in ~movies

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    I feared it would be terrible, and I was pleasantly surprised that it was alright. Definitely not my favorite Star Wars film, but is successfully accomplished the difficult task of concluding the...

    I feared it would be terrible, and I was pleasantly surprised that it was alright. Definitely not my favorite Star Wars film, but is successfully accomplished the difficult task of concluding the Skywalker saga. It opens the door for more storytelling, which might add more richness to the film over time.

    I hope that Disney doesn't rush into another trilogy. The Mandalorian has been awesome, and I'm convinced that boyh the Obi-Wan series and Clone Wars season 7 will be great as well. Eventually, a new great trilogy-worthy will emege; there's no need to rush it.

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  9. Comment on The Mandalorian | S01E04: Sanctuary in ~tv

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    I got the impression that the Client had the full chain code but refused to reveal it. You could be right though.

    I got the impression that the Client had the full chain code but refused to reveal it. You could be right though.

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  10. Comment on The Mandalorian | S01E04: Sanctuary in ~tv

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    Given the "chain code" jargon in the first episode, I believe that the tracking fob is calibrated to the target's biometric data and that it only works at short range.

    Given the "chain code" jargon in the first episode, I believe that the tracking fob is calibrated to the target's biometric data and that it only works at short range.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on The Mandalorian | S01E04: Sanctuary in ~tv

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    It's reminiscent of Seven Samurai and s02e17 of the Clone Wars. Beautiful episode. Maybe my favorite so far.

    It's reminiscent of Seven Samurai and s02e17 of the Clone Wars. Beautiful episode. Maybe my favorite so far.

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  12. Comment on The Danger of “Simplicity” in ~comp

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    I like how this article implicitly points out how some programmers conflate "simple" and "familiar." Reminds me of Rich Hickey's talk Simple Made Easy, which defines "simple" better than I've seen...

    I like how this article implicitly points out how some programmers conflate "simple" and "familiar." Reminds me of Rich Hickey's talk Simple Made Easy, which defines "simple" better than I've seen anywhere else.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Would you pay for social media platforms and search engines if it meant they would not have any advertising or data collection? in ~talk

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    I think that Ello pitched themselves as a privacy-focused alternative to Facebook back in 2015. It failed and they had to pivot.

    I think that Ello pitched themselves as a privacy-focused alternative to Facebook back in 2015. It failed and they had to pivot.

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  14. Comment on My Favorite Programming Problem to Teach: Digit Length in ~comp

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    Yes, the students haven't learned about strings yet, so solutions involving strings are disallowed. I understand that putting constraints around a problem can make it more interesting to solve. In...

    Yes, the students haven't learned about strings yet, so solutions involving strings are disallowed.

    I understand that putting constraints around a problem can make it more interesting to solve. In this case, I'm wondering if anyone else feels it's a little contrived.

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  15. Comment on My Favorite Programming Problem to Teach: Digit Length in ~comp

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    What makes this your favorite problem? In practice, wouldn't one coerce the integer to a string and then return the length of the string?

    What makes this your favorite problem? In practice, wouldn't one coerce the integer to a string and then return the length of the string?

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Economists are now admitting that they were wrong about globalization in ~finance

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    The world is going to continue to globalize. Trying to resist globalization is futile, so positioning oneself to benefit from free trade is a totally reasonable policy. What Krugman failed to...

    The world is going to continue to globalize. Trying to resist globalization is futile, so positioning oneself to benefit from free trade is a totally reasonable policy.

    What Krugman failed to predict is that the America working class would get totally screwed over mainly because of domestic policy. Also, who could have possibly predicted Trump's election?

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  17. Comment on The Not-Com Bubble Is Popping—The unicorn massacre unfolding today is exactly the opposite of what happened in 2000. in ~finance

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    Thanks for the clarification. I realize this isn't what you're saying, but I take issue with pressuring Silicon Valley companies to focus only on software. Isn't it better if tech companies focus...

    Thanks for the clarification. I realize this isn't what you're saying, but I take issue with pressuring Silicon Valley companies to focus only on software.

    Isn't it better if tech companies focus on bigger issues than "first world problems" of enterprise business?

    I agree that industries like transportation and real estate have problems that can't be fixed by sprinkling tech dust on them. However, sometimes technology does enable us to overcome seemingly intransigent problems! I would disagree that focusing on real industry problems is what's wrong with the valley. The issue is more that it's poorly executed and then rewarded with more funding.

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  18. Comment on The Not-Com Bubble Is Popping—The unicorn massacre unfolding today is exactly the opposite of what happened in 2000. in ~finance

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    Could you elaborate?

    Could you elaborate?

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  19. Comment on Is programming science? in ~comp

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    Programming is similar to engineering. It's fundamentally a creative act. I would also argue that neither computer science nor mathematics are sciences either. Science is about observing phenomena...

    Programming is similar to engineering. It's fundamentally a creative act.

    I would also argue that neither computer science nor mathematics are sciences either. Science is about observing phenomena and providing theories that explain them.

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  20. Comment on Amazon changed its search system to boost more-profitable listings, including its own brands in ~tech

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    Perhaps, but in Amazon's case, the pressure came from an internal group trying to promote their own importance, not shareholders.

    Perhaps, but in Amazon's case, the pressure came from an internal group trying to promote their own importance, not shareholders.

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