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  1. Comment on What are you playing this week? in ~games

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    Playing two adventure games on the Nintendo Classic that I never had as a kid, so for the first time I am getting to experience The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy.

    Playing two adventure games on the Nintendo Classic that I never had as a kid, so for the first time I am getting to experience The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Akira Live-Action Movie Synopsis Reveals Differences to Anime in ~anime

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    New York? Kaneda is a bar owner? Just... why?

    New York? Kaneda is a bar owner? Just... why?

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Valve Index in ~tech

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    I hope this one is easier to get running on Linux than my Vive (which still refuses to cooperate). I'll be getting into VR dev soon and I'd like to not have to boot into Windows to do it.

    I hope this one is easier to get running on Linux than my Vive (which still refuses to cooperate). I'll be getting into VR dev soon and I'd like to not have to boot into Windows to do it.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - Teaser Trailer in ~movies

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    Troll Hunter was great. I need to watch that again.

    Troll Hunter was great. I need to watch that again.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~comp

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    Fine, make the pairs objects to allow the addition of who won, and wrap the array-layer generation in an object as well for easy management!

    Fine, make the pairs objects to allow the addition of who won, and wrap the array-layer generation in an object as well for easy management!

  6. Comment on Dumbo review – Tim Burton remake lands with elephantine thud in ~movies

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    Watching the making-of on the Phantom Menace DVD was really eye-opening. Lucas is surrounded by yes-men and it doesn't hit him until they're all in their little theater watching the first...

    Watching the making-of on the Phantom Menace DVD was really eye-opening. Lucas is surrounded by yes-men and it doesn't hit him until they're all in their little theater watching the first rough-cut and they all, including Lucas, look horrified. After the screening, Lucas meekly says "I may have gone too far..." and finally people start telling him, in specific ways, how the movie is broken but there's not much time left to fix it at that point.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Dumbo review – Tim Burton remake lands with elephantine thud in ~movies

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    Money. That's always the point. As much as we rave about "art", movie-making is a business. A really expensive but often ludicrously-profitable business.

    What's the point?

    Money. That's always the point. As much as we rave about "art", movie-making is a business. A really expensive but often ludicrously-profitable business.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~comp

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    Honestly, I'd just use a series of arrays of pairs. First array, (in this example four elements each with a pair of contestants): [0] <contestant 1, contestant 2> [1] <contestant 3, contestant 4>...

    Honestly, I'd just use a series of arrays of pairs.

    First array, (in this example four elements each with a pair of contestants):

    [0] <contestant 1, contestant 2>
    [1] <contestant 3, contestant 4>
    [2] <contestant 5, contestant 6>
    [3] <contestant 7, contestant 8>
    

    After you've determined the winner of each pair, you build a new array with half the number of elements, each consisting of pairs of consecutive wins:

    [0] <winner of 1 vs 2, winner of 3 vs 4)>
    [1] <winner of 5 vs 6, winner of 7 vs 8)>
    

    So you can start with any size array (or list of whatever python uses) of pairs of contestants, and build new arrays of half the previous size all the way down to the final pair of contestants after each contest has been decided.

    This will also be far easier than trying to construct a tree structure (which is overkill in my opinion). Ultimately, programming comes down to managing complexity. When faced with a choice of being clever or being simple, be simple.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Snowdrift Fight in ~creative

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    The sculpture is in Fremont Seattle, WA, commemorating the JP Patches shows or something.

    The sculpture is in Fremont Seattle, WA, commemorating the JP Patches shows or something.

    2 votes
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  11. Comment on Snowdrift Fight in ~creative

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    Aaaand I still manage to mess up the title. :(

    Aaaand I still manage to mess up the title. :(

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What are your dreams like? in ~talk

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    I rarely remember them (only remembering "hey, I just woke up from a dream!") but every once in awhile some of the imagery will stick, a second here, a moment there. What they have in common:...

    I rarely remember them (only remembering "hey, I just woke up from a dream!") but every once in awhile some of the imagery will stick, a second here, a moment there.

    What they have in common: they're almost always some sort of "adventure", where me and others are going from point A to point B in whatever crazy dreamscape my brain has come up with. I dream in color and in vivid detail. The most recent one I can remember, my friends and I were trying to get somewhere in this vast landscape of rustic mountain cabins built over a sea or giant lake or something, a massive maze of ghost-town-style decaying wooden planks and buildings.

    Another was... I think it was some massive Titanic-style cruise ship only you got around it by crawling through these big glass tubes with brass connectors like a fancy hamster playset. Right before I woke up I remember dropping down out of a tube into a restaurant section and landed next to my old high-school music teacher.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Would you go to Mars? in ~talk

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    Yes, I would absolutely go to Mars, even if it was a one-way ticket. Just because I was born on one particular planet shouldn't mean I have to die there. If I got to be a part of the first wave of...

    Yes, I would absolutely go to Mars, even if it was a one-way ticket. Just because I was born on one particular planet shouldn't mean I have to die there. If I got to be a part of the first wave of Martian colonization? You bet.

    Nobody lives forever, and only a few really make it into the history books.

    20 votes
  14. Comment on Is Computer Code a Foreign Language? in ~humanities

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    I've been coding since I was in the 3rd grade and never had any teachers so I had to learn how to learn. Turned out to be a very handy life skill. I'm a total C++ nut these days.

    I've been coding since I was in the 3rd grade and never had any teachers so I had to learn how to learn. Turned out to be a very handy life skill. I'm a total C++ nut these days.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Is Computer Code a Foreign Language? in ~humanities

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    Turned out not to matter for me. The computer science department at that university (only one I could afford to go to) was just awful and I wound up not going to class and just reading books on...

    Turned out not to matter for me. The computer science department at that university (only one I could afford to go to) was just awful and I wound up not going to class and just reading books on the subject instead. Flunked out, but never stopped learning on my own.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Which OS do you use and how does it look? in ~comp

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    Yeah, my Firefox DRM video just doesn't want to cooperate anymore. It's weird. Used to work fine.

    Yeah, my Firefox DRM video just doesn't want to cooperate anymore. It's weird. Used to work fine.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Is Computer Code a Foreign Language? in ~humanities

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    Waaaay back when I was in college (over 20 years ago), we were allowed to use programming languages to fulfill foreign language credit requirements.

    Waaaay back when I was in college (over 20 years ago), we were allowed to use programming languages to fulfill foreign language credit requirements.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Which OS do you use and how does it look? in ~comp

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    This is why I dual-boot! There's still the occasional program I have to use Windows for (also games + VR), but practically everything else I can use Linux for. Which apps are keeping you glued to...

    not all apps I use are available there

    This is why I dual-boot! There's still the occasional program I have to use Windows for (also games + VR), but practically everything else I can use Linux for.

    Which apps are keeping you glued to windows these days?

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Which OS do you use and how does it look? in ~comp

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    Yep, it's the DRM. I have to use Chrome to watch Netflix and Amazon Prime (FIrefox used to work but something broke awhile back). The funny thing is that I can't order for-pay movies in Prime,...

    Yep, it's the DRM. I have to use Chrome to watch Netflix and Amazon Prime (FIrefox used to work but something broke awhile back).

    The funny thing is that I can't order for-pay movies in Prime, which is just silly. They'll let me play videos in Linux but not throw money at them. Hence the term "bonkers".

    1 vote