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  1. Comment on Do you talk to your pets? How the conversation usually goes? in ~talk

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    I do extremely specific superlatives because it amuses me. She's not the cutest cat, but the cutest girl cat on the bed in this room.

    I do extremely specific superlatives because it amuses me.

    She's not the cutest cat, but the cutest girl cat on the bed in this room.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on What are good British TV comedies that are not too specific to the UK? in ~tv

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    Also adding QI to the panel show format which is pretty universally enjoyable, funny, and informative.

    Also adding QI to the panel show format which is pretty universally enjoyable, funny, and informative.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on The Billionaire’s Bard: On the rationalist fictions of Neal Stephenson in ~books

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    You're correct. Ameristan isn't touched on in Reamde, but is in Fall.

    You're correct. Ameristan isn't touched on in Reamde, but is in Fall.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~health.coronavirus

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    As an American, I wholeheartedly agree. While I have been enjoying being able to go to restaurants and a pub or two again, I still mask up the overwhelming majority of the time. It's easy, it...

    As an American, I wholeheartedly agree. While I have been enjoying being able to go to restaurants and a pub or two again, I still mask up the overwhelming majority of the time. It's easy, it helps, and if I need to be selfish about it - I haven't gotten a cold or any other malady other than allergies in over a year.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Walmart to pay 100% of college tuition and books for associates in ~finance

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    Depends on where you sit in the company. Without outing myself too much, I'm at a place in the org where I do have some of these strings (I can only go for a MBA or a handful of other advanced...

    Depends on where you sit in the company. Without outing myself too much, I'm at a place in the org where I do have some of these strings (I can only go for a MBA or a handful of other advanced degrees), but for the majority of Walmart employees (read: anyone working in a store), to my understanding, no. There aren't strings of continued employment or restrictions on what your degree could be (other than you're only funded attending a handful of colleges).

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Microsoft enables Linux GUI apps on Windows 10 for developers in ~tech

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    I'll second you and further your observations. Where does Microsoft get its money from? The majority of their revenue comes from Azure, followed quickly by Office and then by Operating Systems. At...

    I'll second you and further your observations.

    Where does Microsoft get its money from?

    The majority of their revenue comes from Azure, followed quickly by Office and then by Operating Systems. At least 50% of all VMs running on Azure are running Linux. People are and will continue to develop software to run on Linux servers.

    So, Satya Nadella (former head of Azure, now CEO) sees their future in *aaS offerings...and rightfully so...and a lot of those *aaS offerings will be using Linux. So why extinguish Linux? To hurt their bottom line? That makes no sense. To sell more Windows Server licenses? Given Microsoft's embracing Kubernetes and moves to make sure that .NET runs on Linux, that doesn't seem to make them money - only lose it - as K8S doesn't really like Windows.

    So, if the future is to support Linux software development, WSL/WSL 2 makes a LOT of sense. Not necessarily for the home hacker that would run Linux on their machine, but for the corporate developer who builds Linux server applications but Corporate wants to have controls over their machine. Extending their Linux support to allow for a faster, easier Linux software development experience while making sure that the Corporate customers are happy that they can manage patches to their developer machines makes a TON of sense.

    I speak from a place of some knowledge where the group I work in (inside of a MUCH larger Corporate behemoth) are constantly clamoring to get Corporate approved Linux workstations as a lot of the development work we do only really works on Linux. We currently suffer on Macs running Linux VMs or have bits and pieces of Shadow IT where folks have Linux workstations to write their code. If we could get full Linux GUI apps, GPU passthrough/emulation, and run at 95% of the speed of native Linux development, our developers would be much, much happier. Corporate will also be happier because then they can have Group Polices making sure our dev machines are patched to their standards, guarantee at-rest disk encryption, and be able to remote lock/wipe a device if it's stolen - things they really can't do with a native Linux box.

    So, if Microsoft is able to make some more money off Windows licenses to sell more Azure compute, they're going to Embrace and Extend the fuck out of Linux while never moving to Extinguish because Extinguishing is just going to hurt their bottom line.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Microsoft in talks to buy Discord for more than $10 billion in ~tech

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    One thing that's worth noting is that the Skype purchase was under Ballmer who had a very, very different philosophy of what Microsoft should be and what the technology landscape should look like....

    One thing that's worth noting is that the Skype purchase was under Ballmer who had a very, very different philosophy of what Microsoft should be and what the technology landscape should look like.

    I have to admit that, while once a Microsoft hater, Nadella has done a far better job of moving the Microsoft into a business that actually embraces (and doesn't follow through to the "extinguish" phase) Open Source and is trying to do some real good to the technology world (and not inherently tying it to their ecosystem).

    If anything, a Microsoft acquisition of Discord could mean a better Teams product and more security and privacy in Discord itself because it's then not looking to sell data to monetize.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Beat Saber (and the Oculus Quest 2) in ~games

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    Two words: Pistol Whip. It's AMAZING. Involves more full-body movement, makes you feel like John Wick, and while the number of tracks/levels is small, as you work your way up the difficulties it...

    Two words: Pistol Whip.

    It's AMAZING. Involves more full-body movement, makes you feel like John Wick, and while the number of tracks/levels is small, as you work your way up the difficulties it becomes punishing.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Share a link to good singing in a language that you don't understand in ~music

  10. Comment on The controversial experiments and Wuhan lab accused by some of starting the coronavirus pandemic in ~health.coronavirus

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    Are these labs just collaborating? Are they working on the same project? Do they have the same leadership? If it's not two labs under the same leadership working on the same project then no. No...

    Are these labs just collaborating? Are they working on the same project? Do they have the same leadership?

    If it's not two labs under the same leadership working on the same project then no. No they shouldn't be equally blamed.

    If Lab A owned by Company A and Lab by owned by Company B are working on nearly identical projects but A has a security breach or some sort of failure, then to say that Company B is at fault or holds any blame for Company A's failure is absurd.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What are the best, most interesting TV shows from outside the US? in ~tv

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    I mean, given that you're looking for interesting programming, I feel like the British comedy panel quiz show QI (which is short for "Quite Interesting") fits the bill.

    I mean, given that you're looking for interesting programming, I feel like the British comedy panel quiz show QI (which is short for "Quite Interesting") fits the bill.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Megathread: April Fools' Day 2020 on the internet in ~misc

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    Lock Picking Lawyer keeps his tradition of heavily innuendo laden videos for April 1st.

    Lock Picking Lawyer keeps his tradition of heavily innuendo laden videos for April 1st.

    23 votes
  13. Comment on YAML: probably not so great after all in ~comp

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    I like TOML, but it has its own weirdness. I was building a TOML for configuring an application in Habitat just today and was trying to mirror the config file I was templat-izing in the layout of...

    I like TOML, but it has its own weirdness.

    I was building a TOML for configuring an application in Habitat just today and was trying to mirror the config file I was templat-izing in the layout of the TOML.

    ...but if you try and jump from a TOML array-of-tables to a standalone key-value item is a no-go as no amount of whitespace will convince TOML that the key-value isn't part of the table.

    Is it better than YAML? Yes. Does it require some thinking about how you structure you data first? Absolutely.

  14. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~news

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    The FDC got plenty of proof. Much of it from Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos. They just choose to ignore it. The British NHS has many resources on how vaping, while not risk free is orders of magnitude...

    The FDC got plenty of proof. Much of it from Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos. They just choose to ignore it.

    The British NHS has many resources on how vaping, while not risk free is orders of magnitude better than smoking.

    As to the health cases, there are a few related to contaminated Juul pods, but the deaths and overwhelming majority of health related issues that have been connected to vaping have all been traced back to blackmarket THC vaping cartridges and nothing connected to nicotine vaping cartridges or juice (minus the bad Juul pods, of course).

    9 votes
  15. Comment on What skill were you once good at that is now completely irrelevant? in ~life

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    In the late '90s I got a really good handle (though no certs) for administration of Novell Netware systems and flashing EEPROMs for ISA network cards to net-boot DR-DOS from a Netware server.

    In the late '90s I got a really good handle (though no certs) for administration of Novell Netware systems and flashing EEPROMs for ISA network cards to net-boot DR-DOS from a Netware server.

    14 votes
  16. Comment on C, what the fuck??! in ~comp

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    ...and this is yet another example of why people are flocking to Rust and Go from C and C++ because of weird shorthand that was essential decades ago to keep code small and concise because we...

    ...and this is yet another example of why people are flocking to Rust and Go from C and C++ because of weird shorthand that was essential decades ago to keep code small and concise because we didn't have disk space but is just confusing and painful now.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Ars Technica’s ultimate board game gift guide, 2019 edition in ~games.tabletop

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    I'd also suggest the "Next Steps" section. None of those games are tremendously complex and several are some of my current favorites.

    I'd also suggest the "Next Steps" section. None of those games are tremendously complex and several are some of my current favorites.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Ars Technica’s ultimate board game gift guide, 2019 edition in ~games.tabletop

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    See if you have any local game stores. They typically won't price gouge as much as the Amazon marketplace does.

    See if you have any local game stores. They typically won't price gouge as much as the Amazon marketplace does.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Ars Technica’s ultimate board game gift guide, 2019 edition in ~games.tabletop

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    ...and Wingspan is an awesome game that you should want to play.

    ...and Wingspan is an awesome game that you should want to play.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Tim Berners-Lee proposes "Contract for the Web": a set of principles to guide a better development of the Internet in ~tech

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    Sadly I haven't watched it yet, but I wouldn't be surprised. Silicon Valley really should be commended more for it's astoundingly accurate depiction of working in high-tech. I am unable of...

    Sadly I haven't watched it yet, but I wouldn't be surprised. Silicon Valley really should be commended more for it's astoundingly accurate depiction of working in high-tech.

    I am unable of watching season 3 (...or is it 4?) when The Box comes into the show because I have personally been in that meeting of throwing out the worst possible ideas and having the leadership team latch onto the dumbest idea and insisting we run with it. That season hits a little too close to home for me.

    1 vote