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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.

  5. Comment on Trump administration announces ban on e-cigarette flavors, except menthol and tobacco 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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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    I agree with your sentiments. I read the NY Times article and felt like Berners-Lee has some good ideas...but then I visited the website for the contract and saw that Google, Facebook, and Twitter...

    I agree with your sentiments. I read the NY Times article and felt like Berners-Lee has some good ideas...but then I visited the website for the contract and saw that Google, Facebook, and Twitter have signed and lost all hope that this will result in any real change at all.

    It's not in these companies best interests to abide by the idea of ensuring that the web is an open marketplace. They have engaged in countless behaviors over the years to consolidate more and more of the web under their umbrellas and remove competition.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Let's talk bags in ~talk

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    What are you using to carry your stuff? The Timbuk2 Never Check Expandable Backpack What stuff are you carrying? Laptop. iPad. Molsinke. Many dongles. Many Cables. Vaping kit. 2 pairs of...

    What are you using to carry your stuff?

    The Timbuk2 Never Check Expandable Backpack

    What stuff are you carrying?

    Laptop. iPad. Molsinke. Many dongles. Many Cables. Vaping kit. 2 pairs of headphones. Backup battery. Many pens. Umbrella in the side "water bottle" pocket.

    What's good/bad about it?

    Good: It's comfortable. Looks pretty good. Carries everything. Compact size.
    Bad: The shoulder support/chest strap when I load in more kit isn't great. The straps get tangled. The side pockets are a little small.

    What is your dream bag?

    I'm not 100% sure. I'm always looking, but this is the bag I've carried the longest before getting frustrated with something and going back on the hunt. It has most everything I want out of a bag and looks pretty sleek.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on What editor/IDE do you use? in ~comp

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    I bounce between VS Code and Sublime. I want to become more of a full-time Sublime user, but the Extensions for VS Code are more discoverable and often times more mature.

    I bounce between VS Code and Sublime.

    I want to become more of a full-time Sublime user, but the Extensions for VS Code are more discoverable and often times more mature.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Three "programming" board games: Lovelace & Babbage, Quirky Circuits, and Pixoid in ~games.tabletop

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    I backed Lovelace & Babbage. Received it last week. Played it twice so far and have enjoyed it both time.

    I backed Lovelace & Babbage. Received it last week. Played it twice so far and have enjoyed it both time.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on I want to learn programming. What language should i pick to write cli apps for linux? in ~comp

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    I honestly don't know. I just tossed it in because OP quoted Kotlin as something they were thinking about learning.

    I honestly don't know. I just tossed it in because OP quoted Kotlin as something they were thinking about learning.

  17. Comment on I want to learn programming. What language should i pick to write cli apps for linux? in ~comp

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    Ruby is still pretty established. It's no longer the shiny new thing, but Rails is solid, Chef and Puppet still use a lot of Ruby, and anyone who uses GitHub pages is getting HTML from Jekyll....

    Ruby is still pretty established. It's no longer the shiny new thing, but Rails is solid, Chef and Puppet still use a lot of Ruby, and anyone who uses GitHub pages is getting HTML from Jekyll.

    Having bounced between Ruby and Python a bunch in the last 6-7 years, there's a lot of similarities between Ruby and Python 3. It can take me about an hour or two to remember the particular syntax, but it's not hard.

    So, if you spend a bunch of time learning Ruby because you like the syntax better, you won't be wasting your time. The concepts you'll pick up around data structures, functions, classes, and objects are easily transferrable to most any other language. As a bonus, even if you end up working in a Kotlin job, you'll always have Ruby in your pocket to bang out some automation code or toss up a simple Sinatra site.

    Personally? I love Ruby.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on I want to learn programming. What language should i pick to write cli apps for linux? in ~comp

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    I'll agree with Adys. Start with Python. Learn data structures. Learn control structures. Learn some algorithms. Learn how to build modules and functions. If for some reason you cannot get over...

    I'll agree with Adys.

    Start with Python. Learn data structures. Learn control structures. Learn some algorithms. Learn how to build modules and functions. If for some reason you cannot get over using Python, then use Ruby.

    Once you've got a hang of writing code in an interpreted language (and start interpreted because having a REPL makes life easier when you're getting the knack of things) and have written a moderate number of useful applications in an interpreted language, then start trying to tackle a compiled language.

    For that, I'd lean more strongly towards Rust and Go over C because you'll get a lot of niceties around importing libraries, dependency management, and such which are a gigantic PITA in C.

    If you really, really want to get into C, then start with Rust. Rust is hard and will kick your butt, but learning how to write Rust well will make you write better C/C++ because you'll be thinking about memory and safety far earlier than C/C++ expects you to.

    13 votes
  19. Comment on Who is "John Smith" in your country? in ~talk

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    Also, the tildes on vowels is usually a pretty big indicator it's Portuguese.

    Also, the tildes on vowels is usually a pretty big indicator it's Portuguese.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Why Go and not Rust? in ~comp

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    Could you link or provide that explanation of Lifetimes? I'm working through the Rust Book now and just finished that chapter. I feel like I wrapped my head around it, but more detail is usually...

    Could you link or provide that explanation of Lifetimes? I'm working through the Rust Book now and just finished that chapter. I feel like I wrapped my head around it, but more detail is usually better.

    1 vote