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  1. Help me find vehicle customization video games

    Hi, lately I've been thinking a bunch about Phantom Crash, which I played on an XBox. It was a mecha battle arena game. It had two main modes (three if you count skipping through interminable...

    Hi, lately I've been thinking a bunch about Phantom Crash, which I played on an XBox. It was a mecha battle arena game. It had two main modes (three if you count skipping through interminable conversations with NPCs). First, you'd take your mech into an arena and blow people up. Then you'd go to your garage, spending your winnings on upgrading your mech.

    The degree of customization you could achieve was striking. There were big options like wheels / legs / hover platform, and a variety of energy / mass / missile weapons. You could get different aim assist chips that had meaningfully different characteristics. You could tune almost any piece of equipment to be lighter or heavier, and a heavier gun really felt more powerful in the arena.

    TBH the actual combat was only alright, but we loved the game anyway.

    Are there any other games out there that have this kind of feedback loop? Playable today is best, but I'd also go down an internet archaeology hole.

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

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    I picked up Stray, and it's absolutely lovely. At its core it's a game about being a cat that wants to get outside, and it really captures the feeling. Movement feels good, the world is really...

    I picked up Stray, and it's absolutely lovely.

    At its core it's a game about being a cat that wants to get outside, and it really captures the feeling. Movement feels good, the world is really well crafted, and the story is good. I like the robots.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on Congress to hold hearing after Ticketmaster-Taylor Swift fiasco in ~music

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    The big reason is that LiveNation (Ticketmaster's parent company) owns nearly every large venue in the United States, so if you're going to compete with Ticketmaster, you're going to be stuck...

    The big reason is that LiveNation (Ticketmaster's parent company) owns nearly every large venue in the United States, so if you're going to compete with Ticketmaster, you're going to be stuck selling to small, indie venues.

    I wish I had a reliable citation, but I bet they own well over half of the concert seats in the country.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Do you crush bugs? in ~talk

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    +1 on cockroaches: The huge ones only come inside by accident, but an infestation is a completely different story. We part ways at spiders, though. If I see a spider, I give it a brisk nod and we...

    +1 on cockroaches: The huge ones only come inside by accident, but an infestation is a completely different story.

    We part ways at spiders, though. If I see a spider, I give it a brisk nod and we both carry on.

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  5. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    I just started using Go professionally, and that's a very real difference between the two languages. I'm writing more for loops than I have in many years. Go is a very manual language, especially...

    In Go, if i needed to mess inside an array i would loop and find something there. It was not easy for a beginner, but i could understand that it was going through things because i told it to do. In Python, it looks just like magic to me.

    I just started using Go professionally, and that's a very real difference between the two languages. I'm writing more for loops than I have in many years. Go is a very manual language, especially compared to python.

    But, compared to something like C, Go also has training wheels! You don't have to worry about allocating and deallocating memory, there's a reasonable string implementation out of the box, and loads more. And compared to assembly, C is a cake walk!

    I guess I mean to say that I hope you don't worry too much about whether or not you're using training wheels. There's lots to learn, and unless you have a specific need or passion, don't think that you're Doing It Wrong, or Taking The Easy Way Out. Learn what you need to scratch your own itch.

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  6. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    That hasn't been a problem for me so far.

    That hasn't been a problem for me so far.

  7. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    This has mostly been an exercise in consistency, so I deliberately kept my expectations modest. I'd like to add core and leg strengthening to this. I may do that Tues/Thurs/Sat, or maybe I'll tack...

    This has mostly been an exercise in consistency, so I deliberately kept my expectations modest.

    I'd like to add core and leg strengthening to this. I may do that Tues/Thurs/Sat, or maybe I'll tack it on to my M/W/F routine. All told the current work-out only takes me 10 minutes, and much of that is resting between sets.

  8. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Yeah, the "controlled descent" is a big part of my pull-up. Initially, I could do maybe 2 pull ups, then I'd hop-and-lower-slowly for the rest of my sets. Now I can do 5 pull-ups with good form,...

    Yeah, the "controlled descent" is a big part of my pull-up. Initially, I could do maybe 2 pull ups, then I'd hop-and-lower-slowly for the rest of my sets. Now I can do 5 pull-ups with good form, taking 30 seconds rest between each one.

    The cool thing about starting out weak is that I can really feel the difference after such a short time.

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  9. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I do this routine on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I also live a reasonably active life; this is just a strength-building program I've been working on.

    I do this routine on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

    I also live a reasonably active life; this is just a strength-building program I've been working on.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I've been doing push-ups and pull-ups regularly for a few months now. I do 5 sets of whatever I can manage, pushing myself to exhaustion on the last set. I'm getting stronger, my numbers are going...

    I've been doing push-ups and pull-ups regularly for a few months now. I do 5 sets of whatever I can manage, pushing myself to exhaustion on the last set.

    I'm getting stronger, my numbers are going up, and I've been really looking forward to it on my off days.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Would you eat lab grown human meat? in ~talk

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    In this case, you eat what you are.

    You are what you eat

    In this case, you eat what you are.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    When I'm interviewing a software candidate (especially one who is new or from an unconventional background) I'm mostly interested in seeing if they're smart, competent, and easy to work with. For...

    When I'm interviewing a software candidate (especially one who is new or from an unconventional background) I'm mostly interested in seeing if they're smart, competent, and easy to work with.

    For smart and competent, you'll need to show that you've done real work on a software project, and thought about the decisions and trade-offs you had to make in the process. Any of the projects you listed seem reasonable for this; it's more about how you build it and how you talk about it than about the actual app. Personally, I'd do Advent of Code (because it's fun and covers a lot of ground) and really devote myself to good practices. Taking 2019 for example, I'd write a solid 'intcode' library with unit tests and a clean API, and then reference it from all relevant problems. That's a solid medium-sized chunk of software engineering, and plenty of fodder for an hour-long technical interview.

    For easy to work with, you'll just have to demonstrate that you can cooperate and take criticism and explain ideas; there's lots that goes into it, but it will transfer well from whatever else you've been doing, unless you're a jerk.

    I'd caution you against doing cheapo freelance projects. First, you'll spend a lot of time doing client management, and unless you want to go into freelancing long-term that may not be a great use of your time. Second, you'll likely sign away rights to the code you've written, so when you start interviewing for other jobs you'll be have to talk about the project without showing any code.

    If you want to dive in to open source contributions, start by looking through a project's github issues; there's probably some low-hanging fruit in there that you could fix and get merged. A well-written bug report should also help you avoid the "how can I parse through thousands of lines to understand what's going on" paralysis that you correctly anticipate.

    glhf

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  13. Comment on Terrible joke thread in ~talk

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    Did you hear about the jurisprudence fetishist? He got off on a technicality.

    Did you hear about the jurisprudence fetishist?

    He got off on a technicality.

    18 votes
  14. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I finally hung some rings from a joist in my ceiling; it wasn't as difficult as I expected, and it feels more secure than I expected. I've been doing push-ups 3 times a week for a while now, and I...

    I finally hung some rings from a joist in my ceiling; it wasn't as difficult as I expected, and it feels more secure than I expected.

    I've been doing push-ups 3 times a week for a while now, and I think it will be easy to add some pull-ups to the routine.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I don't know how this didn't already occur to me, but yes I also need this for my spice rack.

    I don't know how this didn't already occur to me, but yes I also need this for my spice rack.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    That's a rad idea. Go to a gallery, find something that matches your aesthetic, and grab a business card. You get help articulating your thoughts, and you're supporting working artists. I might do...

    I almost want to commission an artist to help me convert thoughts into designs

    That's a rad idea. Go to a gallery, find something that matches your aesthetic, and grab a business card. You get help articulating your thoughts, and you're supporting working artists.

    I might do this.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I'm going to build about 9 square meters of bookcase. Actually, I'm going to purchase and assemble about 9 square meters of bookcases from IKEA, bolt them to my wall, and then trim them so they...

    I'm going to build about 9 square meters of bookcase.

    Actually, I'm going to purchase and assemble about 9 square meters of bookcases from IKEA, bolt them to my wall, and then trim them so they look like they belong there. I haven't done any proper carpentry in quite a while, and it's been fun to plan it out. We'll see how it goes.

    My ultimate goal is to have a small light in each section of shelf, so that I can hold a book (rather, its ISBN) up to a camera, and a light will turn on, indicating which shelf the book belongs on. I can write the software no problem, but I've never done that much wiring.

    For now I'm going to get the shelves built, though.

    12 votes
  18. Comment on Are you a purist or evolutionist? What your language 'pet peeve' reveals about you in ~humanities

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    I absolutely agree that it is a silly thing to get worked up over. All the same, I think it's more reasonable to interpret the phrase as meaning "he's giving 110% of what he's got" than "he's...

    In both these cases it's an issue of getting hung up on the precise semantics of a statement rather than trying to understand the idea being communicated by the statement.

    I absolutely agree that it is a silly thing to get worked up over.

    All the same, I think it's more reasonable to interpret the phrase as meaning "he's giving 110% of what he's got" than "he's giving 110% of accepted league-wide standard capacity."

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  19. Comment on Are you a purist or evolutionist? What your language 'pet peeve' reveals about you in ~humanities

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    "110%" Is a meaningful quantity, but it's impossible for someone to give more than 100% of what they have. If I manage to squeeze out a little extra performance, then I'm not giving 110%, rather...

    "110%" Is a meaningful quantity, but it's impossible for someone to give more than 100% of what they have. If I manage to squeeze out a little extra performance, then I'm not giving 110%, rather our estimation of my capacity was miscalibrated to begin with.

    Note: I'm all for colorful exaggeration. I just want to point out that the criticism makes mathematical sense.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Recommend me some podcasts! in ~talk

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    I love The Anthropocene Reviewed, in which the host rates various facets of the world (e.g. pennies, Hawaiian pizza, cholera, tetris) on a five-star scale. It is interesting, funny, and sometimes...

    I love The Anthropocene Reviewed, in which the host rates various facets of the world (e.g. pennies, Hawaiian pizza, cholera, tetris) on a five-star scale. It is interesting, funny, and sometimes touching.

    I also listen to the first third of almost every episode of Futility Closet, in which the host reads a well-researched essay on some interesting historical event. The Boston Molasses Disaster is a favorite. The rest of the show is fine -- letters from the readers, then the hosts challenge each other with lateral thinking puzzles.

    I've just discovered The Darknet Diaries, which is very promising so far. Well-presented technical deep-dives into information security topics.