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  1. Comment on You're not losing fat because you're eating too much — even when you don't think you are in ~health

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    Stomach flu, preferably.

    Stomach flu, preferably.

  2. Comment on Developer nukes his extensively used JS libraries to protest corporate use without compensation in ~tech

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    If you are looking for Creative Commons Like software licenses, there are the Polyform project licenses. I have not looked into them enough yet to form a proper opinion on them, but am in general...

    If you are looking for Creative Commons Like software licenses, there are the Polyform project licenses.

    I have not looked into them enough yet to form a proper opinion on them, but am in general wary of non-commercial (and similar) clauses, as they tend to have a much broader impact than people may think.

    E.g. does commercial use also prevent you from having ads or donations support your development?

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Developer nukes his extensively used JS libraries to protest corporate use without compensation in ~tech

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    There are a few custom ones, none of them are FOSS. Limiting the license to a certain group is against the very definition of Free Software (see Freedom 0 and its further explanation)and Open...

    There are a few custom ones, none of them are FOSS.

    Limiting the license to a certain group is against the very definition of Free Software (see Freedom 0 and its further explanation)and Open Source (see §5 and §6 of Open Source Definition).

    As @Apos said, you can offer the same piece of code under different licenses (as long as you have all the rights to do so!), but the risk there is that if the group you wanted to limit to a non-FOSS license is able to get their hands on the FOSS version and is OK with complying with that license, you need other incentives for them to pay you instead.

    All that being said, FOSS is not a business model. You can fit FOSS into your business model, you can leverage FOSS to benefit your business model, you can create a business model to support your FOSS development and distribution … but ultimately you need to think about both separately and in conjuncture. Both affect each other. And both are affected by the (type of) technology you use and are providing (SaaS, server backend, server frontend, end-user program/app, library, implementation of a standard, hardware with embedded software, etc. etc.).

    If you are interested in these topics, I recommend checking out Principles for Industrial Open Source

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Breaking of "colors" and "faker" NPM libraries show that everything isn't right in the FOSS ecosystem in ~comp

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    Pretty much all software comes with (close to) no warranty. Just pick a random EULA and search for “warrant[y]” and “liab[ility]” ;)

    All open source software comes with no warranty. It doesn't matter where you get it.

    Pretty much all software comes with (close to) no warranty. Just pick a random EULA and search for “warrant[y]” and “liab[ility]” ;)

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What do you think about this potential alternative to Odesli/Song.link? in ~music

  6. Comment on What do you think about this potential alternative to Odesli/Song.link? in ~music

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    Ah, neat. Yes MBID makes a lot of sense. Looking forward to its progress! It already sounds pretty cool. BTW, why not also include a link to the item’s MusicBrainz page as well?

    Ah, neat. Yes MBID makes a lot of sense.

    Looking forward to its progress! It already sounds pretty cool.

    BTW, why not also include a link to the item’s MusicBrainz page as well?

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What do you think about this potential alternative to Odesli/Song.link? in ~music

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    Sounds really cool, but I honestly don’t know how to operate it…

    Sounds really cool, but I honestly don’t know how to operate it…

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

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    On the Switch I greatly enjoy ARMS - it's Nintendo's own 3D fighting game, where if you use motion controls, you punch to punch and lean to move. It is one of those super-easy to grasp and hard to...

    On the Switch I greatly enjoy ARMS - it's Nintendo's own 3D fighting game, where if you use motion controls, you punch to punch and lean to move. It is one of those super-easy to grasp and hard to master games. Where a lot of joy can be had by just flailing around, but if you want to get good, there is a lot of technical depth (ranked online is brutal).

    There is also Just Dance, where you, well, dance.

    Oh, and how could I forget about Fight Crab …it’s similar to ARMS, but with (giant) photo-realistic crabs and the fighting is very physics-based (and optional weapons). Mad fun, and well … quite mad in general, TBH.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    One thing that is ofyen neglected is which languages do you search in. Some engines are pretty crap at anything that is not English.

    One thing that is ofyen neglected is which languages do you search in. Some engines are pretty crap at anything that is not English.

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

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    Got it. I haven’t played any of them yet, but might in the future. I have two very similar games that I enjoy quite a bit, but each has its own spin on it, and plan to finish both before : Ashen –...

    Got it. I haven’t played any of them yet, but might in the future.

    I have two very similar games that I enjoy quite a bit, but each has its own spin on it, and plan to finish both before :

    • Ashen – very true to the formula, from what I gather; great art-style and one of the best uses of light and shadows in a game that I’ve seen so far; also a really cool anonymous co-op idea, which in practice is a bit hit or miss
    • Windbound – souls-like combat, but other than that it’s a rogue-like/lite survival game with crafting and (proper) sailing; the cutesy art direction hides its difficulty
    1 vote
  11. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    So Dark Souls 1 as the best, and 3 as the weakest in the series?

    So Dark Souls 1 as the best, and 3 as the weakest in the series?

  12. Comment on How the personal computer broke the human body in ~tech

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    Very much agree! I picked up Ring Fit Adventure and make sure to train/play at least twice a week and it is like night and day. You need to move your body for the muscles to not degrade. Just...

    Very much agree! I picked up Ring Fit Adventure and make sure to train/play at least twice a week and it is like night and day.

    You need to move your body for the muscles to not degrade. Just walking here is not enough.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on How the personal computer broke the human body in ~tech

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    The outside of my wrist hurt as well, but in my case it seems to have been the twisting in and out to reach keys. In any case, happy to hear you fixed your problem!

    The outside of my wrist hurt as well, but in my case it seems to have been the twisting in and out to reach keys.

    In any case, happy to hear you fixed your problem!

    1 vote
  14. Comment on How the personal computer broke the human body in ~tech

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    In my experience, learning to touch type and using and ergo layout helps more than a ergo keyboard. If you already have your ergodox, I assume you already touch type, but do look into layouts with...

    In my experience, learning to touch type and using and ergo layout helps more than a ergo keyboard. If you already have your ergodox, I assume you already touch type, but do look into layouts with less finger travel like Dvorak, Neo, Colemak,...

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Thinking about calibre in ~tech

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    Neat. @Eric_the_Cerise, would you do the honors to start a new thread? I’m currently swamped at work and with some additional projects. But happy to keep the ball rolling – I’ve got a few projects...

    Neat. @Eric_the_Cerise, would you do the honors to start a new thread?

    I’m currently swamped at work and with some additional projects. But happy to keep the ball rolling – I’ve got a few projects I’d love to get off my chest already.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Thinking about calibre in ~tech

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    Sounds a lot like FSFE’s I Love Free Software Day campaign, which is about spreading some love for your favorite FOSS project(s) on Valentine’s day. On that note, it might be cool if Tildes had a...

    Sounds a lot like FSFE’s I Love Free Software Day campaign, which is about spreading some love for your favorite FOSS project(s) on Valentine’s day.

    On that note, it might be cool if Tildes had a similar weekly or monthly FOSS thread as it does for Gaming – what’s your FOSS pick of the month and why. Perhaps even write a pitch how anyone could best help it (code, bug triage, testing, donations, …). A more thorough analysis might be a better fit for a monthly format.

    (disclaimer: I used to work for FSFE and was member of its General Assembly, but am neither any more)

    11 votes
  17. Comment on Let me tell you why only a dumbass would get into NFT games in ~games.game_design

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    I understand the concept, but thank you for explaining the Byzantine problem to me – I haven’t found the time to look that one up and it’s been popping up often. The issue I have with it all is...

    I understand the concept, but thank you for explaining the Byzantine problem to me – I haven’t found the time to look that one up and it’s been popping up often.

    The issue I have with it all is that while it may solve the problem, the question is whether it’s 1) an actual problem in the use case and 2) it is the only and best solution.

    E.g. going back to your chain of doodads:

    Why would IndieDev need full access to the DB of doodads? How does the blockchain prevent IndieDev from “counterfeiting” assets (they can still copy and change a pixel for it to have a different hash value)? Why would they even need a vote in the internals of the DB? Especially if their vote is pondered down.

    If BigGamesGroups don’t trust them, there’s many other ways for them to keep the DB and assets in check, and giving IndieDev the needed read and limited write access via an API to a normal DB. You can set as many limitation or permissions there as you want.

    If the issue is with IndieDev not trusting BigGamesGroups, then with their (esp. pondered down) minority vote, their influence is still negligible. Perhaps the idea is that all the IndieDevGroups together could have more votes than all the BigGamesGroups, but I don’t see that scenario IRL in the first place. And even if, it would probably result in a fork. Again, nothing here that the blockchain prevented or made easier.

    Maybe the issue is that we want to make sure that the transfer of such rare and expensive doodads is trusted. And here you just need to look at all the BTC/ETH/NFT/… hoaxes and scams out there – the blockchain not only does not prevent them, but the immutability actually facilitates them and makes any remediation much much harder. You can trust that the transaction happened and what it was, but pretty much everything around that is wild wild west.

    I’ve been there when Bitcoin Pizza happened, and while I agree that blockchains are a very powerful technology (if implemented right!) I’ve yet to see an actual problem that a blockchain solves better than pre-existing solutions.


    When it comes to GitHub, it’s totally possible to rewrite Git history. As long as people don’t clone or fork before, don’t notice or just don’t care enough about it. (For an actual blockchain example see also The DAO, also interesting from the voting, transaction reliability, scamming, etc. PoVs).

    Also in general, when we’re talking about serious load (even those NFT JPEGs), it is often not on the blockchain itself, but on a separate medium and the transaction in the block just points to the load (e.g. via URL).

  18. Comment on Let me tell you why only a dumbass would get into NFT games in ~games.game_design

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    I still fail to see why your usecase needs a blockchain. (sorry for being terse, on mobile and it' late)

    I still fail to see why your usecase needs a blockchain.

    (sorry for being terse, on mobile and it' late)

  19. Comment on Let me tell you why only a dumbass would get into NFT games in ~games.game_design

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    TBH, if it’s a private chain, you might just go for a more standard DB and not waste all the energy. The two most important aspects of a blockchain compared to other DBs are 1) all transactions...

    TBH, if it’s a private chain, you might just go for a more standard DB and not waste all the energy.

    The two most important aspects of a blockchain compared to other DBs are 1) all transactions are recorded so no data is lost, and 2) it is built for a situation where you need to trust the system, since you cannot trust all the actors, so the votes are divided up. If you have enough votes, you can still rewrite stuff, so a centralised chain where the votes are all in the hands of one (or very few) is in effect very close to just a standard DB.

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  20. Comment on Sia - Fly Me To The Moon (Inspired by Final Fantasy XIV) in ~music