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  1. Comment on Apple has acquired the Dark Sky weather app - Android version and website will shut down on July 1, API active through end of 2021 in ~tech

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    While the current API will shut down, I have to wonder whether Apple will use it to create a new API for others to use like they do for Maps?

    While the current API will shut down, I have to wonder whether Apple will use it to create a new API for others to use like they do for Maps?

  2. Comment on Thoughts on recruiting in ~tech

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    Thanks for that! It didn't sound like the recruiting article was specific to InfoSec, though. So I guess they just generally means competitions to build stuff related to your business, then?

    Thanks for that! It didn't sound like the recruiting article was specific to InfoSec, though. So I guess they just generally means competitions to build stuff related to your business, then?

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  3. Comment on Thoughts on recruiting in ~tech

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    Interesting take on things. I was expecting it to be garbage from a recruiter or more of the cargo-cult stuff he mentions. I was curious about one thing, though. What does this mean: What are...

    Interesting take on things. I was expecting it to be garbage from a recruiter or more of the cargo-cult stuff he mentions.

    I was curious about one thing, though. What does this mean:

    Capture-the-flag competitions are wildly underused both for identifying talent and signaling that the hosting company is a clueful employer.

    What are "capture-the-flag" competitions in this context?

  4. Comment on Would you look down on a normal citizen wearing an N95 mask? in ~talk

  5. Comment on Would you look down on a normal citizen wearing an N95 mask? in ~talk

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    I would thank you (from more than 6 feet away). We're partly in this mess because people have been told not to wear them when wearing them is clearly more effective than not. As someone living...

    I would thank you (from more than 6 feet away). We're partly in this mess because people have been told not to wear them when wearing them is clearly more effective than not. As someone living with an immune-compromised family member, I don't want your germs getting on me and potentially onto my loved-ones. Please, everyone mask up if you can! I wear both gloves and masks if I have to go to a store (which I avoid as much as possible). I've been out to a store once in 3 weeks, and to the doctors and a blood lab each once during that same time. I wore gloves and masks for all 3 visits.

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

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    I tried out Spyder on AppleArcade. It looks like a really cool game. Nice graphics, interesting concept, but the controls on the phone are just bonkers. Half the time they don't work at all – like...

    I tried out Spyder on AppleArcade. It looks like a really cool game. Nice graphics, interesting concept, but the controls on the phone are just bonkers. Half the time they don't work at all – like they literally don't respond. When they do work, they're directional. You move up to go forward, down to go back, etc. The problem is that as your characters moves over the edge of an object, the camera swings around to give you a better view, and suddenly "forward" is no longer the direction the character is facing, but instead the direction the camera is facing, which is the opposite direction it was facing a second ago. So you if you aren't really quick to take your finger off the screen, you suddenly start walking back the way you came. You can easily end up going in circles without meaning to.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Are you having any (professional) "I told you so" moments? in ~tech

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    I don't know GP's reasons, but I know that at places I've worked, some people wouldn't be receptive to the information no matter how it was presented, and it would just waste time and build...

    I don't know GP's reasons, but I know that at places I've worked, some people wouldn't be receptive to the information no matter how it was presented, and it would just waste time and build resentment. It's a "choose you battles" sort of situation.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What is something that you learned/were taught wrong? in ~talk

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    That when people tell you about a problem they're having, it's not a competition where you have to one-up them. It wasn't intentionally taught to me, just something that everyone in my family did...

    What's something that you learned/were taught wrong?

    That when people tell you about a problem they're having, it's not a competition where you have to one-up them.

    Was this a singular error specific to you or whoever taught it to you, or a widespread misconception held by many?

    It wasn't intentionally taught to me, just something that everyone in my family did to me when I had a problem. So I thought it was normal.

    When did you realize it was in error?

    I got my first clue from a college girlfriend, but didn't really grasp the scope of it. It was later in adulthood (far later than it should have been) that I started to realize what an ass I was being to other people.

    What impact, if any, did it have on you?

    It ended up teaching me that I have no right to complain because someone else has a worse problem, and that in general my feelings are worthless and nobody cares about them or me. It caused me to become isolated from others and led to a lot of confusion and depression.

    Since figuring it out, it's led to me keeping a much farther distance from my family than I had before (and we were never close to begin with).

    5 votes
  9. Comment on What is something that you learned/were taught wrong? in ~talk

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    Oh man, I had some words like this, too. I read a lot of computer manuals as a kid. At one point I learned the word "interpolate". I pronounced it "inter-POL-ate" instead of "in-TER-pol-ate". The...

    Oh man, I had some words like this, too. I read a lot of computer manuals as a kid. At one point I learned the word "interpolate". I pronounced it "inter-POL-ate" instead of "in-TER-pol-ate". The first time I heard someone pronounce it, I was like, "What the hell kind of pronunciation is that?"

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What is something that you learned/were taught wrong? in ~talk

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    Memory is fallible, but I don't think the US was slow to adopt it. I recall using it colloquially in the 1980s as well. It was probably avoided in popular media because it was considered improper....

    Memory is fallible, but I don't think the US was slow to adopt it. I recall using it colloquially in the 1980s as well. It was probably avoided in popular media because it was considered improper. But everybody was saying it at the time. I don't remember a time when I couldn't use "they" as a singular pronoun (other than in writing for school).

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Sling TV gives America free 14-day 'quarantine offer,' supports local and state shelter-in-place orders in ~tv

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    I have heard from friends that it's a good service and I've been thinking about getting it and cutting the cord. But that will involve calling my ISP and talking to a human, so I've been putting...

    I have heard from friends that it's a good service and I've been thinking about getting it and cutting the cord. But that will involve calling my ISP and talking to a human, so I've been putting it off.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on What are your favorite deleted scenes? in ~movies

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    I have a vague recollection that on the DVD of K-PAX there's a deleted scene where the Dr. is pushing Prot around in a wheelchair, comatose after he was supposed to return to his planet, showing...

    I have a vague recollection that on the DVD of K-PAX there's a deleted scene where the Dr. is pushing Prot around in a wheelchair, comatose after he was supposed to return to his planet, showing that he really was just a human. It totally changes the end of the movie to be the opposite of what ran in theaters. (At least for me.)

    1 vote
  13. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Thanks for the encouragement! Right now my main character is a blue square, so I think I'm on the same wavelength as you. 😀 I'm just going to try things out and see what works.

    Thanks for the encouragement! Right now my main character is a blue square, so I think I'm on the same wavelength as you. 😀 I'm just going to try things out and see what works.

  14. Comment on Are you having any (professional) "I told you so" moments? in ~tech

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    Yeah, it definitely takes some planning in those situations. When I started my career my first employer (a large Fortune 100 telecom company) had rules about working at home that included things...

    Yeah, it definitely takes some planning in those situations. When I started my career my first employer (a large Fortune 100 telecom company) had rules about working at home that included things like:

    • You must have a door that closes
    • You must be able to take and make phone calls without background noise
      etc.

    The way we've been thrown into this has compounded the problem. But the idea that "people can only be productive when a boss is looking over their shoulder" is the type of thing I was thinking of. And certainly different people have different ways of working. I respect that.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Are you having any (professional) "I told you so" moments? in ~tech

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    I'm so sorry to hear that! I hope you feel better soon. I get where you're coming from.

    I'm so sorry to hear that! I hope you feel better soon. I get where you're coming from.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Are you having any (professional) "I told you so" moments? in ~tech

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    It depends on the person and the job. I should say that I am a computer programmer, and I already worked from home 1 day/week before this thing started. (And before this job I had my own business...

    It depends on the person and the job. I should say that I am a computer programmer, and I already worked from home 1 day/week before this thing started. (And before this job I had my own business and worked from home 7 days a week.) But that's totally valid. I was thinking more in terms of bosses believing that if you don't have someone looking over your shoulder throughout the day then you'll spend the entire time screwing off.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    After rediscovering the Apple // version of Prince of Persia, I got inspired to start learning SpriteKit. I wasn't aware they had a bunch of really good physics tools in it! It does some really...

    After rediscovering the Apple // version of Prince of Persia, I got inspired to start learning SpriteKit. I wasn't aware they had a bunch of really good physics tools in it! It does some really neat stuff by default.

    I'd love to make something in a similar vein to Prince of Persia, but I have zero art skills, and know very little about game design. So while I probably won't produce anything worth sharing, I'm still going to take some time to learn some of these skills. We'll see where it goes. I'm mainly just trying to teach myself some new things and have some fun in my free time.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Are you having any (professional) "I told you so" moments? in ~tech

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    That working remotely doesn't make you less productive. That it can be a benefit to not be available for constant interruptions from your teammates. Edit: To be clear, I should have said "That...

    That working remotely doesn't make you less productive.

    That it can be a benefit to not be available for constant interruptions from your teammates.

    Edit: To be clear, I should have said "That working remotely doesn't make me less productive," or "That working remotely doesn't inherently make one less productive." I realize that it does make some people less productive and is not possible with some jobs.

    10 votes
  19. Comment on What is something that you learned/were taught wrong? in ~talk

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    FWIW, I hold my pencil correctly and have awful handwriting. In my case it's because the Catholic school I went to for K-8 was obsessed with handwriting. By the time I was in 6th grade I was...

    FWIW, I hold my pencil correctly and have awful handwriting. In my case it's because the Catholic school I went to for K-8 was obsessed with handwriting. By the time I was in 6th grade I was typing everything on a computer and basically completely stopped writing outside of school. Handwriting was for chumps as far as I was concerned.

    In 7th and 8th grade, at the end of each week, the 4 teachers you saw throughout the week would get together and just assess your handwriting. Then they'd give extra handwriting work to anyone who they felt needed work. Needless to say, I got assigned the extra handwriting work every week. There was even one week where we somehow ended up only handing in 1 or 2 assignments, and I was the only one who got the extra handwriting work! I hated it, so I would do the extra assignments even more messy than normal as a sort of protest. They continued to give them to me, and my handwriting continued to decline. Ultimately, I was proven right, and now everyone types everything except signatures which are expected to be unreadable. I'm glad I didn't waste time doing those exercises properly. What a bunch of fucking masochists those assholes were.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on What is something that you learned/were taught wrong? in ~talk

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    To be fair, have you been to the spice aisle of your local market lately? They are pretty expensive! $10 for a few ounces of dried leaves? WTF? I can buy a whole live plant of the same thing for...

    I just assumed they were rare, expensive

    To be fair, have you been to the spice aisle of your local market lately? They are pretty expensive! $10 for a few ounces of dried leaves? WTF? I can buy a whole live plant of the same thing for half that!

    3 votes