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

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    I started the Doom mod "Back to Saturn X" on id's Unity-based engine and it's great. I don't remember the difficulty it's on, but I like how it keeps me stocked on ammo and sort of telegraphs the...

    I started the Doom mod "Back to Saturn X" on id's Unity-based engine and it's great. I don't remember the difficulty it's on, but I like how it keeps me stocked on ammo and sort of telegraphs the coming difficulty by keeping me stocked with rockets. It feels more sci-fi, less "RIP AND TEAR THROUGH HELL," especially with the soundtrack. You're still tearing through hordes of demons.

    Ion Fury: I started this since eduke32 supports it, and it's a fun game. I'm playing on the easiest setting, and like Duke3d, it still kicks my butt, but the one liners are great, the gameplay is solid, and it overall just feels fun.

    RimWorld: I'm still playing my same Cassandra Classic Base Builder world I got off the ground last week. I'm doing some save scumming, like when my batteries all blew up after a lightning strike lit my house on fire or I botch a fight. I didn't understand the prisoner system and had an escape before I could recruit the two I had. I managed a safe caravan for a negotiation to improve relations with a nearby group, and I'm at a point where I have power (except for a solar flare) all the time. I'm getting bored, but want to try to go for endgame on this save to say I did it before moving up in difficulty. Once you get established for your first year the game starts to make more sense, and the mechanics settle in.

  2. Comment on Crime prediction software promised to be free of biases. New data shows it perpetuates them. in ~tech

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    An artificial intelligence system will only make a model based on training data. If there is a bias reflected in this training data, it will be reflected in any predictive model based on the...

    An artificial intelligence system will only make a model based on training data. If there is a bias reflected in this training data, it will be reflected in any predictive model based on the training data. The AI system in question (PredPol) inherits the bias reflected in the training data.

    The problem is people view these systems as an infallible crystal ball when all they do is advanced mathematical guesswork. In analytics the heavy lifting is done in the interpretation, and work should be done to determine biases in the data, it is literally the first step.

    This is, IMO, a clash of hard and soft problems. "Hard" being the analytics/math stuff, "soft" being the human stuff, like what causes increased crime/reporting in some areas (not gonna start listing things because it's a mess). The soft problems need to be fixed first, and new data accumulated based on this new system, or we will use what amount to dumb pipes to reinforce biases and systems of oppression by using data that reflects the result of these bad systems.

    At risk of sounding like a broken record: in predictive analytics you can only see the past and guess the future, which means a poorly chosen application of predictive models will only perpetuate the environment the data came from.

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  3. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I feel they're getting better, but the pacing still needs work. I felt like it was too hard a pivot in the end of episode 5, and may depend too much on knowing the lore behind what was happening...

    I feel they're getting better, but the pacing still needs work. I felt like it was too hard a pivot in the end of episode 5, and may depend too much on knowing the lore behind what was happening to make sense of it, even if they made a bunch of stuff up themselves for the show (I'd also welcome opinions from people who have never read the books on how this felt). There's too many jumps that may be what Jordan defined as chapters, but IIRC he'd follow a storyline to its conclusion or a cliffhanger, then transition to the next. The show seems to jump between plots intermittently, which most shows don't even do.

    I do agree that the show is getting better, and honestly the first few episodes, or even the first season, of any show can be rough as they figure things out. If it keeps improving, or they had a breakthrough between EP 5 and 6 (explaining that rumored 10/10 hopefully), they'll have a real winner on their hands.

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  4. Comment on Hackers are spamming businesses’ receipt printers with ‘antiwork’ manifestos in ~tech

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    I wrote that comment in an odd way. I left understanding how the printouts are happening. The "That left me wondering how it was happening" was about the second thought.

    I wrote that comment in an odd way. I left understanding how the printouts are happening. The "That left me wondering how it was happening" was about the second thought.

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  5. Comment on Hackers are spamming businesses’ receipt printers with ‘antiwork’ manifestos in ~tech

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    I was curious about how this was being done. My first assumption was karma farming, but the next thought was that you have to log in to these systems to print a ticket, and even if an /r/antiwork...

    I was curious about how this was being done. My first assumption was karma farming, but the next thought was that you have to log in to these systems to print a ticket, and even if an /r/antiwork poster hates their underpaying job, they also aren't going to just throw their income away for internet points.

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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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    He's how I came into the term, and it's honestly great to see it sort of become its own sort of genre.

    He's how I came into the term, and it's honestly great to see it sort of become its own sort of genre.

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

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    Do yourself a favor and search for "boomer shooters" on Steam, you'll find the early FPS renaissance in games like Amid Evil, Dust, and a bunch of stuff 3dRealms has been putting out the past few...

    I weep at the lack of indie games that try to pick up where these 90s era shooters left off

    Do yourself a favor and search for "boomer shooters" on Steam, you'll find the early FPS renaissance in games like Amid Evil, Dust, and a bunch of stuff 3dRealms has been putting out the past few years.

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  8. Comment on Spotify Wrapped 2021 in ~music

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    I'm going through mine right now. My top five were all IDLES tracks, which even surprised me. It's good loud background music, though. I'll try to explain where the conclusions came from, too,...

    I'm going through mine right now. My top five were all IDLES tracks, which even surprised me. It's good loud background music, though. I'll try to explain where the conclusions came from, too, because it's fun.

    1. Never Fight A Man With A Perm (My favorite song they did)
    2. War (top of the IDLES playlist I have, that's got their entire discography)
    3. A Hymn
    4. Grounds (I just like it)
    5. Love Song

    With top music moods being "kindness and innovation", 34 genres, and I can probably pinpoint the artists for the top five:

    1. Alternative Hip Hop: A 13 hour playlist of Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic's discographies, and probably Two Fingers.
    2. Braindance: Probably mostly Aphex Twin discography playlist I have.
    3. Neo-Psychadelic: I've been listing to a lot of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
    4. Drum and Bass: Probably somewhere between Phace and Paradox, who are both artists I really dig, as well as Aphex Twin, who does a lot of Drum and Bass.
    5. Vapor Wave: Com Truise's discography in a playlist.

    I'm ignoring the podcasts because I only listened to three episodes of one so far, and only one episode when they were accumulating this data, so their data is meaningless.

    My top artists:

    1. IDLES
    2. Com Truise
    3. Aphex Twin
    4. Two Fingers
    5. Aesop Rock

    It came down to a total of 15,049 minutes listened.

    There is a minor issue with the reporting, as the app in Windows doesn't like to sync properly, but it seems about right to be honest.

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

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    I've been learning by losing, but not by choice. I thought he was robbing the place at first.

    I've been learning by losing, but not by choice.

    I thought he was robbing the place at first.

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

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    I've actually played ONI for only 70 minutes, but I see the appeal. I think Rimworld does a better job of scratching the itch Dwarf Fortress caused, but I also need more experience with ONI. It...

    I've actually played ONI for only 70 minutes, but I see the appeal. I think Rimworld does a better job of scratching the itch Dwarf Fortress caused, but I also need more experience with ONI. It was fun, but I was still very much in that learning phase I'm in with Rimworld. I'll definitely get back to it, because I'm finding I like these sorts of games.

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  11. Comment on Ocarina of Time's source code has been reverse engineered in ~games

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    Another top-level for some details: It's based on the Gamecube version of Master Quest, which was shipped on a disc as a ROM+emulator setup. This version was chosen because it also had some debug...

    Another top-level for some details: It's based on the Gamecube version of Master Quest, which was shipped on a disc as a ROM+emulator setup. This version was chosen because it also had some debug hooks that came in useful for the project.

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  12. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I did my networking project for school. I had to design a home network which is pretty tough if you're talking about buying everything for FTTH, as most people who write about consumer hardware...

    I did my networking project for school. I had to design a home network which is pretty tough if you're talking about buying everything for FTTH, as most people who write about consumer hardware don't seem to know the difference between a modem and a combo device when making their listicles. The hard part was, honestly, finding the ONU to connect to the router and connect the home network to the ISP. Of course if I had actually read the relevant chapter thoroughly I would've known to find an ONU.

    Otherwise I slept too late, and chipped away at various other school projects, like my System Design and Analytics projects.

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

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    I've seen recent discussion about Randy that says everything you said, so I'd assume it's still true. I may just do Randy anyway since what he throws on the second easiest setting can't be that...

    I've seen recent discussion about Randy that says everything you said, so I'd assume it's still true. I may just do Randy anyway since what he throws on the second easiest setting can't be that bad, but I may be wrong.

    EDIT: I messed it all up going after a megasloth (it killed *everybody), but yeah, Randy + Basebuilder was surprisingly easy to get somewhat established in. I actually pulled a rice crop and started making (and rapidly consuming) pemmican.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Ocarina of Time's source code has been reverse engineered in ~games

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    Oh, that looks pretty cool. I didn't even know there was a project on that level yet.

    Oh, that looks pretty cool. I didn't even know there was a project on that level yet.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Ocarina of Time's source code has been reverse engineered in ~games

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    At this point it feels like we'll be able to play native ports of the huge N64 games before we get hardware-accurate n64 emulation (it's a hard console to emulate).

    At this point it feels like we'll be able to play native ports of the huge N64 games before we get hardware-accurate n64 emulation (it's a hard console to emulate).

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

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    Rimworld: It's been "released" for three years, apparently in development for eight, and I've really just found out about it this year. It's sort of like Dwarf Fortress, but harder in some ways,...

    Rimworld: It's been "released" for three years, apparently in development for eight, and I've really just found out about it this year. It's sort of like Dwarf Fortress, but harder in some ways, in that the game seems more hell-bent on screwing you over with its AI storytellers. I haven't been able to keep a colony running for over an hour without losing somebody on Cassandra Classic or Phoebe Chillax on the easiest setting, and Randy Random just terrifies me conceptually, because you can get years of easy living, than be suddenly destroyed. I bought it yesterday and played five hours after watching the Doctors Without Borders Hot Potato event (Twitch streamers are playing 4 hours each on a save and passing it to the next one) and have had as many colonies either collapse, or get into positions I didn't want to work through. Heck, on one the Man in Black showed up (he shows up if your colonists are incapacitated), and my last remaining colonist went berserk and tried to kill him. I like the "Story Generator" angle it leans into, like DF, it becomes more like directing a horrible, deranged sitcom than a game.

    EDIT: Some of it is just knowing about how attributes work, like giving a rifle to your best shooter, how to manually set priorities, and more. I've got a colony up and running with a few issues, but I've been able to recover.

    Graveyard Keeper: It's a good game, but I'm not playing for long when I do. It keeps crashing, and I'm scared to put an hour in just for it to crash on me. I try to go to bed regularly to save progress, but even that crashes the game occasionally. I think it's a Vsync issue, but I can't be sure. I bought the Game of Crone DLC which adds some interesting story elements, but I frankly haven't explored it, as I'm mostly focused on upgrading what I can before I get to a point I start getting bodies to process and bury again.

    That Flipping Mountain: I finally beat it, and the dev just added achievements, so I'm going to try for some of those over time. I hope to get the one where I beat the game under 30 minutes at some point, and maybe less than 100 failed jumps, but it's going to take time and practice. The achievements make it more replayable, in a sense.

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

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    If you wanted to try either/both, wait for them to go on sale. Doom 2016 can be had for as low as $5 even. The reason I like them is nothing quite plays like the original Doom, and the 2016...

    If you wanted to try either/both, wait for them to go on sale. Doom 2016 can be had for as low as $5 even.

    The reason I like them is nothing quite plays like the original Doom, and the 2016 version felt like a logical progression of the similar "dance of death" gameplay you're doing in Doom. 2016 might not hit the same as it did for me if you've already played Eternal, but Eternal also isn't completely different gameplay-wise.

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

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    That Flipping Mountain: It's a simple game, in a similar vein to "Getting Over It," the challenge is literally you against this mountain, but you're flipping and need to land on your feet, at the...

    That Flipping Mountain: It's a simple game, in a similar vein to "Getting Over It," the challenge is literally you against this mountain, but you're flipping and need to land on your feet, at the right angle for the landing surface. Jeff Weber, the developer, also made Just Ski, which is beautifully simple and challenging in a similar way. He's also extremely responsive to bugs, given I reported one, and there was a patch out within a few hours to fix it. Even if the game messes up and sends you to the beginning or something else, just drop him a note on the game's Discussion board.

    Graveyard Keeper: I'd been talking to my brother about it, and he had a spare Humble Bundle key for it that he hooked me up with. I've played about six hours of it, but I'm genuinely enjoying it. It's tutorials are pretty rough, but things start to click quickly. I also may not be paying enough attention to dialog. I appreciate the way time works, as it's a seven day cycle that steadily progresses, and you only rest to replenish energy to complete tasks (you can eat and never sleep, theoretically).

    Still playing Skyrim. My sword board magic Nord character fell through because the Bound Battleaxe caps at 22 damage, and is shifting towards a barbarian: 2h weapon (leaning towards hammers), light armor, but I like having a magic component, so likely bound bow and, obviously, shouts (Elemental Fury is nice). I'm working on sneak because I like using sneak-archer tactics to knock out otherwise boring caves. I'm using Simply No Fast Travel on a specific Mod Organizer 2 profile to ensure I can't fast travel if tempted, and A Quality World Map and Solsteim Map aid in finding roads, as mentioned, and it has completely transformed my Skyrim experience. I have to see so much of the world and, even forgetting the few things added by the free Anniversary Update CC content (I'm not buying the $20 upgrade), it feels like a completely different game that is even more fun.

    PySolFC: I swear I stumbled into this one in my early days of Linux, and later leaned towards GNOME's Aisleriot, but PySolFC is the ultimate open source, cross platform solitaire game app. From western card games to Mahjong to Indian games I've never heard of, this is scratching an itch I never knew I had. I've been really into various Tower of Hanoi variants, Golf, Freecell and Yukon through PySolFC. You can get it on Android via F-Droid even.

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

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    If you've skipped the original Doom, and the 2016 version because you don't like FPSes, I'd definitely check them out as well. I actually dusted off Eternal again and it's good fun.

    If you've skipped the original Doom, and the 2016 version because you don't like FPSes, I'd definitely check them out as well.

    I actually dusted off Eternal again and it's good fun.

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