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  1. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I just found a store with Ring Fit Adventure in stock and ordered it! I heard it's an actual, no-bullshit workout with "gamification" (as horrible as that word is) done right. I'm also cancelling...

    I just found a store with Ring Fit Adventure in stock and ordered it! I heard it's an actual, no-bullshit workout with "gamification" (as horrible as that word is) done right.

    I'm also cancelling my gym membership. Truth is, I hardly ever went anymore, even before corona and now it's just ridiculous. The process, even online, reminds me of that Friends episode. The amount of fine print and hoops they let you jump through to cancel that goddamn subscription makes me swear to never return.

    Otherwise, we're trying to do a 30 minute workout two or three times a week, just some stuff my girlfriend learned from a fitness program they get to attend for free at work. It's mostly various moves (situps and shit) done to Moby's "Flower", I now hate that song with a passion.

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  2. Comment on Firefox 75 released: Ambitions for April in ~tech

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    Firefox continues to be my favorite software project. Part of this is idealism, of course (they serve a very important position in the browser market as a true non-profit). But unlike most other...

    Firefox continues to be my favorite software project. Part of this is idealism, of course (they serve a very important position in the browser market as a true non-profit). But unlike most other FOSS project, it doesn't feel like a compromise: They not only do great under-the-hood work (performance is now on point) but also have a great UI team, it's an absolute pleasure to use. It feels like they're one step ahead of what features I could even come up with.

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  3. Comment on Death to decluttering: Why I’m saying no to isolation to-do lists in ~life

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    Well, I certainly do not feel like I have more time on my hands. First, I'm catching myself working way longer through nights and on the weekend, which I usually avoid. Secondly, even though...

    Well, I certainly do not feel like I have more time on my hands. First, I'm catching myself working way longer through nights and on the weekend, which I usually avoid. Secondly, even though there's some time available from not having to commute and no tempting social events to attend, it's not like the 1000 things on my todo list suddenly become feasible to work through. Hey, could spend 100% of my spare time working on them before, I can spend 100% of my spare time working on them now – only that now it's more hours! Not a very tempting proposition.

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  4. Comment on 500-year-old manuscript contains earliest known use of the “F-word” in ~books

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    It's like poetry, it rhymes!

    It's like poetry, it rhymes!

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Half-Life: Alyx - Locomotion Deep Dive in ~games

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    It feels so good to see Valve back to solving actual gameplay issues in a full-scale singleplayer game!

    It feels so good to see Valve back to solving actual gameplay issues in a full-scale singleplayer game!

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What are your opinions on how Boris Johnson has handled the COVID-19 crisis? in ~health.coronavirus

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    His "herd immunity" talks got a lot of press, it was a pretty unique response and there were even comments that the UK "might be onto something", basically making the world look at them as a...

    His "herd immunity" talks got a lot of press, it was a pretty unique response and there were even comments that the UK "might be onto something", basically making the world look at them as a country-sized experiment. But that lasted about a week and now is basically just viewed as lost time that was wasted. Generally, I think countries are pretty busy with their own measures.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Boris Johnson admitted to hospital as COVID-19 symptoms persist in ~news

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    Honestly, I'm not a god. If I had a say in whether he lives or dies, I'd of course save his life, I'm not a monster. But I don't believe in prayers, his fate is what it is and he's one of...

    Honestly, I'm not a god. If I had a say in whether he lives or dies, I'd of course save his life, I'm not a monster. But I don't believe in prayers, his fate is what it is and he's one of thousands (or rather, millions) of people suffering worldwide. I can't really feel for all of them. His only connection to me is that he's a politician who promoted sacrificing the old and weak to protect the economy. If he truly dies, it's hard for me to feel sorry for him. Maybe if he dies, that's the drastic story the world needs to realize these deaths aren't just a statistic.

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  8. Comment on Sad state of cross platform GUI frameworks in ~comp

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    None, really. But I can't believe that a significantly better alternative is beyond reach. This is the defining technology of the world and likely will continue to be for decades if not centuries....

    What are the alternatives? What are the potential alternatives?

    None, really. But I can't believe that a significantly better alternative is beyond reach. This is the defining technology of the world and likely will continue to be for decades if not centuries. Do you think people will fiddle with CSS hacks 50 years from now? I find that thought depressing.

    Also I already acknowledged it as being largely the best compromise today, I don't deny that! But, you know... I don't feel like listing all the JS quirks and bizarre CSS spacing issues out there, it's been done to death. Generally, it's just full of edge cases and attempts to alleviate user errors (think JS using but not requiring semicolons, browsers just assuming certain element behaviors and collapsing empty divs, etc). It's all stuff that can be "coped with" but that coping takes so much time, requires so much cruft and even slows things down. It's pretty obvious to me. If it isn't to you, I welcome your positivity but I can't find many reasons to share it.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Sad state of cross platform GUI frameworks in ~comp

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    You're telling me JavaScript isn't a royal pain? Its only justification is spread through web usage, and that might trump all of its weak points, but holy hell is it a bad language! It's a...

    You're telling me JavaScript isn't a royal pain? Its only justification is spread through web usage, and that might trump all of its weak points, but holy hell is it a bad language! It's a historic mistake we have to deal with.

    Honestly, the whole web is. HTML, CSS... it's all technology that was meant to format a few lines of text on a 640x480 monitor, based on type writer analogies. Never for the monstrous web presences we see today. We only endure it because of the benefits of a common standard.

    I honestly would be ready for a "web 2". Not "2.0", a whole redo. There's got to be something better. The amount of man-hours wasted on fiddling with the many quirks of HTML positioning or JavaScript errors is mind-boggling, we have entire branches of software development dedicated to avoiding the bad parts of it, fighting it. It's a bizarre circus.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on Sad state of cross platform GUI frameworks in ~comp

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    While any hate JavaScript gets is well-deserved, it's just a matter of reality: The web is powerful in its reach, which makes JavaScript powerful by association. The true irony to me, is that this...

    While any hate JavaScript gets is well-deserved, it's just a matter of reality: The web is powerful in its reach, which makes JavaScript powerful by association.

    The true irony to me, is that this is an article about creating GUIs, which is as much a UX issue as it is a technical one and here's a long article criticizing the state of GUI frameworks which barely spends a word on whether the resulting UIs are... usable.

    I swear to god, the only reason open source software (I use the term "open source" to refer to a variety of idealistic, anti-monopoly movements) isn't more wildly used is because of bad UX. It's just as much work to make a program usable as it is to program its core, under-the-hood features and almost nobody in these communities seems to respect this (notable exceptions include Firefox). It might be tedious to deal with JavaFX' hyper-OOPed structure or JavaScript's lack of type safety, but people actually produce software with them. And hey, Visual Studio Code is based on Electron and the interface is on point, which I'll happily sacrifice a few ms of performance for.

    10 votes
  11. Comment on Final Fantasy VII Remake - Final Trailer in ~games

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    I have not understood a single scene in this 4 minute trailer, lol. Not even a general idea of wtf is going on.

    I have not understood a single scene in this 4 minute trailer, lol. Not even a general idea of wtf is going on.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Tina Fey, Mike Schur, and 35 more TV writers on what their characters would do in a pandemic in ~tv

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    I liked this more than I dare to admit. I miss Tina Fey, is she doing anything new?

    I liked this more than I dare to admit. I miss Tina Fey, is she doing anything new?

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What's a good way to learn how to maintain my own computer hardware? in ~comp

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    Every Laptop tends to have a slightly different layout, with some recent Apple-laptops literally gluing parts into place, for example, making disassembling near-impossible. On most laptops,...

    Every Laptop tends to have a slightly different layout, with some recent Apple-laptops literally gluing parts into place, for example, making disassembling near-impossible. On most laptops, though, there's a good chance the harddisk, RAM or battery are pretty much plug-and-play, once you unscrew the bottom plate. Just google your exact model name/number and look for tutorials on which screws to screw and what the correct parts are that fit (so you can order them online). It's on a difficulty level of, say, changing a car battery.

    PCs are even easier in theory, since they're standardized – though there's also more parts to choose from and check for compatibility. There's a couple of ATX-sizes which basically determine the size and layout of the motherboard, which determines the size of the case. There's slots for things like RAM and the GPU, a place where you put the CPU (the hardest part is putting the huge fan on top that cools it) and some places where you have to plug in the cables that lead to your harddisks, disc drives, the PSU (power unit) and the buttons of the case exterior. I find fiddling with the cables to usually be the most exhausting part of building a PC. More than once I turned on the power button only to be greeted by a black screen – because I hadn't plugged in some tiny cable to the right part of the motherboard.

    There is no real "science" that helps you with building PCs or changing laptop hardware. It's more about knowing the part specifications of your laptop/PC, logic can't help you there. It's just some googling, dealing with manufacturer names and comparing numbers. If something truly breaks, the issue is usually either trivial (loose cable) or unfixable (part simply not responding). In-between stuff tends to be rare and/or incredibly hard to fix (requiring you to solder and studying exact circuit board layouts), it's not something you just "learn" unless you want to open up a PC repair company or something.

    The benefit of knowing how to build computer hardware is that you can identify a specific part of your computer being slow or insufficient (say, slow loading times because your computer runs out of RAM and has to swap data on your harddisk) and buy exactly the right part to fix that problem (more RAM) instead of buying a whole new PC.

    I'd say "repairing" stuff isn't really something you can do. I've been building PCs and upgrading my laptops for 20+ years now (fuck you, time!) and the only hardware I ever "repaired" was a squeaky fan... by cleaning it. I also had a broken piece of RAM which just broke random things (worse: wrote random things to my harddisks instead of the files I needed) and it took me a month to realize after desperately typing my symptoms into google (I replaced the RAM). So that's what I'd recommend PC building skills for: Knowing which parts of your computer affect which tasks (mostly obvious stuff: running out of harddisk space, laptop battery draining too fast, GPU not enough for a game...) and buying the specific part needed. From there on, it's just screws.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on How SNES emulators got a few pixels from complete perfection in ~games

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    What's that all about?

    But this was all really brought to the forefront for me in 2018, when pretty much every mistake I've ever made in life was chronicled and presented in the worst possible light against me.

    What's that all about?

    2 votes
  15. Comment on How SNES emulators got a few pixels from complete perfection in ~games

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    I think if you're interesting in emulation at all, you can make the TL;DR a bit more specific: He's looking for someone to create a 100x magnification scan of the PPU (Picture Processing Unit) and...

    I think if you're interesting in emulation at all, you can make the TL;DR a bit more specific: He's looking for someone to create a 100x magnification scan of the PPU (Picture Processing Unit) and map the individual logic circuits on it. More specifically, he estimates this to be a 600 hour job for someone with an extremely high-value skillset!

    I believe the main issue is timing inconsistencies when a game reads registers mid-scanline (Air Strike Patrol seems to be the only game to do this intentionally but many more do it unintentionally and can still cause weird bugs if it isn't emulated perfectly). So currently, most emulators do a messy set of per-game hacks with estimated values, but none of them are "correct" and a fix with a guessed value for one game can cause bugs in other games.

    Also, when applied per-game, most of these hacks seem to work just fine, so this is more about reaching "perfect" emulation than getting games playable. The state of SNES emulation is amazing.

    8 votes
  16. Comment on Tildes' Backlog Burner Event: Shrink your unplayed games list this April! in ~games

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    Ah, I was trying to do that, actually! Then Animal Crossing came out, lol. But honestly, that's a great idea to do it in this format. I also have quite a few "evening-size" games for the occasion,...

    Ah, I was trying to do that, actually! Then Animal Crossing came out, lol.

    But honestly, that's a great idea to do it in this format. I also have quite a few "evening-size" games for the occasion, according to howlongtobeat.com. Might do Hypnospace Outlaw. A Short Hike was also free on the Epic Store and it won lots of awards, maybe I'll check it out as well.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Have you watched Peaky Blinders yet? in ~tv

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    Damn, is it really that good? My girlfriend wanted us to put it on our watchlist for ages, I assumed because she has a thing for Cillian Murphy. I'm just so burned out from "gangster dramas"....

    Damn, is it really that good? My girlfriend wanted us to put it on our watchlist for ages, I assumed because she has a thing for Cillian Murphy.

    I'm just so burned out from "gangster dramas". Tough dudes and how tragic their life is for choosing to stab and murder each other for status. Like... guys, you're assholes! You're what's wrong with society, literally. I don't really care. I don't want to give you attention.

    ...

    If it's a really good show, though...

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Down to earth, present or near-future, science or science fiction stories featuring space? in ~books

  19. Comment on More details emerge on Mario Switch remasters – Sunshine, Galaxy and more to be re-released as special anniversary collection in ~games

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    This is a rumor, but it's echoing from all parts of the internet, in a wave of confirmations (Eurogamer, Gematsu, VentureBeat), seems pretty legit at this point. It was supposed to be the big E3...

    This is a rumor, but it's echoing from all parts of the internet, in a wave of confirmations (Eurogamer, Gematsu, VentureBeat), seems pretty legit at this point. It was supposed to be the big E3 reveal in June.

    Supposedly it's a 35 year anniversary collection with Super Mario 64, Sunshine and Galaxy in a bundle, plus a separate port of 3D World. Also, there's talk of a new Paper Mario, returning to its "RPG-roots".

    This should fill the year nicely, even though I still hope for one more release to get thrown in (Pikmin 4, come on).

    5 votes