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  1. Comment on Python challenges or projects with just the standard library? in ~comp

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    I'm garbage at maths but I use project Euler--partly to get better at it--but mainly to learn C and then when I saw how much easier it was Python. I started from the first problem and worked my...

    I'm garbage at maths but I use project Euler--partly to get better at it--but mainly to learn C and then when I saw how much easier it was Python.

    I started from the first problem and worked my way up from there. At least in the beginning, highschool maths is sufficient and it's not like you can't reserch things just avoide the phrasing used in the question. Over all I recon it was the best tool I tried, mind you it's just a hobby for me.

    The freedom to approach the problem as you want is very much what forces the learning process. The forum you access once the question is correctly awnsered is in valuble. You've already spent time thinking about and have your own solution so reading others work--and sometimes an official pdf awnser--is far more relevant.
    As an example it took my laptop 20 mins to calculate an awnser to a question involving primes, I felt pretty proud, it was my solution after all. Once I'd read the official awnser and a quick rewrite; it solved in under a second. Sure if I'd known my basic maths I'd have used the simpler and more efficient method but what can you do, at least I got the awnser in the end rather having it handed to me as part of a pre-planned exercise with each step broken down in absurd minutia.

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  2. Comment on What are you reading these days? #25 in ~books

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    Yes! I've finished it now and it's pretty cool, One Esk is a great character and what an awesome universe. Already loaded up Ancillary Sword on my kindle. Can't wait.

    Yes! I've finished it now and it's pretty cool, One Esk is a great character and what an awesome universe.

    Already loaded up Ancillary Sword on my kindle. Can't wait.

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  3. Comment on What are you reading these days? #25 in ~books

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    Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie About half way through, it's an interesting take on sci-fi with a pretty massive universe. Would recommend reading it with no prior knowledge, don't even read the...

    Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
    About half way through, it's an interesting take on sci-fi with a pretty massive universe.

    Would recommend reading it with no prior knowledge, don't even read the blurb. I didn't, it made the first few chapters a bit confusing, but much more interesting seeing the pieces of the story fall into place, rather then having the characters motivation spoiled from the beginning.

    Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells
    It's four short, ~120 page books that follow what amounts to a snarky robot mixed with Abed from Community. The first book in the series; All Systems Red is probably my favourite short story I've read in the last few years.

    The connecting thread between the books is almost too literal, the murderbot books have a quote by Ann Leckie on the cover as praise. It's what lead me to Leckie's book.

    More subtly they both deal with gender, AI and identiy.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on What are you reading these days? #24 in ~books

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    Oh man, I finished it and I cried. What an ending, it's beautiful.

    Oh man, I finished it and I cried. What an ending, it's beautiful.

  5. Comment on The Lab in ~creative

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    Nice read. Got a bit of a cyberpunk vide, mixed with maybe those matrix style pods that feed humans and harvest whatever it may be from them, but with babies? Does everyone pass through these...

    Nice read. Got a bit of a cyberpunk vide, mixed with maybe those matrix style pods that feed humans and harvest whatever it may be from them, but with babies? Does everyone pass through these pods? is this how human are born? So many question, very cool setting.

    Only comment would be; how short is her shift? Left like she was there maybe 30 mins, then out with a sentence that made it seem like she'd never be going back. But, just now rereading the second paragraph this makes more sense, it seems to be a temporary assignment.

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  6. Comment on What are you reading these days? #24 in ~books

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    Nice. I'm just getting to the end of the series, started the 4th book yesterday. Excited too see how it plays out with Hester and Tom.

    Nice. I'm just getting to the end of the series, started the 4th book yesterday. Excited too see how it plays out with Hester and Tom.

  7. Comment on What are you reading these days? #24 in ~books

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    woo glad to catch this one. Skyward - Brandon Sanderson I think it's his latest book, overall a fun hero's journey type story in an interesting universe and nice ending, what you'd expect from...

    woo glad to catch this one.

    Skyward - Brandon Sanderson
    I think it's his latest book, overall a fun hero's journey type story in an interesting universe and nice ending, what you'd expect from him.

    Mortal Engines - Philip Reeve
    After reading Skyward I was in a bit of a steampunk mood so I went through this pretty small book which has been sitting on the shelf for a few months. Again here the universe is really what's interesting, if Municipal Darwinism sounds interesting I'd recommend it.

    Both fiction, and pretty light fiction at that. But I guess I was in the mood for something light that would sweep me up into it's story.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on The unreasonably difficult photo contest in ~creative

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    Concidering the rules: I think that's probably a bit optimistic... But really that's kind of awesome. I like how the bounty is basically ultimate wiki-cred.

    Anything orbiting proxima centauri

    Concidering the rules:

    Photos or videos only. No CGI, drawings or sonar.

    I think that's probably a bit optimistic... But really that's kind of awesome. I like how the bounty is basically ultimate wiki-cred.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on What do you think about "robot affection"? in ~talk

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    I see this robot as a child's toy, and well kids toys have been simulating pets for years. Tamagotchi, and later plenty of video games, I remember playing an aquarium game on my parents...

    I see this robot as a child's toy, and well kids toys have been simulating pets for years. Tamagotchi, and later plenty of video games, I remember playing an aquarium game on my parents palm-pallet.

    This is just the next step, but only for people with more money then sense. Had those Tamagotchi been released 30-40 years earlier, they would have been stupid expensive and by necessity half marketed toward technophile adults with the money spend.

    That said it is a bit weird seeing dudes in there 30s-40s fawning over a kids toy like that, but imo, it came of forced, probably says more about the yt review style.

    Sexbot, well are a whole other can of weird lookin' worms.

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  10. Comment on I just want to feel pretty. in ~creative

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    Thant's not pretty bad. Had a Bulgarian flatmate who always used pretty in the weirdest way. Nice one, pretty tildesian.

    Thant's not pretty bad. Had a Bulgarian flatmate who always used pretty in the weirdest way. Nice one, pretty tildesian.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on What's a question you genuinely don't know the answer to? in ~talk

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    And in a wonderful twist, all these numbers will get invalidated as this very thread becomes the search result.

    And in a wonderful twist, all these numbers will get invalidated as this very thread becomes the search result.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Denver is capturing geese from city parks to be killed and given to hungry families in ~enviro

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    I also have a goose story; I volunteered for an event where participants would get blindfolded then led around the city for a couple hours, experiencing blindness first hand. So I'm leading this...

    I also have a goose story; I volunteered for an event where participants would get blindfolded then led around the city for a couple hours, experiencing blindness first hand.
    So I'm leading this person through fairly narrow path through a park, then a goose starts approaching. I mention it and how it's kind of close, but I didn't see it as a threat, my voice was calm so neither did they. As we got close it raised it's wings, looking like it wanted a fight, at that point I manoeuvred so it passed on my side thinking it's just a show. Damn thing got me in the thigh then buggered off.
    Really got me thinking just how dependent the blindfoldee is on me, and the level of trust needed. They didn't see me prior to getting blindfolded, only thing they have to go off is my voice and their grip on my elbow. But also, bloody geese are a vicious.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Andrew Yang says microphone was 'not on' at times during Democratic debate in ~news

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    When mixing audio you want to mute gross throat sounds, especially from people not talking, it's necessary to adjust everyone's mic on the fly. It's not just a case of turning on everyone's mic...

    When mixing audio you want to mute gross throat sounds, especially from people not talking, it's necessary to adjust everyone's mic on the fly. It's not just a case of turning on everyone's mic and letting rip.

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  14. Comment on Got any new electronics? Tell me about them! in ~talk

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    Wow, how awesome, thanks.

    Wow, how awesome, thanks.

  15. Comment on Bill Gates on making “one of the greatest mistakes of all time” in ~tech

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    Yeah I think Gates is missing the point with android, what windows had envisioned--based off what windows phone is/was--can't be the counter part to apple. Android imo was successful because it's...

    Yeah I think Gates is missing the point with android, what windows had envisioned--based off what windows phone is/was--can't be the counter part to apple. Android imo was successful because it's opensource, each manufacture allowed to put there own spin on it. I don' think MS would go for that.

    Genuine question, how does google make money off android? Can't be licensing right? Is it really just the app store, 400$ billion, in apps. That's nuts.

    But also, it just sounds kind of greedy. "That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win." I mean jeez, it's not some game, right?

    It makes me wonder what exactly is his motivation? Why should MS be the ones with the “standard non-Apple phone form platform,” what makes them so worthy.

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  16. Comment on Got any new electronics? Tell me about them! in ~talk

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    I've always though a chess app would be perfect for an ereader, do you know if that's possible with a kobo, I've or a paper white and it's been totally locked down with the new updates.

    I've always though a chess app would be perfect for an ereader, do you know if that's possible with a kobo, I've or a paper white and it's been totally locked down with the new updates.

  17. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    Man what a read. I'd herd about this but not in so much depth, no idea people took it so seriously. And well if you believe in it, then you're at even more risk. It's kind of a hilarious catch 22.

    Man what a read. I'd herd about this but not in so much depth, no idea people took it so seriously. And well if you believe in it, then you're at even more risk. It's kind of a hilarious catch 22.

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  18. Comment on What are you reading these days? #22 in ~books

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    Ah awesome, well thanks for the info. I'll have to start it then. Excited, it's been a while since I read one of her books.

    Ah awesome, well thanks for the info. I'll have to start it then. Excited, it's been a while since I read one of her books.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on What are you reading these days? #22 in ~books

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    For whatever reason I've got a copy of this but not the others in the series, is it necessary do you think, to read the previous three books?

    For whatever reason I've got a copy of this but not the others in the series, is it necessary do you think, to read the previous three books?

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  20. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    But beware, it's hard on the chain and gears. I've broken two chains like this and it's seriously uncomfortable. All that body weight suddenly unsupported -- smashed my nuts both times.

    But beware, it's hard on the chain and gears. I've broken two chains like this and it's seriously uncomfortable. All that body weight suddenly unsupported -- smashed my nuts both times.