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  1. Comment on Inside the all-hands meeting that led to a third of Basecamp employees quitting in ~tech

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    That's the key difference here IMO. This meeting was an existential threat to the entire company, and he's a key part of leadership. DHH needed to do as much as he possibly could to prevent the...

    it wasn't about a topic like this

    That's the key difference here IMO. This meeting was an existential threat to the entire company, and he's a key part of leadership. DHH needed to do as much as he possibly could to prevent the company from falling apart.

    IMO, dialing in from bed for this particular meeting gives the optics of "I don't take this seriously enough." It may not be fair, but we're not talking about fair, we're talking about fighting for the life of a company.

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  2. Comment on Reaching ‘herd immunity’ is unlikely in the US, experts now believe in ~health.coronavirus

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    This explains why the data is weird: https://twitter.com/dhmontgomery/status/1389223136189501444 tl;dr - doing it on a county-by-county level is misleading, however Minnesota is still less...

    This explains why the data is weird: https://twitter.com/dhmontgomery/status/1389223136189501444

    tl;dr - doing it on a county-by-county level is misleading, however Minnesota is still less hesitant than the national average.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on The clockwork universe: A growing chorus of scientists and philosophers argue that free will does not exist in ~humanities

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    I've never been convinced that it matters if we have free will or not, and this article didn't help. The logical leap from "there is no such thing as free will" to "therefore no one should be held...

    I've never been convinced that it matters if we have free will or not, and this article didn't help. The logical leap from "there is no such thing as free will" to "therefore no one should be held responsible for anything" makes no sense to me.

    For example, if a salesman never makes any sales, they can't defend their future employment by saying "it's not my fault, neither I nor my customers have any free will." That's bollocks. Of course your employer must let you go at some point. Just because, on a cosmic level, you had no free will does not mean your every action gets a free pass.

    18 votes
  4. Comment on Lumber prices soar, but logs are still dirt cheap in ~finance

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    This doesn't seem strange to me; raw materials are bountiful, but processing those raw materials is hitting a bottleneck. Thus it's cheap to buy the raw materials, but expensive to get the...

    This doesn't seem strange to me; raw materials are bountiful, but processing those raw materials is hitting a bottleneck. Thus it's cheap to buy the raw materials, but expensive to get the finished product.

    13 votes
  5. Comment on The Real Book in ~music

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    Oh man, I can't wait to hear this episode. I remember being told to go get The Real Book from my teacher (back in 1999), and it just felt so bizarre, this book which I had to get from under the...

    Oh man, I can't wait to hear this episode. I remember being told to go get The Real Book from my teacher (back in 1999), and it just felt so bizarre, this book which I had to get from under the counter at my local music store. It was illegal, but also everyone owned a copy? What?

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Richard Stallman has returned to the Free Software Foundation as a member of its board of directors in ~tech

  7. Comment on Compensation as a Reflection of Values in ~comp

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    tl;dr is that Oxide is experimenting with paying everyone at their company the exact same salary: I'm not sure how I feel about this but I appreciate them trying out something new.

    tl;dr is that Oxide is experimenting with paying everyone at their company the exact same salary:

    We decided to do something outlandishly simple: take the salary that Steve, Jess, and I were going to pay ourselves, and pay that to everyone. The three of us live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Steve and I each have three kids; we knew that the dollar figure that would allow us to live without financial distress -- which we put at $175,000 a year -- would be at least universally adequate for the team we wanted to build. And we mean everyone literally: as of this writing we have 23 employees, and that's what we all make.

    I'm not sure how I feel about this but I appreciate them trying out something new.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on The morals of jumping the line for a COVID vaccine in ~health.coronavirus

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    I think skipping your phase should generally be discouraged because there is a lot of thought going into deciding who should get it and who should not. You are deciding you are more important than...

    I think skipping your phase should generally be discouraged because there is a lot of thought going into deciding who should get it and who should not. You are deciding you are more important than someone else when you decide to skip, which is ethically dubious.

    That said... sometimes the guidelines have things that fall through the cracks. Maybe you've got some rare disease that is somehow left off the phase list. There's some wiggle room there.

    I suspect the majority of people skipping phases, though, are not in that category. They are skipping because they have privilege and can do so. That's abhorrent.

    12 votes
  9. Comment on The morals of jumping the line for a COVID vaccine in ~health.coronavirus

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    While this is true, I think the problem is not a lack of demand at the moment.

    On the other, every jab in the arm helps us collectively, regardless of who received it.

    While this is true, I think the problem is not a lack of demand at the moment.

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

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    If you go into options, there are bunch of toggles for auto-pausing after events. You can basically turn it into a turn-based game.

    If you go into options, there are bunch of toggles for auto-pausing after events. You can basically turn it into a turn-based game.

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

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    I've seen that as well, according to other reddit posts it makes most of the game faster but it messes up some calculations like health regen speed.

    I've seen that as well, according to other reddit posts it makes most of the game faster but it messes up some calculations like health regen speed.

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

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    I definitely think there's a lot of strategy involved! The core question is how often I'm making interesting choices vs. rote ones. At the rate I go through the loop, the deckbuilding/citybuilding...

    I definitely think there's a lot of strategy involved! The core question is how often I'm making interesting choices vs. rote ones. At the rate I go through the loop, the deckbuilding/citybuilding phase happens about once every 30 minutes, which just isn't often enough for me to be super into the deckbuilding part of the game.

    If the core loop could be sped up 10x faster, I think I'd be far more interested in Loop Hero. It would make it a lot easier to experiment with new ideas and builds. Unfortunately, it's really slow and thus punishes you for trying something new (e.g. I had a choice between seeing the boss of act 2 or taking my winnings and running, and I chose to take my winnings because if I wasn't ready for the boss, I would lose 70% of it).

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

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    I played some Loop Hero this weekend. It's an interesting conceit, but I think I'm going to give it up soon. As a friend put it, Loop Hero is basically just a stat diffing game; yes there is some...

    I played some Loop Hero this weekend.

    It's an interesting conceit, but I think I'm going to give it up soon. As a friend put it, Loop Hero is basically just a stat diffing game; yes there is some strategy here, but once you have a strategy setup, you're just spending time micro-managing stats.

    It is hard to tell whether I like playing it, or whether I'm addicted to making numbers go up; I suspect it's the latter, and I tend to give up grind games quickly.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Valve ceases development on their unfinished rework of Artifact, makes both the original and new versions free to play in ~games

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    This is an incredibly classy way to end the project, and the way I wish every unfinished game would end. Unfortunately, most studios don't have the behemoth that is Steam to pay the bills for free...

    This is an incredibly classy way to end the project, and the way I wish every unfinished game would end. Unfortunately, most studios don't have the behemoth that is Steam to pay the bills for free games.

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

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    I played through Ori and the Will of the Wisps last week. I enjoyed it, but I think the original game is tighter. As one example, there's a few dozen perks you can choose between, but I only found...

    I played through Ori and the Will of the Wisps last week. I enjoyed it, but I think the original game is tighter.

    As one example, there's a few dozen perks you can choose between, but I only found a handful of them to actually be useful, and some of them are downright useless cruft. It sort of felt like they were just adding more so that there was more content, not because it necessarily served the game design well.

    Also, I hadn't played Hollow Knight when I originally played Ori and it puts Ori's combat system to shame. Ori's system in both games is squishy at best; it depends on the fact that you will regularly take damage and it'll be NBD, whereas Hollow Knight is a lot more refined.

    5 votes