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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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    Because I enjoyed Her Story so much, I got Immortality recently, and had an absolute blast with it. But be warned, it is way, way creepier than Her Story - it's basically a horror game.

    Because I enjoyed Her Story so much, I got Immortality recently, and had an absolute blast with it. But be warned, it is way, way creepier than Her Story - it's basically a horror game.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Defective altruism - the repugnant philosophy of “Effective Altruism” offers nothing to movements for global justice in ~humanities

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    The rest of the article goes on to point out many specific parts of the utilitarianism of EA that's problematic. It's odd to read partway through an article then (rather thoroughly!) criticize it...

    the first section reads as a very emotional argument against Effective Altruism based on an assumed position that utilitarianism is wrong/morally reprehensible.

    The rest of the article goes on to point out many specific parts of the utilitarianism of EA that's problematic.

    It's odd to read partway through an article then (rather thoroughly!) criticize it for not including things that it does include, but later.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on Looking for advice for starting out as a freelance software engineer in ~life

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    In my new job I've found this to be 100% true; despite coming in knowing nothing of the tech stack, I've been contributing code since week one. However, many companies are blind to this fact. It's...

    Having a fairly broad technical base makes picking up new technologies easier (in my experience)

    In my new job I've found this to be 100% true; despite coming in knowing nothing of the tech stack, I've been contributing code since week one. However, many companies are blind to this fact. It's a bit sad; I wonder how many great candidates are passed over because they got pigeonholed?

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Looking for advice for starting out as a freelance software engineer in ~life

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    I've never freelanced so take this with a large grain of salt... but I recently did a job search, also trying to expand my own horizons, and found it difficult to find companies that would even...

    I've never freelanced so take this with a large grain of salt... but I recently did a job search, also trying to expand my own horizons, and found it difficult to find companies that would even let me get my foot in the door because my resume had the wrong keywords on it. Nevermind that I have 15 years of software development experience, which matters far more than tech stack.

    When companies hire contractors, they are looking for someone to show up and smash it on day one. I'm not sure they're going to be willing to hire someone who needs to learn the stack on the job (beyond familiarizing themselves with the codebase).

    3 votes
  5. Comment on We spoke with the last person standing in the floppy disk business in ~comp

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    Interesting interview with one of the last dealers of floppy disks and why they haven't disappeared entirely yet.

    Interesting interview with one of the last dealers of floppy disks and why they haven't disappeared entirely yet.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Cloudflare blocks Kiwifarms in ~tech

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    I don't think of any of those as core infrastructure. They are often used, but that doesn't mean they are necessary, for a website. If you think of a website like a house, I think of...

    I don't think of any of those as core infrastructure. They are often used, but that doesn't mean they are necessary, for a website.

    If you think of a website like a house, I think of Akamai/CF/AWS/etc. as the building materials. They are the plumbing and the wiring, but not the actual water and electricity. Yes, utilities have to hook up to your house - but contractors are not legally obligated to build or fix your house. If I'm an electrician and I find out you're making meth in the house, I can refuse to fix your wiring without needing the police to get involved.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Cloudflare blocks Kiwifarms in ~tech

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    Since KF can be hosted elsewhere, wouldn't that mean Cloudflare isn't core infrastructure?

    Since KF can be hosted elsewhere, wouldn't that mean Cloudflare isn't core infrastructure?

    6 votes
  8. Comment on In defense of crypto(currency) in ~comp

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    I'm quite anti-cryptocurrency; however, I still believe in learning where possible. I respect Matthew Green's writing a lot, and here he makes one of the most cogent defenses of the technical...

    I'm quite anti-cryptocurrency; however, I still believe in learning where possible. I respect Matthew Green's writing a lot, and here he makes one of the most cogent defenses of the technical sides of cryptocurrency I've seen in years.

    I still don't remain persuaded - much of his argument relies on "we technically can solve this one day, we just haven't yet", and there's no guarantee it'll ever happen - but it's interesting to see how we could solve some of the problems commonly brought up by crypto critics (like myself).

    Here's the thesis of this article:

    I feel compelled to say something in defense of this technology area. “Public blockchain” technology enables many stupid things: today’s cryptocurrency schemes can be venal, corrupt, overpromised. But the core technology is absolutely not useless. In fact, I think there are some pretty exciting things happening in the field, even if most of them are further away from reality than their boosters would admit. Moreover, many of crypto’s technical problems are also amenable to some really exciting technical solutions, many of which are already here or on their way to deployment.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on bleh in ~comp

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    I admit that I have been put off by Drew DeVault for a long time, primarily because he puts forth his opinions in an aggressive and uncompromising manner. Looking over the titles of his posts from...

    I admit that I have been put off by Drew DeVault for a long time, primarily because he puts forth his opinions in an aggressive and uncompromising manner. Looking over the titles of his posts from the past year, it does not look like this pattern has changed much.

    Harassing people who use his software is a step too far, but I understand why he has a lot of public detractors. If you are constantly throwing punches at the world, don't be too surprised when it punches back.

    19 votes
  10. Comment on Spirited Away: The nightmarish fantasy that brought Studio Ghibli to the west in ~movies

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    Is there something I'm missing in the page load or is this only three paragraphs long?

    Is there something I'm missing in the page load or is this only three paragraphs long?

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Out-of-control SpaceX rocket on collision course with moon in ~space

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    If this space junk has been in orbit for seven years, it seems likely to me that the gravitational pull of the moon is why it's colliding now, not because it's being randomly tossed in a direction...

    If this space junk has been in orbit for seven years, it seems likely to me that the gravitational pull of the moon is why it's colliding now, not because it's being randomly tossed in a direction that happens to be the moon.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on What are some noteworthy games that are not available through the major platforms? in ~games

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    OFF has been on my to-play list for a while. Release in French, fan translated to other languages. Technically, you can get Johann Sebastian Joust on Steam but good luck playing it without also...
    • OFF has been on my to-play list for a while. Release in French, fan translated to other languages.

    • Technically, you can get Johann Sebastian Joust on Steam but good luck playing it without also buying a bunch of PS Move controllers. It's very fun but I think it's very hard to get the necessary components together.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on The next video game from BioShock’s creator is in development hell in ~games

  14. Comment on By 2025, American democracy could collapse, causing extreme domestic political instability, including widespread civil violence. By 2030, the country could be governed by a right-wing dictatorship. in ~misc

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    It is now, while the country is stable. Not when millions of people are refugees.

    It is now, while the country is stable. Not when millions of people are refugees.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Jack Dorsey says shutting down Twitter API was the “worst thing we did” in ~tech

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    Ah, I didn't realize it had started to open again. Still, it seems like he became CEO in 2015, and only started fixing it properly many years later (I know tech takes a long time to build, but it...

    Ah, I didn't realize it had started to open again. Still, it seems like he became CEO in 2015, and only started fixing it properly many years later (I know tech takes a long time to build, but it definitely did not 5 years to build an API).

  16. Comment on Jack Dorsey says shutting down Twitter API was the “worst thing we did” in ~tech

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    Except he was CEO again for many years, and he could have reversed the decision.

    Except he was CEO again for many years, and he could have reversed the decision.

    3 votes