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  1. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    GITS SAC 2045 on Netflix. Terrible, utterly disappointed. I don't mind the animation style at all (tho that's the best I can say about it), but the (un)connectedness of the story and failed...

    GITS SAC 2045 on Netflix. Terrible, utterly disappointed. I don't mind the animation style at all (tho that's the best I can say about it), but the (un)connectedness of the story and failed attempts at depth were really disappointing. What really killed it for me is the cliffhanger ending.

    On the other hand I powered through all Castlevania seasons recently (again Netflix) and I was pleasently surprised. I expected it to be a thin ripoff of the game IP (wasn't familiar with the lore at all) but the plot, action and themes were interesting enough to want to binge it all.

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  2. Comment on Magnitude 5.3 quake shakes Zagreb in ~news

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    We were woken up by the quake, the feeling was like you're on a small boat in a rough sea, totally stunned - not something we ever experienced in this part of the world. City center (old...

    We were woken up by the quake, the feeling was like you're on a small boat in a rough sea, totally stunned - not something we ever experienced in this part of the world.

    City center (old buildings, nearer the quake epicenter) got hit really hard, miraculously no fatalities reported yet (one kid reanimated and critical). Civil engineers are going through buildings and assessing stability.

    Everyone got out for an hour or so, promoting civvil defence / police to plead to keep distance due to coronavirus (we're basically under lockdown). Many patients from hospitals (majority of which are in old buildings in the center) were out in nightgowns, including mothers with newborns. The military and local football club fans (BBB) are helping clothe, move, feed and warm them.

    Net went down a few times, phone service was spotty a few minutes after the main wave.

    Things are slowly going back to "normal", with people venting fears and anxiety through funny memes (black humour being the main entertainment lately).

    Thinking how incredibly lucky we've been, both in the quake aftermath and so far with corona (1 fatality, ~240 reported infected), I realize I see a faint glimpse of horrors faced by people where it's far, far worse.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Where do you get news specifically for your own country? in ~talk

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    This bugs me a lot! Croatian media is so politicized, biased or clickbaity/tabloid (often all of the above). I read (well, listen to) The Economist for world coverage, and while they're far from...

    This bugs me a lot! Croatian media is so politicized, biased or clickbaity/tabloid (often all of the above).

    I read (well, listen to) The Economist for world coverage, and while they're far from unbiased (and I sometimes don't agree with their stance), I'd pay as much (which is a lot!) for local news source that strives for the same kind of balance, quality and insightfulness.

    Stil haven't found one.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on What's the Coronavirus like where you are? in ~talk

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    I'm in Croatia, Central Europe. We have a few cases (most or all via Italy), thankfully no deaths so far. There's a subdued panic - people mostly aren't freaking out yet, but everyone's talking...

    I'm in Croatia, Central Europe. We have a few cases (most or all via Italy), thankfully no deaths so far.

    There's a subdued panic - people mostly aren't freaking out yet, but everyone's talking about it. Virtually all masks (surgical, construction, you name it, with prices going 20x-40x up) are sold out, and media is milking the attention which doesn't help. For example, showing empty store shelves, which just isn't happening (I mean they did manage to find some shelf in some store that was empty but that's so far away from the truth it's basically a lie).

    No event cancellations or lockdowns yet. Our schools have recently (nov/dec) been on a massive strike so there's zero slack time, I don't think we'll see any school suspensions unless we have a large number of infected.

    My company's offices are in the same building as one hotel so I've been observing how they handle it - the staff wear masks at all times (albeit lowered down most of the time), as well as surgical gloves, and there are hand sanitizer dispensers in front of elevators and the restaurant. Similarly there are sanitizers in malls, but that seems to be the extent of preparation.

    I did hear an unconfirmed rumor about some hotel refusing Asian tourists, and it's a question how we'll manage our summer tourist season (big chunk of our GDP is in tourism, concentrated in summer in coastal region). If we get more infected that'll hammer the economy for sure, even if there is no human toll.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on The Mandalorian | S01E03: The Sin in ~tv

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    I like The Mandalorian so far. The style, the story, I just enjoy it. Love the Baby Yoda too. But I have to vent: why the hell does he always leave the ship open? It's just such a dumb thing to...

    I like The Mandalorian so far. The style, the story, I just enjoy it. Love the Baby Yoda too.

    But I have to vent: why the hell does he always leave the ship open? It's just such a dumb thing to do! It almost cost him the ship in previous episode, and his life this one.

    I don't take the entire show too seriously, but this one really breaks the fantasy for me.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on The Mandalorian | S01E01+E02 in ~tv

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    There's an interesting theory that the original Star Wars film was greatly inspired by Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress, down to comic relief peasants/robots, evil lord and princess to rescue....

    There's an interesting theory that the original Star Wars film was greatly inspired by Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress, down to comic relief peasants/robots, evil lord and princess to rescue.

    Mandalorian circling back to these origins is yet another nod to the originals, IMHO.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    The Go compiler has this great feature where it's completely self-contained and can cross-compile to other platforms (operating systems, even CPU architectures), with only a proper invocation....

    The Go compiler has this great feature where it's completely self-contained and can cross-compile to other platforms (operating systems, even CPU architectures), with only a proper invocation.

    That only applies if the program in question doesn't link to anything OS-specific. In this particular case, it doesn't, so cross-compiling is easy:

    GOOS=windows go build
    

    Here's a Windows executable I built on my OSX machine out of the 0.3.0 tag of the github repo.

    You shouldn't really be trusting random people on the internet (me) and running .exe-s from them, but that's an easy way to generate releases you can then upload to your repo hosting service and then people can download directly from you.

    This blog post gives a quick rundown of the procedure (old but still valid).

    10 votes
  8. Comment on How podcasts went from unlistenable to unmissable in ~tech

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    I don't hate them, I just ignore (all) of them. The podcast format, like the radio show or a talk show on tv (which I consider the same, just in different medium) are just not for me. I find the...

    I don't hate them, I just ignore (all) of them. The podcast format, like the radio show or a talk show on tv (which I consider the same, just in different medium) are just not for me.

    I find the information density way too low and don't care for the banter, so it's neither informative nor fun enough to me.

    I do listen to audiobooks and audio versions of articles tho.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Who is "John Smith" in your country? in ~talk

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    In Croatia that'd be Ivan Horvat (translates to John Croat). Ivan is one of most common Slavic names, and while Horvat is not as ubiquitos (that'd probably be Kralj or similar, translating to...

    In Croatia that'd be Ivan Horvat (translates to John Croat). Ivan is one of most common Slavic names, and while Horvat is not as ubiquitos (that'd probably be Kralj or similar, translating to King), it's almost always used for a placeholder.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Ex-smokers, what did you do to help you stop? in ~life

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    I hadn't intended to quit. I had a bet with a friend about who'd stay away from nicotine longer. After about a week or two I won, but at that time it occurred to me that probably the worst...

    I hadn't intended to quit.

    I had a bet with a friend about who'd stay away from nicotine longer. After about a week or two I won, but at that time it occurred to me that probably the worst cravings have passed, and I might as well take advantage of the situation.

    For years, I sometimes had "nightmares" in which I've just lit a cigarette and was bummed about it. So probably somewhere in my mind I was still worried I'll go back.

  11. Comment on Do you use an alternative browser? Which one? Why? in ~tech

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    Second the Firefox Focus recommendation. I have it set as the default browser on my Android phone, and love (the privacy aspects of) it. The only annoyance is having to log in to sites at times,...

    Second the Firefox Focus recommendation. I have it set as the default browser on my Android phone, and love (the privacy aspects of) it.

    The only annoyance is having to log in to sites at times, which is surprisingly rare for me (I usually use an app or just a public/not logged in version of a site). Tildes is one of few exceptions :)

    I keep my passwords in 1Password with fingerprint unlock so that's not as inconvenient as it sounds.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Armistice - But Peace? I THE GREAT WAR Week 225 in ~humanities

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    The entire series is fascinating. I tuned in "real time" somewhere in '14, but stopped following around '16 due to the lack of time. The format allows it to be much more up close and personal than...

    The entire series is fascinating. I tuned in "real time" somewhere in '14, but stopped following around '16 due to the lack of time.

    The format allows it to be much more up close and personal than is usual in such documentaries, and week by week of carnage "updates" really brings home the horrors of the war.

    They also do (did) summaries every 3 months, which is easier to follow:

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB2vhKMBjSxNShUbgL7z0hWBR49qw1_3n

    The host (Indy Neidell) recently started WW2 coverage in the same "real time" format but with a different production house, hopefully it'll be as good as The Great War coverage: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP1AejCL4DA7jYkZAELRhHQ

    7 votes