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  1. Comment on Does Linux need antivirus? in ~tech

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    SELinux is not an anti-virus program, but is the main security software I hear recommended by my linux buddies. But they are also in the Red Hat ecosystem, so...shrugs

    SELinux is not an anti-virus program, but is the main security software I hear recommended by my linux buddies. But they are also in the Red Hat ecosystem, so...shrugs

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  2. Comment on Do you still post on Reddit? in ~talk

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    I typically am still active in subreddits related to the video game(s) I'm currently playing. And even then, the "primary" subreddit for those games tend to focus on memes or esports discussions -...

    I typically am still active in subreddits related to the video game(s) I'm currently playing. And even then, the "primary" subreddit for those games tend to focus on memes or esports discussions - where I'm typically looking for strategy and discussion.

    For example, I would use...

    And so on and so forth.


    I also have a NSFW account, which actually makes good use of reddit. There are lots of niche subreddits for niche kinks/fetishes/desires - so its very easy to find a relatively small subreddit to contribute to or partake in.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on Introducing Jumpstart: a new way to play Magic: the Gathering that combines limited and constructed formats using 20-card themed boosters in ~games.tabletop

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    I kickstarted Sorcerer, which is a similar theme of mix/matching pre-built sets of cards to make a deck. I was super excited to get it because I have some nostaligia for magic, but don't want to...

    I kickstarted Sorcerer, which is a similar theme of mix/matching pre-built sets of cards to make a deck. I was super excited to get it because I have some nostaligia for magic, but don't want to get into the TCG card spend cycle - not to mention that anyone I played MTG with tended to be really new or have a min/maxed deck, which makes it very often one-sided with my random set of cards from my childhood.

    I might take a look at this new MTG as Sorcerer doesn't have quite the same polish and has a bit more RNG with dice combat. We'll since since theres so many good self-contained deckbuilders that I usually end up playing instead.

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  4. Comment on As a 28-year-old Latino, I'm shocked my new novel, Memoirs of a Middle-Aged White Lady, has been so poorly received in ~books

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    The link is now giving a 500 error for me, and may have been deleted.

    The link is now giving a 500 error for me, and may have been deleted.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Is it really just sexism? An alternative argument for why women leave STEM in ~tech

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    ...is precedence immediately by... So presumably the bias training is working since the hires % match the hiring pool %.

    Our hiring committees have received bias training, and it seems that it has been largely successful.

    ...is precedence immediately by...

    In fact, at least in the U of T chemistry department, faculty hires are directly proportional to the applicant pool —although the exact number of applicants are not made public, from public information we can see that approximately one in four interview invitees are women, and approximately one in four hires are women.

    So presumably the bias training is working since the hires % match the hiring pool %.

  6. Comment on Limit the number of posts from a particular site? in ~tildes

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    I'll also note the effect of transparency of sorting. One of the nice things about tildes is that all the sorts are fairly obvious. There isn't a "curated" sort (like reddit's "best" or whatever...

    I'll also note the effect of transparency of sorting. One of the nice things about tildes is that all the sorts are fairly obvious. There isn't a "curated" sort (like reddit's "best" or whatever facebook has) which is completely opaque to the user. I know that tildes isn't hiding things from me (or at least, I have much more confidence it isn't), where I don't trust facebook's algorithm to prioritize specific posts that it either naively thinks are important or maliciously wants to influence me with.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on What are your unpopular game opinions? in ~games

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    In terms of visual novels: Some dating sims are basically porn where you click through the story at your own pace and perhaps have a few decisions to make that determine which scene you watch. For...

    In terms of visual novels:

    Some dating sims are basically porn where you click through the story at your own pace and perhaps have a few decisions to make that determine which scene you watch. For example, the "Sakura" games on steam fall into this for the most part.

    The better dating sims tend to have a much more in-depth plot. Lots of decisions and branches that will lead to different endings or scenarios. Sometimes a guide with a complex flowchart will be made to show just how to get an ending, as decisions are often adding to a hidden stat tracker or triggering a flag. The stories are well written and the characters tend to have personalities and character growth rather than be a walking caricature with jiggle physics. Some dating sims also have the male character change personality between possible story lines too. They'll start generic, but as you make decisions, your character gets more refined and responds appropriately. A good game will have you feel like you were two different people if you play two different story lines.

    The better ones will tug your heartstrings and deal with some in-depth concepts (past trauma, physical disabilities, loneliness, deperession, etc). Katawa Shoujo is an amazing visual novel at a high school for kids with disabilities and its amazingly in-depth and well done. Its also free and was made collaboratively by 4chan - which is always a strange thing to say.

    There are also some that focus more on fun/weird stuff and can be entertaining to play as something very different or perhaps a parody of the usual. So things like hatoful boyfriend (aka pigeon dating sim) or Doki Doki Literature Club (out there - just play it).

    7 votes
  8. Comment on How to Create Events to Help Girls Prepare for STEM Careers in ~tech

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    I would imagine that UI/UX is going to be the main area - but there may be general use cases that simply aren't considered.

    I would imagine that UI/UX is going to be the main area - but there may be general use cases that simply aren't considered.

  9. Comment on How to Create Events to Help Girls Prepare for STEM Careers in ~tech

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    The two reason I tend to hear are... Counteracting some of the things that make the tech scene male-dominated. The less its seen as an all male scene, the more likely it is that younger folks...

    The two reason I tend to hear are...

    1. Counteracting some of the things that make the tech scene male-dominated. The less its seen as an all male scene, the more likely it is that younger folks looking at tech degrees will be a bit more balanced, which will feed into the future hiring pool.

    2. Diverse viewpoints can have significant positive impact on certain areas. Especially when it comes to design and user testing, a team of all males (or one dimensional in any number of ways) may simply not know to consider something that might apply to others. A commonly cited example is that seatbelts were originally created by all-male teams and didn't take the average female frame into account for testing. This may not come into play for all positions/teams, but can definitely make a difference for customer-facing work.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Redbox Is Selling Off its Video Game Stock At Steep Discounts (COD:MW - $29.99, Death Stranding - $24.99) in ~games

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    Generally digital piracy does not remove the original. When someone pirates a movie, it doesn't take the original copy from its owner. Its still theft, but there is a distinct difference. For...

    Generally digital piracy does not remove the original. When someone pirates a movie, it doesn't take the original copy from its owner. Its still theft, but there is a distinct difference.

    For example, you wouldn't say that someone pirated your car. They stole it.

    9 votes
  11. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I just made it to book 3 of the Shadows of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Pretty interesting concept of various human-bug races. (Mantis are good duelists, spiders are trickey, ants are...

    I just made it to book 3 of the Shadows of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Pretty interesting concept of various human-bug races. (Mantis are good duelists, spiders are trickey, ants are warriors, etc). With longer series like this (10 books) - I'm always interested in seeing how the author grows over time. Oftentimes the writing gets better, and the storylines/character developer later on is more in depth.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What Does PewDiePie Really Believe? The biggest YouTuber in the world has been accused of being a closet white nationalist and even inspiring mass shootings. He says it’s all a misunderstanding. in ~tech

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    To be fair, pretty much anyone would be tired of being called a Nazi or a racist. If you're constantly being told to check yourself, you check yourself and see if its valid. Lots of people saying...

    Do you know what kind of people get tired of being called a Nazi? Neo-nazis.

    To be fair, pretty much anyone would be tired of being called a Nazi or a racist.

    If you are constantly being told to check yourself, there's a good chance that the people telling you this are not lying.

    If you're constantly being told to check yourself, you check yourself and see if its valid. Lots of people saying something doesn't necessarily mean they are correct. Sure, it adds some weight and odds are that they are, but especially in the internet age its very easy to become the target of a group.

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  13. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    I'd say cartoons are a medium, not a genre - since it just means that its drawn. Family Guy, Futurama, and the Simpsons are cartoons, but I definitely wouldn't put them in the same genre as most...

    I'd say cartoons are a medium, not a genre - since it just means that its drawn. Family Guy, Futurama, and the Simpsons are cartoons, but I definitely wouldn't put them in the same genre as most of the kids cartoons. And I think its pretty similar to someone saying they don't like movies/TV shows/books (which happens fairly often for me).

    5 votes
  14. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    Star Wars movies are fun, not good. Which was interesting with Rogue One, which was IMO a much better movie than Episode 8, but I had way more fun watching Episode 8 despite it being a mediocre...

    Star Wars movies are fun, not good.

    Which was interesting with Rogue One, which was IMO a much better movie than Episode 8, but I had way more fun watching Episode 8 despite it being a mediocre movie with lots of things that annoy me.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on How do you power your personal site/blog? What should I use? in ~comp

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    Are you writing for yourself or others to read? I like the note-taking, planning, and therapeutic aspect of blogging - and I don't much care if others read it (and often don't want it out there)....

    Are you writing for yourself or others to read? I like the note-taking, planning, and therapeutic aspect of blogging - and I don't much care if others read it (and often don't want it out there). With that in mind rather than a professional looking blog, there are some easy options.

    Writing locally in markdown is easy. Since it sounds like you have some computer science knowledge, a few scripts can turn that into static HTML like other commenters have mentioned. You can throw the resulting HTML into dropbox and set it to public for a 1-2 punch of free cloud storage and free hosting. Or use github/gitlab websites with various CI integrations.

    Alternatively, creating a private subreddit or subreddit only you can post in is a very simple solution. Free "hosting" and free "cloud storage" tied to your account. Would recommend writing the markdown locally or using a web-recovery addon/extension just in case you write a long blog post and your browser crashes.

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  16. Comment on Potential new groups, and general discussion about the purpose and organization of the group hierarchy in ~tildes.official

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    If that goes well, I'd be interested in a ~hobbies.3d_printing (and I'm sure others will want their own niche hobbies as sub groups). While some designs/prints might fit under ~creative - a lot of...

    ~hobbies.automotive - This will be a bit of a test as well. So far, ~hobbies has been quite inactive so it's not truly necessary to split it, but a number of users have expressed interest in it, and I'd like to see if the dedicated sub-group helps motivate more activity about a specific subject.

    If that goes well, I'd be interested in a ~hobbies.3d_printing (and I'm sure others will want their own niche hobbies as sub groups). While some designs/prints might fit under ~creative - a lot of 3d printing is the building and tweaking of the printers themselves rather than what you create. Theres a lot of potential for discussions on various printer models, how to tweak print quality, and then printer design decisions (and things like RepRap).

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  17. Comment on Which sci-fi series would you recommend? in ~movies

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    Here are some of my notable favorite sci-fi series (or ones that are recommended to me a lot). In no particular order... Firefly - Cult classic. Sci-fi that feels like an old western. Only one...

    Here are some of my notable favorite sci-fi series (or ones that are recommended to me a lot). In no particular order...

    • Firefly - Cult classic. Sci-fi that feels like an old western. Only one season and one movie (Serenity).
    • The Expanse - TV series based on a book series. Currently airing.
    • Altered Carbon - TV series based on a book series. I've only read the books. Have heard the TV series differs more than a little bit.
    • Orphan Black - Haven't seen myself, but its been recommended to me.
    • Battlestar Galactica - Haven't seen myself, but its been recommended to me. IIRC theres an older version and a newer reboot. I think you want the reboot? Maybe someone else can chime in.
    • Stargate - Modern day military have a gate to other worlds.
    • Cowboy Bebop - Anime. Amazing.
    • Ghost in the Shell - Anime. The original movie focuses on a lot of philosophical elements (AI and body/soul stuff). The show hits some of those, but with some solid action.
    • Planetes - Anime. Fairly realistic from a worker perspective, rather than fantastical elements or hero journey type stuff.
    • Star Wars: Clone Wars / Rebels - more kid oriented, but fun way to explore a lot more of the Star Wars Universe.
    • Futurama - Comedy.
    • Rick and Morty - Comedy.
    • Dune - scifi mini-series. I personally really like this version. Theres a movie as well. Might be good to watch both before the Dune that is currently being produced.
    • Bladerunner - classic. Can follow up with Bladerunner 2049
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  18. Comment on Torn apart: the vicious war over young adult books in ~books

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    While Harry Potter is the biggest YA series, it definitely wasn't the origin. So many great YA series come before it...anyways... I wonder how much social media is responsible for both the...

    The YA category is still a teenager itself, with origins in the Harry Potter years at the beginning of the century.

    While Harry Potter is the biggest YA series, it definitely wasn't the origin. So many great YA series come before it...anyways...

    I wonder how much social media is responsible for both the progress and awfulness of things like this. The increased communication leads to a wider audience having a say and more viewpoints being present. But it also allows for psuedo-anonymous communication without consequences along with the viral spreading of outrage (even among those that don't read the book in question). Is there any way to separate out the teaching and learning from the mobs and death threats? Is it a platform/technology thing? Or is any platform at that scale going to be problematic?

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Deploying containerized Docker instances in production? in ~comp

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    It sounds like you may want to look into Kubernetes or OpenShift depending on your requirements/budget. Kubernetes (Google) lets you build a cluster for running containers and enables things like...

    It sounds like you may want to look into Kubernetes or OpenShift depending on your requirements/budget.

    Kubernetes (Google) lets you build a cluster for running containers and enables things like scaling and auto-healing and such - for something small, you might consider running minikube on a personal machine. OpenShift (Red Hat) is an enterprise version of kubernetes that adds a bunch of security stuff and other workflows. You can use their online service (its got a free version to try it out) to let them run the cluster and you just manage your application. Alternatively theres also a minishift to quickly start something up locally.

    You can also look at something like S2I to deploy automatically when things are committed to github.

    Disclaimer - I work for Red Hat.

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

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    I would imagine so. Theres definitely problems with trying to programmatically emulate the browser that would prevent it from working well. The API is probably the best option. Assuming you pay...

    I would imagine so. Theres definitely problems with trying to programmatically emulate the browser that would prevent it from working well.

    The API is probably the best option. Assuming you pay for 10,000 queries per day, you'd want quite a few optimizations. Perhaps theres an easy way to see what numbers have wikipedia pages and eliminate them.

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