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  1. Comment on How Vim became so popular in ~comp

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    Setting up local editors for remote editing is generally not easy either. Easier than learning all the ins and outs of vi, sure - but probably not easier than learning the few commands needed to...

    Setting up local editors for remote editing is generally not easy either. Easier than learning all the ins and outs of vi, sure - but probably not easier than learning the few commands needed to make small changes.

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  2. Comment on Tom Scott vs Irving Finkel: The Royal Game of Ur in ~games.tabletop

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    For those curious, BGG has a review that goes into the advanced rules. It sounds like there are other variations based on possible paths or other aspects of the game that could imply additional...

    For those curious, BGG has a review that goes into the advanced rules. It sounds like there are other variations based on possible paths or other aspects of the game that could imply additional rules (for example, the tokens have 5 dots on a single side, which points to a "there and back" path with the tokens getting a "crown" like checkers to indicate they are on the way back).

    The board and pieces are relatively simple and can be replicated at home easily with a piece of paper, a few coins, and some markers. And for those with a 3D printer, of course there is a nice model that folds up and holds the game pieces.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Why do you watch anime? in ~anime

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    The art can be amazingly beautiful. Animation tends to rely on a lot of Japanese/Chinese/Korean culture depending on the source, which lends it an air of exoticism to me as an American viewer....
    • The art can be amazingly beautiful.
    • Animation tends to rely on a lot of Japanese/Chinese/Korean culture depending on the source, which lends it an air of exoticism to me as an American viewer. Japanese anime also doesn't have the same "for children" stigma as animation does in the west, so there are shows that aren't aimed at kids/teens with more serious topics.
    • Animation as a medium tends to lend itself to fantastical stories and concepts better than live-action. CGI is getting better and better and there are some great sci-fi/fantasy fiction options, but they lack a certain something. Its pretty rare for me to enjoy non-fiction or even realistic fiction, which cuts out a lot of western live action.
    • I hate cringe and cringe-humor, which is made worse in live-action. Something about animated characters doing something cringey doesn't provoke the same hatred as the same thing in live-action.
    • Fictional voices in English can often come across as silly or fake or over-the-top. I'm sure the same lines in another language might invoke the same thing for native-speakers, but its pretty easy to bypass when listening in another language - so Anime tends to provide a lot of good options.
    4 votes
  4. Comment on Board games with unique mechanics? in ~games.tabletop

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    Thanks for the recommendation on Zendo, it sounds pretty interesting for when I can have people over again. The emphasis on logic reminds me of Hanabi, which is a collaborative game of trying to...

    Thanks for the recommendation on Zendo, it sounds pretty interesting for when I can have people over again.

    The emphasis on logic reminds me of Hanabi, which is a collaborative game of trying to build fireworks in sequential order. You can't see your own pieces, but players can give clues and then hopefully use the information given to play the right pieces.

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  5. Comment on The 2020 Steam Summer Sale is live and goes until July 9th in ~games

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    Picked up the Witcher 3 (just watched the show...so I think I'm gonna read the books and go down the rabbit hole), Siralim 3 (modern retro-clone of dragon warrior monsters, which was one of my...

    Picked up the Witcher 3 (just watched the show...so I think I'm gonna read the books and go down the rabbit hole), Siralim 3 (modern retro-clone of dragon warrior monsters, which was one of my favorite games growing up), and BL3 season pass (currently playing BL3 with friends).

    Like many folks, years of too-good-to-pass-up sales and humble bundles have stacked my library full of games that I will never play, so I'm limiting myself.

    Also used the new "points" to pick up an avatar border, a Nier:Automata background, and a couple of emotes. The avatar border looks cool and the background will look nice. I don't really see myself replacing them or using any of the other points things...the points store seems like another random gamification of steam that ultimately doesn't affect steam's primary purpose of providing me games.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Recommended RSS Feeds / Readers? in ~tech

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    I won't go too much into my RSS feeds because they are mostly comics and manga. For my RSS reader, I used to use the integrated option in the OSX Mail client before they nuked it for some reason...

    I won't go too much into my RSS feeds because they are mostly comics and manga.

    For my RSS reader, I used to use the integrated option in the OSX Mail client before they nuked it for some reason (and since I converted to full time linux after college). Since then, I ended up using If This Then That (ifttt.com) to track RSS feeds and post them to a personal subreddit. It lets me use the basic reddit features like sorting by new, seeing which links I've clicked on, and I can upvote/downvote/hide accordingly as well. I can also dump them into multiple targeted subreddits and combine them at will using the + options. So I could easily have an "all feeds" bookmark, another for just news, another for "fun" things like comics/manga/youtube/kickstarter/etc.

    Example: https://old.reddit.com/r/skullkid2424comics/new/

    I'm tempted to search for a better RSS reader that does things well (especially cross platform with a web browser and mobile apps, etc) - but I haven't seen anything that looks tempting enough to get the inertia to change from my "it works now" setup.

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  7. Comment on How do you feel board games have changed in the last twenty-five years? in ~games.tabletop

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    I think the type of games you like to play will also effect things. For me, deckbuilds are both my favorite genre, and the one that sees a lot of replay in my mind. Each playthrough is different...

    Question. I like things on repeat. I'll play the same board game for years. I've been playing Spelunky for years, I listen to the same song over and over. Which of the games you mention could you see being a game you play more than a hundred times?

    I think the type of games you like to play will also effect things. For me, deckbuilds are both my favorite genre, and the one that sees a lot of replay in my mind. Each playthrough is different based on the available cards and how your deck shapes up. So half the game is the actual game mechanics, half of the game is designing and building the deck on the fly. I have a number of friends who don't like the deckbuilding aspect though, so half the game is lost on them.

    Something like Terraforming Mars or Arkham/Eldritch Horror has a lot of replayability as well given the depth of the game, but those are longer games so finding people to play with you is part of the challenge.

    Also, what's the draw of Gloomhaven? I've seen a lot about it. Is it innovative,or does it perfect longstanding game mechanisms?

    I have only joined a friend's playthrough as a guest for a session, so I'm probably not the best one to talk about it. But its a well-done tabletop adventure that does a very good job of replicating a traditional DnD or freefrom tabletop RPG. Your characters change and level up and you play new characters throughout. The group make decisions and does scenarios based on those decision, so one group's experience will be different than another group's. The scenarios that you do change the board and the paths forward. Its not going to be as free-form as a tabletop RPG, but its pretty solid. Its the kind of game where its really nice to have a separate table set aside for it. Similar to the legacy games, its supposed to be a many-session campaign - though I think its easier to "reset".

    The combat is the big thing. Each character has a deck of abilities and movements. You get to choose cards for your action, but some things can remove the card from your deck during the mission, so you're on a time limit before you run out of actions. The monsters you fight follow certain rules, and the rules can change each mission. Its well-tuned to be difficult. You aren't going to be able to just kill all the monsters - the mission I played had a number of monsters, but the main goal was to collect things, so it was a mix of killing and kiting monsters to try and reach the goal.

    Hopefully someone who has played through the campaign can chime in more. It takes dozens (100+?) hours to complete the whole thing. From my glimpse, it didn't seem to be a huge pile of fantasy tropes. The combat seemed to be pretty well-done. Theres a lot of moving parts, but you're often finding a solution to a puzzle given the tools at hand. Instead of dice, it uses a deck of damage cards that can be modified, so you can influence things a bit and its as inconsistent as rolling a D20.

  8. Comment on How do you feel board games have changed in the last twenty-five years? in ~games.tabletop

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    I think crowd-sourced funding (aka, kickstarter) has enabled an explosion in the board game industry. The barriers to entry for making board games have been greatly reduced, and a lot of new...

    I think crowd-sourced funding (aka, kickstarter) has enabled an explosion in the board game industry. The barriers to entry for making board games have been greatly reduced, and a lot of new concepts are being explored. That also comes with a large number of flops or even just "ok" games - but there have been a bunch of good games in the past ~10 years. I'm not exactly sure when most people consider the golden age of eurogames, but I'd estimate late 90s and early 00s.

    Some examples:

    • I played 5 Minute Dungeon today with 3 people (nice to play something again since our usual board game nights have been replaced with online scribbl.io and jackbox nights) - simple premise and lots of fun. Kickstarted in 2018.
    • Dice Forge is a game with a fun mechanic of replacing the faces of your dices as you play. 2017.
    • Gloomhaven is from 2017, and made a big splash for the depth and similarity to a lot of the tabletop games (but without the need for a GM/DM).
    • Terraforming Mars has been one of the more fun complex games I've played recently, from 2016.
    • Legacy-style games like Pandemic legacy (2015) have turned a classic game into a "campaign" with previous games permanently changing the game board for the next games (at the cost of replayability - though there are ways around that).
    • Clank!, 2016 (and sequel Clank! In! Space!, 2017), have quickly become one of my favorites by combining classic deckbuilder mechanics with an "escape the dungeon" board.
    • White Wizard Games does a really good job with the classic deckbuilder setup with Star Realms (2014) and Hero Realms (2016) - including some rather fun expansions including 1 vs many setups and coop vs a boss (governed by rules) setup.
    • I found Pixel Glory (2014) and the sequels Light&Shadow (2018) to be a fun deckbuilder/dungeon crawler, with the deckbuilding being a unique bidding process.
    • Cards Against Humanity (2009) is a bit older party game, but had huge reach and was probably a "gateway game" into some more serious games.
    • For more casual groups, Codenames (2015), Sushi Go Party (2016) and werewords (2017) are our usual go-tos. Werewords is a nice combination of "20 questions" and the classic werewolf/mafia-esque deception games.
    • Speak of deception games, Secret Hitler (2016) did a good job of updating the genre with a relatively straightforward and silly setting (or at least until the Secret Trump version was made that hit a little to close to home...)

    ...and so many more. If anything, my problem is similar to my problem with steam and hundle bundle. My eyes and wallet are bigger than my free time - so I end up finding and buying many good games, but have many that we've never played or only played a couple of times. Part of that is that our group often caters to the lowest common denominator with the more casual games, but there are still too many good games to play.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    Mead (and cider) tend to vary in taste with sweet, dry, tart, and sour all being valid options. It'll depend on what your taste buds like. Honestly I'd look around for a local meadery (when theres...

    Mead (and cider) tend to vary in taste with sweet, dry, tart, and sour all being valid options. It'll depend on what your taste buds like. Honestly I'd look around for a local meadery (when theres less covid) and see about doing a flight of samples. The people at most brewery/cidery/meadery places are usually pretty willing to talk you through the tastes and whatnot.

    For cider, you've got traditional european cider, which is closer to a wine and tends to be drier and bubbly. A lot of the new american ciders are closer to a beer, and vary in sweetness. If you're in the northeast, one of my favorites is Downeast (Boston)- which is an unfiltered cider very similar to what you would get at an orchard. Bold Rock from Virginia has some really drinkable options. If you're on the west coast, Ace Cider (CA) is pretty good and has some fun flavors like pineapple and strawberry. Schilling Cider is up in Seattle and has a ton of fun options as well. If you aren't in a place that has some of the more niche ciders, Angry Orchard is going to be the "bud lite" of ciders. A lot of people are turned off because it is very syrupy-sweet, but its available almost everywhere. If you get a chance to go to their orchard in NY, they've got a lot of other flavors that are very different from their flagship, including some of my favorites (which really surprised me).

    Same thing applies about finding some of your nearby cideries and exploring. Grab a flight and try them out. Talk to your friends that don't like beer, as they may like cider and the enjoy the experience. If you get really into it, its actually pretty easy to make your own cider with apple juice + yeast. It can take a bit to get the flavor right, but the process is easier than homebrew beer.

    For liqueur, its a pretty big world. I would recommend starting by trying out various base spirits to try and figure out which ones you like. You can do that by ordering cocktails at your local bars/restaurants, or finding friends who have a small collection and would be willing to guide you through some taste testing.

    For example, I have found that I like rum, gin, and bourbons that don't burn. I'm OK with some tequila, but I don't like Vodka. From there, I started exploring individual drinks from the basic mixed drinks (rum + coke, gin + tonic) to some of the more interesting cocktails (painkiller, dark + stormy, aviator, negroni, old fashioned, etc). I don't really like straight spirits like some folks, but theres a big world of sipping whiskey/scotch/bourbon/vermouth/etc as well.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on What are some drinks I should try? in ~talk

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    If alcohol is on the table, then theres tons of options. From beer to cider to mead to liqueur to all the cocktails you can dream of. Recently I've done a bit of liqueur infusing, with a chai...

    If alcohol is on the table, then theres tons of options. From beer to cider to mead to liqueur to all the cocktails you can dream of. Recently I've done a bit of liqueur infusing, with a chai whiskey and turning vodka into a "gin" with juniper berries and other botanicals.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Inside the flour company supplying America’s sudden baking obsession in ~food

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    King Arthur Flour is a fantastic company. If you're in the New England area (after this is all over), then I'd highly recommend making a detour out to Vermont.

    King Arthur Flour is a fantastic company. If you're in the New England area (after this is all over), then I'd highly recommend making a detour out to Vermont.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Japanese aquarium urges public to video-chat eels who are forgetting humans exist in ~news

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    While I agree that its probably just a PR thing, I'm not sure the eels would be able to actually get much from a TV. I don't know much about eel eyes, but many animals have different cone...

    While I agree that its probably just a PR thing, I'm not sure the eels would be able to actually get much from a TV. I don't know much about eel eyes, but many animals have different cone structures and see colors differently. Not to mention it could appear to flicker depending on how fast the framerate is.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Michael Reeves builds a surgery robot in ~tech

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    Reeves doesn't put out videos often, but they're almost always super entertaining. This video has stepped up greatly in terms of video/editing quality and build quality. I'm guessing that him...

    Reeves doesn't put out videos often, but they're almost always super entertaining. This video has stepped up greatly in terms of video/editing quality and build quality. I'm guessing that him joining OfflineTV has greatly increased his resources.

    9 votes
  14. Comment on I have asthma. Am I more at risk of having a severe coronavirus infection? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I think that the quote you've pulled out of the article doesn't really tell the whole story - if you include the previous line, it changes the meaning: That sounds much more like "Yeah COVID-19...

    I think that the quote you've pulled out of the article doesn't really tell the whole story - if you include the previous line, it changes the meaning:

    We don't know whether the new coronavirus would trigger an attack, but the assumption is that it would work like any other respiratory virus.

    However, at this stage, there's no evidence to indicate that people with asthma — even those with severe asthma — are more prone than others to becoming seriously ill with a COVID-19 infection, said Jo Douglass, an asthma and allergy expert from the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

    That sounds much more like "Yeah COVID-19 probably isn't good for asthma - but we don't have any data yet". Further evidenced by another quote followed shortly thereafter:

    "I couldn't imagine this being good for asthma, but there's no evidence to say how bad it is for asthma at the moment," Professor Oliver said.

    If you are asthmatic, I would take extra care to isolate and protect yourself. Talk to your dr about risks, and ensure you have enough meds. I requested a refill for my emergency inhaler since my last one was running low/expired - can't hurt to be prepared.


    The CDC says...

    People with moderate to severe asthma may be at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. COVID-19 can affect your respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs), cause an asthma attack, and possibly lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease.

    And the WHO says...

    People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on Is anyone playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons? in ~games

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    I don't know that those numbers are accurate. I've been planting 10k bells every day with 100% success. Given the 10% bloom chance, that is very unlikely. My guess is that just using the golden...

    I don't know that those numbers are accurate. I've been planting 10k bells every day with 100% success. Given the 10% bloom chance, that is very unlikely.

    My guess is that just using the golden shovel no longer will make a money tree, so instead its a 100% return using the once-a-day golden dig spot.

    1 vote
  16. 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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  17. 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
  18. 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.

    3 votes
  19. 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
  20. 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 %.