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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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    Subnautica, an amazing exploration / base building game. I tend to not like crafting games these days -- I feel they get too grindy too fast. Subnautica is still holding up because the exploration...

    Subnautica, an amazing exploration / base building game. I tend to not like crafting games these days -- I feel they get too grindy too fast. Subnautica is still holding up because the exploration part is strong. The underwater world is beautiful.

    Fallout: New Vegas. Started another run, this time with the Viva New Vegas modset. Seems to work fine. Graphics are not pretty anymore and the game itself is is a bit of a jankfest. It's still good though. Going for a psychotic evil bastard play, killed the starting village and teamed up with Powder Gangers.

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  2. Comment on Recommended reading for new tech leads? in ~tech

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    How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie The Mythical Man-Month by Frederick Brooks Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman Give and Take by Adam Grant...
    • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
    • The Mythical Man-Month by Frederick Brooks
    • Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman
    • Give and Take by Adam Grant

    I'm not sure in which order of preference these are. Remember to always feel free to stop reading a book if it starts to seem like a waste of time -- most of the time you're probably right.

    Congratulations and good luck! Remember the importance of your downtime!

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Woman pushed on Brussels metro tracks in attempted murder; Vehicle stopped just in time in ~news

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    On a positive note, the fall alone could have caused serious injury or death. Seems to me that the woman executed an almost perfect landing (hands and legs touching ground first and pretty much at...

    On a positive note, the fall alone could have caused serious injury or death. Seems to me that the woman executed an almost perfect landing (hands and legs touching ground first and pretty much at the same time) given the circumstances.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on More young kids are getting sick from cannabis edibles in ~health

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    One of my children once climbed a rather long way up, found a container of vitamin D pills (slightly sweetened) and ate them all because they were like candy. Having a sweetened form of THC in a...

    One of my children once climbed a rather long way up, found a container of vitamin D pills (slightly sweetened) and ate them all because they were like candy. Having a sweetened form of THC in a household with children without it being locked down is practically the same as just handing them over at breakfast.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Breaking of "colors" and "faker" NPM libraries show that everything isn't right in the FOSS ecosystem in ~comp

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    The "proper" way to do that is to release a new major version or totally new package with an updated license and stop upgrading the old version. That causes some ill will as well, but at least...

    The "proper" way to do that is to release a new major version or totally new package with an updated license and stop upgrading the old version. That causes some ill will as well, but at least isn't actively offensive to everyone who routinely update their dependencies (which IMHO should be everyone).

    They're trying to eat the cake (get the easyish popularity of open-source / free software package) and have it too (get money).

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Breaking of "colors" and "faker" NPM libraries show that everything isn't right in the FOSS ecosystem in ~comp

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    Then they're just big, I guess? :)

    Then they're just big, I guess? :)

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Breaking of "colors" and "faker" NPM libraries show that everything isn't right in the FOSS ecosystem in ~comp

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    There exists a sort of fix that makes your code unavailable to big bad corporations while extending the rights of users and small businesses: the GPL license. Demanding a six-figure paycheck for...

    There exists a sort of fix that makes your code unavailable to big bad corporations while extending the rights of users and small businesses: the GPL license.

    Demanding a six-figure paycheck for volunteer work is a bit bonkers, however.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Bitcoins - can't it only go down from here? in ~talk

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    It's interesting how sentiments like this tend to pop up all over the net during/before BTC loses a whole lot of its price. Then slightly later, we get an avalanche of positive articles...

    It's interesting how sentiments like this tend to pop up all over the net during/before BTC loses a whole lot of its price. Then slightly later, we get an avalanche of positive articles during/before BTC gaining a huge lot.

    Is it by design?

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  9. Comment on Bitcoins - can't it only go down from here? in ~talk

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    We've had slumps like this before. This might or might not be the final one. I believe the only thing that could really topple bitcoin is if a proof-of-stake coin actually appeared and got...

    We've had slumps like this before. This might or might not be the final one.

    I believe the only thing that could really topple bitcoin is if a proof-of-stake coin actually appeared and got popular. If the nations of the world cannot come to an agreement about weapons that could kill us all in 10 minutes, not to mention conventional weapons (100% waste from the pov of humanity) why would we be able to do anything about btc?

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

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    Cloudpunk. A symphatetic and calm neon/voxel courier game with a dog companion. It's helping me beat my Insurgency addiction. Also bought Subnautica but haven't tried that one yet. I hope it'll be...

    Cloudpunk. A symphatetic and calm neon/voxel courier game with a dog companion. It's helping me beat my Insurgency addiction.

    Also bought Subnautica but haven't tried that one yet. I hope it'll be like Outer Wilds but not fall flat like OW did for me.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on What were the best books you read this year? in ~books

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    Dark Forest by Liu Cixin -- the second part of the Three Body Problem trilogy. Almost everything I could tell about it would probably constitute a spoiler.

    Dark Forest by Liu Cixin -- the second part of the Three Body Problem trilogy. Almost everything I could tell about it would probably constitute a spoiler.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on The Matrix Resurrections: A review in ~movies

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    Red Letter Media just released their review, and they seemed to like it. Which was odd, but makes me want to watch it more than anything else I've read about it so far.

    Red Letter Media just released their review, and they seemed to like it. Which was odd, but makes me want to watch it more than anything else I've read about it so far.

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

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    I think the "correct" way to play Disco Elysium is not to be concerned about the endings or consequences so much but just ingest the ambience of it all. Personally, it works for me because I've...

    I think the "correct" way to play Disco Elysium is not to be concerned about the endings or consequences so much but just ingest the ambience of it all. Personally, it works for me because I've grown to dislike the millionth game that "has different endings" because of an integer I influenced by doing thing x too much or too little. Of course, DE does that too but the overall ambience is there regardless of what you choose to do.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Prey (2017) is currently free on the Epic Games Store in ~games

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    It's not entirely free though; you'll have to install the Epic Games Store software. But more seriously, I think I'll give the DLC a try.

    It's not entirely free though; you'll have to install the Epic Games Store software. But more seriously, I think I'll give the DLC a try.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What were the best movies you watched this year? in ~movies

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    Cloud Atlas (2012) -- an amazing experience of multiple but connected timelines. I don't think Wachowski is a name that automatically means a good movie, but here they generally speaking pull it...

    Cloud Atlas (2012) -- an amazing experience of multiple but connected timelines. I don't think Wachowski is a name that automatically means a good movie, but here they generally speaking pull it off.

    Top Secret! (1984) -- this was recommended by two rather different movie reviewers: Red Letter Media and the Kill James Bond! podcast. I hadn't seen this before, but had seen many of the previous Abrahams/Zucker/Zucker films -- and I think this is the best one. Non-stop gags, many of them I believe extremely cringy even at the time, but somehow it works. Val Kilmer's first role, and he does some amazing rock'n'roll covers -- best Tutti Frutti I've ever heard.

    Heat (1995) -- Superb heist movie. Great shootouts. Does an amazing trick of making you root for the protagonists even though they're quite totally immoral.

    No Country For Old Men (2007) -- Immensily captivating, interesting characters. Feels like Breaking Bad and especially Better Call Saul owes a lot to this movie.

    Ladyhawke (1985) -- The first fantasy movie I've ever seen, I decided to rewatch it after 30 years. It still holds up pretty well, amazingly, although the soundtrack is just horrible. Fortunately, they mostly stop using it during the latter half of the film.

    Inside (2021) -- Bo Burnham's exceptional comedy/depression set.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What were the best games you played this year? in ~games

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    Well not quite. I killed the couple first monsters (starting from Toriel of course :-|) and then went in a neutral/good direction, sparing everyone I figured out how to and killing everyone else....

    So you did a neutral run where you fight everyone you see but didn't grind in the ruins for genocide run?

    Well not quite. I killed the couple first monsters (starting from Toriel of course :-|) and then went in a neutral/good direction, sparing everyone I figured out how to and killing everyone else. I think I saved all the bosses except Toriel and that final jerkweed.

    Yeah, I'll probably try to do True Pacifist at some point. I watched that one significant battle of Genocide and that was enough for me :)

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  18. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I started season 2 of Witcher. I like it a lot, even though I don't quite like how much it resembles the game. edit E3 was a bit disappointing compared to the previous two episodes, but I'm afraid...

    I started season 2 of Witcher. I like it a lot, even though I don't quite like how much it resembles the game.

    edit E3 was a bit disappointing compared to the previous two episodes, but I'm afraid that's the reality of TV. Strong start and end, weak middle. Yennefer's clothes were absolutely ridiculous.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on What programming languages or technical projects did you focus on in 2021? What will you focus on in 2022? in ~comp

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    In my professional life it was mostly python, fastapi and machine learning stuffs with a sprinkle of typescript and react. AWS. In my personal life I tried to learn Zig, Nim and Rust by reading...

    In my professional life it was mostly python, fastapi and machine learning stuffs with a sprinkle of typescript and react. AWS.

    In my personal life I tried to learn Zig, Nim and Rust by reading random articles and books and doing absolutely nothing. I can with a lot of confidence say that this strategy is not effective. I kinda know all of those three already enough that I could actually do something with them, but just reading about them instead of doing something is some sort of a harmful addiction. It's like programming porn.

    So, going forward to 2022, Zig and Rust are in focus. Nim might be down there too, but this year I've grown to dislike things with indent-based blocks (mostly from a lot of Python and YAML), so that might be enough to discourage from using it more. The Common Lisp hype is also ever present for some reason, with the awesome runtime environment being the biggest draw to it. We'll see if that leads to anything, probably not.

    As for web technologies, https://htmx.org/ and https://hyperscript.org/ seem very interesting. Perhaps I'll check those out in 2022.

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