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  1. Comment on Does anyone know of alternative Spotify client options to reduce the algorithmic clutter in ~tech

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    You can replace the Spotify with a "Liked Songs" or any playlist shortcut. There's also a "Music" filter on top of the home screen, although it doesn't persist through app restarts.

    You can replace the Spotify with a "Liked Songs" or any playlist shortcut.

    There's also a "Music" filter on top of the home screen, although it doesn't persist through app restarts.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on An addiction prevention feature like Hacker News's noprocrast in ~tildes

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    Do you use one? Can you suggest it?

    Do you use one? Can you suggest it?

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What’s something you’ve been mulling over recently? in ~talk

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    I've been in the same boat. I'm unhappy about my living situation here in Berlin, but it feels positively impossible to solve the problem due to a combination of lack of availability and insane...

    I've been in the same boat. I'm unhappy about my living situation here in Berlin, but it feels positively impossible to solve the problem due to a combination of lack of availability and insane rent prices.

    Been traveling around to find an alternative, but I really don't want to move anywhere, I love this town. However, financially it makes less and less sense to stay each year.

    It's kind of giving me a lot of stress, really not sure what to do next, although my employer is really open to the full-time remote work idea.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Fagradalsfjall has been spewing lava for the past few days – as spectators angled their phones for the perfect shot, three tourists have been injured in ~enviro

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    Unpopular opinion: I'd totally risk an injury to see a live volcano up close.

    Unpopular opinion: I'd totally risk an injury to see a live volcano up close.

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

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    Have never played Pillars, but I've heard it's pretty similar.

    Have never played Pillars, but I've heard it's pretty similar.

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

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    100% feel you. First time I've played, had the same issue. I would honestly suggest just turning down the difficulty for the first playthrough or looking up build guides (fextralife is good). I...

    100% feel you. First time I've played, had the same issue. I would honestly suggest just turning down the difficulty for the first playthrough or looking up build guides (fextralife is good).

    I think I'm going to power through Classic, but only because I finally figured out how to optimize my characters to make them work well together.

    Game's hard, there's no doubt about it.

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

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    D2: The Original Sin. I blame Larian for making it confusing af!

    D2: The Original Sin. I blame Larian for making it confusing af!

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

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    I've finally got into Act 3 of Divinity 2: The Original Sin, it took me 5 years and 3 start-overs to finally "make it click". But once it did - I found myself deeply immersed in the world of...

    I've finally got into Act 3 of Divinity 2: The Original Sin, it took me 5 years and 3 start-overs to finally "make it click". But once it did - I found myself deeply immersed in the world of Rivellon.

    This game is so dense with content it's insane. Every location is meticulously crafted, feels populated with stuff and stories.

    Flip side of that is that the game expects to you consume it all, even if you're not fond of some particular quest chain. Otherwise you quickly fall behind on XP and gear stats which is then punished hard in combat (I'm playing on Classic difficulty). So in a way you're constantly trying to keep ahead of the difficulty curve.

    It's a fantastic game though, the role-playing aspect is incredibly deep, the combat is fantastic (if you're into turn-based gameplay) and the stories it tells are great. Highly recommend.

    EDIT: Divinity 2 as in Original Sin, honestly, who names games like this, Larian?!

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Starfield sounds way too big in ~games

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    I mean, it's a space game. From what I've seen it looks like an AAA version of No Man's Sky without any procedural generation, so I can't help but be excited to play Starfield.

    I mean, it's a space game. From what I've seen it looks like an AAA version of No Man's Sky without any procedural generation, so I can't help but be excited to play Starfield.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Will Smith slaps Chris Rock on the stage of The Oscars in ~tv

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    Who gives a crap about Oscars anymore. If not for this incident, I wouldn't even know they were on yesterday. If I put my tinfoil hat on for a moment - the whole thing feels like a PR stunt.

    Who gives a crap about Oscars anymore. If not for this incident, I wouldn't even know they were on yesterday. If I put my tinfoil hat on for a moment - the whole thing feels like a PR stunt.

    10 votes
  11. Comment on What examples of Goodhart's law have you encountered in your own life? in ~talk

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    All these SCRUM/AGILE project management systems are the worst offenders. At every company I've worked at, ever since the cargo cult began trying to measure team performance in a "data-driven"...

    All these SCRUM/AGILE project management systems are the worst offenders.

    At every company I've worked at, ever since the cargo cult began trying to measure team performance in a "data-driven" way, productivity and software quality has gone downhill.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on How to install + serve Tildes directly on a VPS? in ~tildes

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    I was going to send an email to @Deimos, but might as well post it here: We’re ~500 person company and we’ve been looking to spin up an internal “redditboard” (hopefully that doesn’t sound...

    I was going to send an email to @Deimos, but might as well post it here:

    We’re ~500 person company and we’ve been looking to spin up an internal “redditboard” (hopefully that doesn’t sound degrading to ~) to share the technical info/discussions/memes and what not.

    I love Tildes and decided to have a go spinning it up. Ansible playbooks are awesome, everything came up in less than 10 minutes on a fresh Debian 10 machine. I need to figure out the Postgres config to make it a bit more compact, but the base prod installation works great!

    Now it's time to figure out how to make it usable for us:

    • SSO registration/login with Google/LDAP - should be doable with Pyramid, but personally I have no idea where to start
    • allow to embed images into post for charts and screenshots - should be easy enough to tweak the templates
    • figure out the basic moderator actions and permissions - these don't seem to be documented at all

    The real question to answer - is this manageable at all in a decent amount of time, or do you think we'd be better off setting up something else? I know that open source != easy self-hosting, but I'd love to have our own tildes instance to use internally.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on You should listen to CDs in ~music

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    Vinyl is making a resurgence as a physical media because of a nice ritual of spinning the record. To me the CD don't have the same attraction.

    Vinyl is making a resurgence as a physical media because of a nice ritual of spinning the record.

    To me the CD don't have the same attraction.

    5 votes
  14. IWTL financial literacy

    It's a very hard topic to research lately because of the crypto-bros lately and it's very hard to trust a stranger on youtube spouting financial advice. Can tildes suggest any must-read books...

    It's a very hard topic to research lately because of the crypto-bros lately and it's very hard to trust a stranger on youtube spouting financial advice.

    Can tildes suggest any must-read books and/or resources to become more financially literate?

    Background: I'm a software engineer from Germany, I'm making decent salary, but I've always been incredibly bad with money. I just spend what I need and almost never look after my financial state. The result, as you can imagine, is a very low rate of savings and a lot of unrealized gains.

    Honestly, it's kind of embarrassing to ask, I lucked into a great industry, but has been so irresponsible with my money, I guess the first step is acceptance.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on What is your favorite game you'll never finish? in ~games

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    I know what you're talking about, I absolutely loved that game, but I'll never finish it 100%, the whole Pantheon deal requires just too much commitment. I understand why it's there, but it's not...

    I know what you're talking about, I absolutely loved that game, but I'll never finish it 100%, the whole Pantheon deal requires just too much commitment. I understand why it's there, but it's not for me.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on What is your favorite game you'll never finish? in ~games

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    Persona 5, I loved the gameplay, I loved the characters but it dragged so much by the end, I just couldn't bring myself to finish it. Maybe one day.

    Persona 5, I loved the gameplay, I loved the characters but it dragged so much by the end, I just couldn't bring myself to finish it. Maybe one day.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Germany: all restaurants now require you to be boosted or have a test to be seated.

    Germany: all restaurants now require you to be boosted or have a test to be seated.

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

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    Short games are underrated, everything doesn't have to be 60+ hours. I've recently played though Persona 5 and it reaaaly overstays it's welcome. By the end of it, the game stops introducing...

    Short games are underrated, everything doesn't have to be 60+ hours.

    I've recently played though Persona 5 and it reaaaly overstays it's welcome. By the end of it, the game stops introducing anything new and interesting and it's just more of the same thing for 20 hours straight.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on After ruining Android messaging, Google says iMessage is too powerful in ~tech

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    Same deal for the most of European countries, it's mostly US stuck with SMS for some reason.

    Same deal for the most of European countries, it's mostly US stuck with SMS for some reason.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~music

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    Fun tidbit about the song - they've originally wanted to track the song in a single take, but then realized they just couldn't do it and recorded it in 3 separate takes. From Geddy Lee in the...

    Fun tidbit about the song - they've originally wanted to track the song in a single take, but then realized they just couldn't do it and recorded it in 3 separate takes. From Geddy Lee in the Guardian interview:

    "That was a song where I would have to say our ideas exceeded our ability to play them,” Lee says of the nine-and-a-half-minute, 12-part instrumental suite that set new standards for bands hoping to go widdly woo on their instruments at great length. “We thought: ‘We’re going to write this long piece and then we’ll just record it live off the floor and boom!’ But it was really difficult. It was beyond us.

    Another interesting thing is the fact that the song is in fact a re-telling of Alex Lifeson's nightmare dreams in 12 parts, this is from Neil Peart's interview to CBC Music:

    This is Alex's brain, and every section of that song is different dreams that Alex would tell us about and we'd be, 'stop, stop.' It was these bizarre dreams that he would insist on telling you every detail about, so it became a joke between Geddy and me. "La Villa Strangiato" means strange city, and there was so much going on in that. There's also a big band section in there, which was absolutely for me because I always wanted to play that approach. And cartoon music. We got in trouble later because we used music from a cartoon from the 1930s.

    2 votes