David Bowie's appearance in the Under Pressure song is my favourite cameo of all time.

I first listened to Queen & the song when I was ~13 and Bowie took another 10 years.

Putting Queen on recently, I was stunned to recognise his voice. The song keeps bringing tearing me up.

Are there any video games where the boss is your boss?

That is, the final challenging enemy your character needs to defeat is their manager or supervisor?

"Tomas doesn't pay attention to lyrics and then gets confused":

Queen's song Delilah is not about a woman as I originally assumed, but a cat.

Suddenly the "When you pee all over my suite" line makes a lot more sense.

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I don't get it. Every year web browsers advertise improvements they made in how websites you browse are being isolated from each other in new ingenious ways. But I can't even begin to imagine any remotely sane program architecture in which they are not completely isolated from the beginning and by default. Who designs those things?

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Isn't it suspicious that every single Miss Universe so far has been a human?

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How come you didn't tell me about Theremin? You know me! You know tech, music and sci-fi are my favourite things!

There's literally a Star Trek episode where an alien plays an instrument by waving hands in the air and such a thing actually exists?


(or is everyone like "yea we had that in the kindergarten, what are you on about?")

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A secret hardware project that I was participating in is finally public, so I can talk about it:


Basically there will be a CircuitPython-powered device given out to the participants of this year's EuroPython, and some workshops on programming it. It's a slightly modified version of my PewPew device, and the hope is that it can be used for teaching. It's cheaper than the micro:bit and more suited for games and other interactive programs.

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@shadower Hmm, that leads me to another question: are there any where the technology is good, *and* the system is not socialist (or completely glossed over). In fact, are there even any capitalist utopias?

TIL that the word for the roof of your mouth and/or sense of flavour is "palate" not "palette".

Guess I'd never seen it written down before.

English >.<

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Is there any science fiction where the technology is actually good for you?

The "Ritual Of The Moon diary" series of articles by Alice Bell of @rockpapershot is basically the best piece of video game writing I've read in ages.

Game sounds great, the author's commentary is raw & honest & brilliant.

Obvs start with day 1 if you're going to read it, innit


Bleach episode 1: "The Hollows (masked monster enemies) we fight may have been people we knew in the past. Damaging the mask might reveal a known face. This is why we always deal the killing blow from behind."

Bleach 2 - 366: everyone deals the killing blow from the front.

Keyboard folks!

This is a long-shot but: has anyone here used the original Kinesis Advantage keyboard as well as the newer Advantage 2?

I'm specifically interested to know whether the Esc and F-keys are actually usable on the newer one.

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Critical error: something really bad happened, but we can't tell you what. It's probably too late anyways. Hope you are enjoying using our product, have a nice day!

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can time pls slow down a moment i only just got some free time and it’s 10 pm already

Finally read Ted Chiang's The Story of Your Life. It's a sci-fi short story that the Arrival movie (which I haven't seen yet) is based on.

It's absolutely brilliant. Reminded me of the best Asimov's ideas, executed perfectly.

Heartily recommended.

Star Trek, Star Gate, Star Wars: staple of popular TV sci-fi. What else can we came up with?

Rules: "Star <x>" where
1. x is a single syllable
2. the title is safe for work and could air on TV (no "Star Fuck")
3. has a good punch to it
4. could spawn a multi-decade franchise

The Play Station itself it a mixed bag. It boots up fast and there are no hardware or driver compatibility issues. Presumably no OS falling on its arse either.

BUT: multiplayer support in games is a (paid) PlayStation Plus subscription. And I still had to wait 2 hours to download an update.

I did not know this up front frankly, the idea of Sony upselling a gameplay feature like that never even crossed my mind.

Not it did and crossed I remain.

For games where I've got a choice, I'll stick with PC.

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