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"Did your data get breached by Facebook in its vast, ghastly, 500,000,000 person valdez? The lovely folks at Digital Rights Ireland are suing Facebook under the GDPR for money damages and they'd like to sign you up to be part of the lawsuit."
pluralistic.net/2021/04/16/whe
digitalrights.ie/facebook/

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maybe people asking how to quit vim aren’t asking how to quit vim the application but how to quit the need to have vim editing in every text editor like an addiction

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the fact that “katana”, usually referring to a really specific kind of sword, actually just means “sword” if you translate it is really funny somehow

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Reminder: Springer has released a lot of digital textbooks for free in the last few months, and their special offer is ending on July 31st. There is no need to sign up to download the PDF and ePub files.

This lovely page has the full list of available titles: hnarayanan.github.io/springer-

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You gotta admit “trunk” would be a very on brand name for Mastodon’s default git branch

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Less world-building and character exposition, more shit happening, please.

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Great summary of the two dominant RPG dialog approaches ("every word" / "summary").

I grew up on and <3 the former, but this brings up great points on both sides. Especially around exposition and not having to do the old amnesiac/foreigner workaround.

tripthearkfantastic.com/ark-bl

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Hey instead of the winter games sales, could Steam & co sell us some time to play the ones we own already?

I'd pay money for that.

Huh, someone put my blog post on Hacker News and it hit the frontpage.

I don't collect metrics and the webserver logs rotate fast (less than a day, got to investigate journald), but it got at least 10k GET requests.

No Hug o' Death, the server chugged along nicely \o/.

I did no optimisations, no CDN, serving everything locally, uncompressed images even (not in that post tho!).

But it's a static site, obviously.

Shoulda put on a "buy muh game plz" ad and rake in the millions tho

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json, aka wasting up to 30% of your bandwidth on double quotes for object keys

Put up my thoughts on the Disco Elysium game: aimlesslygoingforward.com/blog

It's everything I hoped for, but didn't even dare to dream. Because no one makes games like this any more.

The Paleblood Hunt by Redgrave as an excellent analysis of the Bloodborne lore:

docs.google.com/document/d/1JL

107 pages, incomprehensible to those who didn't play it and massive spoilers for the players who didn't finish.

But Oh My God it is amazing. I've missed a ton of connections on my first play through and this puts everything nicely together.

And the last section dedicated to the final-final ending blew my mind completely.

Play the game, then read The Paleblood Hunt.

One of the underrated benefits on working with CoreOS:

To do the initial configuration (think cloud-init) it uses a tool called Ignition.

Which means every time a server doesn't boot I'm like:

"♪ Check Ignition and may God's love be with you♫"

Yep, this is another Bowie toot.

Cool video on talking your way out of combat in games:

youtube.com/watch?v=l9TzqNQBmr

Agreed with the broader point, but as someone who really dislikes combat in pretty much any game*, the skipping it IS the better gameplay option. Lets you go back to the actual game you want to play.

* Dark Souls and Bloodborne's relentless defiance to this remains a mystery. Maybe the combat in literally every other game is just crap and DS/BB's one is the only one that's any good?

I've finished yesterday (by defeating the second of the three final bosses). It is an absolutely wonderful game.

Everything I loved about Dark Souls was there.

This coming from someone who generally dislikes combat, repetition and bosses. And in the game.

I've miscalculated and my supply of meds-in-syringes will not be enough for the next resupply.

I've still got the old injector to carry me over.

But: the injector cartridges expire at the end of this moth.

It'll *just* about work out. But how am I even still alive.

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