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Software "engineer" by trade and study. enthusiast, loves . Also looking to pivot away from pure software, and into , or . Or in any other way contribute something meaningful back to this world. is my OS. I may have made a for it once.

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Modern software design philosophy: expend exactly zero effort on helping the user gain competence and mastery. Then, proclaim that users are idiots, and treat this as the core axiom of design process.

My wife is singing a lullaby for our kid, it goes (translated) something like this: "The stars ain't there to play with, ...", and all I"m thinking is, "the hell they aren't".

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In response to the President Trump (USA)'s executive order blocking all commercial and non-commercial property transactions with Venezuela, Adobe has begun cancelling accounts belonging to Venezuelans.

Regardless of this being a continued embargo, this is a lesson to be learned to never trust software which makes it obligatory to register an account in order to use the features of that software.


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If what I'm reading about oil extraction from oil sands in Alberta, Canada is correct, then any worrying about nuclear waste management and cancer rate is so full of shit it beggars belief. ~2 gigaliters of highly carcinogenic, toxic sludge per day as of 2012, with expected toxicity for the next thousand of years, just dumped into artificial lakes?

Fuck. Now I wish I could send my back for a refund. They essentially ruined the main reason many (if not most) people buy this platform.

economy, existential crisis 

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"Each photo has as many pixels as there are remaining animals alive in the species. [...] Javan Rhino. Estimated about 60 remain."

At least the text snippet is a better TL;DR than I could ever write myself. So actual good job on that.

Also, great job Google with that image you attached to the article.

A little update to my post on . Fun things include: menstruation apps and mental health sites spying on you and sending that data (including your depression tests) to advertisers.

Chinese Sci-Fi Blockbusters, part 2: Shanghai Fortress.

Essentially Transformers with Independence Day flavour. It's a nice CGI showcase, but other than that, nothing ever makes any kind of sense in this movie. It's essentially a random assortment of cliches. Waste of two hours. Don't recommend.

(If you want to see an alien invasion/soldier heroism/city defense movie that doesn't have nonsense plot points every 30 seconds, go for Battle: Los Angeles. Infinitely better.)

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I posted this before, but it deserves a reshare. Interesting notice I found in a carpark here.

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Science papers are always full of figures, but very rarely are they to scale, but in this astrophysics paper, which I’ve never heard of an astrophysics paper having a figure to scale, the authors included a 1:1 scale of a 5 Earth-mass back hole. So take 5 Earths worth of mass, compress it so it curbed spacetime infinitely, and this is how big that would be.

My hand for scale, don’t let your actual hand get that close to a real black hole though.

PsyOps as a Service, or get someone to sleep with you using ad retargeting for $40.

If you don't use an adblocker, now it's the time. Same for your friends and family.

I won my first Ironmade game. And now I understand why Fallen Empires are called *Stagnant* Ascendencies - past ~2450 I didn't have any new interesting technologies to develop, or even anything interesting to do.

The game universe seems to be lacking late-game content. It's still great, though.

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Want a low-hanging fruit? Lobby to ban print advertising like leaflets and billboards. Just think of the amount of wasted paper, paint and fuel involved in printing, distributing, and landfilling them, and the carbon footprint of that.

It's but a drop in the sea of needed actions, but I believe zero-sum games like advertising are nice places to look for high emission wins for low actual losses of utility.

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