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HarkMahlberg

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Programmer and Airplane Enthusiast.

"You just don't know how AI works" earns you a block.

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Ace Combat is a war game masquerading as an anti-war game masquerading as a war game.

HarkMahlberg OP ,
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But I don't love it any less.

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Not even remotely.

HarkMahlberg , (edited )
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I think you got the wrong takeaway from that story... The character of God rebukes the dead man for not accepting the practical help of other people. It's just framed as though God sent the rescuers to convince the "believes in miracles" crowd that no such things exist.

Consider a simple rewording: instead of "I sent you two boats and a helicopter" you read "Two boats and a helicopter came to save you." This solves your only hangup and doesn't even change the story. Your beef is with the aesthetic component, not the meaning of the story.

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Added toggle for 'Reduced Motion', removing the swirly background and gyrating card motion

Judging by other comments online people seem to love the aesthetic, but I IMMEDIATELY turned off the CRT, scanlines, and screen shaking settings. It was just too much for me. I'm so happy they're letting me take out the last thing that is fucking with my vision after a long play session.

Changed the first shop in every run to always include a normal Buffoon pack as one of the pack options

I think this is a good change too. Might still be a little RNG reliant, but this definitely helps when more often than not, I restart the run after taking a look at the first couple of shops.

Upcoming blinds/tags can now be seen in the shop immediately after defeating a boss blind/cashing out

Also a worthy change.

Changed Fibonacci - costs $8 instead of $7, because Fibonacci

lol

Changed Seance - Now uncommon and $6, was rare and $7

Awww, I'm disappointed that the Magic TCG reference is now a little less on the nose.

Overall there's a LOT of balance changes in here. I'm a little concerned that LocalThunk might have bitten off more than he could chew. Especially given that the blinds' base values have been reduced to make the game easier. Though, is it to make it "easier" or "less RNG heavy?" I guess we'll find out soon enough.

HarkMahlberg , (edited )
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Your other comments which are the same comment repeated to everyone. I also don't see any logic, just ragebait.

Blocked by OP, lol

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So they just have to make good enough games to avoid two complete flops in a row. Which is impossible

BG3 made a lot of committed repeat customers for Larian, I don't think it's impossible their next game will sell very well based on name recognition and good will alone. A guarantee? No. But a safe bet.

It’s the equivalent of the rich billionaires saying if you want a house just work hard and buy one. It’s not hard! Why are the poor people complaining?

If this is the source of your rage posting, that's a lot of misguided anger to point it toward Larian. Are we gonna complain about the one-man developer who quit his job to develop Balatro? Yes he was privileged enough to have savings to dig into, but neither him nor Larian are anywhere in the same ballpark as EA, Microsoft, Ubisoft, etc. They're just the wrong people to get mad at.

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Ever since reading about the challenge of deleting an image from your profile, a GUI for that. It should not only be an API call, not should you have to contact your instance admin to do it. It should be completely self-service from your profile page.

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These aren't facts. You're laundering a broken dog whistle through a couple Wikipedia links. Crawl back into your cave you troglodyte.

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Yeah there goes verdantbanana, right on schedule.

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Which is still weird.

Alexander Sawchuk, then an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Southern California ... along with a graduate student and the SIPI lab manager, was hurriedly searching the lab for a good image to scan for a colleague's conference paper. ... Just then, somebody happened to walk in with a recent issue of Playboy. The engineers tore away the top third of the centerfold so they could wrap it around the drum of their Muirhead wirephoto scanner...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenna

Everything about the story sounds like it was a rush job, a decision made on a whim, after exhausting their existing catalog of test images. And who bring a Playboy mag to their university's computer lab, and advertises their possession? They don't even say who it was, probably to protect them from any embarrassing professional consequences. To me, that's probably the strongest reason to retire it: it's unprofessional.

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https://www.infoterkiniviral.com/p/contact-us.html

Street : 70945 Roxane Well Suite 870,East Websterton

No state, no country, fake town, fake street, fake account, fake website. Fuck off.

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It's also interesting how much thicker they make the eyebrows for non-Japanese, as well as their facial hair. I suppose they were trying to be accurate (or stylistic) of hairstyles at the time.

HarkMahlberg , to Random
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Beer before wine ecxept after nine.

@lowqualityfacts

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Question: what's the max time that you'd find acceptable for your unit tests to run?

And I'm well aware that there's a bunch of considerations, no right answer, and so on. Just curious to learn what people think.

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@anderseknert I would look at the runtime of my unit tests as a function of the size of the codebase. Unit tests running for 1 hour for a single-page app that plays Solitaire and nothing else? Probably would look into improving that runtime. Unit tests running for 1 hour for a fully featured online banking platform? Maybe that's to be expected, carry on.

Who’s Behind All the ‘Pussy in Bio’ on X? ( nymag.com )

Spam is hard. No real platform has solved it completely, and none ever will. Spammers evolve, platforms catch up, spammers evolve again, and so on until the last post is posted and the last user signs out. Individual spam tactics, however, do tend to have short lives, and while PIB won’t be with us forever, it’s notable...

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Jakey's production value has skyrocketed, just by shooting the rodeo that is NYC. lmao

Fewer people are using Elon Musk’s X as the platform struggles to attract and keep users, according to analysts ( www.nbcnews.com )

Data from two research firms and figures published by Musk and X suggest a deteriorating situation for X by some metrics. Musk has marketed it as the world’s “town square,” but in number of users it continues to lag far behind social media rivals that focus on video, such as Instagram and TikTok. ...

HarkMahlberg ,
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I would say that the "positive vibes only" trait is part of it, but the far bigger problem was the character limit. Even when it was double from 140 to 280, that still doesn't not leave room for nuanced opinions. And then, the least nuanced opinions also become the most easily spreadable. Both traits really reward our worst instincts.

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Incorporated in February 2021, Trump Media & Technology Group intended to use a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) to facilitate its becoming a publicly traded company. On October 20, 2021, TMTG and Digital World Acquisition Corp. (DWAC), a publicly traded SPAC founded in September 2021 by Miami-based, former Deutsche Bank and Wall Street banker Patrick Orlando, announced that they had entered into a merger agreement that would combine the two entities, allowing TMTG to become a publicly traded company. DWAC was created with the help of ARC Capital, a Shanghai-based firm specializing in listing Chinese companies on American stock markets that had been a target of SEC investigations for misrepresenting shell corporations. In 2021, the DWAC Trump venture was linked with another company, China Yunhong Holdings based in Wuhan, Hubei, until its lead banker who was running the merger promised to sever ties with China in December 2021, stating Yunhong was to "dissolve and liquidate". In February 2022, Reuters reported that the connection between Shanghai-based ARC Capital and Digital World was more extensive than thought, with ARC having offered money to get the SPAC off the ground.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trump_Media_%26_Technology_Group

TLDR: Despite all his rhetoric, Trump is heavily in bed with China, and Truth Social is big part of that relationship. Becoming publicly traded was always the plan, and it's now coming to fruition.

HarkMahlberg ,
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the Dems vote to keep him in office as long as he stops obstructing the most critical stuff, specifically Ukraine aid.

He'll agree, then backstab the Democrats the moment they try to get anything done. You can't trust that filthy fuck.

they need only find three moderate / retiring Republicans willing to pick a more reasonable speaker.

I think this is both a better strategy for Democrats and a more likely outcome than Johnson keeping his word.

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Balatro also has a game speed setting that greatly shortens the animations. The game basically moves as fast as you can click.

Anyone else addicted to Balatro right now? ( www.playbalatro.com )

I'm not usually a huge fan of rogue-likes, but I've enjoyed a few, like Hades. I bought Balatro last week and have been absolutely smashing it ever since then. I love the way the game works, each run being so different even within the same framework, and the feeling when your build starts to go off is so incredibly satisfying....

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The hype is real. There's no microtransactions, no multiplayer, it's just about building the best deck with as many synergies as possible and getting the highest score you can. If you played Magic or even Inscryption, you'll feel right at home.

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It might be a hot take but I think the bgm is actually the weakest part of the game. Feels too repetitive and too short, like Mementos in Persona 5. I legitimately play on mute and put something else on in the background.

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Wouldn't this enable, for example, Trump claiming he didn't make the "bloodbath" comment, calling it a deepfake, and telling Youtube to remove all the new coverage of it? I mean, more generally, what stops someone from abusing this system?

HarkMahlberg , (edited )
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The author does have a way with words lol. I love this paragraph in particular, emphasis mine:

As we speak, the battle that platforms are fighting is against generative spam, a cartoonish and obvious threat of outright nonsense, meaningless chum that can and should (and likely will) be stopped. In the process, they're failing to see that this isn't a war against spam, but a war against crap, and the overall normalization and intellectual numbing that comes when content is created to please algorithms and provide a minimum viable product for consumers. Google's "useless" results problem isn't one borne of content that has no meaning, but of content that only sort of helps, that is the "right" result but doesn't actually provide any real thought behind it, like the endless "how to fix error code X" results full of well-meaning and plausibly helpful content that doesn't really help at all.

And he describes exactly what I have to deal with on the regular, "content that only sort of helps" that "steals your attention from the content you actually want." Even moving from Google to DDG has only mitigated this problem, it hasn't fully gone away.

But yeah, one of his conclusions seems to be the Death of the Hyperlink? Which, I mean, not even LLM's can kill that. I doubt <a href is going away any time soon.

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Here I was naively thinking Michael Clayton was fiction.

HarkMahlberg ,
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This is effectively how Kakao argued against Tachiyomi: they provided extensions to websites where pirated manga could be hosted, even if they weren't running the sites themselves. They facilitated piracy, even if they didn't host any pirated content.

I have a profound respect for how RPCS3 has been able to stay above water. They police the community heavily, AND they have a list of games that are persona non grata to even talk about, let alone ask how to get them to work.

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The author pretty freely admits he shares some blame, having PII on the same phone he uses Lemmy, using Lemmy while not paying attention/being half asleep. I'm sure he does know better and agrees with your statement. And yet, when mistakes happen and people prove to be fallible, Lemmy proves it is not capable of handling the problem.

I also can't believe the Lemmy developers would be so indignant about being presented with such an oversight. GDPR or no GDPR, federated to other servers or not, the idea of PII being hard/impossible to delete from a social media platform is an embarrassment to the developers.

RE: Is Ernest still here? ( kbin.social )

I check in here quite often, but for now, I'm just focusing on clearing spam and keeping the instance alive. In January, I was working on the AP module, and there has been significant progress in the work, which hasn't been publicly published yet. Unfortunately, at the beginning of the year, I developed a skin condition that...

HarkMahlberg ,
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I hope the procedure goes well and you have a speedy recovery! ❤️

HarkMahlberg , (edited )
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The nature of software development and internet communities has always been transient - frameworks and projects and websites have all come and gone. Despite how unlikely it may seem, even Facebook is not immune to becoming dust in the wind someday. God knows I've started my fair share of hobby projects and left them behind in states ranging from broken to buggy, so I should be the last person to throw stones. I know how it feels to just hit a complete motivational brick wall, or to have so many other things come up in life that my little project is the last thing on my mind.

For as long as I can remember, from the days of PHP bulletin boards to Reddit to kbin, I've never had only a single profile. So I think it's not a bad idea to prepare for the possibility that kbin doesn't last forever - literally nothing does. Nor do I think that's a foregone conclusion! But even if Ernest has moved on, or he's tied down by other matters, I think what he built is inspiring. I legitimately believe that kbin is cool tech, far far cooler than Bitcoin or VR or AI. Maybe someone else spins up a kbin instance, or mbin becomes the new de facto standard, but I don't mind running this account for as long kbin.social sticks around... no matter how many 503's I see lol.

I recognize each and every other commenter in this thread, y'all are prolific contributors. So if you are leaving, at least link your new profile in your bio.

HarkMahlberg , (edited )
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Yeah he did have a medical procedure, on top of just finishing with divorcing his wife. Guy's got plenty on his plate I'm sure.

HarkMahlberg , (edited )
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I'm kind of impressed by the amount of research they did to figure out why this guy's bill was so high, then immediately offered a resolution, and then immediately offered another avenue if the resolution wasn't good enough. Shout out to the customer service rep.

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Much as I love the software, I made accounts in a few other Fedi platforms just to have some "outs." Don't put all your eggs in one basket and all.

HarkMahlberg ,
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Really just the big ones. Lemmy, Mastodon, and Misskey. In my humble opinion, judging by the software alone, Misskey > Mastodon, kbin > Lemmy. Judging by the culture is a lot harder because it depends on the instance.

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Frieren is an enigma to me. It lacks the humor and jokes of a comedy, it lacks the drama and tension of a tragedy, it lacks the warmth and affection of a slice of life, and it lacks the majesty and wonder of a fantasy epic. It spends too much time on repetitive, formulaic Monster of the Week chapters to take seriously, and too much time in overcomplicated Shonen battle arcs to snuggle up to. It's distant, transient, and vacant.

The heady premise, the characters, the world, the themes, the slice of life moments, the dramatic battle moments, all these things work individually, but the whole is somehow worth less than the sum of its parts.

Madhouse's animation tho 👍

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I'm annoyed by how it invents flashback scenes for the sole purpose of solving this week's mini-crisis. Someone says a keyword, Frieren "remembers" Himmel saying the same keyword, and then repeating his conclusion verbatim in the present. That's not clever story telling, that's just retconning with style. I've counted no less than 4-5 chapters where the answer to their question "why are we helping these people?" is "that's what Himmel would have done." Why do they constantly ask this question? What did we learn about them, or about Himmel, by repeating this shtick?

I want to like this thing. I like high concept premises, I like fantasy, I like SOL... but Frieren frustrates me.

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The Problem With Jon Stewart had much more biting commentary, and you could see that he and his writers had much more creative control to speak their mind. The Daily Show just doesn't have the same bite, or the same wit, or the same strength of conviction.

HarkMahlberg ,
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There are far more important facets to truthfulness and semantics than yes/no questions. If this is the only way you evaluate LLM's, you will quickly fall for confirmation bias.

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No

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I think they have so much technical debt that if they tried to move away from their current stack, it would be the end of them, almost overnight. They don't have the manpower and know-how to move to Unreal or Unity or otherwise. If they did, they would have done so by now.

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This makes no sense. Zork and Asteroids are practically contemporaries. Last of Us and Dota 2, Persona 5 and PUBG, Street Fighter 6 and Baldur's Gate 3, each of these pairs released the same year. We can probably point to as many story-driven games as action-driven games, every single year, since 1977.

On the time scale you're talking about, there's almost no correlation between time and the quality of video game storytelling. If anything, it has been improving (insofar as bigger games with bigger budgets have more grandiose stories being written for them).

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