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Sir_Substance last won the day on July 29 2017

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    Keenly awaiting the promised linux port :3
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    What happened to the good space games?

    I keep looking at the Steam page for this, and not buying it. :/ Screenies look really nice, but the reviews are very polarised: one side loves it, and the other... eg: http://www.quartertothree.com/fp/2016/05/18/bone-dry-sci-fi-stellaris-game-doesnt-even-work/ I'll pick it up in some insane sale. I'm not sure I really rate that guys criticisms. I've put more time into stellaris than almost any other game I own. I'll respond to his two main criticisms: 1. The sector system increases late game micromanagement instead of reducing it. Bull. Shit. I raise my eyebrow that he can assert he loves Paradox's historical games, and then trot this line out. Comparing late game EU micromanagement to this is utterly night and day. However, it's a bit of an irrelevant argument because it's invested in the notion that micromanagement must be objectively bad, but the reality is that micromanagement is a game mechanic. What matters is whether you enjoy the implementation, and I think the Stellaris system hits a happy medium that would be about right for quite a lot of people. 2. The storylines are dull and the game has no soul as a result. I know what he's getting at, but I think he hasn't delved into the game very deeply if he thinks that. The game basically has two types of events. There's little mini-events that happen as you explore the galaxy. Because galaxies are big and you're going to play lots of games in big galaxies, these events repeat a lot. It's basically the same problem as the NPC's in TES: Oblivion repeating the same dialog all the time. However, there's a second layer of longer, more detailed and way more interesting stories buried in there that you're much less likely to come across (horizon signal being one of the best, but far from the only one), and I've even seen two separate storylines unexpectedly interact. I still don't know if it was a bug or deliberate, but it sure was interesting. There's depth there, but it's not spoon-fed to you. Spend a game digging into the universe instead of conquering it, and you'll find some interesting stuff. I'd also say that it's been a great game for roleplaying for me. The species creator is extremely versatile, and I've had a lot of fun playing everything from short-lived temperamental space-nazi penguins to dull-witted, pacifistic psychic space cacti with a fetish for government paperwork. If you can invest in your own stories a little it's a fun playground. tl;dr I think his review is pretty shallow. The main reason I would suggest holding off on buying it is that paradox has been muttering for a while about making it mandatory to have a paradox account to play MP. I'm a big hater of forced accounts for things which have no technical need for it. Depending on how you feel on the matter, that may or may not be a factor for you.
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    Home Server advice

    I run a home server setup using a NUC and a cheap seagate nas that supports NFS. the NUC runs proxmox (an open source hypervisor) and I set up all my services as VM's on that, with the drive images storage on the NAS. I reverse proxy internet traffic to the other VM's via an NGINX VM that also terminates the SSL for my websites, with unencrypted traffic running over the internal network. There have been a few interesting ecosystem improvements since then, notably caddy is probably a better choice than nginx for this purpose now, and some of the other hypervisors are starting to grow hypervisor level docker support. I'd be happy to elaborate on details in a PM, if you're interested. If you're mostly looking at this for a content server, there are a few raspberry-pi sized devices with a bit more kick, like the banana pi or the orange pi. I don't have much experience with them, but I do know that at least the raspi 1 and 2 units are pretty marginal on having the computing power needed to run a media server.
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    Same-sex postal survey is a go

    The form itself, sure. I was talking about the envelope - there are no regulations about that. Also, unless they're doing special snowflake rules for this vote, that's not correct. During an election when the volunteers count the vote they are looking for clear intent. In a ballot with 4 candidates, it is sufficient for you to number 1, 2 and 4. Given that there are only 4 candidates, the counter knows who you intended 3 to be, because you marked all the others, so there's only one possibility. If there were 5 people on that ballot, it would become an informal vote, because there's no way for the counter to know who you would pick as 3, and who as 5. So when it comes to marking your ballot to hide it from being observed by third parties, by standard AEC practice there's no problem with that as long as it's clear to the counter which option you selected. Feel free to draw as many butterflies, dicks or black squares on the ballot as you like, just don't scribble over the boxes on the voting side.
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    What happened to the good space games?

    <sigh> That hory old chestnut again. I realise that he tells you what you want to hear, working for the competition and all, but you really should check your sources. Derek Smart is a fuckwit. Correction 1: My doubts about SC well predate my starting to work for CCP, and stem from a professional understanding of the scale of the work they've promised to their backers. It's a bit cheeky of you to imply otherwise, I'm all but certain we've had discussions on this over beer in the past. Correction 2: Derek Smart is not the source of this particular sign, and it can hardly be called an old chestnut when it's from 3 months ago. The source is a pair of documents filed with the UK government: https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/08703814/charges/AHMo7d0tVN50wGM-FC6tbyhYlss https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/08815227/charges/W3FsufjDb8gTRZZqoCvnEAJKzSk In both cases you can see that the agreement includes a "Floating charge covers all the property or undertaking of the company.". You can read more about that here: http://www.companylawclub.co.uk/fixed-and-floating-charges The short version is that SC has taken out a loan, and secured it against 100% of all their assets and IP, worldwide. Think about that for a second. Star citizen collected more than 100 million dollars from crowdfunding sources. That's obligation free cash in hand. They're now taking out a loan that comes with obligations, and to get that loan they've bet the entire farm, including the remaining money from the crowdfunding campaigns. Check sections 4.1.8 (Foundry42) and 4.2.8 (Cloud Imperium Games), they've staked "the Accounts (including all monies standing to the credit of each Account, all interest accrued on each Account and all debits represented by the foregoing)". I don't wish SC ill, I've got a small ship of my own in a digital hangar somewhere I'd like to take for a spin some day. But you've got your head in the sand if you think the signs are good. Right out the gate, they made a tonne of promises about what the game would look like and what features it would have well before they'd even done enough technical exploration to know what they were really capable of as a company, let alone how far they could stretch the engine. There was a lot of questioning about the organizational challenge they were taking on, but they had all the money in the world, and as long as they had money they had all the time in the world. People figured there was a chance they might just about be able to pull it off. But now it looks pretty damn suspiciously like the money is gone, and if true that means the time is gone too. I hope they pull through, and either way it'll be a hell of a case study to read. But SC is clearly more in peril than it has ever been. We might not know how in peril they are, maybe not that much in an absolute sense, but their company position today is quantifiably worse than their company position a year ago.
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    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    Actually, thus far I've mostly used my bitcoins for buying games on steam, it's had native support for a year or two now.
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    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    Arrived a few days ago, it's quite a nice little object and the web UI for it is pretty great. Counts as a purchase, although it hasn't arrived yet: I've totally drunk the nim coolaid. It's not quite at the point where I can use it at work, but I have high hopes for it as a compiled python or a more friendly go.
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    What happened to the good space games?

    Be careful about pinning too much some on SC, the signs are not exactly rosy at the moment: http://dereksmart.com/2017/06/star-citizen-final-countdown/ Beyond star citizen, I don't really know why the space genre is such an under-served niche. You should know that x3: reunion now has four spinoffs/expansions/remakes/I don't really know what the deal is there. Never the less, there's been X3: Albion Prelude, X3: terran conflict and X Rebirth (and friends?) since then. You might want to take a closer look at one of the more recent entrants in the X universe. I have absolutely no idea if they're any good or not, but if you haven't looked, you might be missing something.
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    Same-sex postal survey is a go

    You're all very pessimistic, I suspect it'll be ~70% yes. Correct me if I'm wrong, but because of the way this is being run, voting isn't mandatory? So it's about which side of the two extremes is less apathetic, and I'd wager the liberals are more energetic than the conservatives. This is another reason I think we'll see a clear majority. Truthfully, I don't really care that much about gay marriage as an issue. That might be hurtful to some people for whom this is their whole world, but no one can care about everything, and this is a non-issue for me. As such, I'm inclined to vote yes because it seems like the speediest way to get parliament to stop tying itself in knots over the damn thing and move on to real issues. I think we'll see a protest turnout from people who would otherwise be on the fence and maybe voting no.
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    Is George Brandis right ?

    This is the important question, and it leads to the obvious conclusion: This isn't about pedophiles, it's about controlling movement. If it was about pedophiles, we'd have kept these people in prison, or required that they be detained for psychological evaluation. The fact that they're allowed in general society tells you that they're not considered a threat. You can see where this is really heading by looking from the other direction. Consider our recent decision to block the anti-vaxxer proponent Kent Heckenlively from entering Australia. Why would we do that? Ok, he's a shithead with stupid ideas who will probably be indirectly responsible for the deaths of children. The same is true of (among others) homeopathy advocates and the modeling industry, but we don't ban them. This is a government increasing it's control. Don't mistake me though, there's no dark conspiracy going on. What's happening is that governments from both sides of politics are losing support from the population and no one in power knows what to do about it. They're reverting to type, and trying to control harder what they feel they can still grasp. They're grabbing and squeezing anything they can touch to try to extract a win they can base an election campaign on. Sadly, it's a toxic policy plan, and we know where it ends. Soon enough, we'll see academics with controversial opinions denied the right to leave the country, because we don't want to "let our rubbish infect other countries". You figure where it'll go from there.
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    Fingerprint sensors; Secure?

    Biometrics are not passwords. The key attribute of a password is that it's revocable. You only have 10 fingers. If you're using fingerprints as passwords you've got 10 for your whole life, and you leave 'em everywhere, including on the screen of the phone you're using them to secure. Biometrics are usernames. They identify you, but they shouldn't be used without a password. By definition, fingerprint sensors without passwords are not secure. As a general guideline, if you can chug half a bottle of vodka and pass out, and a malicious actor can log into your account/device/whatever using just your unconscious body and what's on you at the time, you don't have any security at all.
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    PS4 Pro or PSVR discount?

    Do you have a 4K TV? For what it's worth, based on my experience I rate the PSVR as "most practical" VR headset, and the Rift as "most crippled by vendor lock-in".
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    Home Automation - Anyone in to this?

    A couple of people have mentioned Nest, I'd like to drop this video to remind people of the downside of Nest-style "Google knows best" type automation that's trying to be too clever for it's own good: In general I've been very unimpressed with most home automation gear. Quite a lot of it is powered by cloud services that I don't believe will be around in 20 years time, and quite a lot of it has piss poor security. None of this would be a problem, except we're talking about building it into peoples houses. My main advice would be that whatever home automation you invest in, make sure it's peripheral enough that you can pull it out and replace it if need be.
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    Confessional seal of silence.

    I would consider that to be a very reasonable stance to take, although it's such an odd middle ground that I don't think it'll come up much.
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    Confessional seal of silence.

    Should we get rid of that, too? It's not really a fair comparison. Mandatory reporting, which is a legal phrase with a specific meaning, is the exception, not the norm. Teachers are mandatory reporters. If they think a child is being abused, even if they have no evidence, they must report their suspicion to the police and are shielded from consequences if they are wrong (as long as they don't spread their suspicion beyond the police). Failure to report reasonable suspicion could result in charges. As a counter-example, HR managers are generally not mandatory reporters. If a HR manager suspects an employee is a child-abuser, they're legally allowed to quietly attempt to brush the situation under a rug without looking into it further. Not very ethical, but unless they have hard evidence to turn the suspicion into certainty, probably not illegal[1]. With respect to the seal of marriage, no one is talking about making mandatory reporting the standard for the general population. It's simply being extended to cover priests. In general, careers which require you to be vetted for working with children are also mandatory reporting vocations. I don't know if the clergy does require working with children vetting, but based on what's come to light about the catholic church over the last 20 years, it sure seems like maybe it should do, and passing this law would be consistent with how such vocations are handled. [1] If they know for sure there's probably a really complex knot of laws involved, I don't know how that could play out. Possibly lots of different ways.