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Petri Wessman
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Amen.
 
Hard won programming wisdom, courtesy of +Rob Pike...
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I guess today the rule 2.5 would be "don't code the fancy algorithm yourself, you can find it from the standard library".
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Deluxe edition of V20  "Anarchs Unbound" arrived. Very anarch-y. :)
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And it's that time of year again. Wishing everyone a peaceful and happy Christmas (or whatever you may celebrate). Take it away, Sufjan...
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"Police must have and actively use lethal violence": Busted.
 
The amount of shots fired by Finnish police officers last year: six, total. One per one million people in the country.
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Yhdysvaltoja kuluneena syksynä ravistelleet poliisin vastaiset mielenosoitukset saivat lähtölaukauksensa elokuussa Fergusonissa Missourissa, missä....
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+Antti Brax​​ "Erilaisia hälytystehtäviä poliisilla on vuosittain hieman yli miljoona, joten aseen käyttö on varsin harvinaista, Salomaa sanoo." .. so was mentioned .. little bit over one million.
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One of the most amazing short stories I've read during recent years, by the esteemed Hannu Rajaniemi. I first read this in some anthology (don't remember which, might have been Dezois' best-of-year one) some years back, and was blown away. Just "read" it again, via StarShipSofa podcast. Still as good. Also, surprisingly touching, considering that it verges on gonzo at times. Go dog! Go cat!
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If you haven't seen "Black Mirror" yet, and you have (U.S.) Netflix, correct the situation asap. It's brilliant. It's also uncomfortable, horrifying and smart. It's "Twilight Zone", set 15 minutes (and sometimes much more) into the future, and mirrors some... disturbing aspects of new tech. The titular "black mirror" refers to smartphone screens, of course. 

My favorite episode is "White Bear", from the second season. Easily the most disturbing episode of the series. But brilliant. Brrrrr.
British techno-satire Black Mirror is now streaming on US Netflix, and everyone should watch Charlie Brooker's thoughtful, funny, taut, and terrifying anthology series if you haven't already.
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This... is really cool. And somewhat obvious and surprising at the same time. Way to go, Ikea!
A few years ago, Ikea announced it had designed a better refugee shelter, using its flatpack furniture as a basis for engineering. As great an idea as it was, it wasn't clear how the concept would ever find its way to reality. Now, these Ikea refugee shelters will be deployed--by the thousands.
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From comments by AdmiralAkbar:
'They should sell these to non-refugees using the "give one, get one" system - they look like they'd make a great shed or temporary garage - so if you buy one at an inflated price, they'll also send one to a refugee camp.'
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As a Finn: yes, this checks out. :)
 
Heh, I definitely do this - when asked "how are you" I tend to answer literally. I saw (and was responsible) for a couple of double takes by the US/Aussie people on the film set when they threw out a "how are you" and the Finnish people started actually telling them how they were ;)

"In Finland, “how are you” is a dangerous question—because you may actually get a truthful response. And before asking this question, you need to ask yourself if you can handle the truth. 

At one dinner party, I’m reaching for a slice of rye bread and to be polite, I ask a middle-aged friend of my wife’s family how she’s doing. She thanks me for asking and goes on to explain how she’s not sleeping very well. Not only that, but she’s convinced that she needs to take medication for her sleeping disorder, but she won’t be able to get medication for some time. I nod without saying anything, caught off guard by her honesty. Too much information, I’m thinking."
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"This tastes wonderful, how did you do it?" ... Woody Allen captured also one typical Ämericän rhetoric question ...
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Footage from 2014 Pentex Polar Expedition. Contact currently lost, last transmissions said something about "angry bear-creatures out on the ice". Probably overdose of recreational drugs.
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On tosi makee, tytöt varmaan innoissaan (kuten isäkin)!
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Go DTRPG! Full support on this one. GamerGate is scum.
 
So apparently this message was sent to all publishers at DriveThruRPG:

"Dear Publishers,

We elected to ban a title from our marketplaces. Of the tens of thousands of titles that we carry, and after operating for 13 years, we have never before banned a title (other than for legal reasons). I hope those numbers make it clear this is not an action we have undertaken lightly, nor is it one we will undertake frequently, if ever again. Nonetheless, as this is the first time we’ve decided to ban a title, I thought a letter of explanation was in order.

The title in question is a card game whose theme is the Gamergate issue. The game attempted to present the issue in a satirical manner.

Normally, satirical works would be welcome on our marketplaces. However, we feel that there are situations where satire is inappropriate. For example, we do not think that a game released today that satirizes police killings of minorities in the USA would be appropriate. Regardless of how one feels about an issue like that, we feel that it is too current, too emotionally charged on both sides, and too related to real-world violence or death to make it an appropriate matter for satire.

Similarly, no matter how one feels about Gamergate, it is likewise too current, too emotionally frought, and too related to violence to be an appropriate subject for satire. Additionally, we considered that the violent element of the Gamergate issue has a basis in misogyny. For these reasons, we felt that this card game title was not welcome for sale on our site.

Note too that this is a card game, not a roleplaying game. Some may feel that if we were to ban an RPG from our marketplaces, that action would levy a significant economic penalty on that title since we have a long reach in the overall RPG market. This is not true of card games, where OneBookShelf is currently a tiny corner of the card game market. Our not carrying a card game should have minimal impact on that card game’s economic viability.

While we also considered the customer complaints on both sides of this issue (we are a business, after all, and we cannot ignore customer complaints and survive), these were not a major factor in our decision. Not surprisingly, given the gaming fanbase, many of the complaints we received were intelligently written and provided us with additional, thoughtful perspectives on the issue. Unfortunately, most customers were not in a position to review the content of the title itself and were therefore forced to be “judging a book by its cover” only.

Some publishers also complained about this title, and a few publishers let us know they would not be interested in continuing to work with us if we carried it on our store. We will not allow any publisher to dictate content policy onto any other publisher, explicitly or implicitly. If any publisher ever decides to discontinue business with us because our content policy errs to the side of being too open, rather than restrictive, then we will respect their decision to leave our marketplaces and wish them well. To be clear, no publishers’ comments had any bearing on our decision to discontinue selling this title.

Having now banned a title for the first time, we asked ourselves if we needed to establish any explicit policy for banning of future titles for reasons other than legality or production quality. Given that this is the first time such a thing has happened in 13 years, and given the difficulty of defining policies of this nature, we elected not to invest the time in creating a policy that would probably end up a poor guideline anyway. Our time is better spent getting back to retailing your titles to fans.

We carry a lot of titles on our marketplaces that some or all of the members of the OneBookShelf staff find morally distasteful (and we’re generally a pretty open-minded lot), but we find anything that smacks of censorship even more distasteful. We will continue to have a content policy that is more open than will give many of our publishers and customers comfort.

Regards,
Steve Wieck
CEO
OneBookShelf"
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If you missed out on this last time (it sold out fast), here's your second chance. :)
 
The scientists are back in the lab!

The LEGO Research Institute is once again available while supplies last. All LEGO Ideas products are only available for a limited time, so be on the look out at select toy retailers, including LEGO stores and shop.LEGO.com
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One less. I'm amazed there were still some left.
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