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No Man's Sky is making me feel like a cheater, but I'm not trying to cheat.

I've been playing No Man's Sky, and I have been increasingly concerned with the way it generates new planets. I get that it's supposed to be random, but there don't appear to be sufficient safeguards in place prevent dumb things from happening. Case in point, the image below shows several "Vortex Cubes." They are not cube-shaped, but whatever. What's important is they are supposed to be extremely valuable and rare items found only in caves on certain planets.

I gather they aren't supposed to be so common that you can find three of them right next to each other. That's not the problem, though. The problem is that this particular planet has thousands (or maybe even millions) of them. Each and every cave and tunnel is overflowing with them—literally, they are spilling out onto the surface near caves. They are worth a huge amount of money if sold on the galactic exchange, and that's all they're good for.

Okay, so a few minutes of picking things up and you've got a bunch of super-valuable items to sell, which would be weird enough. It gets weirder, though. By some quirk, the space station in this star system has a galactic exchange terminal that pays nearly double the rate for these things. There are always a few items or materials worth more at each terminal, but why would a space station orbiting a planet that's basically made of Vortex Cubes offer so much for them? If anything, they should be worth very little there.

Even my fairly modest ship pulls in about half a million units (the in-game currency) from one load of cubes. Maybe an hour of work and you'd be able to buy any ship in the game. This feels like cheating, but it's just the way the game is. I can only conclude that No Man's Sky is relying too heavily on the strength of its procedural engine, because this is the sort of thing that should not happen. There should be some sort of logic check to prevent it. 
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The thing that's bothered me most so far is you can cycle through the talk menus selecting "request fuel" and "request new word" forever. They cost 20 carbon each, but fuel gives you 67 carbon, making it a net gain. You can get infinite carbon and words as long as you have to patience to push x and a all day long. 
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I'm admittedly a jaded phone reviewer, but I don't get it when people claim to automatically trust the opinions of regular people who bought a phone more than those of reviewers. It's not that you can't have valid and objective opinions on a device as a buyer, but a lot of people subconsciously (and sometimes consciously) try to validate their purchases. No one wants to believe they made a bad choice. 
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+Francois Roy 40%+ US.
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A thrice-weekly webcomic written and illustrated by Reza Farazmand. New comics every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
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modern politics in a nutshell
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I pre-ordered this fantastic keyset recently. I'm super-pumped for it, but it won't be produced for a few more months. Ugh. 
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Nice. I've been watching you post all these awesome keyboard themes and unique keys. I thought it must of been the white fox. You rate it? 
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Reactor keycap. Designed to look like the Iron Man "Arc Reactor," but not officially licensed, so just a "reactor."
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Man, that's sexy AF!
You make me want to get a mechanical keyboard now.
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I finally got the chance to build my WhiteFox keyboard after many months of waiting for it to arrive. Early impression is very positive. The design is fantastic and the build process wasn't too painful. It has tactile Zealio switches, which I'm quite happy with as well. 
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This might be the best thing ever posted to YouTube.
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New daily driver. WhiteFox with DSA Quartz keycaps. 78g lubed Zealio switches. 
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+Avram Piltch Tactile switches. No extra click. They're like heavy browns.
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CNN: Did Trump go too far?

lol, I guess threatening to ban all Muslims from the country wasn't far enough? Seriously? This is finally "too far?"
Donald Trump's criticism about the Muslim parents of a slain American soldier has generated -- once again -- a backlash within his own party.
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Nah, he hasn't gone too far. It's a bottomless barrel.
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I posted a full build log of my WhiteFox keyboard on ExtremeTech today. 
In my quest for the perfect typing experience, I became a little obsessed with finding the ideal combination of layout, materials, firmware, and switches. Just when I began to feel my search was futile, the WhiteFox appeared.
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Really like that set up
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I noticed a very, very minor issue with one of the switches in the keyboard I just built. It was "chattering," meaning the mechanism inside was too sensitive and would trigger before being pressed all the way and would occasionally cause a double press. Being an obsessive nerd, I decided to fix that.

I had to desolder the LED (which seals the switch top) open the switch, bend the contact leaf a little bit, reassemble it, and solder in a new LED. To my utter shock, everything still works and the switch doesn't chatter anymore. I hadn't soldered anything for years before yesterday, and I'm surprised I haven't broken anything. I have learned that desoldering LEDs sucks, though.

See below for my sloppy but functional soldering. 
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Good work
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Got a big bag of surplus keycaps. There's some fun stuff in here. 
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Freelance tech/science writer and lover of all things electronic. Android expert of sorts. Skeptic. Lover of the em dash and defender of the Oxford comma. I currently write for ExtremeTech, Android Police, Geek.com, Tested.com, and Greenbot.
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