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Are any of you at all familiar with Wraeththu the novels or the RPG?  This is my first contact, and I'm wondering ... there must be somebody who liked this stuff, right?
 
I was reminded that this was a thing that existed.

“Okay, so it’s the near future, right? And the humans have totally screwed up the world, so there’s these new Wray-thoo things that are slowly taking over. And these Wray-thoo all look like boys, see, ‘cause they used to be guys, but now they’re hermaphrodites, and they’re all willowy, but they can do magic and they spend all their time hunting down humans and forcibly turning them into Wray-thoo when they’re not drinking beer or getting stoned. Oh, and it uses a new system, so you’ll have to learn it. Plus, everybody in the group has to have sex with each other or they’ll die. In the game, I mean. Also, everybody’s character doesn’t have a dick anymore.”


Read the review. You may or may not thank me for pointing you towards it, but unlike the game, this review deserves to be preserved in RPG history.
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This is a pretty good piece.  I have one difference with the author.  I think tests are wonderful, and refactoring is awesome.  I have a simple ethic with the codebase that is a holdover from my camping days:  Leave the codebase better than you found it

Nevertheless, I don't write many comments.  I think good unit tests do a lot more to make clear what is supposed to happen than anything else.  And good tests let you refactor with no fear and complete abandonment - you trust that the tests, and the branch you made in your revision control system, will save you if you screw up something you didn't know about, or think about.

Even the parable he tells about the Hubble is about poor testing.  Everyone makes mistakes - you need to have tests/procedures that will catch you when you make those mistakes.

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I had intended to say in my OP, but neglected to say, that I mostly don't write comments because I'm unsure of just what comments would actually be helpful.

A lot of the code I write these days is of the form "fetch these two things from the database and pass them on" and the code does that, over and over in endless variations.

But, I think my Rails app would benefit from longer comments on each of the models, relating that model to its schema and discussing how the thing fits together, and what each part is for.
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I laughed.  I laughed a lot.
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Brilliant!
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AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER

Terry took Death's arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.

The End.

Terry Pratchett's final tweets.  See http://irontongue.blogspot.com/2015/03/waily-waily-waily.html for instance.
Author of more than 70 books, who had early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, dies at his home, his publishers have announced
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Painful...but it only hurts when I don't laugh.
Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors). BTC 1FhCLQK2ZXtCUQDtG98p6fVH7S6mxAsEey ...
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Jeffrey Lin, Lead Game Designer of Social Systems at Riot, delivered this message at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco last week. He issued a strong directive for developers – you have a responsibility to make this happen.

But in order to do so, designers can’t wait days or even weeks before banning player or sending warnings, Lin said. They need to be immediate and extremely clear – otherwise, negative players will just continue their behavior.

This is pretty much my feeling about thread moderation.  Lin and Riot games are using an AI to help them do this with chat channels in their game.  This seems a promising avenue, though one wonders how easy/hard the AI will be to game.
Getting rid of toxic and abusive environments in a game community doesn’t just benefit players – it has the potential to spread and start making the entire internet a better, safer place to interact. Jeffrey Lin, head of the analytics research team at Riot, delivered this message at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco last week. He issued a strong directive for developers – you have a responsibility to make this happen. But in ...
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+rwbybomb 21 If you're often toxic and abusive maybe they don't want you back.
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A guide to understanding us engineers.

[edit: I forgot to add an important one:
Working as intended = Reality is wrong, and has to be fixed to match the output of the code]
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This kind of feels like the left-wing version of draping one's self in the flag.

Subdomains of .sucks will cost $2,499/year.  Does that seem like the "voice of the people" to you?
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Yeah, +Dave Stewart I think that's what this is about.  Which makes this ad so much more eye-rolly.
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The video embedded tells the story of the loan which the (mostly) British public made to the government to finance World War 1.  It was finally retired this year.
To commemorate this most interesting of gilts we have made a film about War Loan – one that tells the economic history of the UK through wars, default, the
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+Andres Soolo As long as the Americans do the fighting.
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Yesterday's discussion of Foucault and activism and Suspicion and Stucture versus Ethics and Solidarity put this quote to mind:

“The centripetal force on our planet is still fearfully strong, Alyosha. I have a longing for life, and I go on living in spite of logic. Though I may not believe in the order of the universe, yet I love the sticky little leaves as they open in spring. I love the blue sky, I love some people, whom one loves you know sometimes without knowing why. I love some great deeds done by men, though I’ve long ceased perhaps to have faith in them, yet from old habit one’s heart prizes them. Here they have brought the soup for you, eat it, it will do you good. It’s first-rate soup, they know how to make it here. I want to travel in Europe, Alyosha, I shall set off from here. And yet I know that I am only going to a graveyard, but it’s a most precious graveyard, that’s what it is! Precious are the dead that lie there, every stone over them speaks of such burning life in the past, of such passionate faith in their work, their truth, their struggle and their science, that I know I shall fall on the ground and kiss those stones and weep over them; though I’m convinced in my heart that it’s long been nothing but a graveyard. And I shall not weep from despair, but simply because I shall be happy in my tears, I shall steep my soul in emotion. I love the sticky leaves in spring, the blue sky — that’s all it is. It’s not a matter of intellect or logic, it’s loving with one’s inside, with one’s stomach.”
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Hard-core cosplay.  This is commitment.
Cosplayer Freya Willia spent two years crafting an epic recreation of the female Shepard's battle armor from Mass Effect 3.
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omg. i think i'm in love.
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Just for you obsessives.  You know who you are.
 
Now that the final full length trailer has been released to both TV and the internet, it’s time for the hype machine to get into full gear with Age of Ultron‘s release date only seven weeks away. We’ve got a few behind the scenes videos below, giving us a…
Now that the final full length trailer has been released to both TV and the internet, it's time for the hype machine to get into full gear with Age of Ultron's release date only seven weeks away. W...
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