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4:58 AM
I've admittedly not read the surrounding/source material (I'm at work) but theverge.com/2021/1/13/22228208/… seems a potentially interesting read.
 
5:29 AM
^ they're all identical
 
Ya
Can't raise a local mod so...
LOAD UP THE FLAG CANNON AND REPEL THE BOARDERS
 
Sorry cap'n, I only had 10 flags for the cannon...
 
lol
I ran out too
 
blasted all of my 14 flags, still left 2 unflagged...
 
 
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Rob
7:04 AM
Went through them all, found two not deleted.
 
@Tinkeringbell that's because toilets always have someone that cleans them, eventually. :D
 
7:36 AM
 
define wierd
 
Weird :P
 
Definately dosen't look like that to me
 
7:38 AM
:) I opened up a bunch of HNQ posts and this is the only one that keeps looking like that, no matter how much I reload the page.
 
7:48 AM
that's super wierd
what browser?
 
Chrome...
It was weird, that one tab kept doing that, opening it in a new tab fixed it though XD
Probably blame caching or something.
 
flips the random excuse generator
Guinea pig induced fluctuations in the global geomagnetic fields
 
That's a good thing to happen on a Friday, I'll take it :)
 
depends on whether you're a guinea pig
 
Literally no, figuratively sometimes ;)
 
7:54 AM
thinking about it - I shoulda gone with "Your computer ran out of letters and you needed to refill the letter tank"
I'll save that for another day :D
 
Hahaha I'll make sure to ask IT support to do so :)
 
Rob
8:11 AM
That's so retro.
 
what? Never filled up your blinker fluid, and replaced your magic smoke ?
"YOUR SUBCRIPTION TO LETTERS AS A SERVICE RAN OUT. RENEW NOW FOR A LOW LOW PRICE OF 99.99"
sadly that is more modern
 
@Aibobot Nope, though I did hear stories of people breaking their arms while getting a box of hole punch holes from the stock room :P
 
@Tinkeringbell you didn't have Control
;)
 
@Catija I feel like that's what I'd do
(also, having messed with it on SU - its a really solid design though... banner on the bottom? I mean, there's probably a good UX reason for it but... )
 
8:27 AM
@ShadowWizardisVaccinating I never have control, that's super frustrating.
Just gimme godlike powers already. And no stupid 'fate' crap.
 
8:40 AM
@Tinkeringbell because you don't press it enough
 
8:54 AM
@ShadowWizardisVaccinating I actually press ctrl a lot :P How else do you think I copy-paste my code!?
 
shift insert?
cue religious war
 
@JourneymanGeek I'll be aggressively atheist ;)
 
hm
I was looking up something a co-worker asked about at work...
and I was reading something before I realised...
Its a guide for CIA agents to avoid identification...
On wikileaks.
 
I guess that means that information no longer works :P
Do the opposite ;)
 
ALL I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT THE ABBRIVIATION WAS
well its the existance of a thing
 
9:09 AM
Yeah, that's what they all say.
 
9:23 AM
@Tinkeringbell I do often hear that. Should I see a professional about it?
 
Beware of professionals.
 
@Tinkeringbell It's like that Winter Soldier thing when my mind locks into obedience
Especially when the chant gets to the "de le oo tmi t" part
OBEY COMMAND OVERRIDE
 
It's okay, we can fix him.
 
fetches the comically large hammer
 
ACTIVATE PROTOCOL "FIX THYSELF"
Rebooting . . . please wait
Yo world
 
9:30 AM
@Aibobot you sure you put in the right disc?
 
hm
gets an even bigger hammer
 
What'cha mean yo, I feelin' fiiiine
 
Talking about discs... I should find a cd reader to connect to the PC and start archiving some old cds...
Mom is talking about throwing stuff out again.
 
I have not had an optical drive in two PCs
 
Something's wrong with my account
I keep getting upvoted on old posts for no reason
If it was one site it could have been a voting ring
I think I have an admirer or something
 
9:33 AM
@Aibobot Same here, didn't think I'd need one buuuuuut.... if mom is going to throw out my childhood cds without them being available on youtube or spotify, I need to do something! She's already thrown out some old cdroms with games I used to play, and now none of us can remember the game I used to play as a kid a lot XD
We still found some floppies with Windows 3.1 when looking for it though XD
 
My disk drive is stuck and makes funny noises whenever I restart my computer
 
lol
I have a large pile of disks from my 486 I cannot bring myself to throw out
'in case'
 
I mean, I'm terrible for keeping things 'in case', and not remembering that one game is only making things worse XD
 
9:51 AM
OBLIGATORY "it just started snowing a bit"
 
lol
If its games though, inventory, and see if they're on GOG?
then just pick up the ones you want, and keep the ones you ABSOLUTELY must keep
 
For most of the games I did manage to find online sources... she's now talking about music CDs.
And there's one that definitely isn't on the internet as far as I can tell.
 
ah
but ya, that needs an optical drive
 
@Aibobot I think we have an optical drive lying around somewhere, I should ask my brothers. They will know.
 
10:09 AM
Plot twist: modern computers are simply too new to be able to run said old games
Thankfully, my family never threw out our old computers. Last fall I spent quite a bit of time refurbishing them.
 
That's what emulators are for ;)
 
That's just not the same, though
I'm not only sentimentally attached to the data/software, but the hardware I used to use it on as well
 
Meh, for this game, if I knew again what it was called and where I could find it, that would be enough. I'm not actually going to play it again, it was a toddler game that taught counting XD
 
10:48 AM
Hence the suggestion of GOG - since they actually provide decent dosbox and other tools set up to run the game
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusader:_No_Remorse I used to play this a lot as a teen, but lent the disk to a friend who lost it...
couldn't find another copy. Ended up getting and playing through it on GOG :D
 
Nice! And lesson learned, never loan stuff :P
 
11:13 AM
Also, the 90s was an interesting era...
the 90s and 00s was interesting you got loads of shovelware in huge cd hangy sleeve things, cds in supermarkets, a bustling piracy scene...
 
Yeah, things are definitely more boring nowadays :P
 
MS just tries to sneak in copies of candy crush
 
Nothing wrong with candy crush, except when you reach the levels where you have to pay to win.
 
its the sneaking in I take exception to
I'll even pay full price for free software
 
XD I pay full price for free stuff too
Since the full price of free stuff is often 'null'.
Though at some times it's selling yourself and your private data for free stuff.
 
 
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2:11 PM
Ryan Donovan on January 15, 2021
Welcome to ISSUE #56 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. This week, we say farewell to Winterbash 2020, look for evidence that a program is being emulated, and create a chess AI that matches the skill of a player instead ofโ€ฆ
 
@JourneymanGeek Yeah, that was a new one - though, I feel like I've seen banners on the bottom of several sites for things like this and changes to the ToS and other things... so I don't think it's out of standard?
 
2:48 PM
@Catija Well - on top's a little more obvious + I suspect folks will mostly take it as a positive change
Front and center is better :D
 
3:30 PM
People complain about banners all the time... we never seem to be able to get them just right.
 
Banners suddenly popup and they get in your way. That is unexpected. Maybe you should try pre-announcement banners: In 6 to 8 minutes an annoying banner will pop up. Click to dismiss ... I see myself out ....
 
3:57 PM
I haven't seen a banner in a really long time, think the last one was for the podcast or somethign similar
 
Rob
4:24 PM
They are frequent enough, and not well positioned, look how it blocks the Top Bar; forcing you to dismiss it rather than taking the time to read it:
It's in the Low Quality Posts queue, and on its way out.
 
ok
 
4:53 PM
 
wave been a while i was here
so uh, any place where it would be the best/most appropriate, to talk about mindmapping or anything related to that?
would be quite surprised if there was a place for that, though i hope a bit there is
 
@NordTheLoftyWizard maybe on The Workplace.se, or Project Managers.se ?
 
@rene hmm, knew one but not the other, Thanks!
 
@NordTheLoftyWizard I can imagine it to be a technique used in many fields so I expect you find people that do mindmapping across different SE sites but I think it is a bit of niche to tie it to one specific site. Asking around in chat is probably the best bet ....
 
5:10 PM
@rene yeah, but my question even though easy to answer is kinda specific and nitpicked :P which is why i wanted a specific or maybe a place where those kind of related questions come up...
so i guess i might as well try here: Does anyone use mindmapping here? (pen and paper doesn't count here!)
(not the question i want to ask, but it'll help to ask it to someone who use that already)
 
5:26 PM
@Tinkeringbell like this:
Duh! :D
@NordTheLoftyWizard shame! :P
 
@ShadowWizardisVaccinating That one is nowhere near red!
 
@Tinkeringbell of course, this is your servant parrot, not you. :D
 
Hmm. Parrot-underlings sounds okay.
 
5:41 PM
@rene Has the pull request for the SEDE login returnURL been merged and deployed?
 
@Ollie No, that didn't get past Nick his review because I introduced an open redirect loop which is a no-no from a security point-of-view. I haven't revisited the code bits to come-up with a better solution.
 
@rene Ah...
@ShadowWizardisVaccinating Aww, really?
It's not just any Meta site.
 
@ShadowWizardisVaccinating hey, been a while!
how you're doing?
nice new pfp, is it a black hole? a pulsar? @Ollie
I forgot what was the last one, think this was orange-ish
 
5:59 PM
@NordTheLoftyWizard I went to look for a pulsar and found that. There were far more colorful ones, but this one looks nice up close. Also went great with my Vexillologist hat.
@NordTheLoftyWizard It was a solar eclipse.
Hmm...
Is the string "Following" in Transifex?
 
Rob
6:15 PM
@rene It has 5 DVs and 5 deletion votes; yet the plagiarized answer lingers.
 
@Rob I was thinking about bug-reporting that. How many votes does it usually need?
 
Rob
JAS
 
@Rob ?
 
@rene It's gone away :)
 
Six del-votes?
 
So it was erring on the popular side.
 
Rob
@Ollie Obviously, it's the Journal of Archaeological Science, it couldn't be Judge Acronyms Soundly.
The Banner's link points here: meta.stackexchange.com/help/deleted-answers - took 6 for some reason; seems excessive.
 
6:42 PM
I'm obviously bad at explaining things: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/359643/…
 
Ummm... are the daily vote summaries working for y'all? I just see "N/A".
@rene Eh, I understood exactly what you meant.
... however, I don't understand his reply to me.
 
@Catija same for me
Voting has unshipped ...
@Catija well, I wouldn't try to grasp it. I believe this is part of the line of reasoning: Roomba is bad because I found 6 to 8 examples that had value. If you try to argue that roomba isn't bad overall, that is not in their interest.
 
@Catija Seems okay to me? But the votes are under 'comment' :P
The N/A is under 'by'
And I see people were happily discussing the thing I was writing in an answer in comments XD
 
Yeah, that is a bug. I can't see who voted. Can that be fixed?
@Tinkeringbell yes, you did a better job then me, I opted for being lazy.
 
7:00 PM
@rene The problem really doesn't seem a problem at all to me, if the SEDE query is right: Then there's only 5/6 questions that were actually deleted by the roomba twice, and only one of them now has a really huge positive score. I would be curious to see if the anonymous voting statistics on these posts show some huge support, but the views suggest not?
On a site as big as SO, thats... negligible.
And I think at least two could've prevented from being deleted twice if the OP had had their self-answer ready to go at the moment of undeletion ;)
 
@Ollie still, swag for just posting things people agree with feels wrong even for me. ;)
@NordTheLoftyWizard indeed! And I got new Wizard while you were away, @TechExpertWizard to be accurate. ;)
@Ollie it also fits meta, as a meta site it should be gray-ish... :D
 
@ShadowWizardisVaccinating Huh? sha? What? Yeah, I'm a wizard now and I kinda actually noticed Nord the Lofty Wizard ;)
 
๐Ÿšป
 
@rene more like people tend to block themselves when you explain...
 
7:05 PM
@user400654 no more actual toilets? :(
@TechExpertWizard what what? ;)
 
@sha What what what? I didn't think you'd ping me ;)
 
@rene So, not really :P
 
@sha Hey, wanna come over to our cafe for a moment?
@sha? Ya there?
 
@Tinkeringbell that is what I thought, yes.
 
@Catija something with rant about the really good answers/questions not getting the love they deserve.
 
7:08 PM
Hey, @sha, I haven't used the Smokey fun commands for a while, can I try them out again?
 
hey, I didn't know that the command was public!
 
@Ann Don't play with Smokey too much, Smokey ain't supposed to be a fun bot, it's supposed to detect spam and tell people about it.
 
@TechExpertWizard nah, just came for quick visit and reply to people, going to put kids in bed(s), make supper for wife and me, then some "me" time. :D
 
@Ann I got into a bit of trouble 3 weeks ago when I was playing with Smokey :(
@sha Oh... How about a quick visit to our cafe too?
 
@TechExpertWizard how?
 
7:10 PM
@TechExpertWizard of course I'll ping you... I ping even @M.A.R. when I don't forget.
 
@rene I'm getting the impression that peterh would be better off with different Roomba criteria than making everything ineligible for deleting twice.
 
@tech too many pings?
 
@TechExpertWizard don't ask me, I have no powers here.
 
@Ann Well, I am getting a lot of pings these days, but I'm gonna explain...
@sha Well, meh, just tried two so I can't get into any big trouble like that time, right?
in Ann, Tec, and Vic's Café, 11 secs ago, by TechBOT
@TechExpertWizard brews a cup of cortado for @sha
@sha Come on, my chatbot's inviting you over here ;)
 
7:11 PM
@TechExpertWizard no time, actually I'm over my time already, wife will start to get annoyed soon. ;)
 
@sha Oh... :( Well, ok...
@Ann OK, so lemme explain ;)
 
@AnnZen by abusing it with dozens of commands
 
@ShadowWizardisVaccinating bye ^^
 
@Ann Um, yes, that's kinda what I did, lemme give you the conversation bookmark ;)
@sha cya!
 
7:12 PM
@ShadowWizardisVaccinating oh...
 
@TechExpertWizard two is fine, yes.
 
@Ann But don't tell anyone else...
@sha Yeah, of course they can't be that strict and stringent lol ;D ;)
 
@TechExpertWizard they can, actually, but not always
 
@sha It's nonsense for them to say I'm whatever if I just played with Smokey for two commands, right?
 
e.g. here I almost can't discuss my favorite topic(s).... ;)
 
7:13 PM
@Ann I can't find it...
@sha What's your favorite topic(s)?
Please don't say it's p**p...
 
Don't try to trick people into getting into trouble, please.
 
@TechExpertWizard you're not wrong
 
@Tink I'm not trying to get sha into trouble ;)
@sha Oh... Well, I knew no one would like someone talking about that here, so I think Hans is probably not welcome here if he talks about that...
 
@Tinkeringbell meh, worst case I'll get suspended. ;)
 
@sha I wasn't trying to trick you, my friend ;)
 
7:15 PM
@ShadowWizardisVaccinating That would make a nice and quiet weekend... we should do that every Friday!
 
@Tink What?!
 
Random chat-bans during Happy Hour :D
 
@Tinkeringbell too quiet, you'll all miss my... special stuff. :D
 
@sha P?
oops...
@sha I hope you get the idea...
 
@ShadowWizardisVaccinating Yeah, I'd miss that a lot... like a toothache :P
 
7:17 PM
@sha You're one of my best friends...
Well, goodbye everyone, I just came here to respond to @sha's ping ๐Ÿ˜‰ I got carried away from what I was doing at the moment ๐Ÿ˜‰
 
@Tinkeringbell that is probably a good conclusion
 
Rob
@ShadowWizardisVaccinating I remember a discussion last year where a few people have 100's of K reputation and zero posts, but I couldn't find it. There are a couple of SEDE queries for the other odd possibilities, only one post or no questions: data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/1300418/… or data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/1207352/… (Saints).
 
@rene I do those, sometimes! :D
 
7:46 PM
@rene Oh, goodie. :/
 
Rob
Here is a query, but the postless users have low rep: data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/635080/…
Then there's one question Matt, with higher SO rep than you:
 
8:05 PM
@ShadowWizardisVaccinating Nice!
@TechExpertWizard wave Hi, pleasure to meet a fellow wizard
 
๐Ÿ”ญ
 
Is that a telescope?
 
it is
 
What do you need that for? :P
 
@Tinkeringbell Looking through your window? :)
 
8:15 PM
Not much to see with a telescope here, light pollution is too much :(
 
here the issue is trees moreso than light pollution
 
Oh, there's some trees here too...
But yeah, would love a place where I could actually put a telescope :D
 
there's tall pines in every direction, so anything lower than that just isn't visible, but at least it's a clear dark sky past that
by the time it was dark enough to get a good view of jupiter/saturn, they were too low
 
8:40 PM
You do actually have a telescope?
 
i do not
sits in the... i'd like to have but dunno if i'd relistically ever use category
 
Ah. I know that category... It's pretty big over here ;)
 
i'm sure i'd use it for a bit when i first get it, but i mean... once you've looked at various planets/targets once... would probably lose the enthusiasm. could see getting something cheap
 
Would definitely be cool to have one :D
 
 
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Rob
10:08 PM
@user400654 There are so many closeup videos and photos, and images from Earth using huge telescopes, that telescope sales are down; for planet watching.
 
11:05 PM
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11:33 PM
Coffee at this time? :P
 
11:51 PM
Hi @Nord!
 

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