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  1. It feels so weird to be on SPC with some of the people from here, but half a decade after, all of us old and wise now. But I'm thankful for those connections, and for this place's uncanny ability to bring to light the most interesting people.

    Who could have predicted that we'd go from bronies to shamans and wizards.

    about 7 hours ago from web
    • It's so hot that I sublime.

      about 10 hours ago from web
      • What the FrankerZ is up, losers?

        about 18 hours ago from web
      • @scribus Carcino sends his regards, says he misses you.

        about 18 hours ago from web
        • I can't believe I was able to run do-release-upgrade on this server and it work *perfectly*.

          about 2 days ago from web
        • I couldn't resist and bought a Rapsberry Pi 4B with 4GB RAM.

          about 3 days ago from web
        • almost forgot what my username was so i assumed i had been purged but it turns out i am just forgetful

          about 5 days ago from web
        • I have almost a full collection of all good Wii U games. Just got Wonderful 101 for a good price.

          about 6 days ago from web
        • Who remembers when Red called Colfax a turbonerd but the filter changed it to turd

          about 9 days ago from web
          • I'm not a fan of anime but Aggretsuko is soulcrushingly entertaining.

            about 9 days ago from web
          • Wow, a spammer actually uploading a My Little Pony display picture. This is advanced tech

            about 9 days ago from web
          • Whenever the word "lose" is stretched like "looooooose" does it mean "lose" or "loose"? Weird shower thoughts.

            about 11 days ago from web
          • The spammer user names get more and more outrageous

            about 11 days ago from web
          • Yay! A new season of Jessica Jones is out! Oh no! It's the last. I really enjoy watching this wreck of a character.

            about 12 days ago from web
            • I hate when 1) it's hot 2) I need to air my apartment to cool down 3) my neighbours fried 4) the atmosphere is contamined with the smell of frying oil 5) all the smell goes into my apartment.

              about 15 days ago from web
            • CROM WHY DO I STILL HAVE THIS AVATAR

              about 19 days ago from web
            • (I actually swore off social media for the month buuut...) me rn https://youtu.be/v0amkwwBChg

              about 19 days ago from web
            • Devolver Digital's E3 stuff is always the best.

              about 15 days ago from web
            • I miss Touhou games. Do they still make those?

              about 16 days ago from web
            • The only piece of videogame news that matters right now is the existence of Wooloo, the round sheep pokemon.

              about 16 days ago from web
              • I wonder if it is possible to desolder the reset button on the ESP32-CAM and put it in a more tactical place ( for instance, on the side of a project-box ) I hope @Adiwan knows. I have not yet ordered the thing. Might be a kind of a deal-breaker.

                about 18 days ago from web
              • People who buy and play Blizzard games perpetuate the sameness of Blizzard games. There is not much incentive for Blizzard to innovate or to diversify their portfolio unless they have to after a decade of nothing.

                about 18 days ago from web
              • The feeling when you solder pins to a LED ring and then it falls down to the ground in such a way that the pins rip out the solder pads rendering the LED ring useless.

                about 20 days ago from web
              • @mushi http://rainbowdash.net/attachment/874619

                about 20 days ago from web
              • I got Pokémon Typing Adventure for the Nintendo DS for 12€ complete. This means that I now have a nintendo Bluetooth keyboard that I can connect to the PC or my Android tablet.

                about 21 days ago from web
              • The $1000 monitor stand is just there to make the expensive computer look more reasonably priced.

                about 22 days ago from web
              • I'm extremely frustrated. I have to dumb down my VR training program a lot more than I already have. I'm told that people shouldn't be allowed to drop grabbed items. I mean WTF! They take out all the fun of flinging items around. Also all the dynamic things I've built in should be gone. "Only activate the items that are immediately needed at the moment of the procedure!".

                about a month ago from web
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                • @oracle In industrial maintenance, dropping items and tools can cause serious setbacks. My opinion is that a user SHOULD be able to drop items, and that the dropping of the items should create a natural penalty.

                  about a month ago in context
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                • @adiwan I am interested in your work here because I have a lot of experience in writing technical training documentation. Mostly with an emphasis in SQF (Food safety and quality) procedures but also in the documentation of my own and my teams poorly poorly written code.

                  about a month ago in context
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                • @oracle The main problem is that I'm not responsible for the storyboard of the training. I'm the one who has to convert the gibberish into code. What I get is a very linear script that tells the user what to do and when the action has been done the next instruction appears. I use a giant state machine (in my current one there are about 80 states) for that purpose. Every time an action or an instruction has ended the state machine advances. The storyboard has 3 "difficulty levels" in mind in which the first level the user get all the instructions and the interaction items are highlighted. The second difficulty level is the same but without the instructions, and the 3rd is with no highlighting. In every state only the currently needed items are interactable and nothing more. My current training has also a little quiz in the second level and a thing where the user has to order the steps on a whiteboard. It's on the level of a kindergartener.

                  about a month ago in context
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              • To hobby solder with solder that has lead ( Pb ) in it. Or do I make it all about 15 degrees of hell hotter and go lead-less, try to learn to solder with what is essentially almost pure tin using flux that could pose equal if not greater health risks. Why are there no simple answers ?

                about a month ago from web
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                • @drinkingpony My tip is already crusty. It's a very old soldering iron (about 12 years?). It's already very abused. Last time I scraped off all the gunk and applied a layer of solder before turning it off. Whenever I buy a better soldering iron station then I'll take better care of the tip and buy some replacements.
                  I still have a few Deutsche Mark coins somewhere floating in my closet.

                  about a month ago in context
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                • @adiwan Get a nice soldering station with a dial on it to set the target temperature, I got an Aoyue for about 35 Euro. For some reason Amazon.de is more expensive ( 47 ). Strange, normally Amazon is cheaper, even for me, with shipping costs included.

                  Ahwell, most important thing required for when you want to learn how to solder well or when you want to make really nice SMD, THT, Stripboarding or otherwise prevent the nightmare that comes from cold-joints and burned-joints it has to be a thermostat.

                  Soldering with just a pen you directly stick into the wall outlet or even a soldering gun is doable, however as I found out, you are going to have such a better experience with that thermostat dial. It's like spreading butter on your toast with a longsword, I mean, sure, you could do it, but it is not the optimal tool.

                  about a month ago in context
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                • @drinkingpony My cheapo soldering station has a "temperature" dial but that's more a suggestion. It works so far and I'm too lazy to get a better one. I haven't had a cold joint so far and for my imprecise hands it's good enough.

                  about a month ago in context
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              • Hearing that roar in IMAX? Damn, that was sweet.

                about a month ago from web
                • Why can I never find a payphone on the once-in-five-years event that I lock both my phone and my keys in the car!?

                  about a month ago from web