Wow. People are right about Python being easy to use.

What a piece of shit language. I mean; it's just awful.

But damn it's easy to use.

A level of availability and general UX that you can't get in other places. It needs to be in a way where, even when you go to the competitor for an exclusive, you can't help but wish it was on Stadia, just miss being on that platform rather than whereever you bought the game. Because even though its an exclusive title, even though you like it, the platform you are playing on feels rough and unpolished compared to the goodness you are used to.

I believe that is how you win.

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... in the ring, and now you can buy EA games through steam. Yes, they still use origin, but it still goes through steam which means valve gets a cut.

How does Valve manage this? again, UX. Steam is generally easy and smooth to use, it does what it does extremely well. And Valve themselves has some pretty solid customer service (in my experience)

And this brings me to what it will take for Stadia and other cloud platforms to succeed:

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Well, there are two types of gamestreaming really:

- Self hosted; like what Valve does with steam
- Cloud, like stadia

And I think the thing they need to succeed is the same: killer UX. Seriously. Various online gamestores have shown up since Valve made steam, none have had the same success that steam has had. Why? Well, because most of them are painful to use. EA 'forced' users unto their Origin platform, by only launching their own titles there, but they have since thrown the towel....

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The recent debacle about how Google shut down the Stadia Game development division started me thinking about what might make a online gamestreaming platform successful, and whether exclusivity on games is it.

I don't think it is. I've been watching game streaming services for something like 10 years now, ever since one of my pals showed me OnLive. So what does it have to do to take the cake?

It's kind of funny how Adobe are widely recognised as producing some of the best design/image editing software out there.

At the same time, they've given of some of the absolute worst garbage software EVER.
- Flash
- Adobe Air
- ADE (fuck this, seriously)
- Adobe Reader (because not only is the PDF format a mess, but their own reader is arguably also one of the worst programs for handling them)

The list is longer but I am luckily having trouble remembering all of it.

Does anyone have enough experience with minecraft bedrock edition to tell me whether to get that?

I mean it's cheap, but as i understand skins, etc. are all microtransaction based? Is that the only thing, or is there actually functionality behind a paywall as well?

Happiest of birthdays to our amazing Co-Founder and CXO, @CassidyJames@twitter.com!

So I am going to have to tip my hat to @cassidyjames. I've been reading many posts from him regarding stadia, which i considered to be a 'probably' not well enough working service. But his repeated mention of destiny 2 peaked my interested, and since it doesn't work in proton, I installed google chrome, and had a go on my desktop computer.

Holy crap. 17ms latency, 3ms time decoding. 60 FPS, 4k video.

Again, Cassidy, you were absolutely right. This is pretty amazing.

@danrabbit I'm trying my best to follow the news from across the atlantic ocean, can you drop a link as to what your are alluding to? (specifically i mean)

Made one of my best ever purchases of an Album this holiday: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Soundtrack

That is a tight piece of awesome classical music.
If you choose to get it, it doesn't have any of the proper metadata (artist, track name/number etc) in the files. You fix this by getting MusicBrainz Picard from flathub. 😀️

Bilbo Baggins: I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

Other Hobbits:

One of the best things about being on Linux (and I guess this applies to all unix systems, more or less) is SSH

Do you have any idea what you can accomplish with SSH?

- You can set up full blown proxies
- You can tunnel a specific port your local machine to a target, or a machine on the targets network
- You can 'stream' graphical applications
- You can connect to databases
- You can connect to a machines filesystem mounting it on your own drive.

SSH is AWESOME

I am amazed at how powerful BASH is on Linux.

I just got hired at a company where we use Linux on our desktops, and we are actively encouraged to use the command line whenever possible. This has enabled a much better understanding for me with bash (within the couple weeks) more so than for the last 13 years. And the tools available on Linux, sed, grep, awk, cat etc. can just do so damn much, it is incredible.

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I am sick and tired of hearing people *bitch* about face masks. The thing I hear the most is:

"It's impossible to breathe!"

No, it's not. It's impossible to breathe when you have an asthma attack.

Shut up.

</rant>

There is now a Mastodon instance for publishing scientists: FediScience.

Everyone is welcome from PhD student to professor, as well as researchers from outside of academia. You are welcome to stay afterwards, but it is also easy to change to another server.

There will be a lot of science talk on this server, but there is no need to only talk science

fediscience.org/invite/j6X8z7q

Boosts are appreciated to let others know about this new instance.

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That someone feels it does, does not make it so; rather, it makes that/those person/people wrong.

Black lives matter. And that has nothing to do with orcs or elves in fantasy settings.

God bless everyone currently taking a stand against racism and abuse of power.

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Secondly: this is a fucking fantasy game. The species we are talking about here: orcs, gnomes, elves, goblins are in no way comparable to anything in real life. These games are a place those who play them go to get a break from our nasty reality. And yes, racism may occur as. A theme characters have to deal with, at the discretion of the Game master, but it bears no semblance with what's going on with racism and what's going on in America right now...

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