Unfortunately I learned today that I might have received a rather unwelcome goodbye present 😭
And Sweden being Sweden, I can't get tested. That's one way to keep the official numbers down 🤬

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Friday was my last day at Massive, yesterday was my first day at Ericsson 😀

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linux game bug report copy pasta 

38% of my bug reports come from the Linux community
My game - ΔV: Rings of Saturn (shameless plug) - is out in Early Access for two years now, and as you can expect, there are bugs. But I did find that a disproportionally big amount of these bugs was reported by players using Linux to play. I started to investigate, and my findings did surprise me.

Let’s talk numbers.
Percentages are easy to talk about, but when I read just them, I always wonder - what is the sample size? Is it small enough for the percentage to be just noise? As of today, I sold a little over 12,000 units of ΔV in total. 700 of these units were bought by Linux players. That’s 5.8%. I got 1040 bug reports in total, out of which roughly 400 are made by Linux players. That’s one report per 11.5 users on average, and one report per 1.75 Linux players. That’s right, an average Linux player will get you 650% more bug reports.

A lot of extra work for just 5.8% of extra units, right?

Wrong. Bugs exist whenever you know about them, or not.
Do you know how many of these 400 bug reports were actually platform-specific? 3. Literally only 3 things were problems that came out just on Linux. The rest of them were affecting everyone - the thing is, the Linux community is exceptionally well trained in reporting bugs. That is just the open-source way. This 5.8% of players found 38% of all the bugs that affected everyone. Just like having your own 700-person strong QA team. That was not 38% extra work for me, that was just free QA!

But that’s not all. The report quality is stellar.
I mean we have all seen bug reports like: “it crashes for me after a few hours”. Do you know what a developer can do with such a report? Feel sorry at best. You can’t really fix any bug unless you can replicate it, see it with your own eyes, peek inside and finally see that it’s fixed.

And with bug reports from Linux players is just something else. You get all the software/os versions, all the logs, you get core dumps and you get replication steps. Sometimes I got with the player over discord and we quickly iterated a few versions with progressive fixes to isolate the problem. You just don’t get that kind of engagement from anyone else.

Worth it?
Oh, yes - at least for me. Not for the extra sales - although it’s nice. It’s worth it to get the massive feedback boost and free, hundred-people strong QA team on your side. An invaluable asset for an independent game studio.

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ooe.orf.at/stories/3121588/

"illegale Lerngruppe" ist eine unglaublich dystopische Wortkombination, der ich nie erwartet hätte zu begegnen… 🤮

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so I'm listening to synthwave to help with the coding 6502 and

vid.puffyan.us/watch?v=J1MvWT7

comes on and I'm like

"Wait, why is D.R.I in my head"

(Hooked.)

(no, not Doom. D.R.I. (: )

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someone pointed me to a hackaday article on c64 (which was ... less than interesting) but there was a bit there on death and passwords which basically goes like this:

"With your documents in the cloud, when you drop dead, they could all be locked away forever and unrecoverable"
and continues onward to explain things like password managers and so on, starting with cloud password managers.

Um.

You know, another perfectly valid thing would be NOT PUTTING ALL YOUR SHIT IN THE DAMNED CLOUD.

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Giving kids Chromebooks in schools is like serving them candy for lunch. It’s something you’d do if you were either clueless or hated their guts.

What I’m trying to say is stop normalising surveillance in schools, you absolute muppets.

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reminder that I will buy an IS NITRO capture unit off you and capture NDS demos, if you are willing to sell me one at a price I can justify

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Regardless of what you think of Julian Assange, this is a welcome win for press freedom and human rights. I hope he is released post haste, can return to his family, and can claim compensation from all involved governments for his inhumane treatment.

inkl.com/a/kkvBBVfjBoj

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Hey, I'm looking for some maker person to help me in designing and building a whacky mechanical keyboard prototype.

My intention is to make the whole project open source (HW and SW).

Skills required would be PCB design for the electronics, and some CAD/industrial design for the case.

Oh, and I am definitely willing to pay for this help.

Boosts appreciated!

Spent longer than I'd like to admit hunting a crash bug that I seemingly introduced during a large integration from another branch recently... turned out to be a race condition when adding an item to a growing array that's held by a stinkleton and it wasn't my fault after all 🤬

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This is why you always Google names you've made up for your characters.

I must say though, the font really makes the whole thing /come/ together.

Can we talk about UX for a moment? Music stops when I watch a video clip in say Twitter. Good! But I have to switch to the other app and hit play after the video. Both WeChat and Weibo do that for me, video ends, music starts playing again. Can we please have that in all apps?

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Oft nehme ich Dinge zu wörtlich. Schön das ich damit scheinbar nicht alleine bin.

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A fan just wrote me a message. He bought my artwork on Alienated.co (formerly known as Voidjewelry.co) as a tapestry. They are not allowed to sell my work.

I've listed all legal merchandise next to my own shop on my FAQ page: sylvia-ritter.com/faq.

Anybody here who plays straight pool (aka 14.1 continuous)?
I wrote a scoreboard app for it and put it on github: github.com/hugin84/straightpoo

Currently it only supports Linux, I don't expect the code to compile on Windows; I'll add support if and when there's a need, but for now I'll prioritize Android.

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You know you’ve entered Germany when the quality of the onboard internet drops

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