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Super late notice, but if anyone's interested I'll be streaming FTL today at 8:00 EST (four and a half hours from the time of this posting). I'll be naming crewmembers after viewers and getting them killed horrifically. Here's the channel:

by osborneposbornep, 16 Apr 2017 20:34

It could also be Linux based, in which case half the drivers don't exist yet, and Musk will spend most of his life compiling the code only to find it doesn't work. :-)

by edisnooMedisnooM, 12 Apr 2017 23:49


Speaking as a programmer: segfaults are bad, m'kay?

Plus, with our luck, most of it's written in C1, the backups have been silently failing for a couple billion years2, and the admins won't see the compute node failure messages until after their weekend.

Or worse, gods help us, they're Oracle customers. In which case we're triple-fucked.

by Delta VDelta V, 07 Apr 2017 04:35

@edisnoom & Delta

What? Do you guys have a problem with trying to segfault the universe?1

by Fapmaster5000Fapmaster5000, 06 Apr 2017 18:52


*Non-rude laugh incoming*Hahahahaha*Non-rude laugh complete*

Wow, well I mean it's not the craziest thing I've ever heard, although bizarrely surreal. The arguments aren't completely insane, and it may solve the ever present "Too much geography and not enough history" equation. We could even send Nova Scotia and Newfoundland1 over as the delegation since they have a close-ish language connection.

I kind of wonder what that would do to my dad, myself and my siblings though. We have British citizenship but only from my dad being Scottish2. If it becomes part of Canada do we become double3 Canadians, or do we retain the British part.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 06 Apr 2017 00:29


Very interesting read, thanks for the link. Personally I think that as with any technology there exists the possibility for it to be horribly misused, but given the distinctly unknowable nature of the "tipping point" worrying about it endlessly probably isn't all that healthy. Just, you know, don't be stupid about developing stuff1.

Also that is a fair point, I supposed he could have his moon lair on Deimos or Phobos, which has the added advantage of sounding a bit more sinister.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 06 Apr 2017 00:29


All right I'm going to have to give this a try.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 06 Apr 2017 00:29

And now, in the illustrious annals of Batshit Ideas That Are Actually Kinda Cool And I Wish They'd Happen: Scotland should join Canada.

I'm totally on board. No switching monarchs. Canadian provinces have more power1 than even present devolved Scotland in the UK. There are already a gazillion Scots or Scot-descendants in Canada2. We now have more of a trade agreement with the EU than Lesser Britain will have in the next decade. And, frankly, Scotland has approximately the population of the GTA — not an easy go of it by themselves, but also not a massively destabilizing influence for present Canadian politics.

Plus, y'know, the irony of the colony absorbing the kingdom. But let's leave that part out of the merger talks, eh?

by Delta VDelta V, 05 Apr 2017 04:08


Well, he's certainly being consumed by the idea that eats smart people.

Also if he's on Mars, that's fine. If he's on Luna, things get Interesting. Luna's a good place to throw rocks from, y'know?

by Delta VDelta V, 05 Apr 2017 04:00

It's great against the Lynels!

… so long as you bring broadswords and eschew two-handed weapons. You can get the Lynel into a pattern of Perfect Guard > Counterattack > Repeat, but it happens too fast for spears or claymores to be useful. Bring a BUNCH of strong broadswords, because you'll break a few on these tanks. But, it's totally doable.


by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 04 Apr 2017 07:19

Dang, that would have been fun to watch. I mean he would probably have had a lock on the geek vote, and the number of referential campaign slogans he could use would have meant campaign signs would practically have written themselves.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 04 Apr 2017 00:34


I know I should probably be worried that he is sliding into mad scientist territory, but it is still kind of exciting that we get an honest to goodness Supervillain in real life.

I can't wait to see his moon lair.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 04 Apr 2017 00:33

@Seijin & FM5K

They did have an announcement for an announcement1 planned for tomorrow which will probably have something to do with their patching schedule and plans.

Multiplayer is definitely something of a draw given how much of ME3's I played, but I'm not sure if that is a big enough draw for a full price purchase23. Speaking of, how's the whole no dedicated servers thing working out?

I have to confess, a while back one thing I thought would be most likely to get me to play MEA would be if they somehow managed to salvage the end of ME3. And the implication that maybe, just maybe, they went with Refuse or at least the Reapers winning, and the faintest of hopes that they might just possibly let us finish the fight in a slightly more palatable way4, gets me dangerously excited.

I mean I know they're not going to, but hope is dangerous thing, once it's roots are in, it can be next to impossible to get rid of completely.


I know right? There is something inordinately satisfying about vanquishing an enemy that had hitherto remain nigh unassailable. I mean, it still isn't perfect against the flying ones, and against more than two it is still dicey, but considering that prior to that my strategy was hiding behind a tree and then swinging like a madman, this is game changer.

I can't believe I had more or less ignored the shield parry, going with dodge instead, but that thing is powerful. Haven't tried against the Lynels yet, might be worth a go though.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 04 Apr 2017 00:33

@The Mani Mani


Oh my God.


by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 02 Apr 2017 18:24

Dammit. I was kinda looking forward to that.

by Delta VDelta V, 01 Apr 2017 23:22

Appears to have been an early April Fools joke. Too bad.

by Seijin8Seijin8, 01 Apr 2017 22:54


This is why I write longer posts in something *other* than the comment box. (Usually it's Sublime Text, since that's what I use for coding anyways, and it holds on to unsaved data in a temp file like a proper editor.)

by Delta VDelta V, 01 Apr 2017 22:32

Fuck this. The internet ate about ten pages of writing.

Oh my.

by Fapmaster5000Fapmaster5000, 01 Apr 2017 13:24

But that kind of weird I really like.

by Seijin8Seijin8, 01 Apr 2017 06:02
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