27 May

People saying “Twitter’s finally going against Trump and there’s not one thing Trump can do about it!” as if the U.S. were a functioning democracy.

@kaepora:

Wow really impressed by StopCovid’s commitment to privacy 👌

Passion découvrir de gros cafards sur le dos en plein milieu de la pièce.

26 May

Parking like a pro. (Not my ship livery, sadly.)

@RafaanDaliri:

So my Dad made good use of his time in lockdown and built a huge laughing Kookaburra.

@ReveMam:

Quand vous vous balladez à Londres , vous pouvez remarquer des clôtures avec une forme incurvées à leur extrémité. À quoi donc ont-elles pu servir ? ⤵️

@nfarina:

If Apple designers actually used their own watch while cooking at home

Ca y est, il fait grand soleil donc il recommence à y avoir une légère odeur d’égoût aux toilettes. Ce que je ne comprends pas, c’est qu’il ne fait pas particulièrement chaud dans l’appartement — ça a plus l’air lié à la température extérieure qu’intérieure 🤔

@Carnage4Life:

Certain websites use web sockets to connect to localhost then port scan to see what ports are currently being used. This lets them know which apps you have installed.

eBay checks if the computer is running VNC assuming it’s part of a botnet. Banks do too.

[nullsweep.com]

I hate to criticize Sea of Thieves’ economy because they’ve shown commendable restraint, but I really find it unreasonable to charge $5 per pet livery when buying every basic animal — each different 3D model — would already cost $45 without counting skeleton and other variants.

The only reason I haven’t spent real money [yet] to buy a parrot in Sea of Thieves is choice paralysis. It seems absurd that you can’t change a pet’s colors after purchase — and it’s an icky reminder that their business model must rely on whales buying all the pets.

@gamemakerstk:

This article about the irritating comments that Skyrim Grandma gets on her videos is so real. Gamers are the absolute /worst/ about providing “help” or shaming people for committing a war crime like using a controller or using cheats in single-player. [kotaku.com]

J’ai sorti ses deux offshoots il y a une semaine et il a grandi de cinq centimètres depuis 😱😱😱

@capacle:

HOT TIP: How to create NPC faces for your #ttrpg

1. Generate a face on [thispersondoesnotexist.com]

2. Run it through [portraitai.com]

3. Profit

Oh my god the shanties have official lyrics why don’t they have a karaoke mode thank god they don’t have a karaoke mode but still why don’t they have a karaoke mode.

25 May

Found an island with a ruined camp and a lovely framed painting that’s basically a selfie of a pirate and his son. So you see, Rare, it would make sense to have a photo/painting mode in the game! That should be much lower-hanging fruit than programming synchronized shanties.

@MartinNebelong:

Alright, so here’s the final version of my scene inspired by the jump sequence from the UE5 tech demo. Detail level is far from what Epic achieved, but I still think it’s super impressive that stuff like this is possible on a PS4!

HQ: [youtu.be]

#madeindreams #UE5

@ClementSalviani:

Face, ça crie à la dictature du politiquement correct dès qu’une blague raciste est mal reçue.

Pile, un ministre fait une conf de presse et les syndicats policiers montent un dossier pour porter plainte contre une artiste qui a dit qu’elle avait peur des flics.

Bullying a friend into getting the Xbox Game Pass for PC resulted in ten minutes of “It’s more expensive here!” vs. “You’re not looking at the right Game Pass!” Because Microsoft.

@alexhern:

Just found my first rainbow plane in the wild – floating above the Medway on Apple Maps. The distortion is an artefact of the way satellites take pictures, focusing first on a high-resolution black and white image, and then filling it in rapidly with three colour shots.

@lapcatsoftware:

New blog post “Catalina is checking notarization of unsigned executables”

[lapcatsoftware.com]

24 May

Fosse (Sam Wasson) — 7/10

Quite problematic at times (like its subject), but very interesting, and thorough — possibly too thorough by a couple hundred pages.

The (losing) end of a Civilization game is so sudden and anti-climactic, how does anyone ever want to start another again?

@AntonHand:

Every day that passes where it looks like Facebook is growing in its dominance of VR relative to other options is one where my interest in VR as a medium diminishes.

I must have started this first game of Civilization VI around 10pm, I think. I have no idea what I’m doing but hey I haven’t lost yet and also it’s 5am please kill me now.

23 May

Also it’s like Rare’s dialogue writers were having a contest over how many times they can make me click “Next” without saying anything of the slightest substance and if you really wanted me to never speak to the NPCs again you could just as well not have included dialogue.

Sea of Thieves is by no means the worst offender (I wouldn’t play it if it had bad UX) but I hate how much online game design has come to rely on “We’ll explain how this bit works in a feature video” and “Someone will take the time to figure it out and write it up on the wiki.”

@Rene_Wiersma:

There is a paradox in Agile.

If you say: “We follow an Agile methodology”, then you are not Agile.

But if you say: “Screw Agile, we’ll figure out something better”, then you are Agile.

@kevinbparry:

Too good not to share directly! Follow @LAIKAStudios on TikTok for more stop-motion awesomeness

It’s funny and unexpected how much I enjoy Sea of Thieves in the same way and for the same reason I enjoy Snowrunner: I just want to be the pilot for any crew, in any game with somewhat realistic physics (i.e., intertia).

22 May

@Colossal:

This Japanese zoo is using stuffed capybaras to visualize social distancing [thisiscolossal.com]

@marcoarment:

The macOS security team needs to ask themselves hard questions about their implementation choices when very smart people are disabling huge parts of their OS security layer just to get reasonable performance from common tasks.

macOS 10.15: Slow by Design

[sigpipe.macromates.com]

@SanbornVR:

Nvidia’s AI recreates Pac-Man from scratch just by watching it being played [theverge.com] via @Verge

Je suis sorti avec mon masque récupérer mes courses, il y avait tellement de monde à visage découvert autour de chez moi que je me suis vraiment demandé une seconde si j’avais raté l’info “covid c’est fini.”

@MeredithIreland:

A writer headed to the fridge after revising one (1) sentence

@alexhern:

it is sort of mad that we’ve just all agreed that package delivery relies almost entirely on trust and good luck, while simultaneously switching huge swathes of the economy to rely on package delivery [twitter.com]

@becarioenhoth:

Descarga automatizada de material férrico en vagones

21 May

@ZacBeThompson:

One of my favorite Ursula K Le Guin quotes. On conflating story with conflict:

Imagine giving $100 million to a podcast host for exclusive broadcasting rights on the kind of bullshit even YouTube isn’t comfortable hosting anymore. Guess I have to go back to owning my music library, huh.

Ca tombait mal, juste quand je me félicitais d’avoir découvert pourquoi depuis des mois j’étais hyper somnolent tous les matins, juste après avoir mangé mon traditionnel paquet de biscuits “qui curieusement ne me rendent pas malade bien qu’ils contiennent du gluten.”

Je me demandais si je devais m’inquiéter d’avoir passé toute la journée au lit sans énergie, et puis je me suis gratté la nuque et rappelé qu’un coup de soleil est une inflammation.

It only took three years and a global pandemic for Apple to realize that Face ID’s user experience was bad when your face was partially covered #DesignedInCalifornia

@PenLlawen:

Look, please, Spotify, please just listen:

1) I (almost) always want shuffle play on playlists

2) I (exactly) never want shuffle play on albums

Making the shuffle play on/off setting stick when I switch between them is the diametric opposite of helpful.

20 May

@LolitaFourmi:

Les grèves reprennent en France

Nature is healing

@reckless:

Thousands of high school students have to re-take their AP tests because the submission website doesn’t support HEIC photos and crashed out on them. Insane story from @mcsquared96 [theverge.com]

Sortir de ma tanière après deux mois et il fait soudain 28° à l’ombre, je n’ai jamais autant eu l’impression d’hiberner comme un ours.

J’avais déjà envie de frapper les cyclistes qui prenaient les voies sur berges pour une autoroute, voilà qu’ils font du slalom entre les piétons qui distancient 🤬︎

Entre le masque et rentrer mon ventre de confinement, il ne reste plus beaucoup de place pour l’oxygène.

Imagine a CryEngine-based MMO where you control magical animals in the battle of Good vs. Evil 😍

Just kidding, imagine instead launching, in 2020, an MMO “set in the mid-1600s, where players colonize a fictional land modeled after British America.”

@mathowie:

I’ve been the very first investor in something that sold for 4x what it raised and I got about 50% of what I put in.

I emailed the people in charge of the fund and I’m curious if anything will come out of this GiPHY thing.

@mathowie:

I know someone that put a few grand into a friends/family investment in a company that raised single-digit millions but sold for half a billion dollars.

I thought it would net them at least a million out of such an incredible return, but they only got about 5x what they put in.

19 May

@agiletortoise:

Spoiler: All the things posted on the Internet are being downloaded and used to train algorithms. Literally all of it. [twitter.com]

La version gratuite de Notion n’est plus limitée en nombre de notes

Depuis mon tout premier ordinateur c’est la première et seule app que j’aie jamais appréciée pour la gestion de notes, d’infos, d’idées, de projets… et vous gagneriez à l’utiliser aussi.

@ff00aa:

In my fifteen-year quest for the perfect “Everything Bucket” software, Notion is the first and only app I’ve loved, and I’ll be inconsolable if (when?) it sells to Google only to be sunset a year later.

@ff00aa:

Notion has removed the block/page limit in its free plan [theverge.com] On the one hand I’m glad it’ll be easier to bully everyone I know into opening an account; on the other I just hope it’s not their Hail Mary.

In my fifteen-year quest for the perfect “Everything Bucket” software, Notion is the first and only app I’ve loved, and I’ll be inconsolable if (when?) it sells to Google only to be sunset a year later.

Notion has removed the block/page limit in its free plan

On the one hand I’m glad it’ll be easier to bully everyone I know into opening an account; on the other I just hope it’s not their Hail Mary.

It’s crazy that I remember downloading a demo of Ori and the Blind Forest back when it first came out and not enjoying it. That game alone is worth a few months of my Game Pass subscription.