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This is my fourth profile on the Fediverse lol. This time, I'm hoping Mbin is where I stay!

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Request for an off-site status communication method and more admins to help run the site & communicate with users

@ernest, we love you man, and we're grateful for the service you provide. But this site has needs that can't be met by one person: community mod approval, emergency status communication, spam management, and account management are just a few that immediately come to mind....

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Honestly, I really fear for both kbin and mbin. I was really hoping for more substantial changes in both by this time, but honestly it's just staying largely the same.

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This entire month sucks. Hopefully, though, things will get better!

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Thank you, I really appreciate that

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I feel like we hear this every single time though. "Largest tech leap in a hardware generation" very much means "we'll bump the graphics a little, we're still targeting 30fps though"

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Honestly, that's fair. Maybe I was being a little too harsh, plus this gen did come with more customizable settings (IE, setting to "performance mode" or "fidelity" mode)

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SimCity had great ideas (thinking of SimCity Societies in particular here) but as others have mentioned, piss poor execution.

Cities Skylines came in with good execution and stole their entire market share from them.

You were disabled. You're stuck laying down most of the day. What do you do to earn a living and survive?

You were disabled and realize it is not getting better, and no one seems to be able to fix the issue. You’re stuck laying down most of the day, you have enough mobility to function at home, but anything outside of home leaves you in bad shape beyond your control where you are not professionally functional. What do you do to...

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Programming (React, JavaScript, Python and anything AI are hot and tend to pay well once you're in the industry), 3D Modelling, 3D Animation, Game Development, Digital Design, IT / InfoSec work (may need a few certificates to be competitive), Call Taker (these can be brutal, but good companies exist).

If you're able to walk around somewhat and can sit for very long periods of time, truck driving may be an option (again, depending on your disability specifically). Truck driving is in extremely high demand and pays pretty well, and may even hook you up with hotel rooms if you get the right benefits. You will need to be able to sit in one spot and drive for many hours sometimes though, like 12+ hours.

Writing is also an option, as is drop shipping / starting a print-on-demand company on Etsy (though these will take a while to get rolling).

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Alongside what cm0002 said, I've found that finding recruiters manually and putting yourself out there has significantly increased my callback rate. They really know how to pitch you a lot of the time, and I wish I knew this as a junior.

Basically, look for postings by TekSystems, Jobot and other recruiting companies and put in applications to their systems (make sure to only apply for a few so as to not seem like a "spray and pray" job seeker). Hopefully, you will get a callback and / or emails about positions. Eventually, you will get a call from a recruiter from one of the recruiting firms and they will ask you a bunch of questions about your tech stack, experience, what your preferences are for positions, etc and they will basically file you away for later. When they find a fit, they reach out.

It's great to have like 5 - 10 of these recruiters (from different companies) since you know you'll be getting calls even in dry periods like this one.

Also, I really cannot emphasize this enough - LEARN DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHMS. It sucks to get a call from a company, have them set up a technical interview and then fail it and lose out on the opportunity.

This Udemy course is a great place to start if you know JS and it regularly goes on sale for $15 like every two weeks (not sponsored, it's just genuinely a fantastic course and it's worth every penny at any price, but for $15 it's a steal if you know JS):
https://www.udemy.com/share/101WNk3@wU2BBFJCNjPisNOAOq7G4IopJulzdWP6mkQD_4_vkOPjMfs8zL8f8CUVsevYRvCjBg==/

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Recent? None so far.

Somewhat old? Civilization III. I ordered it like 5 years ago and was trying to scratch the itch left by Call to Power II, but the multiplayer is flaky at best on LAN and the tech tree just isn't interesting to me. Later entries also have the "tech tree doesn't interest me" thing and also don't scratch the Call to Power itch (they don't have the wacky future tech like hover tanks and eco-warfare) but they also look a lot more visually interesting at least.

I miss when stacking was a thing in Civ. Sure it was relatively unbalanced, but that's part of the fun in my experience.

/end grandpa rant

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By stacking, I mean adding the units together on a single tile into armies so the units all fight together. Civ VI does have this, but in a very limited capacity (as you mentioned, up to 3 units). Older games had many more stacking possibilities (Civ III actually had infinite unit stacking, which was cataclysmically crazy lol, but I think Call to Power II really struck a good number with a max of 12 units in a tile)

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Definitely Littlebigplanet 2. Also, Skyrim.

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Man, I love Debian. It's not the sexiest distro, but it gets the job done damn well

Everyone's a nerd about something. What are you a nerd about?

I know it’s an unpopular opinion given current circumstances, but I’ve always been a huge nerd about Russia. The history, the geography, the music, etc. And as an American, I’ve always found it fascinating how U.S.-Russian relations have fluctuated over time. We’ve gone from allies, to enemies, to frenemies. This...

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Are you me, but Canadian? I completely and entirely agree with your comment (USA checking in). Some of our biggest issues are directly caused by our utter dependence on cars, but also by different driving laws in different areas, dumb exit / entrance designs, lack of signage in critical areas (especially regarding high-speed turns) and general disrepair of the roads. These things all compound to make accidents one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

There should be more uniform rules and regulations regarding letting just anyone drive a 2+ ton vehicle, and it's abhorrent how little you need to know to pass a driving test

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I don't even trust Steam, let alone Mozilla. I don't think I've ever had any credit card auto-fill on any browser I've ever had

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The Linux Experiment is regularly sponsored by some of them (IE Tuxedo)

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How the hell do you even think "it's fine, I'll put this password in plain text" when literally building an app for a CREDIT UNION? Obviously it's not acceptable to do that anywhere, but you would think they would think just a little bit harder about the decision when working with such sensitive data?

Nowadays, which band, musician or music give you goosebumps or made you cry?

Trully question. I cannot be the only one who cries when listens music. I was the privellege to see my favourite artists live, but since last year, all lives I assisted on YouTube by Fred again… , I cry . Has been my favourite musician since last year. Almost all songs, for me, are amazing and give me a bunch of emotions.

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I don't have any musicians that consistently make me feel that way, so have a list of songs instead:

  • The Price of a Mile (Sabaton)
  • Doomed (I Prevail)
  • Let Me Be Sad (I Prevail)
  • Soon You'll Get Better (Taylor Swift ft. The Chicks)
  • Wildest Dreams (Taylor Swift)
  • Tess-Timony (Ice Nine Kills)
  • When the Party's Over (Billie Eilish)
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How to Disappear Completely is so good

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The really irritating part is that tools like Playwright let you end-to-end test your product across the big three (Chromium, Firefox and Webkit). Which, most of the time, means these products that specify "Chrome only" simply aren't E2E testing with modern tools.

What are your favorite cloud-based logging providers which do not require a business email to sign up? (kbin.run)

I have been creating a bot using Node and would love to have a cloud-based logging solution to store my logs (since Fly.io monitoring isn't the greatest and doesn't store logs more than ~100 at a time). So far, I've looked at:...

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Usually, I get blocked on the sign-up page. For example, on the Coralogix sign-up page, it won't let me create my account with an email with a @gmail.com extension

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Thank you for this advice. I actually ended up signing up for Grafana and Loki, however Loki and Grafana Cloud Logs were both overkill for my use case. As a result, I ended up going with Loggly after consulting a Reddit thread and that has been working perfectly. Thank you again, though!

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I ended up signing up for Grafana and Loki, however Loki and Grafana Cloud Logs were both overkill for my use case. As a result, I ended up going with Loggly after consulting a Reddit thread and that has been working perfectly. Thank you, though!

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