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... if you can avoid it. Pico-8, GameMaker (though they're on some crappy subscription thing now), etc. are all OK for making smaller games. If you're going to invest many months or years of your life into some long-running project, maybe consider Unreal or Godot, instead.

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Unity (former game engine company) has merged with an actual adware and malware distribution company. That's not an exaggeration. Fake Flash installers, was blacklisted by Microsoft's anti-malware tool, VirusTotal entires, that kind of thing.

blog.infostruction.com/2018/10

benedelman.org/news-021815/

Don't build your games on engines you don't have the source code to.

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What was it like playing Angry Birds on an iPhone 3G? We do not know; Apple is no longer distributing signed receipts for that binary. To future historians—not just of computing, but of humanity—the current period will be a dark age.

deprogrammaticaipsum.com/the-d

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boycott all software that downloads shit during the build

(This wasn't what I was searching for. I'm using it as an example.)

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I was searching for some technical thing on Google yesterday, and the first 10 results were all automated SEO spam sites reposting stuff from other sites and filling the page with garbage and nonsense. It's gotten worse and worse recently, and Google seems to have stopped caring.

Trying out Kagi now. It lets you add domains to block from the results.

(I know there are browser extensions to do this client-side for Google. It's not the same. Google results after first 15 are random junk.)

Me, 20: My space is going to be filled with RGBY LEDs, everything will be controllable remotely, it'll be awesome, glass and aluminum desk, VESA mounts for the

35: yeah do you have that in Brown

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I'm still hiring. If you're a senior data wrangler who wants to help build a data sciences program at a national lab, come be our Chief Data Architect: https://careers.pnnl.gov/jobs/4144

If you're not quite that far along your career but you have some microbiology or environmental science experience, we're also hiring a Research Data Architect to support our work with the National Microbiome Data Collaborative: https://careers.pnnl.gov/jobs/4150

coming soon: hiring linux sysadmins and python programmers...

Uxn32, layout.h, PhantomStyle, Orca-c peeps: due to the unending avalanche of spam on GitHub that started yesterday, I will no longer be seeing pull requests, support messages, tickets, and the like. My email system now flags it ALL as spam. You will need to email me directly.

MarkovJunior is a probabilistic programming language where programs are combinations of rewrite rules and inference is performed via constraint propagation.

github.com/mxgmn/MarkovJunior

Two months with a split keyboard at my desk. It's good.

I don't mind using regular keyboards. I still use a laptop, too. But it's nice to have w i d e m o d e at my desk.

Normally, I don't post 100% negative stuff like this, but this did the rounds on Merveilles and I fucking hate software patents.

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That "Bionic Reading" thing with the bold letters that went around the other day is turning out to be a patent & trademark scam run by nutjobs. (Also, it doesn't work.)

twitter.com/TorpedoGG/status/1

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DuckDuckGo has completely removed and hidden my website -- completely, and including Ripcord -- from all search results. I only know about this because someone messaged me to say they were pointed to a site with malware instead of my real website when searching for Ripcord on DuckDuckGo.

I don't host malware or anything like that on my website. I am careful about what I have on it. I don't even host unsigned executables on it. 🥴

Bing also hides me, too, I guess.

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If anyone remembers the silly video poker game I wrote for Playdate during the 2020 Merveilles HyperJam, I just uploaded it here with its Lua source code: stevenf.itch.io/grelbs-very-go

Today on Linux Desktop: routine update made most of the icons turn blue or disappear.

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