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dubcroster commented on a post in r/ChineseLanguage
dubcroster 8 points

Oh man. I remember when I arrived in Beijing many years ago and it was a warm summer day.

I went to a local convenience store and wanted an ice cream, and asked the guy behind the desk which one he could recommend. I ended getting one with a green packaging and to my dismay I discovered that it was pea-flavored. Quite a disappointment.

dubcroster commented on a post in r/IWantToLearn
dubcroster 2 points

I will try to answer your question a bit on the factual side, and I will obviously miss a lot of nuances and details:

Entering politics is hugely different depending on where you are based, and my gut feeling is that it's much, much easier to enter European politics than say US politics, and this would obviously be much much easier than entering, say Chinese politics.

This comment is written from a European/Scandinavian point of view.

In at least European politics it's all about the party. If you want to have a career in European politics, you need to be an active and contributing member of a party. Obviously, there's more of a career to be had if the party is one that has seats at the governing bodies, but those parties also have a lot of members who are working hard to gain foothold. Smaller parties have fewer members, but also fewer seats to be filled.

You can obviously be politically active in all sorts of other organisations, but that's not so much "entering politics".

In order to gain footing within a party, you would need to be skilled in a number of areas which of course can be taught or learned by doing them:

  • Have a thorough understanding of how state and civil society works.
  • Know how to work with people and make deals. Learning how to compromise and negotiate.
  • Have a sense of vision, e.g. how would your ideal society look, what steps should you take to get there, what's wrong with current policy.
  • Etc.

So, become a party member, go to the meetings, try to be part of the debates and discussions. If you work hard, and people like your work, there's a chance that you can try to position yourself to be put on the list of people up for election eventually.

This will be hard work, but if you like politics, it might also be a lot of fun.

dubcroster commented on a post in r/programming
ImSuperObjective2 5 points

Reactos is my favorite OS that I will never run.

I predict that some day ReactOS will be instrumental in saving us from out-of-support legacy maintenance hell.

To be honest, I doubt it. It's easier to virtualize and isolate old Windows and know your software will work, than it'd be testing compatibility with this clone, which is, I'm afraid not getting enough attention by devs as it requires.

By the way there are factories where the machinery still is operated by old PCs running Windows XP. And since they're not networked, they run just fine and will run for as long as the hardware lasts.

dubcroster 7 points

Perhaps now, yes. But imagine being forced to keep a certain application alive and having the choice between unsupported, unpatched legacy Windows, or maintained ReactOS with frequent security updates?

Or imagine having to perform data recovery on old software. Having a modern ReactOS machine that has new tools as well as a solid compatibility layer to old legacy stuff that wouldn't otherwise run would be quite a life saver I imagine.

ImSuperObjective2 8 points

Perhaps now, yes. But imagine being forced to keep a certain application alive and having the choice between unsupported, unpatched legacy Windows, or maintained ReactOS with frequent security updates?

I already told you what I personally would choose. I'd use Windows. I'd lock it down and isolate it in a VM, and not put it on the open Internet, or if I have to put it on the Internet, I'll isolate it from the infrastructure and try to make it stateless (i.e. where I run a task, obtain results, then reset to original state).

You make a very big assumption that ReactOS will ever be 1:1 to Windows, and it'll be receiving "frequent security updates". What is this hope based on? This project has been around for 20 years and they can't even hit version 1 yet. And this is not just the authors being humble. It's actually full of Windows software that doesn't install, run, or run reliably on ReactOS.

I'm very very impressed by their efforts and I wish them all the luck in the world, but it's blatantly clear this project doesn't have the resources to truly succeed in its mission. And so, no, I wouldn't use it. I'd just use old Windows.

Having a modern ReactOS machine that has new tools as well as a solid compatibility layer to old legacy stuff that wouldn't otherwise run would be quite a life saver I imagine.

Once again, assuming ReactOS will magically support all hardware from new to old, that even Microsoft can't support with its vast resources is just completely unwarranted.

On top of that the entire hardware industry is helping Microsoft write and debug drivers. Are they helping ReactOS? No. So how is that great support of old hardware supposed to happen? It won't.

dubcroster 3 points

I think there's a much bigger chance that an open source project will make efforts towards getting old things to work out of the personal interests of the developers and users, whereas microsoft will do its best to end support of older software and hardware stacks, because that's baggage and technical debt for them.

Yes, I'm making assumptions on a lot of things, and you might be absolutely right. However I do believe that in the future a lot of legacy hardware and software will be kept alive by initiatives such as this.

You make a very big assumption that ReactOS will ever be 1:1 to Windows, and it'll be receiving "frequent security updates". What is this hope based on? This project has been around for 20 years and they can't even hit version 1 yet. And this is not just the authors being humble. It's actually full of Windows software that doesn't install, run, or run reliably on ReactOS.

First of all, reaching version 1.0 might not even be something they are actively looking for - a lot of software projects are like this, working in a perpetual state of being in development. Furthermore, it doesn't need to run every piece of windows software there is. But take Wine as an example - Wine runs a lot of old software very well, but a lot of stuff barely starts, and it reached version 1.0 a good while ago.

Does ReactOS need to be a drop-in Windows replacement to be a success? Absolutely not. However, if it can be installed and that old irreplaceable enterprise software that was last updated 25 years ago runs on it, on that PC I bought only a few years ago, it could actually be quite the success.

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dubcroster commented on a post in r/iphone
AnonAppleEngr 9 points

Playing around with the technology but nothing planned as of now. It also might not be implemented in the iPhone, could end up in the iPad. Also 2020 release is not accurate.

dubcroster 2 points

I’m thinking if they did it for the iPad, they could install like a physical keyboard on one half of it, maybe a touchpad too!

Wait, that’s called a laptop...

dubcroster commented on a post in r/AskReddit
preludeoflight 349 points

Boten Anna is right there for me too, probably because I spent too much of my highschool life actually sitting on IRC.

dubcroster 10 points

Someone told me once that Anna, the bot, was the chat bot on the IKEA website, and the song was about a lonely guy sitting and chatting with the IKEA customer service bot and suddenly getting like real life answers.

I don’t know if it’s true, but I like that narrative.

Mrg220t 5 points

Are you too young for irc?

dubcroster 1 point

No, but I completely overlooked that obvious reference.

*facepalm*
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dubcroster commented on a post in r/Guildwars2
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Saucermote 11 points

For those of us in non-wvw guilds, this could make wvw-related guild missions much harder to put together. As it is now, we can usually find clumps of people together on the same server, because people know what server they are on. But will Anet actually assign anyone to make guild missions work well with this?

dubcroster 1 point

On he contrary I suspect. There may be a greater chance that more guild members are on the same WvW server with this. If you’re primarily a PvE guild, you might have members on all sorts of servers today, whereas they with this chance could end up on the same one.

dubcroster 0 points

I’m so happy about this proposal. It is quite close to what I had imagined being a more long term fix to the WvW situation.

I would like to propose that ANet implement an Alliance scoreboard to keep WvW cross-world competition up.

This is not too unlike the automatic tournaments of sPvP: Alliances will participate in a longer-spanning tournament-style competition lasting, say, three matchups (which is not too far off half a year). After half a year, points will reset.

To those of you who talk about server pride, I am well aware that such things do exist, but being a player who joined GW after the servers stopped being relevant in PvE, it was never sustainable for new players getting in to WvW. Most new players who don’t join the game for the specific reason of playing WvW would not have given their choice of server a proper thought, leaving them with a potential costing server transfer at some point anyway.

On my server, Gunnar’s Hold, I see the transition to alliance rather easy. It would probably keep being called this, keep its ts, website and all, and instead focus on recruiting guilds for the alliance, something that I’m quite curios on how will actually play out, but as we do see guilds come and go regularly, I imagine it won’t be terribly different to how things are now.

So, to summarize:

  • I like the changes, they have the potential of creating a more sustainable WvW environment
  • ANet should try to implement a score board between alliances to keep the larger picture competitive
  • I imagine it will be simple for most server communities to transition from server to alliance
dubcroster commented on a post in r/WatchandLearn
dubcroster 2 points

The GIF left out the Chinese plastic chopsticks. Also known as the most embarrassing chopsticks to use when you’re a foreigner trying to eat oily Chinese food in front of your Chinese friends.

They are probably only found in the less fancy restaurants.

dubcroster commented on a post in r/oslo
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dubcroster 1 point

Hej,

Jeg flyttede til Oslo fra Danmark for ca. 3 måneder siden. Jeg arbejder ca. med det samme som dig, og det har ikke været noget problem for mig at få job.

Det der med dansk er heller ikke noget problem. Man vænner sig hurtigt til det norske, og så længe man fanger hvad det er for nogle udtryk der ikke er så nemme for nordmænd at forstå, så klarer man sig helt fint.

Der venter dig dog et bureaukratisk cirkus når du flytter hertil i forhold til personnummer og bankkonto og sådan noget, men det klarer man sig også igennem, selv om det er besværligt, og tager tid.

Sig til, hvis du har brug for lidt insider-viden, også gerne som privatbesked, hvis det er.

dubcroster commented on a post in r/AskReddit
bradbull 3,932 points

Just chatrooms in general seem to be just 'not a thing' anymore. I tried logging into IRC a year or so ago and it's a graveyard (at least for Australians).

dubcroster 6 points

IRC is well alive still. I'm on tons of channels with lots of active users. It's become a lot more technology oriented though - most active IRC channels are about open source projects or technology in general.

dubcroster commented on a post in r/iphone
dubcroster 2 points

I’ve been fortunate enough to only meet these kinds of ads in games where you knew when the ad would come, and I totally agree that they are terrible.

It’s like the early days of web ads, with all sorts of flash heavy banners and popups - something that luckily only lives in the shady side of the internet now.

However, I did enjoy the mini game the first couple of times I played it (in the mobile strike version), and was immensely disappointed with the actual game it was promoting. I’ve often considered making my first iOS game - a full game with the specific game play of the ad :)

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