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How do I learn to optimize my code better?
  • I learned that type of stuff in college, so I can't personally recommend any online sources. However, I can tell you that what you're looking for falls under "Data Structures and Algorithms". IIRC my degree required 3 classes with that name. Lots of sorting algorithms in that field since they make great case studies.

    You learn the various data structures and algorithms available, their strengths and weaknesses, how they work, when to use them, etc...

    You also learn how to measure performance, like Big-O notation, the bane of many a CS student's existence.

  • Taliban publicly flogs 63 people accused of crimes, including women
  • Public flogging of a child is to be executed by the nearest authority figure upon any misbehavior, outburst, or disrespect perpetrated by, or suspected to be perpetrated by, said child. If their innate shortcomings are not beaten out of them at the earliest opportunity, they are bound to develop into unemployed hooligans.

  • The Social Security Fix Nobody Wants to Talk About | A small tax increase would make the essential national retirement program secure for decades, our columnist says, but lawmakers would have to act
  • Needs based support is definitely a good thing, but that's not what SS is. That's closer to welfare and would require a much deeper look into people's financial situation than a retirement program like SS.

    I could make $500k/yr while working then experience some disaster/disability that takes it all away. Conversely, I could be homeless then suddenly come into massive wealth later in my life. Or, I could live a lavish life because my parents/SO are extremely wealthy, yet I am dirt poor on paper. SS is not designed for these situations, and attempting to modify it to fit them is probably a worse idea than bolstering other entitlement programs that are designed to fill in the gaps.

  • The Social Security Fix Nobody Wants to Talk About | A small tax increase would make the essential national retirement program secure for decades, our columnist says, but lawmakers would have to act
  • Wouldn't removing the cap just delay the issue? You get more out of SS the more you put in. The cap exists because there is a maximum amount you can get out of SS. If they remove the input cap, then that implies they'd remove the output cap too. In which case, the immediate result is a lot more money flowing into SS, but over time, a whole lot more money will start flowing out, too.

  • The world we live in. I'm sure we will see someone bragging on the dark web
  • I'm more cynical, I think it's just for clout and marketing. IA is widely known and used, so an attack is guaranteed to be noticed and generate news articles. They're also known for having large robust infrastructure, but they aren't large enough that an attack is impossible, so a successful attack is impressive yet still feasible. If someone can pull it off, it would make great marketing for their black market DDOS service and also grant huge bragging rights in certain communities.

  • Rainbow Six Siege fans roundly boo the announcement of a new monthly subscription service
  • R6S has been a pay-to-win mess after the first few "seasons". What's the difference between a subscription service and regular releases of "optional" $30 dlc that gives you new characters, and thus an edge over the competition?

    R6S players will cope by saying characters are balanced and, if you're good, you can win with just the basic free characters. The fact is, more characters lets you adapt to, and more effectively counter, more maps, play styles, opposing characters, metas, etc...

    Yes, you can unlock the characters for free, but there are dozens of them and each one takes a ridiculous number of hours to unlock, during which you're playing at a disadvantage. It's pretty much impossible for anyone other than dedicated school-aged kids to unlock all of the characters for free.

    All of this, and the game still costs money to buy!!! Complete scam.

  • HBO’s MoviePass doc is a snapshot of how C-suites kill companies
  • Most companies don't die by making their product unbelievably great with an impossibly incredible, yet entirely unsustainable, value proposition for its customers. In fact, they're doing the opposite by decreasing product quality as much as possible and fucking over the consumers and customer at every turn. MoviePass's downfall much more closely mirrors an overfunded startup rather than enshitification.

    I wish more companies died like MoviePass. It was an amazing two years.

  • NFL Memes @lemmy.world Vent @lemm.ee

    Lions in the second half

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    Plex Sued for Copyright Infringement by Press Agency

    torrentfreak.com Plex Sued for Copyright Infringement by Press Agency * TorrentFreak

    Zuma Press has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Plex streaming platform at a California federal court.

    Title is somewhat misleading. It's not for anything video-related. It's for using a (probably free) photo of actress Cuca Escribano without permission.

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    Plex Will Block Media Servers at Abuse Prevalent Hosting Company

    torrentfreak.com Plex Will Block Media Servers at Abuse Prevalent Hosting Company * TorrentFreak

    Plex has informed users that it will no longer allow servers to be run at a hosting provider where lots of TOS violations occur.

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    Reddit @lemmy.ml Vent @lemm.ee
    arstechnica.com Reddit faces content quality concerns after its Great Mod Purge

    Concerns of Redditor safety, jeopardized research amid new mods and API rules.

    Reddit faces content quality concerns after its Great Mod Purge
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    datahoarder @lemmy.ml Vent @lemm.ee
    arstechnica.com Too many users abused unlimited Dropbox plans, so they’re getting limits

    Some people have taken "as much space as you need" too literally.

    Too many users abused unlimited Dropbox plans, so they’re getting limits
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    Woke Adapter

    Source: https://mastodon.social/@corsent/110894498122486205

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    arstechnica.com Zuck/Musk cage match canceled; tech billionaires blame each other

    "I don't want to keep hyping something that will never happen," Zuckerberg says.

    Zuck/Musk cage match canceled; tech billionaires blame each other
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    Best reasonably-priced self cleaning litterbox?

    cross-posted from: https://lemm.ee/post/3610354

    > Looking to pick up a self cleaning litterbox but there are a lot of options. The coolest one I've seen by far is the CatGenie Automatic Cat Box, but it's nearly $500 and seems a little overkill. > > I've also seen that the PetSafe Litterbox is a very popular choice, but it uses proprietary litter refills and crystal litter when I'd prefer clay litter. > > I've been getting away with a $15 do-it-yourself litterbox just fine for a while, but I think I (and my cat) would appreciate something that doesn't require daily maintenance. Something as simple as an automatic rake would be interesting. > > My main goals are: > 1. Requires as little maintenance as possible while keeping my cat happy and the smell under control > 2. No proprietary lock-in (I can use my own litter) > 3. Doesn't break the bank > 4. Built well, won't break / easy to fix / good warranty / cheap enough that I can just buy a new one if it breaks > > While I am looking for budget friendly options, I'm also curious on the more expensive options. I can't imagine what justifies spending $700 on a Litter-Robot when emptying a litterbox manually isn't that bad and the CatGenie is $500 and promises zero-maintenance. Have you had good luck with premium options like that?

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    Cats @lemm.ee Vent @lemm.ee

    Best reasonably-priced self cleaning litterbox?

    Looking to pick up a self cleaning litterbox but there are a lot of options. The coolest one I've seen by far is the CatGenie Automatic Cat Box, but it's nearly $500 and seems a little overkill.

    I've also seen that the PetSafe Litterbox is a very popular choice, but it uses proprietary litter refills and crystal litter when I'd prefer clay litter.

    I've been getting away with a $15 do-it-yourself litterbox just fine for a while, but I think I (and my cat) would appreciate something that doesn't require daily maintenance. Something as simple as an automatic rake would be interesting.

    My main goals are:

    1. Requires as little maintenance as possible while keeping my cat happy and the smell under control
    2. No proprietary lock-in (I can use my own litter)
    3. Doesn't break the bank
    4. Built well, won't break / easy to fix / good warranty / cheap enough that I can just buy a new one if it breaks

    While I am looking for budget friendly options, I'm also curious on the more expensive options. I can't imagine what justifies spending $700 on a Litter-Robot when emptying a litterbox manually isn't that bad and the CatGenie is $500 and promises zero-maintenance. Have you had good luck with premium options like that?

    cross-posted to: https://lemmy.world/post/2899074

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