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Long War Engineer vs Rocketeer
  • Depends a bit on alien tech level, enemy density and the map itself. In long war rebalance you get a preview of which map you'll play on before the mission starts.

    Very early on 1-2 rocketeers can guarantee a victory thanks to the power of the rockets. They fall off in the mid game though. On swarming abductions I'd always bring a rocketeer because you're bound to hit something and because you're often under high pressure to immediately clear the area next to the landing zone before additional roaming pods patrol into you.

  • EVIL GUY
  • Too many games I've seen conflate being evil with being a jerk. Few games let you play the 'long game' where you are specifically nice and cooperative to deceive and manipulate. I think this partly due to decisions being made modular and point to point. Your overall morality then is calculated as some form of average of all the decisions you made. Mass effect series comes to mind.

    But if you want to play as a scheming villain the opposite should be the case: you set your primary long term goal (eg taking over a country or institution) and then your actions are chosen in the vein of that goal. And those actions might in isolation actually be seen as beneficial or benign. But you ultimately do them to gain trust or deceive.

  • Poor guy
  • Ime it's not only the quality/style of music but being compressed and transmitted over phone line (which is optimized for human voice) and also often being way too loud (sudden shock plus clipped dynamic range).

  • Why English language is sometimes "lazy", sometimes not
  • Law terminology specifically can seem pretty archaic because there's a high need for terms to be stable over time. In other fields and everyday speech terms can change over time. There's contracts signed decades or even centuries ago that are still binding today. So it's practical in a sense if the words within and those used to discuss legal dealings don't change over time.

  • I'm still worthy
  • I'm the opposite of this picture. It's like I have to relearn the game each time and fluid play takes a long time to return.

    Funnily enough my muscle memory persists to some degree though. So for instance if a particularly tough enemy is charging me I might push a specific key without actually knowing what it does. Afterwards I have to reason and rediscover what I was trying to accomplish and bind that action to the key I pressed.

  • Just not his thing.
  • You can see that it's symmetrical and that they used 6 diametrical cuts to make 12 pieces. So 2 are missing.

    Not that it matters much, but this little dishonesty just adds to the zaniness of the whole ad.

  • Horoscopes actually tell the personality of someone.
  • In my experience the big problem is not people self ascribing personality types but type casting others. When you expect others to have certain traits you also treat them accordingly.

    I can't believe she has trouble speaking in front of crowds, she's a lion after all.

    Then again horoscopes aren't unified or anything and you can just cherry pick from different sources and cultures to believe anything.

  • New dishwasher video drop
  • After watching the original video I started putting some additional powder at the bottom of the loading tray every wash and it works great. Clean dishes ever since, no pre rinse necessary. Can recommend 👍.

  • Commandline memes
  • git gud

    not a meme per se but I always found the command abcde confusing:

    user1: How to best rip this music album??

    user2: Oh simple: abcde

    user1: 🤔🤔?

    abcde stands for 'a better CD encoder', the more you know

  • Not Total Recall (1990)
  • I mean taking the screenshot is the easy part, getting reliable OCR on the other hand ...

    In my experience (tesseract) current OCR works well for continuous text blocks but it has a hard time with tables, illustrations, graphs, gui widgets, etc.

  • Presidential party preference post WWII
  • I feel like when comparing over a such a vast time scale party affiliation becomes less useful as a metric.

    Society and mores have changed so much over the last 80+ years that it's better to ask about specific questions or habits like: Do you support a smoking ban in public spaces? or Schools should provide free meals to students: yes/no and see how the answers develop over time.

  • The N64
  • My family still has one but the image quality is terrible on modern big screen TVs because

    1. It's stretched out and native resolution of N64 is already tiny by today's standards.
    2. Unnatural aspect ratio unless you can set black bars somehow.
    3. Modern displays have sharper pixel separation and colors don't 'bleed' into each other as much which kinda helped the rough polygons of that era.

    The result is a picture that is both sharp and blurry at the same time and gives me head aches after an hour or so.

  • Irreguläre Ausdrucksweisen die an deutschen Sprachschulen weltweit gelehrt werden?

    Ich hatte mal eine Kommilitonin die größtenteils in den Vereinten Arabischen Emiraten aufgewachsen ist. Sie konnte perfekt Deutsch, hat aber manchmal drollige Ausdrücke, falsche Präpositionen, etc verwendet.

    Sie sagte zum Beispiel immer: > den Lichtschalter zu machen

    > der letzte macht das Licht zu

    Kann sein, dass dieses konkrete Beispiel auch irgendwo im DACH Raum als Dialekt existiert, aber sie hatte noch viel mehr solcher Dinger. Das ist leider einzige Beispiel, was mir zurzeit noch einfällt.

    Ich hab mir damals sagen lassen, dass diese kleinen Ungereimtheiten von den Sprachschulen in der Arabischen Welt stammen. Sie werden dort wohl teils einfach so unterrichtet.

    Fallen euch noch mehr solcher Beispiele ein? Kann auch aus anderen Teilen der Welt stammen. Eine Aufstellung dazu wäre mal ganz interessant. Vielleicht kennt auch jemand eine Internetseite dazu?

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    TIL in 1995 NASA tested psychoactive compounds on spiders. Each drug affected their web patterns differently.

    Here's a more detailed description for those that like to read up: https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/nasa-spiders-drugs-experiment/

    Curiously enough when a similar experiment was first performed decades earlier the original intent was to get the spiders to weave their webs during different times of the day, rather than alter the pattern.

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    ¿How to quickly select based on incremental color/channel/value threshold?

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/13844882

    > I'm often using the Select by Color or Fuzzy Select tool. ¿Is there a quick way to increment the threshold with a keyboard shortcut, the mouse wheel, or similar? > > Take the following example: > > Given the image of the GIMP mascot, I want to select only certain portions, for instance the outer white part. > > To do this I activate the Select by Color or the Fuzzy Select tool. Set the threshold to a starting value (let's say 15), then click on a white part at the edges of the image. But I'm not quite satisfied with the resulting selection: it selects most of the area I want but not enough of the greyish shadow below the chin. So I adjust the threshold to 50 and click again. Still not enough, set to 90 and lick again. A bit too much, set to 80 and click another. Almost there, set to 85 and click. Set to 83 and finally voilá. > > That involved a lot of clicking and typing though. ¿Is there a quicker way to do this? Ideally I would like to see a live update of the selection as I change the threshold, so that I can simply drag the slider or scroll the mouse wheel until it's perfect. > > Maybe I'm simply using the wrong tool and there's are completely different inroads to achieve this. I'd like to know about those as well.

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    ¿How to quickly select based on incremental color/channel/value threshold?

    I'm often using the Select by Color or Fuzzy Select tool. ¿Is there a quick way to increment the threshold with a keyboard shortcut, the mouse wheel, or similar?

    Take the following example:

    Given the image of the GIMP mascot, I want to select only certain portions, for instance the outer white part.

    To do this I activate the Select by Color or the Fuzzy Select tool. Set the threshold to a starting value (let's say 15), then click on a white part at the edges of the image. But I'm not quite satisfied with the resulting selection: it selects most of the area I want but not enough of the greyish shadow below the chin. So I adjust the threshold to 50 and click again. Still not enough, set to 90 and lick again. A bit too much, set to 80 and click another. Almost there, set to 85 and click. Set to 83 and finally voilá.

    That involved a lot of clicking and typing though. ¿Is there a quicker way to do this? Ideally I would like to see a live update of the selection as I change the threshold, so that I can simply drag the slider or scroll the mouse wheel until it's perfect.

    Maybe I'm simply using the wrong tool and there's are completely different inroads to achieve this. I'd like to know about those as well.

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    looking for a dock that let's me connect my DVI monitor

    I own an older monitor that has only has VGA and DVI port and I want to connect it to my deck for daily use.

    In theory this should be as simple as getting a DVI to HDMI converter cable and then connect to a dock that has a HDMI port, right? Or perhaps a DVI to display port adapter instead? I've read about people having trouble with DVI monitors so I checked multiple dock vendors and their statements boil down to "we don't support it", ie they don't deny or rule out that it works but don't want to give guarantee either.

    Is anyone in a similar situation and can recommend a dock? I want to resolve the monitor situation first and then worry about additional stuff like USB ports, etc.

    My monitor is a Samsung SMT 2333T (https://www.samsung.com/us/business/support/owners/product/2333t-series-2333t/)

    Edit: I got it working and it was quite simple, here's my steps:

    1. I checked the port at the back of my monitor (reference chart) which turned out to be DVI-I dual link.
    2. then I purchased a HDMI <–> DVI adapter cable which supports my monitor’s resolution (1080 p). This costs around 10 €.
    3. connected that cable to the official Steam Deck dock and my monitor and it works without any further setup
    4. while in the Deck’s Desktop mode you can go into the system settings --> display and make your external monitor the primary display. Primary means that your start bar is located there, new apps will launch on this screen by default, etc. In the same settings menu you can also turn off the Decks own display while the external one is connected. I do this because I can’t comfortably look at it anyway while it’s in the dock and also to save energy.
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