This is by far the longest sequence I’ve ever calculated in an actual game; maybe I’m finally starting to not suck. Black to move, mate in 8.

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Of course the people who complain most about forced captures are also the ones who are most likely to say checkers is a mindless, "easy" game with no depth. There is something really special about refusing to play a game by its rules and then complaining that your simplified version is too shallow.

Literally every checkers app in Play Store is inundated with 1-2 star reviews, comments being along the lines of "this app is so stupid, it forces you to make bad moves"

Checkers is probably the only game that rivals Monopoly in the "games where people think they know the rules but don't" department

So is a thing... too bad there are maybe a dozen people on there at any given time, and I can never actually find a game. (I suck at draughts but I'd like to learn to suck less at it.)

For insight into the dynamics of my social circle, consider the following exchange between me (I) and girlfriend (L).

I. Do you think it’s okay to send [person] a friend request?

L. Hmm. Have you actually interacted with her in person at all?

I. We kissed at [another person]’s party, does that count?

L. *considers* You should probably still ask her first.


"There's an H-E-B practically across the street" was one of the factors in my renting this place, may have to reconsider renewing the lease even though I'm sick of moving.

(To clarify: these days I mostly just refuse to answer the question of whether I'm a feminist or not. My usual answer to that question is "tell me what a feminist is and I'll tell you whether I am one")

#gendershit #culturewar 

#gendershit #culturewar 

#gendershit #culturewar 

This is why I don’t hang out in public poly-specific groups any more: because they’re just an endless stream of either new or bad-at-poly people with the same four questions over and over again, and it gets really boring.
“I'm jealous, what do I do”
“My partner is jealous, what do I do”
“My partner’s partner is jealous, what do I do”
“How do I, a hetero man, find a third for a triad with me and my bisexual wife”

One of the hazards of being good at is that I have basically no useful advice for most people on the subject. Like, occasionally someone I know will be like “hey, you’ve been at this a while, how do you control the raging fires of jealousy every time your partner is out with someone else” and I’m just like “uh... have you tried playing Crash Bandicoot and going to bed early? Works great for me”

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People who complain about Nintendo and Sega remaking their top franchises every year don't realize the only reason they know about stuff like Bugs Bunny is because of remakes. Why do you think the old stuff got replayed constantly when you grew up in the '90s/'00s? Remake tie-in.

If you enjoy and want people to care about them 10, 20, 30, 50 years from now, you need remakes to get people interested in the classics.

See also: Star Trek. The '90s revival is the only reason you can watch TOS.

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There was recently a lot of news about DNS over HTTPS. Some people say it's bad for privacy because it centralizes the DNS requests on Google, Cloudflare and Quad9.

Time to change that and run your own DNS over HTTPS server. I spend some time today in writing, documenting and arranging a small container setup to allow you to do this:

#DNSoverHTTPS #DoH #Docker #privacy #infosec #selfHosting #DNS

Ran across an interesting issue after using to encrypt my system partition:
• I get an “internal hard disk not found” error on boot.
• If I then open and close the BIOS setup menu, I get the VeraCrypt password prompt I should have gotten in the first place.

Not sure what would cause this... has anyone seen it before? It’s not a serious problem but it is weird and annoying.

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Imagine I told you that we were going to scan every file on your computer with a secret algorithm that, if it misfires, might get you investigated by police. But the algorithm and everything associated with it have to be kept completely secret.

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privacy needs to be protected by technical mechanisms, not just legal ones, because eventually someone from georgetown law will self-describe as a “privacy advocate” while arguing that we have to feed everyone’s unencrypted data into a mass surveillance system

: my flight is arriving twenty minutes early, so I’ll have to wait a bit for my free ride home.

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