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Bubble, Shmubble

Two weeks ago or so, Reddit changed something with the way they resolve their subreddit addresses. I don’t remember what this was about, but it broke the filter function of the RES extension. Now, the RES extension is a plugin that I use to filter out all the annoying crud and it’s the only way to make Reddit worthwile.

So this thing broke, and I ended up with all the news headlines I had been filtering out over the last months. It was interesting. And it confirmed my decision to abstain the news.

To wrap Operation Bubble up: Constant exposure to daily news changes a hypothetical detriment of missing out on important events for a very real detriment of depressive brainwash and propaganda. It’s a question of personal preference. I’ve learned that both options are valid, and which one is more to my liking.

Ars Technica turns out to be a decent source of relevant information. Twitter is useful for learning things straight from the horse’s mouth, because you can follow directly what people have to say who actually have something to say. There are so many good blogs and microblogs. I like this Internet thing, we might have something good going on there.

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About horsepower

Ever wondered what it actually means when an engine has x horsepower? I did, so I looked it up, and here’s what I came up with.

Horsepower is a mechanical power unit and is really just watts by another name. One hp is ~750 watts. So if you have a vacuum cleaner with a 1500w rated engine, that’s two horsies for you. It’s really not that much. Continue reading

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Path of Exile Incident Reports

If you follow me on Steam or Twitter you might have noticed that I fancy wasting time on Path of Exile. The game itself is an oddball, but what I find to be noteworthy is the way the company handles technical screwups. They’re doing that in a professional way that is just above and beyond any other game company. Continue reading

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Operation Bubble et cetera

Taking a step back from news media consumption is interesting – it makes you notice certain patterns.

There seem to be two main branches of news reporting. One is about products and is overwhelmingly positive. The other one is about incidents and is mostly negative. Both are generally irrelevant and thus worthless if you don’t bother for the emotional kick.

And then there’s the third branch which is opinion pieces and editorials, which boils down to people writing about their emotions on a subject. They aren’t personally affected. They have no technical insight on the subject. They write because they’re getting paid for it and they’re getting paid for it because they’re good with writing something that stirs up their readers’ emotions.

The whole shebang has some comical aspects to it, but does little for understanding the world we live in.

The key for valuable news must be in choosing my news sources wisely, and the way to do that will be to pick and choose from sources with a well defined relevancy focus. So that’s what’s up next.

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