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Hey, after trying out Friendica for a while I changed to Mastodon after all.
Feel invited to connect with me at https://mastodon.gamedev.place/@paralax
in reply to Paralax^SD

Well, I don't know if it's my setup (I'm using Firefox with quite a lot of extensions) or if it's the site itself but coming from Twitter I found it relatively hard or cumbersome doing basic things such as attaching images to a post, integrating with third party apps on PC and mobile and even simply following other people.

The more popular third party apps I had a look at seem to mostly be made for Mastodon and so despite the underlying Fediverse protocol I had a mixed experience. For Friendica this means that often I could kind of get them to work but then I couldn't enter certain screens such as the settings screen or toggles wouldn't work here or there.

I wanted a comparison with Mastodon and so I set up an account to see for myself. Turns out, that over there - at least for the specific server I chose - all those things tend to be a little faster, with way less clicks and just feel a bit more modern. Mastodon doesn't have a calendar tab but that's okay for me. It also seems to go for an overall design more in line with the one from Twitter. No problem with app integration either.

Following people on Friendica - unless I misunderstood the approach - is this whole process where I have to copy a user's handle into a form and submit everything, pulling me out of my current context, while on Mastodon I can just click the follow button and I'm done.

I get that Friendica focuses on privacy and so this may involve some tradeoffs here and there. For me personally I just found that for continuous use things have to be streamlined enough for me to want to come back and I'm getting that more with Mastodon.

I might not have wrapped my head around Friendica entirely though because, at least on paper, the platform including its UI seems way more customizable and interoperable with other decentralized social media platforms. It seems to be more focused on power users which I am admittedly not ;)

Mastodon is not Twitter - it's way less addictive by design and has its own little quirks but I guess for me it's somewhere in the middle between a power user system like Friendica and Twitter itself.

In any case, I know that managing a server is hard work and so thanks for putting in the effort and providing this service for free! Since Twitter is morphing into this democracy endangering lunatic platform it's even more important getting people off there and providing sensible social media alternatives out of reach of sociopath billionaires and unaccountable corporations.
in reply to Paralax^SD

thanks for that writeup. i was expecting something like that, i roughly feel the same about it. we stupidly ran a mastodon instance on the abraum.de main domain for testing 2 years ago and deleted it, because it was very confusing, so that domain is now burned for mastodon/fediverse because of key-exchange blah... it is quite obvious that mastodon has much more development going on. i think at some point we will set up one here as well on a different subdomain to check it out again. i also feel that friendica is too cumbersome at places to be used as my daily/main social media thing.


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the internet isnt "a series of tubes" its basically just one tube owned by The Worst Guy

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Demo coding productivity advice:
Always take the least important item from your to-do list, obsess over it to an unhealthy degree, rinse and repeat. #burnside #automated-release-announcements


Work on the new demo tool auto updater is progressing somewhat nicely...


Oxygene Pt. 4 by Jean-Michel Jarre (1976), reinterpreted in Javascript.
Really spot-on, respect to the author!

https://dittytoy.net/ditty/24373308b4

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Guerrilla's "Making Tools for Big Games" (CEDEC2019 talk) was just posted: https://www.guerrilla-games.com/read/making-tools-for-big-games -- super interesting. The last part on "we just don't use any local files, but rather in-memory keyvalue store on a server" is :mindblown:

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in reply to Aras Pranckevičius

this sounds great when all developers are in the same office, but I wonder how it worked when they had to work from home during covid lockdowns. I heard they were back mostly working from the office much faster than other studios, so perhaps it's not working that great in the new world.

We struggle a lot with infrastructure that was build assuming everyone has a super fast reliable connection, and now some people run it over Starlink
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@bitinn my guess would be on “not everything at once”. Michiel mentioned on Twitter that they have been moving “more” of what they have in P4 to this. Also will do an update on this tech at GDC


Finally confirmed: ASCII artists not yet endangered by automation!
#demoscene #chatgpt

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A Christmas fun thing - making small graphical things (called #Sizecoding - because it's small. And fun.) is going on here:

https://tcc.lovebyte.party/day0/

This is for anyone who has wanted to do something but doesn't know how yet, and wants to start; or people who want to brush up on stuff, or (like in my case) want to polish up how you're doing it in another language.

EVERYONE is welcome to join us.

Which means: YES, I really do mean everyone. ESPECIALLY people who aren't in the traditional "white, older male" category.

And if join do join and anyone gives you ANY crap about not being in the "white, older male" category: Let me know and I'll make so much god damned fuss they'll attack _me_ so you get some rest from the crap.

Also: this is fun. Please join us!

#Demoscene #CreativeCoding
in reply to Sir Garbagetruck

Thank‘s for letting me follow you. ;-)
I am really happy, that you are here. A daily portion Demoscene makes the day brighter.


Holo decks, Klingons, oh my!


I made chat GPT run as a holo deck simulation and in true fashion it allows me to edit all participating actors. What a trip :D
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Just spent 5 minutes worrying about my laptop's dying ventilation until I realized it was YouTube playing this super smooth brown noise video in the background.
It *is* really top notch brown noise though...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_gzyYQJgOo

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At the 1978 Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner provided one of the most unique covers of a pop song, certainly in a sci-fi convention, but maybe at any convention, or anywhere.

Over the years, Shatner has weirdly denied it happened, but it did, and Flemishdog found a U-MATIC videotape with an unaltered, high-quality version of Shatner's "Rocket Man". And here it is.

https://archive.org/details/william-shatner-rocket-man

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in reply to Jason Scott

You should all listen to Shatners album called "HAS BEEN", which has been produced by BEN FOLDS. It is a masterpiece (of creating a record with spoken word bits from Shatner and gracefully placing them in music, so you do not even recognize, that Shatner is just talking). I love it!

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I thought I'd try to play game master and have the ChatGPT play my adventure... this is how it went

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in reply to Leonard Ritter

This was a delightful way to start my morning. Thanks for sharing!
in reply to Leonard Ritter

nice. I wonder if it can do multi-character role-playing too, where you prompt it in turn for what each character would do
in reply to Jon Valdés

@jon_valdes if i had to bet on it right now, i would say, it could totally do that.
in reply to Leonard Ritter

I am mindboggled at what is coming from this AI. Absolutely insane. Are we close to AGI?
in reply to Marcel 🌚

@marcel yeah I think so. at this point it's mostly a problem of spending hours and hours of computing power on training, modeling storage and processing queries.

the AI itself downplays what it can do, but I have barely any complaints. For the first time, I am obsessed with it.
in reply to Leonard Ritter

i just had it generate a transportation network in The Underdark using one-way gates only. Because every fantasy realm needs a believable logistics backbone in the world building


We've come a long way since Eliza. The quality OpenAI's new ChatGPT system brings to the table is truly fascinating. Here it's reasonably comparing memory safety features in two different programming languages.

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This past week I’ve learned more CMake than I (n)ever wanted to know. So this sounds still appropriate

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in reply to Christian

@mephisztoe I did, a while ago. Yes I know about build systems, but when you are working with someone else's codebase you often don't get a choice which one to use.
in reply to Aras Pranckevičius

darn it, looks like others already took all the “Yes” slips.


Some progress on the tooling front


Underappreciated demo tool milestone:
being able to open a project, close it and reopen again without everything exploding!

https://imgur.com/a/fAlzV0A


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new RTX gpu prices are insane, let’s ditch all for software renderer!

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Google has now migrated maps.google.com to www.google.com/maps thus if you grant Geoloc permission in your browser, every G-service on www.google.com can track your location.

https://garrit.xyz/posts/2022-11-24-smart-move-google


More Steven Seagal content!


The nice thing about being in a chat room with 3D artists is that I'm exposed to a weird mix of stuff I'd never have found on my own. This one's especially hilarious while I also learned a thing or two!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aCMTpJx2cs&t=3s

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So #mosstodon is cool and all about moss, but sadly not about Moss and I'm here to fix that

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Thanks to everyone!

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in reply to Ron Gilbert

You absolutely deserve it! It’s my favorite of the six Monkey Island games!

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Announcing 'Dear ImGui Test Engine' + 'Dear ImGui Test Suite', available now.
- automation/testing for Dear ImGui apps/tools;
- run in your live app or headless on CI;
- run at robot speed or simulated human speed;
- export screens/videos for e.g. generating docs;

https://github.com/ocornut/imgui_test_engine

#imgui