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Newest reveal for Smash has basically guaranteed that I'll be playing it again and buying some DLC for it. If you had told 14-year old me that this would happen someday he would have died of excitement.

Just played my first game of Root, and it was phenomenal. Wife played the Marquis De Cats, and I played The Eyerie. She figured out the strategy of building up an infrastructure quickly, and I got a run of bad cards while she got some really powerful ones. Got obliterated.

And it was great.

I definitely want to play again, I'm already thinking of how different it would have been with another leader. And I think it'd be even better with 4 players and every faction interacting with each other.

Idle Security Thought 

Technically a VPN can obscure your public IP address, but what you're essentially doing there is telling your VPN company "I trust you implicitly, please hide me." If you're wrong then they just misuse the information for their own purposes, including possibly selling it or passing it along to other parties.

It's also very common for your public IP address to leak through a VPN because of bad opsec anyway, and quite easy to reverse engineer through fingerprinting.

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Idle Security Thought 

One thing that makes me laugh a little is when someone says "be sure to hide your IP address, that needs to stay a secret!" Like, yeah, don't post your public IP address on the internet, it makes you a target. But your public IP address is incredibly easy to figure out and is, as the name implies, public.

So unless you're going through the trouble of setting up a reverse proxy that you fully control, someone somewhere is going to know what your real IP address is.

Read it as "Tales of Arse" and that's definitely a sign it's time for bed.

Hollowknight is a game I still regularly think about despite playing two years ago, and I can only say that about a handful of games over my entire lifetime.

Call me crazy but I'm of the belief that if all I did was reboot a machine that it should work when I turn it back on.

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This is a dedicated VM which is never accessed for any reason except to perform maintenance, so the only realistic option is that either Linux screwed up or Graylog screwed up. I'll never know for sure.

Anyway, giving Elasticsearch folder permissions fixed it... What would have happened if I was unlucky and that search didn't turn up the result immediately?

Linux is not nearly as far ahead of Windows as we'd like to think. It has it's own bucket of jank, it's just a bucket of jank we prefer.

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Say what you will about Windows, but aside from maybe 3 instances I can think of I've never had to perform open command-line surgery on a Windows machine to fix it.

I have a VM set up to centralize my logs using Graylog, and it just... stopped working after a reboot. Logs were vague and didn't explain next steps. By chance my first Google search turned up an identical situation. Somehow the file permissions were changed for ElasticSearch and broke it.

LB: I definitely feel for the artist, and I hope they get the NFTs taken down, but this should be a lesson to every creative person to study and understand the different forms of creative commons.

As a general rule, I usually use more restrictive forms of CCL to avoid these kinds of situations, or at least non-commercial. The people most likely to abuse your open source work are capitalists, so if you cut off their ability to monetize your work, they'll probably leave you alone.

Creative professionals: don't let people lowball you on one-off work. You're not generic and interchangeable. They're coming to you because they want what you produce. The correct response to "$200? But I can get this for $50 on Fiverr" is "okay, then enjoy what you get for $50 on Fiverr".

There are thousands of people across the US who can't even.

For the price of a cup of coffee per day, you can support our efforts to help them learn to even again.

The year is 2520, America has completed it's transition to Communism, but only by co-opting the language of our oppressors.

You swipe your Eagle Card at your Doctor's office, and the system determines that your Universal Liberty Care will cover the costs. It always does.

You stop at the McDonald's Co-Op and swipe again, and a fair fee is removed from your Universal Freedom Income

Stellaris DLC Discussion 

@swiff Okay here we go. I basically just summed up whats in each pack, what I think of it and a score out of 10.

Species Packs:

So theres four now. Plantoids, Lithoids, Necroids and Humanoids.

Each adds more portraits, and new types of species you can play as. I'd say lithoids (rock people) is the best. Each adds some cool content and they recently updated Plantoids and Humanoids to match the content levels in Necroids and Lithoids.

5/10 pick up if you want


Adds a BUNCH of Massive Space Monsters! It's pretty simple. It's uh pretty good. They have good loot and they're a fun challenge but not really super neccessary

3/10 eh


Adds ascensions and megastructures and hive minds. This one is basically stuff I consider core gameplay mechanics (I thought ascension perks were???? what?). Anyway, megastructure building is awesome and so are hiveminds. This is probably one of the most important IMHO

9/10 Basically Core Content

Syntetic Dawn:

Hey you wanna be a fucking robot? you can be a robot hive mind!!! It's pretty cool, and robots play so different from biological pops. Very good imo



Adds a bunch of stuff for Really Fucking Everyone Up. Bigger ships and planet killing weapons. If you wanna go ape shit and you're tired of being nice, pick this up, but its not core content imo. It also adds some features that I think are pretty good (Marauder empires who you can hire to kill shit, or can unify to create a Khantate).


Distant Stars:

Adds The L-Cluster. It's a really interesting strategic plot point. It really doesn't add much but I think its worth it!



Wanna do Capitalism? In Space?! yeah no its uh, okay. It adds new megastrucures and megacorps. It's alright, get it if you want but personally, I never play megacorps


Ancient Relics:

Adds Relics! Basically, adds archeology. Fun little content pack. A lot of random features dont really, fit? without this DLC Like leviathans? but its not neccessary. If doing space archeology and finding hidden secrets sounds fun then yeah, pick it up!



A massive DLC, it basically adds a galactic community, new forms of federations, new megastrucutres. This is a good one imo. I'm not sure how much is in the free game currently, but this is really good, especially with Nemesis



Have you ever wanted to go apeshit? well now you can. Adds become the crisis! Or you can do the opposite and become the Galactic Custodian! Then coup and become The Galactic Emperor. It's really fun, oh and it also adds spying. A kind of minor thing IMO but pretty useful.

8/10 Go Be Evil

Some of my single mum friends have been really struggling this year (one family in a refuge now even, yikes), been thinking of getting each of their kids something for xmas. I'm not great with what kids are into though, any parents/guardians here got any tips? They're all between the ages of 2-5ish I think

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A single-user space station out in the fediverse asteroid belt.