That was a solid ending. This whole season needed ~3-4 more episodes for pacing, but that aside, it was coherent end to a really complicated story. Well done.

@Gargron Exactly, strong agree. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the idea of putting rich text in, but it isn’t what I’m after here and would make the platform less appealing to me.

@Gargron Strong NO. The more formatting, the worse reading gets.

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I’m confused by people real worked up about the folks real worked up about the Batman casting.

Like, are y’all real concerned they’re going to ruin the sterling reputation of the Batman franchise?

Yeah, I thought Twilight was trash, too, but what was Batman and Robin or Batman v. Superman, high art?

Also: there’ve literally been Batman stories where he’s a vampire. I’m pretty done with Batman movies, but I’ll absolutely see this one if they can promise me a Red Rain nod.

I *think* the middle school students I walked past just now were joking when they called the pigeons “city chickens“.

@aparrish For sure. I think there’s a decent chance that if it’s deciphered it’ll be by an as-yet-untried technique, but it’s amazing how many people never stop to ask “why hasn’t anyone else thought of this”.

Wait, they’re re-re-rebooting Batman? Is DC giving up on the entire JLA-ish continuity they worked up? I mean, it was mostly crap, but it really underscores how many continuities DC has going on and how little larger world-building they’ve even attempted.

@aparrish But I so *want* one of these attempts to be true!

@tripofmice Good on you. A friend of mine collected and distributed funds for a bunch of these just after the 2016 election. Are you just doing it solo?

Well, not the same thing as if we’d never gone down the path (presumably work spent on this woul’ve been spent elsewhere), but this is significant, regarding the coarse mitigation for this particular vulnerability:

“Testing conducted by Apple in May 2019 showed as much as a 40 percent reduction in performance with tests that include multithreaded workloads and public benchmarks.”

CompSci folks: any sense of what the performance hit would’ve been if we’d just never gone down the speculative execution path?

My sense is 5-10% on normal use, ~20% on heavy workloads, but that’s only based on some readings after Spectre/Meltdown. Any better sources?

This whole line of processor work increasingly just seems like more trouble than it’s worth.

Rocky does not understand that just because the sun is getting up a little bit earlier every day doesn’t mean he should, too, which is mostly terrible, but our sunrises are a pretty decent consolation prize.

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One interesting thing about the event was the composition of the audience. It would have been really hard to guess what type of event you were at just based on looking at the audience.

Turns out all sorts of people enjoy a good story told well.

Pop-up Magazine was great last night. They’re mostly sold out for this round, but if this or a future edition comes to a city near you, I highly recommend it.

Random thing I’m missing from childhood today: when I got off the bus after school, I always knew if we were having veal for dinner right away because I could hear my mom pounding on it with the tenderizer a block away.

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