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Just a little guy interested in videogames, reading, technology and the environment.

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I wasn’t sure what to make of ‘gay furry Mario-like’… But the gameplay actually looks pretty polished - clearly inspired by SMB3! I’ll give the demo a go.

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The comments are where the real mildlyinteresting is 👌

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Yeah the guy is dressed up like Leon with the leather flying jacket and haircut - it’s a pretty iconic outfit

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Yes I definitely agree with that. I loved the variety of environments, and the animations felt ahead of their time for a game from 2002. Well worth completing. How long ago did you play it, out of interest?

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Oh god the pachinko machine… I salute you for 100%ing the game! Yeah Yoshi feels pretty pointless considering Mario has a more diverse moveset without him.

Graphically I still think it’s pretty impressive - the heat shimmer and water in particular. Crazy considering when it was released.

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Oh that’s interesting! Explains why I always had difficulty chasing down shadow Mario on Switch

I’ll have to check if it’s possible to use analog triggers with the SN30 Pro+ on Dolphin…

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Lol! Do you just feel that 64 is a better game, or has better level design?

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That’s fair, although I’ve always considered Galaxy to have a pretty good moveset. What was it missing compared to 64?

Odyssey gives you an insane level of movement, which I love. It’s fun to just run around levels.

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If I’d played it when I was younger, I don’t think I’d have made it very far to be honest! I’ve probably got a bit more patience and experience nowadays, hence finishing it on Switch. But I’m in no rush to 100% the game unlike some other Mario games (which tend to actually be fun to complete).

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Yes you’re right about having more time and better reflexes back then, but at the same time I feel like I pick up on cues and understand more what the developers intended for the player the older I’ve got. I remember playing the same levels over and over as a kid and eventually losing motivation to continue (this is somewhat balanced out by the fact that yes, I’d have more time, and also I didn’t have as many games - so I had more incentive to keep playing one to completion). Whereas nowadays I’ve got more patience and I can work out ‘oh I’m probably meant to go that way’ based on my experience of playing lots of different games over the years. I’ve built up more of an intuition for these things.

That said, I’m not sure I could beat many NES games!

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Oh that’s actually really neat, I had no idea! But it makes a lot of sense

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Ahh thanks, this is all coming back to me now! Despite being a pretty nerdy student, my biology teachers at school didn’t instil much enthusiasm in me for the subject. But the more I learn about it now, the more fascinating I find it.

Do you have any more detail/links about incompatible genes causing mutations?

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Heh, funnily enough I did pretty well back in school. But it’s been quite a while since I’ve learnt this stuff and it’s not something I ever specialised in. And when I did learn it, it was essentially just a series of facts that you had to memorise. ‘The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell’ etc. etc. So the second I passed that exam, I don’t think I ever went back to reinforce those memories.

Hearing about genetic dominance again did give me an ‘ah, of course!’ moment. If you are able to recall everything you learnt in school (including subjects that you may not have had much interest in), then congrats on the impressive memory :)

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Idk, it seems like some mathematicians study weird numbers that aren’t… Things like number theory - what the hell is going on there??

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I don’t know, clam meditation sounds pretty chill

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Oh thank FUCK. I’ve been unable to sleep, worrying about the trout. As long as they survive I can die happy! This is such great news 🙏

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But say (simplying greatly) the public key tells my computer to multiply my text by a prime number

If the prime number is already known from the public key, then why is any computation required? To decrypt it can’t I (or anyone else) just divide by the prime? Even with a significantly more complex calculation, can’t you just work the steps back in reverse using the instructions from the public key?

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So using the formula in that guide, you get a numerical value for O. But surely someone else could follow the same process and also get the same answer? Unless the primes change each time? But then how would the sender and receiver know the way in which the values change?

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Ah I think of sort of get it!

The public key is used within a function by the person sending the message, and even someone that knew the function and the public key wouldn’t be able to decrypt the message, because doing so would require knowledge of the original prime numbers which they couldn’t work out unless a computer spend years factoring the public key.

My only other bit of confusion:

  • If someone used a public key to encrypt the message “Hello”, maybe it would spit out something like Gh5bsKjbi4
  • If someone else sent the exact same message I assume the outcome would also be identical, and therefore it would be possible by using common phrases to work out what was sent? I could type messages like Hi, Goodbye, Hola until I got to ‘Hello’ and realised it was the same output.
  • However I assume that a message like ‘Hello, how are you?’ would result in a completely different output (despite Hello appearing in both) and thus trying to work out any messages in a brute force way like this would be pointless.
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I explained it poorly - what I mean to say is, two people trying to send the message ‘Hello’ for example both using the same public key would get the same output. So if you had a simple message like that, someone could work out by checking every word in the dictionary what your message was by checking if the output matched.

But I guess it’s a bit of a moot point - it’s unlikely that an encrypted message would ever be so simple. It could just as easily be much longer, and therefore basically impossible to guess the plaintext.

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Ah thanks for the useful links! Those articles are all quite fascinating. In the plaintext attacks article, I love the tactic mentioned here:

At Bletchley Park in World War II, strenuous efforts were made to use (and even force the Germans to produce) messages with known plaintext. For example, when cribs were lacking, Bletchley Park would sometimes ask the Royal Air Force to “seed” a particular area in the North Sea with mines (a process that came to be known as gardening, by obvious reference). The Enigma messages that were soon sent out would most likely contain the name of the area or the harbour threatened by the mines

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I’m not familiar with this work, but it seems like a fascinating topic and still as relevant today as it was back then. Thanks for the summary/review.

Is the combined knowledge of humanity safer than it has ever been?

From what I understand, a lot of knowledge was lost following the collapse of the Roman Empire as manuscripts were no longer being copied at the established frequency and information that had lost relevance (for certain jobs etc.) wasn’t being passed down....

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Do you reckon the physical copies would last longer than digital?

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I guess something like this (data stored on glass plates ‘Project Silica’) would store the data safely for a much longer period. What I’m not entirely clear on is whether it would still be possible to read that data in the far future - it seems to rely on some kind of machine learning to decode it.

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Mixed feelings about that - it sounds like you can still access those features so I don’t think it really affects the base game at all. From what I remember about the first game, you had to be sparing on the waystones to start with, and it required a bit of work to get the item necessary to redo your character - so not much has really changed there. On the other hand, adding these microtransactions in the first place is a stupid idea and the publishers are shooting themselves in the foot by adding them. Should that really change the reviews of the base game though?

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Oh I don’t want to portray it positively. I agree it’s shit. It just seemed to me that it’s possible (personally at least) to play the game and ignore the microtransactions. But no doubt that’s not the case for everyone

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Interesting article, and a worrying trend. Stamping a bit of text like ‘Generated by Midjourney’ is ridiculously weak protection though. I wonder if some kind of hidden visual data could be embedded within AI images - like a QR code that can be read by computers but is invisible to humans.

Just found the wikipedia page for steganography. Have any AI companies tried using this technique I wonder? 🤔

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The first image is kinda low res, and I initially read it as:

Remove him from the brownie. Slit him over chicken. Cook on HIGH.

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Is penis a valid substitute or would I need to take any supplements?

How does data sent over the internet know where to go?

I saw a map of undersea internet cables the other day and it’s crazy how many branches there are. It got me wondering - if I’m (based in the UK) playing an online game from someone in Japan for example, how is the route worked out? Does my ISP know that to get to place X, the data has to be routed via cable 1, cable 2 etc....

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Oh wow, this unlocked a memory! Pretty sure I watched back in school. Quite informative, though it felt like it skipped a lot between leaving the host computer and reaching the destination - is it just the same process over and over until it reaches the right place?

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That sounds like quite a messy and inefficient process! But I guess as long as it can be done quickly enough, it doesn’t really matter?

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Ah yeah this and @MelastSB 's comment clarify the routing table thing. Before I was assuming they just blindly forwarded stuff until one router knows where to go, but if they have a rough idea from the IP address prefix that makes more sense.

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Thanks, this is a good summary. It’s useful to know about the dynamically changing route - that explains a lot.

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Root federated?

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Ah gotcha! Yeah it’s pretty neat seeing the ways in which the instances intermingle. Some communities stay pretty niche and used only by local users with the same interests, whereas others are melting pots of every instance. I guess it’s a bit like a society with little towns and bigger cities.

Thoughts on a few recent games

Mirror’s Edge - This is a game I’ve been meaning to play for some time. A few years back I played the first couple of levels on a friend’s PS3 and recalled it being a fun experience. So when it went on sale for under £2 on Steam I couldn’t say no. It holds up exceptionally well for a game from 2008! The stylised...

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If you get a chance to play the Spyro trilogy in future I highly recommend it - especially if it’s a series you enjoyed when it came out. I imagine the remaster will be all the better for that nostalgia factor. Some of the boss fights in the second game were particularly difficult!

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I did think Skyward Sword starts out quite slow. How far did you get?

OmegaMouse OP ,
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Ah that’s very early on! It gets way better after that. If you have a Switch definitely try that version and push through the intro.

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You’re right about the fights, although I did find it quite fun picking up the guns and blasting my way through. They’re all very beefy. For some reason it felt a bit out of character though - like using lethal weapons in Metal Gear.

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Personally I loved BOTW, but I guess I didn’t go in expecting a traditional Zelda game. I think it does some really neat stuff with its world, different from a lot of other open world games of that time. But yes if you want a recent and classic feeling Zelda, SS is perfect.

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Are you a bit further in now? I wasn’t a huge fan of the second, so hopefully things have improved with the third!

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