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Our latest article, Axes and Arithmetic II, takes you through how to calculate probabilities in wargaming - this time, looking at the binomial distribution!

Check it out ->
exilian.co.uk/forum/index.php?

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example no. 43305 disproving what I call The Fallacy Of Progressivism: the assumption that societal characteristics which we consider superior or progressive were necessarily less the further you go back in time.

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Last summer holyday =(
Tomorrow is back to job hunting and writing applications.
Somebody in need of a writer, storyteller, communcations and media specialist?

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A classic story that bears reposting:

"We're having a problem sending email out of the department."

"What's the problem?" I asked.

"We can't send mail more than 500 miles," the chairman explained.

I choked on my latte. "Come again?"

"We can't send mail farther than 500 miles from here," he repeated. "A little bit more, actually. Call it 520 miles. But no farther."

The Case of the 500-Mile Email: ibiblio.org/harris/500milemail

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Latest from our articles section, @JubalBarca on riddles and how to use them as a , DM, or !
exilian.co.uk/forum/index.php?

And here's one specially for Masto:

My start smells sweet by any name,
I live where summer's sun's aflame,
You cut, hang, and devour me,
My end bloody or pure can be.
What am I?

Latest from our articles section, @JubalBarca on riddles and how to use them as a , DM, or !
exilian.co.uk/forum/index.php?

And here's one specially for Masto:

My start smells sweet by any name,
I live where summer's sun's aflame,
You cut, hang, and devour me,
My end bloody or pure can be.
What am I?

Our latest Updates from the Forge newsletter - issue 26 - is out! Please do have a read :)

This month, we have updates from three devs including @silverspookgames and @JubalBarca, an announcement of a cool monster designing contest from a friend of our community, and the announcement that we're organising chain writing this summer!

Read on for more:
exilian.co.uk/forum/index.php?

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We already know that automated content filters don't work. They put absolute power over content in the hands of a system that is opaque and broken.

A couple of days ago YouTube took down all of the Blender Foundation's videos from the Blender Foundation's channel due to a copyright claim by... the Blender Foundation.

The BF is an official YT partner, but days later they still cannot get a straight answer from YT about what is going on:

twitter.com/tonroosendaal/stat

twitter.com/tonroosendaal/stat

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@Archbeth @LilFluff
Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Health and Safety Guy The Wise? I thought not. It's not a story that the Jedi would tell you... He had such a knowledge of basic health and safety infrastructure and efficient building regulations that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying...!

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Beginning June 11, no more free API key for Google Maps (now Google Maps Platform) if you don't provide a credit card.

A lot of custom Google maps that have been created over the years will likely no longer work.

Time to use #leaflet and #openstreetmap

leafletjs.com/
openstreetmap.org/about
cloud.google.com/maps-platform

#opensource

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I have a new book out! Demon's Lure, about a girl and her demon. Or a demon and its girl, maybe. It's complicated.

Also, not a romance. This is not the sort of demon you take home to mom. This is the sort of demon you keep far away from everyone you care about to ensure it doesn't torture them to death.

books2read.com/demonslure

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A long-shot, but...

About 8 months ago I had been following a #French #writer on Masto (at my former mammouth.cafe account, RIP) who wrote short #novels of historical fiction (I think it was) in French and was looking for a native English-speaking collaborator to #translate the works into #English.

Anyone know who that might be?

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midichlorians are the powerhouse of the cell

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tech bros on twitter arguing against libraries in favour of "spotify for books" because authors/publishers (or rather VC investors) can't use libraries as their primary source of profit is just a perfect example of silicon valley's willful ignorance or complete contempt for the ideas of public service and the commons.

rather than everybody creating a public space and sharing resources they'd have us all completely separated and paying countless times over for the same thing.

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TIL: It's possible in PHP to add extra arguments to a function call if some value is truthy. And all without using extra variables or lines.

Regular function call:
myFunction($arg1);

Fancy function call:
myFunction($arg1, ...($bool ? [$arg3] : []));

If $bool is truthy, then myFunction is called with two arguments, but if it's falsy, then it's only called with one argument!