Out of the Blue

As noted in this post Frans completed a project this morning to convert the database here to Unicode UTF-8 character encoding. This is the default recommended by the W3 for HTML. The change should help clear up the occasional appearance of unusual characters like the Chinese noted in that thread. Frans is still looking at some things that came out oddly after the conversion, but if you notice anything that looks wrong in news stories or forum posts going forward, please let us know. Thanks!

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Re: $560,000 sneakers
May 18, 2020, 21:17
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Re: $560,000 sneakers May 18, 2020, 21:17
May 18, 2020, 21:17
 
WarPig wrote on May 18, 2020, 21:05:
Probably crazy, but I have to believe that you don't spend that kind of money on something like sneakers unless you're confident they'll go up in price. Right?
Usually, but frankly I wouldn't make that assumption these days...
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$560,000 sneakers
May 18, 2020, 21:05
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$560,000 sneakers May 18, 2020, 21:05
May 18, 2020, 21:05
 WarPig
 
Probably crazy, but I have to believe that you don't spend that kind of money on something like sneakers unless you're confident they'll go up in price. Right? Although the whole thing was almost certainly inflated by the the 10hr. ESPN documentary about Jordan and the Bulls called "The Last Dance", which wrapped up last night.

Speaking of which, I was only mildly interested in watching the documentary, but I have to say it's been fantastic (at least the first eight episodes were, I'll watch the last two tonight). I'm very surprised by how much I'm enjoying it. Over the last ten years I've been leaning towards LeBron over Jordan because of his strength and how he shares the ball, but man, I had forgotten the jaw-dropping stuff Jordan could do and it's been fun to watch.
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 18, 2020, 18:46
Kxmode
 
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Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2020, 18:46
May 18, 2020, 18:46
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eRe4s3r wrote on May 18, 2020, 10:49:
Yeah that was probably not an easy conversion given the age of the database, and how many weird ascii codes there must have stored there

Just testing some letters äö'*<><|╘¬»Θ

Ah.. how nice it is to finally have full UTF range in comments, no more broken japanese links

ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ and ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

My needs are met. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 18, 2020, 18:43
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Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2020, 18:43
May 18, 2020, 18:43
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Doom Eternal is getting negative reviewed bombed after Bethesda added Denuvo to a recent update. If you highlight the selection of reviews in question, DE is sitting on a 14% Overwhelmingly Negative score. I think it is incredibly shady to wait more than a month past the refund period to add something as critical as Denuvo. People are saying they've lost the ability to play the single-player campaign until they install Denuvo.
"Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times." - Those Who Remain by G. Michael Hopf
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 18, 2020, 15:59
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Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2020, 15:59
May 18, 2020, 15:59
 
Sepharo wrote on May 18, 2020, 14:28:
We have log files that get that big over a week, let alone an entire website running for 20+ years.
Uhh, log files (of what?) vs SQL dumps, apples vs oranges.
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 18, 2020, 15:28
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Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2020, 15:28
May 18, 2020, 15:28
 
Cutter wrote on May 18, 2020, 14:18:
Yeah, I'd heard about Wolfram's stab at the Unified Field Theory. Here's a good, and short, contraposition to it....

3 Simple Reasons Why Wolfram's New 'Fundamental Theory' Is Not Yet Science

Nice counterpoint.
Wolfram — a former physicist who's been scientifically trained — is going off of what he feels. Deep in his gut, he knows that he's embarked down a road that must lead to the ultimate destination: a fundamental theory of everything. Whereas an objective observer would see ambiguous signposts with no clear indication of what lies farther down the road ahead, Wolfram unshakably believes he's on the path to Victory Road.
Ouch.
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 18, 2020, 15:22
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Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2020, 15:22
May 18, 2020, 15:22
 
Dilbert.

Heh, the Zen monks I knew were big fans of caffeine in order to stay awake longer in order to get in more meditation per day.
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 18, 2020, 15:04
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May 18, 2020, 15:04
 
Tencent just bought Blues.
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 18, 2020, 14:28
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Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2020, 14:28
May 18, 2020, 14:28
 
Frans wrote on May 18, 2020, 11:28:
Rhialto wrote on May 18, 2020, 10:41:
Just curious how large could be the datab(a)se after all those years?
How does one measure that? One way: the plain text SQL dump is 1.1 GB (328 MB gzipped).
The biggest tables are of course the news stories and forum posts, then articles, users and other public data, but there are a whole bunch of small(er) under-the-hood tables as well.

I know it's mostly text, but wow, that's way smaller than I would have expected.
We have log files that get that big over a week, let alone an entire website running for 20+ years.
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 18, 2020, 14:18
Cutter
 
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Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2020, 14:18
May 18, 2020, 14:18
 Cutter
 
Yeah, I'd heard about Wolfram's stab at the Unified Field Theory. Here's a good, and short, contraposition to it....

3 Simple Reasons Why Wolfram's New 'Fundamental Theory' Is Not Yet Science
"Well, he’s not a villain Summer, but he shouldn’t be your hero. He’s more like a demon, or a super fucked up god." - Morty Smith
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 18, 2020, 13:41
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May 18, 2020, 13:41
 
f3ar is the m1nd kiLLr
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 18, 2020, 13:18
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May 18, 2020, 13:18
 

"Frans completed a project this morning to convert the database here to Unicode UTF-8 character encoding ... The change should help clear up the occasional appearance of unusual characters like the Chinese noted in that thread"

Thanks Frans :), didn't see any Chinese characters since I formatted my system drive and did a clean Win reinstall a while back, but I'll be on the lookout and will report it in the forums if it happens again.
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How The Empire Strikes Back made those AT-ATs look so real
May 18, 2020, 11:33
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How The Empire Strikes Back made those AT-ATs look so real May 18, 2020, 11:33
May 18, 2020, 11:33
 

Strange... first time I saw it as a 5 years old kid my first thought was that they didn't mostly move smoothly like big machines ( I had seen big machines at work early on in my life, wood harvesting machines, farmers trucks machines, etc ). And these supposedly even bigger. Their movements were jerky, just like what some machines do when breaking, and the bigger machines are and the more jerky their movements are, the more it's a sign of an impending mechanical problem so far as I knew at that age ( I know it's not entirely correct now, but hey, 5 years old farm boy man ), when they didn't break, I knew something was wrong.
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 18, 2020, 11:28
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May 18, 2020, 11:28
 
Rhialto wrote on May 18, 2020, 10:41:
Just curious how large could be the datab(a)se after all those years?
How does one measure that? One way: the plain text SQL dump is 1.1 GB (328 MB gzipped).
The biggest tables are of course the news stories and forum posts, then articles, users and other public data, but there are a whole bunch of small(er) under-the-hood tables as well.
-- Frans
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 18, 2020, 10:49
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Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2020, 10:49
May 18, 2020, 10:49
 
Yeah that was probably not an easy conversion given the age of the database, and how many weird ascii codes there must have stored there

Just testing some letters äö'*<><|╘¬»Θ

Ah.. how nice it is to finally have full UTF range in comments, no more broken japanese links
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 18, 2020, 10:41
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May 18, 2020, 10:41
 
Just curious how large could be the databse after all those years?
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