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I've been curious about simracing lately, mainly because simulators always fascinated me.

In online communities the consensus basically is: when going past rookie you *need* high-end controller hardware.

Rudy van Buren recently won the McLaren simracing competition, using a Logitech G290 [1]. Before that he used a G27 [2]. Both are entry-level hardware.

Remember that next time you think you need better gear to get any progress.

[1] mclaren.com/formula1/2017/worl

[2] youtube.com/watch?v=0-7bTL6OLa

"There is nowhere left to hide
There is nothing to be done
No people to be saved
No pets we've never names
40 miles from the sun"

youtube.com/watch?v=UXZc44fM-I

> How's your day going? I ran "source .bash_history" instead of "source .bash_profile"

twitter.com/teek_eh/status/942

Petit fait marrant pour les Français, francophones franco-centrés que nous sommes : sur les 10 plus grandes agglomérations francophones au monde, une seule est en France (Paris, seconde juste derrière Kinshasa !). 8 sont en Afrique et 1 en Amérique du Nord (Montréal) :-)

Q: why do anti-capitalists only drink herbal tea?

A: because proper tea is theft!

Every time I see the awesome work of the Special Effect people it reminds me of the responsibility we have as software engineers: we may be able-bodied but not everybody is, it's up to us to make our software accessible to as many users as possible.

And yet we build websites that break when someone tries to increase the text size. That's plain wrong. Machines must adapt to people, not the other way around.

Yesterday and today Frontier Developments ran a 24h fundraising livestream to get nerds to give money to the Special Effect charity instead. That worked out quite well as a total of £53,680 was raised, nicely overshooting the £25,000 target.

Special Effect makes hardware and software to allow people with disabilities to play videogames. This may seem like a futile goal, but remember that games are also a social activity these people were denied.

youtube.com/watch?v=hKLNrCivOz

specialeffect.org.uk/

That's from "The Recipe" by Kendrick Lamar and Dr Dre, for those interested.

The best time to plant a tree is ten years ago.

The next best time is now.

But don't expect to harvest anything this year if you're only planting the tree now. Not even if you plant a hundred trees. Not even if you throw all the horse shit you can manage at the field, either.

- Jaycie Holder on project management

THEY COME FOR THE WOMEN WEED AND WEATHER, FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD FOR THE WOMEN WEED AND WEATHER

(note to self: visit Los Angeles someday)

It turns out that the polar ice caps are melting because Santa's elves are running a 500-megawatt bitcoin mining rig

On Amazon being an appalling company, I agree. It's not just the warehouse staff who get abused either.

But here's the thing.

This isn't a problem unique to Amazon. Many companies behave in similar ways. They're just not as big or well known as Amazon, and so stories about them don't get into the technology news.

This is a Capitalism problem, not an Amazon problem. It's also about the failure of unions to act in the interests of workers and to adapt their organizing methods to a post-industrial setting.

Pro-Tip: If you want to drive a react dev crazy, just put an empty file named react.js in a folder called __mocks__ and every test in that folder or its subfolders that uses the DOM will fail with the error "TypeError: Cannot read property 'ReactCurrentOwner' of undefined". Hours of fun!

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