Monday, November 06


Daily News Stuff 6 November 2023

Red River Unicorn Cull Edition

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  • Why Cities: Skylines 2 performs so poorly.  (Paavo)

    Culling and level of detail.  Or rather, the lack of same.  Or precisely, horrible defects in Unity that mean that in complex games the automatic handling of these issues simply breaks.

    And what that means is that if a complex structure would be drawn with 60,000 polygons when it's in the foreground, in Cities: Skylines 2 it is drawn with 60,000 polygons when it is in the background, and indeed drawn with 60,000 polygons when it is behind another object and not visible to the player at all.

    Which means that it will be fixed, with some improvements arriving already and a lot more in coming weeks.  But that's because the game developer has taken over fixing things the game engine should handle for them.

    Most likely - this is speculation, but it makes sense - Unity has been promising fixes for these problems for months, and the fixes simply didn't arrive in time.

Tech News

  • Went to cancel my Adobe Creative Cloud account since I don't really have time to use it, and I have plenty of other software to take its place (mostly from Humble Bundle, which is a great place to save 90% by buying last year's version).

    They gave me a 50% discount.

    Which...  Okay.

  • A brain injury removed my ability to perceive time.  (Salon)

    It was lupus.

    An Oliver Sacks tale except in this case the patient recovered and was able to tell it herself.

  • Drunk grizzlies keep getting killed by trains in Montana.  (Cowboy State Daily)

    Which has to be the Montana-est headline ever.

  • Across the US, in red states and blue, in rich districts and poor, home-schooling is the fastest growing form of education.  (WV News)
    Home schooling's surging popularity crosses every measurable line of politics, geography and demographics. The number of home-schooled kids has increased 373 percent over the past six years in the small city of Anderson, S.C.; it also increased 358 percent in a school district in the Bronx.
    This worries the usual suspects:
    "Policymakers should think, 'Wow - this is a lot of kids,'" said Elizabeth Bartholet, an emeritus professor at Harvard Law School and child welfare advocate. "We should worry about whether they're learning anything."
    You might want to look closer to home, Erzsebet.

Disclaimer: I thought she died in the 17th century.

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1 "home schooling is the fastest growing form of education"

I don't think that's a meaningful statement, given that government-run education is universal and "free".
On the other hand, those cesspools can't go out of business fast enough for my liking.

Posted by: normal at Monday, November 06 2023 09:54 PM (obo9H)

2 It's probably accurate when expressed as a percentage increase in students year over year, or something like that.  Apparently quite a few parents have decided that the states did so poorly forcing kids to do "distance learning" via Zoom that they could hardly do worse.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, November 07 2023 01:06 AM (BMUHC)

3 Hah, regarding the Grizzlies vs. Trains thing, back in the late 90s when I was working at an import car tuning/hotrod shop, we had a customer that pretty much without fail came in every Friday to grab bottle of nitrous oxide for his car to take to the track, one Friday he doesn't show, then the next 3 Fridays go by with no Rich coming by to pick up his go fast juice, finally after a month or so he shows up, Rich's job happened to be hazardous materials clean up and in this case, turned out to be exactly what this article was talking about, we all had a good laugh at the thought of Rich having to abseil down the side of mountains just to clean up even the slightest handful of spilled grain lest the bears pick more fights with trains and lose.

Posted by: bob in houston at Tuesday, November 07 2023 01:12 AM (YBLgY)

4 One possible conclusion on the homeschooling/blue state end is that those areas are more conservative than the vote totals indicate, and that many parents are conservative enough that they do not want their kids learning to be race war obsessed nutcases. 

Harvard Law School itself, as an institution, raises the question of whether its instructors have learned anything. 

Two and a half years ago, in a public written document, three quarters of law school heads proved that they were ignorant of their profession in a way that suggests that they studied the elements of law with a fairly rote and overly focused mindset. 

It is maybe reasonable for the majority of instructors in a tertiary field to be specialists.  However, there is a problem when nobody can give a common sense, generalist sanity check on how the thing might be seen from a public perspective. 

Effectively, a lot of tertiary instructors have learned false things, and would have to unlearn much of it to be sane enough to do what their field is fundamentally supposed to do in the context of American culture. 

The Education major should not have had so many among them ignorant and stupid enough to say, in public, 'maybe we should do a worse job on purpose', if they wanted to keep their phoney baloney jobs. 

Simply /not/ pushing to have many of these bastards hanged is actually pretty generous and charitable.  We have good conservative reasons to avoid breaking out the electric bleachers, but from the outside academia looks like dangerous idiots. 

Posted by: PatBuckman at Tuesday, November 07 2023 04:38 AM (r9O5h)

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