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Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Aug 2020
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    I tried the base building, and found the inventory system made the whole thing really painful - like they used it as a reason to expand the crafting tree.

    You can build a teleport to get back to your base, but it needs power, so you also need to build batteries, wiring and solar panels to keep them charged. You can build extra storage units, but they also need to be actively powered, and somehow store less in ~10 cubic metres than you can fit in your suit pockets. And introduce another inventory screen that behaves differently to all the others.

    You can build cool underwater bases, but I ran out of materials for an airlock and water filling through the floor hatch behaves a bit oddly.

    You can also build hangars for ground vehicles, or even submersibles, but I ran out of patience before trying one. It wasn't at all clear whether you also have to build or buy the vehicle separately, or how much use you'd get out of it.

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    Yeah, definitely don't just take my word for it.

    I thought the gloo gun felt clever but wasn't actually as enjoyable to use as I expected it to be. And maybe the story gets better later: I bailed out ... sometime after doing one or two EVA sections, I can't remember exactly where.

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    Except without the enjoyable combat, stealth, loot or skill mechanics.

    It felt mostly like an exercise in the writers being smug about how clever they were.

    Its "what if bioshock but space" thing combined elements of environmental storytelling that were notably worse than Bioshock, Deus Ex and Portal, with annoying-yet-unsatisfying enemies, rubbish crafting, rubbish guns, crap stealth, and appalling intrusive sound design.

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    Of course we didn't need a visa waiver program with EU countries when we had FOM.

    So, one could yet be negotiated with the EU, but I won't hold my breath.

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    I bet they do a sweep after Brexit, since they know perfectly well there will be expats who have tried to cut corners.

    You probably need a local bank account and proof of income to rent, and you'd presumably want local health insurance, so it's hard to stay completely off their radar.

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    You can always see if anyone local to you needs dog-walking help, and use it as a test run.

    We've ended up with a full time Irish setter due to the owner shielding during lockdown, who we originally met via borrowmydoggy and had been walking weekly for a few years.

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    I quite like a Swiss hook, but I really doubt it's much less offensive-looking than a machete.

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    And similarly, the use of awk just to get the second field in

    pdfinfo in.pdf | grep Pages | awk '{print $2}'
    

    is slightly inelegant (although I also do it all the time) when cut is made for the purpose:

    pdfinfo in.pdf | grep Pages | cut -f2 -d':'
    

    One of the reasons I do use awk for this despite feeling vaguely guilty is that it chomps whitespace for you, which is nice.

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    It's easy to remember: it's just interpreted C, with pattern matching.

    But honestly it's overkill for almost anything you can do with grep and cut.

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    You can absolutely do it in shell, but you need arithmetic expansion, like

    "A1-$((PAGENUMBER / 2))
    

    etc.

    Also using awk for something that only needs cut is poor style, although that's never stopped me from doing it.

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