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8:51 AM
It’s still broken in multiple ways though (grmbl). The ones that annoy me are that answer summaries show the question text, and that deleted posts no longer show up in red. (I use “favourites” to keep track of posts which might need some attention, and having them show up as deleted used to allow quick cleanups of my list of favourites.)
And yes, those bugs are referenced in the relevant Meta SE post.
 
9:21 AM
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A: New post summary designs on site home pages and greatest hits now; everywhere else eventually

Stephen Kittbug Regressions in lists of followed posts This appears to have been rolled out to lists of followed posts, and it results in a number of regressions, illustrated on this screenshot: Unlike the newly-revamped questions, the answer summary still shows text after the title, but it’s not the text ...

 
But so responsive
 
 
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10:55 AM
the new format makes it harder to eyeball questions with no answers, since the number doesn't have a dedicated column to it.
and the new entries take more vertical space on the screen...
 
 
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2:31 PM
the redesign is probably geared at Stack Overflow where every question is crap so you needn't see anything :P
 
 
3 hours later…
5:08 PM
Could be!
 
5:36 PM
what the hell was that
 
5:52 PM
RARE Kpop loves mawk and is a bit frustrated that we don’t know it as well as we should
 
I think mawk is pretty cool but I don't know any flavor of awk as well as I should
 
I'm very good at printing the last column of the input using awk, if I may say so myself
 
@AndrasDeak something like { for (i = 1; i <= NF; i++) if (i == NF) print $i } :-P
 
I always love me some code bowling
 
@StephenKitt now passerbys will see your comment and think that is a legitimate answer to something >.>
 
5:59 PM
it is, but the question might not be legitimate
 
@jesse_b well, it does the right thing, it’s just not the best way of doing it
 
"How can I print the last column in O(N) time?"
there are other solutions to that, but not as cute as this one
 
I mean some participants on Unix.SE would first find the last field, then figure out its index in the overall string, then construct a sed command and use that to extract the last field
there is literally no limit to code bowling
 
@StephenKitt Sounds like something I would have done and would probably still do for things I'm unfamiliar with
 
@jesse_b there are certainly areas where I do the meta-equivalent
 
6:02 PM
after enough experience you might start wondering after step 3 or 4 whether you're trying to hammer a screw
heh, I almost make sense today
 
When I was in high school I took a comptia A+ class and got my arm stuck in a cd rom tray
 
I once met a developer who hadn’t understood that variables’ values could change, and thus didn’t understand loops either
 
@jesse_b that was A+? Who got an F?
 
all their code was if (a == 1) { b = 2 } if (a == 2) { b = 3 } and so on
 
yikes
"Why do we even call them variables, amirite"
 
6:04 PM
@AndrasDeak One guy filled a power strip with LEDs and turned it on, tripped the breaker for an entire wing of the school
 
everything worked as long as the input didn’t exceed their coding patience, and the recursion didn’t exceed the stack size
 
@AndrasDeak I've heard people say "constant variable"
 
@jesse_b things get fun when you find variable constants
 
@jesse_b haha, my mother did that in workshop class in elementary school, with a DIY lamp. Shut down the whole school circuit. I think she was exempt from such tasks afterward.
 
seems kind of irresponsible to let elementary students do diy electrical projects
 
6:07 PM
yeah
but, you know, Eastern Bloc
 
my tribe
 
we did some insane stuff in high school chemistry, like experiments involving cyanide
once the teacher accidently produced TNT
cue school evacuation and bomb squad
 
at least they were enlightened enough that girls were also put in workshop classes, not just sewing and cooking
@StephenKitt whoopsie
"accidentally"
our high-school chem teachers made us nitroglycerin and showed us how it behaved
 
seriously, I can’t remember what the experiment was; it was a series of reactions, and one of them could take two paths, one path leading to TNT
she was explaining how to avoid it when oops
 
my school was once evacuated and a bomb squad called in because someone had expired lunch in their locker and it smelled funny inside one of the classrooms heh
 
6:09 PM
oh yeah, you guys take high school security a lot more seriously for some reason
 
I don't think it was necessarily a bomb squad but they did have some serious equipment
The teacher from the classroom next to the locker and several students got sick from it so they thought it was some sort of biological weapon
turned out to be like a banana and a ham sandwich or something
 
@AndrasDeak One small droplet on a cotton ball. Put it on an anvil, tap it with a hammer, little "bang". Teacher says "is that it?", taps it a few more times, third time goes BANG!
half the class shat themselves (only figuratively, I think)
 
6:46 PM
@AndrasDeak I'm surprised that's legal.
 
They didn't teach or show us how to do it, although they probably would've of we'd asked.
I did what's probably called a chemistry major? Additional chemistry classes, going to competitions etc.
 
yeah we did similar stuff in high school chemistry
we were taught the nitroglycerin formulas, but we didn’t run the experiments ourselves
 
One of the two teachers told us in chemistry camp that when he was at the finals of the same chemistry competition, they brewed up iodine azide (IN3), which is what they put in airbags, he told us. It's very volatile, easily dissociates to iodine and nitrogen, using up a lot more space than its crystalline form (i.e. it's sort of explosive). They crystallised some, poured it out on the corridor, and waited for the supervising teacher to come that way, the crystals popping under his feet.
 
but we did get to play with cyanide (in very, very small quantities)
we had proper fume hoods and all that sort of equipment
 
I probably handled some cyanide derivatives, as they are reagents in some experiments. But not things like potassium cyanide.
by derivatives I mean things like ferrocyanide, thiocyanate etc.
 

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