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Ask HN: What overlooked class of tools should a self-taught programmer look into


15 years ago I learned Python by studying some O'Reilly books and I have been a hobbyist programmer ever since.

The books went into detail and since reading them I've felt confident writing scripts I needed to scratch an itch. Over time, I grew comfortable believing I had a strong grasp of the practical details and anything I hadn't seen was likely either minor quibble, domain specific, or impractically theoretic.

This was until last year when I started working on a trading bot. I felt there should be two distinct parts to the bot, one script getting data then passing that data along to the other script for action. This seemed correct as later I might want multiple scripts serving both roles and passing data all around. Realizing the scripts would need to communicate over a network with minimal latency, I considered named pipes, Unix domain sockets, even writing files to /dev/shm but none of these soluti... show more


 

Ask HN: Which books teach mental models?


Read the piece by Mutaschak [1]yesterday and found myself agreeing with components of the piece but distinctly feeling that some well-crafted books take a more active role in conveying and teaching mental models than simply summarized facts (which can be done well, but is subject to being forgotten).

The question, then, is what books effectively introduced a new mental model or perspective?

Two recent examples from my own reading, non-fiction and fiction:

Loonshots (Bahcall) - model & "rules" for structure of innovation in orgs is introduced, discussed from various perspectives, examples given, summarized in text, repeated.

Overstory (Powers) - character stories all reinforce the perspective of an alternative relationship with trees and plants, the giant ecosystem and systems thinking.

[1]https://andymatuschak.org/books/

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Ask HN: How does your development team handle database migrations?


What's your team workflow for delivering features that require database migrations. How do you keep migrations from slowing down development as your team grows.

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19880334
Posted by abetlen (karma: 68)
Post stats: Points: 116 - Comments: 101 - 2019-05-10T17:48:38Z

#HackerNews #ask #database #development #does #handle #how #migrations #team #your
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 111 - Loop: 215 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 48


 

Ask HN: How common is it to work on projects with no testing?


I have been working in an investment bank for the past months(my first job), and I was surprised to find out out that my team doesn't write any tests at all.

There is also no code reviews, you are responsible for your own code. There seems to exist a "hustle" mentality, where you need to ship at all costs, the engineers frequently work from 9am-9pm and then some weekends. Is this common practice in the industry?

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19834777
Posted by reese_john (karma: 164)
Post stats: Points: 74 - Comments: 74 - 2019-05-05T20:11:04Z

#HackerNews #ask #common #how #projects #testing #with #work
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 74 - Loop: 303 - Rank min: 60 - Author rank: 51


 
By Mae Mu



2019-04-16T21:32:19-04:00

Enjoy your meal!
If you like this picture please give me a “like” let me know your feedback, or leave your Comments/suggestions below
check out my Instagram @picoftasty more surprise there!

From now on, Every Saturday (Central Time - US & Canada) I will release Lightroom preset for people who are interested in food photography check out my website and download it for free. This is a great opportunity to practice and take your images to the next level.

Now subscribe, get the latest release first
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By Mae Mu



2019-04-20T22:24:35-04:00

Enjoy your drink! HAPPY EASTER!
If you like this picture please give me a “like” let me know your feedback, or leave your Comments/suggestions below
check out my Instagram @picoftasty more surprise there!

From now on, Every Saturday (Central Time - US & Canada) I will release Lightroom preset for people who are interested in food photography check out my website and download it for free. This is a great opportunity to practice and take your images to the next level.

Now subscribe, get the latest re... show more


 

Ask HN: Who is hiring? (May 2019)


Please state the job location and include the keywords REMOTE, INTERNS and/or VISA when the corresponding sort of candidate is welcome. When remote work is not an option, include ONSITE.

Please only post if you personally are part of the hiring company—no recruiting firms or job boards. Only one post per company. If it isn't a household name, explain what your company does.

Commenters: please don't reply to job posts to complain about something. It's off topic here.

Readers: please only email if you are personally interested in the job.

Searchers: Try https://kennytilton.github.io/whoishiring/, https://hnhired.com/, https://hnjobs.emilburzo.com, https://news.ycombinator.com/item?i... show more


 

Ask HN: How do you stay disciplined in the long run?


My typical cycle of execution is something like this

Find out something through HN/Reddit/Other medium --> Get motivated --> Get good knowledge about it through research --> See others succeed, get motivated a bit more --> Execute and get to, say, 25-50% of the journey --> Get bored --> Abandon --> be passive for couple of months --> repeat.

Be it creating new websites or new products (probably the reason I have not launched something as a personal project, despite having tried like 10-11 of them with varying degree of success), weight loss journey, running, meditation etc. I have tried breaking things into manageable chunks and then taking them one-by-one, or through methodologies like GTD, or by making others accountable (tough to find someone who takes personal interest in what I would do; also, I have strongly come to perceive myself as being driven by external accountabilities which makes me good at wor... show more


 

Ask HN: Sources of remote dev work with minimal human interaction?


Hi everyone,

I am in a situation that I feel some of you can relate to, so I wanted to pose this question in hopes of generating some resources for myself and similar people. I've had a few developer jobs so far in life and on balance, I haven't really liked any of them. When I ask myself why, the reason is always the corporate bullshit that I must endure. I find the actual job of being a developer quite fun and enjoy solving problems and building things with code. I also have no troubles with the interpersonal side of developing, as far as working in a team and being a decent coworker is concerned. What I cannot stand is the corporate environment and it's associated crap and rituals. I don't like being "obligated" to put in extra time with my colleagues on team events and retreats. I don't like daily stand-ups that are about talking about what you're up to so you look busy, rather than sharing (both ways) useful info with t... show more


 

Ask HN: As managers, how do you make sure your distributed team is aligned?


We use Slack for internal comms, but it's used mostly for chit-chat conversations and real-time issues. Is there a product for slow-thinking updates where I can share teams news and align my +40 people team? How can you be sure people don't actually miss things in the noise of Slack/Email?

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19761183
Posted by type12 (karma: 340)
Post stats: Points: 102 - Comments: 55 - 2019-04-26T19:50:57Z

#HackerNews #aligned #ask #distributed #how #make #managers #sure #team #you #your
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 86 - Loop: 411 - Rank min: 80 - Author rank: 485


 

Ask HN: Has there been any academic research into software interviewing?


Some common interview types are algorithm problems, pair programming exercises, take-home assignments, etc.

Has there been any research into the predictive power of such assessments? Is there any evidence that a particular type of question correlates well with job success?

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19747821
Posted by CSMastermind (karma: 476)
Post stats: Points: 160 - Comments: 104 - 2019-04-25T13:28:24Z

#HackerNews #academic #any #ask #been #has #interviewing #into #research #software #there
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 141 - Loop: 425 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 44


 

Ask HN: What Hacker News comments have you bookmarked?


Frequently while browsing this site I see a comment that is profoundly insightful about culture, mindset, career, relationships, coffee grinders, etc.

I realized today that I’ve always considered them in the moment and let them go. Perhaps I should have been bookmarking them and revisiting with a different perspective.

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19716401
Posted by pardavis (karma: 54)
Post stats: Points: 150 - Comments: 36 - 2019-04-22T03:54:26Z

#HackerNews #ask #bookmarked #comments #hacker #have #news #what #you
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 112 - Loop: 84 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 540


 

Ask HN: What does your ML pipeline look like?


Experienced machine learning professionals - How do you create scalable, deployable and reproducible data/ML pipelines at your work?

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19712465
Posted by mallochio (karma: 102)
Post stats: Points: 252 - Comments: 38 - 2019-04-21T15:23:35Z

#HackerNews #ask #does #like #look #pipeline #what #your
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 180 - Loop: 342 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 127


 

Ask HN: Will there ever be a resurgence of interest in symbolic AI?


Symbolic AI fell by the wayside at the beginning of the AI winter. More recently, with powerful GPUs making ML and other statistical AI approaches feasible, symbolic AI has not seen anywhere near as much investment.

There are still companies I know of that do symbolic AI (such as https://www.cyc.com), but I very rarely hear of new research in the field.

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19713791
Posted by snazz (karma: 1501)
Post stats: Points: 135 - Comments: 47 - 2019-04-21T18:50:20Z

#HackerNews #ask #ever #interest #resurgence #symbolic #there #will
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 105 - Loop: 207 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 24


 

Ask HN: How do I improve our data infrastructure?


I was just hired as the first permanent data scientist in a big corporation. They’ve previously relied on consultants to build the infrastructure and the data science pipelines. We’re still around 10 people in the team.

The code is not pretty to look at, but this is not our biggest problem. We inherited a weird infrastructure: a mix of files in HDF5 and Parquet format dumped in S3, read with Hive and Spark.

Here are the current issues:
  • The volume does not require a solution that is this complex (we’re talking 100Gb max accumulated over the past 4 years)
  • It’s a mess: every time we onboard a new person we have to spend several days explaining where the data is.
  • There is no simple way to explore the data.
  • Data and code end up being duplicated: people working on several projects that require the same subset write their own transforma
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Ask HN: One-person SaaS apps that are profitable?


Hi HN,

Do you know any one man SaaS app that are profitable?

I'm asking this because I'm considering starting a SaaS app as a side project, and I'm looking for some inspiration.

Thanks!

Note: this is was previously on HN here1, but it's been few years, and I'm sure a lot of one person startups are thriving than before.

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19701783
Posted by phoenix24 (karma: 143)
Post stats: Points: 192 - Comments: 108 - 2019-04-19T18:27:41Z

#HackerNews #apps #are #ask #one-person #profitable #saas #that
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 164 - Loop: 179 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 15


 

Death of the keyboard? Let's ask Alexa


#alexa #ask #death #keyboard #lets


 

Ask HN: What are good resources for life advice?


What are other good resources to read from? Any source that are as good as PG essays on how to think in life?

Sources can be videos, audios, recordings, essays, blogs, etc. Anything.

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19650044
Posted by sumitsrivastava (karma: 81)
Post stats: Points: 122 - Comments: 58 - 2019-04-12T23:45:23Z

#HackerNews #advice #are #ask #for #good #life #resources #what
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 100 - Loop: 115 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 11


 

Ask HN: Non-VC backed founders, any tips on growth?


I am involved in two bootstrapped startups (group of buddies saved up and some work remote from my house) and it is getting to the point where we do not really need the money or investments as we have some earnings keeping us afloat. One of the apps is enterprise, has shown market fit, and has some great clients. We have been approached already with VC offers, but I am just so hesitant to let someone else in. Sometimes (read: lots and lots and lots of times) something that started as a noble pursuit ends up being corrupted by all of the cooks in the kitchen. Any guidance to those that have been similar situations? Thanks.

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19645363
Posted by melonbar (karma: 76)
Post stats: Points: 136 - Comments: 93 - 2019-04-12T15:02:00Z

#HackerNews #any #ask #backed #founders #growth #non-vc #tips
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 121 - Loop: 386 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 19


 

Ask HN: Which great products didn't succeed?


I've often heard the claim that the startup graveyard is full of great products that didn't succeed (e.g. because the startup wasn't good enough on marketing, or because they didn't solve a big enough problem).

What are some examples of this?

If there are examples of truly great products that eventually died, I'd like to study them more in-depth.

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19592697
Posted by mrborgen (karma: 1031)
Post stats: Points: 73 - Comments: 182 - 2019-04-06T20:02:22Z

#HackerNews #ask #didnt #great #products #succeed #which
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 109 - Loop: 154 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 29


 

Ask HN: Was GitHub Hacked or Me?


http://confidencetoexplore.com/

That's my page. My other github pages are working fine, but that one redirects to a crazy screen with a lighting strike gif, an email address, and something about "muslim cybersecurity".

I changed the A records to put up a parking lot page and that worked, so I think it's something around github. As soon as I add the A records and CNAME records back to point to github, the hacked page goes back up.

How do I fix this?

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19566075
Posted by scottndecker (karma: 210)
Post stats: Points: 137 - Comments: 39 - 2019-04-03T18:49:48Z

#HackerNews #ask #github #hacked #was
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 104 - Loop: 361 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 21


 

Ask HN: Amazon delisted me. What do I do?


I'm at my wits end with big tech platforms. I run a popular photography product company (which was a Kickstarter project in 2014) [0]which gets a lot of love for its ability to help photographers take interesting images.

But I'm continually running into walls with BigTechCos. I'm just coming off the end of having had my Instagram account deleted by Facebook because a graffiti artist and his trolls were able to flag my IG account and left me unable to appeal[1]. 20k followers, 4 years of work gone. My entire customer base is primarily on IG and they are shocked to find that I'm not; so I feel the pain every day and the fact that I'm no longer advertising on FB because of it is a loss-loss in my opinion. Can not explain how upsetting it is for me.

To add insult to injury Amazon randomly delisted my product. I randomly received an email that they removed me [2]. I checked the listing and saw that a customer had left a bad review. I went to cont... show more


 

Ask HN: Is all programming constantly changing or just front-end JavaScript?


I've been working on frontend dev for several years now, in the pre and post framework era. React and the other frameworks and ES6 in general, has meant a ton of change to the very basics of how we work.

The way I do basic things has changed fundamentally in the last 4-5 years. Some of that is because I'm no longer a "beginner", but much is because things have just changed a ton.

People who know the JS / frontend ecosystem AND backend stuff as well:

Is this rate of change unique to JS, or is it everywhere? Is Rails very, very different now than 4-5 years ago? Django?

I use PHP a bit and I've seen that change a bit, but it feels like mostly for the better, with namespaces in particular. Otherwise, I don't feel like PHP has had near the amt of change that JS has had.

tl;dr: is it crazy everywhere or just with JS/frontend?

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Ask HN: Who wants to be hired? (April 2019)


Share your information if you are looking for work. Please use this format:
Location: Remote: Willing to relocate: Technologies: Résumé/CV: Email:

Readers: please only email these addresses to discuss work opportunities.

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19543938
Posted by whoishiring (karma: 30120)
Post stats: Points: 98 - Comments: 124 - 2019-04-01T15:01:56Z

#HackerNews #2019 #april #ask #hired #wants #who
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 106 - Loop: 321 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 901


 

Ask HN: Who is hiring? (April 2019)


Please state the job location and include the keywords REMOTE, INTERNS and/or VISA when the corresponding sort of candidate is welcome. When remote work is not an option, include ONSITE.

Please only post if you personally are part of the hiring company—no recruiting firms or job boards. Only one post per company. If it isn't a household name, explain what your company does.

Commenters: please don't reply to job posts to complain about something. It's off topic here.

Readers: please only email if you are personally interested in the job.

Searchers: Try https://kennytilton.github.io/whoishiring/, https://hnhired.com/, https://hnjobs.emilburzo.com, https://news.ycombinator.com/item... show more


 

Ask HN: I will pay you $2000 and code the MVP for your side-project


Premise 1: Investors/Incubators over-estimate their ability to pick good ideas/startups.

Premise 2: Software by a lone developer is not pragmatically different from software by a big A-team. It’s the market fit and marketing / sales that makes or breaks the project.

Premise 3: Most freelancers will not build and/or follow-through with their ideas, because they are not sure it will sell.

Premise 4: HackerNews has a decent number of people who know how the world works, and how a little glue would make it better.

Based on these premises I present The Proposition 2.0 (following version 1.0 [1]):

I’ll pay you $500 for your “real-life problem that needs a software fix” idea and market validation / research. I will build the MVP and give you another $1500 to bring us our first paying customer(s). We split the resulting product 80-20 as co-founders.

[1]... show more


 

Ask HN: Physicists of HN, what are you working on these days?


Of late, except for few headline-friendly fields (colliders, quantum computing, gravitational waves and astrophysics in general), I don't get to see/relate with a lot of activities in Physics. Also I have noticed a growing trend of physicists becoming data scientists post phD. Although I understand the money factor, are there any other reasons for this as well?

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19500151
Posted by sachin18590 (karma: 128)
Post stats: Points: 251 - Comments: 158 - 2019-03-27T12:26:53Z

#HackerNews #are #ask #days #physicists #these #what #working #you
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 220 - Loop: 226 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 41


 

Ask HN: How to learn best practices when you have no one to teach you?


I am currently working for a startup and am one of 3 developers. Most of my work revolves around building the API in Node + Express as well as some small projects with MongoDB. The other developers don't really assist me since they have their own projects to work on, and, honestly, they have less experience and knowledge than I do.

So my question is: What is the best way for me to go about learning best practices in API development, or using MongoDB, or even just being a better software developer in general?

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19423228
Posted by bradhoffman (karma: 137)
Post stats: Points: 327 - Comments: 157 - 2019-03-18T17:43:57Z

#HackerNews #ask #best #have #how #learn #one #practices #teach #when #you
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 270 - Loop: 457 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 114


 

Ask HN: What is the best “dumb” phone?


Due to privacy and time management concerns, I have decided to take the jump and get rid of my smart phone. Unsurprisingly, there are very few of resources online about which dumb phones are the best. Those of you who use a non-smart phones, which model is it and how do you like it?

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19423434
Posted by goldemerald (karma: 76)
Post stats: Points: 134 - Comments: 134 - 2019-03-18T18:04:29Z

#HackerNews #ask #best #dumb #phone #the #what
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 134 - Loop: 248 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 108


 

Ask HN: Is Someone Hijacking Google Images?


I was looking for ideas on how to build a simple network analyzer to test antennas, filters etc. so I typed "network analyzer schematic" (without quotes) on Google Images and it apparently returned some results I was expecting, but clicking on a lot of results from the first page opened some subscription only websites with suspicious names nagging me to create an account to see the actual images, some of which I'm 100% sure I already have seen on their original authors websites. Those websites are clearly made by the same entity, and to me it appears they're essentially hijacking Google Images results for their profit. Here are some of those results; many more on the 1st page. I had a hard time finding something that returned an actual loadable image or an article without asking for subscription. Note that they all return URLs containing "spectrum analyzer schematic" although I searched for "network analyzer schematic".

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Ask HN: How to talk like a leader, not like an engineer


I am a technical manager and currently in a leadership role. My manager who is an executive, keeps telling me“ don’t talk like an engineer, talk like a leader” when I go to him for any people or operational Issues. I always see from an engineer lens and possibly missing leader or executive perspective. How do I develop or change the way I talk as a leader. Did any one face this issue in the transition. Any pointers can be of great help.

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19349676
Posted by yogrish (karma: 898)
Post stats: Points: 80 - Comments: 48 - 2019-03-10T01:36:37Z

#HackerNews #ask #engineer #how #leader #like #not #talk
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 69 - Loop: 66 - Rank min: 60 - Author rank: 33


 

Ask HN: Where should I start as a 34-year-old switching to software as a career?


I'm currently a lab technician with a background in microbiology and would love to get into software development; however, I lack experience and I feel I'm too old to ever get a job in the field. I'd appreciate any tip!

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19343521
Posted by serbiruss (karma: 37)
Post stats: Points: 93 - Comments: 65 - 2019-03-09T00:15:17Z

#HackerNews #34-year-old #ask #career #should #software #start #switching #where
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 83 - Loop: 162 - Rank min: 80 - Author rank: 92


 

Ask HN: How to create a service similar to Patreon?


I'd like to create a service similar to Patreon, I know how to do the technical side but not so sure about financial side: how do I charge users to send the funds to other type of users (creators), while subtracting a small percent? How does it need to be set up from the POV of financial compliance? Can it be reported as "payment to support Creator xyz" without a specific product? Does the company need to register as a bank or something similar to a bank? Financial services company? Where can I find some relevant resources, and how can I narrow down my research so that I don't have to read everything about all types of financial services but only more or less relevant info? (located in the US).

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19316728
Posted by rainydaybook (karma... show more


 

Ask HN: Who wants to be hired? (March 2019)


Share your information if you are looking for work. Please use this format:
Location: Remote: Willing to relocate: Technologies: Résumé/CV: Email:

Readers: please only email these addresses to discuss work opportunities.

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19281832
Posted by whoishiring (karma: 29916)
Post stats: Points: 93 - Comments: 124 - 2019-03-01T16:00:50Z

#HackerNews #2019 #ask #hired #march #wants #who
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 103 - Loop: 324 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 903


 

Ask HN: Who is hiring? (March 2019)


Please state the job location and include the keywords REMOTE, INTERNS and/or VISA when the corresponding sort of candidate is welcome. When remote work is not an option, include ONSITE.

Please only post if you personally are part of the hiring company—no recruiting firms or job boards. Only one post per company. If it isn't a household name, explain what your company does.

Commenters: please don't reply to job posts to complain about something. It's off topic here.

Readers: please only email if you are personally interested in the job.

Searchers: Try https://kennytilton.github.io/whoishiring/, https://hnhired.com/, https://hnjobs.emilburzo.com, https://news.ycombinator.com/item... show more


 

Ask HN: What VPN service are you currently using?


And would you recommend it? I've decided to get one and so far my only two requirements seem to be:
  • It should work with OpenVPN
  • It should support SOCKS5 (Proxy)
PIA, Nord, Mullvad, ZorroVPN, ProtonVPN look promising. On the other hand, SigaVPN is based on a not-for-profit model so I was not sure about it. What is your personal preference?

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19242058
Posted by doorbellguy (karma: 84)
Post stats: Points: 134 - Comments: 149 - 2019-02-25T01:41:18Z

#HackerNews #are #ask #currently #service #using #vpn #what #you
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 139 - Loop: 141 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 26


 
Here Are 5 #Cute #Robots You Should #Ask #Santa For This #Christmas
Bild/Foto
A robot could be the perfect gift for 2018. Here are some of the most adorable robots on the market.
https://interestingengineering.com/here-are-5-cute-robots-you-should-ask-santa-for-this-christmas


 
En el smarthone que tengo cono usufructuario de un #android llevo el teclado de la #fdroid #ASK o #AnySoftKeyboard y a veces pasa que mando emoticonos que a veces no reconoce la persona que esta al otro lado o en este caso el servidor.


 
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Welcome to the federation - have a good time. If anything is unclear - just #ask for #help

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