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NonprofitWe are the Impeach Donald Trump Now campaign, AMA!

Apr 25th 2017 by johnbonifaz1 • 18 Questions • 80 Points

My short bio: I am riding the favorite, Classic Empire, in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6, at Churchill Downs. Since starting my riding career in 2005 after coming to the U.S. from France, I have won more than 2,300 races and $139-million in purses but never the Kentucky Derby. I will answer questions at noon ET (9a PT) on Tuesday, May 2!

My Proof: http://www.brisnet.com/brisnet_promos/LeparouxAMA.jpg

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What are the plans for dealing with the remaining chain of command? Drumpf is terrible and incompetent, but I'm worried that Pence would be just as terrible, but actually competent as a politician.

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What were you trying to make different with this game? ie: what were you trying to do that no other game has?


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Any musicians you've met or played alongside that left you awestruck?

Also as a younger jazz fan, if I wanted to get a solid grasp on the genre and the history behind the music what decade of jazz/which performers would you suggest? Thanks!

Thank you to everyone for the feedback as well!

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As someone who lost their face, lived for a time without one, and then received a new one, do you see your outward appearance as part of your internal identity?

Is what you see in the mirror "who you are," or just a mask being worn by the person inside?

Many peoples' entire concept of self is based on their external appearance, so I'm curious as to whether experiencing such a dramatic change to your outer shell caused you to reevaluate how you think of yourself internally.


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I read recently that NSA has distanced itself from lattice based crypto. I can't find the article now though of course. Is this true? Can you say why? What approaches do you think will be the future of quantum-resistant crypto?

https://www.wired.com/2015/09/tricky-encryption-stump-quantum-computers/

What do you guys think of the importance of provably secure schemes? Will they ever be practical and used in real world applications?

Finally make your response an even number of characters if Diffie-Hellman has been practically broken, odd if it has not. Thank you.

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We need to defend our Constitution and our democracy which requires that when a president is trampling on the Constitution and defying the rule of law, we use the impeachment process. Any vice-president assuming the presidency following the impeachment and removal of the prior president will be under even closer scrutiny to comply with the Constitution. We cannot set the dangerous precedent of allowing this President to trample on the Constitution because of political questions about his successor. If we were to do that, we would just be abandoning the fundamental principle that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States.

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We wanted to make a rogue-lite game that focused a LOT less on vertical progression than others in the genre.

Basically what I mean by that is that we wanted our level-up system to work more like Zelda, where you get new abilities that expand your options, and less like Final Fantasy, where you get higher stats that make your 'numbers go higher.'

We also wanted to shift the focus away from the 'lite' persistent progression and more towards variety within specific runs. Chaos Cards are our only persistent progression mechanic. We never liked this idea of unlocking items that then become available for drop inside the 'main game.'

We also wanted to offer more of an opportunity for variety and experimentation earlier in the game so that the first few floors don't seem like such a flog...

We also just hate the 'pick three' level up system in most games in this genre so we got rid of that!

The intention, in a way, ended up being to make an almost real time version of Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup if you have ever played that before.


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"Benny Carter. The man who called me from Philadelphia in 1941 to join his orchestra. He was so versatile, a gentleman, so understanding, so patient and he dug the sound of my bass drum!"

When asked about how old he was at the time he said, "you do the math!"

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Honestly, I see myself, never really had any type of dysphoria.


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Sorry for the late response. This was one of the more interesting questions (except for that last request), so we should have responded yesterday. I'm not even going to bother counting the number of characters.

I don't think I've seen anything from the agency indicating disfavor with any of the post-quantum schemes, actually, but as you know, they're rather tight-lipped. Although, the NSA did make [an announcement](tinyurl.com/SuiteB) that recommended to start moving towards post-quantum crypto. They also specifically suggested that ellictic curve cryptography is particularly vulnerable to quantum computers, and there's even a paper that tries to guess at the reasons behind that statement.

As a mathematician, I think provable security should definitely a worthy goal, especially when proofs in this area are hard to come by. Take RSA, which is almost mentioned as difficult to break as factoring. We only know for sure that breaking RSA is at most as hard as factoring, and there are indications that breaking RSA may be easier. So yes, I think that it worthwhile to have a proof that the security of a crypto scheme can be reduced to a long-standing problem. You have to be careful about how tight your bounds are, though, as it's possible for them to be so loose as to render your proofs useless.

One aspect with lattice based crypto that I think is a selling point is the worst-case hardness, which says that breaking the crypto in any case implies that you can break the other long-standing problem in the worst case. The way I think of it is that it gives some assurance that there isn't some broad class of special cases that the crypto has to avoid, which has happened many times with RSA, Diffie-Hellman, and ECC.

As for practicality, Google ran a trial run of New Hope on Canary.

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Tiordalol: You're part of a team, and everyone on the team wants Classic Empire to be 100% for the race. Accidents happen. Anything can happen between now and when we get in the gate -JL

how do you balance the excitement of having a known Kentucky Derby mount but also know something unfortunate could happen at any moment leaving you without a ride in America's most historic race?


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Oh shit, your last sentence might have just sold me on the game. DCSS is incredible. Sometimes, though, I want to play something a little more fast paced that rewards play rather than just strategic planning (which DCSS can feel like from time to time).

Compared to DCSS, how deep is the game? DCSS has tons of stuff to do in endgame and extended runes. In Ruin of the Reckless, is level progression the same every time?

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What was it like to get married at the age of 90? I'd love to know more about Joy, your wedding, and your perspective on waiting to settle down.


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Hi Mitch,

I saw your picture on your first AMA, and in that one you mentioned that you would soon go to Boston for some "touch-ups" and the like. How did those turn out? How has your face been adapting to being on you? How good of a "match" (for lack of a better word) is your face now?

Thank you

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Hello there! I work in IT Security myself. Quantum computing seems to be one of those topics that makes the professionals in my field grind their teeth because we're just not aware of all the implications or capabilities of this new technology.

Do you foresee any major structural changes (in regards to topology or hardware) to the current operation of "the Internet" when quantum computing becomes more standardized?

Also, one of our bigger concerns seems to be authentication. Will there need to be a bigger push into bio-metric authentication over AlphaNumeric-memorization or do you believe that some form of trusted authentication will come into play that can "thwart" quantum calculation?

My worry is that the world gets quantum computer before IT professionals can figure out a way to maintain password fidelity.


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/u/tiordalol reply

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Well, DCSS is like the deepest game ever made! I won't pretend that our two man team created a real time experience with fully animations etc... that even comes CLOSE to comparing to the DCSS team of several hundred people working with tiles.

We tried to nail some of the fun and tone of that gameplay style though!


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"Life is unpredictable, that I couldn't really tell you how it happened. I found myself in the midst of it and it was marvelous. Being put together by a mutual friend, Dr.Willis Kurk, without ever knowing each other. I met him as a drummer, in 1948. He stayed in Indianapolis and he got his teaching degree. He became president of city college in San Fransisco, where I moved to. He was Joy's lifetime friend. Much life went on, before Joy came into the picture in a time when i needed someone. She came much after the death of my first wife. He introduced me to some of his homies with his wife, and took me to LA. Joy was in that group.When I saw her, I made up my mind, that's what I wanted. Seeing her dressed beautifully at concerts.

Joy: "He courted me everyday for one year. Gifts, flowers, it wore me down after one year."

Shep: "The same guy that introduced us was our best man. We went to Las Vegas to be married."

Joy: "We invited 25. 72 came, from all over!"

Shep: "We didn't want to get caught in the commercial wedding trap. We flew her minster from Indianapolis We got married in a super suite. It's been up hill ever since, she's my reason."

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It's been a great match i.g. skin tone, hair color, ect.


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The current post-quantum crypto schemes would all involve some compromise, like larger keys, more involved computations, maintaining state (like in stateful hash-based signatures), etc. Symmetric crypto, like AES and hashes, would remain mostly the same as now, with maybe double the key size. Besides that, we should be able to secure comms in a similar manner to what we have now.

The process of adopting standards for post-quantum crypto is under way right now, as NIST is currently taking proposals, and hopefully, we'll have new standards within the next 3-5 years.

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mybangbang: Probably the Kentucky Derby; it's the biggest race in America, and I haven't done it yet. It's a goal of mine, and hopefully we can do it this year. -JL

you've always been one of my favorite jockeys! What is a higher achievement for you, winning the breeders cup classic or the Kentucky Derby?


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you released a game on my birthday! im forever linked to it now.

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Man, you look great for your age. What's the secret?


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Would Operation Mend be of any assistance, or do they only volunteer the surgeries?

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HI! I made a comment on your post in /r/crypto yesterday, which stirred up some discussion on the differences between a quantam computer vs. a quantam annealer.

How are these two used differently? Do they have different application domains? Is one more powerful than the other?

I have degrees in Pure Math and CS, but have not been exposed to much quantam physics outside of a Modern Physics course back in (math) undergrad. Do you think it will be difficult for me to break into this field of research?


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/u/mybangbang reply

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We are joined at the heart, like that Dragon from... Dragonheart and that douchey guy.


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"One day at a time, and get a 2-4 nap when you can! Every possible day. I don't drink or smoke, cause I take too much medicine!"

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I'll look into that.


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I think you probably have enough knowledge already to get started. The nice thing about quantum computing is that the physics has been abstracted in such a way that you only need to understand a few basic fundamental quantum properties that are being applied. In computer science, it's like saying that you don't need to understand the physics of semiconductors to write code. I read some of the classic Chuang-Nielsen text back in grad school.

Frankly, I don't know all that much specifically about the quantum annealing approach, but it is definitely far removed from the models that most quantum computing algorithms are based on, that I'm more familiar with. This paper, for example, shows that you could use quantum annealing to factor. One of the key pieces of Shor's algorithm is that it can be efficiently implemented using the quantum fourier transform, and my guess is that the annealing approach is not nearly as efficient, by the time you translate between models.

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Ruddiver: It's more about how the horse will perform that day. Now I have more experience in the race, so I'm not as nervous as I was earlier in my career. -JL

Do you feel more pressure being the favorite? or is it all about how the horse performs that you worry about?


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Any details on the development process? In what language have you guys written the game?

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What is Shep's first recollection/ favorite memory of music?


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Did you request the transplant or did they seek you as a "guinea pig" as you say? When you state that you went into rejection, can you elaborate on what exactly that means?

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Thank you for the response, and the links! I will look into these. Your note about the abstractions is encouraging. The thought of writing software in this domain is pretty overwhelming. I suppose through teamwork with physicists and mathematicians that the barriers of entry get looser.


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@Ruddiver

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Plenty of details! We wrote the game in Game Maker: Studio version 1.4

As far as other details well... there are a ton of things I could mention so you'd need to be more specific. :)


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"I believe, after being trained as a classical percussionist and going into jazz to make a living, which meant putting aside so many things I learned, my favorite memory is recording with Patti Page. She did her gospel album in New York, and the arranger did a beautiful job of it. Some [of the band members] said he didn't put enough timpani in there. They called me to do some timps and chimes, and I played the whole set without any scores, only allowed to listen to first takes. This experience pops up my in my mind whenever I hear gospel."

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To elaborate more, there are four stages of rejection, the 4th stage can't be reversed and you lose the organ. As it progresses from stage 1 to 4, the face starts getting really splotchy, stage 3 looks like a full blown sunburn. I've been in stage 3 in the past but it was always caught in time before it hit 4.

I also had government insurance up until last year so I never saw medical bill, but it was taken away, along with my disability. The government ruled me no longer disabled but my leg still hasn't grown back.


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Oh, I just remembered about open-source quantum computing simulators that are around, like LIQUi|>. It's really fun to play around with.

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@axg12: They are treated very good. They are treated like big-name athletes. 24/7 they have someone taking care of them. That's everywhere. All the time someone is taking care of the horses -JL

Are the horses treated well? I've heard many mixed things about the way that race horses are treated


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Gonna piggyback on this. What skills did you and Daniel have, and what did you decide to hire out for? Congrats on the game! :)

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What was the biggest non-musical event to have an effect on your music?


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The government ruled you no longer disabled with one leg? You must have made the mistake of getting a job.

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Hi! With mentioning that Quantum Computers are coming up and their ability to help solve computational problems, how far would you guess that we are away from an actual functioning quantum computer? I feel like I see a wikipedia link or similar for it every year or so, and it's one of those "Always 5 years away" kind of developments.


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/u/axg12 Here's your reply.

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When Danny and I first started we had basically no skills! (We thought we were awesome though.) We each had taken about maybe a year of casual programming education through High School and College... I remember very early on in the process having to figure out what, exactly an 'array' was.

Over time I think we have become very good programmers, but there are still some GMS programmers that are much better than we are that we reference for some of the hardest problems. (luckily the community is very tight-knit and friendly.)

As for pixel-art, we're both HORRID so we had to contract out about 14 different pixel artists to help us with that.

Most of the sound design was done by yours truly, but there was too much to be done so we contracted some out to Wes Devore (I think he did a fine job.)

Of course the music... we didn't make that either! And the translation we had to contract out too.


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"I think it was, courting Joy. Because gigs had nothing to do with it. Although, it was my music that I used to try to keep her interest, by sending her tapes and CDs. But she had nothing to do with music when I met her. My conversation to her was not based on any theoretic subject, just pure love. Love from a sincere, reciprocating individual. That was honest and had no ulterior motive. Ive seen a lot of people that were fascinated that I was a musician. Joy, and I didn't start on that. She learned to understand music and what it means to me. Between to the two of use we are having a bunch of fun. Joy: I was in church choir for 25 years, so I had some music experience haha! Shep: That never came up in our courting, and good thing it didn't."

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Yeah, I had 3 kids and then child support, disability wasn't covering that.


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That's not really my field, and even then, it's difficult to guess. I think the rate of progress is accelerating, with Google looking to move from 6 qubits to 49 in the next year. At that point, it can start to answer questions that classical computers aren't capable of answering (i.e. quantum supremacy). I believe that is also close to where you can start solving some interesting problems in quantum simulation. If it can be used to improve the efficiency of the Haber process to make fertilizer even a little, for example, it would have global-scale impact, as it takes up 1-2% of yearly global energy usage.

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@Runs_n_goses: A little bit, but not too too much. Not in a race. Florent Geroux and I like to mess with each other but not anyone else. It's a friendly rivalry. -JL

How much trash talking is there in the jockey lounge area before races? Also, any trash talking happen during the race?


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I see a lot of small indie devs who either are artists themselves or work very closely with their artist(s). Can you talk about working on the game without knowing exactly where your art direction might go? What was it like having less total control? Did any issues arise from having so many artists and was it difficult to get your artists to match what you needed?

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Hi Shep!

Do you think you'll ever retire?

Regards.


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How common is it for a face transplant to be rejected? Does your current insurance assist with any of the expenses?

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(I'm not OP, but...)

Quantum computers can perform large numbers of operations simultaneously.

One of the simplest ways to break encryption is through brute force. Pick an initial key, try to decrypt the message, see if the result makes sense. Try another key, and another, until all the keys have been tried. The defense against this is that encryption keys are large - usually 2128 bits or more. That means a brute force attack would require so much computing power and time, that it is impractical.

Quantum computers could theoretically try all 2128 keys at once. A bit in a classical computer and be 0 or 1. A qubit in a quantum computer can be in an uncollapsed state where it's either 0 or 1. If you have 128-qubits input, which is uncollapsed, theoretically a quantum computer can perform all 2128 operations simultaneously.

This is a bit of an over-simplification. In particular, for breaking symmetric ciphers, actual techniques won't work this well. But it is thought that the common public key algorithms (like RSA and Diffie-Helman) could be broken.


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For Reddit, use /u/ instead of an @ symbol. For example, /u/RichardBachman

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We were very selective about our artists. I would put out the APB on twitter for artists and generally get between 20-100 replies, usually we would narrow that down to one or two artists and then do a test with them to see if they could match the style.

If the artist couldn't match the style to our satisfaction, that was it. :/


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"Hahaha. Well, every time I call myself retired from one facet or another, I get busier. Let it roll, cause I'm enjoying it all. As long as I can do it, I'll do it."

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We typically go into minor rejection once a year but none of the patients so far have gone far enough into rejection to lose the face.

The french woman who died a few year ago from two different forms of cancer from the meds we take to not go into rejection did lose some muscle control in her mouth area after a bout of rejection.


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That is the power of superposition! Yes, you can create quantum states with the outputs of all those 2128 keys, but in order to look at any of those values, you have to disturb that quantum state, collapsing it. You basically get to make a coin flip on all those 2128 inputs and get to look at just one output, and then you'd have to create that initial state again, if you didn't get the answer you wanted.

Quantum algorithms have to change the odds in their favor, like gaming the roulette wheel to make it more likely to give you the answer you want. In Shor's algorithm, you change the odds so that your roulette wheel spin is more likely to give a result that will factor n.

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sixfourthree: We are handicapping to win the race--see what we need to do to beat the favorite. Put the horse in best spot to win the race. -JL

What exactly do jockeys look for when handicapping a race they're about to run in?


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Could you PM me some details of artists? Especially anyone that can do pixel art video. Our primary artist can no longer work for a long while (family problems). Our others just don't yet have the skills.

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Do you prefer to be called Shep or Mr. Sheppard?


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Would you be interested in the scaffolding technology where they drain it of its DNA or "tissue engineering" or are you happy with your transplant? I heard that doesn't need medicine.

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Ethereum is in fact forking to a QC-resistant version. The upcoming Metropolis release will allow users to choose their own signature algorithm, and there's already code for one of the post-quantum algorithms.

Proof of work is also vulnerable. QCs don't completely break hashes but Grover's algorithm could make them billions of times faster than classical miners. Ethereum is planning to transition to proof of stake over the next year or so.


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Thanks Julian!

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Sure, DM me on twitter @fauxoperative I have many talented pixel artists I would be happy to reference to you.


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"Depends on the situation. Say it with love I don't care!"

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It's probably to late for me when it comes tp that.


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That's awesome! I hadn't read about the Metropolis release. I'll have to look into what they're using.

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downeastkid: Classic Empire first, State of Honor, and Irish War Cry

What horse would you pick in your trifecta?


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Wasup Cape! This is Dylon I lived across from you our senior year at ucsb. I remember one time I had to take a shower at your house and I didn't have any clean underwear and you loaned me a pair of boxer briefs. Until then I had only worn regular boxers and hadn't realized how comfy boxer briefs are. I now exclusively wear boxer briefs. I guess my question is what kind of underwear do you wear no now? No homo.

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How do you feel about the transition of music over the years, as well as the newer genres of musical entertainment such as EDM, etc? Do you feel the music that is popular these days is bettering or worsening the industry/the quality of music in the industry?


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Cage or Travolta?

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What is your favorite complexity class and why is it F-Hard?


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Hmm was thinking tossing State of Honor, but I at least have to try this bet!

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YO DYLON! That's awesome man. That's so funny that you commented. I don't remember that underwear thing but it sounds pretty sick of me.


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"That's a loaded question. I see a bright future, for any serious student because there are so many facets of music. It's a universal language in itself. People all over the world people understand it, and the various structures of. There are only 12 different pitches in a chromatic scale. No matter what language is used to express it, it's just 12 different sounds worked out in different octaves! From generation to generation you have people coming up with different ideas and different events, and you end up with a different sound, and it's universal. It's an on going thing we are blessed with! So there I go, there I go!"

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Cage


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I kind of like plain old P.

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MostlyH20: I've been fortunate to be on a lot of good fillies. Classic Empire we find the perfect exercise rider for him that gets along good. They respect each other, and it's been going good since then. We're a team. -JL

Thanks for doing this! I've always appreciated your thoughtful, kind hand with your mounts- do you think that has been a significant factor in your success with fillies & mares? Similarly, Classic Empire is reputed to be a bit... erm... strong minded. Have you & Casse come up with any unique methods to get him running when you need him to and not just when he wants to?


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Trailer looks good, but why does the screen shake so much? It's giving me a headache just looking at it.

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Did you ever feel like you were stuck in a rut during your jazz career just playing the standards or simple songs that don't push you to get by? Also you're in great shape for 100, I feel honored as a young jazz musician that we can have people like you with such seniority and experience of the big band era still alive and able to perform!


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Since this statement is only a few weeks old. Contact the DoD. Seems like this is an oversight. Proof that they arnt footing the bill would be nice.

That aside im sorry for your troubles. What happened to make you go back to get work done? I get rejection but i dont understand what that means. Did it start to slide off?

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This may not be wholly related to your research, but how does your group see the use of neural networks growing in tandem with quantum computing, if at all? I have only a cursory understanding of both quantum computers and neural nets, but from my limited understanding it seems like quantum computers are particularly good at finding global minimums, which is what neural nets try to do in a lot of cases. Are there applications of one to the other?

Also thanks for doing this AMA!


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Screenshake is a very personal thing, like your sleep number or the angle of the chair in your car!

Screenshake is fully adjustable, so you can turn it down or off if you'd like.

Perhaps we should have capped the trailer footage with a lower screenshake factor...


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"No, because there was always a chance to ad-lib. Playing a song over and over again you find something in it you didn't find before. Its never old hat. Put it in another key! Joy:"I think that's one of the beauties of jazz it's impromptu"

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to elaborate more, there are four stages of rejection, the 4th stage can't be reversed and you lose the organ. As it progresses from stage 1 to 4, the face starts getting really splotchy, stage 3 looks like a full blown sunburn. I've been in stage 3 in the past but it was always caught in time before it hit 4.

The face wouldn't just come off, if I hit stage 4, they would surgically remove it. I also have a letter from the hospital that it was performed at that the DoD would not be doing anything to help, I can upload that if needed. This wasn't an oversight.


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Huh, I didn't know that existed at all, but there is some work on Quantum neural nets. I have seen a lot about quantum annealing though, where my understanding is that it may be able to use quantum tunneling to prevent from getting stuck in some local minimum.

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PAdogooder: Not really yet but feel like I will when my son is growing up -JL

Julien! You're my favorite jockey and I will often bet a horse just because you're on him- Louisville native here.

Question: do you ever ride horseback in other styles or for fun? Trail riding or jumping?


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Yeah the screen shake was VERY off-putting. I saw the review video and where you mentioned you can adjust it, but most people browsing the steam page will never know/see that. If I did not know that you can reduce it, I would never considered getting the game.

I would make another video highlighting some features of the game. Like adjusting the screen shake, chaos cards, upgrades, character differences/play-styles.

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What is your favorite jazz song? What is your favorite chord? I've been wanting to get into jazz, and you seem like an awesome person to ask. Thanks for the AMA!


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What the hell happens if they remove your face? I mean, they can't just sew the old one back on!

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(Originally asked in /r/math)

Do you think the NSA is good? When you were working there, were you happy with the impact you were having in the world? We know that the NSA is spying on everyone, we know it grossly oversteps its mandate. You might have to pretend when working at the NSA like you don't know what I'm talking about, but now that you're out, I assume you can be more honest with yourselves.

The math is doubtlessly interesting, and there are many selfish reasons to want to work at the NSA. But I want to know, if you do some soul-searching, do you think you did the right thing for the world by working at the NSA?


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Yeah you're probably right! To be honest we were running very low on funds by the end so we didn't have the time or funding to do all the marketing related stuff that we wanted to do.


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"I haven't been drumming regularly, but every time I'm asked, I ask them to play "Cute." It has breaks in it for the drums!

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The old one no longer exists, they would regraft skin from my own body and reconstruct my face like they originally did after the accident.


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I will not make any comment on the leaks, other than to say what was leaked was specifically chosen by the leakers. For what purpose, I cannot say, but it was definitely not to improve NSA's public relations.

More relevant to me are what the leaks have failed to reveal. The NSA has a very broad mission, and there is a lot of great work being done there that is not represented in the leaks. I worked in Information Assurance for most of my NSA career, and at the end of the day I don't feel bad in any way about my work at the agency. I can't really say anything more than that.

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kocomma: Top 10 jockeys get best opportunities to ride better horses, but it's also the top jockeys make less mistakes on big day racing -JL

What makes the difference between the top jockeys (e.g. top 10 money earners) and the rest? What do you do differently in a race that sets you apart from the others?


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What was the learning curve like for game maker studio? Given your background was it easy to jump right in on the programming side?

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Shep, I'm a classically trained Baritone choral music educator and I just love the video of you performing "This is All I Ask" and "So Young". I hope to be as hale and hearty as you are when I'm 99!

  • What is the best way for a classically trained singer to get into jazz singing?

  • What songs/musicians from jazz would you want every child to know about through their education?


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The face transplant was funded through a DoD grant for veterans that Brigham and Women's Hospital has received. Source

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Am I mistaken that Shor's algorithm is the only known algorithm with quantum supremacy that poses a threat to encryption algorithms? If not, then why are you so concerned about the future of cryptography?

If it continues to be difficult to create a general-purpose quantum computer, then there may be less need to worry about quantum attacks that require hardware with lots of fault-tolerance. We may only need to worry about quantum attacks that will be feasible on the best imaginable quantum hardware. Do you have any insights about which cryptographic methods (or problem classes) may be broken first?

Do you think that Google will be able to break the quantum computing "record" with its new chip design? link


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I saw you at Old Friends farm last year doing a photo shoot and I wanted to say hi but decided not to bother you. Do you typically mind if fans try to say hey when you're out in public?

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Learning curve was pretty friendly I would say. Danny and I each had a small amount of programming education, but in a lot of ways we were basically working blind.

We made a lot of mistakes and were forced to re-write the code-base several times. Overall I can't complain though, within a week we were making 'real games' and at this point (after just over three years working with the tools) I am pretty confident I could make 'any thing I could imagine' at least as far as the coding part of it goes...

Edit: I should also note that we worked REALLY REALLY hard to develop our skills as quickly as possible. Especially at the beginning we were spending oftentimes 10+ hours a day researching code. I don't think there is a friendlier langauge out there than GMS, but it's still programming, and it's still plenty of work if you want to do it right.


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"Listen! Listen, and emulate until you find that you can, not necessarily duplicate, but move on your own knowing that your within the structure of the song that your working with. Listen to others, and experiment. You'll always find something different to work with, and keep an open ear. Thelonius monk, will turn your mind around if you've never been associated. Dizzy Gillespie, with whom I went to school with. Benny Carter, was my first impression of professional music, that could ad-lib read your part, and write."

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Here is a page with a lot of info on rejection and a pic of me when I was in stage 3

https://www.researchgate.net/figure/267273900_fig1_FIGURE-1-Acute-rejection-of-facial-and-sentinel-flap-allograft-Photographs-of-the


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Yes, Shor's is the main threat to current encryption. One of the main reasons for my concern is that it is a really long process from creating a crypto scheme, to implementing it, to creating a standard, to actually getting used by a majority of users. Just that last step can take ten years or more, if I remember correctly from a great CRYPTO 2016 talk by Brian Sniffen from Akamai.

It seems like elliptic curve crypto is actually more vulnerable to quantum computing than RSA, because the small key size is actually a bit of a drawback.

I don't know if google will be the first, because they also have some competition from Intel.

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lukexskywalka: No real routine; I just ride races and in the morning ride and on my days off I like to go on walks. Lucky with diet, too. I can eat anything I want. -JL

What does your typical training routine look like? Whether it be on horse, cardio, or weights?


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Oh that's great to know. I guess like all things in life, you gotta work at it. My brother and I are trying to make a small game and we're trying to decide what game engine/platform builder to use. I do have quite a bit of programming experience so I think it should be fine! Thanks for the response and good luck on your game! Maybe I'll check it out :)

A:

Mr. Shepherd, thank you for doing this AMA! I'm a big fan of your work and of the genre you've done so much for. I can't imagine how incredible it must be for you to have seen so much history in your lifetime. You've seen everything from hand crank Victrolas to the digital world we live in today - and everything in between. Top that off with playing with the likes of Cab Calloway and Artie Shaw... you are quite an amazing man.

I'm sure you get asked this almost daily, but what piece of advice would you offer to anyone who would like to live to be 100 one day?

Thank you again.. wishing you many more years of happiness and great music!


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Part of my training as a surgeon in the 80's was at a Veterans Administration hospital. We gave terrible care. There is no such thing as an emergency or special exception. GI s are right to call them selves government issue. The VA would not cover care outside their own system. I have dozens of nightmare stories, but the most ridiculous is a nose bleed patient flown in 600 miles with units of blood being transfused because we were the closest VA with an ear nose and throat doctor on call. What should have been a $200 "outside" ER visit probably cost us tax payers $30,000.

I believe all veterans ( assuming you are one since DOD is paying) should have full coverage of all services anywhere they want to go. It would be #%¥|€£4&:&€{{€. cheaper!!!

I suspect you have answered before, but do you have your vision and ability to speak intact?

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Can I hack the over ride, acid burn?


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Thanks! Best of luck

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If you already have a lot of programming experience, based on my conversations with other indies, Unity may be the better choice.


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He answered it below, but he added, "I've been arranging more, and keeping an active mind helps."

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I have both


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Rualum15: Royal Ascot with Tepin last year. Hopefully we can top that with Classic Empire on Saturday. -JL

What is your favorite horse racing memory?


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In a similar situation, a brother and I have dabbled in GM:S (even buying the humble bundle license and some stuff) but it ultimately got put on the backburner.

In getting back into it again - the brother moves in tomorrow, and we start our hobby-but-still-serious, first actual project - I started looking into Unity and UE4. While IMO they are way more complex for a beginner (using C# and not a native 'easy' language like GML), the number of things you can kind of just do compared to GM:S is still blowing my mind every day. Lighting, texturing, even scripting is just so much more powerful it's crazy.

IMO, while GM:S is a fine option and excellent introduction into thinking like a programmer and tackling problems, I would heavily recommend at least looking into the idea of using Unity. Interestingly, it still carries a bit of the reputation of "for indie/new developers", which seems silly if you come from GM:S, which is like the "even more for indie/new developers" program.

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You can sell testicles???


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Well, this would be a good place to start: https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/index.html

They (NSA) have internships, and after graduation they have a development program for people with Math degrees.

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/u/shamiamnot reply


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Yes this is pretty much spot on based on my conversations with other indies.

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Apparently, saw a few articles about it here and there.


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It sounds like you're already ahead of where I was at your age, because my background was almost entirely in pure math. It wasn't until I started at the agency that I really got into programming and more applied math. For experience, I would recommend taking computer science classes, like algorithms and programming. For more specific recommendations, I'd have to know more specifically what areas you'd like to work in.

I'd recommend looking into the student programs because you get to learn about all the things that the agency works on. I've known a lot of people that were in the co-op programs, and most of them came back to the agency in some capacity. Just keep feeding that curiosity, read the latest tech news, delve into some of the technical details, participate in coding competitions, etc.

I don't work at the agency any longer, but I enjoyed working there. It's a great place for me to gain some experience, and I've made lots of life-long friendships there.

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trumpshemorrhoid: It's less pressure to go with Mark & Norman because I feel like we're a team and we try to work together. -JL

What's it like going to the derby with someone like Norm Casse that you've become such close friends with over the years? Is there more pressure since you guys are friends? Less pressure?


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How many people can play at a time?

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You mentioned in one of your other answers that you usually deal with minor rejection once a year, and you've been up to stage 3 in the past.

Will there be a time when there is no longer a risk of rejection, or will this always be a risk no matter how long you've been healing?


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I am looking for a non statistics based field. I have experience programming Java, Python, and Mathematica. Would this narrow anything down? Also how elite are these student programs? I know that I have the brain power, but I'm coming from a public university and I'm worried that I won't match up to the competition.

Thanks for the link though, it looks really helpful!


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2 people can play, local co-op only!

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Rejection will always be a risk until medical science finds new ways to trick the immune system which they are working on.


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Yeah, I think you have a great start programming-wise, from my perspective. One thing I would suggest is to try out some of these online coding competitions, like topcoder.

My friends in the student programs came from all kinds of different schools, so I wouldn't hesitate to apply. The only way to know for sure is to apply!

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juggilinjnuggala: I studied to be an accountant, so I guess I'd be doing math -JL

What do you imagine your life would be like if you weren't a jockey?


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Any plans on implementing a way to play online? Sales permitting of course. Or is the local only simply a design you chose?

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If you ever go into a life of crime, you could be a real life Two-Face. That's pretty neat.

My question: are you considering a life of crime?


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To piggy back on this, I'm a community college student studying math. I was inspired to go back to school after reading Ted koppels Lights Out. What topics should an undergrad have a good grasp of to help set them up for work in security/cryptology?

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I've always been a fan of the absurd names race horses have. Some of my personal favorites are Oscar Nominated, Strike The Gold, I'll Have Another, and Bubbling Over. Do you have any favorite names?


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I wish we could have done online. Realistically I do not think it would be possible unless the game sells BANANAS-well.

There are many other things we would want to improve first.

It's not a design decision so much as accepting our limitations in terms of what is realistic for us to accomplish.

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Only if I find out I have some terminal illness and know I'm going to die. I'll be taking a bunch of pedophiles with me to hell.


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From the math side, I'd recommend discrete math, algorithms, maybe linear algebra, intro to number theory and/or cryptography.

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iwas99x: I like them. I don't take myself too seriously -JL

Mr. Leparoux, Do you like Jockey jokes or find them offensive?


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related to /u/ScatStallion's question:

  • two people quit their job 3 years ago
  • ~17k were raised to continue "full time" development

do you guys live in your parent's basement? sell your firstborn? inherit a lot? how did you live for 3 years pretty much without income?

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Hey, how did your friends and family react to the face transplant? Are you in a countant pain? Like if your always feeling close to getting an infection. Hope your Government sort this shit out for you.


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I think there was a report a year ago (or was it two years) from the NSA that said something like elliptic curve cryptography was less secure than RSA because it was more vulnerable to quantum computing attacks or something like that. Can you comment on that? Is elliptic curve cryptography less secure?

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I've always been a fan of the absurd names race horses have. Some of my personal favorites are Oscar Nominated, Strike The Gold, I'll Have Another, and Bubbling Over. Do you have any favorite names?


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Sorry, there is a slight lack of clarity in my post here.

We worked on the game for about 2 years part-time BEFORE the Kickstarter. After the Kickstarter we worked for about 7 months before the game was released. ALL of our living expenses were paid out of our own finances/savings, Kickstarter money was only spent on game assets, contractor fees, etc...

We certainly didn't live for that entire time without any income!

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They were amazed! The only pain I'm in is in my amputated leg.


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The issue isn't really that ECC is less secure, but rather that the key sizes are so small compared to RSA for example. If you work out the numbers, one could attack ECC with a smaller number of qubits, so it will be vulnerable to earlier quantum computers than RSA. I had looked at this one relevant paper, but can't find it at the moment.

BTW, /u/stillalone, you're never alone on reddit.

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amb326: I'm not sure, but he wore them in the Arkansas Derby -JL

Do you know why Classic Empire is now wearing glue on shoes?


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okay, makes more sense... thanks for the clarification.

"quit our jobs and worked 3 years" sounds more click bate-y adventurous, i guess ;)

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That's awesome man abour the fam and friends, shit about the leg. Will the leg pain go away "heal"


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I don't get this science talk but my question is are you guys the nerds from the simpsons?

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I've always been a fan of the absurd names race horses have. Some of my personal favorites are Oscar Nominated, Strike The Gold, I'll Have Another, and Bubbling Over. Do you have any favorite names?


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We are ALL about transparency. however, I struggled to come up with a title that was both 100% clear and also not like, incredibly annoyingly long to read.

If I failed you somehow, I apologize.

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Nah the phantom pain will always be there


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Do you mean the scientist guy, or like Milhouse?

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poweshow: Yeah, we do group text actually -JL

How close of a relationship do you maintain with Florent, Flavien and any other stateside french jockeys? Just casually close or group text level close?


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If the temperature for everything you drank and your shower/bath temperature had to be exactly the same for the rest of your life how hot or cold would you chose?

A:

Is there a list of drugs that you are NOT allowed to take? Also are you not supposed to eat certain kind of food items?


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Confirmed for Comicbook Guy type nerd.

A:

I've always been a fan of the absurd names race horses have. Some of my personal favorites are Oscar Nominated, Strike The Gold, I'll Have Another, and Bubbling Over. Do you have any favorite names?


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WOAH! Just blew my mind... Um... I guess I could go with 'Hot Tea' temperature... but I worry that when I get really old that will be too hot for me to shower... :( I guess i'll be a smelly old man!

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No grapefruit or passion fruit


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Worst comment ever!

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iwas99x: I jumped in France but never rode in races -JL

Mr. Leparoux, Have you ever been a jockey in a steeplechase race?


Q:

Any plans for future content/features? Borderless window mode would be great!

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What would be the chain of events if you go into stage 4 rejection? What is the best that can be done cosmetically and functionally if you'll have to do without a transplanted one?


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How many decades would you estimate until we have quantum computers capable of breaking modern day RSA?
What kind of applications would Quantum computing have outside of scientific research? Would it improve the performance of things like gaming and video editing?

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We would love to add new content but it will really only be possible if our sales are good.

So far, things are looking good. If interest continues at this rate it should be possible.

That's really in reference to new content though, Borderless Windowed mode is a lot easier to implement so if enough people want it there's a good chance I can throw that in to an update.


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I would look similar or worse than I did before the transplant.

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I personally think that it's likely in the next 10-20 years. The difficulty about that making a prediction is that

  1. Not all the engineering is solved on how to scale up current tech.
  2. We don't know if/how fast the rate of research investment will grow.

One of the ways that you can tell that we have a ways to go is that there are several competing physical implementations of quantum computers still being actively researched.

Quantum computers aren't really general computing devices, so I don't think it'll be use for individual end-users for things like gaming and video editing. Currently, they can be used to solve fairly special problems. However, there will definitely be commercial uses. They can be used to simulate quantum interactions, which can be used to improve industrial chemical processes for example.


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I haven't even looked at screenshots or a trailer, only this AMA, and I want borderless window mode.

A:

In some of your photos, it looks as though your eyelids are too far apart to close. What are/were you dealing with as far as that goes? Is it or will it ever get better?


Q:

What departments/job titles are great for applied mathematicians wanting to work there?

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Noted. :)


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There is still work to be done around my eye area, it may improve in time after some minor procedures, that will be covered since it will be done in the hospital the transplant was done.

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At NSA? Lots of us had "applied research mathematician" as our title, but our actual job descriptions would vary pretty widely.


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What would you say was your greatest struggle during the process?

A:

Have you ever ran into someone you knew from before your injury and then have to explain who you are?


Q:

How is this good for bitcoin?

A:

Hard to say, in a lot of ways it has been a constant struggle (not to sound dramatic)

Perhaps the longest and most stressful stretch was during our Kickstarter campaign. If you've ever heard that running a Kickstarter campaign is a nightmare... BELIEVE THE HYPE


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Not at all, with all the media coverage and word of mouth, everyone pretty much already knew.

Maybe someday it will happen, I'll make a note to let you know how it goes.

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It's not good for bitcoin, but they can have people migrate their keys to a post-quantum signature before quantum computers become a threat.


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I've never actually heard that. What about running a Kickstarter campaign makes it a nightmare?

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Did they use a condom?


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Unless I'm mistaken wouldn't an error correcting quantum computer capable of actually being a threat to our current encryption schemes require over a million q-bits. We don't scale up our current quantum computers in part because our q-bits have somewhat poor fidelity.

Unless there has been some remarkable way of scaling back the number of T-gates and the T-depth of a quantum computer like the one you'd need to crack any reasonable encryption scheme you'd see. Is there some recent paper I'm missing which cuts down on that number significantly or is this all just more speculative?

I don't want to dump on your field, quantum computing is an amazing science where a lot of progress is being made. I think the public tends to have an unrealistic expectation of the results these computers are capable of and I think part of that is the responsibility of researchers who announce the field as "making crypto obsolete". Especially since the field of Post-quantum cryptography is quite active.

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Alright let me try to explain it as maybe it is a little hard to understand. You have a limited time frame,30 days, to raise as much as you can. You are constantly refreshing dozens of different websites all day. You have NO free time, every minute you spend NOT paying attention to your Kickstarter is a minute you wasted (remember you just have the 30 days.) Every passing negative thought any one has is a devastating blow to your chances, and every waking moment must be spent minding your backers, sending out press releases, writing developer updates, investigating new communities to reach out to, creating gameplay GIFs... making trailers... literally every second you are not working you COULD have been working and it would have made you more money. For our case specifically we were also pushing updates to the game DURING the Kickstarter... so we were also programming, testing, etc... It was more than a fulltime job by a LOT. That's not even mentioning the pre-kickstarter work that you have to put in to get things ready beforehand...

Don't get me wrong, doing a Kickstarter is great. It's a wonderful way to build a community, gauge interest in your product, get feedback, interact with fans... we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity.

But people think a Kickstarter Campaign is just something you put up and then the money rolls in... that is not the case at all. Raising 17,656 on Kickstarter... A number that one of the other posters in this thread called a "pathetic" amount (I disagree strongly but...) took Danny, Me, and our PR team working constantly all day every day for 30 days straight.


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Doesn't feel like it.

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In terms of the number of qubits these labs have made versus the number needed, we're still about as far away as we have ever been. The key difference is that we're on the cusp of a scalable design. Google is hoping to go from 6 to 49 qubits in the next year, which is a big deal imo. The key problem is whether one can apply current silicon fabrication technology to building a quantum computer. If that answer is yes, then you could see those numbers go up real quick. Research funding for quantum computer research is also growing rapidly, so it's difficult to gauge the rate of future progress. My main point here is really that we do not know, so to really guarantee security, you have to take post-quantum into account.

The main issue accelerating the need for quantum-resistant crypto is that we need it WELL BEFORE a large enough quantum computer is built. First of all, for communications that need long term security (like decades), you should definitely be concerned already, because organizations with large resources can store your comms now to break when they get a quantum computer. Second, the process to develop crypto algorithms, implement them, create standards, and get them adopted by the general public on their devices can take 10 years or more. I mean, we still have millions of computers running XP.

I'm really working in the post-quantum crypto area, but a major part of selling people on post-quantum involves convincing them that quantum computers are a viable threat.


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You've mentioned Gamemaker 1.4 was used to build the game - did you make use of any third party software like Tiled for designing levels or did you use Gamemaker's level editor exclusively? I like Gamemaker in general but have found the level editor tedious.

A:

What explanation was given for your loss of benefits? Was your insurance covered through DoD or VA? Check into the exact explanation given and then, depending on your income, contact a local veterans' legal services organization, or veterans' attorney. The VA (especially) likes to find bullshit ways of getting around payments here and there but, with decent representation and advocacy, they'll kowtow when called out... that or use your story to generate bad press for DoD.

So sorry for your predicament.


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Fyrfoot got it but yeah... basically the built in editor in 1.4 is borderline unusable. (I have heard 2.0 is MUCH better) You either need to code your own editor or code a solution that does not require an editor.

A:

My income ruled me no longer disabled in the governments eyes.


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Grats on the release! I'm curious if you've figured out how many copies you need to sell in order to make this whole endeavor "worth it" to you guys. How did that factor into your pricing decisions? And two days into launch, how are you currently feeling about hitting those goals.

If you don't hit those goals, will you be trying again with a new game project, or does the dream die here?

A:

Was your surgery performed in a DoD hospital? I'm just curious if they're actually performing the transplants or contracting out. Also would think it'd be a lot more bullshit if it was in DoD hospital and no longer covering costs. The long shaft of the military will always fuck you.


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Hi PP! Good to see you sir!

For it to have been 'worth it', we do have a number of copies we need to sell. We haven't reached that goal quite yet but I don't think many games do so quickly!

I believe we will almost certainly hit our goal, but maybe not as quickly as I would have liked/hoped.

If things don't go great, I have several contingency plans... some of them involve continuing to work on games full time and others involve me doing other stuff and making games part time.

I won't know which avenue makes the most sense for at least a few months I would imagine.

I think it would be very foolish for us to completely throw away all of the goodwill and credibility we have built during our crowdfunding stage up to now by liquidating the company. It is very, very unlikely that RotR will be our last game.

A:

They are funding other hospitals to do them.


Q:

Well, you're about to sell another copy, because that trailer I just watched had me hooked.

A:

Why did you leave me?


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Thank you for your support, do not hesitate to contact us on the steam community page if you run in to any trouble or have any suggestions!

A:

Lol, I bet I know you


Q:

What made you quit IT? What degree do you have?

A:

Did the accident and subsequent trauma affect you in any surprising ways either psychologically speaking or otherwise?


Q:

I did IT for about 3 years, it was just really not rewarding for me. I found myself getting frustrated with the customers and that's just not cool to them. I was doing everything I could to get out of the office ASAP every day, it wasn't fair to my boss, the company, our customers, or myself... so I quit.

Oh, also my degree is in 'Communication' (Yes, I know...) Danny has tons of degrees! I think he even has one in forensics!

A:

I was diagnosed with ptsd and my psychiatrist wants me tested for tbi.


Q:

Your YouTube link for the trailer isn't working for me. Maybe dead?

A:

Might seem like an inappropriate question but could you pull your face off?


Q:

Fixed, thanks!

A:

Probably not, it's attached pretty well.


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Holy shit! I've actually met the drummer for slime girls, and even shared some venues with him in some of his previous musical endeavors. I'm also super hyped to see a melee based rougelike. What was the biggest "oh shit I have to learn this now" moment when developing the game?


Q:

Yes Slime Girls is Fing AWESOME...

As for your other question... there was a moment during development where we realized that our object based collision system had to be replaced with a grid based collision system. That was a BIG overhaul that required re-writing a huge amount of the code.

A:

I'll try to track down the image of my face with no skin on it. I doubt it's ever been uploaded but I have it in an album somewhere and if i cant find it, I'll just request it from the hospital.


Q:

The game Hyper-Light-Drifter looks quite similar to your game in art-style and gameplay. I was thinking about buying that, but now i have to choose between either that or your game. How would you convince me to choose your title?

A:

I won't try to convince you! Hyper Light Drifter is a fantastic game. I would not try to compare what we have to HLD, it's apples and oranges.

HLD is a fantastic, polished, wonderful game with extremely good pixel art, a beautiful cohesive world, and great game-feel.

Personally, I got frustrated with HLD because I would just wander around these giant beautiful areas struggling to figure out what I was supposed to do or where I was supposed to go.

If you want something really fast paced and intense, that is constantly putting pressure on you forcing you to learn and improve, maybe check out RotR too!


Q:

Do excuse the negative tone for the question. Do you have a plan in place should you and your partner in this venture fall out and your friendship is genuienly irreconcilable?

This sounds horrible, but I guess I'm thinking along the lines of a pre-nup. It's horrible to plan for your marriage breaking up, but sometimes you just gotta

A:

Good Question! Faux-Operative Games is an incorporated Partnership (LLC)

If we fall out, we will each own 50% of the company and the game. In that case, it would still be in each of our best interests to work together at least professionally.

I don't foresee any conflict of that type though, we have an extremely good relationship both professionally and personally.


Q:

As a followup. Do you ever feel like you or your friend are not pulling their weight on the project and just using the other person's ability for profit?

I would liked to have asked both of you but only have one available.

I have considered going into business before with friends but am always scared it will mess up the friendship if one us is a slacker because we are working with friends rather than for a boss.

A:

I'm sure each of us feels that way sometimes! However, we communicate very well and it has never been a problem. Every dispute we have had like that has ended in maybe five minutes of conversation.

Overall I was willing to embark on this project with Danny because I trust him fully! We have both been basically 100% committed from the moment we decided to do it 'for real.'

My guess is that 90% of the time it is a terrible idea to work so closely with a friend. However, if I may say so myself, Danny and I are special people with a special relationship. (Hope I don't sound too presumptuous there...)


Q:

What's your take on kickstarter games becoming more and more prevalent in the industry? I'm particularly excited about Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a game that otherwise probably wouldn't have happened.

A:

Bloodstained looks awesome! But my take is honestly that Kickstarter is almost a dead platform for video games. It seems to me like it is getting harder and harder to convince people that you're not some kind of scammer... mainly because there are a lot of scammers.

I think the chances that we will return to Kickstarter for the next project are quite low!


Q:

When will the Linux port be released?! :) No, really, unless it runs under wine, I won't be able to enjoy this awesome looking game.

A:

If the Windows version sells well, we will be looking at other ports. Linux is definitely on the list!


Q:

Youre using gamemaker, theres nothing to port, you just set up your linux box to build it and it works.

A:

Hi, you are correct, but that doesn't include whatever linux specific issues will arise when we build to it.

Although it technically should work, it is not something I can guarantee without beta-testing and QA. But yes, there is totally a chance that the linux build will end up being quite painless to implement. If that's the case it may happen quickly! Cross your fingers. :)


Q:

Need beta-testing?

Let me know and I'd help pro Bono. I've already got an environment set up for clean installs on several major distros (Ubuntu-based, RHEL/Fedora-Based, Arch-based, etc.)

But, I imagine if it works for Vanilla Ubuntu (and Ubuntu GNOME since they're dropping Unity and Mir, who knows?) then it'll be good enough for the rest of the community on one-off distros. They'll figure it out.

Gimme a message (:

A:

First I need a Linux installation to build on! I appreciate the offer please heck my twitter I am sure I will be looking for Linux testers eventually.

When you go to our Tech issue forums and it's a ghost town, I willl start figuring out how to port.


Q:

Do you have any advice to somebody who is considering game development as a career?

A:

Hi,

This is a really tough one! I don't want to give bad advice, and i'm not sure what good advice I can actually give. We followed our own path and ignored a LOT of the advice we were getting from indie-devs. We were just... really stubborn.

Overall even at the beginning I thought we were just being insane. I dont know if I can recommend our path to someone else, especially with how much harder crowd funding gets every day that goes by. It remains to be seen whether we will even actually make enough money to 'pay ourselves' for the three years of work we did.

I guess I don't feel qualified to give such advice yet.


Q:

Do you ever miss your old job?

A:

Haha... Noooooooooooooooooo Tech support is NOT fun. But it was a good work environment so i'm not complaining.


Q:

/r/talesfromtechsupport will agree with you on that front all the way if my time lurking has taught me anything

A:

Ironic i now I'm doing tech support again for the users running in to issues with RotR. So I guess it has all come full circle LOL.


Q:

Congratulations, but from what you said, you basically lived together with your friend, for 3 years, on $17K?

A:

I posted a reply explaniing things a bit more clearly, here it is again

"Sorry, there is a slight lack of clarity in my post here. We worked on the game for about 2 years part-time BEFORE the Kickstarter. After the Kickstarter we worked for about 7 months before the game was released. ALL of our living expenses were paid out of our own finances/savings, Kickstarter money was only spent on game assets, contractor fees, etc... We certainly didn't leave for that entire time without any income!"


Q:

Your story is similar to the developers of No Man's Sky. I wish you a lot of luck mate, I hope it turns out to be a great game.

If you had to choose between going deaf or going mute, which would you choose?

A:

Oh dang, that's tough...

I guess mute, although it would make it a lot harder to win in Overwatch!


Q:

Do you envision a console release if RotR becomes successful enough?

A:

Yes. :)


Q:

Did you hear about the gear wars?

A:

Sorry I have no idea what that is...


Q:

How old were you when you did this? I'm asking for someone else who says he's too old to follow his dream and quit his job like you guys did. He also has a game he wants to build out. I don't think you're ever too old but I'm just curious. Thanks for posting :-)

A:

I'll be 30 in May. I don't think it's ever too late but I hesitate to encourage people to do what we did.

Overall we are pretty dumb to have done this but i'm crossing my fingers that it works out anyway! @[email protected]