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  1. Comment on Eskimo Callboy - Hypa Hypa in ~music

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    I nearly blacked out laughing at this one. God damn it's catchy as hell too.

    I nearly blacked out laughing at this one. God damn it's catchy as hell too.

  2. Comment on What is a Dyson sphere? in ~space

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    Once Dyson Spheres become boring you're ready for Issac Arthur's Megastructures series.

    Once Dyson Spheres become boring you're ready for Issac Arthur's Megastructures series.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on Do Americans understand how badly they’re doing? in ~health.coronavirus

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    The depression isn't caused by the covid exactly... covid is the trigger that starts the avalanche. We're up to our eyeballs in debt (student, credit, property) and constantly bailing out failing...

    The depression isn't caused by the covid exactly... covid is the trigger that starts the avalanche.

    We're up to our eyeballs in debt (student, credit, property) and constantly bailing out failing market sectors. The automation wave has greatly accelerated. Businesses on the margin are falling off and closing. New business starting up have come to a near standstill, and those that do start up (especially in tech) are meant more to bilk VC and get bought by major corps than provide beneficial services.

    Most 'jobs' being created are minimum wage contract work as a faceless number for large corporations - nothing like a real career with actual satisfaction. Couple that with most of our institutions being bankrupt or so corrupt they no longer serve their purpose.

    There's just no way for most people to pay off their debts and secure a home, health care, education for their kids, or start a business under the umbrella of this mess. Barely treading water is the new normal.

    Historically this is an old story and it ends with the collapse of the host country's currency, markets, and government. Today's hyper-connected economic world has now tied the fates of major world economic regions together in this mess, too. If we go, they go, and if they go, we go. I'd wager there isn't one single country out there that's truly self-sufficient at producing everything it needs internally anymore.

    How much more stress and willful neglect can this global economic system take before one part of it breaks and starts the rest falling down like dominoes? If covid keeps causing shutdowns, that's going to contribute and continue to exacerbate all of these other problems.

    It's interesting how the Hollywood distraction engine collapsed. Americans are without their usual bread and circuses for at least the next year, possibly two. No new shows, movies, sports, concerts, etc. There's just you, your home, your work, and your family. Youtubers have higher ratings than television shows now.

    There's a major, major shift in American civil discourse happening. I see that as the real wildcard in this mess, and in the end it'll probably be what saves us and snaps us out of the mess before it becomes unrecoverable.

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  4. Comment on Do Americans understand how badly they’re doing? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'd say it's just beginning. Covid is about to get completely out of control, and the coming economic shocks aren't even on most people's radar yet. When everyone is sick, stuck at home, out of...

    I'd say it's just beginning. Covid is about to get completely out of control, and the coming economic shocks aren't even on most people's radar yet. When everyone is sick, stuck at home, out of work, and staring down the barrel of a great depression unable to pay their bills, that's when they'll start to snap out of it.

    I'd worry more about it except the solutions to the entire mess are simple and well known. It's a set of problems we can literally turn off like a light switch any time we decide to stop fucking around. Covid lasts until people wear masks, and the depression lasts until the day after we implement UBI.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on ThorCon's thorium converter reactor in ~science

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    This video makes it pretty clear that ThorCon is about to win the race to be the first company or government that brings molten salt and thorium-based nuclear power to the forefront of the energy...

    This video makes it pretty clear that ThorCon is about to win the race to be the first company or government that brings molten salt and thorium-based nuclear power to the forefront of the energy sector. They've solved the hardest problem in the field - how to make a business out of it.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Do Americans understand how badly they’re doing? in ~health.coronavirus

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    As an American, frankly I feel like this country desperately needs to have its ass kicked by reality - hard. It is the only thing that could possibly snap people living here out of their idiocy...

    As an American, frankly I feel like this country desperately needs to have its ass kicked by reality - hard. It is the only thing that could possibly snap people living here out of their idiocy and complacency.

    16 votes
  7. Comment on My first DnD character died. What should I do next? in ~games.tabletop

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    If I were your GM running Tomb I'd have already prepped a stack of replacement characters that could be inserted into various points along the way. Tomb itself does kinda preclude the use of...

    If I were your GM running Tomb I'd have already prepped a stack of replacement characters that could be inserted into various points along the way. Tomb itself does kinda preclude the use of resurrection magic, that's part of the plot. One or more characters die, the party can easily stumble upon someone else needing help/rescue and the fun continues almost without interruption. That can be popped into any existing encounter or one can be drawn up on the fly. If you're a GM running a tough game, you need to be prepared for the inevitable.

    Lowering the level serves no purpose. All that does is continually weaken the party with every death - and if you want to finish the module that's not going to get you there, considering what's waiting at the end is still no cakewalk for a party of 11th level characters.

    Changing up the class/race is however part of the fun of the game. I'm not a fan of 'cloned' characters which is why I usually have some spares lying around built to fill whatever role opens up. These don't come with names or faces or genders or history, they are just math-all-done sheets waiting for the player to fill in the blanks.

    If you weren't playing Tomb which means no resurrection, as a GM I'd usually find a way to get the dead character brought back to life. I'd also make sure it cost the party in resources/gold but not necessarily in time since that just drags out sessions with one player unable to enjoy the game, which rather defeats the purpose.

    There are a million and one ways to work this in - help from a traveling group of clerics, some form of divine intervention (gods can grant higher level spells to lower level characters any time they want to - for a price/promise), perhaps some nearby sacred grove, or pacts with devilish powers. It's also possible to go subversive - if the player who died doesn't mind for example playing a 'resurrected' character who is just in fact possessed by something else working on a different agenda than the group and keeping it secret.

    The thing to do with a death is to use it to make the game richer and more interesting, rather than just trying to get past it as fast as possible.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Do you think there will be a 'silver lining' or any long-term results from these protests? in ~talk

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    They are, and that's definitely something we need to address. My mind boggles at the mere thought that the post office is under threat. That is an eternal and necessary American institution.

    They are, and that's definitely something we need to address. My mind boggles at the mere thought that the post office is under threat. That is an eternal and necessary American institution.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Does anyone else feel like it's really weird to be right here in the moment? in ~talk

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    The price of technology is coming home to roost. Move fast, break things indeed. I find it somewhat inspiring that humanity stood up, went outside, and shook all that off like a bad case of fleas...

    The price of technology is coming home to roost. Move fast, break things indeed.

    I find it somewhat inspiring that humanity stood up, went outside, and shook all that off like a bad case of fleas at least for a while. That phone belongs in your pocket, not taped to your face. :D

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 9 in ~news

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    From NY - The NY Senate has voted to abolish 50-A. Police disciplinary records will now be public. There's going to be an absolute tsunami of records released relating to cases from 2016-present...

    From NY - The NY Senate has voted to abolish 50-A. Police disciplinary records will now be public.

    There's going to be an absolute tsunami of records released relating to cases from 2016-present in NYC over this. I'll wager the records will do nothing but further inflame the situation when the public sees them.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Do you think there will be a 'silver lining' or any long-term results from these protests? in ~talk

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    Sure thing. It's not the vote by mail specifically, it's the fact that vote by mail knocks down basically every barrier there is to voting. You don't have to do it on a specific day/time and get...

    Sure thing. It's not the vote by mail specifically, it's the fact that vote by mail knocks down basically every barrier there is to voting. You don't have to do it on a specific day/time and get time off work. You don't show up at the voting booth and talk to fifteen people who give you doubts about how you are going to vote. You don't have that moment in the voting box where you second guess yourself and have to deal with a clusterfuck of a digital voting machine that's designed to get you to click on the wrong names.

    Instead you can sit down on your own time and look into everyone on the ballot, make your own decision, fill out the form, and then just drop it in the mailbox. This means voter participation is going to be monumentally massive, possibly even record-setting.

    That's the part that busts gerrymandering. You can find plenty of examples googling, such as this older article. It explains how large turnouts often end up reversing the effects.

    9 votes
  12. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 9 in ~news

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    Cuomo took shots at Trump over that today in his briefing.

    Cuomo took shots at Trump over that today in his briefing.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Tildes ReExtended is being taken down from the Chrome Web Store for supposedly breaking its policies in ~tildes

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    It's a matter of choosing a vendor that does more than just offer drivers for windows. There are good open source drivers for many vendors' products, and since they don't really change much under...

    It's a matter of choosing a vendor that does more than just offer drivers for windows. There are good open source drivers for many vendors' products, and since they don't really change much under the hood, newer versions still work great.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 9 in ~news

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    Yep. The guns are starting to come out. It's a vicious cycle. If it gets to the point where the cops can't handle it, and protesters feel like they need to be armed to march safely, we're going to...

    Yep. The guns are starting to come out. It's a vicious cycle. If it gets to the point where the cops can't handle it, and protesters feel like they need to be armed to march safely, we're going to end up in a very dark place where one single mistake can set off a chain reaction ending with a massacre.

    If that does happen you'll get your gun law reforms by the end of the week. The gun nuts who want to start shooting will only hurt their own cause.

    6 votes