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  1. Comment on What are you confused by? in ~talk

    AugustusFerdinand
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    There is no "their". There is no consensus. It is impossible to find two people in the world that agree on 100% of things let alone a country of 330,871,830 people. 330,871,830 people with...

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    There is no "their".

    There is no consensus.

    It is impossible to find two people in the world that agree on 100% of things let alone a country of 330,871,830 people.

    330,871,830 people with individual experiences that have shaped them from the day they were born and formed the opinions they have along with those they can be influenced by.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on What are you confused by? in ~talk

    AugustusFerdinand
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    I feel like this ignores the fact that most work is largely pointless and unsatisfying to those that do it. Without knowing the motivation behind the pointless and unsatisfying task you're...

    It's just that, in my mind, the job comes first, and its fruits – later.

    I feel like this ignores the fact that most work is largely pointless and unsatisfying to those that do it. Without knowing the motivation behind the pointless and unsatisfying task you're expected to complete, why complete it? If the work itself is unrewarding how do you intend to motivate people to do it?

    7 votes
  3. Comment on What are you confused by? in ~talk

    AugustusFerdinand
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    I was hoping there was one in here I can answer! #-pdr stood for the weight in imperial pounds of spherical solid iron shot of diameter to fit the bore. Not the round itself. This was used because...

    I am completely confused by the old British system of classifying guns as 2-pdr, 6-pdr, 17-pdr, etc., as well as gun calibre measurements and the reasoning behind picking certain ones (e.g. 5.56mm and 7.62mm for rifles, or 75mm and 105mm for artillery pieces).

    I was hoping there was one in here I can answer!

    #-pdr stood for the weight in imperial pounds of spherical solid iron shot of diameter to fit the bore. Not the round itself. This was used because at the time that modern artillery began there was no standard of caliber for artillery pieces, but much knowledge of the size of the bore of a old muzzle loading cannon was still well known and so they kept the pounder naming convention instead of something more obvious like bore diameter. Being that military traditions/old men stuck in their ways die slowly (see: cavalry charges in WWII) it stuck around for awhile.

    For small caliber arms it's generally an evolution of previous cartridges. The modern 7.62x51 was evolved from the older .30-06 cartridge (itself a holdover from the .30-40 Krag, which was a round developed in response to the 7mm cartridge used by the Spanish) in use by the US from the early 1900's. The .30-06 is a 7.62x63 cartridge and was nearly replaced by an even smaller caliber until it was proven that .30-06 could be reliably fielded in a semi-automatic rifle. A nations military is generally always trying to lighten the load of a soldier (even if it means they add that weight back by giving them more stuff to carry) and advances in gunpowder allowed the power of a .30-06 round to be available in the 12mm shorter case of a 7.62x51, so it was a win-win. The 7.62mm round is/was held onto for the increased effectiveness (range and energy expended upon the target) that a larger bullet carries as at the time the US kept to the idea that their soldiers should be riflemen and individual shots in semi-auto shouldn't be made less effective and only use full auto firing for emergencies. Which brings us to...

    ...the 5.56! Because there's always development going on to try to sell the military more toys a project was set out to scale down the 7.62x51 cartridge (and therefore the rifle, the larger the round, the larger the firearm must be). Because there's typically little reason to reinvent the wheel development started with existing tech, this time being the .222 Remington round. Shoving more and better gunpowder into that cartridge provided the ballistics and range desired, but pressures were too high for the thickness of the case. So a thicker case was developed and became the .223 Remington. Testing showed this to work well, be reliable in the rifle being developed, and that soldiers were more accurate with it than the 7.62x51, about doubly so. Military testing commences, they realize that a smaller bullet that hits a target more often is better than a larger bullet that misses, plus it's lighter and they can carry more ammunition at the same time. The US military adopts it, and since the US military (unlike the rest of the US) had already moved over to the metric system it became known as the 5.56. NATO standardizes it for all of the countries involved and it's then known as the 5.56x45 NATO.

    For artillery you can blame 75mm on the French as they were the first to field modern artillery and everyone else just copied them. They were the first to make an effective breech, instead of muzzle, loading artillery piece and it worked. Refer back to the "no need to reinvent the wheel" notion earlier. The 105 can similarly be blamed on the Germans. Post WWI with the victors looting the country for spoils they of course seized the 105mm artillery being used and finding them to be a suitable step up from the 75mm and a nice middle ground between it and the 155mm added it to their arsenal as well. The larger the caliber, the heavier the gun, the heavier the gun, the harder it is to move, and therefore the further back from the front line it tends to be. This continues all the way down to the early hand held 40-50mm mortars and grenade launchers.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on MissingNo.'s glitchy appearance in Pokémon explained in ~games

  5. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

    AugustusFerdinand
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    Also protected through the CARES act and called out specifically with my mortgage servicer. Reporting late/non-payment during COVID forbearance is prohibited. Good on you for looking out though!...

    Also protected through the CARES act and called out specifically with my mortgage servicer. Reporting late/non-payment during COVID forbearance is prohibited. Good on you for looking out though! I'll be reviewing the forbearance agreement with a fine tooth comb to be sure there are zero shenanigans at play regardless.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Banner Saga 3: One was too slow and not enough going on. Two was much better. Now that I've finished three I can say that two was the best. This one just felt like it was dragging along with...

    Banner Saga 3: One was too slow and not enough going on. Two was much better. Now that I've finished three I can say that two was the best. This one just felt like it was dragging along with nothing really added from two except some playable Dredge characters. Got the "good" ending on the first try, manipulated game files to see all the other endings. I don't think there will be a fourth game and if there was I wouldn't play it.

    Cultist Simulator: Randomly fumbling around to see which cards go where with vague descriptions and zero idea of what the goal may be is just not for me. Hard pass.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Mowed the lawn. Like @whbboyd if I was going to be here longer the grass would all be gone. My wife and I have looked at things like creeping thyme and flat out xeriscaping, but the cost isn't...
    1. Mowed the lawn. Like @whbboyd if I was going to be here longer the grass would all be gone. My wife and I have looked at things like creeping thyme and flat out xeriscaping, but the cost isn't justifiable for how much longer we're going to be here. During the hottest months here in Texas I have a lawn guy mow, but when it's still relatively cool I do it myself to save the money. I'm at a crossroads though as to if I should get another set of batteries for my mower. I have two sets at present and they can get most of the property, but not all. While it would seem to be nice to get it all done in one shot, the rest period while the batteries charge is also a welcome thing.

    2. I had my previously mentioned friend and her 16 year old child over to build the child's PC. While her mother was making breakfast we talked games (and I still haven't found the name of the one I think she'd enjoy that was a lot like another she mentioned and it's driving me nuts), 3D printing, and engineering; then did the build after cleaning off my dining room table. It was her first PC build ever and I believe it to be a bit of a rite of passage to build one's own computer so I provided tools, steps, and guidance while she built it all herself. mATX, Ryzen 5, RX580, 16gb RAM, full tower case, BIOS update and Win10 installed; it took 4 hours to build as she loses focus from time to time and gets into story telling mode, but having seen how distant and non-communicative she's been in the past prior to her realizing who she is and being that I made zero other plans so there'd be no conflict, she can talk all she wanted. It was also fun watching her mother worry every time she used the knife I gave her to open the boxes of parts. Being the younger child when her parents were married and then quickly becoming the middle child after the divorce she's always gotten hand me downs and this included the PC she'd been playing games on; 1st gen i7, GTX 580 GPU, and a case that included a chunk of 2x4 holding up the CPU cooler for some reason. Overall I'll call it a success considering I received a text late last night after her mother dropped her off at her father's that said "This may be the happiest I've ever seen her."

    3. Read the text of the new HEROES act and cross referenced changes in it that impact the previous CARES act as it applies myself and those I know. While doing so I found something I missed prior; unrestricted forbearance. For those that don't know/don't own homes, forbearance is a process by which you can reduce or eliminate your mortgage payment for a period of time when you're experiencing a financial hardship. This is typically restricted to people that are at risk of foreclosure and already behind on their mortgage payments. The CARES act opened this any federally backed mortgage loan (the new HEROES act expands this to everyone) and removed all means testing. Quite literally, the mortgage servicer has to give up to a year of forbearance to anyone that merely asks for it. So I'm planning on taking advantage of this by requesting forbearance and not paying my mortgage over the next year. Now, there is no free lunch here and the government does not pay my mortgage or anything of the sort, the amounts due are just deferred to a later date. This comes in a few forms depending on the servicer and in my case I'll just have them modify the loan to add it to the end of the mortgage and likely lower my interest rate at the same time. Being that I'm early on in my mortgage and only intend to stay here for another 5 years, most of what is being paid right now is interest and not principal so I'm losing/delaying very little equity by going into forbearance right now. During this time I'll be doing home improvements that will increase the overall value of the home more than what is "lost" by not making any payments over the next year, including building myself a detached garage/workshop in the back yard.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Who are some of your local musicians that are really cool, but are relatively unknown to the world? in ~music

  9. Comment on Internal fighting among gun owners has led to one of the dumbest memes of all time in ~misc

    AugustusFerdinand
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    No, they're specific, but like many niche groups the verbiage used will be confusing to outsiders (see: any competitive game specific group). @NaraVara is very much correct, the author doesn't...

    That seems plausible but when it comes to insults I would bet on things getting increasingly confused to the point where they don't mean anything specific?

    No, they're specific, but like many niche groups the verbiage used will be confusing to outsiders (see: any competitive game specific group). @NaraVara is very much correct, the author doesn't know the jargon or names of subgroups within gun groups.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on 8GB Raspberry Pi 4 on sale now at $75 in ~comp

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    While 8GB and 64bit is undoubtedly a huge upgrade to these boards, I am fearful of the inevitable lazy coding that will accompany it. By having limited resources programmers are forced to keep...

    While 8GB and 64bit is undoubtedly a huge upgrade to these boards, I am fearful of the inevitable lazy coding that will accompany it. By having limited resources programmers are forced to keep their code "clean" and not be a resource hog and so generally better coding occurs. When given the option a lot of programmers will happily, and typically unconsciously, use all available resources without regard to other processes.

    That said, I know that while everyone should strive for clean coding and preferably learn to do so from the start it isn't necessarily the case and I have gone back to old code years after the fact and found inefficiencies in my own work. So a lower barrier to entry by having more resources available opens the door for more people to learn to code complex items.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on You’re getting used to masks. Will you wear a face shield? in ~health.coronavirus

    AugustusFerdinand
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    As a glasses wearer, I don't wear a mask at all*. Being that I do a lot of metal work I bought one of these face shields a year or so back and just wear it in lieu of a mask. It has more coverage...

    As a glasses wearer, I don't wear a mask at all*. Being that I do a lot of metal work I bought one of these face shields a year or so back and just wear it in lieu of a mask. It has more coverage (sides go past your ears, top goes to middle of your head, bottom extends down your neck) and is more comfortable than any of the medical face shields I've seen available. Only downside is your voice echoes a bit/is louder to you than it is to the people you're talking to. However that downside is outweighed by the fact that my glasses don't fog up, the mask doesn't fog up, the entire thing makes breathing easier, and you'll be met exclusively (in my experience) with positive feedback, "damn, that's a good idea" statements, and people wanting to know where you bought it.

    * I have a backup fabric mask in the center console that my wife made me just in case I forget to grab the face shield as I don't leave it in the car.
    7 votes
  12. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    The Banner Saga: Pretty game, gameplay is good but not great, most decisions in the game have actual impact on what you can do and what characters are around to do so. Being that I'm not from the...

    The Banner Saga: Pretty game, gameplay is good but not great, most decisions in the game have actual impact on what you can do and what characters are around to do so. Being that I'm not from the area, the frequently vowel-less Nordic naming conventions make keeping up with the story a chore as instead of attempting to make up some terrible phonetic pronunciation I know will be wrong for a person or place I'll just skip it and when that person/place is referenced later in the story I am often left at a loss as to whether it is merely flavor or important. Also for the love of all that is holy developers, allow me to speed up the caravan traveling scenes! There's easily hours of time in this game spent just watching low res characters walk through the countryside; it's like playing Oregon Trail on the slowest speed... If I can't find a way to speed up the game I'll probably skip Saga 2 and 3, it's just not worth waiting for some event to pop up. I don't need travel to be instantaneous, but the background isn't that good looking.

    The Banner Saga 2:: Finished the first one, devs must have heard complaints about speed. Traveling is slightly faster now, but mostly they've just added more frequent encounters so there aren't vast waiting periods of watching a caravan go by. Game is even prettier now, story per caravan is different, and you can speed up the caravan via console commands. Devs also heard some Oregon Trail comments as there is at least one encounter that has a direct reference to the old Oregon Trail game. Improvements make it worth playing Saga 3. Also they decided to come up with their own cuss word (faen to mean fuck) and while funny the first few times, they use it constantly. They also don't have any other forms of faen. There's no "fucks", "fucked", or "fucking" it's just faen. This is faen. We are so faen. This is going to get faen difficult. etc. The addition of animated cutscenes is a nice touch to the story, but the story in this one is weaker than in the first.

    9 votes
  13. Comment on Hungary votes to end legal recognition of transgender people in ~lgbt

    AugustusFerdinand
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    Yeah, this feels like they were reviewing all they've done and just realized they missed the whole "hey, these incredibly vulnerable people still have rights" line item and had to knock that out....

    Yeah, this feels like they were reviewing all they've done and just realized they missed the whole "hey, these incredibly vulnerable people still have rights" line item and had to knock that out.

    Anyone know of any organizations that help get lgbt individuals out of there?

    6 votes
  14. Comment on It’s time to get on the bidet train, America in ~life

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    There's nothing stopping people from using newspaper either, doesn't change the fact that the context was wet wipe vs bidet.

    There's nothing stopping people from using newspaper either, doesn't change the fact that the context was wet wipe vs bidet.

    3 votes
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  16. Comment on Recommend me a book that _________ in ~books

  17. Comment on It’s time to get on the bidet train, America in ~life

    AugustusFerdinand
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    Which a bidet would replace...

    I don't feel clean without wet wipe

    Which a bidet would replace...

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Recommend me a book that _________ in ~books

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    Since we're starting anew: Recommend me a book that is hard sci-fi without unnecessary character "development/focus". Example: Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy; Red Mars was a wonderful book...

    Since we're going with this bump starting anew:

    Recommend me a book that is hard sci-fi without unnecessary character "development/focus".

    Example: Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy; Red Mars was a wonderful book about getting to Mars and surviving it, Green Mars was a good book about the terraforming of Mars and some character development, Blue Mars was a mediocre at best book where Robinson had run out of ideas and so instead ditch the "hard" part of hard sci-fi and just wrote a bunch of hooey about interplanetary politics and pushing characters into relationships they never had in two previous books.

    8 votes
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