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  1. Comment on SpaceX - Initial results from investigation into Crew Dragon explosion during engine tests on April 20, 2019 in ~tech

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    If they replace the pre-fuel/oxidizer check valves with burst discs then the fuel/oxidizer tanks can't be unpressurized. However this being the emergency abort system I think that's the least of...

    If they replace the pre-fuel/oxidizer check valves with burst discs then the fuel/oxidizer tanks can't be unpressurized. However this being the emergency abort system I think that's the least of the worries at that point and use of all of the fuel during abort is more likely than needing to deal with pressurized fuel upon landing. Just happy this was found out prior to their being astronauts on board.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Lashana Lynch To Take Over James Bond's Iconic 007 Code Name in ~movies

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    The influx of invites has begun...

    My god, did any of you RTFA?

    I'm disappointed in tildes. I thought we were better here.

    The influx of invites has begun...

  3. Comment on What's a question you genuinely don't know the answer to? in ~talk

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    The process and equations to correctly apply a turbocharger or supercharger compressor map to a rotary engine.

    The process and equations to correctly apply a turbocharger or supercharger compressor map to a rotary engine.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Does anyone (else) not use social media in its entirety? What are your reasons? in ~talk

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    There has to be an option of "Does not have social media." I don't have any social media handles, I've never had any social media handles, there are places in the world from which you can travel...

    There has to be an option of "Does not have social media."

    I don't have any social media handles, I've never had any social media handles, there are places in the world from which you can travel that still don't have good cell or internet connectivity to not only have no social media handles, but perhaps have never even heard of social media.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Once Tildes gets subgroups, where will you spend most of your time? in ~talk

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    ~creative.3dprinting ~sports.football.nfl - Because I enjoy in depth conversation about the merits, performance, tactics and the like of professional football, and not the "[expletive] (team...

    ~creative.3dprinting
    ~sports.football.nfl - Because I enjoy in depth conversation about the merits, performance, tactics and the like of professional football, and not the "[expletive] (team name)" fanboyisms.
    ~sports.motorsport

    And something about DIY automotive fabrication, racing, etc. just not sure where yet, perhaps ~creative.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Once Tildes gets subgroups, where will you spend most of your time? in ~talk

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    I agree, there are far too many topics to pick a side in my opinion and I've yet to meet an individual that agreed with all of the policies of a single party/leaning without doing so blindly.

    I agree, there are far too many topics to pick a side in my opinion and I've yet to meet an individual that agreed with all of the policies of a single party/leaning without doing so blindly.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Who Actually Ruined the Borg? in ~tv

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    Retconning to make it not so ridiculous. I'm okay with the idea of a specialized drone as even the single-mindedness of the Borg will need some specialization to accomplish their goals, but stand...

    In fact, multiple identical Borg Queen drones exist at any given time.

    Retconning to make it not so ridiculous.

    I'm okay with the idea of a specialized drone as even the single-mindedness of the Borg will need some specialization to accomplish their goals, but stand by my statement. Specialization is fine, a queen is fine, but the creation of the Queen allowed Voyager's writers to ruin the Borg and go from menace to annoyance.

    They are the nuclear option and should be wielded rarely and with extreme care. One or two encounters per entire series should be all the Collective are used/seen (offshoots, disconnected, origin, etc are fine plot ideas, but not the main group) and losses/risks should be heavy and wins grand. I'd even like to see a series that ends with meeting the Borg and the Federation losing; either the ship/crew destroyed or assimilated.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Raspberry Pi 4 on sale now from $35 | USB3, Gigabit Ethernet, 1.5GHz Quad Core, Upto 4GB RAM in ~tech

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    Two uses for this sprung to mind immediately for me: PiDash, I currently have a PiDash set up to display gauges and do tuning on a Megasquirt based ECU (tuning my own custom cars). This should do...

    Two uses for this sprung to mind immediately for me:

    1. PiDash, I currently have a PiDash set up to display gauges and do tuning on a Megasquirt based ECU (tuning my own custom cars). This should do so much faster.

    2. Old People PC - My father, my friends' parents, grandparents, etc. don't need a tower, don't need a laptop. They just want something that'll work for youtube, facebook, and email. Take the 4gb version of this, slap on Win10 for ARM, lock it down, and slap it on the back of a monitor for the cheapest, simplest, easiest AIO PC possible for this group of people.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Who Actually Ruined the Borg? in ~tv

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    It is 100% First Contact. Voyager doesn't do any of the things it does with the Borg without the introduction of an unnecessary Borg Queen. Disconnected Borg cubes are a fine premise to have to...

    It is 100% First Contact.

    Voyager doesn't do any of the things it does with the Borg without the introduction of an unnecessary Borg Queen. Disconnected Borg cubes are a fine premise to have to deal with, origin of the Borg is another great angle, but adding a leader to a leaderless group ruined it and allowed Voyager to ruin them further.

    8 votes
  10. Comment on The Cube Rule of Food Identification in ~food

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    That would depend on it's current state. If the noodles are dry, at the bottom of the plate, and the sauce/meatball are on top in classic pre-mixed fashion, yes. However once mixed the spaghetti...

    That would depend on it's current state.

    If the noodles are dry, at the bottom of the plate, and the sauce/meatball are on top in classic pre-mixed fashion, yes. However once mixed the spaghetti is no longer on the bottom as evidenced by doing so on a clear plate. There will be more sauce contacting the bottom than noodles.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Reddit is testing a paid monthly membership on a per subreddit basis for core features. in ~tech

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    To add to the fact that I've never seen a sudden influx of users be a good thing. I was on reddit before the Digg invasion and been there for every sudden surge of users since and while there are...

    To add to the fact that I've never seen a sudden influx of users be a good thing. I was on reddit before the Digg invasion and been there for every sudden surge of users since and while there are certainly some better areas of reddit that didn't exist prior, I've yet to witness any migration of users that was a net positive.

    9 votes
  12. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    What's the rally car? Happy to see another fellow builder/fabricator/racer/etc on here.

    What's the rally car?

    Happy to see another fellow builder/fabricator/racer/etc on here.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on How the Hell Has Danielle Steel Managed to Write 179 Books? in ~books

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    Once you have a formula down you can just hire ghost writers and only have to write the story ideas while someone else does the actual novel. A friend of mine ghost writes for some "pretty big...

    Once you have a formula down you can just hire ghost writers and only have to write the story ideas while someone else does the actual novel. A friend of mine ghost writes for some "pretty big names" and makes a nice income doing so.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on Thoughts about novelty accounts on Tildes in ~tildes

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    I am against it as the overall quality of novelty accounts is just not present and it only drowns out signal for the sake of noise

    I am against it as the overall quality of novelty accounts is just not present and it only drowns out signal for the sake of noise

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Now that E3 is over, which games are you most excited about? in ~games

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    Going by the other post with all the trailers: 12 Minutes - I don't expect this to be a long game, but it looks like it'll be interesting. I am concerned that it might just be a number of endings...

    Going by the other post with all the trailers:

    12 Minutes - I don't expect this to be a long game, but it looks like it'll be interesting. I am concerned that it might just be a number of endings and have no actual way to "win".
    Apex Legends Season 2 - Nothing wrong with a time wasting disconnect-from-the-world FPS where you just fill the need to shoot people that aren't dumb AI.
    Bleeding Edge - I'm kinda digging the idea of a FPS style fighting game instead of the usual 1v1 side scroller style
    Borderlands 3
    Cyberpunk 2077
    Daemon x Machina - Gives me a reason to steal my wife's Switch and since there aren't any new Armored Core games it'll have to take the place of my mecha fix.
    Deathloop - Interesting concept.
    Doom Eternal - Because of course
    Evil Genius - I like bad guy and dungeon builder games.
    Per Aspera
    Outer Worlds - Fallout, proper Fallout, in space. Probably my favorite on the list, but we knew this was coming before E3.
    Unexplored 2 - Love the art style, never heard of this so will have to go check out the first.
    Wasteland 3

    Edit: Thanks to @TheJorro for the indie list, further E3 trailer based opinions:

    Greedfall - Age of sail ecoconscience adventure game? Could be interesting.
    Rad - Mutation mechanic roguelike with cool art direction, nice.
    Carrion - Absolutely awesome idea in my mind.
    Fall Guys - Looks like a lot of fun so long as the levels aren't standard and are random, otherwise it'll be dominated by those that memorize them.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on E3 2019 game trailers in ~games

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    As someone that opened all the links in new tabs to view each of them, please add them in a separate block so I don't have to go through them one by one.

    I'll add those in when I get a moment.

    As someone that opened all the links in new tabs to view each of them, please add them in a separate block so I don't have to go through them one by one.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Jon Stewart makes an emotional plea on behalf of 9/11 first responders at a House Judiciary Committee meeting, unloading on lawmakers over their low turnout in ~news

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    Louie Gohmert, Republican, Texas Jim Jordan, Republican, Ohio Guy Reschenthaler, Republican, Pennsylvania Ben Cline, Republican, Virginia Kelly Armstrong, Republican, North Dakota The full House...

    Louie Gohmert, Republican, Texas
    Jim Jordan, Republican, Ohio
    Guy Reschenthaler, Republican, Pennsylvania
    Ben Cline, Republican, Virginia
    Kelly Armstrong, Republican, North Dakota

    The full House Judiciary Committee appears to have 41 members, the subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties (which is who the first responders and Stewart were speaking to today) has 14 members, of which 9 were present, all the democrats plus republican Mike Johnson.

    7 votes
  18. Comment on Seeking suggestions for the name of this group in ~lgbt

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    ~lgbt It is the umbrella term, everyone knows it's the umbrella term, changing it to include another letter just creates the problem of it alienating all the others that weren't included. Even...

    ~lgbt

    It is the umbrella term, everyone knows it's the umbrella term, changing it to include another letter just creates the problem of it alienating all the others that weren't included. Even ~LGBTTQQIAAP doesn't have everyone, ~gsm is a cellular protocol, and ~rainbow isn't descriptive enough at first glance.

    11 votes
  19. Comment on Transgender hurdler CeCe Telfer easily wins national championship by more than 0.5 seconds. in ~sports

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    The word you're looking for is "sex", their biological sex at birth should be the only deciding factor in what league they participate. Like many subjects, these are edge cases and I'm relatively...

    The word you're looking for is "sex", their biological sex at birth should be the only deciding factor in what league they participate. Like many subjects, these are edge cases and I'm relatively sure that the eventuality of the rules will end up favoring biological sex/chromosomes.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Transgender hurdler CeCe Telfer easily wins national championship by more than 0.5 seconds. in ~sports

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    I'll have to disagree and state that it is that simple. No ruleset can account for every edge case, which is exactly what those are. Sex, not gender, is the deciding factor in sports, as men are...

    I'll have to disagree and state that it is that simple. No ruleset can account for every edge case, which is exactly what those are. Sex, not gender, is the deciding factor in sports, as men are undoubtedly and unquestionably faster and stronger than women.

    Caster Semenya was ruled against unfairly, she's XX with naturally occurring high testosterone levels that undoubtedly give her an advantage, but as it's purely her genetics and not some body abnormality (such as the 'internal gonads' some wanted to claim) then there's zero reason to rule against her.

    Maria Patino could have been tested earlier and given an exception to the rule status, but until the exception is proven XY means you have to err on the side of caution to keep the separation of the sports by sex as is fair.

    2 votes