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  1. Comment on The Trolley Problem in ~humanities

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    The way I keep thinking about this is that there are expected behaviors for vehicles on the road (this is all about autonomous vehicles). Say a family is together and mom pushes the baby stroller...

    The way I keep thinking about this is that there are expected behaviors for vehicles on the road (this is all about autonomous vehicles).

    Say a family is together and mom pushes the baby stroller into the street without looking, while dad saw the car coming and didn't step into the street. Same scenario now - does the car keep driving in the street or does it veer onto the sidewalk? Kill mother and child or kill the father?

    I would argue here that everyone is going to expect that the car is going to continue driving on the street. If the father or mother sees the car coming, their reaction would be to get back onto the sidewalk. If the decision is made to put the car on the sidewalk and the mother leaps back, pulling the stroller back, then what would have been a near miss becomes a dead family of 3.

    The terrible reality is that some accidents are unavoidable. Some kid is going to run out from between two parked cars and it'll be too late to stop. Going to happen. Every parent would try to pull the child back. The best reaction is to ensure the event is being recorded, apply the brakes, and hope they get out of the way in time.

    The thing I'm most excited about actually is that self-driving cars should actually be complying with the posted speed limits, which should actually mean traffic at 25 mph in residential areas. People usually go 30+ where I live now, and my childhood home was on a street that shortcutted the town stoplights and people would routinely do 40+ on that street.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on what’s the most drastic choice you’ve ever made in your life? how’d it turn out? in ~talk

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    I decided to study abroad in Germany my senior year of mechanical engineering. My wife agreed that it'd be fun, probably the last grand adventure we could take until we retired. I was a transfer...

    I decided to study abroad in Germany my senior year of mechanical engineering. My wife agreed that it'd be fun, probably the last grand adventure we could take until we retired.

    I was a transfer student from the local community college, so my course sequence was all out of whack, and I needed to take the German language classes, so I wound up looking at 21 credits per semester for my junior year of mechanical engineering. This is when all the really hard classes hit, so I decided it would be better to split my junior year into two years. This worked out nicer, too, because my wife would then graduate with a master's in English education the spring before we were to leave. We were hoping she could get a job teaching English while I was finishing the degree.

    Well, 21 credits per semester split into two years is 12 credits one year and 9 the next, so I had the chance to truly pick whatever I wanted as a free elective. Took a mechatronics sequence that was really amazing. Started talking to some of the students from the German university (our would-be counterparts) and they told us how employment in Germany worked: first, the employer had to show no qualified Germans could fill the position, then they had to show no EU citizens could fill the position, then they could hire someone from the US.

    So hiring prospects for my wife were sounding pretty grim, and then she got an offer letter to be a teacher at a local school. We then had to decide if it was worth the financial risk to turn down the guaranteed money on the chance to get a job in Germany, decided it wasn't worth the risk, and bailed on the study abroad program. We had literally already purchased the plane tickets and everything.

    She winds up teaching in that school system until our first child was born, and I enjoyed mechatronics so much that I sought out a relationship with the professor over the class, who gave me a research assistanceship that paid fully for my graduate degree.

    It would have been a blast, but I think I'm in a much better situation now than I would have been if I had gone, especially if my wife would not have been able to find work there.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Amazon fires: Brazil threatened over EU trade deal in ~enviro

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    Lmao thanks, I'll delete my comment haha

    Lmao thanks, I'll delete my comment haha

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What purpose does Tildes serve that Reddit does not? in ~tildes

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    I don't have to suffer through the endless joke comments. I can't tell you how many times I've read, "to shreds, you say?" or something similar. Doesn't matter the article or nature of the...

    I don't have to suffer through the endless joke comments. I can't tell you how many times I've read, "to shreds, you say?" or something similar. Doesn't matter the article or nature of the discussion.

    Tildes feels like a room full of grownups. It's nice that there's not a bunch of people just saying stuff for attention.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Fitness tracker recommendations? in ~health

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    Yeah, speaking of bands, the band keeper on my watch fell off or broke when I went through airport security last week. Ordered a new one later that day (Thursday) and then they didn't ship it...

    Yeah, speaking of bands, the band keeper on my watch fell off or broke when I went through airport security last week. Ordered a new one later that day (Thursday) and then they didn't ship it until the Saturday.

    Turns out they didn't actually ship it, they just gave me an invalid tracking number and said it would come today, 8 days after I placed the order.

    They didn't actually put it in the mail until Wednesday, and they shipped it DHL, who handed it off to USPS literally the next state over this morning. No status update, but there's a "sorry there's been a delay" when I check the tracking info.

    So yeah, Garmin bands. Went OEM because I want a quality fit but Garmin service is the pits. And they have a proprietary charger that, for me, will not work with a high power USB converter. It'll only take a charge if I'm plugged into a computer USB port.

    So yeah, in thinking about it, I'll withdraw my support for the Garmin products. Scratched my wife and my four year old son on accident with the bread tie I'm using to hold my watch band down right now while I wait for Garmin to quit dragging their feet.

    Sorry, got triggered when I saw your comment about the bands.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Fitness tracker recommendations? in ~health

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    I've been using a Forerunner 35 for about a year now and I absolutely love it. My only complaint is that the sleep tracking is super poor when I'm on night shift.

    I've been using a Forerunner 35 for about a year now and I absolutely love it. My only complaint is that the sleep tracking is super poor when I'm on night shift.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Remembering the best shareware-era DOS games that time forgot in ~games

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    Sleuth (1983) Capture the Flag (1993) Landing Party (1989) EGA Trek (1988) Scorched Earth (1991) A two-page list of some free games from ~30 years ago. You're really not missing anything if you...

    Sleuth (1983)
    Capture the Flag (1993)
    Landing Party (1989)
    EGA Trek (1988)
    Scorched Earth (1991)

    A two-page list of some free games from ~30 years ago. You're really not missing anything if you don't look at the article.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on For those getting ready to go back to school: how do you feel about it? in ~life

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    So just quit, goddamn. Maybe if college were free then I could understand, but you're probably paying around a minimum of 20,000 dollars, just to do something you don't want to do anyways. There...

    I'm going for a degree I don't care about (and don't have an alternative thing to say "fuck it" and go for instead

    So just quit, goddamn. Maybe if college were free then I could understand, but you're probably paying around a minimum of 20,000 dollars, just to do something you don't want to do anyways.

    There are plenty of minimum wage jobs that will pay you to do something you don't want to do instead of the other way around.

    Take a year off, get a job where you can do something creative in your off time. Get an entry level job in a field you'd like to be in. Get a bunch of jobs in a bunch of fields. Try to get into management at a fast food place or something to see if you like that.

    Just don't pay a college to waste a year of your life.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Microsoft Quietly Says it Keeps and Transcribes Your Conversations —Sometimes Even if You Chose Not to Let Them in ~tech

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    I kind of would, too. If that's the case, should anyone believe the headline? Is this a real article?

    I kind of would, too. If that's the case, should anyone believe the headline? Is this a real article?

  10. Comment on Microsoft Quietly Says it Keeps and Transcribes Your Conversations —Sometimes Even if You Chose Not to Let Them in ~tech

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    This, and other news, from The Daily Shitter.

    This, and other news, from The Daily Shitter.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Developer fumes about keyseller G2A, but admits he was wrong about blaming them for $30,000 of chargebacks on Natural Selection 2 keys in ~games

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    Yeah, the original Natural Selection was an absolute blast to play, but being commander could sometimes be tedious and was almost always a thankless job. But to play kind of like Starcraft, where...

    Yeah, the original Natural Selection was an absolute blast to play, but being commander could sometimes be tedious and was almost always a thankless job. But to play kind of like Starcraft, where the humans and aliens are all being played by people, and then you can also join the "ground-level" action, was (is) really amazing.

    Resource management, exploration, map control strategy, siege tactics, tech trees, all in a first person shooter? Really, really amazing game.

    I was 18, enlisted, and dating my future wife when Natural Selection came out, and I probably played 4 hours a day. I was 28, married, just bought my first house, and in grad school when 2 came out. It was just too long between the two for me to be able to give the sequel much attention.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Developer fumes about keyseller G2A, but admits he was wrong about blaming them for $30,000 of chargebacks on Natural Selection 2 keys in ~games

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    Ah okay, I misunderstood the post. Read the article in the middle of a 30 hour trip halfway around the world, and apparently my reading comprehension wasn't up to snuff.

    Ah okay, I misunderstood the post. Read the article in the middle of a 30 hour trip halfway around the world, and apparently my reading comprehension wasn't up to snuff.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Developer fumes about keyseller G2A, but admits he was wrong about blaming them for $30,000 of chargebacks on Natural Selection 2 keys in ~games

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    Here's the video I was talking about, where I knew development was sunk. The game officially released four years after that, on Halloween 2012. :edit: I totally misread the article. Left the video...

    Here's the video I was talking about, where I knew development was sunk. The game officially released four years after that, on Halloween 2012.

    :edit:

    I totally misread the article. Left the video above for anyone interested, but otherwise would like to retract my earlier statement as it's not a comment about the article.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Developer fumes about keyseller G2A, but admits he was wrong about blaming them for $30,000 of chargebacks on Natural Selection 2 keys in ~games

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    Can't wait to read this. I was a huuge fan of the original Natural Selection mod (net fraggers clan represent!) and I pre-ordered Natural Selection 2 on the first day they accepted pre-orders. I...

    Can't wait to read this. I was a huuge fan of the original Natural Selection mod (net fraggers clan represent!) and I pre-ordered Natural Selection 2 on the first day they accepted pre-orders. I have up hope when they were almost a year late and posting updates that they had written a game engine from scratch. Tried playing a few rounds shortly after the alpha was released and it was literally unplayable. I'd give it another shot now but it's been something like a decade. I grew up, graduated college, had kids. I can't play games like I did anymore. Interested to hear what the developers have to say about things.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Went to the wake park here in Abu Dhabi, but Saturday/Sunday I go back to working nights in Kizad.

    Went to the wake park here in Abu Dhabi, but Saturday/Sunday I go back to working nights in Kizad.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Time Is Almost Up For U.S. Shale in ~science.natural

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    Yeah, but I thought the same argument was made 10 or 15 years ago and then, when prices started to climb, fracking came around. I would imagine the income generated by fracking more than offset...

    Yeah, but I thought the same argument was made 10 or 15 years ago and then, when prices started to climb, fracking came around. I would imagine the income generated by fracking more than offset the research and development to establish the practice.

    I'm also not really seeing an environmental downside to ending oil shale mining. The last oil price hike brought about the renewables boom.

  17. Comment on Time Is Almost Up For U.S. Shale in ~science.natural

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    How is this different than the other "peak oil" statements that I've been hearing for almost 20 years?

    How is this different than the other "peak oil" statements that I've been hearing for almost 20 years?

  18. Comment on This Week In Election Night, 2020 (Week 19) in ~news

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    Just remember that, just like Trump has undone a lot of what Obama did, the next president can undo a lot of what Trump has done. The important thing to remember, and the only reason I voted for...

    Just remember that, just like Trump has undone a lot of what Obama did, the next president can undo a lot of what Trump has done.

    The important thing to remember, and the only reason I voted for Clinton in 2016, is that the real threat of permanent negative change comes with the Supreme Court. Trump's out of office whenever he's out, but I would bet a lot of money that all of the justices he nominated will still be on the bench when he dies. Decades of ramifications.

    The use of the superdelegates to push Sanders out in 2016 burned me up, and I 100% blame Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC for skewing things so badly.

    I'd love to be "Bernie or Bust," but the Supreme Court appointments are too much to risk.

  19. Comment on What old game would you most want to see remastered/remade? in ~games

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    I'll link them later, but The Dig was great, and it's been (poorly, imo) redone and is available on Steam. Myst is probably the most famous point and click puzzle game of all time. 7th Guest and...

    I'll link them later, but The Dig was great, and it's been (poorly, imo) redone and is available on Steam. Myst is probably the most famous point and click puzzle game of all time. 7th Guest and 11th Hour were great horror point and click puzzle games. As a kid, the Dr. Brain series of games were awesome, enjoyable, and I think actually did a fantastic job as an educational video game. The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain was my favorite; I'd set the music, programming, and spatial puzzles to the hardest difficulty and play for hours.

    For younger kids, there's the Putt-Putt series that my son is actually playing now but, like The Dig, they haven't been updated, it's like they've just paired it with DosBox or something under the hood.

    Graphics are still pretty terrible, audio quality is really poor, and there are some interface issues, especially when playing on a touchscreen device.

    OH YEAH THE OTHER GREAT GAME!

    The Secret of Monkey Island. That game IS remastered and I believe is available on Steam. Now that I'm thinking about it, Day of the Tentacle was really good, too. I'd check out ScummVm and see what studio that was. I remember some pretty relentless advertising for that engine in the game, but u still remember it now 20 years later, so I guess it worked lol.

    Sierra Online and I think LucasArts were the two big studios making the point and click adventure games. Pretty much can't go wrong with any of their titles. If I find or think of anything else I'll post another reply so you get another notification :)

    Quick edit: Monkey Island is a series, and I thought they only remastered one of the games, but I could be wrong about that. There was LeChuck's Revenge and maybe a third one. Along with the Putt-Putt kids games there are all the others, Freddy Fox, Pajama Sam, etc. They're all series and there's a lot of entries. Again, look up those titles then look up the studios to find other series.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on Tildĩstas, what is your guilty pleasure food? in ~talk

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    I'm so sorry to have introduced you lol. I can't stop.

    I'm so sorry to have introduced you lol. I can't stop.