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  1. Comment on How should we be tagging topics related to the coronavirus outbreak? in ~tildes

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    Sounds good to me.

    Sounds good to me.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on How should we be tagging topics related to the coronavirus outbreak? in ~tildes

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    Maybe there should be another tag for posts about life in lockdown* to separate them from posts about the virus itself? I think it's useful to have life in lockdown posts tagged, but agree with...

    Maybe there should be another tag for posts about life in lockdown* to separate them from posts about the virus itself? I think it's useful to have life in lockdown posts tagged, but agree with you that they don't need to be tagged with the name of the virus.

    Note: The tag would only apply to posts that are lockdown/isolation/social distancing specific. So it wouldn't apply to "What games have you been playing" posts, for example, even if the lockdowns are why people are playing more games right now. A post about a game platform having a "Stay home and play" sale would be tagged, because promoting isolation is specifically called out as the motivation for the sale.

    *or quarantine or whatever. We can bikeshed over what to call it.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What are some games in which movement itself is a joy? in ~games

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    Portal - "Speedy thing goes in speedy thing comes out" Portal 2 - That with the addition of excursion tunnels, jump plates, and speed and bounce gels

    Portal - "Speedy thing goes in speedy thing comes out"

    Portal 2 - That with the addition of excursion tunnels, jump plates, and speed and bounce gels

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Prosperous Universe Presence release is live in ~games

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    Reminds me a bit of simcountry, which I played briefly a decade and a half ago. I liked the idea of it, but it was overwhelming. It had so many commodities and industries that it was hard to wade...

    Reminds me a bit of simcountry, which I played briefly a decade and a half ago. I liked the idea of it, but it was overwhelming. It had so many commodities and industries that it was hard to wade through it all. This looks like a similar idea, but much less overwhelming.

    In simcountry you start with an existing country and you could fairly easily build just about any industry, so options opened up into analysis paralysis really quickly. I thought about creating a spreadsheet to analyze the profitability of all the different industries, but noped out at the size of the task.

    From my very limited experience of Prosperous Universe (I set up an account last night) I like that you start small with very few options. Money and resources are tight, motivating a desire for specific things and giving a push in a certain direction. I also like that due to the time and cost of travel trading has a cost to it. It means you have to be more deliberate in what you buy and sell.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on SpaceX launches final Dragon 1 mission to the ISS in ~space

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    Never have I been so excited for the retirement of a spacecraft. What's to come has me pumped. (The retirement of Falcon 9 will be even better, though.)

    Never have I been so excited for the retirement of a spacecraft. What's to come has me pumped. (The retirement of Falcon 9 will be even better, though.)

  6. Comment on Twitch streamer suspended after accidentally firing real gun at his monitor in ~games

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    There should be a license required for gun ownership. At the very least people should be required to take a gun safety course. But that's politically difficult in the US, to put it mildly. The...

    There should be a license required for gun ownership. At the very least people should be required to take a gun safety course. But that's politically difficult in the US, to put it mildly. The issue goes back to the founding of our country: The founders won our independence with guns and they saw them as a means to fight back against tyranny. Hence the second amendment protecting gun ownership, and guns being seen as patriotic. Since gun ownership is seen as protection against government tyranny, letting the government control them in any way is anathema. When the government inevitably comes to round us all up, so the story goes, they will use the gun registries to know who to go after.

    Since that's what half (give or take) of our nation believes, and a major talking point of one of the parties, meaningful reform is off the table.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Twitch streamer suspended after accidentally firing real gun at his monitor in ~games

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    This is a good time to bring up the four rules of gun safety: Always treat guns as if they are loaded. Never point a gun at anything you aren't willing to destroy. Keep your finger off the trigger...

    This is a good time to bring up the four rules of gun safety:

    1. Always treat guns as if they are loaded.
    2. Never point a gun at anything you aren't willing to destroy.
    3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
    4. Be sure of your target and what is behind it.
    19 votes
  8. Comment on Inside Elon Musk’s plan to build one Starship a week—and settle Mars in ~space

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    I've been watching their progress through nasaspaceflight.com. (The level to which people over there follow and track every little detail they can legally get their hands on is something else.)...

    I've been watching their progress through nasaspaceflight.com. (The level to which people over there follow and track every little detail they can legally get their hands on is something else.) SpaceX still has a long way to go but their increase in production speed is impressive. They're pumping out tank sections much faster than it took them to build the first prototype.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on She wanted a 'freebirth' with no doctors. Online groups convinced her it would be OK. in ~life

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    Offtopic: I don't appreciate being part of a shotgun tagging. I understand that you are passionate about what you have to say and want everyone to hear it, but that's not a great way to do it. If...

    Offtopic: I don't appreciate being part of a shotgun tagging. I understand that you are passionate about what you have to say and want everyone to hear it, but that's not a great way to do it. If you have something to say to me specifically or take issue with something I've said, say it. Otherwise make your comment and let it stand on its merits like the rest of us.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on She wanted a 'freebirth' with no doctors. Online groups convinced her it would be OK. in ~life

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    There's a lot of distrust of mainstream medicine in the US because of how out of control medical bills are. It's not a big leap for people to look at the outrageous charges and conclude that the...

    There's a lot of distrust of mainstream medicine in the US because of how out of control medical bills are. It's not a big leap for people to look at the outrageous charges and conclude that the healthcare industry only cares about the money. It's part of a broader distrust of big anything and the idea that big corporations have way too much power and no regard for humanity. Combine those fears with the fallacy that natural is healthy and we end up with this disaster.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on The rules for rulers in ~misc

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    I highly recommend the book this is based on: The Dictator's Handbook, by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith

    I highly recommend the book this is based on: The Dictator's Handbook, by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith

  12. Comment on What's the longest running quandary/debate you've had with yourself? in ~talk

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    It's certain that there are things that we don't know about, and don't know we don't know. The universe is big and we haven't scratched the surface of it. But once you start getting specific about...

    It's certain that there are things that we don't know about, and don't know we don't know. The universe is big and we haven't scratched the surface of it. But once you start getting specific about does something with traits X,Y and Z exist it narrows down the likely hood. Are there beings in the universe with power that would astound us? Quite plausibly. They would just have to be a bit ahead of us in tech development. "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." (Arthur C. Clark)

    Are there powerful beings whose power extends to our world? Maybe, but less likely. Are there powerful beings who invisibly intervene in our daily lives? A lot less likely. Are there powerful interventionist beings who communicate their will to humans? If they are intervening then it's not much of a stretch that they might subtly communicate, but it still drops the overall probability. Are there powerful, interventionist, will communicating beings who are actually worth listening to? That have any claim to higher morality? That care about our well being? Each additional requirement drops the probability.

    Is there a powerful, interventionist, will communicating, moral, benevolent, loving being named Yahweh, Allah, Jesus, Buddha or Thor telling people to not eat pork, not work on Saturday or not work on Sunday, or to go on a pilgrimage? Unlikely is putting it mildly.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Scythe’s Automa designer on making cardboard AI feel human in solo board games in ~games.tabletop

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    It is especially surprising given that solo card games have been around for centuries.

    It is especially surprising given that solo card games have been around for centuries.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on What is your favorite opening scene in a movie? in ~movies

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    Lessons from the Screenplay has a great breakdown of that scene and how it builds tension and suspense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvtOY0YrF-g

    Lessons from the Screenplay has a great breakdown of that scene and how it builds tension and suspense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvtOY0YrF-g

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What's the longest running quandary/debate you've had with yourself? in ~talk

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    It sounds to me like you've got the right ingredients to be a good person. Being a good person starts with wanting to be a good person. It is only through examining your actions and how they...

    It sounds to me like you've got the right ingredients to be a good person. Being a good person starts with wanting to be a good person. It is only through examining your actions and how they affect others that you can improve them. Self guilt (as long as it's not taken to a crippling extreme) is a good thing because it pushes you to do better in the future. No matter how good of a person you are there will be moments that you hurt other people. The best thing you can do is try to make it right if you can and learn from it.

    3 votes
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  17. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    Thank you for putting this together, and thank you to the panelists for putting yourselves out there to answer questions. It's testament that Tildes is working as intended that this thread got...

    Thank you for putting this together, and thank you to the panelists for putting yourselves out there to answer questions.

    It's testament that Tildes is working as intended that this thread got over three hundred comments and all of them are respectful, quality discussion (except presumably the four Deimos removed). All on a subject that shouldn't be controversial, but sadly is on a lot of the internet.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on In retrospect it seems hard to overstate the cultural damage done by South Park in ~tv

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    Twitter is a spectacularly terrible place to debate anything. Nuance doesn't fit in 280 characters.

    Twitter is a spectacularly terrible place to debate anything. Nuance doesn't fit in 280 characters.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on In retrospect it seems hard to overstate the cultural damage done by South Park in ~tv