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  1. Comment on Last person to receive an American Civil War pension dies in ~humanities

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    Another good example of the Great Span: 10th US president John Tyler has two living grandsons.

    Another good example of the Great Span: 10th US president John Tyler has two living grandsons.

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

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    Sounds like a good way to wind up with a Darwin award.

    Sounds like a good way to wind up with a Darwin award.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Is a YouTube video with a static image technically a podcast? in ~talk

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    Interesting that you bring up film, because originally film was the delivery method (as in the physical film). The content type took the name of the technology. "Podcast" is the same way. On a...

    Interesting that you bring up film, because originally film was the delivery method (as in the physical film). The content type took the name of the technology. "Podcast" is the same way. On a technological level a podcast is a feed of audio files delivered via RSS. But, like film, podcast-the-content-type has taken the name of the method used to distribute it.

    To someone using a podcatcher the delivery definition matters for the same reason physical film matters to someone with a reel-to-reel film projector.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Is a YouTube video with a static image technically a podcast? in ~talk

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    "Art is what we do after the chores are done" -- Teller

    "Art is what we do after the chores are done" -- Teller

    3 votes
  5. Comment on How can Tildes combat corruption? in ~talk

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    To play devil's advocate: We already have a different set of abilities for a subset of users: changing tags, post titles, links, and what groups posts are in, with more planned as the moderation...

    To play devil's advocate:

    • We already have a different set of abilities for a subset of users: changing tags, post titles, links, and what groups posts are in, with more planned as the moderation system expands. A corrupt admin could play favorites in who gets these powers.

    • The site can have hidden features if the code running the site is modified from the open source code we see.

    • Open source doesn't prevent special treatment in other ways, such as selective moderation.

    Open source is a great thing, but it's not a panacea.
    /Devil's advocate

    I don't for a second think Deimos is doing anything underhanded. He's earned my respect and trust.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on How do I know how to properly tag my posts? in ~tildes

  7. Comment on 'Lovers of Modena' skeletal find were both men; researchers quick to reassess their relationship in ~lgbt

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    Italian article that's a bit more verbose (passage translated to english with google translate) A CNN article has a quote from Giulia Di Rocco, Lugli's collaborator:

    Italian article that's a bit more verbose

    Who were they? The confirmation that both "lovers of Modena" were male, however, opens another question: what is the meaning of this burial? The finds of tombs with two individuals placed hand in hand, or even embraced, are different, scattered all over the world and from different eras: from the "lovers of Valdaro", found in the province of Mantua and dating back to about 6 thousand years ago, to similar cases in Greece, Turkey and also in Siberia, up to a pair of skeletons found in Romania dating back to the XV-XVI century. However, these are always couples made up of a male and a female individual.

    "The burial of two men hand in hand was certainly not a common practice in late antiquity", Federico Lugli explains. "We believe that this choice symbolizes a particular relationship existing between the two individuals, but we do not know which type". Among the various hypotheses in the field, that of lovers seems to be the most remote. "In late ancient times it is unlikely that a homosexual love could be recognized so clearly by the people who prepared the burial," says Lugli again. "Since the two individuals are of similar age, they could be relatives, for example brothers or cousins. Or soldiers who died together in battle: the necropolis in which they were found could be a war cemetery ”.

    (passage translated to english with google translate)

    A CNN article has a quote from Giulia Di Rocco, Lugli's collaborator:

    Giulia Di Rocco, an assistant professor at the University of Modena and Lugli's collaborator on the project, told CNN: "We are pretty sure they intentionally buried them together " side by side.

    "They could be brothers, cousins, friends," she said. "They could even be lovers. They are all equally likely, I think."

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Hey, what's that? in ~tech

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    That is neat! Thanks for sharing.

    That is neat! Thanks for sharing.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Japanese aquarium urges public to video-chat eels who are forgetting humans exist in ~news

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    The same applies to video chatting.

    The same applies to video chatting.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on NASA has selected Blue Origin, Dynetics, and SpaceX to design and develop human landing systems for landing astronauts on the Moon by 2024 in ~space

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    To use one of Elon's favorite terms: orders of magnitude difference. Two Orion capsules stacked on top of each other, complete with service modules, could fit in Starship's payload bay, with room...

    To use one of Elon's favorite terms: orders of magnitude difference. Two Orion capsules stacked on top of each other, complete with service modules, could fit in Starship's payload bay, with room to spare. The habitable volume of Orion is 9 m^3. The payload volume of Starship (calculated based on the envelope given in the user's guide) is 660 m^3.

    It's like riding a row boat across the ocean then getting in a cruise ship to go to shore.

    Absurd indeed.

    This is part of the reason I think SpaceX was given the smallest contract amount here—the system is oversized for lunar sortie missions and initial footsteps, and makes more sense in terms of a wider lunar economy.

    Each contractor was given what they asked for. SpaceX got the least because they bid the least.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I was a big fan of the original as a kid. I'm going to have to check it out.

    I was a big fan of the original as a kid. I'm going to have to check it out.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on SpaceX to test Starlink “sun visor” to reduce brightness in ~space

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    The exact details of the analogy don't matter. The point is simply this: Not complaining about a problem when it's small doesn't set a precedent that means you can't complain about it when it gets...

    The exact details of the analogy don't matter. The point is simply this: Not complaining about a problem when it's small doesn't set a precedent that means you can't complain about it when it gets larger.

  13. Comment on SpaceX to test Starlink “sun visor” to reduce brightness in ~space

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    The difference is the huge change in scale and that it's one company acting more-or-less unilaterally. If your three roommates each have one cat, you might not get very far complaining about it;...

    The difference is the huge change in scale and that it's one company acting more-or-less unilaterally. If your three roommates each have one cat, you might not get very far complaining about it; but if one of them brings thirty cats into the apartment that's different.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on The more complicated attraction layer cake in ~lgbt

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    People are complicated. Any attempt to categorize will have people that don't fit. I looked at this and thought "All those choices and I still don't know where I fit."

    People are complicated. Any attempt to categorize will have people that don't fit. I looked at this and thought "All those choices and I still don't know where I fit."

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Tory Bruno—CEO of United Launch Alliance—discusses rocket reusability, SpaceX, and the economics of operating a space launch business in ~space

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    Tory Bruno is right. Booster reuse isn't right for ULA, at least not yet. But that doesn't mean it's not worth pursuing for SpaceX and others. Reuse is only part of the economic equation. Vertical...

    Tory Bruno is right. Booster reuse isn't right for ULA, at least not yet. But that doesn't mean it's not worth pursuing for SpaceX and others.

    Reuse is only part of the economic equation. Vertical integration and other manufacturing cost reductions are important, too. If SpaceX can build reusable rockets cheaper than their competition can build expendable ones, then it doesn't matter as much that they get high per-rocket flight rates right off the bat. They can start with not as cheap as SpaceX expendable, but cheaper than the competition and work down to cheaper than SpaceX expendable.

    The other part is high total flight rate. A launch provider has to fly a lot to get the experience needed to perfect reusability and to achieve the economies of scale that make it worth it. If you only launch a handful of times a year, like ULA, it's not worth it. That's where the genius of Starlink comes in. In a limited, inelastic market SpaceX is producing their own demand.

    And economics is only part of the reuse equation. To reach their primary end goal of settling Mars SpaceX has to haul hundreds of thousands of tons of cargo. They need rockets that can haul as much at a time as possible, and to launch as many at a time as possible. They need orbital refueling for the former, and they need to build up a stockpile
    for the latter. Both require reuse.

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

  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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