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  1. Comment on Full employment in ~tech

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    I mean it's important to consider that Doctorow is looking at a long timescale (200+ years) and sea level rise can be pretty significant on that timescale. At something like 3 degrees Celsius of...

    I mean it's important to consider that Doctorow is looking at a long timescale (200+ years) and sea level rise can be pretty significant on that timescale. At something like 3 degrees Celsius of warming (on the low end of "business as usual"), we could see eventual sea level rises of 50-80 meters1, which is far too much to consider defending existing coastal infrastructure. Sure it may take a couple hundred years, but if we're planning that far ahead then it would be prudent to consider that whole cities will need to move.

    I agree with you that unemployment predictions of 30% are a bit overblown, he does say "unemployed or working for governments." Considering that in the US, the low end is for a state to have 10% of its workforce working for some level of government2, his numbers are still a little higher than I think we can expect, but not the absolutely unreasonable ones they may appear to be at first glance.

    1: See The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells for more on this. He cites The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth's Climate by David Archer for 50 meters, and "What the World Would Look Like If All the Ice Melted" by Jason Treat et al. in the September 2013 issue of National Geographic for 80 meters.

    2: See Business Insider, "Here's how much of each US state's workforce is employed by the government"

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  2. Comment on Thermoelectric stoves: Ditch the solar panels? in ~enviro

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    I think the key is that the target households will need to be burning biomass whether they electrify their homes with solar or TEG. In that case, the biomass emissions are a sunk cost, and the...

    I think the key is that the target households will need to be burning biomass whether they electrify their homes with solar or TEG. In that case, the biomass emissions are a sunk cost, and the life cycle cost of the power system becomes the most important factor. LowTechMagazine also puts a lot of emphasis on disposal (something we need a bit more of), so having easily recyclable TEGs vs difficult or impossible to recycle solar panels/batteries is big from their perspective. Plus, the TEG setup won't have to be oversized and may not have storage since it matches usage patterns closely, especially if a blower is used for more efficient combustion, which I think could be argued to lead to a net reduction in emissions compared to either the no electricity or solar electricity cases.

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  3. Comment on Thermoelectric stoves: Ditch the solar panels? in ~enviro

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    The link goes to their solar powered website. If that's down right now, try here. One important thing to note is that they propose thermoelectric generator equipped stoves primarily for people in...

    The link goes to their solar powered website. If that's down right now, try here.

    One important thing to note is that they propose thermoelectric generator equipped stoves primarily for people in developing nations who don't have grid electricity. Getting the surface area of TEGs needed to power a home in a developed nation would be a bit much, and those homes don't already have a biomass related heat source.

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  4. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tildes

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    RE: why it works, it's a tool meant to prevent discussions from escalating from tense to disorderly. Many times online arguments are more destructive and less civil than they might be otherwise...

    RE: why it works, it's a tool meant to prevent discussions from escalating from tense to disorderly. Many times online arguments are more destructive and less civil than they might be otherwise because of the continuous emotional state of the participants. If a timer makes people wait to post the next comment, they'll hopefully calm down a bit and come at it from a better place. Plus, while the site is small, it keeps anything from getting too out of hand without the mods seeing it.

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  5. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Awesome! I'll be sure to take a look

    Awesome! I'll be sure to take a look

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  6. Comment on Appropriate technology in ~tech

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    I actually just finished reading Small is Beautiful a few days ago, and you've hit the nail on the head here. To add, on, Schumacher also spends a large portion of the book talking about how that...

    I actually just finished reading Small is Beautiful a few days ago, and you've hit the nail on the head here.

    To add, on, Schumacher also spends a large portion of the book talking about how that focus on cost savings makes a "cutting-edge" technological approach inappropriate for developing nations. Who cares if you can make a lot of good product? There's people in the village who don't have a job, and you can't afford to give them one at your business because you've automated them out of the process. For the same money spent establishing a high tech, low labor workplace, you could create many lower tech workplaces, and actually create enough jobs to have a meaningful impact, even at lower wages.

    I also really love his perspective on fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources. Too often people think of these things as "income," we pumped X oil, so now we have X oil to burn or make into plastic. They'll pump more next year, right? In reality, these resources are more like "capital," we have a total reserve of oil, and every amount of it we use we can never get back. I think this kind of framing is super helpful to understand the scarcity of the planet's resources in comparison to human activity.

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

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    People who are super committed to zero waste do things that others find gross sometimes. I would envision having enough wash cloth sized kind of rags that each one is only used once before it's...

    People who are super committed to zero waste do things that others find gross sometimes. I would envision having enough wash cloth sized kind of rags that each one is only used once before it's washed. I guess in the strictest sense you're still sharing them with others but it's washed in between. Kept and washed separately from hand dying towels though, and I would definitely provide toilet paper for guests.

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

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    I don't think they mean the same towel you dry your hands with, but probably a set of hand towel sized or wash cloth sized towels that you throw in the wash with a generous helping of bleach....

    I don't think they mean the same towel you dry your hands with, but probably a set of hand towel sized or wash cloth sized towels that you throw in the wash with a generous helping of bleach. Plus, the bidet (reportedly, I've yet to try one but I want to) gets your butt much cleaner than paper would have, so there's not really much fecal matter to get on the towel (or small bit of paper if it really skeeves you out).

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  9. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    That's neat! I definitely feel concerns about RSI creeping into my life as I work from home and relax using the same desk/monitor/keyboard/mouse setup. None of it is bad on its own but just so...

    That's neat! I definitely feel concerns about RSI creeping into my life as I work from home and relax using the same desk/monitor/keyboard/mouse setup. None of it is bad on its own but just so many hours of the same gets to be a problem. I would definitely be interested in checking out a repo for your project if you ever decide to post it!

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  10. Comment on The Hongerwinter: How Famine Under the Nazis Revealed the Cause of Celiac Disease in ~humanities

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    I came across this article and wanted to share because I think it does a decent job of describing the history here. I was already familiar with the broad strokes, because my SO has Celiac disease....

    I came across this article and wanted to share because I think it does a decent job of describing the history here. I was already familiar with the broad strokes, because my SO has Celiac disease. Though I'm not pleased the discovery came at the hands of oppressive famine, I will be forever grateful for the work of Willem Karel Dicke and others. It is very likely my SO would have died as a small child had she not been diagnosed quickly and accurately.

    If anyone has questions about Celiac, or living with someone with food allergies, feel free to ask!

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  11. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    I think this is along the lines of what I'll do. Something like rsync can easily handle copying the new files from one directory to the other and then some Git magic will handle the rest. Thanks!

    I think this is along the lines of what I'll do. Something like rsync can easily handle copying the new files from one directory to the other and then some Git magic will handle the rest. Thanks!

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  12. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    Unfortunately I don't run the server, it would just be a regular Github account. This is something I would consider doing in the future, but I would probably want to set it up on a VPS (or on a...

    Unfortunately I don't run the server, it would just be a regular Github account. This is something I would consider doing in the future, but I would probably want to set it up on a VPS (or on a home server if my ISP will cooperate?) and I don't think I've got the time for it right now.

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  13. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    That's true, but I don't think my post history is particularly interesting. I think really I'm most concerned with internet randos finding my real name and other information. Anyway, it seems like...

    That's true, but I don't think my post history is particularly interesting. I think really I'm most concerned with internet randos finding my real name and other information. Anyway, it seems like some of the things with Git hooks will suffice for my application.

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  14. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    It looks like your static site generator has an open issue for a watch mode, to rebuild as you make development changes, so if/when that is implemented that may be part of the equation for you....

    It looks like your static site generator has an open issue for a watch mode, to rebuild as you make development changes, so if/when that is implemented that may be part of the equation for you. You could also try git hooks if it's just getting something else to update or run every time you commit or push to a remote or something.

    EDIT: Now that I look at it, maybe git hooks could be helpful for my issue as well...

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  15. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    I hear that. On the other hand, if I make something good enough to show off in one domain, I want to show it off in the other. I certainly am not productive enough to make a two sets of separately...

    I would not do this at all if it is important for you to keep your internet names and your actual name independent, though.

    I hear that. On the other hand, if I make something good enough to show off in one domain, I want to show it off in the other. I certainly am not productive enough to make a two sets of separately cool projects. I think maybe a single project with neutral names and two remotes or just dumping completed files into my professional repo at regular intervals will be doable.

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