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  1. Comment on I haven't owned a car in 12 years. What should I buy? in ~hobbies.automotive

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    Relatively new (to me) Prius V owner here! I really like it. Gets 43-44 mpg city easily, and on a long trip you can get up to the low 40s if you keep it in eco mode. It is more fun to drive in the...

    Relatively new (to me) Prius V owner here! I really like it. Gets 43-44 mpg city easily, and on a long trip you can get up to the low 40s if you keep it in eco mode. It is more fun to drive in the power mode, but mileage really suffers. I did a longer trip with a copilot who liked to go fast (~75 mph on the highway) and kept it in power mode and only averaged around 35 mpg.

    Since I have the V model it holds a boat load of stuff, and there's a little extra room for passengers as well. The drawback is they didn't sell well and are now discontinued, so they're hard to find and will be a few years old at least. That said, the price can still be okay depending on how old you are willing to go.

    EDIT: That said, other than the extra space, I think all of the benefits would hold relatively true for a recent year Prius, without as much of the scarcity.

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  2. Comment on Mun Py: A Fully Automated Mission to the Mun in ~creative

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    The video above is a cinematic look at the mission I flew. If you would like to learn more about the code I wrote to power the mission, you can look at the code here or listen to me explain it here.

    The video above is a cinematic look at the mission I flew. If you would like to learn more about the code I wrote to power the mission, you can look at the code here or listen to me explain it here.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Advice for first home server? in ~tech

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    There are SBCs with SATA ports though, I think Odroid might make them. That could be a better solution than a Pi.

    There are SBCs with SATA ports though, I think Odroid might make them. That could be a better solution than a Pi.

  4. Comment on Potential new groups, and general discussion about the purpose and organization of the group hierarchy in ~tildes.official

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    This is a pretty neat idea for keeping things from getting clunky. No idea if it would scale well as the site gets bigger though.

    This is a pretty neat idea for keeping things from getting clunky. No idea if it would scale well as the site gets bigger though.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on America is obsessed with beef. But it has no use for hides, so leather prices plunge in ~finance

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    This seems like people aren't willing to make the same decisions in the clothing aisle and at the dinner table. Which is a shame, really, because if we've already got the leather it doesn't make...

    This seems like people aren't willing to make the same decisions in the clothing aisle and at the dinner table. Which is a shame, really, because if we've already got the leather it doesn't make much sense to pump oil out of the ground to make clothes instead.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What are your favorite short games? in ~games

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    A while ago I played Gunpoint. It's a neat little stealth puzzle game, where you have to hide from the bad guys and rewire their defenses to defeat them.

    A while ago I played Gunpoint. It's a neat little stealth puzzle game, where you have to hide from the bad guys and rewire their defenses to defeat them.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Experiences of using Byobu instead of a graphical DE in ~comp

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    The desire for the rich terminal you describe is the main thing that keeps me from experimenting more with tmux. I like using it for a Pi, or when I've got a project going, but that's still...

    The desire for the rich terminal you describe is the main thing that keeps me from experimenting more with tmux. I like using it for a Pi, or when I've got a project going, but that's still alongside a regular browser for images, videos, and web pages. The day I can run just a terminal but still launch all my Steam titles without a hassle, I'll be quite pleased.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread in ~news

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    Yeah I'm guessing Russia, 4chan, or both.

    Yeah I'm guessing Russia, 4chan, or both.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread in ~news

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    I'm just tuning in now, but does anyone know why the stream is steadily being disliked into oblivion?

    I'm just tuning in now, but does anyone know why the stream is steadily being disliked into oblivion?

    1 vote
  10. Comment on How long should Tildes remain an invitation-only platform? in ~tildes

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    I'm familiar with the concept of the trust system, though I think I am envisioning something slightly different in terms of the requirements you outlined. In my mind, I see something where a...

    I'm familiar with the concept of the trust system, though I think I am envisioning something slightly different in terms of the requirements you outlined. In my mind, I see something where a variety of actions, when taken properly, would increase the amount of trust placed in a user. I don't mind a hard threshold of "You must be this trusted to do X moderation action." But, in such a system, someone who creates many quality posts and comments but rarely tags comments could be just as trusted someone who rarely posts but can spot quality and malicious content easily, and tags it as such.

    I'm not sure that those two examples having equal trust should mean the users have equal moderation responsibilities/privileges. If there could be fairly fine subdivision of moderating tasks, then I think it would be possible for a user's responsibility to grow along with how they use the site. As a trusted user shows aptitude in tagging comments appropriately, they could gain the ability to moderate comments or flag them for further review. Likewise, many quality links with good titles and tags could unlock the ability modify tags or titles that are problematic. If these abilities are used wisely, they unlock further moderation tasks that are similar in nature but require more responsibility and trust. If the abilities are abused, they are taken away. I think of this almost as a skill tree of moderation abilities and responsibilities.

    The thing I think we should try to avoid is making moderation more burdensome than necessary. I don't think it would be good for users to feel like they have to interact with the site in a way they usually don't in order to be trusted enough to contribute through moderation. Likewise, moderators shouldn't feel they have a responsibility to have or use moderation privileges in a way they feel unqualified for. That said, I have never moderated an online community, so perhaps this is a fools errand.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on How long should Tildes remain an invitation-only platform? in ~tildes

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    I have mixed feelings about this idea. On one hand, fixed criteria are easy to point to in order to resolve disputes of a political nature. On the other hand, I'm not sure they get at the real...

    I have mixed feelings about this idea. On one hand, fixed criteria are easy to point to in order to resolve disputes of a political nature. On the other hand, I'm not sure they get at the real question, which is do we trust this person to moderate fairly, and why? I think the point on the malice labels goes more into that direction, but I think there's still more there.

    I also feel like a rigid criteria will result in otherwise trustworthy community members going out of their way to find, say, some comments to tag, when that's not a way they typically interact with the site. Then again, I am not terribly active, so perhaps that wouldn't be a problem for more likely moderator candidates.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on I Told Prison Guards I Have Celiac Disease. They Fed Me Gluten Anyway. in ~news

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    This is awful! My SO has celiac and was diagnosed at a similar age to the inmate described in the article, so I have learned a lot about it. Not only are you (generally) subjected the digestive...

    This is awful! My SO has celiac and was diagnosed at a similar age to the inmate described in the article, so I have learned a lot about it. Not only are you (generally) subjected the digestive symptoms, but the reaction of the body in the process increases your lifetime risk for gastrointestinal cancers. With that in mind, I really don't see how the inmate in the article could have made it out of there without a solid case that he was being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Recommend me a game that _________. in ~games

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    As someone who really loves Cities Skylines, I would agree that it is oversimplified, and I might not even call it a management game besides the traffic system. I come back to it because I enjoy...

    As someone who really loves Cities Skylines, I would agree that it is oversimplified, and I might not even call it a management game besides the traffic system. I come back to it because I enjoy the design aspect, and working on traffic problems is more of a nice bonus.

  14. Comment on What are some quality mobile games? in ~games

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    That's a little higher than my best score I think. And I agree on the mechanical weirdness point, though I think the need to balance the possibility of negative events against finding a better...

    That's a little higher than my best score I think. And I agree on the mechanical weirdness point, though I think the need to balance the possibility of negative events against finding a better planet is interesting. There are very occasional positive events too!

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What are some quality mobile games? in ~games

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    I've got a few! Game Dev Tycoon: port of the PC version I think? It's very fun to play. Hoplite: turn based navigation through the depths of the underworld to retrieve the Fleece of Yendor....

    I've got a few!

    • Game Dev Tycoon: port of the PC version I think? It's very fun to play.
    • Hoplite: turn based navigation through the depths of the underworld to retrieve the Fleece of Yendor.
    • Seedship: a nice little text based game where you take on the role of a starship AI finding a new home for humanity.
    5 votes
  16. Comment on "Pollution tax" should go two ways in ~enviro

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    On the electric/alternative fuel bus point, buses really are the perfect vehicle for that kind of thing when you think about it. City vehicles are likely to only ever use city fueling...

    On the electric/alternative fuel bus point, buses really are the perfect vehicle for that kind of thing when you think about it. City vehicles are likely to only ever use city fueling infrastructure, so finding an ethanol/methanol/biodiesel/charging station is much easier. Plus, bus driving patterns play into the strengths of electric and hybrid vehicles in a few ways:

    1. Lots of time at stoplights and bus stops -> electric reduces idle energy consumption
    2. Relatively low speed travel for the majority of the time -> reduces air resistance losses and ensures that...
    3. Stop and go traffic -> Can recapture much of the energy used in acceleration during braking, significantly improving range
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  17. Comment on Does your city have civil defense/fire/air raid sirens or similar systems? in ~talk

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    Midwest here, and tornado sirens seem to be common everywhere I've been. On my school campus they give us the simple emergency advice of "If you hear sirens outside, go inside. If you hear sirens...

    Midwest here, and tornado sirens seem to be common everywhere I've been. On my school campus they give us the simple emergency advice of "If you hear sirens outside, go inside. If you hear sirens inside, go outside," which I think covers most reasonable bases.

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  18. Comment on The Rise of ‘Zero-Waste’ Grocery Stores in ~enviro

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    This is especially important for me as my SO has pretty bad food allergies. The points being brought up about not being able to get customers to follow rules is a serious issue, as bulk bins can...

    even though there is a big asterisk to it that makes it not viable for a lot of things or a lot of people

    This is especially important for me as my SO has pretty bad food allergies. The points being brought up about not being able to get customers to follow rules is a serious issue, as bulk bins can be vulnerable to cross contamination.

    Waitrose now sells pasta in boxes made partly from recycled food waste.

    This also can be an issue. What if the packaging for food that is safe for you happens to be made from food that is not safe in a way that means you will still have problems with it? I can't even imagine the nightmare of trying to track that down.

    Overall, as much as I would love to incorporate something like this into my life, the need to know the history of food products and also to have ingredients lists with the food at all times probably means it's not workable for me in the form that currently exists.