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  1. Comment on Portland, Oregon, is ground zero for violent culture-war clashes. And it’s spreading in ~misc

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    I suspected that he wrote the article, should have checked. They covered the August clashes in Portland on the pod and some passages seemed quite familiar.

    I suspected that he wrote the article, should have checked. They covered the August clashes in Portland on the pod and some passages seemed quite familiar.

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  2. Comment on Portland, Oregon, is ground zero for violent culture-war clashes. And it’s spreading in ~misc

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    If you, like me, want more content like this in order to feel simultaneously distressed about and more prepared for the future, the podcast It Could Happen Here is quite good. The first season is...

    If you, like me, want more content like this in order to feel simultaneously distressed about and more prepared for the future, the podcast It Could Happen Here is quite good. The first season is more or less directly in the vein of this article, but the second, currently releasing daily, is more news and conversation about what we all might be able to do when facing the dual crises of the climate and right wing extremism.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on What do you like and dislike about your chosen music service(s)? in ~music

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    For streaming to a phone, and other devices like smart TVs, I recently set up Jellyfin on my desktop. It can handle all sorts of media, open source, and with the right settings can be very privacy...

    For streaming to a phone, and other devices like smart TVs, I recently set up Jellyfin on my desktop. It can handle all sorts of media, open source, and with the right settings can be very privacy aware. I don't have a permanent server for it, but I'm considering grabbing an old Thinkpad or Chromebook and retiring my current laptop to server duty so I can run Jellyfin and other things too. Not sure if that would be right for your application, but worth looking in to.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on US railroads should be nationalized in ~enviro

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    On this note, I recently read Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton by Martin Van Creveld. It focuses mostly on the logistical/operational side rather than the home front but the...

    Not only is the he biggest mistake the US made was deprioritizing the rail system in relation to infrastructure, but also economically, logistically, strategically, culturally, and socially.

    On this note, I recently read Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton by Martin Van Creveld. It focuses mostly on the logistical/operational side rather than the home front but the historical perspective is rather eye opening. There are few if any instances of a modern military force operating effectively more than 500 miles from the closest sea port or rail head, and that assumes that every step of the way works as intended. The we went so far as to create the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways while leaving railroads in private hands seems both wasteful and foolish when considering how much more useful rail can be to a military effort.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I am not playing Mass Effect LE like some others, though I do love Mass Effect. I finished up a playthrough of the original games maybe a few weeks before LE came out. But, to feel involved, I am...

    I am not playing Mass Effect LE like some others, though I do love Mass Effect. I finished up a playthrough of the original games maybe a few weeks before LE came out. But, to feel involved, I am playing Mass Effect: Andromeda, which I picked up on Steam a while back on a good sale.

    Now, I know Andromeda got a lot of hate when it first came out for being a buggy mess, and... different from the other games. A lot of the bugs have been fixed now, which is good, although the eye movement on a lot of the characters in conversation is still somewhat disconcerting. One thing that I think is the biggest though is that it's not a linear RPG. There are just some kinds of stories that fit well with certain mechanical systems, and I don't think the story they wanted to tell works with a world that is quite so open. Because of this, it just won't scratch the same itch as the original trilogy does. That said, I am still enjoying it on its own merits, the combat is fun, and it took me out of my Mass Effect shell of using the combat HUD to pause the action every time I used a power instead of using the hotkeys. I like the extra gear customization, I think it is just the right balance between the fiddly inventory management of ME1 and the much simpler systems of ME2 and 3, though I do miss being able to give my squad members gear, which I think would be that much more impactful with the crafting system.

    Anyway, going to keep working on Andromeda for a while, then probably take a Mass Effect break and wrap up Kingdom Come and maybe try Rise of the Tomb Raider before buying the legendary edition around N7 day.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Depending on how much time you are willing to sink into it, you could do something like what Girlfriend Reviews does. Instead of her having to learn how to play videogames, you can just do the...

    Depending on how much time you are willing to sink into it, you could do something like what Girlfriend Reviews does. Instead of her having to learn how to play videogames, you can just do the combat on a lower difficulty and let her make the choices. I'm not sure how interesting that would be since I know Mass Effect has a lot of combat in some sections, but I was most recently playing on a harder difficulty so you might just be able to breeze by.

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

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    I don't know that it super fits in ~comp but I have been studying for the Ham radio license exam. Radio and electrical engineering type stuff is something that I don't have much formal training...

    I don't know that it super fits in ~comp but I have been studying for the Ham radio license exam. Radio and electrical engineering type stuff is something that I don't have much formal training in, but I am excited to learn more and get to play with radios!

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Trio | Social video optimized for threes in ~tech

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    I am not particularly keen on the app idea for reasons similar to what others presented, but I was wondering if you would talk, either here or in a separate post, about your process for getting a...

    I am not particularly keen on the app idea for reasons similar to what others presented, but I was wondering if you would talk, either here or in a separate post, about your process for getting a landing page up so quickly. My own experience with web development has mostly been one of plodding confusion, so learning how people move quickly would be neat!

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Song suggestions about: Cars, driving, trucking, racing, police chases, etc in ~music

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    I am a big fan of Phantom Racer by TWRP featuring The Protomen. In a completely different style, there is also Northwest Passage, which has several different versions. I am partial to Stan Rogers...

    I am a big fan of Phantom Racer by TWRP featuring The Protomen.

    In a completely different style, there is also Northwest Passage, which has several different versions. I am partial to Stan Rogers but there is apparently a metal version that I liked better than I thought I would.

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

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    I have tried that, and I think I will probably try to do it that way if I use Nim for anything bigger. For small stuff like on Exercism though, I think it's overkill, and it's nice to be able to...

    I have tried that, and I think I will probably try to do it that way if I use Nim for anything bigger. For small stuff like on Exercism though, I think it's overkill, and it's nice to be able to do data.moduleFun instead of module.moduleFun(data).

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

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    There is a lot of nice syntax in there, but there are definitely some things that they do in favor of simplicity that bother me. The one I can think of off the top of my head is that when you...

    There is a lot of nice syntax in there, but there are definitely some things that they do in favor of simplicity that bother me. The one I can think of off the top of my head is that when you import code from another module, everything just gets lumped into one namespace by default. It's probably not a huge problem, but it was jarring coming from previous Python use.

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

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    I've got two things going on. First is that I am dipping my toes into Nim using a platform called Exercism. I don't think it's likely to have significance for me outside of hobby projects but I...

    I've got two things going on. First is that I am dipping my toes into Nim using a platform called Exercism. I don't think it's likely to have significance for me outside of hobby projects but I like learning new and interesting languages, and I like bite size programming problems, so this seems like a good way to do both.

    Second is that I have decided to help contributing to Tildes! I just put up a merge request for my first issue, hopefully the first of many.

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  13. Comment on LAVO hydrogen battery system in ~enviro

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    I'm not totally sure how you are getting the cost numbers, since I think the AUD is weaker than the USD, so by straight currency conversion it should be about $26,500 USD. Then again, shipping...

    I'm not totally sure how you are getting the cost numbers, since I think the AUD is weaker than the USD, so by straight currency conversion it should be about $26,500 USD. Then again, shipping from Australia (or wherever they are made) as well as any tariffs and other costs would probably bring it up for the US and EU markets. It is also a comparison between a mature, scaled technology against something newer and yet to scale. Their pre order for 2022 onward already drops in price to $29,450 AUD, so that's a plus.

    Pricing aside, what I really don't understand is why they've chosen home energy storage as the strategy here. Based on the sized of those hydrogen packs and the overall size of the unit, it seems like this tech would be purpose made for vehicles, where you can rely on fueling infrastructure to eat the 50% loss and have the electrolyzer, and you just need dense hydrogen storage. Hacking some measurements out of their images, each of those hydrogen storage cells looks to be ~110mm by ~280 mm by ~400 mm and 10 kWh is 36 MJ, so those cells store about 3 MJ per liter volume, which is already better than the best lithium batteries that Wikipedia knows of at 2.43 MJ/L. I wonder if they were worried about how people are always skeeved by hydrogen in vehicles for some reason, or maybe the vast majority of the cost there is tied up in the metal they use for those cells so going bigger looks worse? Either way, I'd love to know their rationale for this application and not automobiles.

    1 vote