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  1. Comment on An in-depth analysis of the growing Boogaloo movement pushing for an armed revolution against the U.S. Government, and how Facebook makes it possible in ~tech

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    I think it is part tongue-in-cheek right leaning meme. It’s kind of like the 90s “ going full mad max” memes. There are a minority of folks that fall into the accelerationist camp who are truly...

    I think it is part tongue-in-cheek right leaning meme. It’s kind of like the 90s “ going full mad max” memes. There are a minority of folks that fall into the accelerationist camp who are truly goofy.

    That said, if 50% of the gun owning public got angry enough to support such a thing and 10% of those people were angry enough to pull a trigger, they would still outnumber the standing US military 6 to 1.

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  2. Comment on The debate over America’s drug-pricing system is built on myths in ~health

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    I accidentally lost a long post so I’ll summarize my thoughts. Drug makers in the referred article on marketing vs R&D makes a poor case. Even if companies spend more on R&D the fact that...

    I accidentally lost a long post so I’ll summarize my thoughts.

    Drug makers in the referred article on marketing vs R&D makes a poor case. Even if companies spend more on R&D the fact that marketing is still close in budget means we should probably ban direct to consumer advertising like other countries. The fact that most already ban it means most of those $ are being spent in the US

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  3. Comment on The Mandalorian | S01E05: The Gunslinger in ~tv

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    I think in this case it’s used well. For these short episodes you’ll immediately have a context for the area. No wasted screen time to establish a setting. Instead, you can use that time for world...

    I think in this case it’s used well. For these short episodes you’ll immediately have a context for the area. No wasted screen time to establish a setting. Instead, you can use that time for world building and subvert expectations by fleshing out the Tuscan raiders as a people. You can set someone up as a younger more innocent Han Solo like character, but ultimately without his conscience.

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  4. Comment on How's VR gaming these days? in ~games

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    I still think we’re 2 vr gens from mass appeal. It’s hard in that you are self handicapped. It’s so much easier to press a button than throw a punch yourself. I find myself feeling too lazy to...

    I still think we’re 2 vr gens from mass appeal. It’s hard in that you are self handicapped. It’s so much easier to press a button than throw a punch yourself. I find myself feeling too lazy to play some games. I think we are still in enthusiast territory, but that enthusiasm is high. My significant other just “doesn’t get it”, but my father in law tried it once and was completely gob smacked. My friend tried and was hooked immediately.

    I see a pretty big disparity between people who have their brain just ‘click’ with vr. I was super skeptical but I had one experience demoing a vive and had a moment where it clicked and I was there. Others just yawn at it and say it’s neat but nothing exciting.

    Game-wise I’ve been playing Compound and it’s a LOT of fun. It’s One of the few games out there that had a free demo. I think a demo is super important for VR since it’s so experiential and hard to convey on a 2d screen.

    I’ve also been playing The Talos Principle. A puzzle game in vr really stretches your spacial abilities. I was really surprised by how good the writing was. It varies between Dante and an internet meme.

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

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    I’ve been playing Talos Principle. The graphics are like a old voodoo graphics card demo fever dream. Its puzzles are well done, and so far I haven’t had any “rub the new item on everything and...

    I’ve been playing Talos Principle. The graphics are like a old voodoo graphics card demo fever dream. Its puzzles are well done, and so far I haven’t had any “rub the new item on everything and see if it does something “ problems. The story is mostly told through command terminals that take you through everything from classic philosophy to Internet forum arguments. It has a weird charm, I argued with an AI about the nature of sentience to convince it it was subjective enough it should give me root privileges.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Lawns are an ecological disaster in ~enviro

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    Toss a bag of clover seed on your urban lawn. Half the reason clover is considered a weed is because herbicidal companies couldn’t figure out a formula that doesn’t kill it and get other broad...

    Toss a bag of clover seed on your urban lawn. Half the reason clover is considered a weed is because herbicidal companies couldn’t figure out a formula that doesn’t kill it and get other broad leaf weeds. So, it got advertised as a cancer on your lawn when it is actually nitrogen fixing, drought tolerant, immune to pet urine staining, feels great on your feet and is pollinator friendly. It’s also like 4$ to do your whole lawn.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Shame on those who defend the "loving smack": it's just plain violence against children in ~life

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    I think I do agree with you. My parents only gave spankings in place of physical danger. Running out in the street, climbing up on the roof, throwing a kitchen knife, were all things that were...

    I think I do agree with you. My parents only gave spankings in place of physical danger. Running out in the street, climbing up on the roof, throwing a kitchen knife, were all things that were punished physically as a surrogate for the physical consequences without the danger of serious harm. Yelling, tantrums, etc were never punished that way.

    That said, I don’t think I’d spank my kids, but I’m not a parent yet so I think I’ll step back from making any hard declarations.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on 94,504 BTC (1,018,147,922 USD) transferred from unknown wallet to unknown wallet in ~finance

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    Let’s all hope it was someone remembering the password to coins on a server someone set to mine in a closet early on launch and forgot about.

    Let’s all hope it was someone remembering the password to coins on a server someone set to mine in a closet early on launch and forgot about.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on The people who built Etsy dreamed of remaking commerce with their bare hands. Fifteen years later, its sellers are being asked to compete with Amazon. in ~tech

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    This is absolutely what killed the charm of Etsy. (Though I suppose this stuff was handmade somewhere on the planet). Boutique should not try to compete with Walmart using Walmart tactics. You are...

    This is absolutely what killed the charm of Etsy. (Though I suppose this stuff was handmade somewhere on the planet). Boutique should not try to compete with Walmart using Walmart tactics. You are trying to oust someone incumbent and very successful from their niche rather than trying to compete on what makes you different.

    I see three key ingredients in making original Etsy work.

    1. Self vetting- Etsy pages should be about display of workmanship and craft first over what that page is selling. Embedded videos of the maker showing off their skill, pictures of their process, and examples of level of production should be top of the page. establish that value first.

    2. Skip distribution if you can - the hardest part of making is often getting it to customers once you made it. Etsy was mainly a store front and the rest was up to the maker. Emphasize local makers and make geography a feature instead of a hindrance. E.g, Did you know someone hand made tables in your city and you could pick it up custom with no shipping?

    3. Consignment- if you are in the top sellers you should be able to work with Etsy to scale up and build better distribution. Start small with a couple warehouses around the US for shipping out top maker products . Take advantage of scale and give successful shop owners reason to stay if they get bigger. Even one-of makers for large items could benefit from some distribution help.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I think I could make something that made noise but a lot of that is beyond my skills. What makes good guitars is good jigs. To make a proper guitar it takes 5x the work making the jigs first. Jazz...

    I think I could make something that made noise but a lot of that is beyond my skills. What makes good guitars is good jigs. To make a proper guitar it takes 5x the work making the jigs first. Jazz is one of the most demanding because you need such a responsive and low action that can play electric and acoustic well. Blues you can do on some fence wire strung over a shovel with a broken bottle for a slide.

    Check out cigar box nation for folks making homemade instruments on (sometimes literally) a shoestring budget and no woodworking experience.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    Working on a cigar box guitar I made from cedar pickets I got at the big box store https://m.imgur.com/a/8Ra6c6j I need to make some sound holes or maybe f-holes. I’m anxious about doing it...

    Working on a cigar box guitar I made from cedar pickets I got at the big box store

    https://m.imgur.com/a/8Ra6c6j

    I need to make some sound holes or maybe f-holes. I’m anxious about doing it without a scroll saw.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on An armed man who caused panic at a Walmart in Missouri says it was a 'social experiment' in ~news

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    Speaking as a self professed gun person it matters a lot. Many people don’t understand the difference and it is an important distinction from a regulation point of view. In many gun circles things...

    Speaking as a self professed gun person it matters a lot. Many people don’t understand the difference and it is an important distinction from a regulation point of view.

    In many gun circles things like clip vs magazine or assault rifle vs assault weapon pedantry is a shibboleth for general gun knowledge and by extension the validity of your opinion on the matter. I’m not saying this is the correct approach to debate but it is a reason that pedantry persists

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  13. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    Installed a new thru-wall air conditioner in my workshop. I will probably have to reflash it but at 10 at night I decided I just need to plug the hole for now. I’ve got some bed hardware coming. I...

    Installed a new thru-wall air conditioner in my workshop. I will probably have to reflash it but at 10 at night I decided I just need to plug the hole for now. I’ve got some bed hardware coming. I hope to finally give the wife the new bed she has been wanting. Im making a hose holder for the garden. Ill be using cedar held together with traditional timber framing techniques.

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  14. Comment on Biohackers with diabetes are making their own insulin in ~health

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    It’s a legal grey area but it is done quite a bit, especially through Canada. Basically the current stance is that private imports are a loop hole that the fda basically isn’t going after, but...

    It’s a legal grey area but it is done quite a bit, especially through Canada. Basically the current stance is that private imports are a loop hole that the fda basically isn’t going after, but anything on a business scale is shut down hard.

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  15. Comment on Biohackers with diabetes are making their own insulin in ~health

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    Another interesting upcoming change is that the first nonprofit drug manufacturer is supposed to be coming online soon: civica Rx. It was born out of a lot of hospitals being very frustrated by...

    Another interesting upcoming change is that the first nonprofit drug manufacturer is supposed to be coming online soon: civica Rx. It was born out of a lot of hospitals being very frustrated by the price gouging of several critical drugs. They have yet to release what drugs they will be making (for competitive reasons). I think they have great potential to break up monopolies in manufacturing.

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  16. Comment on The end of erotica? How Hollywood fell out of love with sex in ~movies

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    It may sound weird but the romantic quirky sex in Deadpool was really endearing to me. They obviously did wild things and it was great, but they never took it so seriously it eclipsed their...

    It may sound weird but the romantic quirky sex in Deadpool was really endearing to me. They obviously did wild things and it was great, but they never took it so seriously it eclipsed their relationship and chemistry.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What's the best worst game you've ever played? in ~games

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    Brink. It had such a great high concept. Stylish, with a post apocalyptic solar punk aesthetic. Adding parkour to a shooter! But it suffered from dumb AI. Missions were limited and super...

    Brink. It had such a great high concept. Stylish, with a post apocalyptic solar punk aesthetic. Adding parkour to a shooter!

    But it suffered from dumb AI. Missions were limited and super repetitive. No actual story/single player to fill the gaps in the well acted dialogue. Terrible balance. Most weapons felt the exact same save a few such as the grenade launcher. If you set yourself up as a heavy medic with a grenade launcher you could run around healing yourself and be near unstoppable with easy corners to cheese indirect fire.

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  18. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    I spent the last week around the hospital, then hospice, then a funeral this Sunday. I have the urge to do something physical and methodical . I hope to spend this week gluing up and fretting the...

    I spent the last week around the hospital, then hospice, then a funeral this Sunday.

    I have the urge to do something physical and methodical . I hope to spend this week gluing up and fretting the neck of a little guitar I’m building. It’s my first time making one from scratch but I’m happy how it’s looking so far. Still debating how best to arrange/brace the sound hole.

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  19. Comment on 52 years after the murder of Susan Galvin, Seattle police use family DNA to identify the killer in ~science

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    I think the lack of consent is my main feeling of unease. My mother and father are into genealogy and so 100% of my DNA is in a database that I don’t want to be a part of. Being only part owner of...

    I think the lack of consent is my main feeling of unease. My mother and father are into genealogy and so 100% of my DNA is in a database that I don’t want to be a part of. Being only part owner of my genetic material, which should arguably be your most private data, makes consent complicated. Just like there are “one party” and “two party” consent states for recording. It can be difficult to balance privacy, consent, and utility when you have to share private information with someone by virtue of being born.

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  20. Comment on The Teacher Shortage is Real, Large and Growing, and Worse Than We Thought (Part 1) in ~life

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    This topic is very close for me. In my area the graduating class for the largest college in the state for language arts teachers this year was 2. Combining with the three other colleges for the...

    This topic is very close for me. In my area the graduating class for the largest college in the state for language arts teachers this year was 2. Combining with the three other colleges for the state it was 6 total. Of teachers starting in my state only about half are still teaching after 5 years. The attrition rate is awful and burnout from doing excess work loads due to the shortage is only making things worse. I would bet the falling out for the profession would be a lot higher if there wasn’t already a student loan forgiveness program that requires you to teach in state for 5 years.

    I would also like to take a soapbox moment. They are now filling these vacancies with alternatively certified teachers which are a bit of a mixed bag and often lack the resources to deal with younger kids. It doesn’t make them bad people but they lack the child psychology background and lots of the tools you pickup in regular programs.

    And then we have emergency certified teachers which at current is anyone with a pulse, a background check, and a superintendent rubber stamp. And at my wife’s school of the last 3 applicants 2 could not pass the background check. So, the 3rd was hired (position has been open for two years) and promptly they had a breakdown and quit in 3 months. It is looking very grim in my area. In 2011 there were 32 emergency certificates held in state. In 2018 there were almost 2200 approved in that year.

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