KapteinB's recent activity

  1. Comment on Minimalist Android launcher recommendations in ~tech

    KapteinB
    Link
    Can you explain this in a bit more detail?

    swipe for apps

    Can you explain this in a bit more detail?

  2. Comment on Minimalist Android launcher recommendations in ~tech

    KapteinB
    Link Parent
    That timer widget looks amazing. Anyone know of a clock or timer app with a similar widget?

    That timer widget looks amazing. Anyone know of a clock or timer app with a similar widget?

  3. Comment on More than 550 hajj pilgrims die in Mecca as temperatures exceed 50C in ~news

    KapteinB
    Link Parent
    June appears to be the warmest and driest month in Mecca. The date for Hajj (in the Gregorian and other solar calendars) moves forward by 10/11 days every year; a month every three years. Heat...

    June appears to be the warmest and driest month in Mecca. The date for Hajj (in the Gregorian and other solar calendars) moves forward by 10/11 days every year; a month every three years. Heat deaths should be less of a problem in a few years, when Hajj takes place in the colder part of the year. But in the 2050s, Hajj will be taking place in the middle of summer again, and if the 0.4C increase per decade holds, the region will be a whole degree warmer by then.

    The number of Muslims is also growing fast, which likely will mean a large increase in pilgrims as well. We could be seeing death tolls by then from heat and trampling that will completely dwarf the current numbers.

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

    KapteinB
    Link Parent
    I remember reading one of those Reddit AMAs by one of the people who had his car pimped. Few huge surprises; there generally doesn't seem to be a lot of reality in reality TV. This video makes me...

    I remember reading one of those Reddit AMAs by one of the people who had his car pimped. Few huge surprises; there generally doesn't seem to be a lot of reality in reality TV.

    This video makes me kinda feel bad for Xzibit, who gets much of the blame and got little of the reward, but the research and sources feel a bit too superficial to take at face value.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on The Costco of housing is…Costco? in ~design

    KapteinB
    Link Parent
    It's blocked on my work laptop. Looking closer, it looks like the IT department has added the domain to a blacklist of malicious websites. Peculiar.

    It's blocked on my work laptop. Looking closer, it looks like the IT department has added the domain to a blacklist of malicious websites. Peculiar.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on TDK claims insane energy density in solid-state battery breakthrough in ~tech

    KapteinB
    Link Parent
    It's an odd headline for an odd article, probably based on a press release. The company has improved their own batteries hundredfold, which is great. It's also claiming about 20 times higher...

    The new material provides an energy density—the amount that can be squeezed into a given space—of 1,000 watt-hours per liter, which is about 100 times greater than TDK’s current battery in mass production. Since TDK introduced it in 2020, competitors have moved forward, developing small solid-state batteries that offer 50 Wh/l, while rechargeable coin batteries using traditional liquid electrolytes offer about 400 Wh/l, according to the group.

    It's an odd headline for an odd article, probably based on a press release. The company has improved their own batteries hundredfold, which is great. It's also claiming about 20 times higher energy density than the solid state batteries of its competitors, which is highly impressive. And more than twice the energy density of competing technologies in the same size category, which I guess is the "insane energy density" the headline refers to. Does double qualify as insane? Battery enthusiasts may have an opinion on that.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on The Costco of housing is…Costco? in ~design

    KapteinB
    Link
    Anyone else getting a security warning when trying to visit this link?

    Anyone else getting a security warning when trying to visit this link?

  8. Comment on What are your favorite Eurovision songs/performances? in ~music

  9. Comment on Your favorite deeply unpopular music in ~music

    KapteinB
    Link
    No-one I mention them to seem to have heard of Major Parkinson. I can't even recall how I stumbled upon them. So many awesome songs. Euthanasia Roller Coaster Madeleine Crumbles Heart of Hickory...

    No-one I mention them to seem to have heard of Major Parkinson. I can't even recall how I stumbled upon them. So many awesome songs.

    Euthanasia Roller Coaster

    Madeleine Crumbles

    Heart of Hickory

    It's a Job

    I also tend to really enjoy the last place finishers of Eurovision for some reason.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Texas secessionists win GOP backing for independence vote: 'Major step' in ~news

    KapteinB
    Link Parent
    China is possibly on the onset of a rapid decline caused by demographic collapse. They'd probably use their position as global hegemon to conquer Taiwan, establish dominance of the South China...

    China is possibly on the onset of a rapid decline caused by demographic collapse. They'd probably use their position as global hegemon to conquer Taiwan, establish dominance of the South China Sea, and do some other shenanigans, before being replaced as the top dog in a few decades.

    I'm not sure the EU would even want the position as global hegemon.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Texas secessionists win GOP backing for independence vote: 'Major step' in ~news

    KapteinB
    Link Parent
    I highly doubt the government of independent Texas would be big into collectivization and nationalization, so I assume they keep it. They'd lose their rights as US citizens, and gain new rights as...

    What happens to their homes and property?

    I highly doubt the government of independent Texas would be big into collectivization and nationalization, so I assume they keep it.

    What happens to their rights?

    They'd lose their rights as US citizens, and gain new rights as Texas citizens. And since Republicans tend to be all about that constitution, I assume they'd write a new one that would be very similar to the constitution of the USA.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of June 10 in ~news

  13. Comment on Banana giant corporation Chiquita held liable by US court for funding paramilitaries in ~food

    KapteinB
    Link Parent
    This could end up being just one of many such payments.

    A second case against Chiquita brought by another group of plaintiffs is due to start on 15 July.

    This could end up being just one of many such payments.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of June 3 in ~news