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  1. Comment on The Last of Us | Official trailer in ~tv

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    Filmed in the great province of Alberta, split between my two hometowns of Calgary and Edmonton as well as our Rocky Mountain communities. Can't wait to see some of the apocalyptic sets they had...

    Filmed in the great province of Alberta, split between my two hometowns of Calgary and Edmonton as well as our Rocky Mountain communities. Can't wait to see some of the apocalyptic sets they had built in our downtown ('s) live.

    Shameless plug for Alberta: If you like what you see, come visit. I may be biased but even the Colorado Rocky Mountains can't match the splendour of ours. Between our two resort.tkens of Banff and Jasper, and the various national parks through the mountains there is more than enough natural spelndour to leave anyone in awe and keep them busy for weeks.

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  2. Comment on If you have more than ten tabs open they’re not tabs anymore they’re bookmarks wasting RAM in ~tech

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    I would enjoy a blank desktop the most.

    I would enjoy a blank desktop the most.

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  3. Comment on If you have more than ten tabs open they’re not tabs anymore they’re bookmarks wasting RAM in ~tech

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    I'll take you one further. I almost never have more than three tabs open at any given time and I often try to keep it to 1. If I'm not planning on using my email that moment it gets closed to and...

    I'll take you one further. I almost never have more than three tabs open at any given time and I often try to keep it to 1. If I'm not planning on using my email that moment it gets closed to and I will go down to 0 tabs.

    My work involves a proprietary software suite we have to have open that then contains various "apps" I need to use for various tasks. If that particular bit of software doesn't need to be left open for real-time operations it gets closed the moment I am done with it.

    Everything gets closed religiously. Nothing on my screen unless it's needed in that very second.

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  4. Comment on ‘A new way of life’: The Marxist, post-capitalist, green manifesto captivating Japan in ~books

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    Poor Canadian education?

    Poor Canadian education?

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  5. Comment on ‘A new way of life’: The Marxist, post-capitalist, green manifesto captivating Japan in ~books

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    Ya, I didn't mean Signapore. Was thinking the Philippines, not sure how I mixed those two up. Shrodingers Signapore I refer to them as an economic powerhouse and an impoverished country in the...

    Ya, I didn't mean Signapore. Was thinking the Philippines, not sure how I mixed those two up. Shrodingers Signapore I refer to them as an economic powerhouse and an impoverished country in the same thread. My apologies for the mix up.

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  6. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    Agreed. With the exception of FF7:R, which I borrowed a friend's copy and console for, Dust was the last console game I ever bought and played and haven't purchased a new one since. The premise...

    Agreed. With the exception of FF7:R, which I borrowed a friend's copy and console for, Dust was the last console game I ever bought and played and haven't purchased a new one since. The premise was incredible and the small parts they actually got around to realizing were so fulfilling. The minor steps they made on economic integration with the larger EVE universe were also so exciting.

    In some imaginary world I would take full control of CCP and force them to make the long term sacrifices and focus to bring these projects to fruition. They are lucky EVE has had such staying power with everything else they do getting the can.

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  7. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    If EVE had continued pursuing ambulation, instead of abandoning it the second they recieved a negative reaction, it might have been at this point by now. Dust and it's integration with Eve was...

    If EVE had continued pursuing ambulation, instead of abandoning it the second they recieved a negative reaction, it might have been at this point by now. Dust and it's integration with Eve was also a big step in this direction before they abandoned it. Integrating Valkyrie would have gone a long way as well (before they abandoned it...)

    It's too bad CCP has no ability to stay the course on their secondary products. They seem to abandon everything that isn't explicitly Eve.

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  8. Comment on Norway says ‘no’ to a gas price cap – Oslo's gas payday is equivalent to about £350 for each Norwegian man, woman and child in ~finance

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    I'm looking at it from a industry perspective rather than a political perspective because that's within my purview and expertise. I am not Norwegian and work for a Canadian oil company but I...

    I'm looking at it from a industry perspective rather than a political perspective because that's within my purview and expertise. I am not Norwegian and work for a Canadian oil company but I believe the values are similar.

    Yes Norwegians continue to support oil production for their own prosperity but the global tides are shifting against oil. Not just politically but if the Paris agreement is truly followed, and the phasing out of ICE vehicles truly kick in then the global consumption of oil will take a huge hit. The energy crispy in Europe is also pushing it heavily in the direction of renewables which will further decrease the global consumption of petroleum.

    The oil and gas industry is extremely growth dependant. When the consumption** of oil decreases the price of a barrel (and it's profitability) falls off a cliff. While some oil and gas will still be required globally, a drop in consumption will immediately make expensive long term projects like Norway's North Sea operations immediately unprofitable.

    All this is to say, the long term outcome for oil is not one that supports Norway increasing their offshore projects. This is why Equinor is both expanding to low cost short term reservoirs like American Shale, while also leading the big oil producers in investing in non hydrocarbon energy sources. There's no future in the offshore projects in developed nations, and Norway doesn't have any appreciable land based reserves.

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  9. Comment on ‘A new way of life’: The Marxist, post-capitalist, green manifesto captivating Japan in ~books

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    I think this is a hit or miss process that results more from globalization than automation although both are intrinsically linked at this point. Look at China, or more recently Vietnam. Western...

    I think this is a hit or miss process that results more from globalization than automation although both are intrinsically linked at this point.

    Look at China, or more recently Vietnam. Western industry turned China from a poor, largely agrarian economy into an economic powerhouse with the world's largest middle classz all in relative record time. With that said if the corporations hadn't chosen China for their factories would the country be as developed and prosperous as it is now? It was a bit of a luck of the draw situation. We are likely going to see Vietnam follow the same path, and possibly, although less likely, Signapore.

    With that said African nations continue to struggle. South American nations continue.to perform mediocre. Is western automation going to help these regions? Probably not, and on that you are absolutely correct.

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  10. Comment on ‘A new way of life’: The Marxist, post-capitalist, green manifesto captivating Japan in ~books

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    There is no turning back the clock on globalization and feasibly maintaining any sort of quality of life. What we call "globalization" has existed in fluctuating levels throughout written human...

    There is no turning back the clock on globalization and feasibly maintaining any sort of quality of life.

    What we call "globalization" has existed in fluctuating levels throughout written human history and likely before that. Globalization increased prosperity for the Mycenaeans in the Bronze age. It increased prosperity for the Romans and Carthaginians in the Classical Antiquity, it increased prosperity for Europeans during the Renaissance, and it increases prosperity for us now. I'm sure there are numerous African and Asian examples of early globalization that I am missing out on as well.

    In fact, it seems without fail, that when a culture recedes into itself in terms of a "self-sufficient" or insular economy, quality of life and general prosperity decrease.

    The challenge is not to remove international trade and connectivity. The challenge is to find a way to continue it in and equitable, and more importantly environmentally safe fashion.

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  11. Comment on ‘A new way of life’: The Marxist, post-capitalist, green manifesto captivating Japan in ~books

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    Germany is the third most automated economy in the world behind Korea and Signapore (sometimes switching places with Japan close in fourth). This only supports the argument. Signapore, Korea and...

    Although, I suppose automation might be partly responsible for Germany having a good economy? Also, more immigration is likely when the economy is good, if it’s not otherwise restricted.

    Germany is the third most automated economy in the world behind Korea and Signapore (sometimes switching places with Japan close in fourth). This only supports the argument.

    Signapore, Korea and Japan all have extremely low unemployment rates as well, so automation hasn't destroyed jobs in those countries either. Japan has its own economic malaise to speak of but it's not a problem pf unemployment.

    While I agree in principle with your regional argument (thinking American Rust Belt here) that's a human/education problem rather than an automation problem. Logically speaking there's no reason anyone should be living in South Bend Indiana any more but human reasons keep them there decades after they should have left.

    We can't create jobs in every city in every corner of every country. The modern economy will centralize wherever it centralizes and it's incumbent on the population to follow it and re-educate for it. If it's not automation, it's shifting resource importance or transition to service based economies or the increasing importance of secondary education centralizing the economy in proximity to universities. The government can aid in those processes but none of this has anything to do with robots causing unemployment.

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  12. Comment on ‘A new way of life’: The Marxist, post-capitalist, green manifesto captivating Japan in ~books

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    Well for one its been going on for forty years now and there's been no appreciable loss in jobs. Obviously this source is a hair biased but it makes the point It seems to be better to think of...

    Well for one its been going on for forty years now and there's been no appreciable loss in jobs.

    Obviously this source is a hair biased but it makes the point

    It seems to be better to think of robotization akin to the industrial revolution or the digital revolution. The changes eliminated some inefficient roles but the increased productivity opened up multiple new roles to be filled.

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  13. Comment on Norway says ‘no’ to a gas price cap – Oslo's gas payday is equivalent to about £350 for each Norwegian man, woman and child in ~finance

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    We have a catch 22 situation in oil where the intention of eliminating it puts a cooling effect on large projects with intense investment requirements. The vast majority of Norway's oil and gas is...

    Getting back to this article, it's not clear what more revenue for Norway does to encourage supply?

    We have a catch 22 situation in oil where the intention of eliminating it puts a cooling effect on large projects with intense investment requirements.

    The vast majority of Norway's oil and gas is offshore which requires hundreds of millions to explore, prep and extract. Offshore projects typically run for decades and may not turn profitable for many years.

    Despite the energy crisis showing us we still need hydrocarbons, if the intention is to strangle oil and gas from 2030 onwards then there is absolutely no reason for an Equinor or Aker to risk increasing off shore production only for it to never make a profit.

    Unfortunately for Western Europe they don't have the easy on/off oil reserves North America, Russia and the Middle East has so, despite record profits, it's going to be a tough winter or two for the continent

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  14. Comment on ‘A new way of life’: The Marxist, post-capitalist, green manifesto captivating Japan in ~books

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    There's actually a lot of evidence that roboticization has increased the number of jobs through increased productivity rather than the reverse that was believed to be happening. It's possible the...

    There's actually a lot of evidence that roboticization has increased the number of jobs through increased productivity rather than the reverse that was believed to be happening. It's possible the same will hold true for A.I.

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  15. Comment on ‘A new way of life’: The Marxist, post-capitalist, green manifesto captivating Japan in ~books

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    I can't wait to read it in English, clearly something needs to change in society and while I don't think any single author is going to have the answer, I love to see new thoughts on the matter. I...

    I can't wait to read it in English, clearly something needs to change in society and while I don't think any single author is going to have the answer, I love to see new thoughts on the matter.

    I do worry about the naiveness of suggestions like

    prioritising essential “labour-intensive” work such as caregiving

    But perhaps the bigger take away is the requirement for a kinder people oriented economy.

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  16. Comment on The Little Mermaid | Official teaser trailer in ~movies

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    Honestly, with fear of the reaction this will garner... Of all the originally white characters re-casted as black, this is the first time I've watched the media and actually felt... Weird about...

    Cue all the "anti-woke" crowd being up in arms about a black actress in the role of Ariel. Y'know... because in the original she was white skinned with red hair, and mermaids are from European folklore therefor cannot be black, or whatever other stupid fucking reasons they come up with to hide their racism behind plausible sounding criticism.

    Honestly, with fear of the reaction this will garner... Of all the originally white characters re-casted as black, this is the first time I've watched the media and actually felt... Weird about it? As in something looks... Off? I don't know what it is about this case, especially since I've enjoyed it as of late (Heimdell, the Velaryon's, Arondir in RoP, Zendaya) Perhaps it's the lack of iconic (bright*) red hair but something just feels wrong about the look of the character for the remake.

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  17. Comment on Let's terraform West Texas in ~enviro

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    Fracking (and horizontal drilling) was more of an engineering problem than an economic one. We worked on the problem for decades through ups and downs in the price of oil.

    Fracking (and horizontal drilling) was more of an engineering problem than an economic one. We worked on the problem for decades through ups and downs in the price of oil.

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  18. Comment on ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ premiere draws twenty-five million global viewers in first day, Amazon says in ~tv

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    I'm just going to come out and say it: While there are valid criticisms of this show, which I will get into later, the vast majority of the criticisms are either the typical bullshit from that...

    I'm just going to come out and say it:

    While there are valid criticisms of this show, which I will get into later, the vast majority of the criticisms are either the typical bullshit from that group of terminally online people that review bomb whatever triggers them, and to a lesser extent, criticisms from people who grew up with Peter Jackson's trilogy and can't understand that the film's are not canon and don't dictate how the world should be presented.

    I grew up with the books and read them religiously, including the Silmarillion. While I watched the movies they never became the defining Middle Earth for me.
    If you don't read anything then this is my tldr:

    This feels like Middle Earth.

    I love the show. The world building is incredible. The visuals are suitably cinematic. I expected so much less from the acting, at least for the first season, and it's surprisingly good. Nothing noticeably bad about it. I think Galadriel's actress is even excellent. She regularly captures the sort of PTSD and obsession with revenge that a lesser actress could not convey, sometimes only with her eyes. Bear McCreary can do no wrong in my eyes and his soundtrack for this production is excellent.

    The sets are incredible and I can't tell what's physical and what's fake. Khazad-dûm was the most fully and perfectly realized incarnation of Middle Earth Dwarf culture I have ever experienced. It was beautiful but an entirely different beautiful than Lindon. They really conveyed the difference between Dwarf and Elvish culture. The Dwarfs themselves were presented not as the joke that they were in the Hobbit, but as a proper culture.

    And before I move on:

    Spoilers The moment between Elrond and Durin IV on the lift was incredible. We never *really* get to see how immortality seperates the Elves from the mortal races psychologically. The way in which it's revealed Durin had lived a whole life in the time since he's last seen Elrond and Elrond thought it was just a regular amount of time in between seeing friends was illuminating. The pain that Durin displayed that this supposed "friend" missed his wedding as well as the birth of his children, and *didn't even realize it* was a great touch by the writers.

    The human culture hasn't really been touched on yet so there's not much to see there. The Harfoot halflings annoy the hell out of me narratively but they also add to the incredible world building in this show. I'd rather not have halflings at all but at the very least they come across as a vivid culture.

    Now for the criticisms: while Galadriel and Arondir (ironically) look like Tolkien elves, the rest, and especially Arameyo's Elrond just look like humans with pointed ears. A lot more could have been done in the makeup and hair department to give these actors more striking and "Elf-like" features. I can get on board with Elves rocking a different hairstyle in the second age but to have Elrond and Celebrimbor's face look kind of... Haggard and run down just doesn't jive with the description.

    I understand this is a modern television show and a certain level of modern humour is necessary, but it may need to do better as to when to apply this humour. It wasn't egregious but there was a scene when one of the Sylvan Elf wardens was discussing Arondir's predilection for the human woman and how hookups between the races always ended in tragedy. This topic is absolutely not something jokey, and no Elf, no matter what the situation, would be making light of it, but in the show the character gave this exposition as if he was ribbing Arondir about it. It just didn't fit at all.

    As others have mentioned, perhaps the paceling isn't right for a general audience. I personally found no issues with the pace, but like others have mentioned I'm the type of viewer that loved BR2049 and genuinely doesn't understand how other people don't.

    Altogether, if the show manages to maintain this level of quality it's going to remain a must watch for me.

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  19. Comment on Copenhagen Cowboy | Sneak peek in ~tv

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    Don't get me wrong I am going to watch the hell out of this series. The guy can do no wrong in my eyes, no matter how esoteric his productions become.

    Don't get me wrong I am going to watch the hell out of this series. The guy can do no wrong in my eyes, no matter how esoteric his productions become.

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  20. Comment on Copenhagen Cowboy | Sneak peek in ~tv

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    Are you arguing this production does not look cinematic 😁. It's good to see his Refn'isms translate well to television. I haven't seen Too Old to Die Young yet so I don't know how much of his...

    Are you arguing this production does not look cinematic 😁.

    It's good to see his Refn'isms translate well to television. I haven't seen Too Old to Die Young yet so I don't know how much of his shtick he ported over to that mini series.

    I will say say, as much as I love it, it sort of feels like Refn has fallen into an aesthetic rut since Only God Forgives. I'm not necessarily against it because I love this aesthetic style, but it seems like for a director that used to innovate with every production (think the shift from Bronson to Valhalla Rising to Drive to Only God Forgives), now Only God Forgives, Neon Demon and Copenhagen Cowboy all seem essentially aesthetically identical.

    It may or may not be a problem that five seconds I to this Sneak Peak I knew immediately it was a NWR product.

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