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  1. Comment on San Francisco restaurant's $72 fried rice was a runaway hit. It was also the chef's nightmare in ~food

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    You can drop a service offering because it's taking your business in a direction you don't want, even if it makes money.

    You can drop a service offering because it's taking your business in a direction you don't want, even if it makes money.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on What was the last game you played that really surprised you? in ~games

  3. Comment on What was the last game you played that really surprised you? in ~games

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    I have complete sympathy for your situation, both no money for games and painful dental bills. If you'll DM me your steam ID, I'll buy you a copy.

    I have complete sympathy for your situation, both no money for games and painful dental bills. If you'll DM me your steam ID, I'll buy you a copy.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Should you be wearing a mask again? Here’s a map of the Covid hot spots subject to the CDC’s new guidance in ~health.coronavirus

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    Comparing the USA to NZ and saying that it's easy since NZ did it seems a little facile. NZ has less than 5 million people in total, the USA has 13 metropolitan areas larger than that. NZ is a...

    Comparing the USA to NZ and saying that it's easy since NZ did it seems a little facile. NZ has less than 5 million people in total, the USA has 13 metropolitan areas larger than that. NZ is a series of islands with discrete ports and airports that can be monitored, the USA is most definitively not. And so on, and so on.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on The future of PrivacyTools in ~tech

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    Having an organizational structure beyond an individual's GitHub page has a huge number of benefits, varying heavily depending on the chosen structure but including while not limited to: the...

    Having an organizational structure beyond an individual's GitHub page has a huge number of benefits, varying heavily depending on the chosen structure but including while not limited to: the ability to receive donations, a variety of tax benefits on money received in various ways, organizational continuity beyond someone's pet project, comparative ease of compensation when compensation is provided, organizational legitimacy, greater ability to resist outside influence, etc, etc, etc. The complexity of the site has little to do to the benefits of having a legal organization hold it.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on The future of PrivacyTools in ~tech

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    Have you looked at the site? I ask this because I never had before, and I opened it up to see whether it was like you described. Having looked at it, you're really far off the mark. There's a lot...

    Have you looked at the site? I ask this because I never had before, and I opened it up to see whether it was like you described. Having looked at it, you're really far off the mark. There's a lot of information and context and citations, it's not just a list of sites and tools.

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

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    Agreed on the difficulty curve and the rewards for testing it. Prey was one of the last games I willingly played on the hardest difficulty, as it pushed maximum problem solving. So often higher...

    Agreed on the difficulty curve and the rewards for testing it. Prey was one of the last games I willingly played on the hardest difficulty, as it pushed maximum problem solving. So often higher difficulty just means you have to shoot the enemies for longer, and Prey was a totally novel experience as that became less feasible.

    2 votes
  8. 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 the New World beta, and it's perfectly all right. There's a few bugs and rough edges, but it's pleasant nonetheless. My perspective comes from someone who hasn't played an MMO...

    I've been playing the New World beta, and it's perfectly all right. There's a few bugs and rough edges, but it's pleasant nonetheless. My perspective comes from someone who hasn't played an MMO since the Burning Crusade, so I'm catching up with more than a decade worth of improvements in the industry.

    There are so many people, for good or for ill. Playing on a high-pop server, there's people absolutely everywhere, to the point when a quest mob spawns the half-dozen people waiting to hit it for the quest all pile on together, wiping it in moments, only for the next set to show up and wait for the respawn. This is not so great, but a thing they can tune easily enough. On the nice side, when you're exploring an area there's always someone willing to help out, throw a heal your way, shoot the enemy a time or two as they run past, whatever. Even with the high server population, it doesn't feel like harvestable resources are too rare, I was able to mostly find the things I needed to advance.

    Combat wise, it feels a little stiff, but not bad. As compared to WoW's targeting, it's amazing. I can actually snipe enemies at a distance, plan for them to run and juke towards me, and shoot them as they come.

    The design feels like it'll keep people around in the same areas. It felt like WoW hollowed out old areas in drawing people to new ones, but in New World your faction needs to hold territory for various benefits, so I was used to seeing people at varying levels wandering around the same areas. It was nice. You get personal benefits for harvesting/fighting in a zone, your faction gets benefits from holding it, your company gets benefits from holding it. Lots more attachment to the land.

    I dunno. There's so much going on that I feel like I haven't scratched the surface. But I'm looking forward to doing so.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on PG&E will bury 10,000 miles of power lines so they don't spark wildfires in ~enviro

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    You're talking like they'll never make a profit again, whereas I'd argue that they'd be in a better long term position if they weren't repeatedly liable for damages due to neglected...

    You're talking like they'll never make a profit again, whereas I'd argue that they'd be in a better long term position if they weren't repeatedly liable for damages due to neglected infrastructure.

    Separately, they're heavily regulated w.r.t. rate increases, and the CPUC has historically been dubious about it.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on It's so hot in Dubai that the government is artificially creating rainstorms using electrical charges from drones in ~enviro

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    Speaking of hurricanes, there's some plans not yet implemented to have networks of ocean-based wind turbines specifically to pull some of the energy out of the storms. Combining that energy source...

    Speaking of hurricanes, there's some plans not yet implemented to have networks of ocean-based wind turbines specifically to pull some of the energy out of the storms. Combining that energy source with other storm-calming measures could be very interesting.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on It's so hot in Dubai that the government is artificially creating rainstorms using electrical charges from drones in ~enviro

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    The effect is lowering the humidity of the air, yeah? Whether this is an unintended side effect or not depends on how you feel about the people downwind of you that are now living in a dryer...

    The effect is lowering the humidity of the air, yeah? Whether this is an unintended side effect or not depends on how you feel about the people downwind of you that are now living in a dryer climate and how they feel about you.

    Edit: On the other hand, given that wet bulb temperature is the really concerning part of increasing temperatures for human survival, being able to lower the air humidity through forced rain may be as valuable an implementation of this technology in wet areas as making it rain is for dry areas.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on PG&E will bury 10,000 miles of power lines so they don't spark wildfires in ~enviro

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    Selling stock to acquire funds for operation or infrastructure investment isn't fraud, that's been done repeatedly by companies in a pinch. AMC did it, GameStop did it, plenty others did it. I'm a...

    Selling stock to acquire funds for operation or infrastructure investment isn't fraud, that's been done repeatedly by companies in a pinch. AMC did it, GameStop did it, plenty others did it. I'm a bit baffled by your claim here, as it's just untrue and you're normally quite sharp.

    Edit: If you specifically sold a class of stock that had no claim on future earnings, even then that wouldn't be fraud, as it would be clearly laid out in the offering. It probably wouldn't sell that well, but people did buy Hertz stock even as it was clearly heading to bankruptcy. However, that wasn't what I was suggesting in the first place.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on PG&E will bury 10,000 miles of power lines so they don't spark wildfires in ~enviro

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    Not at all. They could also issue more stock to sell. That'd be a direct hit to their investors, but not at the cost of rate increases. Suffice it to say, there's other choices that could be made...

    Not at all. They could also issue more stock to sell. That'd be a direct hit to their investors, but not at the cost of rate increases. Suffice it to say, there's other choices that could be made other than rate increases.

  14. Comment on PG&E will bury 10,000 miles of power lines so they don't spark wildfires in ~enviro

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    I was flippant in my initial reply, but functionally, PG&E has a deferred maintenance issue. They may get away with rate increases, but that's unlikely given their oversight by the CPUC. More...

    I was flippant in my initial reply, but functionally, PG&E has a deferred maintenance issue. They may get away with rate increases, but that's unlikely given their oversight by the CPUC. More likely are bonds or other funding mechanisms given the volume of money needed.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Fallout: London - Official reveal trailer in ~games

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    This is a mod for Fallout 4, so establish your expectations at the door. A few new assets, and it seems like the setting has potential, but it feels somehow even more a series of broad stereotypes...

    This is a mod for Fallout 4, so establish your expectations at the door.

    A few new assets, and it seems like the setting has potential, but it feels somehow even more a series of broad stereotypes unconstrained by decade than the base series. There's been some hits and misses in the main games, but the tone of this seems odd. I think the narrator is part of the issue. The accent is forced, and historically you've always gotten government/official narrators. Someone using a 1950s era English newscaster accent would perhaps have been a better choice, if only because their attempts at cockney and rhyming slang were pretty rough.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on PG&E will bury 10,000 miles of power lines so they don't spark wildfires in ~enviro

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    The shareholder premiums they paid out over the last decade?

    The shareholder premiums they paid out over the last decade?

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Advocating for rich civilians in ~talk

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    That they do good things is (rarely) debated. The question is whether they do better things with it than the other owners that money might have, and that's perhaps a harder case to make.

    That they do good things is (rarely) debated. The question is whether they do better things with it than the other owners that money might have, and that's perhaps a harder case to make.

    34 votes
  18. Comment on The Bootleg Fire in Oregon will likely continue to burn until a "season-ending weather event" extinguishes it in the fall in ~enviro

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    Man, if you think the bootleg is impressive, wait until it comes to your town for you see it live. ... I joke because the scale is too big. There's too much going on for me to feel like I have any...

    Man, if you think the bootleg is impressive, wait until it comes to your town for you see it live.

    ...

    I joke because the scale is too big. There's too much going on for me to feel like I have any agency, so I make a quip and try to move on with my day. Oof.

    7 votes
  19. Comment on Thread from r/MensLib: No man should be called a "neckbeard" or a "loser" in ~life

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    I think that any term will absorb context over time, so there's no label you can apply to the group without it eventually being considered an insult by someone. That said, describing the relevant...

    I think that any term will absorb context over time, so there's no label you can apply to the group without it eventually being considered an insult by someone. That said, describing the relevant attributes (social community, political convictions, etc.) without conflating them with less relevant attributes like hygiene or shaving preferences helps to minimize the degree to which someone might consider it an insult.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I found a great album of soul covers of Earthbound tracks, and it's been on repeat for me for the last few days. https://supersoulbros.bandcamp.com/album/motherlode-3

    I found a great album of soul covers of Earthbound tracks, and it's been on repeat for me for the last few days.

    https://supersoulbros.bandcamp.com/album/motherlode-3

    4 votes