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  1. Comment on Trump order encourages US to mine the moon in ~enviro

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    Is there space for charitibility of interpretation when it comes to statements that can literally move the world? You or I can misspeak and it's not such a big deal, but the POTUS really needs to...

    Is there space for charitibility of interpretation when it comes to statements that can literally move the world? You or I can misspeak and it's not such a big deal, but the POTUS really needs to be better than that.

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

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    Cool, thanks. That's what I get for working off of half-remembered years old knowledge. :) I look forward to your findings.

    Cool, thanks. That's what I get for working off of half-remembered years old knowledge. :) I look forward to your findings.

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

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    Ah, that's depressing. Early access indeed.

    Ah, that's depressing. Early access indeed.

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

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    In addition to the ones mentioned by Maddox, I like Dupe Behavior Modifiers: Queue for Sinks (Makes it so that if a dupe needs to wash their hands and the sink is in use they'll wait instead of...

    In addition to the ones mentioned by Maddox, I like
    Dupe Behavior Modifiers:

    • Queue for Sinks (Makes it so that if a dupe needs to wash their hands and the sink is in use they'll wait instead of walking off with dirty hands)
    • Efficient Supply (Makes it so that dupes won't take long trips to deliver tiny dribs and drabs of material)
    • Wrangle Fliers (Makes it so that dupes can catch flying creatures)
    • Falling Sand (Puts dig orders on any sand that falls because of a dupe digging something out. No more self-trapping dupes [From this one anyway])
    • Wounded Go To Med Bed (Lets you set a level of injury that makes dupes go heal, rather than you having to manually tell them to heal)
    • No Drop (Keeps dupes from dropping what they're holding when they stop to catch their breath, so they don't repeatedly go to get a thing and drop it because they need to breathe, then get it again...)
    • Crack Reacher (Gives the dupes the ability to dig/build a fifth space directly above them. It means they can build a ceiling in a 4-high room without needing to dig out an access space above it.
    • Hot Bunking (Lets dupes use any open bed or mess table as opposed to having a claimed bed/table that's empty basically the whole day.

    Other QOL

    • Schedule Master ( Lets you memorize a schedule that'll last between games)
    • Synchronized Telepad (Makes the telepad trigger exactly on time, even if you take a little bit to get to it.)
    • Wall Pumps & Vents ( A combo of a wall block and small pump or vent, lets you build things a little more compactly because you don't need an empty space for your HVAC)
    • Claustrophobia (Gives an alert when a dupe is trapped before they start to suffocate)
    • Player Controlled Switch (Lets you toggle switches directly as opposed to needing to dance around with sensors to manually trigger systems)
    • Blueprints (Lets you copy and rebuild things elsewhere, and works between saves)
    • Half Door (1 wide doors for ladder entrances)
    • Super Door (4 high for full passageways)

    There's more out there (and in my modlist), but I hope this gives a sense of the breath of mods and fixes that exist.

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

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    Oh, you like the crossbowman? I was going off of old Warband knowledge where I remembered them as being underwhelming as opposed to archers. Are they serving well?

    Oh, you like the crossbowman? I was going off of old Warband knowledge where I remembered them as being underwhelming as opposed to archers. Are they serving well?

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

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    There's also a variety of really fantastic mods for filing off some of the rough edges. If you haven't looked at them yet I highly suggest it.

    There's also a variety of really fantastic mods for filing off some of the rough edges. If you haven't looked at them yet I highly suggest it.

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

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    Yeah, I'm wrecking face with 4/8 empire foot, 2/8 foot archers, 1/8 cav, 1/8 cav archers. By the time the foot and archers arrive, the cav have just wrecked any semblance of a proper enemy line...

    Yeah, I'm wrecking face with 4/8 empire foot, 2/8 foot archers, 1/8 cav, 1/8 cav archers. By the time the foot and archers arrive, the cav have just wrecked any semblance of a proper enemy line and the Legionnaires mop up.

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

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    Lance couching definitely is already in the game. Once you're moving at a good clip there'll be an icon on the right edge of the screen. If you see it, hit X to toggle lance couching.

    Lance couching definitely is already in the game. Once you're moving at a good clip there'll be an icon on the right edge of the screen. If you see it, hit X to toggle lance couching.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on The stimulus bill punishes parents behind on child support. Now is not the time in ~life

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    ... ...

    Child support enforcement is a vital system for many working- and middle-class parents for facilitating economic contributions from noncustodial parents to custodial parents and their children. However, as the most economically vulnerable among us face growing financial precariousness, the collection of child support will make low-income child support payers increasingly at risk for a host of actions that will simultaneously undermine their ability to navigate this global crisis and support their children after it ends.

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    Importantly, these noncustodial parents—mostly fathers—are more likely to be paying child support as reimbursement for welfare benefits paid to the custodial parent. Welfare reform passed in 1996 allowed states to order child support to repay their expenditures of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, and other means-tested benefits.* This means that low-income custodial parents and children see very little of the child support paid by the noncustodial parent. Almost half of child support debt belongs to low-income parents who are paying back the state for the cost of TANF benefits. In a time of great economic precariousness most acutely affecting the economically vulnerable, repaying the state for welfare benefits does not seem like a high priority. Therefore, we urge state enforcement offices to discharge all outstanding child support debt owed directly to the state.

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    As a country in crisis, we must consider how existing policies may exacerbate existing conditions for the poor. While lawmakers take steps to lessen the economic and social impact of COVID-19, alleviating the financial and psychological stress of child support obligations increases parents’ ability to emotionally support their children during this time when it is the most needed. In light of this ongoing national emergency, we implore states across the U.S. to seriously consider these recommendations, which we believe would be in the best interest of those individuals and families who are most economically vulnerable, now more than ever.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on The coronavirus pandemic will forever alter the world order in ~health.coronavirus

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    I mean, it's Kissinger. He's coming from a very particular perspective.

    I mean, it's Kissinger. He's coming from a very particular perspective.

    9 votes
  11. Comment on As dairy crisis deepens, American farmers are warned that milk dumping could harm the environment in ~enviro

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    If they sell more cheaply, they face a situation where they hurt the industry as a whole. Think of it like wage negotiations: if they compete on price below a certain point they're hurting the...

    If they sell more cheaply, they face a situation where they hurt the industry as a whole. Think of it like wage negotiations: if they compete on price below a certain point they're hurting the long term viability of their business as well as everyone else in the dairy industry.

    Of course this doesn't resolve long-term changes in consumption, but it's a reasonable solution in an environment that carries on the status quo.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Scientists predict more major hurricanes than normal in 2020 season in ~enviro

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    I've been wondering about that in California. Everyone is currently sheltering in place, but what happens if/when there's a serious fire? Evacuees are generally housed in gyms, schools, and...

    I've been wondering about that in California. Everyone is currently sheltering in place, but what happens if/when there's a serious fire? Evacuees are generally housed in gyms, schools, and churches, all great opportunities for infection to spread. Do we put everyone in the currently empty hotels in order to give people enough space? Do we do what we've always done and just deal with the burst of cases afterwards? It has so many opportunities to be a shitshow.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Bon Appétit chefs make their favorite coffee | Test Kitchen Talks @ Home in ~food

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    I love the ways that they're similar and different in their coffee habits, and I'm amused that my coffee-nerd wife has Christina's exact setup. We make the coffee by the quart instead of the cup,...

    I love the ways that they're similar and different in their coffee habits, and I'm amused that my coffee-nerd wife has Christina's exact setup. We make the coffee by the quart instead of the cup, but otherwise just the same.

    I was surprised to find that Claire wasn't at all finicky about her coffee. She talks about getting it just right, but also she admits to just throwing it all together in a pre-caffeine haze.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 31 in ~health.coronavirus

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    At least in California they're explicitly extending unemployment to cover people who have had reduced hours because of this. So it wouldn't be as big an issue to just have your hours or salary cut.

    At least in California they're explicitly extending unemployment to cover people who have had reduced hours because of this. So it wouldn't be as big an issue to just have your hours or salary cut.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 31 in ~health.coronavirus

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    What industry, if you don't mind me asking? I'm a bookkeeper with clients across a number of industries, and I'm trying to get a sense of who's affected.

    What industry, if you don't mind me asking? I'm a bookkeeper with clients across a number of industries, and I'm trying to get a sense of who's affected.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Would you look down on a normal citizen wearing an N95 mask? in ~talk

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    I would think it wasted on someone who isn't medical staff. Better for your purpose to use a washable and reusable cloth mask when you need to be in public. They aren't as good, but they're fine...

    I would think it wasted on someone who isn't medical staff. Better for your purpose to use a washable and reusable cloth mask when you need to be in public. They aren't as good, but they're fine for the incidental risks you'll encounter and can be washed and reused unlike the n95.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 30 in ~health.coronavirus

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    My wife, who worked in food service for a decade, feels pretty all right with it depending on how much post-cooking handling the food gets. A raw salad, sushi, something like that? No way. A...

    My wife, who worked in food service for a decade, feels pretty all right with it depending on how much post-cooking handling the food gets. A raw salad, sushi, something like that? No way. A pizza, where it essentially goes straight from a multi-hundred degree oven into the box? Pretty safe, though take care with the box.

    7 votes
  18. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    I played so much Animal Crossing. It was perfect. Minimal stress, minimal potential loss, plenty of ability to build and grow and share. Hard work and curiosity are rewarded promptly; you get...

    I played so much Animal Crossing. It was perfect. Minimal stress, minimal potential loss, plenty of ability to build and grow and share. Hard work and curiosity are rewarded promptly; you get concrete gains for putting in your effort. It's a weird capitalist power fantasy in some ways, but it's also very conflict-light which is exactly what I need right now.

    8 votes
  19. Comment on Thousands of NYPD officers out sick amid coronavirus crisis in ~health.coronavirus

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    All the more reason to keep people fed, housed, and safe. Much better to pay people to stay home than it is to have sick cops out trying to suppress crimes being done by desperate people trying to...

    All the more reason to keep people fed, housed, and safe. Much better to pay people to stay home than it is to have sick cops out trying to suppress crimes being done by desperate people trying to feed their families.

    5 votes