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  1. Comment on Do Americans understand how badly they’re doing? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Honestly, it could just be a mental defense. It's a fairly hefty mental burden to worry about yourself and family, think about how to keep them safe during the pandemic, etc etc. It's a whole...

    But seem to think the national response (which is already a disaster) is somehow overblown?

    Honestly, it could just be a mental defense. It's a fairly hefty mental burden to worry about yourself and family, think about how to keep them safe during the pandemic, etc etc. It's a whole other thing to try and grok the existential horror of watching your entire country fumble it's response, thousands die, and know that you as an individual are nearly helpless to do anything about it.

    So ya, downplaying and denying the severity (or even existence) of the pandemic outside your immediate sphere just to unconsciously try and preserve your own mental health? Ya I can understand that.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What's something that's a "really big deal" that has fallen out of public awareness and discourse? in ~talk

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    And worse, people will follow them because of their confidence.

    Those who refuse to admit fault are doomed to never learn from their mistakes.

    And worse, people will follow them because of their confidence.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Hundreds arrested after European law enforcement agencies monitored over 100 million encrypted messages sent through Encrochat, a network used by criminals in ~tech

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    I think that probably hits it. Not only are private companies easier to find, they are easier to leave while still retaining your kneecaps and the kneecaps of your friends and family. There's...

    Feels like there are way better clients available that are not known for their violence handling of internal dispute.

    I think that probably hits it. Not only are private companies easier to find, they are easier to leave while still retaining your kneecaps and the kneecaps of your friends and family. There's always going to be a percentage of people who get into IT with criminal organizations for a variety of reasons, but the primary selection process isn't going to yield the best and the brightest it's going to result in the minimal passable competency.

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  4. Comment on Lovely town-building toy Townscaper is out in early access – Oskar Stålberg expects to launch the full version in about four months in ~games

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    Here's a presentation Oskar did on procedural generation that's pretty interesting: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0bcZb-SsnrA

    Here's a presentation Oskar did on procedural generation that's pretty interesting: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0bcZb-SsnrA

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of June 29 in ~health.coronavirus

  6. Comment on Do Americans understand how badly they’re doing? in ~health.coronavirus

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    If I could give everyone in the US one gift, I would give us all 1 day living in almost any other country on earth, at random. Not a vacation, just 1 day living life among other people, and just...

    If I could give everyone in the US one gift, I would give us all 1 day living in almost any other country on earth, at random. Not a vacation, just 1 day living life among other people, and just listening. Then when everyone came back from this magical journey they would all compare notes and realize yea, every other country thinks we've gone insane, we need to get our shit together.

    18 votes
  7. Comment on Do Americans understand how badly they’re doing? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Some of us do. It is so infuriating, and so heart wrenching. It is the nebulous unnamed nightmare scenario that some of us feared at the end of 2016 when we elected a TV reality show host with the...

    Some of us do.

    It is so infuriating, and so heart wrenching. It is the nebulous unnamed nightmare scenario that some of us feared at the end of 2016 when we elected a TV reality show host with the reasoning skills of a toddler and an unchecked ego. And it is playing out almost exactly like we feared it would.

    29 votes
  8. Comment on 2K Games breaks gaming's de facto $60 (USD) price ceiling, announces MSRP for next-gen NBA 2K21 as $70 in ~games

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    Sports games aren't really my thing, but they do seem like a very sensible use case for DLC. Keep improving the base game (graphics, controls, etc) but offer each year as an "expansion". Could do...

    Sports games aren't really my thing, but they do seem like a very sensible use case for DLC. Keep improving the base game (graphics, controls, etc) but offer each year as an "expansion".

    Could do some creative things like play the 2010 sportsball team against the 2019 sportsball team.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Dark Sky delays shutdown of Android app until August 1st in ~tech

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    Oh that's much better than the app I was using, thanks for that.

    Oh that's much better than the app I was using, thanks for that.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Researchers at Cornell University concluded that an online semester would result in more COVID-19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I reject the basic premise of the entire study. If students are on campus then the University had a high degree of responsibility to ensure their health and safety. If they are not in campus, a...

    I reject the basic premise of the entire study.

    If students are on campus then the University had a high degree of responsibility to ensure their health and safety. If they are not in campus, a large portion of the responsibility for health and safety lies with whatever state and city they reside in.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Researchers at Cornell University concluded that an online semester would result in more COVID-19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Student housing is in such high demand here that it's not uncommon for leases for students starting in the fall will be signed and money deposited in March. Though I'm sure the pandemic has upset...

    Student housing is in such high demand here that it's not uncommon for leases for students starting in the fall will be signed and money deposited in March. Though I'm sure the pandemic has upset all that as well.

    8 votes
  12. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of June 29 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Dunno about CA, I'm over in Michigan in a fairly quiet (normally) suburb. People have been launching mortar shells pretty regularly from their backyards.

    Dunno about CA, I'm over in Michigan in a fairly quiet (normally) suburb. People have been launching mortar shells pretty regularly from their backyards.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of June 29 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Fortunately, I've had fireworks going on around my house every night for over a month. Not exaggerating, not even slightly. (Fortunately I like fireworks)

    Fortunately, I've had fireworks going on around my house every night for over a month. Not exaggerating, not even slightly.

    (Fortunately I like fireworks)

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Has there ever been a moment where you felt you were doing fine but in hindsight you were a lot more vulnerable/troubled/worse off than you thought? in ~talk

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    It may be as simple as: "Things aren't going the way I want. But I know the problem isn't with me, so who can I blame this on?" I feel like that covers a wide swath of detrimental behavior. I know...

    It may be as simple as:

    "Things aren't going the way I want. But I know the problem isn't with me, so who can I blame this on?"

    I feel like that covers a wide swath of detrimental behavior. I know I myself have found myself in that mental trap many times over the years. Telling other people what they should do different is easy. Changing yourself is hard.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Imagine if the National Transportation Safety Board investigated America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in ~health.coronavirus

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    It is strained in some places, but I do like his general thought experiment imagining what an NTSB report would be like for this entire debacle. Really there should be a post-mortem on this entire...

    It is strained in some places, but I do like his general thought experiment imagining what an NTSB report would be like for this entire debacle.

    Really there should be a post-mortem on this entire presidency. Titled : "How the fuck do we make sure this never happens again?"

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Imagine if the National Transportation Safety Board investigated America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in ~health.coronavirus

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    This is an really well-written article, thanks for finding this. It thoroughly and methodically lays out the history of pandemic preparedness and points out how all the pieces should have been in...

    This is an really well-written article, thanks for finding this. It thoroughly and methodically lays out the history of pandemic preparedness and points out how all the pieces should have been in place to deal with this, except Trump walked in and kicked the table over and sent the pieces flying.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on US pediatricians call for in-person school this fall in ~news

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    Honest question, as a non-parent: how? I agree with the goal, but how can this be achieved when the teachers and instructors (and their own families) are more vulnerable than their students? Even...

    especially young children, do not end up with a stunted social education because we were too focused on our own problems to consider theirs

    Honest question, as a non-parent: how? I agree with the goal, but how can this be achieved when the teachers and instructors (and their own families) are more vulnerable than their students? Even before the pandemic there was the trope of children in school being disease factories.

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  18. Comment on Weekly thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests, racial injustice, and policing policy - week of June 29 in ~news

  19. Comment on My first DnD character died. What should I do next? in ~games.tabletop

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    I actually had the reverse situation play out once. All of the players wanted to reroll new characters and start a new campaign because we had pulled some cards from the Deck of Many Things a few...

    I actually had the reverse situation play out once. All of the players wanted to reroll new characters and start a new campaign because we had pulled some cards from the Deck of Many Things a few sessions previous and the balance just went straight out the window.

    But I wanted to keep my character.

    So the GM and I came up with a story for it. My character was an absent-minded sorcerer. So we had him spontaneously appear naked from a mid-air burst of chicken feathers in the middle of the tavern the new characters where all hanging out in. He had lost all his memories, didn't know where he was, that he had any magical ability, didn't even know his own name. So when he tried to get room and board, he traded the tavern owner all of his rare high-level artifacts for 3 nights stay (a total ripoff).

    It was really gratifying to watch the member of our group who always tries to meta-game with the GM lose his mind watching me giving away all of the powerful items I had for what amounted to pocket change.

    But all that effectively reset the character back to level 1!

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  20. Comment on My first DnD character died. What should I do next? in ~games.tabletop

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    Agreed. In most video-games you're in a somewhat adversarial situation by necessity. Either against the environment (PvE) or other players (PvP). And even in PvE you're rewarded/punished to steer...

    Agreed. In most video-games you're in a somewhat adversarial situation by necessity. Either against the environment (PvE) or other players (PvP). And even in PvE you're rewarded/punished to steer you toward specific objectives because the story is mostly pre-baked and your choices can't be unlimited.

    In DnD and other tabletops, it's not a game (ok it, is, but bear with me) it's collaborative storytelling. Which has a different objective : tell a story together. Character died? Ok, did it make sense? Great, good job!

    Hell, if it was a particularly spectacular/noble death, the GM should reward you by giving your next character a special item/weapon.

    2 votes