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  1. Comment on Recommend chill/background games for my second monitor? in ~games

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    Hardspace shipbreaker has been my go to game for watching a stream with. It requires some visual attention, though, so it depends on how closely you are watching the stream. The game is broken up...

    Hardspace shipbreaker has been my go to game for watching a stream with. It requires some visual attention, though, so it depends on how closely you are watching the stream. The game is broken up into roughly 15 minute 'shifts', which is nice. Vicera cleanup detail would fall in a similar vein.

    Other then that, DorfRomantik, mini metro, and mini motorways are relaxing puzzle games that are turn based (in dorfromantiks case) or are easily paused.

    Rail Route is another really relaxing game, though it does require the occasional think, such as when building new things. Think of it more as having stretches that dont demand attention with the occasional time where it wants your attention badly. Of course, if the time it wants attention isnt a good time, you can pause it till you have a 3-5 sec break in the stream.

    Also, any turn based strategy games or colony builders can be good for streams for the same reason. Simply pause/dont take your turn till you have a few secs.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on The smartest website you havent heard of in ~comp

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    As someone who used to use McMaster-Carr a lot when I was in robotics, I have to say, I can agree with pretty much everything in here. They have their web design down great.

    Most people I know haven't even heard of it, but mcmaster.com is the best e-commerce site I've ever used.

    McMaster-Carr is an industrial supply company. They sell nuts, bolts, bushings, bearings – pretty much anything an engineer needs to build stuff. I've purchased from them dozens of times over the past few years, both for personal and school projects.

    As someone who used to use McMaster-Carr a lot when I was in robotics, I have to say, I can agree with pretty much everything in here. They have their web design down great.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on Cheap, easy, and not-too-unhealthy homemade snacks? in ~food

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    you do reach higher temps when frying, though not by too much. In my experience, an even bigger issue is that most olive oils (never tried refined olive oil, only virgin stuff) have some...

    you do reach higher temps when frying, though not by too much. In my experience, an even bigger issue is that most olive oils (never tried refined olive oil, only virgin stuff) have some components that form polymerized crud that ends up being really hard to clean out. It might be possible to deep fry with olive oil with the right kind of olive oil, but it will most likely end up being too messy and or fidlly for practical use.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Cheap, easy, and not-too-unhealthy homemade snacks? in ~food

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    Unfortunately, olive oil has far too low a smoke point to be used in deep frying. Peanut oil is king in that domain.

    Unfortunately, olive oil has far too low a smoke point to be used in deep frying. Peanut oil is king in that domain.

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

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    No, linux gamer, aurora 4x is built entirely around the windows .net forms API.

    No, linux gamer, aurora 4x is built entirely around the windows .net forms API.

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

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    So we have a ton of games that take place on the surface of a planet, and we have a ton of games that take place across multiple star systems, but we almost never* have a game that takes place...

    So we have a ton of games that take place on the surface of a planet, and we have a ton of games that take place across multiple star systems, but we almost never* have a game that takes place across a single solar system.

    I want to see A strategy game, most likely RTS or pause/fast-forward-based RTS, perhaps similar to homeworld, on this scale. Ideally, it would have full n-body physics, with planetary gravity wells and all of that, but i suppose simple newtonian acceleration/deceleration (with no speed limit) would do as well, especially in a torchdrive-based setting, like the expanse. Never sat down to fully figure out details, but given travel times would be measured in days or months, Id hope for more of a grand strategy style game than a tactical RTS.

    *I know of KSP & CODA, but I want more genres in this setting!

    3 votes
  7. Comment on New malaria vaccine is world-changing, say scientists in ~health

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    Oh, I don't disagree. I grew up with my parents doing long term humanitarian work in sub-Saharan Africa, and people are always grateful for such help. Even so, under-education can make compliance...

    Oh, I don't disagree. I grew up with my parents doing long term humanitarian work in sub-Saharan Africa, and people are always grateful for such help. Even so, under-education can make compliance an issue. For example, we had multiple times where we gave someone an antibiotic and stressed that they had to take the whole course and not to stop when the infected wound was visually looking better, or the infection would come back. Only about half the people complied, most of the rest would try to save the remaining medication, due to the difficulty of acquiring it in the first place. Many will get a single dose and either think they are now protected, or be unable to afford to travel to get the vaccine 'a second time'.

    And compliance issues aside, the logistics on the distribution side would be an utter nightmare. I remember the gates foundations polio vaccine drives, and even a one time oral dose could be moderately logistically difficult due to the freezer requirements (you cant just store in ice, below-freezing temps are required). A vaccine like this, with multiple doses needed, potentially separated by weeks with the booster shot a year out, means that the traveling clinic model wont work with this, as a clinic would have to stay in place for upwards of a month, depending on the schedule, all to give one round of vaccinations. Then they would have to revisit the same place a year later and attempt to get all the people they vaccinated previously back for their booster. Unfortunately, even for large medical charities like doctors without borders, that schedule will be infesable compared to 1 or 2 dose vaccines, where they can move rapidly through villages, inoculating large populations.

    Where this could be very useful will be urban centers where medical infrastructure already exists and education tends to be a bit better. However, sub-Saharan Africa has a very low urbanization rate*, potentially reducing the effect that this would have on malaria mortality rates below that of, say, mosquito net campaigns.

    *Data on the exact number varies. this source says that in 2010 the rate was 36% and that it is currently 41%, but this claims it was only 11% in 2010 and wont reach 20% till 2050. the council on foreign relations seems to back up statistica.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on New malaria vaccine is world-changing, say scientists in ~health

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    Unfortunately, for a lot of rural African areas where people don't have a hospital they can regularly go to, and vaccines are administered almost exclusively by traveling charity clinics, that...

    It shows three initial doses followed by a booster a year later gives up to 80% protection.

    Unfortunately, for a lot of rural African areas where people don't have a hospital they can regularly go to, and vaccines are administered almost exclusively by traveling charity clinics, that dose schedule is going to be a bit of a nonstarter. Even in America, a dose schedule like that can lead to compliance issues, but it turns into a logistical nightmare in underserved, extremely poor African countries.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Stable Diffusion public release - a fully open text-to-image generator in ~tech

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    Yup, OpenAI hasnt been open for a very long time.

    Yup, OpenAI hasnt been open for a very long time.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Best Linux Distro for Gaming/Noob in ~comp

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    It's similar to Pop!_OS in that its ubuntu based, is easy to install, and provides first-class support for installing proprietary drivers. Its a bit older than Pop!_OS, and has a more established...

    It's similar to Pop!_OS in that its ubuntu based, is easy to install, and provides first-class support for installing proprietary drivers. Its a bit older than Pop!_OS, and has a more established community, but on the other hand, it doesn't have as big cooperate backing.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Best Linux Distro for Gaming/Noob in ~comp

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    Id say Pop!_OS or mint, both for the same reasons that mtset mentioned.

    Id say Pop!_OS or mint, both for the same reasons that mtset mentioned.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Finland is building the world's first permanent disposal site for nuclear waste, with no shortage of people wanting to be its neighbours in ~enviro

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    They did briefly, but quickly started up again. in the past 2 years or so there have been a few plants that had to be brought down for extended maintenance, but France is also in the process of...

    They did briefly, but quickly started up again. in the past 2 years or so there have been a few plants that had to be brought down for extended maintenance, but France is also in the process of building a new, 3rd gen pressurized water reactor.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Finland is building the world's first permanent disposal site for nuclear waste, with no shortage of people wanting to be its neighbours in ~enviro

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    Germany is certainly against it, (though Ive heard that that sentiment is changing a little bit with the russian gas problem), but not all of Europe. For example, France is the second largest...

    Germany is certainly against it, (though Ive heard that that sentiment is changing a little bit with the russian gas problem), but not all of Europe. For example, France is the second largest producer of nuclear power (behind the US), and the country with the largest fraction of its electricity powered by nuclear, at 69%. (the us is at 19%). Outside of France and Germany, I cant say I know a lot about individual countries sentiment towards nuclear power, but Europe is far from homogeneous on the topic.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Looking for some long book series recommendations in ~books

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    I cant recommend The Expanse enough. Its a fairly hard sci fi series that takes place after humanity has colonized the solar system, but before we have gone interstellar. At its core, I believe,...

    I cant recommend The Expanse enough. Its a fairly hard sci fi series that takes place after humanity has colonized the solar system, but before we have gone interstellar. At its core, I believe, its a story about human imperialism and expansionism, and how we react to huge, fundamental, change.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Netflix customers canceling service increasingly includes long-term subscribers in ~tv

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    Try telling that to shareholders... It really does seem that in the corporate world, not only is growth mandatory, but the growth of your growth is required, as well. Its certainly a sorry state...

    Try telling that to shareholders... It really does seem that in the corporate world, not only is growth mandatory, but the growth of your growth is required, as well. Its certainly a sorry state to live in....

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Tech recommendations request: looking for a Linux-friendly 13" laptop in ~tech

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    If your ok with something ARM based, you might be interested in in a pinebook pro? Its definitly a bit underpowered (like most ARM laptops), but they have good linux support, are a good price, and...

    If your ok with something ARM based, you might be interested in in a pinebook pro? Its definitly a bit underpowered (like most ARM laptops), but they have good linux support, are a good price, and should fit your needs. Only problem is im not sure how set you are on the 13" formfactor, as these are only available in 14". Its also currently out of stock, but should be back in june.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on What are your failed hobbies? in ~hobbies

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    Ive done 2 discovery flights in 2 different countries as a kid, actually. Definitly going to be trying to get a private pilots licence when I am more financially stable.

    Ive done 2 discovery flights in 2 different countries as a kid, actually. Definitly going to be trying to get a private pilots licence when I am more financially stable.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on What are your failed hobbies? in ~hobbies

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    Id love to do this, but they are really expensive for my point in life. Been doing casual flight sims on and off for most of my life, though.

    I took some flying lessons but didn't get to the point of flying solo, and I probably won't take it up again because I don't think I have the attention span for it. I still have a headset that I should sell one of these days.

    Id love to do this, but they are really expensive for my point in life. Been doing casual flight sims on and off for most of my life, though.

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

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    Been rushing Deep Rock Galactic to get the last few season levels before the next season drops. Its only cosmetics that I'm earning, and they wont even be gone for good after the new update drops,...

    Been rushing Deep Rock Galactic to get the last few season levels before the next season drops. Its only cosmetics that I'm earning, and they wont even be gone for good after the new update drops, but the core gameplay is so fun in itself that it doesn't feel like a grind at all.

    Ive been playing with a lot of peeps on the DRG discord, having an absolute blast just exterminating hordes of hungry spiders and the odd robot while mountain-goating around a fully destructible cave. Something about forming the terrain you want to fight on alongside very satisfying gunplay just keeps you going for one more mission.

    Also started up stardew valley for the first time. Im in the second week of summer so far, and am focusing more on the community center than on social progress so far.

    4 votes