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  1. Comment on EDF rules out extension of nuclear plant to secure UK winter supplies in ~enviro

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    I'm very nervous about this. Over the last few decades the UK has avoided building nuclear power because our of green lobby and our nuclear power stations are slowly shutting down. We burn gas and...

    I'm very nervous about this. Over the last few decades the UK has avoided building nuclear power because our of green lobby and our nuclear power stations are slowly shutting down. We burn gas and coal to generate over 50% of our electricty. Around 35% of our coal comes from Russia and around 60% of our gas comes from Norway.

    There are fears that our gas supply will be reduced as the rest of Europe seeks to replace their Russian gas imports. We're not a member of the EU, and EU countries introduced export bans during the covid crisis, so it's quite likely that we'll be cut off or have our imports restricted.

    Thanks to our government closing our domestic gas storage, we don't store much gas in the UK so any interruptions to imports will lead to blackouts very quickly. There are now plans to reopen our domestic storage but it looks like it will only be able to hold around half of its original capacity (roughly six days worth) by winter.

    In the UK most homes are heated by gas, not electricity, so any interruption to gas will be much, much worse than just power outages.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on Timasomo 2021 Thread #1: Roll Call and Beginning! in ~creative.timasomo

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    I'm in. I'm going to build a relationship tracker - to show the time a couple have been together, married, other stats with a photo gallery. It's a pretty simple concept. I'm undecided on the tech...

    I'm in. I'm going to build a relationship tracker - to show the time a couple have been together, married, other stats with a photo gallery. It's a pretty simple concept.

    I'm undecided on the tech that I'll use but I'm considering NestJS.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Age of Empires IV - The IGN review in ~games

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    I'm really impressed by their min-spec mode. They designed the game to be playable on old integrated graphics such as Intel HD 520 (sixth generation Intel CPUs). I built my gaming PC six years ago...

    I'm really impressed by their min-spec mode. They designed the game to be playable on old integrated graphics such as Intel HD 520 (sixth generation Intel CPUs).

    I built my gaming PC six years ago and, because of the chips shortage, I've not been able to replace it yet. That my computer almost meets the recommended specs is great.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Climate change food calculator: What's your diet's carbon footprint? in ~enviro

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    This is a fair point and I concur that oat milk is by far the best milk for the environment.

    This is a fair point and I concur that oat milk is by far the best milk for the environment.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Climate change food calculator: What's your diet's carbon footprint? in ~enviro

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    From the article:

    From the article:

    University of Oxford researcher Joseph Poore, and Thomas Nemecek of the Agroecology and Environment Research Division in Zurich, Switzerland, looked at the environmental impact of 40 major food products that represent the vast majority of what is eaten globally.

    They assessed the effect of these foods on climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions and the amount of land and fresh water used across all stages of their production, including processing, packaging, and transportation, but excluding the cooking process.

    By analysing data from nearly 40,000 farms, 1,600 processors, packaging types and retailers, Poore and Nemecek were able to assess how different production practices and geographies have very different consequences on the planet.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Rick and Morty - The Great Yokai Battle of Akihabara in ~anime

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    I can confirm that this works in the UK. Thank you.

    I can confirm that this works in the UK. Thank you.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What are some engrossing self-contained iPhone games? in ~games

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    Fantasian was released in two parts. They recently released the second half of the game. However I wasn't a big fan of the second half. It turns into a pretty open, quest focused game whereas the...

    Fantasian was released in two parts. They recently released the second half of the game.

    However I wasn't a big fan of the second half. It turns into a pretty open, quest focused game whereas the first half is very linear and story driven.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Rick and Morty - The Great Yokai Battle of Akihabara in ~anime

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    Is there a way to watch this in Europe or, failing that, mark the post as America only/region locked?

    Is there a way to watch this in Europe or, failing that, mark the post as America only/region locked?

    1 vote
  9. Comment on After data is posted on conspiracy site, Colorado county's voting machines are banned in ~news

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    If Australia can use instant-runoff voting with paper ballots then there's not really a decent excuse for digital votes in the USA.

    If Australia can use instant-runoff voting with paper ballots then there's not really a decent excuse for digital votes in the USA.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~games

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    I bought an Xbox Series X with the 3 years game pass trick - buy 3 years of gold from cdkeys (£40 a year when I did it) then pay £1 to upgrade it to game pass ultimate. In total it worked out at...

    I bought an Xbox Series X with the 3 years game pass trick - buy 3 years of gold from cdkeys (£40 a year when I did it) then pay £1 to upgrade it to game pass ultimate. In total it worked out at £571 for both the top spec xbox console and 3 years of more games than I could possibly play. This is absolutely ridiculously good value for 3 years of gaming. Also Game Pass Ultimate includes the PC Game Pass library and streaming library as an extra bonus.

    I'd strongly recommend paying the extra for the Series X over the Series S even if you don't care about the higher specs. The usable storage is 802GB for the Series X and 364GB for the Series S. That means you can store double the Game Pass games on the Series X. My wife and I share the Xbox and Game Pass library. For two boys plus yourself (and maybe a spouse) 364GB of game storage will get really frustrating really quickly.

    If you're really interested in Playstation exclusives then you could get a PS5 too. But the value proposition is so much worse. I completely understand gamers with disposable income choosing a playstation but it makes no sense in your scenario.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on Switching from Mac to PC? in ~tech

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    In answer to your question about privacy Windows 10 "calls home" with information on how you use it. Although you can turn down the level of reporting you cannot disable it unless you're on one of...

    In answer to your question about privacy Windows 10 "calls home" with information on how you use it. Although you can turn down the level of reporting you cannot disable it unless you're on one of the enterprise editions. Even on an enterprise edition with the "feature" disabled there are still parts of Windows and its built-in applications that will "call home". Although I imagine the same is true for macOS.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Google Stadia shuts down internal studios, changing business focus in ~games

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    What does this mean for gaming 10 years from now? Will Microsoft have any real competition if Amazon and Google (the competitors that they've named in gaming) are giving up so easily?

    What does this mean for gaming 10 years from now? Will Microsoft have any real competition if Amazon and Google (the competitors that they've named in gaming) are giving up so easily?

    3 votes
  13. Comment on WhatsApp gives users an ultimatum: Share data with Facebook or stop using the app in ~tech

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    Looks like the Whatsapp data is NOT being combined with Facebook data if you're resident in the EU, EEA or UK.

    Looks like the Whatsapp data is NOT being combined with Facebook data if you're resident in the EU, EEA or UK.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on In America, Christmas trees are a multibillion-dollar business. But who’s making the money? in ~finance

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    An artificial tree is very convenient though. My wife and I have been using a small artificial tree for five years now and it's still in great condition. After Christmas is over it's easy to pack...

    An artificial tree is very convenient though. My wife and I have been using a small artificial tree for five years now and it's still in great condition. After Christmas is over it's easy to pack away and store in the attic with the decorations ready for next year.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Cyberpunk 2077 preload now available in ~games

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    If CDPR are selling a product in this state then that's what people should rightly review them on. There's no guarantee that the majority of these issues will be fixed but, even if they are, this...

    If CDPR are selling a product in this state then that's what people should rightly review them on. There's no guarantee that the majority of these issues will be fixed but, even if they are, this is what gamers will be buying and playing in 2 days.

    7 votes
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  17. Comment on Cyberpunk 2077 preload now available in ~games

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    Initial reviews are saying that the game is very buggy (Eurogamer, GameSpot, PC Gamer). If you're waiting on graphics cards stock to play the game, like I am, then hopefully it'll be fixed by then.

    Initial reviews are saying that the game is very buggy (Eurogamer, GameSpot, PC Gamer).

    If you're waiting on graphics cards stock to play the game, like I am, then hopefully it'll be fixed by then.

    11 votes
  18. Comment on What do I need to know about switching from Android to iOS for my phone? in ~tech

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    Is there a social or cultural divide between the 60% using iOS and 40% using Android? In Europe and India everyone uses Whatsapp regardless of the OS but it's also really important to communicate...

    Is there a social or cultural divide between the 60% using iOS and 40% using Android?

    In Europe and India everyone uses Whatsapp regardless of the OS but it's also really important to communicate with people in other countries and family around the world. We have relatives in America but they at least use Whatsapp to communicate with us and their other global family members.

    4 votes