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  1. Comment on What do you think is the next big technological breakthrough? in ~tech

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    The United Sates consumed about 4.1-thousand Terawatt-hours (TW/h) of energy in 2017. The Hoover Dam puts out an annual of about 4.2 TW/h (0.1% US annual), and required the flooding of 640 km2. To...

    The United Sates consumed about 4.1-thousand Terawatt-hours (TW/h) of energy in 2017.
    The Hoover Dam puts out an annual of about 4.2 TW/h (0.1% US annual), and required the flooding of 640 km2. To service all 328 million of us, we'd need roughly a thousand Hoover Dams at three-quarters of a Trillion dollars, and the flooding of 640,000 km2—nearly the entire area of Texas.

    Of course, the Hoover isn't the most efficient dam, and if we want to service areas without a constant influx of water then we want to look at Pumped Storage Power (PSP).

    The world's largest of these is the Bath County Pumped Storage Station, which utilizes only 3.3km2 and 78.4 million cubic meters of water over two reservoirs separated by the height of the Empire State Building and a per-unit cost of USD 3.82B. 1,240 of these bad boys would need roughly the area of Delaware and cost USD 4.7T. According the WolframAlpha, the water would be around 19x the volume of oil produced globally in 2012. That's only for the US. Consider that in global terms.

    Of course, that would be for 100% of our energy needs. Solar works during the day, and the wind blows when it wants, but even using PSP for half is still a fucklot of space, water, and cost. Not to mention the extra energy we'd need to generate to fill these stations. There's also the winter to consider, with fewer usable daylight hours for solar. Wind and PSP would have to pick up that slack. As well, our energy needs are going up.

    Don't get me wrong, you paint a romantic picture. But we have too many people using too much energy to make that feasible as our only storage solution.

  2. Comment on What do you think is the next big technological breakthrough? in ~tech

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    That'd be one of those kinetic options. The trick is doing that for the entire power grid without taking up such a physical footprint to cause environmental devastation on a massive scale....

    That'd be one of those kinetic options. The trick is doing that for the entire power grid without taking up such a physical footprint to cause environmental devastation on a massive scale. Assuming half the point of developing non-fossil energy sources is to prevent environmental damage, anything with a large footprint is counterproductive. As well, the materials involved and how they're obtained is another factor to consider.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What do you think is the next big technological breakthrough? in ~tech

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    Both of those are great, but the problem is baseload power when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing. Batteries are good, but once you start scaling up to have batteries a critical...

    Both of those are great, but the problem is baseload power when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing.
    Batteries are good, but once you start scaling up to have batteries a critical component of our entire grid we quickly run into the ethical & environmental costs of mining the requisite material.
    There are some kinetic storage options, but scaling that up takes a lot of space which runs into that environmental problem again.

    Thorium is fantastic, even if you're only using it to cover the asses of wind and solar.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on SpaceX Starship prototype SN4 destroyed in spectacular fashion after static-fire test in ~space

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    Based on the venting of the top tank, I'd guess the bottom tank lost pressure and the top was venting to equalize the pressure differential between the two of them. They share a bulkhead, and a...

    Based on the venting of the top tank, I'd guess the bottom tank lost pressure and the top was venting to equalize the pressure differential between the two of them. They share a bulkhead, and a loss of pressure in one compromises the other. Mixing the two fuels in an uncontrolled manner is not generally desirable.

    I'll be curious to read the analyses as they come in. Hoping this was an SN4 failure, and not a failure of the GSE again; failures of the Starship prototypes help dial in on critical issues of the design, failures of the ground equipment mostly waste time.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Watch the SpaceX Demo-2 crewed launch livestream at 4:33pm ET, May 27th in ~space

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    I don't think anything can get me to stop worrying until it's over with, but I appreciate your post. Most of my worry is tied to amount of emotional weight I'm projecting onto this launch, more...

    I don't think anything can get me to stop worrying until it's over with, but I appreciate your post.

    Most of my worry is tied to amount of emotional weight I'm projecting onto this launch, more than anything to do with the design of the rocket. I'm one of those people who lean heavily into the idea of humanity becoming space-faring, and multi-planetary, and God himself couldn't shake me from that conviction.
    If the first launch carrying American lives on American soil in nine years, on a rocket designed and operated by a commercial party, ends in disaster, then I anticipate that to be a major blow to the future I want to believe in.
    If I'm remembering right, I think I read that NASA gave the launch something like a 0.4% chance of resulting in crew-loss. That's an objectively fantastic number. But nothing short of a sure thing will get me to feel relaxed, and there's no such thing as a sure thing.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on US President Donald Trump has accused Twitter of "completely stifling free speech" after the social media company flagged some of his tweets with a fact-check warning in ~tech

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    A bit of an update from Jack Dorsey:

    A bit of an update from Jack Dorsey:

    Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me. Please leave our employees out of this. We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make.

    Per our Civic Integrity policy (https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/election-integrity-policy), the tweets yesterday may mislead people into thinking they don’t need to register to get a ballot (only registered voters receive ballots). We’re updating the link on
    @realDonaldTrump’s tweet to make this more clear.

    This does not make us an “arbiter of truth.” Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Watch the SpaceX Demo-2 crewed launch livestream at 4:33pm ET, May 27th in ~space

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    You're not wrong. I selfishly wanted them to do that T+10 the SpaceX Ground guy joked about. And also because I have several more days of anxiety having nightmares of the last chapters called...

    You're not wrong. I selfishly wanted them to do that T+10 the SpaceX Ground guy joked about.
    And also because I have several more days of anxiety having nightmares of the last chapters called Challenger and Columbia. Super low chance, but a crew loss is the last thing we need right now and a big part of me wants to get this over with so I can stop worrying.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Watch the SpaceX Demo-2 crewed launch livestream at 4:33pm ET, May 27th in ~space

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    Fuck the weather sometimes. Hope their next try doesn't scrub again.

    Fuck the weather sometimes. Hope their next try doesn't scrub again.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on US President Donald Trump has accused Twitter of "completely stifling free speech" after the social media company flagged some of his tweets with a fact-check warning in ~tech

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    It's a change in Twitter's mode of operation w/r/t Trump's tweets. For a man who's been getting away with posting content against their TOS for years, Twitter doing something at all is a change....

    It's a change in Twitter's mode of operation w/r/t Trump's tweets. For a man who's been getting away with posting content against their TOS for years, Twitter doing something at all is a change. Being posted in ~Tech focuses the article towards what Twitter is doing, rather than the blather. In fact, the article itself spends more time talking about Twitter than what POTUS said. It's more informative than it is clickbait.

    31 votes
  10. Comment on What's the weather/climate like where you live? in ~talk

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    Currently I live in Kandahar, Afghanistan. It's 40°C/104°F this week during the day, and about 20°C/68°F in the evenings. Low chance of any rain this time of year, but it happens. Rarely, and not...

    Currently I live in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
    It's 40°C/104°F this week during the day, and about 20°C/68°F in the evenings. Low chance of any rain this time of year, but it happens. Rarely, and not for very long when it does. Next week we'll see highs of 45°C/113°F, and it should hover between 40–45°C for the next several months. Very low humidity, and very dusty & windy most days.
    Winter went below freezing temperatures in the mornings, and usually hovered right around freezing during the days. We saw a little sprinkle of snow this winter, which is pretty rare in this part of the country. A lot of rain at the tail-end of winter/beginning of spring. So much rain. Oh god, the rain. The mud. Other than the rain, it's pretty comfortable in the spring. Light jacket/T-shirt kind of weather.

    Last year I lived in Kuwait. Which is hot. Hot-hot. And humid. We're talking 90%+ humid throughout the whole summer. In July we experienced the world's highest temperatures, at 52.2°C/126°F in the shade and 63°C/145°F in the sun. It wasn't much better at night. I spent about six-months in Kuwait, and I don't think it dropped below 40°C high's that whole time. Nights were no less than 26°C/78.8°F. Dust was worse than Afghanistan, with none of the wind. The sky was almost a constant haze, and cast a beige glow over everything.
    I don't know what the other half of the year is like.

    I spent some time in Qatar late-summer. It was a little better than Kuwait.

    Not counting about two-weeks in October in the US, I've been in the Middle East for over a year now. If I have my way, I'll be here to the end of 2020. I haven't decided where my next job will be yet. I might stay somewhere in the region, or go back to DC. I miss cold. I'm not meant for the heat.

    5 votes
  11. Comment on New to video editing, any tips and weaknesses to improve on when working on future anime edits? in ~hobbies

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    What @mrbig said. About half your cuts felt out of sync with the beat of the music, some of the cuts at your mid-point were best timed. Using clips from a bunch of different shows makes it feel...

    What @mrbig said.

    About half your cuts felt out of sync with the beat of the music, some of the cuts at your mid-point were best timed.
    Using clips from a bunch of different shows makes it feel kind of a hot mess. It's distracting. It's not cohesive, and it has little flow or emotional structure. It's important to very intentionally match a specific source material to a specific song. I didn't feel like the video was made for that song; a bunch of different songs could have fit.
    If a source material doesn't have enough usable shots to fit a chosen song, then pick a different song or a different source material. I do not believe that any media could be effectively adapted to any song. I'm not familiar with Black Clover, so I can't say in the definitive if these are a bad match for each other.

    I once tried making an AMV using Kill la Kill, and Electric Six's Gay Bar. Three-quarters of it worked really, really well, but I couldn't find enough material that was a good fit to complete it. Some shots were appropriate, but were just barely too short to fit without cutting off-beat with the song. Some shots would have been filler that disrupted the flow of visuals and sound.

    So I scrapped it. Some things just won't work.

    I would argue that editing is mostly a feeling, outside of the fundamentals. You develop a taste for what's working and what isn't through trial and error. I don't think there's much of a shortcut to that, other than studying some of the best examples out there, and analyzing them; that is, pay active attention to the song choice, how and where transitions or cuts are made. If you experience an emotional reaction to an AMV, consider how that might have been built into the structure and timing.

    My all-time favorite AMV is RadioAkshun, by Ileia (Evangelion, Radioactive – Imagine Dragons).
    It won Best Action at Anime Boston 2013 (I was there!), and Best Technical, Judges & Audience Best in Show at Sakura-con.
    I think there's a lot that can be learned from it.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Are there any datahoarders in here? in ~talk

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    If I don't buy a used copy of something, that used copy was still purchased. Whether or not I purchase a used copy of something means nothing for the initial sales. At worst, that just means a...

    If I don't buy a used copy of something, that used copy was still purchased. Whether or not I purchase a used copy of something means nothing for the initial sales. At worst, that just means a reseller can't get their money back.
    I don't follow.

  13. Comment on Are there any datahoarders in here? in ~talk

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    I fail to see how that's a meaningful difference for the content creator. A resale market is disconnected from the creator.

    I fail to see how that's a meaningful difference for the content creator. A resale market is disconnected from the creator.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Are there any datahoarders in here? in ~talk

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    Nothing that doesn't already makes sense. My folder structure is something like: >_unsorted >Anime >>Movies >>>19X0s >>>19X0s >>>20X0s >>>20X0s >>OVA >>>(decades) >>Series >>>(decades) >Art >>2D...

    Do you have tips or other recommendations for organization?

    Nothing that doesn't already makes sense.

    My folder structure is something like:

    >_unsorted
    >Anime
    >>Movies
    >>>19X0s
    >>>19X0s
    >>>20X0s
    >>>20X0s
    >>OVA
    >>>(decades)
    >>Series
    >>>(decades)
    >Art
    >>2D
    >>>Projects
    >>3D
    >>>Projects
    >>Animation
    >>>Projects
    >Books
    >>(authors) [A-Z sort]
    >Games
    >Movies
    >>(decades)
    >Music
    >>(artists) [A-Z sort]
    >>>(albums) [chronological]
    >Other
    >>Financial
    >>Personal
    >>Professional
    >Shows
    >>(premiere decades)

    Downloads dump right into the _unsorted folder, and I painfully sort & rename by hand. Because I hate myself, apparently.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Recommend me a movie that _________ in ~movies

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    Recommend me a movie that elicits strong feelings of both despair & hope. Example: Interstellar We begin in our near future, and it's shit and it's depressing. There's a hope! Things go wrong!...

    Recommend me a movie that elicits strong feelings of both despair & hope.

    Example: Interstellar
    We begin in our near future, and it's shit and it's depressing. There's a hope! Things go wrong! There's another hope! It's a lie! Humanity is at stake! Seeing my daughter again is at stake! One final chance! Success!
    But look how much it all cost.

    I cried ugly tears.

    Give me more of that.

    edit: thanks all! I'll check those all out!

    5 votes
  16. Comment on NASA and SpaceX have cleared the Demo-2 mission for May 27, will be the first launch of astronauts on an American rocket from American soil since 2011 in ~space

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    My anxiety levels are red-lining the closer we get. The Falcon 9 has a very high success rate, and there hasn't been a vehicle loss before mission completion since September 2016. But still I...

    My anxiety levels are red-lining the closer we get. The Falcon 9 has a very high success rate, and there hasn't been a vehicle loss before mission completion since September 2016. But still I worry. This thing blowing up on the pad is my nightmare.

    If I were stateside I wouldn't miss this launch for the world. If all goes well, it's going to be such a great day. At the least, I'll be awake to watch a stream—pending any last-minute scheduling changes.

    The worm looks so much better on a rocket than the meatball. Fight me, meatball fans.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Are there any datahoarders in here? in ~talk

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    I don't know how much data I have. The bulk of it is definitely movies, music, and television shows. Firstly, for a person who thinks a lot about morality & ethics, I weirdly don't feel bad about...

    I don't know how much data I have.

    The bulk of it is definitely movies, music, and television shows. Firstly, for a person who thinks a lot about morality & ethics, I weirdly don't feel bad about pirating. I don't see a meaningful difference between buying from eBay/craigslist/other, or just downloading it; either way the creator doesn't get anything. Moving on, I don't see a reason why I should be happy with a 720p copy of something if a 1080p version exists. Similarly, if there's an uncompressed blu-ray available, I'll take that over a smaller file. Lossless audio, same deal. That eats up space quick.

    I usually download with intention, I don't just download random shit for the fun of it. A lot of it—I don't know how much—is hard to find stuff. It took a while to get all the original Dr. Who episodes, though last I was tracking there are still some lost episodes. I think that's 100–200GB alone. Movies and shows aren't guaranteed to always be available streaming, or available for purchase—in the US, or at all. For example, I looked a while for a legit copy of Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, to no avail.

    Music I'm better about, especially with smaller artists. If an artist is dead, or fabulously wealthy, I care less about being legit. Smaller artists—especially if they use a method actually giving a good chunk of sales to the artists—I'll usually go out of my way to purchase. I have at least 600 hours of audio with me in Afghanistan, back home I have no idea.

    Modern games are huge. Enough said.

    Sometimes Youtube channels or videos get taken down. I rip copies of anything I really enjoy and see myself wanting to come back to again.

    I also do digital art and animation, and project files can get large and pile up quick.

    I took 12TB worth of data with me overseas. Back home I have a lot more, in a RAID config, and a home media server set up.
    I don't delete anything except for any duplicates. Storage is cheap.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    By ceiling I mean something along the lines of: if I want to be able to carry around the weight of three or four grown adults, weightlifting can get me there while calisthenics won't. The world's...

    By ceiling I mean something along the lines of: if I want to be able to carry around the weight of three or four grown adults, weightlifting can get me there while calisthenics won't. The world's strongest become the world's strongest by lifting heavy-ass weight. But that's not everybody's goal, and no form of fitness is more or less valid than another. I suppose 'ceiling' is subjective, but my meaning was raw strength. But also, our true ceilings are our genetic limits anyhow.

    General strength, fitness, health, aesthetics, any type of program can get you there. Sure there's pros and cons to any, but the human body will happily adapt to the stresses put on it (within reason). Doing anything is better than nothing, and what's important is that you find a program and a goal that appeals to you well enough to stick with.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Oof, a rotator injury is rough. I wouldn't know where to begin trying to rehab that. TBD, I'm building something homebrew for a more custom fit. I'll probably have a first draft done over the...

    Oof, a rotator injury is rough. I wouldn't know where to begin trying to rehab that.

    what's your routine, bro?

    TBD, I'm building something homebrew for a more custom fit. I'll probably have a first draft done over the weekend, then I'll send it to a former partner (personal trainer) for their opinion on it.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I would say the ceiling is higher with weightlifting vs bodyweight/calisthenics. On OHP/Handstand-pushups, well, I can start working on OHP right away while I can't do a handstand. Sure, I could...

    I would say the ceiling is higher with weightlifting vs bodyweight/calisthenics. On OHP/Handstand-pushups, well, I can start working on OHP right away while I can't do a handstand. Sure, I could get there. But that takes time I could be using to Press in the gym.

    There's nothing wrong with bodyweight/calisthenics. It's accessible, it's functional, it's minimalist. If you want to get strong and shredded that's absolutely possible. It's pretty easy to supplement with kettlebells too if one wants to push things a little further. To say one type of fitness is better than another is kind of meaningless. That depends on your goals. Honestly the best fitness is the one you enjoy and can stick with. Everything else is details.

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