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  1. Comment on DakhaBrakha: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert in ~music

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    NP! You check out their new album, Alambari, yet? It's genius.

    NP! You check out their new album, Alambari, yet? It's genius.

  2. Comment on Lua, a misunderstood language in ~comp

  3. Comment on Margo St. James, advocate for sex workers, dies at eighty-three in ~life

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    The obituary posted by the director of her namesake non-profit, the St. James Infirmary, which explores more of her history, is well worth reading too: San Francisco’s Own Legendary Margo St....

    The obituary posted by the director of her namesake non-profit, the St. James Infirmary, which explores more of her history, is well worth reading too: San Francisco’s Own Legendary Margo St. James Dies

  4. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of January 11 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I tested the dumbest PPE of all time - the Rich Guy COVID Helmet Worth clicking on for the ridiculous pics alone (don't miss the slideshow), but the writing is also pretty funny too.

    I tested the dumbest PPE of all time - the Rich Guy COVID Helmet

    Worth clicking on for the ridiculous pics alone (don't miss the slideshow), but the writing is also pretty funny too.

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  5. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 16 in ~news

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    Some more positive news/announcements from the incoming Biden admin too: Biden immigration package to offer 11 million immigrants pathway to citizenship Biden will make White House visitor logs...
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  6. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 16 in ~news

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    Hotel pulls plug on Hawley fundraiser

    Hotel pulls plug on Hawley fundraiser

    Loews Hotels announced Saturday that it won’t host a planned fundraiser next month for Sen. Josh Hawley at one of its Florida properties.

    “We are horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited the actions,” the company said in a statement posted to Twitter. “In light of those events and for the safety of our guests and team members, we have informed the host of the Feb. fundraiser that it will no longer be held at Loews Hotels.”

    While the statement doesn’t mention the Missouri Republican by name, a political action committee affiliated with Hawley’s re-election, Fighting for Missouri PAC, was scheduled to hold a Valentine’s Day weekend fundraiser for the senator Feb. 12-15 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Fla., near the Universal Orlando theme park.

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  7. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 16 in ~news

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    You would think prosecutors would have been made aware of the subject being involved in any such "covert" operations before they filed charges though, and I also highly doubt any legitimate...

    You would think prosecutors would have been made aware of the subject being involved in any such "covert" operations before they filed charges though, and I also highly doubt any legitimate government agent would be dumb enough to attempt to use unrecognized credentials to try to get into the most well protected city in the US right now either. So I don't think what you suggest can explain this situation. IMO the most likely explanation is either it was an honest mistake, as he said is the case, or he had some nefarious intent. Only time will tell though, I guess.

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  8. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 16 in ~news

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    Yeah, it is a bit strange... however, I think the biggest giveaway is in the charges, which is why I specifically quoted them despite being in the middle of the article: If he really was working a...

    Yeah, it is a bit strange... however, I think the biggest giveaway is in the charges, which is why I specifically quoted them despite being in the middle of the article:

    ...including possessing a weapon and ammunition in Washington without having it registered as required.

    If he really was working a security job as he claims, or alongside the Capitol Police and National Guard as his father claims, you would think he would have been informed on DC's gun laws before arriving there. You would also think whoever hired him would have been his first call, and they could have cleared this mess up before charges were filed. That doesn't seem to be the case though. But I intend to keep an eye on this one for updates, since that is not a smoking gun by any means, and I agree that this could all just be a huge misunderstanding.

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  9. Comment on Inside Cyberpunk 2077's disastrous rollout in ~games

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    Despite me disagreeing with the majority of the vocal public and press about Cyberpunk 2077 (I have several hundred hours played already and have enjoyed every minute), I still have to agree with...

    Despite me disagreeing with the majority of the vocal public and press about Cyberpunk 2077 (I have several hundred hours played already and have enjoyed every minute), I still have to agree with you. Responding like this, without really addressing all the more serious issues Schreier brought up (e.g. the insane crunch-time forced on the devs, premature release, etc) was probably not the wisest decision.

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  10. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 16 in ~news

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    Capitol Police arrested a man with an ‘unauthorized’ inauguration credential and a gun. He calls it an ‘honest mistake.’

    Capitol Police arrested a man with an ‘unauthorized’ inauguration credential and a gun. He calls it an ‘honest mistake.’

    The U.S. Capitol Police arrested a man at a security checkpoint in Washington on Friday after he flashed what an officer described as an “unauthorized” inauguration credential and a search of his truck found an unregistered handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition, the authorities said.

    A federal law enforcement official said that the man, Wesley A. Beeler, 31, worked as a contractor, and that his credential was not fake, but was not recognized by the police officer. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the arrest.

    Mr. Beeler’s father, Paul Beeler, said in an interview that his son was part of a security team working alongside the Capitol Police and the National Guard, and that his son must have simply left his personal gun in his truck. Wesley Beeler has an active private security license in Virginia and was approved to have a handgun, shotgun or patrol rifle while on assignments, according to a state website.

    “It was an honest mistake,” Mr. Beeler told The Washington Post after being released on Saturday afternoon. He said he had been working a security job in Washington, was running late to work, and had forgotten that his firearm was in his truck. He denied having 500 rounds of ammunition, as listed in the police report.

    “I pulled up to a checkpoint after getting lost in D.C. because I’m a country boy,” he told The Post. “I showed them the inauguration badge that was given to me.”

    Mr. Beeler, of Front Royal, Va., had driven up to a security checkpoint less than half a mile from the Capitol grounds on Friday evening and presented “an unauthorized inauguration credential,” according to a statement from a Capitol Police officer filed in a District of Columbia court on Saturday. The officer, Roger Dupont, said that he had checked the credential against a list and found that it did not give Mr. Beeler authority to enter the restricted area.

    A spokeswoman for the Capitol Police later described the credential that Mr. Beeler had shown as “nongovernment issued.”

    Mr. Beeler was charged with five crimes, including possessing a weapon and ammunition in Washington without having it registered as required. He and his lawyer did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday.

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  11. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of January 11 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Yelp data shows 60% of [US] business closures due to the coronavirus pandemic are now permanent

    Yelp data shows 60% of [US] business closures due to the coronavirus pandemic are now permanent

    Yelp on Wednesday released its latest Economic Impact Report, revealing business closures across the U.S. are increasing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic's economic toll.

    As of Aug. 31, some 163,735 businesses have indicated on Yelp that they have closed. That's down from the 180,000 that closed at the very beginning of the pandemic. However, it actually shows a 23% increase in the number of closures since mid-July.

    In addition to monitoring closed businesses, Yelp also takes into account the businesses whose closures have become permanent. That number has steadily increased throughout the past six months, now reaching 97,966, representing 60% of closed businesses that won't be reopening.

    Different states are also facing varying degrees of closures, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Yelp sees a correlation between states with a high number of closures and states with a high unemployment rate. Looking at closures per 1,000 for each state, Hawaii has been hit the hardest, followed by California, Nevada, Arizona and Washington state. Hawaii's unemployment rate sat at 13% in July, and the state also relies heavily on tourism.

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  12. Comment on Inside Cyberpunk 2077's disastrous rollout in ~games

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    Adam Badowski, the studio head of CDPR, responded to Schreier's article and follow up tweets: https://twitter.com/AdamBadowski/status/1350532507469553668 To which Schreier replied:...

    Adam Badowski, the studio head of CDPR, responded to Schreier's article and follow up tweets:
    https://twitter.com/AdamBadowski/status/1350532507469553668

    I’ve read your piece and tweets, thank you for the read. I have some thoughts.

    Fans and journalists were wowed by Cyberpunk 2077’s ambition and scale. What they didn’t know was that the demo was almost entirely fake.

    It's hard for a trade show game demo not to be a test of vision or vertical slice two years before the game ships, but that doesn't mean it's fake," Badowski wrote. "Compare the demo with the game. Look at the Dumdum scene or car chase, or the many other things. What the people reading your article may not know is that games are not made in a linear fashion and start looking like the final product only a few months before launch. If you look at that demo now, it's different yes, but that's what the 'work in progress' watermark is for. Our final game looks and plays way better than what that demo ever was.

    As for 'missing' features, that's part of the creation process. Features come and go as we see if they work or not. Also, car ambushes exist in the final game almost verbatim to what we showed in the demo.

    And if we get a bit more granular about our release, the vision we presented in this demo evolved into something that got multiple 9/10s and 10/10s on PC from many renown gaming outlets in the world.

    As for the old-gen consoles, yes that is another case, but we've owned up to that and are working super hard to eliminate bugs (on PC, too - we know that's not a perfect version either) and we are proud of Cyberpunk 2077 as a game and artistic vision. This all is not what I'd call disastrous.

    Most of the staff knew and openly said it wouldn't be ready for release in 2020

    You've talked with 20 people, some being ex employees, only 1 of whom is not anonymous," Badowski said. "I wouldn't call that 'most' of the over 500-people staff openly said what you claim.

    A few non-Polish staffers shared stories about coworkers using Polish in front of them, which violated company rules. Made them feel ostracized, they said... were their coworkers talking shit about them?

    Everyone here speaks English during meetings, every company-wide email and announcement is in English - all that is mandatory," Badowski explained. "Rule of thumb is to switch to English when there's a person not speaking a given language in a casual conversation.

    It is, however, pretty normal for Germans speaking German, Poles speaking Polish, Spaniards speaking Spanish etc. (there are 44 nationalities at the studio, you get the point) when there's no one else around. We are working in a multicultural environment.

    If the question is if it's hard to move to another country, sometimes culture, and work and live there, then the answer is yes. But that's universal to every company all over the world, and we're doing what we can to ease that transition.

    To which Schreier replied:
    https://twitter.com/jasonschreier/status/1350533897109516289

    (CD Projekt chose not to respond to specific questions or make Badowski available for an interview for our article, so it's interesting to see these comments arriving now)

    I do regret bringing up the language issue, since it's gotten a disproportionate amount of attention and is not a particularly big deal.

    Worth noting, however, what Badowski doesn't address: the brutal crunch and the unrealistic timeline. I'd be happy to interview him any time

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  14. Comment on DakhaBrakha: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert in ~music

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    cc: @Staross, since I remember talking to you about being a big DakhaBrakha fan too

    cc: @Staross, since I remember talking to you about being a big DakhaBrakha fan too

  15. Comment on Discworld short film, Troll Bridge, released on YouTube in ~movies

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    That was incredibly well done, and amazingly well acted. No wonder it won so many awards. Terry Pratchett would have been proud, and I would kill for a discworld movie or TV series of this...

    That was incredibly well done, and amazingly well acted. No wonder it won so many awards. Terry Pratchett would have been proud, and I would kill for a discworld movie or TV series of this quality!

    https://www.trollbridge.film/behind-the-scenes for those who want to see some behind the scenes stuff.

    p.s. I edited the title slightly to add a bit more context.

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  16. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 15 in ~news

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    $500K in Bitcoin sent from France to US far-right groups Link to the full Chainalysis report on the transactions: Alt-Right Groups and Personalities Involved In Last Week’s Capitol Riot Received...

    $500K in Bitcoin sent from France to US far-right groups

    A French computer programmer transferred more than $500,000 in Bitcoin to far-right activists just before his death last month, including some involved in last week’s U.S. Capitol riot, researchers said Friday.

    Chainalysis, a firm that investigates Bitcoin transactions, found that the majority of the 22 transactions on Dec. 8 went to Nick Fuentes, a far-right internet influencer who was in the crowd in Washington but has denied being part of the deadly mob that stormed the Capitol.

    The 35-year-old Frenchman who transferred the money posted a suicide note on his blog the next day, saying he was chronically ill and wanted to leave his wealth to “certain causes and people.”

    Chainalysis did not release the man’s identity. By retracing the researchers’ steps, an Associated Press journalist found his blog and suicide note. A funeral home published his obituary, including burial information, but later deleted it; a cached version can still be found on the internet.

    Link to the full Chainalysis report on the transactions:
    Alt-Right Groups and Personalities Involved In Last Week’s Capitol Riot Received Over $500K In Bitcoin From French Donor One Month Prior

    And listed in the report are the far-right friendly sites and organizations that also received money:
    BitChute, Daily Stormer, VDARE, Ruqqus, Gab, Unz Review, and AmRen.

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