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

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    I tried to go back and play XCOM Enemy Within again recently after several recent playthroughs of XCOM 2 War of the Chosen and it really felt dated. My biggest gripe was the overworld experience...

    I tried to go back and play XCOM Enemy Within again recently after several recent playthroughs of XCOM 2 War of the Chosen and it really felt dated. My biggest gripe was the overworld experience felt much slower paced and much less intuitive than the sequel.

    It sounds like you have not played War of the Chosen yet and I can not recommend it more. The added variety in missions, 3 new character classes, new enemy types, and the new mini bosses in particular are such an incredible add to the design that I don't think I could go back to vanilla. I love the added flavor and intensity of having a boss jump into a mission that may not be going well as it is.

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  2. Comment on January 6 committee subpoenas Google, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit in probe of Capitol attack in ~tech

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    From the Guardian: The Reddit administration may finally have to answer for their role in promoting far-right domestic terrorism and white supremacy in front of Congress. This has been a long time...

    From the Guardian:

    The chairman said the select committee was interested in records from Reddit, since the “r/The_Donald” subreddit that eventually migrated to a website of the same name hosted significant discussion and planning related to the capitol attack.

    The Reddit administration may finally have to answer for their role in promoting far-right domestic terrorism and white supremacy in front of Congress. This has been a long time coming.

    The Reddit admins allowed r/The_donald and similar forums to flourish on this site to the detriment of all. With the rise of r/the_donald we saw an increased saturation of hate and violence on this site across several years and the admins allowed it to fester to capitalize on the extra views and audience this group brought.

    While r/The_donald had been shuttered in the months leading up to January 6th insurrection, the admins allowed them several months to promote and build their offshoot dot win website which was arguably the prime organizing and planning ground for the January 6th attack.

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  3. Comment on Hydrogen cars have gotten a lot of hate lately, and only some of that is deserved in ~tech

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    Absolutely, that is a really valid point. Thank you

    I totally agree though that the beginning of a technology is not the time to quibble about where the efficiency is though. If we had, Solar would still be < 1% efficient.

    Absolutely, that is a really valid point. Thank you

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  4. Comment on Hydrogen cars have gotten a lot of hate lately, and only some of that is deserved in ~tech

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    I have seen plenty of charts or examples discussing hydrogen efficiency. The one in this instance is looking at hydrogen generated through renewable electrolysis. Again, my point is that if its...

    I have seen plenty of charts or examples discussing hydrogen efficiency. The one in this instance is looking at hydrogen generated through renewable electrolysis. Again, my point is that if its generated from a renewable resource, especially if the wind or solar power would otherwise be curtailed, then I don't think it really matters if one pathway is more efficient. Its still a way to increase utilization of zero-emission power.

    Furthermore, electricity has a lot of challenges that prevent long-term and large-scale energy storage. Batteries work well for daily or hourly storage, but when we have a wider penetration of renewables on the grid, we will need storage at scale. At this time, hydrogen is the only really viable seasonal energy storage vector really available:

    I think the author in this YouTube video is pretty misinformed on hydrogen from natural gas. The process of generating hydrogen from natural gas is Steam Methane Reformation (SMR). The author here says that the natural gas is burned and so it is dirty and just leaves it at that. There have been a range of studies on comparisons of hydrogen production pathways and other energy sources. On a wells-to-wheels basis, hydrogen from SMR is a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to gasoline and is roughly equivalent with the emissions for battery cars using the national electric grid. For both hydrogen and electricity, if you generate hydrogen from renewables it is zero-emissions.

    The efficiency argument would also be much different if you were to compare hydrogen from SMR to the national electric (which includes a pretty high saturation of coal, natural gas, and oil).

    Overall, I think the focus on efficiency is kind of silly. There are benefits to both hydrogen cars and battery cars and would like to see both of them succeed.

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  5. Comment on Hydrogen cars have gotten a lot of hate lately, and only some of that is deserved in ~tech

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    I think the big factor in favor of hydrogen for light-duty consumer vehicles is the limitations with access to battery charging infrastructure. Given that somewhere close to half the country lives...

    I think the big factor in favor of hydrogen for light-duty consumer vehicles is the limitations with access to battery charging infrastructure. Given that somewhere close to half the country lives in multi-unit dwellings, have off-street parking, or are otherwise unable to adopt home charging, it makes a lot of sense to have more zero-emission vehicle options for these folks. Consumers are very used to going to centralized fueling stations and only taking a couple minutes to refuel and maintaining that process with zero-emission transportation makes a lot of sense to me.

    I think issues around hydrogen costs are pretty minimal and will go away with economies of scale, particularly if we get a huge bump in hydrogen utilization through medium- and heavy-duty hydrogen fleets. I also think the efficiency argument is fairly irrelevant to anyone that's not an engineer. Hydrogen is able to solve some of the larger storage issues of increased renewable adoption by providing seasonal energy storage capabilities that are largely elusive to battery storage. So if you are using excess renewable electricity to generate hydrogen, it doesn't really matter if there is a slight efficiency gap between fuel cell electric vs battery electric imo.

    Beyond energy storage and heavy-duty vehicles, the Biden administration is also really interested in using hydrogen to decarbonize a number of hard-to-abate sectors like steel and cement production, maritime propulsion, and aviation.

    I have a lot of hope in hydrogen and think there is a huge potential there.

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  6. Comment on Reddit allows hate speech to flourish in its global forums, moderators say in ~tech

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    I think an unfortunate factor is that there are absolutely a very dedicated number of reactionary / troll mods who would be more than happy to fill in on any sub where good mods are burnt out and...

    I think an unfortunate factor is that there are absolutely a very dedicated number of reactionary / troll mods who would be more than happy to fill in on any sub where good mods are burnt out and used up. The admins have even implemented a mod scab program (I forget the real name). While its named purpose is for mods dealing with unexpected bursts in volume and in need of support, I really worry that it could be used against mod teams that run counter to admin principles or go to hard in protest. The admins have made it clear in some statements that they will remove individual mods and full teams if they don't comply with their expectations. The only factor we really have in our benefit is the media if it comes to that though.

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  7. Comment on Reddit allows hate speech to flourish in its global forums, moderators say in ~tech

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    As I mentioned in the article, I have found so many instances where very blatant hatespeech gets responded back by AEO as not a violation of Reddit's rules / TOS it is just ridiculous. Very...

    As I mentioned in the article, I have found so many instances where very blatant hatespeech gets responded back by AEO as not a violation of Reddit's rules / TOS it is just ridiculous. Very obvious usernames that are just word-replaced slurs, triple parentheses, 1488 codes, straight up transphobia and harassment. Every time this happens reddit puts you through the rigamarole of having to copy links to the offending comment and the AEO response and then modmailing it to r/modsupport for them to (hopefully) follow-up. The whole process really wears you down.

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

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    I just finished replaying Fallout: New Vegas through PS Now yesterday and I think the game still holds up really well. The choices made throughout the game feel very meaningful and can create very...

    I just finished replaying Fallout: New Vegas through PS Now yesterday and I think the game still holds up really well. The choices made throughout the game feel very meaningful and can create very different endings depending on how you tackle the challenges and quests starting right off from the opening town. I really like how quickly the game starts up and drops you right into the experience. The difficulty curve feels extremely well balanced where even in end-game there are several Deathclaw infested areas that can very quickly turn South for you. I really enjoy how the personal revenge story builds and expands into this large-scale conflict. I also really like how much difference there is in the varieties of guns and their handling / scaling. Just a really phenomenal game all around and certainly one of my all time favorites.

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  9. Comment on Biden accuses Trump and his allies of holding ‘a dagger at the throat of America.’ in ~news

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    Yeah, I agree it is a pretty poorly worded question. I did find the breakdown from the Washington Post on it more interesting though to dig into the specific reasonsings. No real surprises here....
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    Yeah, I agree it is a pretty poorly worded question. I did find the breakdown from the Washington Post on it more interesting though to dig into the specific reasonsings.

    Acceptance of violence against the government was higher among men, younger adults and those with college degrees. There was also a racial gap, with 40 percent of White Americans saying such violence can be justified, compared with 18 percent of Black Americans.

    No real surprises here. White men have absolutely been the ones on the cutting edge of political violence in the United States over the last several years.

    People’s reasoning for what they considered acceptable violence against the government varied, from what they considered to be overreaching coronavirus restrictions, to the disenfranchisement of minority voters, to the oppression of Americans. Responses to an open-ended question on the survey about hypothetical justifications included repeated mentions of “autocracy,” “tyranny,” “corruption” and a loss of freedoms.

    I would certainly be interested in a more thorough breakdown for the differences and volume of opinions here that lean more far-right vs. left. I would imagine the anti-covid lockdown/qanon/J6/domestic terrorism crowd make up more of this group than others. The disenfranchisement of minority angle here feels like a throwaway whataboutism to make this a "both sides bad" thing.

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

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    I really wanted to enjoy Outer Wilds, but the whole flight mechanic system was really complicated for me and after crashing onto a planet surface again and again it just killed the experience for...

    I really wanted to enjoy Outer Wilds, but the whole flight mechanic system was really complicated for me and after crashing onto a planet surface again and again it just killed the experience for me. Backseat gaming while someone else does the difficult flying / landing activities sounds like a good time.

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

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    Lol you made it about 15 minutes further into Mortal Shell than I did. Man was I glad that I did not pay any actual money for that game. I agree the combat was just too slow and unintuitive. The...

    Lol you made it about 15 minutes further into Mortal Shell than I did. Man was I glad that I did not pay any actual money for that game. I agree the combat was just too slow and unintuitive. The whole freezing and unfreezing mechanic was really annoying.

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

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    I really enjoy Sycthe. The whole mechs and farming aesthetic is really neat. If you have not played it before, I would also recommend Betrayal at House on the Hill for a more role-play experience.

    I really enjoy Sycthe. The whole mechs and farming aesthetic is really neat.

    If you have not played it before, I would also recommend Betrayal at House on the Hill for a more role-play experience.

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  13. Comment on This tree has stood here for 500 years. Will it be sold for $17,500? in ~enviro

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    Do you have a source for that? From what I have read, younger trees do not sequester as much carbon as old growth. Leaving trees alone might be better than planting new ones

    but growing new trees will sequester more carbon than leaving forests alone.

    Do you have a source for that? From what I have read, younger trees do not sequester as much carbon as old growth.

    While Moomaw lauds intensifying efforts to plant billions of young trees, he says that preserving existing mature forests will have an even more profound effect on slowing global warming in the coming decades, since immature trees sequester far less CO2 than older ones. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Moomaw explains the benefits of proforestation, discusses the policy changes that would lead to the preservation of existing forests, and sharply criticizes the recent trend of converting forests in the Southeastern U.S. to wood pellets that can be burned to produce electricity in Europe and elsewhere.

    Q. How do you define proforestation?

    A. So I began looking at some of the data and some of the papers that had come out recently, and I found that if we managed our forests and grasslands in a different way they could be sequestering twice as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they currently do. One paper found in multi-aged forests around the world of all types, that half of the carbon is stored in the largest one-percent diameter trees. So I began thinking about this, and I realized that the most effective thing that we can do is to allow trees that are already planted, that are already growing, to continue growing to reach their ecological potential, to store carbon, and develop a forest that has its full complement of environmental services.

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  14. Comment on This tree has stood here for 500 years. Will it be sold for $17,500? in ~enviro

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    I think this is a really interesting article and I love how as you scroll through the text you travel down the length of the tree. I think that these kinds of visual storytelling projects are...

    I think this is a really interesting article and I love how as you scroll through the text you travel down the length of the tree. I think that these kinds of visual storytelling projects are really crucial to elevate the cause of climate change.

    I also was fully unaware of the magnitude of carbon dioxide capture potential for trees. Comparing the price of lumber vs. the carbon locking of the tree was really unique way of looking at this issue.

    This article raises some intriguing questions like: If we apply a carbon tax in the future, should trees / lumber also have added carbon costs attached to them to mitigate the destruction of forests and encourage alternative solutions to lumber?

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