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  1. Comment on 74% of Arizona households are priced out of AZ homes in ~finance

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    Has that ever meaningfully happened in the United States? Aside from a relatively minor blip in 2008, it certainly hasn't in my adult lifetime.

    The housing market must eventually decline.

    Has that ever meaningfully happened in the United States? Aside from a relatively minor blip in 2008, it certainly hasn't in my adult lifetime.

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  2. Comment on Lessons from a can opener: The obscurity of the "Safety Can Opener" in ~design

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    Normally I think his videos are pretty good, but I've always found the newer style of can opener to be strictly worse than the traditional. They take significantly longer even in the best case,...

    Normally I think his videos are pretty good, but I've always found the newer style of can opener to be strictly worse than the traditional. They take significantly longer even in the best case, and it's not all that uncommon that I have to go around the can twice to get the top to actually come off. I've never once cut myself on the edge of a can that I can recall, my can opener really doesn't get dirty, and for cans that need to be drained, the lid works much better to drain the can with the traditional style.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Your two-day shipping is causing potholes in ~enviro

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    Part of the problem is that public transit is for the poor. At least in California, I've never had a positive public transit experience. Public transit vehicles are always utilitarian, ugly and...

    Part of the problem is that public transit is for the poor. At least in California, I've never had a positive public transit experience. Public transit vehicles are always utilitarian, ugly and uncomfortable at best. Scheduling is never convenient. Unless I'm going somewhere like San Francisco, where I don't actually feel safe parking my car for extended periods, driving is 100% better in every way except for the environment.

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  4. Comment on Is Alec Baldwin going to jail for the death of Halyna Hutchins? in ~movies

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    A long video to basically say we still don't know what happened but it's unlikely that Baldwin will face any charges, but other crew members might.

    A long video to basically say we still don't know what happened but it's unlikely that Baldwin will face any charges, but other crew members might.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on Alec Baldwin fatally shoots crew member with prop firearm on film set, authorities say in ~movies

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    I don't know anything about film production, but from what I've read about this incident, it seems like in the film world the term "live round" applies to blank rounds as well as a standard...

    I don't know anything about film production, but from what I've read about this incident, it seems like in the film world the term "live round" applies to blank rounds as well as a standard cartridge with a bullet in it. Also, there's no such thing as a "prop gun". They use real guns.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Introducing the PinePhone Pro in ~tech

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    I assume Signal counts as a "proprietary mainstream mobile messenger application" (mainstream seems questionable, but probably irrelevant?), and I wouldn't give that up. The rest I could do...

    I assume Signal counts as a "proprietary mainstream mobile messenger application" (mainstream seems questionable, but probably irrelevant?), and I wouldn't give that up. The rest I could do without though. That said, when I had a Windows phone, I loved the hardware and the OS, but constantly explaining that I couldn't just download an app my friends were using got tiresome. Windows phone was already on its way out, but I switched to iOS a year or two earlier than I really needed to because of that.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on El Salvador has started mining Bitcoin using the renewable energy from volcanoes in ~finance

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    It's extremely long term, but the heat inside the Earth is fixed and slowly radiating away. Eventually it will be gone and the core will solidify leading to all kinds of fun effects. This probably...

    It's extremely long term, but the heat inside the Earth is fixed and slowly radiating away. Eventually it will be gone and the core will solidify leading to all kinds of fun effects. This probably doesn't matter on the timescale of human civilization; nonetheless it has much the same (lack of) renewability as fossil fuels. It just lacks the greenhouse gas side effects that fossil fuels have.

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  8. Comment on El Salvador has started mining Bitcoin using the renewable energy from volcanoes in ~finance

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    I get that "renewable energy" is really just a catch-all term for "electric generation not derived from fossil fuels", but am I the only one who reads the headline and immediately thinks that...

    I get that "renewable energy" is really just a catch-all term for "electric generation not derived from fossil fuels", but am I the only one who reads the headline and immediately thinks that energy from volcanoes is the ultimate form of non-renewable energy?

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Activision Blizzard settles with federal employment agency for $18 Million in ~games

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    That doesn't make it sound like a slap on the wrist to me. I make a lot more than $31k and I wouldn't be happy about paying a $624 fine, much less a full 2% if my annual income.

    That doesn't make it sound like a slap on the wrist to me. I make a lot more than $31k and I wouldn't be happy about paying a $624 fine, much less a full 2% if my annual income.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Alphabet’s drone delivery service Wing hits 100,000 deliveries milestone in ~tech

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    I'm a researcher who works more or less directly on working out the legalities of this. I firmly believe we'll have the legalities worked out long before the technology catches up. We've been...

    I'm a researcher who works more or less directly on working out the legalities of this. I firmly believe we'll have the legalities worked out long before the technology catches up. We've been working on this for years and our biggest problem right now is that we have essentially no way to do large scale real-world testing because no one is really ready to launch these vehicle en mass.

    The basic mode of operation is going to be a separate and far more automated/technology based air traffic control system that allows for much more granular clearances to operate.

    As far as technology goes, you hit the nail on the head with the comparison to a helicopter. If you think drones of any kind are some kind of revolutionary commercial technology, ask yourself what use case they are going to fill and then ask yourself how they fill that niche better than a helicopter. I've yet to hear any convincing argument as to why electric multi-rotor vehicles are ever going to be better or cheaper.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Two percent inflation over the next year: Should you take the over or the under? in ~finance

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    I've never heard this before. Does that imply that at 34 I should have fully 1/3 of my retirement funds in bonds? That sounds insanely conservative to me at >30 years from retirement.

    I follow the rule of having your age in bonds, which with these negative real rates, means I have a lot of cash.

    I've never heard this before. Does that imply that at 34 I should have fully 1/3 of my retirement funds in bonds? That sounds insanely conservative to me at >30 years from retirement.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on US railroads should be nationalized in ~enviro

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    How about airlines? Deregulation happened a bit too early for me to experience it first hand, but it's my impression that while airline travel might not be as fancy as it once was, deregulation...

    How about airlines? Deregulation happened a bit too early for me to experience it first hand, but it's my impression that while airline travel might not be as fancy as it once was, deregulation has dramatically lowered prices and in so doing dramatically expanded the number of people who can afford to fly for pleasure.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on ‘I’m sorry, but it’s too late’: Alabama doctor on treating unvaccinated, dying COVID patients in ~health.coronavirus

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    I wonder what percentage of people even have a primary care doctor? I've gone over 10 years since getting out of the Army without any PCP whatsoever. It's only very recently that I've decided I'm...

    Since she's writing about young healthy people here - how many of them are going to have a substantive relationship with their primary care doctor?

    I wonder what percentage of people even have a primary care doctor? I've gone over 10 years since getting out of the Army without any PCP whatsoever. It's only very recently that I've decided I'm old enough that I should probably start getting an annual physical done. I was well-insured throughout the last 10 years, I just didn't have any reason to go see a doctor.

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  14. Comment on The Bootleg Fire in Oregon will likely continue to burn until a "season-ending weather event" extinguishes it in the fall in ~enviro

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    I'm paying very close attention to this fire since it's about 15 miles East of my house. I don't think the headline is true simply because the fire is moving so fast that it's going to run out of...

    I'm paying very close attention to this fire since it's about 15 miles East of my house. I don't think the headline is true simply because the fire is moving so fast that it's going to run out of forest to burn relatively soon. The fire has been moving almost entirely to the East, towards the desert. It seems like firefighters have maybe managed to contain it along the Southeastern flank in the last couple of days, but even if jumps those lines, it can only roughly double in size before it runs out of trees to burn.

    There is still plenty of active fire on the Northern edge, so a shift in the winds could change things dramatically, but so far the weather has been quite stable.

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  15. Comment on Macron and Le Pen lose out as French voters shun local elections: Abstention rate estimated at 68%, and exit polls suggest Le Pen’s National Rally failed to get expected support in ~news

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    Does France not do some form of vote by mail? In 15 years as a voter in 2 US states, I have yet to physically set foot in a polling place.

    Does France not do some form of vote by mail? In 15 years as a voter in 2 US states, I have yet to physically set foot in a polling place.

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  16. Comment on Is gerrymandering about to become more difficult? in ~misc

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    I cannot for the life of me understand why we're having this conversation aside from sheer unmitigated partisan corruption of the US political system. It would be trivial to come up with a...

    I cannot for the life of me understand why we're having this conversation aside from sheer unmitigated partisan corruption of the US political system. It would be trivial to come up with a mathematical model for drawing districts that is nonpartisan and at least somewhat better than letting politicians do it.

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  17. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~enviro

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    (Note that this is about the Southwest, i.e. the geographical region, not the airline.)

    (Note that this is about the Southwest, i.e. the geographical region, not the airline.)

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  18. Comment on California mass shooting: Rail employee ‘shoots dead eight and himself’ as suspect’s house found on fire in ~news

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    That much we can agree on.

    I don't have the energy or mental fortitude required to get into a huge, prolonged debate over this.

    That much we can agree on.

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  19. Comment on California mass shooting: Rail employee ‘shoots dead eight and himself’ as suspect’s house found on fire in ~news

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    I mean, that's basically the dominant form of gun control in the US. Take my former state of residence for example, which has a hard on for banning scary looking guns. I had a completely...

    As for people assigning agency to guns independent of their owners, I'll throw it back... who is really doing that?

    I mean, that's basically the dominant form of gun control in the US. Take my former state of residence for example, which has a hard on for banning scary looking guns. I had a completely California legal AR-15 that was probably about 80% as capable of mass murder as my military issued M4 was. When I moved to Oregon, I removed the magazine lock, making it probably about 95% as capable. Removing the mag lock was a 10 minute job that benefits from but doesn't really require any specialized tools. This is pure theater that focuses on the tool and not the person behind it. There is virtually no functional difference between an "assault rifle" and a "small capacity semi-auto rifle" in the hands of an experienced shooter.

    The only reasonable stance on gun control IMO is either ban all firearms or to focus entirely on targeting the human aspect of gun violence. I'm all for universal background checks and restricting firearms ownership for people who have demonstrated a danger to others. Banning scary looking guns is the kind of measure that is worse than useless because it lets people feel like they're doing something without actually doing anything more than annoying law abiding hobbyists.

    7 votes
  20. Comment on California mass shooting: Rail employee ‘shoots dead eight and himself’ as suspect’s house found on fire in ~news

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    Honestly, who thinks that? I own several guns, have a concealed carry permit, and carry a gun most of the time. My actions if I found myself in the middle of a mass shooting would be highly...

    If this were true, how come we still have so many shootings?

    Honestly, who thinks that? I own several guns, have a concealed carry permit, and carry a gun most of the time. My actions if I found myself in the middle of a mass shooting would be highly situationaly dependent. I think there's a very high probability that I would not be in a position where I felt I could safely engage the shooter.

    I own and carry guns for 3 basic reasons.

    1. I'm former active duty military. I'm trained and qualified to carry and feel completely comfortable doing so. I carry a pocket knife and a Leatherman pretty much all the time too. I don't think of a gun as any different. All three are potentially deadly weapons in some circumstances, and useful tools in others.

    2. Target shooting is a fun hobby.

    3. I live in a rural part of a rural county, where large wildlife is common and the Sheriff won't show up for hours, if at all, when called.

    Guns are important to my life in the same way that a chainsaw, a computer, woodworking tools, kitchen knives and so forth are "important to my life". Guns are fundamentally nothing more than chunks of metal and plastic and I really don't understand why they are assigned so much agency independent of the people that use them.

    5 votes