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  1. Comment on Orb.farm: A virtual ecosystem in ~games

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    I checked this out earlier on my phone, and it was great, but I was disappointed to see it roasted my laptop in Firefox and ran like shit, but not in Safari.

    I checked this out earlier on my phone, and it was great, but I was disappointed to see it roasted my laptop in Firefox and ran like shit, but not in Safari.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on How to use your DSLR or mirrorless camera as a webcam in ~tech

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    I find it a little annoying that I can't just use the onboard USB or maybe even the WiFi connection on my Fujifilm X-T30 to capture video. It would be cool if video cards still had capture card...

    I find it a little annoying that I can't just use the onboard USB or maybe even the WiFi connection on my Fujifilm X-T30 to capture video. It would be cool if video cards still had capture card functionality too.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Seed sellers across North America have been overwhelmed by skyrocketing demand in recent weeks in ~enviro

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    Glad I got my orders in early this year. I’m pretty impressed with myself for the foresight to order a nice collection to share with my neighbours and family right when Wuhan went into lockdown. I...

    Glad I got my orders in early this year. I’m pretty impressed with myself for the foresight to order a nice collection to share with my neighbours and family right when Wuhan went into lockdown. I have something like 100 tomato plants ready for transplant.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on As dairy crisis deepens, American farmers are warned that milk dumping could harm the environment in ~enviro

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    You might be wondering why they don't just stop milking the cows. Dairy cows are kept on a constant pregnancy cycle because that's how mother nature produces milk. Cows, like every other...

    On Friday, cooperatives were telling members to cut milk production through culling cows or other means because processing plants had nowhere for the milk to go.

    You might be wondering why they don't just stop milking the cows. Dairy cows are kept on a constant pregnancy cycle because that's how mother nature produces milk. Cows, like every other breastfeeding mammal, have to keep the milk flowing or face serious health consequences (blocked ducts, infection, etc).

    Farmers have a tough choice now, because each cow is a multi-year investment. A massive cull today will mean there will be fewer new calves each season, which will make it even harder to rebuild the herd. This will have a deep rippling effect on the entire downstream market for years to come. I'm thinking of leather and the wide assortment of meats.

    A big cull would also really screw up butcheries and that supply chain. It really is a nightmare scenario.

    The medium term solution, I imagine, would be to keep as much as the existing herd alive as possible, but keep them barren, but that comes at the immense cost of keeping them alive without milk production.

    I don't know how possible it would be to pivot to having calves stay with their mothers to be raised "naturally", but I can't see giant dairy farms having the infrastructure to manage that on a huge scale to get over the slump in demand.

    9 votes
  5. Comment on As dairy crisis deepens, American farmers are warned that milk dumping could harm the environment in ~enviro

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    Same here. I'm lactose intolerant and buy either almond or oat milk.

    Same here. I'm lactose intolerant and buy either almond or oat milk.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on As dairy crisis deepens, American farmers are warned that milk dumping could harm the environment in ~enviro

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    I’m by no means a free market capitalist, but isn’t the obvious “market” response to just drop prices? To me this signals that we’re entering post scarcity.

    I’m by no means a free market capitalist, but isn’t the obvious “market” response to just drop prices?

    To me this signals that we’re entering post scarcity.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Half-Life: Alyx review (spoiler-free): The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some in ~games

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    I desperately want to play this but have no headset. Is the consensus that the Index is the way to go?

    I desperately want to play this but have no headset. Is the consensus that the Index is the way to go?

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Inside PlayStation 5: the specs and the tech that deliver Sony's next-gen vision in ~games

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    Depending on the price I'd be tempted to go for Xbox for Flight Simulator 2020, though it's more than likely I'll just upgrade my GPU instead.

    Depending on the price I'd be tempted to go for Xbox for Flight Simulator 2020, though it's more than likely I'll just upgrade my GPU instead.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Restaurants can't survive COVID-19 without a bailout in ~food

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    Heard from them today that Uber drivers have been wearing masks and gloves, which is nice to see.

    Heard from them today that Uber drivers have been wearing masks and gloves, which is nice to see.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Yes, young people are falling seriously ill from Covid-19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Selfish spring breakers + Florida retirees + DeSantis asleep at the wheel = lots of dead Floridians.

    Selfish spring breakers + Florida retirees + DeSantis asleep at the wheel = lots of dead Floridians.

    10 votes
  11. Comment on Restaurants can't survive COVID-19 without a bailout in ~food

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    My sisters run a small 20 seat restaurant together, and have cut their staff down to zero except themselves. They managed to cover their costs last night just doing takeout. Their landlord has...

    My sisters run a small 20 seat restaurant together, and have cut their staff down to zero except themselves. They managed to cover their costs last night just doing takeout. Their landlord has reduced their rent by 35%. This should be easily sustainable as long as their suppliers stay afloat and they can at least do takeout. Notably this situation eliminates alcohol sales, which is a big line item.

    Hopefully UberEats stays up.

    NB: This is in Canada where we're not under mandatory quarantine.

    9 votes
  12. Comment on Canada to bar entry to most travellers who are not citizens or permanent residents, with exceptions for US citizens in ~health.coronavirus

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    Some more than others. I live within an hour of the border and cross by land less than 3 times per year, only because of the convenience of picking up packages at a freight forwarder. Parts of my...

    Some more than others. I live within an hour of the border and cross by land less than 3 times per year, only because of the convenience of picking up packages at a freight forwarder.

    Parts of my family live around Windsor and very, very rarely cross into Detroit. Back in the 80s it was a fun weekend trip to go shopping, but there's very little reason to go. More Americans cross into Windsor to gamble there. Similar story with Niagara falls.

    My other thought is with areas near Montreal. Montreal is the biggest city in that area by quite a bit so lots of Americans cross over to shop. I can't speak to the prairie crossings or Vancouver's crossings.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Canada to bar entry to most travellers who are not citizens or permanent residents, with exceptions for US citizens in ~health.coronavirus

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    My heart sank listening to that announcement. Needless to say, I am not impressed by this reaction. There is no reason we should be accepting American citizens at this time. The federal government...

    My heart sank listening to that announcement. Needless to say, I am not impressed by this reaction. There is no reason we should be accepting American citizens at this time. The federal government is gambling critical timing needed to brace for the oncoming onslaught of cases with some vague notion of protecting "the economy". What was so difficult about allowing only commercial trade traffic with stringent screening? It feels like Trump is strong arming behind the scenes, which makes me sick to my stomach, given news like asking for vaccine exclusivity.

    Why should Canadians suffer higher infection rates because of the USA's completely inadequate and irresponsible response to this? It's already off the rails enough here, probably only a few days behind the US.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Not enough face masks are made in America to deal with coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    The same story is going to play out with drug precursors.

    The same story is going to play out with drug precursors.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Folding@home takes up the fight against COVID-19 in ~comp

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    I wish I could specifically select SARS-CoV. My client picked up something else.

    This is where you come in! With many computers working towards the same goal, we aim to help develop a therapeutic remedy as quickly as possible. By downloading Folding@home here [LINK] and selecting to contribute to “Any Disease”, you can help provide us with the computational power required to tackle this problem. One protein from 2019-nCoV, a protease encoded by the viral RNA, has already been crystallized. Although the 2019-nCoV spike protein of interest has not yet been resolved bound to ACE2, our objective is to use the homologous structure of the SARS-CoV spike protein to identify therapeutic antibody targets.

    I wish I could specifically select SARS-CoV. My client picked up something else.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Let's Encrypt is revoking about 2.6% of active certificates on March 4th due to a bug in their CAA code in ~comp

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    Mine too. Thankfully all of the domains and subdomains affected were on the same machine, which made it easy.

    Mine too. Thankfully all of the domains and subdomains affected were on the same machine, which made it easy.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What's the Coronavirus like where you are? in ~talk

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    Canadian chiming in here. My favourite lunch haunt that's usually chock full of Chinese people has been dead for over a week. Definitely feeling bad for them. My family balked at the idea of...

    Canadian chiming in here. My favourite lunch haunt that's usually chock full of Chinese people has been dead for over a week. Definitely feeling bad for them. My family balked at the idea of stocking up on a few extra non-perishables, just in case.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on What are some bugs/glitches/exploits that have actually made games better? in ~games

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    The Minecraft creeper model came from mixed up coordinates when developing the pig model.

    The Minecraft creeper model came from mixed up coordinates when developing the pig model.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on What are some bugs/glitches/exploits that have actually made games better? in ~games

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    Extremely good examples.

    Extremely good examples.