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  1. Comment on Erdogan says Turkey not supportive of Finland, Sweden joining NATO in ~news

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    Notably, NATO needs to be unanimous in accepting new member countries to the defense alliance.

    President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday it was not possible for NATO-member Turkey to support plans by Sweden and Finland to join the pact, saying the Nordic countries were "home to many terrorist organisations".

    Notably, NATO needs to be unanimous in accepting new member countries to the defense alliance.

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

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    I've recently picked up Across the Obelisk. It's not fully released yet, but there's a ton of content. I'm not sure what I think about the meta-progression. I'm not the type of person who plays...

    I've recently picked up Across the Obelisk. It's not fully released yet, but there's a ton of content.

    I'm not sure what I think about the meta-progression. I'm not the type of person who plays enough to see what the higher difficulties are like, but at least for a casual player like myself it's a fun deck-builder that's got a lot going for it.

    I'm not good enough to say anything on the balance of different characters or builds. I've just had to choose one type of build on each character to try to figure one thing out. So far that's a lot of fun. There's a huge amount of variety in the strategies it seems. Again, I can't say how many are viable when you get more and more restrictions upping difficulties.

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

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    Raft is fun! I was surprised at the depth of the game. It's so simple, but there's a lot you can do. It's especially fun to play with a couple friends.

    Raft is fun! I was surprised at the depth of the game. It's so simple, but there's a lot you can do. It's especially fun to play with a couple friends.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on What lesser known intellectual properties you would like to see in movies or TV shows? in ~talk

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    Brian McClellan! Good Shout. They definitely deserve a dramatization. Hornblower was good; the books are great. There's just something about Aubrey and Maturin as characters that hits me...

    Brian McClellan! Good Shout. They definitely deserve a dramatization.

    Hornblower was good; the books are great. There's just something about Aubrey and Maturin as characters that hits me differently. They just feel like the could have been real people, and fun ones at that.

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  5. Comment on What lesser known intellectual properties you would like to see in movies or TV shows? in ~talk

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    There are a lot of bad viking-related movies and shows that hybridize the history of the sagas and weird fantasy/mishmashes of other things. I know Jan Guillou's three books on the fictional...

    There are a lot of bad viking-related movies and shows that hybridize the history of the sagas and weird fantasy/mishmashes of other things.

    I know Jan Guillou's three books on the fictional Swedish Knight Templar Arn Magnusson were made into to (relatively bad) movies in 2007-8. It deserves a proper TV series. There's a lot of material to go into.


    Norwegian Nobel laurate Sigrid Unset's trilogy about Kristin Lavransdatter, set in the 14th century in Norway is also something that could make a good TV show. This is the work she received the Nobel prize for.


    Thirdly, and keeping with the theme, the Norwegian author Tor Åge Bringsværd's Gobi-series of five novels about Asia in the Middle Ages seen through the eyes of the crusades and the migrations with a German jester as protagonist are also worth a good TV show.

    Here, there's also a mix of history and fiction, with a compelling story with many twists and turns.


    Finally, Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey–Maturin series of sea novels set in various boats and battles around the world in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars deserves a long TV show. A few of the 20 historical novels were mish-mashed into the movie Master and Commander. There's way more to get at here,

    4 votes
  6. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    A friend of mine inspired me to try a fun game: You can find practically any semi-popular song with the vocals cut out in an "instrumental" version. So I've been going through songs both to see...

    A friend of mine inspired me to try a fun game:

    You can find practically any semi-popular song with the vocals cut out in an "instrumental" version.

    So I've been going through songs both to see how well I remember the melodies to play along in my head, but the really fun thing has been going through songs where I don't like the way the lead's sung or the lyrics.

    There are some amazing songs if you get rid of bad lyrics.

    This way a lot of foreign songs are also a lot more approachable in my view at least. There are some real pop bangers with incredible production, depth, counterpoint and so on if you just get rid of the (popular) ghoul growling nonsense on top of it.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter outright for $41 billion in ~tech

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    He's done stuff like this so many times before the market would probably have priced at least part of it in. Also, I don't really think people are buying this $41 billion bluff. You don't just...

    He's done stuff like this so many times before the market would probably have priced at least part of it in.

    Also, I don't really think people are buying this $41 billion bluff. You don't just have that sitting around in cash for a crazy play like this.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter outright for $41 billion in ~tech

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    I don't really think that the SEC is built to dole out hefty enough fines to make this not worth doing if you're ultra rich and can play the market. It seems Musk makes a lot of money with these...

    I don't really think that the SEC is built to dole out hefty enough fines to make this not worth doing if you're ultra rich and can play the market.

    It seems Musk makes a lot of money with these stunts because the fines don't hurt enough.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on America's highest earners and their tax rates revealed in ~finance

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    Yes. The principles and value to society don't differ though. When the law's wrong, the goal is changing it.

    Yes.

    The principles and value to society don't differ though.

    When the law's wrong, the goal is changing it.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on America's highest earners and their tax rates revealed in ~finance

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    I don't understand why Propublica is withholding the names of anyone on the list. In a country like Norway, everyone's amount of taxed paid and income are public record, just like buying/selling...

    I don't understand why Propublica is withholding the names of anyone on the list.

    In a country like Norway, everyone's amount of taxed paid and income are public record, just like buying/selling property is public record. Otherwise, how are people supposed to be able to ensure rules are followed and things happen above board?

    As the meme goes, we live in a society.

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

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    I've picked up the small three-in-a-row game You Must Build A Boat. It's a fun, small indie game that's exactly what you'd expect of a three-in-a-row game. The difficulty can also ramp up...

    I've picked up the small three-in-a-row game You Must Build A Boat.

    It's a fun, small indie game that's exactly what you'd expect of a three-in-a-row game. The difficulty can also ramp up substantially if you like a challenge.

    Totally worth the $6 or whatever I paid for it. A brain-teaser/fast visual puzzle-solving type game.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - April 4-5 in ~news

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    I hope people haven't lost interest and are following the atrocities in Bucha. Several hundred people appear to have been butchered as Russia lost the territory and retreated. This is not normal...

    I hope people haven't lost interest and are following the atrocities in Bucha. Several hundred people appear to have been butchered as Russia lost the territory and retreated.

    This is not normal in war. These are heinous crimes Russia has the audacity to claim are faked (!) by the West and the US in particular.

    19 votes
  13. Comment on CD Projekt confirms new Witcher game in development, will use Unreal Engine 5 in ~games

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    The thing that made the first three Witcher games so good were the characters and the powerful stories you'd suddenly encounter in tiny side-quests. I really hope this game won't lean too heavily...

    The thing that made the first three Witcher games so good were the characters and the powerful stories you'd suddenly encounter in tiny side-quests.

    I really hope this game won't lean too heavily on the characters in the first trilogy. Switching out Geralt as the protagonist leaves huge shoes to fill. They have to be filled well. Personally, I didn't enjoy CD project's storytelling in Cyberpunk 2077 at all, so I'm apprehensive now.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Nuclear Posture Review (USA DoD 2018) in ~misc

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    To me there's a clear moral line you have to cross to use nuclear force. It goes way beyond any economic sanctions. I (maybe naively) assume that for a number of people and countries (including...

    How the United States conveys this is important and why you need to withhold additional sanctions/responses to prevent further escalation.

    To me there's a clear moral line you have to cross to use nuclear force. It goes way beyond any economic sanctions. I (maybe naively) assume that for a number of people and countries (including China) that crossing the nuclear line will isolate Russia so thoroughly that the option isn't on the table.

    China has lots of experience dealing with these sorts of issues in its dealings with North Korea. That makes me feel safer because I believe the chances for an accidental nuclear disaster are smaller as a result of China's dealings with North Korea over the years.


    Why should we blame the West for escalating the situation, when Russia is literally invading another country?

    Can any non-violent, non-military response to a military invasion ever be viewed as an escalation of the situation? (Sure there's digital sabotage and other hybrid warfare I'd argue are military responses)

    8 votes
  15. Comment on Do you track your time? in ~life

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    I guess I sort of do this the other way around? There are a number of things, (working out, eating a warm dinner, reading news, etc.) I do every single day without exception. That way I ensure...

    I guess I sort of do this the other way around?

    There are a number of things, (working out, eating a warm dinner, reading news, etc.) I do every single day without exception.

    That way I ensure there are a number of productive things I always get done and never don't do.

    The only real time tracking I do is hours worked so I get paid properly.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - March 7-8 in ~news

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    Very much so. That's why several other Eastern European countries have also said very clearly that they also want to join the EU more quickly, like Ukraine. Other countries like Turkey joining...

    Very much so. That's why several other Eastern European countries have also said very clearly that they also want to join the EU more quickly, like Ukraine.

    Other countries like Turkey joining (although they've been on a "track" to do so for years), doesn't seem realistic at all, currently at least.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - March 7-8 in ~news

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    The whole reason the process to join the EU usually takes on the order of a decade is that with a huge and internal market, the whole of society and the economy have to be well-integrated from the...

    The whole reason the process to join the EU usually takes on the order of a decade is that with a huge and internal market, the whole of society and the economy have to be well-integrated from the point a country joins the club.

    The idea of fast-tracking doesn't seem realistic in practice, unless that also entails huge changes to Ukrainian society to become more aligned with the rest of the club as part of that fast-tracking.

    It's politics and political posturing, at least in part.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Putin declares "special military operation" in Ukraine in ~news

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    So far the sanctions are open-ended. No concrete, realistic steps for them to be taken down exist. Both Finland and Sweden are not members of NATO. Russia has made no serious overtures on...

    So far the sanctions are open-ended. No concrete, realistic steps for them to be taken down exist.


    Both Finland and Sweden are not members of NATO. Russia has made no serious overtures on attacking either country (as members of the EU, that'd be much more serious than another neighboring country).

    Sweden had a large "should we join NATO"-debate in parliament last year. This also comes up in Finland regularly. I'd say only Putin really knows what'd happen if either country started a process toward NATO-membership on the back of events elsewhere.


    Putin has taken bites gradually over the last 15 years. To continue the metaphor, Russia usually chews and tries to swallow each bite before grabbing another bite.

    Timing is everything. There are domestic issues at play for Putin that lend this to be a good timing for first escalation over months, then an invasion to get attention away from how things have been going very wrong i Russia itself recently.

    How long it may be until the next bite, or if this bite leads Putin to being satiated will surely depend on how things play out. There's no real reason to expect further escalation now: The ongoing mobilization is expensive, logistically demanding and doesn't leave resources for other large military operations simultaneously, or shortly after. The situation in Ukraine will probably also be unstable for some time, requiring sustained military presence.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Daily megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - February 24 in ~news

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    The events of the last couple of days clearly shows the need for people to listen to experts on foreign policy to understand what's going on. A tremendous amount of misunderstanding is happening....
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    The events of the last couple of days clearly shows the need for people to listen to experts on foreign policy to understand what's going on.

    A tremendous amount of misunderstanding is happening. People are getting the most basic facts about how international society works. The lack of context is dangerous. It's imperative to get enough context for what's going on. That means history, that means understanding how policy works, how the UN works, what sanctions are etc.

    If you haven't been interested in learning about international politics and foreign policy, this is a good a time as any to take the time to read up, and listen to authorities on the matter. Do not buy what talking heads with agendas are saying.

    Contrarianism is a thing: It's especially dangerous to see things that agree with my preconceived notions and then not finding out more. The less I know, the more dangerous that is.


    Short notes of developments so far today:

    • major military invasion on at least three fronts within Ukraine
    • large scale online attacks on various types of infrastructure and institutions in Ukraine.
    • NATO has clearly affirmed that they have no plans of putting boots on the ground in Ukraine, a non-member of the alliance.
    • reports of attacks within the region of Kyiv, potentially also the capital proper.
    • reports of military events in the Chernobyl area. Fears of radioactive materials going awry are there, unclear whether that's part of the ongoing information war between the sides.
    • Putin's spokesperson warns Europe it can't put Russia behind a new iron curtain.
    • Russia says it's thinking seriously about how it's going to respond to imposed sanctions from primarily Western countries.
    • Russia's ambassador to the UN that Putin wishes to take down the "junta" ruling Kyiv.
    • Ukraine's defense minister has asked anyone who can carry weapons to volunteer.
    • There are large groups of people trying to flee Ukraine, with apparent traffic jams on the way out of Kyiv and other large cities.
    21 votes