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  1. Comment on What are some casual, kid-friendly games that can be played remotely, over a videoconference such as Zoom? in ~games

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    Maybe The Jackbox Party Pack?

    Maybe The Jackbox Party Pack?

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  2. Comment on A summary of the book "Why Nuclear Power Has Been a Flop" by Jack Devanney in ~enviro

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    Obligatory reminder I’m not on the commercial side of nuclear (DOE BABY!). I would hesitate to say that older reactors are significantly less safe. It really depends on which design you are...

    Obligatory reminder I’m not on the commercial side of nuclear (DOE BABY!).

    I would hesitate to say that older reactors are significantly less safe. It really depends on which design you are discussing (PWR/BWR versus RBMK, for example), and which accident type (core melt, criticality, aircraft accident, etc) is being analyzed. An MSR prevents a core melt, but it isn’t necessarily going to prevent a criticality any better than a PWR. [Aside; a core melt isn’t necessarily a problem, TMI-2’s core remained within the reactor vessel.] I’d also consider that a 1/10000 chance of core damage over 40 years is still really safe.

    I don’t think we should be wholesale deregulating everything, but certain points would be good to consider (e.g., allowing a prototype to be built with reduced regulations to test a reactor plant prior to commercial construction).

    Finally, don’t forget that global climate change is a much worse fate.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on A summary of the book "Why Nuclear Power Has Been a Flop" by Jack Devanney in ~enviro

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    Liked the review. Disagree with the original author on a few points.

    Liked the review. Disagree with the original author on a few points.

  4. Comment on Drug cartel now assassinates its enemies with bomb-toting drones in ~tech

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    Not surprising. Weaponization of homemade or consumer drones is only going to continue increasing. One episode of Robert Evan’s great podcast It Could Happen Here chronicles ISIS use of both...

    Not surprising. Weaponization of homemade or consumer drones is only going to continue increasing. One episode of Robert Evan’s great podcast It Could Happen Here chronicles ISIS use of both commercial (in particular, the DJI Phantom) and homemade drones. One of the Iraqi generals he interviews says those where one of the only things he feared.

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  6. Comment on Officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said. She’s a 26-year vet, served as union president. in ~news

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    I mean this as a sincere response, but what do you propose to replace the American system of policing? Would you look toward European models (e.g., Peelian policing) or something else? Most...

    I mean this as a sincere response, but what do you propose to replace the American system of policing? Would you look toward European models (e.g., Peelian policing) or something else? Most importantly (Because perception matters!), how would you sell this to a likely skeptical public?

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Where do you go for humor? in ~talk

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    Not even a minority, but... yeah PCM is not a great place.

    Not even a minority, but... yeah PCM is not a great place.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on What are some analog alternatives to digital services or products that you use? in ~talk

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    Yeah, unfortunately the stations where I am it’s just the newsmagazines and talk. I’d love listen to some classical music to help me relax.

    Yeah, unfortunately the stations where I am it’s just the newsmagazines and talk. I’d love listen to some classical music to help me relax.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on The quest for a floating utopia: Can casting away from established society to inhabit sea-based colonies save us from the problems of modern life - or are we bound to repeat our mistakes? in ~life

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    Even ignoring the ideological parts of technolibertarian seasteading, think about the massive amounts of supporting infrastructure associated with these vessels. You’d need massive farming...

    Even ignoring the ideological parts of technolibertarian seasteading, think about the massive amounts of supporting infrastructure associated with these vessels. You’d need massive farming buildings for growing food and raising animals (people would expect a diverse selection akin to the finest supermarkets and restaurants in the world), fabs for producing semiconductors, plants for manufacturing electronics, steel mills and concrete plants, mining infrastructure (either for accessing the seabed, or extracting minerals from the seawater), power plants (probably a combination of wind/solar/nuclear, for which you’d need much of the above and below), chemical plants, at least a limited automotive and aviation manufacturing capability, numerous factories for general dry goods and consumer products, and probably a bunch of things I’m forgetting about. Did we mention this supercity would massive, and need to be capable of surviving Force 12 winds?

    Yeah, there’s a lot of tech issues here, plus, nobody wants to live next to the equivalent of a floating Houston if you’ve managed to spend your gobs of money on moving to “paradise”.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What are some analog alternatives to digital services or products that you use? in ~talk

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    While I use map software, I still keep paper maps for the metro area and both states in my driver-side door. I still take notes with pen and paper, especially at work. Can’t take my phone into the...
    • While I use map software, I still keep paper maps for the metro area and both states in my driver-side door.

    • I still take notes with pen and paper, especially at work. Can’t take my phone into the main building due to security issues, plus it’s much more accessible.

    • Never gotten into e-readers. Have tons of paper books.

    • Still write and send paper cards, mostly to family (especially the “little old ladies” in my life).

    7 votes
  11. Comment on What are some analog alternatives to digital services or products that you use? in ~talk

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    Yup. Got NPR on each way during my 45 minute commute.

    Yup. Got NPR on each way during my 45 minute commute.

    9 votes
  12. Comment on Signal adds a beta test for a payments system with cryptocurrency MobileCoin in ~tech

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    I do think it is important for there to be a diverse array of software options, but I agree that the reality is many people (especially “normies”) really like to standardize on a small number...

    I do think it is important for there to be a diverse array of software options, but I agree that the reality is many people (especially “normies”) really like to standardize on a small number (1-3) of platforms. Unless we can make the apps work together seamlessly, we’ll probably continue to converge toward one app.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Peace in Northern Ireland is fragile in ~news

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    Context from Wikipedia TL;DR: Unionist/Loyalist rioting has been occurring since March 30th. They are upset at the post-Brexit sea border, the decision not to prosecute Sinn Féin politicians...

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    TL;DR: Unionist/Loyalist rioting has been occurring since March 30th. They are upset at the post-Brexit sea border, the decision not to prosecute Sinn Féin politicians attending the funeral of IRA intelligence head Bobby Storey (and breaking COVID-19 restrictions), and the Police seizure of drugs from an Ulster Defence Association branch.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on Peace in Northern Ireland is fragile in ~news

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    Uh, yeah. Was there some incident in NI? Edit: linked context in another comment.

    Uh, yeah. Was there some incident in NI?

    Edit: linked context in another comment.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Good basic electronics toys for twelve year olds? in ~hobbies

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    @Toric, I’d definitely agree with @Akir on this. Legos are probably one of the best ways to get your sister interested in tech. Does she like Legos already? More broadly, what does she like?

    @Toric, I’d definitely agree with @Akir on this. Legos are probably one of the best ways to get your sister interested in tech. Does she like Legos already? More broadly, what does she like?

    2 votes
  16. Aaron Rodgers began his stint as guest host on Jeopardy!

    Oz’s reign of terror is over on Jeopardy! Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers began guest hosting today. I thought he was pretty good, definitely a different tone/voice from previous hosts...

    Oz’s reign of terror is over on Jeopardy! Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers began guest hosting today. I thought he was pretty good, definitely a different tone/voice from previous hosts (in my mind a deep, but calming/soothing one). He seemed nervous at first but definitely hit his stride. It will be interesting to see how the ratings perform, I wonder if Jeopardy! will see an uptick in ratings.

    18 votes
  17. Comment on Is it ethical for services to exclude those without internet access? in ~talk

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    Ultimately, I suspect most people (especially outside Tildes) would’ve said the late 1960s. By that point, automatic long distance service was common between cities.

    Ultimately, I suspect most people (especially outside Tildes) would’ve said the late 1960s. By that point, automatic long distance service was common between cities.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Is it ethical for services to exclude those without internet access? in ~talk

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    We could look at a related analogy from the past - at what point did it become acceptable to require a telephone number to use a service? 1940? 1960? 1980?

    We could look at a related analogy from the past - at what point did it become acceptable to require a telephone number to use a service? 1940? 1960? 1980?

    6 votes