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  1. Comment on Magnus Carlsen withdraws from Sinquefield Cup in ~games.tabletop

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

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    If anyone is in the market for an MMO, Return of Reckoning is having a double xp/renown week that coincides with being featured in a TheLazyPeon video. As a result, there are a ton of new players...

    If anyone is in the market for an MMO, Return of Reckoning is having a double xp/renown week that coincides with being featured in a TheLazyPeon video. As a result, there are a ton of new players right now, so it’s a good time to jump in. :)

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  3. Comment on The Ethereum Merge is done, opening a new era for the second-biggest blockchain in ~finance

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    Anyone know the expected ROI on staking? Is this something that could be a drain on defi investments? Also, why is there a minimum stake if it's essentially a weight-based lotto anyways?

    Anyone know the expected ROI on staking? Is this something that could be a drain on defi investments?

    Also, why is there a minimum stake if it's essentially a weight-based lotto anyways?

  4. Comment on What have you learned from being a parent? in ~talk

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    If that's what your holding up as an example, then yea that sounds awful. But at least where I'm from, that seems a bit far-fetched? Our kids under 4 go to daycare (not right now because of...

    But nothing more depressing than seeing a room full of 18 month old babies watching youtube because the understaffed childcare facility can't even keep their staff from doing so when you're touring for pre-k schools.

    If that's what your holding up as an example, then yea that sounds awful. But at least where I'm from, that seems a bit far-fetched? Our kids under 4 go to daycare (not right now because of maternity leave) and I think they have benefited a lot. There's 1:4 staff to kids ratio and kids engaging even in parallel play pick up on lots of social cues from being around other kids. My daughter, before we had two kids, was teaching me how to share and take turns while my wife and I looked at each other with raised eyebrows. "Did you teach her this?" "No, did you?!"

    Agreed about parental leave though. As a Canadian though, the parental leave for Americans always shocks me. We get 15 weeks for the birthing parent, plus up to 69 weeks to be split among the parents (although benefits are defined for a 40 week term).

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  5. Comment on What have you learned from being a parent? in ~talk

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    Here's some things that have worked really well for us with toddlers that I think should be in every parent's toolbox: Naming and validating feelings has been very beneficial in our household:...

    Here's some things that have worked really well for us with toddlers that I think should be in every parent's toolbox:

    • Naming and validating feelings has been very beneficial in our household: "It’s OK to feel mad, it’s not OK to hit."

    • Offering choice to your kids (even false or non-nonsensical choices e.g naming an option they'll never pick) is a good redirection tool to diffuse or avoid tantrums. “It’s OK to feel sad, but we have to brush our teeth. Did you want to use your purple toothbrush or your green toothbrush?"

    • I will echo that structure/routine is huge for kids. When kids know what to expect and when, they’re preloaded on what’s going on. They also love knowing what to do and where to go, and routines/rituals let them participate without any help from mom or dad.

    Here’s some stuff we do in our house that may or may not work for you:

    • We never make special meals for our kids. They eat what we eat and while we do somewhat steer meal choices around that ( avoiding really spicy food for example) it’s made them into pretty good eaters. Green vegetables are still hit or miss, but they’re pretty adventurous and will often try something and spit it out if they don’t like it (which we also encourage.) We also have a stand to let them help cook with us in the kitchen and they help us in the garden – which helps demystify food and get them interested in their meals. Sometimes they don't eat much at all, which is also fine. Resist the urge to breakout the cereal!

    • We sleep trained our kids. I’ve heard this jokingly described as “strategic neglect” and while there’s some truth to that, I think it’s been one of the biggest difference makers here. Being a good parent 100% of the time is impossible, but you can be a better parent more often if you take care of yourself as well as your kids. Having a hard 7:30 bedtime gives you some of your life back and I can’t understand how friends of mine survive who’s kids go to bed as late as 9 or 10.

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  6. Comment on Queen Elizabeth II dies in ~news

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    The end of an era, to be sure. I was reading an old Guardian piece in 2017 on the Queen's eventual death and was struck by this quote: Which reminded me of a le Carré quote from Tinker Tailor:...

    The end of an era, to be sure. I was reading an old Guardian piece in 2017 on the Queen's eventual death and was struck by this quote:

    More overwhelming than any of this, though, there will be an almighty psychological reckoning for the kingdom that she leaves behind. The Queen is Britain’s last living link with our former greatness – the nation’s id, its problematic self-regard – which is still defined by our victory in the second world war. One leading historian, who like most people I interviewed for this article declined to be named, stressed that the farewell for this country’s longest-serving monarch will be magnificent. “Oh, she will get everything,” he said. “We were all told that the funeral of Churchill was the requiem for Britain as a great power. But actually it will really be over when she goes.

    Which reminded me of a le Carré quote from Tinker Tailor:

    "Poor loves. Trained to Empire, trained to rule the waves ... You're the last, George, you and Bill." He saw with painful clarity an ambitious man born to the big canvas, brought up to rule, divide and conquer, whose visions and vanities all were fixed, like Percy's, upon the world's game; for whom the reality was a poor island with scarcely a voice that would carry across the water. Thus Smiley felt not only disgust, but, despite all that the moment meant to him, a surge of resentment against the institutions he was supposed to be protecting

    Does it feel like the last flickers of orange in the sky above what was the British Empire to anyone else? Especially with the how things are reported to be there right now. I don’t feel particularly strongly about the monarchy, nor am I British, but I still feel a certain weight to events like these, even if they’re just bookends in some future digital textbook.

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  7. Comment on ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ premiere draws twenty-five million global viewers in first day, Amazon says in ~tv

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    Basically my experience as well. It’s a pretty good watch for fans of the series, and very cool to see the larger universe on the big screen. I’m actually amazed it seems to be aimed where it is —...

    Basically my experience as well.

    It’s a pretty good watch for fans of the series, and very cool to see the larger universe on the big screen. I’m actually amazed it seems to be aimed where it is — the story is of course serviceable for new fans but you greatly benefit from some additional context if you’ve read The Silmarillion.

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  8. Comment on Aleksandr Dugin, prominent Russian far right figure, targeted by car bomb that kills daughter Daria Dugina in ~news

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    In my opinion I doubt it. For one, the strikes in Crimea appear to likely be missile strikes. And Ukraine doesn’t really stand to benefit from engaging in terrorism at this point, nor do I think...

    In my opinion I doubt it.

    For one, the strikes in Crimea appear to likely be missile strikes.

    And Ukraine doesn’t really stand to benefit from engaging in terrorism at this point, nor do I think this would be their first choice in targets.

    I think this is probably Russian opposition to the war, or the Kremlin looking for a rallying cry.

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  9. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    I think the pineapple is there more for the acidity than sweetness. Most BBQ chicken pizzas I've had are far sweeter from the sugared BBQ sauce than any Hawaiian pizza. I like Hawaiian pizza, but...

    Not really unpopular: Hawaiian pizza bad. Sweet and savory is good, but this aint it.

    I think the pineapple is there more for the acidity than sweetness. Most BBQ chicken pizzas I've had are far sweeter from the sugared BBQ sauce than any Hawaiian pizza. I like Hawaiian pizza, but I think they are strangely more popular in Canada. Growing up it was always one of the safe "tried and true" options available when lots of pizzas were ordered for large gatherings.

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  10. Comment on What did you do this week (and weekend)? in ~talk

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    I'm truly sorry to hear that. We are never ready to say goodbye. Hope you're doing alright and glad your mom was able to find peace.

    I'm truly sorry to hear that. We are never ready to say goodbye. Hope you're doing alright and glad your mom was able to find peace.

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  11. Comment on Mega Millions ticket wins $1.34 billion lottery jackpot in ~news

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    There have been lotteries in the past with positive expected value -- they are usually quickly gamed by groups doing mass ticket purchases as the variance is always so high you need thousands and...

    There have been lotteries in the past with positive expected value -- they are usually quickly gamed by groups doing mass ticket purchases as the variance is always so high you need thousands and thousands of tickets.

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  12. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of August 1 in ~news

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    Alex Jones' lawyers accidentally handed over all of Jones' email to the lawyers representing the Sandy Hook parents. Wow. Yikes. I think we'll see more of this before we see less...

    Alex Jones' lawyers accidentally handed over all of Jones' email to the lawyers representing the Sandy Hook parents.

    Wow.

    These texts and emails are FINALLY revealing financials behind Infowars.

    Some days in 2018, InfoWars was making $800,000 a day.

    Yikes. I think we'll see more of this before we see less...

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

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    I started playing on the Warhammer: Age of Reckoning emulator, Return of Reckoning about a month ago and have been having lots of fun. If you never played W:AR, it was a PVP mmo from the creators...

    I started playing on the Warhammer: Age of Reckoning emulator, Return of Reckoning about a month ago and have been having lots of fun. If you never played W:AR, it was a PVP mmo from the creators of DaoC. There is some leveling PvE content which for the most part should be avoided as well as end game dungeon instances which actually have decent gear but for the most part it's a PvP game with both instanced PvP and realm vs realm open world PvP.

    I hit rank 40 on a tank class, and wow I forgot how fun tanking is in this game. You’re basically trying to keep your group alive through the use of a guard ability, which as long as you’re within 30’ of them allows you to redirect 50% of their damage taken to yourself, where all your mitigation and block/parry etc chance applies. This lets your healers keep up when a softer class gets focused. You also have either a directed or AoE knock back which “punts” targets backwards that you can use to swat melee DPS off your healers or knock back opposing tanks off their guard targets so your group can focus them down. Combined with all of your snare/knockdown/interrupt utility, it’s a really fun and novel role to play. Evenly matched fights between competent players become all about your team target switching at the right moment and saving cooldowns or powerful morale abilities for the right moment to break the opposing teams' defenses.

    The game itself isn’t hugely active, but there’s a solid contingent of 300-500 people playing every night in NA, and 600-1000 during EU, which is more than enough for the game to feel active. It takes about 3-4 weeks to hit max level (40) and another couple weeks to rank up enough renown and crests to get into competitive gear, but you’re able to participate and meaningfully contribute in most end game PvP from rank 16+ so the grind isn’t that bad at all. I would recommend checking it out if you like the genre and haven’t played it before.

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  14. Comment on BMW makes heated seats a monthly subscription in ~tech

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    This is only true if you were going to buy a BMW with heated seats already. If you're buying a stock BMW anyways, it's virtually all upside for you. (Can you even get a BMW without heated seats...

    Paying again to remove an artificial block on the use of something you already own strikes me as exactly the kind of profit extraction you were talking about.

    This is only true if you were going to buy a BMW with heated seats already. If you're buying a stock BMW anyways, it's virtually all upside for you. (Can you even get a BMW without heated seats these days? No idea about that).

  15. Comment on BMW makes heated seats a monthly subscription in ~tech

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    I think it's definitely something I won't be participating in and I hate the trend of everything being a service, but I also don't think you can say it creates zero value in this particular case....

    I see how it can be argued either way, but I think at least some of us see the act of software-disabling a perfectly functional piece of hardware as creating that zero-economic-value condition.

    I think it's definitely something I won't be participating in and I hate the trend of everything being a service, but I also don't think you can say it creates zero value in this particular case. Even ignoring the cost savings aspect and the small chance for those savings to be passed onto the customer -- the ability to rent heated seats on a stock BMW for 20$ in a cold snap sounds... pretty good?

    Don't get me wrong, I still think this is anti-consumer because it's yet another case of undermining what it means to own something -- but I'm also not being forced to participate in this, at least for now. Which kind of prevents it from qualifying as rent-seeking. If I charge my friends $20 to park at the grocery store, that's rent-seeking. If I charge them $20 to use my front door, they just won't come over anymore.

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  16. Comment on BMW makes heated seats a monthly subscription in ~tech

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    Let's just back up for a second and examine what BMW is doing. Essentially, they are trying to cut down on SKUs by selling one vehicle with all the options and then charging people to unlock them....

    Let's just back up for a second and examine what BMW is doing. Essentially, they are trying to cut down on SKUs by selling one vehicle with all the options and then charging people to unlock them. So instead of having a bunch of different trims you'll have one or two models instead. As someone who enjoys buying and driving older vehicles for longer periods of time, I don't particularly like that idea at all but economically it may make sense for many consumers. BMW can lower their costs and the user can turn on their heated seats in January for 18$ a year instead of 600$ for jumping up to the next trim model and when they trade in five years later they come out ahead.

    Just because I don't see value in this doesn't mean there is no value in this.

    As @stu2b50 said, rent seeking implies the creation or sustenance of some sort of market condition that allows someone to extract rent while providing no economic value at all, e.g. nimby landlords who help perpetuate zoning laws to extract rent from cities. Or if you want to get Georgist in here, all rent value derived from land rent.

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  17. Comment on BMW makes heated seats a monthly subscription in ~tech

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    I don’t think this really qualifies as rent seeking, even if it’s grossly anti-consumer.

    I don’t think this really qualifies as rent seeking, even if it’s grossly anti-consumer.

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  18. Comment on What childhood beliefs or misconceptions took you an embarrassing time to figure out? in ~talk

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    Isn't Ms. the direct result of that being the case for Miss/Mrs.?

    Isn't Ms. the direct result of that being the case for Miss/Mrs.?

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  19. Comment on Single-use plastic waste is getting phased out in California under a sweeping new law in ~enviro

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    I don't know how equivalent the laws are, but a ban is also on the way in Canada, which is another similarly sized market. In my small town we have an excellent curbside recycling and compost...

    I don't know how equivalent the laws are, but a ban is also on the way in Canada, which is another similarly sized market.

    In my small town we have an excellent curbside recycling and compost program as well as additional drop-off recycling for soft plastics for quite a while now, and we have massively reduced our landfill waste since moving here. I bought a standard large garbage bin because that's what we've always used and even though it's only picked up every two weeks we could honestly put out less than a kitchen sized bin for our family.

    Anyways, a lot of the recycled hard and soft plastic is now starting to make it's way into asphalt. I wonder what happens to the supply of used plastic now, and what sort of green investments/R&D in plastic roads still need to be recouped. Not that this is by any means a bad thing, it will definitely be more effective at reducing waste than the efficiency of a voluntary recycling program, but something interesting to consider.

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  20. Comment on Tildes Game Giveaway Thread: June/July 2022 in ~games

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    Hey @kfwyre, thanks for doing this again. I’d love slay the spire if it’s still around, thanks!

    Hey @kfwyre, thanks for doing this again.

    I’d love slay the spire if it’s still around, thanks!

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