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  1. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    No, linux gamer, aurora 4x is built entirely around the windows .net forms API.

    No, linux gamer, aurora 4x is built entirely around the windows .net forms API.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    So we have a ton of games that take place on the surface of a planet, and we have a ton of games that take place across multiple star systems, but we almost never* have a game that takes place...

    So we have a ton of games that take place on the surface of a planet, and we have a ton of games that take place across multiple star systems, but we almost never* have a game that takes place across a single solar system.

    I want to see A strategy game, most likely RTS or pause/fast-forward-based RTS, perhaps similar to homeworld, on this scale. Ideally, it would have full n-body physics, with planetary gravity wells and all of that, but i suppose simple newtonian acceleration/deceleration (with no speed limit) would do as well, especially in a torchdrive-based setting, like the expanse. Never sat down to fully figure out details, but given travel times would be measured in days or months, Id hope for more of a grand strategy style game than a tactical RTS.

    *I know of KSP & CODA, but I want more genres in this setting!

    3 votes
  3. Comment on New malaria vaccine is world-changing, say scientists in ~health

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    Oh, I don't disagree. I grew up with my parents doing long term humanitarian work in sub-Saharan Africa, and people are always grateful for such help. Even so, under-education can make compliance...

    Oh, I don't disagree. I grew up with my parents doing long term humanitarian work in sub-Saharan Africa, and people are always grateful for such help. Even so, under-education can make compliance an issue. For example, we had multiple times where we gave someone an antibiotic and stressed that they had to take the whole course and not to stop when the infected wound was visually looking better, or the infection would come back. Only about half the people complied, most of the rest would try to save the remaining medication, due to the difficulty of acquiring it in the first place. Many will get a single dose and either think they are now protected, or be unable to afford to travel to get the vaccine 'a second time'.

    And compliance issues aside, the logistics on the distribution side would be an utter nightmare. I remember the gates foundations polio vaccine drives, and even a one time oral dose could be moderately logistically difficult due to the freezer requirements (you cant just store in ice, below-freezing temps are required). A vaccine like this, with multiple doses needed, potentially separated by weeks with the booster shot a year out, means that the traveling clinic model wont work with this, as a clinic would have to stay in place for upwards of a month, depending on the schedule, all to give one round of vaccinations. Then they would have to revisit the same place a year later and attempt to get all the people they vaccinated previously back for their booster. Unfortunately, even for large medical charities like doctors without borders, that schedule will be infesable compared to 1 or 2 dose vaccines, where they can move rapidly through villages, inoculating large populations.

    Where this could be very useful will be urban centers where medical infrastructure already exists and education tends to be a bit better. However, sub-Saharan Africa has a very low urbanization rate*, potentially reducing the effect that this would have on malaria mortality rates below that of, say, mosquito net campaigns.

    *Data on the exact number varies. this source says that in 2010 the rate was 36% and that it is currently 41%, but this claims it was only 11% in 2010 and wont reach 20% till 2050. the council on foreign relations seems to back up statistica.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on New malaria vaccine is world-changing, say scientists in ~health

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    Unfortunately, for a lot of rural African areas where people don't have a hospital they can regularly go to, and vaccines are administered almost exclusively by traveling charity clinics, that...

    It shows three initial doses followed by a booster a year later gives up to 80% protection.

    Unfortunately, for a lot of rural African areas where people don't have a hospital they can regularly go to, and vaccines are administered almost exclusively by traveling charity clinics, that dose schedule is going to be a bit of a nonstarter. Even in America, a dose schedule like that can lead to compliance issues, but it turns into a logistical nightmare in underserved, extremely poor African countries.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Stable Diffusion public release - a fully open text-to-image generator in ~tech

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    Yup, OpenAI hasnt been open for a very long time.

    Yup, OpenAI hasnt been open for a very long time.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Best Linux Distro for Gaming/Noob in ~comp

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    It's similar to Pop!_OS in that its ubuntu based, is easy to install, and provides first-class support for installing proprietary drivers. Its a bit older than Pop!_OS, and has a more established...

    It's similar to Pop!_OS in that its ubuntu based, is easy to install, and provides first-class support for installing proprietary drivers. Its a bit older than Pop!_OS, and has a more established community, but on the other hand, it doesn't have as big cooperate backing.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Best Linux Distro for Gaming/Noob in ~comp

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    Id say Pop!_OS or mint, both for the same reasons that mtset mentioned.

    Id say Pop!_OS or mint, both for the same reasons that mtset mentioned.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Finland is building the world's first permanent disposal site for nuclear waste, with no shortage of people wanting to be its neighbours in ~enviro

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    They did briefly, but quickly started up again. in the past 2 years or so there have been a few plants that had to be brought down for extended maintenance, but France is also in the process of...

    They did briefly, but quickly started up again. in the past 2 years or so there have been a few plants that had to be brought down for extended maintenance, but France is also in the process of building a new, 3rd gen pressurized water reactor.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Finland is building the world's first permanent disposal site for nuclear waste, with no shortage of people wanting to be its neighbours in ~enviro

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    Germany is certainly against it, (though Ive heard that that sentiment is changing a little bit with the russian gas problem), but not all of Europe. For example, France is the second largest...

    Germany is certainly against it, (though Ive heard that that sentiment is changing a little bit with the russian gas problem), but not all of Europe. For example, France is the second largest producer of nuclear power (behind the US), and the country with the largest fraction of its electricity powered by nuclear, at 69%. (the us is at 19%). Outside of France and Germany, I cant say I know a lot about individual countries sentiment towards nuclear power, but Europe is far from homogeneous on the topic.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Looking for some long book series recommendations in ~books

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    I cant recommend The Expanse enough. Its a fairly hard sci fi series that takes place after humanity has colonized the solar system, but before we have gone interstellar. At its core, I believe,...

    I cant recommend The Expanse enough. Its a fairly hard sci fi series that takes place after humanity has colonized the solar system, but before we have gone interstellar. At its core, I believe, its a story about human imperialism and expansionism, and how we react to huge, fundamental, change.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on Netflix customers canceling service increasingly includes long-term subscribers in ~tv

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    Try telling that to shareholders... It really does seem that in the corporate world, not only is growth mandatory, but the growth of your growth is required, as well. Its certainly a sorry state...

    Try telling that to shareholders... It really does seem that in the corporate world, not only is growth mandatory, but the growth of your growth is required, as well. Its certainly a sorry state to live in....

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Tech recommendations request: looking for a Linux-friendly 13" laptop in ~tech

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    If your ok with something ARM based, you might be interested in in a pinebook pro? Its definitly a bit underpowered (like most ARM laptops), but they have good linux support, are a good price, and...

    If your ok with something ARM based, you might be interested in in a pinebook pro? Its definitly a bit underpowered (like most ARM laptops), but they have good linux support, are a good price, and should fit your needs. Only problem is im not sure how set you are on the 13" formfactor, as these are only available in 14". Its also currently out of stock, but should be back in june.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What are your failed hobbies? in ~hobbies

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    Ive done 2 discovery flights in 2 different countries as a kid, actually. Definitly going to be trying to get a private pilots licence when I am more financially stable.

    Ive done 2 discovery flights in 2 different countries as a kid, actually. Definitly going to be trying to get a private pilots licence when I am more financially stable.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on What are your failed hobbies? in ~hobbies

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    Id love to do this, but they are really expensive for my point in life. Been doing casual flight sims on and off for most of my life, though.

    I took some flying lessons but didn't get to the point of flying solo, and I probably won't take it up again because I don't think I have the attention span for it. I still have a headset that I should sell one of these days.

    Id love to do this, but they are really expensive for my point in life. Been doing casual flight sims on and off for most of my life, though.

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

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    Been rushing Deep Rock Galactic to get the last few season levels before the next season drops. Its only cosmetics that I'm earning, and they wont even be gone for good after the new update drops,...

    Been rushing Deep Rock Galactic to get the last few season levels before the next season drops. Its only cosmetics that I'm earning, and they wont even be gone for good after the new update drops, but the core gameplay is so fun in itself that it doesn't feel like a grind at all.

    Ive been playing with a lot of peeps on the DRG discord, having an absolute blast just exterminating hordes of hungry spiders and the odd robot while mountain-goating around a fully destructible cave. Something about forming the terrain you want to fight on alongside very satisfying gunplay just keeps you going for one more mission.

    Also started up stardew valley for the first time. Im in the second week of summer so far, and am focusing more on the community center than on social progress so far.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on What everyday foods are 10/10? in ~food

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    Same here actually, Though I have a very strange reason. Growing up overseas in the third world, Mac&cheese was only ever gotten when relatives sent us it in the mail (only the cheese package, we...

    Same here actually, Though I have a very strange reason.

    Growing up overseas in the third world, Mac&cheese was only ever gotten when relatives sent us it in the mail (only the cheese package, we could get the noodles locally.) So, as a child, Mac&cheese was an ultra rare treat. Then we go back to america for good, and its 99 cents! Still, no matter how many times I have it, it still feels like a special treat.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Suicide hotline shares data with for-profit spinoff in ~tech

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    What really stings about that blog post, IMO, is how the first part was all apology, saying how after the story broke, they 'concluded that we were wrong to share texter data', and how they were...

    What really stings about that blog post, IMO, is how the first part was all apology, saying how after the story broke, they 'concluded that we were wrong to share texter data', and how they were going to do better in the future. But she then goes onto say, in great detail, the exact justification she uses. Its nothing but another corporate apology. They arent sorry they did it. They are sorry they got caught. (a conclusion supported even more supported by their dismissal of the volunteer who first brought up these concerns.)

    The founder of Crisis Text Line saw an opportunity and came to the board. We did not have the resources to simply train anyone who was interested. But HR teams at companies had both the need for, and the resources for, larger training systems. The founder proposed building a service that could provide us with a needed revenue stream. I don’t remember every one of the options we discussed, but I do know that we talked about building a separate unit in the organization to conduct training for a fee. This raised the worry that this would be a distraction to our core focus. We did all see training as mission-aligned, but we needed to focus on the core service CTL was providing.

    this is where she completely and utterly lost me. Using data for revenue generation, especially such personal data, cannot be ethical no matter the amount of anonymization that you attempt to layer on.

    and I couldn't help but notice this choice tidbit:

    But I have also learned from our clinical team about the limits of consent and when consent undermines ethical action. I have also come to believe that there are times when other ethical values must be prioritized against an ideal of consent.

    ACTING WITHOUT CONSENT IS NOT ETHICAL. not in mental health, not in physical health! Consent, especially informed consent, is the cornerstone of medical ethics, second only to do no harm. To even suggest otherwise is completely and utterly corrupt. It would be like saying that sometimes sex without consent is OK.

    Finally, as I said in my other comment, CTL has not only damaged their own credibility, but the credibility of crisis mental health providers as a whole. this will lead to people hesitating or refusing to call and get help. CTFs actions will have a death toll.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Suicide hotline shares data with for-profit spinoff in ~tech

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    We have to keep in mind as well that in this type of mental health organization, people not being willing to call can and will cause deaths.

    people knowing their conversations could leave the organization could mean the defining difference between somebody calling and not calling in a crisis.

    We have to keep in mind as well that in this type of mental health organization, people not being willing to call can and will cause deaths.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on Suicide hotline shares data with for-profit spinoff in ~tech

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    In doing this, Crisis Text Hotline has not only damaged its own credibility, but the credibility of every suicide/crisis service out there. Their actions will have a real, tangible death toll. The...

    In doing this, Crisis Text Hotline has not only damaged its own credibility, but the credibility of every suicide/crisis service out there. Their actions will have a real, tangible death toll.


    The primary reason suicide hotlines are used rather than reaching out to local or family relationships is the anonymity. I know people who have been afraid to reach out to any given hotline for fear that:

    • they will have the police called on them
    • someone they know will find out
    • their conversations/worries/struggles/the simple fact they called will go on their permanent medical record.
      I myself have been afraid in the past for reasons 1 and 3.

    Privacy is of even greater importance for 'sensitive' medical services, whether that be birth control, STD prevention/screening, or mental health. Things like these make people even less willing to reach out for help when they need it. There have been mental health services working on their credibility as a safe, private space to talk about issues for years, and one greedy corp has set them ALL back years in that. This is NOT OK.

    11 votes
  20. Comment on What are your favorite Linux distributions to use for gaming and as a daily driver, and why? in ~comp

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    I use arch, but I wouldn't recommend it for someone who isn't already comfortable with the Linux command line/willing to put a lot of work in to getting comfortable. The basic install isnt so bad,...

    I use arch, but I wouldn't recommend it for someone who isn't already comfortable with the Linux command line/willing to put a lot of work in to getting comfortable. The basic install isnt so bad, if you just follow the wiki, (hardest part is knowing beforehand that you have to install a bootloader before rebooting), its much of the stuff after. Nothing hard, per se, but lots of stuff where you have to know where to go to get things working. Once you get used to it, its easier than messing around in GUIs endless menus and submenus, but (mostly for new games) I have had to muck about with launch options and config files. However, once you get something working in arch, it stays working. I have only had to redo things when ive installed arch on a new computer.

    If you want the experience to be as slick as possible, Id recommend mint. It stays away from ubuntus snap store BS, but is by far the most user friendly distro out there. Then, if you want to, you can use mint to start getting comfortable with linuxes internals. (I only made the jump to arch after a few years of using mint, though there are just as many who stay, its a good system.)

    2 votes