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  1. Comment on Cheap material could help convert waste heat into electricity in ~science

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    Hybrid heat pump water heaters are a great application of recapturing waste heat. Put one next to your HVAC and use excess heat to heat your water. Some utility companies offer rebates for...

    Hybrid heat pump water heaters are a great application of recapturing waste heat.

    Put one next to your HVAC and use excess heat to heat your water. Some utility companies offer rebates for installing them.

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  2. Comment on Homeownership can bring out the worst in you in ~life

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    Initial populating might be a problem, yes. But small business will crop up wherever there is a demand, so really just need a big enough of an upstart population. Perhaps if we're not willing to...

    Initial populating might be a problem, yes.

    But small business will crop up wherever there is a demand, so really just need a big enough of an upstart population.

    Perhaps if we're not willing to concede remote working so easily post-COVID, something like this would be more-viable.

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  3. Comment on AI has the worst superpower… medical racism in ~tech

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    There is a legit aspect to being able to have information on genetic history, which is far more detailed and nuanced than just self-reported race. I suppose even without distinct genetic...

    There is a legit aspect to being able to have information on genetic history, which is far more detailed and nuanced than just self-reported race. I suppose even without distinct genetic information some risks could theoretically be identified based on that.

    I can't find the article at the moment, but I recall seeing writeups about how AI algorithms are inherintly conservative, because they generally rely on the already-known. It's a bias to conservativism, where the future can/should/would/does reflect the past. Rather than a more progressive "how could things change for the better?"

    Just consider most algorithmic music reccommendations. They reccomend purely on what you (and others like you) have already listened to. They have no subjectiveness on their own to evaluate how to broaden someone's taste in an enjoyable manner, other maybe feeding random selections.

    If a medical AI was trained purely on medical data from the 1800's, it would come up largely with 1800's solutions to the problems at hand. Not the 2000's.

    So if society has deeply engrained homophobic/racism/sexist problems, those problems will manifest in an AI.

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  4. Comment on Homeownership can bring out the worst in you in ~life

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    I didn't care about local politics when I was renting, because I was transient. I had no idea if I was gonna be in that spot in a year. Landlords were crappy, and I had no motivation to stay in...

    I didn't care about local politics when I was renting, because I was transient. I had no idea if I was gonna be in that spot in a year. Landlords were crappy, and I had no motivation to stay in one spot. Given instability of the job market, it always made sense to move as close as reasonably affordable to a new job.

    Now I have a home, and the hassle of moving from a home means I'll be looking local as possible when I change employers. Infinitely moreso now that I have kids and don't wanna uproot their lives merely for a job change.

    I am torn on NIMBY, as public works are incredibly important. But also...a community should have some say in how infrastructure is being built, and certianly have some level of control over any displacement. The biggest problem being when wealth-makes-right and the poorer neighboorhods get bulldozed for a rail line that happens to just barely dodge the wealthy neighboorhood.

    We have plenty of room for housing..just not within an hour of a major metro area...we just need to rethink how to handle this perpetual consolidation into the big cities and start building more of a connected-village model.

    Idea: Start building small, dense, high-tech, eco-friendly cities in the middle of a flat rural area, like Kansas. Build everything pedestrian/bike first, with a high-speed and frieght rail connecting them every 50 miles

    Edit: Another idea: When a home is purchased for the purpose of renting it must be bulldozed and replaced with something higher density. Or if someone's primary residence needs displaced find them comparable housing and give it to them for free as a thank you for uprooting their lives for the common good.

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  5. Comment on Tomorrow's wireless world will be fatter, faster, and creepier in ~comp

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    I'm not even really opposed to short range wireless. It is incredibly useful. But as a replacement for medium/long haul backbone? Let's stick to wires if at all possible. Heck, we could make one...

    I'm not even really opposed to short range wireless. It is incredibly useful.

    But as a replacement for medium/long haul backbone? Let's stick to wires if at all possible.

    Heck, we could make one hell of a mesh network with existing 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, and 5 Ghz if we transitioned all of our access points and devices to being mesh nodes and gateways.

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  6. Comment on Tomorrow's wireless world will be fatter, faster, and creepier in ~comp

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    5G for example can hone in your precise location to within inches. That's probably only the atart of where we're headed. When subdermal implants become a thing, it is now possible for anyone to...

    5G for example can hone in your precise location to within inches.

    That's probably only the atart of where we're headed. When subdermal implants become a thing, it is now possible for anyone to find you wherever you go.

    On it's own, not too bad. Until you consider the massive advertising spy network and the general internet hate machine at large.

    Do you want alt-right nutjobs to have access to your precise location? Yea, me neither.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Valve argues anti-Steam suit lacks “the most basic elements” of antitrust case in ~games

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    Don't get me wrong I'm a big fan of what Valve is doing as well. They provide the most value for that DRM compromise, moreso than anyone else trying to do the storefront thing. I appreciate GoG...

    Don't get me wrong I'm a big fan of what Valve is doing as well. They provide the most value for that DRM compromise, moreso than anyone else trying to do the storefront thing.

    I appreciate GoG for DRM free nature of it, and it's a shame they don't also go all-in on Linux, as there's likely a large overlap in userbase. But the fact I can download a game and have it install offline for eternity is a huge value-add for singleplayer games.

    My thoughts are the devs have no right to resell steam keys (outside of valve's terms). If they don't wanna pay valve's cut, find another distribution platform.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Valve argues anti-Steam suit lacks “the most basic elements” of antitrust case in ~games

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    That basically was what Steam was for early on. Third party devs didn't come around till 2005ish

    Origin was basically EA's answer to BattleNet: little more than an update/distro platform for their games

    That basically was what Steam was for early on. Third party devs didn't come around till 2005ish

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Valve argues anti-Steam suit lacks “the most basic elements” of antitrust case in ~games

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    I think the only way it could be remotely justified is if a game can't exist on another platform, like perhaps with deep workshop or anticheat integration. Hey Devs! If you don't like Valve, put...

    I think the only way it could be remotely justified is if a game can't exist on another platform, like perhaps with deep workshop or anticheat integration.

    Hey Devs! If you don't like Valve, put your game up on GoG without DRM. I'll happily pay a premium there so I can actually own a copy of the game.

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  10. Comment on Should you be wearing a mask again? Here’s a map of the Covid hot spots subject to the CDC’s new guidance in ~health.coronavirus

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    That might have been the objective of those whom let it get that bad. Or who talked long and hard about how to do the absolute bare minimum every chance they got. There should have been a...

    Remember a year and a half ago, this was about flattening the curve. The entire argument was preventing healthcare from being over run. It wasn't about stopping the pandemic in its tracks, it wasn't about keeping everyone perfectly safe. It was about preventing hospitals from stacking three people to a bed.

    That might have been the objective of those whom let it get that bad. Or who talked long and hard about how to do the absolute bare minimum every chance they got.

    There should have been a WW2-level of mobilization to restructure the needs of the country, not just to 'flatten the curve,' but to actually stamp it out and keep it low until a vaccinne was developed.

    The vast majority of those desk workers vould have been put to use in any number of ways. All the colleges could have been properly shut down and labor reallocated to do things like distribute the produce being churned back into the ground because restraunts weren't buying.

    There was a failure to look past what we do now and think about what ccould be. And I think it's in part due to this engrained sense of not wanting anything fundemental to change.

    If there was ever a time to implement deep structural change, the midst of a worldwide crisis seems a good enough time as any.

    Instead we got remote work and kudos (but not money) to essential workers.

    What needs to happen is the US needs to stop hoarding vaccines it's people clearly don't want and sending them to the rest of the world.

    I agree. I think a binding UN resolution to release all IP related to the vaccine into the public domain would help that tremendously.

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  11. Comment on Should you be wearing a mask again? Here’s a map of the Covid hot spots subject to the CDC’s new guidance in ~health.coronavirus

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    We're probably just going to keep having this pandemic. The state has failed. We must all do what we can to compensate.

    We're probably just going to keep having this pandemic.

    The state has failed. We must all do what we can to compensate.

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  12. Comment on Should you be wearing a mask again? Here’s a map of the Covid hot spots subject to the CDC’s new guidance in ~health.coronavirus

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    And now that the mandates lifted back in May, what little momentum we had is gone. Good luck getting those nationwide mask mandates back in enough time to push this back. Guess it's time to start...

    And now that the mandates lifted back in May, what little momentum we had is gone.

    Good luck getting those nationwide mask mandates back in enough time to push this back.

    Guess it's time to start going door to door putting extra pressure on the unvaccinated.

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  13. Comment on Tomorrow's wireless world will be fatter, faster, and creepier in ~comp

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    I know I'm gonna sound a bit of a Luddite... but couldn't we please just keep using wires? It's so much easier to contain the signal in a way that doesn't congest the entire electromagnetic...

    I know I'm gonna sound a bit of a Luddite... but couldn't we please just keep using wires? It's so much easier to contain the signal in a way that doesn't congest the entire electromagnetic spectrum in random signals.

    unable to run on batteries

    I would love to see how it would be remotely possible to enforce such a thing.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Walmart to pay 100% of college tuition and books for associates in ~finance

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    Free college! And because it's run by the private sector it's obviously better than anything the government could do! If only there was some way we could obtain 1 dollar a day from the entirety of...

    Free college! And because it's run by the private sector it's obviously better than anything the government could do!

    If only there was some way we could obtain 1 dollar a day from the entirety of the workforce, we could give all of them free college! And they wouldn't even need to stay with one employer! But we obviously have never had any system in place which does that, therefore it is impossible.

    Felt like writing some big fat sarcasm after seeing this.

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  15. Comment on Open letter to NASA Administrator Nelson from Blue Origin and Jeff Bezos in ~space

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    I mean, is there any reason that Bezos couldn't jist entirely self-fund this and hand it to the world on a platter? Complaining about needing to compensate for NASA's lack of funding definitely...

    I mean, is there any reason that Bezos couldn't jist entirely self-fund this and hand it to the world on a platter?

    Complaining about needing to compensate for NASA's lack of funding definitely feels like a self-fulfilling prophecy to me. Perhaps his legal team could draft some legislation so he and the other richest men in the world will be marginally less-wealthy and we can fund more social programs.

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  16. Comment on US railroads should be nationalized in ~enviro

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    2012 was about as normal as it has been since 2001 and they were begging for assistance then too. I know it's useful sometimes to see tax rates, but seeing those high percentages is also what...

    Also, in normal times airlines don't get bailed out, I don't think?

    2012 was about as normal as it has been since 2001 and they were begging for assistance then too.

    I know it's useful sometimes to see tax rates, but seeing those high percentages is also what makes Libertarians foam at the mouth about taxation. I'd personally like to see a replacement of most taxes with a relatively simple LVT, transaction, and wealth/estate tax.

    I recall seeing a video, that Americans, contrary to self-held belief, are actually taxed more than most other countries and recieve far less from that taxation.

  17. Comment on US railroads should be nationalized in ~enviro

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    Perhaps if prices were fixed the companies would have had a bigger incentive to push for more efficient planes. Or if prices did increase perhaps other travel, like high speed rail, might have...

    Perhaps if prices were fixed the companies would have had a bigger incentive to push for more efficient planes. Or if prices did increase perhaps other travel, like high speed rail, might have been a higher priority.

    We could play whatif for an eternity. Likely the answer is somewhere in the middle.

    But my main point is that post-deregulation, costs neither went down, nor the experience improved, for the user anyway. A customer doesn't care about the behind-the scenes, they just see an increased price tag and crappier service.

    And despite this, post-deregulation the airlines have not been able to reliably remain afloat without heavy government involvement. IMO every bailout to a company should result in a proportional nationalization of that company, because it's obvious they can't sustain themselves without that public money, thus should be more under public accountability.

    Incidentally, I think that's why it's shady that some companies don't integrate taxes and fees fully into their prices. I think it was GrubHub that had a 'Your prices are higher because your local government has a law that increases our costs', which feels a passive-aggeessive move to build support for a repeal.

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  18. Comment on US railroads should be nationalized in ~enviro

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    Have you seen the number of times airlines have needed bailouts from the government, even well before COVID? Or how even the largest have filed for bankrupcy multiple times? And the prices never...

    Have you seen the number of times airlines have needed bailouts from the government, even well before COVID? Or how even the largest have filed for bankrupcy multiple times?

    And the prices never really came down.

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  19. Comment on US railroads should be nationalized in ~enviro

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    I have yet to see an example where deregulating and privatizing results in a net win for anybody but the owners of new monopoly. Doubly so for anything that is a natural monopoly like roads, rail,...

    I have yet to see an example where deregulating and privatizing results in a net win for anybody but the owners of new monopoly. Doubly so for anything that is a natural monopoly like roads, rail, pipes, wires.

    Energy deregultion one of the worst in this regard..I have yet to see an an alternative electric supplier that is cheaper and more reliable than the regulated utility.

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  20. Comment on Tobacco firm Philip Morris calls for ban on cigarettes within decade in ~news

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    The military thing always gets me. If you're old enough to be foot soldier, you're old enough to drink to forget. (in America where drinking is 21)

    The military thing always gets me.

    If you're old enough to be foot soldier, you're old enough to drink to forget.

    (in America where drinking is 21)

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