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by EdgarJPublius
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4884
Views: 748931

Re: The Darker Side of the News

“there is no legitimate need to own guns.” Do you believe that includes the government? Because I could respect that. What about the rich and famous who might employ armed bodyguards? edit: Or banks and other facilities/institutions that might have armed private security? No. Taking PAstrychef's re...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4884
Views: 748931

Re: The Darker Side of the News

PAstrychef wrote: “there is no legitimate need to own guns.”


Do you believe that includes the government? Because I could respect that.
What about the rich and famous who might employ armed bodyguards?
edit: Or banks and other facilities/institutions that might have armed private security?
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2653
Views: 560494

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

They actually came up with a pretty reasonable solution . The first hat each person obtained from a bugged crate will be tradable. The rest will remain untradable, but can be refunded for the full cost paid. They're even gonna restore deleted hats for people who were concerned about potential punish...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2653
Views: 560494

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Apparently certain Team Fortress 2 crates (supposedly series 1-18, 61, 82 and 85) are dropping 100% unusuals when opened, the steam market place is going crazy, effected crates are selling for between about 5-20 dollars while the market for unusuals is crashing and several TF2 trading sites/bot oper...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4884
Views: 748931

Re: The Darker Side of the News

a neat collapse like that. Severely damaged or destroyed more than a dozen other adjacent and nearby structures... 2,763 people died... the large pile of debris burned for three months... produced enormous clouds of dust that covered Manhattan for days... likely the cause of many respiratory illnes...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4884
Views: 748931

Re: The Darker Side of the News

never seen a more perfect demolition severely damaged or destroyed more than a dozen other adjacent and nearby structures... 2,763 people died... the large pile of debris burned for three months... produced enormous clouds of dust that covered Manhattan for days... likely the cause of many respirat...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9441
Views: 1534547

Re: Minecraft

It seems that villager trading mechanics were slightly twerked between when I checked them out on the test server and 1.14.3, guess I should have checked that when 1.14.3 was on the test server. Anyway, the only really relevant change is that villagers need to have a job site block assigned to them ...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9441
Views: 1534547

Re: Minecraft

Nah, it'll probably be easier to do the stuff I want to do to the Arcology with the update in place so I can see if it's actually working.

Go for it.
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9441
Views: 1534547

Re: Minecraft

Pfft, as if I even need admin powers to grief the server.
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9441
Views: 1534547

Re: Minecraft

Logged into the 1.14 server and was stuck in the ground somewhere and suffocated before I thought to f3 to see where I was. Anyway, seems fine, probably could have been a bit more diligent checking out the Arcology, but I already know there's gonna be a lot of work updating it for the new village me...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fresh Prince Ali
Replies: 21
Views: 1803

Re: Fresh Prince Ali

Isn't it in Jafar's interest to discredit Aladdin since he represents an obstacle to Jafar's goals of marrying the princess and seizing the throne? I haven't seen the new movie, and it's been many years since I saw the animated one, but didn't Jafar also have a lot of influence over the Sultan? Anyw...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fresh Prince Ali
Replies: 21
Views: 1803

Re: Fresh Prince Ali

Impostor syndrome is a thing. People who really are things, fret about other people finding out they aren't really those things (the things they really are, remember) all the time.
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?
Replies: 24
Views: 2896

Re: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?

I would think 'conservative'/'conservatism' would be the more common terminology relating to the right.
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 175
Views: 42239

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

I mean, if you're going to mash Dragons and Cyberpunk, wouldn't that actually be Shadowrun?
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy and science of gender and sex
Replies: 126
Views: 41744

Re: Philosophy and science of gender and sex

TERF = Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist (Which I only knew because it came up recently in the sinfest thread where The Great Hippo was kind enough to define their acronyms) AFAB = Assigned Female At Birth (Which I've probably seen before, but had to look up to remind myself what it meant.) Carry ...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun May 19, 2019 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2123
Views: 436675

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I finally got around to reading the Cypher rules primer, and it seems super neat! I immediately started having ideas for how to use it in my planned Half-Life inspired and Pulp Interwar games. Actually, Matt Colville was talking about some ideas for what DnD 4e "could have been" on his str...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat May 18, 2019 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Star Citizen
Replies: 26
Views: 14768

Re: Star Citizen

See, I can't find anything that tells me how much of what they intended for Star Citizen is currently live and playable. Well, let me go down the kickstarter promises real quick ⋅ A rich universe focused on epic space adventure, trading and dogfighting in first person. -"Rich univers...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu May 16, 2019 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Yaupon: From Bush to Drink
Replies: 7
Views: 2298

Re: Yaupon: From Bush to Drink

Yeah, I was never clear on whether burning yaupon at all was bad, or if it was just cooking with it that caused problems, and I kinda suspect there was some degree of received wisdom involved. But it seems more plausible that getting particulates from smoke on the food then ingesting the toxins woul...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed May 15, 2019 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Endgame
Replies: 139
Views: 10630

Re: Avengers: Endgame

What, a literal
Spoiler:
Time Heist!
Isn't enough fun for you? What more do you want?
by EdgarJPublius
Tue May 14, 2019 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Yaupon: From Bush to Drink
Replies: 7
Views: 2298

Re: Yaupon: From Bush to Drink

Huh, I remember as a scout I was taught to identify yaupon because when used in a campfire (esp. a campfire for cooking food) it supposedly caused diarrhea. I never knew it could be safely made into a tea, or that it contained caffeine though.
by EdgarJPublius
Wed May 08, 2019 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Endgame
Replies: 139
Views: 10630

Re: Avengers: Endgame

Steve returning the stones doesn't have to be four instances of backwards time travel; he could go back to 1970 to return one of them, then forward to 2012 to return another two, then forward to 2013 to return another, and forward to 2014 to return two more. Also, since he lived a long life bac...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed May 08, 2019 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Endgame
Replies: 139
Views: 10630

Re: Avengers: Endgame

If I'm remembering correctly and doing the math right, there's a maximum of 10 possible timelines including the prime timeline (the primeline if you will) Each of the three teams that travel to different years has the potential to create a branch timeline (4). Then, there...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue May 07, 2019 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Endgame
Replies: 139
Views: 10630

Re: Avengers: Endgame

Spoiler from the trailer for the upcoming Spider Man: Far From Home RE: effects of the events in End Game Seems like The Ancient One and Bruce's understanding of timey-wimey-ness was inaccurate or incomplete and the Time Heist shenanigans did indeed split off multiple timelines. Seems probable t...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon May 06, 2019 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Endgame
Replies: 139
Views: 10630

Re: Avengers: Endgame

I'm just happy I live in a world where
Spoiler:
A Time Heist
is (overwhelmingly likely to be in the near future if it isn't already) the highest grossing movie of all time.
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 925856

Re: Trump presidency

I like those definitions of 'centrist' and 'moderate' but I wonder how many people actually fit in those categories? Of the people who are typically described as 'centrists' or 'moderates' how many of them are actually philosophically 'between' the Democrats and Republicans rather than off on some ...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 149
Views: 17311

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

Here's the thing, the not uniting behind a party theory is based only on Democrats, which is pretty sketchy as an argument if you exclude Republicans not defecting in large enough numbers to swing other states Except, we're not talking about Republicans uniting behind the nominee, or some hypotheti...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 149
Views: 17311

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

sardia wrote: because every Dem will fall in line behind whoever the nominee is.



Because that worked out so well last time...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 925856

Re: Trump presidency

I like those definitions of 'centrist' and 'moderate' but I wonder how many people actually fit in those categories? Of the people who are typically described as 'centrists' or 'moderates' how many of them are actually philosophically 'between' the Democrats and Republicans rather than off on some c...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Henry Montgomery denied parole
Replies: 4
Views: 2371

Re: Henry Montgomery denied parole

Prison sentences in the U.S. are pretty arbitrary anyway.
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian assange arrested
Replies: 22
Views: 4243

Re: Julian assange arrested

I'm pretty sure receiving and distributing classified documents aren't actually crimes in the U.S. unless you work for the government or have a security clearance. It's that whole 'freedom of speech and of the press' thing. Assange can only be charged for the illegal acts he allegedly committed in o...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4884
Views: 748931

Re: The Darker Side of the News

That term's been around for a while, though this is the first time I've heard it used in this context. The more familiar usage is firing an employee who may commit some kind of retributive act (e.g. vandalism, theft of company real or intellectual property, sabotage, etc.) esp. if given forewarning ...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7003
Views: 1159619

Re: Police misbehavior thread

All locks and safes designed specifically for firearms are almost universally terrible. Lock Picking Lawyer has numerous videos on that general topic. The rifle lock for cop cars is especially terrible when you realize almost all cop cars are fleet keyed with a super common bitting. There's this tal...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 175
Views: 42239

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

I mean, there's a difference between having the occasional cliffhanger episode, or using cliffhangers to set-up the next arc or even just the plot of the next episode, versus using cliffhangers to end like every other episode, and especially if those cliffhangers are 'cheap' by which I mean mainly d...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 175
Views: 42239

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

The first Netflix show I had this problem with was Knights of Sidonia, which frequently uses cheap cliffhangers at the end of episodes that are immediately resolved at the beginning of the next episode. And it flagrantly abandons or obviates story arcs. The worst offender to my mind is the rivalry b...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 6278

Re: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

Providing a new product that's worse than the old product isn't an example of a pointless job, merely a job executed poorly. What if providing a worse product is part of a deliberate business strategy? Typically a product won't be both strictly worse than the product it replaces and more expensive....
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 175
Views: 42239

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Is there some kind of list of Netflix original series that don't over-use cheap cliffhangers or abandon story-arcs rather than actually bother to resolve them? I've really enjoyed a few of Netflix's original shows but I end up bailing on most of them due to combinations of the above issues. And what...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 6278

Re: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

Providing a new product that's worse than the old product isn't an example of a pointless job, merely a job executed poorly. Any job on or off this list can be executed poorly; That isn't the criteria for being on the list. What if providing a worse product is part of a deliberate business strategy...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 6278

Re: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

A better argument against being rich would probably be based on the various studies that have shown beyond a certain point, being more wealthy does not make you more happy, and the very rich can actually be less happy than people who are merely 'well-off'.
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1529
Views: 263401

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I actually got pretty annoyed by how blunt and dismissive it was. This has been my impression of the government response to every petition that I have signed. One of these days I'm gonna dig up the Obama Administration's response to a petition to increase NASA's budget which summarized as 'We're go...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 710277

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

Valve's cut is 30%, though just recently they've changed things so if you sell enough copies they'll take a smaller cut.

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