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by EdgarJPublius
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian assange arrested
Replies: 20
Views: 731

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: 4481
Views: 663871

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: 6807
Views: 1072722

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: 165
Views: 31034

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: 165
Views: 31034

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: 2092

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: 165
Views: 31034

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: 2092

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: 2092

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: 1390
Views: 224523

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: 668280

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.
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 2451

Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

ucim wrote: However, it doesn't follow that people, left to their own devices, would do those things of their own accord.


Not from that no, but it does follow from ten thousand years or so of human history.
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663871

Re: The Darker Side of the News

This is a deeply flawed and hierarchical view regarding the complexities of privilege (not to mention one that treats both Judaism and antisemitism as monolithic entities). They might as well argue that being poor means you're incapable of being racist. Racism and poverty are correlative, but they ...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663871

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Before the Ilhan Omar thing blew up, I stumbled upon one of those dark corners of the internet where 'Liberal Thought' is a monolithic thing synonymous with the agenda of the Democratic Party. (in this particular corner, it's called 'Social Justice' and is considered merely misguided) There I was ex...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663871

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Neither do I, but I can 'lurk' via public browsing. Probably being tracked for it, in some "unique visitor count" way or whatver, but I'm taking that as read. These days, social media widgets can finger-print your browser and track you across the web just as easily whether or not you actu...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 2451

Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

Just because no one is willing to pay you (enough to make a living/survive) to do something, doesn't mean that doing that thing wouldn't create enough value to society as to justify paying someone well to do it. Human capital is frequently undervalued. You could try individually identifying every ca...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28599
Views: 3383817

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Website UI Issues: Twitch and Youtube edition In Twitch, the list of your subscribed channels on the sidebar shows some number of subscribed channels (12 on my set up, I dunno if it's actually tied to window or screen size though), and if you're subscribed to more, a 'show more' button at the bottom...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death
Replies: 12
Views: 1776

Re: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death

'Fear Fatigue' is definitely not how I would describe the current state of the U.S., where people seem to be increasingly afraid of ever more unlikely threats.
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Definitive rankings of -- french fries?
Replies: 15
Views: 2875

Re: Definitive rankings of -- french fries?

I quite like the flavor of Popeyes fries. The texture does leave a bit to be desired, but every once in a while they come out just a bit crisper than usual and it's close to perfection. I'm not sure how Mayfield Dairy Queen's compare to the rest these days, but the one near me used to have these fan...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2100
Views: 413259

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Ugh, DnD powergamers.

Last 5e game I played in, every other PC was Variant Human and I had to spend an excessive amount of time each level explaining how I knew that the way I was building my character wasn't 'mechanically optimal' and that I was ok with that.
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8501
Views: 775554

Re: Trump presidency

Russia had already been violating the treaty with impunity and everyone knew it. I'm not sure pulling out ourselves is the right response, but ignoring Russia's flaunting of the treaty probably wasn't the right thing to do either and arguably emboldened Russia leading to their more recent shenanigans.
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2100
Views: 413259

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I do like the softer systems like FATE, but my players tend to prefer more crunch. If I go with a setting-agnostic system it would probably be GURPS, 3rd ed was my first TTRPG and I'll always have a soft spot for it. Also, the last game I ran was Shadowrun and just about anything would be lighter ru...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2100
Views: 413259

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I'm looking for a TTRPG system that would be appropriate to run a heavily Half Life inspired game. Right now I'm leaning towards a slightly homebrewed D20 Modern, or a heavily homebrewed DnD 5e adaptation, but I'm wondering if there's any other existing products worth looking into for this? Or maybe...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 5983

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

Zohar wrote: because no one will force you to use the municipal service


I wish that were true of my Municipal Power Company...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3403
Views: 740451

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

Went to go see a movie with my dad. It was a western mainly about a guy who was being held captive by some bandits when they got into an argument and killed each other. He escapes and claims the bounties on the bandits, then becomes a bounty hunter who finds groups of bandits and basically Gandalfs ...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 14849

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Teachers in schools have been legally armed in many states for basically the entire history of America, [and so far the predicted negative consequences have failed to accrue.] Citation needed. Most states didn't even implement laws prohibiting guns in schools until the 80's or so. Before that there...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 14849

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Teachers in schools have been legally armed in many states for basically the entire history of America, Citation needed. Most states didn't even implement laws prohibiting guns in schools until the 80's or so. Before that there was a patchwork of local laws and I haven't been able to find any kind ...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 14849

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I haven't offered substantive criticism of the article because I don't care. The content of the article is immaterial to the argument I'm trying to make. The sideshow isn't media advancing one position or another. The sideshow is that Republicans have taken a position that we must arm teachers and D...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 14849

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

EdgarJPublius wrote:1. Stop putting words in my mouth.


edit: moved to new post
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 14849

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

It's hardly necessary to posit some far-fetched conspiracy or 'frothing' pursuit of ratings to ascribe an anti-gun bias to an arm of the British government. RE: ETA 1. Stop putting words in my mouth. 2. What makes this 'worth reporting' but not all the other ways in which our education system is def...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 14849

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Are you saying it's not? And so what?
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 14849

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I'm not defending the arming of teachers. It's a pointless debate. We apparently both agree that it won't make much difference one way or the other, so what's the purpose in debating it? it's not an argument that will ever really solve anything, and only serves to distract from productive conversati...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 14849

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I think the logic is that if everyone knows which teacher has the gun that teacher gets shot first and the gun gets taken for use in the massacre, rather than being used to stop it. They're still working on the assumption that the massacre's going to start no matter what, aren't they? They could tr...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 14849

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Teachers in schools have been legally armed in many states for basically the entire history of America, and so far the predicted negative consequences have failed to accrue. How many teachers in the US carry a gun in school on a daily basis? There's no concrete data on that, and even schools that e...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9415
Views: 1468094

Re: Minecraft

I haven't found zombies in every farm, but every farm lost villagers around the time of the 1.13 update, and zombies may have despawned without me catching them. Also, I've found full zombies in addition to zombie villagers, I don't think infected villagers can become full zombies. As far as the des...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 14849

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I'm sure this article is a dispassionate and comprehensive view of the course curriculum, surely nothing was left out or embellished to advance a particular narrative :roll: Teachers in schools have been legally armed in many states for basically the entire history of America, and so far the predict...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9415
Views: 1468094

Re: Minecraft

Has one of the recent updates changed anything about mob-spawning? I have on multiple occasions now found Zombies in the crop farms at the Arcology, which according to everything I know of mob spawning rules shouldn't be possible. This is probably what broke things earlier. The new villager transpor...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9415
Views: 1468094

Re: Minecraft

Appreciate the offer, but Radorns contribution has gotten gunpowder production up to a reasonable speed.

With a bit of prep, TNT can be much faster for larger excavations. Also, significantly easier on the carpals.
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9415
Views: 1468094

Re: Minecraft

Arcology Update: All the villager powered farms besides Wheat were broken. I'm not sure how it happened, but I have replaced the missing villagers and the farms are functioning again. Since I don't know why it happened this time, I can't guarantee it won't happen again, however I have added a villag...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 165
Views: 31034

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

I have been watching the latest season of Netflix's Mystery Science Theater 3000, and I have some thoughts concerning the infamous 'Mac and Me'. I'll try not to cover anything that was riffed on already. ⋅ Go with me on this journey: Naturally occurring carbonated water is totally a thing,...

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