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troyunrau

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Centrist, progressive, radical optimist. Geophysicist, R&D, Planetary Scientist and general nerd in Winnipeg, Canada.

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Somehow they included Great Salt Lake. It is a “great” “lake” ;)

But they left out Great Slave Lake, and Great Bear Lake because they don’t know Canadian geography. ;)

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They’d never do it. Not enough laser and nebulas. Needs more sex appeal.

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Star Trek in theory could deal with speed of light limits on lasers. Like, you can miss if the objects you’re trying to hit are too far away or moving erratically. There’s no reason space battles should be like naval battles, where you sit next to each other firing broadsides. Your targets could and should be light seconds away. It’ll be more like submarine warfare, with detection and evasion being key.

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They are speaking truth to power at the moment, but people still play MTX mobile games so…

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Why is Discovery just Doctor Who level of “chosen one” plotlines that make no sense?

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Hypothesis tested: critique of Discovery is back on the menu! ;)

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Unfortunately, the Banksian vision of the future requires two things we haven’t achieved: eternal benevolent dictatorship, and post scarcity. Furthermore, he also posits that for something like the Culture to emerge, civilizations need to be mobile (ships) in order to be unconquerable.

The closest we could do with current tech is some sort of Waterworld type thing in international waters with flotillas that are inherently sovereign. But the earth is small and it wouldn’t last. Plus, nukes.

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The strobe should be subtle, just to fuck with everyone. Like 25 Hz or something.

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All six people who still play Diablo 4 probably bought it though…

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Eventually there will have to be an equilibrium. We burnt something like 5-7% of all Canadian forests last year. You can’t do that every year and still have forests to burn. The burnt areas form natural firebreaks while regrowing, which also slows things down.

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As a long term slackware aficionado, I agree that it meets the criteria. But it also is significantly different from other distros in enough ways that you may find yourself relearning things you took for granted. And that is off-putting for a lot of users.

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One day, in the near or distant future, we will look back at blood-based and ancestry-based self-identification as being rather quaint. In the same way that sexual self-identification has changed over time.

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Lemmy (like its predecessors) is temporally arranged content. Think of it like having a discussion in a pub. Imagine bringing up a topic and someone said: but we discussed this 5 days ago, so we cannot discuss it now. Your obvious response would be: but I wasn’t here five days ago. It’s okay to repeat a conversation.

If you want more of a hierarchical structure, use wikipedia article conversations. Then each conversation only occurs once (ish). Not encouraging repeated conversation here will lead to slow content death – like on StackOverflow.

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In this thread: a bunch of people making it more complicated than it needs to be.

Grab an old laptop, grab a user oriented distro that has a live-USB boot option. Play and learn.

Live USB options that should be user friend enough. Choose at random – because you like their logo or whatever.

pendrivelinux.com/put-mandriva-2010-on-a-usb-flas…

en.opensuse.org/SDB:Live_USB_stick

ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2230389

…readthedocs.io/…/burn.html

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It’s a fantastic little adventure platformer, wrapped up with cat physics. Some of the missions you end up doing don’t seem catlike at all, but I forgive them – most cats wouldn’t properly move a plot along without the prompting of their robot friend either. ;)

It’s a very nice game, and at a good price point. :)

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Robot opens door for cat. Cat sits and looks

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BG3 still. Just started Act 3 for the first time. Astarion as my main.

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Yeah. If you’re a conpletionist like me, you just run around picking up junk to sell to vendors so that you can buy one of every available named weapon (and store it in camp and never use it)…

Oh, there’s plot? Sorry, busy systematically looting an entire castle… I kid. A little.

I’m really enjoying how each character has a good arc, and that those arcs feel so substantially different from one another.

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Yeah, that’s not happening. Not nearly as fun as tipping cows.

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I remember it and was there, on the KDE side of it. Summarized half-remembered version.

Corel WordPerfect had been ported to linux late in the 90s and they got this notion that people only bought Windows to use MS Office. So if they made their own OS, people would buy it just to use WordPerfect. They had grand plans to take KDE and linux and package it as a consumer grade OS. The closest other competitor doing that at the time was Caldera, and they were seeing some success, so why not eh?

They hired two people to “fix” KDE. But the people they hired had no idea how open source worked – how to interact with a community that functioned more like a meritocracy than a managed hierarchy. They showed up on the mailing list and tried to make demands – work on this, fix these bugs, adhere to our standards for this other thing, etc. When KDE didn’t jump to their whimsy, they sort of got annoyed and just decided to maintain a patchset or something.

The distro flopped hard. And it started with their management. They could have instead hired a half dozen KDE developers that were already contributing, started feature or bug bounty programs (like Google Summer of Code, which was great but came later), and possibly have pulled something amazing together.

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You’re not wrong. KDE 1.x very much aimed at the Win95 market. They even directly targeted the windows userbase with jokes. The ordinal Win95 had a little fly-in animation that said “Where do you want to go today?” with an arrow pointing at the start menu. KDE 1.0 had this too, but it said “tomorrow” instead of “today”. Etc.

KDE also stole good ideas from wherever they were found. Trash is thus called because of Apple. The virtual desktops came from CDE. Etc. Sometimes it stole too much, and we would have discussions about flying too close to the sun, and tweak something so it would be just different enough not to raise the ire of lawyers.

Corel Linux was a KDE distro, so it largely had that familiar Win9x look, even if it felt different once you were actually using it. KDE later developed it’s own identity, but it retains its history and the baggage that comes with it.

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The composition is bothering me. Like, it’s asymmetrical and there’s probably an angle down the centreline of the coliseum that would work better and…

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Clear the underdark first, then ignore the elevator and go overground anyway, obviously. Since time crunch is imagined ;)

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Istik! I don’t have to explain myself.

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I bought a new ROG laptop… Just for BG3. Well, it was time for a new one anyway, but it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

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That’s like six rounds of combat. Better than most NPCs

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This was my PS4Pro – bought it for RDR2, but was a little disappointed. But man did I play a lot of No Man’s Sky on it 😀

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I’m looking forward to this. Combine it with eye-tracking 3D and you’ve got everything except the tactile response for a holodeck. Like this: youtu.be/Jd3-eiid-Uw

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First round nova damage really is a thing of beauty. Running Astarion (Rogue3/Ranger5) as my main right now, and he is getting 5 attacks in first round at level 8 – and with the sussur knife, he just goes straight for the BBEG to silence them. Gale nukes the whatever cluster is too close together. Shadowheart pops a Spiritual Weapon next to BBEG and then pops Spirit Guardians, and basically just runs around cleaning people up with the blender. Wyll, poor guy, gets the boring job of taking out the ranged attackers – who sometimes survive more than one round.

Everyone is kitted for first round damage, and not staying power. No tank. No problem.

Imagine of BG3 had some of the really broken action economy stuff from 5e. Like a team of druids all summoning together. Or the bloody Chronomancer…

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Trade goes both ways.

But also, it hurts the Brexit fans when they can’t bully their way through trade agreements. World is weird man ;)

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A free trade agreement isn’t just about goods either. Professional mobility is a wonderful thing. Anyway, I digress. I hope we can work something out. Actually, I hope the UK reverses course and rejoins the EU, but that’s another conversation ;)

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https://lemmy.ca/pictrs/image/89547ae5-b757-494b-827d-893c71f5384a.png

Raw Aluminum is way higher than anyone ever expects – cheap electricity means it’s refined here.

Sauce: oec.world/en/profile/country/can?yearlyTradeFlowS…

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This used to be a legitimate thing. Shack towns turned into real housing over time as people worked and accumulated resources. Rather than starting with a mortgage. Here’s a historical example in Toronto: www.jstor.org/stable/215635

So this goblin in the cage was upset that his tribe converted. I hope this brings him closure. (lemmy.ca)

Brakkal is in a cage in the goblin camp. I decided to kill all the Absolute worshipping goblins so he would feel better. Brought him the dead goblins like a cat would. I left him in his cage though, because he worships Maglubiyet and he is probably evil. Right? ;)

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Running with Astarion as my main, this made the goblin camp super fun. Used Gale’s cat familiar to draw goblins out one at a time, then ambushed them. None of them could bang on any of the drums to cause the camp to turn on me, but I just slowly picked off one goblin at a time and dropped them here. I’d like to imagine the goblins started noticing their missing friends and panicking about a vampire. By the time I dealt with the three bosses, there were maybe 6 goblins left in the camp (immune to being lured by the cat). Fun RP ;)

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Priestess Gut. If you butchered your way in you killed her to get to the others :)

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It’s so interesting seeing the prison in the warg pit with the chests that you know are meant for player gear during a prison escape sequence. And wondering how in the hell a player gets imprisoned in the goblin camp. Now I know :)

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Bring him in as a camp follower, at minimum, during a evil campaign.

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I keep containers in camp with “one of everything” cause I’m that kind of collector. In my first playthrough I just grabbed random containers and sent them to camp, but that was a mistake because they all looked the same. Second playthrough, I tried using only unique containers and tried to associate them with their contents. For example, the container you get on the illithid ship contained “weird unique shit”; and the pre-order bonus gilded container you find in camp contained only unique armor; and a mundane container contained crap like silverware you looted.

Every once in a while I’d sort the container contents and restack if there were duplicates. This happened regularly in my container with books, for example.

So my QoL request (on top of naming containers) is a restack option, which combines stacks of identical items.

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