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Tinfoil Gigachad

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I was also trying to come up with a scenario where we could test some of the game mechanics we've been discussing. I was thinking about something along the lines of:

Tensions between [our Glorious Motherland] and [Evil Empire] have been rising. Hostilities have not broken out, but both sides are obviously preparing for war. As a result, the prices of [strategic resource] have skyrocketed, which in turn caused an increase in pirate activity. [Interstellar Mining Corporation] has requested military assistance in securing a recently established [strategic resource] mining base. Pirates have been raiding their freighters en route to [industrial center], and the frequency of the raids suggests they managed to set up a base in the same system the [Corporation] mine is located. Your orders are to locate and destroy the pirate base.

The rules would be:

  • Subspace jumps give away the ship's location at long range, unless line of site is broken by a large body like a planet/moon.
  • Depending on the distance between the detecting and jumping ship, and/or the quality of it's sensors, the destination of the jump can be estimated.
  • Infra-red sensors can pick up moving ships at short distances without giving away their own location
  • Radar can pick up static ships at short distances, but gives away it's own location
  • Ships can be pulled out of subspace with a warp inhibitor
  • No communication is possible with a ship in subspace.

Every once in a while a freighter would arrive to pick up the cargo, and then try to make it to a jump node at the outskirts of the system. If the pirates manage to figure out where it's going, they can pull it out of subspace and attack it, and if they're equipped with a signal jammer, you won't be able to tell anything is off until the ETA at the destination. You can counter with making a series of shorter jumps letting you confirm the status of the freighter, and narrowing down the location of the attack if one does happen, but almost certainly giving away the freighter's route.

You'd be judged by how many freighters make it out of the system before you destroy the pirate base, and any delays your security measures might have caused. The idea is that you'll have to make some sacrifices in order to learn where the pirates are launching their attacks from.

I think a scenario like that should be manageable in terms of development, would let us test which mechanics work and which don't, and would be a decent first mission for a larger campaign when we get to that point.

And yet, any form of democratic rule, or even decentralization, ended up accelerating "progress" exponentially, and was a disaster if the goal was preserving tradition.

I haven't used it in a long time but 3rd party apps for Big Tech social media generally tend to be faster, have cleaner UI, and a workflow that doesn't suck you into foreverscrolling.

The second and separate argument is "but we don't ban paedophile apologists, Holocause deniers, etc." and my response to that is "yeah, so?"

So... they are not banning based on content?

Where it bleeds over is "you are being banned for your belligerent tone

Look, I already ate a ban or two for being "antagonistic" and think the criteria are rather arbitrary, and depend on the particular mod's mood, but I think it's pretty clear there's no bleed over between moderating on tone, and moderating on content.

(and also stop talking about this one thing all the time)".

So far the only person this was applied to is a guy that is literally unable to discuss anything other than Holocaust revisionism.

That's absolutely brutal. Best of luck to you, man.

A lot of jobs I applied to preferred to give a simple programming task somewhere during the interview process, rather than just look at degrees / experience. That even made it into rat-adjacent folk-wisdom as 199 out of 200 applicants don't know how to write fizzbuzz. Personally I think the ratio is absurd, but the idea is directionally correct. An ex-boss explicitly told me he got burned on a lot of people who looked good on paper.

It's not sarcasm. I can't tell you about people who went through a boot camp, and maybe it's a generational thing, but my experience has been that self-taughts have a better understanding of technical subjects in general, because they picked them up out of interest, rather than because they needed to pass an exam. There's also an overlapping cluster of self-taughts who got a degree that might be muddying the picture. We might argue what their success should be attributed to, but I'd attribute it to being self-taught since I seen them breeze through their classes, and their knowledge of the subject predated the participation in the class.

Some users have been asking for top level deleted comments to be forbidden. So that is one case where deleted comments might be held against a user.

There was a very interesting debate about one of the J6 protesters being a fed, half of which is now gone, so I can understand that. The suddenly disappearing top level posts are also annoying, but I meant more this:

Otherwise not officially. But if you post a trolling comment towards a mod it doesn't go away when you delete it. And I'm not going to completely ignore the fact that they were trying to be a dick.

Surely, someone being a dick, and realizing afterwards they were out of line and deleting the comment should not be against the rules?

@remzem Just so you and others know, moderators can see deleted comments.

Are going to start had holding deleted comments against people?

The only difference between what you're suggesting, and what they did, is that they left it open to "non-binary identifying" people as well. Maybe if you enforced a very feminine dress code, some kind of shame would kick in, but then you'd probably be excluding the actually female attendees too.

The ECB is raising rates too. Maybe because we were so underpaid all the time, the European IT labor markets have been at a state of constant shortage, and we're just in a somewhat milder shortage now? All I know is the last few companies I worked for have been BEGGING me to recommend someone else they could hire.

It's not really an issue for good graduates of good universities, but there is a sea of bootcamp people who want in, previously could and can no longer. And I'd grasp at any networking opportunity if I were in that situation.

This is another thing that sounds bizarre to me. Good universities teach you to program?! The whole reason I'm in the field is that it's not credentialist. Whatever is going on with you Yankees, can you keep it on your side of the Atlantic?

the job market is tight

What's going on in the U.S.? All these years I was hearing about how us IT europoors should just move to the promised land of the FAANGs, but I can't imagine being so desperate I'd attend a conference for recruitment purposes.

You'll have to elaborate on how he made anything up. It sounds like you're confirming what he said.

I've heard an Afghanistan war veteran say he'd rather deal with the Taliban, than with progressives engaging in petty politics back home. The former might kill you, but reportedly are nowhere near as vicious.


You want to make your own textures, or reuse the ones from the game/some mods? I can help you extract them, if you want.

Just as a out-of-left-field sanity check: what's your take on the Opium Wars? "Queen Victoria did nothing wrong"? How did the Chinese manage to get the addiction problem back under control? Was it worth the cost?

At the same time, I genuinely find it baffling to say that I don't take enough positions.

I thought you already conceded you tend to assume the perspective of a critic. This is, again, absolutely fine, but again you can't really expect to be cross-examined when you're not giving people that much to hang on to. It's a sound debate tactic - you are minimizing the attack surface - but a bad conversation tactic.

...or I should say, bad asynchronous text-based conversation tactic. A lot of it comes down to form. I listened to this episode of your podcast, and noticed that when you stake out your position, you summarize it to a sentence, and leave it at that, for example when you said you're in favor of giving people free drugs to minimize property crime. That works in a verbal conversation. I feel that I was interviewing you I could take this as a starting point, and get into the thick of things. I feel like I could also do that if we were in a chat room, but I don't think that works in asynchronous text-based communications.

Another thing is - and sadly it's a lot harder for me to pinpoint what the issue is - there's something about your writing style that makes me zone out and ask "wait, what the hell were we talking about?" by the end of the paragraph. Funnily enough this is in stark contrast to Kulak. I think you guys could learn a lot from each other, because I get the same feeling from him when he shows up on a podcast, but his writing is pretty enjoyable.

At the end of the day, feel free to keep doing what you're doing, there's nothing wrong with it. It's just that you expressed a desire to get scrutinizing questions, and I'm just saying what's stopping me from giving them. Other people might not have such issues.

You never heard of the anti Vietnam-war protests?! And you're getting the Falkland invasion backwards, a fashy military dictatorship of Argentina was invading, and the UK was moving against the invasion. The left at the time was taking the piss about the whole thing, because they didn't like Thatcher.

A contemporary source on Korea might be harder for me to find, but a film and TV show like M*A*S*H* didn't write itself either.

We're not talking about "supported", just "being ok with". Tatcher defending the Falklands was the butt end of many jokes, and maybe I'm mixing things up with Vietnam, but I thought the lefty consensus on Korea was also "what are we doing here anyway?"

Not saying that it's not, but no western country is reproducing itself, and anyone concerned with that is deemed evil.

The Afghans fought for their life, the Ukrainians are fighting for getting back on the trajectory towards slow suicide.

Like I said before, if that's literal genocide, we have a lot bigger problems than Russia...

North Korea, North Vietnam, Falkland Islands...

Funny, I was expecting people to question where the hell I got it from, rather than why we should believe the evil orcs.

Simple, if they're offering you to move into the other half, trust is irrelevant. They're letting you make future warfare prohibitively costly.

It's not that it can't be, but anyone observing politics long enough saw these supposed ideas flip depending on what's convenient at the time, so it's hard to take these at face value.

This sounds like overthinking it. Progressives are the establishment now, so anyone opposed to them will gain some automatic sympathy from the domestic opposition. It's like when lefties low-key cheered for Ahmadinejad.