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COMMENT 1d ago

That's nonsense. They claim in the article you linked that a store was shut down because they're averaging 5 shoplifting incidents per month.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Because you can clearly see in the video that it doesn't work. When the guy spun them, it was all a blurry mess. The animation effect only kicked in when it slowed down enough to match the camera shutter speed.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Don't know why you got downvoted. I grew up in rural eastern europe. Get your instructor two bottles of rakija and 100lv and he'll take you out on a long straight section of road. As long as you keep it on the road and under the limit, you pass.

Then you can go to any western EU country, and you will be recognised as fully qualified to drive until you're 60 years old. It's a joke. Eastern Europe is rife with corruption.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Yes. I agree that they're morons. With the right setup a bike can lean like 60 degrees and maintain traction going over 120 mph.

What I was saying is that it's not a quirk of physics. It's a whole field of study where you need hundreds of specialists working together to design a tyre product with a sufficiently advanced level of understanding of how it works.

Obviously we don't know Colonel Pirelli's secret recipe with 11 herbs and spices, but that's not it. It's understanding tyre physics, traction physics, the design of suspension, dynamics during cornering, the design of brakes, the distribution of weight, and surface conditions.

Yes, there are very smart people who have dedicated their entire lives to make informed theories. My point was that the majority of people would need decades of learning to understand them and apply them. You can't just point at basic high school physics problem and say - see, contact patch doesn't make a difference.

It absolutely makes a difference, but very smart people have come up with ways to make it work with a smaller contact patch (e.g. bikes). People who stance the shit out of their cars with 30 degree negative camber are NOT smart people. They are morons who don't know shit. Those cars handle like a fat man on a unicycle.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Dunning-Kruger effect much? Just because you can handle a body on an incline problem doesn't mean you can handle the extremely complex material dynamics of tyre rubber.

I have a master's degree in mechanical engineering and 5 years in industry, and I am not qualified to quantify the grip of tyres.

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COMMENT 1d ago

That's honestly true for everything in life. How many times have you heard news reference the "black community", the "muslim community", or the "LGBT community". These don't exist, just like how the "gaming community" doesn't exist.

My friends, my coworkers, and my relatives are my community. Everyone else is a complete stranger who has nothing to do with me. There are just some superficial generic characteristics or interests and some common life experiences which might make it slightly easier to connect and empathise with those strangers.

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COMMENT 1d ago

It's a pretty good (maybe even great) game if you judge it in isolation and play it on the PC.

If we ignore console performance, the main issue is that they did a piss-poor job at managing expectations. People expected the sci-fi lovechild of GTA and Baldur's Gate.

I honestly didn't buy it because V's lifepath was just so poorly executed. 20 minute tutorial, fade to black, and you're playing the same game as the other 2 lifepaths. Only difference is you get a few additional dialogue options. If they had extended the prologue to about 1 or 2 hours that are unique to your lifepath, it would've made a world of difference. Maybe throw in 2 or 3 side quests during the main game which are specific to your lifepath. That would've made all the difference for me.

As it stands, it just provides an illusion of choice for what little difference your lifepath makes.

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COMMENT 1d ago

Two things related to recycling:

Fucking resin codes are fucking bullshit and deliberately made to mislead. These are NOT recycling symbols. They have nothing to do with whether the type of plastic can be recycled. They just state that this is plastic and tell you what kind of plastic it is. 3, 6, and 7 (PVC, Polystyrene, and other non-recyclable plastics) can't be recycled at all. Most recycling centers cannot and do not take 4 and 5 (low density polyethylene and polypropylene).

Second thing is greenwashing. The recycling center takes all your resin code 1 and 2 (primarily drink and milk bottles), and now it will recycle them, right? Wrong. In all likelihood, they will crush them into cubes, put them in a container, and ship them to countries like Sri Lanka. There, they pocket the money for "recycling" the waste and promptly dump it in the ocean instead. Up to 30% of all waste exported to these countries ends up in the ocean. There's zero accountability and monitoring of how these overseas "recycling" hubs are handling waste. However, we all feel super happy that we're saving the environment. The government proudly announces how much waste has been "recycled". It would honestly be better if those plastics are put into domestic landfills. They might poison the soil, but the pollution can be contained. It's infinitely better than having it end up in the ocean where it's shredded by particulate, turned into microplastic shards, and trapped in the digestive system of sea creatures.

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COMMENT 2d ago

Kind of anxious tbh. Obsidian's gotten away with a lot of crap due to (valid I might say) excuses that they've never had the resources or time for their games. FO:NV was famously rushed. Outer Worlds was made on a shoestring budget with a brand new set of systems coded into UE4.

Well here you are, Obsidian. You are owned by a massive company, have a massive budget, a comfortable deadline, and you have all the systems and engine implementation as a foundation to build this game.

If this is as mediocre as the first one then there's no weaseling out of it now.

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COMMENT 2d ago

I mean, sure we're talking about it. An internet forum will naturally have more in-depth discussions when everyone is already online and can google everything.

However, how many regular Joe F1 fans actually even know what Mission Winnow is? I went a good two years of seeing that logo before I bothered checking out what it means. I imagine most people are clueless that it's tobacco advertising.

The tobacco industry in the West is a dying breed with a little pick-up due to the popularity of e-cigs. Tobacco companies these days make like 60% of their money in the developing world where regulations and/or enforcement are almost non-existent.

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COMMENT 3d ago

We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place, but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of those stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here. We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?

Richard Dawkins. It just makes me so happy about being alive, it gives me perspective, and it helps me face my challenges.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Ha! Ass blaster! Blast your own damn ass!

It's from Tremors 3. It's just so goofy that you can't not love it.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Yes, and there were studies back in the day (conveniently sponsored by the asbestos industry) which showed that asbestos is not carcinogenic. Same with studies (conveniently sponsored by the oil and gas industry) that climate change isn't real. Same with studies (conveniently sponsored by the tobacco industry) that smoking doesn't cause cancer.

To keep the tin foil out of the way, MMMFs are not as harmful as asbestos. They are currently classified as a category 2 carcinogen (possibly carcinogenic) by the EU. They don't tend to splinter and damage the DNA on a molecular level like asbestos. However, they still pose a risk of fibrosis which elevates the risk of cancer. Especially when coupled with smoking which coats the cilia in people's trachea which are normally responsible for blocking small fibers from entering our lungs. Some studies have noted higher incidence of cancer in people who work with MMMF (man made mineral fibers), but they attribute it to the carcinogenic effects of smoking rather than the fibers themselves.

There is also the issue of the binders which can be carcinogenic when inhaled along with the fibers. The primary one is formaldehyde which is a category 1B carcinogen (probable carcinogen which is shown to have mutagenic qualities in human cells).

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COMMENT 3d ago

I got my first dose of Pfizer yesterday. I had almost no side effects other than very mild pain around the injection site. I went to sleep without any problems. Woke up this morning with it feeling slightly tender. I expected to get a headache and maybe a fever in the evening, but I got none of that.

Can't wait to get my second dose.

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COMMENT 3d ago

I'm going to keep it non-political - Our use of glass fiber and mineral wool insulation.

Anyone who's been hit with a £5000 asbestos removal bill has asked themselves - What were those morons in the 60s and 70s thinking when they put asbestos in everything?!

Well, we are currently doing the same bloody thing but with synthetic asbestos coated in carcinogenic binders.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Two reasons:

Reddit is an anonymous message board. Text does not convey tone, so our internal biases and perceptions apply a tone to other people's comments. When someone uses emojis, it adds tone to their comment. This often doesn't match our internal reading of the comment. This causes cognitive dissonance which elicits a strong negative emotional reaction. It contradicts our beliefs. This doesn't happen when chatting with friends, coworkers, or loved ones. We are aware of how they speak and how they emotionally react. So our internal reading closely matches the intended tone. When emojis are added, it reinforces what we already expected. This can even provide a positive emotional reaction because it reinforces our beliefs.

Second reason is that emojis are exaggerated 99.999% of the time. When someone uses the laughing in tears emoji, they aren't actually laughing themselves to the brink of tearing up. It's fake, so this illicits a negative reaction from us.

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COMMENT 3d ago

I would disable atmospheric distortion. We'd be able to get a clear view of the stars from Earth, removing the requirement for very expensive satellite telescopes. We'd also get much clearer google maps.

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COMMENT 3d ago

They would definitely be more anti-fascist than antifa today. They'd happily beat the hell out of some skinheads.

If the men who survived D-Day were alive and fit for fighting, they'd be gunning down people for waving swastika flags on american soil.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Anyone remember Lafayette Park?

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COMMENT 4d ago

Legislature is only effective as its enforcement and interpretation at a court of law. We had a positive shift with youtubers having to disclose sponsored content. However, who's actually verifying that? How do you handle review copy cliques where youtubers are in bed with the company? Lots just get a review sample (wink wink nudge nudge) which isn't technically "sponsored" content. I'm sure there are a lot of smaller youtubers who get to resell their review sample and get paid indirectly that way. Or they just keep it and get expensive equipment for free. Money has not exchanged hands and no sponsorship contract has been signed, so that content isn't sponsored. However, it might as well be. It fits the spirit of the legislature, but people can get away with it until someone makes a lawsuit to set a precedent that review samples are a form of sponsorship.

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COMMENT 4d ago

Trees don't need saving in this respect. We have tree farms for paper products. The problem with logging comes from places like Indonesia where they're being cut to make room for palm plantations.

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COMMENT 4d ago

I'd guess Canada. Lots of news stories coming out right now about old growth forests being chopped down.