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Knotty literate Dog 15 comments
guest_ · 23 minutes ago
It’s important to talk about representation in video games, about the imagery and the themes and the attitudes, I think. It’s a very fine line between satirizing and glorifying often. And maybe she’s right and all of us who enjoy these games are sick on some level- but I have t yet met a person who was “well” so we are all flawed in our ways. Murdering video game hookers is maybe one of the less harmful ways a person could be sick I think.
Knotty literate Dog 15 comments
guest_ · 26 minutes ago
So maybe the art, the statement is on he player. My SO gets upset any time I torture an NPC or even choose a ride dialog option. She has a very pure heart. Mine maybe not so much. But they gee rally make you a criminal in the games, set you in an environment tailored for and encouraging you to mayhem and sadism. And well... you aren’t really required to do a lot of what you CAN do. Is that how you think? Is that how you think the character- how a “criminal” thinks? So there is art to it I would say. Like a performance art piece. It can be a bit meta. I mean- maybe part of the art is seeing who puts the controller down and walks away or who just says “I’m already a criminal... May as well...”
Knotty literate Dog 15 comments
guest_ · 30 minutes ago
I mean- we can argue artistic merit all day- and often times that line is blurred. However- since it is an open world game and murdering hookers isn’t part of some tightly crafted and paced narrative that uses the symbolism or makes an inherent statement... we can rule out certain kinds of artistic merit. We can chalk it up to realism- but then again- if all the things they did or didn’t specifically program for you to do- those were choices.
Knotty literate Dog 15 comments
guest_ · 33 minutes ago
I love GTA. I love seeing what sorts of things will be in the next game. I’ve played every GTA on console starting with GTA 1 as soon as they came out. That said... I don’t know if removing strangling hookers for fun is a political maneuver as much as just one based on some folks morality.
Knotty literate Dog 15 comments
guest_ · 36 minutes ago
Well, that’s sort of the conundrum isn’t it? Inevitably, when we create something, we can’t help but create it from our perspective of the world- even if we try to create from another perspective it is just the lens through which we personally view the person we imitate-which even if unintended is a form of satire.
4chan solving the energy crisis 13 comments
guest_ · 5 hours ago
For all the possible advantages - many argue that it is almost impossible, or so difficult that a better solution could be done with less cloodging. Building a tower that tall- let along one that attaches to an object in orbit... its a very difficult physics problem that if we could solve- we probably would know enough we would t need to solve it because we could do something better.
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4chan solving the energy crisis 13 comments
guest_ · 5 hours ago
But maybe someday we could do something like that. Of course- it’s all cloud talk. While we are “closer than ever” to being able to possibly do something like that- it’s more “closer” in the same way that you might say stepping 4 steps over from the middle of the continent is closer to the ocean than you were.
4chan solving the energy crisis 13 comments
guest_ · 5 hours ago
They generally try not to send nuclear stuff into space. It’s unavoidable often- many deep space probes etc. use types of very simple nuclear reactor that generate very small amounts of power. But if a nuclear device is onboard a craft that fails to launch- it can contaminate many thousands of miles of earth. If we aren’t launching craft- that’s one less danger. But... a nuclear factor in orbit could come back down- oe worse... someone could MAKE it come down- a terrorist or enemy for example. That would be bad.
4chan solving the energy crisis 13 comments
guest_ · 5 hours ago
Now to the original premise- many of these “cords” or “elevators” attached to station with large solar arrays could not only transmit solar power back down to earth- but we could send UP power when solar isn’t enough for the station. Sort of like how home solar panels can charge the grid, or the house can run off the grid as needed. These panels could also help with climate change- or even someday be part of a network that can modify global weather!
4chan solving the energy crisis 13 comments
guest_ · 5 hours ago
In space, when you close your eyes- you still see lights. The radiation penetrates your eye lids. There’s nothing but the space ship and or your suit to protect you- and our main protection against radiation are bulky and or heavy barriers- lead being one of the best. Or is prohibitive to shoot a lead lined brick into space- but a method to assemble craft in orbit, and get materials up for cheaper by the oz, could allows us to crate the shielding to protect deep space explorers better.
4chan solving the energy crisis 13 comments
guest_ · 5 hours ago
Space wants to kill you. Beyond the atmosphere, you lose the protection from cosmic radiation which the atmosphere and magnetic field of earth gives. Even shuttle missions and certainly stints in a space station are enough to expose you to high radiation- and that’s still close to earth, and not for the potentially years in space a mars mission could be.
4chan solving the energy crisis 13 comments
guest_ · 5 hours ago
Not just that- but even though mass still matters once you’re flying free or earth- it’s not so tricky, and certain experimental propulsion systems that work in suave but not in atmosphere could allows us to build larger craft with the power and endurance to mitigate some of the challenges of deep space flight design.
4chan solving the energy crisis 13 comments
guest_ · 5 hours ago
Other possible benefits of such a system include that it could make it easier to launch rescues, deal with emergencies and the unexpected, and plan missions. But the tether could also serve as a connection for data, fluids, and energy between earth and a space station/platform. Liquids are very heavy, and with rockets- every tiny bit of weight counts. The longer the distance- the more every single ounce matters. It takes more fuel to launch more weight. A craft with more weight take more fuel every time it is under thrust. Fuel also adds weight. At a certain point- your craft becomes so heavy that adding more fuel won’t get it to escape velocity. Those on a station could benefit from air and water sent to and from earth. Trash too.
4chan solving the energy crisis 13 comments
guest_ · 5 hours ago
It also means we could possibly avoid much of the heavy, complex, expensive, fragile heat protection for re entry- if the vessel launched from space and then docked in space on return, without ever touching atmosphere- that changes a lot about its construction.
4chan solving the energy crisis 13 comments
guest_ · 5 hours ago
For one thing- any vehicle we send up has to be designed to work both in earth’s atmosphere to some degree- and in space. Space shuttle bay doors are so flimsy that without support they break under their own weight in earth gravity! But instead of sending up a vehicle even- we could send up materials and have the vehicle assembled in space. That means we could do away with aerodynamics and things specific to a current space vehicle and design a pure space vehicle, optimized for space.
4chan solving the energy crisis 13 comments
guest_ · 5 hours ago
The idea would be to create some sort of tether to a platform or space station. This would THEORETICALLY allow us to send things into “near space” without costly, complicated, dangerous rockets. Theoretically this would reduce payload costs- but it would also potentially remove certain design challenges inherent to soar launches.
4chan solving the energy crisis 13 comments
guest_ · 5 hours ago
Well- as absurdly simplistic as it may sound- that’s a science and engineering project many serious minds have put time to- or even the other way- or both ways! A space tether or space elevator has been proposed numerous times- and modern cutting edge materials science makes it still impractical- but less impossible than ever.
Murder as we speak!! 19 comments
guest_ · 14 hours ago
If I tell you that it’s ok to drive your car to the grocery store this week even though you need an oil change, it isn’t great for the car but should t hurt it- and you hear: “An engineer told me I don’t need to change my oil- it’s all a scam! Not changing oil WONT hurt your car!” Well... no. No. That’s... that’s not what was said. Nuance, context.... important things. And most politicians either lack the brain power to give them- or withhold them because then people will... well, this.
Murder as we speak!! 19 comments
guest_ · 14 hours ago
What you hear, what you parrot back to me in question form is: “HA! See?! You said a cloth mask isn’t as good as a hazmat suit- so you admit it is WORTHLESS!!!” Nooooo. That isn’t what I said. I said that a cloth mask isn’t the BEST thing for the job- but they need N95 and higher for the most at risk people. So a cloth mask is the best thing most people can easily and cheaply make with little special knowledge or skill, that can reduce the risks to everyone- just not as much as other masks that are more specialized and engineered.
Murder as we speak!! 19 comments
guest_ · 15 hours ago
But when I say go you “Masks work. Cloth masks work. Hospitals have been using them, and still do in some places, for almost a century. Improvised cloth masks can be very effective when correctly applied. Purpose made ones are better. Better than that are surgical masks. Better than that are N95. Better than that are full respirators. Better than that are a hazmat suit...”
Murder as we speak!! 19 comments
guest_ · 15 hours ago
Which is- you can’t really give most children nuanced instructions. It must be simple, actionable, and not open to debate. Because... they lack the ability to understand nuance, and the subject matter expertise to speak informed on something like why they aren’t allowed to use the stove. “Jimmy’s parents let Jimmy and Jimmy is fine!” “I used the stove once and nothing f bad happened so you’re wrong!” Well... no. That’s not how it works.
Murder as we speak!! 19 comments
guest_ · 15 hours ago
I was just pointing to Trump as a pretty universally known example of a politician who often comes off as a moron, masks and Trump are only casually related through circumstance. But to your other statement about lies- no. I do not admit it. I admit that you prove my point right there, and prove why the narrative has to be so “DO IT DO IT DO IT!”
But I have to get home! 7 comments
guest_ · 15 hours ago
Otherwise you’ve taken away their choice, and once they are in your car it may be harder or worse or impossible to find another way home if your schedule doesn’t suit them.
But I have to get home! 7 comments
guest_ · 15 hours ago
I think it depends. But- if it’s too far for a bus- anything but the more involved of errands would likely still make the ride beat the alternatives... depending. If they are in a rush- then the time taken for errands may defeat the purpose. It comes down to a question of if you’d known about the errands- would you have preferred an alternative? If I’m in a hurry and for some reason don’t have transportation- I may prefer to call a paid service for a ride if it will be faster, or bother another friend to come get me. Maybe I could take care of some work while I wait or something. It all depends I think- which is why personally I think the person offering should inform the other party there will be errands, so they can make an informed decision on wether it’s a sweet gesture but not actually a help; or wether they think that’s best for them.
Fishy Fun Day #48: Meme Edition 6 comments
guest_ · 15 hours ago
Lol. The poor fish probably did nothing wrong. I doubt the person plans to eat it- I lack the information to know if it is an invasive species or something. Just the overall statement seemed off to me- beyond the fish. But please don’t take my reply as some indication I didn’t enjoy your meme, or that I took some offense. I quite liked it. I enjoyed it on the surface level- and then as I do from time to time I decided to look deeper from a few angles and see if anything g else stood out to me.
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