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he/him. LARPer, Nerd Organizer, Web Dev.
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Not the CNBC guy but I've got Nihilist Stock Market advice🌻

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But another part is that there are a growing number of women who are specifically dressing themselves to not be conventionally attractive. Because conventionally attractive women get harassed. When guys complain about women with weird brightly colored hair that dress in weird colors, they're often doing so for the reason animals in nature have weird colors -- to ward off predators. It's working.

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Doctors will not perform lethal injection. It goes against the Hippocratic Oath:"First do no harm"

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See also the NYT article about the CIA being extremely involved in the war in Ukraine, and the many ways they assisted in escalating things before Russia invaded. Not a Russia fanboy, they shouldn't have invaded and I hope they're defeated soundly, but there was a lot of hand washing pretending that the US did not provoke this war, and it did.

At least with Gaza, I actually kinda hope it's true and US Special Forces are in those tunnels fighting Hamas members. Because that's a far more effective method of stopping this fight than Israel carpet bombing civilians. I would like the US to beat Hamas before Israel does, in the same way Germans wanted the US to get to Berlin before the USSR.

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Correct. Splitting hydrogen from water is quite energy intensive. Burning hydrogen into oxygen to make water releases energy, but not as much energy as it takes to split the hydrogen off in the first place. The reason to use hydrogen fuel cells is that the extra energy needed to generate the hydrogen is still far better than the carbon output and costly materials needed for making and charging a battery. Batteries need rare earth metals, and they lose their charging ability over time. Splitting water into hydrogen creates "potential energy" from the later creation of water again, making it a useful, clean way to store electricity.

Same as the plans for using cranes stacking concrete bricks to store electricity. It takes more electric to stack them than is produced by unstacking them. But it's a clean way to store potential energy, and far more efficient and sustainable than a battery.

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Correct. Green hydrogen is expensive and energy intensive, and is not as cost effective as getting it from natural gas. So currently most hydrogen comes from natural gas.

But, unless we find ways to make batteries without rare earth metals, we will be better suited to moving towards fuel cell, once we have the excess electricity from renewables needed to split hydrogen from water. For now, batteries are the better option.

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Maybe instead of trying to train an AI powered car to deal with the insane chaos that is the road system, what if we designed something to remove that chaos? Maybe like a path that's just for these self driving cars. There's a network of paths to get you to your final destination.

But if we did that, there'd still be our current problems of running out of fuel, or battery power. Which could be solved by electrifying those paths.

But it'd be very difficult to have each of those individual cars switch between paths. Maybe it would be easier if instead of the cars switching paths, the people switched paths. Maybe we just make really long cars, and numerous people can get in them, and then switch cars as needed. People would need to know where to switch between these long cars. So we'd want to set schedules of when they're running to where, and then have an app or something that just told you where to get on and off.

And if they're really long, maybe we could kickstart this before we have self-driving abilities anyway. We could just have one person in the front driving it.

And maybe to reduce the need for rubber, instead of regular wheels on a road, they could just be metal wheels on metal tracks.

Just throwing some ideas out there.

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sure, but not having POPCNT means way older than not having TPM

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I miss the good times. I don't miss the incredible jealousy, having to slowly shed all my female friends. I don't miss arguments because some girl heart reacted my fb post. I don't miss the gaslighting. I don't miss just having to give her her way because she would never compromise, or see something from someone else's perspective.

I miss the year where I thought she was honest about being over her jealousy issues, when she wanted to be Poly. Where I could at least have healthy friendships again, while still being with her. Where I thought maybe I could fix things, turn our relationship around. But all of that was a mirage. She didn't stop being jealous because she had changed. She stopped being jealous because she was done, and just leaving me slowly, and wanted to date another guy so she'd have another relationship to catch her when she left.

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When was the last time there was a conservative president in the US who didn't cause tremendous lasting damage to the country?

Boomers won’t part with their homes, and that’s a problem for young families (www.cnn.com)

Buying a family-sized home with three or more bedrooms used to be manageable for young people with children. But with home prices climbing faster than wages, mortgage rates still close to 23-year highs and a shortage of homes nationwide, many Millennials with kids can’t afford it. And Gen Z adults with kids? Even harder....

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That was the entire point of mortgages. You're paying interest, and could end up paying well over the original house value, but over a long enough time period, via inflation and property values increasing, you're still making out ahead of renting. Depending on the mortgage interest rate, you could be better off not paying it off early.

For example, I refinanced my house at 2.6%. Afterwards I started paying extra principal payments. My mother the accountant told me to stop. The interest rate is lower than inflation, I'm better off using the money for other things or putting it into higher yield savings accounts instead of paying it off earlier than schedule.

Amazon pricing makes no sense.

We have been buying extra strong PG Tips British tea from Amazon because we think American tea is way too weak. 3 boxes of 80 were about $40 last time I bought them a few months ago. They’re now $80. Thankfully we discovered we can get an order of 6 for $60, but we have to wait until mid-February for the to arrive. Meanwhile,...

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They're so insistent on getting people to do their Subscribe & Save stuff, with lots of discounts for making a subscription. And I take the discount and cancel the subscription as soon as it shows up. The entire point seems to be to get people to subscribe at the low price, and then jack the price up, sometimes double, when it starts recurring.

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Given that small typed one, it sounds like they've had troubles where there wasn't enough toilet paper so people waddled out to get a paper towel to use. But who exactly is going to stop mid poop to kindly ask a staff member for more toilet paper? If they don't want people to flush paper towels, get a toilet paper dispenser with two rolls.

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They want to get the same shenanigans they pull with welfare funding.

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Because their practices are anti-competitive. School kids are getting bullied for using Android phones because they're "green texters" in iMessage. But most importantly iMessage's connection with SMS causes all interaction to be very low quality images and videos. And when people complain to Tim Apple about the experience, his only response is "Get your grandma an iPhone". Our only saving grace is that the EU is requiring Apple to support RCS, which should solve these issues, except they'll probably find some new way to be anti-competitive about it.

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Except like the Church of Satan, The Satanic Temple is very clear they don't believe in a literal Satan. The Satanic Temple is also very much just a paper religion meant to counter these public Christian displays. They walk a fine line of making that very clear while also having plausible deniability.

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Thanks for noticing my fear of abandonment. It's from being abandoned so many times.

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Obama was a huge problem, but not because of being half black. Because he ran on a progressive platform, and then was decidedly Centrist once he actually got into office. The entire financial bailout could've gone way better, and moved the country in a far better direction, if he wasn't busy placating his wall street friends. His drone program made every civilian in Afghanistan and Iraq despise us to the core, and made children afraid of the sky. He pushed through Obamacare/Affordable Care Act, which was the Republican plan, as a compromise. None of them voted for it anyway, he could've gotten through a much better plan instead. Hillary's loss in 2016 was as much a denunciation of Obama's centrism as it was about Hilary or right wing populism. And his interference in 2020 to get all the centrists to back Biden and shut down Bernie may have doomed us in 2024.

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The problem is that home insurance has become a safety blanket letting people build in places that we just shouldn't build houses on. Directly in flood plains. On barrier islands. If a place gets wiped out whenever there's flooding, we should just stop building there. That's going to become more and more obvious as climate change gets worse.

I'd like that insurance to go away. Because as it is, between insurance and FEMA, the rest of us are paying so that rich people can build houses in places where their house will get wiped out every 5-10 years.

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Arduino in the same vein. There's a great "30 Days Lost in Space" tutorial set, but even to play around with by yourself for cheap, you can get an off brand (the hardware is open source!) Arduino Mega for 20 bucks. All sorts of cool programming and electronics fun.

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They were specifically created for cleaning ears. First line of the wikipedia history.. The reason Q-Tip says not to use them in ears is plausible deniability. They know they mostly get used to cleaning ears. But it's incredibly easy to puncture your eardrum doing that. In order to stop people from suing them for using their product in its main use case and hurting themselves, they simply specifically instruct against using it that way. While that is a wholly ridiculous falsehood, without it they'd have probably been sued so much that no one would make them. And then I wouldn't be able to clean my ears.

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Not a lot of products have to do that. The one people bandy about is McDonalds adding "Caution: Coffee Is Hot" to their stuff, but the actual coffee spill lawsuit was over coffee hot enough to cause 3rd degree burns. Few things need cautions against their intended use.

Q-Tips / cotton swabs are an almost uniquely bad tool. It's incredibly easy to rupture your ear drums. There's no actual health benefit to swabbing your ears -- it just feels good your ears get itchy. A safer tool could be made, but it'd be more expensive, more involved to use, and there's probably several but I can't be bothered to find out, and neither can you. They make a product that they know is inherently dangerous to use and has no specific benefit. So it has a warning against doing it. Same as cigarette packs have a warning that they cause cancer, even though everyone buying them knows that and smokes them anyway.

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I've been using Kagi for 2 months and swear by it. It might feel silly paying for a search engine, but I'm now the customer instead of the product, and I can customize my searches the way I want.

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I love that this is a world where 8 men try to stop MJF from wrestling because his leg might be hurt, but it's fine for Adam Cole to wrestle in a cast after multiple surgeries on his ankle

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