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Atmospheric water harvesting: can we get water out of thin air? (engineering.purdue.edu)

Earth’s atmosphere holds six times more fresh water than all of its rivers combined. So is it possible to harvest that water, in areas where people have no other fresh water source? Purdue University researchers have crunched the numbers, and have the data to show which atmospheric water harvesting methods work best in...

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The problem is that the places where this technology would be useful also happen to be the places with little to no humidity. You can't pull water out of the air if there isn't any.

The places where this would be useful are places with high humidity, but then water sources aren't usually an issue. You'd have to have a region where it's very humid, but doesn't have access to drinking water. I don't imagine those are particularly common. Such a region would probably benefit more from water treatment than pulling it out of the air.

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Currently I think my leading theory is that Elon Musk has made a deal with a witch, and in exchange for eternal life he has to burn 44 billion dollars as fast as possible. I see no other explanation for these batshit decisions.

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You guys tried this once. It didn't work.

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Sometimes you want people to leave you alone on the bus, but don't actually want to piss yourself.

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I thought about this before, and mostly agree. My mom knows nothing about computers and could probably use Ubuntu if I stick it on a machine and gave it to her. The thing preventing me from doing it is that when things go wrong in Linux, it often requires extensive terminal usage to fix. And my mother can often find new and creative ways to break a computer. If something went wrong with it, I would have to fix it. There is literally no one else she knows who would even know where to start. At least if she's on windows, she can find someone to help her.

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I'm sceptical that blue light lenses, even those that effectively block blue light, are doing much of anything. Blue light can mess with your circadian rhythm, but so can orange-tinted light if it's bright enough. A better system would be to limit screen time after dark. If you are using screens, lower their brightness to the lowest amount you can still see. You can use a night -time filter to tint the screen orange after dark (most OS's and devices support some form of this). Blue light lenses while holding a OLED device six inches from your face at full intensity? Likely not doing much.

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So, uh, not to sound out of the loop here, but what exactly is Sega getting here? They spent close to a billion dollars for...the Angry Birds IP?

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Evidently playing the game isn't a fun experience either, Aaron.

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Yeah, like at a massive deficit, all while making sweeping policy changes at a moments notice with little research on how those changes effect stability. Also, cutting down on employed staff to save money while not bothering to investigate what those people actually do, to later realize it only when things start breaking. Only instead of some shitty social media platform he's fucking with, it'll be the United States economy!

He's got my vote!

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"Clicking agree allows us to come into your bedroom at night and sleep with your wife. Don't worry, we wouldn't actually do that, even though we did take the time to explicitly add that to our terms of service. You can trust us."

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This is an important point. We're all pissed at LTT right now so are eager to jump on any story that supports that narrative. I'm not saying I don't believe Madison (what she says pretty much lines up with what I would expect). But before we convict Linus in the court of public opinion, we should allow him to argue in his defense.

HW News - Linus Tech Tips' Terrible Response (www.youtube.com)

From the video description: In HW News this week, we start with a discussion about Linus Sebastian's recent reply to our commentary about Linus Tech Tips' issues with accuracy, data, corrections, ethics, and conflicts. We are baffled and disappointed by the hastily, angrily-written, and at times inaccurate statement posted.

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Like, is the Billet Labs issue supposed to be sabotage or something? He's shitting on it right from the beginning, uses the wrong card, installs it poorly, then refuses to retest because...it'll cost him...like...$500?

It's like if I was reviewing a screwdriver, decided to use nails because I couldn't find any screws, held the thing upside down, then bitched about how shitty it was. And when it's pointed out that my review isn't fair, refuse to retest because a box of screws is $8 at Home Depot and the screwdriver probably sucks anyway. And on top of that, just sell the screwdriver to someone else instead of giving it back.

Does LMG have investments in a competitor or something? It is so willfully irresponsible that I almost want to claim conspiracy because I can't believe that a company would make so many poor decisions by mistake. What is going on over there where a $500 reshoot that would ensure a fair and balanced review of the product is such an nonnegotiable prospect?

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And it's prioritizing short-term views over long-term stability. Sure, rushing the review gets you views now, but if companies realize that you're not going to give their product a fair shake, they'll stop sending you products. Then to review things, you'll need to buy them yourself, further cutting into your profits. If Billet Labs ever makes another product, they're not going to send LTT a review sample because of this whole shitshow. Other startups are now going to be hesitant to send LTT review products because 1. They may not get a fair review, and 2. They may not get their review product back.

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Either:

  1. Hire more staff to do more development/QA in a shorter timespan
  2. Delay release schedule to not be annual releases
  3. Reduce game scope to something the team can accomplish

Gamefreak cannot keep its historically small team size while trying to make large, open world titles that release annually. Tears of the Kingdom tool over 5 years to develop, and that was working with pre-existing assets. Gamefreak's model is not sustainable.

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On Artemis, yes. On kbin.social, no. Was kinda wondering why no one else was talking about it.

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Is there a way that this fight can end with them both losing?

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Death is inevitable. Nothing I do will avoid it, I can't escape it, and it will get me eventually. Thus, there's no point worrying about it. If I live my life in fear of death, I'll be just as dead as if I didn't.

I'm not religious, so as far as I know this is the only existence I'll ever have. I didn't exist for billions of years, I exist now, and then I won't exist for billions of years. In this brief window of consciousness, all I can do is live my life and try to experience it as much as possible. When I die, all I can hope for is that I was a good person who left the world in a better state than how I found it.

I won't lie and say death doesn't scare me. As I get closer, I'm sure it'll scare me even more. I don't want to die, so I'll take whatever steps I can to avoid it. But to allow it to preoccupy my thoughts does me no good.

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Awesome. I'm just lurking with Artemis until kbin.social enables the API, but really like how it's coming along. Microblogging is the big reason I chose Kbin over Lemmy, so I'm excited for this.

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It's been more than a week since my wife and I watched #Oppenheimer at our local cinema and I still can't stop looking into it. Most importantly, the moral question of the bombings themselves. If indeed the bombings didn't influence the thinking of Japan's government as some new narratives suggest, then why did Emperor Hirohito mention it in his speech announcing Japan's surrender? Obviously it did play a role in conjunction with the USSR's war declaration.

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Hirohito_surrender_broadcast

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@absamma It was the one-two punch of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki plus Soviet declaration of war. Important to remember is that the Japanese war council was deadlocked on whether to accept the terms of the Potsdam Declaration. Hirohito himself broke the deadlock to decide to accept the terms of surrender. Even then, that was followed by a failed coup to prevent the surrender.

Point is, Japan barely surrendered. I'm not convinced that if we change one aspect of how things went (don't drop the bombs, drop only one bomb, Soviets don't declare war) that a surrender happens. That leads to either further atomic bombs or a mainland invasion, both of which lead to the deaths of hundreds of thousands more. Soviet intervention could even lead to a division of Japan similar to how Germany was handled.

This sounds horrible to say, but the way things went may have been the best case scenario, at least if you only look at this as a metric of how many people have to die. You can object to the usage of atomic weapons in any capacity, which I don't think is necessarily a wrong opinion, but I don't think there was a clean way out of this.

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There really does need to be a limit of how many magazines you're allowed to moderate. There's no way you can effectively moderate 59 different communities.

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11 of me could probably take a buffalo. We might lose one or two of us, but come out on top.

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But you know the industry will learn the wrong lesson from this.

"Wow, people really like Baldur's Gate 3. I know, it must be the dice rolls! Let's have every interaction in Assassin's Creed: Tropical Freeze be determined by RNG!"

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We're obviously in 'what if' territory, but I'd imagine those games would have sold even better if they'd been in a better state at launch. A lot of people requested refunds after purchase, and a lot of those people probably never picked up the game at a later date. I know there's people like me that were going to buy Cyberpunk at launch and held off once the criticisms came in. I picked the game up for maybe 50% off in a steam sale later on, which means CD Projekt Red only got half the money out of me that they were going to get. It also means that once a game gets polished into a better state, you have to restart your marketing campaign to attract those people that you originally chased off.

Daily Beast has picked up the story: Kansas Newspaper Slams ‘Gestapo Tactics’ After Police Raid - Update: Co-Owner Has Died (www.thedailybeast.com)

“We will be seeking maximum sanctions under the law possible,” Marion County Record’s publisher said after the entire local police department seized reporting materials....

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Ever notice how with the far right, the second amendment is the only one that matters? Any attempt to restrict gun access in any way is immediately challenged as unconstitutional, no compromise. But the first amendment never gets that benefit. We'll ban books and raid newspapers just fine.

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True. Just like free speech only matters when a far-right news pundit is banned on social media.

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