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  1. Thread: Ask the experts

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    This why I only use locally sourced organic snake...

    This why I only use locally sourced organic snake oil.
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    They just moved the children's museum to...

    They just moved the children's museum to Thompson's point (I think), but it was great for toddlers when we were there. Also picnic on the eastern prom is solid, lots of open grass if it's not too...
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    https://lobstershacktwolights.com/ Start there....

    https://lobstershacktwolights.com/
    Start there.

    As to college - depends on the person. College etc.? Whole different thread and ball of wax.
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    That's central mass.

    That's central mass.
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    I love that No. 9 Park has this on file -...

    I love that No. 9 Park has this on file - https://punchdrink.com/recipes/cafe-du-maine/

    Also, packies are for massholes.
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    Have you partied with Mainers? Also the food and...

    Have you partied with Mainers? Also the food and drinks are waaaayyyyy better in Portland area.
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    They're college women, not 15 year olds looking...

    They're college women, not 15 year olds looking to get hit on by old men.
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    From there, just go to old port in Portland, or...

    From there, just go to old port in Portland, or Thompson's point if they have any fun events going on.
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    Nah, sounds like someone is realizing the reality...

    Nah, sounds like someone is realizing the reality of his world instead of just sniffing unicorn farts.
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    Everyone should be able to appreciate this from...

    Everyone should be able to appreciate this from Jon Bois (comedian):
    https://twitter.com/jon_bois/status/1524104658029092865
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    Also, as someone that does product research on...

    Also, as someone that does product research on behalf of others: most people are shit at research.
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    Also, looks like it's more now! Over 2k hours...

    Also, looks like it's more now! Over 2k hours
    https://digiconomist.net/bitcoin-energy-consumption#validation
    Or there's a thing from coindesk...
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    So what is the true kwh per transaction? I was...

    So what is the true kwh per transaction? I was talking strictly transaction costs, as businesses seek to minimize those. Methinks thou doth protest too much.
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    No it isn't. Here's one source on electricity...

    No it isn't. Here's one source on electricity required - do you need more?
    https://www.moneysupermarket.com/gas-and-electricity/features/crypto-energy-consumption/

    Also including military -...
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    Let's go through this pile of trash to tease some...

    Let's go through this pile of trash to tease some things out, shall we?

    "BTC is incredibly efficient and reliable. It's had 100% uptime since March 2013. Conversely, Fedwire, the US Federal...
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    Yet again people not understanding how Blockchain...

    Yet again people not understanding how Blockchain works. It's just an alternate routing later that doesn't record to the public Blockchain for BTC, so whether the transfer is real is technically...
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    Filthy pleb, they only rise out when you push the...

    Filthy pleb, they only rise out when you push the button now.
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    I mean, the whole space is built on artificially...

    I mean, the whole space is built on artificially manufactured scarcity via the algorithms. There's no intrinsic value or other use for any of it, which is just a massive achilles heel to the whole...
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    Mostly correct. I'm not the ultimate expert on...

    Mostly correct. I'm not the ultimate expert on this stuff, but right now crypto is in the "honeymoon" period where there's not a ton of regulatory burden. For it to be real and usable as a financial...
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    You misread my point. BTC, for example, costs...

    You misread my point. BTC, for example, costs roughly 500,000x more to process than a typical financial transaction. How is it going to replace regular banks if the most basic unit of activity - a...
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    Honestly the reason more banks haven't gotten...

    Honestly the reason more banks haven't gotten more into crypto is that it's also a pain in the ass to deal with.
    You have large cybersecurity risk as if someone uses a zero day on some piece of...
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    Given how swingy crypto has been, doubtful....

    Given how swingy crypto has been, doubtful. Crypto won't go to zero, but that doesn't mean it isn't stupid.
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    There's some cool food sourcing Blockchains and...

    There's some cool food sourcing Blockchains and some in stuff like reinsurance contracts that make good use of the tech.
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    This is the most hilarious thing I've read today.

    This is the most hilarious thing I've read today.
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    So have sympathy for the people that lost on...

    So have sympathy for the people that lost on really shitty investments but don't you dare regulate it so this can keep happening over and over?
    Like all these wipeouts and market manipulation...
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    Blockchain is great for stuff like goods...

    Blockchain is great for stuff like goods parentage and rapid contract stuff. It's real shitty for stuff like crypto due to high transaction cost, fraud/theft risk and KYC factors.
    I think we'll end...
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    Does crypto have a long term place? Probably. Are...

    Does crypto have a long term place? Probably. Are any of the current implementations good enough to be a real, durable thing?
    No.
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    Crypto bros don't bother to actually study...

    Crypto bros don't bother to actually study economic and investment histories to figure out how they can be scammed in most instances. Likely because most are scammers themselves who plan to get out...
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    A 1998 with no accidents and less than 100k on...

    A 1998 with no accidents and less than 100k on the clock? A unicorn if I've ever seen one.
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    Also, it's important to remember that some renos...

    Also, it's important to remember that some renos are to move houses up a tier. To toast's comment - moving something from shithole->new easy stuff like floors/counts/cabinet facings with new...
  31. Thread: Twitch Streams

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    I mostly watch the pros, only non gaming stream I...

    I mostly watch the pros, only non gaming stream I typically catch is the occasional bowery presents concert. Adrenelateds take is pretty accurate.
    I will say the annual biannual Speedrun stuff is...
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    Eh, Detroit and the Rust Belt might argue with...

    Eh, Detroit and the Rust Belt might argue with "always corrects"
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    Plenty of people miss the fact that some work is...

    Plenty of people miss the fact that some work is lucrative simply because no one wants to do it. It doesn't make it better or more useful than other things, just supply and demand. I'd also say that...
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    You're correct - https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/twinning-twin-rates-have-increased-globally-last-three-decades-180977243/

    It's because of IVF and similar fertility treatments...
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    Don't forget how he completely ignores current...

    Don't forget how he completely ignores current data (cite: https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2020/06/02/in-changing-u-s-electorate-race-and-education-remain-stark-dividing-lines/)
    White...
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    Yes we could. When your Mitt Romneys (or...

    Yes we could. When your Mitt Romneys (or whomever) are paying 15% effective tax rate, that's a lot of money left on the table by people not paying their fair share.
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    It's one of the problems. Though as you see,...

    It's one of the problems. Though as you see, plenty of boomers and others talking about all the bootstraps they pulled on and how today's kids are soft with zero regard for the data that refutes them.
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    We don't even need to stop paying for defense....

    We don't even need to stop paying for defense. Just reinstate some form of real estate tax or any other number of taxes on wealth and we're golden. We're currently in a race as to how quickly we dig...
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    Unlikely. I'd rather the finance majors fuck off...

    Unlikely. I'd rather the finance majors fuck off forever. I'd say finance has ruined a lot more in the world than art ever did.
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    Yep, also excludes those who come from different...

    Yep, also excludes those who come from different backgrounds and have to be caretakers to parents, grandparents, siblings or other family. Or people with disabilities.

    If you want an educated...
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    Let's even take work ethic out of this - pure...

    Let's even take work ethic out of this - pure time logistics are the challenge as many schools offer major requirements at only a limited number of time slots that may conflict with work. Not to...
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    In what way? Many degrees are challenging even on...

    In what way? Many degrees are challenging even on their own in modern programs (engineering at a good school), not to mention time challenges of group work, coops and internships. Many employers...
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    Yes, but for every Alabama, there's 10-20 other...

    Yes, but for every Alabama, there's 10-20 other programs that AREN'T profitable, so it drags everyone down. If the NFL/NBA etc. wants a feeder program that badly, they can pay for it themselves. ...
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    I live right next to a university and know many...

    I live right next to a university and know many people in various positions at multiple schools. Executive admin in most schools is a bloatfest of consulting imbroglios and misplaced priorities.
    ...
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    The outrageous salaries are usually in admin and...

    The outrageous salaries are usually in admin and sports, not in teaching. I agree they're out of control, but good luck convincing people they don't need college football.
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    So you advocate for returning funding to...

    So you advocate for returning funding to community, vocational and trade programs? The reality is we need a strong, flexible workforce including all types. You either pay for it, or it doesn't...
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    Eh, it's a net benefit to the economy and more...

    Eh, it's a net benefit to the economy and more efficient economically than trump or W tax cuts or oil subsidies.
    Fair? Life isn't fair.
    I have zero debt left but won't be salty.

    If we actually...
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    That's my setup - Grilla Alpha/original grilla...

    That's my setup - Grilla Alpha/original grilla and a weber stainless (that's been going strong 15+ years). I have no take on a kamado/BGE, as I haven't cooked in one.
  49. Thread: Climbing Stoke

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    I believe originally it was a dare by the sea,...

    I believe originally it was a dare by the sea, but renamed Adair in memory of Jim Adair, the first ascent, who died a year or two after in a climbing accident in Yosemite.
  50. Thread: Climbing Stoke

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    To follow up - did 4 hours with a guide on otter...

    To follow up - did 4 hours with a guide on otter cliffs shaking the rust off and tooling up the nerves. Phenomenally beautiful, and great grippy granite to boot. I will say if you plan on doing it in...
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