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maynarkh ,

It's not that the army doesn't also have a rape culture.

maynarkh ,

I love that it equates Netanyahu and Gallant to Hamas.

maynarkh ,

IMO that does not make you part of the problem but a victim of it.

maynarkh ,

GamePass is still early in the enshittification cycle. It will get worse.

maynarkh ,

Going headless chicken has always been France's international diplomatic strategy.

maynarkh ,

You mean de facto conquest, right? And why would either side stop shooting?

maynarkh ,

If they did it, and Israel went against it, it would increase Israel's isolation. It wouldn't be immediate, just one more step of soft power pressure.

maynarkh ,

Well, the endgame of that radicalization will be hangman's nooses being put up in the Capitol, last time the people putting it up were too stupid and led by a moron, but if they let it continue, someone half competent might try to come at them as well. They don't live that far away from society that if they let it catch fire, they won't get burned.

maynarkh ,

Most of these articles are buzzword SEO for stock trading bots. Bots are set to buy AI up now, so you want to put AI next to your ticker if you want that bonus this quarter!

maynarkh ,

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó made similar comments in Moscow last year, insisting that Hungary’s energy security “requires uninterrupted transportation of gas, oil and nuclear fuel.”

You mean 2021 Russian Order of Friendship recipient Péter Szijjártó? That guy? Same guy who has a random young male football player who is not related to him show up on every intimate family portrait recently, overshadowing his wife in most of them, yet he is a top minister in a government that fights against the rights of sexual minorities? Same person?

maynarkh ,

If you work customer support at a megacorp, you will be the least surprised person that this happened. I bet the person answered the phone with a mental attitude between "what did we fuck up this time" and "how is this a job or a company that is useful to society".

maynarkh ,

Try the Total War games, especially the older (non-Warhammer) ones. Units take time to carry out actions, there is no point and not really a way to do insane actions per minute counts, as if a unit is engaged in melee, it can't really disengage without losses. There is also a great scale to the whole thing. I loved Shogun 2 for example.

I also like Eugen games like Wargame, Steel Division or Warno if a modern shooty type thing is more your game. Maybe try Regiments, that one is also good and maybe a bit less complex than Eugen titles.

Neither of these has base building, both are more of a "this is how many soldiers get for this battle, use them wisely" type game.

maynarkh ,

I had a decent AMD card which ran it very well, but still had a bunch of artifacts like Judy's head blocking reflections for the whole lake.

maynarkh ,

Yeah, those are very helpful, minority victims don't deserve help as we all know.

maynarkh ,

If they lose a few more refineries, that will certainly cut into their jet hours.

maynarkh ,

Good question, but we are rearming and integrating our militaries so that the far right who will take power in the chaos can massacre random demographies with relative ease. At least we won't die of hunger.

maynarkh ,

I think you misunderstood me. What I was saying is that we will go shoot each other before the hunger deaths set in. As in, we won't last long enough to die of hunger.

maynarkh ,

What I'm guessing at is less open warfarey, more kristallnachtey.

maynarkh ,

who helped cobble together a computer in his garage with his dad’s money

And the sold it with his mom's connections.

maynarkh ,

Good. The thing is that network "fast lanes" work by slowing down all other lanes.

maynarkh ,

See also "deregulation" types arguing for even more stringent regulation of unions.

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  • maynarkh ,

    Yeah it would poison the training data.

    maynarkh ,

    In practice, an ICC conviction is more about diplomatic isolation and making it impossible for the suspects to enter countries party to it. I'd say that even German politicians may rethink their stance on Israel and its leadership if this goes through with a conviction.

    maynarkh ,

    Also, the free market is a tool, not a utopia. It optimizes for whatever the people setting the limits of it make it optimize for.

    maynarkh ,

    Imagine the creepiness level when as a woman you get a ton of page view notifications every day at 2AM. Some of them from coworkers. Some from family members.

    Some things are best left unknown.

    maynarkh ,

    On the one hand, I can imagine the family gatherings.

    "Why did you block Uncle Pete?"

    "He has been viewing my page every 2AM, there is no way he isn't beating his meat to all the beach pictures I post of my kids!"

    On the other hand, Facebook likes engagement, even the weirdo meat-beating kind. It makes them money.

    maynarkh ,

    Yeah, I've seen a Rotterdam penthouse for rent, same price as an Amsterdam basement flat.

    maynarkh ,

    Amsterdam is quite interesting with regard to homeownership at least, there are a bunch of rich old folks trying to push out the red light district from what I've heard.

    Also, with Amsterdam it's not even an issue of buying houses, that's just unimaginable for most people, it's paying rent that's getting worse. I've also seen people with high pay being able to afford a place, but just not being able to rent since none are available.

    And all this is with rent controls.

    maynarkh ,

    For the record, I was looking for places to buy in Rotterdam the other month, and what I found was that by and large, if you want to buy things inside the city limits, it's either some weird mansion in the bougie foresty part, a 3 million EUR apartment where your garage is in the apartment, and you enter your place by car lift, or an entire fucking apartment block. People just don't sell cheap apartments piecemeal.

    The upside is that living in "the suburbs" which means moderately dense villages and towns near the big cities is doable, and you might be able to commute even without a car since public transport is mostly good.

    maynarkh ,

    The difference between "popping" and "dropping" in my reading is that some planes have the flare ejection system aimed upwards, which primarily helps with threats from behind as the flares fly up as they "pop", then drop into the trail of the aircraft, while some systems are aimed downwards and also mostly to the side, so the "drop" flares which are better if the expected threat is going to be below the aircraft.

    This is just conjecture from me, it might be BS, but I see most fighter jets have flare systems aimed upwards, while some transport planes and helicopters have it on the sides on the low side. In case of the helicopters, it might also be there to avoid getting in the rotors. I'm no military pilot, though, so take this with a mine worth of salt.

    maynarkh ,

    Thanks for the response!

    I guess I've based my assumptions on the only plane I've ever seen popping flares, which was an old Sukhoi. From what I've seen in old school textbooks, a lot of those planes had flare dispensers aimed upwards. Maybe the idea is that ideally they would try to get a side aspect to the missile either way, so it wouldn't matter as much?

    Now that you mention it, newer MiGs - I mean as new as a MiG-21 is - drop flares downwards. I'd love to find out more about the engineering of this.

    maynarkh ,

    Yeah, I get it, let's keep that to War Thunder. Thanks for the response in any case.

    maynarkh ,

    As an aviator, you don't endanger other aircraft as a matter of course. That's the long and short of it. Does not matter what flag the aircraft flies under, or what language the pilot speaks, this is not something a competent and professional aircrew does.

    Also, did this not happen in international waters near South Korea? Why can't the Australian Navy joyride their helicopters there?

    maynarkh ,

    Normally, there are no restrictions for aircraft’s innocent passage through another country’s EEZ.

    There are no restrictions at all according to the UN. It literally points back to the high seas section. Am I missing something? Can you point to the specific section in the UN charter that contradicts article 58?

    The term "innocent passage" only appears in the territorial waters section, not the EEZ section.

    Also, if the aircraft actually breached some airspace, escort them out and file a report, like the Baltics do with the Russians all the time. That's the professional way to do it.

    Also, is there another source where it says they were in China's EEZ? This article says they were near SK, which would suppose a SK EEZ, but they don't say exactly.

    maynarkh ,

    Falls under “freedom of overflight,” which necessitates that when entering another country’s EEZ you must

    shall have due regard to the rights and duties of the coastal state
    
    shall comply with the laws and regulations adopted by the coastal state
    

    Source please, because the UN convention text says the opposite, the coastal state has all rights to fishing and the creation of oil rigs and artificial islands, but that's it.

    Otherwise:

    1. In the exclusive economic zone, all States, whether coastal or land-locked, enjoy, subject to the relevant provisions of this Convention, the freedoms referred to in article 87 of navigation and overflight and of the laying of submarine cables and pipelines, and other internationally lawful uses of the sea related to these freedoms, such as those associated with the operation of ships, aircraft and submarine cables and pipelines, and compatible with the other provisions of this Convention.

    Ergo, other than what's expressly stipulated (fishing, artificial islands and oil rigs) it's the same as the high seas (article 87 is the one that says anyone may do anything in the high seas), and:

    No State may validly purport to subject any part of the high seas to its sovereignty.

    Source.

    Again, as I’ll repeat, flares are literally described by the FAA as a way to intercept aircraft. The US has used them against Russian aircraft, but in fact the US also does so to intercept civilian aircraft!

    What about, what about, what about. And no, the FAA does not say that an interceptor may dispense flares in the way of the intercepted aircraft close enough to create danger for either aircraft. It can use them to get the pilot's attention as a signal, that's all. Just as it is in the video you linked, the fighter dispensed a single flare in the view of the GA plane, at a safe distance. The flare was almost to the ground by the time the aircraft came into view. From your source:

    If the aircraft of interest does not comply, the interceptor may conduct a second climbing turn across the intercepted aircraft's flight path (minimum 500 feet separation and commencing from slightly below the intercepted aircraft altitude) while expending flares as a warning signal to the intercepted aircraft to comply immediately and to turn in the direction indicated and to leave the area. The interceptor is responsible to maintain safe separation during these and all intercept maneuvers. Flight safety is paramount.

    And about

    “breach of Chinese EEZ” (Peter Cronau, ABC)

    This is literally a tweet from someone working at ABC, says that "military activity in EEZs are illegal", forgets to mentioned that this is literally only said by China and North Korea, and runs contrary to the UN agreements.

    Sorry, but you really come across as arguing in bad faith, and trying to find flimsy justifications for the Chinese crew endangering flight safety and claiming rights they do not have, EEZ or not, by taking random snippets from places and pretending the rest isn't there.

    maynarkh ,

    On the one hand, even if the crew was in breach of some UN provision, that is to be solved in the UN, in a boardroom, not in the air. Again, dropping flares on an aircraft is illegal, unprofessional, dangerous and idiotic.

    And again, if you read the whole Part (or even point 1), you'd know it specifically enumerates which rights the treaty is regulating does it grant the EEZ coastal state, namely economic exploitation (like fishing and oil drilling), the establishment and use of artificial islands, installations and structures, marine scientific research, the protection and preservation of the marine environment, and the normal rights and duties of any other state.

    So the question, in what way do you think flying a helicopter (which is a right of any state in the EEZ) endanger any right of China specifically provided for in this treaty? Did they scare away fish?

    EEZs don't protect random made-up rights, only specific ones, and only if those don't infringe on the rights of other states.

    To clear it up, which of these do you disagree with?

    • All states have a right of free overflight and navigation as long as they do not infringe on China's right on oil drilling, fishing and preservation of nature as provided by the treaty part 5 on EEZs.

    • China has a right to the exclusive exploitation of its EEZ with regard to living and non-living resources, so it is the sole power that can build oil rigs, fish, etc. as long as it doesn't infringe on the rights of all other states for free navigation or overflight.

    • The AU helicopter was exercising its right of overflight, and did not infringe on China's right to fishing or oil drilling or nature preservation.

    Because if all that is true, UN provisions don't justify obstructing the helicopter, and again, even if they did, this would be a diplomatic matter to be settled through normal channels, not by endangering lives through idiotic air showmanship.

    maynarkh ,

    I get what you are saying, I think I see where our disagreements start.

    I read up on EEZs and see the disputes there. It seems the rules unfairly favour the nation / alliance with the biggest navy, ergo the US and allies. I don't fault the Chinese for trying to alter that, maybe they should indeed park a few warships 12 miles off Washington and see what happens. As I saw, they also sail into US EEZs to put that pressure back on the US, with the US just tailing them.

    My argument is that according to the current rules, flying there is fine. You say the rules are unfair, and they might be, and people should maybe sit down to change them. Not by dumping flares on top of aircraft, though.

    On that point, I see you're saying that the Australians might be lying. All I can say, and all I said, is that if what they say is true, the Chinese are in the wrong from an aviation safety perspective, and to me that perspective is all that matters. If the Australians were intercepted and flares were only used with proper separation as a signalling device, that's fine. The Australians claim otherwise, and have released no footage, which I agree is suspicious.

    maynarkh ,

    I mean there was for example this incident, and I don't remember it raising many eyebrows outside military news.

    maynarkh ,

    So they don't scale up and we'll have another shortage.

    maynarkh ,

    Or if money wasn't used as the ultimate priority mechanism for distributing scarce goods in a time of unprecedented inequality.

    maynarkh ,

    This is such a weird thing to be upset over, and a weird side to take so passionately that you do.

    I don't even play Helldivers, nor do I plan to after this, it's just on the one side there's random upset people, on the other side there is the corp that got infamous for distributing straight up malware in a weird effort to enforce DRM. Why would people go back to being happy with a company that tried to fuck them over, and then walked its position back to the status quo with no commitments of not trying this again later.

    maynarkh ,

    The problem is who can you give money to for entertainment if not to the same 3 corps who have bought everything, and how else can you protest them doing stuff that's outrageous even by their standards?

    maynarkh ,

    The fuck clowns are buying up our culture. It's hard to not participate in it. I don't play these kinds of games, but I've nothing on people who do. We should beat up the fuck clowns until they serve society again.

    And just to be clear, I am advocating violence in the form of stringent regulations binding corporations towards socially beneficial paths. I advocate for violent anti-trust measures to the point even the execs don't know who is still working for them and who has been broken off to another company to compete freely. And I want worker protections that cause mind-bending fear in wage thieves.

    maynarkh ,

    Sorry, I went too deep into sarcasm in there. I wasn't advocating for violence, just laws protecting society and people that are strong enough to deter corps from breaking them.

    maynarkh ,

    No mods, on my first clean install, all the Automaton voice lines were missing, so the robots were mute. I did a reinstall, that fixed it, so I only had the rest of the "normal" bugs.

    Here is a long list of them, feel free to pick your favourite.

    My favourite bug someone just found is that if you build stuff in any of the indoor settlements, like Vault 88, it breaks pathing in subtle ways everywhere. If you put down something, it marks the coordinates in that indoor cell for NPCs to walk around, so that they don't try to walk over beds and such. The problem is that it actually marks those same coordinates in all cells everywhere, so the bed shaped "no-go zone" is there in every single interior in seemingly random places. That means, the more you build in these places, the less NPCs can walk in indoor cells, and they might get randomly stuck.

    BTW the immersion breaking thing for me is that I've always hated that unlike previous Fallout games, or like all games ever, when you holster a weapon, it just disappears into thin air instead of being holstered in some way. There is a simple mod that fixes that, but it got broken by the next gen update, which also broke F4SE. So now I wait and play sg else.

    maynarkh ,

    The point I'm making is that let's say Gaben did not have the headstart or the loyal player base. What is Steam or Valve? Its customer base or market share? Those are for sale, they can be bought with "free" services, exclusive deals with publishers, or other fuckery. Its team and employees? How would you pay them without revenue if someone else is price dumping the market?

    Yes, Gaben could keep the logo with the bald guy with the valve on his head, but that's pretty much it. Everything else he has to fight for, invest in, keep alive. And the opponent, Wall Street, has literally unlimited money.

    What I'm saying is that it's not as simple as "just don't sell out". And I'm speaking from experience, not as the sellout guy, but as the employee where the company was sold out from over me a few times already.

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