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thebardingreen ,
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One of the highlights of all D&D games I've ever played was

  • Finally levelling to the point I could cast 7th level spells, while the party was trapped on some awful demiplane where strange creatures were coming out of cracks in reality and just beating us to shreds.

  • Learning Mordenkanen's Magnificent Mansion.

  • Casting it so the party had some where to go rest and escape.

  • Taking the party on a tour of the mansion and getting super prissy about it. "Here's the kitchen. Here's the living room, no feet on the couch! The guest rooms all have private bathrooms, everybody better wash up, and send your dirty clothes to be laundered before you touch ANY furniture!"

That game continued to epic level and that character (who I had played starting from first level over the course of YEARS) created this spell using the 3.5 Epic Spell development rules. It is the best spell ever.

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That's awesome. I love the attention to detail for each party member (which is exactly what we would expect from you). I bet there's a story behind the dragon skull and the piano. I wish I still had my mansion maps from that epic game (it was about ten years ago).

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The news is really interesting exobiology science, but the headline is terrible.

thebardingreen ,
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The reality though is I can train LLMs off Lemmy data all I want and I don't have to pay ANYONE a dime...

thebardingreen ,
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Is that why she keeps refusing my pull requests...

Does anyone know any Hard Sci Fi books about humans surviving without any hospitable worlds?

I'm looking to get inspiration for my own writing. I need a hard sci fi series where earth (and earthlike worlds) are too rare, inaccessible, and/or previously spoiled beyond ability to sustain life. Bonus points if it is set on a multi-generational space station or starship without any other options and goes into detail about...

thebardingreen ,
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The Interdependency series by John Scalzi portrays a society where some number of star systems, containing only one habitable planet which is at the very far reaches of the wormhole network, are connected together by wormholes. The society is called "the Interdependency" because every orbital habitat, dome and underground city is hugely dependent on trade with other habitats... without robust transfer of goods and raw materials EVERYONE would die... and this DOESN'T prevent stupid, short sighted, greedy humans from gambling with the stability of it all for their own personal economic and political gain. Fun books. Like most Scalzi, it's not too deep. But it's lots of fun.

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For folks who don't understand the differences between these two parties, what does this mean?

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  • thebardingreen ,
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    BTW: if you really want to alienate voters that the Democrats desperately need, then keep using words like “whining”.

    This. The Democratic establishment's smug, centerist, out of touch attitude is MASSIVELY self destructive. Are their political consultant's ALSO massively out of touch??

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    The best immunity. Immunity you wouldn't believe. Everybody is saying it. Very smart people are all... five judges, they all wrote a letter. They said the immunity is perfect.

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    Have you tried Mint? It's super stable. It's the least DIY distro ever. You CAN use snaps, but why would anyone want to? I believe there's an image that comes with KDE, but Cinnamon is a great desktop.

    thebardingreen ,
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    Can you mount the internal storage to a Linux machine, dd it to a .img file and try the usual data recovery tricks?

    https://andreafortuna.org/2018/12/03/android-forensics-imaging-android-file-system-using-adb-and-dd/

    EDIT: Apparently, you don't need dd. adb pull can do it.

    adb pull /dev/block/mmcblk0 mmcblk0.img

    thebardingreen ,
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    Is there a reason I need something more than scp?

    thebardingreen ,
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    I have an app that does exactly that over scp...

    thebardingreen ,
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    I just use AndFTP, with SSH. Works fine for local and remote file system navigation. I use it to move files android<->various linux machines at least weekly.

    thebardingreen ,
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    Event Horizon is much better if you pretend it's a prequel to WH40K.

    thebardingreen ,
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    I'm surprised, because there's some obvious answers to this I don't see here.

    Blindsight A bunch of zombies, led by a vampire fly into deep interstellar space to rendezvous with an alien object that doesn't understand or care about them.

    The God Engines by John Scalzi. VERY different from Scalzi's other work. FTL works because of psionic aliens who are horrifically tortured by priests to force them to warp space.

    The Outside by Ada Hoffman. AI gods rule the universe and are horrific.

    The Sollan Empire books by Christopher Ruocchio have MANY elements of this (and other SciFi tropes). The alien race at war with humans worship dark gods from outside the galaxy who want to destroy reality. They also consider humans to be an edible slave race and you'll encounter the horrific things they do to humans right in book 1, but they really get into that in the most recent book.

    Hyperion If the Shrike isn't a form of cosmic horror, IDK what is.

    Sphere by Michael Crichton. Ok, technically a submarine base, but there IS a space ship...

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    I'm half way through the Martian from like a year and a half ago. I forgot it's in my Audible. I could restart it. If I don't finish something, there's usually a reason and I don't often go back. But I don't remember why I switched away.

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    Zelazny - Read it in high school, remember liking it.

    Cixin Liu - He's up there on my list as someone I didn't like.

    Webber - Read a bunch of the Honorverse books two decades ago, same time I was reading Bujold and Cherryh and McCaffery.

    Zahn - I've read literally everything Zahn has ever written, pleased to see him changing with the times (I mentioned this above).

    Right now, I'm interested in things written a bit more recently.

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    Bobiverse - It's up there on my list. I've also read Taylor's other work.

    Expeditionary Force - I started it... it would make a better Amazon Prime / Netflix series than book series.

    Dungeon Crawler Carl - WTF?! Lol, how did I not know this exists! OMG! Hahaha... amazing. Maybe this is it.

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    They're OK. I've read several of them (also Battle Tech, Star Trek EU old Star Wars EU, MTG Novels, D&D novels, all a bunch of the same authors from way back when). Haven't tried any of the more recent stuff.

    thebardingreen OP ,
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    Agreed, it's great. :)

    thebardingreen OP ,
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    I have not heard of this! Thank you.

    thebardingreen OP ,
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    I did say "Contemporary." Love Niven.

    thebardingreen OP ,
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    I've read most things Gibson has written. Interested in things written more recently right now.

    thebardingreen OP ,
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    I devoured Redwall 30 years ago. I remember they started feeling pretty repetitive and I read one in my early 20s where there was a weasel who was MAYBE good, but then he turned out to be bad and I was like "OK, I'm done." I know he's written a bunch since then, but I feel like as I've aged I've gotten less interested in fantasy and MORE interested in SciFi. Not 100% sure why. I read a fantasy book every year or so.

    thebardingreen OP ,
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    You're the second person to suggest this. I didn't know it existed. I fascinated.

    thebardingreen OP ,
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    I enjoyed Started Villain a lot. Haven't read Embers of War, but I've looked at it before. Thanks for the recommendation.

    thebardingreen OP ,
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    Thank you! This is exactly the kind of response I was looking for!

    thebardingreen OP ,
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    You sold that really well! Thank you.

    thebardingreen OP ,
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    I did mention that I don't like Asher... He's a super good story teller, but his need to forcefeed me libertarian ideology and his shallow portrayal of the motivations of anarchists and criminals just turned me off more and more until I was done.

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    I liked Alex Benedict better than Priscilla Hutchins / Academy... but BOTH really suffer from "It is the far future and humans have spread across space into... an absolutely boring interplanetary monoculture identical to 90s era middle class American suburbia." I could only take that for like... ten books, lol.

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    Worm is awesome! There's a fan created audiobook that's MOSTLY quite good (a couple of the readers are hard to listen to). It got me through a big move where I spent a month driving 2,000 miles every weekend.

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    Richard Morgan used to be one of my favorites until Netflix ruined the Takeshi Kovacs books.

    They really, really did. As someone who loved the books, I found the show unwatchable, which bummed out a couple of my friends who hadn't read the books and were super excited to share this "great new cyberpunk show" with me.

    thebardingreen OP ,
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    I think the biggest draw for me is that I ran something very like this scenario as a GURPS game in like... 1996?

    If I end up reading this, it will be as a gift to my inner teenager.

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    thebardingreen ,
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    What provider? And where did you buy the SIM?

    thebardingreen ,
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    But with just some VERY MINOR tweaks to the system, the "views of the people" would be very different. In the US, the system is OPENLY engineered to preserve existing power structures, in ways that have accumulated over the decades (Jerrymandering, Electoral College and First Past The Post all add up...)

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    Coming soon to Spirit/Frontier flights near you.

    Has anyone here built a Beowulf Cluster? (spinoff.nasa.gov)

    A university near me must be going through a hardware refresh, because they've recently been auctioning off a bunch of ~5 year old desktops at extremely low prices. The only problem is that you can't buy just one or two. All the auction lots are batches of 10-30 units....

    thebardingreen ,
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    Beowulf cluster. Beowulf. Now that's a name I've not heard in a long time. A long time.

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    My brain is like a playlist with thousands of songs, playing constantly on random. At any time, you could ask me what I have stuck in my head right now and I would have an answer.

    Right now, it's Come Monday by Jimmy Buffett. Yesterday, it was a song from an obscure old musical (the Fantastiks). And the day before that (for no reason I can explain) it was Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead.

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    There's always some deeply emotionally insecure white guy. He's always a greedy, manipulative tyrant, even if he covers it with a veneer of kindness or generosity most of the time He's usually NOT the brightest bulb in the room, but he's usually the most cunning, which is not the same thing. He often doesn't understand the more complex aspects of the organization very well, if at all. He's usually his own worst enemy in terms of leadership, increasing productivity and maintaining team moral, something he seems completely oblivious to. He tends to take all the wrong lessons from various small crises, such as senior employees leaving or customers cancelling contracts. Everyone around him knows they're the wrong lessons, everyone except him.

    The worst part about him, is everyone coddles him, humors him, and lets him believe his own bullshit all the time without calling him on it. This calcifies the worst aspects of his toxic behavior and hardens them to stone. He usually mistakes criticism or "insubordination" as jealousy of his success, and responds to it by being smug and patronizing.

    At the end of the day, the workplace social contract is actually just as bad for that guy as it is for everyone else, at least in terms of his mental health and stability. It enables him to live in a bubble where his opinions are facts and his words are given more respect than they deserve. He also thinks the people around him like him and admire him a lot more than they do. And when it comes out that they don't, his feelings are hurt far beyond what's called for.

    I'm sure he's not always white, that's just my experience. And I'm sure he's not always he, that's just also my experience. But it sure as hell IS my experience.

    thebardingreen ,
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    This is essentially the premise of Walk Away by Cory Doctorow.

    You DO need that thing that's going to "satisfy the same basic need that capitalism does."

    thebardingreen ,
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    Pay a cost of doing business fee to the government. Thank you, Amazon, for choosing France.

    thebardingreen ,
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    Well, time for four more years of Trump, I guess.

    When I look around the Democratic party, I see old people unwilling to change, from Biden and the DNC all the way down to my parent's friends in their little rich white suburban neighborhood with a median age of 57 and a median net worth of $3,000,000. People who are firmly entrenched in the liberalism of the 80s and 90s and who are terrified of Trump and terrified of progressives and think it's all insanity that also doesn't really affect them.

    This is the Democrats' race to lose. All they have to do to lose it is stick their fingers in their ears and fight like hell for "Business as usual." Which is exactly what they're doing.

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    Aside from the open and constant sexual harassment,

    I wonder if they're still getting away with that in 2024...

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