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    [–] Librarians are in uproar after an article in Forbes magazine proposed replacing all public libraries in the US with Amazon bookstores, which said libraries ‘don’t have the same value they used to’ and cost taxpayers too much HierarchofSealand 1 points ago in Futurology

    While there is certainly a way around the encryption, there just isn't much incentive to do so. Renting the books is easy and free, so that is a ton of work for something that is already free anyways.

    Additionally, libraries are not the source of pirated books, which are available with or without Overdrive.

    [–] Chalk drawing in a local pizza joint HierarchofSealand 0 points ago in pics

    Virtually every individual product is small when taken in isolation.

    This stuff takes multiple small steps and continued commitment. Reducing plastic straws builds commitment and awareness for the next steps - - say plastic bags, grocery store plastics, plastic policy, plastic research funding.

    Or, as reddit seems to think, we can do nothing at all because every small step doesn't solve the whole picture so why bother at all, right?

    [–] Chalk drawing in a local pizza joint HierarchofSealand 1 points ago in pics

    Recycling is never as effective as not using it in the first place.

    [–] What’s something you’ve purchased that you can say “paid for itself”? HierarchofSealand 3 points ago in Frugal

    EVs generally have lower on going maintenance costs due to fewer moving parts. So while the battery maybe be a big(ger) payment 10-15 years down the road it will almost certainly be covered by maintenance costs (that's ignoring gas savings, which can pretty easily be $1200+ a year)

    Edit: also, battery costs have fallen pretty dramatically in the last decade. I would expect that to continuem

    [–] Non-dairy beverages like soy and almond milk may not be 'milk,' FDA suggests HierarchofSealand 1 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in news

    I'm not sure what you are on about. The various nut milks are damn near regular milk both in experience and in culinary value. I would say that they are a similar distance in experience as other animal milks are. Goat milk, for example, is distinguishable from cows milk, but is similarly close to cows milk as nut milk.

    Edit: Also, there are dozens of soy-based meat alternatives that are pretty damn close to regular meat experiences (though they are not exact facsimiles of whatever meat they are meant to replace). If you told someone that a chicken meat substitute based on soy was based on some bird/poultry they've never had before, I'd be willing to bet that 95%+ of people would simply believe you.

    [–] "Refunds now outpace deposits for Tesla's new mass-market electric car" HierarchofSealand 5 points ago in news

    No offense, but there was a lot of ignorance to assume you'd be getting the tax credit. The 200k limit has been the law for several decades now.

    [–] "Refunds now outpace deposits for Tesla's new mass-market electric car" HierarchofSealand 4 points ago in news

    Hahaha. As someone who has lived in an extremely conservative state with an extremely conservative family for their entire life, I am astonished at your obliviousness.

    There is not a single conservative I personally know (and I know many) that are of the 'we believe in climate change but also in the magic of the free market' type that you are describing. Only something like 30% of conservatives will concede to human caused climate change.

    [–] Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world. At this point, there’s no excuse anymore. HierarchofSealand 20 points ago in AdviceAnimals

    For low level employees, the raw stock value is usually going to be so low that it is not make up for an increase in wages. If they get like 5000 in stocks, Amazon stocks would have to double the first year to get $5000 increased pay. This is not bad for start ups, but this eventually doesn't pay off for larger companies that are much slower in growth.

    [–] Green Mall in Osaka, Japan HierarchofSealand 137 points ago in pics

    Don't see dystopian at all. Dystopian to me definitely means grey, featureless apartment blocks generally. Post-apocalyptic, maybe.

    [–] Russian agents allegedly used Bitcoin to fund the DNC hack HierarchofSealand 3 points ago in technology

    Stealing property is not entrapment either. The agents that are in jail are there because they thought they could get away with stealing Ulbricht's bitcoin after he was arrested.

    [–] TIL In Okinawa, Japan, a place where the average life expectancy for women is around 90, the oldest in the world, people form a kind of social network called a moai — a group of five friends who offer social, logistic, emotional and even financial support for a lifetime. HierarchofSealand 5 points ago in todayilearned

    It points to unpredictability, not immaturity. It's easy to say 'don't get married', but nobody plans for divorce. They don't expect certain elements of a relationship, and much of the time those don't substantiate for years into the relationship.

    There are a lot of practical strategies that many people are not taking when it comes to marriage, but to assume that divorce is something that only the immature needs to do is, well, immature.

    [–] Holladay residents submit petition to block old Cottonwood Mall development HierarchofSealand 2 points ago in SaltLakeCity

    😩 High density housing reduces traffic issues in the long term.

    1- high density housing means fewer miles are driven due to general distance.

    2- It encourages commercial and office developments near that high density, which further reduces driving.

    3- It makes mass transit much more sustainable in those areas.

    [–] I am Justin Lehmiller, a Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute who conducted the largest survey of sexual fantasies in America and just wrote a book about it. AMA! HierarchofSealand 2 points ago in IAmA

    Ehh. I might be very American here, but generally the questions about each other are both about learning about the other person but also, and more importantly for the moment, looking for an avenue for extended conversation that isn't shallow or disconnected.

    For example:

    P1: what do you do in your spare time?

    P2: I've been doing a lot of reading, I'm reading X by the author Y now.

    P1: I love X and pretty much anything by Y! What do you think about Z?

    It is just a much stronger start to a conversation, and isn't at all about 'categorizing' someone, but taking interest in who they are.

    [–] Mental health issues are undeniable, but I think we could save a lot of tbm women from Xanax and Zoloft if they were allowed to sit in their backyard at the end of a long day and enjoy a cup of wine while their progeny plays among them... and that’s not just the wine talking. HierarchofSealand 4 points ago in exmormon

    Right, but this post is clearly advocating the latter since it is comparing it to prescription drug abuse. I like alcohol, but it should not be used as a mental crutch as described in this post.

    Additionally, mental health professionals are often anti-alcohol because alcohol abuse is a super common and dangerous addiction. You don't need to get into pharmacology conspiracy/bias to see that it is immensely deleterious to use in that way.

    [–] ~1982 Commodore 64. Used, abused, then thrown in a trash heap 20+ years ago. Still works. HierarchofSealand 1 points ago in BuyItForLife

    Yeah, I would be disappointed if the just becomes a subreddit for antique collectors rather than useful BIFL tools/products. Like, I'm sure you can find a working antique printing press but it is more of a collectable rather than having utility.

    [–] SpaceX Wins Its First Falcon Heavy Contract- With the Air Force HierarchofSealand 2 points ago in Futurology

    Erm. I'm pretty certain that NASA is pretty easily one of the most efficient federal organizations. Considering engineering and scientist time is probably one of the largest costs they pay for, I imagine they are not too concerned when someone wastes some paper.

    [–] Open-plan offices drive down face-to-face interactions and increase use of email, suggests a new study. HierarchofSealand 4 points ago in science

    Counter-argument: open office planned companies are more likely to be younger tech based companies and hire younger staff. These contribute to more comfortable use communicating with IM tools.