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500 years later, scientists discover what probably killed the Aztecs. Within five years, 15 million people – 80% of the population – were wiped out in an epidemic named ‘cocoliztli’, meaning pestilence by drewiepoodle in science

[–]Captainpatch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Here's a good video on this. (although its source material isn't uncontroversial)

The short version is that the new world didn't have plagues that we know of. The new world had typically well-adapted diseases that didn't kill a large percentage of their hosts because that's a terrible strategy for reproduction. The reason a lot of old world diseases are deadly is because many aren't entirely human diseases and they're not evolved for keeping humans alive. Measles, tuberculosis, and smallpox came from cows, influenza came from pigs and chickens, and so on. Cities in the old world had humans and animals in close contact and human and animal waste in the water supply, it was a perfect environment for diseases to jump from animals to humans, which is normally very rare even in close contact.

Who is the best Futurama character? by JonathanisLow in AskReddit

[–]Captainpatch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, but over the course of the last few seasons you learn why he puts up with everybody's shit, he decides he doesn't need money to be happy, and he gets the girl. All while remaining a remarkably kind person.

UN says Trump slur on ‘shithole’ countries is ‘shocking’ and ‘racist’ by rubberbandrocks in worldnews

[–]Captainpatch 4 points5 points  (0 children)

There really is no precedent, it has never been tested because nobody has had a reason to test it. Every election year there's some candidates that make it relevant again and (at least in the media) the consensus when the issue is talked about is that the supreme court would probably rule for a looser interpretation. McCain is the closest we've ever come to anybody who could set the precedent being elected, and his opponent cosponsored a (non-binding, symbolic) bill declaring that the Senate believed he met the definition of "Natural Born Citizen" that passed unanimously.

UN says Trump slur on ‘shithole’ countries is ‘shocking’ and ‘racist’ by rubberbandrocks in worldnews

[–]Captainpatch 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Not exactly, birthright citizenship was granted to the people in the canal zone retroactively by an act of Congress in 1952, after John McCain's birth. By the strictest definition McCain was not a "natural born citizen" and instead a citizen by statute. Of course the more common legal interpretation of "natural born citizen" these days is "born with citizenship", which McCain was by his parents.

Happy New Year, AskHistorians! You may now have historical relations with 1998. by sunagainstgold in AskHistorians

[–]Captainpatch 83 points84 points  (0 children)

I'm pretty sure the 90s are perpetually "5 years ago." We had a vote. It was all very official.

I love it when employers ask for a bachelors degree but then are like, yea it's helpdesk for 15/hr by very_Smart_idiot in sysadmin

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I've seen "Associates degree (computer or mathematical field) -or- 10 years system administration experience" as a hard requirement.

If you could ask the devs a single question relating DIRECTLY to the development of Star Citizen...what would it be? by Tarkaroshe in starcitizen

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So they've demonstrated (on a live stream) that they can make a bland nondescript planet in an hour. Probably faster if they weren't taking suggestions from Twitch chat. The problem isn't making systems, it appears that with little effort they could set their algorithm loose on random seeds and fill a galaxy with more than the level of fidelity seen in Elite. That's not what they want though. They want every system to fit a lore purpose and to have unique personalities and quests. So the reality is halfway between making a sandbox MMO like Elite (procedural generation with the same sorts of missions everywhere) and a theme park MMO like WoW (handwritten quests to give the player something unique to do in each zone).

If all you want is 100 systems and you don't care about uniqueness, they can probably have it ready by Friday with very little human input, but every single planet will have the same derelict, the same outposts, the same city generation, and no individual flavor at all. Like Elite: Dangerous. This doesn't make a bad game, but it doesn't make Star Citizen as they envision it. They'll probably use fully generated systems at some point for uncolonized systems, but not for the big lore locations that will make up the main gameplay centers in the beginning.

Net Neutrality Overturned by DWinsauer in news

[–]Captainpatch 6 points7 points  (0 children)

People who say that the problem is "lobbying" don't understand what lobbying is. Lobbying is the act of telling a politician your opinion in the hopes that it will influence their position. Lobbying is legal because it's free speech and vital to our democracy. If you wrote the FCC or your congressman about Net Neutrality then congratulations, you lobbied.

Let's not confuse the issue here, the problem is bribery. Bribery takes a lot of forms to avoid being considered bribery under the law. Some bribery comes in the form of political contributions to the campaign or affiliated SuperPACs which makes the politician's life easier (they don't have to work for donations as much to get reelected, which can be a huge portion of a congressman's job), but can't be easily converted into personal financial gain. Donations directly to the campaign of the politician are tightly regulated, as they should be in my opinion, but donations to SuperPACs are unlimited and it's hard to stop them within the confines of the Constitution without big collateral damage. Any law that would stop SuperPACs would probably have also stopped you from taking out your own ad in favor of Net Neutrality. Neither of these matter to Ajit Pai, he is unelected and doesn't seem to have electoral ambitions since he just pissed off ~80% of Americans.

The more problematic form of bribery is "revolving door lobbying" which is when a politician is bribed with a secret agreement to get a job when they leave office, generally a lobbying job with little responsibility and millions of dollars in pay and bonuses. This practice is illegal, but it is very difficult to prove. This is what is coming for somebody like Ajit Pai. Expect him to get a kickback from a major provider when he leaves office, either a lobbying job or maybe just an overpaid law job (if he actually wants to continue his work) at a major corporation like Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, etc. They'll say "He did a great job fighting for our freedoms so we decided, with no prior collusion, that he'd be a great asset for us!" And then he makes $2m per year to do nothing. This is what we need to crack down on. There are a couple provisions in the law to make this harder, but major crackdowns don't seem to go very far in congress for some strange reason or another.

xkcd 1928:Seven Years by jacorr17 in xkcd

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Good vibes totally work and I can prove it scientifically. Those who have somebody close to them survive major illness tend to be happier than those whose loved ones don't survive. I see no reason why this isn't a causal relationship where happier people make it more likely for those around them to recover. Facts.

In fact death often coincides with the maximum spikes of negative emotion.

What do you proudly do "wrong?" by DavidDunne in AskReddit

[–]Captainpatch 8 points9 points  (0 children)

No, that was "the guy off in whose camper they were whacking."

Aegis Hammerhead Q&A by Brycey634 in starcitizen

[–]Captainpatch 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yeah, that's what I meant by "refurbs", since that will probably be the lore reason for your replacement component being a piece of shit, rather than the insurance adjuster personally putting bullet holes into a brand new ship.

Aegis Hammerhead Q&A by Brycey634 in starcitizen

[–]Captainpatch 6 points7 points  (0 children)

We really haven't gotten much info on insurance replacements in the final game except that you should never get more value than you left port with and never better than stock unless you get supplemental insurance. This could mean that worn components will be replaced with refurbs of the same part at comparable durability.... or maybe a part of equal value to the degraded part?

We don't really know, and CIG doesn't know either. The philosophy they seem to be aiming for is that they want to minimize perverse incentives, although I see a tough road ahead of them on that. Insurance companies can be ruthless, and I don't think any degree of insurance fuckery would make me suspend my disbelief.

The 3.0 PTU is starting to have some amazing moments! by VertigoHC in starcitizen

[–]Captainpatch 12 points13 points  (0 children)

So it is solely supported by the pressure of your degeneracy?

[Weekly] Question and Answer Thread - November 27 2017 by UEE_Central_Computer in starcitizen

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Sales end on December 4th, not sure exactly what the time will be.

@ElonMusk: Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination is Mars orbit. Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent. by gulabjamunyaar in spacex

[–]Captainpatch 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Article IX:

"States Parties to the Treaty shall pursue studies of outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, and conduct exploration of them so as to avoid their harmful contamination and also adverse changes in the environment of the Earth resulting from the introduction of extraterrestrial matter and, where necessary, shall adopt appropriate measures for this purpose."

The FAA will regulate to ensure that international treaties are being upheld. They'll end up using NASA's planetary protection standards, because that's what makes sense for the FAA.

@ElonMusk: Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination is Mars orbit. Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent. by gulabjamunyaar in spacex

[–]Captainpatch 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'm not entirely sure what he's saying is going to be possible. NASA demands pretty strict sterilization standards just to enter orbit of Mars, it's probably going to end up being a Mars flyby. I'm totally down for being wrong though, this will be amazing.

ಠ_ಠ by bobrob48 in starcitizen

[–]Captainpatch 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Aye dew knot halve eh problem ether.

CIG developer caught in action fixing in game NPC by MisterCelsius93 in starcitizen

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Yes. One of the early waves is subscribers and concierge. It isn't an especially playable experience right now but if you're interested in playing a bugsmashers episode that's the quick option.

Star Citizen: Around the Verse - Thanksgiving Burndown by xx-shalo-xx in starcitizen

[–]Captainpatch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My MIS upgrade gets melted for a DUR upgrade immediately if there's a bubble cockpit available.

Canadian bathroom door by georgewho__ in funny

[–]Captainpatch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you die in Canada do you die in real life too?

[UST] Ol' Buzzbark by artydooty in magicTCG

[–]Captainpatch 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Well, we don't need to get to orbit so we can probably do a single stage sounding rocket to avoid delaying the game and reduce the cost from the hundreds of millions to the hundreds of thousands.