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What are the massive G&B power structures? by draconas_rage in EverspaceGame

[–]darmon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hmm maybe your drone crashed into a G&B defense tower? They have poor impact avoidance. Or you bumped into - opened, and stole - a G&B container? Or crashed into one of their fuel/gas canisters? There's little behavioral bugs here and there, hard to say exactly what may have caused their sudden inhospitable mood. At least you got the tuning station, that's the best part. You can repair by other mechanisms, but there's no other way to get one of those sweet tuning buffs.

When your local Goodwill needs an armed security guard. by burnside503 in LateStageCapitalism

[–]darmon 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The badge says it all. Corporate Crime Control Protective Services.

Privatized police, privatized military, and continual gutting of the public coffers and institutions. Mad Max Hunger Games World War Z Idiocracy here we come.

Fire Extinguisher Ball by latvia_la in gifs

[–]darmon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I like how he wears the full face protection for when he uses it to extinguish a fire several feet in front of him, at ground level...

but then has only goggles on when he detonates the extinguisher ball literally in his own hand, at arms length.

Lykoi aka Werewolf cat by zzzman82 in gifs

[–]darmon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Lykoi mutation of the domestic short haired cat was apparently only recently discovered in the United States in 2010. Remarkable!

What are the massive G&B power structures? by draconas_rage in EverspaceGame

[–]darmon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I recommend flying around the refinery totally, ensuring you have found all the HUD Indicators for each power coupling. Then design a flight path in your head that doesn't waste any time doubling back or performing close maneuvering. If G&B are hostile to you because you have been playing the pirate on that particular clone, missing the opportunity to use a refinery bites.

What are the massive G&B power structures? by draconas_rage in EverspaceGame

[–]darmon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Indeed, G&B refineries were added in Encounters DLC.

They are one of the best inclusions. The Tuning Station will offer three choices, and you can only choose one. They are either a 10 minute buff, or a permanent upgrade for the remainder of that run.

Tuning options I have seen include:

Unlimited energy

Increased fire power

Individual ship components are no longer damageable

No longer need access keys to open locks

Unlimited sensor range

Increased hull armor

Improved boost

...and other things of that sort.

Unlimited access keys, and shielded components are my favorites. Nothing worse than asphyxiating in sector six because your life support is damaged and you can't repair it. And unlimited access keys means opening all station doors and secured containers, picked up lots of great weapons and blueprints with that.

We need stop measuring the economy by how well rich people are doing. by makeamericaemoagain in LateStageCapitalism

[–]darmon 79 points80 points  (0 children)

Now is the best time to be alive, rich or poor!

America is hands down the absolute best place to live in poverty.

Things are better than ever!

-My liberal friends, all.the.damn.time.

Yes, profits are at an all time high. (Except where they aren't.) Yes, homelessness is at an all time low. (Except where it isn't.) Yes, health outcomes are better than ever! (Except where they aren't.) Yes crime is at an all time low. (Except where it is not.)

The exceptional have us lead to believe that their exceptionalism is the rule - in flagrant disregard of those other glaring, iniquitous exceptions. Urban homelessness on the rise, opiate epidemic spiraling out of control, maternal mortality rates worsening, life expectancy dropping unless you're a middle class or better white person, out breaks of civil strife in major American urban centers, mechanization and militarization of American policing at all time high, unaccountable military action in several countries going entirely unreported, declining literacy... By so many metrics things are obviously falling apart, butt hey, Elon Musk is trying to build himself a Mars base, things are just swell! Look how rich this billionaire is! Obviously the system can not be improved upon, except by lowering taxes on said billionaire!

Here's to seeing the writing on the walls in 2018 comrades.

Wagamama (UK) have a very barbaric sickness policy. by Voyager87 in LateStageCapitalism

[–]darmon 28 points29 points  (0 children)

We have the identical standard practice where I work. For an emergency medical service. In an ambulance.

Of course there are several consequences to this short sighted managerial didact, both direct and indirect.

First is that you have sick people working in ambulances, interfacing daily and directly with multiple immunocompromised patients. People who are not sick enough to outright stay home, but sick enough to be slower on their feet, less sharp minded, and potentially infectious. Driving large vehicles. Possibly swilling cough syrup repeatedly and frequently just to make it through the day. Working with IMMUNOCOMPROMISED patients. Literally the worst case scenario. Coming down with/getting over a cold or a flu? Chronic migraines? Chronic pain? Autoimmune disease flare up? Too bad for you. Find coverage or be at the time clock when we expect you to be.

Second consequence, indirect to the first, is that you inevitably end up necessitating people calling out sick at the time of their shift, with as little warning as possible. If I am truly ill, with vomiting, diarrhea, febrile and delirious, I am simply not coming in. It is outside of the physical possibilities, irrespective of whatever policies you cite. Whether I found coverage for you or not, I. will. not. be. there. So now you, management, have manufactured a situation where you are forced to confront a glaring hole in your schedule with as little advance notice to yourself - absolutely zero - as is physically possible.

I tried to find coverage, but no one was interested in picking up the shift. And I could have notified you as early as yesterday afternoon perhaps, or the day before, and enabled you the manager to leverage better resources at your disposal for a better chance at finding coverage. But you insisted it's my responsibility.

In spite of the reality that you have a larger reach since you have everyone's contacts whereas I am relegated to my personal contacts, and that you have an acute awareness of those most likely candidates with your total awareness of the entire schedule, and that you can offer pay incentives on a one time basis (here's a tertiary lesson on those supply/demand forces you love to throw around; you're trying to "buy" time from another worker, but no one is biting? Guess you need to raise the price you are willing to pay!)

And in the end - what does this punitive mentality get us? I am sick. I call out sick. You fire me. So, due precisely to your stubbornness, and refusal to fill one of my shifts, you now elect to fill all of my shifts?

This is plain evidence of management that is continuously on the defense, continually playing catch up, continually one step behind. Always putting out fires, unable to forecast, unable to adapt, unable to focus on growth or development.

Your workforce should be marshaled and shepherded, tended and encouraged, not debased and exploited.

We need to once and for all be rid of their (mis)management playbook predicated on the notion that, "the beatings will continue until morale improves." Each MBA-bearing sycophant draws from it, and parrots it as acolyte to a reality-divorced priesthood visibly strangling our society.

At a prior job many years ago, working retail in a mall at Apple, I worked on Christmas or New Years Day (I forget which,) vomiting all day. Every few minutes, mid conversation, mid sentence, mid word a lot of the time, I had to excuse myself from a customer in a god damn hurry, and sprint to the bathroom to throw up. For eight hours that carried on. Me and a coworker. Same role, same shift, same day, same toilet. All day.

The things we do for management. Happy holidays comrade. May all your dismantled supremacy's be white.

The_Donald logic: people have to pay extortionate amounts for private for-profit medical service. Socialism’s fault. by Razza1996 in LateStageCapitalism

[–]darmon -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Too true. America has spent decades empowering and electing people who categorically believe government should not exist, to staff our government! Absolutely bonkers.

Apparent trajectory of Oumuamua on Earth's sky, past and future by Pipinpadiloxacopolis in Astronomy

[–]darmon 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke, reproduced in full here. It's a short, captivating, and accessible hard science fiction that postulates on humanity's first contact with aliens in an altogether novel way (no pun intended.)

It is far and away one of my favorite novels. Many years ago I wrote a Reddit comment that I pull back up time and again in conversations like this one, to entice the reader into sharing in the literary experience that is Rendezvous with Rama. I'll paste it again below. It is the opening page of the story and sets the grand stage for the subsequent narrative, embedded with my own contextual annotations for context and flair.

Chapter 1: Spaceguard

Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. On June 30, 1908, Moscow escaped destruction by three hours and four thousand kilometers--a margin invisibly small by the standards of the Universe. On February 12, 1947, another Russian city had a still narrower escape, when the second great meteorite of the twentieth century detonated less than four hundred kilometers from Vladivostok, with an explosion rivaling that of the newly invented uranium bomb.

In those days there was nothing that men could do to protect themselves against the last random shots in the cosmic bombardment that had once scarred the face of the Moon. The meteorites of 1908 and 1947 had struck uninhibited wilderness; but by the end of the twenty-first century there was no region left on Earth that could be safely used for celestial target practice. The human race had spread from pole to pole. And so, inevitably...

At 0946 GMT on the morning of September 11 in the exceptionally beautiful Summer of the year 2077, most of the inhabitants of Europe saw a dazzling fireball appear in the Eastern sky. Within seconds it was brighter than the Sun, and as it moved across the heavens--at first in utter silence--it left behind it a churning column of dust and smoke. Somewhere above Austria it began to disintegrate, producing a series of concussions so violent that more than a million people had their hearing permanently damaged. They were the lucky ones.

Moving at fifty kilometers a second, a thousand tons of rock and metal impacted on the plains of northern Italy, destroying in a few flaming moments the labor of centuries. The cities of Padua and Verona were wiped from the face of the Earth; and the last glories of Venice sank forever beneath the sea as the waters of the Adriatic came thundering landward after the hammer blow from space.

Six hundred thousand people died, and the total damage was more than a trillion dollars. But the loss to art, to history, to science--to the whole human race, for the rest of time--was beyond all computation. It was as if a great war had been fought and lost in a single morning; and few could draw much pleasure from the fact that, as the dust of destruction slowly settled, for months the whole world witnessed the most splendid dawns and sunsets since Krakatoa.

After the initial shock, mankind reacted with a determination and a unity that no earlier age could have shown. Such a disaster, it was realized, might not occur again for a thousand of years--but it might occur tomorrow. And the next time, the consequences could be even worse.

Very well; there would be no next time.

A hundred years earlier, a much poorer world, with far feebler resources, had squandered its wealth attempting to destroy weapons launched, suicidally, by mankind against itself. The effort had never been successful, but the skills acquired then had not been forgotten. Now they could be used for a far nobler purpose, and on an infinitely vaster stage. No meteorite large enough to cause catastrophe would ever again be allowed to breach the defenses of Earth.

So began project SPACEGUARD. Fifty years later--and in a way that none of its designers could ever have anticipated--it justified its existence.

-Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clark - If you never have, you owe it to yourself to read this book. At least the first three pages, which may conjure up interesting questions in your mind given this real-life discovery of an interstellar visitor.

Astronomers to check interstellar body 'Oumuamua' for signs of alien technology by Neo2199 in scifi

[–]darmon 9 points10 points  (0 children)

If you have not yet, check out Project Lyra - the .pdf is available for free download on the right side of that page - it is a detailed academic analysis done in the first few weeks after the discovery of 'Oumuamua, which realistically weighs our options in terms of a rendezvous.

It boils down to two options.

1) a fly-by rendezvous in a "few" years, for the strict purpose of observing the object up close, with no ability whatsoever of slowing down and matching its course or speed.

2) an intercept rendezvous in a "few" decades, capable of decelerating to match 'Oumuamua a long time hence, with a more sophisticated payload capable of more detailed analyses, or a soft landing, or... a docking?

In any case, the substantive conclusion drawn is that we should begin looking for these objects in earnest, and absolutely devote resources toward laying the foundation of space infrastructure required to mount an endeavor for future encounters, by developing feasibly near-future solar sail and laser sail technologies.

This discovery should prompt a wave of development, if our priorities can only get in alignment.

Astronomers to check interstellar body 'Oumuamua' for signs of alien technology by Neo2199 in scifi

[–]darmon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have been wondering since the get go what attempts were being made at contacting this thing! I find it remarkable that it took this many weeks for an astronomy department to make it happen. It was the first thing that crossed my mind. Within the first few days of discovery we had a very thorough and detailed accounting of what hypothetical rendezvous missions would entail in terms of time frame, delta-v, and cost [read the pdf of Project Lyra here,] but it took several weeks for a genuine attempt at communication with what could be an alien vessel? I am shocked!

It is exciting to know that even as 'Oumuamua hurtles away from us, it will be the subject of study and provocative conversation for years to come.

Okkar Homeworld by GraaafiK in EverspaceGame

[–]darmon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Not sure what the HP is per se, but I have just discovered the crystal is destroyable on my current run, and remembering this post from a few days ago thought I should come post an update.

It took 3 shots from a gunship with the Ancient Weapon (270 dps) and Devastator (+40% dmg) enhancements active. So it would take a lot of firepower from a normal weapon on a typical play through. It released a lot of viridian energy, and called in a frigate that I am about to take on.

EDIT: Lasted about 10 seconds against that thing and the complementing dozen fighters. Ouch.

Okkar Homeworld by GraaafiK in EverspaceGame

[–]darmon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I took the wormhole to the homeworlds twice in one play through today, and all that happened while I was there was turrets on the crystal pylons (beaming energy down to the planet from orbit?) attacked me, and two Okkar corvettes jumped into the system sequentially to attack me.

After killing both corvettes, I flew back into the wormhole and left the system. It is worth noting that the wormhole you use to enter their system closes after you arrive, and the exit wormhole repeatedly closes and reopens a few kilometers away, which makes it very challenging to escape without destroying the corvettes.

I haven't encountered anything of note in there. But perhaps it advances you a few systems in so doing?

Black Friday retail workers are treated like yo-yos. They need scheduling protections | "Today and every day, our workers deserve a $15 an hour minimum wage, decent working conditions and the right to form a union." -Sen. Sanders by Chartis in SandersForPresident

[–]darmon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The National Labor Relations Board has an e-file link where you can file a charge and petition for this situation which is an obvious violation of laws protecting the rights of the workers employed underneath your management.

If the minors employed underneath you can not trust you to protect them, who can they trust? And who do you serve?

You were likewise ripped off, you're a supervisor, and assumably a grown adult. So you take it on the chin. But they are children. They do not have the benefits of time, experience, and perspective that you do. If you are not going to look out for their interests, no one will.

You have the means available to you to take UPS to task for this violation of their protected rights. You have all the documentation, the license, and authority, everything you need right down to the righteousness of it, to get these kids what they deserve - recompense - and with enough of a scene made, your efforts might even help ensure that policies are put in place at your hub, AND OTHER UPS hubs, so that you end up protecting the rights of workers you have never even met.

They only question is do you have the scruples?

Because socialist programs are for commies by DisobeyThem in LateStageCapitalism

[–]darmon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

"Dunkin Donuts is an incredible employer! I am so fortunate to work here. Where else could I bring my baby to work like this?"

  • Her, probably.

$186k in loans for a BA - they're coming due by student_impossible in studentloandefaulters

[–]darmon 5 points6 points  (0 children)

They absolutely can not pursue you across international borders. They can marginally pursue you across intrastate borders. They need a locally barred attorney to sue you locally in the state you are employed, and summarily win a judgment, to garnish wages or attach a lien to a bank account in that state. If you move into another state, they have to acquire another attorney, undergo another lawsuit, establish another garnishment or lien on wages and accounts in the new state. And I think people are absolutely unaware, perhaps yourself included, of how often these debts change hands for pennies on the dollar. Each debt collector is sifting through mountains of paperwork, trumping up their efforts with statements like "we can take everything in your account except 1.6k$," hoping to catch as many fish as possible while exercising as little expenditure per fish as possible. After a certain amount of time and money spent on pursuing you, with all their attendant threatening language, harassing phone calls to friends, family, even total strangers who live at addresses near yours, mailing letters, pursuing legal actions, all of which costs them a lot of money, if they still don't see income from your "account," they necessarily sell off their "property" - the "authority" and "exclusive privilege" to commercially pursue your debt - and move on, thus enabling some other sycophant predator, (a more minor one with even fewer resources, most likely,) to individually start the process again. Ad infinitum.

If you are willing and able to expatriate, that is your best option in my opinion. I absolutely would if I could. Not difficult to surmise that $20,000 in cash in an account marks you a HUGE target for these predators. So I would deliquidate that into some other mechanism, bitcoin, gold bars, property abroad, or most preferably highly valuable new skills - technical qualifications/certifications/experiential learning/language skills - that enable you to jet set right out of this garbage fire, or at the securely stash it out of country where they can not touch it - you know, just like they do. The mattress route, the international backpacker route, the block chain fluctuation route, each comes with an altogether different set of risks of its own, however.

I have lived in poverty for the last 10 years since leaving college in 2009, and haven't paid, or acknowledged, any of the debtors in years - my debt was around $100,000, roughly half your current debt, almost ten years ago and may be comparable in amount now. I have had no savings account the entire time, and live pay check to pay check in low income housing currently. I have neither appreciable property, nor savings, and very meager income. They do not come after me I imagine because it is impossible to squeeze blood from a stone.

Other countries are not currently in pronounced self-destruction like the (not very) United States, and are not attempting to cull, disenfranchise and subjugate literally everyone in adherence to dogmatic, antiquated, inhumane economic doctrine. Doctrine that more and more resembles religious zealotry, as it visibly divorces itself further and further from reality.

So if I were you, (assumably) single, young, able bodied, well educated, and backed with $20,000 in cash, I would be making daily effort toward leaving America in my rear view mirror.

The levels of pig thought. by Bab5crusade in LateStageCapitalism

[–]darmon 32 points33 points  (0 children)

In ways both direct and indirect, they are an occupying enemy force terrorizing the local populations in urban centers. Pick any metropolitan city in America. Identify the municipal police forces in the area. Wonder to yourself how many of those cops live in the city confines. Stand aghast at the reality that the overwhelming super majority of them live the outlying rural towns that comprise the county the city is surrounded by.

Seattle city police FOUR to ONE reside permanently OUTSIDE THE CITY. They come into the city, carry weapons, wear armor, protect the ownership class, enforce the violent social hierarchy, levy tolls, taxes, and citations, carry out unconstitutional surveillance, black site rendition, and civil asset forfeiture, generally just exist to extract the wealth, health and livelihood from the urban center and bring it home to their communities, by actively terrorizing the inner urban ones.

Under the auspices of "protection and service," or "keeping the peace," (disregard their worsening fetishization of military culture, doctrine, and armaments; adoption of the Punisher logo; readily available examples of gross misconduct, murder, racism, and sexual depredation; etc) they dismantle communities that they LIVE, WORK, AND BREATHE DISTINCTLY SEPARATE FROM. They take upon themselves a mantle of overwhelmingly lethal, and unbridled authority, tell us it IS FOR OUR OWN GOOD, and that WE SHOULD TRUST THEM. When every aspect of their lives, lifestyles, and livelihoods DIVORCES THEM IRREVOCABLY FROM THE COMMUNITIES THEY POLICE.

Since they are not part of our communities, why do they get to police our communities?

The upcoming community revolution (community food production, community policing, community paramedicine, et al) is going to dramatically overturn a lot of the inequities in this vaingloriously iniquitous society.

Maine’s Legislature Is Blocking Ranked-Choice Voting. But Voters Have One Chance To Save It. by jest09 in jillstein

[–]darmon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

1#

But the state’s Supreme Court earlier this year issued a non-binding opinion that parts of the referendum law violate a provision of Maine’s constitution that allows statewide officers to be elected by plurality.

2#

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is the highest court in the state of Maine's judicial system. It is composed of seven justices, who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Maine Senate. wiki

Hmm... a non democratic entity decides that We the People exerting more control on the governmental framework is unconstitutional. This makes me trust the system less, though I don't know if that loss is primarily registered with the Supreme Court apparatus, or the Constitutional one.

Could there be a systemic problem when the highest court in the state, charged with defending democracy, is itself undemocratic? Could there be a foundational problem with the touted Constitution? It was written in 1820.

This is the imbalanced, unrepresentative, undemocratic status quo PROTECTING ITSELF. PLAIN. AND. SIMPLE.

Plato predicted Donald Trump. by CentristsAreScum in LateStageCapitalism

[–]darmon 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Read this aloud just now in the break room at work, and IMMEDIATELY three sycophants start parroting in unison their strong, almost ritualistic defenses of the rich.

Bill Gates is a nice guy! He cured malaria. And that other water borne disease!

I disagree. Hard work comes with just rewards!

Elon Musk will...something something save the world.

Literally people, it genuinely terrifies me how quickly these adulations pour out of their mouths, how robotic they sound while doing it, and how visibly gleeful they get when they prostrate themselves to the rich.

Like they can not bear one instant of hearing someone say something even casually critical of the rich. I read a 1400 year old quote aloud, without context or exposition, and they immediately start verbally tripping over each other in simultaneous efforts to defend the rich. As if the statement itself posed some terrible threat to the status quo. It really is eye opening.

I didn't even elaborate or give my own thoughts on the matter, just read a quote from a world renowned ancient philosopher.

I wonder how the oft quoted other (supposed) ancient philosopher would have gone over, if I took the opportunity to follow up with "it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven."

"Holy shit, are you alright man?" "As long as my bike starts I shou.. *braap* .. yaahh! :D" by [deleted] in Dualsport

[–]darmon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What happens at his gas cap after he rights the bike? He turns the key, hits the starter, and pressurized drops start shooting out of the gas cap? Am I seeing that right?

The composition of the human body by astrocosmo in Astronomy

[–]darmon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You may be aware, but in case you or others are not already, the naked couple are the caricature human form pictograms that were inscribed on the Pioneer Plaques.

We may have just seen the first comet from another solar system by spacewal in Astronomy

[–]darmon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Reminds us of one of my favorite books. A comment I made a few years ago, in a similar discussion.

Chapter 1: Spaceguard

Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. On June 30, 1908, Moscow escaped destruction by three hours and four thousand kilometers--a margin invisibly small by the standards of the Universe. On February 12, 1947, another Russian city had a still narrower escape, when the second great meteorite of the twentieth century detonated less than four hundred kilometers from Vladivostok, with an explosion rivaling that of the newly invented uranium bomb.

In those days there was nothing that men could do to protect themselves against the last random shots in the cosmic bombardment that had once scarred the face of the Moon. The meteorites of 1908 and 1947 had struck uninhibited wilderness; but by the end of the twenty-first century there was no region left on Earth that could be safely used for celestial target practice. The human race had spread from pole to pole. And so, inevitably...

At 0946 GMT on the morning of September 11 in the exceptionally beautiful Summer of the year 2077, most of the inhabitants of Europe saw a dazzling fireball appear in the Eastern sky. Within seconds it was brighter than the Sun, and as it moved across the heavens--at first in utter silence--it left behind it a churning column of dust and smoke. Somewhere above Austria it began to disintegrate, producing a series of concussions so violent that more than a million people had their hearing permanently damaged. They were the lucky ones.

Moving at fifty kilometers a second, a thousand tons of rock and metal impacted on the plains of northern Italy, destroying in a few flaming moments the labor of centuries. The cities of Padua and Verona were wiped from the face of the Earth; and the last glories of Venice sank forever beneath the sea as the waters of the Adriatic came thundering landward after the hammer blow from space.

Six hundred thousand people died, and the total damage was more than a trillion dollars. But the loss to art, to history, to science--to the whole human race, for the rest of time--was beyond all computation. It was as if a great war had been fought and lost in a single morning; and few could draw much pleasure from the fact that, as the dust of destruction slowly settled, for months the whole world witnessed the most splendid dawns and sunsets since Krakatoa.

After the initial shock, mankind reacted with a determination and a unity that no earlier age could have shown. Such a disaster, it was realized, might not occur again for a thousand of years--but it might occur tomorrow. And the next time, the consequences could be even worse.

Very well; there would be no next time.

A hundred years earlier, a much poorer world, with far feebler resources, had squandered its wealth attempting to destroy weapons launched, suicidally, by mankind against itself. The effort had never been successful, but the skills acquired then had not been forgotten. Now they could be used for a far nobler purpose, and on an infinitely vaster stage. No meteorite large enough to cause catastrophe would ever again be allowed to breach the defenses of Earth.

So began project SPACEGUARD. Fifty years later--and in a way that none of its designers could ever have anticipated--it justified its existence.

-Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clark - If you never have, you owe it to yourself to read this book. At least the first three pages, which may conjure up interesting questions in your mind given this real-life discovery of an interstellar visitor.