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  1. Yea my only consolation to the EPA suspension is that due to the massive amount of business shut down and people staying at home, we're actually experiencing deep cuts to carbon emissions and pollution. I know I've seen multiple posts regarding this and while I suspect it's temporary at best, it's oddly enough one of the only things Humans have collectively done to substantially reduce greenhouse gases and combat global warming. Not to mention the current oil glut from OPEC might temporarily shut down a large portion of US and Canadian shale producers, further cutting potential carbon emissions. To swap back to the sad side again, I've heard that most experts predict Wuhan and China as a whole to actually see an increase in carbon emissions year over year as they run factories at higher rates to try and catch up on lost production during the outbreak. So we might see an over-correction like that in the EU and USA when the current restrictions are lifted.
  2. Quality seems much higher in general, skipping through I didn't see any of the stuttering that happened in prior streams.
  3. The gun mechanics are a strong contender for why VR games feel more immersive, it's one thing when you have to do all the actions of a physical reload in a game and it's another when you just hit R and watch an animation complete. As far as movement, I think there's still an option to use an analog stick and walk forward, I've seen at least one streamer who did a bit of standard movement and teleport combination, but that could have been tied to room scale, I'm not entirely sure. I've also heard there are a few bugs regarding the quick-turn options, but that's all second hand. All of valves puzzles make perfect sense, you're just bad at videogames and a big dumb dumb /s I briefly looked up the puzzle, it wasn't complicated but it did require specific view of the environment from a set angle. Some of the stream was totally watchable but a few times when you restarted it was a choppy mess and headache inducing. I think valve put out a stream recommendation article but I'm not sure how useful that is: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=1367-QDNM-8600
  4. I've watched some half life alyx being streamed and I've noticed a few minor trends across all the streams I've watched. The pace of the game is way slower than any FPS or even RPG I've seen played. Oddly enough most players are playing the shooting sections much closer to real life, instead of running/gunning they're taking cover and methodically peak shooting at enemies. Most people are spending significant time messing with environments, playing with mechanics and just looking around. I think valve themselves mentioned that they noticed their original alpha testers playing slowly and taking much more detailed looks at the environments, which prompted them to bump the fidelity and make sure all models looked decent from any available angles. The gameplay itself is very much an extension of halflife 2 and both episodes. There's a bit of combat, then some random puzzles, some minor bonuses for exploration etc. It's unmistakably a proper halflife game. I know valve had been banking on this being one of the first AAA platform exclusives on VR that hopefully prompts more developers to make games in VR and from all the positive reviews I'm seeing of the game, it looks like they succeeded. I'm sure most people are glad to see that valve can still make good games (artifact lol) and I think this has certainly reassured people. In a time when Blizzard, Bioware and Dice are all shitting the bed, Valve seems to still be capable of making something excellent.
  5. It also gets weird because there's differences between copyright, trademark, fair use and other elements that all blend together in messy ways. Should Disney still hold control of Mickey Mouse, a character they made in 1928 (steamboat willy), but also still use as a mascot currently? That seems reasonable, in the same way that a company logo should be protected so long as it's been in recent use. Should Disney be the sole owner and still control distribution of the original steamboat willy cartoon from 1928? I'm fairly certain most people would agree that's excessive. The video presenter suggests a 50 year copyright period, which is fairly reasonable, that would mean even child actors/musicians would control their works into their 60's, and would effectively be akin to a copyright for the life of the original creator. I'm mostly ok with that in theory, but I also think there needs to be more thought given to what constitutes fair use versus what's copyright infringement. If I post a meme image/gif on this forum should a creator be allowed to charge me for it? What if I do the same thing on a professional news site that makes money from ads? What if message the meme in a group chat? Stuff like that gets ugly, and there's no perfect system for it. I think the transition to Patreon and other direct revenue systems that creators have begun pushing for is a better way of handling things on the internet, but there's always going to be someone that pushes limits and there needs to be recourse for smaller creators to remedy that.
  6. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/technology/coronavirus-surveillance-tracking-privacy.html?partner=IFTTT On the one hand you want to commend countries like South Korea for how well they handled this outbreak and limited the spread of the virus, on the other hand, they utilized substantial spying/tracking tools in order to track down known infected and people who were in contact with them. Doxxing and other privacy breaches can exacerbate these issues, making matters even worse, the digital equivalent of the town boarding up your home if they think you have the plague.
  7. Hot takes and general weirdness. The Federal/State/Local government distinction is starting to cause problems. OC especially with issuing orders to shelter in place, countermanding those orders, and then having California State and LA put out those orders is not a great look. To make matters worse the federal orders and guidelines seem to be all over the place. I understand there's a difference between each state's current situation, but it feels incredibly haphazard and disorganized. I will say that this entire situation evolved RAPIDLY, and that added to the general chaos, but at times like this, it's clear which responses from the government are handled well and which are a mess. Panic buying and hording. People are assholes, we have plenty of supplies for everyone but people just buying out entire stores has caused some genuine supply shortages as the supply chain attempts to catch up and restock grocery stores etc. To make matters even weirder, you have stores themselves instituting purchase limits, which feels like we're back in WWII with a ration card. Thankfully most of the jackasses that are trying to price gouge are getting handled by local officials, I'm sure we'll see more than a few very harsh fines and possibly limited prison/probation for people found price gouging. It also brings into focus that some states do not have anti price gouging laws, and I suspect we'll see that change. I still honestly don't understand the toilet paper thing. Working from home, IT issues and emergency preparedness plans. I also think this is going to be a huge shift in the work from home trend, I suspect most white color employees that normally sit in a cube farm are suddenly realizing they can do 80% of their job from home. Unfortunately, every single MSP and IT department is slammed because very few companies were set up to totally work remotely and now everyone is scrambling. I suspect companies like Citrix, Zoom, and Microsoft are going to see massive gains as companies begin to shift large portions of their infrastructure to the cloud or at least make core functionality cloud accessible. I also bet that most companies are suddenly finding that their emergency preparedness plans are either woefully insufficient or just don't exist, we might see some changes in how companies plan for emergencies. Thought experiment: How would a pandemic like this have affected the economy 10 or 20 years ago? Without the recent advances in cloud infrastructure, I'm not sure how this would have worked. I feel like we're at least moderately set up to deal with work from home scenario, but even 10 years ago I feel like most companies would be totally screwed. I'm sure we'll see other additional shifts like a refocus on our network infrastructure, tele-medicine, remote education, etc. I'm mildly interested in seeing if the DoD and federal government learn from this situation, I wonder if new supply chain requirements will be instituted for additional crucial materials (masks, gloves, generic drugs, etc.) I'm curious if this will be yet another push to diversify supply chains away from China, and if we might even see a small increase in US based manufacturing. Sidenote: Commercial real estate is most likely going to get absolutely hammered over the next few years. I've already heard Carl Icahn is shorting that sector because he feels that companies will no longer place such value on large expensive real estate locations.
  8. I agree the panic buying is absolutely out of control, worse than that, most of it doesn't make sense. Again, most people in the US have some limited exposure to storms or other weather events so they seem to be treating COVID19 in a similar way, which isn't particularly useful. Again, comparing the US or Wuhan or Italy - both of which didn't have issues with potable water or even food, let alone toilet paper. I heard about Romney basically stealing kuhla Yang's proposal - it would be super interesting to see what happens if that gets enough traction. Most of the talk of bailouts has been focused on major banks and financial institutions, and that 2008 reminicent feeling of "why are the big banks being bailed out" is starting to creep back in. I'm curious if we'll see another occupy wall st. style protests once this clears up. As far as human testing is concerned, I think we're also going to see some very abbreviated trials (for better and worse), I have some mixed feelings on that.
  9. I would guess that most people go to the grocery stores at least once a week, but some people are faced with having to isolate in their homes for 14+ days. Not to mention that most people do not cook all their meals, so their consumption has not only increased but it's also hitting as a demand shock, when everyone overbuys. Many people are falsely treating this like a natural disaster, where they hear self-isolation as "hunker down and don't leave the house" when in reality it's close to "adjust your habits and stay inside if possible." This isn't Wuhan or other parts of China where they government will lock people indoors and enforce strict curfews. I agree that most stores will continue to resupply and for the US in particular we have enough food production to handle a reduction in global trade. We're not at risk of running out of food. Unfortunately there were also multiple reports of people using the panic buying as an opportunity to try and resell in-demand items for absurd prices. If I personally see anything like that I plan on reporting those individuals, I suspect the authorities will make examples of them.
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