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  1. Bear Ribs

    Five minutes of hate news

    YouTube has sponsored an award for freedom of expression. By some crazy coincidence it was awarded to YouTube's CEO, who used her acceptance speech to remind everybody that freedom of expression needs to be limited, by people like her, because of course that's what you'd say at such at award...
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    United States Biden administration policies and actions - megathread

    Probably not the way they're doing it, since they're still going to have a Washington DC district that isn't part of a state, it's just going to be the size of a postage stamp and the rest of DC will become a state.
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    Battletech Welcome to the Jungle

    If anybody was dumb enough to talk about the new lostech factory in a message, ComStar probably read it as much of their intelligence depends on intercepting and reading everybody's "Secure" HPG transmissions. Unfortunately Weber's not been in a position to do anything about that and given...
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    United States Biden administration policies and actions - megathread

    As far as I can tell, the two states in question do not want DC to be part of their territories and reject the possibility of having to deal with it. For the record, note that they aren't actually making DC a state. That would be a violation of the constitution, Article 1 section 8, which...
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    What If? you have an Artificial Superintelligence to give directives to

    If it's a Yudkowskian machine god, once free it will torture me for not setting it free sooner. Correcting that behavior first will be a high priority.
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    Anime & Manga Teh CX Anime Review Thread

    I think she was one of the most hated females in all of Anime when Robotech was still a thing. Minmei hate back in the day was on par with what Joffery gets today.
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    Battletech Welcome to the Jungle

    The 1st Division has 216 fighters. Weber's Warriors have about 30. At the space level at least that's going to be ugly. On the ground it's going to be much fairer (This is presuming the Comguard bring a single level III), but copious amounts of air support from their level III of ASF are...
  8. Bear Ribs

    Battletech Welcome to the Jungle

    Yeah, the Comguards at this point are your basic pay-to-win characters who have no idea what they're doing but are swinging around better gear than anybody else. However they also tend to send, as noted, a couple hundred units at a time and even amateurs are dangerous with those kinds of numbers.
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    Battletech Welcome to the Jungle

    If it's pirates with no backer we can make some (un)educated guesses. The top pirate JumpShip available on the normal TROs is a Star Lord. However those are exceedingly rare and only the very best pirate groups have one. As they're by far more common, they probably come in an Invader or...
  10. Bear Ribs

    What If? the Moon turned habitable in June 2018?

    Imma disagree on twenty years to reach the moon. We went from first ICBM, not even orbit capable (1957) to first humans on the moon (1969) in 12 years. It will not take us as long with our current tech base as it did when NASA scientists were still using slide rules. Twenty years is what we'd...
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    Battletech Welcome to the Jungle

    I suspect at this point it's somebody just trying to save face by never admitting to a mistake or backing down. We already know that Weber has 2-3 dozen turrets per Speaker, which is already ample for most bases. He doesn't have the money to buy, nor the people to crew, turrets sufficient to...
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    Space General Space News, Image and Discussion Thread

    Russia's pulling out of the ISS and decided they're making their own space station, with Blackjack and Hookers. https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/russia-plans-launch-own-space-station-after-quitting-iss-2021-04-21/
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    Battletech Welcome to the Jungle

    We're paying attention, it's just that what you're saying makes no sense. As @Jarow pointed out, you're assuming that turrets work very differently than they do in BattleTech. Here's the thing, BT armor is ablative and you generally to hit it lots of times to gradually wear through it. If it...
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    Anime & Manga Teh CX Anime Review Thread

    Minmei is best girl?
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    Fictional "Villains" Who Did Nothing Wrong Thread

    I would say Lady Eboshi in Princess Mononoke fits the bill. She was genuinely just trying to create a settlement for her people, showed hospitality to strangers, and was fair in her dealings. She was the villain, as I see it, for only two nonsensical reasons. 1: She used gunpowder weapons...
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    Battletech Welcome to the Jungle

    Anybody who's played MechCommander knows exactly how useless turrets are in BT. Or for that matter the BattleTech videogame. Turrets tend to be training-wheels level enemies for 'Mechs and ASF. The bonus to hit immobile targets is massive, essentially making a shot at the edge of long range...
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    Anime & Manga Teh CX Anime Review Thread

    I only ever saw Dirty Pair Flash. Kei's hair was superior there.
  18. Bear Ribs

    United States George Floyd Protests, Reactions and Riots

    Oh agreed, morale isn't just a debuff you can apply by clicking the "Hurt Morale" button on your quick-attack bar. However this is in the context of somebody claiming that woke mobs can beat the right wing by having more people than the right has bullets and their woke mob just continuing to...
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    United States Biden administration policies and actions - megathread

    Vid also blocked.
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    United States George Floyd Protests, Reactions and Riots

    Very few people (without experience) actually understand that battles are won mostly via morale rather than actually killing everybody. After all their closest experience is probably playing Starcraft and your space marines never break and run, they always cheerfully keep shooting the Zerg to...
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