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  1. Thunderstorms can be a bit crazy in Brisbane at times. Haven’t had good ones recently, (only noticeable one was 71.000 lightning strikes) but 6-7 years ago I managed to catch a few minutes of light show on video. It was non stop lightning over a weekend, from Friday night to Sunday night. 200.000+ lightning strikes in 48 hours over the city All of the state got to feel the static that year (from the news) @majestic look at the bright side, if ocean levels rise significantly, lots of Austria will suddenly become attractive beach properties
  2. Ask Electronic Arts how much their reputation matters to them... Ok, just kidding. For some companies, it's all weighed up in their chart of accounts. Acceptable losses if other gains makes up for it. I must be getting soft. Sat up all night watching the GW2 live stream on twitch together with a lot of guildies on Discord. Got to bed around 4am Got some questions answered and some questions just got what I would consider teaser responses. From memory: Taking place in Cantha (already knew that). Adding a new mount. A two person mount this time, with one driver and one gunner. It's a siege turtle. Yes, Mad Max meet Aqua World. Also mentioned in passing as useable in a WvW context. Skiffs. Not only in the new area, but old areas to be retrofitted with the ability to sail around on your small boats. Fishing. Multiplayer fishing too. 200+ different fish species to be caught all over the world (retroactively adding catchable fish to existing areas) New guild hall. A small paradise like island with a distinct Asian theme. Lots of water features and lush greenery. DirectX 11 support to be beta tested and hopefully released before the expansion. Significant rework to how match ups works in WvW. The aim being to let players form alliances between their guilds and then pitch alliances against each other rather than the current server vs. server (the guild wars are truly coming). To be beta tested and hopefully released before the expansion. 9 new elite specializations. Only one was shown (a new Mesmer specialization). Four public beta test sessions scheduled, the first one in a few weeks time. Each of the first three sessions to test 3 specs each and the fourth to test all 9 together. New strike missions (think Raid 'Lite') and new encounter mechanics in general, scaling enemies by adding more abilities rather than turning then into hit point sponges with increased damage output. Five new mastery tracks, of which the first three are to improve your fishing, skiff piloting and siege turtle skills. The last two to be revealed later. I probably forgot a lot of details because it was a bit late and I haven't watched it again. Open for pre-purchase now. Release date currently February 2022. Edit: There was something too about the use of all that jade they have. When the human gods had a falling out with each other, one of the collateral damages was the ocean around Cantha got turned into solid jade (hence the name 'The Jade Sea'). Apparently this very magically charged jade has given rise to a new form for technology. An interesting scene towards the end of the new trailer shows a woman in something that looks like a server room, with a mix of magic, steam punk and green glowing jade everywhere.
  3. Still nothing wrong with getting a wage that allows you and your partner to survive without slaving away at two jobs each, simultaneously and then have the bank seize your home when little George breaks his leg in a freak accident. The way it works at the moment, in many parts of the world (including parts of the US) is very similar to the feudal system, where you're completely at the mercy of your liege and their whims. Including financial institutions happily gambling your money away to get the bonus they need for their CEO's second yacht. Edit: I doubt the usual solution to this problem would be appreciated... Roll them in pitch and torch them or off to the Guillotine once enough is enough. Edit2: UBI is never going to work as a patch on the problem, it will only lead to explosive inflation and the top 1% getting richer still, while the rest keep getting poorer.
  4. Guild Wars 2 live stream sometime today, with previews and info about the third expansion 'End of Dragons'... I'm mostly curious about the new elite class specializations atm, but that might of course change once we get to actually know something (like anything???) about what they have planned. So far, afaik, the only two things that are certain are it's in Cantha (a Far East inspired part of the game world) and there will be new elite specs. Personal guess is, a lot of the action is going to be underwater. Based on new skimmer (the aquatic mount) abilities, promised visual upgrades to legendary underwater weapons and last but not least, the last living Elder Dragon is supposedly an underwater dragon living in Cantha. Just a teaser trailer from a year ago (i.e. just a mood setter, no useful info)
  5. I don't think WHO was the point of the article I linked to More an analysis of why there is no point in just throwing up manufacturing plants everywhere, as the existing ones are already competing for limited raw materials (some of which are used by all the current vaccines in production) and skilled labour to operate such plants. Putting up more buildings wont solve those particular bottlenecks. Edit: Not that I don't agree with your point.
  6. Till Lindemann (Rammstein's lead singer) Fat
  7. According to Goebbels it’s very effective. This sounds like someone wanting to pull a Turkey on people, cracking down on anyone not drooling, with a slack jawed expression and showing proper nationalist attitudes (or worse calling the murder of a million Armenians genocide)
  8. That “obviously” was sarcasm, right??? edit: those who are not Trump cultists aren’t surprised and his cultists don’t care either way
  9. Completely off topic, but I wonder how many people around here were active on Usenet? I sometimes participated in alt.rec.games.interplay and alt.rec.games.baldurs-gate not being too keen on this newfangled “forum” nonsense, which looked like an internet version of Fido net
  10. Just an interesting little bit about why we don’t just mass produce vaccines here and now (and no, not actually blaming things like IP and patents) https://www.bbc.com/news/health-57024322
  11. I got my first two speeding tickets in Australia while still having only my old Danish drivers license (with no English translations), but that didn't bother the Hertz car rental apparently. It also meant I couldn't get "penalty points" on my license. Australia has a point system, where driving offenses costs points. If a you drive badly enough, your license is void. I eventually did get a proper Australian drivers license, because I could get fully credited for my Danish license and get a full Australian license right away. No tests... not even a written one. Later I did enroll in a training course and got motorcycle added to my license (complete with driving/skill test). Edit: And yes, spent my first 12 months driving around on my motorcycle with that ugly 'L' sign on it ("Learner") and the restrictions associated with it
  12. Sorry to hear that Raithe. All the best wishes to you and your family Regarding blood sugar levels, I sometimes have a bad conscience and feel like I'm squandering some precious gifts when it comes to health. Spent most of my 30's and early 40's being at times outright obese, living off junk food and cappuccino's. Only then did I get tired of always feeling tired and got my act together (now looking presentable in the bathroom mirror again). Despite decades of abusing my body, the latest blood tests showed the numbers of a healthy 30 year old. Whatever kills me some day is unlikely to be diabetes or cholesterol. Never mind lots of other things tried, hard at times, and failed. This cat is currently on its 10th+ life It will probably be something silly like a lightning strike or a tile falling off a roof in the city Which reminds me, I really should get officially registered as an organ donor and get a will done one of these days. Things you sometimes forget when you feel immortal... which usually last until you get very surprised.
  13. Making octopuses high on Ecstasy makes otherwise very solitary creatures more sociable... https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-09-21/octopus-ecstasy-mdma-social-behaviour/10280706 "An object such as a flower pot was placed in the left chamber and another octopus trapped in the right. Without ecstasy, test octopuses spent significantly more time in the chamber with the object. But with ecstasy, they became more social, preferring the chamber with the other octopus in it. And the nature of the interactions between octopuses changed too. Before a dose of ecstasy, social interactions were "limited, usually to one extended arm", the scientists wrote in the paper. "After MDMA treatment, social interactions were characterised by extensive ventral surface contact, which appeared to be exploratory rather than aggressive in nature," they said." Edit: The article didn't say if it resulted in some kinky tentacle sex
  14. I think it's time to dust off ye olde Lexx dvd's again... (got all seasons on dvd). Probably my favourite sci-fi show after Firefly
  15. This should ring a bell for my fellow developers... (yes, users are like *that*)
  16. Isn’t that a bit like saying AstraZeneca can’t be any good, because Sweden botched its pandemic response big time?
  17. ...and the winner of Worlds Strongest Man contest 2021 is Tom Stoltman (from the UK)
  18. That reminds me of my first ever interview with a recruiting agent in London (almost 20 years ago), when I started looking for work outside Denmark I get this phone call showing a lot of weird digits on the called id, so I know it's from abroad. Pick up the phone and the guy on the other end introduces himself and... asks my how are you doing? Luckily I somehow managed to suppress my first, immediate impulse (telling him it's none of his ****ing business, we don't really know each other *that* well!!!) and stay polite. I did think he was getting all personal and intimate here, without me knowing him at all, like intruding on my privacy sphere without an invite here. Yes, Danes can be like that sometimes if not exposed to the outside world
  19. Youtube did it to me, I swear! I recently googled something about oldest company in Denmark and today youtube came up with this little gem under suggested videos. It's the oldest company in each European country that is *still* operating (i.e. there may be many even older companies, but for whatever reason they have gone out of business by now). I'm looking forward to see when he gets to Asia, as I suspect there may be some very old Chinese and Japanese businesses around.
  20. Not quite as awful as the Hollywood version of vikings... Traditional Old Norse martial music
  21. They are not immune to screw ups if that's what you mean. Like contacting all the people who been near a large grocery store... just to find out a few days later that there are two grocery stores from the same franchise nearby and the "other" one was the correct one (so nobody got tracked for days there). But apart from some such obvious human errors, it does seem to do its job. People get identified, isolated, tested and if necessary isolated for a longer time (if testing positive). @Zoraptoryeah, of course, it could have been a lot worse. The main frustration is really over wasted opportunities and incompetence. The state PM's and state governments (especially the Victorian, Queensland and Western Australian) did all the hard work and turned the initial outbreak into a success story. But complacency (and a lack of national leadership) is threatening it at the moment.
  22. The snap lockdowns is to give contact tracers a chance to identify all the people who have been in contact with somebody who has been in contact with somebody etc. to get them to self isolate (and tested), which people have done. It has worked the last 12 months... The lockdown itself is only to stop the spread in its tracks until all possible infected people have been identified and isolated. The lockdown itself doesn't stop the spread as such.
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