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It has such potential if you take out the parking and pavement.


This might tempt me back from the land of Pop! OS. I had found it pretty painful to create packages, but this looks like it can take out a lot of the boilerplate.


Well, it depends on the scenario. Take Portland’s Sunset Transit Center Park & Ride. It has a large parking structure, connections to bus lines, and bike lockers. It provides a 22 minute journey to the heart of downtown Portland. The alternative is US-26, which is regularly choked with traffic during rush hour. There are a lot of surrounding suburbs with mediocre bus service, but once they get to that park and ride then the trip is fast and comfortable.

I don’t know about Sunset TC since I’m not usually around there, but the park and rides near where I grew up in Portland were always filled up as part of the morning commute. Of course, that has likely changed for now with COVID-19.

That said, transit oriented development is always the preferred alternative.


I don’t necessarily disagree, but they do help meet people halfway when cities are already built for carbrain. For a whole lot of those people, either it’s park and ride or they drive all the way. That can add up to serious vehicle-miles shaved off their commutes, smaller/fewer highways and parking in suburbs instead of the more valuable urban core.


Planes are necessary to some level unless human civilization is to regress. I love trains, but they can’t cross an ocean or fly to the other side of the world in a day. People won’t give up flying, so at a certain point technology needs to step in to make a fix. Technology can’t fix everything, but it can sure help.


The nice thing about hydrogen being that once you have a hydrogen powered vehicle, it doesn’t matter where the hydrogen comes from. Grey hydrogen or green hydrogen, it works the same. It’s much the same as with grid power. When you can separate pollution from the vehicle, you can later reduce that pollution at a single centralized source rather than a million smaller sources.


Again, that’s a structural problem that it shares with any Reddit-like site, at least when karma has any sort of significance. Anything with a low barrier to entry will allow bots.


Exactly, I think Twitter could have continued on indefinitely if Elon hadn’t dropped in and mucked everything up. The model worked well enough and they were finally tamping down the moderation issues more or less. There were problems with monetizing, but even that gap was being shrunk.


From what I can gather, there were repeated problems with brigading. It’s also worth noting that Lemmy uses much the same structure as Reddit, so the complaints from r/banned about “supermods” apply just as much here.


Currently, no. Digg collapsed because the format of the site was changed in extreme and unpopular ways. Elon is massively mismanaging Twitter while also learning that moderation is hard. Reddit of course has its own balancing act, but it shows no signs of complete collapse like with previous sites.


I gotta ask, have you tried talking to a doctor? Self medicating can seriously mess you up. Not that doctors are flawless, but just shoving random chemicals in you and hoping for the best is worse.


Not specifically related to unions, but more to the cause of fair treatment of labor. I would have rather have seen this go through Congress so it can’t be removed in a later administration, but I doubt Republicans would let it through since it would harm their precious “job creators”.



There’s also the nature of economic activity there. It’s often based around resource extraction, which tends to concentrate money and power in just a few hands. As you get more value added, it gets harder and harder to not at least treat your employees somewhat decently.


A kind of interesting case here is Liberia. In the early 19th century it was colonized by former enslaved people from the United States under the blessings of white people from the US. They turned right around and essentially enslaved the indigenous people. That created a small wealthy upper class with support from the US that was resented by the rest of the population. Eventually around 1980 the indigenous people toppled the ruling class, but unfortunately that led to 20 years of turmoil. It’s only recently that things have started to really show progress.


Sorry, I was maybe too harsh there. I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing to talk about. But I have observed with environmentalism a tendency to focus too much on changes that are of marginal consequence at the expense of changes that are more impactful. After all, we all have a limited amount of time and energy to devote.

Edit: To demonstrate, boiling 1 liter of water in an electric kettle emits 70g of carbon according to one person on the Internet (I’ll assume that’s generally true). In contrast, a flight produces 101g per km per passenger. Taking just one flight per year would dwarf any amount of spaghetti someone could eat.


On the other hand, highly optimizing your pasta cooking for energy consumption is kind of a misuse of time. Going vegan or picking locally sourced in season foods is going to be far more impactful. Still a neat intellectual exercise, though.


It’s so frustrating because this is something that 100% needs to be done for a multitude of reasons, but there are internal forces inside of many rich countries that will either deny it is our responsibility or even deny that human-caused climate change exists in the first place.


It’s usually covered under fair use doctrine in the United States, though there are limits. More specifically, it must be both transformative and noncommercial.


It can be fun to have a different take on characters. This is especially true for crossover fanfics or fixit fanfics in the case of source material with plot holes or other flaws.


The “Anti-Evil Operations” (site-moderation, aka AEO) is very opaque and undermines the autonomy of individual subreddits. In /r/moderatepolitics, we finally just banned discussion of trans issues altogether because AEO had their thumb on the scale. I definitely come down on the pro-trans side, but it’s impossible to talk to someone on the other side of the issue when they have to avoid violating broad and poorly defined rules. The responses from inquiries has been basically non-existent, and this is for a fairly sizeable subreddit (250k subscribers).




A Visit to Denver
I just got back from a business trip to Denver. I thought I'd give my prospective on the city from the point of view of a Portlander who usually only uses bike and transit to get around. The transit was pretty solid, at least for downtown and inner suburbs. I took a light rail train straight from the airport to downtown. I had the option to jump on their Mall Bus (will get to that later), but I decided to walk instead. My only complaint was that the ticket felt a bit steep at $10.50 when traveling from the airport. I'm used to a $2.50 flat fare, which both encourages use of transit and is far less confusing for a traveler new to the area. The Mile High City has a mile long downtown mall that is exclusively pedestrian, bicycle, scooter, and the mall bus. The mall bus is frequent and free. Retail of various types lines the mall, both chains and local retail. To show the contrast between your typical North American stores, there was a Taco Bell that took up maybe 800 sq ft (74 sq meters) at most and was rapidly serving customers. That contrasts with a Taco Bell in Portland that gets similar traffic, but is spread over 25,000 sq ft when the building, landscaping, and parking lot are included. Now, my two "fuck cars" moments. They have ridiculously overbuilt their roads. Downtown has four lane roads through it. Seven lane stroads (three lanes each way plus turning) are common. These dwarf Portland's roads, even though Portland's metro population is almost identical. The second was when I was doing a little traveling around the area. Density drops off considerably when you exit the urban core. There doesn't seem to be any effort to keep the city constrained from sprawl. Go out just a few miles and you hit the soulless suburbs with little apparent effort at urban design or infill.















cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/376537 > Here is the email from Chipotle: https://mobile.twitter.com/MorePerfectUS/status/1549419617021374464