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Jokes / Re: Funny videos
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on April 02, 2020, 02:41:43 PM to quadz
1v1 and TDM Demos / 2017 TS 20th anniv NA finals (online)
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on March 25, 2020, 02:31:05 PM to VaeVictis
Been meaning to post these for awhile. Last NA duel tournament for q2 as far as I am aware. Hasn't been the same activity since.

Original thread:


Was a double elim, so 2 bo3 in the grand finals. 4 demos attached as 1-1, 1-2, 2-1, and 2-2 in that order.

Little drama, because slugs. He's pretty solid though and we worked our best around the drama.

My duel partners at the time were Kickr0, Naymlis, and Nitro so there was some good high level duels getting played almost daily at the time. Slugs really surprised me with how he played almost the same as always despite not being as active as some of the other players.
Politics / Re: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
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on March 23, 2020, 01:52:39 PM to Focalor
I have a coworker that got a text from a project/contract manager stating "You're an APE, you need to get it together and do your job". She's black, went to HR about being called a racist slur, an "APE" (Assistant Project Engineer).

WOW. That's like being a black guy named Chuck Spears. How many thousands of his coworkers have been fired by now? :D

Other than 1 trip for groceries, I haven't left the house for jack shit since the 13th. I don't think I'll die if I get it, but I don't know that for sure. And even if I don't die, I could be someone elses cause to get it and THEY could die. And not enough people are thinking about it in those terms. Right now, the data suggests you probably won't die from it if you're under 60. But that's only "probably". You're essentially playing russian roulette, only the prize is you get to keep the life you ALREADY have, and if you lose, you fuckin' die. Not really a wise gamble. So yeah, for the sake of everyone's favorite grandma, stay the fuck home. All my grandmas and grandpas are dead, but I'm still courteous enough to not try to kill anyone elses.
Politics / Re: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
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on March 22, 2020, 07:21:20 PM to haunted
Thanks for the support, he's out of the woods now. Day 4 on steroids, they work. Just a stupid situation to deal with. Hospital is lucky I didn't John q them.
Politics / Re: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
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on March 17, 2020, 09:14:13 AM to Focalor
Politics / Re: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Thread
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on March 13, 2020, 12:07:13 AM to quadz
From what you've posted, (and my senior medical professional aunt has confirmed this to me) it's only slightly more fatal than the common flu,... however, it is several times more contagious. And the problem there is not that it's 1% fatal, but that if nearly everyone catches it, that 1% of the majority of the population becomes a high number by itself.

Right. It may be 5x to 10x more fatal than seasonal flu, which would indeed put it at around the 1% case fatality rate.

And it's several times more contagious. And, it has asymptomatic transmission: those infected may be highly contagious for a period of days before they themselves begin to notice symptoms.

And so yes: The high transmission rate means a lot of people will get it, and asymptomatic transmission means even conscientious people (who would self-quarantine the moment they noticed symptoms) will nevertheless be spreading it during the time they don't know they're infected.

This drives sustained non-linear growth, and the resulting spike in cases leads to the healthcare system being overrun, which has knock-on effects where patients with other issues won't be getting the treatment they otherwise would have. And it also increases the case fatality rate for COVID-19 patients, as the system being overtaxed means there aren't enough ventilators to meet demand and so an additional percentage of patients will be dying because there aren't enough resources to treat them.

This post a few days ago from Italy describes this problem in more detail:

https://twitter.com/jasonvanschoor/status/1237142891077697538 (thread)

We should expect some larger metropolitan areas in the U.S. to have overloaded healthcare systems resembling what's described in the above Italy thread, in the next 1 to 3 weeks.

Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
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on February 29, 2020, 02:08:30 PM to haunted
Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
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on February 24, 2020, 07:50:24 PM to QwazyWabbit
Excellent COVID19 video.

Haunted, there is no “competition” in the health insurance industry. It’s all about statistics and probabilities in the general population. The actuaries track the population and diseases and they all use the same measures. If you become sick enough you will be dropped. The fact you were dropped by one carrier means no other carriers will take you and you have one course ahead of you: go broke seeking a cure or treatment and once you are broke, you die. Be sure to save enough for your survivors to bury you. Insurance companies weed out the burdensome patients and keep the healthy premium payers. They select for profit. Premiums are calculated on the basis of expected payouts of the sick population in order to maximize profit and minimize payouts. The co-pays and contracts are calculated with those same goals.

The insurance companies negotiate drug prices in secret with manufacturers and distributors. Those manufacturers also limit supply to keep prices inflated. That’s why epinephrine costs $600 per dose and insulin, who’s patents expired 60 years ago is upwards of $450 per month. The list price of insulin has gone from about $20 per vial in 1996, when Humalog entered the market, to about $275 per vial today. Where’s the competition?

The next time you go to buy your prescription medication ask the druggist what the insurance company pays above your co-pay, then ask what the retail price is. First answer: we can’t disclose that. Second answer: you probably can’t afford it.

Generic Metformin, a diabetes treatment, costs about $0.55 per 500mg dose, and it costs about $0.02 to make. It was discovered in 1922, 98 years ago. French physician Jean Sterne began study in humans in the 1950s. It was introduced as a medication in France in 1957 and the United States in 1995. Extended Release metformin, Metformin ER is now under patent. The retail price is more than $1000 for 60 doses and it’s available for the bargain price of $418. Guess which brand you doctor is most likely to write a prescription for. It costs about $0.05 per dose to make.

MRI was invented in England, not USA. CT was invented in 1972 by British engineer Godfrey Hounsfield of EMI Laboratories, England and by South Africa-born physicist Allan Cormack of Tufts University, Massachusetts. The gamma knife used to treat my wife’s tumor was invented in Australia and wasn’t introduced to the United States until 1987. Philips AG, a Dutch company, produces the best MRI on the planet. Get it out of you head that the United States has the best equipment and research, because we don’t. We have the highest costs per patient and statistically, the poorest outcomes in the industrially developed nations.

Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
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on February 24, 2020, 07:47:54 AM to QwazyWabbit
My wife had a brain tumor diagnosed in 2017. A trip to the ER after a fall discovered it. She was old enough and fortunate enough to be on Medicare. The total expense and treatment has now exceeded $170,000 and my total out of pocket is very affordable for us. The approval of treatment and coordination of payments didn’t even involve us. The treatment was successful and we will be doing one more annual followup MRI this year to be sure it’s not growing.

I paid into a private family health insurance program for 30 years at my employer and they dropped me after a heart attack required me to get two stents and 13 weeks of disability. I had to sue to make it a worker’s compensation case to get coverage. I left the company 3 years later and started my own business. Even after, as a self-employed business owner I was forced to buy coverage under the ACA at $9,700+ per year and it never paid for anything but 50% of the labs and two low cost medications. The premiums were going to exceed $11,000 this year but I turned 65 and I’m now on Medicare and dropped the ACA. Every year was another price increase and benefit decrease for three years straight.

Anyone who thinks private insurance is better than a universal coverage system needs to look at the books of those companies and examine their rising profits and increased CEO compensations vs their total benefits paid in the name of their covered individuals before they say no to Medicare for all. They also need to know that they are just one bad day away from losing their job and their coverage simultaneously.

Quake / Re: Q2VKPT - Quake 2 real-time raytracing using RTX
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on June 09, 2019, 09:44:46 AM to M0us3

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