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Helldivers II remains the best-selling premium game of 2024 year-to-date after placing 2nd in March. Helldivers II currently ranks 7th in lifetime US dollar sales for Sony published titles...
  • Can't agree more. Despite all the gnashing of teeth the railgun still performs great in many situations, it just isn't a panacea anymore. The "buffs not nerfs" crowd seems to be under the impression that the ideal balance for the game is one where they can reliably win missions at Helldive difficulty. Which is silly since the level below that is literally labeled "impossible". Why would they create 9 levels of difficulty if the intention was for most players to spend all their time grinding level 9? You think it's BS that there are so many armored units and the anti armor tools don't make it easy to handle them? Yeah that's what "impossible" means. If you were playing on "hard" I doubt you'd have that problem.

  • You fools!
  • I would say that the meme does a good job of producing a Gettier Case, which many philosophers recognize as valid counter examples that disprove the Justified True Belief definition of knowledge, indicating that a complete definition of knowledge requires more than those three elements.

    Philosophers (aside from skeptics) were mostly agreed on JTB as a straightforward and elegant definition of knowledge for most of history and they have struggled to reach a new consensus after Gettier and instead are left with a hodgepodge of competing definitions. This could be perceived as something that might frustrate a philosopher, and that I think is why the meme positions this as a sort of "prank" for philosophers.

  • Get rid of landlords...
  • The difference is scale. If a house is a safe investment that makes a reliable 10% return on investment before tax and then you pay 1% in property tax, the remaining 9% is still an extremely attractive return so the investor appetite for housing remains unchanged by this small tax. Change the tax to 9% and you're only left with 1% return, suddenly other investment options become much more attractive. Once the investors have left, prices can normalize around the price tolerances of people actually intending to live in the space.

    This is a simplification using made up numbers, but the overall point is that the mere fact that property taxes as they currently exist (with very low rates) allow investors to run amok, that doesn't mean that a more substantial LVT couldn't change that.

    Obviously taxing in a way that makes rentals completely non viable is probably not a perfect solution, and raising the tax dramatically all at once before prices have a chance to react could be catastrophic, but with a careful incremental approach gradually raising LVT and displacing other taxes (starting with regressive ones like sales tax) with those revenues based on observed outcomes, progress can be made to a better equilibrium where people who want to own a home to live in have better opportunities to do so, people who want to rent still have some options, people aren't getting rich by ransoming housing at extortionate prices, and more investment capital is funneled toward productive enterprise over plots of dirt, strengthening the actual economy.

    I think it's probable that the Georgist dream of displacing all taxation with LVT may not be achievable due to diminishing returns on raising the tax as property values react, but I think moving in the direction of Georgist policy could absolutely usher in some better social outcomes

  • As bans spread, fluoride in drinking water divides communities across the US
  • Yes, but orders of magnitude less often than random members of the public "doing their own research". And looking at the consensus of the experts rather than individual experts the error rate is further orders of magnitude below that. You need to let go of the idea that information being a good basis for decisions means that it's "absolute truth", because only religion has that; what we have is some sources of information that are less likely to be wrong than all the others, and that's unfortunately the best you can get.

  • Plato
  • To oversimplify, it's a metaphor about what it's like to go through life relying only on your senses and not using reason to question or analyze the deeper meanings behind your surface impressions. The story goes on to discuss a prisoner who escapes the cave and gets a taste of true reality, that prisoner is meant to represent a philosopher. When the escaped prisoner returns and tells the others of what he's seen, they reject his claims saying how absurd it would be to believe that there's anything more than just the shadows. I think in this day and age it's easy to guess what that interaction represents, but Plato had a particular bone to pick about this since his mentor had essentially been executed for questioning various things.

  • Twitch will now allow "Artistic Nudity" following the viral topless meta
  • I don't think that's what it's saying given that "sexual themes" is on this list as well. Seems more like they're saying "we're allowing more sexual content if it's properly labeled, but we're going to start keeping those labels off the home page, and while we're at it we'll take off a bunch of other objectionable content"

  • YSK: What other instances have the most notable Lemmy instances defederated with
  • Haha yeah, good point. I guess I should have specified it would be a good post on this community specifically where people look to find handy tips for using Lemmy effectively. The fact that one of the huge instances where a lot of your search results come from when you're starting out looking for content has such an aggressive pro-totalitarian moderation strategy is an unexpected, but very useful insight.

  • search all federated instances
  • It doesn't seem that way. It seems like at least one person from your instance needs to have interacted with a community on another instance before it'll be included in partial match search results. If you manually navigate to one of the instances you federate with and look for a very small community there and then go back to your instance and search for some of the words in that community's name I don't believe it will come up. But then it you search for the community's exact fully qualified identifier it should come up and then once you subscribe it should come up if you try the previous search terms again. At least that's been my experience. As a result, to flesh out my subscriptions I've spent time manually browsing to other instances, finding interesting communities in their catalogue and then manually copying the identifier and then tabbing back to my instance to find the community with the identifier and subscribe, which admittedly is far from an ideal experience. Luckily I think there's a lot that the upcoming client implementations can do to make this discovery process easier.