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DnD Central / Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
Last post by ersi -
City Skylines looks easier than Transport Tycoon.

DnD Central / Re: How To Sit
Last post by Frenzie -
Huh, looks more like an ultra-cheap motel.
Browsers & Technology / Re: E-readers
Last post by Frenzie -
The screen refresh rate may be too slow for fast typists.
Speaking as a fast typist, it doesn't matter if you're looking at the screen or not. I'm looking outside as I'm typing this right now. ;)
DnD Central / Re: How To Sit
Last post by ersi -
I've never been to Japan. :P
In Japan there are some awesome places to sit all night long, maybe even for a week or more.

DnD Central / Re: What's Going on in Business?
Last post by ersi -
Some guys have too much power (and money) even when jailed
Martin Shkreli must return $64.6 million in profits he and his former company reaped from jacking up the price and monopolizing the market for a lifesaving drug, a federal judge ruled Friday while also barring the provocative, imprisoned ex-CEO from the pharmaceutical industry for the rest of his life.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote's ruling came several weeks after a seven-day bench trial in December that featured recordings of conversations that Cote said showed Shkreli continuing to exert control over the company, Vyera Pharmaceuticals LLC, from behind bars and discussing ways to thwart generic versions of its lucrative drug, Daraprim.
See Shkreli's full story in Dirty Money documentary series episode Drug Short.

You can also shouldersurf him for the way he does financial analysis in his YT course[1]
Honestly recommended. The guy is a skilled financier. I watched the whole thing and it helps me survive in my bank job.
Browsers & Technology / Re: E-readers
Last post by ersi -
Now more than a month in, I can say this thing really serves a good purpose, particularly for reading long files/webpages.

For typing/editing, it's a bit trickier. The screen refresh rate may be too slow for fast typists. I have had to rethink the themes and colourschemes I use, in order to make selections visible (because the way I edit is based on selections first of all). And syntax highlight is pretty much worthless in black-and-white eink. Still, it's a very decent experience when typing prose, simpler markup, or IRC chat.
DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
Last post by midnight raccoon -
Oh, because Channel 3 doesn't ask if you'll accept their stupid cookies :p
Ghislaine Maxwell is guilty of sex-trafficking, but only of sex-trafficking to Jeffrey Epstein. The prosecution seems to ignore the fact that Epstein was the trafficker to a long list of stars in the political, business, and art elite.

Alan Dershowitz, an earlier attorney for Epstein (and also on the long list), immediately got an interview with BBC after the verdict, and said in the interview, "[The prosecution] did not use as a witness the woman who accused Prince Andrew, who accused me, who accused many other people, because the government didn't believe she was telling the truth." Indeed, even though Prince Andrew was pretty much caught in the act, it is not sure if he or any other people on the long list will be tried in court.

However, just now Prince Andrew lost his titles, possibly in order to reduce him to an ordinary citizen just in case he ends up in the system.
DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
Last post by ersi -
Won't load for me.
Always be ready for American newssites not loading for Europe. Change your IP to any other continent and it works. This has been a huge problem ever since the EU cookie directive/GDPR nonsense, many years now.
DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
Last post by midnight raccoon -
That's weird, they wouldn't have geographically restricted it to just inside the US or something? But here's the text of the article:

Las Vegas (KSNV) -- Julie Coppin and her dog Betty know all about the weekend trip.

"I hate driving on this road," Coppin told me, as she was escorting Betty, a rambunctious and vocal 3-year-old pooch, around a gas station south of Las Vegas. Ask her about I-15, "I've been stuck on that thing for 8 hours," she says, recounting past trips.

She and the thousands of other Californians on I-15 all have their own horror stories, especially the trip back.

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"It's horrifying. It's horrifying. So not a good experience. You just want to get home. So getting on the train would be great," Coppin said at the prospect of an easier trip.

The train that could do it is the high-speed rail line Brightline, which already has a line running in Florida. The California-Nevada line, called Brightline West, has already made some progress.

This summer, it bought land south of the Strip for a station.

RELATED | Tourism officials say California, Nevada border traffic jams need to be addressed

This week, Brightline signed a memorandum of understanding with California transportation officials to use 48 miles on I-15 between Victorville and Rancho Cucamonga for a high-speed line. The "MOU" sets in motion work on right-of-way agreements and designing to make the extension happen.

Until now, Victorville was as far as proposed high-speed lines went. Brightline's California agreement would take the high-speed link into the LA region.

At Rancho Cucamonga, the line is planned to hook up with Metrolink, the commuter rail line in LA. Brightline says this will offer "seamless and straightforward" access in the region, offering a travel time between LA and Las Vegas of three hours and two hours between Rancho Cucamonga and Southern Nevada.

Brightline officials were not available for comment Friday. No timetable has been announced for construction to begin.

This is the latest step the rail line has taken to get the project moving. It is also working on financing the high-speed rail system, something that the pandemic had postponed.

Last week, officials at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said they're now asking Washington to put I-15 traffic on the radar, worried interstate traffic backups could keep our customers away.

Brightline's proposed Las Vegas station is in commissioner Michael Naft's District.

"We need to be looking at multimodal transportation options. Just adding a lane of pavement isn't gonna solve all the problems. It's gonna help; it's gonna help move freight. It's gonna help move people. But we need high-speed rail to Southern California," Naft told me last week.
In the video, it looks like the rail will be the median of the freeway, which it makes sense.