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[-] [email protected] 17 points 1 day ago

Especially since Paradox already destroyed SimCity and is publishing Life by You.

[-] [email protected] 23 points 1 day ago

The United States formed as a group of semi-sovereign political entities that wanted to make their own laws, but needed a common defense, foreign, and trade policy to prevent recolonization.

The founding fathers knew that the country wouldn't agree on everything, so they set up a system where a lot of decisions would be made by more local officials.

Other federations work on the same principle. It is a lot easier to get political consensus in a smaller group than a larger one, so a lot of decisions are pushed to more local entities.

[-] [email protected] 34 points 1 day ago

There are natural resources out there that the land owners want to extract. Washington's and Oregon's environmental law is far more stringent than Idaho's.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 day ago

I feel like "A Diary of Anne Frank" would be the only non-fiction non-textbook books read in high school.

Textbooks are going to digest various sources for history class; it is usually rare that high school history requires reading primary sources.

English is generally going to require reading fiction. There may be persuasive essays like "A Modest Proposal", but not a whole book because the analysis done in English doesn't lend itself to non-fiction.

College is usually when more primary sources are assigned for reading.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 2 days ago

I wonder if this is the harbinger of a bunch of companies breaking up after decades of consolidation.

It isn't consolidation, per se.

A lot of these older industrial companies had R&D tied to their businesses that would come up with random new product lines that could go from consumer goods to heavy industrial purposes. At that time, these companies would create new divisions to sell the new products.

Over time, the different product lines became more specialized and R&D for one division wasn't helping other divisions like it used to. At that point, you would have a holding company effectively manage several wildly different companies that just happened to share some base technology.

At that point, it made more sense to break up these companies since the synergy for keeping these companies under one corporate board was lost and the management issues became too high.

[-] [email protected] 0 points 2 days ago

And most water restricted states have had laws regarding the building of new golf courses for at least a generation, including more conservative states like Arizona. There is also a legally set system for water rights based on who first developed the land.

And it isn't like other parts of the USA don't have ecological risks of their own.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 2 days ago

I wouldn't put it as "America is so special" so much as "America is so big". I've seen a lot of Europeans get pissy about describing the EU in the same manner that the USA is described, and yet both the EU and USA are roughly on the same scale in terms of land size and population.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 2 days ago

Tell that to Cairo and Baghdad.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 2 days ago

In my field, I've seen how computers have changed work and I expect AI to just be a continuation of it. The people who generally get replaced are the skilled labor and the unskilled professionals. I expect that trend will continue as AI gets integrated into the field. Even then, there is still going to be a lot of work regarding verification.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 3 days ago

Also, to keep the underclass in fear from talking to authorities regarding working conditions.

[-] [email protected] 13 points 3 days ago

Yeah. I get the feeling that Valve would be more than happy for people to make competitors to the Steam Deck as long as it had the Steam store on it.

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This isn't meant to be a discussion on the morality of the embargo, but the affects of the embargo ending for both countries. These affects can be political, economic, or social.

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