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Non-Pregnant related General Discussion Thread.
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(November 9, 2017 2:34 am)orta03 Wrote:  Wow. Are there any new construction designs that could protect homes and businesses from flooding?

Yes, that's why you see houses raised up 8-12 feet on piers (or "stilts") close to a coastline at risk for hurricanes. They're designed that way to allow for flood waters (storm surge) to pass underneath the house with a minimum of damage.

Unfortunately, it's not that simple for Houston. The last three floods have flooded people who were in 500-year floodplains - that means that in those areas a flooding event that happens every 500 years (on average) has happened three times in 27 months. Some houses in more flood-prone areas of Houston are built up higher to be more resistant to floods (the first floor may just be concrete with no interior finishing, like a garage), but many of the houses affected by the last three floods were not built to withstand flooding because they didn't have to be.

So you might ask, after the first flood or the second flood, why didn't people build their houses higher? There are a few reasons for that:

1. In many cases the flooding Houston experienced was not fast-moving water, so it wasn't powerful enough to destroy the house. It was slow-moving water that just rose, and most houses were not damaged structurally. Sure, everything in the house - drywall, electrical, furnishings - might have been ruined, but if allowed to dry properly the wood framing would be fine.
2. To build your house up higher, you have to completely tear it down and start over.
3. Most insurance companies will not pay for #2 if #1 is the case, meaning the cost for it comes out of your pocket.

So then you might ask, why don't these people just move to another area? If you flooded in 2015, most people just thought "Well, there's our 500-year flood event" and repaired their houses. If you flooded again in 2016, you had little chance of moving without taking a huge hit on the sale of your home (who wants to knowingly move into a house that has flooded twice in a year?), so you might as well repair again. If you flooded again in 2017, your house is Chernobyl. Might as well repair again.

As I said before, just a shitty, shitty situation.

The Houston city government can take some steps to improving things. The city where I live has some flood-prone areas, and the city finally started buying people out of their homes in those areas and tearing the houses down. Those areas were then zoned for no development. It was ultimately cheaper to do that than it was to fix the flooding problem or throwing money at infrastructure repairs after the floods, and it had the added benefit of moving people out of harm's way. I hope Houston does something similar. They also need to fix their zoning laws (currently they have none, which many feel has contributed to the recent increased flooding).

Sorry to write a book on this, but I personally know people who lived through this and not enough people know the whole story.
(This post was last modified: November 9, 2017 1:45 pm by doubleintegral.)
November 9, 2017 1:39 pm
  
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I just picked up a Switch Monday, and have been enjoying it. My biggest gripe (which isn't anything major) is that the kickstand is really flimsy to the point where tabletop mode is rather awkward. Other than that, it's great. I'm waiting until I see more reviews of Doom and L.A Noire to see if it's worth picking up for it.
November 10, 2017 9:17 pm
  
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I was planning on getting a Switch soon, but I haven't really gamed for years (my last system was a DS and PS3) so does anyone have any buying guide or advice for the Switch, or should I pick up a PS4 or Xbox?
November 13, 2017 9:23 pm
  
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You sound a lot like me. If you haven't gamed in years then frankly I'm not really sure what the Switch gets you that the Android/Apple app stores don't except some exclusive titles. It also sounds like you're not a serious enough gamer to go PS4/Xbox1, although the overall media capabilities of those systems is something to consider.

I was actually hoping the Switch would be a massive flop so that Nintendo would finally dump their hardware business and start developing for mobile.

Has Nintendo's relationship with developers/publishers improved since the Wii days?
November 15, 2017 1:33 pm
  
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(November 15, 2017 1:33 pm)doubleintegral Wrote:  You sound a lot like me. If you haven't gamed in years then frankly I'm not really sure what the Switch gets you that the Android/Apple app stores don't except some exclusive titles. It also sounds like you're not a serious enough gamer to go PS4/Xbox1, although the overall media capabilities of those systems is something to consider.

I was actually hoping the Switch would be a massive flop so that Nintendo would finally dump their hardware business and start developing for mobile.

Has Nintendo's relationship with developers/publishers improved since the Wii days?

For the most part their relationship with 3rd party devs have massively improved to the point where they have bigger AAA devs like Rockstar and EA releasing games for the system. It's even selling surprisingly well considering they've sold almost 8 million systems since March, which is more than half of what the Wii U sold overall. And it's not even the holidays yet.

However they still need to fix the garbage chat system, release Virtual Console, and well as YouTube and Netflix since they've added Hulu recently. But at least they didn't go the Vita route and made proprietary memory cards mandatory.
November 15, 2017 5:25 pm
  
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One thing that's bugging me with the Switch is how little storage it has, and how there's already games that require you to purchase a microsd since they game can't fit on the in system storage. Like L.A Noire needs about 30 or so Gigabyets, and the system only has 26 or so Gigs after the inital setup.
November 18, 2017 6:28 pm
  
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(November 18, 2017 6:28 pm)TacoTamale Wrote:  One thing that's bugging me with the Switch is how little storage it has, and how there's already games that require you to purchase a microsd since they game can't fit on the in system storage. Like L.A Noire needs about 30 or so Gigabyets, and the system only has 26 or so Gigs after the inital setup.

That's my one major flaw. I'm sure Nintendo could've least bumped up the internal size to 64gb, and some 3rd party devs such as 2K should either invest in bigger sized cartridges, or use better compression software.
November 19, 2017 12:08 am
  
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Anyone else sick of snow? I've gone through 3 snow storms within the past month and already missed 4 days of work due to being unable to leave my own driveway.
January 17, 2018 11:16 pm
  
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good drink during winter storm ?? i like jim beam and coke
January 17, 2018 11:53 pm
  
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Idk, how do you even get 5 stars on this site, I've been trying for what seems to be forever.
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