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  1. Comment on IT professionals and therapists in ~health.mental

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    I don't mean this to sound snarky, it's going to sound that way because text is text. What makes IT special from every other career that therapy patients may have? I work a blue collar job that my...

    I don't mean this to sound snarky, it's going to sound that way because text is text.

    What makes IT special from every other career that therapy patients may have?

    I work a blue collar job that my therapist can't remotely begin to understand. Yet they help, because at the end of the day, we all have the same kind of problems at their core. They're issues with people, systems, workload, or some combination of the three. A therapist really doesn't care about or need to understand the specifics of what you do, but how you can respond to it.

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  2. Comment on We need to rethink exercise – The workout paradox in ~health

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    The initial comment was talking about someone who sits around all day vs someone who exercises. My takeaway from that was an implication that personal metabolic rates are the deciding factor....

    The initial comment was talking about someone who sits around all day vs someone who exercises. My takeaway from that was an implication that personal metabolic rates are the deciding factor.

    Could be wrong, that's just how I interpreted it.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on We need to rethink exercise – The workout paradox in ~health

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    I did say varying metabolic rates, yes.

    I did say varying metabolic rates, yes.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Is ‘birdnesting’ the answer for divorcing parents? The arrangement in which children of separated couples stay in the family home with one parent, before the other swaps in, is taking off. in ~life

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    You had no way of knowing this, but my dad did beat my brother and I as children. We both have issues as a result of it. He beat my mom, that's why they divorced. As I said, my brother and I...

    You had no way of knowing this, but my dad did beat my brother and I as children. We both have issues as a result of it.

    He beat my mom, that's why they divorced.

    As I said, my brother and I alternated houses for a decade starting when I was 5. So I was 15 when we stopped doing that, because we both finally grew some stones and left him entirely.

    I'm pretty in tune with the effects my childhood had on me. Alternating houses was never an issue.

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  5. Comment on We need to rethink exercise – The workout paradox in ~health

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    Unless you have some serious underlying health issues, no, metabolism does not play a huge role. People have varying metabolic rates, sure, but it affects at most a couple hundred calories a day,...

    Unless you have some serious underlying health issues, no, metabolism does not play a huge role. People have varying metabolic rates, sure, but it affects at most a couple hundred calories a day, and that's at the extreme. There are no human-jaguar hybrids that can lounge around all day and still be lean killing machines.

    I have always been super skinny. 6'1 and 120 lbs. My uncle is this way, and so was my grandfather. Spent my whole life hearing "You must have a fast metabolism."

    Decided to look into it, and it's just not true. It's a load of bull. A myth. In my teens I decided to actually measure my caloric intake. On average I ate 1,200 calories a day. Still do to this day.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Cutting-edge technology could reduce the amount of energy used for air conditioning in ~engineering

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    A window unit doesn't have a dehumidifier. It IS the dehumidifier. ACs take water out of the air. A dehumidifier is literally just a standalone AC.

    A window unit doesn't have a dehumidifier. It IS the dehumidifier. ACs take water out of the air.

    A dehumidifier is literally just a standalone AC.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Is ‘birdnesting’ the answer for divorcing parents? The arrangement in which children of separated couples stay in the family home with one parent, before the other swaps in, is taking off. in ~life

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    If for whatever circumstances this is beneficial to the parents, go for it. All the power to you. But I'm about to sound like a boomer at a third the age. I was a child of divorce. My parents...

    If for whatever circumstances this is beneficial to the parents, go for it. All the power to you.

    But I'm about to sound like a boomer at a third the age.

    I was a child of divorce. My parents split up when I was five years old. My brother was four. Literally grew up going back and forth every week. For a decade. It's not that big of a deal.

    And if your parents really didn't get along, having them spend as little time as possible around each other is for the best. I can only imagine the hell had my parents tried to alternate living in the same home.

    Again, if for economic reasons and such this makes more sense, go nuts. But I think trying to make this "about the children" is unnecessarily coddling. I would hate for this to become some kind of expectation for all parents going forward.

    I have nothing to go off of except my own experience. Maybe I'm truly horribly wrong, and the fact that my parents didn't "birdnest" is why I spent the ages of 16-23 so screwed up. But my knee jerk reaction is that this is just unnecessary babying.

    33 votes
  8. Comment on No Man's Sky: Worlds Part I | Update trailer in ~games

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    At its core it's a survival sandbox. I tell people that so they understand it's a very unguided game. There is a story, but it's more of a slow burning tutorial to introduce you to new mechanics,...

    At its core it's a survival sandbox. I tell people that so they understand it's a very unguided game. There is a story, but it's more of a slow burning tutorial to introduce you to new mechanics, and after it's done, the universe(s) are your oyster.

    Currently with the update there's an event called an Expedition, which you can enter from an existing save or a new one. Basically everyone starts on the same planet and have the same mission goals. They're a fun way to get some cool cosmetics and tools if you're starting out.

    On the other hand you could just start a new regular save. Expeditions can be an odd start for somebody who's never played. Recommend having a wiki open, it's definitely one of those kind of games. And once you get the ball rolling, set goals for yourself. Find something you enjoy doing and then figure out how far you can go with it.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on No Man's Sky: Worlds Part I | Update trailer in ~games

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    If you've seen me before in a gaming post, you've probably seen me talk about NMS. For YEARS we have been asking for an update to world generation and variety, and every year we get pleasantly...

    If you've seen me before in a gaming post, you've probably seen me talk about NMS. For YEARS we have been asking for an update to world generation and variety, and every year we get pleasantly surprised by everything but that. Now it's finally here with a new expedition to go along with it.

    This update apparently doesn't touch terrain generation itself, but there's also a Part II on the way, so who knows what that will entail.

    13 votes
  10. Comment on Cutting-edge technology could reduce the amount of energy used for air conditioning in ~engineering

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    No lol, the compressor is either going to run or not in a window unit. Dry mode just lowers the blower speed drastically.

    No lol, the compressor is either going to run or not in a window unit. Dry mode just lowers the blower speed drastically.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Using digital platforms to make new friends in ~life

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    Have you tried Bumble BFF? Obviously Bumble is a dating app, but you can make a profile for their BFF side, which is just that: looking for friends.

    Have you tried Bumble BFF?

    Obviously Bumble is a dating app, but you can make a profile for their BFF side, which is just that: looking for friends.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Dozens were sickened with salmonella after drinking raw milk from a California farm in ~health

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    "We have consumed a product not treated for bacteria and now we have bacteria." Absolute morons.

    "We have consumed a product not treated for bacteria and now we have bacteria."

    Absolute morons.

    51 votes
  13. Comment on Doctors try a controversial technique to reduce the transplant organ shortage in ~health

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    For those who wish the headline was more descriptive: The procedure is called NRP. After a patient is declared dead, they begin recirculating oxygenated blood, but clamp the blood vessels that go...

    For those who wish the headline was more descriptive: The procedure is called NRP. After a patient is declared dead, they begin recirculating oxygenated blood, but clamp the blood vessels that go to the brain. This way, organs are not deprived of oxygen before transport.

    The controversy comes from the fact that they are essentially reversing the condition that enabled them to declare someone dead in the first place, and there doesn't seem to be a guarantee that no oxygenated blood is making its way back to the brain.

    41 votes
  14. Comment on This is the first animal ever found that doesn't need oxygen to survive in ~science

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    Aside from the mitochondria being the powerhouse of the cell, I really remember nothing about microbiology. So perhaps I didn't understand the rest of the article, or maybe the answer is "We don't...

    Aside from the mitochondria being the powerhouse of the cell, I really remember nothing about microbiology. So perhaps I didn't understand the rest of the article, or maybe the answer is "We don't know yet," but if "adenosine triphosphate" is used for "cell processes" and this organism doesn't produce it from oxygen, where does it get it? Or does it not need "adenosine triphosphate"?

    5 votes
  15. Comment on What's your recommended survival crafting game to play solo? in ~games

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    CE from what I've seen always struck me as similar to ARK, in that it's geared towards PVP, is that not the case?

    CE from what I've seen always struck me as similar to ARK, in that it's geared towards PVP, is that not the case?

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What's your recommended survival crafting game to play solo? in ~games

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    Oh my first delve into Minecraft was around Beta 1.1. Though honestly you have me contemplating setting up a modlist, as it's been a while since I've played.

    Oh my first delve into Minecraft was around Beta 1.1. Though honestly you have me contemplating setting up a modlist, as it's been a while since I've played.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on What's your recommended survival crafting game to play solo? in ~games

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    They literally just announced today that the 1.0 update (which is going to have the story elements) is releasing September 10th.

    They literally just announced today that the 1.0 update (which is going to have the story elements) is releasing September 10th.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on What's your recommended survival crafting game to play solo? in ~games

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    I prefer Satisfactory over Factorio, I tried Factorio for about 20 hours, but I'm over 200 in Satisfactory. I like that the game has an emphasis on aesthetics and design instead of just logistics....

    I prefer Satisfactory over Factorio, I tried Factorio for about 20 hours, but I'm over 200 in Satisfactory. I like that the game has an emphasis on aesthetics and design instead of just logistics.

    Plus I enjoy the infinite ore aspect of Satisfactory. Much less stressful and relaxing.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on What's your recommended survival crafting game to play solo? in ~games

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    I think NMS would make them very motion sick based on what they said sadly. I'd endorse it otherwise, I love that game.

    I think NMS would make them very motion sick based on what they said sadly. I'd endorse it otherwise, I love that game.

    1 vote