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  1. Comment on What do I need to know about switching to a vegetarian diet? in ~health

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    For sure! Just make sure you pay a little attention because nutritional yeast doesn't actually have B-12. It's almost always fortified with it, though. But it IS great on popcorn and worth knowing...

    For sure! Just make sure you pay a little attention because nutritional yeast doesn't actually have B-12. It's almost always fortified with it, though.

    But it IS great on popcorn and worth knowing about. Another great thing you might otherwise be unaware of is TVP -- it's a good "ground beef" substitute and ridiculously cheap.

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  2. Comment on What do I need to know about switching to a vegetarian diet? in ~health

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    The only thing you really need to worry about is B12 --- there aren't really plant based sources of it (it comes from bacteria). Pills are really cheap and easy, though! I think you can even take...

    The only thing you really need to worry about is B12 --- there aren't really plant based sources of it (it comes from bacteria). Pills are really cheap and easy, though! I think you can even take them weekly, depending on dosage. You might be okay if you eat eggs and dairy, but it's good to be safe.

    Other than that as long as you're actually eating food, you're good to go. Maybe make sure you look up some nice vegetarian meals (don't just look for substitutes --- they can be good, but there's also lots of foods that don't have meat to begin with and stand on their own), and also be aware that you might be eating more fiber than previously, and might need to drink more to compensate.

    But really, it's pretty hard to die :).

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  3. Comment on Shit, An implementation of git in (almost) pure POSIX shell in ~comp

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    I'm all for programming random things as art and exercise, but sometimes I see something and go "that's rad, but maaaaybe a little too far."

    I'm all for programming random things as art and exercise, but sometimes I see something and go "that's rad, but maaaaybe a little too far."

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What is something cheap to create but expensive to purchase? in ~talk

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    I feel like this depends on your interpretation of the question. Materially it's quite cheap, but if you factor in the time and effort to produce software it's really incredibly expensive to...

    I feel like this depends on your interpretation of the question. Materially it's quite cheap, but if you factor in the time and effort to produce software it's really incredibly expensive to produce.

    If the idea is "what's something that I can make instead of buy to save money" then I think you would really be doing yourself a disservice if you had to, say, build a video game from scratch instead of just buying it. It might take you hundreds of hours (or more) depending on the complexity of the game (especially if you have to build everything from the ground up). Even if you're paid minimum wage it's maybe 10 hours of work to be able to afford to just buy the game --- you get to take advantage of massive economies of scale here, it's really cheap to duplicate a game... But some games can cost millions of dollars to actually produce. I bet it's actually really hard to find software that would be cheaper to recreate for yourself.

    Whereas, like, hummus takes minimal time to make and is way cheaper than buying the finished product.

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  5. Comment on What git commands do you use frequently that you think more people should use? in ~comp

  6. Comment on You have unlimited funds. How do you help your city? in ~talk

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    I moved from Canada to Philly relatively recently, and I have to admit it's actually been quite a culture shock. There's very few homeless people where I'm from, and the homeless people in Philly...

    I'm a little surprised at some of the projects listed here and the places of privilege they come from. Are there just no homeless people in some parts of the world? Are there no problems with hunger? Healthcare?

    I moved from Canada to Philly relatively recently, and I have to admit it's actually been quite a culture shock. There's very few homeless people where I'm from, and the homeless people in Philly are certainly in much more dire straights... It's really sad to see, and I really hope this country can pull itself up by its bootstraps and fix some of these problems. I think a good chunk of this does stem from the healthcare problems here, and while it's not perfect in Canada it's... essentially a non-issue (at least in comparison). There's also a lot of things that people seem to think are normal here that are very abnormal where I'm from, and many of these seem to be symptoms / responses to inequality issues, lack of healthcare, etc... You're certainly aware of this in Canada, but you don't really appreciate the scale or desperation of it all in other places.

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  7. Comment on You have unlimited funds. How do you help your city? in ~talk

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    Public transit And cycling infrastructure...

    Public transit

    And cycling infrastructure...

    1 vote
  8. Comment on How do you people at universities handle your notes? in ~talk

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    I generally write them by hand because having a computer in class is a big distraction... I prefer typing, and am faster at LaTeXing my notes than I am at writing them, but it just doesn't work...

    I generally write them by hand because having a computer in class is a big distraction... I prefer typing, and am faster at LaTeXing my notes than I am at writing them, but it just doesn't work for me. Sometimes I do decide to type them for one reason or the other, in which case org-mode has served me well.

    However, after that point I have had some success in summarizing my notes in org-mode and making flash cards with them in org-drill. I'm not sure how useful this is overall, but it's kind of fun.

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  9. Comment on What programming languages will you focus on in 2020 and why? in ~comp

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    Type Driven Development in Idris is an excellent book. In some sense I consider it to be the best book for learning Haskell too :P.

    Type Driven Development in Idris is an excellent book. In some sense I consider it to be the best book for learning Haskell too :P.

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  10. Comment on What terminal emulator do you use? in ~comp

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    That's fair, and I will use it for similar things... But I guess often I find having a quake-style terminal works better for hoping back and forth with these kind of things.

    That's fair, and I will use it for similar things... But I guess often I find having a quake-style terminal works better for hoping back and forth with these kind of things.

  11. Comment on What terminal emulator do you use? in ~comp

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    I'd love to hear more about how you use eshell. I'm a pretty avid emacs user, but I'm still not happy with using shells in emacs. There's a few disadvantages to eshell, and I've never found much...

    I'd love to hear more about how you use eshell. I'm a pretty avid emacs user, but I'm still not happy with using shells in emacs. There's a few disadvantages to eshell, and I've never found much advantage. It's nice to be able to lisp in it, and tramp support is cute (not much of a tramp user myself), but then I find I can't pipe or redirect things and I'm back to opening a standalone terminal emulator.

    How does eshell help you?

  12. Comment on What games would you consider "hidden gems"? in ~games

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    Bastion is amazing, but I think it was really well appreciated, no?

    Bastion is amazing, but I think it was really well appreciated, no?

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Which language would you pick to completely rewrite BSD, Linux, etc.? in ~comp

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    There's even some options in this space, like CertiKOS as a kernel in the Coq world. Projects like VST also bridge the gap somewhat, by allowing programs written in C to be reasoned about in Coq.

    There's even some options in this space, like CertiKOS as a kernel in the Coq world.

    Projects like VST also bridge the gap somewhat, by allowing programs written in C to be reasoned about in Coq.

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  14. Comment on What is your favorite Wikipedia page? in ~talk

  15. Comment on Need help with Switching to linux in ~comp

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    There's definitely value in learning / using Gentoo. You'll know your system much better than if you just install Ubuntu or whatever, which can make it easier to find and fix any problems you...

    There's definitely value in learning / using Gentoo. You'll know your system much better than if you just install Ubuntu or whatever, which can make it easier to find and fix any problems you might encounter later on.

    Honestly, I have had far better luck with Gentoo than other distros simply because if something is broken it's usually my fault, which usually means I know where to look to fix it.

    It will probably take you a weekend to set up the first time, but the handbook does a fairly good job of explaining things. It might be lacking context for newcomers, though.

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  16. Comment on DuckDuckGo has acquired ownership of duck.com from Google in ~tech

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    Especially since bang patterns make it even more convenient than other search engines :). https://duckduckgo.com/bang

    Especially since bang patterns make it even more convenient than other search engines :).

    https://duckduckgo.com/bang

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  17. Comment on Good Firefox extensions? in ~tech

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    Aside from the standard add-ons, Simple Tab Groups is probably my favourite: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/simple-tab-groups/?src=search Being able to organize tabs by topics is a...

    Aside from the standard add-ons, Simple Tab Groups is probably my favourite: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/simple-tab-groups/?src=search

    Being able to organize tabs by topics is a lifesaver.

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  18. Comment on What tea are yall drinking today? in ~food

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    I found out that I can only stand cheap Earl Grey. A lot of the nicer loose leaf Earl Grey have too much bergamot oil in it and it tastes like soap to me. I can see why people like it, but oof......

    I found out that I can only stand cheap Earl Grey. A lot of the nicer loose leaf Earl Grey have too much bergamot oil in it and it tastes like soap to me. I can see why people like it, but oof... Doesn't work for me :).

    Which is weird because I used to think I liked Earl Grey.

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  19. Comment on Black Mesa: Xen Trailer in ~games

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    I was really curious how this was going to work because... Xen from the original Half Life is probably the thing that has aged the most poorly by far. This looks great, though! :)

    I was really curious how this was going to work because... Xen from the original Half Life is probably the thing that has aged the most poorly by far. This looks great, though! :)

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  20. Comment on Why is it becoming increasingly more wrong to kill animals for food? in ~talk

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    I think a huge amount of the recent push for this is because of environmental reasons. Climate change research is actually fairly recent, and so that's probably got a lot of people thinking. We're...

    I think a huge amount of the recent push for this is because of environmental reasons. Climate change research is actually fairly recent, and so that's probably got a lot of people thinking. We're just more sure now that eating meat isn't the best idea, especially for every meal. It's not good for the environment, and it's probably not all that good for us either.

    Some other factors that contribute are likely social movements, and abstaining from meat becoming more of a norm. Lots of people are switching because they think it's a healthier diet (I have heard something absurd like male vegetarians living for 7 to 10 years longer: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/648593). Restaurants are getting more and better veggie options, and there's lots of interesting meat alternatives popping up in grocery stores. This can make it a lot more appealing.

    Plus, if you're considering a larger time scale, a lot of the modern world makes it more feasible. In the past it might have been hard to get high quality protein without meat, or it might have been harder to support agriculture in some regions (maybe the only thing that grows is some grass that people can't eat, so you need grazing animals to convert it into something people can eat). But now we have far better tools, resources, and knowledge for farming, and are much better at shipping and preserving resources, so it's becoming less necessary for anybody to rely upon animals.

    So, I dunno. I think it's pretty clear that we eat too much meat. Even if you don't want to give it up entirely, you might want to consider cutting the amount that you eat (probably significantly). A lot of people seem to have these guttural reactions where they double down on the negative thing that they're doing when told they should change. I really don't mean to be anybody's antagonist, though, I really think it will make a big impact for all of us in the long run. I just want y'all to be happy :).