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  1. Comment on Can you tell the difference between a one million dollar cello and a $5,000 cello? in ~music

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    I think Sebastian Madgwick, creator of the Madgwick IMU filter, makes custom gesture-control gloves. I've listened to her while working with his algorithm before I found out they worked together haha

    I think Sebastian Madgwick, creator of the Madgwick IMU filter, makes custom gesture-control gloves. I've listened to her while working with his algorithm before I found out they worked together haha

    2 votes
  2. Comment on The end is near: COVID is becoming endemic in ~health.coronavirus

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    You say this, but my son and daughter both have been in school, in-person, five days a week, for the entire 20-21 school year. We never received notice of any possibility of in-school...

    Until the < 12 gets vaccinated, daycares and schools will be breeding grounds for varients, even in the slow season.

    You say this, but my son and daughter both have been in school, in-person, five days a week, for the entire 20-21 school year. We never received notice of any possibility of in-school transmission. I don't think schools are the community-spreader locations everyone feared they would be at the start of this.

    My sister is in healthcare and she told me there's a theory that the MMR vaccine is giving children an immunity boost and is the reason why children don't seem to be as likely to become symptomatic or experience serious complications as adults.

    Otherwise I'm fully on board with everything you're saying. My kids are young, 6 and 4, and my wife and I are going to continue masking everywhere until they are able to get vaccinated.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on HIs Dark Materials (metal version) (2021) in ~music

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    Is it a BBC adaption? We've been watching on HBO Max for the current season, and I thought it was an HBO original (thought we watched Season 1 on HBO). It is a fantastic theme, though.

    the BBC adaptation of

    Is it a BBC adaption? We've been watching on HBO Max for the current season, and I thought it was an HBO original (thought we watched Season 1 on HBO). It is a fantastic theme, though.

  4. Comment on Crew declared dead as lost Indonesian submarine found broken into pieces in ~news

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    Man I was in the US Navy and really felt this news in my heart. Part of me hoped they all died when the oxygen ran out, because I would think that's maybe an easier death than drowning or getting...

    Man I was in the US Navy and really felt this news in my heart. Part of me hoped they all died when the oxygen ran out, because I would think that's maybe an easier death than drowning or getting crushed to death.

    Tragic to read they had broken out the emergency survival suits. They must have known the ship was doomed but had maybe some hope of getting out somehow. The boat was 40 years old and under half a mile of water. Total gut punch.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Linux bans the University of Minnesota for sending intentionally buggy patches in the name of research in ~comp

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    Well if they wanted to know what percentage of patches with bugs were accepted or rejected, then they'd have to go back through all the submitted patches and find which ones have security flaws....

    Why couldn't they have just retroactively studied previously-submitted legit patches.

    Well if they wanted to know what percentage of patches with bugs were accepted or rejected, then they'd have to go back through all the submitted patches and find which ones have security flaws.

    "That sounds like work" is a literal quote I got from undergrads working on my (unrelated) project. It might have been easier for the researchers to make their own patches with known flaws and see how many of those were accepted than to find flaws that may not exist in someone else's code.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on The ultimate AeroPress technique (Episode #3) in ~food

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    All this technique, and especially to press gently instead of with a lot of pressure, is leaving me wondering if the aeropress is really just a fancy French press.

    All this technique, and especially to press gently instead of with a lot of pressure, is leaving me wondering if the aeropress is really just a fancy French press.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Understanding the AeroPress (Episode #1) in ~food

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    You gotta watch part two! Use LESS pressure!

    I think there's even an accessory to generate extra pressure.

    You gotta watch part two! Use LESS pressure!

    3 votes
  8. Comment on What's a question you want to ask, but you're worried about how it might come across? in ~talk

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    I tried for a while to learn German, and I think Mark Twain put it best:

    I think there must be some really deeply embedded training that goes along with learning English as a first language, that cements the idea in your head at a young age, to look at people (and animals, dolls, etc) as explicitly and exclusively, either "he"s or "she"s.

    I tried for a while to learn German, and I think Mark Twain put it best:

    Every noun has a gender, and there is no sense or system in distribution; so the gender of each must be learned separately and by heart. There is no other way. To do this one has to have a memory like a memorandum-book. In German, a young lady has no sex, while a turnip has. Think what overwrought reverence that shows for the turnip, and what callous disrespect for the girl.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on What's a question you want to ask, but you're worried about how it might come across? in ~talk

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    My Dad and I both are solidly Pro-Democrat, but whenever I'd post something along those lines on Facebook he'd call me and give me shit for saying anything, like I'm going to get fired from my...

    My Dad and I both are solidly Pro-Democrat, but whenever I'd post something along those lines on Facebook he'd call me and give me shit for saying anything, like I'm going to get fired from my work (as an engineer?) for having political posts and China and other countries (travel for work) might arrest me or something.

    So I deleted my Facebook.

    Best decision ever, I don't miss it at all, but then he's sending me random pictures with no context, adding me to group chats with racist family members, all kinds of stuff like that.

    I told him I left Facebook over him, and he's pushing basically the same experience back on me and it needs to stop. Now he doesn't talk to me lol. I don't really care.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on BBQ's on balconies in ~food

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    If you've got a gas hookup out there for one, just ask the property manager how you should arrange it.

    If you've got a gas hookup out there for one, just ask the property manager how you should arrange it.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on I'm moving between apartments soon. Do you have any advice or protips on the logistics of moving? in ~life

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    I was in the Navy for a while and moving was a way of life then. I would treat thrift stores like furniture portals - when it was time to leave, I'd call the thrift store and they'd come pick up...

    I was in the Navy for a while and moving was a way of life then.

    I would treat thrift stores like furniture portals - when it was time to leave, I'd call the thrift store and they'd come pick up the furniture. Craigslist free anything the thrift store won't take.

    Then move, and when you get to your new place you go out to the new local thrift store and get "your" furniture go. Most thrift stores have comparable quality stuff wherever the location. It's not going to look exactly the same, but that's part of the charm for me.

    Also, if you're actually moving that frequently, I'm going to go against everyone else here and suggest you pack the way I did - don't go through anything before you move. Put everything in boxes, label the boxes well, and just don't unpack at the new place until you need the thing in the box.

    The next time you move, get all the boxes you still have left, don't look inside them, just take them to the thrift store and tell them you'd like to donate what's in the box but you need the box back.

    Whatever is in the box hasn't been used in 1-2 years and it's just clutter you're carrying around. Take the now-empty boxes back to your place and start packing for your new move.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Xbox is supporting old games, while Sony and Nintendo are leaving them behind in ~games

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    The Metacritic ranking I looked at has three in the top 10, but most of the other entries seem to be variants of GTA. So I looked at the top 50. For Nintendo consoles it's some Mario titles, some...

    The Metacritic ranking I looked at has three in the top 10, but most of the other entries seem to be variants of GTA.

    So I looked at the top 50. For Nintendo consoles it's some Mario titles, some Zelda titles, Metroid, Goldeneye, and Perfect Dark. In the top 50.

    I get it, too; I grew up playing basically all the Nintendo titles in the 90s, but it feels like all they're doing is recycling the same game every 4-5 years or so. They were fun, and some of the remakes were fun, but I'd like to see them branch out into something different.

    Like if Bethesda kept making Elder Scrolls games and never branched out into Fallout 3/New Vegas, or Will Wright only did The Sims and not Spore, Valve kept doing Halflife and CS and never made Portal, etc.

    Some companies spit out the same game over and over and then make something beautiful. Nintendo just seems (to me at least) to just keep doing the same thing for 25 years now.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Xbox is supporting old games, while Sony and Nintendo are leaving them behind in ~games

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    Yeah cash in on nostalgia, that's it exactly. Everything looks like Super Nintendo games to me. Not that it's terrible, but I wish they would do something more.

    Yeah cash in on nostalgia, that's it exactly. Everything looks like Super Nintendo games to me. Not that it's terrible, but I wish they would do something more.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Xbox is supporting old games, while Sony and Nintendo are leaving them behind in ~games

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    Is Nintendo a great game company though? I bought the Wii on my nostalgia for the N64 (I started "adult life" during the Game Cube's run). I traded in the XBox360 for a Wii on the strength of the...

    Is Nintendo a great game company though? I bought the Wii on my nostalgia for the N64 (I started "adult life" during the Game Cube's run). I traded in the XBox360 for a Wii on the strength of the Wii Sports package. I grew up with a regular Nintendo and saw the difference between Mario 1 and Mario 3. I thought, "Wow, if the motion control is this good now, I can't wait to see what the games are like at the end of this console's run!"

    Then it was just an endless stream of waggle-the-remote mini games.

    It feels like Nintendo's M. O. now is release a console, one Mario, one Mario Kart, one Smash Bros, one Zelda, then move on to the next console.

    Are they actually pushing the envelope somehow? Totally possible too that I've missed out on some other good titles. I'm just still bitterly disappointed by the Wii.

    13 votes
  15. Comment on New York just legalized marijuana. Here are the prime acquisition targets and the types of deals you can expect. in ~news

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    Somewhat related, my own Virginia appears to be stepping up the legalization process. Legislation that was passed targeted 2024, I believe, but Northam said it would be ridiculous to continue to...

    Somewhat related, my own Virginia appears to be stepping up the legalization process. Legislation that was passed targeted 2024, I believe, but Northam said it would be ridiculous to continue to prosecute people for something we're legalizing, so he's amended (amending?) the legislation to legalize possession.

    We're also supposed to be allowed to grow up to four plants each, starting July 1st, but I haven't seen that the bill is actually signed into law yet.

    https://www.wdbj7.com/2021/03/31/governor-northam-proposes-acceleration-of-marijuana-legalization/

    The Governor’s amendments allow adults to legally possess up to one ounce of cannabis, without intent to distribute, beginning July 1, 2021.

    Home cultivation: The Governor’s changes will allow households to grow up to four plants beginning on July 1, 2021. The amendments would require the plants to be labeled with identification information, out of sight from public view, and out of range of individuals under the age of 21.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on We selected 10,000 American neighborhoods at random. If we dropped you into one of them, could you guess how most people there voted? in ~misc

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    I didn't even pan around if I saw a trailer, I just picked Trump. My wife said, "I hate you keep doing that and I don't like that you're always right."

    I didn't even pan around if I saw a trailer, I just picked Trump. My wife said, "I hate you keep doing that and I don't like that you're always right."

    8 votes
  17. Comment on I like that the boat is stuck in ~life

  18. Comment on I like that the boat is stuck in ~life

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    Lol I imagined what you wrote in the style of Goodnight Moon.

    Lol I imagined what you wrote in the style of Goodnight Moon.

    In the great green room, there was a telephone, a tiny doll house, and a picture of a boat, stuck in the Suez Canal.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on Jeopardy! Thread: Katie Couric and Dr. Oz in ~tv

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    We'll just be watching Wheel of Fortune instead of Jeopardy, which I don't normally watch because they won't just show the damn puzzle the whole time. I don't need to watch people shout, "Big...

    We'll just be watching Wheel of Fortune instead of Jeopardy, which I don't normally watch because they won't just show the damn puzzle the whole time. I don't need to watch people shout, "Big Money!" to play along, I need the puzzle.

    I was not a fan of Ken going into his hosting, but he grew on me very quickly. Definitely the best of the bunch. I wasn't a fan of Couric and won't be watching Oz.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on If the US Federal Government was to stop issuing student financial aid to private colleges and universities, what would be the impact to those institutions? in ~humanities

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    Reflecting on it now, could I instead just subsidize the cost of the A/V equipment used to record and distribute lectures, pay a T/A an hourly fee for help if I need help, and then pay to have...

    Reflecting on it now, could I instead just subsidize the cost of the A/V equipment used to record and distribute lectures, pay a T/A an hourly fee for help if I need help, and then pay to have exams proctored?

    Why does a university cost so much more than my local community college? If there were a 4-year community college that offered bachelor's degrees I 100% would have done that.

    3 votes