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  1. Comment on Playstation users will soon no longer be able to watch any Discovery shows they purchased in ~tech

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    That, or hoist the Jolly Roger...

    unless you physically purchase a show or game

    That, or hoist the Jolly Roger...

    8 votes
  2. Comment on You can’t even pay people to have more kids in ~health

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    I've heard of "Entel" or "Pibling" before. Have you heard of others?

    IDK a good non-binary "aunt/uncle" replacement that I like

    I've heard of "Entel" or "Pibling" before. Have you heard of others?

    3 votes
  3. Comment on For those with IBS, what changes did you make to improve your quality of life? in ~health

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    Eliminating potential triggers and seeing how your body reacts is usually the way to go. It will take time and it requires paying attention to what you eat and how your body feels. There are...

    Eliminating potential triggers and seeing how your body reacts is usually the way to go. It will take time and it requires paying attention to what you eat and how your body feels. There are different 'methods' such as the elimination diet or the FODMAP diet. If your family member has any food allergies or is underweight they should definitely speak to their doctor first before making any drastic changes to their diet. Sometimes it's not even necessarily food - if I drink a couple of cold glasses of water, especially on an empty stomach, I'm in trouble. It took a while to figure out and I only made the connection when I started paying attention. Good luck, IBS sucks!

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Scott Pilgrim Takes Off - Discussion Thread in ~anime

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    This is spot on, and it's especially obvious during dialogue. In some scenes it doesn't even look like their mouths are moving.

    The art style is fantastic but the animation itself looks... budget conscious?

    This is spot on, and it's especially obvious during dialogue. In some scenes it doesn't even look like their mouths are moving.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Scott Pilgrim Takes Off - Discussion Thread in ~anime

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    I found it alright, some bits are fun. I've not watched the original movie nor read the comics, but more or less knew the premise of the original going in. I found it easy enough to follow even if...

    I found it alright, some bits are fun. I've not watched the original movie nor read the comics, but more or less knew the premise of the original going in. I found it easy enough to follow even if you don't know the original story fully. As someone who watches a lot of western animation, this was entertaining enough but not exactly memorable.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Can anyone suggest favorite sauce recipes to serve with roast duck, or favorite ways to use leftovers? Soup is already planned in ~food

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    You can make Portuguese arroz de pato (duck rice) with the leftovers, you'll just have to keep the bones and skin to make the broth (you can probably use the same method for making chicken broth)....

    You can make Portuguese arroz de pato (duck rice) with the leftovers, you'll just have to keep the bones and skin to make the broth (you can probably use the same method for making chicken broth). Here's a recipe to get you started:

    https://wetravelportugal.com/arroz-de-pato/

    If you can get your hands on some Portuguese chouriço (chorizo) and thick sliced pork belly it does make a difference, but Spanish chorizo should do in a pinch.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Reading advice for new parents? in ~life

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    Congratulations! I don't have a specific book to recommend but one thing that really helped my wife and I was accepting that you're going to get a lot of advice from a lot of different people (not...

    Congratulations! I don't have a specific book to recommend but one thing that really helped my wife and I was accepting that you're going to get a lot of advice from a lot of different people (not necessarily solicited), and sometimes bafflingly conflicting advice from people you would think would be on the same page (like doctors and nurses).

    Most people are well meaning and some have strong opinions, professing their method, book, TED talk, whatever is -the- answer to your given problem. This is especially the case for things like breast feeding, sleep training, food diversification, discipline, education, etc. I found it helps to look at all of this advice as tools you can add to your parenting toolbox. You may try one tool and it works great, while another won't.

    What works for one person's child may not work for another, and that's ok. Best of luck!

    10 votes
  8. Comment on Need gift ideas for a seven year old girl in ~life

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    If you can ask the parents ahead of time that would be ideal, especially to avoid getting something she already has or something the parents won't appreciate. Having said that, my daughter is in...

    If you can ask the parents ahead of time that would be ideal, especially to avoid getting something she already has or something the parents won't appreciate. Having said that, my daughter is in the same age range and loves crafts. Here are some gifts she's enjoyed in the past:

    • Bath bomb/soap making kit
    • "Potion-making" kit
    • Mini sewing machine
    • Comic-book making kit
    • Cookie baking/decorating kit
    • Bracelet making kit

    And that's what I can think of off the top of my head. If you're really unsure I find board games are also a good option.

    10 votes
  9. Comment on Recommendations for laid-back games in ~games

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    Pode is a chill little puzzle game that's geared for kids to play with their parents but can also be pleasing to adults, and you can play solo. Grow Home is also cute and chill, but may be getting...

    Pode is a chill little puzzle game that's geared for kids to play with their parents but can also be pleasing to adults, and you can play solo.

    Grow Home is also cute and chill, but may be getting on in years.

    You can also play Minecraft on peaceful or creative mode and just explore/build stuff as you please.

    And of course Animal Crossing, but unless you're willing to emulate you won't find it on Steam. There's Hokko life which is meant to be a knock off but can't vouch for how good it is, I've never played.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on The rise and fall of America's favorite junk foods | Rise and Fall in ~food

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    A US colleague once described mass produced US food (particularly candy) as tasting like barbie make-up, and I feel that description is oddly spot on. The artificial additives and flavours in a...

    A US colleague once described mass produced US food (particularly candy) as tasting like barbie make-up, and I feel that description is oddly spot on. The artificial additives and flavours in a lot of US processed foods give some things a very plastic-like taste. Then you get to the ridiculous amount of sugar added to even the savoury food. Sliced bread should not taste like cake folks... If you don't grow up on that kind of food it's quite jarring to try it for the first time. Obviously not all food from the US is like that, but if you got rid of the mass produced ultra processed foods like the ones in this video, I don't think the country would be missing out on much (and may frankly be better off).

    8 votes
  11. Comment on Womb transplants are now a life-changing reality. Here’s how the extraordinary procedure works. in ~science

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    I hadn't considered uterine transplants could mean the ovaries are transplanted too, I assumed it was the uterus only that being transplanted into people with functioning ovaries. If the former is...

    I hadn't considered uterine transplants could mean the ovaries are transplanted too, I assumed it was the uterus only that being transplanted into people with functioning ovaries. If the former is the case, then I assume there wouldn't be much difference indeed. If the pregnancy is no more risky for the child or pregnant person than other "conventional" medically assisted pregnacies, trans or cis-gender, I don't see a reason it can't be done. However, I don't see any doctors bold enough to try this anytime soon, but I'd be happy to be proven wrong.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Womb transplants are now a life-changing reality. Here’s how the extraordinary procedure works. in ~science

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    I wouldn't be surprised if uterine transplants are possible for trans women, but how viable/easy is it to control hormones throughout the pregnancy? I don't know the details surrounding pregnancy...

    I wouldn't be surprised if uterine transplants are possible for trans women, but how viable/easy is it to control hormones throughout the pregnancy? I don't know the details surrounding pregnancy hormones, but I assume it's going to be a more complicated cocktail than gender reassignment treatment, with the implication that mistakes could lead to loss of the pregnancy or potential malformations in the child. Perhaps this is something doctors already know how to manage in pregnant people with hormone deficiencies, but I'm not at all versed on this topic. Given how this touches on two topics that trigger heated debate (transgender rights and the "pro life" movement), I wouldn't be surprised if it's a looooong time before doctors even think to attempt this with transgender patients.

    12 votes
  13. Comment on Meaningful family games or activities for gatherings? in ~life

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    We play a game called "la vache qui tâche" which requires nothing more than a cork and something to burn the end of it. It's appropriate for all ages (as long as they can talk) and it's always a...

    We play a game called "la vache qui tâche" which requires nothing more than a cork and something to burn the end of it. It's appropriate for all ages (as long as they can talk) and it's always a good laugh for us. The anglosphere equivalent of the game is Ibble Dibble, but I believe the rules are the same.

    We're also big fans of Taco, cat, goat, cheese, pizza and variants of the game. It's like a mix of snap and dobble if you're familiar with either of those games. Dobble is good for smaller kids as well. I wouldn't play with groups bigger than 7 or 8 people though, you won't have enough cards for everyone.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Hundreds of trans teens under 18 have had breasts removed in Canada, new data show in ~lgbt

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    Yeah and what about gynaecomastia surgery. Plenty of cis gender boys under 18 growing breasts get them removed - AKA gender affirming surgery. Should that be banned too?

    Yeah and what about gynaecomastia surgery. Plenty of cis gender boys under 18 growing breasts get them removed - AKA gender affirming surgery. Should that be banned too?

    5 votes
  15. Comment on It's not just you. LinkedIn has gotten really weird. in ~tech

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    I think LinkedIn is taking in a lot of X/Twitter refugees, especially companies and professionals that commonly posted there. I know my company used to post a lot on Twitter but since the...

    I think LinkedIn is taking in a lot of X/Twitter refugees, especially companies and professionals that commonly posted there. I know my company used to post a lot on Twitter but since the Muskshittification they've migrated almost exclusively to LinkedIn.

    8 votes
  16. Comment on Dear drivers, steady as you go at 20mph. And welcome to the future. in ~transport

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    Here's hoping they succeed! There's no shortage of screaming at Hidalgo about this here, including some groups taking her to court over it. I suppose at least Macron's government isn't trying to...

    Here's hoping they succeed! There's no shortage of screaming at Hidalgo about this here, including some groups taking her to court over it. I suppose at least Macron's government isn't trying to torpedo efforts to reduce carbon emissions so that helps. Good puck over there!

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Dear drivers, steady as you go at 20mph. And welcome to the future. in ~transport

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    I feel one of the big reasons it's changed as drastically and as fast as it did here is air pollution is a cause near and dear to the mayor's heart. She's been on a mission to reduce the number of...

    I feel one of the big reasons it's changed as drastically and as fast as it did here is air pollution is a cause near and dear to the mayor's heart. She's been on a mission to reduce the number of cars in the city since she took office in 2014. As controversial as she is, it certainly seems to be working.

    I have to say though, bus drivers are still bonkers here, but so are the cyclists and pedestrians. As a cyclist, I'm certainly more afraid of the latter two than any other road user, but at least I won't be crushed under their weight.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Dear drivers, steady as you go at 20mph. And welcome to the future. in ~transport

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    This is what's been done in Paris. The speed limit within city is 30km/h, with rare exceptions. Many streets have been converted for pedestrians and bicycles only, and hundreds of kilometres of...

    This is what's been done in Paris. The speed limit within city is 30km/h, with rare exceptions. Many streets have been converted for pedestrians and bicycles only, and hundreds of kilometres of road have been converted to full or shared cycle paths (sorry sources are in French only). The best example of this is probably rue de Rivoli, which runs between Bastille and Concorde. It was a major artery for vehicles and now it's used exclusively by bicycles/push scooters, buses and taxis. Much of the roads stretching along either side of the Seine are now also for pedestrians and bicycles only. Oh and it's near impossible to park your car on the street, and underground parking is expensive.

    Many more people cycle, which means most motorists try to be careful because cyclists are a bit mad in this city. This of course doesn't stop some assholes from speeding like assholes, but they're not common. There was/is much grumbling from motorists, but the vast majority of people in the city welcome the change.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on French government defends arrest of teen in classroom over transgender bullying claims in ~lgbt

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    Yeah I read this move as the government trying to over-correct when it came out that their aggressive incompetence (which I'm inclined to call outright malice) lead to a child taking their life....

    Yeah I read this move as the government trying to over-correct when it came out that their aggressive incompetence (which I'm inclined to call outright malice) lead to a child taking their life. They've been caught with their pants down and they need to show they're taking things like this seriously now.

    Having had to deal with the justice system in this country, I can say it is fundamentally broken, especially for victims. Those with more power, money, and influence than others will always have more sway. Many are intimidated by the system itself into silence. Take laws on defamation- you can be sued/go to jail for defamation -even if what you say is true-.

    12 votes
  20. Comment on Robots are pouring drinks in Vegas. As AI grows, the city's workers brace for change in ~life

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    Reminds me of a pizza making robot (think articulated robot arms) restaurant they opened in my city a couple of years ago. Probably didn't last a year. The prices were fine and the pizza was ok,...

    Reminds me of a pizza making robot (think articulated robot arms) restaurant they opened in my city a couple of years ago. Probably didn't last a year. The prices were fine and the pizza was ok, but once the novelty wore off, people weren't that interested in continuing their patronage. Probably because a robot can't really deal with very specific requests the way a human can. Want your crust extra toasted? Does not compute. Want the sauce on the side? Does not compute. And then the thing was broken half the time.

    Unless you're undercutting everyone else's prices by a LOT for a given level of quality, human servers and cooks aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

    3 votes