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  1. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of May 3 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I've been confused about the lawsuits. When I went to college, there were certain vaccines that were required to attend - I don't see how adding another to the list is any different. What am I...

    I've been confused about the lawsuits. When I went to college, there were certain vaccines that were required to attend - I don't see how adding another to the list is any different. What am I missing?

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Tech people of Tildes, what have you automated in your life? in ~tech

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    I'm curious what smart lock you use, and how you like it. I've been looking at them on and off for a couple years, but it always seems like they still have issues with connectivity and buggy phone...

    I'm curious what smart lock you use, and how you like it. I've been looking at them on and off for a couple years, but it always seems like they still have issues with connectivity and buggy phone applications. I'd like to install one, but only if it would actually make things easier - I definitely don't want to have to come home and troubleshoot my door lock.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I used to be able to run, but haven't in about 10 years - mostly from shin pain. Just the other day I got a new pair of running shoes and I'm going to give it a go again - find out if it was...

    I used to be able to run, but haven't in about 10 years - mostly from shin pain. Just the other day I got a new pair of running shoes and I'm going to give it a go again - find out if it was shitty shoes, bad form, or something I can't control.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    If enough business and institutions start requiring vaccines, it should get there. If you can't get on an airliner, go out to eat, or go to school, a chunk of the "my rights" crowd will get over it.

    If enough business and institutions start requiring vaccines, it should get there. If you can't get on an airliner, go out to eat, or go to school, a chunk of the "my rights" crowd will get over it.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on What does analog have that digital doesn't? in ~talk

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    I get what you're saying...I can't pass down my mp3 collection to my children or grandchildren. I think physical objects are something that humans like and intrinsically understand. Purely...

    I get what you're saying...I can't pass down my mp3 collection to my children or grandchildren. I think physical objects are something that humans like and intrinsically understand. Purely mechanical machines are wonderful - you can take them apart, see how they work, fix them, modify them, and literally feel them. They can be repaired, refurbished, and passed on to the next generation.

    Now, I'm not a luddite - I have smart lights in my house, I love tinkering with computers, and I'll spend 10 hours coding to automate something that will save me 10 minutes, but there's still that certain something from the mechanical world that the digital world just can't capture.

    I suppose that's my long winded way of saying I agree with you.

    15 votes
  6. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of March 22 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Amazing, isn't it? My state is doing the exact same thing - continuing to relax restrictions while we watch the numbers go back up. The goal posts have been moved...summer peaks are the new...

    We seem hellbent on throwing away our umbrella in the middle of a rainstorm because we're not getting wet.

    Amazing, isn't it? My state is doing the exact same thing - continuing to relax restrictions while we watch the numbers go back up. The goal posts have been moved...summer peaks are the new normal, and are appartently totally acceptable. It's incredibly frustrating to watch.

    8 votes
  7. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~health.coronavirus

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    I keep wondering at what point the Democrats get rid of the filibuster. Surely they realize that from this point forward, essentially no legislation is getting passed for the next 2-4 years if...

    I keep wondering at what point the Democrats get rid of the filibuster. Surely they realize that from this point forward, essentially no legislation is getting passed for the next 2-4 years if it's not part of reconciliation (at which point the Republicans will likely get swept into power on apathetic Democratic turnout since no major policies got moved forward). It seems like the only move left they have at this point is to get rid of the filibuster and try to make DC a state to level things out a bit (or at least counteract the upcoming voter suppression laws in Georgia, Arizona, and anywhere else the Republicans deemed the last election a little too close).

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I've been riding indoors using Bkool for my smart trainer. It's pretty nifty - it keeps the boredom and monotony of stationary cycling at bay. I didn't realize there were so many different apps...

    I've been riding indoors using Bkool for my smart trainer. It's pretty nifty - it keeps the boredom and monotony of stationary cycling at bay. I didn't realize there were so many different apps for smart trainers...Bkool isn't perfect, but it's getting the job done for now. I may test out some other apps with free trials at some point just to get a better comparison.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I used to play the original Insurgency a ton - up until probably 6 months or so ago when a lot of the servers I used to frequent started dropping off. Not sure if everyone is finally moving over...

    I used to play the original Insurgency a ton - up until probably 6 months or so ago when a lot of the servers I used to frequent started dropping off. Not sure if everyone is finally moving over to Sandstorm, but I've been hesitant to make the switch. Mostly because like you said, it just sucks up a lot of free time. Also, I've heard the community kind of shifted from team oriented to just sprinting around like crazy on your own.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of February 8 in ~health.coronavirus

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    No, I don't have any articles for you right off the top of my head. But the vast majority of the scientific community, including the White House scientific advisor who has dedicated his entire...

    No, I don't have any articles for you right off the top of my head. But the vast majority of the scientific community, including the White House scientific advisor who has dedicated his entire adult life to studying infectious diseases (Dr. Fauci) has said the vaccines we have are safe and effective (he's even taken one himself). If your friends and family are unwilling to take that as a solid endorsement, then I'm afraid them reading a peer reviewed study isn't going to change their mind.

    The short of it is it's not going to get any more "concrete" than the highest scientific advisors recommending people take the vaccine.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of February 8 in ~health.coronavirus

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    We do know about the side effects - fever, chills, some aches. Typically lasts a day or two, then back to normal. No known deaths or serious illnesses from vaccines. Seems plausible that someone...

    because we don't know about the side effects

    We do know about the side effects - fever, chills, some aches. Typically lasts a day or two, then back to normal. No known deaths or serious illnesses from vaccines.

    is there the possibility of getting a more severe reaction to the vaccine than the virus itself?

    Seems plausible that someone could potentially get a day or two of some mild aches/fever from the vaccine where they may have been completely asymptomatic had they gotten the virus, but that's basically irrelevant. Why would you take the gamble of risking death over a day or two of very mild symptoms?

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    So, since the last thread I bit the bullet and bought a Kickr Core indoor trainer. Stuck an 8 speed cassette on it to use my old hard tail mountain bike on (though I forgot how uncomfortable it is...

    So, since the last thread I bit the bullet and bought a Kickr Core indoor trainer. Stuck an 8 speed cassette on it to use my old hard tail mountain bike on (though I forgot how uncomfortable it is to be on compared to my gravel grinder...may need to make some fit adjustments).

    So far I think it's really great - I haven't gotten around to trying any of the "virtual riding" apps yet, but maybe in the future (or perhaps next winter). For now its purpose is just to get me to a point where I can start the outdoors riding season without gasping for air after 5 miles!

    If anyone has any suggestions for companion apps (preferably free to start with), I'm all ears.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I think that's the direction I'm leaning. Last questions for you (maybe...) - do you have to do a whole "electronics setup" around this? I mean - is just taking my cell phone down to the basement,...

    I think that's the direction I'm leaning. Last questions for you (maybe...) - do you have to do a whole "electronics setup" around this? I mean - is just taking my cell phone down to the basement, hopping on, and riding doable? I'd rather not have to build a table and bring a laptop/spend 5 minutes setting software up every time I want to just to go for a 30 minute ride. What's your setup like?

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  14. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    That was very helpful - thank you! I've been leaning towards taking my old (10 years?) mountain bike (hard tail) and kind of relegating it to stationary bike duty when it's not out for it's (very...

    That was very helpful - thank you! I've been leaning towards taking my old (10 years?) mountain bike (hard tail) and kind of relegating it to stationary bike duty when it's not out for it's (very occasional) winter ride. It has an 8 speed cassette, so I assume I would have to get an 8 speed cassette for the kickr? Or would it make more sense to buy a cassette that matches my road bike (thereby not being able the use the mountain bike on the trainer, I assume)? My concern with that is I don't want to have to constantly be swapping the wheel on and off, as it gets ridden quite a bit in the spring/summer/fall.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I've heard good things about those, but I was looking at something like a Wahoo Kickr, TacX product, or similar (a guess it's called a "trainer" vs. a "stationary bike"?). I already have an...

    Really the only recommendation I have for a stationary bike is the Peloton

    I've heard good things about those, but I was looking at something like a Wahoo Kickr, TacX product, or similar (a guess it's called a "trainer" vs. a "stationary bike"?). I already have an old-ish mountain bike that I think would just get put on it and stay there (maybe occasionally throwing the wheel back on to ride in the winter so my newer bikes don't get covered in salt).

    I'll definitely be looking at the ab wheel - thanks!

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I've been pondering getting a stationary bike trainer (I'm thinking direct drive, since they seem the most like actually riding) - I'm not sure which one though - don't want to totally blow the...

    I've been pondering getting a stationary bike trainer (I'm thinking direct drive, since they seem the most like actually riding) - I'm not sure which one though - don't want to totally blow the budget (but also want something decent).

    I'm also resolved to try and strengthen my core, just for the sake of keeping my back from hurting. So I've been looking for good body weight exercises for that.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    AC: Valhalla I'm about 25 hours in. Initially, I was a bit disappointed, but the more I play it, the more I'm enjoying it. I played Odyssey as well, and I did enjoy that one - they both seem...

    AC: Valhalla

    I'm about 25 hours in. Initially, I was a bit disappointed, but the more I play it, the more I'm enjoying it. I played Odyssey as well, and I did enjoy that one - they both seem pretty focused on fighting, but you can absolutely play through with a lot of stealth and assassinations. I tend to do a mix of both - it's a lot of fun to slink around a fort assassinating a big chunk, then call your crew to raid the rest.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of January 25 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I feel the same way as you. I see NY and CA are both starting to relax restrictions as well, and I don't understand it. We've been down this road before, and it leads to spikes in infections,...

    I feel the same way as you. I see NY and CA are both starting to relax restrictions as well, and I don't understand it. We've been down this road before, and it leads to spikes in infections, followed by deaths. By the time you see the spike coming, it's too late to slow it down - the restrictions just need to stay in place, and the government needs to get on top of providing financial assistance for those who can't work from home.

    9 votes
  19. Comment on How do you manage data backups? in ~tech

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    They did used to have personal plans, but they transitioned to business oriented. My personal plan got rolled over, and I think I ended up with a bit of a discount. It probably depends on how much...

    They did used to have personal plans, but they transitioned to business oriented. My personal plan got rolled over, and I think I ended up with a bit of a discount. It probably depends on how much customization you need as to whether they're the right option for you. If you just need basic backup, there's certainly cheaper options.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on How do you manage data backups? in ~tech

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    I've been using Code42/Crashplan for quite a few years now - never had any issues. They are a bit pricier I think, but I also back up work/development stuff, so I'm ok with it. I use their cloud...

    I've been using Code42/Crashplan for quite a few years now - never had any issues. They are a bit pricier I think, but I also back up work/development stuff, so I'm ok with it. I use their cloud service, but I also have the software backup to a local hard drive as well. You can set it up to retain certain files for longer, and also specify how often you want certain files/folders to be backed up, along with how many different versions of those files you want to have.

    And like you, my photos are also stored on Google photos.

    1 vote