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  1. Comment on Is a massage gun worth getting? in ~health

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    Was it not originally intended as a massage device? I'd be surprised if not.

    Was it not originally intended as a massage device? I'd be surprised if not.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on You're probably not using the web's best browser (Vivaldi) in ~tech

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    There have been recent discussions here about browsers and the decline of Firefox/Mozilla, and this article came up in my feed recently. The last post about Vivaldi was nearly a year ago and it...

    There have been recent discussions here about browsers and the decline of Firefox/Mozilla, and this article came up in my feed recently. The last post about Vivaldi was nearly a year ago and it appears Vivaldi just released a new version (4.0), so I'm wondering what everyone thinks.

    The integration with mail, calendar and a feed are big bonuses for me (tried Thunderbird for almost a year now but I'm dissatisfied), especially if it works well and will eventually work across devices.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on About one out of three men prefer playing female characters. Rethinking the importance of female protagonists in video games. in ~games

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    You'd be a much better author then! I think the authors wanted the story to have more weight. IMO, even 20% (1/5 or 1/4 range for you? :P) is a pretty substantial number for me, in this context....

    Just a mental thing as I try to be more careful when quoting the statistics to others.

    You'd be a much better author then! I think the authors wanted the story to have more weight. IMO, even 20% (1/5 or 1/4 range for you? :P) is a pretty substantial number for me, in this context. I've previously asked a half dozen of my gamer friends and none have a preference for female, always male (I'm in the 50% frequencey range ;) ). Anyways, just a side comment.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on About one out of three men prefer playing female characters. Rethinking the importance of female protagonists in video games. in ~games

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    This is a nitpicky meta-comment from someone sensitive to data representation... I find it a funny that the title author to say "about 1/3" (and then "almost 1/3") instead of "about 1/4" (and...

    This is a nitpicky meta-comment from someone sensitive to data representation...

    I find it a funny that the title author to say "about 1/3" (and then "almost 1/3") instead of "about 1/4" (and similarly, "over 1/4"), since 29% is equidistant to 25% and 33%. It's probably a subconscious decision but it's also something that instantly shows the author's bias (not that one can be easily unbiased).

    9 votes
  5. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~health.coronavirus

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    Okay I was being polite and going the Socratic route but this really isn't rocket surgery, it's blatant misrepresentation of data and manipulation of data presentation. At this point, having...

    Okay I was being polite and going the Socratic route but this really isn't rocket surgery, it's blatant misrepresentation of data and manipulation of data presentation. At this point, having ambiguous references (the Y-axis) should be a major red flag at entry-level analysis.

    Bad Science by Ben Goldacre is an excellent introduction to critical thinking and analysis of science for lay people. I highly recommend it.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~health.coronavirus

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    Right, which is why I chimed in with my comment (as a "data analyst"). So now that you have new information, what is your conclusion?

    Right, which is why I chimed in with my comment (as a "data analyst"). So now that you have new information, what is your conclusion?

    1 vote
  7. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~health.coronavirus

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    Well then, what do you think? Given our two comments, do you think it's truthful?

    Well then, what do you think? Given our two comments, do you think it's truthful?

    1 vote
  8. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~health.coronavirus

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    I was about to ask for clarification as well: what does the Y-axis indicate? If it's absolute numbers then it doesn't mean anything. Roughly speaking, if there 10x as many vaccinated as...

    I was about to ask for clarification as well: what does the Y-axis indicate? If it's absolute numbers then it doesn't mean anything. Roughly speaking, if there 10x as many vaccinated as non-vaccinated, then we see the proportion of vaccinated infected people is ~5x less than proportion of non-vaccinated.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Culprate - Whispers (Part I) (2014) in ~music

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    True, but the album is still killer! You might also be interested in his next crowdsource-funded album. I can't wait.

    True, but the album is still killer! You might also be interested in his next crowdsource-funded album. I can't wait.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on AlphaFold DB provides open access to protein structure predictions for the human proteome and twenty other key organisms to accelerate scientific research in ~science

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    Personally, the generosity of Google/DeepMind here comes as a shock. I really can't emphasize just how revolutionary this is. Without hyperbole, this is completely upending life science research....

    Personally, the generosity of Google/DeepMind here comes as a shock. I really can't emphasize just how revolutionary this is. Without hyperbole, this is completely upending life science research.

    At the same time it's putting an entire subfield of researchers out of business, more or less. Basically making classic PhD's, and even entire labs, on protein structure determination nearly obsolete. In a good way though, because now we can skip the tedious work and go straight into the interesting questions about protein function.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Wood construction and the risk of fire in ~design

  12. Comment on The invisible addiction: Caffeine makes us more energetic, efficient and faster. But we have become so dependent that we need it just to get to our baseline. in ~health

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    Why not do 2-3 days on/off? I rarely drink coffee but if and when I need it, as a rule I don't drink it more than 3 days in a row with at least 3 days break after that. It prevents me from...

    Why not do 2-3 days on/off? I rarely drink coffee but if and when I need it, as a rule I don't drink it more than 3 days in a row with at least 3 days break after that. It prevents me from building up a substantial tolerance.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Tyranny, slavery and Columbia U - Interview with N. Korea defector Yeonmi Park in ~humanities

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    The last third of this podcast is the reason why I'm sharing it here. The first 2/3 is par for the course as far as stories from N. Korean defectors goes: horrifying tales of starvation,...

    The last third of this podcast is the reason why I'm sharing it here. The first 2/3 is par for the course as far as stories from N. Korean defectors goes: horrifying tales of starvation, desperation, human trafficking, slavery etc. Though it's still worth listening to because every story is unique and offers a slightly different perspective.

    The last third though, actually terrified me. Yeonmi Park escaped as a barely-literate teenager and eventually put herself through a formal education, which I think gives her a unique perspective as a N. Korean defector living in the West. An especially heavy point was when Yeonmi Park mentioned that her worst experience since escaping was an American liberal arts university, Columbia. She said it was the first time she had to self-censor since escaping.

    I'm not an American and my academic experience has been contained to the "hard" sciences, so I always thought that the criticism of American universities was right-wing sensationalism and artificial products of fed Fox News panel rants. But hearing Park's history and experiences made it all click for me. It gave me the feeling like the character in a horror film where "the call is actually from inside the house". I wouldn't be so worried for it if American politics and culture wasn't so globally influential, and I wonder if there is any intention of reform that isn't reactionary, because right now it seems to only be gaining more steam.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Is anyone else here trying to understand or deal with how 'time flies by' with age? in ~talk

  15. Comment on MDMA-assisted therapy for severe PTSD: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 study in ~health

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    After many, many years in the making, it's finally here! Being published in Nature is a nice symbolic gesture of it being taken seriously at the highest levels.

    After many, many years in the making, it's finally here! Being published in Nature is a nice symbolic gesture of it being taken seriously at the highest levels.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Ratatat - Loud Pipes (2006) in ~music