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  1. Comment on Scientists now think that being overweight can protect your health in ~health

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    Ha. Fair enough I guess...

    Ha. Fair enough I guess...

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  2. Comment on Scientists now think that being overweight can protect your health in ~health

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    I don't fully disagree with you because I probably was a an outlier, but my doctors have been largely dismissive of BMI as a measure because it often reports regular gym-goers as somewhere between...

    I don't fully disagree with you because I probably was a an outlier, but my doctors have been largely dismissive of BMI as a measure because it often reports regular gym-goers as somewhere between overweight and obese. When I was at the height of my gym activity my BMI was regularely around 27-28 despite me being very physically fit and thin in the abdomen. I was clocking in at 210 despite a flat stomach simply because of the muscle vs fat density issue. I didn't even look huge. I wasn't at what would be considered body building size.

    I understand fitness is an outlier in today's society but it's not that much of an outlier. Its hard to trust a system that will describe any amateur weight lifter as "overweight". There must be a better way of quantifying obesity then weight vs height.

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  3. Comment on Should you be wearing a mask again? Here’s a map of the Covid hot spots subject to the CDC’s new guidance in ~health.coronavirus

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    It's not hard to believe. Let me give you a different interpretation on your first point, less as an argument and more as a idea to chew on. What you are describing are essentially antivaxers....

    know it sounds hard to believe, and I didn't believe it at first, either.

    It's not hard to believe. Let me give you a different interpretation on your first point, less as an argument and more as a idea to chew on. What you are describing are essentially antivaxers. It's an ideology of ignorance, and not having the "correct" information is a form of ignorance. With few exceptions your average antivaxxer isn't going to be an evil caricature. They are your aunt or your brother or your friend that have recieved bad information that they choose to believe wholeheartedly.

    Sure we can debate degrees here. Are you an antivaxer if you only refuse one (very important) vaccine? Are antivaxers only the "sticking it to the demonrats" Republican caricatures? I guess that's up to you decide. My stepmother is antivax simply because she's ignorant. She's not a bad person. She's not a sticking it to the liberals type. She's great to be around. She's a decent mother. She hasn't refused every vaccine. But I can't qualify her as anything else because her ignorance causes her to reject Gardasil and the COVID vaccines based on bad information that she refuses to correct even when presented with better information.

    It gets to a point where it's difficult to be empathetic. I know we should always try to be empathetic but eventually you hit a limit. I can't be empathetic to my step mother's ignorance any more because she is endangering not only herself, but both of my sister's and her ideas have even infected my usually rational father.

    I've a billion people have been vaccinated at this point, a large proportion of which with the various mRNA vaccines, a larger proportion with traditional style vaccines. The education is already out there. Even if you can't read studies, peer reviewed research etc., the evidence is out there that these vaccines are safe and that they work. Choosing to remain unvaccinated, when you have no health related reasons to do so, and when this disease has killed over four million humans in under 18 months, is actively choosing willful ignorance.

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  4. Comment on Should you be wearing a mask again? Here’s a map of the Covid hot spots subject to the CDC’s new guidance in ~health.coronavirus

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    I say this with as.much empathy as I can: What else can be said? Your fellow state citizens are failing you. The vaccine is being offered abundantly and for free. They are choosing not to receive...

    I say this with as.much empathy as I can:

    What else can be said? Your fellow state citizens are failing you. The vaccine is being offered abundantly and for free. They are choosing not to receive it.

    It's not your fault, and I'm sorry you have to live like this with your neighbours being willfully ignorant. But you are the minority in that state. Approximately 60% of your neighbours are, as you said, willfully ignorant. It is their own faults.

    I wish you the best of luck and I hope your children can get vaccinated soon.

    13 votes
  5. Comment on Should you be wearing a mask again? Here’s a map of the Covid hot spots subject to the CDC’s new guidance in ~health.coronavirus

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    Or, we can not panic, continue to get our vaccinations, including future booster shots, and the 70% of the public that has it will largely be fine with minimal reaction, while the other 30% that...

    Or, we can not panic, continue to get our vaccinations, including future booster shots, and the 70% of the public that has it will largely be fine with minimal reaction, while the other 30% that has politicized this pandemic will either suffer or eventually come on board and get their vaccination.

    Remember a year and a half ago, this was about flattening the curve. The entire argument was preventing healthcare from being over run. It wasn't about stopping the pandemic in its tracks, it wasn't about keeping everyone perfectly safe. It was about preventing hospitals from stacking three people to a bed.

    Countries with 75%+ vaccinated are not only on the verge of herd immunity, but are unlikely to experience the sort of healthcare collapse scenarios that were envisioned at the beginning of this ordeal. Sure, American states like Arkansas and Louisiana might still be facing that reality, but that's their own fault.

    What needs to happen is the US needs to stop hoarding vaccines it's people clearly don't want and sending them to the rest of the world. When the Vietnam's and Nigeria's of the world are vaccinated this pandemic will "end". Even without vaccines pandemics aren't forever.

    17 votes
  6. Comment on A completely upgradeable laptop in ~tech

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    I believe all four modular slots are Thunderbolt 4 compatible.

    I believe all four modular slots are Thunderbolt 4 compatible.

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  7. Comment on How has the pandemic changed you? in ~talk

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    I think it's too early to determine exactly how this has affected us. Unlike America we just started getting back to normal about a month ago and the threat of the Delta variant is risking putting...

    I think it's too early to determine exactly how this has affected us. Unlike America we just started getting back to normal about a month ago and the threat of the Delta variant is risking putting a halt to that. It will take months of unforced lifestyle changes to see what really came out of the whole experience.

    Physically speaking I've definitely changed though. I'm down 25 pounds in muscle since February 2020 and the gym shutdowns have definitely taken their toll. I am also finding it impossible getting back into the mindset. I've gone from 7 days a week to 0 days a week and can't convince myself to even do one day a week now.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on Toyota is quietly pushing Congress to slow the shift to electric vehicles in ~tech

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    And? Agreed, which is why I used square quotes around the term and made sure to clarify this is a logistics problem and not one impossible to solve. Ultimately, for the average world citizen the...

    That was a single report by Bank of America.

    And?

    They didn't say the world would "run out"

    Agreed, which is why I used square quotes around the term and made sure to clarify this is a logistics problem and not one impossible to solve.

    Ultimately, for the average world citizen the difference between scarcity and "run out" is irrelevant. We need to be reaching the average American making 40k a year or, worse, the average Chinese/Indian driver making less than that. If the price of batteries skyrocket the price of EV vehicles will follow suit. If the vehicles are unaffordable then they will purchase the ICE vehicle and be locked in for another 5 years.

    The increased investment will of course cause more development and research and so the situation will be temporary.

    Not that this is an argument but it's not just a research and development issue. It's also an issue of infrastructure. More battery factories, more mines. These are solvable problems but the time frame is tight. The infrastructural elements need to start going in now.

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  9. Comment on Toyota is quietly pushing Congress to slow the shift to electric vehicles in ~tech

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    Without something drastic occurring in the supply line the world is going to "run out" of EV batteries by 2025. We're possibly going to have to slow down no matter what assuming logistics doesn't...

    Without something drastic occurring in the supply line the world is going to "run out" of EV batteries by 2025. We're possibly going to have to slow down no matter what assuming logistics doesn't explode.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Open letter to NASA Administrator Nelson from Blue Origin and Jeff Bezos in ~space

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    Why shouldn't it mean the moon? We ravage the very planet that gave birth to us. How is the moon special?

    Why shouldn't it mean the moon?

    We ravage the very planet that gave birth to us. How is the moon special?

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Dexter: New Blood sneak peek trailer in ~tv

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    I could never get into Dexter despite those around me loving it. It seemed cheap to me, poor acting, mediocre set design, cinematography. Nothing about it was striking. Just an average showtime...

    I could never get into Dexter despite those around me loving it. It seemed cheap to me, poor acting, mediocre set design, cinematography. Nothing about it was striking. Just an average showtime product.

    I watch this teaser and it seems the product has aged nicely. Everything I just listed seems vastly improved. The blocking and the cinematography, at the very least, appear modernized and the Pacific North West, in my opinion, just offers a much more attractive setting than Miami.

    I could see myself watching this revival if the quality holds up for more than just the trailer.

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  12. Comment on Open letter to NASA Administrator Nelson from Blue Origin and Jeff Bezos in ~space

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    What would we go to space for if not minerals and human expansion which requires minerals?

    Side note: Mining the moon, really? We'll never learn.

    What would we go to space for if not minerals and human expansion which requires minerals?

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Open letter to NASA Administrator Nelson from Blue Origin and Jeff Bezos in ~space

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    I'm guessing here but the "work" doesn't just include developing the lander. It also includes, presumedly, regular and repeat landings. I.E. the will essentially eat 2 billion in development costs...

    I'm guessing here but the "work" doesn't just include developing the lander. It also includes, presumedly, regular and repeat landings. I.E. the will essentially eat 2 billion in development costs and cover any costs that go over the contracted amount for delivery/procurement and operation of the landers.

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  14. Comment on The Last Duel | Official trailer in ~movies

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    Hopefully it's as good as Good Will Hunting.

    Hopefully it's as good as Good Will Hunting.

  15. Comment on The Last Duel | Official trailer in ~movies

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    Feels like it's been a while since Hollywood has done historical epic films. While I doubt I'll see this one in theatres it certainly looks interesting. Also a moment in history I knew nothing...

    Feels like it's been a while since Hollywood has done historical epic films. While I doubt I'll see this one in theatres it certainly looks interesting. Also a moment in history I knew nothing about so thank you for sending me down the wikipedia rabbit hole.

    Cast looks great. Adam Driver can't give a bad performance but Ben Affleck and Matt Damon together in a film like this is interesting to say the least.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Tobacco firm Philip Morris calls for ban on cigarettes within decade in ~news

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    This, coincidentally, has a real Don Draper "Why I'm Quitting Tobacco" feel to it. Put yourself ahead of a change you don't necessarily like or desire by making it seem like you are taking a...

    This, coincidentally, has a real Don Draper "Why I'm Quitting Tobacco" feel to it. Put yourself ahead of a change you don't necessarily like or desire by making it seem like you are taking a stand, and coming to the moral high ground despite decades of previous work.

    The end of cigarettes is coming, whether or not Philip Morris asks for it, so get ahead of it theatrically. It's great marketing.

    20 votes
  17. Comment on Tuvix will never die in ~tv

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    There's a lot of fertile ground here they could have covered that wasn't because of the nature of the show. Standard morals may not apply to a ship of people essentially marooned tens of thousands...

    Also, when the Doctor refused to perform the procedure, citing medical ethics, that should have been a flashing red STOP sign for Janeway, as a check on her own moral compass.

    There's a lot of fertile ground here they could have covered that wasn't because of the nature of the show.

    Standard morals may not apply to a ship of people essentially marooned tens of thousands light years away from home. It's a situation where the balance between morals and necessity come into conflict.

    Was the ship at a disadvantage because of the loss of "one" crew member? Could the function of the mess not have been easily assumed by another member of the crew? Was the morale of the crew greatly affected by the loss of Tuvok and Neelix? Could this morale issue have compounded on the already disastrous morale situation they realistically should have been in?

    These are all questions Janeway should have theoretically had to address over the morals of "killing" Tuvix.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Blade Runner: Black Lotus official trailer in ~tv

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    We should grab a beer sometime 😁.

    but I love love love the Blade Runner universe

    We should grab a beer sometime 😁.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Blade Runner: Black Lotus official trailer in ~tv

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    There's something slightly off about the character design/animation. All the background elements look like Blade Runner, sometimes a little bit too much as they take explicit environments from the...

    Although it doesn't quite scream 'Blade Runner'

    There's something slightly off about the character design/animation. All the background elements look like Blade Runner, sometimes a little bit too much as they take explicit environments from the films, but the character design doesn't look right for the setting.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on EVGA confirms it's replacing all its RTX 3090s killed by Amazon's New World MMO in ~games

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    Honestly, these things happen. And considering it only seems to be occurring with the EVGA GTX 3090's, and that EVGA is replacing the cards promptly and without question, that tells me there's...

    Honestly, these things happen. And considering it only seems to be occurring with the EVGA GTX 3090's, and that EVGA is replacing the cards promptly and without question, that tells me there's something else going on beyond "shoddily built MMO's. This is one of the most anticipated MMO's in years and is getting pretty universal praise from what I've seen, it's also not a rookie developer.

    Thinking back to my days with EVE online, the boot.ini catastrophe and it's eventual explanation shows how coding projects this massive are difficult and result in numerous barely perceptable mistakes that can result in these catastrophic failures. It's not so much shoddy as luck. You hope and pray your various hacks don't end in a disaster that makes it through QA.

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