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  1. Comment on Fuck cancer in ~talk

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    My mom had a bad case of pneumonia last March (unrelated to Covid, but man, what timing) and didn't ever really recover, even as recovery went well past what was expected. Turns out what's been...

    My mom had a bad case of pneumonia last March (unrelated to Covid, but man, what timing) and didn't ever really recover, even as recovery went well past what was expected. Turns out what's been dragging her down is lung cancer. It was caught fairly early, all things considered, but she's not young. I'm still not really processing it. She's had so many health scares in the last decade that this feels like just another step on the path. I'm not and will never be ready to lose her, but each new thing just reinforces how little is under my control. I try to have peace with that, but it's hard.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on What are your feelings towards achievements? in ~games

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    Checkpoint achievements are for the developer, not for you. It tells them exactly how far through the game x% of the players got.

    Checkpoint achievements are for the developer, not for you. It tells them exactly how far through the game x% of the players got.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on Inside the all-hands meeting that led to a third of Basecamp employees quitting in ~tech

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    What makes it a hit piece as opposed to some other form of reporting? It's not like this came out in a vacuum and was written for the purpose of ginning up a scandal. These are actual issues.

    What makes it a hit piece as opposed to some other form of reporting? It's not like this came out in a vacuum and was written for the purpose of ginning up a scandal. These are actual issues.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Caitlyn Jenner opposes trans girls competing in girls' sports: 'It just isn't fair' in ~lgbt

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    You're assuming that a given trait's curve is the same across sexes. In fact, the tallest men are slightly more tall than the shortest men as compared to the tallest women compared to the shortest...

    You're assuming that a given trait's curve is the same across sexes. In fact, the tallest men are slightly more tall than the shortest men as compared to the tallest women compared to the shortest women. It's only a 4% difference in range in this particular trait, but you can't just move past the assumption the distribution is going to be the same.

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

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    I will say that nothing again is quite as gory as the Medical Pavilion. There's other scary things, but it's less... messy.

    I will say that nothing again is quite as gory as the Medical Pavilion. There's other scary things, but it's less... messy.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Do your lime trees produce much fruit? in ~hobbies

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    Yeah, it can be a real challenge for farmers wanting to transition to tree crops; they have to make the investment a decade before there's a good chance of paying off.

    Yeah, it can be a real challenge for farmers wanting to transition to tree crops; they have to make the investment a decade before there's a good chance of paying off.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Do your lime trees produce much fruit? in ~hobbies

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    Do you know the age of the tree when you planted it? Limes can take up to 6 years before they start consistently fruiting, and up to 10 before they're fully bearing.

    Do you know the age of the tree when you planted it? Limes can take up to 6 years before they start consistently fruiting, and up to 10 before they're fully bearing.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Cryptocurrency is an abject disaster in ~tech

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    For decades that time was spent searching for extraterrestrial life, or crunching protein folding, or something else that had a broad social benefit. For it to have been converted to private...

    For decades that time was spent searching for extraterrestrial life, or crunching protein folding, or something else that had a broad social benefit. For it to have been converted to private monetization is kinda sad.

    9 votes
  9. Comment on The grim secret of Nordic happiness – it's not hygge, the welfare state, or drinking. It's reasonable expectations in ~life

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    Does that mean that the USA has more people who've traveled to other dimensions and not returned than anywhere else, because we fail to poll them?

    Does that mean that the USA has more people who've traveled to other dimensions and not returned than anywhere else, because we fail to poll them?

  10. Comment on The grim secret of Nordic happiness – it's not hygge, the welfare state, or drinking. It's reasonable expectations in ~life

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    That's why I also offered him the option of going into his opinion in more detail if he didn't have statistics.

    That's why I also offered him the option of going into his opinion in more detail if he didn't have statistics.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on The grim secret of Nordic happiness – it's not hygge, the welfare state, or drinking. It's reasonable expectations in ~life

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    Would you like to back that up with statistics? Otherwise, where is that coming from?

    Would you like to back that up with statistics? Otherwise, where is that coming from?

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Can Sohla make a meal out of Oreos? in ~food

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    I had thought that it was more that the rehab of the kitchen wasn't anywhere close to done when they started filming, but I could be wrong.

    I had thought that it was more that the rehab of the kitchen wasn't anywhere close to done when they started filming, but I could be wrong.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Can Sohla make a meal out of Oreos? in ~food

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    In one of the early videos in that space she commented that she had moved, so I believe that's her actual kitchen when it's not in use for filming.

    In one of the early videos in that space she commented that she had moved, so I believe that's her actual kitchen when it's not in use for filming.

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

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    I've automated bill payment (through a combination of vendor's websites and my bank's online bill pay) so I never have to deal with paying a bill. I've automated the recordkeeping of my expenses...

    I've automated bill payment (through a combination of vendor's websites and my bank's online bill pay) so I never have to deal with paying a bill. I've automated the recordkeeping of my expenses through QuickBooks Online, bank and credit card data integration with QBO, and extensive expense categorization rules, so I can see exactly and in general what my wife and I have spent money on with minimal effort. At this point, as long as enough money is coming in, I don't have to put more than a few minutes a month into thinking about my finances.

    I've automated checking up on the comics and web novels I read by having Feedly watch the RSS feeds. This way it doesn't matter if the comic only updates once a month or the story drops seven chapters once every three months, I see it without having to remember to check them individually.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Can Sohla make a meal out of Oreos? in ~food

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    Eat Oreos. Cease eating Oreos because you're full. Congrats, you've made a meal out of Oreos. Jokes aside, I'm delighted that Sohla is getting so many shows and so much work after the whole Bon...

    Eat Oreos. Cease eating Oreos because you're full. Congrats, you've made a meal out of Oreos.

    Jokes aside, I'm delighted that Sohla is getting so many shows and so much work after the whole Bon Appetit debacle.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on A community of 3D graphics hobbyists are making and selling avatars of real people in order to fulfill their sexual fantasies, and there's little anyone can do to stop them in ~tech

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    I'm open to being wrong on this one, but even aside from this article being two years old, it seems like this is just an extension of an ongoing trend of fantasizing about unattainable people and...

    I'm open to being wrong on this one, but even aside from this article being two years old, it seems like this is just an extension of an ongoing trend of fantasizing about unattainable people and making art about them. In that this isn't new aside from some technical details, there are already remedies in place regardless of if it's revenge porn or an abuse of someone else's right to publicity. Is there something larger to say about this beyond the ongoing democratization of 3d modeling tools?

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

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    They were each, in turn, putting a thing in their mouths that had been in the mouth of every other person in the room. That it mostly spreads by aerosol doesn't mean there aren't riskier behaviors...

    They were each, in turn, putting a thing in their mouths that had been in the mouth of every other person in the room. That it mostly spreads by aerosol doesn't mean there aren't riskier behaviors still.

    9 votes
  18. Comment on Derek Chauvin is found guilty of murdering George Floyd in ~news

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    I didn't say that the protests were good, or the killing of Floyd (Chauvin is the killer, not the killed) was good. I said that you seemed more concerned with theoretical harm caused by protestors...

    I didn't say that the protests were good, or the killing of Floyd (Chauvin is the killer, not the killed) was good. I said that you seemed more concerned with theoretical harm caused by protestors than the actual daily harm done by police. Please don't put words in my mouth regarding an accelerationist argument I'm not making. I'm only saying that I disagree with how much harm protest does as compared to continuing to live with the danger of discriminatory policing.

    As an aside: I think that the difference between an accelerationist and a conservative is a difference of degrees, yeah? Everyone will have their own opinion as to the appropriate rate of social change, and that opinion will mean that they think of other people as dragging their heels when it comes to necessary change or moving far too fast and endangering things in the process. Tar me as an accelerationist? Certainly, compared to you.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Derek Chauvin is found guilty of murdering George Floyd in ~news

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    What I'm hoping for is an end to state violence enacted on minorities. Doing nothing will not cause police to cease the harm they cause. Protest, on the other hand, has a chance to change things...

    What I'm hoping for is an end to state violence enacted on minorities. Doing nothing will not cause police to cease the harm they cause. Protest, on the other hand, has a chance to change things for the better. I prefer to accept tension in the pursuit of justice as opposed to the opposite.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on Derek Chauvin is found guilty of murdering George Floyd in ~news

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    People are hurt in interactions with the police. It sounds like you're more concerned over potential harm during protests than the actual ongoing harm caused by police.

    People are hurt in interactions with the police. It sounds like you're more concerned over potential harm during protests than the actual ongoing harm caused by police.

    9 votes