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  1. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - May 20-22 in ~news

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    Of course that'll only matter if they keep it, which does seem to be an open question?

    Of course that'll only matter if they keep it, which does seem to be an open question?

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  2. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of May 16 in ~health.coronavirus

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    You should try. Outright telling them that you have to be travelling will likely get them to approve a booster shot.

    You should try. Outright telling them that you have to be travelling will likely get them to approve a booster shot.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on You versus a world of stupidity; Advice for angry engineers in ~life

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    While it's written to software engineers, the exact same truths apply to accountants as well.

    While it's written to software engineers, the exact same truths apply to accountants as well.

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  4. Comment on What's an achievable technological, scientific, or computational breakthrough that you're really looking forward in the next fifteen years? in ~tech

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    I think that narrative cohesiveness will come far before logical coherency displayed in a human language. Just talking with an NPC or following a quest has a much lower barrier to acceptability...

    I think that narrative cohesiveness will come far before logical coherency displayed in a human language. Just talking with an NPC or following a quest has a much lower barrier to acceptability than any sort of logic checking.

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

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    If you like the gameplay but not the visuals, keep an eye on Peglin. It just entered early access at $20, and imo is nowhere near having that level of content yet, but with a sale or further...

    If you like the gameplay but not the visuals, keep an eye on Peglin. It just entered early access at $20, and imo is nowhere near having that level of content yet, but with a sale or further development it'll be worth it.

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

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    Cousin! Would you like to go bowling?

    Cousin! Would you like to go bowling?

    3 votes
  7. Comment on My college students are not ok in ~life

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    Cawthorn is a great example of that. I do wonder what the next generation of politicians are going to do about their social media history. Honestly, I'm not sure I could trust someone with a...

    Cawthorn is a great example of that. I do wonder what the next generation of politicians are going to do about their social media history. Honestly, I'm not sure I could trust someone with a flawlessly perfect teenage/young adult social media history, but ymmv.

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  8. Comment on You're not losing fat because you're eating too much — even when you don't think you are in ~health

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    Yeah. The long term shift in the eating environment is the only truly durable solution. You've gotta find a whole new set of meals to make, and incorporate them into your habits thoroughly enough...

    Yeah. The long term shift in the eating environment is the only truly durable solution. You've gotta find a whole new set of meals to make, and incorporate them into your habits thoroughly enough that even when you're exhausted your habit is to make the thing that's on diet instead of ordering a pizza. But that's really hard and time consuming, and once you've done it you need to maintain it for the rest of your life in the face of greater convenience and tastiness all around you. I'm not surprised that basically no one can do it. I was able to do it during the pandemic, but being around friends more either means restaurants or potlucks, and either way the food challenges are real.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - May 13-15 in ~news

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    Given that the entire kit and caboodle is being sold to a single local buyer, and them trying to make sure the staff is being kept on by the new owner, it's likely they can just repurchase the...

    Given that the entire kit and caboodle is being sold to a single local buyer, and them trying to make sure the staff is being kept on by the new owner, it's likely they can just repurchase the whole thing and put the arches back up if/when the time is right.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on What’s a subculture you’re part of, and what insights can you give to outsiders about it? in ~talk

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    Oh, certainly. BDSM is not all about the gear, and the gear can certainly be a distraction from the core of the experience. The thing I think I failed to express above is the way all that physical...

    Oh, certainly. BDSM is not all about the gear, and the gear can certainly be a distraction from the core of the experience. The thing I think I failed to express above is the way all that physical stuff and activities together create a lot of things to talk about. How was that latest experience? Do you prefer this brand or that brand? Have you seen the new hot thing? It's not "about" the stuff, but I've personally sat around while people debated both bicycles and paddles in incredible depth. :D

    4 votes
  11. Comment on What’s a subculture you’re part of, and what insights can you give to outsiders about it? in ~talk

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    Think of BDSM like any other sport/hobby. My wife is a cyclist. She goes riding on the weekends with friends. To that end, she has a bicycle, bicycle maintenance gear, cycling specific clothing...

    Think of BDSM like any other sport/hobby. My wife is a cyclist. She goes riding on the weekends with friends. To that end, she has a bicycle, bicycle maintenance gear, cycling specific clothing and protective equipment, space in the home to store the bicycle, maintenance gear, etc. When she's not cycling, she also hangs out with people who are also cyclists. They have something in common, they're used to spending time together in other contexts, they already know each other. Even when they aren't cycling the same social forces encourage them to be, in general, in the same social circles. Now replace bicycles with sex toys. Or motorcycles. Or rock climbing gear. Or whatever. The very fact of having the hobby in common is an effective social glue, even setting aside the warm fuzzies that come from BDSM.

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  12. Comment on Bill Gates is so over this pandemic in ~health.coronavirus

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    But that's what I mean. All precautions were once special precautions. There was a time when all milk was unpasteurized, and now a few people are grumpy about the rarity of raw milk, but we have...

    But that's what I mean. All precautions were once special precautions. There was a time when all milk was unpasteurized, and now a few people are grumpy about the rarity of raw milk, but we have adapted to that level of precaution as a society and mostly never think of it as weird. You think of these precautions as unreasonable and frustrating because you're used to something different.

    That said, I'm certainly interested in data on how many lives are saved by a permanent mask mandate inside crowded spaces, but to get that we'd have to have and enforce it for long enough to get that data. It seems like it's too much of an inconvenience to enough people to even find out, though.

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  13. Comment on Bill Gates is so over this pandemic in ~health.coronavirus

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    But we do choose to mitigate risks, in ways that do profoundly change society. What exact risk/life balance is picked varies from place to place. Risk is an inherent fact of life, but the exact...

    But we do choose to mitigate risks, in ways that do profoundly change society. What exact risk/life balance is picked varies from place to place. Risk is an inherent fact of life, but the exact risk/life balance on any topic is a result of real choices made by people. Otherwise you might as well say "There's risk of food-borne diseases, but life is risky and everyone needs to eat. Let's gut the FDA."

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Belgian researchers discover way to block coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    Yes, you're right. It does tamp down the chance of infection. I meant that it wasn't perfect at doing so.

    Yes, you're right. It does tamp down the chance of infection. I meant that it wasn't perfect at doing so.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Belgian researchers discover way to block coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    The vaccines we currently have don't stop infection, they control the seriousness of the infection when it happens. Even if 100% vaccination rate was achieved, COVID would still be around.

    The vaccines we currently have don't stop infection, they control the seriousness of the infection when it happens. Even if 100% vaccination rate was achieved, COVID would still be around.

  16. Comment on Can lab-grown dairy proteins give us a cow-free future? | Lab-Grown in ~food

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    Yeah, I write this as I drink coffee with milk in it, so I'm not coming from a place of ideological purity either. As far as aged cheeses go, there's hope? While they're just producing the...

    Yeah, I write this as I drink coffee with milk in it, so I'm not coming from a place of ideological purity either.

    As far as aged cheeses go, there's hope? While they're just producing the proteins, the proteins are most of what makes it into the finished cheese. I'm pretty confident that this one will be cracked, if only because of the immense demand for cheeses.

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  17. Comment on Can lab-grown dairy proteins give us a cow-free future? | Lab-Grown in ~food

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    I'm all for it. Even things like eggs and milk that aren't specifically chunks of some animal's body are produced against a background of immense suffering. I'm really looking forward to the day...

    I'm all for it. Even things like eggs and milk that aren't specifically chunks of some animal's body are produced against a background of immense suffering. I'm really looking forward to the day when milk extracted from a living cow who was induced to lactate through some combination of injected hormones and repeated pregnancies is no longer the standard. I've had ice cream from milk that was produced in a lab (Brave Robot, quite nice) and it was indistinguishable from other ice creams. The future can't come soon enough.

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  18. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - May 6-8 in ~news

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    Absolutely. Unpleasant truths are important to consider, even when they're offered by unpleasant people. I'm just hesitant about the idea that speaking the truth is inherently right.

    Absolutely. Unpleasant truths are important to consider, even when they're offered by unpleasant people. I'm just hesitant about the idea that speaking the truth is inherently right.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - May 6-8 in ~news

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    Ehhh... Grices Third Maxim alone gives plenty of reasons to think about what true things are said, because even truth can mislead or direct people to believe an untruth. It's not like truth alone...

    Ehhh... Grices Third Maxim alone gives plenty of reasons to think about what true things are said, because even truth can mislead or direct people to believe an untruth. It's not like truth alone is the useful arbiter of whether it's wrong to say something in a particular situation.

  20. Comment on Illinois law bans schools from fining students. So local police are doing it for them. in ~life

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    And this is why I really appreciate ProPublica. Their reporting moves people:

    And this is why I really appreciate ProPublica. Their reporting moves people:

    Update, April 29, 2022: Hours after the publication of this investigation on April 28, Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Carmen Ayala urged school administrators across the state to stop working with police to ticket students, saying fines associated with the tickets hurt families and there’s no evidence they change students’ behavior. Read more here.

    4 votes