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  1. Comment on What's your proposing/marriage story? in ~talk

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    Dang nabbit, why even say that? Now my imagination is running wild. (great story, you both sound like a fun couple)

    There are going to be some details skipped over that I would normally include, since this is a much more public space.

    Dang nabbit, why even say that?

    Now my imagination is running wild.

    (great story, you both sound like a fun couple)

    2 votes
  2. Comment on So, I just turned down my vaccination ... did I make a mistake? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Where is @skybrian when you need him? Assuming you are in the low risk pool, mask up during your travels, and will have the ability to stay in the Netherlands hospital system if required? I would...

    Where is @skybrian when you need him?

    Assuming you are in the low risk pool, mask up during your travels, and will have the ability to stay in the Netherlands hospital system if required?

    I would say you are very unlikely to die, and you have a very low risk of having nasty side effects.

    Only 3% of travelers to New Zealand are tested positive with COVID right now.

    The trouble is our monkey brains aren't good at calculating risks, and so it will be scary.

    But I think you did the right thing.

    I don't think Sputnik is going to give you full protection after two weeks.

    They will ask if you have had any other vaccines before giving you one in Netherlands, and you probably don't want the complications of having to say yes.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Good electronics repair shop? in ~hobbies

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    Still could be the belts, easy fix.

    Still could be the belts, easy fix.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Good electronics repair shop? in ~hobbies

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    Does the fast rewind still work? It appears the most common problem is with the belts, over time they degrade, and I think on your model the fast rewind uses a different belt, so it still may be...

    Does the fast rewind still work?

    It appears the most common problem is with the belts, over time they degrade, and I think on your model the fast rewind uses a different belt, so it still may be operational.

    Or if you live in Miami, you could give these guys a go...

    https://digitizingworld.com/products/transfer/audio/4-track-cassette

    1 vote
  5. Comment on What's a question you want to ask, but you're worried about how it might come across? in ~talk

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    That is a good book. Another book similar to that you might like is Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. It popularized the idea that women want to talk about problems, and want sympathy not...

    That is a good book. Another book similar to that you might like is Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. It popularized the idea that women want to talk about problems, and want sympathy not solutions, where as men prefer to avoid talking about problems, wanting instead to hang out with mates or hang out in the man cave. The book is quite old, and was very popular at the time, so you might already be familiar with most of the concepts.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What's a question you want to ask, but you're worried about how it might come across? in ~talk

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    The best book on relationships is the Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work. The book emphasises that relationships need mutual respect to thrive. So are the problems likely to cause increasing...

    The best book on relationships is the Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work.

    The book emphasises that relationships need mutual respect to thrive.

    So are the problems likely to cause increasing levels of antagonism and disrespect outside of the immediate disagreement?

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Good electronics repair shop? in ~hobbies

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    They sell a Handy USB Cassette Player and Tape-to-MP3 Digital Converter. Frankly though, the chances of twenty year old tapes sounding that great are low.

    They sell a Handy USB Cassette Player and Tape-to-MP3 Digital Converter.

    Frankly though, the chances of twenty year old tapes sounding that great are low.

  8. Comment on The unparalleled genius of John von Neumann in ~science

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    I am now. Thanks.

    If you're interested

    I am now. Thanks.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Our brain typically overlooks this brilliant problem-solving strategy in ~science

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    Balance bikes and scooters actually teach counter steering. To steer a two wheeler left, you briefly turn right, which initiates a left lean, and once leaned you turn left into the turn....

    Balance bikes and scooters actually teach counter steering.

    To steer a two wheeler left, you briefly turn right, which initiates a left lean, and once leaned you turn left into the turn.

    https://www.adventurecycling.org/default/assets/resources/201102_MechanicalAdvantage_Cornering_Heine.pdf

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Krugman: Why was Trump’s corporate tax cut such a flop? in ~finance

  11. Comment on The unparalleled genius of John von Neumann in ~science

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    The Von Neumann probe is the inspiration for one of my favorite audio book series: Bobiverse.

    The Von Neumann probe is the inspiration for one of my favorite audio book series: Bobiverse.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on The unparalleled genius of John von Neumann in ~science

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    Who knew reading about a mathematician could be so funny.... Next up, I am reading a book about Erdos

    Who knew reading about a mathematician could be so funny....

    "it was then I became afraid of Von Neumann"

    Next up, I am reading a book about Erdos

    2 votes
  13. Comment on The unparalleled genius of John von Neumann in ~science

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    Also from here Take a moment to consider if you’re familiar with or have heard of the following terms: In the field of physics and related events — Manhattan Project, Atomic Energy Commission,...

    Also from here

    Take a moment to consider if you’re familiar with or have heard of the following terms:

    • In the field of physics and related events — Manhattan Project, Atomic Energy Commission, mutual assured destruction (MAD), hydrogen bomb, quantum mechanics, fluid dynamics, Dirac-von Neumann axioms, density matrix
    • In the field of computing — Merge sort, Monte Carlo method, pseudorandom numbers, quantum computing, quantum information theory, quantum logic, linear programming, concept of the technological singularity
    • In the field of mathematics — Set theory, ordinal numbers, von Neumann paradox, Ergodic theory, operator theory, measure theory, continuous geometry, lattice theory, game theory, mathematical economics, mathematical statistics
    • In other related fields — Theory of self-replication (DNA), cellular automata, von Neumann universal constructor, von Neumann probe, computed weather forecasting, concept of global warming
    5 votes
  14. Comment on Place your bets? The market consequences of investment advice on Reddit's wallstreetbets in ~finance

  15. Comment on 533 million Facebook users' phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online in ~tech

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    Also never give any information to anyone who calls you. Call them back. Plus don't click on anything in emails purported to be from your bank or the govt. Navigate directly to their website to...

    Also never give any information to anyone who calls you. Call them back.

    Plus don't click on anything in emails purported to be from your bank or the govt. Navigate directly to their website to authenticate.

  16. Comment on 533 million Facebook users' phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online in ~tech

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    They just added the phone number.

    They just added the phone number.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on SCOTUS sides with Google over Oracle in ~tech

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    Copying APIs were found to be fair use because:

    Copying APIs were found to be fair use because:

    As part of an interface, the copied lines are inherently bound together with uncopyrightable ideas... the value of the copied lines is... derived from the investment of users (here computer programmers) who have learned the API’s system

    Google copied only what was needed to allow programmers to work in a different computing environment without discarding a portion of a familiar programming language.

    Google copied these lines not because of their creativity or beauty but because they would allow programmers to bring their skills to a new smartphone computing environment.

    Google’s new smartphone platform is not a market substitute for Java SE.

    14 votes
  18. Comment on 533 million Facebook users' phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online in ~tech

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    Unless you specifically gave facebook your cell phone # you are fine. If you are feeling worried but also brave, you can PM me the first seven of your phone number e.g. 16506447*** and the first...

    Unless you specifically gave facebook your cell phone # you are fine.

    If you are feeling worried but also brave, you can PM me the first seven of your phone number e.g. 16506447*** and the first few characters of your name e.g. M. Z. or Ma (first) or Za (last) and I can let you know the matching phone numbers that were breached. Should be only 2-20 or so.

    @Deimos, hope this is OK.

    1 vote