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  1. Comment on What Americans Know About the Holocaust: fewer than half can correctly answer multiple-choice questions about the number of Jews who were murdered or the way Adolf Hitler came to power in ~humanities

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    You are absolutely right that other groups were targetted and they should be part of the discussion. It is also worth noting that the global jewish population still has not recovered to...

    You are absolutely right that other groups were targetted and they should be part of the discussion.

    It is also worth noting that the global jewish population still has not recovered to pre-holocaust levels. About 40 percent of the global jewish population were exterminated just 75 years ago. That is an absolutely massive number.

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  2. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    For a class project, I designed the analog front end (AFE) part of an Electrocardiogram (ECG) machine. This basically takes the electrical signal generated across the heart (measured between arms,...

    For a class project, I designed the analog front end (AFE) part of an Electrocardiogram (ECG) machine. This basically takes the electrical signal generated across the heart (measured between arms, for example), and amplifies it by around 100 so it can be converted to a digital signal.

    The design is surprisingly complex, as you have to account for a few things. We have to make the AFE very low power, for example, as we are designing for potentially mobile applications. The electrodes placed on the body have finite impedances, which means you are limited to a a certain class of circuit topologies. We also want to reject common-mode signals (e.g. 60 Hz from nearby municipal power), which means we use a third electrode to actively drive the human body at a voltage that cancels these common-mode signals-- which means we have to worry about whether we are going to electrocute someone.

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  3. Comment on Self-driving Uber vehicle that killed woman in March 2018 could not detect jaywalking pedestrians in ~tech

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    I hate the term jaywalking. It shows that we collectively as a society have forgotten that the streets are for everyone. The woman that uber killed was there because the trail spit her out there...

    I hate the term jaywalking. It shows that we collectively as a society have forgotten that the streets are for everyone.

    The woman that uber killed was there because the trail spit her out there and there was no "safe" way to cross a huge road. I hardly see how that makes her a "jay."

    13 votes
  4. Comment on Stop Trying to Make Turkey Taste Good in ~food

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    So as a person who doesn't eat meat, I really shouldn't be allowed to comment, but... Just wanted to add that the country with the highest per capita consumption of Turkey is Israel, and the...

    So as a person who doesn't eat meat, I really shouldn't be allowed to comment, but...

    Just wanted to add that the country with the highest per capita consumption of Turkey is Israel, and the reason is that shawarma is a common street food and is made from Dark meat turkey in Israel. Having eaten it once upon a time, I can confirm that it is delicious.

    Now go eat falafel instead ;-)

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  5. Comment on Buying a Car in ~life

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    I just wanted to second, Don't buy an SUV. Recent federal data shows that even as fatality rates of those inside cars have gone down, they have increased tremendously by a wide margin over the...

    I just wanted to second, Don't buy an SUV.

    Recent federal data shows that even as fatality rates of those inside cars have gone down, they have increased tremendously by a wide margin over the past few years for those outside them: pedestrians and bicycle users. This isn't chump change. 37,000 Americans die in car collisions every year, and it is the number one killer of Americans ages 18-49. Kills more than guns and wars. What you choose to drive today can have a profound impact on the quality, or continued existence, of someone's life down the road.

    If a sedan hits a pedestrian, their legs take the impact and they fall on the hood. With an SUV, it is literally a big heavy metal object that runs right over them. No wonder pedestrians are several times more likely to die in the latter case.

    @Wulfsta, it sounds like you feel like your life situation requires a single occupancy motor vehicle. Can you buy something that is less bad for the environment and for public safety? If an (electric?) motorcycle isn't your thing, what about a prius or a smartfortwo?

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  6. Comment on What's one thing you HAVEN'T been able to find online, no matter how hard you tried? in ~talk

  7. Comment on What are some interesting websites (tech related or not) that I can add to my endless rotation of Reddit, Tildes and Hacker News? in ~talk

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    Add streetsblog.org to your RSS feed. They talk about transit, walkability, and bikeability quite a lot. HumanTransit.org is an amazing blog by one of the world's top transit planners.

    Add streetsblog.org to your RSS feed.

    They talk about transit, walkability, and bikeability quite a lot.

    HumanTransit.org is an amazing blog by one of the world's top transit planners.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on How I Learned to Cycle Like a Dutchman in ~talk

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    Man, I envy the dutch style of riding. Here I am buying 1100 lumen bike headlamps, and 360 degree gopros, wearing Hi Viz gear, carefully planning my route, using mirrors, and using lane...

    Man, I envy the dutch style of riding.

    Here I am buying 1100 lumen bike headlamps, and 360 degree gopros, wearing Hi Viz gear, carefully planning my route, using mirrors, and using lane positioning and hand signals to communicate to the impatient drivers behind me to let them know when they can pass. I caught myself seriously considering the whole "add a pool noodle to your rear rack" thing. I worried my girlfriend today because I was 30 minutes late while cycling at night. Tomorrow I will start sharing my live location with her via Whatsapp. She was run off the road while cycling today by a FedEx truck.

    If I were born dutch I would be having just as much fun, except without most of the gear, and the worst that would happen to me would be a scuffed knee.

    7 votes
  9. Comment on With 95% of Israeli election counted, Blue and White leads Likud 33-32, deadlock persists in ~news

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    I feel like Joint List is still somewhat untouchable, and in it of itself, unstable, considering it ran as two separate parties just a few months ago. Many of their demands seem quite reasonable....

    I feel like Joint List is still somewhat untouchable, and in it of itself, unstable, considering it ran as two separate parties just a few months ago. Many of their demands seem quite reasonable.

    Like, I would personally favor a coalition with them as a center-left potential voter, but I understand why the Blue & White politicians would not.

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  10. Comment on With 95% of Israeli election counted, Blue and White leads Likud 33-32, deadlock persists in ~news

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    So this might be a bit complicated for those not in the know of Israeli politics... The way it works is that whichever parties can build a coalition, form the government. The head of the largest...

    So this might be a bit complicated for those not in the know of Israeli politics...

    The way it works is that whichever parties can build a coalition, form the government. The head of the largest party in the coalition is Prime Minister. Parties must negotiate with each other on what sort of policies they will seek to enact, leading to messy arrangements where the only way any coalition can be created is if everyone is at least a little unhappy. On top of that parties are frequently created, destroyed, coalesced, and separated, so you can't really keep track of anything. These are the second elections in the past year, and I would say there is miniscule probability that there will be a third. No one wants that.

    I am going to assume that no parties change between now and the time a coalition is formed...a messy assumption.

    I guess we will start with the obvious...since both Likud (led by Netanyahu) and Blue & White (Led by Gancz and Lapid) have more than 30 votes out of 120 total, there is no coalition that does not include one or both of them.

    The Joint List, a coalition of 4 different Israeli Arab parties who themselves have widely different political views, currently has 12 votes. You can assume that they won't be part of any coalition. Nor do they expect to be. Rather, the leader of the Joint List is looking forward to heading the opposition, which gives him access to security briefings. Presumably this only happens if Likud and Blue & White are in a unity government together.

    That leaves the following:
    Shas – 9
    Yisrael Beytenu – 8
    United Torah Judaism – 8
    Yamina – 7
    Labor-Gesher – 6
    Democratic Camp – 5

    Labor-Gesher, and Democratic Camp are reasonably in a coalition with Blue & White. That puts them at 44 seats. They need 17 more. They aren't going to get it from the Joint List. Joining with the "Kingmaker", Liberman of Yisrael Beytenu (=Israel Our Home), still won't get them to 61, neither in the event that they siphoned off only one of the religious parties (Shas and United Torah Judaism). Yisrael Beytenu will never sit with religious parties because they want the mandatory draft to be universal. The religious parties haven't sat with a left-wing government in decades, though it is technically possible if the center-left is willing to capitulate enough to the things that the religious parties find important. So the only real way I see Blue & White being in the coalition without Likud is if they somehow convince the religious parties to join up, a difficult proposal.

    Likud + Yamina is 39, if you add both religious parties, that is 56. The only way Likud gets a coalition without Blue & White is if they convince Yisrael Beytenu to join, something Liberman has vowed against because he doesn't like favoritism towards religious Jews. In fact, the entire reason that there is a second election is because Liberman refused exactly that coalition last time.

    Finally, I think the most likely result, that will leave pretty much everyone unhappy, is if center-left joins center-right in a Likud + Blue & White coalition. Whether that includes Netanyahu as the head of Likud and involved in government, or not, I couldn't tell you. This unity coalition would be at least 65 seats, enough to form a majority, and could add on other parties as typically the largest coalition possible is desirable.

    14 votes
  11. Comment on What would a climate crisis doomday bunker need? in ~talk

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    It scales in the scenario where pollinators go instinct, which I think is rather unlikely.

    Right, but you see how that doesn't scale beyond hobbyists, right?

    It scales in the scenario where pollinators go instinct, which I think is rather unlikely.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on What would a climate crisis doomday bunker need? in ~talk

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    First of all, we do know how to replicate it. It's as simple as getting a worker to use an electric toothbrush to pollinate flowers. Greenhouse hobbyists are known to use that technique. A number...

    We still don't fully understand how to replicate something as "simple" as how bees pollinate plants

    First of all, we do know how to replicate it. It's as simple as getting a worker to use an electric toothbrush to pollinate flowers. Greenhouse hobbyists are known to use that technique.

    A number of calorically dense food crops do not to be bee pollinated. Corn and potatoes come into mind.

    Finally, the food system will become more efficient (and less greenhouse gas producing) as more people transition to a plant-based diet.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on What would a climate crisis doomday bunker need? in ~talk

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    This is a little silly. You don't need a bunker. Climate change will challenge humanity. We may need to implement new irrigation techniques, build housing with wildfires and hurricanes in mind (or...

    This is a little silly. You don't need a bunker. Climate change will challenge humanity. We may need to implement new irrigation techniques, build housing with wildfires and hurricanes in mind (or withdraw from wildfire or flood prone areas), and green cities to mitigate the urban heat island effect.

    We don't need to build bunkers.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Is a meat-free diet really as healthy as vegetarians claim? in ~health

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    B12 is created by soil bacteria. It can be found in animal products because animals tend to be exposed to the outside... But there is nothing special about getting it from animals. Some countries...

    B12 is created by soil bacteria. It can be found in animal products because animals tend to be exposed to the outside... But there is nothing special about getting it from animals. Some countries fortify common foods with B12.

    Anecdotally, I just take a 2500mcg sublingual capsule once a week. My yearly blood test for the past 3 years of being vegan show that I am not deficient.

    ...and I will just cite NutritionFacts.org, which just verifies everything I just said:

    Vitamin B12 is not made by plants or animals but by microbes that blanket the earth. In today’s sanitized, modern world, the water supply is commonly chlorinated to kill off any bacteria. So, while we don’t get much B12 in the water anymore, we don’t get much cholera, either, which is a good thing!

    A regular, reliable source of vitamin B12 is critical for anyone eating a plant-based diet. Though deficiency for those starting out with adequate stores may take years to develop, the results of B12 deficiency can be devastating, with cases reported of paralysis, psychosis, blindness, and even death. Newborn infants of mothers who eat a plant-based diet and who fail to supplement may develop deficiency much more rapidly with disastrous results. Getting enough vitamin B12 is absolutely nonnegotiable for those centering their diets around plant-based foods.

    For adults under age 65, the easiest way to get B12 is to take at least one 2,500 mcg supplement each week or a daily dose of 250 mcg. Note that these doses are specific to cyanocobalamin, the preferred supplemental form of vitamin B12, as there is insufficient evidence to support the efficacy of the other forms, like methylcobalamin.

    As we age, our ability to absorb vitamin B12 may decline. For those over 65 who eat plant-based diets, the supplementation should probably be increased up to 1,000 mcg of cyanocobalamin each day.

    Instead of taking B12 supplements, it is possible to get sufficient amounts from B12-fortified foods, but we would have to eat three servings a day of foods each providing at least 25 percent of the Daily Value (on the Nutrition Facts label), with each serving eaten at least four to six hours after the last. For B12-fortified nutritional yeast, for example, two teaspoons three times a day would suffice. For most of us, though, it would probably be cheaper and more convenient to just take a supplement. Our fellow great apes get all the B12 they need eating bugs, dirt, and feces, but I’d suggest supplements instead!

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  15. Comment on The rise of the electric scooter in ~tech

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    Streetside parking takes up as much space if not more than many sidewalks, yet that seems to be a kind of "littering" that society has accepted and ingrained as a right.

    Streetside parking takes up as much space if not more than many sidewalks, yet that seems to be a kind of "littering" that society has accepted and ingrained as a right.

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  16. Comment on The rise of the electric scooter in ~tech

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    I haven't rented them often, prefering my bicycle or public transit as you do, but of the times I have rented, it was because it was I just missed the last bus of the night or because I was going...

    I haven't rented them often, prefering my bicycle or public transit as you do, but of the times I have rented, it was because it was I just missed the last bus of the night or because I was going somewhere far that was not designed for transit.

    So far as they are parked responsibly, I think they are a net societal benefit. I will take whatever gets people out of dangerous, polluting motorized vehicles.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on MoviePass is shutting down tomorrow in ~movies

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    Question: Now that AMC and Regal followed suit, can Moviepass be considered a trailblazer just as early search engines were?

    Question: Now that AMC and Regal followed suit, can Moviepass be considered a trailblazer just as early search engines were?

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