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  1. Comment on Anyone here into homebrewing? in ~hobbies

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    Are we including kombucha? If so, I've been brewing for a few months. I started with secondhand two tall 2.4L glass contains with small spigots and a piece of a mature scoby from a friend. First...

    Are we including kombucha? If so, I've been brewing for a few months. I started with secondhand two tall 2.4L glass contains with small spigots and a piece of a mature scoby from a friend. First batch was with plain lipton black tea bags and ratios found on r/kombucha, started drinking after about two weeks. Started nice with good flavor and a strong tang, but got almost too sour to drink before the week ended. Second batch I used ceylon teabags, but the result was a bit too weak in tea flavor. I then read about "continuous" brewing with and gave it a try for the third round; started with ceylon teabags, drank about 20-30% when it was ready, topped it off with puerh and tasted after a few days. The puerh gave a lot of pleasant depth, and I'm going to taste the difference as more of the blend is replaced with it over time. I'd really like to do a second ferment, but have had trouble finding grolsch-style flip-top bottles with sufficient sealing to carbonate properly.

    It's tough with average daily highs of 32C/90F, as it speeds up the fermentation and I think the yeast is starting to dominate (based on flavor). I think i'm going to need to filter out some of the yeast and maybe switch to a vessel with more surface area to give the bacteria a fighting chance. Switching vessels would also be nice as the tiny spigots on these clog very easily.

    1 vote
  2. Comment Visits Setting This data is retained for 30 days. After not visiting a particular topic for 30 days, the data about your last visit to it will be deleted. We've had discussions before...

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    This data is retained for 30 days. After not visiting a particular topic for 30 days, the data about your last visit to it will be deleted.

    We've had discussions before about long-lived topics, resurrecting old topics, etc. and the general consensus is that they were good and encouraged. Unfortunately, with the limited 30-day memory for topic read-vs-new comments, resurrected posts become a real pain. The current activity-sorted all-time front page has three topics from 2018, each with over a hundred comments. It'd be nice to read the new activity, but that takes either some tedious Ctrl+F with various terms ("minutes", "days", etc.) to find newish comments or re-reading everything.

    I'd like to avoid relying on a third-party extension to handle this (browser and device support, issues with syncing multiple devices, etc.), and I understand the privacy goals. What are people's thoughts on making read-comment memory user-configurable, even if it's just "default 30-days" and "all-time"?

    10 votes
  3. Comment on How to solve the world’s plastics problem: Bring back the milk man in ~enviro

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    Perhaps in the US, but far from it globally. Vegetarianism By Country (2010) By raw numbers: India : 375M - 500M China : 54M - 68M Brazil : 29M Mexico : 23M Japan : 18M US : 12M - 20M By...

    potential expenses (because veganism and vegetarianism are overwhelmingly white, middle-class western diets and well out of the expense range of most of humanity)

    Perhaps in the US, but far from it globally.

    Vegetarianism By Country (2010)
    By raw numbers:

    1. India : 375M - 500M
    2. China : 54M - 68M
    3. Brazil : 29M
    4. Mexico : 23M
    5. Japan : 18M
    6. US : 12M - 20M

    By population percent:

    1. India : 31 - 42%
    2. Mexico : 19%
    3. Brazil : 14%
    4. Taiwan : 14%
    5. Switzerland : 5%
    6. [...] US : 5 - 8%
    1 vote
  4. Comment on Should we limit meta-discussion in non-~tildes posts as we near public visibility? in ~tildes

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    I agree that enforcement is pretty much impossible, and believe that simple encouragement is ineffective. Adding the ability to tag posts as "meta" seems like a good first step, and while it can...

    I agree that enforcement is pretty much impossible, and believe that simple encouragement is ineffective. Adding the ability to tag posts as "meta" seems like a good first step, and while it can cut down the visual noise in the main non-meta topic, it doesn't address the other issues of discoverability, future reference, etc. What if, once a comment is flagged as meta, someone with appropriate capabilities (tied to trust-mod system), can forked the thread to a new linked ~tildes topic for continued.

    The forking process would allow the forking user to specify the new ~tildes meta topic title, tags, and maybe intro post-body. The forked comment thread would be removed from the original non-meta topic and replaced with a single-line link (similar style to a collapsed comment) to the new ~tildes topic with informative text like "Forked discussion of {new topic title}". The New thread would automatically add a link back to the original "Forked from {original topic title}" to the post body, and perhaps the parent comment if the forked thread wasn't top-level (though that effectively prevents the user from deleting the comment, so maybe not). The forked comments would appear as comments on the new ~tildes topic.

    Forking lets us move the discussion to the proper channel, remove the derailment/clutter from the original topic, and preserve context with links in both directions. I could see forking being extremely useful as a general-purpose tool for splitting out good-but-irrelevant-to-main-topic discussion.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on What do I do now that I quit drinking? in ~talk

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    Telling OP the "adult life is shit" is as much of a lie as someone claiming "adult life is paradise". It may be your "truth", but it's certainly not everyone's. And nobody said anything about...

    Telling OP the "adult life is shit" is as much of a lie as someone claiming "adult life is paradise". It may be your "truth", but it's certainly not everyone's. And nobody said anything about "doing what he's told" for happiness, so I'm not sure where that came from.

    Clone1:
    Life after school can be hard, very hard, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Some things may be easier, like having more money and freedom to explore your interests and the world. Some things may be harder, like making/maintaining new friendships and building a career. Some new things may hard and stressful, like building a career and managing finances. Some new things may be wonderful, like finding love and getting married. Some things are both wonderful and difficult, like raising a family. Things that turn out easy for one person may not go smoothly for another, and that's ok; don't get wrapped up in comparisons and take life commentary/complaints/praises with a grain of salt, particularly from people on the internet. You'll find different aspects of your life "progress" toward your ideals at different rates, depending both on how much effort you put in and a fair bit of luck/circumstance (which itself can be influenced). It's important to neither become complacent nor consumed with any one thing. Effort is usually necessary, though not always sufficient, for a happy outcome, but try not to get discouraged or jaded.

    (High) School is "easy" to make friends in the sense that you're placed in a group, forced to interact, and generally see that group nearly every day for 1-12 years. Some people are fortunate enough to make lifelong friends this way, others don't fit in the group and don't make many (or any), and many turn out to be friendships that work for that phase in your life (or are simply of convenience) and fade away over time. Making friends as an adult is more active work because (other than your job) you have to go out of your way to meaningfully interact with people. The friends you do make this way, in my experience, are more likely to be long-term friends. They have real shared interests (from hobbies and activities, meetups, etc.) or are in a way "pre-screened" (introduced friends of friends). Where you end up living does play a role in the variety of opportunities to meet people and how much effort it will take, both specifically (apt vs house, roommates vs single, etc.) and broadly (city vs suburban vs rural, how lively the community is, etc.)

    6 votes
  6. Comment on What are some of your favorite co-op games? in ~games

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    If you have controllers, my friend and I had a blast playing coop Chariot. Easy to pick up, simple controls, lots of cooperative puzzle solving (and griefing), cute style and humor. Currently on...

    If you have controllers, my friend and I had a blast playing coop Chariot. Easy to pick up, simple controls, lots of cooperative puzzle solving (and griefing), cute style and humor. Currently on sale too.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on How does the USA have jurisdiction over Huawei's alleged sales to Iran? in ~misc

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    For simplicity, let's say the US has a law: "It is illegal for you to operate in our country if, at any time anywhere, you are doing business that violates one of the US sanctions". There are...

    For simplicity, let's say the US has a law: "It is illegal for you to operate in our country if, at any time anywhere, you are doing business that violates one of the US sanctions". There are additional laws about fraud. A company XYZ says "I would like to do business in the US. No part of our business is violating or has violated US sanctions." and is granted permission.

    Then it comes to light that company XYZ may have at some point violated US sanctions and also lied about the connection. XYZ has now broken US laws while operating in US jurisdiction. Penalties for breaking such a law include fines "up to $20 million, depending the offence, and prison sentences can be as long as 30 years."(link). When one of those involved is within US jurisdiction or a jurisdiction with a US extradition agreement, they are arrested.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on How does the USA have jurisdiction over Huawei's alleged sales to Iran? in ~misc

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    I may be wrong, but I think this is how: A company can't operate within/with the US if the company violates US sanctions (e.g. doing prohibited business with a sanctioned country) To operate...

    I may be wrong, but I think this is how:

    1. A company can't operate within/with the US if the company violates US sanctions (e.g. doing prohibited business with a sanctioned country)
    2. To operate within/with the US, you need to accurately represent your business and connections to the US and financial institutions.
    3. Huawei operates within/with the US.
    4. Skycom did business with a US sanctioned state, Iran.
    5. Huawei claimed/claims no relation to Skycom.

    If #5 is an accurate claim, then Huawei is in the clear.
    If #5 is inaccurate, and Skycom is/was part of Huawei as alleged, then Huawei runs into problems within US jurisdiction regarding with #2 and #1

    4 votes
  9. Comment on How does the USA have jurisdiction over Huawei's alleged sales to Iran? in ~misc

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    From what I've been able to gather, the US plans to charge Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei CFO, with conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions. The allegations are that they lied to financial...

    From what I've been able to gather, the US plans to charge Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei CFO, with conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions. The allegations are that they lied to financial institutions that they were not affiliated with Hong Kong-base Skycom Tech Co Ltd, which violated US and EU sanctions against Iran by selling them HP computers. They tried to claim that Skycom was just a partner, but Huawei owns all of the company shares (through a middle management company). For Meng specifically, "At the time, Meng served as the management firm's company secretary. Meng also served on Skycom's board between February 2008 and April 2009"

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Today is International Men's Day in ~news

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    While both are talked about, "Movember" and "No Shave November" are not the same and I've seen people in the US getting better distinguishing them over the years. No Shave November has been...

    While both are talked about, "Movember" and "No Shave November" are not the same and I've seen people in the US getting better distinguishing them over the years.

    No Shave November has been official since 2009 and seems to targeting cancer in general, with participation involving no shaving or grooming of your face for the month. Movember has been an official charity since 2003 focusing on mens' health (prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide), with participation involving starting the month clean shaven and grow only a mustache. Movember's mustache, often amusingly bad, is a much better symbol conversation starter than No Shave November's ungroomed face, as the former is clearly deliberate while the latter is easy to confuse with laziness or getting ready for the cold winter.

    I believe more people "participate" in No Shave November because it's much easier and anyone who's feeling lazy about shaving can invoke the name. I can't easily find how much they've been raising, which is a bit surprising. Movember, on the other hand, raised $79.8M AUD with 325k registered participants in the 2016 campaign alone (thru April 2017), with $22.6M with 71k people from Australia and $21.8M with 84k participants in the US.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on What should I do with my broken kettle? in ~enviro

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    If you're in the States, this review roundup The Best Electric Kettle for 2018 (thewirecutter) is pretty helpful. I had the top pick, Cuisinart CPK-17, for years and loved it. Sizable 1.7L, quick...

    If you're in the States, this review roundup The Best Electric Kettle for 2018 (thewirecutter) is pretty helpful. I had the top pick, Cuisinart CPK-17, for years and loved it. Sizable 1.7L, quick heating, smooth and easy to lift off the base, keep-warm functionality, a nice audible beep when it's ready, temperature selection for different situations, pretty easy to clean (smooth inside, no exposed coils to work around, etc), durable stainless steel.

    I moved overseas this year and had to give it up due to voltage differences (110/120v to 220/240v). Still looking for a good 240v kettle.

  12. Comment on How I miss Halloween and why I'm not handing out candy in ~talk

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    A friend of mine gave trick-or-treaters a choice last year between candy and small Play-Doh tubs. The Play-Doh was a huge hit, even with older kids that I would have expected to think it's lame.

    A friend of mine gave trick-or-treaters a choice last year between candy and small Play-Doh tubs. The Play-Doh was a huge hit, even with older kids that I would have expected to think it's lame.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on The Myth of Whiteness in Classical Sculpture in ~humanities

  14. Comment on Suggestion: that there be only one all-inclusive topic type on Tildes. in ~tildes

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    I think there was a misunderstanding. My point is that if you want to have a unified submission page, that’s fine, but you don’t have to - and in fact shouldn’t - combine the link + commentary...

    I think there was a misunderstanding. My point is that if you want to have a unified submission page, that’s fine, but you don’t have to - and in fact shouldn’t - combine the link + commentary inputs into a single free form text field as suggested in the OP. Keeping link separate allows for an unambiguous title link target rather than trying to extract the implied link from a free form text blob

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Suggestion: that there be only one all-inclusive topic type on Tildes. in ~tildes

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    Regardless of whether additional text should be included at the post-level for ink posts, combining the link and text into a single input is not the way to go, as it makes determining what to link...

    Regardless of whether additional text should be included at the post-level for ink posts, combining the link and text into a single input is not the way to go, as it makes determining what to link the title to difficult.

    Losing the title link would be detrimental to the goals of tildes, where we want people to read the source and then comment (e.g. click the title from the activity feed to go to source, come back later for comments), rather than going to the post/comments page first to hunt for the link in the post text (and probably just comment immediately).

    Using the first link could get us something, but then you have to carefully arrange the text such that the main link is first, and at that point you might as well have an explicit link input.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on What is a small thing you can add to a regular dish, that makes it all that much tastier? in ~food

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    I’ve found a significant difference between liquid smokes. The ones where ingredients are just “smoke, water” like Wright’s are far superior to the cheaper alternatives with more synthetic additives

    I’ve found a significant difference between liquid smokes. The ones where ingredients are just “smoke, water” like Wright’s are far superior to the cheaper alternatives with more synthetic additives

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Science: The Secrets of Cooking Rice — The Cause of Recipe Failure is Not What You Might Think in ~food

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    I’ve always had mine dry out on “keep warm” by the end of dinner, maybe 0.5-1h. Insulated handles sound nice. I guess I’ll be keeping an eye out for a deal on a nicer one like zojirushi.

    I’ve always had mine dry out on “keep warm” by the end of dinner, maybe 0.5-1h. Insulated handles sound nice. I guess I’ll be keeping an eye out for a deal on a nicer one like zojirushi.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Science: The Secrets of Cooking Rice — The Cause of Recipe Failure is Not What You Might Think in ~food

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    Does the better heat regulating prevent the "keep warm" from drying out the rice and somehow sticking to the non-stick internal pot? I haven't used the super fancy ones, but it seems every one...

    Does the better heat regulating prevent the "keep warm" from drying out the rice and somehow sticking to the non-stick internal pot? I haven't used the super fancy ones, but it seems every one I've used that ends up happening.

    The other thing that drives me nuts, unrelated to the actual cooking, is that the inner pot is free to move while serving. It's too hot grab, so frustratingly spins around when trying to fluff or get the last few scoops out.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on The Rise and Demise of RSS in ~tech

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    I tried a bunch after Google shut down Reader and eventually landed on Inoreader. Clean, easy to use, no meaningful limitations for free tier as far as I'm aware.

    I tried a bunch after Google shut down Reader and eventually landed on Inoreader. Clean, easy to use, no meaningful limitations for free tier as far as I'm aware.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on 2018 Compost Yield So Far in ~enviro

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    Anyone have experiencing composting in an apartment, particularly in a hot and humid climate year-round? Is it worth the effort?

    Anyone have experiencing composting in an apartment, particularly in a hot and humid climate year-round? Is it worth the effort?

    2 votes