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  1. Comment on What is something you've changed your mind about recently? in ~talk

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    Interestingly, most western legal systems consider intention to be quite significant. For example, intent is generally what differentiates murder from lesser crimes such as manslaughter. Do you...

    Interestingly, most western legal systems consider intention to be quite significant. For example, intent is generally what differentiates murder from lesser crimes such as manslaughter.

    Do you think that that's a mistake? Should the law consider only what you did and what effect your actions had, not what you intended? (I'm not trying to suggest that either approach is wrong, I'm genuinely interested)

    I bet someone(s) would come up with a counter example of how having "good" intentions do serve a purpose that should be considered in actions/behaviors.

    If someone genuinely means well or has good intentions (i.e. they're not just using it as an excuse as you describe), then if you can make them realise that their current actions aren't having their intended results, then hopefully, they'll change. The difficult bit is getting people to realise that their actions contradict their intentions, without backing them into a corner where they become defensive and change their intentions instead of their actions.

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  2. Comment on What are you doing in your garden? in ~hobbies

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    My chillies appear to be doing really well, but they were really late starting to flower and fruit this year. Hopefully we'll get enough sunshine this autumn to keep them ripening and won't be...

    My chillies appear to be doing really well, but they were really late starting to flower and fruit this year. Hopefully we'll get enough sunshine this autumn to keep them ripening and won't be left with a load of half-ripe chillis. They're in a cold frame and the winters here are mild, so I'm still optimistic.

    Last year I grew a variety of different chillis from seed. This year I had a couple which survived the winter and bought in a few more as seedlings. Some of the new seedlings are silly / super hot varieties, so I'll need to find some new recipes when they're ripe (suggestions welcome!).

    For some reason, the dahlias have been absolutely amazing this year. Most of them have been there for several years now, and while they usually do ok, we've never had the abundance of foliage and flowers we have at the moment.

    This winter, I'm going to try growing winter spinach for the first time. I've got some seeds which I'm going to sow in small batches starting this weekend. I got a few different varieties ("Giant winter", "Matador" and "Medania"), so hopefully at least one will suit the conditions in my garden and taste nice.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on What is something you've changed your mind about recently? in ~talk

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    I assume we're talking about the Vietnamese-style spring rolls wrapped in very thin, translucent rice paper, not the crispy Chinese-style ones?

    I assume we're talking about the Vietnamese-style spring rolls wrapped in very thin, translucent rice paper, not the crispy Chinese-style ones?

    7 votes
  4. Comment on Discussion of forking the IANA time zone database (tzdb) over a disagreement about how to handle pre-1970 time zones in ~comp

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    So it looks like data before 1970 isn't entirely supported and is potentially outside the scope of tzdb[1]: The problem is that while people should have been aware of this, and not relied on tzdb...

    So it looks like data before 1970 isn't entirely supported and is potentially outside the scope of tzdb[1]:

    Data before 1970 aims to be correct for the city identifying the region, but is not necessarily correct for the entire region. This is because new regions are created only as required to distinguish clocks since 1970.

    The problem is that while people should have been aware of this, and not relied on tzdb for accurate representation of historical (pre 1970) timezones, there is presumably a subset of historical data for which tzdb appears to work ok, despite offering no guarantees that it should, and if something appears to work, people will use it.

    So we seem to have a change which is technically correct as far as the stated aims of the project are concerned, but which in practical terms may break things for some users. Of course... relevant xkcd.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on What's something that you feel is unfairly criticized? in ~talk

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    From searching the internet, it appears that it might be one of those things which some people can taste and others can't. If that weren't the case, then I don't know how any products with...

    From searching the internet, it appears that it might be one of those things which some people can taste and others can't. If that weren't the case, then I don't know how any products with sucralose in would get past basic taste testing and into mass production.

    The product which really brought sucralose to my attention was Heinz "No Added Sugar & Salt" Tomato Ketchup. I only read the front of the bottle in the supermarket, and thought it was just a less sweetened ketchup. After all, tomatoes are pretty sweet on their own, so while tomato ketchup usually has sugar in, I'm sure you could make a nice ketchup-y sauce without added sugar. Once I tasted it, I discovered that that's not what this product is. The actual ingredient list is this:

    Tomatoes (200g per 100g Tomato Ketchup), spirit vinegar, lemon juice from concentrate, potassium, chloride, acid (malid acid), citrus fibre, spice and herb extracts (contain CELERY), Sweetener (sucralose)

    Now, I'm wondering how this quote from Heinz' website can be considered anything other than an outright lie:

    No artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or thickeners

    As far as I'm concerned, sweetness is a flavour, sucralose is artificial and is added to impart a sweet flavouring, ergo it does contain artificial flavours. I assume either the legal definition of a flavour doesn't align with common usage, or the sentence as a whole is legally meaningless. At best, it's lying by omission.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What's something that you feel is unfairly criticized? in ~talk

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    My main reason for avoiding sweeteners is that some of them taste horrible, especially if too much is used. The main one I'm aware of / have issues with is sucralose. It's ok in very, very small...

    My main reason for avoiding sweeteners is that some of them taste horrible, especially if too much is used. The main one I'm aware of / have issues with is sucralose. It's ok in very, very small quantities, but any more than that and I get a horrible aftertaste / mouthfeel that makes me want to scrape the flesh off my palate with my fingernails. You can make a bad product with too much sugar in, but it'll just taste too sweet and be a little more unhealthy. Add too much sucralose and it tastes disgusting (to me at least), so as a general rule, I avoid products with sucralose in because I don't fancy gambling on whether the manufacturer got the quantity right.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Maersk is investing £1bn to speed up its switch to carbon neutral operations – eight methanol fuelled vessels could help save more than 1m tonnes of carbon emissions a year in ~enviro

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    Yes. It's difficult to police the oceans simply because they are so large. I'm thinking if unscrupulous captains are happy to illegally flush out their engines and tanks into the sea, what would...

    Nevermind the concern of having 1000s of reactors at sea. I barely trust navies to take care of their reactors (looking at you, soviet union), and at least the USN takes reactor safety quite seriously.

    Yes. It's difficult to police the oceans simply because they are so large. I'm thinking if unscrupulous captains are happy to illegally flush out their engines and tanks into the sea, what would they do with nuclear waste, which is expensive to dispose of?

    I do think nuclear has its place in energy production, just not on civilian ships.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Maersk is investing £1bn to speed up its switch to carbon neutral operations – eight methanol fuelled vessels could help save more than 1m tonnes of carbon emissions a year in ~enviro

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    It's not as simple as just burning biomass. The biomass is used as a source of carbon to produce the methanol, which essentially acts a carrier for hydrogen, storing energy from renewable sources....

    It's not as simple as just burning biomass. The biomass is used as a source of carbon to produce the methanol, which essentially acts a carrier for hydrogen, storing energy from renewable sources.

    It's actually quite a practical solution, in that you get a form of energy storage which is much denser and easier to transport than hydrogen gas. It's also not too dissimilar to petrol, so you can easily adapt existing engines, you can distribute it through the existing infrastructure, and you don't suddenly need to train a lot of engineers to deal with a new technology.

    There are some details here: https://www.methanol.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Methanol-Renewable-Hydrogen-Carrier-Fuel-.pdf

    In theory, you could try to capture the carbon from the methanol exhaust, take it back to the methanol factory and reuse it to make more methanol, though I don't know how feasible this is at the moment.

    Nuclear is expensive, because you need more highly qualified people in charge of a nuclear vessel, which might put it out of reach of freight shipping, which typically keeps labour costs down by having a very small, mostly low-paid, crew in charge of a very large vessel.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Any tips for dealing with games that make you too uncomfortable? in ~games

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    Do you play alone, or with other people / another person in the room?

    Do you play alone, or with other people / another person in the room?

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of August 9 in ~health.coronavirus

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    One thing I haven't seen much data on yet is if you are fully vaccinated and then catch and recover from coronavirus, how much extra protection that provides against future infections compared to...

    One thing I haven't seen much data on yet is if you are fully vaccinated and then catch and recover from coronavirus, how much extra protection that provides against future infections compared to if you're just fully vaccinated but not exposed to the virus.

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  11. Comment on What’s a mistake many people do not know they are making? in ~talk

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    "There was an error message" "Ok. Follow this simple procedure to get a copy of the logs to share with me" "Here they are" "Thanks"

    "There was an error message"
    "Ok. Follow this simple procedure to get a copy of the logs to share with me"
    "Here they are"
    "Thanks"

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Netflix intensifies ‘VPN ban’ and targets residential IP-addresses too in ~tech

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    Yeah but most restaurants are happy to sell you a single meal at a (hopefully) reasonable price. They don't force you to buy a monthly subscription for all the meals you can eat. I can eat at...

    restaurants have their own dishes and you have to run around to see which ones serve what.

    Yeah but most restaurants are happy to sell you a single meal at a (hopefully) reasonable price. They don't force you to buy a monthly subscription for all the meals you can eat. I can eat at multiple different restaurants in the same month, and I only pay for what I eat.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Pay cut: Google employees who work from home could lose money in ~finance

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    But this is backwards. Rent is higher in the bay area because big companies are willing to pay extra to people who live near their offices. If you remove or lessen the incentive for employees to...

    Hiring someone in a place like the Bay Area is more expensive because their rent will be higher, not because they are "worth more as a person." It's housing policy, mainly.

    But this is backwards. Rent is higher in the bay area because big companies are willing to pay extra to people who live near their offices. If you remove or lessen the incentive for employees to live in the Bay Area, then the housing prices will drop, and it'll probably go a long way towards solving the extreme housing shortage and long commutes that plague the area.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Buying a house relatively soon, lay your advice on me! in ~life

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    You don't say what country you're intending to buy a house in, which may limit the quality / relevance of some advice.

    You don't say what country you're intending to buy a house in, which may limit the quality / relevance of some advice.

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  15. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~health.coronavirus

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    It could be much clearer / more explicit, but the text does seem to be trying to point out that the fact that there are more cases among vaccinated people is simply down to the fact that there are...

    It could be much clearer / more explicit, but the text does seem to be trying to point out that the fact that there are more cases among vaccinated people is simply down to the fact that there are many more vaccinated people in the population:

    But given the lopsided numbers of vaccinated versus unvaccinated people in Iceland, the island country is currently seeing more cases of Covid-19 among the vaccinated than the unvaccinated.

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  16. Comment on When the Western world ran on guano in ~enviro

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    If you're in the Bristol area, you can visit Tyntesfield house and see just how wealthy a monopoly on guano imports (and the exploitation of indentured Chinese labourers) could make you. The house...

    If you're in the Bristol area, you can visit Tyntesfield house and see just how wealthy a monopoly on guano imports (and the exploitation of indentured Chinese labourers) could make you. The house was purchased and extensively redeveloped by William Gibbs using the fortune he amassed after the Peruvian government granted his firm a monopoly on guano trade with Europe and North America.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on San Francisco restaurant's $72 fried rice was a runaway hit. It was also the chef's nightmare in ~food

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    I don't know much about restaurant margins, but if it isn't profitable at $72, I don't think adding $10 is going to be enough to make it viable. It will still be a low-margin item. That could be...

    up the price by $10 ("It didn’t help that they didn’t make any money on the fried rice with all of its premium, market-rate ingredients")

    I don't know much about restaurant margins, but if it isn't profitable at $72, I don't think adding $10 is going to be enough to make it viable. It will still be a low-margin item. That could be ok if it drew people in and encouraged them to buy other higher-margin items, but it's not sustainable if people order a lot of it and little else.

  18. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of August 2 in ~news

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    I think news and updates is far too vague. If people saw that used as a tag, they might start sticking it on other topics which contain news and/or updates. I would suggest something like...

    I think news and updates is far too vague. If people saw that used as a tag, they might start sticking it on other topics which contain news and/or updates. I would suggest something like politics.usa.recurring, since that says exactly what it is. I don't think duplication really matters.

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