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  1. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~misc

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    The problem with this logic is that while guns do provide a slight equalising effect, their main effect is to escalate the violence. In countries with proper gun control, the intruder isn't armed...

    Firearms are seen as an equalizer of man. In other words, I don’t have to be big and strong to defend my family. I just need a gun.

    The problem with this logic is that while guns do provide a slight equalising effect, their main effect is to escalate the violence.

    In countries with proper gun control, the intruder isn't armed either, so even if you're at a disadvantage trying to fight them, the chances of you or your family members getting killed are much, much lower. And when the police do show up, they're not jumpy and ready to shoot anything that moves in case it shoots back.

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  2. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    You'd have to be very careful preparing a scheme like that. You wouldn't want people to decline their vaccines in the belief that by waiting a bit longer they might get paid to get them. Are there...

    You'd have to be very careful preparing a scheme like that. You wouldn't want people to decline their vaccines in the belief that by waiting a bit longer they might get paid to get them. Are there any past examples of people actually being offered money to encourage them to do something similar?

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  3. Comment on Derek Chauvin is found guilty of murdering George Floyd in ~news

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    I have somewhat similar feelings. While Chauvin is guilty, and deserves to go to prison, this trial and verdict don't really help. The Minneapolis police chief, Medaria Arradondo, testified...

    I have somewhat similar feelings. While Chauvin is guilty, and deserves to go to prison, this trial and verdict don't really help.

    The Minneapolis police chief, Medaria Arradondo, testified against Chauvin, saying that he "appeared not to have been following his training to de-escalate a confrontation". In doing so, he's throwing Chauvin under the bus in order to wash the establishment's hands of the issue. From the point of view of a systemically racist police force, Derek Chauvin's conviction in this way is arguably the best possible outcome. They get to frame Chauvin as an individual villain, rather than a representative of the police and a product of their broken system.

    And there will be a certain part of the population who will happily swallow the message that "justice has been done", and lose interest in the underlying issues.

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  4. Comment on Understanding the AeroPress (Episode #1) in ~food

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    I used an aeropress for a while, but using the inverted method and a metal filter. It made a perfectly good cup of coffee, but it wasn't doing anything a french press doesn't do, except leaking a...

    I used an aeropress for a while, but using the inverted method and a metal filter. It made a perfectly good cup of coffee, but it wasn't doing anything a french press doesn't do, except leaking a bit at the edges. Despite always cleaning it immediately after use, the rubber on the plunger started to perish too. I switched to a french press and have been happy with that.

    The only bit I miss is the ability to cleanly eject the puck of used grounds into the compost.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    Made some potato cakes yesterday. Cool, creamy potato and spring onion on the inside, spicy breadcrumbs on the outside. Ate them with some left over baked beans. Today I made some fresh houmous...

    Made some potato cakes yesterday. Cool, creamy potato and spring onion on the inside, spicy breadcrumbs on the outside. Ate them with some left over baked beans. Today I made some fresh houmous and salad to go with the left over potato cakes for lunch. Then I put some of the houmous on a pizza (/ flatbread) with some vegetables for dinner.

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  6. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    Sounds like you're passing up a wonderful opportunity to learn without the usual downsides! :p I've been trying to cut down on coffee, although in favour of less caffeinated infusions rather than...

    I don't cook, because I'm incompetent and I'd just end up making more work for my mum to clean up.

    Sounds like you're passing up a wonderful opportunity to learn without the usual downsides! :p

    I've been trying to cut down on coffee, although in favour of less caffeinated infusions rather than less staining ones. However, sometimes life or work gets busy and I lapse. At the moment I'm doing alright though, keeping to one cup a day. The key for me seems to be to make sure my first drink of the day isn't coffee. I'll still have a coffee later, but the day will be over before I feel like a second.

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  7. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    Have you got a recipe that you would recommend?

    They're super easy to make from scratch

    Have you got a recipe that you would recommend?

    1 vote
  8. Comment on RMS addresses the free software community in ~tech

  9. Comment on RMS addresses the free software community in ~tech

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    Or we could get over all the drama, leave stallman behind, and carry on the good fight against proprietary software.

    Or we could get over all the drama, leave stallman behind, and carry on the good fight against proprietary software.

    18 votes
  10. Comment on What does analog have that digital doesn't? in ~talk

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    I haven't played any sort of piano for a while now, but one big difference I remember between acoustic pianos and my grandad's good-quality electric piano, was the behaviour of the sustain pedal....

    I haven't played any sort of piano for a while now, but one big difference I remember between acoustic pianos and my grandad's good-quality electric piano, was the behaviour of the sustain pedal.

    In an acoustic piano, when you press the sustain pedal, it lifts the dampers off all the strings, which doesn't just extend the note beyond the point where you release the key, but also frees all the other strings to vibrate in sympathy. The result is a very different sound (I would describe it as much more "open"*). It's one of those things which probably wasn't intentional, and is arguably a limitation of the analogue design. The sustain pedal doesn't know which keys you're going to play, so it has to lift all the dampers, and nobody's devoted any time to fixing the issue because it actually sounds rather nice. Being used to an analogue piano, the electric piano sounded muffled and "flat" or "lifeless" to me.

    I found that in terms of skill this raised the bar slightly. With the acoustic piano, you only had to play a single note or chord, and you'd already have a complex and lovely sound, whereas the electric piano relied a lot more on the skill of the pianist in making something interesting out of the notes available.

    I think it's a bit like carpentry. Start with a decent quality piece of wood, and it's already got beautiful grain. You can make a really simple piece of furniture, finish it well, and it could be the centrepiece of the room. By comparison, you can also make an elegant piece of furniture out of something like MDF, but there's no inherent beauty in the material†, everything must come from the shape you give it.

    Do more modern electric pianos attempt to simulate these sympathetic vibrations? If so, do they succeed?

    Leaving the topic of pianos, the unintended side effect that ended up sounding good is a recurring theme in many areas of audio. Nowadays, digital mixing desks attempt to faithfully emulate the distortion and other 'flaws' present in all manner of old compressors and effects, because they add character.

    * But you could equally describe it as "reddish" or "earthy with notes of pineapple"
    † In my opinion

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  11. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    Do you drink only decaf, or do you mix and match to moderate your caffeine intake without having to reduce the amount of coffee you drink?

    Do you drink only decaf, or do you mix and match to moderate your caffeine intake without having to reduce the amount of coffee you drink?

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  12. Comment on Can we get a GNU section of ~tech? in ~tech

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    So as I understand it, the main differences between tags and groups is (both are subscribed / not filtered by default): Groups are known before posting (there's a list of them, which only Deimos...

    So as I understand it, the main differences between tags and groups is (both are subscribed / not filtered by default):

    • Groups are known before posting (there's a list of them, which only Deimos can change), Tags can be made up by the poster
    • A post can only have one group, but can have many tags

    I'm not quite sure what the rationale for groups over tags is. My impression is that the intention is not to create little insular communities like reddit does, where ~comp and ~tech might be independent groups of people discussing an often overlapping range of topics. So what's the benefit of forcing the submitter and/or moderator to decide whether a post is about tech vs. comp? Has anyone considered the possibility of a third way, where a topic can be in multiple groups or there's just a pre-determined list of major tags to subscribe to?

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  13. Comment on Is it ethical for services to exclude those without internet access? in ~talk

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    I suspect they are using a simple coverage metric of whether the 'population' (residential buildings, presumably) are within a certain radius of a mobile phone mast, ignoring topography and other...

    I was going on the basis of the major mobile networks all quoting near-100% coverage of the population (as distinct from the land area) for 4G.

    I suspect they are using a simple coverage metric of whether the 'population' (residential buildings, presumably) are within a certain radius of a mobile phone mast, ignoring topography and other problems. opensignal.com used to have a crowd-sourced map on their website which showed the actual coverage, but it looks like they only provide it as an app now.

  14. Comment on Is it ethical for services to exclude those without internet access? in ~talk

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    I'm not sure this is correct. Broadband is often advertised by ISPs at such prices, but that ignores the fact that you need to rent a phone line to use it on, which typically costs between £10 &...

    relatively low costs (£10/month or less) for basic access

    I'm not sure this is correct. Broadband is often advertised by ISPs at such prices, but that ignores the fact that you need to rent a phone line to use it on, which typically costs between £10 & £20.

    I guess if you happen to live in an area with reasonable mobile signal coverage, you could just use mobile data for about £6 per month, but outside city centres, you can't guarantee you'll have mobile signal.

    (Doesn't really affect your point, I'm just quibbling over exact figures)

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  15. Comment on ‘The Office’ piracy skyrocketed in the US after leaving Netflix in ~tv

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    From NBC's point of view, viewership is important, but it's not their ultimate aim. It's technically possible that even if NBC can't successfully bring 100% of the office audience over to their...

    did NBC think that migrating an iconic series from one of the most popular streaming platforms to their little-known branded service would drive up viewership?

    From NBC's point of view, viewership is important, but it's not their ultimate aim. It's technically possible that even if NBC can't successfully bring 100% of the office audience over to their platform, they still benefit from having it there. It all depends how many new subscribers they did manage to bring over, and what sort of licensing deal they had with Netflix beforehand.

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  16. Comment on Snøhetta, the world's first tunnel for large ships, has been approved and will soon begin looking for contractors in Norway – expected to begin construction in 2022 in ~design

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    If you look up its location on a map, it seems so insignificant at first, but if you have a look around, you can see why it's there: looking up and down the coast, you can see that you can travel...

    If you look up its location on a map, it seems so insignificant at first, but if you have a look around, you can see why it's there: looking up and down the coast, you can see that you can travel a significant proportion of the west coast of Norway by ship without venturing out into the open sea, but you currently have to leave the safety of sheltered waters to go round the Stad peninsula.

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  17. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    Continuing the homemade non-dairy cheese saga, I made a "double gloucester with chives and onions" analogue. While last weeks mozzarella could be considered a cop-out because it has a very mild...

    Continuing the homemade non-dairy cheese saga, I made a "double gloucester with chives and onions" analogue. While last weeks mozzarella could be considered a cop-out because it has a very mild flavour, this weeks can perhaps be considered a cop-out because it's a flavoured cheese. It should come as no surprise that you can make something taste like something that tastes of chives and onions by putting chives and onions in it. That said, the end result was pretty convincing with a nice balance of acid, cheesiness and flavourings. I haven't had any real double gloucester in a while, and I'm sure most people could pick out the fake in a taste test, but if you packaged it up as though it was the dairy version I'm not sure I would think anything was amiss.

    I also made some sesame seed bread. After toasting and soaking the sesame seeds, then having the dough prove, then baking, I was kindof getting sick of the toasted sesame smell, but having cooled the loaves overnight, they weren't too pungent in themselves and make a pleasant alternative to plain loaves for both sweet and savoury toppings.

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  18. Comment on The Far Side - The Daily Dose - Friday, March 26, 2021 in ~books

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    Discussion of joke explanation Having closed the back, she just needs to wind the film on a couple of times, then take the photo(s), and it'll be fine.
    Discussion of joke explanation Having closed the back, she just needs to wind the film on a couple of times, then take the photo(s), and it'll be fine.
    3 votes
  19. Comment on What are you doing in your garden? in ~hobbies

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    Or perhaps if they can grow things in the tubs that would get pulled out of the main beds, they could use the tubs to start off seedlings and small plants, then plant them out into the main beds...

    Or perhaps if they can grow things in the tubs that would get pulled out of the main beds, they could use the tubs to start off seedlings and small plants, then plant them out into the main beds once they're big enough for the gardeners to recognise them as plants?

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