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  1. Comment on Vegetarian Protein Is Just As 'Complete' As Meat, Despite What We've Been Taught in ~health

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    You left out the dietary minerals and the fatty acids, but ok.

    As long as you get enough of the essential amino acids, it's fine.

    You left out the dietary minerals and the fatty acids, but ok.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Vegetarian Protein Is Just As 'Complete' As Meat, Despite What We've Been Taught in ~health

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    It's interesting everyone's mentioning protein, because I always thought that vegetarian diet was deficient in vitamins (notably B12), not protein. You can get plenty of protein from legumes, but...

    haven't noticed a significant problem with me getting proper proteins.

    It's interesting everyone's mentioning protein, because I always thought that vegetarian diet was deficient in vitamins (notably B12), not protein. You can get plenty of protein from legumes, but there are nutrients in meat that aren't necessarily bioavailable in a standard vegetarian / vegan diet.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Lashana Lynch To Take Over James Bond's Iconic 007 Code Name in ~movies

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    If you don't like the character, why do you care who plays it?

    If you don't like the character, why do you care who plays it?

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Creator of "DeepNude" releases it as GPL licensed Open Source Software after previously taking it down in ~comp

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    Hold on, what exactly is the code in this instance? Is it the software to create and train the neural net, sans the gigabyte/terabyte collection of images used to train it? or is it a pre-trained...

    Hold on, what exactly is the code in this instance? Is it the software to create and train the neural net, sans the gigabyte/terabyte collection of images used to train it? or is it a pre-trained neural net?

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Reddit has quarantined /r/The_Donald in ~tech

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    It's sad that banning hatred is more unacceptable than the actual hatred. In an ideal world, what should be the news here? IMO, the news should be that t_d was hateful enough to get banned in the...

    Banning them is terrible optics in our current media environment.

    It's sad that banning hatred is more unacceptable than the actual hatred.

    In an ideal world, what should be the news here? IMO, the news should be that t_d was hateful enough to get banned in the first place, with a focus on the disgusting comments that were getting upvoted, from a perspective of "who in their right mind would say such disgusting things?".

    9 votes
  6. Comment on Reddit is testing a paid monthly membership on a per subreddit basis for core features. in ~tech

  7. Comment on What's an example of something cool on the internet that isn't as well-known/appreciated as you think it should be? in ~talk

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    Domino Chinese and Anki basically single-handedly taught me Mandarin, in what I now believe is the most efficient way. I really cannot recommend them enough. Echoes of Blue Mars is a lovely...

    Domino Chinese and Anki basically single-handedly taught me Mandarin, in what I now believe is the most efficient way. I really cannot recommend them enough.

    Echoes of Blue Mars is a lovely internet stream. I like listening to Voices From Within every now and then to ground myself.

    3 votes
  8. Hi, I've been mulling ideas about a game for a while now, I'd like to hack out a prototype, and my default would be Love2D. (As an aside: one of the things I like about Love2D was that you could...

    Hi,

    I've been mulling ideas about a game for a while now, I'd like to hack out a prototype, and my default would be Love2D. (As an aside: one of the things I like about Love2D was that you could make a basic 'game' in a couple of LoC, and it was 'efficient enough' for what you got. Perhaps the only gripe I had with it was that it didn't output compiled binaries (I mean, you could make it do that, but it seemed like a hack). I think Polycode seemed to be a semi-serious contender, but last I checked (a year or two ago) it's pretty much as dead as a doornail. Some of the other alternatives I remember seeing (Godot? Unity?) felt too much like Blender.

    So I've been wondering, it's been a while since I've been keeping tabs on the 'gamedev community', so I don't know if there have been any more recent development in that space.

    So I guess my question is: What are people using for game jams nowadays? Preach to me (and everyone else) about your favorite framework and language :)

    15 votes
  9. Comment on Genetic Algorithms in ~comp

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    Yeah. I had a skim through Karl Simm's papers on this (He seemed to get pretty good results?) and I didn't see much about the method that he used. I might dig out his mail address and ask him. The...

    Yeah. I had a skim through Karl Simm's papers on this (He seemed to get pretty good results?) and I didn't see much about the method that he used. I might dig out his mail address and ask him. The book I've read on it seems to pretty exclusively target binary-based phenotypes, which is frustrating.

    Btw, I asked someone who interests a lot in this and he recommended me to give bonus points to solutions that differ from best solution. I didn’t yet try it, since I’m just rewriting the program, but I’m curious how it will work out.

    Oh, interesting! I'll have to make a note for that :)

  10. Comment on Genetic Algorithms in ~comp

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    Something I've specifically wrestled with is, maintaining randomness with tree-based genotypes. Is random-walk sufficient to choose the mutated structure? Can I do better?

    Something I've specifically wrestled with is, maintaining randomness with tree-based genotypes. Is random-walk sufficient to choose the mutated structure? Can I do better?

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    Shoes. I live in a really wet area of wales, and most pairs of boots either leak water or wear down after a couple of years. A few years back I bought a pair of doc martens with their "for life"...

    Shoes. I live in a really wet area of wales, and most pairs of boots either leak water or wear down after a couple of years. A few years back I bought a pair of doc martens with their "for life" guarantee. Basically, I take care of the boot every three months, if the boot gets damaged through natural wear and tear, they fix / replace it. Forever. They're a really nice pair of boots, the only problem I've had in the last three years was I had to replace the laces, but I think that's because of the specific method I use to tighten them (otherwise it's difficult to get uniform tightness in boots, tbh).

    Other people have mentioned keyboards, chairs, etc. But a really good pen will make writing so much more enjoyable. I tend to buy the Kuretake "Disposable Pocket Brush Pen" (Google for 'PK2-10'). they're ridiculously cheap (about $2 / 1.50GBP), but very good quality. The 'extra fine' lasted me two or three years of regular use, and at the end of it the only problem with it wasn't that it was out of ink, but that I had accidentally exerted too much pressure on the nib!

    I bought the 'fine' (PK2-10S) and 'extra fine' (PK1-10S), and also picked up a "Mangaka Flexible fine" that I haven't used very much. They're just really nice pens, the ink flows well, and they're really easy to write with.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Cyberpunk 2077's E3 demo has weak gunplay and unimaginative stereotypes in ~games

    alexandria (edited ) Link Parent
    ... Cyberpunk as a genre is inherently political. Some of the themes that are inherent to cyberpunk include: late stage capitalism, corporate oligarchism, body ownership, freedom, fluid concepts...

    ... Cyberpunk as a genre is inherently political. Some of the themes that are inherent to cyberpunk include: late stage capitalism, corporate oligarchism, body ownership, freedom, fluid concepts of social and individual identity, sexual freedom, the effects of drug use on society and perception, race and identity, cultural and social body norms, etc.

    "Be thankful that CD Projekt Red added minorities to the video game in the first place. Portraying them in positive light 100% of the time would be inorganic"

    So... is a world without minorities something that you consider 'organic'? What about a world where all of the minorities are depicted as literally no better than animals. Is that organic? You are concerned that "positive representation of minorities" is "inorganic", while having simultaneously a total lack of concern for even the slightest debate about how organic a world is when depicted without minorities, or a world with minorities depicted as no better than animals. That, in my opinion, simply and clearly shows your bias on this.

    12 votes
  13. Comment on I don't get all the love for The Orville in ~tv

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    The Expanse was pitched to me as a science-central show, I turned it off as soon as they were struggling to find water... in an asteroid belt that is literally made of rock and water... As other...

    The Expanse was pitched to me as a science-central show, I turned it off as soon as they were struggling to find water... in an asteroid belt that is literally made of rock and water...

    As other people have said, though, character development is a central part of TNG, etc. and The Expanse did the usual 'great job' that most contemporary sci-fi does in... skipping it.

  14. Comment on I don't get all the love for The Orville in ~tv

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    But before TLJ, they already threw out the EU, so TLJ didn't break canon, TFA 'broke canon'. You're right that the canon for Trek is much less respected (Actually, last time I looked at...

    But before TLJ, they already threw out the EU, so TLJ didn't break canon, TFA 'broke canon'.

    You're right that the canon for Trek is much less respected (Actually, last time I looked at Wookiepedia, the EU canon was all over the place, too...), but all of the complaints regarding 'continuity' that people were whining about were either fixed in the show itself (mostly through offhand comments, which shows you how brittle the criticism was) or could be fixed through a simple 2 seconds of thought of "how would that work anyway?"

    2 votes
  15. Comment on How Many Bones Would You Break to Get Laid? “Incels” are going under the knife to reshape their faces, and their dating prospects. in ~misc

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    Quite frankly? That's because the culture that men grow up in is fundamentally damaging to both men and women, and women are (rightfully) starting to not buy that shit. Sorry but that's complete...

    That figure is 10% lower for women which already suggests that more women are sleeping with fewer men.

    Quite frankly? That's because the culture that men grow up in is fundamentally damaging to both men and women, and women are (rightfully) starting to not buy that shit.

    If these seduction strategies were ineffective, PUAs wouldn't be able to command top dollar prices for their seminars.

    Sorry but that's complete and utter crap. Money has no relation to whether something works, as evidenced by the billions that faith healers, quacks, and quasi-religious figures pull in year after year.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on I don't get all the love for The Orville in ~tv

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    What canon did The Last Jedi break? RE: Trek canon, I don't buy that it breaks any canon. As of the ending of season 2 every complaint I've heard of it with regards of continuity is very easily...

    They've rewritten so much of the canon that this either has to be a completely different timeline or its just a Trek-like series.

    What canon did The Last Jedi break?

    RE: Trek canon, I don't buy that it breaks any canon. As of the ending of season 2 every complaint I've heard of it with regards of continuity is very easily debunked with 2 seconds of thought.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on How Many Bones Would You Break to Get Laid? “Incels” are going under the knife to reshape their faces, and their dating prospects. in ~misc

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    Let's not forget the place that echo chambers like Reddit and 4chan do for radicalization. The incel community is part of the alt-right and was born directly from the pickup artist community. That...

    on top of years of bullying.

    Let's not forget the place that echo chambers like Reddit and 4chan do for radicalization. The incel community is part of the alt-right and was born directly from the pickup artist community. That is where the root ideas you see in the incel movement come from. The "Manosphere", as Rational Wiki calls it, is very much to blame here.

    See:
    https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Manosphere
    https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Pick-up_artist
    https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Incel
    https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Neoreactionary_movement

    13 votes
  18. Comment on Disney's new 'Aladdin,' starring Will Smith, is a mostly pale imitation of the original in ~movies

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    Of course it is. It's meant to preserve Disney's copyright stranglehold and net them some pocket money, which it did.

    Of course it is. It's meant to preserve Disney's copyright stranglehold and net them some pocket money, which it did.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Is it OK to scrape Tildes? in ~tildes

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    That doesn't say don't archive other people's posts, just don't repost it if they've deleted it.

    That doesn't say don't archive other people's posts, just don't repost it if they've deleted it.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Colorado Could Be The Next State To Let Its Employees Collectively Bargain in ~news

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    As someone outside the UK, this phrasing is disgusting. It's called a union, and you should form them whether or not the state approves of it. The only reason why in in the UK, there is the right...

    As someone outside the UK, this phrasing is disgusting. It's called a union, and you should form them whether or not the state approves of it. The only reason why in in the UK, there is the right to vote for working people and women as a whole, is because of mass strikes and unions.

    2 votes