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  1. Comment on The most recent game you played in two words in ~games

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    Alliance / Horde.

    Alliance / Horde.

  2. Comment on User bios added: you can write a short bio that will be visible on your user page in ~tildes.official

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    For what it's worth, I only skimmed before going and writing my bio. I couldn't find it so I actually assumed it wasn't displaying yet, then came back and read the whole article before I figured...

    For what it's worth, I only skimmed before going and writing my bio. I couldn't find it so I actually assumed it wasn't displaying yet, then came back and read the whole article before I figured out where it was. When I was on my own profile page, my brain skipped right over the expandable bio section because it parsed it as filters that would be relevant to the content.

    I'm sure I would have found it eventually, and now that I know about it it's fine, and I don't have any negative impression of it, but I did have a disconnect when I first used it.

    I don't have a strong opinion about where it goes, but thought the information might be useful.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Death of the Calorie in ~food

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    I know that you either didn't read or didn't understand what I wrote. As I explicitly said, we all know that eating at a caloric deficit makes you lose weight. Every single person who wants to...

    I know that you either didn't read or didn't understand what I wrote.

    As I explicitly said, we all know that eating at a caloric deficit makes you lose weight. Every single person who wants to lose weight knows that, and I think nearly everyone understands "more food -> fat, less food -> skinny". That's not up for debate, and I'm not arguing it, but you seem to think that I am.

    What I said was that while this is a very simple concept, there's a variety of reasons that make this less easy than many people think. I invite you to reread anything said by @Gaywallet in this thread - they're an expert in all the things that make this simple concept a difficult thing to do. Please reread all the things he said, and try to do so with an open mind.

    Several times you say things that are some variation of "not my fault if you dont have the willpower to do it long enough to see results." With all due respect, that's an awful thing to say and an awful thing to think. There are a lot of reasons that it's not just about willpower, and putting the blame on the people who are trying to be better just doesn't work at all. There are also other factors to consider, such as the time and money costs for unhealthy food (considering all factors - pre time, cost, ease of access, taste - things that are on the 'good' ends of all the scales tend to be cheap, though there are notable exceptions).

    All this amounts to an issue that is simple to understand, but can be very difficult for many people to act on.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Death of the Calorie in ~food

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    I think that when considering most tasks, it's a good idea to look at things along two axes: difficulty and complexity. It's important to understand that these are different axes. Some things are...

    I think that when considering most tasks, it's a good idea to look at things along two axes: difficulty and complexity. It's important to understand that these are different axes.

    Some things are both difficult and complex, like rocket science, as you pointed out. Some things are easy and simple, like washing dishes. Some things are complex but easy, like solving a Rubik's cube. Some things are simple but difficult, and I think that losing weight is in that category.

    We all know that eating at a caloric deficit makes you lose weight, but there's a lot of things involved with eating at a caloric deficit. If it was easy we wouldn't have thousands of diets around trying to tell us how to be, and I'd look a lot more like Brad Pitt than I do.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Reddit has banned r/watchpeopledie in ~tech

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    That reasoning doesn't really work when they ban a ton of other things though (including r/watchpeopledie). I'm not defending r/watchpeopledie - I rarely went there, and generally detested it -...

    That reasoning doesn't really work when they ban a ton of other things though (including r/watchpeopledie). I'm not defending r/watchpeopledie - I rarely went there, and generally detested it - but it seems like a weird line to draw. Obviously it's only done for P(re)R.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Reddit has banned r/watchpeopledie in ~tech

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    "We'll not be complicit in allowing people to see mass shootings, but radicalizing people is fine." reddit probably

    "We'll not be complicit in allowing people to see mass shootings, but radicalizing people is fine."

    • reddit probably
    15 votes
  7. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I happened upon September Mourning and have been enjoying them. Mostly just been listening, but I enjoy the style of their videos as well. They're a relatively heavy melodic metal group with a...

    I happened upon September Mourning and have been enjoying them. Mostly just been listening, but I enjoy the style of their videos as well. They're a relatively heavy melodic metal group with a female singer, which hits on many things that I enjoy.

  8. Comment on What are you reading these days? #15 in ~books

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    There's a lot of what you've just said, but there are a few themes that I find interesting. The main thing that I've found about SCP is that you don't want to browse by number; you probably want...

    There's a lot of what you've just said, but there are a few themes that I find interesting. The main thing that I've found about SCP is that you don't want to browse by number; you probably want to browse by theme, which means finding a story you like, and then using the tags. I like misters and things from the factory and also some others that elude me, but the main thing is to find a subgenre that you like and try to stick to it.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What are you reading these days? #15 in ~books

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    I have been craving light-snack sci-fi-esque tidbits, so I've been going through The SCP Foundation reading about interesting phenomena. If you have about 2 minutes at a time to dedicate to...

    I have been craving light-snack sci-fi-esque tidbits, so I've been going through The SCP Foundation reading about interesting phenomena. If you have about 2 minutes at a time to dedicate to reading, and only have your phone, then it's, well, as I said a nice light sci-fi snack.

    I've been reading The Belgariad to my 8-year old. It's a nice, low-key entry into fantasy. She is enjoying it, and I'm enjoying reading it to her. Eddings is a comfort read for me; I don't think anyone will ever argue that he was one of the greats, but as far as pulp fantasy goes, it's pretty enjoyable.

    I've started reading "The Phoenix Project", which is a book about DevOps. It's okay thus far, but hasn't really grabbed me.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on NGINX has been acquired by F5 Networks in ~comp

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    I don't have any personal attachment to Github; I barely use it. I use bitbucket (Atlassian) and CodeCommit (AWS) for most projects. I have a GitLab account, which I mostly use for a local fork of...

    I don't have any personal attachment to Github; I barely use it. I use bitbucket (Atlassian) and CodeCommit (AWS) for most projects. I have a GitLab account, which I mostly use for a local fork of Tildes. I barely do anything on Github, but I think it's important to be aware of the various open source communities and how they are changing and functioning.

    I wasn't "being defensive". I was explaining my position, and inviting you to actually comment on that position. Alas, it seems that that was time wasted; you have yet to comment on any of the actual things that I've said.

  11. Comment on Venus is not Earth's Closest Neighbour in ~science

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    This is intended as merely an item of mathematical interest, not as a sweeping revision of planetary education. I would argue that this is pretty close to an example of pure mathematics, not...

    This is intended as merely an item of mathematical interest, not as a sweeping revision of planetary education. I would argue that this is pretty close to an example of pure mathematics, not applied physics, and I would also argue that pure mathematics is not "mindless fluff". I don't want to put words in your mouth, so I'll simply ask: are you saying that Mathematics that isn't applied is "mindless fluff"? To me, it's the most mindful fluff around.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Venus is not Earth's Closest Neighbour in ~science

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    I think you're overthinking it. I read that as a tongue in cheek poke at common knowledge. I don't think they're actually proposing that we teach that the order of plants have changed; it's more...

    I think you're overthinking it. I read that as a tongue in cheek poke at common knowledge.

    I don't think they're actually proposing that we teach that the order of plants have changed; it's more an interesting discovery of how close we are, on average, to another planet.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Venus is not Earth's Closest Neighbour in ~science

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    I thought this was a delightful non-obvious result of some (not-really applicable to anything) applied mathematics. Earth's closest planetary neighbour based on the average distance away is...

    I thought this was a delightful non-obvious result of some (not-really applicable to anything) applied mathematics.

    Earth's closest planetary neighbour based on the average distance away is actually Mercury, and in fact Mercury is the closest neighbour, by average distance, to every other planet.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Let's talk about possible UI changes to make donating to Tildes more obvious. in ~tildes

    aphoenix (edited ) Link Parent
    If you open in a private window, it defaults to solarize light. Otherwise it respects your theme choice from the content site.

    If you open in a private window, it defaults to solarize light. Otherwise it respects your theme choice from the content site.

  15. Comment on What do you think will be the next big innovation to smart phones? in ~tech

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    That's currently under development at Samsung. I think it'll be a nice direction.

    That's currently under development at Samsung. I think it'll be a nice direction.

    4 votes