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  1. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    Hmmm, I might have to give the smooth variety a try then. And LOL... yeah I can eat PB by the spoonful too. All this talk of it last night gave me a serious craving for it as well, so I would up...

    Hmmm, I might have to give the smooth variety a try then.

    And LOL... yeah I can eat PB by the spoonful too. All this talk of it last night gave me a serious craving for it as well, so I would up eating a bunch on some Saltine crackers. :P

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  2. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    LOL... that was probably a wise decision. Malazan is great, but incredibly daunting. :P

    LOL... that was probably a wise decision. Malazan is great, but incredibly daunting. :P

  3. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    Nope, I have not. But that's not surprising, since I'm a philistine who prefers smooth over crunchy, and the heavily processed varieties over "all natural" style stuff. :P

    Nope, I have not. But that's not surprising, since I'm a philistine who prefers smooth over crunchy, and the heavily processed varieties over "all natural" style stuff. :P

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  4. Comment on Luanda Leaks: How Africa’s Richest Woman Exploited Family Ties, Shell Companies And Inside Deals To Build An Empire in ~news

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    @Deimos is the only one that can manually edit metadata at the moment, AFAIK.

    @Deimos is the only one that can manually edit metadata at the moment, AFAIK.

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  5. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    It depends on the brand and kind you buy, but pretty much all peanut butter has sugar in it (even homemade), since there is natural sugar in peanuts (4g of sugar per 100g according to the USDA)....

    It depends on the brand and kind you buy, but pretty much all peanut butter has sugar in it (even homemade), since there is natural sugar in peanuts (4g of sugar per 100g according to the USDA). Although some of the top brands do add a fair bit more, e.g.

    Jif Creamy has 3g of sugar (2g added) per 33g serving
    Smuckers Natural Creamy has 2g sugar (0g added) per 32g
    Skippy Creamy has 3g sugar (3g added) per 32g

    But I wouldn't exactly call even those highly processed peanut butters "absolutely packed with sugar" like @JakeTheDog said, as there are certainly much worse processed foods out there is terms of sugar content.

    And as to why they add sugar (and salt, emulsifiers and stabilizers)? Because of the taste and texture preferences of their consumers, as well for shelf-stability reasons, I would presume. Have you ever had "natural" homemade peanut butter? It can be pretty bitter tasting without any added sugar, IMO... and if left to sit, the natural oils will eventually separate out and rise to the top, leaving the peanut butter below it rather dry, chalky and concrete-like.

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  6. Comment on Does anyone have any advice for preparing for a cross-country move? (BC, Canada -> Quebec, Canada) in ~life

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    Greyhound is also a decent option as well @vivaria, and is generally even cheaper than traveling by train, though not nearly as comfortable... but it can also take you to more locations, which is...

    Greyhound is also a decent option as well @vivaria, and is generally even cheaper than traveling by train, though not nearly as comfortable... but it can also take you to more locations, which is convenient. That was my go-to way to get around when I was a still a student, and when I was 16 I even took one across Canada, from Toronto all the way to Vancouver. It was a great experience... but I definitely wouldn't recommend it, and I took a flight back instead of the bus again for a reason. :P

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  7. Comment on Does anyone have any advice for preparing for a cross-country move? (BC, Canada -> Quebec, Canada) in ~life

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    Nope, you're not dreaming. I have taken the VIA train from Toronto to Montreal (and Quebec City) a bunch of times over the years, and it's by far the best way to travel between the two provinces...

    Nope, you're not dreaming. I have taken the VIA train from Toronto to Montreal (and Quebec City) a bunch of times over the years, and it's by far the best way to travel between the two provinces IMO, especially for the price (~$100 round trip IIRC) and given how much of a PITA flying is these days.

    See: https://www.viarail.ca/en/explore-our-destinations/trains/ontario-and-quebec

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

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    I haven't read the Elric Saga yet (though it's on my 'To Read' list), but I do love me some "grimdark" fantasy... so if you want some more recommendations along similar lines, I would...

    I haven't read the Elric Saga yet (though it's on my 'To Read' list), but I do love me some "grimdark" fantasy... so if you want some more recommendations along similar lines, I would wholeheartedly recommend checking out the following series once you're done with Elric: Joe Abercrombe's The First Law trilogy, Glen Cook's The Black Company, and my all-time favorite fantasy series Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen.

    Fair warning about Malazan though, it's not particularly fast paced (although it is at times), and it's not for the feint of heart. It's an incredibly, incredibly dense series and Erikson provides no handholding whatsoever. He just throws you right in the middle of the world he created, complete with its own totally unique magic systems, hundreds of thousands of years of history and lore, with dozens or races, gods and religions, and a storyline with hundreds of principle characters in the series... so it's easy to get completely lost if you don't consume it all in one go... which at 3,325,000 words total, over 10 novels, is a big ask for most people. :P

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  9. Comment on All the World’s Wealth in One Visual in ~finance

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_wealth_per_adult And appropriately enough, the source of that data (Credit Suisse's Global Wealth Databook) is the same as the howmuch.net chart. :)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_wealth_per_adult

    And appropriately enough, the source of that data (Credit Suisse's Global Wealth Databook) is the same as the howmuch.net chart. :)

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Does anyone have any advice for preparing for a cross-country move? (BC, Canada -> Quebec, Canada) in ~life

  11. Comment on USDA proposes new rules that would allow schools to cut the amount of vegetables and fruits required at lunch and breakfasts while giving them license to sell more pizza, burgers and fries in ~food

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    Honestly, I don't know the answer to any of those questions... and at this point we're so far beyond my depth of knowledge that I wouldn't feel comfortable even speculating, since I suspect we're...

    Honestly, I don't know the answer to any of those questions... and at this point we're so far beyond my depth of knowledge that I wouldn't feel comfortable even speculating, since I suspect we're getting into territory where an Education Public Policy expert or Educational Historian might be needed.

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  12. Comment on All the World’s Wealth in One Visual in ~finance

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    Clicking on the Data & Sources link: https://howmuch.net/sources/distribution-worlds-wealth-2019 The original source of the chart's data is:...

    Clicking on the Data & Sources link:
    https://howmuch.net/sources/distribution-worlds-wealth-2019

    The original source of the chart's data is:
    https://www.credit-suisse.com/about-us/en/reports-research/global-wealth-report.html
    https://www.credit-suisse.com/media/assets/corporate/docs/about-us/research/publications/global-wealth-databook-2019.pdf

    And reading through it, the issue seems to be not that "the methodology is junk" but merely that the data doesn't reflect what howmuch.net is trying to suggest it does, nor did it intend to. The Credit Suisse report is basically only trying to compare "global household wealth" (i.e. total household assets - liabilities), not the total wealth of entire Nations. And that data mostly comes from various governmental statistical agencies the world over, and from the OECD org.

    E.g. Since you mentioned Norway, these are the sources of the Norwegian data:
    https://www.ssb.no/en/finsek and https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=QASA_7HH (select Norway on the country dropdown)

    4 votes
  13. Comment on USDA proposes new rules that would allow schools to cut the amount of vegetables and fruits required at lunch and breakfasts while giving them license to sell more pizza, burgers and fries in ~food

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    I imagine in the end it almost always comes down to cost. These massive food services Corporations operate on a scale that no local vendor or in-house service could ever hope to compete with, and...

    I imagine in the end it almost always comes down to cost. These massive food services Corporations operate on a scale that no local vendor or in-house service could ever hope to compete with, and they also have entire divisions dedicated to lobbying, managing contract bids, etc. which gives them even more of an advantage.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on USDA proposes new rules that would allow schools to cut the amount of vegetables and fruits required at lunch and breakfasts while giving them license to sell more pizza, burgers and fries in ~food

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    Sure, I guess that would be the ideal? But given the choice of many school districts to outsource their food programs to uncaring, penny pinching, billion dollar mega-corporations like Aramark,...

    Sure, I guess that would be the ideal? But given the choice of many school districts to outsource their food programs to uncaring, penny pinching, billion dollar mega-corporations like Aramark, Sodexo and Compass Group, etc.. who don't really have the children's best interests at heart, and don't exactly have the best track record when it comes to providing quality services (see below)... I personally think the Federal government should go beyond just providing mere subsidies and hoping for the best.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aramark#Negative_history
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodexo#Controversy
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compass_Group#Criticisms_of_Compass_Group

    BTW, this isn't a uniquely US problem either. We have similar issues with our government funded/subsidized food programs in Canada too, and the reach of these corporations is global.

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  15. Comment on USDA proposes new rules that would allow schools to cut the amount of vegetables and fruits required at lunch and breakfasts while giving them license to sell more pizza, burgers and fries in ~food

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    Not really. When federally funded schools are acting in loco parentis, I would argue it's the responsible thing to do. Especially since children aren't exactly known for making the best choices...

    isn't it kinda weird to try to regulate such a personal decision as what a kid eats for lunch at the federal level?

    Not really. When federally funded schools are acting in loco parentis, I would argue it's the responsible thing to do. Especially since children aren't exactly known for making the best choices when it comes to their nutrition. This is part of the reason why even allowing vending machines in schools with "junk food" in them, is a bad idea, IMO.

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  16. Comment on Inside TASBot’s semi-secret, probably legal effort to control the Nintendo Switch in ~games

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    Well in this particular case, they knew what route to take because they were the ones that designed the level, so they likely just manually programmed the correct route in. They intentionally left...

    Well in this particular case, they knew what route to take because they were the ones that designed the level, so they likely just manually programmed the correct route in. They intentionally left only 1 pixel wide gaps and ledges so no human could do it in real-time, and so they could show off the input accuracy of their new system. However that's not always the case for all TASs.

    In TASs on other people's games/levels, there is a bunch of methods they can use. One is simply brute forcing it, sometimes with evolutionary programming conditions so the bot "learns" from its mistakes, and letting that run over and over until it finds the fastest way through. Another is slowmo savestate running, where a human player actually plays but does so in slow motion (frame by frame when necessary), and whenever they mess up they essentially rewind the game by loading a previous savestate in order to try again... all the while recording the movement and input timing so once they are done they can let a bot do the same thing in real-time. Some combine those two by letting the bot run, but manually rewinding to change the occasional input. And a lot of TASs are also not for speed at all, but to try to discover "speedrun tech" (i.e. ways to break the game) so that human players can then try to use the same techniques to do their own glitched runs faster.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on I make jewellery from wood - here's how I make one of my designs in ~creative

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    Not spammy at all, IMO. And the Tildes CoC would seem to agree as well: BTW you have an amazing voice. ;)

    Not spammy at all, IMO. And the Tildes CoC would seem to agree as well:

    If you have your own site/project/channel/etc. that you'd like to share on Tildes, that's generally fine (in moderation), but it shouldn't be the primary reason that you post on the site. Tildes is a community, not a free advertising platform. Sharing your own content is welcome as long as you're involved in the community, but don't just treat Tildes as a source of an audience.

    BTW you have an amazing voice. ;)

    10 votes
  18. Comment on Ray tracing, VRS, and DLSS in id Tech 6 and Wolfenstein: Youngblood in ~games

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    I disagree. Just look at this side-by-side RTX on/off comparison footage from BF5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDTMQXr0afY I guarantee you that, with all else being equal, players with...

    Nobody finds it "distracting" to simply see surfaces do what they'd do in real life.

    I disagree. Just look at this side-by-side RTX on/off comparison footage from BF5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDTMQXr0afY

    I guarantee you that, with all else being equal, players with raytracing enabled will perform markedly worse overall in competitive play than with it off. The more accurate to real life reflections may look amazing, but with so much extra visual clutter being added to every scene, it can also unfortunately make it significantly harder to spot enemies and track their movement.

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  19. Comment on What are the best movies mainly set in a single location? in ~movies

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    Awww, that was really cute... thanks for sharing it.

    Awww, that was really cute... thanks for sharing it.

  20. Comment on Any custom themes using Stylus? in ~tildes

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    Yep, not bad indeed! That would probably be @Deimos and @Bauke (who contributed the major theme system overhaul).

    Yep, not bad indeed!

    The bulk of the work was done by whoever did the initial themes for the site.

    That would probably be @Deimos and @Bauke (who contributed the major theme system overhaul).

    3 votes