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  1. Comment on Americans asking, 'What happened to my refund?' in ~finance

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    As much as I'd like for Trump supporters to wake up to the realization that the Tax Act was a scam, I don't think they will. All Trump has to say is that the Democrats. particularly AOC (the...

    As much as I'd like for Trump supporters to wake up to the realization that the Tax Act was a scam, I don't think they will. All Trump has to say is that the Democrats. particularly AOC (the villain of the week), raised their taxes and that will be enough to placate them until the next election.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~news

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    Good riddance to these for-profit schools that prey on veterans and low-income students. It is kind of ironic that these for-profit schools are going under with their cheerleader, Betsy Devos in...

    Good riddance to these for-profit schools that prey on veterans and low-income students. It is kind of ironic that these for-profit schools are going under with their cheerleader, Betsy Devos in charge. This is similar to how Trump is always parading how pro-coal he is while at the same time there's a record number of coal plant retirements.

    8 votes
  3. Comment on We're no longer in smartphone plateau. We're in the smartphone decline in ~tech

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    $349 for what looks like a handheld calculator is too much. At that price point, I would be better off getting a flip-phone and spending the remaining $300 elsewhere.

    $349 for what looks like a handheld calculator is too much. At that price point, I would be better off getting a flip-phone and spending the remaining $300 elsewhere.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Looking to cancel Amazon Prime for ethical reasons (and quality decline) - what are my alternatives for online shopping? in ~tech

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    Agreed. Vendors on eBay are terrified of getting poor reviews and will generally make concessions/accommodations to avoid getting dinged. That being said, I also pay with a Citi card through...

    Agreed. Vendors on eBay are terrified of getting poor reviews and will generally make concessions/accommodations to avoid getting dinged.

    That being said, I also pay with a Citi card through Paypal ensuring that I have two other parties involved who can offer me a refund if I need to escalate it.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Lyft files for IPO before rival Uber in ~finance

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    Given all of the drama and misdeeds that Uber has been exposed for in the past couple of years, I am hoping Lyft succeeds to become a bigger player in the ridesharing industry. That is, until...

    Given all of the drama and misdeeds that Uber has been exposed for in the past couple of years, I am hoping Lyft succeeds to become a bigger player in the ridesharing industry. That is, until Waymo’s self driving taxi services overshadows both.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on A startup company says it will give people free genome reports if they’re willing to answer detailed questions about their health, drinking habits, and more in ~tech

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    Here’s a bit more info on how Nebula’s platform will initially work: Users will fill out questionnaires that ask about traits such as personal and family medical history, Obbad says. Down the...

    Here’s a bit more info on how Nebula’s platform will initially work: Users will fill out questionnaires that ask about traits such as personal and family medical history, Obbad says. Down the road, the company might also ask individuals to share information about their dietary habits or upload data from wearable devices such as a Fitbit, he says. Sharing that health information will earn the users credits that, once they accumulate enough, can be exchanged for personal genome sequencing services. Nebula is betting that pharmaceutical companies and healthcare researchers will be willing to pay for users’ sequencing costs in order to access their health data—which will be anonymized—through Nebula’s online marketplace.

    Some thoughts on this:

    This startup is run by Harvard University professor and genomics pioneer George Church, so that's a plus.
    It's $99 up front and you get credits back, which I think is good for enrolling lower income people who tend to be underrepresented in medical research.
    The potential downside, as with any company that works with health data, are the potential privacy breaches and unforeseen unintended consequences.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on What are y'all's favorite (private?) trackers? in ~tech

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    They are amazing for people like me who have an audiobook addiction and Audible just doesn't cut it.

    They are amazing for people like me who have an audiobook addiction and Audible just doesn't cut it.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Should the press boycott Trump? Political strategists weigh in in ~news

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    If you have Netflix, Hassan Minaj from the Daily Show recently debuted a show called The Patriot Act that follows the same format as John Oliver's show.

    If you have Netflix, Hassan Minaj from the Daily Show recently debuted a show called The Patriot Act that follows the same format as John Oliver's show.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Katharine Viner: 'The Guardian's reader funding model is working. It's inspiring' in ~news

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    I love this people-powered funding model and it's great to see it adopted by the Guardian. They've got a great newsletter called The Upside that shares good news and solutions to world problems...

    I love this people-powered funding model and it's great to see it adopted by the Guardian. They've got a great newsletter called The Upside that shares good news and solutions to world problems which I prefer to the usual doom and gloom headlines of most news sites.

    I just sent them a $5 donation to show my support.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Tech Talk: What's the make & model of your current phone? What do you like about it? Dislike? What phones have you owned in the past? in ~tech

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    I currently own an iPhone 6S Plus which I’m really happy with. I had the battery replaced last year when that throttling scandal came out just to be sure when though I had no notable troubles....

    I currently own an iPhone 6S Plus which I’m really happy with. I had the battery replaced last year when that throttling scandal came out just to be sure when though I had no notable troubles.

    Previously I owned a Nexus 6, Samsung S5, and Samsung S3. I like the openness and tinkering aspect of Android but really disliked being unable to upgrade to the latest version because of my phone carrier.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on 'Remarkable' decline in fertility rates in ~health

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    There is an association between obesity and infertility so I would say, yes, that is a factor. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4456969/

    There is an association between obesity and infertility so I would say, yes, that is a factor.

    Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4456969/

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized after fall in her office in ~news

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    Very sad to hear that, I hope she has a speedy recovery.

    Very sad to hear that, I hope she has a speedy recovery.

    10 votes
  13. Comment on Should there be a tax on red meat? in ~food

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    Yes. It's harmful to human health and has large environmental costs that are not properly accounted for in the price of the product.

    Yes. It's harmful to human health and has large environmental costs that are not properly accounted for in the price of the product.

    18 votes
  14. Comment on Introducing reCAPTCHA v3: the new way to stop bots in ~tech

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    Does this mean no more clicking on the squares with cars/ buses/ stop signs? I kind of liked having a small contribution to the ML models that let Waymo build self-driving cars.

    Does this mean no more clicking on the squares with cars/ buses/ stop signs? I kind of liked having a small contribution to the ML models that let Waymo build self-driving cars.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on UK Biobank data on 500,000 people paves way to precision medicine in ~health

  16. Comment on Green Party ends conservative CSU’s 61-year political dominance in Bavaria in ~news

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    Thanks for providing some context. The AfD actually had the largest seat swing, from 0 to 22 seats as compared to the Green's 20 seat gain. The left leaning SPD also lost 20 seats so overall this...

    Thanks for providing some context. The AfD actually had the largest seat swing, from 0 to 22 seats as compared to the Green's 20 seat gain. The left leaning SPD also lost 20 seats so overall this is a pretty bad outcomes for liberals in Bavaria.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Taking a mental health day (and not feeling guilty about it) in ~health

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    I'm curious, how does a plan like that work? If I were to be mentally unwell for 2 weeks and don't come in to the office, would I be docked 2 weeks worth of pay?

    I'm curious, how does a plan like that work? If I were to be mentally unwell for 2 weeks and don't come in to the office, would I be docked 2 weeks worth of pay?

    1 vote
  18. Comment on What are you doing to reduce your impact? in ~talk

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    I do several things, ranked in order of effect on my carbon footprint: Don't have children Own a Prius, walk most places Compost my food waste

    I do several things, ranked in order of effect on my carbon footprint:

    1. Don't have children
    2. Own a Prius, walk most places
    3. Compost my food waste
    6 votes