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  1. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of May 4 in ~health.coronavirus

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    The way we disagree on facts in this country depresses me. How did we get here? I have multiple friends who believe doctors are being paid $39k by the government every time they report a death as...

    The way we disagree on facts in this country depresses me. How did we get here? I have multiple friends who believe doctors are being paid $39k by the government every time they report a death as COVID to inflate the numbers. When asked, they either have no source or their source is some video or blogpost of someone asserting it's true without any actual proof. As it turns out, the number came from the fact that medicare pays up to $39k/patient who goes on a ventilator.

    10 votes
  2. Comment on Will you install the contact-tracing app on your phone? in ~health.coronavirus

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    AFAIK, it doesn't use location services or WiFi, just bluetooth. Your phone generates a random identifier that changes every 15 minutes, and when you go near someone else with the app, your phones...

    AFAIK, it doesn't use location services or WiFi, just bluetooth. Your phone generates a random identifier that changes every 15 minutes, and when you go near someone else with the app, your phones share identifiers over bluetooth. All that data is stored locally on-device. Apple/Google have a database that say which random identifiers correspond to which phone, but they cannot see who's been in contact with who. If you test positive, you say so in the app and it sends a notification to all of the phones linked to the random identifiers your phone stored for the past two weeks. Source

    11 votes
  3. Comment on Language Design: Stop using <> for generics in ~comp

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    I was confused about that part too. Maybe I'm misreading, but it seems to imply that square-bracket array lookup syntax is pointless and complex? Either way, IMO, <> is better for generics because...

    I was confused about that part too. Maybe I'm misreading, but it seems to imply that square-bracket array lookup syntax is pointless and complex? Either way, IMO, <> is better for generics because it's visibly different than array lookups.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Chemists at some of the biggest legal cannabis companies are after an elusive prize: a predictable, reliable product in ~science

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    This was actually a pretty interesting read. I think being able to make a reliable cannabis product will be the next big step for the industry, possibly bringing in new customers who would...

    This was actually a pretty interesting read. I think being able to make a reliable cannabis product will be the next big step for the industry, possibly bringing in new customers who would otherwise be apprehensive about the experience.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    With all the extra time I've had due to the current situation, I've been working on my 8-bit breadboard CPU. I've been following Ben Eater's tutorials on YouTube, and it's a really neat way to...

    With all the extra time I've had due to the current situation, I've been working on my 8-bit breadboard CPU. I've been following Ben Eater's tutorials on YouTube, and it's a really neat way to learn the basics of how computers work at a low level.

    7 votes
  6. Comment on Upcycle Windows 7 - Free Software Foundation in ~tech

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    Perhaps I'm not the most knowledgeable on this, but I feel like this is incredibly optimistic. Windows 7 is still used and being updated for enterprise customers, so it's not entirely EOL yet....

    Perhaps I'm not the most knowledgeable on this, but I feel like this is incredibly optimistic. Windows 7 is still used and being updated for enterprise customers, so it's not entirely EOL yet. Plus, open-sourcing it would include the NT kernel, which is still used. I'm not sure they'd want to do that.

    9 votes
  7. Comment on Opera introduces web browser designed for gamers in ~tech

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    For sure. When I upgraded my build to ryzen a couple years ago, it was impossible to find an am4 x370 board without RGB. I had to settle on the MSI Gaming Pro Carbon.

    For sure. When I upgraded my build to ryzen a couple years ago, it was impossible to find an am4 x370 board without RGB. I had to settle on the MSI Gaming Pro Carbon.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    My friends and I recently picked up Minecraft again after a long time without playing it. Personally, I usually can’t play it for very long by myself, but it’s a total blast with friends. We’ve...

    My friends and I recently picked up Minecraft again after a long time without playing it. Personally, I usually can’t play it for very long by myself, but it’s a total blast with friends. We’ve been playing on our server for a bit now, but we aren’t even really trying to beat the game / ender dragon. It’s a ton of fun just building cool stuff with friends and expanding your base.

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  9. Comment on What's gonna happen in the 2020s? in ~talk

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    You should write a novel.

    You should write a novel.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What are your personal picks for "Games of the Decade"? in ~games

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    Do you think he was always like this and decided to let loose once he was detached from Mojang / Minecraft, or what?

    Plus we got an entertainingly horrible twitter account run by an absolute crackhead.

    Do you think he was always like this and decided to let loose once he was detached from Mojang / Minecraft, or what?

    7 votes
  11. Comment on What half of iPhone users don’t know about their privacy in ~tech

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    If it's built into Google settings, it should work on any version of Android.

    If it's built into Google settings, it should work on any version of Android.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on A series of mysterious bleeps and bloops defined the early days of the internet in ~comp

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    Maybe it’s a bit unrelated, but I kinda miss the days when the internet wasn’t so omnipresent and we weren’t always connected. Sites felt more personal and it was more of an occasion to go on the...

    Maybe it’s a bit unrelated, but I kinda miss the days when the internet wasn’t so omnipresent and we weren’t always connected. Sites felt more personal and it was more of an occasion to go on the internet, now everything is pretty much taking place on big social networks.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Have fun! If you haven’t done hallucinogens before, your first trip is usually the best one.

    Have fun! If you haven’t done hallucinogens before, your first trip is usually the best one.

    4 votes