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  1. Comment on Gyroscope in space in ~space

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    Great short video, thanks. It's remarkable how livable you can make human spaceflight simply with a prodigious use of velcro and gyroscopes.

    Great short video, thanks. It's remarkable how livable you can make human spaceflight simply with a prodigious use of velcro and gyroscopes.

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  2. Comment on New non-toxic "green" propellant successfully demonstrated on NASA mission, now ready to replace hydrazine onboard spacecraft in ~space

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    Yeah, that first name clearly came from deep in the bowels of the old-space, military-spaceflight industrial complex. Even myself, someone who claims to keep up with this sort of stuff, forgot the...

    Yeah, that first name clearly came from deep in the bowels of the old-space, military-spaceflight industrial complex. Even myself, someone who claims to keep up with this sort of stuff, forgot the old name all the time.

    Kinda' like USB standards 🤪

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  3. Comment on Forever chemicals are widespread in US drinking water in ~enviro

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    And here's a good accompanying video to this article, on the same topic—produced by Vox a few months ago.

    And here's a good accompanying video to this article, on the same topic—produced by Vox a few months ago.

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  4. Comment on Your favorite vegetarian recipes in ~food

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    Update: This was a pretty great recipe, with a few personal adjustments. I'm neither very spice-tolerant, or a fan of cumin, so I halved those ingredients. Otherwise, made as per instructions, and...

    Update: This was a pretty great recipe, with a few personal adjustments. I'm neither very spice-tolerant, or a fan of cumin, so I halved those ingredients. Otherwise, made as per instructions, and slow-cooked for about 10 hours. Delicious. The leftovers were great on toast with a bit of sour-cream in the morning too.

    Will definitely make again, and it's in my recipe manager now. (I might try cutting back on the cloves a bit though).

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  5. Comment on Are you getting clear information about the covid-19 vaccination plan? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Still in the planning stages here, although given we have zero community cases (New Zealand), that's not surprising. We're taking a wait and see approach and rolling the vaccine out when we have a...

    Still in the planning stages here, although given we have zero community cases (New Zealand), that's not surprising. We're taking a wait and see approach and rolling the vaccine out when we have a good infrastructure to handle it, currently 2000–3000 new vaccinators are being recruited for the rollout of the 10 million+ doses needed to cover the populations of New Zealand and our territories that we are supporting (Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Niue, etc). We have four vaccines with purchase agreements: Pfizers, Janssen, Novavas, and AstraZeneca; and between all four, we have more than enough doses for the entirety of the population. Vaccinations will probably start in mid-2021.

    There's a three by three matrix documenting the expected sequencing framework that will deliver the vaccines. In most cases with no or low local transmission, border and managed quarantine workforce are first, with frontline health staff next. Remaining population is last. It'll be interesting to see what happens when we reopen our borders again, once our population is vaccinated, and we inevitably have a handful of citizens who refused the vaccine die.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on GameStop's stock has surged 1,500% in nine months after activist investors take board seats along with a massive short squeeze in ~finance

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    It's basically a get rich quick scheme masquerading behind some very good memes and a boatload of irony.

    It's basically a get rich quick scheme masquerading behind some very good memes and a boatload of irony.

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  7. Comment on GameStop's stock has surged 1,500% in nine months after activist investors take board seats along with a massive short squeeze in ~finance

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    Yeah. I think it's just the angle of seeing people get stupid rich overnight that makes me have FOMO—for this reason I try not to look at WSB. I'm also guessing that for every successful trade...

    Yeah. I think it's just the angle of seeing people get stupid rich overnight that makes me have FOMO—for this reason I try not to look at WSB. I'm also guessing that for every successful trade where someone has made four, five, or six digits overnight, there's dozens of failures where people have squandered savings and raided bank accounts and made themselves materially poorer as a result. I've done really well playing the long game over the past few years with investment funds, and more recently some stock holdings, and I'd be really mad at myself if I blew that up overnight on something as dumb as GME options.

    It's a bit hilarious that these days, just regular long-term investing in specific stocks is seen in some circles as "conservative"—I prefer the term "not insane".

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  8. Comment on GameStop's stock has surged 1,500% in nine months after activist investors take board seats along with a massive short squeeze in ~finance

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    Unfortunately, there's good evidence the price of Bitcoin is being fraudulently manipulated by Tether right now. Sometimes I look around and feel like I'm the insane one for not investing in...

    Unfortunately, there's good evidence the price of Bitcoin is being fraudulently manipulated by Tether right now.

    Sometimes I look around and feel like I'm the insane one for not investing in crypto, or doing crazy shit with options. Maybe I'm the fool for squandering my time by investing only in broad, sector-based ETF's (ARKx), and simple long-term holding of stocks I feel are worthwhile (AAPL, mainly).

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  9. Comment on Rethinking votes in ~tildes

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    What about if the vote count was only visible to the owner of the comment? And the text simply said vote / voted for everyone else? That way there's still a level of validation and feedback that...

    What about if the vote count was only visible to the owner of the comment? And the text simply said vote / voted for everyone else? That way there's still a level of validation and feedback that you get (the dopamine drip), while forcing you to rely on your own opinions and views when deciding on whether a comment is worthy of your vote (eliminating the pile on effect), which would solve @Wes' problem to some extent.

    Hell, you could even still sort by most votes—so there's an implicit indicator as to which comments are the most well received, but is it really important for me to know that comment x by user y has z votes?

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 21 in ~news

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    Meta: given the transition of power is now complete, and this thread seems to contain mostly Biden-related policy enactments and such now, is it worth discontinuing this thread, or dropping it...

    Meta: given the transition of power is now complete, and this thread seems to contain mostly Biden-related policy enactments and such now, is it worth discontinuing this thread, or dropping it back to once a week for the month of Jan/Feb? It might also help with disincentivizing further political discussion.

    Some things like Axios' Off the Rails story probably deserve their own submissions too.

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  11. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 20 in ~news

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    I would argue Assange falls under both of those categories—but I'm sure that's a contentious discussion I don't want to have.

    I would argue Assange falls under both of those categories—but I'm sure that's a contentious discussion I don't want to have.

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  12. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 19 in ~news

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    What's the likelihood of this actually happening, and does it have any permanent consequences or is it mostly a procedural thing?

    What's the likelihood of this actually happening, and does it have any permanent consequences or is it mostly a procedural thing?

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  13. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 18 in ~news

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    I mean, someone who wants to kill a political figure in the name of god/country/another person could easily rationalise and justify being a martyr for their cause, even if it meant certain and...

    I mean, someone who wants to kill a political figure in the name of god/country/another person could easily rationalise and justify being a martyr for their cause, even if it meant certain and immediate death—we see all manner of deluded Americans shooting up schools and universities knowing they're likely to die because they're doing it for their own personal causes or for some form of fucked up glorification, that's far less enduring than something which meaningfully goes into the history books.

    I'd happily wager there's more than one Trump militia-nut in military uniform who's dreamt about taking out someone who he sees as an enemy of the conservative, rural, christian, white, United States of America they yearn for. What better prize than a fake president of the United States who stole votes and rigged an election? What better way to preserve democracy?

    People can rationalise the parts they find comforting (their own personal goals and ideals) whilst ignoring the parts that are inconvenient (like having Kamala Harris assume the presidency instead). In fact, a large proportion of Americans seem to live this way already!

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