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  1. Comment on Covid, in retreat in ~health

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    I hadn't thought about how the different peaks were really under different circumstances - very good point. I also think there's complexity/obscurity in a national graph, since different regions...

    I hadn't thought about how the different peaks were really under different circumstances - very good point.
    I also think there's complexity/obscurity in a national graph, since different regions of the country are getting affected at different times and extents. All around, many many variables.

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  2. Comment on Covid, in retreat in ~health

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    I'm curious if anyone else has explanations for the 2-month cycle that they refer to as mysterious. It seems to me that it is a complicated interaction between social human behavior (complacency...

    I'm curious if anyone else has explanations for the 2-month cycle that they refer to as mysterious.
    It seems to me that it is a complicated interaction between social human behavior (complacency with the state of affairs can turn to fear of the disease, resulting in further distancing), weather (periods of extreme weather like hurricanes and rain causing people to congregate, and the opposite let's people outside), there is a portion of the population that is more exposed/at frequent risk (unvaccinated, in-person workers, etc.), and the steadily increasing vaccination rate. Plus boosters!

    I keep trying to explain this to a family member, but get responses like "the epidemiologist just don't know" or "no one knows why!"

    Anyways I'm curious if I'm missing something that makes this seem more mysterious than it is.

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  3. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    Sorry to hear about your sister, but good that you're handling it well! On the seltzer, have you tried the Smartwater seltzer machine? I got one a few months ago and works fantastically. Very easy...

    Sorry to hear about your sister, but good that you're handling it well!
    On the seltzer, have you tried the Smartwater seltzer machine? I got one a few months ago and works fantastically. Very easy to use, and a good cold drink for the summertime.

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  4. Comment on What have you been eating, drinking, and cooking? in ~food

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    Last week I picked a recipe from the Moosewood Cookbook called Macedonian Salad. Basically a roasted eggplant salad with an oil/vinegar dressing, tons of herbs, tomato, and minced pepper. It was...

    Last week I picked a recipe from the Moosewood Cookbook called Macedonian Salad. Basically a roasted eggplant salad with an oil/vinegar dressing, tons of herbs, tomato, and minced pepper. It was quite delicious!
    But as a meal... next time I'd add some protein or something a little more sustaining. Maybe the salad with slightly crispy tofu, crispy chickpeas, or cashews. This time we put it over some white rice to turn it into a meal, which was also pretty good. Would recommend if you like acidity!

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  5. Comment on Anyone using the BRAVE web browser? Thoughts? Experiences? in ~tech

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    I used it for the last few months but it being on chromium freaked me out a bit too much. Just switched to Firefox this week. So it runs well and love the privacy focus, but I just don't want to...

    I used it for the last few months but it being on chromium freaked me out a bit too much. Just switched to Firefox this week.

    So it runs well and love the privacy focus, but I just don't want to use a chromium browser.

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  6. Comment on The Jimmys - Disposable (2019) in ~music

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    Song my friends and I made a couple of years ago, I'd appreciate commentary :)

    Song my friends and I made a couple of years ago, I'd appreciate commentary :)

  7. Comment on Can you spot the deceptive Facebook post? in ~tech

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    As much as there have been many fake accounts and pages on Twitter and Facebook, it is somewhat startling to see the amount of evidence needed for Facebook to take down a page. Like for the...

    As much as there have been many fake accounts and pages on Twitter and Facebook, it is somewhat startling to see the amount of evidence needed for Facebook to take down a page.

    Like for the healthy living page mentioned in the article, all it took was a copy and pasted quote. That's not to say it isn't a page building a reputation before fully using its influence, but it could be someone genuinely saying their opinion. Not even an opinion I remotely agree with, but one nonetheless.

    Social media sites are private companies and so completely reserve the right to allow or prohibit whichever posts they choose, though censorship based upon the use of the English language and plagarized quotations aren't very solid evidence for foreign manipulation.

    This stuff scares me as it should everyone, but I hope at least some people are learning critical thinking from this and reviewing and critiquing their news sources.

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  8. Comment on Inexperienced Programming Question in ~comp

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    Thanks, a few others recommended "Automate..." So clearly I need to check it out

    Thanks, a few others recommended "Automate..." So clearly I need to check it out

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  9. Comment on Inexperienced Programming Question in ~comp

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    I basically have 0 experience with Matlab besides messing around, and the issue is with licenses as the company is a startup with limited resources. I'll have to look into GNU octave, it sounds...

    I basically have 0 experience with Matlab besides messing around, and the issue is with licenses as the company is a startup with limited resources.
    I'll have to look into GNU octave, it sounds interesting

  10. Comment on Inexperienced Programming Question in ~comp

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    Yeah I'd imagine I could make any language work, but judging by responses and just to start out, python seems to play the most nicely. Thanks for breaking down the languages into their practical...

    Yeah I'd imagine I could make any language work, but judging by responses and just to start out, python seems to play the most nicely.
    Thanks for breaking down the languages into their practical purposes though, that helps. So far, python definitely seems to be the most useful for me now, both for this task and in general.

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  11. Comment on Inexperienced Programming Question in ~comp

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    I'll definitely have to check it out then, free is always good

    I'll definitely have to check it out then, free is always good

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Inexperienced Programming Question in ~comp

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    Thanks, this was recommended by a few others. Definitely seems like what I'll want once I get the basics down

    Thanks, this was recommended by a few others. Definitely seems like what I'll want once I get the basics down

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  13. Comment on Inexperienced Programming Question in ~comp

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    Thanks! This looks very useful

    Thanks! This looks very useful

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  14. Comment on Inexperienced Programming Question in ~comp

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    Thanks, I'll definitely take a look. I'm also a hands-on person so jumping right might be good

    Thanks, I'll definitely take a look. I'm also a hands-on person so jumping right might be good

  15. Comment on Inexperienced Programming Question in ~comp

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    Thanks, I did want a program that would help me beyond just this task so python sounds like a great choice

    Thanks, I did want a program that would help me beyond just this task so python sounds like a great choice

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  16. Comment on Inexperienced Programming Question in ~comp

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    Great, that post actually reminded me to ask the question. Thanks a lot, I'll give it a shot.

    Great, that post actually reminded me to ask the question. Thanks a lot, I'll give it a shot.

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  17. Inexperienced Programming Question

    TLDR: What programming language would be useful for taking info in an excel file and producing a text file (that is organized and arranged in a particular way) containing that info? Which would be...

    TLDR: What programming language would be useful for taking info in an excel file and producing a text file (that is organized and arranged in a particular way) containing that info? Which would be useful for this problem but also helpful in general? And also, are there any recommended online courses where I could learn it?


    I have no real experience coding or anything but have always wanted to learn. Recently at work we've encountered a problem. My boss had created a matlab program in order to take text/numbers from an excel document and transfer them to a text file, but in an organized way.

    Say you have something you call "Pancakes" and the cell next to it has the number "3", as in there are three pancakes. I want to be able to create a text file that would read something like this:

    NUMBER OF PANCAKES

    • Pancakes: 3

    We recently have changed around the format of the excel document for a different item, for example "French Toast". I've tried to mess with matlab briefly but was unable to change the program to compensate, and I no longer easily have access to matlab.

    I'm seeing this as an opportunity to learn some programming and also fix some stuff at work. So what programming language would be useful for fixing this problem? Which would be useful for this problem, but also helpful in general? And also, are there any recommended online courses where I could learn it?

    Thanks for any help, I appreciate it.

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  18. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~talk

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    First job out of college as a chemistry lab tech in a tech startup, been here for a year. Can't say too much, but my major was in biochemistry but the work is a lot of pymer chemistry so I've...

    First job out of college as a chemistry lab tech in a tech startup, been here for a year. Can't say too much, but my major was in biochemistry but the work is a lot of pymer chemistry so I've learned quite a bit

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  19. Comment on While Google is attacked over privacy concerns and perceived bias, DuckDuckGo raised $10M in ~tech

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    Hm interesting point, I didn't know about this. Thanks, I'll definitely have to look into this further.

    Hm interesting point, I didn't know about this. Thanks, I'll definitely have to look into this further.

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