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  1. Comment on What programming language do you think deserves more credit? in ~comp

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    Perl 5 -- no ands, ifs, or butts.

    Perl 5 -- no ands, ifs, or butts.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Any other amateur bakers here with a favorite bread recipe? in ~food

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    Bernard Clayton's Bread book <--- highly recommended, you can buy a used edition form the 1980s or 1990s really cheap.

    Bernard Clayton's Bread book <--- highly recommended, you can buy a used edition form the 1980s or 1990s really cheap.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on I took two months off of the internet and it was wonderful for my mental heath. in ~talk

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    Dear EscReality: We missed you. Your pal, The Internet

    Dear EscReality:

    We missed you.

    Your pal,

    The Internet

    3 votes
  4. Comment on I was wrong about Google and Facebook: there’s nothing wrong with them (so say we all) in ~tech

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    I almost cry reading this. The author's point will probably be missed by 99% of the population because less than .001% may even read it, and of that .001%, most are probably already co-opted by...

    I almost cry reading this. The author's point will probably be missed by 99% of the population because less than .001% may even read it, and of that .001%, most are probably already co-opted by working for for-profit software companies, e.g. Google/Microsoft engineers. And irony is a tough sell to the average reader.

    Alas, the myth of boiling a toad in slowly warming water may not be true for toads, but it is true for people when their privacy and rights are concerned.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on How do you make yourself appear more approachable? in ~talk

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    raise your eyebrows and smile -- that's what politicians do.

    raise your eyebrows and smile -- that's what politicians do.

  6. Comment on your ways of staying healthy? in ~health

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    Vitamin D deficiency and/or depression? Consult with your doctor.

    Vitamin D deficiency and/or depression? Consult with your doctor.

  7. Comment on What are your views on the use of profanity on Tildes? in ~tildes

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    I do not like profanity and the current trend to embrace and revere it.

    I do not like profanity and the current trend to embrace and revere it.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Tell me about your pet(s). in ~talk

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    note: Winnie is a golden retreiver Thank you for the kind words.

    note: Winnie is a golden retreiver
    Thank you for the kind words.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Tell me about your pet(s). in ~talk

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    Jackie -- the living teddy bear. Winnie

    Jackie -- the living teddy bear.
    Winnie

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Which films would you consider essential to have watched to be a well-rounded person? in ~movies

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    I hope I linked to the correct one which has Kevin Kline (superb performance) and Angela. The other movie was terrible, if I recall correctly (probably did not even watch more than a few minutes)....

    I hope I linked to the correct one which has Kevin Kline (superb performance) and Angela. The other movie was terrible, if I recall correctly (probably did not even watch more than a few minutes). During that time, there was a Broadway show produced by Joseph Papp that was a hit, the Pirate Movie apparently tried to capitalize on that.

  11. Comment on Which films would you consider essential to have watched to be a well-rounded person? in ~movies

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    Way Down East Gone With The Wind Citizen Kane Sound of Music Pirates of Penzeance (Joseph Pap production)

    Way Down East
    Gone With The Wind
    Citizen Kane
    Sound of Music
    Pirates of Penzeance (Joseph Pap production)

    1 vote
  12. Comment on 'She means 30 books per room, right?' Bibliophiles voice their horror over claims tidying guru Marie Kondo tells people to severely restrict the reading material they keep in their home. in ~books

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    room = shelf

    room = shelf

  13. Comment on OxyContin - Sackler Family Exposed in ~health

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    I suppose the Sacklers are an American hybrid of Pablo Escobar crossed with Dracula -- sustaining themselves on other people's blood.

    Secretive, wealthy Sackler family is at the heart of the opioid crisis, lawsuit alleges

    I suppose the Sacklers are an American hybrid of Pablo Escobar crossed with Dracula -- sustaining themselves on other people's blood.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on The most powerful person in Silicon Valley in ~tech

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    For everyone Marshmallow Man, there needs to be a Ghostbusters team. Absolute power corrupts absoluetly We may be entering the age when holders of the AI technology surpass the powers of...

    “Have you seen the movie Ghostbusters? It’s like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man tramping around,” one VC tells me before I visit SoftBank.

    For everyone Marshmallow Man, there needs to be a Ghostbusters team.

    As Facebook and Google have demonstrated, machines take on the attributes of their makers. Algorithms, software, and networks all have biases, and Son likes to bet on founders who remind him of himself, or at least share his ideals. Son’s values, then, will become our own, dictating the direction of this machine-powered world.

    Absolute power corrupts absoluetly

    We may be entering the age when holders of the AI technology surpass the powers of government where government is then sustained to create the illusion of government, at least in what will have been democratic governments.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on The environmental impact of music: digital, records, CDs analysed in ~enviro

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    I was hoping to see some mention of the fact that music on vinyl records is not subject to deterioration simply sitting unused whereas CDs and DVDs are -- they internally disintegrate over time.

    I was hoping to see some mention of the fact that music on vinyl records is not subject to deterioration simply sitting unused whereas CDs and DVDs are -- they internally disintegrate over time.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on The Holes in the Map: England's Unregistered Land in ~misc

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    Is there a property tax in England?

    Is there a property tax in England?

  17. Comment on It's The End Of The Gene As We Know It in ~science

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    In high school back in 1973, I remember feeling that the LaMarckian theory of evolution (giraffes have long necks because they reach up high for foliage) was not adequately dismissed and taking...

    In high school back in 1973, I remember feeling that the LaMarckian theory of evolution (giraffes have long necks because they reach up high for foliage) was not adequately dismissed and taking issue with the blind acceptance of Darwinian theory. I had a very kind teacher who did not dismiss me for being a skeptic, but pointed out that neither theory is a certainty. From him, I learned that teachers can be something other than dogmatic. When I read in this article:

    In a paper in Physics of Life Reviews in 2013, James Shapiro describes how cells and organisms are capable of “natural genetic engineering.” That is, they frequently alter their own DNA sequences, rewriting their own genomes throughout life. The startling implication is that the gene as popularly conceived—a blueprint on a strand of DNA, determining development and its variations—does not really exist.

    I felt as if Lamarckian theory might be resuscitated.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Infinite parallel universes in ~talk

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    Does probability have much meaning in the context of infinity?

    life on earth in the current state is a set of extremely unlikely coincidences,

    Does probability have much meaning in the context of infinity?

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Suburbs and car centric urban design is the worst mistake in modern history. in ~talk

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    CAUTION: the Government shutdown appears to be affecting the map -- this warning "Due to a lapse in federal funding, this USDA website will not be actively updated. Once funding has been...

    CAUTION: the Government shutdown appears to be affecting the map -- this warning "Due to a lapse in federal funding, this USDA website will not be actively updated. Once funding has been reestablished, online operations will continue." appears and the layers are not working. I guess someone disengaged some servers the provide the layer data as part of the shutdown.

    Also, the USDA will not share their data for this model citing that the defining points, supermarkets with sales over $2 million a year, is proprietary and belongs to A.C. Neilsen, therefore we must rely upon A.C. Neilsen as to what the definitions of the overlays in the USDA maps are.

    8 votes