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  1. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    Eggplant Parmesan, baba ganoush, baigan bharta, grilled eggplant (with blue cheese if you're a fan) and stuffed eggplant are some ideas to start with. There are a million good recipes for those...

    Eggplant Parmesan, baba ganoush, baigan bharta, grilled eggplant (with blue cheese if you're a fan) and stuffed eggplant are some ideas to start with.

    There are a million good recipes for those five dishes. Pick the twist with spices and stuff you enjoy most!

  2. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    I can't manage to pick just one, but here are my three favorite vegetables: Eggplant, sweet potato, chickpeas. There are a million different ways of preparing them all. Or just cooking them on...

    I can't manage to pick just one, but here are my three favorite vegetables: Eggplant, sweet potato, chickpeas.

    There are a million different ways of preparing them all. Or just cooking them on their own with your favorite spices is great too.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on All the World’s Wealth in One Visual in ~finance

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    I don't know how they're getting their data or calculating this, but the methodology is obviously junk. Sure there's a comparison of something between different countries, but it can't be anything...

    I don't know how they're getting their data or calculating this, but the methodology is obviously junk. Sure there's a comparison of something between different countries, but it can't be anything meaningful:

    Norway's sovereign wealth fund is currently valued at 10 370 894 934 412 NOK, which according to google is 1.163 trillion USD. It owns about 1,4% of all global stocks and shares among other things.

    This chart values the entirety of all wealth in Norway at 1,1 trillion, less than this one wealth fund alone.

    In other words, everything else in Norway has a net negative value. Norwegian companies are worth nothing, Norwegian-owned properties and shares are worth nothing, Norwegian natural resources (oil, gas etc.) is worth nothing, Norwegian-owned cars, goods worth nothing, other large pension and stock funds privately owned, IP worth nothing, infrastructure worth nothing and so on.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Critical Windows 10 exploit discovered which allows arbitrary software to be installed under the guise of Windows updates in ~tech

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    Anyone have thoughts on the fact that the NSA appear to be the ones to have discovered this, disclosed this and led to the fix (according to a bunch of news publications)? Is this a time for...

    Anyone have thoughts on the fact that the NSA appear to be the ones to have discovered this, disclosed this and led to the fix (according to a bunch of news publications)?

    Is this a time for conspiracy and assuming they've already installed all the stuff they've wanted, or that they've disclosed this as soon as possible?

    I'm surprised this topic hasn't been at the top of all tech-related social media I visit the last couple of days.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Pack the Union: A Proposal to Admit New States for the Purpose of Amending the Constitution to Ensure Equal Representation - Harvard Law Review in ~misc

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    I agree with a lot of the problems as outlined in the piece, like the difference between the most valuable votes and the least valuable being way, way too big, territories and citizens being...

    I agree with a lot of the problems as outlined in the piece, like the difference between the most valuable votes and the least valuable being way, way too big, territories and citizens being unrepresented, and the constitution being too hard to change.

    I disagree completely with several others, including several of the proposed possible solutions and the "problems" they wish to address actually being problems.

    One of the largest flaws of the piece is that it's completely US-centric. Proposals like this one should look at all the other solutions the world has tested since the oldest surviving written constitution was adopted in the last 18th century. Why not pick the best parts of all the things that do work well when you've got your microstates to push amendments?


    Three main points:

    1. I believe in a balance between population-based and geographical representation. To me this proposal goes -from today's extreme of "geography-trumps-all" to the opposite extreme of "population-trumps-all". Two-speed countries/unions, where rural populations are simply ignored for populous cities are not something that works well.

    1. This whole proposal still doesn't deal with the greatest unfairness of the US electoral system: Winner takes all in first-past-the-post districts. Your vote is literally wasted and gains zero representation if your gal doesn't get the seat.

    Other countries solve this with leveling seats or multi-candidate districts. Those ways of organization sometimes incorporate literal formulas balancing population and geography as objective. Design still leaves room for "winner-bonuses" to ensure ruling coalitions have stable majorities to ensure stable governance if one wishes for that.


    1. The modern US president has outsized power and remains largely unaccountable to the electorate. When you're changing the constitution to rebalance democracy, why would one not redistribute more of that power to Congress? When the President can largely just ignore the majority in Congress on a host of issues anyway, how much can fixing the voting system really help if you don't fix the balance between the three branches of government so that triangle of shared power is more equilateral?
    6 votes
  6. Comment on Finland's Helsinki Airport debuts toilet facilities for pets – more than 10,000 dogs travel through the international airport every year in ~misc

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    The US has attempted to solve this by standardizing their fire hydrants as "this is where your pet does its business." Consequently both in dog parks, in airports etc. there are often fake fire...

    The US has attempted to solve this by standardizing their fire hydrants as "this is where your pet does its business."

    Consequently both in dog parks, in airports etc. there are often fake fire hydrants (sometimes with fake grass) for this very purpose where the animal toilets are.

    Is it worth the cost of actual fire hydrants falling in under this too? I have no idea.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Where to start with Mozart? in ~music

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    There's an incredible amount of different classical music. Different times, styles, compositions of instruments played together, with or without vocals/soloists, languages, happy/sad/pensive...

    There's an incredible amount of different classical music. Different times, styles, compositions of instruments played together, with or without vocals/soloists, languages, happy/sad/pensive moods, pieces driven by melody lines or multi-instrument harmonies, and on and on.

    Therefore, I really recommend starting with curated music. Best-of albums, top 100 songs of ____ category and so forth. Published albums or online lists will generally be good. See what you like in terms of instrumentation, styles of pieces, different composers and so on. Then delve in from there. Otherwise you stand to be overwhelmed. Where do you start? What do you learn you like (and importantly don't like) when you're listening more randomly?

    If you go with radio, or composer by composer, you'll encounter a lot of things you don't like. There's also a reason some pieces have stood the test of time and are therefore played a ton.

    You'll likely also recognize a lot of famous pieces from movies, pop culture etc. if you go with best-of albums. It's a way of getting an overview.

    When you listen to a jazz station on the radio, that's meant for people who are already into jazz. There'll be a lot of niche content that they'll be willing to listen to, but someone uninvolved with the genre will likely find less than engaging.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What gaming trend or trope needs to die in 2020? in ~games

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    I work in networking. I once got an email address at one of our clients who is a publisher to test things relating to networking and their mail servers. This address was mistakenly published as...

    I work in networking. I once got an email address at one of our clients who is a publisher to test things relating to networking and their mail servers. This address was mistakenly published as one of several contact emails relating to a culture-section on the site. It was left up on the site for around a week before I figured out why I was getting a lot of mail clearly meant for journalists/regular employees.

    The number of companies that send unsolicited emails with reviewer copies of games, books, tv series, physical products and gadgets, coins/tokens for paid services, event tickets, etc. was surprisingly high to me. (Granted this was several years ago and this was a relatively large, serious publication)

    I looked at the conditions for activating some of these products for some larger gaming companies because I'm interested in gaming.

    • I didn't have to be a writer/reviewer to avail myself of the offers. Some specifically stated that by receiving the email I could use whatever was on offer.
    • I didn't have to agree to actually writing something on the product, much less anything specific about parts of the game.
    • There were no offers of compensation for writing about a product in any way, no questions for contact info. for advertising departments etc. or other "sneaky" ways of hinting at possibly spending money if the publication were to write about whatever was on offer, or access to interview people or not etc.

    Some things were simply just free stuff. Swag given as part of a publicity budget in the hope that someone chooses to spend time that might possibly lead to press of some kind.


    ( I know nothing of what advertisers do/agree to in terms of promotions. I know nothing of how the industry wheels and deals. I know nothing of whether outlets just accept all this free stuff or have policies that they buy everything they review or how that differs from publication to publication)

    I think it's too easy to distrust a whole sector because some online-only companies aren't ethical.

    16 votes
  9. Comment on Carly Rae Jepsen's "Run Away With Me" reharmonized by Adam Neely (ft. Kate Steinberg) in ~music

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    I've played with a lot of different professional musicians. I used to make quite a bit of money from playing bars and weddings when I was in college, for instance. None of the emoting is there in...

    I've played with a lot of different professional musicians. I used to make quite a bit of money from playing bars and weddings when I was in college, for instance.

    None of the emoting is there in practice, even as an ensemble. There's body language for communication, sure, but not all this crazy waving. I think the best example of how over the top some artists are has to be Saturday nigh live's stage.

    Clearly there's an expectation that musician feel the music so incredibly strongly. Music is the entertainment industry- Just like sports and all the acting you see come match time there which is never around for practice either. I'm perfectly fine with that.

    But it's so over the top fake, and it's especially annoying when you can clearly see that their playing/singing is being significantly hampered by the over-the-top expressions or dancing. My experience is also that the expectation of Lindsey Stirling-ing is way worse in the US than elsewhere. Talent shows on tv are also a sick exponent of this where the judges who aren't formally trained seem to fall for it every single time because they're scared of showing they just don't get the genre being played.

    I know that I don't know anything about rap, hip hop and a host of other genres. I have no idea what's an impressive performance technically and what just sounds cool. That's totally fine. It's perfectly fine to like a piece for whatever reason. Pretending you're something you're not? It just shines through so easily because playing is often demanding and you don't have the cognitive surplus to go beyond playing the right notes into creating magic musical moments where everything comes together just so, or at least there's a thought where those moments are planned and honestly attempted.

  10. Comment on Carly Rae Jepsen's "Run Away With Me" reharmonized by Adam Neely (ft. Kate Steinberg) in ~music

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    This is not a higher standard. If you can arrange and perform the piece for 10+ parts, you're already spending so much time you'd want to put in an extra hour on the musicianship Here are 10...

    This is not a higher standard. If you can arrange and perform the piece for 10+ parts, you're already spending so much time you'd want to put in an extra hour on the musicianship

    Here are 10 low-hanging fruits off the top of my head that cover some ground for different covers that seem to have some reason for making the cover. You've surely heard several of these before:

    L'amour tojours: bad pop original cover

    What about us: pop orignial cover

    I hung my head: original cover

    Hey Ya: original cover

    PYT: PYT cover

    Enter Sandman: original cover

    Old man: original cover

    Smoke on the water: original cover

    DJ got us falling in love: original cover

    Chop suey: original cover

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Carly Rae Jepsen's "Run Away With Me" reharmonized by Adam Neely (ft. Kate Steinberg) in ~music

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    In my opinion this version tries way too hard to be dissonant and different, almost edgy, to meaningfully convey a specific message with the melody. Much less the content of the lyrics. The hard...

    In my opinion this version tries way too hard to be dissonant and different, almost edgy, to meaningfully convey a specific message with the melody. Much less the content of the lyrics.

    The hard part of knowing a lot of complicated music theory, isn't how to squeeze in that rarely used chord, structure or progression for the sake of doing so, but using them when they are the right tools for the job.

    What is this version of the song trying to convey?

    That the bass player is bored of easy bass parts and therefore needs to show off that he's a smart music guy by making an overly complicated rearrangement?
    That when you deny a resolution of a dissonance between chord and melody line in the highest pitched phrase of the verse only to deny the delayed resolution by a key change right afterwards that everyone's left reeling and unsatisfied?
    That a great saxophonist can overcome all this by a cleverly construed jazz solo because he can simply cover more ground in his lines as he can play more notes to bind weird chords together than how quickly a person can sing?

    Frustration over what one has to do to get plays on music on social media?

    Nothing in particular other than strong emotion through over-acting during the performance?

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Trump backs away from further military conflict with Iran in ~news

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    I think your analysis here is spot on. I'd add that all the countries with personell on the two bases and regional powers too were warned of the missiles ahead of time to avoid casualty and...

    I think your analysis here is spot on.

    I'd add that all the countries with personell on the two bases and regional powers too were warned of the missiles ahead of time to avoid casualty and therefore escalation to a real war. This underpins the view that the 80 figure for the local audience was meant simply as a PR victory to cool things down.


    Even so, the consequences of an active Iranian nuclear program and severely worsened US diplomatic relations in the region remain as middle and possibly long term consequences.

    It seems pretty audacious to me to call Soleimani "The world's biggest terrorist" to try to get a Bin Laden-size win out of this as Trump seemed to be trying to do today.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on New electric car sales in Norway rose by a third last year amid soaring demand for Tesla's vehicles – but the company will face a more competitive market in 2020 in ~finance

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    Electric vehicles generally don't pay road tolls in most places in Norway. With the proportion of electric cars increasing, and political backlash over this fact and that expensive (luxury)...

    Electric vehicles generally don't pay road tolls in most places in Norway.

    With the proportion of electric cars increasing, and political backlash over this fact and that expensive (luxury) electric vehicles get tax rebates, that seems likely to change several places over the course of 2020.

    The market will surely become more competitive this year, for many different reasons including this one and the ones mentioned in the article.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Cloudflare: First Half 2019 Transparency Report and an Update on a Warrant Canary in ~tech

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    I think your landlord example proves the opposite of what you want it to. Landlords are generally responsible for ensuring that nothing illegal goes on om the premises the own and let. This basic...

    I think your landlord example proves the opposite of what you want it to.

    Landlords are generally responsible for ensuring that nothing illegal goes on om the premises the own and let.

    This basic legal responsibility for what goes on in the equivalent of their "dumb pipes" shows that the social expectation in our society is that you are morally culpable for taking reasonable steps to ensure that what you sell/let/do doesn't facilitate or aid morally reprehensible people or behavior. The point of contention is how far you're obliged to ensure that's the case. But when you know, you're ethically required to act.

    Obviously the law doesn't go further than ensuring legal compliance, but the moral thing is to apply standards of basic decency, as is the reasonable expectation everywhere else.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Cloudflare: First Half 2019 Transparency Report and an Update on a Warrant Canary in ~tech

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    Deplatforming works. Suggesting that people are responsible for ethical thinking regarding what they allow their business to do/support is the centerpiece of most modern corporate philosophies....

    Deplatforming works. Suggesting that people are responsible for ethical thinking regarding what they allow their business to do/support is the centerpiece of most modern corporate philosophies. Including that of tildes.

    I'd say a lot of people who defend people's rights to earn money off hosting/supporting/enabling those of questionable morality is a discussion that's largely been taking place within the tech industry itself. I've yet to encounter people who aren't deep in tech feel it's reasonable to host nazis, terrorists, violent extremists, dangerous fundamentalists, pro-ana forums, and a number of other unequivocally reprehensible groups.

    techno-libertarians seem to be the only people who view any sort of dilemma or morally difficult choice here. Dumb-pipe-theory is extremely commercially practical. It's a morally bankrupt way of avoiding moral culpability for ones business decisions. I would argue strongly that companies present these veiws because they're practical and profitable, rather than morally sound.

    That is not seeing the world in simple terms, it's recognizing the agency that every business has beyond the bottom line. IF companies in Europe were to hold these same views under the Second world war, they'd be suppliers of materials used for building nazi concentration camps, furthering the war needs of the Nazis in their occupied native countries and so on.


    This transparency report seems to get at ethical concerns in a reasonable way, while simultaneously writing their actions off as responding to external pressures, not because deplatforming nazis is the right thing to do.

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Cloudflare: First Half 2019 Transparency Report and an Update on a Warrant Canary in ~tech

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    This has been my understanding too. Then it seems that they are in fact saying that the whole post is hot air. And that the reality is that pressure from netizens led them to terminate, not that...

    This has been my understanding too. Then it seems that they are in fact saying that the whole post is hot air.

    And that the reality is that pressure from netizens led them to terminate, not that they actually thought hosting The daily stormer or 8chan were bad things to do.

    Strange.

  17. Comment on Cloudflare: First Half 2019 Transparency Report and an Update on a Warrant Canary in ~tech

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    Can anyone explain why the terminations of either The daily stormer or 8chan were: I can't remember Cloudflare saying they'd host anything for any reason and therefore be a "dumb pipe". Is the...

    Can anyone explain why the terminations of either The daily stormer or 8chan were:

    Terminating a customer or taking down content due to political pressure

    I can't remember Cloudflare saying they'd host anything for any reason and therefore be a "dumb pipe". Is the company really saying the rest of their post on reasons for why extremist content is bad and dangerous is hot air and that the actual reason is that they were somehow strongarmed into terminating the two sites?

    This was a very strange read.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Sixth Democratic debate live stream (Dec 2019) in ~news

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    Why would I want to hear something that's commonly known? Debates are for learning new things about the candidates. Does x candidate agree with defined policy from y candidate? If we can't get to...

    Why would I want to hear something that's commonly known?

    Debates are for learning new things about the candidates. Does x candidate agree with defined policy from y candidate?

    If we can't get to comparing candidates and their views on different policy issues, what's the point of having all the candidates on the same stage? They can repeat all their campaign spiels on the campaign trails and in other media.

    I'd say what's going on is good journalism.

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Congress raises legal age to buy tobacco products to 21 in ~health

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    I expect the market has priced this bill passing in. This did not come as a surprise. It's been in the works for months. But when trading on human psychology (which the markets always are) who...

    I expect the market has priced this bill passing in. This did not come as a surprise. It's been in the works for months.

    But when trading on human psychology (which the markets always are) who knows! Your best guess is as good as mine. If you think you've got the market beat and are comfortable with the risk, make a move!

    Generally, I think the professionals get this sort of thing right most of the time. It's hard to beat the financial industry for a layperson.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Why Biden has such a large lead in the polls in ~news

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    I'd pick a president that compromises and gets something done over a president who sticks inflexibly to their ideals and does not get any of their agenda effectuated through legislation. In this...

    I'd pick a president that compromises and gets something done over a president who sticks inflexibly to their ideals and does not get any of their agenda effectuated through legislation.

    In this case perfect is the enemy of better. If you push for an ideal, don't get a majority and consequently don't get legislation passed, you're left with the status quo: No improvement. There is limited legislative time. Failed votes means not getting something done where something else could have been accomplished.

    What matters to real people are improvements in their lives. Often that happens step by step towards political ideals. Change happens incrementally. Improvement by improvement.

    Politics is about power. About majority. About writing laws and changing lives. That happens through compromise. No-one gets exactly the bill they want. You need compromise for majority.

    Sanders has a history of 40 years in politics where his voting record shows he is inflexible, unwavering and has been one of the congresspeople to get the least influence done in the longest tenure currently in office.

    Sanders is a great minority opposition figure, where you just need to win the next election so you in the future can get a majority on your issues. He will be a terrible majority leader and consequently president.

    Again, my personal political views probably align most closely with his campaign, but I'm convinced others will be able to enact more of those views into actual change in society, into taxpayer spending.


    My concern regarding age is not one of being out of touch, but of physical ability to do the extremely demanding job the presidency is. here younger people will necessarily be better at performing the highest office.

    8 votes