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  1. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Has anyone watched the second season of Sex Education on Netflix? I found the first season to be moderately enjoyable, but didn’t want to waste my time if the second wasn’t any good

    Has anyone watched the second season of Sex Education on Netflix? I found the first season to be moderately enjoyable, but didn’t want to waste my time if the second wasn’t any good

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  2. Comment on Remove Richard Stallman in ~tech

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    Agreed, I just felt that in discussions online people either misread or mischaracterized what he was saying. What he was saying was shitty enough on its own, people didn’t need to change it to...

    Agreed, I just felt that in discussions online people either misread or mischaracterized what he was saying. What he was saying was shitty enough on its own, people didn’t need to change it to something even shittier, that just leaves wiggle room for intolerant people to yell “he didn’t say that” and ignore what was actually said.

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  3. Comment on Remove Richard Stallman in ~tech

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    I think he was trying to say that Epstein did the coercing and Minsky was unaware. It seems obvious (to me at least) that Minsky had to be aware or chose to ignore the element of coercion in his...

    I think he was trying to say that Epstein did the coercing and Minsky was unaware. It seems obvious (to me at least) that Minsky had to be aware or chose to ignore the element of coercion in his acts, but Stallman was trying to raise the point of who committed the crime if one person does the coercing and one person does the sexual act.

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  4. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 discussion in ~tv

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    I felt sad at the end of the episode, which was weird after not feeling anything particularly strongly during the emotional climaxes of the episode. I realized I felt sad because the characters...

    I felt sad at the end of the episode, which was weird after not feeling anything particularly strongly during the emotional climaxes of the episode. I realized I felt sad because the characters are acting so out of character it feels like they’re already gone, why be sad for Dany’s death of her child when Dany’s character is already gone. I went from dreading there only being six episodes left to being ready for the end of the series, and not in a good way.

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  5. Comment on …and in the end there will be the command line. in ~comp

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    We are the test suite :)

    We are the test suite :)

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  6. Comment on Building Artificial General Intelligence - Peter Morgan (CEO of Turing.AI) in ~tech

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    Seems like the person is “Peter Morgan” who is the CEO of Turing.AI

    Seems like the person is “Peter Morgan” who is the CEO of Turing.AI

  7. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~science

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    All great info. Here’s what I’m thinking off the top of my head. You’ll need a dedicated datastore if you want to be able to support advanced models, you don’t want to run expensive analytics...

    All great info.

    Here’s what I’m thinking off the top of my head.

    1. You’ll need a dedicated datastore if you want to be able to support advanced models, you don’t want to run expensive analytics against a production database.

    2. You’ll need some environment for your model to be used by other people I’m assuming, you don’t want your data scientist to have to worry about this so this is something you should work out now.

    Don’t worry about 1 so much right now, I would just load the data in excel and create a basic regression for a first model, it will almost certainly be more accurate than you think, that will give you an actual model to work with while you worry about 2. If you don’t want to bother with the excel your programming language of choice will almost certainly have some basic regression models in a library somewhere. SciKit for python is a great beginner option.

    If you want to learn theory that book I recommended is a good introduction at the undergraduate level, if you have the math chops there’s a graduate level book “Elements of Statistical Learning” by the same authors.

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  8. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~science

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    Unfortunately this is is a hard question to answer without more details. What kind of data? What kind of predictions? How much data? How much accuracy? What are your resources? Do you want to...

    Unfortunately this is is a hard question to answer without more details. What kind of data? What kind of predictions? How much data? How much accuracy? What are your resources? Do you want to learn theory? Do you want to just plug your data into a framework? Is the data cleaned already?

    Without much more detail pretty much all I can recommend is “An Introduciton to Statistical Learning” this book is a good overview of the field (without much emphasis on the current ML craze)

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  9. Comment on Tech Talk: What's the make & model of your current phone? What do you like about it? Dislike? What phones have you owned in the past? in ~tech

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    iPhone 7 32gb, I feel like I’m the outlier here with not wanting a super powerful phone. My phone is basically just my web browsing /occasional email/ music streaming machine. Texting too I guess,...

    iPhone 7 32gb, I feel like I’m the outlier here with not wanting a super powerful phone. My phone is basically just my web browsing /occasional email/ music streaming machine. Texting too I guess, and god forbid an actual phone call. I don’t really take pictures and I don’t really save media to it so I’m always curious what the average user is doing with so much memory on their phone. Hell my MBP only has 256gb, I mean I store my personal documents in S3 but I guess if you don’t work with visual media memory isn’t that big of a issue for most people? Am I missing something?

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  10. Comment on True Detective - Season 3 (2019) Official Trailer in ~tv

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    Did anyone watch Season 2? The reviews I heard were terrible so I never bothered, but I remember season 1 being amazing. I also heard the original show runners were back for this season?

    Did anyone watch Season 2? The reviews I heard were terrible so I never bothered, but I remember season 1 being amazing. I also heard the original show runners were back for this season?

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  11. Comment on What are you optimistic about? in ~talk

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    I have two big job interviews coming up, I’m hopeful at least one (one in particular) goes well! I’m optimistic about my chances for one, not so much for the other.

    I have two big job interviews coming up, I’m hopeful at least one (one in particular) goes well! I’m optimistic about my chances for one, not so much for the other.

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  12. Comment on What are the best practices for passphrase security? in ~tech

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    My typical policy is use my password manger for passwords that can be easily reset (I.e internet accounts that aren’t my main emails) and use correcthorsebatterystaple style passwords that I...

    My typical policy is use my password manger for passwords that can be easily reset (I.e internet accounts that aren’t my main emails) and use correcthorsebatterystaple style passwords that I memorize for everything else (only a few of them, more or less main email, master password, and one for each computer). This seems to have worked well for me for the last few years.

    Regarding your algorithm for generating passwords, I’ve heard of people doing this but any structure in your passwords is going to reduce entropy, which isn’t really going to be a problem unless someone really wants to figure out your passwords.

    Regarding the website restrictions, it’s never been a problem, my password manager has options to change the algorithm, and the only issue I’ve ever had was when a website silently removed some characters from a security question (I use random passwords as answers to those too, can be funny when you have to tell a support person your mothers maiden name is LJSUZ71$)

    I also have a “insecure” password which I use for everything I don’t care if someone logs in as me for. So anything that just has my (spam) email and no personal information I don’t bother creating a strong password for because it doesn’t matter if it’s compromized since the attacker could only login to other services I don’t care about.

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  13. Comment on Liberal figures being targetted. in ~talk

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    You’re commenting here arguing with everyone who says they don’t think it’s a false flag. It’s irrelevant that you didn’t actually say “it’s a false flag operation” because you’re still making the...

    You’re commenting here arguing with everyone who says they don’t think it’s a false flag. It’s irrelevant that you didn’t actually say “it’s a false flag operation” because you’re still making the arguments for it being such. Please try to be a bit less disingenuous with your comments, you’re free to interpret the information how you see fit but it’s discouraging to see this kind of behavior in a discussion.

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  14. Comment on Talking about identity/cultural appropriation, how to navigate life? in ~talk

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    This seems weird do me, if you’re running a taco bar that’s different than what the traditional ones are serving isn’t that just creating some new unit of culture? I mean it’s unfortunate that the...

    It's totally cool to love and appreciate Mexican culture (for example), but not cool for me to set up and run a trendy taco bar that pushes actual Mexican-American owned establishments out of business.

    This seems weird do me, if you’re running a taco bar that’s different than what the traditional ones are serving isn’t that just creating some new unit of culture? I mean it’s unfortunate that the traditional restaurants might not survive but I don’t see how you’re doing anyone a disservice.

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  15. Comment on What is the worst food experience you've ever had? in ~food

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    I think your mom and mine must have collaborated on the stinky pizza, and trust me that smell qualifies as an experience. If I remember correctly mine was a cauliflower crust? It smelled for days.

    I think your mom and mine must have collaborated on the stinky pizza, and trust me that smell qualifies as an experience. If I remember correctly mine was a cauliflower crust? It smelled for days.

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  16. Comment on What is the worst food experience you've ever had? in ~food

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    Worst: School chili dog in grade 6, got food poisoning and haven’t touched a chili dog since, and will only eat hotdogs at a ballpark. Best: At a Japanese restaurant for a six month anniversary, I...

    Worst: School chili dog in grade 6, got food poisoning and haven’t touched a chili dog since, and will only eat hotdogs at a ballpark.

    Best: At a Japanese restaurant for a six month anniversary, I got to eat three small delicious strips of A5 BMS 12 beef, cooked for no more than 45 seconds on a hot rock. Seriously one of the craziest expectation breaking food experiences I’ve had.

    Edit: Forgot to add, when the waiter brought out the meat and the rock, he brought out what he claimed was the cows birth certificate with him.

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  17. Comment on Making sense of the Supermicro motherboard attack in ~comp

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    From the article: “There are few facts, and much supposition.” Sums it up pretty nicely. It was an interesting read though, it’s always amazing to me to read about how many computers are in a...

    From the article: “There are few facts, and much supposition.”

    Sums it up pretty nicely. It was an interesting read though, it’s always amazing to me to read about how many computers are in a computer (in several senses of the word) I really can’t imagine being a security engineer in charge of securing such a complex machine.

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  18. Comment on Experimenting with liquid rockets - NileRed in ~science

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    This persons videos are really high quality, a lot of clean visuals and good explanations that go into the right amount of detail to make you feel like you learned something but aren’t too...

    This persons videos are really high quality, a lot of clean visuals and good explanations that go into the right amount of detail to make you feel like you learned something but aren’t too technical.

    I’m always a little sad when his content is gifbooted and put on the chemicalreactiongifs subreddit.

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  19. Comment on Wikipedia bans right wing site Breitbart as a source for facts in ~misc

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    Yeah my comment was more flippant than it needed to be. I also wasn’t aware that Wikipedia only allows secondary sources. Regarding the citation needed, I was expressing my frustration at how news...

    Yeah my comment was more flippant than it needed to be. I also wasn’t aware that Wikipedia only allows secondary sources. Regarding the citation needed, I was expressing my frustration at how news organizations (I’m going to include Brietbart here, under the definition that it is a news organization because people consume their content for news, regardless of their lack of adherence to journalism standards) are given the authority to be sources of truth but that authority is used to give readers the information that aligns with the organizations goals.

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  20. Comment on Wikipedia bans right wing site Breitbart as a source for facts in ~misc

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    Why are news organizations allowed to be sources in the first place? Pretty much every statement in a news article should come with a [citation needed]

    Why are news organizations allowed to be sources in the first place? Pretty much every statement in a news article should come with a [citation needed]

    11 votes