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  1. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I did not know ONI had mods too!! Will check them out. Any mod you recommend/like playing with?

    I did not know ONI had mods too!! Will check them out.

    Any mod you recommend/like playing with?

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I love this game. I had bought it back in 2018, since Don't Starve from Klei is another favorite game of mine and I picked up Oxygen Not Included as soon as I heard about it! I played quite a bit...

    I love this game. I had bought it back in 2018, since Don't Starve from Klei is another favorite game of mine and I picked up Oxygen Not Included as soon as I heard about it!

    I played quite a bit of it and had some fun, but work and life got more hectic and I hardly got any time for games the next couple years, till few weeks back, I opened up steam and I fired up Oxygen Not Included.

    This game has come such a long way, (Farming, Automation, germs, so many more great additions). I think I have spent waaay too much time playing this over the last few weeks :)

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Blame game escalates between US and China over coronavirus disinformation in ~news

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    I am at a loss at this statement; given the abysmal way the US government has handled the outbreak within US.

    Pompeo, in his remarks on Wednesday, doubled down on his criticism of Beijing.

    “We tried, you’ll remember, from the opening days to get our scientists, our experts on the ground there so that we could begin to assist in the global response to what began there in China, but we weren’t able to do that. The Chinese Communist Party wouldn’t permit that to happen,” he said.

    I am at a loss at this statement; given the abysmal way the US government has handled the outbreak within US.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on How do you all do "deep readings"? in ~books

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    The way I read non-fiction books have changed quite a bit since the days I was in Uni. When I was in Uni, I would do something similar to what @666 mentioned in their reply (mostly for non...

    The way I read non-fiction books have changed quite a bit since the days I was in Uni.

    When I was in Uni, I would do something similar to what @666 mentioned in their reply (mostly for non math-based courses). This help with getting you a decent grade, but it is absolute crap for any kind of knowledge retention in the long-term.

    In courses I was more keen to actually learn things, I would read and prepare notes and constantly add/improve my notes over the period of the course. This would also let me prepare for the exams much easier and I found this method netted in better long-term knowledge retention.

    Nowadays, I when I read non-fiction books, I don't bother taking notes. However I do highlight points I think are important (I grew up being told never to write or highlight in books, so starting to highlight in books was a hard habit to pickup, but I find it really helps.

    Most non-fiction books are also dense with material, so I try to restrict myself to read a single chapter (at most) at a time. This helps my brain digest the information better and also helps me contemplate/think on it till I pick up the book again.

    Also, as @thundergolfer said, re-reading a book is a great way to solidify your understanding of a book. When I was younger it was a point of pride to not re-read a book. I have let go of that silliness and often re-read books now :)

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What should I read next/suggest me a book? in ~books

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    Some books from my reading list which are in a similar vein to what you listed: Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative by Mark Fisher What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by...

    Some books from my reading list which are in a similar vein to what you listed:

    6 votes
  6. Comment on Recommend classic games you feel everyone should play at least once in ~games

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    I prefer strategy/resource-management/survival games (My current favorites being Factorio and Oxygen not Included). I think a classic in this genre is Caesar 3. There is also an open-source...

    I prefer strategy/resource-management/survival games (My current favorites being Factorio and Oxygen not Included).

    I think a classic in this genre is Caesar 3. There is also an open-source version of this (you will need the assets from the original) that works very well (even under Linux).

    I really miss the old school strategy games like Settlers, Knights & Merchants, etc.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 22 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Here is an article from EFF which covers this. Also, the HN discussion thread has a lot more information regarding this. The bottom line is do not use the zoom client, you can connect to Zoom...

    Here is an article from EFF which covers this.

    Also, the HN discussion thread has a lot more information regarding this. The bottom line is do not use the zoom client, you can connect to Zoom meeting from the browser itself. Most of the vulnerabilities seem to be in the Zoom desktop clients.

    Edit: Looks like someone also built a browser extension to use the Zoom web meeting version here.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I am not sure if you have checked the BodyweightFitness subreddit's wiki page. They have a good routine to start off of, and some nice progressions as well.

    I am not sure if you have checked the BodyweightFitness subreddit's wiki page.
    They have a good routine to start off of, and some nice progressions as well.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Cellphone review: Umidigi F2 in ~tech

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    Also, A firewall like AFWall+ should help as well, right? (whitelist network access to only apps/services you trust). I do this on a Pixel device as well, (anecdotal) and def notice improved...

    Also, A firewall like AFWall+ should help as well, right?
    (whitelist network access to only apps/services you trust).

    I do this on a Pixel device as well, (anecdotal) and def notice improved battery life with curbing how many apps can actually connect to the internet (via wifi or mobile)

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What is a good free project management tool for a very small team? in ~tech

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    For the most part day-to-day use of git does boil down to a few core commands (commit, pull, push, checkout, etc). I think this is a nice tutorial that covers most of the basics of git, that I...

    I just need to understand Git to do that, right now I just repeat three or four commands ad infinitum.

    For the most part day-to-day use of git does boil down to a few core commands (commit, pull, push, checkout, etc).

    I think this is a nice tutorial that covers most of the basics of git, that I think helps people who think more visually.

    I treat it as a glorified undo.

    Git can be very useful to jump to previous version of your repository! But, one of the killer features I think is light-weight branching. Being able to create a branch to test out introducing a new character, or write a trial chapter to work through a storyline, and then discard the whole branch if you do not like where it goes, or merging it back into your ~master~ branch if you do like it is great :)

    1 vote
  11. Comment on "Can Biden beat Trump?" in ~news

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    Yes, I do have words I am more comfortable with than others and I have grown to use words I am more comfortable with more frequently, often times, even if the meaning I wanted conveyed could've...

    Yes, I do have words I am more comfortable with than others and I have grown to use words I am more comfortable with more frequently, often times, even if the meaning I wanted conveyed could've been more effective with another word.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Bernie Sanders says he's staying in race, looks forward to debating Joe Biden in ~news

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    Here is the clip, for anyone wanting to watch it. I also think, this is an interesting (7 min) video from PhilosophyTube, he made during the 2016 elections. The scenario he is trying to ponder is...

    Sanders explicitly stated he has an electability problem. He actually lays out everything in his brief press conference. You could watch it and learn quite a bit about why he is staying in this race.

    Here is the clip, for anyone wanting to watch it.

    I also think, this is an interesting (7 min) video from PhilosophyTube, he made during the 2016 elections. The scenario he is trying to ponder is "When nobody on the ballot represents you, should you vote for the candidate you dislike the least? or stay out of it all together". I think this is quite relevant for the 2020 US elections voters as well.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on "Can Biden beat Trump?" in ~news

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    I apologize for replying without reading the article. I do hope people have a conversation about stuttering and hope it is not ridiculed. However, in this case, I feel like Biden supporters seem...

    I apologize for replying without reading the article.

    I do hope people have a conversation about stuttering and hope it is not ridiculed.

    However, in this case, I feel like Biden supporters seem to be using the fact he suffers from stuttering to cover any and all of his gaffes.
    This has already lead to a trend of people correlating Dementia with Stuttering on social media. This is not good.

    Stuttering also does not make people say completely made up phrases like "Lying-dog-faced pony soldier" or incoherent phrases like "I am a caucus".
    People make gaffes and people in the spotlight are unfortunate to have those gaffes recorded and saved by the internet. However, I think people should stop using the narrative that he is just stuttering when he is making these kind of gaffes.

    Neither I nor anyone not close to Biden/His physicians know if he is actually suffering from Dementia or not. It is not an easy thing to diagnose in a 30 minute check-up with a physician either, especially if it is in early stages.

    Nor, should people be trying to build a narrative he has dementia from video clips of his. I really wish people would pay more attention to the candidate's policies than spending time on these kind of things.
    (However, If Biden is in fact suffering from Dementia, I (emphasis on I) think it is his responsibility to the people of US as a public servant to step-down or at least nominate someone else)

    In the context of this original-post, Trump mocking Biden and mock-stuttering (thanks to the narrative that has been built already), is only going to give us a clip similar to him mocking Rubio for sweating. Unfortunately, his base will also eat it up.

    (I do not want to bring up my own personal experiences with stuttering, but once again, the clip you mentioned above, does not look like him stuttering, nor him using a learned stutter avoidance mechanism. But, I am not a native english speaker, so stutter avoidance in english may be quite different. I do not know. This statement is also just my opinion.)

    6 votes
  14. Comment on "Can Biden beat Trump?" in ~news

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    I do not know if Biden had a speech impediment/stutter or not, but to your last point: Here is the clip of him making that exact statement. Couple of thing that I want to point out: Your...

    I do not know if Biden had a speech impediment/stutter or not, but to your last point: Here is the clip of him making that exact statement.

    Couple of thing that I want to point out:

    1. Your transcribing is not accurate and you seem to be adding pauses incorrectly.
    2. The exact words he is saying is: "We know these truth to be self evident. All men and women created by go you know, you know the thing.
    3. That is clearly NOT a stutter. Please stop saying he is stuttering there. Stuttering is an actual speech impediment.
    4. He has no pause between when he starts saying "go" and "you know...".
    5. Most likely he could not see the teleprompter clearly, or he did not want to say God, because he was told to be more secular in his speeches and his brain did a panic-course-correction. I don't know.

    (I am only making the above points to the clip in question. I do not know if he suffered from stuttering in the past or as a child.)

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Joe Rogan Experience #1439 - Michael Osterholm (expert in infectious disease epidemiology) in ~science

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    I guess as someone who has a platform which is consumed by a few million people, Joe Rogan needs to understand what his action of providing a platform for white-supremacists and other such actors...

    I guess as someone who has a platform which is consumed by a few million people, Joe Rogan needs to understand what his action of providing a platform for white-supremacists and other such actors to spread their propaganda is doing.

    You may take what he (and the guests on his show) with a grain of salt, and consider things a little more critically; but most people consuming his show may not.

    I think this is a good video from PhilosophyTube which talks about the downsides of providing a platform for bad-faith actors to spread their propaganda.

    If you don't want to spend the time watching that video the closing synopsis of it is:

    Traditionally in philosophy it is considered good to interpret what somebody is saying as possibly true, but when it comes to propaganda, that instinct won't serve you well; and of course the tricky thing about propaganda is that it doesn't come with a warning label. In general if you're hearing somebody speak or if you're offering a platform for someone to speak, don't just think of their content of their opinions in the abstract; which they are of course entitled to. Think about what specific acts of speech are doing

    9 votes
  16. Comment on What do we actually know about modern disinformation? in ~talk

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    Thanks for suggesting those documentaries! I think this link for HyperNormalization would be better: https://archive.org/details/HyperNormalisation (The youtube link you posted seems to be 6...

    Thanks for suggesting those documentaries!

    I think this link for HyperNormalization would be better: https://archive.org/details/HyperNormalisation
    (The youtube link you posted seems to be 6 minutes shorter than the version found on BBC).

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    I have been having a lot of fun learning/using Rust the last several months. Coming from a C background, I really liked Learn Rust the dangerous way to get my feet wet with rust.

    I have been having a lot of fun learning/using Rust the last several months. Coming from a C background, I really liked Learn Rust the dangerous way to get my feet wet with rust.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Let's Share Recipes! in ~food

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    This is going to be a little off topic. I seldom follow recipes and this may be because of how I learned to cook. From my mother. She never has set amount of ingredients but adds ingredients and...

    This is going to be a little off topic.

    I seldom follow recipes and this may be because of how I learned to cook. From my mother. She never has set amount of ingredients but adds ingredients and tastes and adjusts, recently I noticed I do this a lot too.

    This method works really well for making Asian dishes (like Chinese, Indian, Thai, Korean, etc) too. I have a framework on how to make a dish a specific way, like Indian curry, Korean bul-kogi, etc.

    So instead of a set recipe, here is a framework I use for making Indian styled curry. Welcome to my very disorganized method of cooking :)

    To marinate the chicken mix the following powders together first:
    salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder , cumin powder, chili powder. Minced garlic and ginger (or ginger/garlic paste or even powder)
    Use Indian chili powder [1] if available, if not ground paprika or cayenne works well too.

    If you want your end dish to be more dry ; mix the above powder with lime juice well and mix in with chicken.
    If not, you can add some plain yogurt to the powder and mix it into a paste and then mix in chicken with it.

    Tips:

    • I generally prefer bone-in chicken thighs for Indian curry, but any chicken cut should work.
    • I also prefer to marinate the chicken for at least an hour, preferable overnight in the fridge.
      I generally buy meat once a month and prep meal sized portions, into zip-lock back along with different spices for different dishes and freeze them. So I can easily thaw a bag of marinated meat for dinner!

    For most Indian dishes, You start with heating up some vegetable oil, once the oil is hot.
    Add the following:

    • Red pepper flakes
    • A little fresh ground pepper
    • green Thai chilies (or even Serrano or jalapeno) (if available)
    • fresh minced garlic
    • fresh minced ginger
    • cloves (optional)
    • cinnamon stick (optional)
    • ground nutmeg (optional)

    Tips:

    • mix and match the above list to change the base flavor profile, experimenting with it.
    • If not using chicken, and making a vegetable based curry, you could also add curry leaves, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, and experiment!

    Once you have added the above spice blend to the hot oil and the minced garlic is starting to golden brown, add in diced onions.
    Saute the onions till they become translucent. Once translucent add in powdered spices, the base spices you used to marinate the chicken: turmeric, chili, coriander, cumin and salt.

    Continue sauteing and mix in the spices till the onions are cooked.

    If you want your end curry to be more liquid-y, add in chopped tomatoes and cook them well, if you want it to be more dry, skip the tomatoes.

    Then add in the marinated chicken and mix in well. Now add in some chicken stock (or water if you don't have any stock) with some tomato paste (if available) and mix in well and turn the heat up and mix well and cook closed till the chicken is cooked.

    Once chicken is cooked, cook on medium heat till the curry is reduced the the consistency you like.

    Finish off with some fresh cilantro and/or mint leaves :)

    Tip:

    • You can replace the above recipe with a vegetable mix like green-beans, cauliflower, carrots, etc too.
    • The curry would go well with some white rice (long grained, ponni, jasmine, etc, avoid short grained rice for Indian curries)
    • making unleavened bread with wheat or all-purpose flour is fairly easy as well, which goes very well with Indian curries, or just buy pita bread or corn tortilla from you local grocery store
    • if you have a Indian/Asian store near where you live, you should be able to get the base Indian spice mix (turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and chili powder) for fairly cheap and should last you a while.
    3 votes
  19. Comment on Good domain registrars? in ~comp

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    I have personally not used Gandi, but I think their recent fiasco with losing customer data was handled very poorly by them [1].

    I have personally not used Gandi, but I think their recent fiasco with losing customer data was handled very poorly by them [1].

    6 votes
  20. Comment on Rocket League to end support for macOS and Linux in ~games

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    As others have pointed out, it is not that hard. However, when I was setting up GPU passthru (around 1.5 years ago), I ran into an issue where my motherboard was not grouping the PCI slots into...

    As others have pointed out, it is not that hard.

    However, when I was setting up GPU passthru (around 1.5 years ago), I ran into an issue where my motherboard was not grouping the PCI slots into separate IOMMU groups. I had to buy a new motherboard to work around it. (This was tricky as well as motherboard vendors do not really advertise how they group the PCI slots, I just had to go off some reddit threads and pray it worked out, it fortunately did)

    Not sure if the hardware situation has improved now.
    (Hopefully, I will not have to find out anytime soon. With the AM4 socket, my next upgrade will mostly involve just buying a new CPU :)

    3 votes