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  1. Comment on Biden unveils $1.9 trillion economic and health-care relief package in ~news

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    Agree it is a pretty progressive bill! But my cynical self also feels like a bunch of things on this bill are there to be used as bargaining chips, i.e. will be dropped for support from lawmakers....

    Agree it is a pretty progressive bill!

    But my cynical self also feels like a bunch of things on this bill are there to be used as bargaining chips, i.e. will be dropped for support from lawmakers.

    I doubt things like $15/hr federal minimum wage is going to survive in this bill to the end. I hope I am wrong.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 11 in ~news

  3. Comment on 70TB of Parler users’ messages, videos, and posts leaked by security researchers in ~tech

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    Parler apparently also collected copy of Driver/Govt IDs if a user wanted to be a "verified citizen", which allowed users to be able to DM, post meme's etc. (this is from what I heard in Reddit,...

    Parler apparently also collected copy of Driver/Govt IDs if a user wanted to be a "verified citizen", which allowed users to be able to DM, post meme's etc. (this is from what I heard in Reddit, so please correct me if this is not the case).

    5 votes
  4. Comment on Daily thread - United States 2021 transition of power - January 10 in ~news

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    Is Parler starting to moderate their site now? From the article you linked I thought the whole shtick about Parler was that it's a free-space to post anything.

    Parler has since removed the message.

    Is Parler starting to moderate their site now?

    From the article you linked

    The message, along with a few others, violated Parler's terms of service, and was removed, CEO John Matze told Mediate on Saturday.

    I thought the whole shtick about Parler was that it's a free-space to post anything.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on It's official: Apple has removed Parler from the App Store in ~tech

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    I think Parler being kicked off AWS after their apps were pulled from Google and Apple play store is good thing. Apparently, the number of app downloads on the app store surged for parler before...

    I think Parler being kicked off AWS after their apps were pulled from Google and Apple play store is good thing.

    Apparently, the number of app downloads on the app store surged for parler before it was pulled [1], but with their upstream servers going down, all those iOS downloads are going to be useless now. I don't think normal iPhones allow apps to be side-loaded easily. (ofc, android users may still be able to download and install apk, if parler starts distributing it directly from their new site, whenever it comes back up)

    6 votes
  6. Comment on What are your New Years intentions/resolutions? Why have you settled on them? in ~talk

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    Bigger, Leaner, Stronger is a pretty good book, I remember reading it 5-6 years ago when I started getting serious about getting fit. It is a easy way to get a good introduction into nutrition and...

    Bigger, Leaner, Stronger is a pretty good book, I remember reading it 5-6 years ago when I started getting serious about getting fit. It is a easy way to get a good introduction into nutrition and different aspects of exercise.

    Two things, I find that are most important is discipline and keeping an eye on your nutrition. Be mindful of what you eat and have an approximate goal of how much of carbs/fats/proteins you want to consume. Don't try to be too strict with it, but having an idea of what you should eat and what you are eating, will help you quite a bit. I personally think, trying to fit to a diet too strictly, causes a negative feedback everytime you miss any targets.

    Set a schedule for your workout/exercise sessions and try to stick to it. As you progress make sure your routine evolves with you. This also includes rest days, which are important for your body too :)

    of course, all of the above are things I find which personally works for me. Everyone is different and the key is finding what works for you!

    Best of luck on your journey towards getting healthier! :)

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of December 28 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I think these quotes are equally important, as I was trying to figure out why this would be the case: Seems like a combination of lack of trust in the government and the vaccine seems to be the...

    I think these quotes are equally important, as I was trying to figure out why this would be the case:

    April Lu, a 31-year-old nurse at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, said she refused to take the vaccine because she was not convinced it was safe for pregnant women. She is six months pregnant.

    Clinical trials have yet to be conducted on pregnant women who take the vaccine, but experts believe the vaccine is unlikely to pose a specific risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The agency says pregnant women may choose to be vaccinated.

    Respondents to the Kaiser Family Foundation survey who said they probably wouldn’t get the vaccine said they worried about side effects; they lacked trust in the government to ensure the vaccines were safe; they had concerns about the role of politics in the development of the vaccines; or they believed the dangers of COVID-19 had been exaggerated.

    In online forums, some healthcare workers throughout the country have expressed frustration over going first — a status some have associated with experimentation.

    Seems like a combination of lack of trust in the government and the vaccine seems to be the case largely along with fear of uncertainty of what the long-term effects (if any) may be.

    It is also weird to see "...; or they believed the dangers of COVID-19 had been exaggerated." come from healthcare workers at this stage of the pandemic.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on What are we so afraid of? – Tony Green, on dismissing, denying, contracting and spreading the coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    The person in the article (Tony Green) was also on CNN with Anderson Cooper (here); and Anderson Cooper introduces him as: (tagging @FishFingus as he pointed this out too)

    The person in the article (Tony Green) was also on CNN with Anderson Cooper (here); and Anderson Cooper introduces him as:

    My next guest voted for president trump, supports him still, but has changed him mind about the pandemic.

    (tagging @FishFingus as he pointed this out too)

    6 votes
  9. Comment on What are we so afraid of? – Tony Green, on dismissing, denying, contracting and spreading the coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    To add to @tindall 's and @aphoenix 's response With statements like these, from this person: I find it hard to be as judicious as you in absolving him of the blame he holds in this and think he...

    To add to @tindall 's and @aphoenix 's response

    With statements like these, from this person:

    I used to call it the “scamdemic.” I thought it was an overblown media hoax. I made fun of people for wearing masks.

    Some people in my family didn’t necessarily share all of my views, but I pushed it. I’ve always been out front with my opinions.

    I find it hard to be as judicious as you in absolving him of the blame he holds in this and think he might be a victim.

    In a global pandemic, I find it hard that he did not know what was being said about the disease. He however decided it was a hoax. Sure, this can be because of his distrust in the media, or because of what was pushed on him. (I am sure a large amount of blame rests on the people who peddled misinformation, I am not denying that)

    However, how hard is it for this person to stop for a second and consider the possibility that this situation may be as dire as it is being trumpeted to be (or even just be a fraction as serious), especially before making a decision which would put other people at risk.

    I stopped trusting the media for my information when it went hard against Trump in 2016. I got rid of my cable. It’s all opinion anyway, so I’d rather come up with my own.

    He just flat out decided he knows better and he is just going to go by his opinions to make his decisions. He did not try to search for more information nor educate himself on what is happening.

    The way I see it this person explicitly did not care how his decision might affect other people. All he wanted was a get-together and have some fun with other people, and he worked towards getting that, despite whatever the consequences may be.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What are we so afraid of? – Tony Green, on dismissing, denying, contracting and spreading the coronavirus in ~health.coronavirus

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    What is nasty about it? It literally has the jist of the entire article in 3 sentences. If you are referring to the "leopards ate my face" part, it is a subreddit ; from where I assumed OP found...

    but the title is just nasty

    What is nasty about it? It literally has the jist of the entire article in 3 sentences.
    If you are referring to the "leopards ate my face" part, it is a subreddit ; from where I assumed OP found this article.

    If we can't have a bare minimum of compassion for others even when they are wrong, then are we any fucking better than them?

    This just comes of as posturing or the author thinking they are better than the rest. No one is saying we should not be compassionate of others when they are wrong.

    I have also recently been seeing comparisons like:

    If your friend who is a smoker got lung cancer, would you be like "I told you so" or be compassionate and supportive.

    However, this is not a fair comparison. This situation is more akin to a person actively fighting (spending money or time) against regulations and rules against the tobacco industry (leading to deaths of others) and then getting lung cancer themselves. In such a situation I am not going to be having too much compassion for that person.

    The person in the article directly caused the deaths of other people, because he did not want to listen to others. This is more akin to a drunk driver running over innocent bystanders. Should we be compassionate to the driver in this situation if they accept they were wrong? (What does that even mean to be compassionate in such a situation?)
    (I know, my analogy is not great either, since the people who attended his party had their own agency and decided to attend it too)

    I am sad and angry that these people cannot do the bare minimum while people are dying.

    Edit to add:

    to gloat about his family being dead is beyond ghoulish

    Who is gloating here?

    12 votes
  11. Comment on India bans PUBG, Baidu, WeChat, Alipay, and 114 Chinese apps in the third ban wave in ~tech

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    I guess there would be 2 step to banning a app/service within a country. A request to the app stores to remove the application from that country's store. Apple and Google have the capability to do...

    I guess there would be 2 step to banning a app/service within a country.

    • A request to the app stores to remove the application from that country's store. Apple and Google have the capability to do this and when a country's Govt. request this, they comply.
    • The Telecommunications branch of the country will blacklist the IPs used by these services.

    Obviously, people may still be able to side-load the apps and use VPN services to get around those, but I suppose the majority of folks aren't going to be bothered by it.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on The path to autocracy; A second Trump term will leave America’s political system and culture looking even more like Orbán’s Hungary in ~misc

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    The Transition Integrity Project simulated various scenarios and here is their report. Tristan Wont Shut Up on youtube made a video about it as well.

    The Transition Integrity Project simulated various scenarios and here is their report.

    Tristan Wont Shut Up on youtube made a video about it as well.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on India bans PUBG, Baidu, WeChat, Alipay, and 114 Chinese apps in the third ban wave in ~tech

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    Just a nitpick Crore is unitless and does not convert to INR or USD 1 Crore = 10^7 1 Crore birds would be 10^7 birds 51000 Crore INR = 51 x 10^10 INR ; Which approx. is 7 x 10^9 USD...

    Just a nitpick

    unaware of what a crore is and how it converts to INR or USD

    Crore is unitless and does not convert to INR or USD

    1 Crore = 10^7

    1 Crore birds would be 10^7 birds


    51000 Crore INR = 51 x 10^10 INR ; Which approx. is 7 x 10^9 USD
    (6,962,229,967.96USD @ 1 INR = 0.0136514 USD)


    Another Indian numbering term is lakh = 1 x 10^5

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Netflix announces they are working on an adaptation of the Chinese science-fiction trilogy "The Three-Body Problem" by Liu Cixin in ~tv

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    The books were great! They were also well translated! (at least to English).

    The books were great! They were also well translated! (at least to English).

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Netflix announces they are working on an adaptation of the Chinese science-fiction trilogy "The Three-Body Problem" by Liu Cixin in ~tv

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    Did not know about this, googling led me to this. I do like alternate history stories and enjoyed PKD's Man in the High Castle, what was your issue with this? edit: sp

    and that god-awful idea about a show where the Confederates won the Civil War.

    Did not know about this, googling led me to this. I do like alternate history stories and enjoyed PKD's Man in the High Castle, what was your issue with this?

    edit: sp

    7 votes
  16. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of August 24 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Not really surprising, given the bombardment of propaganda Republicans subscribe to where they are constantly told if not for their Lord and Savior Trump, <insert abject fear-mongering>. Anything...

    That last bit is what really gets me.

    Not really surprising, given the bombardment of propaganda Republicans subscribe to where they are constantly told if not for their Lord and Savior Trump, <insert abject fear-mongering>. Anything making Trump look bad is just fake-news.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of August 10 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Thousands of Bikers gather for a Motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota that is expected to last from Aug 7-16. Expected to become a super-spreader event. Harleys Everywhere, Masks Nowhere:...
    5 votes
  18. Comment on Trump issues executive orders taking effect in forty-five days that ban "transactions" with Chinese owners of TikTok (ByteDance) and WeChat (Tencent) in ~tech

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    Google and Facebook may be a bad example, but @stu2b50's point stands that China can negatively impact American economy by targetting American companies. What? How?

    Google and Facebook may be a bad example, but @stu2b50's point stands that China can negatively impact American economy by targetting American companies.

    this executive order is leveling the tech playing field.

    What? How?

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    Programming at its core is just defining logic. The programming language is just semantics on how you define your logic :) Perl is still a case-sensitive language, so be wary of that I do...

    Programming at its core is just defining logic. The programming language is just semantics on how you define your logic :)

    where capitalization and formatting are pretty flexible

    Perl is still a case-sensitive language, so be wary of that

    I do understand the frustration with tabs in python, setting up your editor or IDE for the language you are coding in can definitely help a lot in terms of avoiding language-specific annoyances like this (even for Perl).

    If you are using Perl scripts at work already, you could also fork them and add functionality to those that may make your life easier/better!

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Priya Krishna, Rick Martinez, Sohla El-Waylly exit Bon Appétit Test Kitchen in ~food

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    Reminds me of this video :)

    They just need a camera guy or two and a bit of editing to make very good stuff.

    Reminds me of this video :)

    1 vote