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  1. Comment on Bernie Sanders drops out of American presidential race in ~news

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    It’s a typical comment for both tildes and this user. One of the main reasons why I stopped checking tildes daily. Sadly low effort comments are almost always what rose to the top of any political...

    It’s a typical comment for both tildes and this user. One of the main reasons why I stopped checking tildes daily. Sadly low effort comments are almost always what rose to the top of any political post.

    6 votes
  2. Comment on HBO will stream 500 hours of free programming in the US, including full seasons of ‘Veep,’ ‘The Sopranos,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ in ~tv

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    It was one I always wanted to start, just never actually did. I assume it’s something I’ll enjoy. I really like the actors I recognize and I’ve only heard good things about it.

    It was one I always wanted to start, just never actually did. I assume it’s something I’ll enjoy. I really like the actors I recognize and I’ve only heard good things about it.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on HBO will stream 500 hours of free programming in the US, including full seasons of ‘Veep,’ ‘The Sopranos,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ in ~tv

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    Back when I had HBO, I loved their tv series. I’ve never seen True Blood, Six Feet Under, or the second season of succession, but the rest on the list we’re shows I really enjoyed. Of the movies I...

    Back when I had HBO, I loved their tv series. I’ve never seen True Blood, Six Feet Under, or the second season of succession, but the rest on the list we’re shows I really enjoyed.

    Of the movies I recognize, none are ones that I would be super to watch or watch again.

    Their docu stuff tended to be good, but I’m unfamiliar with any on this list.

    I decided to cancel my subscription years ago because while I loved their series, they are often not my wife’s taste and they rarely had movies that we wanted to watch.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on When was the first time you felt different? in ~talk

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    My brother was born with a cleft lip and palate. I remember when we were kids, he was on the news for having something like 30 surgeries while he was so young. Now that he’s grown, he always has a...

    My brother was born with a cleft lip and palate. I remember when we were kids, he was on the news for having something like 30 surgeries while he was so young. Now that he’s grown, he always has a beard or goatee to hide it. He faced lots of stigmatism as a kid, but now that he’s older most people don’t even know.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I saw them like 5 times from the late 90s to early 00s ad they were fantastic every time.

    I saw them like 5 times from the late 90s to early 00s ad they were fantastic every time.

  6. Comment on Car seat manufacturers and retailers suggest that secondhand ones are unsafe and that they expire every six years or so, but finding any data that supports this is difficult in ~life

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    It’s not so much the age, but rather that a car seat is under constant stress and the temperature cycles may or may not affect the plastic as well. I don’t have the time or interest to look into...

    It’s not so much the age, but rather that a car seat is under constant stress and the temperature cycles may or may not affect the plastic as well. I don’t have the time or interest to look into it more, but I can promise that constant stress and extreme temperature cycles will affect the plastic. Now how much stress and which temperatures are considered extreme will depend on the material and duration it is exposed to those variables

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Colin Kaepernick Skips NFL Workout, Holds His Own in ~sports

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    To be fair, any team or scout that doesn’t know Kaepernick’s skills before this is lying at best, pathetic if true. Very few teams are interested in Kaepernick at this point and those that are...

    To be fair, any team or scout that doesn’t know Kaepernick’s skills before this is lying at best, pathetic if true. Very few teams are interested in Kaepernick at this point and those that are should already have years worth of film and stats to refer to. The NFL was definitely making it much harder than it needed to, but Karpernick could just as easily hold a session on a Wednesday and therefore have minimal competition for time of the scouts/teams. The bottom line is that NFL owners are not necessarily interested in the best talent for their team, but for who will help sell the most tickets and merchandise. He’s definitely good enough to be a starter on some teams or a back up on most, but the negative publicity he brings from the right is the real hurdle he faces. What’s preventing him from playing in a different league and therefore not needing special workouts to show his skills?

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Car seat manufacturers and retailers suggest that secondhand ones are unsafe and that they expire every six years or so, but finding any data that supports this is difficult in ~life

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    The car seat won’t necessarily start falling apart, but if u see constant stress (ie properly installed in a car) that causes the plastic to deform. When in an accident, the seat will no longer...

    The car seat won’t necessarily start falling apart, but if u see constant stress (ie properly installed in a car) that causes the plastic to deform. When in an accident, the seat will no longer perform
    to its design specs. That’s not to say your kid would get hurt, but the likelihood definitely increases. These seats are designed with a specified lifecycle in mind and while they would perform well under normal use for probably decades, it’s the non-normal use that they actually protect your kid.

    Personally, I don’t have a problem reusing the seats, but to expect them to perform the same as new after years of use or storage would be disingenuous.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on Car seat manufacturers and retailers suggest that secondhand ones are unsafe and that they expire every six years or so, but finding any data that supports this is difficult in ~life

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    Depending on how the car seat is used and/or stored the plastic in it can definitely “expire” and be less safe than when it was first made or installed. By its very nature plastic will deform...

    Depending on how the car seat is used and/or stored the plastic in it can definitely “expire” and be less safe than when it was first made or installed. By its very nature plastic will deform under so start stress and even more so under extreme temperatures.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    One of the best concerts I’ve ever been to was when Opeth performed My Arms Your Hearse in full as their encore. It’s easily my favorite album of theirs and to have them play the whole thing was...

    One of the best concerts I’ve ever been to was when Opeth performed My Arms Your Hearse in full as their encore. It’s easily my favorite album of theirs and to have them play the whole thing was just phenomenal.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on It’s not enough to be right—You also have to be kind in ~life

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    Most of what you rightfully call out and what his precious work is base on is reinforcing our own ideas or simply just generating clicks. Drumming up drama will get attention, but you’re rarely if...

    Most of what you rightfully call out and what his precious work is base on is reinforcing our own ideas or simply just generating clicks. Drumming up drama will get attention, but you’re rarely if ever going to get someone to change their opinion. It’s similar to how most “discussions” on the internet and even in person are really just understanding enough of what the other says in order to submit your rebuttal. To truly change an opinion we must empathize and understand where the other person is coming from. Understanding how to drum up attention is not mutually exclusive to understanding how to bring about change although they are usually opposite in their practice.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Does Transparency in Moderation Really Matter?: User Behavior After Content Removal Explanations on Reddit in ~science

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    I think one of the issues this study fails to take I to consideration is why moderators choose to not use removal reasons. The hate and vitriol that some people have for having their post removed...

    I think one of the issues this study fails to take I to consideration is why moderators choose to not use removal reasons. The hate and vitriol that some people have for having their post removed is absurd. Some subs have directions in the removal reasons for how to resubmit but the moderators still get insults and sometimes even users following them around reddit to downvote and sling insults in other subs.

    9 votes
  13. Comment on The State of California Could Have Stopped 8Chan: It Didn’t in ~tech

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    I’ve got to agree that it’s really disheartening that even members of Congress are afraid of being swatted. The US needs to drastically reform its police, and put pressure on politicians who are...

    I’ve got to agree that it’s really disheartening that even members of Congress are afraid of being swatted. The US needs to drastically reform its police, and put pressure on politicians who are too cowardly to try to do anything.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on Let's talk bags in ~talk

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    I haven’t smoked in about a decade now, but back when I did I found that cigarettes and lighter were excellent conversation starters. I still carry a lighter with me, but not cigarettes.

    I haven’t smoked in about a decade now, but back when I did I found that cigarettes and lighter were excellent conversation starters. I still carry a lighter with me, but not cigarettes.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on What do you want to do/be when you grow up? in ~talk

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    Thank you for the suggestions. I’ll get him the. Oils first and we can look into video lessons probably as well.

    Thank you for the suggestions. I’ll get him the. Oils first and we can look into video lessons probably as well.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on What do you want to do/be when you grow up? in ~talk

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    Honestly I’m not sure. I’m atonal and arrhythmic and gave up on all instruments decades ago. He was gifted the accordion, so it might just be too big and something he’ll need to grow into. I’ve...

    Honestly I’m not sure. I’m atonal and arrhythmic and gave up on all instruments decades ago. He was gifted the accordion, so it might just be too big and something he’ll need to grow into. I’ve looked around but there aren’t any shops or lessons near us, which is why he’s relegated to YouTube. All I know is he says his hands are too small even though he’s got big hands and feet like me. I just figured it was because he doesn’t really know what he’s doing, but if they are different sizes and can be too big, he’ll just have to grow into it.

  17. Comment on What do you want to do/be when you grow up? in ~talk

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    Do you possibly have any resources for learning accordion? My son was gifted an accordion and has watched a few YouTube videos but gets discouraged from his hands being too small for the bass...

    Do you possibly have any resources for learning accordion? My son was gifted an accordion and has watched a few YouTube videos but gets discouraged from his hands being too small for the bass portion. I’d love to show him some resources that will help him learn this instrument. He plays the alto sax in his school band, played violin in his last school and is starting to self learn the guitar and clarinet as well (my dad plays all of these except the accordion so helps when he can).

    1 vote
  18. Comment on What do you want to do/be when you grow up? in ~talk

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    The first step is correctly identifying the problem at hand. Something that most people take as trivial is often misunderstood and misinterpreted leading to the wrong solution. When a new...

    The first step is correctly identifying the problem at hand. Something that most people take as trivial is often misunderstood and misinterpreted leading to the wrong solution. When a new challenge arises with something I’m designing, my first thought is always to try to identify specific issues I’m encountering and why.

    The next challenge is going to be properly researching a solution. You don’t want to reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to. Has someone else encountered the same problem you’re facing? Did they find a solution that you can either reverse engineer or even better if they publish how? Often times we refer to similar phenomena by different names depending on our backgrounds so it’s often important to search for broad or related terms rather than the specific terms you are dealing with.

    Next is to come up with a design or solution. Sometimes this is as easy as ordering something but often requires tweaks for your specific application or something new altogether. Sometimes ordering a solution is too expensive or the lead time is too long (you’re usually constrained by both time and budget), so instead you need to modify parts you find off eBay or repurposing things laying around your lab.

    Is your design buildable? @cfabbro linked a great video that had my laughing when they mentioned how we learn how to design by either knowing how to machine or by having machinists tell us it can’t be done. I remember a dozen years or so ago having a great design in solidworks that solved all my problems but then having my machine shop laugh me out of their office, an edm shop tell me it’s impossible and then having it 3D printed in titanium alloy only to have to go back in and manually cut/file out support structures and errors to make it work. Back then 3D printing wasn’t as readily available as it is now, so we were very limited in material selection as well as who could actually do what we needed.

    A big part of design is choosing the proper material and how much is needed. Do you use glass, plastic, metal, etc? The material properties and cost play a huge role. Is sustainability important to your company? Is it for consumers where if it breaks, no biggie they can replace it? Or is it mission critical and can destroy something that costs millions of dollars if it malfunctions or breaks?

    Then you need to build and test that design. Inevitably it won’t work the way it was designed and now you need to troubleshoot why. Isolating variables and designing tests that rule out or prove specifics are crucial. Proper test design paramount to ensure that you are getting the results you are looking for or at least making progress in identifying why it’s not working as originally designed. Once you identify a source of error, you start again at the beginning.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on What do you want to do/be when you grow up? in ~talk

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    I ended up where I am in a very round about way and lucked into where I am. I dropped out of my first university and then got a job in a pizza place while going to my local junior college. Around...

    I ended up where I am in a very round about way and lucked into where I am. I dropped out of my first university and then got a job in a pizza place while going to my local junior college. Around the same time I was accepted into a very good university for engineering, I found out my girlfriend was pregnant. She was 18, I was 21. I quit my job at the pizza place and started working as an electrician. I was working 4 day a week and going to school 2 days (the university was an hour away from where we lived). I started by working as a janitor for a small start up R&D company to make extra money on nights/weekends. Every time one of the engineers was around, I would ask as many questions about their technology as I could. Eventually I talked my way into a sales position when the original salesman left and I would do side jobs as an electrician/handyman on the weekends. The sales job was mostly cold calling and I hated it, but it got me in the room with the owner and senior engineers much more often. Eventually they saw that I was not a good salesman, but I had a knack for engineering. I was pulled over to the R&D team while I was still finishing my Bachelors.

    From there, I have worked my way up through the company to a senior R&D engineer. I get to work with lasers and have built lots of interesting chambers for testing in harsh conditions. Everyday is a challenge and we use google scholar and the local university libraries constantly. I have written and won several SBIR grants for the US Navy, NASA and even some small grants for commercial companies. I would have been able to apply for a few different patents over the years, but our technology has been protected under the SBIR contracts and my boss never wanted to spend the money to file the patents. Unfortunately the company is now closing, but I have been lucky to work on some cool technology and have worked with some huge companies. I think with better business development the company and technology could have gone much further than we did, but our president always was looking to keep it as secret as possible.

    I never went back for my Masters of Science like I always planned, although I did get an MBA that my company paid for. The lack of Masters of Science has been a bit of a hinder for looking for new opportunities, although I am currently interviewing with 2 different companies that I am certain will be making me an offer. One is not what I consider a cool technology, but the location is ideal for me and my family. The other is working on satellite propulsion systems, but the location is a drawback. Both these companies are start ups with very big potential and would allow me to continue doing R&D in a change of scenery.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on What do you want to do/be when you grow up? in ~talk

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    If you can get a Masters or PhD, that will get you that foot in the door for industry much easier than just a Bachelors. I’ve done R&D for the last 15 years and it’s very rare to meet someone...

    If you can get a Masters or PhD, that will get you that foot in the door for industry much easier than just a Bachelors. I’ve done R&D for the last 15 years and it’s very rare to meet someone without at least a Masters. The more publications or items you can put in your resume to show them that you are a good critical thinker, the better your chances.

    3 votes