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  1. Comment on Those who are not planning on getting a COVID-19 vaccine, what are your reasons? in ~health.coronavirus

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    To provide a counter-anecdote, many of my family are doctors, and I don't know a single one of them who is critical of the vaccines.

    To provide a counter-anecdote, many of my family are doctors, and I don't know a single one of them who is critical of the vaccines.

    15 votes
  2. Comment on What issues or aspects of life are largely one's personal responsibility to deal with? in ~talk

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    I don't have a whole lot to add here, but a small spelling nit: I think it should be "Whose" not "Who's".

    I don't have a whole lot to add here, but a small spelling nit: I think it should be "Whose" not "Who's".

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Which online content creators do you regularly follow? in ~talk

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    n-gate is good indeed, I find it quite therapeutic to go there when HN really annoys me.

    n-gate is good indeed, I find it quite therapeutic to go there when HN really annoys me.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Apple preparing next Mac chips with aim to outclass top-end PCs; up to 32 core CPU's, 16 core GPU's rumored in ~tech

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    As I understand, this is also thanks to Apple's decision not to fully lock the boot process: https://twitter.com/marcan42/status/1333126018068955136 Marcan's twitter is a really good source of...

    as for Linux, the kernel should run, although you need driver support to be useful.

    As I understand, this is also thanks to Apple's decision not to fully lock the boot process: https://twitter.com/marcan42/status/1333126018068955136

    Marcan's twitter is a really good source of information about Apple Silicon without the hype, I think. He's also going to work on a proper Linux port to them, and has raised a good chunk of funding already: https://tildes.net/~tech/tob/notable_developer_hector_martin_marcan_starts_patreon_to_fund_apple_silicon_linux_port

    Linus Torvalds has given a few less optimistic thoughts: https://www.zdnet.com/article/linus-torvalds-would-like-to-use-an-m1-mac-for-linux-but/

    The main problem with the M1 for me is the GPU and other devices around it, because that's likely what would hold me off using it because it wouldn't have any Linux support unless Apple opens up

    seems unlikely, but hey, you can always hope

    5 votes
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  6. Comment on We read the paper that forced Timnit Gebru out of Google. Here’s what it says. in ~tech

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    There's a full draft copy of the disputed paper on Reddit: https://old.reddit.com/r/MachineLearning/comments/k77sxz/d_timnit_gebru_and_google_megathread/gepcliq. For the file itself:...

    There's a full draft copy of the disputed paper on Reddit: https://old.reddit.com/r/MachineLearning/comments/k77sxz/d_timnit_gebru_and_google_megathread/gepcliq.

    For the file itself: https://gofile.io/d/WfcxoF.

    I found it quite funny that the "redaction" of authors names etc. is just pink boxes placed over the text. I opened up the PDF in LibreOffice Draw and deleted the pink boxes - the original text is plain to see. You can achieve something similar by just selecting the text and copying it.

    12 votes
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  8. Comment on The more boneless, skinless chicken breasts I sell, the worse I feel in ~food

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    After this bold comparison I was expecting her to say that chicken breasts have some kind of health cost for the consumer, but (unless I missed it) she makes no such claim.

    Sometimes I feel like one of those doctors selling cigarettes in the 1930s, who knowingly undermine the health of their patients for a check from the tobacco company.

    After this bold comparison I was expecting her to say that chicken breasts have some kind of health cost for the consumer, but (unless I missed it) she makes no such claim.

    12 votes
  9. Comment on Notable developer Hector Martin "marcan" starts Patreon to fund Apple silicon Linux port in ~tech

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    Not just the Wii! Also the PS3, PS4, and Switch. I'm quite optimistic about the Macbook efforts.

    Not just the Wii! Also the PS3, PS4, and Switch. I'm quite optimistic about the Macbook efforts.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on How to buy gifts that people actually want in ~life

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    Excellent point! On the other hand, how much someone likes a gift is very hard to quantify, so the value-estimate stands in as a proxy. (of course, there's also another kind of value, which is...

    Excellent point! On the other hand, how much someone likes a gift is very hard to quantify, so the value-estimate stands in as a proxy. (of course, there's also another kind of value, which is that you think of the person who gave it to you, and the happy event which perhaps accompanied the giving, when you use it).

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Spotify claims it’s dominating the podcasting market because of a million-plus tiny podcasts in ~tech

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    Really not looking forward to more formerly open standards becoming exclusive to a particular platform.

    Really not looking forward to more formerly open standards becoming exclusive to a particular platform.

    15 votes
  12. Comment on How to buy gifts that people actually want in ~life

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    Agreed, asking is a great way to avoid disappointment. I think a lot of what you're saying is actually quite similar to what the article recommends :)

    Agreed, asking is a great way to avoid disappointment. I think a lot of what you're saying is actually quite similar to what the article recommends :)

    ...Ask Them What They Want

    It seems obvious, but this is often the best way to get people gifts that they actually want. Many avoid this tactic because it diminishes the surprise/wow factor of the moment of exchange, but that's not actually important apart from your own fleeting enjoyment.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on UK authorises Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in ~health.coronavirus

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    This is actually incredible. I'm so happy. More info here: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine approved for use next week in UK https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55145696 I'm also hoping that the Oxford...

    This is actually incredible. I'm so happy. More info here:
    Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine approved for use next week in UK
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55145696

    I'm also hoping that the Oxford vaccine's high effectiveness dosing bears fruit - with such a low cost and ease of transportation that would be fantastic.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on How to buy gifts that people actually want in ~life

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    I found the chart about halfway through quite interesting - on average, the perceived value of a gift is always lower than the actual price! Only with very close relationships (significant other,...

    I found the chart about halfway through quite interesting - on average, the perceived value of a gift is always lower than the actual price! Only with very close relationships (significant other, friend) is the "yield" above 90%.

    2 votes