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  1. Comment on Australia election results discussion in ~talk

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    Bah. Green calls it for Coalition, and I'm out. You can swap out your leader, deliver zero policies of substance good or bad, fill your ranks with corrupt people, and all it takes to continue...

    Bah. Green calls it for Coalition, and I'm out. You can swap out your leader, deliver zero policies of substance good or bad, fill your ranks with corrupt people, and all it takes to continue government in this country is make deals with racists and whatever the hell Palmer is.

    Education and research cuts will continue, funding will continue to shift from public to private schooling, public money and funding will continue to tip from the lower classes of society to the top, and with One Nation and UAP knowing they pushed the government to victory they can hold the axe over their head from now to the next election and push their racists and backwards policies.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on Australia election results discussion in ~talk

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    Look at the difference in the crowd reaction between Tony and Zali mentioning their opponent. Boos and hate from the right, 'hear hear' to respect from the moderates.

    Look at the difference in the crowd reaction between Tony and Zali mentioning their opponent. Boos and hate from the right, 'hear hear' to respect from the moderates.

  3. Comment on Australia election results discussion in ~talk

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    Absolutely, with the polling trending towards a 50:50 split, earlier would have to have some weight to a labor boost. Though I am so biased on that I could just be grasping at straws.

    Absolutely, with the polling trending towards a 50:50 split, earlier would have to have some weight to a labor boost.

    Though I am so biased on that I could just be grasping at straws.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Australia election results discussion in ~talk

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    I believe for his legacy and for his continuation as a public figure he is looking for a key golden parachute role in a Morrison government in a role where he needs to represent things with a...

    I believe for his legacy and for his continuation as a public figure he is looking for a key golden parachute role in a Morrison government in a role where he needs to represent things with a little less partisanship like an ambassadorial or similar role.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Australia election results discussion in ~talk

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    While I'm a little worried about the influence of UAP (Australia's version of tea party, UKIP, trumpettes) in propping up the Libs via preferences, the fact Antony Green just called Tony as being...

    While I'm a little worried about the influence of UAP (Australia's version of tea party, UKIP, trumpettes) in propping up the Libs via preferences, the fact Antony Green just called Tony as being out of a seat and effectively no longer a political character at any level has left me a bit giddy with joy.

    If you aren't watching ABC's stream as an Aussie you should be. On the one hand it has Antony Green, on the other hand Penny Wong absolutely kills it as a political commentator even as a partisan.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Abolish the Priesthood: To save the Church, Catholics must detach themselves from the clerical hierarchy—and take the faith back into their own hands. in ~humanities

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    Yeah, they should nail a printout of this article to some doors and see how it goes.

    Yeah, they should nail a printout of this article to some doors and see how it goes.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on A randomized pilot study comparing zero-calorie alternate-day fasting to daily caloric restriction in adults with obesity in ~health

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    If you did not eat anything on a particular day, you would increase your intake the next day. And it is famously well known that unless you are actively measuring your caloric intake people are...

    If you did not eat anything on a particular day, you would increase your intake the next day. And it is famously well known that unless you are actively measuring your caloric intake people are utterly incapable of estimating their own intake - from top athletes all the way down. And if you personally are actively measuring your caloric intake then there is an implicit reduction likely to be taking place that puts you in a completely different category to most overweight people.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on A randomized pilot study comparing zero-calorie alternate-day fasting to daily caloric restriction in adults with obesity in ~health

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    That's your problem right there, and IMO completely invalidates this research almost to the point of complete uselessness. TDEE + up to 1400kcal is NOT what obese people eat on a regular day, let...

    which was supplemented with ad libitum access to 5-7 optional food modules (200 kcal each)

    That's your problem right there, and IMO completely invalidates this research almost to the point of complete uselessness. TDEE + up to 1400kcal is NOT what obese people eat on a regular day, let alone a day that they feel they have 'won' something the day before and need to 'prepare' for a win the next day. This is not comparing calorie restriction to alternate day fasting, this is comparing calorie restriction with alternate day fasting plus lesser calorie restriction.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on A randomized pilot study comparing zero-calorie alternate-day fasting to daily caloric restriction in adults with obesity in ~health

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    That is why it's called a pilot study after all.

    That is why it's called a pilot study after all.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Kentucky toddler found alive in mountainous area, 3 days after going missing in ~news

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    Holy shit - less than 2 years old. That's more than a little crazy. I mean in part crazy because how in the hell does a kid less than 2 years old have such poor supervision that he's able to get...

    Holy shit - less than 2 years old. That's more than a little crazy.

    I mean in part crazy because how in the hell does a kid less than 2 years old have such poor supervision that he's able to get himself out and lost, but in part crazy because how in the hell does a kid less than 2 years old manage to not get eaten by something in 3 days in the wild?

    4 votes
  11. Comment on ~all? in ~tildes

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    /r/all on Reddit has a horrible impact of having out-of-community people destroy the community culture - and exclusively in the topics that community cares the most about! I would very much...

    /r/all on Reddit has a horrible impact of having out-of-community people destroy the community culture - and exclusively in the topics that community cares the most about!

    I would very much appreciate this never becoming a thing on ~tildes in the slightest. Maybe to handle the curiosity and the group advertisement purpose that /r/all serves could be an ~exemplary that allows only internal links and generates a read-only view of good content from ~s.

    15 votes
  12. Comment on White House launches tool for social media censorship complaints in ~news

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    Lol. "We Me the government have seen an increase in censorship on social media through our complaints portal and will enact legislation to ban banning". America you are right fucked, sort your...

    Lol. "We Me the government have seen an increase in censorship on social media through our complaints portal and will enact legislation to ban banning".

    America you are right fucked, sort your life out.

    9 votes
  13. Comment on The global internet is disintegrating. What comes next? in ~tech

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    It relies on your meaning of 'global internet'. The simplistic view of 'an internet that spans the globe' while technically correct and remaining so, is also not overly useful. An internet that...

    It relies on your meaning of 'global internet'. The simplistic view of 'an internet that spans the globe' while technically correct and remaining so, is also not overly useful. An internet that allows for the free communication across national boundaries has never existed - once you stop and look at the word 'free'.

    14 votes
  14. Comment on The global internet is disintegrating. What comes next? in ~tech

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    The global internet was never a thing. The original internet was US owned and run. The current internet is run as a hodgepodge where you are simultaneously subject to the laws of any country...

    The global internet was never a thing. The original internet was US owned and run. The current internet is run as a hodgepodge where you are simultaneously subject to the laws of any country powerful enough to enforce their will on you. There are STILL countries with a very limited connection that may as well be on their own.

    Internet cooperation without geopolitical cooperation is simultaneously a ridiculously stupid idea and an impossibility. Which if the West lets it will be an opportunity to show the power of open borders and communication. Tit for tat, wall off the people that want to be walled off. Russia wants its own net? Fine, but it's not going to get access to anyone else. Watch as isolationists stagnate and die off as isolationists in a global world inevitably do.

    11 votes
  15. Comment on Who identifies project stakeholders? Here's how to find out. in ~tech

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    The ones that most often get missed in my experience are potential but not contracted (i.e. no existing relationship) vendors and customers, competitors, and various levels of government. Quite...

    The ones that most often get missed in my experience are potential but not contracted (i.e. no existing relationship) vendors and customers, competitors, and various levels of government. Quite often the general population and community are missed as well, but they should be listed as Informed in a RACI.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Who identifies project stakeholders? Here's how to find out. in ~tech

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    My point is more that there are stakeholders for whom a RACI matrix is utterly blank. You have people you MUST consider, who are not responsible, accountable, consulted or even informed about...

    My point is more that there are stakeholders for whom a RACI matrix is utterly blank. You have people you MUST consider, who are not responsible, accountable, consulted or even informed about anything - yet can still impact or be impacted by a project, and can be a significant source of risk (both positive and negative).

    a reasonable RACI matrix at the outset to identify genuine stakeholders

    Again you are mixing up the search for key users and change agents with stakeholders - people fuck this up in industry all. the. goddamn. time., where if someone doesn't appear on the list of people who get the project spruiking emails or the weekly status reports they don't exist.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Adobe Warns Customers of Potential Legal Action for Using Older Versions of Creative Cloud Apps in ~tech

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    That's the difference between B2C and B2B. Because Cs are poorly informed, and in the aggregate are a bunch of irrational self-maligning retards, whereas Bs in the aggregate analyse the crap out...

    For a lot of subscription services, the prices actually go up after you've demonstrated loyalty for x amount of time after an introductory cheaper period to get you hooked.

    That's the difference between B2C and B2B. Because Cs are poorly informed, and in the aggregate are a bunch of irrational self-maligning retards, whereas Bs in the aggregate analyse the crap out of purchasing decisions by comparison and vendor lock-in is a powerful thing.

    Either the newer versions have to get better pretty fast

    With Jetbrains they really do.

  18. Comment on What cultural misunderstandings have you experienced? in ~talk

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    I once went to a business meeting in Japan. I am Aussie, and was there in a technical role for answering questions - my instructions were to the tune of "this deal is literally worth more than...

    I once went to a business meeting in Japan. I am Aussie, and was there in a technical role for answering questions - my instructions were to the tune of "this deal is literally worth more than 1,000 times what you earn per year (and I was not that cheap) so sit there quietly and shut your mouth unless asked a direct question". The deal involved a software system in the finance sector and the companies involved were all banks or otherwise finance megacorps.

    There is a custom in Japan to hand business cards (perhaps everything? Not 100% clear there) with 2 hands else it is disrespectful. Everyone involved, including myself, was to do a round robin of card exchange with everyone there before we sat down for drinks, snacks, and discussing the software deal. The cards were then laid out in a horseshoe in front of you lined up with the direction of that person on the table, so you can keep track (it was a meeting with like 12 people). We were all given training on this process before we were allowed to go to this meeting. Unfortunately you cannot train for everything.

    I was the technical person sent from Australia, and we met up with a group from a software development contractor from India that had won the initial tender to develop this software for us when we landed in Japan. The contractor's people were also given this training. We met the people from Japan, and the exchange went off without a hitch, including the contractor people. I got to sit there nervous as fuck and trying not to draw any attention to myself.

    Now, I have met a great many people from the subcontinent, and I know there are people from there who are fantastic in every way - I keep in touch with plenty. But culturally speaking there is a VERY different norm, and for people who have never spent much time outside the country this obviously influences their behaviour. The gaffe that ensued is something that I have nightmares about to this day - second hand cringe factor is off the charts.

    After some snacks, the lead from the contractor's group thought it was perfectly ok to pick up the business card of the CEO of the Japanese company, and use it as a toothpick in full view of the table.

    The Japanese contingent saw this and immediately switched from English to speaking very quickly in Japanese. The head of our group saw this, turned and saw what the lead from the contractors was doing, went white as a ghost, and grabbed him out of his chair and dragged him outside the restaurant. The deal ended up going through fine, but that contractor was not involved... Would have cost them at least 100 ongoing full time positions, maybe double that.

    34 votes
  19. Comment on Who identifies project stakeholders? Here's how to find out. in ~tech

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    This is not 'how to identify stakeholders'. This is 'how to identify key users and change agents', which is an entirely different question. Stakeholders literally includes everyone who has the...

    This is not 'how to identify stakeholders'. This is 'how to identify key users and change agents', which is an entirely different question.

    Stakeholders literally includes everyone who has the slightest possibility of being impacted by the project or who has the slightest possibility of impacting the project - to the point of incorporating your competitors and even the wider public community. That doesn't mean you go off and talk to all of them, but it does mean you identify, list, and consider the impacts of and on them.

    1 vote