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  1. Comment on Reaching ‘herd immunity’ is unlikely in the US, experts now believe in ~health.coronavirus

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    Not a lawyer, but falsifying medical records seems like it should be covered by existing felony forgery charges.

    Not a lawyer, but falsifying medical records seems like it should be covered by existing felony forgery charges.

    7 votes
  2. Comment on What would make app stores better? in ~tech

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    Perhaps. Especially in terms of Linux distribution popularity, I feel the impact of positive reviews is much less than the impact of negative word of mouth.

    Perhaps. Especially in terms of Linux distribution popularity, I feel the impact of positive reviews is much less than the impact of negative word of mouth.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What would make app stores better? in ~tech

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    The ElementaryOS team tried to roll that sort of thing out ~5 years ago. It was met with a lot of hostility, so I'm not sure if it's still happening, but it was a decent idea. Pay-what-you-want...

    The ElementaryOS team tried to roll that sort of thing out ~5 years ago. It was met with a lot of hostility, so I'm not sure if it's still happening, but it was a decent idea. Pay-what-you-want for FLOSS apps with donation portals. They ran into a bit of trouble on the PR front, since they were taking a small cut of those donations.

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

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    Well, I finally burned out on Slay the Spire just in time for the new Binding of Isaac: Rebirth DLC, Repentance. I didn't play much of Afterbirth+ due to difficult-to-pin-down balance issues. It's...

    Well, I finally burned out on Slay the Spire just in time for the new Binding of Isaac: Rebirth DLC, Repentance. I didn't play much of Afterbirth+ due to difficult-to-pin-down balance issues. It's hard to have fun when most of the game becomes dodging the same enemy patterns for 40 minutes, only to die to attrition.

    Repentance seems to have entirely fixed that. The item pools feel a lot more balanced, they're not just an endless supply of useless novelties and health upgrades, angel deals don't feel like a waste of a waste of opportunity anymore, and enemies kill you more quickly. I haven't gotten too deep into the actual new content, but I haven't stayed spoiler-free either. I'm excited to experience it for myself.

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  5. Comment on The ultimate AeroPress technique (Episode #3) in ~food

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    I've definitely had the nightmare experiences that he described in the second video. 150 mL of boiling water and coffee grounds flying 1.5-2 m, giving me blisters on my forearms, that bad....

    I've definitely had the nightmare experiences that he described in the second video. 150 mL of boiling water and coffee grounds flying 1.5-2 m, giving me blisters on my forearms, that bad. However, the risk can be mitigated by not leaving >1/3 of the aeropress empty, meaning that the maximum thermal expansion of the air in that space is a matter of a few milliliters, rather than dozens.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What are you learning right now? in ~life

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    Why not use mason jars for non-canning things? because things are built for their roles. I hate drinking out of a mason jar. My nose always hits the other side of the mouth, there's only one spot...

    Why not use mason jars for non-canning things? because things are built for their roles. I hate drinking out of a mason jar. My nose always hits the other side of the mouth, there's only one spot on the lip that doesn't have a ridge getting in the way, and they're usually too wide to comfortably hold for a long period of time. They're often too tall to comfortably sip from, which is exacerbated by the unpleasantly narrow mouth. They're a little tricky to clean compared to most general-purpose drinkware. As general food storage, they work well for pasta, salads, and dry goods, but not much else.

    Obviously, if you disagree, I'm not gonna say you're wrong to enjoy your salsa jar drinking glasses, and there's something to be said for the versatility. If none of that stuff bugs you, buying bulk jars or reusing the ones you already have is a lot cheaper than purpose-built drinkware. However, if I'm invited to your house and the only sign of frugality is the jar you've served me water in, I'm going to assume a certain degree of humblebraggy hipsterness.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What are you learning right now? in ~life

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    Regardless of how stupid the mason jar trend always was, it's definitely not in "sad Dad" territory yet. I'm pretty young, and a large number of my friends and acquaintances continue to use them...

    Regardless of how stupid the mason jar trend always was, it's definitely not in "sad Dad" territory yet. I'm pretty young, and a large number of my friends and acquaintances continue to use them for drinkware, storage containers, etc.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Understanding the AeroPress (Episode #1) in ~food

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    As a huge fan of both aeropress and moka pots, they're about as close as two coffee brew methods can be.

    As a huge fan of both aeropress and moka pots, they're about as close as two coffee brew methods can be.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Understanding the AeroPress (Episode #1) in ~food

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    The aeropress is much more of an easy pourover than an espresso-lite, no matter what the inventor claims.

    The aeropress is much more of an easy pourover than an espresso-lite, no matter what the inventor claims.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on RMS addresses the free software community in ~tech

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    In a principle-oriented mind, it makes a hint of sense. The idea that someone would be a bigot or generally wrathful piece of shit, as long as they acknowledge that's what they are, is much less...

    In a principle-oriented mind, it makes a hint of sense. The idea that someone would be a bigot or generally wrathful piece of shit, as long as they acknowledge that's what they are, is much less infuriating than someone who makes up excuses in order to blame the victim. I don't know if he was trying to say that the brutality is whatever, and the besmirching is the real offense, but that if you're going to assault someone, you need to be willing to accept the blame for it.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on DMX has died at 50 in ~music

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    DMX has been famous for only a few things in the last decade. His mental health and legal troubles, his cover of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and his blatant homophobia. It's easy to forget the...

    DMX has been famous for only a few things in the last decade. His mental health and legal troubles, his cover of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and his blatant homophobia. It's easy to forget the man behind them. At the age of 14, he was introduced to crack cocaine, and in the following years, he began to struggle with addiction and bipolar disorder. He became something of a leader in his neighbourhood, despite his growing reputation as one of those guys you don't fuck with because you don't know his limits. And then, in the aftermath of the battle for the title of King of New York, he came to fame with an off-the-wall, aggressive, and truly sincere image.

    He wasn't a cold-blooded, mafia boss-styled smooth-talker, he was the essentially gritty dude who would bark and growl like a dog, threaten you with sexual assault, and then come around on the next track to break your heart with genuine vulnerability. He released three of most-lauded albums in hip-hop between February 1998 and December 1999.

    With that fame and success, combined with his personal struggles, he soon spiraled out of control. That's not a statement of judgment, but drawn from his lyrical content from even his first couple of albums. He knew he had to get his act together for the people who relied on him. Sadly, the next ten years proved to be more difficult than the realization had been. I'm not going to list all of his mistakes here. Suffice it to say that this website exists. Flash forward another decade, and here we are.

    DMX was an incredibly flawed man, who wore his heart on his sleeve, struggled to grow, and suffered the consequences. He loved his family and God certainly far more than his actions and words expressed. It's horrible that he didn't get what he needed to avoid this.

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  12. Comment on We selected 10,000 American neighborhoods at random. If we dropped you into one of them, could you guess how most people there voted? in ~misc

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    On the other hand, those particulars are shared with many suburbs in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.

    On the other hand, those particulars are shared with many suburbs in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I've just finished One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat, and The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett. One Hundred... is incredible. I'm not...

    I've just finished One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat, and The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett. One Hundred... is incredible. I'm not sure what else to say about it. Marquez uses the contrast of magic and realism, and that of linear and cyclical time, so expertly that the themes rise above the narrative, with no effort needed from the reader to discern them. The Last Continent, conversely, is one of the strangest Discworld novels so far. I feel like I missed some major subtext, but it was hilarious regardless. Salt Fat Acid Heat is an excellent guide for anyone unfamiliar with the mechanics of cooking. I've been cooking since my childhood, but it still filled in some major blindspots of my limited culinary education.

    Since then, I've started on Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, as well as a restart of Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Pilgrim so far seems like a testament tothe beauty of nature, and what we can learn from even the simplest interactions with our wild neighbours. It's beautiful prose. Catch-22 is a lot of fun, and I've not finished it yet, so I'm looking forward for the fun to end.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Tucker Carlson: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver in ~misc

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    In the context of the "radicalization pipeline" paradigm of Fox and similar right wing media, which Carlson typifies, the simple division of people into "liberal-progressive-leftist" and...

    In the context of the "radicalization pipeline" paradigm of Fox and similar right wing media, which Carlson typifies, the simple division of people into "liberal-progressive-leftist" and "conservative-alt-right-white-supremacist" strata doesn't seem incredibly meaningful. This sort of video is most definitely targeting people further away from the extremes of politics, like most all cable programming. For people who identify with the "Red Tribe" primarily due to a huge lack of historical understanding and/or actual political ideology, this sort of clear demonstration of conceptual overlap with people who are obviously despicable might do a lot of good in inoculating them against Tucker Carlson's brand of bullshit.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Asahi Linux (Linux on Apple Silicon) Progress Report: January / February 2021 in ~tech

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    Is there a port of the Linux userland to Darwin, and a simple way to strip all the proprietary components out of macOS? Most people who run Linux as a daily driver do so for two reasons, they like...

    Is there a port of the Linux userland to Darwin, and a simple way to strip all the proprietary components out of macOS? Most people who run Linux as a daily driver do so for two reasons, they like the desktop experience and the programs that comprise it, and/or they're free software ideologues. Beyond that, "Why bother?" is a question antithetical to most hacker-types, they just want to try and see if they can.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic - Leave the Door Open (2021) in ~music

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    I've been putting off listening to this in case it was going to ruin my appreciation of both .Paak and Mars, but that was just lovely. The echo effect was a little much, but this should be an...

    I've been putting off listening to this in case it was going to ruin my appreciation of both .Paak and Mars, but that was just lovely. The echo effect was a little much, but this should be an exciting album.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Microdosing's feel-good benefits might just be placebo effect in ~science

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    Just a load of nitpicky rambling I'm not entirely sure why the focus of this article is on subjective sensation of well-being, as the main study they're drawing from isn't primarily focused on it,...
    Just a load of nitpicky rambling I'm not entirely sure why the focus of this article is on subjective sensation of well-being, as the main study they're drawing from isn't primarily focused on it, and, frankly, the framing of microdosing as "spirituality in a pill" comes across as entirely divorced from any of the scientific underpinnings of why it might have any effect. In general, many subjective effects of psychedelics, from the visual 'hallucinations' to spiritual awakenings, may be attributed to them "softening" the rules of reality that the brain has learned, and subperceptual doses of psychedelics may lead to a long term increase in neuroplasticity, allowing for faster establishment, or destruction, of habit. We know that major facets of nearly all mental illnesses are matters of psychologically-driven positive feedback loops due to maladaptive coping mechanisms, and the ability to break down those mechanisms is valuable in making long-term changes in mental health.

    My experiences with microdosing include a broad range of states of mind, from momentary terror to euphoria, but most of the time they just feel like...normalcy, plus a bit of cognitive stimulation. The real benefits (for myself) lie in an increase of my ability to connect my current actions to my future prospects, therefore easing my struggles with executive dysfunction. Somewhat ironically, given what I wrote above, I feel it's helped my subjective sense of well-being, because microdosing helps me to enact habits that I would otherwise benefit from anyway, if I had the wherewithal to build them without any medication. The effects I'm attributing to microdosing may well be placebo, but regardless, the last ~8 months have simultaneously been my most successful in terms of healthy habit formation and the only months of my life that I've regularly microdosed.

    Beyond that nitpicking, the primary study discussed here comes to the conclusion that despite

    [a]cute (emotional state, drug intensity, mood, energy, and creativity) and post-acute (anxiety) scales showed small, but significant microdose vs. placebo differences[...]

    those statistically significant results should be ignored, due to an inability for the researchers to verify that the subjects did not fail to blind themselves. I understand the practice of hedging toward placebo, but to take a study that essentially is saying "we assume that we can't trust our results", even if that's the right thing for the researchers to do, and reporting that study as more meaningful than all other research in the field, is just another example of the poor state of science journalism. I fully expect this to be an "Eggs are the healthiest source of protein!" six months later "Eggs cause early and painful demise!"-type situation for the foreseeable future.

    7 votes
  18. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    I'm hardly an expert on the politics of the Spanish language, but I'm of the impression that the RAE has been petitioned more than once about the gendering of the language, and have responded by...

    I think a marginalized group explaining how the popular use of language negatively impacts their life to a bunch of people who do nothing to address the issues this group brings up is totally an example of institutional oppression.

    I'm hardly an expert on the politics of the Spanish language, but I'm of the impression that the RAE has been petitioned more than once about the gendering of the language, and have responded by basically invalidating the complaints as hypersensitivity. My original statement regarding the sexist nature of the number/gender agreement issue in Spanish was written with that in mind.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    I understand that line of reasoning, and have one issue with it: if linguistic gender is really so divorced from social gender, why are they conflated along so many lines? Yes, a table is feminine...

    I understand that line of reasoning, and have one issue with it: if linguistic gender is really so divorced from social gender, why are they conflated along so many lines? Yes, a table is feminine in Spanish despite being, you know, a table, but that doesn't negate that the language's concept of gender is 'required' to agree with the social gender of a person specified. Linguistic gender is not 1:1 with social gender, but, at least in Spanish, it's still clearly tied to it.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Are there any gender-neutral or non-binary honorifics? in ~talk

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    I called it sexist in the sense that an institution is, i.e. it is either a sign of or a means of enforcing bigotry. I have a lot of hope that the RAE will shift their position on the gender...

    I called it sexist in the sense that an institution is, i.e. it is either a sign of or a means of enforcing bigotry. I have a lot of hope that the RAE will shift their position on the gender issue, but until they do, it's hard overlook that sort of erasure of women being built into the language as it "is supposed to be".

    1 vote