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Cake day: May 15, 2019


I wonder how much performance is left on the table to keep backwards compatibility with long obsolete systems like this.

Tortilla machines were apparently quite influential in the social history of many parts of Latin America. Women used to spend a great deal of their time grinding maize, forming tortillas, and cooking the tortillas. Tortilla machines meant extra hours that they could put towards pursuits outside the home, including political empowerment.

Could you clarify what racist policies your headline is talking about? This just looks like China paying a bundle of money to hire these scientists.

Seriously, don’t do this. Fudging things on an application is one thing. I did that to avoid disclosing that I left a previous job because I struggled to perform well. But flat out lying on a job application like this could get you in hot water. Even if you do manage to fool HR, you will likely spend the whole of the job stressing out that someone will discover that you got the job under false pretenses.

From what I understand, the GNU philosophy around selling dates from when distribution costs were substantial. Picture manufacturing and distributing CD’s full of packages. It’s just a totally different world now in terms of how software is distributed, free or otherwise.

I kind of liked that “beta” question, if only because it gave the opportunity to call out the whole notion as bullshit. The other one, though, that had zero redeeming qualities. Well, that and I’m gay so it doesn’t even apply.

And the article never suggests that the Russians would escalate to an all out invasion, just to backing separatist forces plus a few Russian troops. It seems to have erred all around.

I don’t get what this proves. That Russia is so war thirsty that it can be baited with little effort?

This sort of moralizing is not constructive. I don’t really see what difference it makes whom you choose to blame for this.

My point more was that you seem to be treating Russia as some automaton that was inevitably driven to invade by NATO rather than a country with leaders that made the decision to invade their neighbor. I’ve only seen you make moral judgements towards NATO, not Russia. This at a time when Russia is making a move to take a very large portion of Ukraine’s pre-2014 territory by force.

I will even say this. Invading countries in response to NATO expansion creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. Russia invades, other countries feel threatened, those join NATO, rinse and repeat. We saw the Finns flip a long standing neutrality policy virtually overnight. That’s Russia’s fault, not some NATO expansionism. They made Finland afraid, and Finland responded accordingly to protect itself. If Ukraine had done so earlier, it would never have been invaded.

The reality of the situation is that the west is not capable of producing weapons and ammunition at the same rate as Russia, especially now that Europe has been cut off from Russian energy.

Don’t underestimate the West’s manufacturing abilities. In WW2, it may have been Soviet lives that defeated Germany in the eastern front, but it was US weaponry even before the US entered the war via the Lend-Lease Act. Yes, I’ve seen that study about current stockpiles. The US is more than capable of shifting manufacturing capability to weapons. Russia also lacks some critical supplies, like encrypted radios. Its troops are using simple unencrypted Baofengs, which are getting them killed.

Russia will also have problems with these new soldiers. They’re generally untrained, and the officers needed to train them are mostly in the field fighting the war itself. Many of them will be very much unwilling participants. Ukraine on the other hand has its soldiers trained by NATO trainers. NATO trainers can’t be involved in the actual fighting for fear of escalation, but training carries little such risk.

I am, as @cult noted, agreeing with you. A cold house and a blackout is a temporary discomfort, but death is permanent. Besides, I’m sure the front lines are going to be as cold and miserable as any household in Finland come winter.

A cold, dark house is a temporary state next to a cold, dark coffin.

Okay, but blame that on Russia, not on the West or the Ukrainian government. Ukraine is not obligated to cede territory to invaders, and your framing of the West’s support is just blame shifting away from Russia. The choice and the blame lies solely with Russia. They could pull out tomorrow if they wanted to.

Also factor in that Ukraine’s government wants to put this to rest for good. The last thing they want is Russia coming back for another bite at the apple. They’re going to be less than willing to settle for less than victory, especially if they feel like Russia or Russian puppets will violate it.

That goes both ways. Russia could stop invading Ukraine. Russia, not the West, chose to go to war.

It sounds like these troops are going to run into preparedness and equipment issues, just like the initial invasion force. I’m sorry to see more Russian lives thrown into the meat grinder for this.

As the article notes, Russia and their puppets in the separatist regions have moved forward with annexation. Combined with Putin’s speech claiming that Russia would use any means available to defend its territory, that hints he may use nukes if Ukraine is on the verge of retaking the territory that Russia has annexed. Saber rattling maybe, but no one really wants to find out.

He ran as a moderate, but he’s governing as a right winger. Virginians should have known better.

This makes sense. Armed forces on both sides should not be taking up residence in the power plant. Leave it out of the fighting.

Idea pitch: Carbon pricing with anti-volatility
The idea is to have the least painful way to introduce a carbon tax. As the current elevated prices fall, a carbon tax would be introduced. The main issue with carbon taxes historically is that they're rather unpopular. They need a spoon full of sugar to make the medicine go down. Therefore this one would have a couple of extra features. One has been explored elsewhere, having the revenue rebated back to taxpayers. The other feature I haven't seen. It would throttle the tax around a rolling multiyear average of prices from some sort of index. Prices go up, tax goes down. Prices go down, tax goes back up to match. In this way, the traditionally volatile energy market gets a built-in buffer. A fund created by the carbon tax could be used to pay out the rebate at a steady rate instead of sporadically. How does this sound? Hair brained? Hopeless? Or maybe - just maybe - it has a chance of being workable?

The Forgotten Story of Harbor Drive: Portland's Demolished Freeway
In the 1970s, Portland made the radical decision to rip up its oldest freeway and replace it with a city park. This documentary explores the forgotten story of Harbor Drive — how it was once Oregon's most prestigious roadway, and how a variety of circumstances eventually led to its removal.

Blocking on instance level?
Is there a way to block posts from an instance from showing up on my post feed? Lemmygrad has gotten to be a bit much over the past week or so. I know I can block communities, but I would rather not play wack a mole there.