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Happy 201st birthday to our comrade Engels who was one of the most important Marxist theorists and an original class traitor.

Good little essay on risk compensation.

At its worst, risk compensation is just kneejerk libertarianism masquerading as fundamental insight into human nature.

pol, libertarians, humor, almost certainly truth 

I don't often wax political on here, but I couldn't help but crack up after reading this.

From :birdsite: :


John Pavlovitz: In your own words, how would you describe Libertarians?

John Spalding: House cats. They are convinced of their fierce independence while utterly dependent on a system they don't appreciate or understand.

@robey "chest-breasted" sounds like this bird was named by a very lonely ornithologist. 😆​

oh sure, node v, that's what you want in a file system, all the cool kids are doing it

why did i just get a youtube ad for the cancelled google "stadia" project?

The earliest known use of "Black Friday" occurred in 1951 and referred to the practice of workers calling in sick on the day after Thanksgiving, in order to have a four-day week- end.

re: pandemic, terrifying and maybe interesting comment 

@cwebber The usual argument for Not Doing This No Really Seriously is that live viruses (or bacteria) released into the general environment have a boringly predictable habit of spreading and Continuing To Evolve, often in hard-to-predict ways.

It's a bit like the rationale against use of weapons of mass destruction such as fire or chemicals: once they're done going in the direction you pointed them in (if they in fact go there at all), they've got a nasty habit of coming back 'round to you or your'n which even remarkably unenlightened minds have come to respect.

Which is one of the reasons epidemiological response tends toward minimising vectors of transmission (if possible) and/or use of vaccines based on killed or attenuated virus or particles. The mRNA stuff is novel in that RNA (but not virus particles), encapsulated in lipid nanoparticles (I had to look that up, thought it might actually be a carrier virus or bacterium) uses the body's own mechanisms to generate antigens which are then recognised as foreign and train the immune system.

So ... yeah, a fast-spreading-but-harmless virus ... might ... seem attractive, but carries some pretty large risks. Even if it doesn't mess with humans, it could affect other species. Most of which are already doing poorly.

does "detect text from picture" (ocr) work for anyone else? i don't think i've ever seen it do anything but lock up :(

it would be a really great feature if they could get it working

i'm utterly fascinated by this prescient wired article from 1997, i think we have hit every single one of their "10 things that could go wrong"


"All this public fighting between Windows and MacOS users is confusing and overwhelming and a big turn off for Linux users who might otherwise consider a proprietary operating system.

Between Windows and MacOS, there are too many options. Can't all proprietary operating systems users come together and just make one perfect operating system that fits every use case and preference out of the box, but most specifically mine?"

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