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Cake day: May 15, 2019


Speaking of Germany, you recently had a mass attack on a train. Difference was this was a knife attack and six people were stabbed, no fatalities. Attacks are just so much harder when you can’t easily acquire a highly lethal weapon, but here in the US there is a huge group that sees the possession massive arsenal as a vital right that must be prioritized when voting. Individual states can’t even really provide effective increases in prohibitions because a shooter can just driver over state lines like this guy did.

I mean… he went into another country just to attack the Kurds, pissing off the US in the process. Seems to have gone a bit beyond messy divorce.

And it’s not just having more powerful hardware available. It can also mean producing less hardware in the first place. Or in the case of a phone, maybe more and more people can just hook it up to a USB-C dock when they need the form factor of a laptop, but otherwise carry around phone.

You call half a trillion dollar damage a win?

I was thinking more a human rights violation.

Donbass, Karkov, a bridge to Crimea

I’m not sure how much good that land bridge to their puppets in the Donbass will do them. It’s a long, narrow strip that will be hard to defend, and I have my doubts about how much Ukraine is willing to promise not to take back what Russia stole.

And the cherry on top, they are getting free weapons from the west.

They might need some after having Ukrainian farmers stealing their conga line of tanks.

It’s hard not to conclude that Russia is taking actions designed to punish the civilian population because the Ukrainian government refused to capitulate. The war is not lost - the Ukrainian government will survive and Russia has paid a high price. It just won’t be a neat and tidy victory for Ukraine, and there’s no way that Russia will ever pay restitution for the half trillion dollars in wanton damage.

I’m not sure how usable a device truly is after 40+ years. I have a toaster that is from the 50’s that still works well. Toast has more or less not changed. Not so much with a computer where it’s aging at 5 years, elderly at 10, and a barely usable potato at 20. Take an older laptop I was setting up for my husband’s grandfather a while ago. I think it was early 00’s. I installed a lightweight Linux distro, but it just wasn’t enough even for that lightweight work.

While you might be able to upgrade piece-by-piece, that’s going to be a tough sell. Manufacturers will have to somehow predict all needs 40 years in the future, down to the holes for the ports. 40 years ago, keyboards and mice were connected not by PS/2 (hadn’t been invented yet) but by DIN and D-sub connectors.

I think part of this needs to lie with software developers. The trend has been more and more towards taking performance shortcuts to cut down on development. I’d like to see more high performance languages get used to stretch the usefulness of hardware.

Point taken. I realize I was lucky in the area of bullying. Either I never was a tempting target, my school didn’t have many bullies, or both. Looking back, I think some people tried to bully me a little and it flew over my head. Kind of hilarious in hindsight.

I think they’re going to have a few more seasons, but I don’t think they have that much more material to go through. But that’s one where it has some staying power already. People are wanting to know when it comes up next immediately after it’s released.

Yup. I live in Portland. A lot of the animosity between the police and the community is rooted in a feeling of a lack of accountability. There’s a citizen oversight board, but it’s historically been nearly toothless. Even when it does hand out firings, officers often sue successfully to get reinstated.

These are bandaid fixes. Netflix really should focus more on not pissing off their customer base. There have been far too many shows that gain healthy followings and then just get canceled. They also need to do a better job in promoting their shows. Plenty of shows just never get a proper amount of hype and anticipation, so audiences may not even know that the show is in the works. The last is releasing more shows as weekly shows, especially when the seasons only have a few episodes. It keeps excitement going around the show because fans can be on social media, discussing the latest episode, and generally being engaged. It also benefits Netflix because fans stay on the platform for longer. Strong arming their customer base is just going to make customers resentful, but giving them a reason to stay will keep them.

Makes sense. The same issues that are affecting Carvana’s sales likely are affecting the valuation of Adesa. It’s in Carvana’s best interest to buy Adesa at a bargain price.

I’ve never particularly understood this criticism, at least for my school. Elementary school was a little like that because we had the one main teacher, but by middle school and high school we were being encouraged to try out different things. And that was just before magnet schools were a thing in my school district. Now my elementary school shares space with a Spanish immersion school and my high school has a special arts magnet program. It seems like kids are being encouraged more than ever before to explore their individuality.

Honestly, being forced into socializing with other kids was one of the best parts of my education. I have trouble getting motivated to plan things with friends, so k-12 and college were wonderful for building friendships. I haven’t necessarily continued those friendships much, but they were a great gift.

Yeah, this is definitely not something that the Israelis can credibly investigate. “We have investigated ourselves and found ourselves innocent” is real.

Oooooh, looks like the history lesson wasn’t welcome from the folks who like to avoid how imperialist the Soviet Union was and just want to make it the pure hero of WW2.

It does change things from the Finnish side. It brings them under the Article 5 umbrella. Ukraine also cooperated with NATO, but lacked the Article 5 umbrella, now look where they are. Given that Russia (via the Soviet Union) has a history of invading Finland and shows a renewed appetite for invasions, it seems pretty prudent to get some insurance.

I wonder why Finland would do such a thing. Oh, what’s that, the Soviet Union invaded Finland in 1939? It’s almost like people don’t like being invaded.

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…


This thread does a good rundown of why the whole pathogen biolab allegation is just a bunch disinformation. Like with many such claims, it’s appealing at first blush, but someone with more knowledge can spot that it’s misleading…


As the White House previously predicted based on intelligence sources, there has been what appears to be a false flag operation in the Donbass region of Ukraine. It was conveniently immediately followed by a letter to the Kremlin asking to be recognized as independent. Also conveniently on hand was …


First, to soften the headline: of course China’s economy is going to survive. That said, this video is a good explainer on both how the Evergrande default is currently affecting the economy and possible future effects. My take is that it will likely hurt in the short term, but this was a nearly inev…


Concern around CoC's "oppressive"

I am thinking about creating an outpost in Lemmy for Reddit’s r/moderatepolitics subreddit. Briefly, the goal of the subreddit is to bring together a variety of viewpoints with rules that are mostly limited to not attacking other users and some operational rules (e.g. no editorialized headlines). Th…