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Brutal!

The link you posted sends me to an article by Jonathan Spencer Jones titled Hydrogen paste – a new fuel option for vehicles, but there’s nothing about

Trump’s Secretary of Defense dropped numerous confessions about the plotting against Venezuela in his recently released memoir.

Am I missing something on that website?


Sorry for the late reply. It’s been sitting in my Lemmy notifications for a long time and I didn’t properly read it until now. Thanks for having take the time to explain how the total amount of people who incorrectly assess themselves regarding the mean/median can be broken down.

Also, the discussion regarding the validity of intelligence was interesting. After reading the Wikipedia entry, it’s clear to me that it’s a limited metric, if not a wholly invalid metric.


You’re right. In terms of implementation, it apparently isn’t so because it’s technically difficult.

However, many privacy-oriented people consider it a requisite to be able to use it. Insofar a something is considered a requisite, it can also be basic.


Joseph Stiglitz believes so, because it results in problems regarding taxation accounting and arbitrage.

In his view, there should be a single tax that accounts for all your wealth, be it assets, capital gains, rent, salaries, large gifts, etc…

The moment you introduce another form of taxation (and still try to keep the previous ‘single’ all-encompassing tax), you have to ask yourself “How will I account for both taxes? How do I avoid adding up twice in theory and in practice?”

This is not a trivial problem, because it often results in people trying to avoid taxes by seeking to use the lower tax.

This is a form arbitrage. Arbitrage is taking advantage of differences in prices in different markets. For example, offshoring is a type of arbitrage.

Arbitrage is seen when imposing import tariffs. People respond by moving operations to different places in the world or, when taxing different categories of products differently, by claiming products belong to different (low-tax) categories.

In effect, your original attempt to fund your public administration through a tax results in people finding ways of avoiding paying that tax.

Hence the recommendation to tax individual people once (per taxation period) for everything that makes them wealthy.


I can see how this makes it more cluttered, less intuitive, and seem as if the basics aren’t taken care of (e.g., when will we get P2P?). This makes me think of Google Wave, which I think was brilliant. Unfortunately, I understand that many users weren’t able to understand how it worked. I wonder if times have changed enough for people to be able to understand something like threads.

I say that because I think it’s an interesting feature. The only reserves I have is how this will be presented so that cognitive loads are reduced, and the possibility that, even at its simplest, the least technically-savvy users will not intuitively understand it. Maybe that’s also your reserve(?).


This was asked here.

It seems as if bitmaps are easier to edit (given the right tools) and are faster to render once the game is ready.


It’s a norm. There was a discussion here on Lemmy regarding this some months ago.

I think it’s a trivial issue because the sorting algorithm doesn’t really care about the upvote, in terms of all posts being on equal footing. This is, of course, assuming people don’t un-upvote their posts.

I also think it’s trivial in terms of people engaging with the post, because most people will know a single upvote is OPs vote. If they don’t know this, the difference between a post with 0 upvotes and 1 is meaningless, especially given that there are no visible downvotes (which you can clearly see on Lemmy). Moreover, the difference between 0 and 1 votes is nothing compared to, say 20 or 400.

In your honor and for the meme, I’ll un-upvote this comment.


This feels like saying “abolish the internet”, when it isn’t the internet that’s misinforming, causing mental health problems, or radicalizing people. It is surveillance capitalism that’s doing that.

Give warehouse workers protection. Socialize those means of production. Regulate data hoarding and handling. But keep ecommerce.


Huh, this makes sense. Although I thought the breaches became public and that is why websites like HaveIBeenPwned know.


Idk about the name although Lemmy sounds appropriate. I also don’t know the species of the mascot, bjt it being a lemur sounds appropriate too.



You seem so sure about people’s (and…umm… licenses’) sexual preferences. Just pointing that out. But, following your request, I won’t try to change your mind though.


This is exactly why Schneider advocates for security for everyone. Insecurity for one person (through the development/finding/enabling of Pegasus or whatever) means insecurity for everyone.


I love it. His descriptions are always in service of memorable imagery sparking from the least amount of words possible (each character is given one or two physical traits, and that’s it) and tension, as opposed to beauty or intellectual complexity for their own sake, or exposition with no drama. He knows his craft. Or I like his style. Take your pick lol

Last night I was at the scene in which the main character (the potential Muab Dib or whatever) is talking to his father about the arrival to Arrakis, the dangers involved, the strategies to mitigate them, and the spice’s broader political context. That’s 8% of the 3 books, so yeah, still a while from the end of the 1st one.

How was it for you?


It’s almost funny to say yes, because I have to for my studies. It’s book after book, nonstop. Nonfiction.

And yeah, in my daily life I also read nonfiction, mainly for practical purposes like self-improvement (#FoucaultWasRight), answering questions about conversations I had with my neoliberal friends (#FuckMe), and finding out whether we’ll all be doomed or how we could avoid it (#ClimateChange.

But at night I read fiction. Dune rn 👌


Yeah, and even if it’s perfect distribution, the result isn’t that bad. Sure, there’d be the possibility of having lots of people who consider themselves less inteligent but are moreso than the average and vice-versa. But all in all, there’d only 15% more people who would consider themselves smarter than average and be wrong about it.

If only 1 in 7 of my friends wrongly believes they’re smarter than average, I’d say that’s acceptable.


Have I?

During a trip, there was this coffee shop my friends were raving about. They suggested to go there. Sure. Why the hell not. What’s the worst that can happen?

The plan was to go there to get lunch and then spend the day in the massive park next to it.

Now, this part of the story is totally unrelated to pooping outside, but I think it’s a disservice to leave it out.

So we get to the coffee shop and we hear someone in the back end having a fight. It’s fucking wild. Someone’s threatening to steal someone else’s car and shit. As we walk in I notice there’s a couple of tables with people watching the fight. Nobody is doing anything. My brain lights up in fire as I’m thinking “this is the bystander effect. This is exactly what I’ve heard about! I need to intervene!”. I run up a flight of stairs and stand between a girl with her high-heel shoe in her hand, threatening the guy who is prostrated behind me.

She stares at me, and her dimples twitch while she figures out what to think of me appearing out of nowhere. Then the guy behind me starts laughing. She immediately bursts into laughter. “Oh, my god. I’m sorry. It’s just a play.”. The people around, the ‘bystanders’, laugh. I realize they’re the audience of the play, and as it all clicks in my mind, I open my mouth and bring my hand to my chest and then to my head as I take a second just to breathe.

I’m so embarrassed. I realize this could’ve happened to anyone, but still wonder why it had to happen to me out of everyone.

I feel a pat in my back and hear “You’re alright? Come. I’ll get you something to drink,” as the girl guides me out of the makeshift stage.

I hear the guy behind, the other actor, saying “Sorry for the interruption.” The audience laughs. “We’ll resume shortly.”

I say I’m sorry to the audience as I walk out.

My party is all cracking up. The girl takes it all in jest. I thank her for how well she handled it all. She thanks me for being “a hero” and tells me whatever I order to drink is on her. She then leaves to speak to the guy in the entrance, so that he can warn other people about the fact that the apparent fight is really a play.

I’m sitting down but my hands are still shaking from the adrenaline.

My ex and her friends are still giving me shit as the waiter comes over. They all know exactly what they want, since they’ve come here before. I don’t want to think, so I just say “What’s good?”.

“Their cold brew.”

I figure if I was old enough to drink alcohol, I should probably try coffee for the first time in my life. Heck, and if it’s the recommendation of the recommended coffee place, it’s probably good, right?

So, here’s the thing about coffee, or caffeine more generally: it makes you wanna shit.

We wait for our orders and the fighting resumes. We hear the same lines again: the threats to steal a car, the revelation that she lied about her family…

My ex suggests to have the drinks to go, so that we are spared the noise. Sure. We get our drinks to go and head off to the park.

And so we walked for a while through the forest as I tried coffee for the first time, and a couple minutes later had to shit by a wooden bridge.



It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s cheap.


A bit of nostalgia (even though I didn’t live it); it feels more like a bunch if hobby projects on display, or a conversation among friends, rather than an optimized attention-grabbing machine.

But also, the internet was ugly af back then, so…


IMAP email setup in Android: Better to use phone-wide accounts for OAuth or to use one-time passwords?

What considerations should privacy-minded people take into account to make this decision? …

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