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Free, subsidized world-wide shipping for products from China is a price we just can't afford to pay.

On the contrary, we're overpaying for this by further destroying our environment and economies.

Mind you: I'm not trying to bash Chinese products here. But please, let's not pretend shipping something worth $5 across the entire globe is something you'll get for free.

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"I hunger," the vampire said.
"Again? I haven't recovered from your last meal."
"It is my nature."
"It's your nature to be dramatic. Besides, why blood?"
"It is alive. It is life force that nurtures me."
"That's it? Let me introduce you to yoghurt, and sourdough bread, and beer."
'TootFic 'SmallStories

From the latest episode of , after lightning flashes through Engineering: "We've got 100GeV surging through the local relays!"
Comparison as kinetic energy:
≈ ( 0.1 ≈ 1/10 ) × approximate kinetic energy of a flying mosquito (≈ 1.6×10^-7 J )

But it sure sounds sciencey!

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EU citizens!

#Article13 has lurched back into life due to a last minute Franco-German deal:

Any profit-making site over 3 years old will have to install YouTube-style automatic copyright filters on all uploads.

In practice, they would have to outsource it to Google etc. Big tech would choose what we see, even on tiny indie sites.

Please tell your MEPs today, in your own words, that this is not acceptable. They vote on this next Monday:

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I think all the in the are contagious. 🐉

I've always preferred fluffy fur to smooth scales, but now I'm almost all the way through Reignited (despite never playing the original on ) and have just bought to play next.

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I tried to speed up a program for parsing millions of text files. is in the stdlib, so how hard could it be?

The mainstream implementation is in effect single-threaded because of the . Adding threads made it slower.

works, but both and ship outdated versions lacking important API bits. After having to read the source code to find exactly what was missing, it now takes half the time using 4 CPU cores.

*bleep* this, time for Netflix and .

Apparently, a shared folder cannot transfer files larger than 4GB. Because it's still the 90s and 32 bits should be enough for everyone.

I'm starting to wonder if is such lawless land that I will need kidnapping insurance if I am to return next year.

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A TRUE bool value corresponds to "normal"; a FALSE bool value corresponds to "none". As a slight exception to the normal interpretation of bool, a value of "2" corresponds to "fast".

on a lab machine at the office: I can't find C:\Windows\*mumble*\loader.exe! No boot for you!
Me: Yes. That's because the disk I am trying to boot from has on it. Just like it did yesterday, when it booted perfectly fine.

Hand-built consumer-grade junk heaps: Just Say No. Components are only cheap if labour is free.

Of course, in a company, hardware is a line expense while labour is in the IT budget, so they both look cheap on paper while in reality, everyone loses!

Mid-January here in middle brings with it a slowly returning sun, clear skies, freezing cold, and beautiful frozen lakes.

Fursuit charades provides plenty of opportunities to practice the "OMG what is this I can't even" pose, as demonstrated here by at 2018 for .

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Just today and tomorrow are left to help us meet our donation match and we have about $4K to go! Thanks to everyone who has already helped us raise money for our free software work and thanks to the folks who will help us cross the finish line!

Anyway, the story had a happy ending this time, because it turns out they are on . Not that that's linked to anywhere, but I searched in desperation and lucked out. And Bandcamp clearly says, on every page, that they sell "unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more". And it's DRM-free!

So, if you want a haunting dark electronic/strings combo, maybe listen to :

Why is buying so hard nowadays?

I heard a sweet track on the latest episode of , and went to look it up. Found the band easily, but they have no CDs and only link to from , or , but I want downloads. They're on , but is that streaming, DRM-free download or DRM-encumbered? Amazon won't say, and their web player says "Operating System Not Supported" about on . Well, fuck you too, then.

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