@veer66 a_string is an exception on an empty string (there's no 0th element), but it's fine with a ranged [:1], it'll give you an empty string.
So it's just a safe shorthand for something like `x = a_string and a_string`
I just made it worse by adding "discernible" before it.
@aral a common story, as far as I noticed. A popular project grows "community leaders" who, while contributing pretty much nothing, start treating the founder as an oppressing dictator and campaign against him (it's usually "him"). "We don't need a BDFL" and all that stuff.
Just read a post asking Eugen to resign from developing Mastodon and I really have to ask: what are you folks smoking?
It’s his project. It’s open source. Fork it if you want to. But what kind of mind-blowing sense of entitlement drives you to think you can tell someone they should stop working on something they’ve built?
@ehashman as one living in a country where natives can't really pronounce my name even when they want to (due to different phonetics in Russian) I was never bothered by it. The way I see it, there is no such thing as a "correct" pronunciation. As long as I can recognize the fact that people try to address me, it's fine. I don't sound exactly American either.
@aeveltstra people also tend to panic when they see a mutable object in the arguments and replace it with the None dance described in the article, forgetting that if the function doesn't modify this argument, it may actually be okay.
@aeveltstra it's actually one of the most widely known gotchas, judging by my own experience mentoring people.
@ericphelps spitting from the side doesn't seem like a big problem to me :-) But I *hate* it when there's no room to actually put your hands under the water stream.
This is from the co-creator of Dogecoin (thread)
After years of studying it, I believe that cryptocurrency is an inherently right-wing, hyper-capitalistic technology built primarily to amplify the wealth of its proponents through a combination of tax avoidance, diminished regulatory oversight and artificially enforced scarcity. https://twitter.com/ummjackson/status/1415353984617914370?s=21
@ehashman one of my friends cited inability to get away from work for a few days as the reason for not vaccinating. Not sure if that's the only reason (he used to downplay the threat, too).
@ehashman but vaccines seems to cover that too, last I heard, so not wearing masks looks okay to me. It's just this sudden reversal of trends in the last one or two weeks that I can't explain. My best guess is that it's more contagious by enough rate to make the remaining unvaccinated population to spread it efficiently.
@ehashman yeah, I was staring at it in disbelief, too. All of that despite a decent percentage of vaccinated people. Turns out, not enough :-(
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