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Just saw the new Volkswagen ID.4 on the road for the first time. Teslas and Bolts are already old thing here, but VWs, Mustangs Mach-E and others are starting to show up too.

(P.S. Yes, I know all about virtues of bikes and public transport, spare me the preaching. I just like cars.)

Good story on the history of Haiti showing how poverty of Black countries around the world has nothing to do with the myth of their citizens' "innate laziness".

So, let me re-phrase:

Government-run study, involving shortening the work week for government employees proves that productivity can be *gained* by shortening the work week.

Does business jump on that insight and clear opportunity to gain productivity *for free*, thus edging a competitive advantage on the market?

No. This happens only after unions get involved.

"Capitalism efficiently allocates resources" my arse.

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looking for software development work :boost_requested:​ 

Hey, I am looking for software developer work. I am familiar with C, C++, Java, and many other languages, but I learn quickly, and can probably learn the language you use.

I'm fairly experienced in modeling relational databases, working with Qt, Sqlite, Postgres, and SQL Server, SDL, and SFML. My specialty is Linux but I can target just about any POSIX-compliant platform, or Windows, and I aim to write portable code.

I've worked on Plume, a Fediverse blogging platform, Cataclysm Dark Days Ahead, a roguelike game, sqlite_modern_cpp(a c++ abstraction wrapper for sqlite), MuaLu(A lua based muck engine), and more.

I've dabbled in assembly and lower level coding, and would not be adverse to picking it up to work.

I am based in the US, specifically Tulsa.

I am available for contract work or remote work, though I am currently caring for someone who is disabled so I have to be remote, or at least have minimal office days.

You can get in touch with me via DM or through email through

Apparently I'm back to binge-watching the second campaign of Critical Role. I've been missing it! On episode 44 so far.

Just a random thought on

"We need more sharing not less" is funny to read about a commercial product that will not be shared itself, but only shares the work of others without attribution ... - Otto

#GitHub #Copilot

As a guy whose dress style is best described as "unassuming" I pretty vu never get complimented about my looks by strangers. Except when I wear my Black Lives Matter t-shirt. Just got yet another "nice t-shirt" from another woman. (Men are expectedly more reserved.)

Here's a thing I can't get used to in America. If you see two cans of the same brand on the store shelf, and one of them is marked "lightly salted", and another is unmarked it means the latter is *heavily* salted, not unsalted.

Being salted is an assumed default state of a lot of things here. As if they do something extra to "unsalt" food, or something…

Imagine you are a vegan activist.
Would you want 5 people to go 100% vegan or 500 who are at least 20% vegan?
On top of this, imagine trashing the 495 who are not 100% vegan but are trying.
How do you think they feel about you and your cause?
More importantly which path saves more animals?

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Anyone have any leads on remote #CLJS jobs? The company I worked for shut down cause of covid, time to get back on the market.

At Whole Foods today saw a new device for paying with your hand. You hold your open palm above the scanner, it recognizes you and charges your Amazon Prime account.

You know what's going to happen next? People will gladly give up their palm prints to this corporation without a second thought about it being something you can't change or de-register.

This should be illegal or something, but of course law enforcement is one of the main customers of this database.

"The rise of community-owned monopolies" by Konrad Hinsen

"The monopoly situation prevents existing users from moving elsewhere, significantly reducing the effort that needs to be made to keep them. All effort can thus be concentrated on gaining new users, which leads to the paradoxical situation that the needs of non-users have a larger weight in strategic decisions than the needs of the user base."

This is spot-on.

Oh good, another "types can guarantee the absence of bugs" delusional argument... My day just wouldn't be complete without it.

"FBI-run company sold encrypted phones to criminals, leading to 800 arrests"

In headings like this always try to mentally substitute "criminals" or "terrorists" with "whistle-blowers" or "activists", and see if you like how that sounds then.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

🇺🇲! (If you know what I mean.)

There are shit takes and then there's Jack Dorsey:

“Bitcoin changes absolutely everything. I don’t think there is anything more important in my lifetime to work on."

Our planet is getting destroyed and he can't think of anything more important to work on than expanding the use of this proof-of-work, ecological nightmare of a ponzi scheme. What a legend.

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