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  1. Comment on Richard Stallman resigns as president of the Free Software Foundation, and from his position at MIT in ~tech

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    He does this a lot. He takes a word that has a pretty clear definition ("assault", "autism", "free") and then creates this weird new definition that doesn't have much in common with the commonly...

    He does this a lot. He takes a word that has a pretty clear definition ("assault", "autism", "free") and then creates this weird new definition that doesn't have much in common with the commonly accepted use of the word, and then says "well, this is why this word doesn't apply".

    Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder, that starts in early childhood, marked by severe impairment in social communication, impairment in social activity, and with fixed and repetitive interests, and that these are not explained by something else.

    That's it.

    I'm not going to dx him over the internet, but he's wrong to talk about dyspraxia and lack of rhythm.

    There are some correlations with other disorders, but these are neither sufficient nor required for the diagnosis.

    We absolutely should not have a standard of "Stallman's kind of an asshole, but he's probably on the autism spectrum, so he may not know any better, and so to tread lightly around mental health issues we should excuse behavior by him that we would judge more harshly if we thought he was neurotypical".

    Completely agree.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Richard Stallman resigns as president of the Free Software Foundation, and from his position at MIT in ~tech

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    Autism isn't a free-pass to say what you like without any consequences. Most autistic people know this. It's a (somewhat harmful) myth to suggest that autistic people cannot feel empathy. Many...

    Autism isn't a free-pass to say what you like without any consequences.

    Most autistic people know this.

    It's a (somewhat harmful) myth to suggest that autistic people cannot feel empathy.

    Many autistic people are horrifed by Stallman's comments.

    When someone has a disability we make reasonable adjustments to accommodate that disability. If Stallman has a disability that impairs his communication we need to provide him with an assistant who has the power to say "don't write this, it's fucking horrible" before he makes anything public. I'm not sure if that was ever offered to him, or if he'd have accepted it if it was.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on What are you reading these days? #28 in ~books

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    My son was a reluctant reader and then he picked up a "Horrible Histories" book and he's taken off. He's 8 but has a higher reading age. This is a surprisingly tricky age range to buy books for....

    My son was a reluctant reader and then he picked up a "Horrible Histories" book and he's taken off. He's 8 but has a higher reading age.

    This is a surprisingly tricky age range to buy books for. There's loads of stuff for 6-8 year olds, and there's a load of stuff for 13+ (which contains things which aren't really suitable for him right at the moment). There aren't many books aimed at tweens.

    So I'm reading a bunch of children's books to find out what's in them so that we're prepared for any questions he might have.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on The Chefs' Brigade in ~tv

  5. The Chefs' Brigade

    This is a British cookery show. They take a bunch of people who cook for a living but who have basic skills. These people are paired with a chef who has four Michelin stars and eighteen...

    This is a British cookery show. They take a bunch of people who cook for a living but who have basic skills. These people are paired with a chef who has four Michelin stars and eighteen restaurants. They visit different restaurants around Europe to have competitions to cook that restaurant's own food.

    Things I enjoy about it: it does a good job of showing that people who have somewhat fucked up lives will always find a place in cheffing. They could have stayed in the UK but they decided to go around Europe.[1] There's a couple of incidents of poor behaviour being corrected (some of the women chefs are ignored and spoken over by some men, the women stand up for themselves and get an apology).

    Things I don't like: there's some cheffy bollocks around the pressure and discipline of a brigade; it's still a reality-show competition and that introduces some artificiallity; they send people home each week and I always hate that aspect of programmes.

    It's available on Pirate Bay.

    Here are some reviews which I think are fair.

    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jul/30/the-chefs-brigade-review-a-cookery-challenge-worthy-of-willy-wonka

    https://inews.co.uk/culture/television/the-chefs-brigade-bbc2-episode-1-review-jason-atherton/

    [1] I can't describe how pathologically awful Brexit has been for the UK. :-(

    7 votes
  6. Comment on The World's Most Important Electric Car Is Launching Now, And It's Not A Porsche Or Tesla - The electric version of Renault's low-cost Kwid in ~enviro

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    Is that the total cost of ownership? In the UK the Renault Twizy has a mandatory battery hire charge imposed, and that's a minimum of £45 per month....

    Starting at 61,800 Yuan, or about $8,700 US Dollars, and its 30kWh Tianjin Lishen battery offers a remarkable 250 km, or 155 miles of NEDC-rated range. Even though this ends up resulting in a likely EPA range closer to about 100 miles, the fact that this eminently usable amount of range is available in a useful and well-proven vehicle for under $10,000 is a remarkable achievement.

    Is that the total cost of ownership? In the UK the Renault Twizy has a mandatory battery hire charge imposed, and that's a minimum of £45 per month. https://www.renault.co.uk/vehicles/new-vehicles/twizy/battery-and-charging.html

    4 votes
  7. Comment on 'A human need': Disability groups say people on NDIS should have access to sex workers in ~life

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    Because this is about intimate human to human connections, not orgasms.

    Can't a disabled person buy a sex toy like the rest of us?

    Because this is about intimate human to human connections, not orgasms.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Frankie Cosmos - "Did you find" in ~music

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    This is from the latest Frankie Cosmos album Close It Quietly. I fucking love this album, and I fucking love this song. I especially love the bit starting at 20 seconds in where it just takes off....

    This is from the latest Frankie Cosmos album Close It Quietly.

    I fucking love this album, and I fucking love this song. I especially love the bit starting at 20 seconds in where it just takes off. I'd be really grateful for any recommendations of songs that achieve a similar effect.

    I guess the Weezer song Angel and the One does it too, but more slowly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9qCBy0V3BA

    Or maybe Stereolab's Check and Double Check (at about 1:15) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnRRk3YyAAk

    Or Velvet UNderground's I'm sticking with you (at about 1:56) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5je_eK0V1w
    But I feel like my examples are just confusing.

  9. Comment on How do you achieve an efficient house move? in ~life

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    Buy boxes. Buy good, strong, packing tape. Maybe buy a tape dispenser. Buy or rent a sack truck. You want your boxes to be big enough to hold stuff, but not so big that they become too heavy. Too...

    Buy boxes. Buy good, strong, packing tape. Maybe buy a tape dispenser. Buy or rent a sack truck. You want your boxes to be big enough to hold stuff, but not so big that they become too heavy. Too heavy will be defined by how far you have to carry them. Carrying anything up 7 flights is going to be hard work and you'll probably be better of making more journeys with lighter boxes than fewer journeys with heavy boxes.

    This is a very high quality sack truck. You don't need anything this expensive! Sack trucks make it really easy to get boxes from your home to the van, and from the van to your new home. https://www.parrs.co.uk/basic-aluminium-warehouse-sack-truck-cap-300kg-p5244

    Set aside one room of your current home for packing. Put everything in that room into boxes, and stack the boxes neatly along one wall. Label the outside of the boxes with the room you want them to go into. Use bigger bolder brighter labelling for the things you'll need immediately - UK house movers will normally put the kettle and mugs and tea bags and instant coffee and sugar in a bag and move that first.

    Really consider whether hiring people to carry some boxes and furniture up those seven flights will be worth it. Try going up and down those 7 flights yourself - see how you feel after doing 5 sets of up and down in a row. You'll be doing far more than that!

    9 votes
  10. Comment on School uniforms are on the rise — even for toddlers — and it’s changing back-to-school shopping in ~life

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    Putting children into lengthy seclusion for minor infractions of arbitrary rules is a violation of their human rights, specifically article 37b.

    Breaking school rules leads to punishment is bad how? Why bother having rules at all if they're not enforced?

    Putting children into lengthy seclusion for minor infractions of arbitrary rules is a violation of their human rights, specifically article 37b.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on School uniforms are on the rise — even for toddlers — and it’s changing back-to-school shopping in ~life

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    In England it's not just clothes though. Not wearing the tie will lead to punishment, which may include seclusion. UK education is pretty fucking brutal at the moment and while I think uniforms...

    I might suggest that there may have been deeper issues at your school than a required shirt and tie

    Clothes. It's just clothes

    In England it's not just clothes though. Not wearing the tie will lead to punishment, which may include seclusion. UK education is pretty fucking brutal at the moment and while I think uniforms are probably a good idea there's clearly some really terrible working around them.

    Also, it's clothes and hair, and the hair style policies disproportionately affect black children.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I've been playing the Burnout Paradise remastered Xbox One version. I mostly completed the base game (all billboards, all "smash gates" etc) after about 50 hours. It is significantly easier than...

    I've been playing the Burnout Paradise remastered Xbox One version. I mostly completed the base game (all billboards, all "smash gates" etc) after about 50 hours.

    It is significantly easier than the original Xbox360 version supplied on disc with no updates.

    The DLC content "Surf Island" was created by a British company and they've crammed it with references from UK culture. Most of these are from children's tv show Grange Hill, but some of them are names of British radio DJs. It's somewhat jarring to see buildings with the names of prolific sex offenders in the game.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on John W. Campbell Award Is Renamed After Winner Criticizes Him in ~books

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    But he didn't, did he? He hindered it. He held it back. He published a very narrow range of books that appealed only to his world view and he was powerful enough that the rejected books struggled...

    But he still triggered the Golden Age of science fiction

    But he didn't, did he? He hindered it. He held it back. He published a very narrow range of books that appealed only to his world view and he was powerful enough that the rejected books struggled to have influence elsewhere.

    There were a wide range of great books and authors that didn't get published because of him.

    11 votes
  14. Comment on A tourist infected with measles visited Disneyland and other Southern California hotspots in mid-August in ~health

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    Gillick Competency is I think really good. It balances a parent's right to be a parent and make decisions with a child's emerging rights to make their own decisions. Doctors will usually try to...

    Gillick Competency is I think really good. It balances a parent's right to be a parent and make decisions with a child's emerging rights to make their own decisions.

    Doctors will usually try to inform the parent with the child's permission. They'll work with the child to find a way to get the parent involved. (With some obvious exceptions for abusive parents).

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Transgender and gender nonconforming people say they have been pressured to expose their genitals during TSA searches at airports in ~lgbt

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    About the size of this blob of plastique explosive? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5-aUkC6z1A

    what explosive would be the size of a non-erect penis that's been on HRT?

    About the size of this blob of plastique explosive? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5-aUkC6z1A

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Which sci-fi series would you recommend? in ~movies

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    Humans is pretty good about robots with AI. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4122068/ it's a heavily modified remake of the Swedish Äkta människor (Real Humans) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2180271/...

    Humans is pretty good about robots with AI. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4122068/ it's a heavily modified remake of the Swedish Äkta människor (Real Humans) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2180271/

    Years and Years is another British series - only 6 episodes - about the near future and a populist politician. It's pretty good. Emma Thompson is amazing in it, and there's a bunch of other great British actors. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8694364/

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Moving out tips in ~life

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    Here are some tips that apply to England. Not all of these will make sense outside of England. Learn what type of tenancy agreement you have, and what rights it gives you and what responsibilities...

    Here are some tips that apply to England. Not all of these will make sense outside of England.

    1. Learn what type of tenancy agreement you have, and what rights it gives you and what responsibilities you have under it. A tenancy agreement is a legal contract and some people have considerable trouble because they don't understand what they've signed.

    2. Take lots of photos of the property and the items in the property on the day you move in. You want to keep a detailed catalogue of the condition of the property as it was on the day you moved in. This helps avoid arguments about deposits when you move out. Check the inventory, and query anything that doesn't seem right.

    3. Take photos of the utility meters. Make sure when you open an account with the utility provider that they're using the correct readings to start from, and that they're using the correct meters. Take meter readings every couple of months to make sure you're paying for what you use.

    4. Learn about the refuse and recycling bins. What is or isn't taken; where are the bins kept; do they have to be moved from that place to somewhere else to be collected; is there a rota for doing this?

    5. BUDGET!! Don't get behind on rent, or bills, or taxes. In general pay your rent first, then taxes, then bills, then food, then everything else. There doesn't seem to be one best method that works for everyone. Some people like bullet journals or envelope budgeting or setting up direct debits. Find what works for you. @Algernon_Asimov makes a good point about paying bills when you get paid. You may find that paying a little bit more than you need to each time gives you a buffer against times when you have no income. You'll also need to try to save a bit of emergency money.

    6. Emergency stuff. Make sure the smoke detectors and fire alarms work. If you have gas appliances (like a gas cooker) make sure it has a safety certificate. Consider buying fire extinguishers and keeping them maintained. Plan an evacuation route: how will you leave the property if there's a fire? Get some torches and a radio and some batteries and keep them in an easy to find place.

    7. Work out a good cleaning routine. I cope better doing a small amount very often rather than a big clean up once a day. Other people like to have quite a rigid schedule.

    7 votes