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  1. Comment on Previously oldest living American Hester Ford dies at 115 in ~news

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    There seems to be a census discrepancy about the year of her birth, so it's not an issue with bad news reporting now. But, yeah, Wikipedia is crediting her with 115 years (side of caution, I assume).

    There seems to be a census discrepancy about the year of her birth, so it's not an issue with bad news reporting now. But, yeah, Wikipedia is crediting her with 115 years (side of caution, I assume).

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  2. Comment on Previously oldest living American Hester Ford dies at 115 in ~news

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    I find it weirdly satisfying to know that, after she died, someone else immediately and automatically acquired the title of "oldest living American". ETA: I had a friend/neighbor who was over 100,...

    I find it weirdly satisfying to know that, after she died, someone else immediately and automatically acquired the title of "oldest living American".

    ETA: I had a friend/neighbor who was over 100, still lived on her own, cleaned, cooked, shopped, mowed her own lawn, etc. I used to joke with her, that she only had to hold out for 12, 13 (or whatever it was, at the time) more years, to take the title.

    Unfortunately, dementia started to drag her down, and she finally passed away in an assisted living center at, I think, 104 or 105.

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  3. Comment on NASA picks SpaceX to land next Americans on Moon in ~space

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    So, here's a thought. NASA will launch humans from Earth on the SLS, in the Orion capsule, to the Gateway lunar station, where they will meet up with a SpaceX Starship to take them down to the...

    So, here's a thought. NASA will launch humans from Earth on the SLS, in the Orion capsule, to the Gateway lunar station, where they will meet up with a SpaceX Starship to take them down to the surface of the Moon.

    ...and about a week later, SpaceX will have the capacity to fly humans (plus a truckload of cargo) directly from Earth to the lunar surface and back again, using fully reusable systems. Is that the right timeline?

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  4. Comment on NASA picks SpaceX to land next Americans on Moon in ~space

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    This is actually a bit bizarre. I'm a huge SpaceX fan, but I never thought NASA would go with them for this gig ... it's just such a weird fit.

    This is actually a bit bizarre. I'm a huge SpaceX fan, but I never thought NASA would go with them for this gig ... it's just such a weird fit.

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  5. So, I just turned down my vaccination ... did I make a mistake?

    I'm in Hungary, and my local doctor's office just called to tell me I have a Tuesday appt to get the first shot of the Sputnik V vaccine. Problem is, I'm moving to The Netherlands in 2 weeks. I...

    I'm in Hungary, and my local doctor's office just called to tell me I have a Tuesday appt to get the first shot of the Sputnik V vaccine.

    Problem is, I'm moving to The Netherlands in 2 weeks. I would have to stay here for another month to get the 2nd shot. Too much already put in motion for the end-of-April move.

    I could have just gotten the first shot here, and then see what/when I get up in The Hague. But A) that feels like cheating, and 2) IDK how wise it is to mix vaccines.

    Now if I die of Covid before getting vaccinated up there, I'm gonna feel like an idiot.

    Thoughts?


    ETA:

    For the record, I did cancel the appointment, and I assume that, by now, my slot has been filled and I would get pushed to the bottom of the list, if I were to call my doctor back at this point.

    Hungary, for whatever reason, is perhaps the #1 best country in the EU to date, for progress on getting its citizens vaccinated (32% half, 14% fully vaccinated, compared to the EU average of 16% and 6%). Being willing to use the Russian and Chinese vaccines w/o EU approval is, I'm sure, a contributing factor.

    The Netherlands, on the other hand, is desperately struggling to be "not dead last" in the EU vaccination rankings.

    Additionally, I'm 53 years old, right on the cusp of "not quite old enough to be high risk".

    So it really was tempting to go ahead and get at least halfway-vaccinated before I go. But the Russian vaccine (as well as the Chinese one) seems to be especially dependent upon getting both shots. So, hopefully I don't die of Covid before The Netherlands gets around to me, but for now, I'll keep wearing masks and washing my hands.

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  6. Comment on Feneas (a non profit provider of open source services), is having problems covering expenses and is at the risk of shutting down, so it is now having a fundraiser in ~comp

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    Thanks for posting this. Yet another good organization that only just now popped up on my radar (I've seen the name, but never followed up before now). Note that they're not just FOSS, but...

    Thanks for posting this.

    Yet another good organization that only just now popped up on my radar (I've seen the name, but never followed up before now). Note that they're not just FOSS, but specifically about advancing federated networks (Matrix, Pleroma, Mastodon, Diaspora, etc). These are the "Un-Facebooks" of the world.

    Anyone considering donating ... consider also/instead joining them. Looks like they need more membership, only costs €1/month, gives you some perks, and helps keep you engaged in the project. I'm joining them; maybe then I'll remember they exist.

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  7. Comment on What's a question you want to ask, but you're worried about how it might come across? in ~talk

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    ő = he or she őt = him or her ővé = his or hers Additionally, Hungarian is what they call an aglutinative language, meaning that a lot of the little "helper" words get added on as prefixes and/or...

    ő = he or she
    őt = him or her
    ővé = his or hers

    Additionally, Hungarian is what they call an aglutinative language, meaning that a lot of the little "helper" words get added on as prefixes and/or suffixes. Pronouns often get rolled into words, too. Entire sentences often get built into a single word. Eg, "Szeretlek" means "I love you."

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  8. Comment on What's a question you want to ask, but you're worried about how it might come across? in ~talk

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    Just a passing thought. I'm an American of Hungarian descent. English is my native language, but I speak Hungarian fairly well, too. Hungarian has entirely gender-neutral pronouns, and I think...

    Just a passing thought. I'm an American of Hungarian descent. English is my native language, but I speak Hungarian fairly well, too.

    Hungarian has entirely gender-neutral pronouns, and I think that would be an excellent way of adapting English -- completely eliminate he/she/her/him and just switch over entirely to xe/xir (or whatever we settle on).

    Here's the interesting point. As a native English speaker, the Hungarian pronouns do not give me any trouble. However, I know native Hungarian speakers who speak English really quite well, who still have trouble picking the right pronouns when they speak. I think there must be some really deeply embedded training that goes along with learning English as a first language, that cements the idea in your head at a young age, to look at people (and animals, dolls, etc) as explicitly and exclusively, either "he"s or "she"s.

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  9. Comment on Do I need a new computer? in ~tech

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    I have two System76 laptops, a Darter and an Oryx, and they are great machines, and worth the price ... but yeah, they're not cheap. OTOH, one of the really nice perks of many Linux distros is...

    I have two System76 laptops, a Darter and an Oryx, and they are great machines, and worth the price ... but yeah, they're not cheap.

    OTOH, one of the really nice perks of many Linux distros is that they can run just fine on older hardware. A 2-year-old used laptop (or desktop) for $500 could serve you nicely for another 3-5 years. I just bet you could even find some decent 2ndhand business selling Linux-refurbished machines.

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  10. Comment on RMS addresses the free software community in ~tech

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    The Aspergers theory rings true for me, as well. One of my closest friends has Aspergers, and the way we each tend to annoy each other, talk past each other, etc, feels a lot like how RMS relates...

    The Aspergers theory rings true for me, as well. One of my closest friends has Aspergers, and the way we each tend to annoy each other, talk past each other, etc, feels a lot like how RMS relates to others, and how others respond.

    I also think that humans are obsessed with Labels ... and being able to say, "oh, it's Aspergers" somehow makes it different for people. It doesn't matter why he is the way he is. He has trouble relating to people, and routinely offends and upsets them, probably w/o intending to ... but no matter what, he must learn how to behave properly around people, or eventually, people stop dealing with him ... which, you know, is what's happening.

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  11. Comment on So, yesterday, I turned my ToDo list into a Product Backlog and started my first personal improvement Sprint in ~life

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    Part of Scrum is guesstimating how long each task will take, and another part is regularly reviewing and updating those guesstimates. I did a quick-and-dirty first-draft estimate on most of my...

    Part of Scrum is guesstimating how long each task will take, and another part is regularly reviewing and updating those guesstimates.

    I did a quick-and-dirty first-draft estimate on most of my tasklist.

    Additionally, I've been tracking my personal productive activities in Clockify (and, earlier, in Toggl) for years. Using my records there from the past few months, I came up with a preliminary "Velocity" for myself (Scrum-speak for how much a person can get done over the course of one Sprint).

    Assuming I keep doing this, another regular Scrum-step is comparing how well you thought you'd do, vs how well you actually did, and adjusting your plans accordingly.

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  12. Comment on RMS addresses the free software community in ~tech

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    Many, many years ago, I was in a car accident on my way to work on Christmas Eve morning. As a result of that accident, I was several hours late to work and unable to call in (this was long before...

    Many, many years ago, I was in a car accident on my way to work on Christmas Eve morning. As a result of that accident, I was several hours late to work and unable to call in (this was long before cell phones). I was immediately fired from my job for being late.

    At the time, and for many years after, I was outraged, full of righteous indignation. You can't fire someone for something like that! Have you ever heard of extenuating circumstances?

    It took a long time for me to get to the point where I could remember and acknowledge that I had been late and/or entirely AWOL from the same job at least a half-dozen times before, over the course of only 6 or 8 months. It was frankly a minor miracle they hadn't fired me long before that.

    I really feel the same way about this whole RMS debacle. In my mind, RMS did little or nothing wrong in this specific incident ... but has built up a 30+ year history of -- at best -- misogynistic, insulting, hurtful behavior, that has earned him this global ostracization, even if this "final straw" might be imaginary.

    The woman that started this whole teacup tempest, Selam Gano, says something very similar in her latest update to the original article she posted about RMS, encouraging people to instead/additionally read her follow-up post documenting his 30-year history of annoyance and abuse at MIT.

    Unfortunately, I think that RMS is still (and may always remain) stuck in the "righteous indignation" phase.

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  13. So, yesterday, I turned my ToDo list into a Product Backlog and started my first personal improvement Sprint

    Where to post this feels tricky. The terms in my post title -- "Product Backlog" and "Sprint" are very IT-specific terms from a popular business management philosophy (Agile) and methodology...

    Where to post this feels tricky. The terms in my post title -- "Product Backlog" and "Sprint" are very IT-specific terms from a popular business management philosophy (Agile) and methodology (Scrum) for creating software.

    However, I am intentionally trying to adopt and adapt these concepts to my own life goals, personal improvement efforts and general day-to-day "get shit done" task lists.

    Has anyone else done this? It only just now occurred to me to search the 'Net to see how unusual this idea is, and of course, I'm seeing plenty of evidence that I'm not the first person to think of it.

    For the non-IT folk, here's the nutshell version. Large, long-term software development projects get broken down into bite-sized tasks, those pieces get prioritized and best-guesstimated as to each one's difficulty, and then short-term "Sprints" (each generally 1 week to 1 month long) are devoted to completing a selected subset of those tasks.

    As an on-going process, the overall project goals and tasklist (the "Product Backlog") get reviewed, re-evaluated and re-prioritized, and past efforts are regularly evaluated for effectiveness, and the lessons learned get incorporated into future planning.

    Probably the most significant piece of the Agile philosophy is the iterative process. Never lose sight of the overarching goal, but focus -- hard -- on those bite-sized pieces, always review your own efforts and learn how to improve your process of getting things done, and always be ready to modify all mid-term and long-term goals as the journey unfolds, as new information comes to light.

    ... And I realize I'm meandering, perhaps, a bit too much into the philosophy of software development ... but I hope it's clear how well this could translate over to personal development, life goals, self-help, stuff like that.

    At any rate, that's what I'm doing over the next two weeks ... I'm running my own personal "Life Goals" Sprint, adopting the various tools and terms and ideas built into Agile -- and specifically, the Scrum-style implementation of Agile (which is more philosophy than process). Depending on how it goes, I may well be doing this for a long time to come.

    Would love to discuss the idea, get feedback, pros and cons, yada ...

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  14. Comment on What does analog have that digital doesn't? in ~talk

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    Ditto. We had a TV from Sears that had some kind of really long-term (lifetime?) warranty, and the Sears repairman (I'd say 'person', but who are we kidding? Back then, they were all men) would...

    Oh man, I'm old enough that when I was born my parents TV and I think stereo both used tubes.

    Ditto. We had a TV from Sears that had some kind of really long-term (lifetime?) warranty, and the Sears repairman (I'd say 'person', but who are we kidding? Back then, they were all men) would come out every year or so to fix it, usually just requiring the replacement of a burnt-out tube.

    That TV lasted something like 20-25 years. Parents bought it before I showed up, and I graduated high school (at least) before we bought a new one.

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  15. Comment on What does analog have that digital doesn't? in ~talk

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    When I was a kid in the '70s, we moved, bought a house from an old man who left a lot of furniture and stuff behind when he left. That included, among other things, an ancient antique radio, the...

    When I was a kid in the '70s, we moved, bought a house from an old man who left a lot of furniture and stuff behind when he left.

    That included, among other things, an ancient antique radio, the size of a large dresser, beautiful varnished wood and full of giant old vacuum tubes inside. Vaguely, my best recollection is that it looked something like this. I don't recall if it ever worked for us, if we even tried to get it working or what. But I do remember how fascinated I was by it, that "back in the day" radios weren't just tiny tinny little boxes in our cars and clocks, but actual giant, decorative pieces of furniture.

    Another thing he left behind was a huge pile of really ancient vinyl records, all 78 RPM, many only having grooves on one side, some dating back to the 19th century. That was another thing that was fascinating -- as was playing them ... and having the ability, right there in our house, to play music through our record player, from a record that was made almost a century earlier.

    There are no 100-year-old CDs or DVDs, and there never will be (not regular ones, at least). Even more, there will never be antique ".mp3" files unearthed in someone's basement dating back a century.

    I don't know what, exactly, I'm trying to pin down here, but there is something missing from the modern digital toolset, longevity or history or continuity across generations ... something, apart from the content itself.

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  16. Comment on Arkansas Governor vetoes ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth in ~lgbt

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    Not your fault. Whose bright idea was it to name fifteen different states with 'A'? Edit: fixed

    Not your fault. Whose bright idea was it to name fifteen different states with 'A'?

    Edit: fixed

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  17. Comment on Arkansas Governor vetoes ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth in ~lgbt

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    Just to clarify, since the double (triple?) negative is a bit confusing ... this (the veto) is a pro-LGBTQ+ action ... although it also sounds like the AR legislature may override the veto and...

    Just to clarify, since the double (triple?) negative is a bit confusing ... this (the veto) is a pro-LGBTQ+ action ... although it also sounds like the AR legislature may override the veto and make this a law, anyway.

    Edited to further clarify the clarification.

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  18. Comment on I'm moving, in the EU, from Hungary to The Netherlands. Any tips? in ~life

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    Wow. Dankjewel, especially for all of the comparison links. Follow-ups ... We have our appointment to register at our local Hague office. Can you clarify on that? All three pets have their shots,...

    Wow. Dankjewel, especially for all of the comparison links.

    Follow-ups ...

    We have our appointment to register at our local Hague office.

    register your pets

    Can you clarify on that? All three pets have their shots, their microchips and their EU-wide travel passports. Is there something more/else specific to The Netherlands to register them for?

    I have already been reading two expat-oriented English-language news sites, DutchNews and DutchReview, for months now. I will add the ones you mentioned to my RSS.

    I started learning Dutch a few months ago ... but then I got a new job in Germany, so Dutch got put on hold while I re-learn German. I will come back to focusing on Dutch soon.

    I'm a middle-aged software developer. My roommates are younger (20-something) non-professionals. We all speak English and we all are (or soon will be) learning Dutch. My roommates are wide open to job prospects, and one or all of us might decide to go back to school, but for now, they are focusing on basic entry-level stuff -- clerking, stocking shelves, picking produce, whatever is available that doesn't require advanced Dutch proficiency.

    Our apartment is unfurnished (includes floors, walls, major appliances, etc) and utilities are separate, so I'm already working on figuring out which ones to get and how to get them turned on before we arrive. I may well have follow-up questions about that in the days to come. Ditto mobile service and (esp.) Internet.

    Regarding the culture shock ... yeah. Hungarians are very different from the Dutch. Frankly, it's one of the reasons we're going. But I also specifically chose The Hague because it has such a thriving international community.

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  19. Comment on Can we get a GNU section of ~tech? in ~tech

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    I would also vote for a dedicated ~comp.linux or ~comp.unix (or, my preference and probably the broadest, ~comp.foss) subgroup. I'm a programmer, and 90% or more of my tech interests fall under...

    I would also vote for a dedicated ~comp.linux or ~comp.unix (or, my preference and probably the broadest, ~comp.foss) subgroup. I'm a programmer, and 90% or more of my tech interests fall under one or all of those categories.

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  20. I'm moving, in the EU, from Hungary to The Netherlands. Any tips?

    Inspired by (or if you prefer, ripping off) @spit-evil-olive-tips ' moving thread. I'm a US expat with Hungarian citizenship, moving with two native Hungarian friends (plus a dog and 2 cats), to...

    Inspired by (or if you prefer, ripping off) @spit-evil-olive-tips ' moving thread.

    I'm a US expat with Hungarian citizenship, moving with two native Hungarian friends (plus a dog and 2 cats), to The Hague. We have an apartment there, all 3 animals are chipped and vaccinated (and we 3 are not...). My cousin will be driving us there in about a month.

    We already have an appointment, a couple days after the move, to register our BRPs and BSNs at the local govt office. Sooner would be better, but it must be done in person, and right now, I don't relish the idea of a 2nd trip across the EU just to get registered a bit faster.

    I'm primarily looking for tips on smoothly integrating into Dutch society ... utilities, banking, health care, whatever else I'm forgetting to worry about. But I'm open to any tips regarding any aspect of moving between countries in the EU, in the middle of a poorly-managed global pandemic.

    Side-note for the entrepreneurs: In the US, you can rent a car, truck or trailer anywhere, drive it to anywhere else ... and leave it there. I appreciate the added complexities of an int'l version of that service, but if anyone can be the first to resolve those challenges in the EU ... $$$. Or rather, €€€.

    ETA: Any advice posted to @spit-evil-olive-tips thread need not be repeated here.

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