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  1. Comment on North Korea's Kim celebrates completion of 'modern mountainous city' in ~news

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    Shocking in a country where he can just round up people and send them to labour camps. Seems like a lame excuse. Accidental almost-humanity. heh. 😠 ¹ emphasis mine

    delayed by shortage of building materials and labour. ¹

    Shocking in a country where he can just round up people and send them to labour camps. Seems like a lame excuse. Accidental almost-humanity. heh. 😠


    ¹ emphasis mine

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  2. Comment on Every Way to Cook a Tomato | Bon Appétit in ~food

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    I have now spent slightly more than a contiguous half hour watching numerous different ways of cooking - or sometimes "cooking" - a tomato. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I actually enjoyed...

    I have now spent slightly more than a contiguous half hour watching numerous different ways of cooking - or sometimes "cooking" - a tomato. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

    I actually enjoyed it, although I had to roll my eyes a bit at a few points. But I'm also curious to try some of these. In particular making tomato paste. When I was a kid, I discovered tomato paste and mayo makes for a very interesting dip/sauce, although I've never really found much good use for it. It tastes good, though. Maybe homemade tomato paste will help inspire something. Maybe as a sauce for fish or something.

    And I'm always on the hunt for homegrown flavour - storebought tomatoes suck. But some of these cooking methods look like they might help bring some of that flavour profile I crave.

    So overall, all joking aside, a nice video - thanks!

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Scientists turn undersea fiber optic cables into seismographs in ~tech

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    Seems extremely handy if they can get it to work on existing cables without interfering with their operation. And maybe they could account for this in the construction of new cables - maybe...

    Seems extremely handy if they can get it to work on existing cables without interfering with their operation. And maybe they could account for this in the construction of new cables - maybe there's a way to make it work better by planning for it. Hopefully!

    2 votes
  4. Comment on A Writer’s Prefab Retreat Sits Lightly Upon the Land in Joshua Tree in ~design

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    That's a very interesting design. Except for the complete lack of office space, it's not too far away from something I'd want. But I'd want it somewhere with quick broadband. heh

    That's a very interesting design. Except for the complete lack of office space, it's not too far away from something I'd want. But I'd want it somewhere with quick broadband. heh

  5. Comment on How to Increase Taxes on the Rich (If You Must) in ~finance

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    Sounds like I need to go do more reading on VAT - since we don't have it here. My understanding of VAT is that basically it was sales tax on, like, non-food items. So it targets non-essentials and...

    Sounds like I need to go do more reading on VAT - since we don't have it here. My understanding of VAT is that basically it was sales tax on, like, non-food items. So it targets non-essentials and is therefore at least a less regressive tax.

    I'm glad for your reply! I'll go off to learn more now :)

    edit: I had the idea of VAT a bit wrong. Basically, for anyone else confused like me: It is, at the most simple level, not about the type of product, but about the manufacturers. As something is produced and sold, each company involved pays tax relative to the amount of increased value they added to the product. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Value-added_tax

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Yes, electric vehicles really are better than fossil fuel burners in ~tech

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    The good news is that in most places, renewable energy is slowly taking over. That trend is awesome, and will only improve as the tech means it's cheaper, so it won't take regulations to change;...

    The good news is that in most places, renewable energy is slowly taking over. That trend is awesome, and will only improve as the tech means it's cheaper, so it won't take regulations to change; it'll happen naturally.

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  7. Comment on Amazon workers stage strike on Black Friday in ~tech

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    I love using Amazon. I don't love how they treat their employees. I wish this was in the US. As much as it would delay a couple of things I have ordered… they need to fix this problem. It wouldn't...

    I love using Amazon. I don't love how they treat their employees. I wish this was in the US. As much as it would delay a couple of things I have ordered… they need to fix this problem. It wouldn't take a whole lot of additional cost to provide humane employment in their warehouses.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on How to Increase Taxes on the Rich (If You Must) in ~finance

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    Neither are poor people, and yet they seem to be demonized. Uh, no it's not. When you look at the extremity of income inequality, there is absolutely no way to justify it. Not the level of...

    Rich people are not all the same

    Neither are poor people, and yet they seem to be demonized.

    In this brief essay, I won’t comment on whether we should redistribute more. That question is hard,

    Uh, no it's not. When you look at the extremity of income inequality, there is absolutely no way to justify it. Not the level of inequality people think should exist, or even the level people think exists; those would be fine enough. But the level at which is actually is is completely extreme.

    But okay, I'll keep reading.

    earns, say, $10 million a year

    I mean, okay, but it's the billionaires and above that should be the primary focus. At least the author doesn't believe we're railing against people making 200k/yr. I'd think $10m/yr would probably be around the upper bounds for reasonable income inequality, but okay, let's keep going.

    Who should pay higher taxes? Sam Spendthrift or Frank Frugal?

    Why would how anyone spends their money be a tax issue? Do we ask the same for poor people? I suppose we do - there's people who think those on welfare somehow are able to eat steak and shrimp and drive fancy cars, when the reality is not so. That type of person might judge how someone spends their money. I don't. At least not in this context. I'd judge if someone spent money trying to impose their religion on the country, for example, or to support racism. But that's a different discussion.

    [rephrasing, so not a quote per se] Some tax plans hit the saver harder than the spender, so perhaps VAT would be better

    Sales tax is regressive. However, VAT is not quite the same since VAT doesn't (or shouldn't/wouldn't) apply to things like food.

    So why not both? Again, it's not (or shouldn't be) people making a million bucks who are the problem. It's the top thousand or so families who look at the people making $10m/yr and think of them as poor. THOSE are the target.

    I guess I have strong objections about who is or should be the main target of the discussions about income inequality. But as far as the relatively little substantive discussion in the PDF, sure, I'm open to some of these ideas.

    I also am a strong supporter of UBI. We need to make sure that nobody faces starvation in this country. And as productivity continues to rise and rise, we need to make sure a fair share of that goes into the pockets of the workers instead of increasingly putting more and more wealth in the hands of the lucky few who skim it off of the people, keeping everyone down.

    There's no excuse in this country not to have universal health care working in whatever form. There's no excuse for there not to be safety nets. There's no excuse the wealth concentrated in the hands of a tiny tiny few should mean so many live in poverty.

    Let's have a safety net for everyone. If some people don't want to work, fine, let them have a basic existence. If some people can't work due to mental or physical issues - we have the wealth to take care of them. For those that are willing and able to work, we should have protections on place for them for a safe work environment, fair wages. And while we're on it, let's talk sick time and vacation. We can do all this and still let the wealthy be wealthy. Nobody¹ wants there to be zero wealthy people. That's a distraction. We just don't want the people with billions and billions to have that much on the backs of everyone else.

    If everyone is getting a fair shake - health care, UBI, protections, etc - if in that environment some can still be ultra-ultra-rich? Well, I'm a bit less concerned.


    ¹ well, very very very few

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  9. Comment on In some towns in Finland, one-person households are now a majority in ~life

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    As a married man, I'm jealous. Just don't tell my wife! 🤣

    As a married man, I'm jealous. Just don't tell my wife! 🤣

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  10. Comment on Just a little testing in ~test

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    What about a comment about a comment about a comment? TOO FAR!!!!

    What about a comment about a comment about a comment?

    TOO FAR!!!!

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  11. Comment on Please Leave The Corvette Alone in ~misc

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    An eCorvette would ruin the world because it would mean an eCorvette exists. Look at the eMustang: The world is ruined because it exists. :rolls eyes:

    An eCorvette would ruin the world because it would mean an eCorvette exists. Look at the eMustang: The world is ruined because it exists. :rolls eyes:

    4 votes
  12. Comment on UPS employees allegedly ran massive drug shipment operation, evading authorities for a decade in ~news

  13. Comment on Amazon doesn’t report its warehouse injury rates — but we have an inside look in ~news

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    We need unions badly in this country. Right now, the corporations have all the power and the people have none and it is literally injuring and killing us.

    We need unions badly in this country. Right now, the corporations have all the power and the people have none and it is literally injuring and killing us.

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Europe Is Officially out of IPv4 Addresses in ~tech

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    Well, they need to set aside all these good and valid reasons, because I want to play with the new toys! :)

    Well, they need to set aside all these good and valid reasons, because I want to play with the new toys! :)

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Any other WordPress hosts around? Or other WordPress enthusiasts? in ~tech

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    Just to touch on wpcli — it's a free tool. Can't argue much with the rest of your comment, although I have a more positive outlook on the whole ecosystem, not that I think it's without problems...

    Just to touch on wpcli — it's a free tool. Can't argue much with the rest of your comment, although I have a more positive outlook on the whole ecosystem, not that I think it's without problems and not that I disagree totally with things you've said. In fact, I'd add that, for example, a lot of plugins are absolute crap. heh.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Europe Is Officially out of IPv4 Addresses in ~tech

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    I really with IPv6 would hurry up and become more widely deployed. My reasons are mostly petty, but I would like the freedom and ability to have all my (and clients') websites on different IPs....

    I really with IPv6 would hurry up and become more widely deployed. My reasons are mostly petty, but I would like the freedom and ability to have all my (and clients') websites on different IPs. Also, partly would require concept changes from ISPs, but I'd like to have a set of IPv6 so I could put each device on its own public IP address. It would make life mostly easier¹.


    ¹ a major exception being that NAT does help protect the devices behind it since none of those devices can be easily reached from the outside without specifically being set up. But dang it, I'd like to very easily be able to access my computer remotely without dynamic DNS and having to set things up beforehand!

    7 votes
  17. Comment on Finland launches data security guarantee label – certification symbol serves as a guarantee to consumers that a device's basic information security features are in order in ~tech

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    This is interesting if the program can be useful enough to actually detect problems, but it almost seems like they'd need access to the source code and a lot of time/labour to make it really worth...

    This is interesting if the program can be useful enough to actually detect problems, but it almost seems like they'd need access to the source code and a lot of time/labour to make it really worth it.

    I'm not down on this, mind, I'm just worried about a false sense of security when there's worries about foreign countries managing to get nefarious code and backdoors in code. I absolutely like the concept of this program, at the very least.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on UPS employees allegedly ran massive drug shipment operation, evading authorities for a decade in ~news

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    So crazy. We really do need to legalize drugs that are no more dangerous than alcohol¹, to offer more help to those addicted to drugs, and figure out how to help people rather than lock them up....

    So crazy. We really do need to legalize drugs that are no more dangerous than alcohol¹, to offer more help to those addicted to drugs, and figure out how to help people rather than lock them up.

    Of course, the main problem is that the War on Drugs™ was primarily set up to be a War on Them Coloured People™ so there's just a lot of support from those that still want to keep minorities down².


    ¹ Note that alcohol is hardly harmless! Compared to marijuana, for example, it is FAR more dangerous in pretty much every possible way
    ² This has been discussed and documented in many places. If you're unfamiliar, look at the incarceration rates and sentence lengths for cocaine vs. crack.

    7 votes
  19. Any other WordPress hosts around? Or other WordPress enthusiasts?

    So I'm a very small webhost (and designer, but I'd prefer to do hosting). Not going to link myself because I'm not trying to advertise. Because I have one client who is a designer, I find myself...

    So I'm a very small webhost (and designer, but I'd prefer to do hosting). Not going to link myself because I'm not trying to advertise.

    Because I have one client who is a designer, I find myself needing to set up development sites and then deploy those to live sites. Over the years, I've used numerous methods, but I've recently kinda started to roll my own solutions using bash scripting on my cPanel server - in part because I'm slowly discovering more and more than wpcli¹ can do.

    I feel it is critically important to keep WordPress, its themes, and its plugins all up-to-date. I'm manually running a script daily on my server that automatically finds WP installations, dumps the database², and then upgrades core/themes/plugins. I'm planning to run it via cron every four hours once I write the bit of code that will remove old database dumps (older than 30 days or 7 days, haven't decided).

    I'm also writing scripts that will allow me to - via the script - create a new site or dev site and deploy the user's template WordPress to a dev or live site, or deploy a dev site to the live site, along with deploying the live site back to a dev site. Basically, moving stuff around however it's needed.

    Part of the reason for that is that while I've been depending on Duplicator Pro, it doesn't update all of the URLs in the database. I had been using better-search-replace for that, but that's a plugin that has to be installed, used in the Dashboard, and then removed. Figured out recently that I can use wpcli to do the search/replace (just have to tell it to do it in ALL the tables).

    So basically I'm wondering if anyone else is working on such things, or wants/needs such things. I'm willing to share code, but I'm secretly hoping to maybe collaborate a little, or even just discuss it with anyone who cares since nobody I know actually cares. lol.

    Although all that being said, if anyone needs fantastic WordPress hosting, hit me up. That's all I will say on that - and honestly, I'm not trying to drum up business here.

    As I write things, maybe I'll write a blog post. Would there be any interest in seeing that published here? Or just post here directly. No worries if not - a lack of response will let me know that there's little to no interest. My feelings won't be hurt, no worries. I realize that this might be too specialized for interest. :)

    And finally, my apologies if this is not a welcome submission. I think it'll be okay, but I have been here less than a day, although I've spent a decent amount of time browsing the site today! And I already feel enough at home here to go ahead and post this and see if there's any interest. :)


    ¹ a command line tool to control WordPress that's extremely powerful
    ² the only truly safe way to roll back changes - like troubleshooting problematic plugins

    6 votes