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  1. Comment on Tildistas in the US, who do you support in the 2020 Democratic Primary? in ~talk

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    On policy, I like both Warren and Sanders. Warren has the detailed Harvard professor plans, Bernie has the FUCK IT LET'S HAVE A REVOLUTION attitude. On charisma, I like Buttigieg and Harris....

    On policy, I like both Warren and Sanders. Warren has the detailed Harvard professor plans, Bernie has the FUCK IT LET'S HAVE A REVOLUTION attitude.

    On charisma, I like Buttigieg and Harris. Harris has a bit too much "law & order" in her background for my tastes, but I also recognize that she was in a double-bind where she never could have advanced her career without some of that. Her prosecutor attitude might be exactly what we need to go up against Trump, though. I like BootyJudge's youth but recognize it's enough of a turn-off for older people that it'd be an general election liability, so as much as I like him he's not my first pick for Presidential nominee (at least not in 2020 - Buttigieg/AOC 2024)

    Whichever of Warren & Harris doesn't get the nomination or VP pick, is an obvious choice for Attorney General if the Democrats win. Personally I'd love to see AG Warren rappelling down from a helicopter in full SWAT gear to arrest some corrupt payday lender CEOs.

    If this were a draft, I'd take Harris for President, Buttigieg for VP (the two charismatic figureheads, and able to play good cop/bad cop when necessary) with AG Warren and Senate Majority Leader Sanders. Booker would get HUD Secretary, Inslee gets EPA. Obama would be the first Supreme Court nominee.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on This Week in Election Night, 2020 (Week 17) in ~news

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    Peter Thiel, in an interview on Fox, described Elizabeth Warren as the most "dangerous" of the Democratic candidates. Warren's one-word response: "Good."

    Peter Thiel, in an interview on Fox, described Elizabeth Warren as the most "dangerous" of the Democratic candidates.

    Warren's one-word response: "Good."

    6 votes
  3. Comment on USDA expected to lose two-thirds of research staff in move to Kansas City in ~news

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    I can't think of any better way to alienate a workforce than to tell them they have to move cross-country on short notice. Other agencies as well: Seems like a canny way for the Trump...

    USDA unveiled Kansas City as its chosen location on June 16, and employees have until Sept. 30 to move there.

    I can't think of any better way to alienate a workforce than to tell them they have to move cross-country on short notice.

    Other agencies as well:

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Tuesday announced its plans to move 323 D.C.-based employees to offices across the West, including a new headquarters in Grand Junction, Colo.

    Seems like a canny way for the Trump administration to achieve its goal of "deconstruction of the administrative state" in a way that only requires executive branch action and not Congress.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on What do you think about MBTI theory? in ~talk

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    From the definition given by the Myers-Briggs Foundation (who will also sell you a 4 day, $2300 certification class): "Personality inventory" instead of "personality test", but the meaning is...

    MBTI isn't really a personality test, but it's often misunderstood as one.

    From the definition given by the Myers-Briggs Foundation (who will also sell you a 4 day, $2300 certification class):

    The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people's lives.

    "Personality inventory" instead of "personality test", but the meaning is pretty much the same.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on Which technical/technological issues or needs do you think should have been sorted out by now? in ~comp

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    This has already been tried (WinFS among many others). It's a cool idea that never pans out in reality. Filesystems are already complicated enough when you just need "sequence of bytes" semantics...

    A system designed from the ground up with structured filetypes as the default

    This has already been tried (WinFS among many others). It's a cool idea that never pans out in reality.

    Filesystems are already complicated enough when you just need "sequence of bytes" semantics from a file. Adding in structure / pseudo-database features at the OS / filesystem level makes it way too complicated. The "right way" to do it is have the structured data layer at the userspace level, using SQLite for example, or JSON/XML/etc for simpler files.

    That also allows portability - a MS Office .docx file is a structured ZIP file following a certain standard. If it was instead a structured file using NTFS features, you couldn't open it on a Mac or Linux machine. Can't email it to someone (unless there's a way to export/import it to a "plain" byte-oriented file), can't save it to a Dropbox folder unless Dropbox also understands the NTFS structure.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on This Week in Election Night, 2020 (Week 17) in ~news