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orbat  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Collapse of civilisation is the most likely outcome"

Hence "as we know it".

Let's face it, the change wouldn't be pretty

I just assumed they have some sort of syndication deal with their source sites that the sources feel covers the loss in income from not getting "direct" eyeballs

Why aren't you a fan of Pocket? I've only recently run into it and it seems like a neat aggregator, but I really don't have any sort of informed opinion about it

Huh, neat. Somehow it's both surprising and not surprising that the blackest of engineered blacks is just about equivalent to what we can find in nature

orbat  ·  81 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Strategies of Dementia Politics

A large enough percentage of humans are generally shitty enough that authoritarianism works. Even the NSDAP was voted into power, in some areas overwhelmingly so.

We've gotten this far despite ourselves, not because.

It's great that there's more and more discussion about biases in technology.

We have this tendency to view any sort of technology as being somehow completely value neutral and incapable of having biases built into it

orbat  ·  89 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Rape Kit’s Secret History

Huh, fascinating article. I wonder how this reflected in European countries; did we have our own similar developments, did Marty's kit design end up here as well, or what?

orbat  ·  90 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump Poses ‘Danger for the Republic’ if Re-elected, John Bolton Charges

Considering how popular far right parties and sentiments are over here in Europe, I'm honestly a bit scared about what's to come – and more than a bit pessimistic considering the current trend.

But yeah, the US really isn't doing too well right now either. Bit of a global clusterfuck, really, considering the pandemic and all.

orbat  ·  90 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The End of OS X

As I've understood it, "classic" Mac OS isn't an ancestor of the modern macOS. OS X had emulation support at some point (dropped years ago, though), but the internals descend from NeXTSTEP (a honestly somewhat odd Mach / BSD hybrid kernel).

Edit: ah, nevermind, it's just a confusing graph:

    And so we arrive at OS X, the child of the classic Macintosh OS and NeXTSTEP. The best way to think about OS X is that it took the consumer focus and interface paradigms of the Macintosh and layered them on top of NeXTSTEP’s technology. In other words, the Unix side of the family was the defining feature of OS X.
orbat  ·  90 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump Poses ‘Danger for the Republic’ if Re-elected, John Bolton Charges

I'm going to be somewhat surprised if he doesn't get re-elected, although you can chalk some of that up to my pessimism about human nature.

Authoritarians have been in charge for as long as we have recorded history; democracies are a statistical anomaly, and we're much too violent and nearsighted a species to really be able to make any of this work. If it's not Trump, it's going to be someone or something else.

If anthropogenic climate change isn't "it", we have the capacity to fuck ourselves over in so many different ways that it's only a matter of time until the human population gets dramatically reduced

orbat  ·  97 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: There Isn’t a Coronavirus ‘Second Wave’

    You may be right, but I think Trump (and especially Pence) are gambling on public perception and media coverage

They definitely are. Conservatives and authoritarians don't care much about any sort of objectively verifiable reality, and this is plainly evident when looking at eg. the "war" on drugs, their stance on sex education (or education in general), their stance on crime (i.e. harsher punishments, which has been shown to not work at all), and so on and so on.

Conservatism/authoritarianism in general appeals to people who can't deal with any sort of complexity, and this has been fairly comprehensively proven. The current situation is complex enough that they'd rather pretend it's all the Other's fault

The two-handed drinking could be essential tremor too. Pretty common in men, especially as we age.

I've got it myself and I have to use two hands to drink or I'll end up spilling everything.