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orbat  ·  6 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  ·  13 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  ·  14 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  ·  14 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  ·  15 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  ·  21 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.

orbat  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Internet Archive Will End Its Program for Free E-Books

Time for a "both sides are the same", then!

orbat  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: After 34 Years, Sweden Says It Knows the Killer of Olof Palme

Ah, right, then I misremembered that completely. Human memory is fallible, mine just more so :D

I wonder if we'll ever get a more definite answer – it could be Engström, but I wouldn't exactly bet on those odds. I sort of doubt it since it's been so long and it's not like you haven't been trying, but who knows? What do you figure?

orbat  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: After 34 Years, Sweden Says It Knows the Killer of Olof Palme

The local press here in Finland has been a bit skeptical since there's still no real proof.

I can't find the article I'm thinking of right now, but if I recall correctly Engström punched in at work 2 minutes before the murder; any idea if that's correct? If so, it does cast a lot of doubt on the theory.

orbat  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 385th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

I've been playing one album and one song in particular almost every day for a couple of weeks now. I don't know what it is about this song, but it's so beautiful it gives me goosebumps every time:

orbat  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: THE 1990 PLAYBOY INTERVIEW WITH DONALD TRUMP

Annoyingly uncritical article, not that I expected top notch journalism from Playboy. Interesting read anyhow, thanks

orbat  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A touch of absurdity can help to wrap your mind around reality

    And it's difficult to monetize such things.

Absurdity, creativity or depression? Or all of the above?

orbat  ·  34 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The best way to exercise self-control is not to exercise it at all

Your experience seems to agree with current research, though, so yay to both. The screenshot you cropped has great shitpost potential; out of context it's fairly absurdist