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Trying to leave things better than I found them.

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dublinben  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Exposing violent watch thieves and their young female 'spotters'

Man, what is going on in the UK these days?

dublinben  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Effective Obfuscation

    Dunning-Kruger bias among the mathematically-inclined will result in an inappropriate reliance on Bayesian statistics

Do you think this problem could be self-correcting in the long run? Won't these folks like SBF who are making faulty predictions all wind up losing one way or another?

dublinben  ·  100 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Student Loans Are Emerging From Deep Freeze, and Borrowers Are Confused

That money that should have been going towards student loans was saved, used to pay off credit card debt, and spent on goods and services. If anything, it was massively propping up the economy, because borrowers had hundreds of 'extra' dollars per month to support their consumerism.

dublinben  ·  102 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This Company Created a Return-to-Office Plan That Employees Actually Like

    about 25% of the time ... employees can live anywhere in the U.S. so long as they pay their own way to get to Orrville

This is still grossly exploitative. It would be unreasonable for any job with 25% required business travel to not reimburse employees for all associated expenses. Their own CPO admits that 2 years of work from home was successful, but these facts are clearly being overridden by the feelings of their old-school executives.

    If Orrville Mayor Dave Handwerk had his wish, Smucker employees would be back in the office five days a week

Screw this guy. This attitude is unbecoming when it's coming from the mayors of New York City and San Francisco. It is pathetic coming from the leader of a 9000 person company town. He's lucky that Smuckers is still a family-run company, and hasn't been seduced away to a neighboring state with the promise of tax breaks.

    Massey ... said she spent much of her time at Smucker in a nonmanagement role, not wanting to take on a leadership position if she couldn’t be in Orrville full-time...

    Nicole Massey lives in San Francisco and commutes to Orrville for core weeks.

Good for her for overcoming the backwards corporate culture that was thwarting her advancement. Inflexible policies like mandatory in-office days are known to harm recruiting and retention of women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups. It's no surprise why this lunchroom looks like a bag of marshmallows.

dublinben  ·  107 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 23, 2023

I'm a huge fan of gin, but I've also quit drinking. Any advice on getting started with a project like this?

dublinben  ·  133 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 534th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

This music-related documentary rekindled my love for some old-school UK dubstep.

As a result, I've been immersing myself in albums like this:

dublinben  ·  135 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Insurance companies in NYC deny coverage to buildings with subsidized tenants

Those would all be reasonable, nondiscriminatory, legitimate actuarial reasons for these decisions. Since the insurance companies can't claim that's what they're doing though, they're making it seem like something else is going on.

dublinben  ·  136 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Insurance companies in NYC deny coverage to buildings with subsidized tenants

There's a pretty deafening silence of the insurance companies refusing to explain their allegedly legitimate reason for taking subsidized housing into account. It leads one to conclude that the real reason must be discriminatory, or they would be able to offer an alternative explanation.

dublinben  ·  141 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 19, 2023

Your friend has great quads. Sounds like you know how to have a good time.

dublinben  ·  141 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 19, 2023

Once you've installed a brand new roof, its the perfect time to consider installing solar panels. The incentives have never been better in most places.

dublinben  ·  141 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 19, 2023

Congratulations! I hope things work out with you and your ex-girlfriend.

It sounds like you picked out the ring yourself? How did that go?

dublinben  ·  149 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 12, 2023

Cats are ridiculous creatures. They've really got us tricked. Glad to hear you got yours back safely.

dublinben  ·  150 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Summer Check In.

This is a tiny aside from your excellent update. But if you're ever trying to look at something on Twitter in the future, there's a great project called Nitter that allows you to do so without creating an account. For example here's one instance of it pointed to the profile of the New York Times.

dublinben  ·  177 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 14, 2023

    is this what’s it’s like to be actively living the life you’ve envisioned

hoo-rah! Sure is, bud. I'm glad to hear that you've found your climbing crew.

    Now you can show someone blowing someone else's head off in close-up and get a PG-13 but the minute an aureola shows up it's an R.

And people wonder why unprovoked violent attacks are on the rise.

dublinben  ·  182 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I have a deep and burning desire to rag on Apple's nerd helmet.

This is a very impressive me-too tech demo that makes the other options on the market look like toys. For all the billions of dollars that have been spent to develop these, they still fail as products, because they don't do anything useful.

    Cars serve a (too) necessary function in American society and their harms are externalized. Guns serve a MUCH less necessary function in American society and their harms are a direct consequence of their intended function.

Too true.

I'll still continue my crusade for alternatives to car supremacy until "traffic violence" reaches the same order of magnitude in our public conversation as "gun violence". I'm affected by the former every time I step out of my home, so this is personal for me.

You can tell a lot about a city based on its trees (or lack thereof). I recently moved from a wealthier neighborhood to one with half the median household income, and let me tell you. There's not even close to 50% as many trees here as in the "nicer" neighborhood. Before moving, I didn't realize how much it would bother me, but I can feel the difference, even subconsciously.

    no fucking parallel between automobiles and guns

Until you try to suggest even modest reforms that might challenge either of them, and suddenly they're unassailable pillars of our culture, immune from any criticism.

The racists might not be lining up to buy cars, but the car-dependent suburbs they live in are founded on racism, and they seem to struggle to come up with non-racist defenses of that status quo.

Automobiles were the number one cause for a long time, and nobody is up in arms about that. These are all (somewhat) preventable deaths, but we can't agree on anything these days, even clear-cut public health problems.

Why won't anyone think of the children?