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    Israel has a significant problem with anti-semitic rabbis protesting for human rights inside Israel. And rumor has it that there's a lot of anti-semitic voters in that country just waiting for a chance to vote against their own ... whatever...
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    Hundreds of armed Israeli settlers stormed a village in the occupied West Bank on Friday, setting fire to several homes and cars in one of the largest attacks by settlers this year, according to Palestinian officials. At least one Palestinian...
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    That is practically the DEFINITION of Piracy, isn't it? By a state-level actor. Nope. Like terrorism "piracy" is something committed by non-states. When Australian military forcibly boarded and commandeered a Norweigan ship a few years ago that was not piracy,...
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    everyone still uses POTS lines for burglar/fire alarms because the phone company provides power. I assume that's "everyone in the USA", rather than a broader version of "everyone". A lot of Australia has VOIP or nothing if you want a...
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    This stuff has its moments. Yes, but that's independent of whether having Amazon in control of your security cameras is a good idea. You don't have to pay money to get Amazon to do whatever they want with the footage,...
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    I'm not sure why "only have an app if it's necessary to get the functionality" comes across as "even when it's the only possible way to get the functionality that shouldn't be allowed". Look, if you need Tesla to provide...
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    The site you linked didn't seem to have a clear goal or explanation of what it was for, so I found it confusing. Some geezer who likes reprogramming widgets? My issue is with things that want internet connections but don't...
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    Yeah, that was funny. And all the rushing about made the shaggy dog story almost acceptable....
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    Are you suggesting that I replace the CPU in my nearly new, still under warranty washing machine with a different chip and write the code myself? Or what? I have actually pigeon'd it because I couldn't work out how to...
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    Ah, the "it's not whether the battery is removable, it's whether the device will accept a replacement one afterwards" problem (answer: only if it's a genuine Apple{tm} battery installed by qualified personnel using legitimate tools rented from Apple{tm} and the...
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    You forgot lightbulbs, washing machines, letterboxes and thermometers. Whatever you buy, there's an app for that. If you're really lucky it'll be a generic app that your device is more or less compatible with and the one suggested by whoever...
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    But can they open childproof containers? It's all very well having a thinking brain parrot, but if I also need a child to open my pill bottles and a dog to help me cross the road the place is going...
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    Greg Egan's books occasionally fall off the edge of that sort of thought pattern. He has the disadvantage of being better at weird maths than some of us, which leads to bits of his books being confusingly like textbooks in...
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    The good news is that for some (many?) ADHD people trying random illegal stimulants tells you at least half of what a formal assessment will. Ideally you'd try illegally obtained prescription meds, but according to some people the bankers drug...
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    If they have budget they should license Tori Amos "Happy Worker" song from the Toys movie. Would be sad if Tier2Tech is right and it's just exporting the scam....
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    https://theconversation.com/bruce-pascoes-black-duck-is-a-healing-and-necessary-account-of-a-year-on-his-farm-following-a-difficult-decade-after-dark-emu-224971 Bruce Pascoe has a new book out and the article describes some of the, ah, "very Australian", responses to Dark Emu. https://theconversation.com/nzs-mental-healthcare-is-in-crisis-but-research-shows-us-how-to-shorten-wait-times-and-keep-staff-225775 only about 60% of healthcare is currently aligned with evidence-based guidelines. According to this research, 30% is...
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    The differential death rates continues even though the behaviour has now been normalised. I'm one of the very few I see making in public now, and I've seen a tiny fraction of those wearing N95 masks (I'm not sure whether...
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    because it says it's true right there in the Bible But fiction invariably starts with "this is a work of fiction and any resemblce to reality is accidental" or some similar verbiage. I presume literalists brains lock up at that...
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    a native Texan, though my views of welfare, etc, were reasonable. Being potentially able to get some votes from the 5% or 10% of actual voters who are susceptable to persuasion on policy is fuck all use in most countries,...
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    devour 25% of US electricity by 2030. >/i> Any idea how much a shoggoth uses? Just in case anyone is comparison shopping......
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    People looking to justify their actions will look for canon as much as they'll look for anything else. A modern cliche example is the Christian Bible, used to justify everything from genocide to charity. A few billionaires using obscure philosophy...
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    It's very easy to read Docotorow and Brin as lecturing their readers, even in their fiction. Not to mention the whole "Please don't create the torment nexus" meme. And then we get to people inspired by science fiction, especially a...
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    The commonality between the Abrahamic "women's hair is disgusting" dress codes is kind of fun that way, especially when my area also has Hindu women running round often wearing a theoretical hair covering but also waving bits of midriff skin...
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    That raises the question of whether a collision would more quickly give the required result. Sure, there's condensing and cooling time, but compared to gravity tugs that might be a very quick process. Although in both cases the answer is...
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    Last I read Kiwis managed things-COVID sanely. But got caught in the spillover from other places. Being a small country means not having purely local media, and it's also very cheap to run a disinfo campaign that adds an extra...
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    Misremembered: the insurance levy is apparently only NSW, applies to the whole state, and the problem is that it makes insurance more expensive. I'm more concerned about the inequity of it. Volunteer firefighters and funding is a whole other source...
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    Same issue in Aotearoa and Australia. No insurance = no mortgage. Some local governments in Aotearoa have been hammering on this for a decade now and there are still residents and organised resident groups who don't get it, or demand...
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    I don't consider not being able to afford a third yacht as suffering. One point being made down here is that higher interest rates hurt everyone. It's just that for renters unaffordable rent means homelessness, for landlords higher mortgage...
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    https://nicholasgruen.substack.com/p/cory-doctorows-guide-to-the-enshittocene Nick's blog for anyone interested. He's just discovered enshittification so expect more mentions of that if you subscribe. I'm sure he'll go back to economics and Australian politics as his major focus soon though....
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    https://www.ft.com/content/0d3b1d88-7993-4240-bbef-e523194832b1?desktop=true&segmentId=7c8f09b9-9b61-4fbb-9430-9208a9e233c8#myft:notification:daily-email:content Nick Gruen links to this interesting article. Possibly paywalled: Like most strongmen, Trump prizes loyalty above everything. As Anne Applebaum of the Atlantic noted in a recent column, “For outsiders, this reality is mind-boggling, difficult to comprehend and impossible...
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