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Some company heads hoped return-to-office mandates would make people quit, survey says (arstechnica.com)

Nearly two in five (37 percent) managers, directors, and executives believe their organization enacted layoffs in the last year because fewer employees than they expected quit during their RTO. And their beliefs are well-founded: One in four (25 percent) VP and C-suite executives and one in five (18 percent) HR pros admit they...

gravitas_deficiency,

Wow, that’s pretty fucking blatant.

But so were the last dozen things we’ve discovered about the Tribunal of Six.

Unfortunately, I expect nobody will do anything about this in an official capacity, due to obstructionism by the right, and because politicians on the left would probably think iT’s toO diViSiVE

gravitas_deficiency,

By all means, invite her to witness what’s going on at the front. It would be awfully regrettable if she met an untimely end while on her tour. By which I mean, I would regret that this tactic hadn’t been tried sooner. She’s a quisling fascist of the highest order, and a categorical shitbag of a human being.

gravitas_deficiency,

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gravitas_deficiency,

No, it’s just that mainstream media is starting to notice that it’s a thing. It’s been up for a while, and lots of people have been trying to point out that it’s there, and they’re already doing shit that will obviously enable a bunch of the stuff in that plan.

gravitas_deficiency,

Classic ambulance problem, unfortunately.

gravitas_deficiency,

It’s a common way of referring collectively to all KIAs - sometimes within a particular war, sometimes more broadly.

gravitas_deficiency,

The Neville Chamberlain of our time is Angela Merkel. Her softballing of any and all reactions to the 2014 invasion (more or less the Anschluss of our time) was categorically inexcusable and deeply wrongheaded.

gravitas_deficiency,

For sure. Her ceaseless push for rapprochement with Russia in the face of their incredibly obvious territorial ambitions - not to mention, the fact that she outright ignored and disparaged pretty much all of Eastern Europe’s concerns about Russia (which, by the way, largely turned out to be spot on) was so deeply imbecilic that I have a hard time wrapping my head around it. The history, the signs, and the evidence were all there; she just refused to see it.

gravitas_deficiency,

Wait, what?

As far as I am aware, Chamberlain was central to the UK (and their allies at the time) following an appeasement policy instead of intervening in Czechoslovakia (which, crucially at the time, had arguably the most advanced defense industry in the world, which Nazi Germany co-opted to substantially augment their own defense industry), Austria, or Poland. Add that to the fact that his defense policy was much more along the lines of bluster and bravado, instead of actually trying to gear the UK up for an obviously imminent (so long as one didn’t subscribe to the “appeasement” point of view) major conflict. This materially negatively affected the BEF’s combat ability during the UK’s attempt to help the French push back the Germans (TL;DR Dunkirk), and overall, gave the Third Reich the breathing room they needed to significantly strengthen their military industry, and as a direct consequence, their military.

All that said, if you have some sources regarding the “modern reinterpretation” of Chamberlain’s policies and actions vis a vis WW2, I would be quite interested to check them out.

gravitas_deficiency,

Fascinating.

While I agree that the UK had few options at the time - and none of them great - the fact remains that Germany was subject to largely the same economic constraints: global economic recession, and (more onerous even than the UK’s war debts) war reparations that further crippled their economy. It’s just that Hitler and the Nazi Party simply built their military industry and armed forces up anyways.

One of the approaches Chamberlain could have taken would have been to open talks with the US government to discuss extensions on their repayment schedule, due to the disturbingly escalating tensions in mainland Europe (and don’t forget that the Soviets were also a significant threat at the time, ultimately culminating with their invasions of Finland and Poland). All that said… there were significant fascistic elements in the US at the time, many of which pushed for outright alliance with Germany, so unfortunately, that may have ended up as a non-starter.

TL;DR: while I appreciate the data and context, I still don’t think I agree with the characterization that Chamberlain did all that was possible at the time. Though, to be fair, fascism itself was a new and novel political system at the time, and not many people outside of fascist political leaders themselves really fully understood the full implications of a fascist world power (Italy; Germany). Also to be fair, Stanley Baldwin (Chamberlain’s predecessor) and Ramsay MacDonald (Baldwin’s predecessor) absolutely set the stage for the difficulties that Chamberlain faced. And, to again be fair, almost every single world power at that point was kinda also preoccupied with the Great Depression.

gravitas_deficiency,

Honestly, I’m not sure it’s dark enough. I genuinely do think this is only scratching the surface.

gravitas_deficiency,

Lmao nah. Russia is the second best military power in Ukraine. They’re a fucking joke. If they were up against a real adversary in a conventional war, they’d get rolled up like an old carpet.

gravitas_deficiency,

Bad people can occasionally do good things, tbh. But it doesn’t make them good people.

gravitas_deficiency, (edited )

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A PR disaster: Microsoft has lost trust with its users, and Windows Recall is the straw that broke the camel's back (www.windowscentral.com)

It’s a nightmare scenario for Microsoft. The headlining feature of its new Copilot+ PC initiative, which is supposed to drive millions of PC sales over the next couple of years, is under significant fire for being what many say is a major breach of privacy and security on Windows. That feature in question is Windows Recall, a...

gravitas_deficiency, (edited )

Ok fine, I’ll repeat it again:

You’re right - many consumers will likely forget about it and just use it anyways. But enterprise customers absolutely, categorically will not. Even with their damage control, this is still going to hurt them a lot. Moreover, it’s going to hurt hardware sales from Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm, all of which have dumped MASSIVE amounts of capital into this tech. This is going to slow the rollout of NN-optimized chip tiles, and that is going to directly hit their bottom line. Microsoft hurt themselves AND the three most important hardware partners they have.

gravitas_deficiency,

It’s the OCR of Damocles!

Someone will figure out an exploit to silently turn it on and then exfil the data.

gravitas_deficiency,

See, your problem is that you’re taking his statement at face value. He just makes shit up all the time; he made this up.

gravitas_deficiency,

Like, the vast majority of the less interesting, non-cutting-edge stuff. The PRC does have fabs and everything; it’s just that they are several generations back from cutting edge. And nobody wants to stick their really cutting edge tech into a mainland Chinese factory, because they’ve got an established pattern and practice of outright stealing and reverse-engineering anything interesting they can get their hands on. They don’t give a shit about any IP rules unless it’s their rules.

gravitas_deficiency,

Chip fabs simply do not work at a small scale, if you want to sell them at anything resembling a reasonable cost. Modern chip lithography takes a truly titanic amount of capital to set up, and it takes years. And by then the industry has moved on.

gravitas_deficiency,

Yes, and it is the correct number of zeros to use. I find it helps to put things into scope. “Trillion” is an abstract magnitude to most people. Writing it out numerically makes it clear how absolutely enormous the number is.

gravitas_deficiency, (edited )

Remember when making a Microsoft cloud account was optional during Windows installs, and it was trivia to skip/opt out?

Pepperidge Farm remembers.

They are 100% going to do the same thing here.

gravitas_deficiency,

100% CYA, but also, follow the letter of the law. If you are disciplined - or face retaliation - for following documented processes, you bring it to his boss and HR.

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