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bluGill

@bluGill@kbin.social

A programmer with an interest in transit, making music, and building things of all types.

I have dysgraphia which makes writing difficult for me. I hope you can figure out what I mean despite my issues.

libramoon, to Ukraine
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https://www.americanpurpose.com/articles/imagine-defeat/

Imagine Defeat
We're sleepwalking off a cliff when it comes to . We need to imagine what defeat looks like if we're going to snap out of it.
Jeffrey Gedmin

..."By 2027, will be on the path to its own weapons. It was a grave mistake, Warsaw will explain, that Ukraine ever gave theirs up in the 1990s—and placed faith in the security assurances of Britain and the United States.s."...

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@shekinahcancook

@libramoon nuclear weapons are not useful unless you have enough to end the world and are defeated bad enough to want to do that.

If you are worried [and you should be] develop conkentional weapons. At least air defense, cheap systems for large drone attacks and whatever it takes for ballastic misstles. That is the big lesson of current wars, the world doesn't have enough air defense. Other weapons could also be useful but if you can buy from several suppaiers that is probably good enough. Though let me point out you can't buy artilary so that is another thing to think about making in house-

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Iran is supporting those trying to destroy isreal. Don't try to pretend iran is somehow innocent, they are not.

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Hint, not iran's.

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Isreal. 70 years ago things were different, but that is history. It only mattters to people like iran trying to cause war.

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not if you don't want them to be. However it is easyto think they need expensive camps and the like.

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More than half of the us hasthe option. We generally call the type of jobs that don't 'dead end' for a reason.

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Life is about hard choices. The 20k needed to inkest makes for a lot nicer life now. The better question is how do people who make less than you survive. Don't look at the high income, look at lowincome and motch their lifestyle.

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If Biden wins (not sure how likely that is in their state) it sends a message that democrats can count on votes without whatever it is that makes these voters turn away. Which long term is potentially a worse disaster (Trump statistically is going to be dead in a few years), they have to live with the message they send.

Which is to say: if the major candidates don't generally support things you stand for vote third party to make it clear that you care enough to vote, now give me someone worth voting for.

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I'm voting against two major things by voting third party. I understand the math, but if you want my vote you have to be enough better to earn it. (I'm often called right wing - but Trump is not for the things that make people call me right wing)

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Mostly we need Earnst (or some other kbin develop) to develop more tools to combat Spam. This is easy to ask for, but not easy to implement.

jacob, to random
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I wish all of these “don’t use Kagi” posts would say what they think is ethically better. Kagi’s CEO is absolute child, but I fail to see how any of the alternatives are an ethical improvement. Going back to Google is like shopping at Walmart because the guy a the local bodega is a dick. What’s the actual point?

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@jacob

@Mushi DDG has been getting better - switched a couple years ago, and at first it was good enough, but not as good as google. Now I find it is as good as google in the worst cases and sometimes better. Which is to say Bing has gotten a little better while google has gotten a lot worse. I wish there was an independent search engine that tried to be good.

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@Mushi

@jacob bing.com - this is Microsoft's search engine that they are developing to compete with Google. DDG uses bing search (they add their own side boxes, but the search itself comes from bing, they do not run their own web index), so when people talk about the quality of DDG searches they are really talking about the quality of bind search.

That DDG is using bing behind the scene is concerning to many, but right now it seems like this is the best compromise we get. Time will tell, I've switched search engines before and I'll likely do so again.

geomannie, to cycling
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I mainly cycle & use public transport. Today I was asked to drive a van & realised how incredibly easy it is to not cross advanced stop lines & enter the area reserved for waiting cyclists. Who knew?

Have I got special driving skills or is this something every driver can do?

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@geomannie The real question is what other driving mistakes did you make and not even know about. It is easy to notice one thing and decide you are better, but what didn't you see? Do you even know?

I have long concluded that to be a driver you need to navigate a 4 hour driving test in simulation. We have great computer simulators these days (similar to video games, but not trying to be fun). Prove you can stop correctly every time, and count your turn. Prove you can navigate a round-a-bout. Prove you look for pedestrians coming from the other direction when you are turning. Prove you can do the zipper merge. In there will be a dozen situations where you must crash the car - prove you can select the least deadly crash from your choices. Prove you can maintain a 2 second following distance in heavy traffic when nobody else is. There are many more things highway safety engineers could add to the above list - but why bother when nobody will pass the above. (even me and I made the list of things I know about and try to do right!)

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Europe for decades was not investing in their military industrial complex in some key areas. Now they don't have the ability to fill many gaps. Don't get me wrong, there are some great industries in Europe. However nobody makes the artillery shells or air defense systems that are so desperately needed and this is a big gap. No one country needs to do it all (not even the US), but you shouldn't put all your eggs in one basket.

Fairbuds are Fairphone’s proof that we really could make better tiny gadgets (arstechnica.com)

But of course we all know that the big manufacturers don’t do this not because they can’t but because they don’t want to. Planned obsolescence is still very much the name of the game, despite all the bullshit they spout about sustainability.

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When tech gets better so fast there is no point. we just haven't adjust to the era of more mhz every year and so now buying to last is useful as you won't get an upgrade from new.

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The prosecution decided that the tv audience was more imbortant than the law or jury andso we had things that look good on done in a courtroom.

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The buck stops at Johnson. Trump may be in the background, but he has no real power except what Johnson chooses to give, and Johnson can choose to take it back. IF (large if) Trump is elected president again in the future not doing what Trump wants can be a bad thing, but that isn't clear and even if it happens it is still his choice to support Trump or not.

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Which is really frustrating as YouTube doesn't understand I'm bilingual and so it forces English even when I can understand the original (translations are never as good as the original, and besides I need practice in my other languages)

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wind is still doing well, supplying 100% of the power in my city. (i assume that is some sort of ammortization with sometimes we export wind othertimes buy gas)

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The big question is why are seemingly environmental states so far behind.

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Iowa is mumber two for wind despite some of the most valuable farmland in the world.

again I ask: what are other states doing wrong that they are so far behind. Please do some soul searchering as whatever it is, it failed you baddly.

meganL, to cycling
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🧵 A phenomenon keeps happening both online & in person that angers, saddens, & devalues me. So I'm attempting to explain why it has this effect & what I'd hope people would do instead.

When I arrived at UC Davis to prepare to start grad school in summer 2019, I found the first of many damaging ableisms - the cycle racks were not accessible to the types of cycles I ride. Yet I'd be cited & my bike impounded if I didn't park there. 1/?

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@meganL sorry, but I'm an engineer and I relate to machines better humans. yes it is me not you so don't feel bad, I do it to everyone.

grivettcarnac, to Canada
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Data concerns aside (I don’t think foreign data collection is honestly less shitty of a practice then NA auto makers) the reason Chinese EV sales are skyrocketing is because they have models starting under $15,000 🇨🇦 that are small and have minimal features, ie affordable as transportation. The idea that 9,500 lb EV trucks are the ticket is fucking insanity

https://www.businessinsider.com/ev-electric-vehicle-china-brands-byd-nio-wuling-zeekr-geely-2023-5

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@grivettcarnac Most people looking at a cheap new car look around and see the used market has 3 year old cars with a lot of nice luxury features for a similar price as the basic new car. Of course this is now failing as there are not enough used cars in the 15k range. I'll take a 15k 3 year old truck over a new one, but last I checked $15k trucks are about 15 years old. For cars $15k generally means an 8 year old car - a new car is really interesting now as at 8 years old the car will need work more than basic maintenance and it is likely some of those luxury features are not working and not worth fixing.

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Your decarbonization effort will be like taking how many cars off the road?

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@enobacon

@gcvsa none of that matters as there is no reasonable option except to drive so making driving harder doesn't get people to not drive.

If you make reasonable options to driving many people will start using them. Then we can talk about how to deal with the stragglers would could walk/use transit but are not - and we would also have the support of people who have figured out that reasonable options exist. However if you start before there is a reasonable option you just make people mad and get voted out of office.

Note that we are talking about real estate here. Location location location applies. Some parts of the US have reasonable options and can start looking at getting people to stop driving. Others do not and need to focus on that.

jon, to random
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Please don’t post this into my timelines, Europeans, and draw any conclusion for Europe - a train trip across America isn’t green because it’s all diesel, and old diesel locomotives, heavy carriages, low capacity. Europe is better on this, thankfully. https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/04/climate/trains-planes-carbon-footprint-pollution.html?smid=url-share

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@rastilin

The choice on my last road trip was drive for 20 hours, with a stop to see my brother in law that lives on the way, then a hotel when I feel like it, done in 2 days. We did stop at some random "thing" just because we were bored. We get to eat at the restaurants we feel like with no time pressure.

Or take a train for 3 days, with a long layover someplace where I don't know anyone (Chicago) - but not long enough to actually do anything. Amtrak dining options are limited as well, but you are forced to take them as the train will leave without you and doesn't leave much time to live at any stop. All this for more money (we were traveling as a family so ticket price x5 while car prices don't change), though not much more.

I looked at flying, but since this was a peak time the cost was outrageous. I would have preferred to fly at this distance, but $3000 savings for two extra wasted days is compelling.

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