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Powderhorn

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Editor and tech enthusiast

At some point, I have to admit neither is true. Let’s see …

Unemployed vandweller with a pretty sweet side gig.

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One of my biggest regrets is actively choosing not to help organize the hub at Gannett. I was one rung below director and didn’t want to sabotage what I still felt might work out well for me. But I was also supporting a family, which changes the calculus and is, indeed, exactly where they want you.

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No guarantee this will actually be stymied, but if it isn’t, we’re going to be a few years out from Trump FTC Allows Kroger-Walmart Merger To Proceed.

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It does have the effect of never benefiting labour. So New! Improved! Communism! Now with 50% less wages, paid via scrip!

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hustles to find pearls to clutch

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I also go to great lengths to say LLMs vs. AI.

But, I also spent most of my career in the “mainstream press,” and reporters can be surprisingly blasé about what technology means if that isn’t their beat. I’ve had to spike a story or two about new police tech that includes zero quotes from anyone outside the PD and their vendor. I’ve held an order of magnitude more so they could be fixed ahead of publication.

And this was 15-20 years ago, when newsrooms employed people with more than three years of experience. I heavily curate my news diet on an ongoing basis, as outlets can go down the shitter in a matter of weeks with buyouts.

What we get today from many supposedly reliable outlets is not helpful to society.

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Lying on an S-1 isn’t an FTC problem; it’s an SEC one.

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Pretty much why people stay in abusive relationships.

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Please adhere to the guidelines for post titles going forward. As mods cannot change titles, I’d encourage you to replace the vague title that says nothing about the story to align with this expectation.

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They don’t speak High German there, so it tracks.

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I’m facing this as well across the board, not just where a CS degree is expected. I started off in CS, then a year in discovered I liked working at my school paper enough to drop out after hitting managing ed and having no one left to learn from because the J-school had been gutted in the '80s … in 2000.

So, no degree. Which now means no job. Not even interviews. I never had any pure development titles that AI would pick up on, so the coding I’ve done also doesn’t count. Your basic bottom-of-the-barrel “and then we were able to lay off half the team” automation that then got me pushed out for providing a useful but unrequested solution that made me a threat.

I determine my needs and then choose my tools, so sure, I’ll get back up to speed in Python for a visualization project, but I’m not going to spend a couple of weeks trying to retain things with zero goal.

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Further confirmation that staying north of 183 is the best way to experience Austin.

How do people look at American society and think "this is something to aspire to be fully involved in"?

I’m at wit’s end. I’m three months into a job search like the 30-month one I went through starting four years ago, and things proceed apace. I’ve gotten zero interviews despite 20 years of experience, and even finding things I think I could stand is a fucking tall ask....

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I’ve done some consulting. That introduced different client-interaction problems that led to abandoning that.

I can, in fact, do marketing, and do it with a smile (I’ve a few decades of doing so, in fact … just unpaid). I have to believe the product stands out in a positive, unique way that benefits customers.

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That’s fair, and part of my issue, to be honest. Let’s say I score an $80K job tomorrow that completely aligns … then I’m not worried about buying food, but Trump could still destroy the country this year. Climate change gave Austin the sort of Phoenix summer I flew out the morning after high school graduation to avoid ever facing again, and we’re apparently hell-bent on seeing where Atwood didn’t go far enough.

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I already told the real-property world to fuck off by buying a van and living in it. The problem is the extant debt.

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I at least have a parking spot where no one cares. The cops know I’m here, and as I don’t cause an issue, they’re on my side. Which is pretty amazing. I’m not traveling the country; this was a necessary choice.

I’m a vandweller, not a . I saw what was coming with the next round of rent hikes and made the call. I already knew I couldn’t keep my cat, but the new rent meant no food, and at that point, you really have to think about things. So years of thinking tiny house turned into where I now live. Is it great? No. Is it worse than a $1,500 apartment? Well, I have to take a shit at the gym.

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The latter is really my goal. I’m not one to be content to sit and bitch, but sometimes, so much piles up that it’s either that or another trip to the ward.

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“They’re resin codes. Why would anyone associate three arrows forming a triangle with recycling? It’s not our fault consumers see any resemblance.”

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1 and 2 are viable … in certain situations. Had they left resin codes off anything else, things would look different. But once you get to “other” and believe that’s going anywhere other than a landfill, that’s an education problem.

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I rarely break 1GB/month given how often I’m on WiFi, and I don’t stream anything on my phone (purchased music collection works just fine). I get that’s not how we’re encouraged to use phones, but it suits my needs.

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I didn’t have a choice when I started looking into 5G as primary internet … home was not available at my address but business was for whatever reason. “Very Good” signal tends to get me about 200Mbps, with “Excellent” hitting 400Mbps peaks.

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