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Zagorath

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Speedometers are required to be +10% plus 4km/h, -0 km/h. If your speedo says you’re doing 60 and you’re actually doing 61, your speedo is uncompliant. On the other hand you could be doing as little as 50 km/h. If it reads 100, you could be doing as little as 86 km/h or as much as 100.

Resistance is rule (what is this ruleshid Microsoft?) (lemmy.blahaj.zone)

Description: Microsoft ad with a man on the right doing a hand sign associated with star trek and wearing a white t-shirt and black glasses with thick borders. On the left the text reads white on black " Resistance is futile - get AI-ready with Azure" Blue button says “learn more”.

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Nobody is Al, this is just bad dictation software misunderstanding that you’re supposed to get Azure already.

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That article itself explains the shortcomings of the concept of political capital in the 2013 political environment, and I think those shortcomings have only grown over the decade since it was written.

I also think there’s an additional issue at play today that wasn’t present (or at least wasn’t as significant) in 2013, which is a deeper sense of discomfort with the overall status quo of politics. A sense of unhappiness that may be reason that taking more bold action, accompanied with a sufficiently strong explanation, could be much more viable than it would have 20 years ago. This isn’t necessarily incompatible with the theory of political capital; it could be described as a factor that significantly reduces the political cost of implementing those policies. But it does just add more on to why discussions of political capital are less valuable than they would have been in Keating’s day.

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I had to read this like 3 times before I realised what it was saying.

Partly that’s on me and my sleep-deprived state. But partly…“overlooking” is not synonymous with “overseeing”. In fact in this case they’re almost antonyms. (Executives “overlooking” the film branch implies the film branch is actually really good, but the executives don’t acknowledge that.)

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Can’t believe that I actually believed David Littleproud when he said that the Coalition would be moving back to the “sensible center” after the election loss

It was always obvious that that wouldn’t happen. Logistically, how could it? All their more moderate members lost to even more moderate independents, or to the Greens. There’s no “moderate” remaining in the parliamentary Liberal Party.

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If they had any guts, Labor would use this relentlessly to paint Dutton as “soft on crime”.

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I think Mylio does this, even in its free version. I don’t think it’s FOSS though.

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Regarding those injured but not the man who sadly died (apparently of a heart attack): this is why they always tell you to keep your seatbelts on at all times while seated.

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Personally I don’t much care how it looks. In fact with bananas and apples in particular, I find the more “perfect” examples are often the least flavourful.

But I will avoid bruised product. If there are noticeable soft spots, it’s staying on the shelf.

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I think at this point he’s a dead man walking. They’re keeping him until the whole wave of criticism of the supermarkets duopoly has as abated, then they’ll dump him and say “look, we took action”.

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Right but my point was that for me it’s not just one that looks less-than-fantastic. It’s one that might even look better but actually is inferior. Bruises in fruit & veggies actually affect the flavour/texture of the food.

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Every other user on the road is forced to engage with it, including vulnerable users like cyclists and pedestrians. They didn’t agree to it. They weren’t asked if they’re okay with it.

And Tesla in particular, more than other self-driving ventures, has been incredibly reckless in what features they roll out and how easy they make it for their drivers to be unsafe while using it.

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I wish that were used. But instead we get this inverse, L/100 km.

Edit: after reading the article, apparently this is actually better. Even though km/L might seem easier to work with, it is misleading in terms of how you compare two vehicles.

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Holy shit. I remembered the original comic, but didn’t remember what the subject matter of it was. So if you hadn’t left this comment, I would have just gone on believing that the OP’s version was Randall’s version.

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The mainstream media only covers … protests when someone does something particularly sensational, or when cops start getting rough with people.

We’ve had weeks and weeks of thousands of people peacefully marching in the street, and no significant media coverage. But as soon as someone connected to the movement swears at a cop or graffitis private property or whatever, you can bet the media will be all over it.

Jonathan Sriranganathan, talking about protests in the CBD.

Also, speaking of Jonno, he was apparently at UQ yesterday when this went down and posted live streams of it on FB. Will share the text accompanying the second stream below, because there’s a lot of detail to it.

Post one

Post two

Post 2 textUpdate: Things have calmed down since this video but I just want to clarify what’s happened… - two Palestinian-Australians climbed onto the roof of a research building and made speeches criticising UQ’s support for the weapons industry and the Israeli genocide - about 60 or 70 students, staff and alumni gathered on the ground to listen and show support - the university called the cops, and when the cops got up to the roof to talk to the two men, they willingly agreed to come down - but then, over the space of about 15 minutes, heaps more police arrived - 12 to 15 police vehicles and upwards of 30 cops - students contined chanting and expressing opposition to the arrests - as the two protesters were escorted (without resisting) towards the cop cars, protesters spilled onto the road and continued chanting - then without warning, police started pushing people from multiple directions - cops escalated the situation and used far more force than necessary to move the students off the road - one person was pepper-sprayed without warning, another person was pushed to the ground - no-one else was arrested though and I don’t believe anyone was injured beyond the pepper-spraying and possibly the guy who was pushed over This was by far the biggest police presence I’ve ever seen on campus, and a complete overreaction. It’s important to emphasise though that while the police presence was ridiculously over-the-top, there were no other repercussions (as far as I’m aware) for any other participants. So don’t let the excessive show of police force deter you from participating in and supporting future protests. The strength of the university’s response suggests to me that they are genuinely worried about the pressure the protests are putting on their relationship with the weapons industry. Liberation and justice won’t just happen automatically without people pushing for it.

(Personally, I read the posts but didn’t actually watch the videos.)

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The outcome of that lawsuit was that APIs are not copyrightable

Not quite. The ultimate decision was that APIs are copyrightable, but that Google’s use of the copyrighted material was Fair Use.

It would not be unreasonable to suppose that as a matter of precedent, any reimplantation of an API is likely to be Fair Use, but because Fair Use is such a case-by-case thing there may be wiggle room in that.

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You lefty’s

This bothers me more than any political disagreement ever will.

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I’m even willing to add “large amounts of water & a big ladder, or sick/injured people” to that list.

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Ah right, when I wrote that I hadn’t clicked through to the original post. Didn’t realise both the original and the x-post were by you.

should it mean something different

I guess that depends on what you think “should” be. The term “platonic love”, as it is currently popularly understood, refers to something really useful. I think there “should” be a word for that. It’s something that people need to refer to much more often than they need to refer to what Plato meant by the term.

I think the common phrase “platonic ideal” fits well with the original version of Platonic love. The platonic ideal of anything is it’s most perfect form, encompassing all that that thing is. The original Platonic love was the platonic ideal of love, at the top of the ladder above mere carnal attraction or romantic affection.

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So, my context here is that I’ve never played any WoD or CoD games. But a couple of years back I was almost part of a group that was going to play a V5 campaign before it fell through. (I forget the timeline…might even have been December 2019 or thereabouts…) So I bought and have read through the V5 Core Rulebook. I obviously don’t have earlier editions to compare it to, but I thought the system itself seemed really elegant. The kind of beautifully simple game design that first attracted me to D&D 5th edition. (Unfortunately having not played V5, I couldn’t say whether I would eventually get tired of that simplicity in the same way I got tired of D&D 5e.)

From what I understand, they seem to have changed the metanarrative quite a lot from previous editions. Seemingly for the worse, according to a lot of people who really liked the old lore. Which might mean it’s for the better (relative to old WoD) if you preferred CoD?

Zagorath,
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this feels more like an attack on Gina

That’s 100% what it is, and why I shared it in !ausmemes and not as a serious call to action.

Keeping pet cats indoors would save millions of native animals and billions of dollars. So what's stopping us? (www.abc.net.au)

Broader adoption of keeping cats safe at home would have large benefits for cat welfare, human health, local wildlife and even the economy. So, should cat owners be required to keep their pets contained to their property?...

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Try to keep non de-sexed cat

I’mma stop you right there. No, don’t do that.

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for all of us non Brits

It’s funny you should say that. It’s American, as you’ve learnt. I’m neither American nor British, but to me the show does actually seem more similar to a format of show that’s very popular in Britain, but not so common in America. The panel show. Think QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats, or Would I Lie To You. Something that looks like a game show, but where the main purpose is really improv comedy and banter, more than actually winning the game.

The problem is for me, the episodes I’ve seen of After Midnight have just been much, much less funny than the typical WILTY or Cats does Countdown (and I don’t even particularly like Catsdown).

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