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Retired hydrologist, geographer, photographer.

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peterdutoit, to climate
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A few days ago in the Philippines schools had to close to keep children safe during a heatwave.

The same just happened in Kayes, Mali where the temperature reached 48.5ºC on Thursday (Apr 4) https://www.rfi.fr/fr/afrique/20240404-mali-kayes-suffoque-sous-une-chaleur-record

This area is also at high risk of heat-humidity stress as we continue heat.

Map showing places at high risk of heat-humidity stress at 1.7-2.3ºC

wsrphoto,
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@peterdutoit The map is missing the name of Cote D'invore between Ghana and Guinea. Just saying.

drahardja, (edited ) to UX
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The iOS #calculator meme that’s going around where “50+50×2=” yields 150 and not 200, is a great example of hidden states in UX design.

Low-cost desktop calculators perform (most) operations strictly left-to-right: press any operator button (+-×÷), and the display is updated to show the result of the calculation so far, and that result becomes an operand for the operation. There is no other state “inside” the calculator that affects the solution—what you see is all you get.

On the iOS calculator, you’re entering the entire expression into a hidden buffer. You can’t really see what you entered (and there’s no option to make it visible, as far as I can tell), and the final result is only shown when you press =. The confusion arises because a user’s mental model may not correspond to the hidden model used for the computation.

All this is to say that hidden states often break #UX expectations. Making hidden state visible goes a long way to remove confusion (see how PCalc does it in the second image).

wsrphoto,
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@drahardja Just hit = after every calculation of two numbers before next calculation.

wsrphoto,
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@drahardja You're right. It struck me after posting, it would be hard to enter sequence of complex calculations.

AbandonedAmerica, to random
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On the deck of the abandoned SS United States, Philadelphia's abandoned ocean liner

See the rest: https://www.abandonedamerica.us/ss-united-states

wsrphoto,
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@AbandonedAmerica Travelled on SS United States from La Harve, France to New York City in 1955 and 1963. we were returning from our father's European duty assignment in England (1952-55) and Germany (1959-63). Great childhood memories living in Europe then. We wanted to stay as father had civilian job waiting in London, but mother wanted to go home. Our parents stayed together until he died, but it was end of their love. They led separate lives in same home we kids had to cope with. Still remember the cruises.

ross, to random
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The Verge article on the best printer in 2024 is just completely brilliant in so many ways.

And also kinda sad.

https://www.theverge.com/2024/4/2/24117976/best-printer-2024-home-use-office-use-labels-school-homework

wsrphoto,
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@ross Two requirements for me, color prints and duplex printing. This printer does neither. Single side printing requires more paper or printing alternate pages on two runs. That's not efficient, especially if you don't get page alignment right to keep page order. My HP 450 DN has been a workhorse for 10+ years no. My previous HP color, duplex printer still work but HP dropped driver to use it.

wsrphoto,
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@bluGill @ross for the information. I have an Epson R2400 printer for prints up to 11"x14". The HP 450 is good color printer for everyday use, but cartridges aren't cheap, around $450 for all four.

StillIRise1963, to random
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Immigration is great for the nation.

wsrphoto,
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@StillIRise1963 America was built by immigrants. Except for Native Americans who arrived in North America 12,000-16.000 years ago, everyone else are descendants of immigrants or are immigrants, having arrived since 1400's, except Vikings who preceded them by few centuries. America is the world. We have every race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, cultures, etc., and almost every language, in America arriving with immigrants. It's the heart of what and who America is.

wsrphoto,
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@StillIRise1963 I use term immigrant as inclusive of all people who arrived in America in past ~600 years or so, regardless the reasons or events which resulted in their arrival. Slaves were immigrants as other indentured people who were brought or unwillingly came to America. I don't exclude anyone. Three of my grandparents were immigrants fleeing Europe approaching WW I. Emigration isn't always a choice. Blacks know that better than anyone.

wsrphoto,
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@StillIRise1963 It does not diminish anyone or any people's experience. That's part of America's history, the diversity of people and their experiences they bring to our whole existence. Every race, ethnicity, nationality has their individual and group history to make America. No one is diminished. Blacks were brought as slaves. Others came, some brought, for various reasons. All built America and left their experience. Everyone is America.

wsrphoto,
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@StillIRise1963 @DaWoDerPfeffer Where do I say it's dismissing history and experience of black people? I don't. I recognize blacks' history and experience is different from most people who immigrated to America because of slavery. Slaves arrived without choice of coming and were not given freedom of other immigrants.

My point is everyone who arrived here contributed to building America. Blacks had no choice but added to our collective history and experience, and yes as slaves and later as free people. The same can be said of other groups, those who came as indentured servants, those who came to escape war, famine, poverty, oppression, etc., and those who came under stressful conditions for what they saw as opportunity.

It's the contribution of all and totality of their experience that built America. No one and no group is dismissed. Stating otherwise is incorrect and wrong.

skinnylatte, to SanFrancisco
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BART-ing to happiness (Chinese food in the suburbs!) (Cookie goes in a bag at restaurants and is fully zipped up)

wsrphoto,
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@skinnylatte Glad you're in California to allow dogs in restaurants. Washington health codes only allows service animals, not support animals or pets, in places where food is prepared, served or sold. This includes grocery stores, fast food, gas stations, cafes, delis, restaurants of all kinds. If any place lets customer in them with a pet, everywhere inside and everything animal or owner touches must be removed (products) or sanitized (carts, aisles, counters, tables, chairs, etc.). Outside places aren't banned.

GottaLaff, (edited ) to random
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Welp. Pay up then. 🤣 1/...

Via Acyn:

Question: Judge Engoron says that he wants this $350 million within 30 days. Does Donald have that kind of money sitting around?

: I mean, he does. Of course he has money. You know, he’s a billionaire. Um, we know that

wsrphoto,
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@GottaLaff Considering all unpaid loans Trump has over his career, which are either refinanced or written by banks, Trump,will find someone to underwrite the money. Remember Trump said he never uses his own money, which are likely in foreign or hidden offshore accounts, and always finds someone else's money. Only question is who Trump finds.

anneapplebaum, to random
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Trump still doesn't understand how NATO works, he still thinks allies "owe us money" and he's now sending a signal to Russia to attack them while the crowd cheers. This is an invitation to Putin to broaden the war.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/11/donald-trump-says-he-would-encourage-russia-to-attack-nato-countries-who-dont-pay-bills

wsrphoto,
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@MiriShuli @mmalc @ErikJonker @anneapplebaum Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland collectively can stop Russian ground offensive, even if Belarus joins or forced to join Russia. Belarus military is unknown factor for which side they join, with people revolting against Lukashenko and Russia or with Russia with Russian leadership. If Ukraine, with military resources US & NATO provided, can stop Russia without air superiority. Those five militaries, with newer weapons and equipment, should destroy Russian military. JMO

wsrphoto,
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@InkySchwartz @MiriShuli @mmalc @ErikJonker @anneapplebaum Poland's military leaders said if Russia attacks Poland, the first place they'll destroy is Kaliningrad and Russian fleet, which is no match for collective navies of 5 nations in the vicinity.

drahardja, to random
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I’m gonna guess this photo was taken in some tech company’s break room.

wsrphoto,
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@drahardja Here's a hint. Get big plastic bowl for ice cubes, and tell everyone to empty and refill ice cube trays to keep bowl full.

Mrfunkedude, to random
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You ever write a long post and after you've finished you delete it because you suddenly realize that you just don't give a fuck as much as you thought you did?

wsrphoto,
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@Mrfunkedude About half my post get cancelled after finish writing them, because after writing my opinion, experience or thoughts, it seems I'm just adding to the noise, and I'm tired of people here taking issue and getting into verbal arguments. Sometimes I just wrote and expected people to help me understand, but they often just try to belittle me. Some don't understand teaching people is better than criticizing or attacking people. It wears me out, so I've stopped posting many responses. I write them and then cancel them.

skykiss, to random
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Democrats ✅️
Joe Biden is the best president of my lifetime. Hands down. PACT, CHIPS, Infrastructure, Climate, gun reform, he walked a picket line, got abortion travel, canceled student debt, ended Afghanistan, 14M plus jobs, record low unemployment, diversified the judiciary. Got Medicare to negotiate drugs , lowering price of insulin, capped the price of insulin & lowering out of pocket drug costs. Huge for seniors. Investing billions to bring manufacturing back to the US along with good paying jobs and he's working to do more. He has a border security bill but that is being blocked by fascist republicans.

The fascist criminal republican party: 💀
Trump fomented an insurrection bc he lost the 2020 election. He’s facing 91 criminal charges and has publicly admitted to taking money from the CCP China during his presidency. He has also been found civilly liable for rape. And found guilty for tax frauds, bank fraud, & business fraud. Charged for violations of Espionage Act for stolen concealed state secrets

wsrphoto,
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@skykiss I'm 74. Biden is a good president, but not the best. I prefer he withdraw for better, younger democrats to start governing. My generation has been too long in power. Without democrats winning clear majorities in House and Senate, Biden is done. He isn't strong enough to carry weight against republicans. We see it now with him and the House. He gets deals on mandatory bills, but he doesn't fight and he gives up too much. Example, where's Ukraine military aid funding? JMO

StillIRise1963, to random
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If you actually want to change EVERYTHING here, we need more than a president. We need to own 60 seats in the Senate and take the House. If you don't understand that, then you DON'T GET HOW THE GOVERNMENT WORKS.

wsrphoto,
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@StillIRise1963 We need a democratic Senate leader with a spine and fojones who stands up to and calls out republicans and their threats, who keeps caucus united, who will kill filibuster, blocks and holds and other unnecessary rules, who leads party to pass major bills, who doesn't let parliamentarian decide anything, and who doesn't whine about anything. In short, leader who gets work done. Why Senate needs a woman leader.

georgetakei, to random

It so happens my birthday is 4-20. But I never stole a mile marker for it. At least, not yet.

wsrphoto,
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@georgetakei why not mileage sign "419 + 1"?

drahardja, to random
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The Y2K bug is a great illustration that a well-handled potential disaster looks like “nothing happened” in retrospect. The fact that Y2K seemed to be a non-event is a testament to how seriously people took this emergency, and how everyone buckled down and averted a worldwide infrastructure disaster.

I started working at Honeywell Aerospace (AlliedSignal back then) in 1998, and by that time people were already working on Y2K issues. We were in the GPS navigation business, and there were real issues that would have caused aircraft navigation to go awry unless they were fixed.

People buckled down, found the bugs, ran simulations, got FAA sign-offs, and deployed the fixes to all affected aircraft well before Y2K. Thanks to the effort, “nothing happened”. But I assure you (bad) things would have happened if we did nothing. https://infosec.exchange/@tychotithonus/111670219441506220

wsrphoto,
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@drahardja Thanks. I was in charge of USGS real-time satellite data for Washington for data from gages to downlinks through data processing and database and to the Web. I worked Dec 31st to Jan 2nd watching data and help resolving problems with national folks. We only had mistimed-tagged data over the 8 hour difference between WA and UTC. Once fixed, reprocessing data worked. That took most of Jan 1st and by Jan 2nd am data operations people and cooperators didn't notice anything went wrong.

Alice, to random
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I can't believe the fourth year of 2020 is coming to an end.

wsrphoto,
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@Alice Third year. Decades go 1-10, so it's 2021-2030. This is from beginning of modern period of AD when calendars went from 1 BC to 1 AD. There was no year 0 (zero). This means decades are 1-10, not 0-9.

kim_harding, to random
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Brexit has completely failed for UK, say clear majority of Britons – poll
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2023/dec/30/britons-brexit-bad-uk-poll-eu-finances-nhs
Only one in 10 feel leaving the EU has helped their finances, while just 9% say it has benefited the NHS, despite £350m a week pledge according to new poll

wsrphoto,
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@kim_harding Then they take a vote to rejoin EU. Stop bitching when they can change it.

skykiss, (edited ) to random
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    @skykiss It's on Congress to act, but it's on Biden to be vocal and keep public pressure on Congress. He's failing to do enough. He never hesitates to talk support for Israel, but he doesn't talk enough about Ukraine which is the bigger and far more important war to win. Israel will win without US military aid. Ukraine can't win without US & NATO military aid. We either join Ukraine to fight Russia or we'll be fighting Russia on NATO's eastern border.

    RickiTarr, to random
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    It's interesting when you think that nearly all the coolest pieces of architecture in the world were built by someone having a mental breakdown.

    wsrphoto,
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    @RickiTarr in humanities class back in my community college years after serving during Vietnam, the instructor reminded us of all the great European cathedrals that survive today only exist because architects learned to build them from all the cathedrals that collapsed and disappeared. Time and history erased the failures.

    ophiocephalic, to FediPact
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    With the Zuckerberg takeover impending, there's a lot of confusion circulating about the use of user-level and instance-level blocks, and how our online expressions can be secured against Meta. Everyone who objects to their accounts being mined by the Zuckerberg entity for data collection, AI ingestion, monetization, and possible ghost-profile building needs to understand this problem. Here's information to clarify.

    Neither a user-level block, or an instance-level block, will protect our posts from Meta data-mining by default on a Mastodon instance. Posts won't be delivered directly, but can be ingested by other means; if, for example, users on Meta-federated instances boost them.

    However, both user and instance blocks will totally prevent post delivery in all cases IF your host instance has enabled the functionality called Authorized Fetch.

    By default, Authorized Fetch is off on Mastodon instances and most haven't turned it on. If this concern is important to you, you might want to respectfully reach out to your admins and let them know. Remember that they are working hard to provide and sustain online community at no charge. It's likely they won't be very familiar with it and will need time to look into it.

    For more information on Authorized Fetch, check out this blog post by @brook : https://hub.sunny.garden/2023/06/28/what-does-authorized_fetch-actually-do/ Please untag Brook from replies unless you specifically intend to address him

    wsrphoto,
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    @ophiocephalic Thanks. It's the terminology confuses me, and several times through it gets clearer, but having spent part of my career with USGS as technical data manager, terms we used don't translate to Mastodon and the network of server hosts. My problem to learn.

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