bluGill
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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.

bluGill,
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The romans made leap day Feburary 24th, and renumbered the days following that. So you are not asking the right question.

geomannie, to cycling
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The thrust of this article is that ebikes give more exercise than pedal bikes as owners ride further and more often. This can only be true if your riding is a discretionary/leisure activity. You can ride more or less as you choose. If most of your riding is utilitarian, commuting, shopping etc, ie your journeys/mileage are broadly fixed, then a traditional bike will give more exercise. This article focuses on cycling as play, not transport

https://electrek.co/2024/02/20/why-electric-bikes-give-more-exercise/

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@geomannie On my acoustic bike the trip to work takes 40 minutes, and thus is something that I do once in a while but I often drive just to save time. With my ebike I can do the trip in about 20 minutes which is more reasonable and so I'll ride much more often. I have to go to the office sometimes (too often but that is a different rant), the ebike switches trips that the acoustic bike cannot.

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@keraba

@geomannie please explain. I'm not sure if I care about offending you, but I don't even understand the offense.

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It is never too late, don't give up. The earth without humans is generally slightly carbon negative, and there are cheap things to do that can encourage that - it will take 1000 years to undo things, but we can do it. Step 1 is becoming carbon neutral, and with wind/solar power that is easy for the majority of emitters.

jon, to random
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Nürnberg

What they should do:
Build a tram

What they’ll likely plan to do:
Build a maglev

What they will actually do:
Nothing

Because they will conclude the maglev doesn't work, but in the meantime they will run out of budget, and not build the tram either

https://www.t-online.de/region/nuernberg/id_100353850/nuernberg-magnetschwebebahn-oder-tram-das-sagt-baureferent-ulrich.html

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@zeitverschreib

@jon

Not really. The record for Maglev is faster than the record for regular rail - but not be a significant amount. In real world service again maglev is faster, but not by much. The fastest maglev services only run their fastest speeds in the busiest part of the day as the real limit is aerodynamics and so the cost of running at speed means they avoid doing it.

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@jon The debate should be bus, tram, or metro (ubahn). With the population I don't see any need for a tram - just run regular busses frequently and you will not run out of capacity that isn't better solved by adding a route serving a slightly different path. A metro (elevated ideally) can run fully automated and faster since it avoids traffic - this might be a good investment in the long term.

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@martijn_geerdes

@jon

I wouldn't go that far. Maglevs are not science fiction - they work in the real world.

They are not worth building in the real world. They are slightly cheaper to operate at high speeds are slightly cheaper to operate, (more expensive at lower speeds though), but aerodynamic drag is the limit to high speed not steel wheels on tracks so the difference will never be large. The inability to run on the regular tracks you have today means nobody should think about maglev: overall it just isn't enough better (similar for monorail - which has some advantages but not enough to be worth losing access to regular tracks).

cliffwade, to email
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After 20+ years, I made the switch from Gmail to @protonmail and you can read my blog post via the link below to find out what made me do it!

https://blog.allthingstech.social/why-i-switched-from-gmail-to-proton-mail/

Are you using a paid email service or have you switched from Gmail to something else? Let me know in the comments.

Please BOOST for others to read as well!

Blog Mastodon account:

@cliffwade

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@cliffwade

@protonmail @cliffwade @jasonekratz fastmail's spam protection is plenty good for me. I use my gmail account only for google (read android phone and youtube) and nothing else. I'm looking for alternatives to even that use.

GottaLaff, to random
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How’d I miss this one?

Lauren ’s son arrested, faces 22 charges https://www.kjct8.com/2024/02/28/lauren-boeberts-son-arrested-faces-22-charges/

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@maddad

@GottaLaff good trigger discipline and those guns are pointed in a safe direction.

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Yesterday: damn I need to solve the problems of my self-hosted WordPress sites loading slowly

Today: well, better that than this if I used WordPress.com!

https://www.404media.co/tumblr-and-wordpress-to-sell-users-data-to-train-ai-tools/

bluGill,
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@leonoverweel

@jon Perhaps, but since the EULA doesn't apply copyright law might still catch up and protect me from what LLMs are doing.

mort, (edited ) to cpp
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Hot C++ take: moved-from standard containers should be specified to work "as if newly default-constructed", not "in a valid but unspecified state"

Alternatively, we should embrace the unsafety and say that moved-from containers are in an "invalid state where the only safe operation is calling the destructor"

As it is, we get the (potential/small) overhead of making sure the container is in a valid state but not the convenience benefits of knowing what that state is

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@mort I'm with the alternative, except that not only do I want to call the destructor, I also want to call operator= (with either a lvalue or rvalue) thus making it valid again and reusing the memory. I can think of no other operation where I'd want or expect a moved from value to be useable. Since in most situations I'm going to call the destructor I do not want to pay the price of making the container as if newly default-constructed.

It isn't possible to make all classes as if default constructed. For example if the class in question accesses real hardware there is no default constructable state possible anymore as that would trample all over the other class that now owns that hardware.

freemo, to random
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Why would the shape help you float? Shape has no effect on buoyancy, only density.
QT: https://seal.cafe/objects/bf021e42-badd-4ac2-a41c-66ce0121d851

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@freemo well shape is a factor in surface tension which lets things denser than water float.

foone, to random
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Here's what I want the EU to do about cables:
Before you can sell a device that comes with a cable of any kind, you have to answer the question "what does the user have to do if they lose this cable?"

"they're screwed" and "they'll have to buy another from us" are not acceptable answers, and those products can't be sold. Get a better answer or use a different cable.

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@whitequark

@foone @MolarFox I'll take ekeryone on weird one off cables over everyone using the 5pin din with electrically incompatible uses. if you can plug it in it needs to at minimum don't destroy either device, ideally it should work.

bluGill,
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the town had an elevator which implies that they have the ability to go to farms without water (the well for drinking doesn't count for fires). I would expect this to include the ability to pump from the nearest lake to whatever farm they are called to (most of mn is not more than a long walk to a lake - but I don't know where this town is)

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The grain comes from farms.

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Fire departments who serve farms can get water from a lake instead of having to go all the way back to town. If you are in the city they will use fire hydrants but if not they have water trucks that refill at the nearest pond.

the grain elevator implies there are farms around so they would have this equipment.

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This is minnesota where lakes and ponds are everywhere.

The farms get drinking water from a well thet could not supply a fire truck. The ponds are still there and so fire trucks use them.

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Nothing is exposed. There are things I want exposed, but I don't want to keep security patches up to date, even if there is a zero day. I'm looking for someone trustworthy to hire for things that it would be useful to expose, but they are hard to find.

_L1vY_, to random
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I've been seeing discussions lately around the YouTube fascism algorithm [not directed at me] implying that if you get those suggestions it's because that's material you have sought out.
Not true.

It's been studied and repeatedly shown--like a vehicle w/poor alignment--suggestions will drift to the right pretty quickly.
To "never" get them, you must
a) be outside targeted demographics AND
b) not look at DIY, repair, survivalism, building, cooking, sewing, politics, animal husbandry, automotive

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@_L1vY_ I don't let youtube track my watch history - they don't recommend anything to me. So far nobody has given me any downside to this.

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@paninid

@_L1vY_ how did you get a screenshot off my phone? /s

DrTCombs, to math
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Hi people! If you had half an hour a handful of incredibly bright, incredibly bored 10 year olds, what math would you teach them?

The 4th grade math curriculum is letting these kids down, and they are hungry for a challenge...and to see that math can be fun again!

in advance!

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@DrTCombs my 10 year old suggests algebra 1. He is in 5th grade taking 6th grade math, not sure if it helps your 4th graders.

bluGill,
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Crying over some C code I have to work with. I'm supposed to do a quick proof of concept but with all data passed by global variable.

jon, to random
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Alstom has ended production of Lint DMUs in Salzgitter. From now on it will be all electric, battery and hydrogen trains there

The Salzgitter Zeitung has a summary of the 23 years the Lint DMU was built there https://www.braunschweiger-zeitung.de/salzgitter/article241727880/Transformation-Alstom-in-Salzgitter-hat-die-schon-vollzogen.html

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@jon At this point I see no reason to prefer hydrogen to diesel. We have many trained diesel mechanics, engineers who know how the engines work, factories to make them, and a large distribution network - all sunk costs that we would have to pay for hydrogen. We are also making progress on various renewable diesel schemes (though it remains to be seen just how renewable they turn out).

Note that I favor electrification where possible. That means diesel use would be limited to a few niches, and thus much less than current uses.

enobacon, to random
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Helium blimps, or hydrogen? All we need is a little fusion, right?

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@enobacon If you want slow transport get on a ship. Cruise ships are pretty nice places, and they have plenty of entertainment. Airships are only slightly faster, but weight is a big deal so entertainment options will be very limited. If you want green slow transport then make the cruise ship nuclear powered (sail is not a good option - it is hard to make the entertainment work out on long trips and so few will do it in reality)

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@enobacon I want high speed rail too, but I don't think it will ever be practical to cross the oceans. Meanwhile most people who claim they want high speed rail will settle for any rail anywhere no matter how bad. Thus the FRA and Amtrak seems putting more effort into routes to rural areas that will fill a train per week instead of making Boston-DC a frequent high speed route. Nobody believes me when I say if you want rail elsewhere start by demanding the DC-Boston route be great. Once we have great trains on that route (which should be trivial to run at a profit and kill a lot of flights) we can start building a network from there and people who use the already existing routes will pile on where it makes sense.

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