@dr2chase @cstross Yeah, though my understanding was that they wanted democracy, but that wasn't the same as wanting to do what the people wanted (hence the electoral college. It doesn't surprise me at all if they looked at new-fangled mechanisms that might give "too much democracy" and rejected them in favour of something tried and tested like FPTP.

@cstross Well, maybe. But most people don't want to vote for Nazis, so alternatively maybe if the Tories make themselves unelectable and stay there, then if Labour *also* makes themselves unelectable does it open space (even in our FPTP monstrosity) for a third party? Greens or Lib Dems or even a splinter party from Labour or the Tories.

Wait, *now* the Tories work out that you don't win elections by pandering to your own extreme wing? Reform are doing well not because anybody likes them but because the Tories have demonstrated themselves to be so fundamentally unserious about governing that those Tory voters who can't stand Labour have nowhere else to go.


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Amount of Israeli bombs dropped on Gaza surpasses that of World War II

Israel dropped 70,000 tons of bombs on Gaza Strip since last October, exceeding World War II bombings in **Dresden, Hamburg, London combined**, according to rights monitor. #Gaza


Oof. An extra 0.2W/m^2 doesn't sound like a lot if you don't know what these numbers look like, but if you consider that the *total amount of energy* hitting the top of the atmosphere from the sun is only about 1,360W/m^2, just this heat source is equivalent to about an extra seventieth of a percent of the total solar input being retained.

Most of the original input doesn't reach the ground anyway. If you take it as a percentage of the amount that reaches the ground (342W/m^2) it's about a seventeenth of one percent.

That's... um... quite a lot of extra heat.


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Very interesting - a shoal of fake accounts on Twitter #X are posing as Irish and trying to influence people, especially politicians - using such beloved tropes as leprechauns, the wearing of national flag colours, and wolfhounds thejournal.ie/x-irish-anonymou #scam #twitter #irish

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What I love about being Gen X is we get a great balance of microplastics and lead.

@drandrewv2 Glad to have you back then! And I'm techy rather than sciencey these days, but you know where I am if I can be useful. :-)

@drandrewv2 You're back to Prospect? Yay if so, I'm still a member, though no longer at an employer who recognises them.

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Scoop: I obtained the contract Samsung requires independent shops to sign to buy phone repair parts from them.

It requires:

- "Daily" dumps of customer data
- The "immediate destruction" of any phones a shop comes across that has third-party parts


@pluralistic But but but AI! Copilot! It's the Future of Everything! AI AI AI AI Buy our stuff pleeeeeeease!!!

@garius You have to make sure you make half of it up though. Otherwise you're not doing it right.

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@drandrewv2 Oh, someone beat me to it. Well, great minds!

@drandrewv2 Terry Pratchett said this best.

"The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and <i>would still have wet feet.</i>"

@drandrewv2 This is why I don't understand all the Tories who think performative cruelty is popular, when it clearly isn't.

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Trying something new, everyone is guaranteed an interview! Open interviews! For a limited time no one will be skipped (except for clear cases of abuse).

So we still have about 10 more 100% remote positions to hire for full-time market-fair positions here at QOTO/CleverThis.

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We need everything from jr to sr, data scientist to programmer. If your IT and your good, you might be a fit.

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The NLP position can be found at this link, other positions can be found on the menu bar on the left:


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@drandrewv2 The bottom line is, it has to happen. The alternative is either unacceptable or it's a fatalistic "We're all screwed anyway so why should we sacrifice?"

That being the case, the people who we're asking to make the sacrifice (the oil and gas industry workers) deserve support from the rest of us. I don't know what shape that takes, but we definitely owe it to them.

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