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The article says the mandate is 2 days in the office per week for employees who live within 50 miles of an office. The quoted exec lives farther from an office than that. Everyone can still work remotely 3 days per week.

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"It would have to be built" seems fairly obvious and I wouldn't call that a logistical issue.

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This medic is looking up frogs in the "Reptiles" section; she might have a problem

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They're not for making glove fingers! Can you use them for making glove fingers? Sure, and I can haul water by walking my goat back and forth to the well with my chamber pot on her back, but I don't.

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The right thing to do if a 12-year-old makes sexual advances on an adult is for the adult to report it because the 12-year-old is probably being abused!! Not to have sex with them!! What the fuck?! (Not that I believe this shit for a second but even if it were true that makes him just as much of an abuser.)

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"Other children my own age", sure. You weren't seducing 22-year-old men.

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It tends to break chat bots because those are mostly pre-written prompts sent to ChatGPT along with the query, so this wipes out the pre-written prompt. It's anarchic because this prompt can get the chat bot to do things contrary to the goals of whoever set it up.

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Reminds me of this Niven story where a human takes some pills that are supposed to teach aliens how to teleport, but since he can't teleport he just gets an amazing sense of direction and orientation: https://www.larryniven.net/?q=bibliographic-reference/fourth-profession-the

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If you're willing to do "whatever it takes" including instituting fascism, you're a fascist.

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I believe they do this the same way they do traffic jams, by seeing how many android phones are at the location vs. average.

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“I’m addicted to reading, which explains how I ended up being a writer.”

“Oh, yeah?” says SBF. “I would never read a book.”

I’m not sure what to say. I’ve read a book a week for my entire adult life and have written three of my own.

“I’m very skeptical of books. I don’t want to say no book is ever worth reading, but I actually do believe something pretty close to that,” explains SBF. “I think, if you wrote a book, you fucked up, and it should have been a six-paragraph blog post.”

https://lithub.com/crypto-nerd-sam-bankman-fried-who-just-lost-16-billion-would-never-read-a-book/

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There are plenty of women who live like this now. It's a cultural thing, not a timeline thing. I had a roommate in college who would wake up before dawn to do her makeup so nobody would see her without it.

(Also high society women certainly didn't make their own breakfasts... well, ever, but especially not hundreds of years ago)

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Hello [First name]

If you're in a more casual industry/company, or

Hello [Dr/Mr/Ms Lastname]

If you're in a more formal situation and know their salutation, or

Hello [Full Name]

If you're in a more formal situation and you don't. It's ok to be less formal in email than in a written letter.

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https://lettersofnote.com/2010/08/05/the-tiger-oil-memos/

DO YOUR JOBS AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!
(Signed)
EDWARD MIKE DAVIS

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Hypothetical question posed to women: would you rather be alone in the woods with a bear or a man? Many women said "bear". Many men took that personally.

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Pretty much Jack Shaftoe's storyline in Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle

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Sooo much more. The Baroque Cycle is like Cryptonomicon squared.

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This is a plot point in The Accidental Time Machine: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21608.The_Accidental_Time_Machine; the main character

spoiler

jumps forward into the future a bunch of times, longer jumps each time, and hits a time where the human population is almost gone, and they're like "yeah, the fucking time travelers keep showing up and bringing old diseases":::

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https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript

You should think about reading the Declaration of Independence sometime:

The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

Nurses Protest 'Deeply Troubling' Use of AI in Hospitals ( www.404media.co )

“Life-and-death decisions relating to patient acuity, treatment decisions, and staffing levels cannot be made without the assessment skills and critical thinking of registered nurses,” the union wrote in the post. “For example, tell-tale signs of a patient’s condition, such as the smell of a patient’s breath and their...

Can Wind and Solar Solve Climate Change? ( foreignpolicy.com )

"The fact that renewable energy is failing to decarbonize the electricity sector may surprise many readers accustomed to breathless reports of the rapid growth of renewable energy around the world. What Christophers means by this, though, is that while renewable energy is growing rapidly in many places, these increases are not...

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We're using them. The problem is they aren't replacing fossil fuels. Instead of a polluting coal plant, you have a polluting coal plant and a bunch of solar panels and wind turbines that were manufactured, transported, built from mined substances. It's better than building another coal plant, but it's not solving climate change. Power demand grows to use the available supply.

Opinion | Elon Musk Is Preoccupied With Something He Doesn’t Understand ( www.nytimes.com )

There is no particular mystery to unravel around the political views of Elon Musk, the billionaire technology and social media executive. He is — and for some time, has been — on the far right wing of American politics. He is an enthusiastic purveyor of far-right conspiracy theories, using his platform on the website X to...

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If you're that much astronomically richer than everyone else, how could you possibly be comfortable with it? How do you convince yourself that you deserve it? You either genuinely try to do something good, or you convince yourself that you're just Better Than The Poors because of some innate attribute. I don't think there's another option.

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I don't think that his plans for Mars are good for anyone but himself. Creating a small privately owned Mars colony is more likely to increase problems like climate change and inequality than reduce them. If it were Nasa or another government agency, we could argue that technological advances from the attempt would benefit everyone, like they did in the space race, but this won't even do that. Best case, it makes him even richer. Worst case, it pumps a lot of carbon into the atmosphere and wastes a bunch of resources for no benefit.

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Looks like a ~'31 Rolls Royce Phantom? Somewhere around 29/30/31/32, after that the styling was different.

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That is not how you use a spinning wheel; it's not even close. This is the equivalent of a painting showing someone using a computer by clicking the mouse with their foot, typing on an upside - down keyboard that isn't plugged in, and with no monitor.

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Living with privilege is a lot more comfortable if you pretend you don't have it. There's an ancient Greek virtue, Aidos, which is the knowledge when you're richer than the people around you that you don't really deserve it, and the shame and humility that result from that knowledge. None of those feelings are pleasant; easier to pretend that the world is fair and you earned everything you have.

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Another example: all sound recording and amplification technology was developed to make white men sound good. So all audio equipment makes masculine voices sound better than feminine ones.

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I bought this and am reading The Lost Cause now, and it's really good! An actually hopeful near future that deals with climate collapse with open eyes.

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Thanks for posting this! I didn't know about it and was just about to buy The Lost Cause.

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I switched to standing-only at work about 10 years ago and it's been great, except for a 2-year stretch where the cleaners in the building I worked in would somehow find a free desk chair and push it under my desk every. single. night. So every morning when I got to work there'd be an office chair sitting on my standing mat and I'd have to find somewhere to put it. I tried moving it far away, finding a chairless desk on the other side of the building, but somehow they kept finding me a chair I didn't want and rolling it onto my mat. Eventually I got a little guest stool and would pull that over onto my mat when I left, and that worked as a decoy chair and kept them from adding a chair. Maybe this comic was about them.

Video and Blog post: Molly White shows how to start editing Wikipedia ( blog.mollywhite.net )

I started editing Wikipedia more seriously over the last couple of months, and this video has a bunch of useful information and how-tos that I wish I had then, and some stuff that I still didn't know. I really like contributing to such a useful resource, and knowing that every little edit I make helps everybody who wants to...

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Because some scammer told them they could fire people if they did.

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It's also implicit bias, though. Health care providers have to make assessments of their patients constantly: does this person need more pain meds? Can we discharge them? Do they need surgery or just physical therapy? And implicit bias (for example the very well-known bias that Black women can 'handle' more physical pain than white women because they're 'tougher') will be one factor in these thousands of constant little decisions. If you looked at any one decision you probably couldn't find fault with it, but they add up over time and if you look at the data you'll find statistical trends. Black women are more commonly recommended to have C-sections than white women, all other factors being equal. That's not because individual doctors hate Black women, but it's because unconscious biases affect their decision making, and because race is considered as a risk factor for certain treatment decisions.

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Let's say it's normal to keep someone on pain meds for 4 to 8 days after surgery. Each day, you assess the patient and check a number of factors to determine when to stop pain meds, like: how much pain do they say they're in? How much do they wince when they walk? How comfortable do they seem? Do they seem distracted when talking to you? Etc. Each of those assessments is subjective, and therefore can be influenced by biases you don't even realize you have. Over a year, maybe that means you stop pain meds on the 5th day, on average, for Black patients, and on the 6th day for white patients. You're not really withholding pain meds from any one patient. Each patient probably doesn't really notice the difference. But over time, that slight difference compounds and adds up to poorer quality of care for one group.

This is why it's so important to measure things like this subjectively, and look for and fix the reasons they're happening. It's very hard, probably impossible, to fix these issues by just assuming that well-meaning people will be able to be completely unaffected by bias. And sometimes people overcorrect: managers in tech are less likely to give Black employees critical feedback, for example, because they don't want to be racist, and that behavior harms Black employees by not giving them opportunities to correct behavior that's holding them back from advancement. Again, tiny behaviors that compound at scale.

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I was working in my college's computer lab in '97/'98 and this was old then. The freshmen kept falling for it every year!

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