It's kind of messed up that ZIP64 archives still have the .zip extension even though it's totally incompatible with the original ZIP specification. In other news, I deleted a 5GB archive that wouldn't open because OS X can't unzip ZIP64 files. I thought it was corrupt and now I'm downloading it again.
I don't know why people jump immediately to Hitler when fascism is mentioned. There's also Mussolini and there's also Franco. I mean, I guess I'll have to call it ultranationalist corporatocracy instead. Or Trumpism for short.
Trump's mannerisms remind me of Mussolni· MoTO Babycakes
well he was the most powerful of them all, more propaganda against him, more known, so delivers the point faster.· SaeedTheGiraffe ?
I guess the thing is that when you say "Hitler!" people automatically dismiss the validity of your point because it's hyperbolic. But there are other forms of fascism that might be better comparisons.· Victor G.
Also, it's not just a strawman when someone's retweeting neo-Nazis and Mussolini quotes.· John B.
There were really at least two lessons from the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the U.S.S.R.: (1) totalitarian communism is a shitty system and (2) holding together a global empire is very, very expensive and the costs will eventually destroy your nation-state. We seem to only remember the first lesson.
It's quite possible that the reason why my sister is a Neo-marxist now is because of all the times my brother and I colluded to destroy her whenever we played Monopoly. #CronyCapitalismFTW
We had our own rules for playing Monopoly, which made it a lot more fun. Then one day my stepmother wanted to play, and she demanded that we play by the printed rules that came with the game. That game didn't last too long, because we all went around the board twice and still couldn't build anything. We never played it with her again....or anyone else that refused to play it by our rules.· April
Remember when we didn't have smartphones and had to wait for the computer to boot before we could browse the web?
I still don't have a smart phone. But I also don't usually have to wait for my computer to boot up to use the internet, either, since I rarely ever shut it down completely.· April
I was in my mid/late-30s. I also still don't have a smart phone, though I do have an iPod Touch 5G which fulfils many of the same functions.· Smooth Young Priest
I used to keep my laptops on all the time, but I kept dropping them and destroying the hard drive. :D I guess I need an SSD.· Victor G.
I finally have an SSD -- game changer.· lris
I hate to say it, but now that I'm getting used to the UI, I really dig the extra reactions on Facebook.
I'm liking them so far. I can see people getting butthurt because someone didn't "Love" their post or was "Angry", but those are the people who would get offended over almost anything on the internet anyway, so. :)· Hookuh Tinypants
I will admit that I am somewhat concerned that Kanye West has lost his fucking mind.
Replaced "concerned" with "convinced" and that's me.· Sarah G.
I fear he's having some sort of Shutter Island experience. Terrifying.· Micah
This article sums up the feelings I've had about Kanye for a while now. http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2016/02/kanye_west_doesn_t_need_another_think_piece_he_needs_therapy.html· DB, Just DB
Man, K. West really is losing it. http://consequenceofsound.net/2016/02/audio-leaks-of-kanye-wests-backstage-snl-meltdown/· Victor G.
The weird thing about L.A. is that (1) the ring of bears definitely comes before the ring of people with tractors (2) there is a ring of coyotes and mountain lions that comes between the ring of people with money and the ring of people with less money (3) the ring of people with tractors is actually way, way out there, far beyond the ring of bears. There is a definite no-man's land of desolation between those two rings. (via https://mokum.place/barmaton/335045 )
All the apparent Sanderistas trying to Berniesplain the Civil Rights Movement to people of color: do they really sincerely believe they're helping Bernie's cause or are they just wolf-in-sheep's-clothing who are trolling progressives hard? #ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmm
It's pretty cool that some of the greatest discoveries in physics happened at Mt. Wilson. http://www.kcet.org/socal/departures/san-gabriel-river/higher-beauties-the-discovery-of-the-speed-of-light-in-the-san-gabriels.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=kcet I had no idea that Albert Michelson had done speed-of-light measurements in So Cal before he went on to disprove the existence of the luminferous aether along with Edward Morley, further bolstering the legitimacy of Special Relativity. Hubble also discovered that nebulas were actually distant galaxies here, and discovered that the farther they were, the more redshifted they were, leading to the conclusion that the universe was expanding.
Any word on whether or not the gravity wave finding can help us discern whether or not gravitons have mass?
Guardian US is taking questions right now so you could ask that. https://twitter.com/GuardianUS/status/697933911704367104· Spidra Webster
Oooh, I will definitely ask them!· Victor G.
Also: whether this makes the Alcubierre warp drive more feasible or less feasible :D· Victor G.
LIGO apparently confirms that the speed of gravity equals the speed of light https://www.theguardian.com/science/live/2016/feb/12/gravitational-waves-an-astrophysicist-answers-your-questions-live?page=with:block-56bd3ebde4b080c5d0ebd95c#block-56bd3ebde4b080c5d0ebd95c — meaning that if gravitons exist, then they have to be massless· Victor G.
There is something really strange and bizarre about imagining that your body is being stretched and squeezed by waves in spacetime generated more than a billion years ago, even if the expansion and compression is in fractions of a picometer.
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