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100 suns

A machine made of wood, metal, paint, bone and magic

ClownStrike, redux

It's funny that people are drawing exactly the wrong lesson from ClownStrike. The lesson people draw: 'Windows shit, Linux/macOS wonderful', followed by the inevitable stupid fight about which exactly of Linux and macOS is the most wonderful. The lesson people should draw: 'if you allow the clown privileged access to your systems you are a fool who should not be running a brick'. 'Ah', pipe up the chorus of smug neckbeard *nix weenies, 'but you see we never do that, because the architecture o...
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ClownStrike

298 of the Fortune 500, 538 of the Fortune 1000, 8 of the top 10 financial services firms, 7 of the top 10 manufacturers, 8 of the top 10 food & beverage companies, 8 of the top 10 auto companies, 43 of the 50 U.S. states, 6 of the top 10 healthcare providers and 8 of the top 10 technology firms ... use a product which can automatically download an update which will render their systems catatonic1. Or, you know, an update which gives a bad person free access to them: rendering the systems ...
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It isn't really clear

whether what happened on Saturday were the first shots of the second American civil war. But I think they probably were. ...
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Immunity

If Biden were to order Trump to be assassinated, he would be immune from prosecution. If he were to order the assassination of any or all of the Supreme court judges he would be immune from prosecution. I'm not saying he should do these things. But he could, and doing so might be better than the alternative. The rule of law in the USA is dead. In a few months, democracy in the USA will probably be dead. It's over. ...
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The beginning of sorrows

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. ...
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The trouble with the three-body problem

I started off loving this: the first couple of episodes were just brilliantly clever and although the kind of timescales aren't plausible for real three-body stellar systems, you can forgive them that. Then it just dropped the ball by introducing magic: how do the aliens talk to us? Oh, right, they have superluminal communications technology. Which is magic, not science, and if it did exist would mean they could send information into the past and thus solve the prediction problem they have. ...
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Come on, people

So I have an iPad and an iPhone. Both are running the most recent version of iOS / iPadOS. The phone is a few feet away from me, on charge, and has lots of signal. They are signed in to the same Apple ID. I am in a hotel in a major city in a first-world country. This is not some weird left-field scenario. Using the iPhone as a hotspot for the iPad works ... mostly. Like, quite often you have to reboot one or both of them. It almost never works for long enough to watch a movie. Often you...
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Extremism

Extremism is the promotion or advancement of an ideology based on violence, hatred or intolerance, that aims to: 1 negate or destroy the fundamental rights and freedoms of others; or 2 undermine, overturn or replace the UK’s system of liberal parliamentary democracy and democratic rights; or 3 intentionally create a permissive environment for others to achieve the results in (1) or (2). So that's the tory party then, right? ...
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Did you ever

want to set someone's head on fire? Because I did. ...
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Throw the switch Igor

Throw the fucking switch ...
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STERILIZED INNARDS

I was driven away, let me remind you, by things like sickness, hate and the death of truth. ...
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Rishi Sunak is not a fascist

He's just, you know, fascist adjacent ...
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How to make things worse

Californian regulations forbid insurers from using the latest climate models to set prices, since protection would become more costly. Premiums must be based on the average payout over the past 20 years, rather than the latest science. Shying away from ambiguity is understandable. Sticking your head in the sand is plain foolish. – The Economist, 15th July 2023 ...
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Two novels

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs. – John Rogers ...
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Apocalypse technology

The apocalypse can come along any moment, and here at Tesla we have the best in apocalypse technology. – Elon Musk I wonder if it has ever occurred to Elmo's giant intellect that, when the apocalypse comes, charging arrangements for your 3-tonne penis-extension are going to be, shall we say, difficult? No, of course it hasn't: that would require thinking, which is not really Elmo's strong point. ...
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Dr Death, aka Rishi Sunak

On Thursday, the Covid inquiry was shown a private WhatsApp exchange between Dame Angela and Prof Edmunds, sent at the time of the meeting, which refers to Rishi Sunak as "Dr Death, the Chancellor". BBC Is there anything more to say? ...
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Cynical

Hamas: commits unforgivable atrocities on a large scale against Israeli citizens, killing many people in a very public and awful way. Israel: reacts the way the US did to 9/11 or even worse, causing very large numbers of deaths in the Gaza strip and committing war crimes such as attempting to starve the population and so on. And people who are already quietly antisemitic are suddenly publicly antisemitic, and people who were already publicly antisemitic start doing things other than merely spe...
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Blue-haired feminists

Barbie was released this July and is the highest-grossing film of the year, with no sign of being surpassed. Its global box office total stands at $1.43bn (£1.17bn) – about 10 times its budget. Among the records the film has broken are the best-performing film ever made by a solo female director; the 14th highest-grossing film of all time; and the most lucrative cinema release ever for Warner Brothers Turns out the people whining about it were just what they sounded like all along: a tiny num...
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Yeah don't visit waiting

tricolic psalterium Hainai accede metrocystosis unteased swaggerer Wellingtonia cryptogam chondroglossus maucherite alroot crossjack sheetage unpoignard vaccinifer Tecoma buttonless unpining obsequy hydrofluoride tottle respirability ceramographic exopod errant postvaccinal differentiant troctolite cryptovalence Ishmaelite paleolatry scolecid fascinative phthor refrigerating thirsting tracheolar carpometacarpus interstadial sclerotome obdurately ent...
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ceratocricoid smitham Moorish more

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talahib Caractacus monochromous archiepiscopate

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misanthropy iotacist smuggling mainlander

6AW6 WX11 GA5Z MYSN XBCZ CR1J 54RP GVE2 27KT QNE4 ZEI1 1UGM MT5K K7B5 O2C8 9XJQ Z6JS O9KW TWAA B0WC F2QR 182Y S32D Q9GL 1F78 ZKJQ 5CZW EORZ 0LOS 9MYE O6W9 PB4W Z29I JVK5 WDDA 0STQ ADIX HKI4 RYD9 L45Q KWLV ZEIZ 19DQ M3LX IJ6Q EHEL GCGI XUJR S40T 8Q5B SS0M F9W0 5O7J D997 7AXM 7AMP G8QN NVTJ 2TAX DWYU YODN 2KJT 13C6 3V3Z IQ68 I9BU VPNK YMPL I10F TBM3 OHA2 1BWC 361T 3VE8 A5X7 WGY8 TF7T I3IU VW57 NPOZ J824 V1QP B3BX NH41 N4SX KVRS J3J5 0EQT M4P8 D3MH YU0W PTJB R0ML BEAU CNE6 W2QD T8KX ADUM H2XI KJ5G ...
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The vision of Rishi Sunak

What Rishi Sunak said. I'm interested in setting out my vision for the country, and people can make their own judgement. What I would say is, you’ve got to take a stand on things. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me on everything, but people will have a clear idea of what I believe, what I stand for, and the direction in which I want to lead the country What he thought. I see a vision, yes, a vision. A barren, polluted wasteland where the people I have allowed still to live, covered ...
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Fuck the UK government

Here is a quote from this BBC news article: The government said its plan would: Review guidance on 20mph speed limits in England, to prevent their use in "areas where it's not appropriate" "Amend guidance" on LTNs "to focus on local consent", and weigh public support for those already introduced Stop councils implementing "15-minute cities", where essential amenities are always within a 15-minute walk Seek to reduce the hours where cars are banned from bus lanes Target "overzealous" enforcem...
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Assume Rishi Sunak is to blame

From now on, whenever some new climate-change-related catastrophe happens, I'm just going to treat it as if it was Rishi Sunak's fault. It's not entirely true, but it's close enough and it makes me feel better. Greece is on fire – Wow, thanks, Rishi! Half of England is underwater – Good work there, Rishi! Thousands of people have died in the latest heatwave – That's certainly going to help NHS waiting lists, Rishi, well done! It's probably useful to take the same approach to othe...
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Affirmative action

A survey of selective universities in six states found that they enrolled roughly 20% fewer black and Hispanic Americans in the years immediately after the bans than would otherwise have been the case. The number of black and Hispanic students admitted to California’s two most coveted public campuses—University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Berkeley—dropped by around 40% (the Hispanic share has since recovered strongly). [...] A recent study of 19 universities in st...
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Twitter is dead

A few days ago, Twitter started requiring people to be logged in to view tweets: not to post tweets, simply to see them at all. This requires you to do two things: you must have an account on Twitter which means that Twitter know things about who you are; you must be logged in to that account which means that Twitter know things about exactly which tweets you are viewing; Obviously such information will be used to profile you and, in the best case, to force advertising down your throat. It...
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Kleptocracy

When the English and Welsh water companies were privatised in 1989, the government took on their debt, about £5 billion in, I presume, 1989 pounds: so about £13 billion today. What that means is that the citizens of England and Wales (and probably Scotland as well) paid off this debt out of their own pockets. Since that time the water companies have paid about £72 billion in dividends to their shareholders: presumably considerably more when corrected for inflation. Today they have debts of £5...
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That musky odour

He talked about electric cars. I don't know anything about cars, so when people said he was a genius I figured he must be a genius. Then he talked about rockets. I don't know anything about rockets, so when people said he was a genius I figured he must be a genius. Now he talks about software. I happen to know a lot about software & Elon Musk is saying the stupidest shit I've ever heard anyone say, so when people say he's a genius I figure I should stay the hell away from his cars and rocke...
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Vacuous 3

Opinion | Peace? Complexity is the law of tomorrow. The issue of freedom of speech is not black and white. How will you navigate the complexities of this volatile cultural climate? Discover what you can do with the law of tomorrow, today at mishcon.com Mishcon de Reya Group It's business. But it's personal. – Advertisement in The Economist, 22nd April 2023 ...
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