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Enema_Cowboy

@Enema_Cowboy@dotnet.social

Software Developer. Blue Geezer in TX. Veteran. EVE Online player. Fan of pop-culture image responses. I like to cook, but I'm not very good at it.

I block MAGAs, "Conservative Christians", self-described patriots, chuds, crypto-bros, anti-vaxxers and other assorted louts.

Location: Fort Worth, TX

#CSharp #FSharp @GraphTheory

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TonyStark, to random
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Bolts are being replaced by Blazers at Chevy but the U.S has definitely made an affordable EV. If you qualify for the rebate, and especially if your state has its own, it’s much cheaper than an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicle.

That’s just upfront. Then consider that maintenance is roughly 30% less and you’ll typically pay 30-60% less on energy/mile compared to an ICEV. Article from January but still.

The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt Is Now A $19,995 EV Bargain:
https://insideevs.com/news/702789/chevrolet-bolt-ev-19995-dollars/

Enema_Cowboy,
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@TonyStark
Texas has a $400 initial registration surcharge, and a $200 renewal surcharge for electric vehicles.

Enema_Cowboy,
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@TonyStark
All while claiming to hate taxation and market choices.

SallyStrange, to scifi
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10 authors, of whose books I've read at least five:

Ursula Le Guin
Kim Stanley Robinson
Octavia Butler
N. K. Jemisin
Becky Chambers
Iain M. Banks
Martha Wells
M. R. Carey
Lois McMaster Bujold
Vonda McIntyre


@bookstodon

Enema_Cowboy,
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@greybeard @SteveClough @n0madz @SallyStrange @bookstodon

The Day of the Triffids author?

Enema_Cowboy,
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@SteveClough @greybeard @n0madz @SallyStrange @bookstodon

I need to read Mudwich Cuckoos.

StillIRise1963, to random
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In the future, people will ask wtf did “google it” mean.

Enema_Cowboy,
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@StillIRise1963 "Keep on truckin'."

vaurora, to random
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Have you ever hired a consultant, or been hired as a consultant, to fix a technical problem that turned out to be a non-technical problem? If so, what do you think the early warning signs were?

My (anonymized) stories of being the consultant in this situation are in the replies

Enema_Cowboy,
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@exchgr @vaurora

Sometimes companies will only listen to something if they have to pay money to do it.

What's really wild is when companies have to bring in an outside professional meeting facilitator. The facilitator's job was mainly to get the participants to follow the meeting agenda. I had my arm twisted into being a scribe for one of these in which two departments had to meet for joint project. It was clear that both the departments hated each other.

lauren, to random
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It appears that the first criminal trial of an ex-U.S. president in history will indeed begin this coming Monday in NYC. The ghost of Nixon is probably smiling.

Enema_Cowboy,
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@lauren @weaselx86

Who would have thought that Spiro Agnew would be a paragon of propriety in comparison to several Supreme Court Justices?

darnell, to ai
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Note to self: never take legal from an #AI robot.

👉🏾 NYC's AI chatbot was caught telling businesses to break the law. The city isn't taking it down | AP News https://apnews.com/article/new-york-city-chatbot-misinformation-6ebc71db5b770b9969c906a7ee4fae21

Enema_Cowboy,
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@darnell Future NYC jurors take note!

Theblueone, (edited ) to random
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I’m 56 years old. Which means I’m about to endure my fourth cycle of twenty-something year old dudes discovering the weight room and Ayn Rand shit like they’ve just unlocked Enlightenment itself and by god I’m fucking so tired of it. And now they have podcasts.

Enema_Cowboy,
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@Theblueone

"Since 1973, however, free-market theorists had re-emerged, vociferous and confident, to blame endemic economic recession and attendant woes upon ‘big government’ and the dead hand of taxation and planning that it placed upon national energies and initiative...
1/2

Enema_Cowboy,
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@Theblueone …In many places this rhetorical strategy was quite seductive to younger voters with no first-hand experience of the baneful consequences of such views the last time they had gained intellectual ascendancy, half a century before. But only in Britain were the political disciples of Hayek and Friedman able to seize control of public policy and wreak a radical transformation in the country’s political culture."

  • Tony Judt, Postwar
TopWKone, to random

Sounds like the plot of a Laundry files book by @cstross

Enema_Cowboy,
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@TopWKone
Blipdopoolp?
@cstross @Lazarou

StillIRise1963, to random
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If you don’t have enough money to tip your server, then you don’t have enough money to go to dinner.

Enema_Cowboy,
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@StillIRise1963 Just going to Five Guys for a burger, fries, and drinks is $21, so I'd I hope they have financing department.

shoq, (edited ) to random
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I’ve never believed capital punishment would deter criminals. But I’ve never been as certain that guillotines wouldn’t deter plutocrats and fascists.

Enema_Cowboy,
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@shoq I've been thinking that the US should try an experiment on the efficacy of capital punishment. We could expand it to cover political corruption and after 20 years, we could see if it is indeed a deterrence.

StillIRise1963, to random
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Today is the first day of Spring. I only remembered that because I hear leaf blowers.☹️

Enema_Cowboy,
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@StillIRise1963 No festivals to celebrate the return of the Goddesses of Spring/Agriculture?

Enema_Cowboy,
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@StillIRise1963 Our Bradford Pear tree has already dumped its flowers.

GottaLaff, (edited ) to legal
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1/…

has been unable to get bond for $464 million judgment, his lawyers say

In a filing to an appeals court, Trump's attorneys said getting the bond needed to halt proceedings while they appeal is a "practical impossibility." https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-unable-get-bond-464-million-judgment-lawyers-say-rcna143860

Enema_Cowboy,
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@GottaLaff How deep are the RNC's pockets?

drahardja, (edited ) to random
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Oh hey, the Attorney General of Indiana has published a snitch line for schools that teach LGBTQ+ issues, or make Woke materials available to their students!

Here’s the URL. Use it responsibly. Don’t use it to report Godzilla flying the Trans flag or anything like that, ok?

https://in.accessgov.com/attorneygeneral/Forms/Page/attorneygeneral/education-transparency-form/1

Enema_Cowboy,
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dyckron, to random

Orbán's party boycotts a session of Hungary's parliament to further stall Sweden's bid to join NATO
https://apnews.com/article/hungary-orban-party-boycotts-sweden-nato-vote-4357681b8ca9aa20d594d4d71a447027

Enema_Cowboy,
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@dyckron
Imre Nagy turns in his grave.

jmac, (edited ) to nyc
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Lovely profile of Flaco, absolutely the most famous living animal in #NYC, on the occasion of the first anniversary of his zoo escape. He’s stayed in the city the whole time, a gorgeous and inspiring neighbor to millions, dining on rats. https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/02/nyregion/flaco-owl-central-park-zoo.html?searchResultPosition=1

Enema_Cowboy,
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@jmac So it is Flaco Liberation Day? There is a dearth of reason to take the day off. 😎

skaeth, to books
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What are your thoughts on DNF (Did Not Finish)-ing books? Do you feel guilty about it? Do you worry you missed out on something? Or are you confident in dropping a book and reaching for the next one?

At what point are you most likely to DNF, if ever? What sorts of things cause you to DNF?

My friend, book blogger Kriti, was musing on these questions a while back, and it sparked this new post: https://armedwithabook.com/dealing-with-dnf-the-practice-of-did-not-finish/

@bookstodon

Enema_Cowboy,
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@dbsalk @skaeth @bluGill I was good, except for skimming through the poems and songs.

Enema_Cowboy,
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@enno @skaeth @bluGill @bookstodon

Do you think those books would look okay in a Kindle format? Some books that have a lot of maps in them are difficult to read on a Kindle device (Oasis).

Enema_Cowboy,
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@skaeth
I should have stopped with the first Dune book.
@mvilain @bluGill @bookstodon

Enema_Cowboy,
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Enema_Cowboy,
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Lignedescience, to random French

Le taureau fait plus peur que le cafard, mais dégoûte moins.
L'araignée perd sur les deux tableaux...
Les deux opposés : 🐱 / 🕷️
#creepycrawlies #AnimalStudies
https://knowablemagazine.org/article/living-world/2023/everyone-should-start-counting-spiders

Enema_Cowboy,
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@Lignedescience

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