☆ Yσɠƚԋσʂ ☆
  • 439 Posts
Joined 3Y ago
Cake day: Jan 18, 2020


Yup, US has been running around and trying to get all its vassals to stop selling chips to China.

Not yet as far as I know, but I hope we’ll start seeing them in the near future.

It’s 642.5 light years away, so it will have blown up that long ago if we see it blow up now. However, it’s not really clear that it will actually blow.

People in the west are getting increasingly salty seeing China outpace the west in science and technology. After decades of being told that China isn’t able to innovate and it’s just stealing western tech the fact that China is rapidly outpacing the west technologically is a hard pill for them to swallow.

The reality is that everybody knows that US bans Chinese companies in order to hobble China technologically and economically. US officials say this openly. China is retaliating in kind now and turns out US can dish it out but can’t take it. At the end of the day US can’t dictate to China what technology China will use or what companies they will work with. Deciding that is China’s sovereign right.

I don’t need a project management tool at the moment, but gonna keep an eye on it. These kinds of tools can be pretty useful, and nice to have an open source option.

Three Chinese firms, BYD, Chery and JAC, plan on releasing these next-generation sodium-ion cars for public sale later this year. Downside of sodium batteries is shorter range of 200 to 300 kilometres compared to 300 and 500 for lithium batteries. That’s perfect for people whose main journeys are to work or school or to nearby towns, but who don’t make road trips across the country.

Being an utter ignoramus is sort of a prerequisite for being a liberal. Once a person learns a modicum of history, then it quickly becomes impossible to reconcile reality with liberal ideology.

What’s even more wild is that many Americans are convinced that they have the best healthcare in the world.

not sure about that one, I’m guessing if there’s a CME event then a lot :)

A day on Mercury is around 59 Earth days, so you’d basically just have to move across the surface at a relatively slow speed to stay out of the day side.

technically you just have to stay on the dark side of Mercury and it’ll be plenty cool :)

Yeah, this kind of tech absolutely needs to be developed in the open and stay accessible to regular people. Absolute worst case scenario is that corps start hoarding it.

I imagine there are much better ways to produce power available once you’re at a technological level that allows you to build Dyson spheres. :)

Yeah, that’s pretty exciting. Hopefully China accomplishes this ahead of schedule as they have a habit of doing with large scale projects.

You can’t run the same scale models on consumer hardware, but it is possible to use something like Petals to run distributed models torrent style. The core tech is fairly well understood, and the main barrier comes in form of computing power and having access to training data.

Sure, GNU is the best example of this. I do think this applies to any projects people develop because they’re interested in building something they want to share, even if they don’t use a decent copyleft license.

I’d make a related point about open source development. Many large scale projects are developed as open source without any financial incentive. These projects are just as complex as anything commercial companies can produce.

Open source development completely dismantles arguments that people won’t work without a profit motive, that you need capitalism for innovation, or that you can’t organize labour without a traditional company structure.

It looks like they just did a big release in the past couple of weeks.

Yeah, my experience with Thunderbird has been that it’s functional, but UI isn’t great and it’s a bit of a resource hog.

Now they get to experience what living under an actual oppressive regime is like.

oh yeah I use that feature all the time as well, ssh is full of gems :)

Yeah, these models take a lot of juice to run unfortunately. Until either hardware gets a lot cheaper, or models get a lot more efficient it’s going to be prohibitive for most people to run them locally. Stuff like pruning is actually really promising on the latter front.

Looks like the latest version streams output from one command to the other. For example, when I run for i in (seq 1 5); sleep 1; echo $i; end | cat I see the numbers show up one at a time.

I’ve been using fish for years, and highly recommend it. In particular, I find that fish has excellent contextual completion based on folder as well as great highlighting.

The real cleverness lies in being able to write code that seems self evident in hindsight. Anybody can write convoluted code that’s impossible read after, but it’s a lot harder to express the problem using simple and clear code. The ability to understand a complex problem then express it using clean and maintainable code is what separates junior developers from senior ones.