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we've replaced final, final(2), really final, now really done, etc. in filenames with the same text in commit messages. is this progress?

New post on my blog. You can read it here: https://matduggan.com/ai-is/

I posted this on the other site as well but thought you all would enjoy it.

@CarlMuckenhoupt what happens if you enter 90 for seconds?

it works on my mom's ~ 40 year old microwave.

@evan identi.ca/self created on 30 july 2009. didn't use it as much after the switch to pump.io

there are no bicycles in night city.

Any system that reduces the world to numbers can only be held in place by weapons, whether these are swords and clubs, or, nowadays, "smart bombs" from unmanned drones.

-- Debt: The First 5,000 Years

@Edent i assume the money given to the charity shop supports a local venture that helps people. i vote for charity.

i used to buy a lot of books from used bookstores instead; i almost never pirated them. but in both cases, my purchase (or "theft") could never benefit the author or publisher.

We are, nowadays, used to associating factories eighteen months in arrears for wages with a nation in economic free-fall, such as occurred during the collapse of the Soviet Union; but owing to the hard-money policies of the British government, who were always concerned above all to ensure that their paper money didn’t float away in another speculative bubble, in the early days of industrial capitalism, such a situation was in no way unusual. Even the government was often unable to find the cash to pay its own employees. In eighteenth-century London, the Royal Admiralty was regularly over a year behind in paying the wages of those who labored at the Deptford docks—one reason that they were willing to tolerate the appropriation of chips, not to mention hemp, canvas, steel bolts, and cordage. In fact, as Linebaugh has shown, the situation only really began to take recognizable form around 1800, when the government stabilized its finances, began paying cash wages on schedule, and therefore tried to abolish the practice of what was now relabeled “workplace pilfering”—which, meeting outraged resistance on the part of the dockworkers, was made punishable by whipping and imprisonment. Samuel Bentham, the engineer put in charge of reforming the dockyards, had to turn them into a regular police state in order to be able to institute a regime of pure wage labor—to which purpose he ultimately conceived the notion of building a giant tower in the middle to guarantee constant surveillance, an idea that was later borrowed by his brother Jeremy for the famous Panopticon.

There was a man of Sung who was strolling in the street and picked up a half tally someone had lost. He took it home and stored it away, and secretly counted the indentations of the broken edge. He told a neighbor: “I shall be rich any day now.”

@erincandescent is this something you could call with the //go:generate directive?

@boutell @louis over a decade ago i used a vps for a work site that slowed down massively in the afternoons. i suspect i shared the hardware with a site that used a lot of i/o or something. my solution was to pre-render page templates twice a day and store them in redis with a ttl of three days. pre-rendering them meant it took very little cpu to push them to the browser, and keeping them in memory meant almost no disk i/o for most of the day.

it took a total of 140-150 kbyte/page (there were three variations) and there were about 700 pages in all.

using redis instead of memcached meant if the vps rebooted unexpectedly or something, it could still load up the page templates from disk and be up and running within seconds.

When coins go out of circulation, after all, the metal doesn’t simply disappear. In the Middle Ages—and this seems to have been true across Eurasia—the vast majority of it ended up in religious establishments, churches, monasteries, and temples, either stockpiled in hoards and treasuries or gilded onto or cast into altars, sanctums, and sacred instruments. Above all, it was shaped into images of gods. As a result, those rulers who did try to put an Axial Age–style coinage system back into circulation—invariably, to fund some project of military expansion—often had to pursue self-consciously anti-religious policies in order to do so. Probably the most notorious was one Harsa, who ruled Kashmir from 1089 to 1101 AD, who is said to have appointed an officer called the “Superintendent for the Destruction of the Gods.” According to later histories, Harsa employed leprous monks to systematically desecrate divine images with urine and excrement, thus neutralizing their power, before dragging them off to be melted down. He is said to have destroyed more than four thousand Buddhist establishments before being betrayed and killed, the last of his dynasty—and his miserable fate was long held out as an example of where the revival of the old ways was likely to lead one in the end.

-- Debt, The First 5,000 Years

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