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numpy is extraordinarily useful! That's indisputable. But parts of its interface are vicious. For example:

And people call nethack player-hostile!

Are there wrappers for numpy that place less priority on extreme conciseness and more on making mistakes hard?

Know what still gets software updates?

My Kobo eReader, a model that was released in 2013.

It is possible to support consumer devices for more than a year or two!

Linux on the Desktop 

These container-formats seem to be getting more popular as a way to distribute desktop applications.

A couple times a year I try to figure out what the deal is, but 😵.

Seems like one touted advantage is "sandboxing! Less risk to user?" but ... applications still need to be able to work with my files and input devices?

And Canonical has seemingly pigeonhole'd snaps as a Ubuntu-only thing, but Ubuntu already has a package manager?

and both snaps and flatpak still require root to install apps?

I do not grok. Explainers (oriented toward desktop use) or "don't worry about it; go with whatever the app's packaging maintainer likes" feedbacks solicited.

Today I learned that the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization don't believe there's a "black mold" that's unusually toxic.

It's still true that you generally don't want to breathe a ton of mold spores, some people have mold allergies, and you should minimize molds in environments for immunocompromised people, but there's not one color or species of mold that's a lot more dangerous than the others.

NBC got their television network going in 1947.

The traditional definition of Baby Boomer describes those born 1946 – 1964.

Network television and televised sitcoms are literally Boomers, raised together by the Silent Generation in the wake of World War 2.

Have you ever tried to get the cover off of one of these incandescent-bulb-sized LED lamps?

It's a hilarious exercise for those of us who grew up thinking of light bulbs as the most fragile of things that would crack and implode if you sneezed wrong.

I have put this thing under the leg of a chair and sat on it and it barely cares.

Hey, if you're a person who likes to have serious thoughts about competitive sports and gender, I have found the 14 kiloword article for you:

That's it: Self-destructing posts are like the *opposite* of pinned-posts.

You pin a post when it has something you want all future visitors to see it when they look up your page.

You make a self-destructing post if it's okay that some people see it now, while it's timely, but that you don't want to leave a big pile of on the profile that introduces you.

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For a long time I didn't get the appeal of the time-limited social media content (e.g. Snapchat, 24-hour Insta stories, etc). Why would you post anything to a network if you didn't want it to be referenceable forever?

I'm slowly coming around to it.

Sure, both the host and anyone with read access to your feed _could_ capture it and archive or redistribute it, so don't trick yourself into thinking those aren't still risks. But it filters the audience a bit (in some self-selecting way I probably don't understand too well), and it's a way to share things that don't accumulate on your profile page as it's seen by future visitors.

peeve (😾) 

How did plastic straws get banned before gas-powered leaf blowers?

infotainment high-five apophenia markup language support system


fae (xe/xyr): may i have your pronouns?
me (they/them): sure! they/them
fae (they/them): thanks :)
me ( / ): wait


After seeing this clip

I went on a little exploration of triple pendulums last night.

There was a kinetic sculpture artist here in Oregon, Ken Patton, who did a lot of neat stuff, including rotation in more dimensions:

Doikayt: A Jewish TTRPG Anthology

I have no additional commentary; the tagline is likely enough to pique your interest if it's your kind of thing. I was excited to be told this is a thing that exists!

necessary rider for all Kickstarter links:

I support the efforts of the Kickstarter staff who are working to form a union, as do the organizers of this campaign! At this time, Kickstarter United is not calling for a boycott, but is asking management to

re: worker's rights (United States; Oregon, California) 

tl;dr: Is it legal for an employer to require you to pay for the things they require you to have to do your job for them?

Not always! Check local labor laws. Especially if you're at or near minimum wage. Especially if California laws may apply!

If it's not in law, it's also a reasonable thing to put in an employment agreement! So also check with your union rep to see if they've negotiated for these sorts of protections in your contract.

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re: worker's rights (United States; Oregon, California) 

That's right: if your job in California requires you to use your personal phone, your employer should be reimbursing some nonzero part of your phone costs, on top of any wages.

This is probably part of the reason why it's such a big hecking deal for California to classify drivers of ride-hailing companies (or Transportation Network Companies) as employees: California is much more serious about not pushing operating expenses to employees.

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re: worker's rights (United States; Oregon, California) 

One important California ruling happened in 2014, in the case of Cochran v. Schwan's Home Service:

> Does an employer always have to reimburse an employee for the reasonable expense of the mandatory use of a personal cell phone, or is the reimbursement obligation limited to the situation in which the employee incurred an extra expense that he or she would not have otherwise incurred absent the job? The answer is that reimbursement is always required. Otherwise, the employer would receive a windfall because it would be passing its operating expenses onto the employee. Thus, to be in compliance with section 2802, the employer must pay some reasonable percentage of the employee's cell phone bill.

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re: worker's rights (United States; Oregon, California) 

The other caveat to that "equipment shall be provided" line is

> except that an employee whose wages are at least two (2) times the minimum wage provided
herein may be required to provide and maintain hand tools and equipment customarily required by the trade or craft.

"customarily required by the trade" sounds like it could have a lot of room for interpretation, so maybe that's something for case law.

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re: worker's rights (United States; Oregon, California) 

The Wage Orders vary by industry (there are 17 versions!), and that section doesn't apply to persons employed in "administrative, executive, or professional capacities" and I think "professional" is a really unfortunate choice of words there given that the line DIRECTLY before that reads

> This order shall apply to all persons employed in professional [...] and similar occupations

so I guess a person can be employed in a professional occupation in either a professional or non-professional capacity?

They do define all these things.

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