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20 Jun 15:28

The Power Macintosh G5

by 65scribe

The Power Macintosh G5 was was released in 2003 into a sea of technological challenges and change. What looked like the next great chapter for PowerPC ended up bringing it to an end. I talk about how it all went down and interesting details about the machine along the way. From the 1.6GHz low-end machine to the top-end "G5 Quad". The all-metal accessible case, the water-cooled CPU, 64-bit, OS X, new monitors and a karaoke machine companion product.
20 Jun 14:36

Electric vs Gas

An idling gas engine may be annoyingly loud, but that's the price you pay for having WAY less torque available at a standstill.
20 Jun 09:37

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Control

by Zach Weinersmith


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I think if we just convince AI that it committed an original sin, we can get it to feel guilty.


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19 Jun 18:22

The time smart quotes prevented the entire Office division from committing code

by Raymond Chen

A colleague told a story of how he once broke the entire Office division’s ability to check in code because he accidentally checked in a syntax error to the script that is used to verify that your proposed change has satisfied all the pre-submit requirements such as passing static analysis and unit testing.¹

Since the script was now failing, all attempts to check in code were being blocked, including the attempts to fix the script itself!

In order to get things working again, they had to find someone who had access to the console of the machine that runs the validation tests and manually edit the script so that the script repair check-in would pass its own validation.

Just another example of I HAVE NO TOOLS BECAUSE I’VE DESTROYED MY TOOLS WITH MY TOOLS.

¹ The error was caused by smart quotes being used by mistake instead of straight quotes. He doesn’t know how they snuck in, and the two styles of quotation marks were sufficiently similar that it eluded everyone’s notice.

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19 Jun 17:27

Nation’s White Liberals Announce They Have Successfully Completed Listening

19 Jun 17:26

New Library Of Congress Exhibit Features Items Removed From Stomachs Of U.S. Senators

WASHINGTON—Providing intimate insight into the digestive tracts of some of the most prominent lawmakers in our nation’s history, a new Library of Congress exhibit opening Wednesday features items removed from the stomachs of deceased U.S. senators. “We’re excited for visitors to see the strange and exciting objects…

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19 Jun 17:26

Elmer’s Unveils New Super Sticky Glue Park

WESTERVILLE, OH—Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a thunderous round of applause from the thousands of ticket holders lined up to be among the first in line for its rides, the long-awaited Elmer’s Super Sticky Glue Park officially opened to the public Wednesday. “Who’s going to ride Paste Mountain today?” said…

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19 Jun 17:26

23 Sets Of Twins Graduate From One Middle School

Twenty-three sets of fraternal and identical twins graduated from Pollard Middle School in Needham, MA, where they made up 10% of the total class. What do you think?

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19 Jun 11:47

former coworker stole my work and keeps contacting me for help

by Ask a Manager

This post was written by Alison Green and published on Ask a Manager.

A reader writes:

I have a weird issue that I need help with. My former coworker, Lulu, joined my company about seven years ago as a relatively inexperienced but enthusiastic junior team member. I trained her on some of her duties and, due to the nature of our jobs, we worked closely together for a time.

All was (mostly) well, but I noticed Lulu’s sensitivity and immaturity about some things, mostly about feeling “left out” of projects that didn’t concern her. Because she would claim to be hurt and disappointed by being left out, our manager began including her in recurring meetings she didn’t need to be in. She’d rarely contribute to these meetings but insist on attending; often, we’d need to move the meeting to accommodate her increasingly messy calendar, which was full of all the meetings she insisted on joining. If we didn’t move the meeting at her request, she’d have an urgent meeting with our boss, complaining that we were going behind her back.

Lulu received a significant promotion a few years into her tenure, and her behavior worsened. In meetings with my team, she’d bring up how being “left out” negatively impacted her work. We’d explain that she didn’t need to worry about the project in question, and then at meetings with our mutual manager present, she’d repeat the whole performance again with more dramatic flair.

She also started claiming ownership of things only tenuously related to her job. At one point, I created a company account on a free software tool for other departments to do work related to a specific project. Lulu complained that due to the nature of the software tool, she should have been consulted before anyone opened the account or used it. In other words, she was very good at borrowing trouble where there wasn’t any and bogging down workflows due to her own hurt feelings and self-importance.

I was supposed to continue working with Lulu, but it was extremely difficult. Several times, I approached her about working collaboratively on new initiatives, but regardless of how I worded the request, she interpreted the conversation as me trying to tell her what to do. Maddeningly, Lulu frequently did tell me how to do my job. The only way to work with her was to give her “approval” power, even when it made no sense. This grated on me because she was very green in many areas of her own job, and not at all knowledgeable about mine. So, eventually, I just avoided working with her whenever possible. Our team performance suffered because of this, but since our boss coddled Lulu there was nothing more to do about it.

A month or so ago, Lulu got another job and resigned. In the days leading up to her departure, she quizzed me intensely on my day-to-day work, asking how I did or approached certain things. This tripped a wire in my brain, and after Lulu left my company, I looked at our internal knowledge center and discovered she’d “checked out” and downloaded several of my own guides, frameworks, and templates.

She is now essentially doing my job at her new company – the same title/type of work, but also literally my job because she’s using all my collateral, which I also suspect she used to get the job in the first place.

The latest development is that she periodically emails me and asks for help. These emails are obsequious in tone and are things she could easily google for herself. I can’t decide if she thinks I’m dumb enough to help her out or if she believes she is so charming that I couldn’t possibly resist her request.

I am torn between pretending I don’t get these emails (or just responding half-heartedly enough that it’s no longer worth her time to even send them) or telling her outright to figure things out for herself. She made my job incredibly difficult for years; I am not inclined to help her.

If this were a movie, you could send her bad advice, which she would then steal, ultimately torpedoing her career due to her own incompetence and underhandedness. You, meanwhile, would get a promotion and also a handsome boyfriend.

This not a movie, so don’t do that. But you definitely don’t need to help or even respond to her emails at all. Just ignore them.

If you feel awkward doing that, the next best thing is to take a long time to respond and then, when you finally do, be vague and unhelpful — or just say, “Sorry, I’m swamped right now and I don’t want to hold you up, so don’t wait on me.”

But really, you could just ignore her. Set her emails to go straight into your trash if you want. You don’t owe this person who made your life difficult, and who apparently stole your work, anything. You definitely don’t owe her help doing her new job.

If you could prove she had stolen your work — or your company’s property, more broadly — and taken it to her next company where she was presenting it as her own, that would be worth tipping off your boss about. Your company might have Feelings about that kind of theft (especially if she’s at a competitor, but even if she’s not), but it doesn’t sound like there’s conclusive enough evidence to go in that direction (even though I agree with you that it looks pretty clear), especially given your boss’s coddling of Lulu.

19 Jun 05:34

Newest U.S. Aid Mission Just Single PowerBar Labeled ‘For Gaza’ Thrown Into Ocean

WASHINGTON—With more than 2 million displaced Palestinians facing the threat of famine, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced Monday it had fulfilled its pledge to provide food assistance, throwing a single PowerBar labeled “for Gaza” into the Atlantic Ocean. USAID reportedly alerted the war-torn…

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19 Jun 05:34

Mortified Baby Hopes No One Notices She Shit Herself In Grocery Store

19 Jun 05:34

That Show That’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ But Not Called That Has Record-Breaking Season Premiere

19 Jun 05:33

Report: Every Place On Earth Has Wrong Amount Of Water

RESTON, VA—A new global report released Monday by the U.S. Geological Survey revealed that every place on earth currently has the wrong amount of water. “New satellite data confirms that every corner of the earth has the incorrect quantity of water,” the report read in part, noting that even though the total amount…

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19 Jun 05:33

Biden Will Not Commute Son Hunter’s Sentence

President Joe Biden stated that he will not use his power as commander in chief to lessen the sentence of his son Hunter, who was convicted on felony gun charges and faces up to 25 years in prison. What do you think?

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19 Jun 05:32

Woman Makes It Through Another Day Having Strange Interactions That Make Everyone Uncomfortable

HOUSTON—Exhausted from her 16-hour shift of failing to meet an already very low bar of behavioral norms, local woman Zoe Briers told reporters Tuesday she had made it through another day having strange interactions that made everyone uncomfortable. “From the moment my neighbor said ‘Good morning’ and I just stared at…

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19 Jun 05:32

Megabus Declares Bankruptcy

Coach USA, which owns Megabus lines connecting New York and New Jersey, filed for bankruptcy following a decline in ridership, with the company owing creditors between $100 and $500 million. What do you think?

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19 Jun 05:31

Storms, heavy rainfall should be manageable for Houston today and Wednesday

by Eric Berger

In brief: We’re starting to see a few bands of showers move into the Houston region from a ‘potential’ tropical storm in the Southern Gulf of Mexico. However, as we have observed over the last day or two, the threat of sustained heavy rainfall and flooding in the Houston area continues to decrease. We’re still watching things closely over the next 24 hours, but we don’t anticipate major problems in the metro area.

NOAA rain accumulation forecast for now through Thursday night. (Weather Bell)

Airports and severe weather

Let us begin this post with question: My wife is flying into Bush Intercontinental Airport on Wednesday shortly after noon. Do you think her flight will be canceled with the storms?

It turns out this is a trick question! The wife in question is actually my wife. She really is flying into Houston tomorrow. Matt and I frequently receive questions regarding air travel and inclement weather, and I totally get the anxiety. However, neither of us are aviation meteorologists nor pilots. Unfortunately, we don’t have any special expertise or insight into the decision-making at airports that lead to flight stoppages, nor the cancellation of flights. We try to be helpful, but we’re never going to be able to give you the certainty on this issue that readers want. So I’ll give you the same answer I gave my wife: Probably not. Maybe. But probably not.

Before jumping into the post, I want to take care of a couple of housekeeping notes. If you’re wondering how to find us via email, our free app, or social media channels, please find all of those details here. Secondly, while this tropical system is increasingly unlikely to have serious weather consequences for the Houston area, that is not necessarily the case for southern Texas and Mexico. For more information about those sites, please check out The Eyewall. And finally, please find a brief message from our sponsor, Reliant, at the end of this post. Their support helps keep us online, and free for all.

Tuesday evening and Tuesday night

I anticipate that we’ll continue to see on-and-off showers and thunderstorms across the Houston metro area through this evening and during the overnight hours. Based on current model trends and radar activity, some of these showers may be briefly heavy, but we’re not seeing the kind of training storms that will lead to significant or widespread flooding. Some coastal areas may pick up 1 to 3 inches this afternoon and tonight, but most of us will see less than this.

Wednesday

Some time on Wednesday morning, possibly during the pre-dawn hours, more organized storms should move into the Houston area from the coast. Traveling from east to west, some of these showers may bring bursts of intense rainfall, and there could be some street flooding. This is a potential issue for the morning commute, especially for locations along and south of Interstate 10. Due to this potential for street flooding, we are maintaining a Stage 1 flood alert for the Houston region.

By Wednesday afternoon I think shower activity will start to become a bit more sporadic, but the potential for tropical rainfall will remain in place through the evening hours.

Potential Tropical Cyclone 1 will remain in the southern Gulf of Mexico. (National Hurricane Center)

Rest of the week

We’ll transition to a pattern of more scattered showers on Thursday and Friday. Rain chances aren’t going to go away, but I also don’t think we’re going to be at any great risk of flooding. The gusty winds we’re experiencing today should persist into Thursday morning, by which time the “potential tropical cyclone” should move into Mexico.

Needless to say, we’re watching the evolution of these storms closely, and if there’s a change in our thinking we’ll post promptly.

A message from Reliant

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  1. Reliant’s Storm Preparedness Checklist is a good place to start when thinking through what you need in place, like an emergency kit, go bag and communications plan with loved ones.
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  3. Check out more preparedness tips and recovery resources at ReliantStormCenter.com. The site provides resources for before, during and after a storm, including preparedness checklists and evacuation routes, weather and power outage updates, flood maps, safety tips and more.

Just like the summer heat, storms are a part of life in Texas, so being prepared is critical. Reliant is proud to power Space City Weather and help bring this important resource to Houstonians and our neighbors.

16 Jun 13:55

Completing the Apple IIc Upgrade Experience

by Great Hierophant

The Apple IIc, while a great little system, has a great deal of upgrade potential. In a previous blog entry I talked about the Mockingboard 4c, which is one of the most interesting upgrades for the system, but there are other upgrades worth discussing that may not be worthy of a full blog entry. So here are some of my thoughts and review of some other upgrade options for the original IIc.

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You say "obsessed" as if it is a bad thing.
16 Jun 13:38

Supreme Court rejects challenge to FDA’s approval of mifepristone

by Nina Totenberg, NPR
The court said that the challengers, a group called the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, had no right to be in court at all since neither the organization nor its members could show they had suffered any concrete injury.
16 Jun 13:37

Candidate for Fort Bend County Commissioner Taral Patel arrested for online impersonation

by Natalie Weber, Fort Bend County Bureau
He's facing a third degree felony charge of online impersonation and a misdemeanor charge of misrepresentation of identity.
16 Jun 13:35

High-ranking gang leader arrested at Houston airport on terrorism charges

by Pili Saravia
Cesar Humberto Lopez-Larios was charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, finance terrorism and commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.
16 Jun 13:35

Alex Jones faces day of reckoning over what he owes Sandy Hook families

by Tovia Smith, NPR
A judge is expected to tell Jones to sell off assets. But the families are likely to get only a tiny fraction of the nearly $1.5 billion in damages Jones owes for lies about the 2012 school shooting.
16 Jun 13:34

Texas Supreme Court halts payments under Uplift Harris

by Andrew Schneider
Harris County’s pilot guaranteed income program was designed to provide $500 monthly payments for 18 months to roughly 1,900 low-income families. The Texas Attorney General’s Office argued that violates the state’s constitution.
16 Jun 13:34

Houston BCycle to shut down at end of June after 12-year ride

by Adam Zuvanich
The nonprofit bike-sharing network had planned to keep operating until METRO, the region's transit provider, could launch a system of its own. It is unclear whether the latter will happen.
16 Jun 13:10

What's with all the tiny soda cans? And other grocery store mysteries, solved.

by Jeff Guo

There's a behind the scenes industry that helps big brands decide questions like: How big should a bag of chips be? What's the right size for a bottle of shampoo? And yes, also: When should a company do a little shrinkflation?

From Cookie Monster to President Biden, everybody is complaining about shrinkflation these days. But when we asked the packaging and pricing experts, they told us that shrinkflation is just one move in a much larger, much weirder 4-D chess game.

The name of that game is "price pack architecture." This is the idea that you shouldn't just sell your product in one or two sizes. You should sell your product in a whole range of different sizes, at a whole range of different price points. Over the past 15 years, price pack architecture has completely changed how products are marketed and sold in the United States.

Today, we are going on a shopping cart ride-along with one of those price pack architects. She's going to pull back the curtain and show us why some products are getting larger while others are getting smaller, and tell us about the adorable little soda can that started it all.

By the end of the episode, you'll never look at a grocery store the same way again.

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16 Jun 13:06

Comic for 2024.06.16 - Nerf

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic
16 Jun 08:15

City of Calgary declares state of local emergency over catastrophic water main break

A pipe is pictured from an aerial view.

City says state of emergency allows for more co-ordination of action, and is an indicator of the seriousness of the situation.

16 Jun 07:57

French protesters turn out to oppose far-right shift ahead of snap election

by Juliana Kim
Demonstrators rallied against the far right in France on Saturday.

In Paris, tens of thousands of people gathered in the Place de la République and marched through eastern Paris.

(Image credit: Laure Boyer)

16 Jun 07:57

Biden says the next president may get to name two Supreme Court justices

by Deepa Shivaram
President Biden speaks next to former President Barack Obama onstage during a campaign fundraiser in Los Angeles on June 15,

Former President Donald Trump cemented the conservative majority on the Supreme Court. If Trump wins again, Biden said "one of the scariest parts" would be his power to fill upcoming vacancies.

(Image credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

16 Jun 07:56

House of Commons takes action to ensure foreign state interference stops getting in way of domestic corporate interference

by Mary Gillis

OTTAWA – The House of Commons has voted unanimously for a bill that will crack down on the ability of foreign states to influence federal politicians who rightfully owe their allegiance to Canadian businesses and billionaires. “If the allegations are true, Canadian parliamentarians collaborating with foreign governments is unacceptable,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. “Elected […]

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