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The key caps use LCD displays for all the vowels, so they can automatically adjust over the years to reflect ongoing vowel shifts while allowing you to keep typing phonetically.
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sulrich
161 days ago
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well this hit a little close to home.
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NielsRak
160 days ago
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I like how the name reads like 'X-Key-Borked'
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The key caps use LCD displays for all the vowels, so they can automatically adjust over the years to reflect ongoing vowel shifts while allowing you to keep typing phonetically.

Unicorns Found!

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Dr. Jorge Pérez, an evolutionary biologist from the University of La Paz, and several companions, were exploring the Andes Mountains when they found a small valley, with no other animals or humans. Pérez noticed that the valley had what appeared to be a natural fountain, surrounded by two peaks of rock and silver snow.

Pérez and the others then ventured further into the valley. “By the time we reached the top of one peak, the water looked blue, with some crystals on top,” said Pérez.

Pérez and his friends were astonished to see the unicorn herd. These creatures could be seen from the air without having to move too much to see them – they were so close they could touch their horns.

While examining these bizarre creatures the scientists discovered that the creatures also spoke some fairly regular English. Pérez stated, “We can see, for example, that they have a common ‘language,’ something like a dialect or dialectic.”

Dr. Pérez believes that the unicorns may have originated in Argentina, where the animals were believed to be descendants of a lost race of people who lived there before the arrival of humans in those parts of South America.

While their origins are still unclear, some believe that perhaps the creatures were created when a human and a unicorn met each other in a time before human civilization. According to Pérez, “In South America, such incidents seem to be quite common.”

However, Pérez also pointed out that it is likely that the only way of knowing for sure if unicorns are indeed the descendants of a lost alien race is through DNA. “But they seem to be able to communicate in English quite well, which I believe is a sign of evolution, or at least a change in social organization,” said the scientist.

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sulrich
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sweet.
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Watch Denzel Curry Cover Rage Against The Machine’s “Bulls On Parade”

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Denzel-CurryIf you went to high school in the '90s, you almost definitely saw someone cover Rage Against The Machine's 1996 monster-banger "Bulls On Parade" at least once. Maybe you covered the song yourself. We couldn't help that shit. "Bulls On Parade" was in the air, and even if you had no idea what a five-sided … More »
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nails it.
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Facts about UBI

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A UBI would direct much larger shares of transfers to childless, non-elderly, non-disabled households than existing programs, and much more to middle-income rather than poor households. A UBI large enough to increase transfers to low-income families would be enormously expensive. We review the labor supply literature for evidence on the likely impacts of a UBI. We argue that the ongoing UBI pilot studies will do little to resolve the major outstanding questions.

That is from a new NBER working paper by Hilary W. Hoynes and Jesse Rothstein.

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One shutdown lesson is that Americans need to save more

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That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one excerpt:

Indeed a higher savings rate is possible, and not just for the wealthy. Most Mormons in the U.S., for example, manage to tithe at least 10 percent of their incomes. This suggests it is possible to curtail one’s consumption without losing the best things in life. Mormons also tend to have especially large families, making tithing all the more difficult. If Mormons can tithe so much, is it so impossible for the rest of us, including government employees, to save more?

There is also a new “gospel of savings” in the U.S., being led by such renowned (but non-mainstream) figures as Dave Ramsey and Mr. Money Mustache. They reach millions of Americans, imploring them to strip down their consumption to essentials and to save a much higher percentage of their incomes, sometimes 20 percent or more. Ramsey wrote a column giving advice to unpaid federal workers, including “sell stuff” and to cancel Netflix.

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sulrich
268 days ago
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not to discount the necessity of saving, but i do find myself wondering how many people are actually in a position to save along these lines.

that said line between wants and needs in this country seems oddly constructed for folks.
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Internet Archive

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The fact that things like the npm left-pad incident are so rare is oddly reassuring.
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sulrich
273 days ago
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at the same time, the fragility of this stuff is totally terrifying.
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tante
271 days ago
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Xkcd on the invisibility of maintenance.
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skorgu
273 days ago
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my favorite is tzdata. It just kind of kept happening for decades.
rraszews
273 days ago
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So... Jason Scott is basically my pancreas?
Columbia, MD
alt_text_bot
273 days ago
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The fact that things like the npm left-pad incident are so rare is oddly reassuring.
alt_text_at_your_service
273 days ago
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The fact that things like the npm left-pad incident are so rare is oddly reassuring.
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