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Your Next Government

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Private governments can learn from the commercial corporate world, where intense competition has driven the evolution of institutions capable of supporting large, complex, and consent-rich communities. Your next government might thus resemble a city-sized corporation, with you and other residents buying shares, electing the board of directors, and so forth. Think of it as residential co-op, upgraded for the big leagues.

Read Tom W. Bell for more, including his intriguing idea for “double democracy” and a generous appreciation of dominant assurance contracts.

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sulrich
70 days ago
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perhaps snow crash wasn't too far off. welcome to the burbclave.
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Murder on the Orient Express

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Kenneth Branagh is directing and starring in (as uber-detective Hercule Poirot) a movie adapted from Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. I mean, what more do you need?

Oh. More? Alright. The movie also stars Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom, Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley. I mean…

More? Did you miss the part where I mentioned Judi flipping Dench? Well, the movie comes out in November so there’s no Rotten Tomatoes score yet. You know what, just watch the trailer and go about your business.

Tags: Agatha Christie   books   Kenneth Branagh   movies   Murder on the Orient Express   trailers   video
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sulrich
81 days ago
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agatha christie gets the action movie treatment. suck it PBS.
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The Beatles satellite radio Sirius XM station

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Is this a good idea?  A whole station devoted to Beatles music and Beatles music-derived products, plus a few early musical inspirations?  I ask as a fan, not a critic.  Based on about a week of listening, here are my impressions:

1. No Beatles songs were better live.  Paul McCartney had a few gems in concert, most notably the 1976 Wings over AmericaMaybe I’m Amazed.”  Oddly, “Magneto and Titanium Man” is also better live, perhaps because it was silly to begin with.

2. There are too many extant versions of “Here Comes the Sun,” though Nina Simone had a good one.

3. Ringo songs from the early 1970s, while you would never listen to them voluntarily, hold up OK in this context.

4. The worst feature of the channel is how they use short bursts of Beatle songs to advertise the channel itself.  To play only the first few chords of “Getting Better” is an abuse of the ear and maltreatment of the art, like seeing Mondrian designs on shopping bags.  Why can’t the station just advertise itself by…playing Beatle and Beatle-derived songs?  In their entirety.

5. The last sequence of “Rain” still seem to me their finest moment.  “Let it Be” remains the most overrated major Beatles song.

6. The early solo songs are what are most welcome to hear, at the margin.

7. The way this station operates doesn’t mesh well with the rest of satellite radio.  No single station on satellite radio is that good, except for the classical music station.  Yet the medium as a whole works because you can always switch to another station, especially with voice activation.  Yet one is reluctant to switch away from the Beatles station.  Even if the current song is bad, you feel something wonderful always might be coming up, and besides most of the songs are pretty short and so they will be over soon.  But if it’s just the Beatles you want to hear, you don’t need satellite radio to achieve that end.  So a funny kind of intransitivity kicks in, and maybe the Beatles satellite radio channel can nudge you away from satellite radio altogether, precisely because it is better than all the other channels, and it thus pushes you away from an approach based on a diverse menu of DJ-driven choice.

8. Would it hurt to play more Dylan, a major influence on the Beatles?

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sulrich
88 days ago
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isn't there a dedicated pearl jam station on XM?
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[$] IPv6 segment routing

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In November 2016, a new networking feature, IPv6 segment routing (also known as "IPv6 SR" or "SRv6"), was merged into net-next and subsequently included in Linux 4.10. In this article, we explain this new feature, describe key elements of its implementation, and present a few performance measurements.

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sulrich
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feh.
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Photo Library Management

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A good lifehack is to use messy and unstable systems to organize your photos. That way, every five years or so it becomes obsolete and/or collapses, and you have to open it up and pick only your favorite pictures to salvage.
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sulrich
111 days ago
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apropos given the recent albums email i got from dropbox.
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skittone
110 days ago
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Too real.
Vlachbild
111 days ago
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growler
111 days ago
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alt text прекрасен
JayM
112 days ago
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Yeap
Atlanta, GA
stefanetal
112 days ago
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I was at 40,000 per year for a few years, now way down, maybe 3,000-5,000, but very episodic (one can shoot 1,000 in day at the right event). ~ 4TB of photos. Kids now teenagers, so taking photos of them no longer possible. Yes, better indexing would be nice. You can now get 8 or 10 TB disks for cheap, so storage isn't an issue now. I even have a cloud backup now.
Northern Virginia
hannahdraper
112 days ago
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It me.
Washington, DC
satadru
112 days ago
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Google Photos does a really good job of showing you photos from several years ago every few days. And since you have unlimited storage on there, I don't really worry about "salvage."
New York, NY
davidar
111 days ago
At least until Google shuts it down, then it's salvage time ;)
alt_text_bot
112 days ago
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A good lifehack is to use messy and unstable systems to organize your photos. That way, every five years or so it becomes obsolete and/or collapses, and you have to open it up and pick only your favorite pictures to salvage.

AIM Starts Cutting Off Access for Third-Party Apps

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Adam Clark Estes:

In what feels like a death blow to everyone’s early-Aughts nostalgia, it looks like AOL will soon cut off third-party access to its famous Instant Messenger service. The service turns 20 years old this year, and at this point, it’s unclear if it will see its 21st birthday.

AOL shared news of this tragedy quietly. Adium users, at least, got a brief warning when they signed on Wednesday morning, explaining that their AIM access had less than a month to live. It reads like sad notice for an imminent memorial service.

Adium was one of the first apps I installed when I switched to the Mac in 2008. (Does anyone remember checking out the latest Adium skins and icons on MacThemes?)

End of an era, though AIM feels like a lifetime ago in the age of Facebook and iMessage.

→ Source: gizmodo.com

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sulrich
174 days ago
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whoa - people are still using AIM? i've been trying to get off of all messenger services that i don't have to.

except for signal.
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MotherHydra
175 days ago
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Oh man, Adium was my jam back in the day, I went crazy with themes and icons.
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