He/him. Chinese born, Canadian citizen. University student studying environmental science, hobbyist programmer. Marxist-Leninist.

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Damn. Wasn’t too familiar with weed law in the US but seeing this, yeah. This is bad.




https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/10/06/statement-from-president-biden-on-marijuana-reform/








I’m really dubious on the vinegar thing. Your stomach is naturally way more acidic than vinegar, so I don’t see how vinegar can cause harm. And it’s not like Japanese food involves taking shots of the stuff before each meal. If you’re referring to vinegar in rice, it is a very small amount all things considered.


The practical effect was that Western utilities and gas suppliers made fuck-you amounts of money!




See: the covid-19 food market crash where farmers poured bleach on meat and vegetables, burned grains, and poured milk into sewers because they didn’t want to sell at a low price, and hoped that by artificially limiting supply, the price will go back up.

This is the same strategy that DeBeers diamonds or oil cartels use. But because food is perishable and can’t be hoarded like oil and diamonds, they “had” to destroy it.





Ah yes. The halting problem of English.

Actually, are languages Turing complete? I feel like they’re complex and interactive enough to be. Searching it up only gave results about programming languages, not human languages.



Yeah? And if it had gotten majority leave vote do you seriously think the Canadian government would have actually acted upon it? Did Harper look like the kind of guy to just say “well, if this is what you want, you’re a grown up province now! Go out there and see the world!”


You know, Spain and the entire EU has been going on real hard about Taiwan lately, maybe they should address things like… Catalonia.

Or the UK with Northern Ireland.

Or the US with Hawai’i, oh but it’s only the Indigenous Hawaiians that want independence so who cares. Same with Alaska, go and ask any Inuit community if they like being an oil state or not. Actually, ask any Indigenous people in the US if they like being in the US. Same with Canada, Australia, New Zealand.

Call it whataboutism all you want, but I’m one of those weird people who think that there’s something to be said about if you accuse another country of human rights abuses, whether they’re true or not, maybe you shouldn’t do the exact same thing. It’s kind of like you’re accusing someone of killing people while jamming a knife into someone else’s chest, is that whataboutism?

Hint, both Taiwan and HK are much more independent from Mainland China than Catalonia, Northern Ireland, Hawai’i, or Alaska, or any Indigenous nation, from their respective ruling countries.


Might want to read up on why those parts are now part of Ukraine. Hint, they weren’t always part of Ukraine and was transferred by the USSR who figured that there would always be freedom of movement between them so it doesn’t really matter, kind of like how the demarcation of states in the US aren’t walls.


It’s ridiculous that the lesson is always “if it’s not safe, don’t cross the street.”

How about if it’s not safe for pedestrians, don’t fucking drive!


Just make it open source and self-hostable. Then you don’t have to waste server time for people requesting sus pictures of amogus!


Russia didn’t pass a law saying than anyone could kill Ukrainians with hunting rifles.

Russia didn’t pass a law preventing their own citizens from receiving humanitarian aid from Ukraine.

Russia didn’t pass a law saying that any surrender to Ukraine is punishable by death.

I wonder who did.


Worst are the apps that don’t work if you don’t grant them every permission.

Actually no. Don’t work implies that the permission is necessary for the app’s primary function. Granted, there are legitimate cases of that, like a camera app needing camera access or an texting app needing SMS access. But, dear app developers, your transit locator app don’t need location access to work! I can do this nifty little thing where I tell you where the fuck I am by typing in a location!



This is the way I see it. If free Wi-Fi calms you when there’s a delay, you were never going to be bothered that much by it. The only time that would work is if you were probably not doing anything time sensitive. If a train delay made me late for the med school entrance exam or something I actually cannot afford to be late for, I’m probably not being consoled by free Wi-Fi, in fact, I’d see it as an insult because I’d realize they could have spent that money improving the actual system and maybe this delay never would have happened.

A study can pretty easily conclude this because most people mad at delays aren’t actually being seriously detrimented by delays, they’re just inconvenienced. But the biggest problem with delays is not the inconvenience.


I mean, you’re not. Chances are they’re “partnering” with a private data company and that’s where your data is going!


Or, it’ll track you and figure out when you’re desperate for a ride and jack up the prices. Airlines already do this, transit is the next logical step!



Have LED bulbs been getting worse?
Around 2012, our family got a few LED light bulbs partly because I was intrigued by them. They were still pretty expensive at the time, but we got three to put in the most used fixtures. Fast forward to last year, now that LED bulbs are everywhere, and we finally did a huge overhaul of our lights, replacing all the CFLs that were showing signs of being about to die, with LEDs. The old ones from 2012 still work fine to this day, keep in mind they were in the most commonly used lamps in our home and got more than their fair share of being turned on and off in rapid succession, left on for long periods, and general abuse you'd expect in a house with a lot of people in it, but they still work perfectly. BUT, we've replaced like five or six of the NEW ones over the last year and a half they've been in use! The failure mode is almost always that they would start flickering, and because we prefer not to live in a disco studio, we'd have to get them replaced ASAP. We've even had one of the replacements fail in less than a year! And it's not like we got them from the dollar store, we got the middle shelf ones at the hardware store, and while they were cheaper than the original ones from 2012, but they weren't *that* cheap. What the hell is going on? You'd think over the last ten years, they would have gotten better as the technology matured, but it seems to me that they've gotten much worse. The second biggest selling point of LEDs after efficiency was that they last way longer than any other type of light, but the new ones we've gotten don't even last as long as an incandescent anymore!

Public Transit orgs: Hey commuters, what do you want most?
Commuters: Better service frequency Transit: Do you want Wi-Fi on all the busses and trains? Commuters: We want more busses and trains Transit: You want RGB accent lights at the stations? Commuters: Just don’t make me wait an hour at that station Transit: How about colour LCD screens displaying the next stop? Commuters: Spend that money on more vehicles! Transit: We could have a McDonald’s right at the platform! Commuters: Fuck it we’ll just drive.

Something I found really interesting was that a lot of the techniques resembled modern code injection, where user input was being mistakenly interpreted as a control signal from the system itself, kind of like forgetting to escape your SQL statements.


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