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  • Yeah, the tools are still there to figure out the low level shit, information on it has never been this easy to come by and bright people who are interested will still get there.

    However growing up during a time you were forced to figure the low level details of tech out merely to get stuff to work, does mean that if you were into tech back then you definitely became bit of a hacker (in the traditional sense of the word) whilst often what people consider as being into tech now is mainly spending money on shinny toys were everything is already done for you.

    Most people who consider themselves as being “into Tech” don’t really understand it to significant depth because they never had to and only the few who actually do want to understand it at that level enough to invest time into learning it do.

    I’m pretty sure the same effect happened in the early days vs later days of other tech, such as cars.


  • The theory is that if prices are going down people will just delay their purchases waiting for better prices, so in aggregate they’ll consume less, though this of course only applies to things people don’t actually need immediately, so food prices or rents going down would have no such effect.

    People not consuming as much is bad for a Consumer Society. However, one should ponder further on whether the Consumer Society itself is a good thing or a bad thing, especially in light of the Ecological damage its doing, that the infinity growth of Revenue it aims for is Mathematically impossible and that what it’s mostly achieving in the era of automation is to move more and more of the resources into the hands of fewer and fewer people.

    Maybe people being desincentivised from buying on impulse lots of things they don’t need would be a good thing, even if the Owner Class would be unhappy for not making as many billions.





  • More generally: delegate anything critical to a 3rd party and you’ve just put your business at the mercy of the quality (or lack thereof) of their own business processes which you do not control, which is especially dangerous in the current era of “cheapest as possible” hiring practices.

    Having been in IT for almost 3 decades, a lesson I have learned long ago and which I’ve also been applying to my own things (such as having my own domain for my own e-mail address rather than using something like Google) was that you should avoid as much as possible to have your mission critical or hard to replace stuff dependent on a 3rd Party, especially if the dependency is Live (i.e. activelly connected rather than just buying and installing their software).

    I’ve managed to avoid quite a lot of the recent enshittification exactly because I’ve been playing it safe in this domain for 2 decades.



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    Completelly stop drinking coffee.

    Endure about a week of cold turkey.

    Start naturally just going to sleep earlier and naturally waking up earlier.

    Whilst it’s not a 100% fullproof thing, it tends to help a lot because one just gets sleepy early and feels like going to sleep rather than trying to force it (which, IMHO, doesn’t really work).



  • There is not a single thing in there about food additives, under nutrients micronutrient coverage is ridculouslty narrow (only one kind of vitamin and two minerals), fat and fat quality are absent (and the other health-related macronutrient present - sugar - shows very below average scoring), the protein quality criteria seems designs to reward meat-heavy diets (which would’ve been penalized on any fat criteria but, surprise, surprise, that’s not included in that metric) and most of that entry is about “standards” (i.e. talk, not action) - “we know how to fdo things right” is note the same as “we do things right” when it comes to policy.

    Oh, and there’s nothing there about long term outcomes, such as obesity rates.

    This being The Economist I’m not surprised at the conclusion-oriented model design.



  • Having worked in making software for almost 3 decades, including in Finance both before and after the 2008 Crash, this blind reliance on algorithms for law enforcement and victim protection scares the hell out of me.

    An algorithm is just an encoding of whatever the people who made it think will happen: it’s like using those actual people directly, only worse because by need an algorithm has a fixed set of input parameters and can’t just ask more questions when something “smells fishy” as a person would.

    Also making judgements by “entering something in a form” has a tendency to close people’s thinking - instead of pondering on it and using their intuition to, for example, notice from the way people are talking that they’re understating the gravity of the situation, people filling form tend to mindlessly do it like a box-ticking exercise - and that’s not even going into the whole “As long as I just fill the form my ass is covered” effect when the responsability is delegated to the algorithm that leads people to play it safe and not dispute the results even when their instincts say otherwise.

    For anybody who has experience with modelling, using computer algorithms within human processes and with how users actually treat such things (the “computer says” effect) this shit really is scary at many levels.



  • I think we’re going out on a tangent.

    The point I was making was about what people normally eat - so mainly at home - and the nutritional and healthiness of food not how tasty and varied (in its culinary traditions) it is, so your post, whilst interesting and informative, doesn’t really cover it.

    Mostly due to legislation on farming, husbandry and food safety (in everything from hormones in beef and allowed pesticides and herbicides to how the EU uses the Precautionary Principle in approving food additives whilst the US does not) the quality of the average ingredients in Europe is superior to the US and the prices of fresh produce are lower (because Farming Subsidies are aimed at maintaining more traditional farming, so they’ll end up in things like apples, lettuce and olive oil, not intensivelly reared beef and corn).

    Absolutelly, you can find good quality ingredients in the US - that’s the point of places like Whole Foods - but what’s available in abundance and for the average person to affordably make their own meals is not as good.



  • You’re confusing eating out with what people normally eat in their day to day.

    In my experience every large city in a prosperous enough nation has restaurants from the best culinary traditions, and that was also my experience when visiting the US.

    However what’s available for people to prepare food at home and what people normally eat, is a whole different story.


  • Having lived in both the UK and Germany I have to disagree on your “blandness” assessment, unless you’re talking about the local culinary tradition alone, in which case that is true for the UK, but then again the US to doesn’t really have a local culinary tradition so a like to like comparison of local cuisine with it wouldn’t exactly put the US on top.

    As for there rest, in my experience all large international cities in the West (at least the couple I lived in and the couple more I visited) have lots of great and tasty cuisine, because they all have imported great food from just about anywhere - unlike what some seem to think, the US doesn’t have a monopoly on receiving immigrants from all over the World.

    The point I’m making is about the “average” (hence why I actually used the word “average” in my post), not the way outside the average places which are the main cities.




  • Blaming those with the least power for not bending the knee to the “leader” the powerfull have imposed on them instead of blaming those with the most power for not putting forward somebody worthy of the loyalty of the rest is a pretty interesting take for somebody posting in a supposedly Progressive forum.