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

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Which is ironic because I remember one major thing back in 2012 was that while the LEDs were more expensive, they pay for themselves first because you spend less on electricity and also air conditioning due to less waste heat, but also because you’d go through more incandescent and CFLs before you have to replace an LED bulb.

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 T: Do you want Wi-Fi on all the busses and trains? C: We want more busses and trains T: You want RGB accent lights at the stations? C: Just don't make me wait an hour at that station T: How about colour LCD screens displaying the next stop? C: Spend that money on more vehicles! T: We could have a McDonald's right at the platform! C: Fuck it we'll just drive.

Wait, a pedestrian-child collision resulted in a fatality? How hard was the guy’s stride?

Also, holy shit a child is more likely to die from a collision in a car than walking?!

Also also, this data is from 2020, during the pandemic when a lot of people were isolating and not going out. One can only imagine that the typical numbers are much higher.

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.

A good solarpunk should also include working from home as an option for any job that you can work from home on, and any good economic system should protect workers including their right to paid sick leave if they’re feeling unwell, as well as make service jobs like getting your groceries or food delivered not exploitative as fuck so you you’re not super morally conflicted when you need it.

Pretty nifty display of what hash manipulation is and why weak hashes aren’t secure.

Might just be the types of solar punk communities I used to frequent (and have since left) then.

That was just an example, feel free to replace Tesla with any EV manufacturer.

My biggest issue with solar punk is that people think they don’t have to change anything unsustainable about their lives because the tech will fix everything. “I don’t have to take the bus, I’ll just wait for Tesla’s new electric car that had ivy growing out of it!”

Also, the corset in the community pic. Dead giveaway. No one who respects women and want to engage in informative discussions with them is using that as the icon, as their first choice, for their community.

It’s really depressing how much Google regulates what content can have ads on them with capricious bullshit like “no swearing”, but the ads themselves? Anything goes.

Related: https://yewtu.be/watch?v=NQmnSiqCAoE

Lemmy.ml is not the main instance. There is no main instance. That’s the point of the fediverse.

Related: In the West, body modifications like tattoos and piercings make you less likely to get through job interviews and are generally seen as very unprofessional. This is because they are associated with, one, indigenous people and people of colour, and two, poor people.

In contrast, other body modifications like nose jobs, facelifts, fillers, botox, etc are done mostly by rich white people, so they are seen favourably.

When you think of systematic racism, you need to be thinking of the subtle stuff *as well as* the more brazen stuff like restaurants banning non-whites from entering or people of colour getting longer prison sentences for the same crime. Actually, the subtle stuff is insidious, because people don't think it's racism. Reminds me of Google classifying black people as gorillas in their photo app. People were saying "oh well it's just a limitation of the technology, it was just an accident" no! That's now how AI works! What happened was they didn't consider black people/indigenous people/etc worthy enough to put enough of them in the training data. That's not better than them intentionally doing it! inb4 "the technology is still immature/in beta, they'll get better at identifying people of colour in the future!" That's not how that works either! You have a responsibility to be inclusive to the best of your ability from day one! If you're not doing that, not exaggerating, you're better off not making the product at all. And it's not like a giant tech company didn't have the resources to make it inclusive. These aren't pretend arguments I'm making up either. People genuinely say those things and think they're valid excuses for this.

Traffic lights or even street lights (for actual streets) isn’t the issue here, the giant parking lot with hundreds of lights illuminating nothing is the issue.

If there’s no way to prevent a horrible side effect, then it’s just as bad as if that effect was intentional.

the cause of poverty is not this, but the so-called neoliberalism that completely distorted this original idea due to the corruption, greed and selfishness of an elite, which enriches itself by cost and the work of the population. It is the continuation of feudalism.

That’s… the result of capitalism.

I love to use the methanol example to illustrate this: Methanol by itself isn’t that toxic, no more toxic than regular ethanol. But once metabolized in your body, it becomes formaldehyde and formic acid, and about 5-10 ml of pure methanol can turn into enough of those to kill you. So the methanol molecule itself is fairly benign, but you still shouldn’t drink it.

# Text Mirror: >What does decolonization of Hawaii, and the US look like? From one Native Hawaiian's perspective (me) > >The US military is destroying our islands along with the 12 million tourists under foreign billionaire-owned tourism. Too many Americans are buying up our lands forcing us out by jacking home prices to $1.5 million etc. > >But the solution in places like Hawaii, North America is not as simple as everyone who is white or non-indigenous simply leaving. > >If the people in Hawaii & North America could repair the inequities with the indigenous people there, respect treaties, allow indigenous and ethnic minorities to exist as equal yet different - the way Vietnam, China have 50+ ethnic minorities who co-exist, allow them to speak languages, don't mass-arrest imjpoverish, etc - then everyone would not need to leave. > >If the colonizer-mindset people in Hawaii leave and go to N America, that pushes the problem to Native Americans. If they go to Europe, at least you don't have re-settler colonialism. > >When the French colonizers were defeated and kicked out of Vietnam, they were < 5% of the population, had clearly delineated 'us and them' lines, and so decolonization was more straightforward. Most French chose to leave Vietnam, because they were there to extract resources and labor from their 'coolies' and when they couldn't anymore, they went back to Europe. > >At the same time, all people of French/white heritage were not *required* to leave Vietnam after the dismantling of colonial yt supremacist rule. > >As an example, my Vietnamese friend Luna Oi has a white American husband in Vietnam, and he is not required to 'go back to America' because he's white. He simply has to follow the rules of Vietnam, its socialist anti-imperialist country, and co-exist peacefully, and it is fine. Vietnam is 98% indigenous. > >Bolivia is ~60% identifying as indigenous, with a unique history, but they have had great successes with their indigenous-led socialist plurinational - meaning many language, many peoples, coexisting within one state - in the Western sense. > >They do not require the 40% white/non-indigenous identifying people to leave Bolivia and go back to Spain, Europe, US, etc. but over time, they will need to learn to co-exist in actual equality with the indigenous. > >The US is 98% identifying non-indigenous, with ~20-30% non-white identifying. > >The US is the worlds' largest European settler colony by far with 330 million people, and the worlds' capitalist superpower that dwarfs and puppeteers its parent Europe itself. > >The process of undoing colonization, and healing the broken people and ways (including indigenous and non-white people who have had our ways and languages severely harmed by colonization) will not look identifical to either Bolivia or Vietnam, and will be unprecedented in human history - but we can learn from each of these struggles. > >Education, listening to the marginalized, indigenous etc. and implementing that education in concrete ways is certainly an important part of the process. Which is why the US is banning CRT, anything that makes white people 'uncomfortable' from schools. Because it would indeed be the undoing of the US over time. > >Long story short - it will be a long story and there is no easy shortcut out of it, lol. > >If you appreciated this thread, consider helping this Native Hawaiian and family keep doing this educational / decolonizational work with ko-fi https://ko-fi.com/silverspook Or consider becoming a Patreon patron! https://www.patreon.com/neofeud