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A number of hospitals here in Sweden are announcing states of emergency due to lack of medical supplies. Scheduled non-emergency surgeries are postponed, etc.

What happened, you ask? Natural disaster? Mass shootings depleting supplies? Theft?!

No, they switched suppliers and the new one can't deliver.

I bet they were cheaper though! Go #neoliberalism!

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You know why all the old software people liked IRC?

Because when you wanted to ask a question in some channel you'd never been to before, you didn't have to spend 10 minutes going through forms to set up account usernames & passwords and unsubscribing from newsletters and alerts like you have to today with the damn web forum software you think is so great.

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This user is a cat. You can help it by providing more food, please.

"It was 80 degrees outside" - so, everything dies then?

Yes, assuming least effort and you can feel reasonably comfortable in it.

As an IT dude, I basically do this anyway, just different tshirts with the same blue hiking pants (multiple pairs on rotation) and black sandals with black socks.

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@liw @joeyh you mean like:

udd=> select package, version, length(version) from packages_summary order by length(version) DESC limit 2;
node-debbundle-acorn | 6.2.1+ds+~0.4.0+~4.0.0+really4.0.0+~1.0.0+~5.0.1+ds+~1.7.0+ds+~0.1.1+~0.3.1+~0.2.0+~0.1.0+~0.3.0+~0.3.0-5 | 105
node-acorn | 6.0.2+20181021git007b08d01eff070+ds+~0.3.1+~4.0.0+~0.3.0+~5.0.0+ds+~1.6.1+ds-1 | 78

Yeah, I don't understand either. There was some pretty visuals, but the plot and most characters made no sense whatsoever, it was just so pointless.

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Now that I am awake, let me once again wish everyone a good Stanislav Petrov Day. On which we remember that on this day in 1983 a Soviet soldier, at the cost of his job, exercised his common sense and prevented an accidental nuclear war.

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Recovering '90s Data Tapes - Experiences From the KB Web Archaeology project Web-friendly version of the paper I wrote for the upcoming #iPres2019 conference in Amsterdam. Contains links to lots of tape-related resources

I really enjoyed biking up along the Amstel last time I visited.

The Ransdorp Dugerdam area to the northwest is neat too.

Heh, my boss is at 3, so I guess I have a somewhat technical 4 in one or two CS publications where we all got listed.

The structure where the best career move in academia is being able to attract funding, rather than achieving excellent research or contributing to a nourishing environment where others can grow and do excellent research, is damaging both short-term and long-term.

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This is the logical and unavoidable consequence of forcing academia to live on raised private funds. « The MIT Media Lab has long been academia’s fanciest glue trap for morally vacuous rich people—people like Jeffrey Epstein. » via @slate

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