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Unable to eject

After 20 years of OS X aka MacOS, I still can’t eject an external disk when I want to. Nope, “unable to eject because the disk is still in use”. What if I needed to catch a plane? Leave the house? Go somewhere? Nope, that isn’t up to you, if you made the mistake of connecting to an external disk and then wanted to eject it. mds is gonna index it, and it’s not up to you. It can’t be put off till later; it can’t be reasoned with, and it doesn’t feel emotions. It’s like a T800 for not actually having a laptop. If it was really a laptop you’d be able to pick it up and go, but it’s not. And fuck you for thinking that your desires to go someplace with the laptop you paid $2500 for outweigh the needs of mds to Index This Disk Right The Fuck Now, and Not Later.

20 years later, and still the only solution is to power down. So I guess it doesn’t have to Index The Disk Right Fucking Now, and could pick it up later. Nope, it just has to punish you for thinking that you have a laptop and would get to just close the laptop firmly and strut away like they do all the time in Ted Lasso, then open it and return to the same state. Not without rebooting like some prehistoric Win7 machine.

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stolen from someone.  i'm sorry, I don't know where, but thanks!

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Vulture cap

Reagan said that the scariest words in the English language were “I’m here from the government, and I’m here to help”, but I have to figure that “Your employer just got bought by Bain Capital” are scarier, and a lot more immediate.

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Shitcoin for nothing

imagine if keeping your car idling 24/7 produced solved Sudokus you could trade for heroin

— white smoke gamer pope (@Theophite) August 16, 2018

I think of this succinct explanation of shitcoin every time I go to the vet, and all the late model Jeeps, Raptors, and MB SUVs are just sitting there idling with the windows rolled up for the 90 minutes that they are waiting on their dog to come back. It’s LA, and it’s 68 F outside, and really comfortable to sit there and read a book, or shitpost on social media, if that’s your thing, with your windows rolled down. Or would be, if not for all the loud-ass cars [1] idling away, producing nothing but more carbon to end the future earlier.

It’s probably still less than the equivalent shitcoin mining, or NFT generation, or ML model-building. But it produces nothing. At least shitcoin you could trade for darknet drugs.

 
 
[1] Since when did all the cars have to have F1 level exhaust noise? The euro cars have switches for that shit. America said fuck that, we’ll just annoy all our neighbors all the time. The Harley straight pipe asshole model writ large on every fucking Dodge, Chevy, and Ford, rolling coal on our ears and our sleep. And your fucking lights are too bright. Keeping your brights on all the time is the visual equivalent of the super-loud exhausts. Also, turn off your fucking fog lights. They’re still super bright! It’s not foggy! [2]

 
 
[2] The other half of this of course are the idiots who don’t turn on their lights on drizzly May Gray/June Gloom mornings. You’re driving a gray car, because they all are these days, on gray pavement, in a gray drizzle, at twilight. I know they’re stuck on bright, but turn your fucking headlights on.

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Stupid, and stupider

Every time I listen to Radiolab, or The Hidden Brain, it actively makes me stupider. Not just with what’s got to be the hosts willful pretend [1] stupidity in order to get the presenter to explain it to them, but the whooshing sound as the point is missed over and over again.

 
 

[1] Dogs, I hope it’s pretend. Surely they haven’t done and hosted an hour-long show for years, and never read about the subject they are discussing. Is there no way to do this in which you don’t have to 1) be ignorant, or 2) pretend to be ignorant?