Many years ago, somebody calculated that it's a better return of investment to buy beer and store bottles as savings. Sell the bottles at your retirement and you're better off than on the mandatory retirement fund.

Like every year, around the time of my birthday the Polish state sends a slap to my face, in the form of my retirement fund statement. I'm paying between 1000 and 2000 per month and after 12 years of saving, my grand total is 10217.06. Which is like 4 minimum wages.
State-mandated social security is so great.

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OMG! I'm so excited to announce that through my work at @spritelyinst we've published A Scheme Primer:
Direct link:

This document manages to serve two purposes:
- As a quick skim, it's a reasonable intro to "how to start programming with Scheme with no prior experience". Hey, tutorials are useful!
- But also, in less than 30 pages we manage to compress a TON of computer science ideas in a way that I think is really, really approachable.

The document ends with a code example, and full walkthrough, of a Scheme interpreter written in Scheme... in a mere 30 lines of code! It's like 3/4 of Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs compressed into a document you could read in an afternoon!

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This is important. Very, *very* important.

Like, "human extinction"-level important.

> John Deere’s decision to build ag-tech that can be remotely controlled [and] disabled, along with its [total monopoly], means that anyone who compromises its system puts the world’s food-supply at risk.

> John Deere has extraordinarily terrible information security.

This is great. So, so great.

My yearly reminder to put on a shirt before soldering was today. A small splash of tin, fortunately.

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I have an hour long meeting in a city an hour away. I really don't want to drive but by train (direct connection) I'll lose 8 hours wandering around malls and parks. Why does public transport have to suck so badly?

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I can spend a long time playing this on a keyboard, never gets boring

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I didn't know you could tape these "no postage necessary" flyers [envelopes] to boxes. This is a game changer.

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Germany but all the place names are translated so they sound like place names in England

So cursed

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Everyone: Big Tech should support #FLOSS developers, who develop tools Big Tech was built on, so that important FLOSS projects are well-maintained, quickly patched, and secure.

Google: pay us to access versions of open-source software we audited ourselves.

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