there's a weird ambiguity when changes are expressed in percentages
if i say "the population increased by 100%", it's obvious that i mean that the population doubled, because it wouldn't be an increase if the population was 100% of what it was before
but i just heard a stat reported as "increased by 600%" and i don't know if the current number is 6 or 7 times what it was before
i guess it means 7 times, given my "100%" example, but that makes things hard to parse, a "600% increase" means "multiplied by 7"
all this to say, i really don't like percentages in news reports, it feels to me like they're trying to sound precise and/or dramatic, and it does nothing to help understand the actual report

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accessibility, ableism

Inaccessibility isn't just a matter of discrimination, though discrimination underlies and defines these choices. Inaccessibility in itself disables people, more seriously and in more situations with more detriment than dictated by their medical conditions. People who can get around fine on their own on wheelchairs are disabled by the lack of ramps and elevators where they are affordable and feasible. People who'd be perfectly functional with dimmer lighting and less noise are made to suffer in spaces made artificially bright and noisy. People who can navigate websites with screen readers are excluded when websites are made opaque to screen readers. The inconveniences and exclusions are imposed by choice, not dictated by immutable physical reality.

food

looking for vegan junk food recipes, and it's crazy how many are just regular recipes with "dairy free cheese" and "egg free mayo" and like... whyyy?
that's the bit of the recipe i want help with, i want to learn how to make those
i already know how to assemble a cheeseburger, i don't know how to make decent cheese or burger meat substitute...

(if you want to pop in with recommendations, i'm not necessarily looking for substitutes, i'm really just looking for good, comfy food to fill up on)

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Reading bios before following is good because:
✨ you can learn really basic essentials for future interactions like pronouns
✨ find out important boundaries to prevent you from sticking your foot in it later (check pinned toots too!)
✨ learn their interests for an idea of what they might toot about
✨ website links to have a nosey at their art, projects, etc and potentially give support towards them
✨ discover the big red flags early
✨ it's just polite, really

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nonbinary identities in French? please boost

How do you and your Francophone loved ones manage grammatical gender in French? I have a nonbinary friend who's a native English speaker and is learning French. They're trying to figure it out for themself. They're aware of «iel», and I'm planning to tell them about e.g. «amusant·e·s».

Please boost.

I'm much more interested in direct experiences from nonbinary Francophones and their loved ones than theory. Thank you <3

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comp.sci, funny, long

i'm still unreasonably proud of "oust sort", a pessimal sorting algorithm i designed a couple years ago
you can see it in action here: https://silly-sorts.glitch.me/
the algorithm is super simple:
- look for the first out-of-order pair of elements in the array
- send the first element of that pair to the end of the array
- repeat until the array is sorted

it's called "oust sort", although i sometimes also call it "yeet sort", because the idea is to find an element that isn't in the right place, and just get rid of it (for now)
if you watch it play out, at first it just looks a bit silly, lobbing element out of the way with great abandon, but after a while, a hilarious property emerges: the "unsorted" part of the array ends up being sorted too, but in reverse order
this is doubly absurd in that when this property emerges, it leads to the algorithm infuriatingly tossing away the next element it needs each time a new element is sorted into place
it's not the most pessimal algorithm, but these little absurdities, along with its simplicity, is something that i find oddly beautiful

comp.sci, funny, long

i'm still unreasonably proud of "oust sort", a pessimal sorting algorithm i designed a couple years ago
you can see it in action here: https://silly-sorts.glitch.me/
the algorithm is super simple:
- look for the first out-of-order pair of elements in the array
- send the first element of that pair to the end of the array
- repeat until the array is sorted

it's called "oust sort", although i sometimes also call it "yeet sort", because the idea is to find an element that isn't in the right place, and just get rid of it (for now)
if you watch it play out, at first it just looks a bit silly, lobbing element out of the way with great abandon, but after a while, a hilarious property emerges: the "unsorted" part of the array ends up being sorted too, but in reverse order
this is doubly absurd in that when this property emerges, it leads to the algorithm infuriatingly tossing away the next element it needs each time a new element is sorted into place
it's not the most pessimal algorithm, but these little absurdities, along with its simplicity, is something that i find oddly beautiful

i wish it were possible and standard practise to package/virtualise/dockerise development environments
i spend so much time figuring out how to set up my vscode and dev environment each time i join a project or grab something from a git repo to tinker with and like, i can't be the only one who spends hours trying to figure out why vscode isn't resolving vue.js paths properly or whatever absurd configuration quirk is causing my editor to throw a bunch of errors even though the code is valid and compiles properly

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Honestly, the CHAZ is a surreal experience. It's like...a vision of arcadia, but it's actually fucking real.

Kindness and support between everyone pretty much at all times, an abundance of food and drink, a public square dedicated to listening and learning from black activists

Like...damn. If you told me I'd see this four years ago I'd call you a liar

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