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    duerig
      @rabryst Once you have bought all the expensive toys, you will never have to leave the house again. So range won't matter. :-) @jnm @minego
      duerig
        @jnm They do seem pretty neat. But for the price of a Tesla, you could buy a high end laser cutter, a waterjet, a complete woodshop, and a Nissan Leaf. :-) @minego @rabryst
        duerig
          The legal system has become an apparatus for generating confessions. Police use every method open to them to get a confession during interrogation. Then the prosecutors work hard to get 90% of defendants to plead guilty in exchange for reduced sentences.
          duerig
            It is depressing to see how our criminal courts do not function as we imagine. We have mental pictures of lawyers cross-examining witnesses and debating evidence before juries. But the vast majority of convictions are nothing like that.
            duerig
              @mttmccb I had to stop watching Dexter after the first season after I started worrying about how many random people around me in an elevator might be secret serial killers.
              duerig
                @mttmccb On the whole, would you recommend it? Or was it too dark?
                duerig
                  @_chrismay I live in a house that is more than a century old. So I worry that the plunger might burst the ancient pipes or the draino will dissolve the sediment that is all that is holding them together. But, luckily this has not yet happened.
                  duerig
                    @kdfrawg I've read most of his previous work. Does it feel more like scifi (early), more like historical fiction (middle), or more like techno-thriller (late)?
                    duerig
                      @mttmccb And when your friends discover the secret stashes, they will feel obligated to organize an intervention... :-)
                      duerig
                        @_chrismay The liquid plumbr I used last night said it was specifically for slow drains and to let it sit for an hour before flushing with water. Use gloves when pouring it, though. It apparently causes chemical burns if touched.
                        duerig
                          @_chrismay The first thing to do is use a plunger on the drain. Get a fair amount of water and go crazy with it. If that doesn't help, get the draino of liquid plumbr stuff. Plan C is call the landlord. :-)
                          duerig
                            @_chrismay Haha. In my case, the problem was that in clearing out the slow drain, I had accidentally flipped the plug switch on the bath. So I spent an hour trying to figure out why clearing the drain made things even worse. @rabryst
                            duerig
                              In unrelated news, my tub's drain has been completely unclogged! I'd tell you my secret, but you probably wouldn't be able to comprehend my unclogging genius even if I did.
                              duerig
                                I mean hypothetically. Asking for a friend. :-)
                                duerig
                                  If you overlook a solution that is embarrassingly obvious for an hour while tearing your hair out, and nobody is around to notice, can you still pretend to be a genius for solving the problem?
                                  duerig
                                    @hybotics As long as you keep your stable place to live, you can spend your time at a local makerspace or networking with other robotics people. Just hold fast to that stability.
                                    duerig
                                      @doctorlinguist It really demonstrates how dysfunctional our business culture has become that somebody being generous to those he works with and relies on is controversial. The business ideal shouldn't be screwing over those around you as much as possible.
                                      duerig
                                        @doctorlinguist Or that others were sure that this would lead to price increases even though his total expenses didn't seem to rise. And there was explicit talk of solidarity with owners fearing that his actions would mean they had to pay higher wages too.
                                        duerig
                                          @doctorlinguist It was striking to me how much there was an intense class consciousness in the reactions. How some thought that giving a raise would make employees lose their 'hustle' instead of make them dedicated, for examle.