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[-] profdc9@lemmy.world 0 points 15 hours ago

The Russians have nuclear submarines. No amount of bellicose bravado will blunt the sting of those.

[-] profdc9@lemmy.world 0 points 15 hours ago

Nuclear war is a very real possibility. If Putin becomes desperate enough, he will try to go to the very edge of brinksmanship. In this situation, with launch on warning, any perceived provocation could rapidly escalate. As the fear of a preemptive strike increases, so does the probability of a preemptive strike. Rationality gives way to fear. This is the logic and danger of brinksmanship: that the more you rely on it, the more likely it is to escalate out of control before one side backs down.

[-] profdc9@lemmy.world 48 points 1 day ago

This is Enron-scale manipulation. Someone's ripping off the public and making a mint with the help of the regulators.

[-] profdc9@lemmy.world 15 points 1 day ago

I guess they'll have to shut down their bootstrap-pulling engines for awhile.

[-] profdc9@lemmy.world 3 points 1 day ago

How the tables have turned.

[-] profdc9@lemmy.world 6 points 1 day ago

The outcome of the war in Ukraine has always been a game of chicken, being which side is willing to escalate to nuclear weapons, and whether the other side may or may not back down. The logic of escalation has always been that no possible gain exceeds the losses caused by a nuclear exchange. The Madman theory ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madman_theory ) is about convincing one's opponent that is one is not rational, and is willing to use nuclear weapons despite the losses. The threat then, is that Putin, seeing himself politically vulnerable because of his losses, but still powerful enough to command the military to use nuclear weapons, would demonstrate his willingness to use nuclear weapons, even if not directly against a military target, in a demonstration (perhaps in the Black Sea) or an exoatmospheric test.

[-] profdc9@lemmy.world 6 points 2 days ago

As long as the alumni fund gets its share, it's all good.

[-] profdc9@lemmy.world 26 points 2 days ago

"When Kissinger got the Nobel Prize, satire died" - Tom Lehrer

[-] profdc9@lemmy.world 2 points 2 days ago

I was hoping they would send a bounty hunter myself.

[-] profdc9@lemmy.world 12 points 2 days ago

Yeah the pigeonhole principle here would seem to dictate that, or some principle involving holes anyways.

[-] profdc9@lemmy.world 0 points 2 days ago

Satan was introduced to test Job, and then Job's suffering is justified by the Lord's omnipotence, not omniscience or omnipresence. This is the argument laid out in the Bible as to why one should fear God. Did Job have to curse God for Satan to make his point?

Satan Allowed to Test Job

6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” 8 And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” 9 Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” 12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

42 Job replied to the Lord:

2 “I know that you can do anything and nothing that you plan is impossible. 3 You asked, ‘Who is this that darkens counsel without knowledge?’ Well now, I have talked about what I don’t understand— awesome things beyond me that I don’t know. 4 Listen now, and I will speak for myself; I’ll interrogate you and then inform me. 5 I’ve heard you with my ears; and now I’ve seen you with my eyes. 6 As a result, I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”

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submitted 3 weeks ago by profdc9@lemmy.world to c/linux@lemmy.world

I have a program (fldigi, pointed to by the github link) that uses dozens of shared libraries. I would like to be able to distribute a pre-compiled version of the program for testers. I could require each tester to install the shared libraries and compile the program for themselves, however, this would be extremely difficult for most users. What are some options for distributing a pre-compiled version of a linux program? Do I need to make a package for common distributions or common versions of each distribution? How about snap, nix, or flatpak? I don't have much experience with using docker or preparing docker containers, and the particular program (fldigi) requires access to system hardware to function, which a containerized version would have to accommodate.

This is going to be a temporary solution and I hope once the program is done being tested, my changes can be pulled upstream and then distributions will include it that way.

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Eclipse Poster (lemmy.world)

I made a poster of my eclipse photos taken in southern Illinois. The PDF of the poster is downloadable as a 24 by 36 inch poster.

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It seems to me these giant grants to a small number of organizations (Climate United Fund, Coalition for Green Capital, Power Forward Communities) seems like it could be delivering pork to well-connected people. Is this actually going to produce "clean" energy and help disadvantaged people? These seem like very large awards to a small number of organizations.

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I would like to get plots started with perennial flower seeds. However, it seems like the weeds will overgrow the plots while the perennial seeds get started.

Could I mix perennial and annual flower seeds and have the annuals try and crowd out the weeds while the perennials take root and come back next year more strongly? Or will the annual seeds prevent the perennial seeds from growing?

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submitted 1 month ago by profdc9@lemmy.world to c/funny@lemmy.world
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submitted 2 months ago by profdc9@lemmy.world to c/funny@lemmy.world

Headline this morning on CNN's web site.

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submitted 4 months ago by profdc9@lemmy.world to c/guitars@lemmy.world

This is a demonstration if the GuitarPico's effects. The GuitarPico is an open source effects pedal. The hardware and software is available at

https://www.github.com/profdc9/GuitarPico

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GuitarPico (lemmy.world)
submitted 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago) by profdc9@lemmy.world to c/guitars@lemmy.world

I'm having so much fun making this I thought I would share.

I am working on a simple, cheap, easy to construct multi-effects guitar pedal based on the Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller. All of the other parts are generic parts. So far I have implemented the following effects:

Noise gate, Delay, Room, Combine Effects, Bandpass Filter, Lowpass Filter, Highpass Filter, Allpass Filter, Tremolo, Vibrato, Wah, Autowah, Envelope, Distortion, Overdrive, Ring Modulator, Flanger, Chorus, Phaser, Backwards (play the last few samples backwards), Pitch Shift, and Octave (rectification).

Some effects can be cascaded inside the device. There are up to 16 "units" where each processing stage can process the results of the last stage. Various controls on the effects can be assigned to the four potentiometers at the bottom of the board, or two expression pedals you can plug into the side.

I also added a VGA output because I want to have a cool video display that changes with the audio. Also, perhaps implement some kind of guitarsynth or MIDI control.

Anyways this has been a lot of fun to make. I hope others will enjoy it too.

https://www.github.com/profdc9/GuitarPico

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Guitar Pedal (github.com)
submitted 8 months ago by profdc9@lemmy.world to c/3dprinting@lemmy.world

For the past few days I've been working on a 3-D printable footpedal potentiometer to be used in a guitar pedal. It is a parametric model in FreeCAD. It has a top and bottom that hinge together, with a potentiometer that is coaxial with the hinge so that when the pedal is pressed, the potentiometer is rotated.

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Daria Movie Trailer (www.youtube.com)
submitted 9 months ago by profdc9@lemmy.world to c/daria@lemmy.world
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