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(09-28-2021, 08:35 PM)KevinM1 Wrote: Good on her for choosing JavaScript at the start.  I wish I focused more on it, but in my day the web was essentially PHP on the back end, with JS primarily used for simple Web 2.0 (remember when that was new and exciting?) AJAX stuff.

PHP really seems like it's taken a backseat over the last 5-6 years.  A lot of it is either WordPress (yuck) or maintenance work.
That is my impression of PHP also.

I have been strictly a back-end guy in recent years with C# as my primary language but have of late gotten back into some front-end coding in what can best described as something that once was pre-MVC ASP.NET and now has a bunch of very idiosyncratic and proprietary JavaScript and XML slathered over the top of it with jQuery and occasionally Knockout in the mix. And I am just now starting to maintain a micro services hub, which is where everything on the back end seems to be heading, whether it makes sense or not. And on the side, I have had to maintain an ancient app written in, of all things, Scheme.

As long as the work environment and team and their expectations are reasonable, I don't really care (much) what the language is. Once you've learned 3 or 4, additional ones aren't a big deal. In fact, to me, learning the tooling and ecosystem are more of a PITA than languages. It's why I've stuck with the Microsoft stack for the most part. Though I have been kicking the tires of Elixir and the Erlang runtime of late, as I think it's a more comprehensive solution for multitasking than Microsoft's F#.
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(09-30-2021, 10:46 AM)Vera Wrote: A friend posted this (I avoid The Graud as much as I can, even though this is actually not written by them)

Joe Manchin, America’s climate decider-in-chief, is a coal baron

"Joe Manchin has never been this famous. People around the world now know that the West Virginia Democrat is the essential 50th vote in the US Senate that president Joe Biden needs to pass his agenda into law. That includes Biden’s climate agenda. Which doesn’t bode well for defusing the climate emergency, given Manchin’s longstanding opposition to ambitious climate action.

It turns out that the Senator wielding this awesome power – America’s climate decider-in-chief, one might call him – has a massive climate conflict of interest. Joe Manchin, investigative journalism has revealed, is a modern-day coal baron.

Financial records detailed by reporter Alex Kotch for the Center for Media and Democracy and published in the Guardian show that Manchin makes roughly half a million dollars a year in dividends from millions of dollars of coal company stock he owns. The stock is held in Enersystems, Inc, a company Manchin started in 1988 and later gave to his son, Joseph, to run.

The idea of eliminating fossil fuels is “very, very disturbing”, Manchin said in July when specifics of Biden’s climate agenda surfaced. Behind the scenes, Manchin reportedly has objected to Biden’s plan to penalize electric utilities that don’t quit coal as fast as science dictates.

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Apparently keen to delay a vote on the bill – but not on the bipartisan infrastructure bill containing billions in subsidies for climate harming programs like making hydrogen from methane – Manchin asked on CNN, “What is the urgency?” of passing the larger bill. Like ExxonMobil, the senator appears to have jettisoned outright climate denial in favor of its more presentable, but no less lethal, cousin: climate delay."
One must always follow the money. Journalism that doesn't ask the question, "who pays these guys to do this crap?" are missing the point.
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Humans don't possess the intellectual capacity to manage their own population let alone deal with climate change
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(10-03-2021, 07:03 PM)Antonio Wrote: Humans don't possess the intellectual capacity to manage their own population let alone deal with climate change

...which is why we rely on experts, and which is also why so many of us are too ill-informed to understand who the experts really are.
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(10-03-2021, 08:05 PM)Alan V Wrote:
(10-03-2021, 07:03 PM)Antonio Wrote: Humans don't possess the intellectual capacity to manage their own population let alone deal with climate change

...which is why we rely on experts, and which is also why so many of us are too ill-informed to understand who the experts really are.

These experts are humans right
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(10-03-2021, 08:40 PM)Antonio Wrote:
(10-03-2021, 08:05 PM)Alan V Wrote:
(10-03-2021, 07:03 PM)Antonio Wrote: Humans don't possess the intellectual capacity to manage their own population let alone deal with climate change

...which is why we rely on experts, and which is also why so many of us are too ill-informed to understand who the experts really are.

These experts are humans right?

Scientists to be specific, whose studies are evidence-based and qualified by probabilities, and who go through the standard peer-review processes.
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Then I guess humans have everything under control
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It looks as though recycling/reclamation is a major problem with electric vehicle batteries.

It’s time to get serious about recycling lithium-ion batteries.

In Australia, only 2–3% of Li-ion batteries are collected and sent offshore for recycling, according
to an environmental scientist at Australia’s CSIRO. The recycling rates in the European Union and
the US—less than 5%—aren’t much higher.

Because the Li-ion battery industry lacks a clear path to large-scale economical recycling, battery
researchers and manufacturers have traditionally not focussed on improving recyclability.  Instead,
they've worked to lower costs and increase battery longevity and charge capacity. And because
researchers have made only modest progress improving recyclability, relatively few Li-ion batteries
end up being recycled.

According to the CSIRO report, 50% of the world’s production of cobalt comes from the Democratic
Republic of the Congo and is tied to armed conflict, illegal mining, human rights abuses, and harmful
environmental practices.

And 11 million tonnes of Li-ion batteries are expected to reach the end of their service life by 2030.

—At least, at my age, I won't be adding anything to that quantity.     Chuckle
I'm a creationist;   I believe that man created God.
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Humans have a long history of shitting in their drinking water
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(10-03-2021, 09:13 PM)Antonio Wrote: Then I guess humans have everything under control

You obviously think people are unable to deal with climate change.  I disagree.  We are able to do so in my opinion.  The question is whether we will or not.
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(10-04-2021, 05:31 PM)Alan V Wrote:
(10-03-2021, 09:13 PM)Antonio Wrote: Then I guess humans have everything under control

You obviously think people are unable to deal with climate change.  I disagree.  We are able to do so in my opinion.  The question is whether we will or not.

I agree we will. But it is gonna be costly. And harsh...
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(10-04-2021, 06:09 PM)Cavebear Wrote: I agree we will.  But it is gonna be costly.  And harsh...

But less costly and harsh than the alternatives. The problem right now is that we seem to want the people of the future pay for our own mistakes. They won't think well of us if we do so.
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And too late
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(10-04-2021, 06:40 PM)Alan V Wrote:
(10-04-2021, 06:09 PM)Cavebear Wrote: I agree we will.  But it is gonna be costly.  And harsh...

But less costly and harsh than the alternatives.  The problem right now is that we seem to want the people of the future pay for our own mistakes.  They won't think well of us if we do so.

Yes, and we have always sent the problems of the present into the future. But there comes a time when we can't. The bill is due. A demand is here in our own lifetimes, so no more kicking the bucket down the road.
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(10-04-2021, 06:58 PM)Antonio Wrote: And too late

Late, but not "too late".  This a problem we can solve in our own time if we have the will do do it.
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How many years will it take to decide who's going to pay for it
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(10-04-2021, 07:42 PM)Antonio Wrote: How many years will it take to decide who's going to pay for it

Starting now. Raise my taxes for that specific purpose...
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(10-04-2021, 07:59 PM)Cavebear Wrote:
(10-04-2021, 07:42 PM)Antonio Wrote: How many years will it take to decide who's going to pay for it

Starting now.  Raise my taxes for that specific purpose...


I'm going to take a wild guess that you're neither a billionaire nor an influential politician . If I'm wrong I apologize . In any case that is a generous gesture
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(10-04-2021, 08:22 PM)Antonio Wrote:
(10-04-2021, 07:59 PM)Cavebear Wrote:
(10-04-2021, 07:42 PM)Antonio Wrote: How many years will it take to decide who's going to pay for it

Starting now.  Raise my taxes for that specific purpose...


I'm going to take a wild guess that you're neither a billionaire nor an influential politician . If I'm wrong I apologize . In any case that is a generous gesture

You would be correct, but I have taxable assets. If wealthier people than I can stand a better share of support for the rest, I can too.
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