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Your previous electric shaver broke?
Yep! It just died on me for no apparent reason.
Did you give it a decent burial?

Today I bought a second Blackview BV6000. Good boys' phone.
Major US airlines will ban smart luggage with non-removable batteries starting January 15th
Starting January 15th, a number of major airlines will ban any "smart luggage" that features a non-removable lithium-ion battery.
DnD Central / Re: Today's Bad News
Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, defying allies, foes
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump's announcement as a "historic landmark," but other close Western allies of Washington such as Britain and France were critical.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the United States abdicated its role as a mediator in peace efforts, and Palestinian secular and Islamist factions called for a general strike and rallies on Thursday to protest.

The international community does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the entire city, believing its status should be resolved in negotiations. No other country has its embassy in Jerusalem.


Trump's decision risks further inflaming a region already grappling with conflict in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
Onnea Suomi! (100th anniversary of Finland's independence)
Congrats for the release!

Meanwhile, Vivaldi managed to re-create drag and drop in Windows panel like Opera used to have. Hopefully this will also make it to Otter version 1.
Plus a link and page number, much better. :P
The species quote is on page 69 in the same volume.
The Lounge / Re: True or false?
You had to use soap when you shave because you ran out of shaving cream. :whistle:
False. My shaving equipment does not even seem to permit any brand of cream/foam other than its own (Gillette). If I used soap, I guess I would also have to use a kitchen knife or maybe at least an extra sharpened letter-opener.

You hate shaving.
I would have to investigate to judge.
Darwin's concept of species appears in the context of contrasting his own definition with the/an other where species is understood as a "distinct act of creation", i.e. in terms of that which makes the species special, whatever it may be. Darwin rejects this and prefers groupings based on similarities, where similarity is just similarity, not that which is special to the species.

And I found my older post quoting Darwin's analogy with linguistics

Saying psychoanalysis is worthless pseudoscience based on Freud would be a lot less silly than discounting evolutionary theory based on Darwin's writings, but both would amount to strawmen.
I'm reasonably up-to-date on the state of biology. The reasons to reject the evolutionary theory are several, not just Darwin's writings. We may get to those.

As I recall it would've been more accurate to call it On Natural Selection (or, slightly catchier if you ask me, just Natural Selection).
Which is what makes Alfred Russel Wallace better, because he is all about natural selection, examining and exemplifying the concept from every possible angle in his biological writings.
I'm basically saying that in my opinion Freud doesn't rise above his popular stereotypes, while Darwin is not only more sophisticated but completely different.
I can't comment on or compare with Freud, but when I read Darwin directly, my opinion of him (Darwin) sank. One of the specific points was his definition of species, "I look at the term species, as one arbitrarily given for the sake of convenience to a set of individuals closely resembling each other, and that it does not essentially differ from the term variety, which is given to less distinct and more fluctuating forms. The term variety, again, in comparison with mere individual differences, is also applied arbitrarily, and for mere convenience sake."

So, species is the same as variety and applied arbitrarily. Where's the sophistication in this? How is this non-definition supposed to help explain the origin of species which the book is about? When you define species into non-existence, does it explain the origins? How about if someone said that language is the same thing as dialect or the same thing as variation? Loony, right? Certainly it does nothing to explain the origins of language. And the comparison with languages is not accidental - Darwin himself applied the analogy of linguistic classification to highlight his point about (universal) common descent in the way that should clarify the fallacy to linguists very well.

I find Alfred Russel Wallace (whom I have also read directly) both a better biologist and a more thorough thinker. Man's Place in the Universe is his cosmology, his sophistication on display to the fullest. Even though he does not convince me of (Darwinian) evolution either.

I suppose that what popular culture thinks of as Darwin is actually Haeckel.
Maybe him too. But certainly Herbert Spencer, "survival of the fittest" with its implied social Darwinism and eugenics. This is part of everyone's image of Darwin, as far as I know.
But reading Freud isn't like reading Darwin. When you read Darwin it quickly becomes apparent that most people haven't. When you read Freud, somewhat surprisingly, it would seem that most people have!
This is interesting. Why the comparison and what's the difference? Both the difference between Freud and Darwin and how people seem to have read the one and not the other. For the record, I have read Darwin directly, but not Freud.
All of that depends on the definition of a language.
Then by all means let's define a language. I think the definition is conceptually clear enough, but realities on the ground make it tricky.

The core of the definition is mutual intelligibility. Problems arise when one observes that some people are better at intelligibility of things and others are less so, and that intelligibility is often asymmetrical due to sociopolitical reasons. This is why there are attempts to define mutual intelligibility in terms of what it should be rather than what it is and there are also attempts to quantify things.

The usual way to empirically quantify language boundaries is by mapping isoglosses. Mostly you will get a pretty good picture with distinct lines. The "Charlemagne area" may be a thing in typological terms, but it's certainly not a thing in lexical and morphological terms.
So polling and the right of self-determination of Crimeans isn't relevant.
If there were an ethnic group called Crimeans, it would be. And there are rules how a referendum for self-determination should take place, for example it should not take place under a foreign occupation, all local representatives as far as possible should be participating, international observers should have access to the procedures. None of this was true in case of Crimea: The Crimean parliament was occupied by gunmen, under those gunmen they shifted the planned referendum several times several months earlier, many members of the parliament were blocked from the relevant voting in the parliament and they declared the current state of affairs illegal.

To you, of course, all this matters nothing. Even the fact that there are no Crimeans in the relevant sense whose self-determination is best served by Russian annexation. But there are good reasons why international organisations don't recognise this referendum.
It's more or less [...] one language we speak, Standard Average European.  Europe is the (sub)continent with the least linguistic diversity in the world. We can probably blame the Romans and other empires for that.
The video actually says that the hypothesis has been tested and it does not hold. But I don't blame you, linguistic statements are pretty subtle.

Polling has no effect on whether Russia annexed Crimea or not. Looking at the timeline of the relevant historical events does that
DnD Central / Re: The weekend post
Indeed, the immune system of Europe has failed...
Since the immune system of Belfrager failed (temporarily), the immune system of Europe has failed (permanently). Good one!

If you can't find the answer, you'll lose your continent.
This one is even better :up:
The research is unequivocal: Laptops distract from learning, both for users and for those around them.

Why not keep FF as the single-process browser we used to love and create another for those who want the multi-process thingie?
I want it. The way Firefox does it is nothing like what Chromium does. :)
And the single-process FF is Palemoon. The sad thing is that they are separate organisations now doing these different projects.
You can re-enable [Legacy Extensions] by going to about:config, searching for extensions.legacy.enabled and changing the binary value to true. However, this also disables the multi-process feature.
Why not keep FF as the single-process browser we used to love and create another for those who want the multi-process thingie?

I liked Mozilla 10+ years ago. The policies were completely different. They mainly developed the Mozilla Suite, but when they got other ideas, such as stand-alone browser or stand-alone mailer, they branched it off. This is how FF was born. And there were also Camino as Mac-alone and Epiphany as Gnome-alone and more. And all along Mozilla Suite stayed around too. Those were good times.

Without those options I'll have to ditch Firefox.
I've been using Palemoon quite long now and even there I got a warning from TileTabs that it may stop working due to the extensions system update on FF. Not sure if extensions will actually break on Palemoon, but that warning didn't look good.
Trump has always been doing very well in the entertainment industry.

That problem applies to several the language families though, not just the Latinate ones.
There is a bit deeper problem: Is it more important to provide samples of languages (in that case, where is Basque, Saami, etc.) or of countries (in that case, where is Switzerland, Belgium, etc.)?

We may think that this video is a sloppy compromise, but actually it's the best among a bunch that I sat through. Nobody has done a better one yet. Either this one is good enough for the time being or we dudeperfects must make a better one.
After all it was about laguage families on TV. Wasn't it? ;)
Specifically TV news, and the problem there is that each country has its TV, even though two countries may have the same language, and then there are languages that maybe don't have a TV or barely have it (Basque, Saami, etc.).

The maker of this video would have shown himself more knowledgeable, if Moldova and Romania had followed each other immediately, but as it is it it is good enough compared to some other completely disorganised videos that I saw.
Romanian because it's spread out across two countries: Romania and Moldova. But this is a trivial factoid.
Languages in Europe as seen in the news. For the convenience of you-all, I have set the video to start at the most important language of them all.

Some of the languages are represented weirdly. For example the Albanian bit (at 12:00) shows news from Voice of America with such a thick American accent that you don't get the right idea about how the language really sounds.
DnD Central / Re: The weekend post
The pleasures of life, at home with the flu...  :irked:
Didn't you get your free flu vaccine injection on time? (I never get it no matter how much they campaign for it.)
In a private window, all Chromium extensions are disabled. IMHO, this makes the entire system of extensions irrelevant.
I don't use Chrome or any of its forks myself but AFAIK you have to enable extensions for private browsing in Chrome.
As soon as you do so, your extensions will be enabled in private mode as well.
I looked around and you're right. However,

Not all extensions can be enabled in Incognito mode. You will know which ones can and cannot when you view your list of extensions. Only those with the "Allow in Incognito" box are the ones that will work.

Extensions like Vimium are fairly interesting.
In a private window, all Chromium extensions are disabled. IMHO, this makes the entire system of extensions irrelevant. I suspect that Mozilla makes the same decision at some point - disable all extensions in private window/mode. Maybe the current transition already implemented this?