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DnD Central / Re: What's Going on in Europe
Last post by jax -

Financial Times: Seven lessons for Europe's China policy
Two facts are fundamental for the EU's orientation towards China.One is that the US is now at best indifferent to the survival of the rules-based international order. Europe is largely left alone to defend the international governance under which it thrives. The other is that China is building a global economic network with itself as the centre. [...] 

    Put together, these two facts mean that for the first time in the history of the European project, the EU has to go on the offensive in order to defend its interests. What this means is restoring itself as a pole of attraction for third countries and projecting its influence with them just as much as China does and as the US has done in the past.Earlier this year Brussels named China a "systemic rival". Here are seven things Europe must do to address this rivalry.

Synopsis (read article for full argument):

  • articulate a vision for the future as concrete and appealing as anything Beijing can come up with
  • offer more to Europe's eastern and southeastern flank in particular
  • create a better-defined and more attractive offer for countries not on a path to full single market membership
  • employ sticks as well as carrots; carbon border adjustment taxes with those not doing their part on climate change; restrictions on data flows with those that disrespect the data rights Europeans increasingly assert
  • while being transparent about systemic rivalry, identify clearly aligned interests where the EU and China can work together as equal partners
  • look for areas to accommodate a full role for China in shaping global governance
  • the EU needs to be much more aware of the things it does well and which make it attractive to others

In technology policy, for example, too many Europeans fret about having no equivalent to Google or Facebook, while too few pride themselves on the Linux operating system's European origins. The former extract massive profits from surveillance-intensive advertising. The latter is a free and ubiquitous underpinning of the digital world.

Which has done more for Europe's -- and the world's -- productivity? Rather than envying America's tech monopolists or China's privacy-blind data hoarding, Europe must learn to see that many of its particularities, such as tougher competition and privacy rules, are not weaknesses but strengths.
DnD Central / Re: Best language resource(s) to use?
Last post by jax -
I don't consider computer-speak to be a major issue (though sometimes it is grating). To get proper pronunciation you need more focused work anyway.

The biggest problem is the one language-fits-all approach. Each language is different, and you need to learn the specifics of that language, from a teacher who not only knows the language, but how learners learn it.

But most of language learning is chore, and DuoLingo does that chore well. Use specialised resources to get the rest.
She is still an item with Julian Assange, a Non-American that has had greater influence on US elections than most Americans, so that should be all good. He couldn't hold a candle to the influence-peddling of another Australian, Rupert Murdoch, but he is an American now. The US is the biggest democracy money can buy. Bloomberg/Zuckerberg should be the dream ticket.
The Lounge / Re: What music are you listening to right now?
Last post by ensbb3 -
I believe that just means it is CD quality. Cloud services like to cut some range to save space. Arguably out of earbuds or some headphones you wouldn't need it anyway.

Old songs a 'friend' :left: scalped off YouTube have never sounded right.
The Lounge / Re: Random horse
Last post by ensbb3 -

So catching up...
After Bosley there's Daisy:

And Dixie (sleeping?):

Next there's Jax, the OP's namesake ( @jax ):

And a year later Chauncey:

Jax and Chauncey together... :zip: 

And more recently Daisy had her first, Patches. (Let my niece name it -  :lol: - sounds like a cat's name.:right:)

And about a month ago; Graci:

She is sleeping...

And lastly, a cheeky group shot.  :P

Dixie's front and center.
The Lounge / Re: Random horse
Last post by ersi -
I don't own those horses. And after uploading anything on the internet, why would anyone pretend they still own it?
The Lounge / Re: Random horse
Last post by Frenzie -
Yeah, but then you lose whatever sense of ownership you might've had. Often it doesn't matter, but sometimes it might. :)
DnD Central / Re: Best language resource(s) to use?
Last post by ersi -
Computer-generated pronunciations? Eww.. I can recommend Speakly. I updated (or kind of upheld rather) my French there when they had a free campaign for a while. No computer-generated nonsense. No real-life interaction either, but if you just want some conversation phrases in writing read out to you so you can repeat, it's fine.

The best conversation exercise is still live interaction. This cannot be changed. Find a real-life friend among native speakers, if you are really serious. (I am not that serious.)
The Lounge / Re: Random horse
Last post by ersi -
See if I can remember my imgur login.
I found that Xfce Screenshooter can post to Imgur without requiring a login. Been using it ever since.
I cannot directly recommend it either. Emacs org mode requires Emacs and Emacs can drive one crazy when diving into it too fast. Even after years it becomes slowly comfortable only after you, after long familiarisation process, become convinced of the usefulness of at least three of its major aspects. For example, org mode, editor, and browser. Or org mode, editor, and mailer. Or mailer, browser, and editor. Or calendar, org mode, and editor. Can't do without the editor, unfortunately.

This is quite different from Vim, which is only frustrating as long as you do not know the keybinds and shortcuts. It frustrates, but doesn't drive one nuts (apart from the beginner's shock when you do not know how to quit/exit it, which can be quite traumatic) because it is just an editor with a visually clean interface. Even though I don't like Vim's quit keybind to this day, to me its view mode versus insert mode made instantly sense, and I soon set up Less and Nano to emulate these modes: I always open up readable files in Less, and when I need to edit, I press "v" in Less to go into editor, which I have set to Nano.

In comparison, Emacs is rocket science in every way. And its quit keybind is much worse than in Vim.