March 22nd, 2021

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I was amused to see several times on social media (reddit and hacker news) the word "pedantic" used disapprovingly. I think I have even heard John McWhorter say it in the same, vaguely negative, sense ("I am not being pedantic" or something to that effect). Not sure what exactly those who use this word thus have in mind or what alternative way of thinking and speaking they prefer.

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From a job ad. There are many ads like this, but this one made me suddenly wonder...



Is the last paragraph just a ritualistic affirmation? Is there any company that would discriminate (or at least confess to doing so) "on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status"? Wouldn't that be illegal? Isn't it a bit like writing "we do not beat our employees" or "we do not sponsor terrorism"? Is there any meaningful information that this paragraph conveys?

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While those are Clevos, so hardly system76's own achievement, the difference is, indeed, impressive. Look at those ugly bezels and the tiny trackpad on the one on the right!



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Someone was showing off their linux laptop on reddit. A Dell Precision 5750, maxed out, with obscene CPU and memory, a discrete GPU and a 4k display. This is what a proper high-end linux laptop should look like. I am so jealous!