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Users of Vim and similars, what exactly makes it useful compared to other text editors? How much time do you suppose you save when working with it?
  • Where editors usually have editing shortcuts, vim has an editing grammar.

    So you can copy (or select, or replace, or delete, or any other editing verb) N arguments or blocks or lines or functions or any entity for which vim has an editing noun, or around or inside either of these, and you only need to remember a few such editing verbs and nouns and adjectives in order to immediately become much more effective.

    It's so effective that switching back to a regular editor feels annoyingly clunky. (I guess that's why many offer vim plugins these days.)

    Better: you can record entire editing sentences and replay them. Ever had to make the same change on dozens of lines? Now you can do it in seconds.

    Now of course, replaying a sentence, or several sentences, is also a sentence of its own that you can replay in another file if you want.

    It's neat. :)

  • Users of Vim and similars, what exactly makes it useful compared to other text editors? How much time do you suppose you save when working with it?
  • Where editors usually have editing shortcuts, vim has an editing grammar.

    So you can copy (or select, or replace, or delete, or any other editing verb) N arguments or blocks or lines or functions or any entity for which vim has an editing noun, or around or inside either of these, and you only need to remember a few such editing verbs and nouns and adjectives in order to immediately become much more effective.

    It's so effective that switching back to a regular editor feels annoyingly clunky. (I guess that's why many offer vim plugins these days.)

    Better: you can record entire editing sentences and replay them. Ever had to make the same change on dozens of lines? Now you can do it in seconds.

    Now of course, replaying a sentence, or several sentences, is also a sentence of its own that you can replay in another file if you want.

    It's neat. :)

  • What should I know about Jean-Luc Mélenchon?
  • I know right? Some countries are much better about it though. In Ireland, Varadkar and Martin recently shared the Taoiseach (prime minister) role when neither of their parties won enough seats to form a government. There wasn't much fuss about it; it was just a reasonable compromise, so they went and did it.

  • What should I know about Jean-Luc Mélenchon?
  • Mélenchon is... frustrating.

    He's the main contender on the limited field of the actual left in France. He's got a lot of proposals that are actually good and desirable.

    He's also a narcissist and a populist whose stated approach to achieving his proposals is to denounce treaties he doesn't like and somehow force other countries to replace clauses with whatever it is he wants.

    He's also incapable of compromises, and right now busily torpedoeing the left wing alliance that won the election because his own party didn't win enough seats to take charge of the alliance.

    What I don't know is, how much of the populist/anti-system talk is just talk for political reasons, and whether he would in fact be capable of the nuance required to govern. He might. He might not. He's clearly smart and charismatic. But he's also the type to huff his own farts hard enough to mistake the visions for the truth of the world. So... In that respect, pretty much just like Macron.

    France has a big, big problem with overemphasizing individual politicians over policies.

  • What should I know about Jean-Luc Mélenchon?
  • Mélenchon is... frustrating.

    He's the main contender on the limited field of the actual left in France. He's got a lot of proposals that are actually good and desirable.

    He's also a narcissist and a populist whose stated approach to achieving his proposals is to denounce treaties he doesn't like and somehow force other countries to replace clauses with whatever it is he wants.

    He's also incapable of compromises, and right now busily torpedoeing the left wing alliance that won the election because his own party didn't win enough seats to take charge of the alliance.

    What I don't know is, how much of the populist/anti-system talk is just talk for political reasons, and whether he would in fact be capable of the nuance required to govern. He might. He might not. He's clearly smart and charismatic. But he's also the type to huff his own farts hard enough to mistake the visions for the truth of the world. So... In that respect, pretty much just like Macron.

  • Outer wilds: at what point should I give up?
  • Oh man flying to planets manually is TOUGH, the physics engine is just realistic enough that doing it manually takes more skill than I care to develop.

    Just use the autopilot. Yes, you have to be careful about not starting it when there's something else between you and your destination. But for real, use the autopilot.

    Mind you, you are still going to die a lot because the universe is as amazing as it is unforgiving. You WILL die in that one specific way that will be your own damn fault because everyone does sooner or later. It's okay, and it's fun.

    And it's very, very worth it.

  • French elections: Left projected to win most seats, ahead of Macron's coalition and far right
  • Okay, let me quote sources then. Patrick Vignal in the 9th district of Hérault reported in the Midi Libre newspaper that after he came in 3rd in the first round of the election, Macron called him, asking him not to drop out -- which he did anyway. Source: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/GRbNC3WWcAAIBX4.jpg

    I have, in fact, been paying attention, thank you.

  • French election results 2024: Early projections show surprise lead for left alliance
  • Macron tried his best to torpedo the left and has been spending the entire election cycle shouting that the left wing coalition is as bad as the far right.

    This is the left winning thanks to extraordinary efforts and mobilisation. Macron has nothing to do with it -- more like the opposite.

  • French elections: Left projected to win most seats, ahead of Macron's coalition and far right
  • Per first hand accounts, Macron called the elections because he legitimately thought he could win this, and then did backroom deals for his MP candidates to not drop out where in competition with the left against the far right, despite publicly claiming he would support the drop out scheme. He's a fool and an incompetent that got France in this situation in the first place.

    In fact it's not even certain that he won't just try to make a government by allying with the far right. He's really got his head that far up his own ass.

  • Victoire! RN en troisième.
  • On évite le pire ce coup-ci. Pour le coup, on a le droit de prendre 5 minutes pour célébrer.

    Ensuite il sera temps de se remettre au travail. On a pas le fion sorti de l'ornière, et il y a du chemin à faire.

  • In defence of swap: common misconceptions
  • Great article, thanks for posting! Worth noting that swap is also used for tmpfs partitions. Meaning that if you don't have any swap, temporary files in /tmp will use your actual physical RAM. That's probably not what you want.

  • How to know you'll turn out trans?
  • Vast question. Finding out who you are is a lifelong process.

    My thought: "male" and "female" are, in fact, abstract ideas, simple labels that each imperfectly, awkwardly covers entire, partially overlapping universes of complexity. And in practical reality, no one is all the way in either universe to the entire exclusion of the other.

    So perhaps you are fine in a masculine body enjoying feminine-coded traits and activities. Perhaps the body shape that you would like to see in the mirror fluctuates with time or with your mood. Perhaps you are fine with your genitals but would like to have breasts, or perhaps you are fine with your chest but are thrilled by the idea of a vulva between your legs. Perhaps you would love the way you look and feel in a skirt and high socks. Perhaps you just thrive socializing and belonging in groups of women. Perhaps -- likely -- none of the above, but something else, something lovely I can't even begin to imagine. Only you can find out.

    Ultimately all labels are, to some extent, bullshit. Each human is a rich multitude that defies naming and containment. I hope you love whatever it is you end up finding out are.