Before the launches, the HN crowd promised repeatedly that nobody would be able to see these satellites and they would not change the night sky at all, and that that looking up in wonder is only something that old people and luddites do, because nothing is more important than global always-on sacred holy internet access.
The common exception was technical works, and translations, which from the early 20th century onward often went horizontal and left-to-right to allow using the Latin alphabet, math equations, etc.
Well. That was the situation until very recently. The first Korean newspaper to switch to horizontal text did so in 1988. It was universal by the mid-90s. It's rare to see now outside of signs. Traditional Chinese areas have been changing rapidly too, but vertical text for newspapers and novels has its traditionalist holdouts. Japanese is probably the most resistant. But horizontal text is ascendant there too.
And this massive shift is mostly because software can't handle vertical text. It was terrible then. Even today for publication quality it probably requires specialized Taiwanese or Japanese software.
An observation to close with: Perhaps a little ironically, the Mongolian script is distantly derived from a rotated version of the Syriac script that went along the silk road route, and is distantly related to our Latin alphabet. It was rotated 90 degrees most likely for no other reason than because it works well alongside Chinese. This is a recurring theme, it seems.
What you'd probably rather have is for the `<pre>` element's default styling of `white-space: pre` to be changed to `white-space: normal`, that would make the text wrap as it does in paragraphs and such. It's easy to tell when such wrapping is happening in the code block styling that includes line numbers.
They are not going to let the hangups of the West be a roadblock on that march.
Neither, for that matter, will India.
These types of worries are strictly for the West, and third world nations participate in the global warming outcry because they see an opportunity for obtaining subsidies from this project.
The moment there are costs instead of subsidies, and third world nations are portrayed as perpetrators instead of victims, you will see the developing world rapidly lose interest in this project of curtailing carbon emissions.
China is worried about technological progress, employment, and social stability. Everything else is nice-to-have. I don't blame them.
You might have seen documents marked 'Controlled' in the past.
800-171 has been required since 2017.
I certainly found it very obscure the one time I had to investigate a minified app, that’s why I asked.
This is the article that these graphs come from:
"The Russian military will be supplied with 76 jets by 2028, 22 of which will be operational by 2024."
Though i don't believe those estimates for a lot of reasons. In particular most of the Russian new military hardware - i mean generationally new, not just modernizations - that has been shown and planned for deliveries starting in the last decade hasn't yet materialized, with the money being one of the key reasons.
Which, frankly, feels rather sordid.
And in any event Starlink is nothing compared to the assholes planning satellite billboards.
People get irately angry when a warranty replacement ends up with a slightly different system (CPU stepping, firmware revision, or whatever) that breaks something. They get only slightly less angry when buying a newer system does the same: "XYZ worked on my previous system!!!!1 this is broken garbage!!1111 Widget Inc is deliberately screwing over loyal paying customers to force us to buy more widgets, it makes me sick!!!!!1111" - this is not too far off from comments made here on HN at times.
Making seemingly trivial changes becomes an exercise in walking a minefield of unknown compatibility constraints.
That's besides the extra work of hiring technical writers to spend time converting a jumble of engineering notes, comments on bug tickets, and code comments into publicly presentable documentation - and making sure to keep all of that up to date when anything changes. For something almost no one knows or cares about that you may completely change in the next version.
"We believed this surprising thing might be true. To our surprise, nothing unusual happened."
What's generally surprising is not the same as what is surprising given the researchers' prior expectations. (What is surprising also changes over time, as a result of those experiments!)
A future without passwords (https://blog.google/technology/safety-security/a-simpler-and...)
100 points|grappler|1 day ago|210 comments