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Someone escaped the Matrix
  • I don't know about that, but it's not a "free lunch" and it's not the same as just looking at pretty scenery.

    From a North American perspective, besides the absurd entry cost, it seems fairly similar to a being a long-haul truck driver or plumber. Simple, repetitive work that doesn't follow any predictable schedule. Physical arduousness depends on what you're growing and if you're going to hire scared brown people to do it for you.

    You also get to live in an area that's close to nothing, surrounded by neighbors that think you're an elitist city prick and will never respect you.

  • Ukraine saving the global South from Forced russian starvation🗿🇺🇦
  • Top tier Soviet Navy moment, lol.

    Also, TIL there was a battle on Lake Baikal, which, for the unacquainted, is mostly known outside of Russia for being an impossibly deep freshwater lake with a goddamned species of seals.

  • Hell awaits the PLAN
  • Any number of other mines and deposits, and land that will get increasingly not terrible. It's just a big area, there's bound to be good stuff. Also they're still butthurt about the lost Qing territory.

  • Hell awaits the PLAN
  • Right? At the very least they should get Vladivostok back if they help unfuck the situation. Anything less would basically be bad faith on the West's part. If Russia was going to pieces I'd actually expect the whole Far East to end up in their sphere, minus maybe some or all of Transbaikal.

    I know, I know, you're not supposed to carve up other people's territory anymore. They kind of opened the door to it by trying to carve up Europe, though, and China has no particular attachment to the concept of local self-determination. Also, this is NCD.

  • A new challenger has appeared to challenge Soviet tanks for the title of The worst tank
  • They used similar tactics to everyone in WWII. The human wave thing was partly derived from the accounts of ex-Nazis who were sore losers, AskHistorians had an answer about it. I don't know about Afghanistan, but that was a different kind of war.

    Now, yeah. And it's going about as well as you'd expect.

  • A new open-source humanoid robot project suggests dystopian sci-fi tropes may have got it wrong; AI and robots will be decentralized/widely available, not hoarded and controlled by corporate elites.
  • Yup.

    I'm glad we're seriously discussing AI safety as a society, but for this exact reason I wish more people questioned whether "obedience" is a good metric of success for it. A paperclip optimisier is bad, but whoever has the password getting unlimited power could actually be more fucked up. A ball of paperclips floating in space is at least benign, once it's finished.

  • Universal Basic Income Could Double Global GDP While Cutting Carbon Emissions
  • Hypothecated taxes are tricky like that. I think they're underrated when it's essentially a user fee, but otherwise, no, it's an old-timey idea for a reason.

    Fun fact, in Canada we have a carbon tax that goes right back out as cheques to people, kinda like this but at a lower rate. Currently getting rid of them is the leading candidate's whole platform

  • What's the chance the "traitor MPs" the news is going on about are literally just Han Dong?

    We have no idea how many there are, and we already know about one, right? It seems like the simplest possibility.


    A pedestrian elevator that goes up and over something.

    (I hope it's okay if I just keep posting stuff here)

    This version of the multidirectional elevator is neat because it's not an exotic modern solution or just a concept, but an actual practical machine that's widely used. It's not quite fresh content but it holds up.


    I assume this sort of thing also counts?

    The comments say it can run a lot faster, as you'd expect for the added complexity, but they don't usually use the full speed for liability reasons. I wonder if a version could be made that's fully enclosed.


    What's the issue, specifically, with Lemmit federation?

    Example: On here vs. on Lemmit itself.

    I don't know if this is our end or theirs, but nobody seems to have commented about it on their meta community, which makes me think it's not broken for users on bigger instances.

    4 Fans preserve and emulate Sega’s extremely rare ‘80s “AI computer”

    Prolog-based Japanese education hardware sported an early touch-panel, speech synthesizer.

    Fans preserve and emulate Sega’s extremely rare ‘80s “AI computer”

    What are your opinions of Guix?

    Reposting because it looks like federation failed.

    > I was just reading about it, it sounds like a pretty cool OS and package manager. Has anyone actually used it?

    59 Opinion: Studies on the origin of life — the end of the beginning - Nature Reviews Chemistry

    Recent developments in systems chemistry have shown how the molecular building blocks of life could have arisen from plausible prebiotic feedstocks. This Perspective argues that we remain a long way from a full picture and speculates on what pieces of the puzzle are still missing.

    Opinion: Studies on the origin of life — the end of the beginning - Nature Reviews Chemistry

    Great info if you're interested in the state of the art on how abiogenesis might work.

    I also didn't realise LUCA was so sophisticated already until I read this. The story it tells is that very basic life was already widespread in the Hadean era, and when the late heavy bombardment hit and the Earth was resurfaced, only life around a hydrothermal vent (or vents) survived, with one long-term survivor going on to become the sole ancestor of modern life.

    (If you don't have institutional credentials, there is a pirate website by the name of "sci-hub", with the dash. No endorsement but it's not like you were ever going to pay 40 bucks to read this)

    Lemmy Support CanadaPlus

    Was I temp banned for anti-Zionism?

    The mod log.

    I can't see what other issues there could possibly be with this. It wasn't even spicy as anti-Zionism goes, and all the factual content was accurate.

    I can see how the comment from months ago could be seen as insensitive, although my intention was more to point out the inherent racism in the opposite position. That's not the one that did it, though.


    A worried Washington prods Israel to define its military objectives - CBC

    An interesting look at how America thinks about the conflict when cameras aren't pointing at them. TL;DR they see themselves 20 years ago, and are trying to figure out how to convey all the lessons that experience taught them, including "branches" and "sequels", which is jargon I haven't heard mentioned before. Israel is not terribly receptive.

    Aaand of course, Tom Cotton is at the end basically describing a genocide, which he would support.

    Tor CanadaPlus

    New TB window size update

    It opens maximized by default now, and I can't figure out how to turn that off. Does anybody know? I don't need the window to be nearly that big (this is not a small display) and I've become used to looking at things next to it.


    How would I make my own bubble memory?

    It's a good candidate since it sounds like there's no precision mechanical components like there would be in a hard drive. Does anyone have ideas for how I'd go about this? Is there a barrier I'm not considering?

    I know how to make basic semiconductors already, so that's not an issue.

    Edit: I've got an answer written down in the comments now. TL;DR you'd still need lithography to do it the OG way, because of the patterned magnetic material that directed bubbles around the medium, but material requirements are actually pretty flexible.

    Artificial Intelligence - Ethics | Law | Philsophy CanadaPlus

    A test of artificial intelligence - Nature A test of artificial intelligence

    As debate rages over the abilities of modern AI systems, scientists are still struggling to effectively assess machine intelligence.

    A test of artificial intelligence

    I feel like this explains a lot more of how I think about the the geography of the world today than any other map I've seen recently. This is why Australia seems strange and distant while China is familiar, despite the much higher language and culture affinity I have with post-colonial Australia.


    [META] What are the demographics of this community?

    Am I the only Zoomer? I see a lot of "I remember"-type responses, so I have to wonder.


    RAND on the benefits and limitations of the F-16 for Ukraine What F-16s Will (and Won't) Do for Ukraine

    After months of publicly lobbying to acquire U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets, it appears that Ukraine may receive them later this year. However, there remains a long road ahead before the F-16s would see service in Ukraine—and it is an open question how much they would affect the outcome of the war.

    What F-16s Will (and Won't) Do for Ukraine

    A few months old now, but it was news to me. Basically, the F-16 will allow Ukraine to keep doing the same thing they are now, but are just as limited for the purpose of providing support on the front lines.

    If Ukraine doesn't manage to breach Russian fortifications in this offensive, the West will have to find a different way of giving them an edge, if we want to avoid a war of pure attrition.


    Global average temperatures, copied from Reddit. imgbox - fast, simple image host

    Use imgbox to upload, host and share all your images. It's simple, free and blazing fast!

    Since I don't want to link over there, and I want to illustrate a conversation about studies showing humans prefer 11-15C with a peak at 13C.

    Locally, it looks like green is a good approximation for cold areas where agriculture is still possible. Ideal temperatures would then be gold, with yellow being on the warm side and red being hot.