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AI taking over the world
  • Sure, but the issue is that employers will try to replace non-replaceable jobs along with the replaceable ones. Eventually employers will figure it out and hire people again for the non-replaceable jobs, but in the meantime, real people with real lives will suffer

  • Game dev [Alderon Games] accuses Intel of selling ‘defective’ Raptor Lake CPUs [13th&14th-gen] [ quote: "we have observed that CPUs initially working well deteriorate over time, eventually failing" ]
  • Not sure if you saw Level1Tech's recent video on the topic, but he speculated that it could be the area connecting the cache to the cores, as that was apparently changed to accommodate for more cores in the 13th/14th gen parts. The change was speculated to have made the connection weaker and more prone to degradation, especially when the connection was expected to communicate with a lot of cores (hence why this occurs mainly on high core count parts)

  • Outer wilds: at what point should I give up?
  • Flying is definitely the first challenge that players tend to meet. Just use autopilot. You can cancel the autopilot mid-flight, and you absolutely should cancel the autopilot if you start to see that a planet is getting in your way. Most people just fly with the autopilot, and that's really my biggest advice.

    If you really insist on flying manual, don't treat it like driving a car. Spaceships (both real and in-game) drift most of the time. You want to get up to speed (400 m/s is a good top speed most of the time) and then drift the rest of the way to your destination. Do you see the white dotted arrows coming out from the planet that you're targeting? You want to get those arrows to be as short as possible. If the arrows are visible, that means you're not lined up with the planet and you'll miss the planet

  • Outer wilds: at what point should I give up?
  • That's slightly untrue. The physics is in fact accurate. It's just that the ship engine is so powerful that you can effectively ignore the gravity. If you've ever tried to land on the ___ _______, you'll know that by far the easiest and safest way is to utilize orbital mechanics

  • Outer wilds: at what point should I give up?
  • Yeah, people tend to have that problem, especially if they're treating it like driving a car. If you want to fly manual, never fly more than 400 m/s, because then you won't have enough time to slow down.

    My actual advice though is to just use autopilot. People seem to forget that you can cancel autopilot. If you start to see that there's something getting in your way, cancel the autopilot and push the ship to the left or right (it's easier to go around the planet than to slow down). Once you're clear, resume autopilot.

  • Linguistics in science
  • There's a technique in science that's commonly used called blotting. It is basically exactly what it sounds like. You transfer a biological sample to a sheet of paper by pressing the paper into your sample.

    The person who first developed blotting was a guy with the last name Southern, and he did it to transfer DNA into paper. So that became known as a Southern Blot.

    Then someone else decided to try the same thing with RNA, and so they called it Northern Blot, because ofc North is opposite of South. Then someone else tried it with proteins, and that became known as a Western Blot. I think now there's even Northeastern Blots

  • Egyptian sonar!
  • Not insane. This is true. Iirc, there's some hormonal changes in the urine that causes the wheat/barley to grow first, depending on the sex of the fetus.

    The accuracy of this method is overexaggerated, though. Iirc, when tested, it was found to be something like 75% accurate. For what it's worth, that's pretty accurate for the ancient world

  • Why is it impossible to reverse-engineer closed source software?
  • Yes, and people do do it. It's just incredibly difficult to do it even for relatively simple programs, and the more complex the program is, the more exponentially hard the reverse engineering will be.

    The problem is not necessarily turning it into code, since many decompilers do it already for you nowadays. The issue is understanding what in the world the code is supposed to do. Normally, open source code would be commented and there would be documentation, so it's easy to edit or build on the code. Decompiled code comes with no documentation or comments, and all the variable names are virtually illegible.

    It's sometimes easier to build something new than to fix what's broken, and this would be one of those cases where it's true

  • How to transport a PC long distances
  • Size matters. I built a small form factor pc exactly because I knew I would probably move it a lot. I find that 10-15 L cases can be fit into a large backpack with some care, and 8 L cases can be fit into backpacks relatively easily.

    You probably won't need it to fit into a backpack, but regardless, you will probably want to remove any unnecessary space to make carrying and transport easier. For what it's worth, I believe 15 L cases can generally fit into luggages, and I would be more inclined to trust that a PC is undamaged if left in a luggage. Especially if the remaining space is well padded

  • Do other languages have similar acronyms to 'tbh', 'imo', 'smh', etc?
  • Not necessarily an acronym, but here's a fun one for Japanese: Laughing in Japanese is warau, which gets shortened when typing to just w. If you want to laugh a lot, you would type wwww. That ends up looking like a field of grass, so that in turn gets shortened into 草 (kusa, or grass). Basically, 草 is the Japanese equivalent of lol

    Also, in Chinese, thank you is often abbreviated as 3q, because when you say it out loud, it sounds like "thank you" (san kyu)

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