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Is it just a coincidence that Chromium and Firefox have similar version numbers?
  • One of the reasons why the 1/3rd pound burger lost to the 1/4 pound burger, was because people saw the 1/4, and thought that the quarter-pound was larger for some inexplicable reason.

    I would be very surprised if there wasn't at least some marketing suggestion focused around "number that looks big is better".

  • Annotations for *Star Trek: Discovery* 5x10: “Life, Itself” (SPOILERS)
  • Honestly, after Zora became sapient, it seems like a cruelty to have her just sit around in deep space.

    In Calypso, this was less of an issue, because of the implication that Discovery became sapient after centuries of floating about, developing sapience as part of that time, but Zora would be sapient from the get-go, and leaving a sapient being adrift and alone for Millennia seems like fairly unethical.

  • Internet Archive is continuing to face DDoS attacks after several days, says “this attack has been sustained, impactful, targeted, adaptive, and importantly, mean”
  • Without knowing how, not really. If it's a massive multi-device botnet, like Mirai, for example, that's millions of indvidual devices across millions of addresses, so it isn't so simple as just blocking a domain. Trying to block all of them might well just block legitimate users.

    Request limits also wouldn't work if it's millions of devices making a few requests at once, and an overall limit would have a similar locking-out effect as blocking everything. Especially if the DDoS is taking up most/all of that limit.

  • The reality of modern tech
  • Yes, since most modern chargers and cables have internal chips to communicate capabilities with for things like fast-charging. It is not difficult to have the chip identify itself as something else, and execute a payload.

    A common attack method is to have it show up as a keyboard, and execute a series of key-sequences when connected to a computer (like opening and executing things through a command prompt).

    It is also why you should try and avoid plugging random USB cables/chargers into your phone/computer when out and about, since you don't exactly know if the other end is what it appears to be.

  • 17-year-old girl trafficked into U.S. from Mexico rescued after texting 911 and describing landmarks
  • It probably already is, or is part of one, since those investigating sexual exploitation would check traces in photos and things to idea of location.

    There is/was a website for the general public to contribute, if they knew of the locations in the photo.

  • The reality of modern tech
  • It's also a lot easier to do it in software, since you don't need to splice wires and leave physical traces like you would have had to do in the day.

    A well-configured charger or Flash drive can do that job for you, and can spread itself.

  • “Unprecedented” Google Cloud event wipes out customer account and its backups
  • Backups all tied to the same Google account that got mistakenly terminated, and automation did the rest?

    It didn't matter that they might have had backups on different services, since it was all centralised through Google, it was all blown away simultaneously.

  • Dual headphone jack smartphone scores high in new reparability video
  • But that space usually isn't. No company would make a battery with a tiny little protrusion where the headphone jack once was. That'd cost a lot more, and make it a lot more fragile.

    They'd be more likely to leave it empty, or fit something else in that space, like a third speaker.

  • The snake is high maintenance and doesn't like you to sleep in.
  • It's not that the secret snake likes to hurt, it's that you're (ab)using it in a way that it doesn't typically get used in. That's part of why you don't tend to see cats have back issues, even though they go full slinky.

  • Electric garbage truck trialled in regional Australia drives 'like a limousine'
  • It's also more efficient. You lose somewhere around 20 - 30% of the fuel-energy in a combustion engine, but about half that for an electric, since the generator can always run at its most efficient without ramping up and down much, and you don't waste as much energy from the fuel running the plant.

  • What would inorganic species call themselves?

    I've been using "mechanoid" as a classification (similar to humanoid, etc), but a friend pointed out that it's both too generic, and that said inorganics might just consider it biology, with organics being the weird outlier.


    Why is "Dear X" considered more formal than "To X" in e-mail/writing?

    You wouldn't start off an e-mail with "My Dear X", or "Dearest X", since that would be too personal for a professional email, so "To X" being more impersonal seems like it would make the letter more professional-sounding, compared to "Dear X".

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    [Doctor Who] How do the Doctor's enemies keep track of which Doctor is which?

    Doctor Who zips all the way up and down through time, popping in at any time and place. If you don't have a time machine to follow them around with, it should be impossible to keep track of which incarnation was where. And yet, the Doctor's enemies somehow manage to do just that, with the Daleks being accurate enough to determine he was on his last regeneration on Trenzalore.

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    [Harry Potter] How long does a wand last?

    One of the options for students enrolling into Hogwarts, if they come from a wizarding family, is that they have the option of using a hand-me-down wand. But short of wands being damaged beyond repair, we don't see many people replacing them, even though it happens enough that hand-me-downs are a valid option for new students.

    So how long does one last? Does a wizard normally use one wand in their lifetime, or is it the kind of thing where an old, worn-out wand is fine for schoolwork, but you'd need something newer/better for adult life?


    What caused the change in electronic terminology?

    What caused the shift from calling things like rheostats and condensers to resistors and capacitors, or the move from cycles to Hertz?

    It seemed to just pop up out of nowhere, seeing as the previous terms seemed fine, and are in use for some things today (like rheostat brakes, or condenser microphones).


    [Stupid Question] Why cut/bulk in cycles instead of doing it all in one go?

    You often see people in fitness mention going through a cut/bulk cycle, or mention one, with plans to follow up with the other. Why is it that cutting and bulking so often happen in cycles, rather than said person just doing both at once, until they hit their desired weight?

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    [Doctor Who] How much of a TARDIS is essential to its function?

    While we hear of the TARDIS having engines that are implicitly essential to it working, we've also see a TARDIS work without the rest of the machine.

    "The Doctor's Wife" and "Inferno" show that a TARDIS is capable of operating as just the console, which would seem to imply that they're just a power source to allow the console to do its thing and move the whole ship around, or to allow for the pilot to do silly things like tow an entire planet one second out of phase.


    Was the Federation right to grandfather in Earth's laws against genetic modification?

    One of the recent laws in Trek that gets looked at a bit, is the genetic engineering ban within the Federation. It appears to have been passed as a direct result of Earth's Eugenics Wars, to prevent a repeat, and seems to have been grandfathered into Federation law, owing to the hand Earth had in its creation.

    But we also see that doing so came with major downsides. The pre-24th century version of the law applied a complete ban on any genetic modification of any kind, and a good faith attempt to keep to that resulted in the complete extinction of the Illyrians.

    In Enterprise, Phlox specifically attributes the whole issue with the Eugenics Wars to humans going overboard with the idea of genetic engineering, as they are wont to do, trying to improve/perfect the human species, rather than using it for the more sensible goal of eliminating/curing genetic diseases.

    Strange New Worlds raises the question of whether it was right for Earth to enshrine their own disasters with genetic engineering in Federation law like that, particularly given that a fair few aliens didn't have a problematic history with genetic engineering, and some, like the Illyrians, and the Denobulans, used it rather liberally, to no ill-effects.

    At the same time, people being augmented with vast powers in Trek seems to inevitably go poorly. Gary Mitchell, Khan Noonien-Singh, and Charlie X all became megalomaniacs because of the vast amount of power that they were able to access, although both Gary and Charlie received their powers through external intervention, and it is unclear whether Khan was the exception to the rule, having been born with that power, and knowing how to use it properly. Similarly, the Klingon attempt at replicating the human augment programme was infamous, resulting in the loss of their famous forehead ridges, and threatening the species with extinction.

    Was the Federation right to implement Earth's ban on genetic engineering, or is it an issue that seems mostly human/earth-centric, and them impressing the results of their mistakes on the Federation itself?

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    [Harry Potter] Why don't mages use subconscious magic when they get their wands?

    One of the ways that you can find out whether a child has magic or not, is to see whether they are able to use it subconsciously, such as by defenestrating them, and seeing if they stop themselves from being killed. But once they get their wands, that use of subconscious magic seems to stop entirely.

    Logically, you would expect students to fire off similar magic when their lives were at risk, or their emotions ran particularly high. Is it a function of having the wand that stops it, or is it just a matter of that only happening for really young mages, and that they learn to control themselves as they enter childhood?

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    [Stargate SG-1] Why doesn't the SGC upgrade the dialling computers?

    When we're introduced to the Stargate, it's in the early-mid 90s, so them needing a big, bulky computer system would make sense, but as the show progresses, we see Tau'ri computer technology develop, either conventionally in the form of laptops like what the Atlantis team use, or computer crystals like what they fitted onto their starships.

    Through it all, however, the SGC continues to use the same computer with comparatively dated hardware. Why keep it, instead of upgrading it to something more modern? Especially since one of the main issues that the SGC kept facing was that their dialling computer was not sophisticated enough to respond to some of the status codes put out by the stargate, causing all kinds of unpredictable behaviour.


    What's the food like on your world?

    Can humans eat it? Do they have food at all? What do they have as a staple foodstuff?

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    [Spy Kids] Why does the OSS use children as spies?

    The optics of the US using children of spies can't possibly be good, in addition to the risk of misuse, and all of that.

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    [GTA] Why does anyone even live in the cities?

    In the GTA series, the various cities that the games are set in are usually rampant with crime. If it isn't the player characters going on a rampage, then it is either the police, or the other citizens that will be easily driven into a homicidal rage for such minor things as being bumped into while walking down the road/minor collisions.

    Why would anyone bother to live there? It seems wildly unsafe, even before the various other criminal enterprises get involved.

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    [DC] Why doesn't Superman learn to use magic?

    One of Superman's known weaknesses, besides that of kryptonite, is that he's as vulnerable to magic as the average human (besides what he can avoid with his super-reflexes).

    So why doesn't he learn to use magic? His Super-intelligence and speed would make it much easier for him to learn magic compared to the average person, and he's already well aware that magic exists.

    Knowing magic would help him cover a major weakness of his, so it seems illogical that he doesn't pick it up, or look into it.


    Was the USS Discovery upgraded completely, or does it still keep its original technology?

    Inspired by a bit of discussion over on discord, where there was an argument over whether the USS Discovery had been upgraded by the 32nd century Federation.

    On the one hand, the Discovery did undergo a vast overhaul, being fitted with an upgraded power/propulsion system, detachable nacelles and the works, however, we also know at the end of Discovery Season 3, that Burnham resetting the Discovery's computers effectively put much of the ship back to the 23rd century baseline (or as much of one as it could return to). We're also shown that the Discovery still uses microtapes in its computer room.

    So was the Discovery upgraded completely to 32nd century standards, or is it still a 23rd century ship underneath the 32nd century paint?

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    [Doctor Strange/Marvel Infinity War] Why could the Ancient One not see past the spoiler?

    In Doctor Strange, the Ancient One knows that she is going to die soon because she cannot look past a point in the future, and believes it to be when she will die.

    However, we also know from Infinity War, that Doctor Strange was able to look past the point of his own death, and determine how to undo the "snap", but we can put that down to the assistance of the eye of Agamatto and the Time Stone.

    However, the question remains: Why is it that you can't look into the future past your own death?


    The Federation should not have been surprised that their holograms developed sapience

    We already know from TOS that Mutlitronic computers are able to develop sapience, with the M-5 computer being specifically designed to "think and reason" like a person, and built around Dr Daystrom's neural engrams.

    However, we also know from Voyager that the holomatrix of their Mk 1 EMH also incorporates Multitronic technology, and from DS9 that it's also used in mind-reading devices.

    Assuming that the EMH is designed to more or less be a standard hologram with some medical knowledge added in, it shouldn't have come as a surprise that holograms were either sapient themselves, or were capable of developing sapience. It would only be a logical possibility if technology that allowed human-like thought and reasoning into a hologram.

    If anything, it is more of a surprise that sapient holograms like the Doctor or Moriarty hadn't happened earlier.


    Bringing technologies back from the future ensures that the Federation won't develop their present counterparts

    We often see technology from the future brought back to the present, whether as a case of a chance encounter, or something more.

    However, it’s also fairly uncommon to see those technologies pop up against after they’ve been introduced. One such example is the ablative armour generators that Admiral Janeway fitted to the Voyager, being prototypes from a future Starfleet, which are seen in that episode, and then never again, even in shows that are set after the time she left.

    The reason for this might be that the Federation does not want to run the risk of being accused of violating the temporal prime directive (or accidentally running afoul of it in some other way), and shelves that particular technology entirely.

    From their standpoint, it would be rather difficult to separate a technology that the Federation developed of their own accord, compared to one that they might have developed from being inspired by, or reverse-engineering a piece of future technology, so they shelve it, rather than risk the trouble, never developing the preliminary steps to reach that future technology.

    The only anachronistic part of this is the Doctor’s mobile emitter, which is a variant of 26th century technology, and was developed into Picard, but that can be explained by it being reverse engineered from 26th century technology, by someone in the 20th century, technically making it technology from the past. Since it is Earth technology from their own past, they might be able to get away with iterating on their own version without risking trouble with the various temporal enforcement agencies.


    Posts and Comments not always sending.

    I'm not sure whether it's an issue with Federation, synchronisation, or something else, but I've noticed that sometimes, when writing a post, and submitting it, the Lemmy interface will hang on some posts, getting stuck on the loading circle, which is probably related to the known issue with the interface not sending or interpreting errors correctly.

    As an example, I was writing a post and a comment on a non-local community, and noticed that I sometimes had to copy the post, cancel the "sending" post, and paste it, and try again for it to "take" and the post to send successfully.

    However, since I can't recreate the issue reliably, I'm not sure whether it's an issue with server load on, or an issue with Federation.

    EDIT: I checked some of the posts and communities that I was having issues posting in, and it seems to be affect both local and Federated/remote communities.

    One of them was on !nostupidquestions, and another was on [email protected].


    Inline spoiler tagging

    Is there a way to do inline spoiler tagging, or is the current :::spoiler :::-type tagging the only form of spoiler tagging that is available, short of doing something like abusing the linking functionality?