[-] anachronist@midwest.social 6 points 1 day ago* (last edited 1 day ago)

Still not as bad as the pink fracking drill bit "for the cure."


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[-] anachronist@midwest.social 39 points 1 month ago

Spite and pettiness seem like a poor way to run a business but what do I know? I'm just a guy who's gotten zero starships successfully to orbit.

[-] anachronist@midwest.social 28 points 3 months ago

More of a fart reel than a sizzle reel.

The basic message was "stop resisting" because AI is "inevitable." I think it's telling that this is the message the industry is going with.

[-] anachronist@midwest.social 69 points 3 months ago

"You know what would be totally sick? What if we made our building's roof into a matrix of inverted metal parabolas?"

[-] anachronist@midwest.social 47 points 3 months ago

I assume the real main selling point for Windows 11 is the inescapable constant nagging you get when you try to stick with WIndows 10.

[-] anachronist@midwest.social 31 points 4 months ago

Unfortunately Mozilla's brand new CEO is a McKinsey ghoul: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chamberslaura/

[-] anachronist@midwest.social 26 points 4 months ago

Customers: The glass on our iPhone screens keep cracking.

Apple: Glass on both sides of your phone!

[-] anachronist@midwest.social 25 points 7 months ago

This has been going on ever since pharmaceuticals were outsourced to India and China. This was done to reduce FDA oversight. The FDA is still allowed to enter these facilities as a condition of allowing imports but the cost of sending inspectors to the other side of the planet means that there is much less scrutiny.

If you want to want to be terrified of all medicine try reading this blog "warning letter of the week" where they find the most insane FDA warning letter issued every week to some pharmaceutical company:


[-] anachronist@midwest.social 46 points 8 months ago

Animal testing is awful in the best case, agreed.

What this article and other articles about Neuralink allege is that the company blew right past any kind of ethical guidelines that the industry has in a desire to be fast. The industry standard is to avoid any "undue suffering". They admit animals will suffer but all effort must be taken to minimize it.

What whistleblowers have exposed is that Neuralink started putting devices in primate's brains when they knew the devices won't work and were deadly in predictable ways. For instance a lot of monkeys got their brains cooked alive because the device put out too much waste heat. This was done because Elon was getting impatient and wanting to see progress in primate trials, so they just YOLOed a bunch of obviously deadly devices into a bunch of primate brains and in doing so, tortured and killed all the animals needlessly.

[-] anachronist@midwest.social 45 points 9 months ago

There have been solid, foam filled or gell filled bike tires for a long time.

The fundamental problem is that the ring of pressurized air in a pneumatic tire is a shock absorber. When you hit a bump the entire tire (even the part that isn't touching the ground) contributes to the dampening because it turns into a shock wave in the donut of air. When you switch to any sort of tire that doesn't have pressurized air in it, the dampening can only occur by deforming the tire in contact with the ground, and it's not going to be anywhere near as good. Typically you end up with a tradeoff between uncomfortable ride on the one side, and bottoming out on the rim and lots of rolling friction on the other.

[-] anachronist@midwest.social 54 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago)

In 2004 I was a radical young man protesting for bikes and against the Iraq War. At one of the meetups another kid who had been at the RNC protest in New York showed us this software someone had hacked together overnight to broadcast SMS messages. Basically you could send an SMS to a VOIP phone number and it would echo the SMS to everyone subscribed. They were using it to communicate in the crowd at the protest and avoid police kettles. It was pretty cool but I admit I didn't really see it as being more broadly useful.

Later that night the group went for drinks and I was talking with one of the older radicals and he was telling me that the internet was too good and too powerful and they were going to shut it down. I thought that was absurd. How could they get rid of the internet!? He said they would figure out a way to shut it down, there's just no way they could leave it out there, it's too dangerous for them to do so.

Now I look at the thing we call "the internet" in 2023 and it looks nothing like that internet. The current internet is completely corralled, controlled and monetized. He was totally right. While they never "flipped the switch" on it they used salami tactics little by little until there was nothing left.

[-] anachronist@midwest.social 38 points 9 months ago

Would not have been his pilot after the mutiny.

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