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Personal growth is hard when you leave no room (time) for it.

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TIL the highest honor that can be awarded to a civilian in Nebraska is the title of "Nebraska Admiral", a tongue-in-cheek title as the State is the only state / province / federal district in North America that is triple-landlocked.

https://dbpedia.org/page/Nebraska_Admiral
#til #todayilearned
https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/1c4mfzx/til_the_highest_honor_that_can_be_awarded_to_a/

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New fresh hell just dropped- get ready for a brand new interview experience 😂 who needs enemies now?

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The best-selling vehicle in France vs. the US.

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@RealGene
The lines are drawn on a virtual floor in front of the vehicles, and so appear closer - and larger.
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@dgar
But these are side views. The perspective lines around the flat photos is distracting at best, and is less useful than a bird's eye view would be to express the vehicle footprint.
@Dgar

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The fact that every mainstream news site is now locked behind a paywall is a real boon for the spread of misinformation, because very few right wing sites have paywalls — which means their disinfo and propaganda can spread much more easily. Paywalls are a slow motion disaster.

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WHERE THE WEB IS GOING: The convergence of LLMs and web advertising will lead to "ads" consisting of several hundred gigabytes of javascript containing a (weighted) neural network designed to generate unique per-user video advertisements—generated on your computer at your expense to ensure the imagery is unique and evades AI-based ad-blockers.

"AI spam" is an entire AI, squatting on your CPU and making it glow dull red as it works out how to capture your attention.

Welcome to the spamularity.

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Garry Tan is not just a cryptofascist, he's a christofascist!

Stochastic terrorist and Y Combinator CEO Garry Tan -- who told SF supervisors to "die slow, motherfuckers" and unleashed a mob sending them death threats -- is hosting a "fireside chat" where noted vampire and fascist Peter Thiel will explain his "political theology".
https://jwz.org/b/ykO4

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but DJ Canvas is spinning his famous remixed worship beats, who would ever want to miss that?
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the concept does seem to have a veneer of inauthenticity to it, much like how churches in the midwest will literally throw entire circuses in order to get people to show up



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PSA: All billionaires under 30 — each and every one of them — have inherited their wealth.

“Self-made billionaires” are a myth.

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All wealthy people have participated in some amount of white collar crime as far as I'm concerned. >:(
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@tk at least those that have exceeded the threshhold of filthy rich in that they have amassed way more money than they can reasomably spend...

So like €20M+ when they can live off #RoboWealth entirely...


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"El*n fangirl doesn't realize there's an $8 train to the airport in Tokyo, spends $250 for a taxi instead"

submitted by u/frozenpandaman
https://redd.it/1c1ukqc
#fuckcars

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Foreigners often overlook travel options.
I love the Tokyo subway and it did take me a few days to feel comfortable. The train to Narita requires a level of persistence and ingenuity more typical of a starving student.

Eventually, I was able to have all the subway experiences available to a foreign man in the 80s, including some I will neither confirm nor deny.

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Oh hey, I had to do this. I was waiting at Victoria station for the Gatwick Express when there was an announcement about our train run being cancelled. It was a bit ominous when the taxi driver stopped at the closest gas station. We did make it in time, though.

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If you're wondering why there's such a vigorous opposition to EVs, it's because of all of the people that get rich off of selling oil.

Oil producers have seen demand for their products increase continually for decades and they don't want to lose that gravy train.

The best way to put them out of business is for everyone to transition away from fossil fuels as fast as they possibly can.

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not really...

They still make a shitton of money with other products from oil and gas, like plastics, fertilizer and pharmaceuticals or rather the base products for all these.

Nit to mention that I think that if they didn't diversify their portfolios by now they're so bad businesspeople that they deserve to get obsoleted.

Not that Lithium-battery cars are going to save the world , far from it.

Rather look at howthe oil andncar industry not only sabotaged #PublicTransport with lobbyism and hostile takeovers but also FUD and propaganda.

In fact, #ElonMisk admitted that he solely pitched the #Hyperloop in order to sabotage #CHSR / #California #HighSpeedRail...

#Trains and #Trolleybuses, not #BatteryCars will be the nevessary shift to reduce trafcic-based emissions!


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No, it isn't Trudeau's fault. PoiLIEvre is lying to you. It's capitalist and corporate greed that's making things too expensive. Change the system, rein in the CEO pay and bonuses, pay workers fairly, and tax the f*cking rich properly.

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This ad looks like shit.

So a funny thing happens with the web:

Whatever becomes abundant loses impact for conveying value. High res photography was once a way to make a site look valuable. But Unsplash made it abundant and free, so premium sites move on from photos to illustrations.

“Premium” is a moving target.

AI-generated images will become synonymous with low-quality, low value. A smell of junk no (reputable) brand will want on them.

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HP sued (again) for blocking third-party ink from printers, accused of monopoly

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/01/hp-sued-again-for-blocking-third-party-ink-from-printers-accused-of-monopoly/

Suit seeks injunction blocking HP from bricking printers using third-party ink.

I have had Epson do this to me as well — after an update the printer was bricked.

#HP #Epson

#HP #epson

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i still think this is the funniest block reason my school has ever set

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not shure who told you that bs but you should really reconsider your relationsship with them.

Just some life advice...

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i'm not kidding either every time my coworkers at previous jobs knew of tor and bitcoin it was always for the same thing: to buy drugs online

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Petition to have the UN officially rename North America to “Turtle Island”


Stumbled across this map of North America Turtle Island, which shows the natural features of the continent without national borders and with traditional indigenous names for major cities and various archaeological sites.

Not gonna lie, this is so cool. And Turtle Island sounds so much more poetic than the latinization of some random Italian guy’s name.

You can find the map and other information like it here: https://decolonialatlas.wordpress.com/turtle-island-decolonized/

#indigenous #indigenousart #indigenoussovereignty #indigenouslanguages #decolonisation #maps #TurtleIsland #northamerica

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One of the great AP photographers of the Korean War and the US Civil Rights movement has died. Gene Herrick was 97. https://apnews.com/article/ap-photographer-gene-herrick-parks-king-99c286e7b6802a626e23655605c7e2a0

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DO NOT BRING YOUR CELL PHONE TO A PROTEST. NO WATCHES. NO AIRTAGS.

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What is the reasoning not to bring airtags?

The only way to track an airtag is from the paired apple-id. If the airtag is un-paired from the apple-id, all information that could be gathered from the airtag is irrecoverably lost.

So: Don't bring an apple-id (that is connected to an airtag). Use an alternative apple-id to pair your airtags and use this alternative apple-id only on a seperate apple decice(s) that are stored at a save place and do not contain your personal data (like a web browser history, social media apps, wallet, etc).

The same applys to samsungs "find my" alternative smart tags and smart tag networks by other alternative vendors.

Another point raised in the thread: old (non smart) mobile phones for sms: that is not really better than a smart phone. Authorities would use the connection to the mobile (phone) network. It does not matter if a phone is "smart" (internet connected) or not.

Smart watches: Watches with AsteroidOS are save.

Fitness watches/bands are unsave. Their very core function is to track data about its user.


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Which ebike should I buy?

My spouse and I are on track to drive under 6,000 miles in one year between us (two drivers and two cars). I'm convinced that the best way to bring that down further in our suburban neighborhood is to replace some errands by car with ebike rides.

Cargo space is a plus but I don't have, like, xtracycle or bakfiets needs. I mainly want a bike that uses as many standard/replaceable bike parts as possible, and I need really bright lights for night rides.

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I second that. If you're investing in good bike then a pair of ortlieb bags is definitely a good idea.

Before I had them, I had some madison bikezacs for about £5 each, and my housemate still uses them. They fold up into your rucksack, and you can hang fabric shopping bags off them. Good enough for the weekly shop if your supermarket isn't too far away, but not a substitute for a pair of proper bags if you're going for distance/speed.

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@alsuren I upgraded to the 70L bags recently, and they're AMAZING.

https://www.ortlieb.com/en_us/back-roller-xl+F5352

However, they're pricy, and I wouldn't recommend them unless you've been using the 40L bags for a while and need some extra space.


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the "AI" craze is a little like the radiation fad of the 1920s except instead of just buying radium lined jugs and using them personally, everyone with power decided to use them to make municipal pipes

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Human-generated data will be as valuable as pre-war steel for Geiger counters: https://www.superversive.co/blog/synthetic-chernobyl

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Meta blocked a story critical of its climate change ad policies on all of its platform. An independent journalist asked permission to repost the story verbatim on her substack. It was blocked too.

Here it is.

#media #law #lawfedi #censorship

https://www.thehandbasket.co/p/kansas-reflector-meta-facebook-column-censored

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