I am the sort of person that when I push "3" on a microwave, that it by *default* gives me three seconds. Not power level three, not three minutes, not "popcorn setting". Can you imagine that kind of insanity expanded to keyboards?

"Oh yeah, to type a three, press the 3 key along with ALT and SHIFT."

"What happens if I just hit the 3 key?"

"System reboot"

In a recent study, people were asked to rate the funniness of several English word pairs. The funniest pairs included ‘penis weasel’, ‘gnome bone’, and ‘rowdy bowels’. (Study: bit.ly/3wjl37d.)


@TerryHancock Especially worrisome considering Cruz literally just successfully compromised campaign financing through exactly that tactic.

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From 19 May: Texas looks to a Clarence Thomas opinion to defend its social media law - Enlarge / Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at the Heritage Foundation on Octob... arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20 -thomas

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Bird sex (chromosomes not activity) 

TIL, in birds, what we call "female" is actually the heterogametic individual and "male" is the homogametic.

Some folks make a big fuss about "females always being XX and males being XY" (incorrect even for mammals).

But the egg laying bird is ZW (or just Z) and the sperm maker is ZZ.

Which means, had we gendered birds based on familiar mammalian chromosome patterning, it is the male that lays the egg and the female fertilizes it.

I love this.

What's the longest you've used a single smart phone? (Boost for a broader data pool.)

So, in a desperate ploy to increase buzz about his fading stock-car racing empire, a promoter decided that he needed an extra angle. Searching around, he found that there was a circus which had trained its animals, including a monkey, a bear, and an elephant, to drive clown cars.

This, obviously, was going to be the Next Viral Hit. So he arranged to have the animals trained not just to drive clown cars slowly around the stage, but to master the art of tearing down the raceway in a stock car, at 200+ MPH.

It took a lot of training, and some substantial retrofitting to the vehicles, but eventually, success was had, and lap speeds increased from a slow walking pace, past 30, 60, 100, 150, and finally 200 miles per hour, deftly handling straightaways, curves, and learning to pay attention to pace cars and flag signals.

And it was mostly a success.

People went nuts over the monkey. They loved the bear.

But the third act was a flop.

Nobody wanted to talk about the elephant in the vroom.



@TerryHancock If we lived in a reasonable world, you would be correct. However, we're looking at a lot of people who have reinforced the idea of any questioning of their ideas is an existential threat to their identity. I hope you're right.


From 18 May: Texas social media law will cause “chaos” online, Supreme Court is told - Enlarge / US and Texas flags flying outside the Texas State Capitol building in Austin.Get... arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20 -media

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I have decided to go to a local Metallica tribute show tonight. Fingers crossed it's good!

Serious question for the and folks on here: Is there a level or standard where any service or company is not inherently a privacy risk? For example, the legit concern raised about how you use Google fonts pointed out here: mastodon.social/@JulianOliver/

Does this type of concern mean that anything or any service that isn't 100% self hosted is problematic? If not, is there a "best practices" or criteria for when it does?

@crashglasshouses Did you actually read the post I wrote that started this thread? It ends like this:

"This information is really easy to find... It’s pretty easy to see how keeping a bunch of workers barely able to stay afloat leaves them no time or ability to do anything but work for those who own the big businesses.

And the fact that our politicians and business leaders continue to do nothing about this… well, that, my friends, is intentional.

So what are you going to do about it?"


There is a hell of a jump from "it wasn't intentionally designed with malice aforethought, but does harm" to "it's good".

There's an even bigger jump from "And those who exploit and do not fix that harm are doing it maliciously" to "it's good".

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