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Linus Torvalds Weighs in on Commercial Users of Open Source Code

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This week Linus Torvalds continued a long email interview with Jeremy Andrews, founding partner/CEO of Tag1 (a global technology consulting firm and the second all-time leading contributor to Drupal). In the first part Torvalds had discussed everything from Apple's ARM64 chips and Rust drivers, to his own Fedora-based home work environment — and reflections on the early days of Linux.

But the second part offers some deeper insight into the way Torvalds thinks, some personal insight, what he'd share with other project maintainers — and some thoughts on getting corporations to contribute to open source development: While open source has been hugely successful, many of the biggest users, for example corporations, do nothing or little to support or contribute back to the very open source projects they rely on. Even developers of surprisingly large and successful projects (if measured by number of users) can be lucky to earn enough to buy coffee for the week. Do you think this is something that can be solved? Is the open source model sustainable?

Linus Torvalds: I really don't have an answer to this, and for some reason the kernel has always avoided the problem. Yes, there are companies that are pure "users" of Linux, but they still end up wanting support, so they then rely on contractors or Linux distributions, and those obviously then end up as one of the big sources of kernel developer jobs.

And a fair number of big tech companies that use the kernel end up actively participating in the development process. Sometimes they end up doing a lot of internal work and not being great at feeding things back upstream (I won't name names, and some of them really are trying to do better), but it's actually very encouraging how many big companies are very openly involved with upstream kernel development, and are major parts of the community.

So for some reason, the kernel development community has been pretty successful about integrating with all the commercial interests. Of course, some of that has been very much conscious: Linux has very much always been open to commercial users, and I very consciously avoided the whole anti-corporate mindset that you can most definitely find in some of the "Free Software" groups. I think the GPLv2 is a great license, but at the same time I've been very much against some of the more extreme forms of "Free Software", and I — and Linux — was very much part of the whole rebranding to use "Open Source".

Because frankly, some of the almost religious overtones of rms and the FSF were just nutty, and a certain portion of the community was actively driving commercial use away.

And I say that as somebody who has always been wary of being too tainted by commercial interests... I do think that some projects may have shot themselves in the foot by being a bit too anti-commercial, and made it really hard for companies to participate...

But is it sustainable? Yes. I'm personally 100% convinced that not only is open source sustainable, but for complex technical issues you really need open source simply because the problem space ends up being too complex to manage inside one single company. Even a big and competent tech company.

But it does require a certain openness on both sides. Not all companies will be good partners, and some developers don't necessarily want to work with big companies.

In the interview Torvalds also thanks the generous education system in Finland, and describes what it was like moving from Finland to America. And as for how long he'll continue working on Linux, Torvalds says, "I do enjoy what I do, and as long as I feel I'm actually helping the project, I'll be around...

"in the end, I really enjoy what I do. I'd be bored to tears without kernel development."


By The Evil Atheist • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Nonsense. RMS's problem, which is the FSF's problem, is that he want's no commercial usage possible.

No, THAT is nonsense. RMS has written many times that he does not oppose commercial usage.

I'd like to license my code under the GPL, but I'd also like to make it clear that it can't be used for military and/or commercial uses. Can I do this? (#NoMilitary)

No, because those two goals contradict each other. The GNU GPL is designed specifically to prevent the addition of further restrictions. GPLv3 allows a very limited set of them, in section 7, but any other added restriction can be removed by the user. More generally, a license that limits who can use a program, or for what, is not a free software license.

Since I am not against business in general, I would oppose a restriction against commercial use. A system that we could use only for recreation, hobbies and school is off limits to much of what we do with computers.

Yet again, your outright lying about this issue shows there's ulterior motives at work. Either that, or you bought someone else's hook, lie, and sinker who were malicious or also illiterate.

Education & medical care.

By shocking • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

As a foreigner who has lived in the US (Texas - it was great!) his assessment of the way medical care is paid for is spot on. And education - even I from a cow town in Australia could see some of the gaping flaws in the way the average USAian was was taught about the world. But despite all that, the people are wonderful and the place is great.

Re:Institutionalization of sociopathy.

By DRJlaw • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Companies are cheap. If they can find a piece of software that is free to use, and free to alter, they are going to use it, they will often do little to support them back, because they are cheap.

See, this right there... you comment ... that is exactly where psychopathic/sociopathic behavior is institutionalized and justified as if it was a "normal" aspect of capitalism.

And you wonder why everybody hates capitalism and Americans, ... even though both are not necessarily related to this, and it's just plain anti-social assholery that harms everybody and should be shunned by society.

I'm confused. Companies are using software that is free to use and free to modify, as intended by both meanings of "free" within the community. You're demanding that in exchange for such software, which has essentially zero marginal cost of reproduction because SOFTWARE, that companies pay for the ability to use the software with either money or time. Capitalism? Americans? No, look in the mirror. Now you're the one attempting to make people jump through hoops in order to use the resource that you want to appropriate to you and yours.

Can you stop ruining [software freedom]? It would be a great idea without this crap!

Fixed that for you.


By squiggleslash • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

RMS's problem, which is the FSF's problem, is that he want's no commercial usage possible.

This is a lie. I don't know if you're making it up, or if you've heard it from someone and are repeating it uncritically, but the FSF itself made money from its own code in the early years, selling tapes (yeah it's that old) of GNU to fund itself. Stallman has always been adamant that commercial is orthogonal to proprietary, and if you use the term "commercial" when you're talking to him, and you don't mean "profitable" but "proprietary", he will confirm that's what you mean, and correct you.

Stallman is a poor advocate, but for all his faults he is precise in what he promotes, often to the point of being offensive about it, and it's mostly the fault of his haters that lies like this propagate. Knock it off.


By lkcl • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Because frankly, some of the almost religious overtones of rms and the FSF were just nutty, and a certain portion of the community was actively driving commercial use away.

You know why the FSF and rms come across as "nutty" at times?

this is particularly fascinating to me, to learn that even Linus Torvalds completely and utterly fails to comprehend what the FSF is about. at the 3mdeb "beer event" only this week, we were very surprised and honoured that Dr Stallman turned up, unannounced. we got the opportunity to ask him, well, basically, "what the heck?". his reply was extremely informative: if he was as "stupidly zealously religiously indoctrinous" as everyone *makes him out to be*, he would NEVER have invented the LGPL license.

bear in mind that we are going back here to the early 90s, when the Linux OS did not even exist. the *only options* for the GNU project were to run on proprietary systems and to link with proprietary software libraries. he invented the LGPL *specifically to deal with this scenario*.

can you imagine the gcc compiler and libc6, how "successful" they would be, if he had instead said, "you commercial morons, you'll like what i have to say, give us the source code or i'll throw my toys out the pram and won't make GNU work with what you're doing"?

Dr Stallman made it *very clear* to us that he made a practical and pragmatic choice, to release the source code under appropriate licenses that match the commercial realities of the situation at hand, and advised us, very simply, to analyse every situation to see where compromise is possible and where it is not. and, that that choice *is entirely up to us*, every time.

Linus Torvalds does absolutely nobody *including himself* any favours at all by continuing to perpetuate a completely false picture of Dr Stallman's extremely intelligent and practical outlook, which respects *and recommends to others* to respect commercial reality.

Are We Now Experiencing 'a Great Reassessment of Work'?

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The Washington Post reports on "growing evidence — both anecdotal and in surveys — that a lot of people want to do something different with their lives than they did before the pandemic."

In a piece titled "It's not a 'labor shortage.' It's a great reassessment of work," they argue that "The coronavirus outbreak has had a dramatic psychological effect on workers, and people are reassessing what they want to do and how they want to work, whether in an office, at home or some hybrid combination." A Pew Research Center survey this year found that 66 percent of the unemployed had "seriously considered" changing their field of work, a far greater percentage than during the Great Recession. People who used to work in restaurants or travel are finding higher-paying jobs in warehouses or real estate, for example. Or they want a job that is more stable and less likely to be exposed to the coronavirus — or any other deadly virus down the road... Economists describe this phenomenon as reallocation friction, the idea that the types of jobs in the economy are changing and workers are taking awhile to figure out what new jobs they want — or what skills they need for different roles...

Even among those who have jobs, people are rethinking their options. Front-line workers are reporting high levels of burnout, causing some to seek a new career path. There's also been a wave of retirements as workers over 50 quit because they don't want to return to teaching, home health care or other front-line jobs. More affluent Americans say they are retiring early because their retirement portfolios have surged in the past year and the pandemic has taught them that life is short. They don't want to spend as much time at a desk, even if it is safe... [I]t's notable that the manufacturing sector has bounced back strongly, yet the industry has only added back about 60 percent of the jobs lost. This suggests many factories are ramping up automation in a way that allows them to do more with fewer workers.

The overall expectation is still for hiring to pick up this summer as the economy reopens fully and more people are vaccinated. But the past year has fundamentally changed the economy and what many Americans want in their working life. This big reassessment — for companies and workers — is going to take awhile to sort out and it could continue to pop up in surprising ways.

Re:The only thing

By AmiMoJo • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Housing too. If you WFH 99% of the time then travelling an hour or two or three to the office a couple of times a year is okay, meaning you can live somewhere nice and relatively cheap.

It's also great for the environment not to have millions of people making pointless journeys every day, or using disposable items like food/coffee containers because they can make lunch at home.

If anything good comes from this pandemic it should be that we massively and permanently reduce our carbon footprints.

Re:Is he the lucky one?

By tlhIngan • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

If somehow, having way more money than you'd ever need for the rest of your life isn't a demotivator to working, why do some people think receiving $300/wk for a little under four more months is going to encourage sloth?

It's not that. It's that shit jobs pay shit wages. All of a sudden, people are getting paid to not work shit jobs. People who offer shit jobs are panicking because they can't get people to take their shit jobs and shit pay just to survive.

That's the worry - that when people are given alternatives, suddenly they leave the shit job. Janitor, waiter/waitress, etc are shit jobs with low pay and really unpleasant working conditions - as in. having to deal with an unappreciative public. Try having anti-maskers yell at you in your face and decide if $8/hr is worth the abuse. Even if all the other things in the job are great. Dealing with assholes and idiots who think you can do anything about it is a major drag.

And on the opposite side of the coin, well, rich bastards trying to pinch every nickel hate it because if they can't pay slave wages, then they can't earn as much money. Slaves are cool - because you know they need the job so you can treat them like shit and they have to take it because they need the job.

It's why people hate UBI and the like - because it suddenly makes shit jobs and shit pay a lot less appealing - where their shit comes from asshole idiots or asshole bosses. Suddenly leaving those positions is an option and it changes the power dynamic enormously - to attract people, all of a sudden the job has to pay more or the boss has to suck less.

Now that's a scary thought - and people in power know it. It empowers the lowly worker and empowered people are scary.

Re:The donor class are much bigger freeloaders.

By LubosD • Score: 4 • Thread

Proven wrong? There's a large group of such freeloaders in my country, who immigrated from the east over the past decades.

There's now a whole generation of them with next to no work experience. Basically as soon as mandatory employment ended after the fall of communism, they found their way through the hoops of social welfare. One of the popular tricks is to fake being disabled, because the disability pay sets you for life. Another popular trick is to claim your children's father is someone very old, which guarantees a nice orphan's pension, because challenging the fatherhood is considered "unethical".

They have 60-90% unemployment rates (varies by location), yet above average natality rates.

Re:Is he the lucky one?

By DarkOx • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

I totally agree until we see the extended unemployment and eviction moratoriums go away we don't know who has 'reassessed' the value of their past employment vs who is just free-ridding while they can.

There is also employer re-alignment potential as well. Around here there are some fast food joins that have not reopened their dining rooms. I am pretty confident they could hire / go back to giving staff more hours if they wanted to - its not a can't find labor problem. Its more a "our drive thru is wrapped around the parking lot half the day, maybe we don't need to go back to having staff to clean and service the dining room and make public rest rooms available"; sort of problem. A lot of business have got customers accustomed to a lot LESS in terms of customer service. I think a lot of business might be in no hurry to go back offering those extras if consumers don't demand it.

Re:It's like the Black Plague all over again!

By kaatochacha • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I've never understood that attitude. During COVID, when I had to go into stores, I was just HAPPY that someone was working there at all. I kind of went out of my way to try to be nice to the people in there. I had a couple of staff get a little weepy when I told them "hey, thanks for working while everyone's out at home."
I get it that people are stressed, but treat people well.

Unlike Clearview AI, this Facial-Recognition Search Engine is Open to Everyone

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This week CNN investigated PimEyes, a "mysterious" but powerful facial-recognition search engine: If you upload a picture of your face to PimEyes' website, it will immediately show you any pictures of yourself that the company has found around the internet. You might recognize all of them, or be surprised (or, perhaps, even horrified) by some; these images may include anything from wedding or vacation snapshots to pornographic images. PimEyes is open to anyone with internet access. It's a stark contrast from Clearview AI, which became well-known for building its enormous stash of faces with images of people from social networks and limits its use to law enforcement (Clearview has said it has hundreds of such customers).

PimEyes' decision to make facial-recognition software available to the general public crosses a line that technology companies are typically unwilling to traverse, and opens up endless possibilities for how it can be used and abused. Imagine a potential employer digging into your past, an abusive ex tracking you, or a random stranger snapping a photo of you in public and then finding you online. This is all possible through PimEyes: Though the website instructs users to search for themselves, it doesn't stop them from uploading photos of anyone. At the same time, it doesn't explicitly identify anyone by name, but as CNN Business discovered by using the site, that information may be just clicks away from images PimEyes pulls up...

PimEyes lets users see a limited number of small, somewhat pixelated search results at no cost, or you can pay a monthly fee, which starts at $29.99, for more extensive search results and features (such as to click through to see full-size images on the websites where PimEyes found them and to set up alerts for when PimEyes finds new pictures of faces online that its software believes match an uploaded face)... Although PimEyes instructs visitors to only search for their own face, there's no mechanism on the site to ensure it's used this way... There's also no way to ensure this facial-recognition technology isn't used to misidentify people...

The website currently lists no information about who owns or runs the search engine, or how to reach them, and users must submit a form to get answers to questions or help with accounts.


By jenningsthecat • Score: 3 • Thread

If you upload a picture of your face to PimEyes' website, it will immediately show you any pictures of yourself that the company has found around the internet.

And if there are no pictures of you on the 'net, (as I suspect is the case for me), and you upload to PimEyes, guess what?

big failure.

By SuperDre • Score: 3 • Thread

Well people bitch about privacy problems with Clearview, how about this one, letting every one misuse the system people bitch about. You think a system like this is bad in the hands of law enforcement, what do you think in the hands of stupid people who want to misuse the system, especially even easier for criminals. If you ban ClearView you should also ban this.

Pretty easy to find the contacts

By Dave Hodgins • Score: 5, Informative • Thread list the operator as Face Recognition Solutions Ltd.
http://www.facerecognitionsolu... list their primary contact as ...
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Call : 91-9227070102, 9327049217

That 's in India.

From ..
Email ID:

So anyone who takes a photo of me.....

By dackroyd • Score: 3 • Thread

So anyone who takes a photo of me, can upload that photo to this service, and then find every other photo of me on the internet?

Well, that's certainly a useful tool for rapists and hit-men I guess.

Re: Did work for me

By PopeRatzo • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

Nobody cares about you masturbating on camera anymore.


Electric Vehicles May Drive a Lithium Supply Crunch

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A carbon-free future "will require many millions of batteries, both to drive electric vehicles and to store wind and solar power on the grid," reports IEEE Spectrum. Unfortunately, today's battery chemistries "mostly rely on lithium — a metal that could soon face a global supply crunch." Recently, Rystad Energy projected a "serious lithium supply deficit" in 2027 as mining capacity lags behind the EV boom. The mismatch could effectively delay the production of around 3.3 million battery-powered passenger cars that year, according to the research firm. Without new mining projects, delays could swell to the equivalent of 20 million cars in 2030. Battery-powered buses, trucks, ships, and grid storage systems will also feel the squeeze... [T]he solution isn't as simple as mining more hard rock — called spodumene — or tapping more underground brine deposits to extract lithium. That's because most of the better, easier-to-exploit reserves are already spoken for in Australia (for hard rock) and in Chile and Argentina (for brine). To drastically scale capacity, producers will also need to exploit the world's "marginal" resources, which are costlier and more energy-intensive to develop than conventional counterparts...

Concerns about supply constraints are driving innovation in the lithium industry. A handful of projects in North America and Europe are piloting and testing "direct lithium extraction," an umbrella term for technologies that, generally speaking, use electricity and chemical processes to isolate and extract concentrated lithium... In southwestern Germany, Vulcan Energy is extracting lithium from geothermal springs that bubble thousands of meters below the Rhine river. The startup began operating its first pilot plant in mid-April. Vulcan said it could be extracting 15,000 metric tons of lithium hydroxide — a compound used in battery cathodes — per year. In southern California, Controlled Thermal Resources is developing a geothermal power plant and lithium extraction facility at the Salton Sea. The company said a pilot facility will start producing 20,000 metric tons per year of lithium hydroxide, also by 2024.

Another way to boost lithium supplies is to recover the metal from spent batteries, of which there is already ample supply. Today, less than 5 percent of all spent lithium-ion batteries are recycled, in large part because the packs are difficult and expensive to dismantle. Many batteries now end up in landfills, leaching chemicals into the environment and wasting usable materials. But Sophie Lu, the head of metals and mining for BloombergNEF, said the industry is likely to ramp up recycling after 2028, when the supply deficit kicks in. Developers are already starting to build new facilities, including a $175 million plant in Rochester, N.Y. When completed, it will be North America's largest recycling plant for lithium-ion batteries.

The Economic Times also argues that electric cars and renewable energy " may not be as green as they appear. Production of raw materials like lithium, cobalt and nickel that are essential to these technologies are often ruinous to land, water, wildlife and people.

"That environmental toll has often been overlooked in part because there is a race underway among the United States, China, Europe and other major powers. Echoing past contests and wars over gold and oil, governments are fighting for supremacy over minerals that could help countries achieve economic and technological dominance for decades to come."

Re:Electric Cars? Green?

By ShanghaiBill • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Well, Li is much more rare than oil.

Lithium is not comparable to oil.

ICEVs run on oil.

EVs don't run on lithium. The lithium isn't "used up".

Re:Already questioned and answered

By gmack • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

That 5% number is total Lithium ion batteries and not just EV batteries. The vast majority of those are going to be cell phones, razors, head phones etc where it really is a pain to extract the battery from the device it's built into. EV batteries are a different beast.

Re:There is a lot of it around ...

By sfcat • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
Nope, 33rd most abundant. It is 20 parts per million on average so that part is correct. And the largest deposits are in Bolivia. Its actually pretty rare, Scandium and Cobalt are more common. It is also rare in the universe, there is a huge drop in abundance after Helium to Boron and then far more common for Carbon. The reason for this is the Li made in a star gets fused into larger elements so it is actually pretty rare. Also, since Li has an odd number of protons, it is less abundant as is Boron, but even Beryllium is rare due to its being involved in fusion reactions in stars. Since the fusions after B only happen for a very short period in a star's life if at all, almost all the Carbon and heavier elements don't get used in fusion reactions (except under very rare circumstances at the very end of a very large star's life). So that's why Li is rare even though most folks think it is common (because of its place near the top of the periodic table).

Re:What we need...

By UnderCoverPenguin • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread the equivalent of fracking for lithium.

No, what we need are alternatives.

At least for grid storage, maybe improved versions of old technology,
such as nickel iron or nickel zinc. While they have less energy density,
they have other attributes that could useful. For example, nickel iron
cells can used both for direct energy storage and hydrogen production
for use in, for example, fuel cells. Also, they are very durable and more
easily recycled.

Re:Electric Cars? Green?

By jellomizer • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Yes people have though of this.
Being that your ICE based car takes 8-20 gallons of Gas a week That gas has to come out of somewhere. So you are mining/pumping far more product than the electric car. Vs mining a product that can be recycled over time, as well will normally stay for the life of you car.
Nothing that you do is 0 impact on the environment. Every breath you take emits CO2, every step you take you may squish a bug, or make the ground to pack for a plant to grow. Electric Cars are made by industry, and that isn't good for the environment. Oddly enough, most people know this, it isn't a surprise. However moving from an ICE based car to an Electric Car, offers a better solution that is much better than ICE Cars.

The supply crunch, isn't as much of a lack of supply of Lithium on the planet. But our current infrastructure in mining and refining it for batteries. These mining companies cannot just jump their production at the speed of demand for it. They need to squire mining rights, higher and train staff, get more equipment....

Now over time, if say some of the oil companies transitioned to Lithium mining, and over time, the existing electric car market will be recycled, we should be able to fix the supply limitation. But at this moment, were we pissed off a lot of trading partners, a global pandemic that slowed down the economy, and a very rapid rise in the popularity of electric vehicles, this has put a supply problem.

Twitter and TikTok are Losing the War Against COVID Disinformation

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America's leading social media companies "pledged to put warning labels on COVID-19 and COVID vaccines posts to stop the spread of falsehoods, conspiracy theories and hoaxes that are fueling vaccine hesitancy in the USA," reports USA Today.

"With the exception of Facebook, nearly all of them are losing the war against COVID disinformation." That's the conclusion of a new report shared exclusively with USA TODAY. As the pace of the nation's immunizations slows and public health agencies struggle to get shots in arms, Advance Democracy found that debunked claims sowing unfounded fears about the vaccines are circulating largely unfettered on Twitter and TikTok, including posts and videos that falsely allege the federal government is covering up deaths caused by the vaccines or that it is safer to get COVID-19 than to get the vaccine.

Twitter began labeling tweets that include misleading or false information about COVID-19 vaccines in March. It also started using a "strike system" to eventually remove accounts that repeatedly violate its rules. Yet none of the top tweets on Twitter using popular anti-vaccine hashtags like #vaccineskill, #novaccine, #depopulation and #plandemic had labels as of May 3, according to Advance Democracy, a research organization that studies disinformation and extremism. What's more, when USA TODAY searched these hashtags on Twitter, unlabeled posts were served up along with advertisements for major consumer brands including Cheetos, Volvo, CVS, even Star Wars...

After coming under fire for its slow response to COVID-19 misinformation, Facebook has made significant progress in labeling COVID-19 posts, according to Daniel Jones, president of Advance Democracy... As of May 3, all of the top 10 posts discussing COVID-19 vaccines that used the #vaccineskill hashtag were labeled, compared to only two of the top 10 on March 28, Advance Democracy found... Facebook told USA TODAY it has removed more than 16 million pieces of content on Facebook and Instagram for violating its COVID and vaccine policies since the beginning of the pandemic....

As of May 3, TikTok failed to consistently apply labels to anti-vaccination hashtags used in videos with millions of views, the report said. Nine of the top 10 videos related to COVID-19 vaccines using the hashtag #NoVaccine did not have a label. Videos with the #NoVaccine label racked up 20.5 million views...

The Advance Democracy research did not look at vaccine-related content on Facebook-owned Instagram or Google's YouTube.

"Promises to address public health misinformation online are only consequential if there is action and follow through..." Jones told USA Today.

"This pandemic is not over, and with the rate of vaccinations on the decline, directing users to reliable information on vaccines is more important than ever," Jones said.

Why Do They Exist?

By SlashbotAgent • Score: 3 • Thread

Why do these misinformation/disinformation posts and videos exist? I'm not asking about the completely moronic posts for clueless idiots incorrectly repeating old wives tales that they heard clueless Great Aunt Mable say. I'm asking about the lengthy recordings from "doctors" and "scientists" prattling utter horseshit for 20-30 minutes fanning fear of the virus, or the vaccines, or the "hoax that is the virus"...

These things seem to be relatively high production quality, likely scripted, claim extensive pedigree or credentials, and are always beyond belief for any reasonably logical or critical thinker. But they keep churning them out.

Who is behind these posts and why are they making this rubbish? It seems like a lot of effort for stupidity with no apparent reward. What is the motivation or agenda behind these posts that all too easily spread like a malignant cancer?

Millions get their news and information

By rsilvergun • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
from Facebook, Joe Rogan, Fox News and other dubious sources. They go to the same grocery stores, movie theaters and restaurants that you do and many work along side you. They can and will breed nasty new variants of COVID, and sooner or later one of them will get past our current defenses.

So to answer your question, who cares? Anyone who's thought about it even in passing.

Re:So what

By squiggleslash • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Right now vaccination rates in the US are plummeting despite only around 1/3 of the population being vaccinated. The available evidence suggests the "susceptible to misinformation" crowd is huge.

Social media sites are acting as conduits for this crap. They may not be required to combat misinformation but it certainly is the responsible thing for them to do.

We need to get to about 2/3 of the population vaccinated in order to get herd immunity. We're probably not going to get there, thanks the COVID equivalents of Jenny McCarthy.

Re:So what

By Beryllium Sphere(tm) • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

That might have been used as an excuse for pro-smoking or pro-meth posts.

The important thing about a contagious disease is that it's contagious. The lies affect everyone that the disinformed person breathes around.

Re: All of them fail in other languages

By ChrisMaple • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
The "scientific community" is not at all self-consistent regarding COVID, particularly with regard to partially effective non-vaccine treatments. Some groups have gotten hold of the collective ears of government and try, with varying degrees of success, to suppress various bits of information. Some of this may be financially motivated, some is honest mistake or willful ignorance, but whatever the cause it's contributing to deaths.

On SNL Elon Musk Reveals He Has Asperger Syndrome - and Tanks the Price of Dogecoin

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NBC News reports on what exactly happened during Elon Musk's appearance on Saturday Night Live — starting with a surprisingly personal monologue: "I don't always have a lot of intonation or variation in how I speak," Musk said, "which I'm told makes for great comedy." He admitted he's socially awkward and said he was the first person with Asperger syndrome to host the show — "or at least the first to admit it."

"I know I sometimes say or post strange things but that's just how my brain works," Musk, 49, said. "I reinvented electric cars and I'm sending people to Mars on a rocket ship. Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?"

ET Canada notes that Twitter users later pointed out that former SNL castmember (and later episode host) Dan Aykroyd has also said he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. But NBC notes that Saturday's show was focused on the interests and eccentricities of Elon Musk. His mother, Maye Musk, appeared as part of the show's pre-celebration of Mother's Day. "I'm excited for my Mother's Day gift," she said, before mentioning a form of cryptocurrency hyped by her son. "I just hope it's not Dogecoin."

"It is," said Musk, a big investor in the cryptocurrency...

And later in a skit with Michael Che, Musk had also played a fictional cryptocurrency expert who's asked repeatedly to explain Dogecoin. "It actually started as a joke based on an internet meme but now it's taken over in a very real way," Musk said. "It's the future of currency." Asked again by Che, he said, "I keep telling you, it's a cryptocurrency you can trade for conventional money."

"Oh," Che said. "So it's a hustle."

"Yeah," Musk said, "it's a hustle...."

Dogecoin tracker Darren Rovell tweeted that the cryptocurrency had, at one point, lost $30 billion in value during the show.

In fact, by early Sunday Dogecoin was down 40%, trading as low as 44 cents, reports CNN: It's unclear what was driving the dogecoin selloff. Perhaps investors wanted Musk to say something more supportive of the cryptocurrency. But more likely, there was some "buy the rumor / sell the news" strategy, trying to capitalize on investors' predictions coming true by selling high. Dogecoin traded so actively that Robinhood announced early Sunday morning it was having issues processing crypto trades and was working to resolve the problem.

Is he surrounded by yes-men?

By Arnonyrnous Covvard • Score: 3 • Thread
Or does he have good advisers but ignores them? That was an absolutely terrible performance, cringe as cringe can bad. I look at that show and wonder if he is really in charge or just a useful idiot fronting for someone who wants to pull the strings without being seen.

Re: Concerning

By Type44Q • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Investing 101 guys

Speculating, not investing.

Asperger's perspective.

By Somervillain • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Should that make all of us want to have the same "Syndrome"? Something is not logical. We need a deep understanding of how Musk uses his brain.

There are undeniable advantages for some people. I can speak to my variant. If my brain was a CPU, it would be an overclocked CPU with less cores. I am terrible at multitasking, but have hyperfocus. Unfortunately, sensory processing is a brain task. I tune people out a little too well. When I am focusing, I can't hear people trying to get my attention. I also have difficulties hearing in noisy areas like bars and restaurants because my brain can't process the visual stimuli of the TVs in the background and the sound of the person I am talking to and filter out the background I have to ask people to repeat themselves more than a neurotypical person.

I had a lot of issues growing up. Before I knew I was on the spectrum, I'd get described as "different" a lot. People had a hard time figuring me out. I got great grades and could project lots of intelligence...but was also off-putting. I was extremely kind and offensive at the same time...because I didn't understand boundaries and my sense of empathy is much different from other people. I feel it strongly, but what is funny or scary or bad for me often isn't so for someone else.

A thing to remember about Musk, Zuckerberg, Gates, etc. All these clearly autistic highly successful tech entrepreneurs...they all came from wealth. If Elon's dad was a mechanic instead of extremely wealthy, he wouldn't have been as successful.

I like the phrase "Success is when opportunity meets preparation." Elon's success was due to both him having the resources of a wealthy child, the safety net of wealthy parents so he could take risks normal people can't, and his genius. There are many smarter and more deserving of success than him. He had the resources and luck to become one of the world's richest men...a great accomplishment and a partial testament to his talent. However, should you want to have a brain like his?...well, without his family wealth and his luck and timing, I am confident you wouldn't go as far.

Re:Except Asperger's Syndrome doesn't exist anymor

By quenda • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

real autistic people can't fend for themselves,

The True Scotsman?
Temple Grandin seems highly functional, but it was a long road for her.
In her Ted Talk she gives a lot of insight into what autism means.

I can't help it, I'm a Taurus!!!

By Urinal Pube • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
"The Spectrum" has become the tech bro equivalent of astrology.

Can Apple's AirTags Be Used to Track Another Person?

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As Mother's Day approached, CNN Business Editor Samantha Murphy Kelly clipped a keychain with one of Apple's tiny new "AirTag" Bluetooth trackers onto her son's book bag, in an experiment that " highlighted how easily these trackers could be used to track another person." Location trackers aren't new — there are similar products from Samsung, Sony and Tile — but AirTags' powerful Ultra Wideband technology chip allows it to more accurately determine the location and enables precise augmented reality directional arrows that populate on the iPhone or iPad's screen. While AirTags are explicitly intended for items only, Apple has added safeguards to cut down on unwanted tracking. For example, the company does not store location data, and it will send an alert to an iOS device user if an AirTag appears to be following them when its owner is not around. If the AirTag doesn't re-tether to the owner's iOS device after three days, the tracker will start to make a noise.

"We take customer safety very seriously and are committed to AirTag's privacy and security," the company said in a statement to CNN Business. "AirTag is designed with a set of proactive features to discourage unwanted tracking — a first in the industry — and the Find My network includes a smart, tunable system with deterrents...." The safeguards are a work in progress as the software rolls out and users begin interacting with the devices. When my babysitter recently took my son to an appointment, using my set of keys with an AirTag attached, she was not informed that she was carrying an AirTag — separated from my phone. (She hadn't yet updated her phone's software to iOS 14.5.) Non-iPhone users can hold their phones close to the AirTags and, via short-range wireless technology, information pops up on how to disable the tracker, but that's if the person knows they're being tracked and locates it. In addition, three days is a long time for an AirTag to keep quiet before making a noise....

Apple said one of the main reasons it spent so much time developing safeguards was the sheer size of its Find My app network. But it's the AirTags' reliance on that broader network that creates much of the need for the safeguards in the first place, said Albert Fox Cahn, founder and executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project and a fellow at the NYU School of Law. "That's because Apple is turning more than a billion iOS devices into a network for tracking AirTags, while Tile will only operate when in range of the small number of people using the Tile app.... The benefits of finding our keys a bit quicker isn't worth the danger of creating a new global tracking network."

Re:You don't want to create a NEW tracking network

By shmlco • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

You don't understand. Before only corporations and governments could track an individual using those devices.

Now anyone can. Totally unacceptable.

Still more than every other comparable product

By Wrath0fb0b • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

This is a pretty common pattern -- try to make something just a little bit better than what exists and people will flood your with hate for doing anything at all. It's Heisenberg Ethics -- you aren't linked to a problem until you interact with it, and if you do interact, you're responsible for the entire thing even if you made it a tiny bitter better (because a tiny bit better still is not everything everyone could want).

The article even dances around this

... this isn't specific just to AirTags. Apple's privacy and security notifications can actually make this device harder for abusive people to misuse than others on the market and that point shouldn't be lost."

Well gee, so they improved a bit the state of the art relative to what Tile did, but damn it's not perfect so all of those problems are your responsibility. Heisenberg Ethics indeed.

Oh, and perhaps the lamest take -- Apple didn't magically back-propagate software support to older versions:

[...] she was not informed that she was carrying an AirTag â" separated from my phone. (She hadn't yet updated her phone's software to iOS 14.5.

Either these folks literally don't understand how software updates work or they are just trolling us at this point.

That didn't take long

By timholman • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Apple knew that the press would jump all over the potential "abuses" of the AirTag, simply because it's an Apple product, and Apple stories make the best clickbait.

From the CNN article:

Still, my experiment highlighted how easily these trackers could be used to track another person. After all, I knew the moment he arrived at school and when he got back on the bus to head home.

Right, and you could also have given your son his own iPhone with "Find My" enabled (like millions of other parents already do), and you'd not only know where he is, you'd be able to call him too.

In order to head off the inevitable "Apple AirTag is being used by stalkers!" stories, Apple went out of its way made the AirTag useless to them. All you have to do is return home carrying someone else's AirTag, and the AirTag will not only warn you of its presence, it will even make a sound so it can be located. And guess what you can then do to your stalker? Toss his AirTag into a passing bus or taxi, and let him amuse himself chasing it all over the city.

If you really want to stalk someone covertly, for just $10 more than the AirTag costs you can buy a tiny GPS tracker and get location updates via the cellular network every 5 minutes.

The Amcrest AM-GL300W-4G is a stalker's dream. In fact, it is specifically advertised as being suitable for tracking people and automobiles. So where's the outrage? That's right ... it's not an Apple product.

There are dozens of ways that a stalker can track someone using modern technology. News organizations in search of clickbait headlines forced Apple into a position where they neutered the most useful application of AirTags: anti-theft tracking. Inevitably another company will market a product that uses the Apple "Find My" network, and then I'll be able to buy the anti-theft Bluetooth tracker that I hoped the AirTag would be. Of course, those same anti-theft trackers could potentially be abused, but I can guarantee that Samantha Murphy Kelly at CNN won't care. It won't be newsworthy, because it's not an Apple product.

Is it magic?

By viperidaenz • Score: 3 • Thread

They say they don't store location data, but can still determine if a tag is following an unrelated iPhone while the tag owner is my nearby.

So they're using location history data without storing location data?

Millennials are Taking Governments to Court over Climate Change. And They're Starting to Win

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CNN tells the story of Luisa Neubauer, a 25-year-old woman who took the German government to court last year — and won: On April 29, the country's Supreme Court announced that some provisions of the 2019 climate change act were unconstitutional and "incompatible with fundamental rights," because they lacked a detailed plan for reducing emissions and placed the burden for future climate action on young people. The court ordered the government to come up with new provisions that "specify in greater detail how the reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions" by the end of next year. The decision made headlines across the world...

"This case changes everything," she said. "It's not nice to have climate action, it's our fundamental right that the government protects us from the climate crisis...."

Climate lawsuits are becoming an increasingly popular and powerful tool for climate change activists. A January report released by the United Nations Environment Programme found that the number of climate litigation cases filed around the world nearly doubled between 2017 and 2020. Crucially, the governments are starting to lose. Neubauer's victory came just months after a court in Paris ruled that France was legally responsible for its failure to meet emission cutting targets. Another similar case involving six young people from Portugal was fast-tracked at the European Court of Human Rights last October...

The cases are most often centered around the idea that future generations have a right to live in a world that is not completely decimated by the climate crisis.

Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo shares an Ars Technica story noting that in addition to the German suit, " A similar lawsuit in the U.S. has been winding its way through the courts." First filed in 2015 on behalf of a group of children and teenagers, the suit accused the U.S. government of violating the plaintiffs' constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property by not taking stronger action on climate change.

Re:Greta Thunberg is right

By Elledan • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Where Greta and many like her are completely letting ideology overrule science and reason is however with exactly how climate change is supposed to be counteracted.

When Germany is removing another 6 GW of low-carbon power by the end of next year, that's enough to completely obliterate any gains that could be made by installing more wind and PV solar by 2030, even if installation of new PV solar and wind in Germany hadn't ground to a halt already.

And yet Greta et al. are against nuclear power, regardless of the fact that over 40% of all low-carbon in the EU comes from nuclear plants. Regardless of the IPCC making it clear that we need at least existing nuclear to stand a chance of coming even close to the goals of the Paris Agreement.

When youths like Greta are both complaining about adults not doing enough, while simultaneously supporting the climate vandalism of shutting down nuclear plants decades before they'd need replacing. One has to wonder what's truly the goal here, and how much of what they are saying is truly driven by science.

Re:I don't get it.

By Joce640k • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

You elect evil people and then you blame them for being evil?

Unfortunately for us, the people up for vote were all politicians.

Re:Not true

By jacks smirking reven • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The Scandinavian countries have done a good job at reducing poverty though, most of them sitting well under 10%. Why can't we just start looking at what they are doing and implement some of that?

I agree straight handouts will not work but infrastructure, housing, public transport, worker protections, childcare services, education, healthcare reform are all things the government can do that will have improvements on the poverty level in society. The Social Security program alone has had huge beneficial effects on poverty.

The government can't just give people money but it can improve the systems people have to interact with.

Re:How does it work

By AmiMoJo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Because democracy is not the tyranny of the majority. We can't all vote that lorinc has to pay 100% taxes and make us breakfast, democracy has protections against that kind of abuse.

In this case the argument is simple. The government is passing on huge debts, in the form of environmental damage that will have costs and need to be fixed, to younger people. That's unfair and will probably result in undue hardship for them, so the government should stop doing that.

It doesn't matter if nobody else cares that lorinc has no money and is being forced to make everyone breakfast. What matters are lorinc's rights and the principals of fairness built into civil law.


By shilly • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

This post is almost all of the issue in one neat package.

- NASA's achievements are way, way more significant than SpaceX. There's a helicopter on Mars right now courtesy of NASA, FFS. SpaceX is doing great stuff but nothing like as challenging as this
- The post office has multiple universal service obligations: to deliver everywhere, for everyone, at low cost. FedEx doesn't do those things because they're unprofitable.
- Jeff Bezos did an impressive job running an organisation that does a few things (very well). It is orders of magnitude less challenging than running the US government, whose scope is absolutely vast by comparison. And of course it's far too early to know whether Biden will do a good job. Mao Zedong and the French Revolution and all that

Government takes on really really really hard tasks, often in partnership with the private sector for specific elements. It's absurd to think that the private sector is automatically better, when it just doesn't have to tackle things anywhere near as difficult.

Linux Foundation Launches Open Source Agriculture Infrastructure Project

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"The Linux Foundation has lifted the lid on a new open source digital infrastructure project aimed at the agriculture industry," reports VentureBeat: The AgStack Foundation, as the new project will be known, is designed to foster collaboration among all key stakeholders in the global agriculture space, spanning private business, governments, and academia.

As with just about every other industry in recent years, there has been a growing digital transformation across the agriculture sector that has ushered in new connected devices for farmers and myriad AI and automated tools to optimize crop growth and circumvent critical obstacles, such as labor shortages. Open source technologies bring the added benefit of data and tools that any party can reuse for free, lowering the barrier to entry and helping keep companies from getting locked into proprietary software operated by a handful of big players...

The AgStack Foundation will be focused on supporting the creation and maintenance of free and sector-specific digital infrastructure for both applications and the associated data. It will lean on existing technologies and agricultural standards; public data and models; and other open source projects, such as Kubernetes, Hyperledger, Open Horizon, Postgres, and Django, according to a statement.

"Current practices in AgTech are involved in building proprietary infrastructure and point-to-point connectivity in order to derive value from applications," AgStack executive director Sumer Johal told VentureBeat. "This is an unnecessarily costly use of human capital. Like an operating system, we aspire to reduce the time and effort required by companies to produce their own proprietary applications and for content consumers to consume this interoperably."

Indoor farming

By backslashdot • Score: 3 • Thread

Indoor farming is the future. Stacked plants, gene-modded for efficiency and growing under lights. Probably will have to hire a bunch of consultants from the Emerald Triangle to get it optimal.

Tough sell.

By Gravis Zero • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

I'm sure farmers would love open source stuff but there is a serious problem here: hardware. John Deer isn't just closed source hardware, they actively prevent other people from repairing let alone modify their systems. There is also a problem with farmers being a very very small part of the population. The ones that are large enough to actually make their own software are not about to share it because they are big businesses with a financial interest in making it harder for everyone else (thereby keeping prices higher and thus increasing their profit margin). The only ones that might be interested in this are small device manufacturers who again, have a financial interest in being as closed as possible as to ward off competition since it's a niche market.

I certainly hope to be proven wrong but I don't foresee this being successful.

'Mushrooms on Mars is a Hoax. Stop Believing Hacks'

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Several science web sites are strongly disputing a China-based journal's claim that time-lapse photos of Mars show growing mushrooms.

TNW Neural headlined their story "Mushrooms on Mars is a hoax — stop believing hack 'scientists'" If you believe those images demonstrate fungus growing on Mars, I'm about to blow your frickin' mind. Check out this pic. You see that? To heck with fungus, that's an entire highway growing out of the sand in front of a moving bus. You can clearly see that the Earth's sandy crust is being broken apart as the expanding highway organism grows beneath it.

Or, if you're the "Occam's Razor" type: the wind is just blowing sand around. I've never been to Mars, but I'm led to believe there are rocks, dust, and wind. Do we really need to go any further in debunking this nonsense?

They also link to Retraction Watch's page about the story's lead author, Rhawn Gabriel Joseph. IFL Science picks up the story: Nicknamed the Space Tiger King — due to the photographs posted on his frankly ridiculous personal website — Joseph has spent decades erroneously claiming that life has already been discovered on other planets. Back in the 1970s, he began alleging that NASA's Viking lander had found biological matter, despite the agency stating the exact opposite of this.

After setting up his own journal in an attempt to air his unscientific assertions, he later filed a lawsuit against NASA in order to force them to investigate a structure which he claimed resembled a "putative biological organism", but which later turned out to be a rock.

CNET adds: "Claiming that mushrooms are sprouting all over Mars is an extraordinary claim that requires better evidence than an analysis of photographic morphology by a known crank who has claimed, on the basis of the same kind of analysis, that he has seen fields of skulls on Mars," says Paul Myers, a developmental biologist at the University of Minnesota, Morris, who has followed Joseph's work in the past...

After being alerted to the new paper on Wednesday, I sent emails to the associate editors-in-chief of Advances in Microbiology, asking for clarification around the peer review process. They have not responded to requests for comment. I also emailed members of the editorial board listed on SCIRP's website, including Jian Li, a microbiologist at Monash University in Australia. He says he has not been on the journal's editorial board "for at least five to six years" and has not handled any of the papers in the journal.

The "mushrooms" theory was also dismissed by several actual scientists, reports Futurism: "The conditions on Mars are so extreme that you're not going to see fungi or any kind of life growing at that sort of speed under conditions like coldness and low air pressure," Jonathan Clarke, president of Mars Society Australia, told the South China Morning Post. "Life can barely survive, let alone thrive."

Clarke also took issue with the paper claiming that mushrooms were actually growing on Mars. "It's just like if you go to a beach and there are shells," he told the newspaper. "If the wind blows, the sand moves and exposes more shells. But we won't say the shells are growing there, it's just that they become visible..."

"We have more than photos, records, instruments that tell us what these materials are made of," David Flannery, lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology who is a member of NASA's Mars 2020 mission science team, told SCMP. "And we have models for the features we see around us.... Robots are sending back huge amounts of data," he added. "We have plenty of information but it's just that no one is interpreting the features that we see as something like fungi. There's zero evidence for that."

"This paper, which is really not credible, will be ignored by the scientific community," Flannery said.

Barsoom patriots

By algaeman • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
John Carter eats a lot of magic mushrooms.

Cut it out

By SuperKendall • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

The Lizard People get upset when you try to reveal the secret Mars fungal farms, I'd stop doing that if I were you.

And what do they eat?

By HanzoSpam • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

What makes this suspect right away is that, at least as far as we know, most life forms are part of a larger ecosystem. Living things are usually dependent on other living things. In absence of any evidence of an ecosystem, the idea that something like a mushroom would evolve in isolation seems rather far-fetched.


By Aighearach • Score: 3 • Thread

It would be a much stronger story without mentioning the Viking lander. Don't mention that unless you want to go into it, because some of the conclusions were controversial. Basically, there were chemical processes in the samples that were not understood to happen except in the presence of life. It led to important discoveries about chemistry, and the possibilities available for early life, but that was mostly never discussed because of the assholes shouting at the top of their lungs that there is no life, while also refusing to talk about the details of the results.

New Study Again Finds Mediterranean Diet Lowers Symptoms of Brain Aging

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CNN reports that a new study has again found that Mediterranean diets can lower your risk of dementia "by interfering with the buildup of two proteins, amyloid and tau, into the plaques and tangles that are hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease." "The mountain of evidence continues to build that you are what you eat when it comes to brain health," said Dr. Richard Isaacson, who directs the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital... "For every point of higher compliance with the diet, people had one extra year less of brain aging. That is striking," Isaacson added. "Most people are unaware that it's possible to take control of your brain health, yet this study shows us just that...."

What is the Mediterranean diet...? The true diet is simple, plant-based cooking, with the majority of each meal focused on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and seeds, with a few nuts and a heavy emphasis on extra-virgin olive oil. Fats other than olive oil, such as butter, are consumed rarely, if at all. And say goodbye to refined sugar or flour. Meat can make a rare appearance, but usually only to flavor a dish. Instead, meals may include eggs, dairy and poultry, but in much smaller portions than in the traditional Western diet. However, fish, which are full of brain-boosting omega-3's, are a staple.

The study, published Wednesday in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, examined 343 people at high risk of developing Alzheimer's and compared them to 169 cognitively normal subjects... After adjusting for factors like age, sex and education, the study found that people who did not follow the diet closely had more signs of amyloid and tau buildup in their spinal fluid than those who did adhere to the diet... "These results add to the body of evidence that show what you eat may influence your memory skills later on," said study author Tommaso Ballarini, a postdoctoral fellow at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn, Germany, in a statement...

This isn't the first research to find a link between brain health and the Mediterranean diet or one of its plant-based cousins. A study of nearly 6,000 healthy older Americans with an average age of 68 found those who followed the Mediterranean or the similar MIND diet lowered their risk of dementia by a third.

After reviewing the new study, Isaacson told CNN that "The strongest factor to really move the needle was regular fish consumption."

How do you have fish be a staple

By rsilvergun • Score: 3 • Thread
With the amount of mercury in it?

What about ancestry?

By Tangential • Score: 3 • Thread
I only read the CNN article but I didnâ(TM)t any mention of of how (or if) ancestry affects the validity of the findings. Does the diet work just as well for someone whoâ(TM)s ancestors did not come from Europe? Would someone whoâ(TM)s ancestors Come from Africa or Southern Asia or Polynesia or The Americas experience the same results or might there be a different diet that provides better efficacy for them? I find it hard to believe that someone whoâ(TM)s ancestors never, ever ate this diet would automatically realize those gains from it.

Always amusing

By chuckugly • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread

I'm just always amused that poultry and fish are not meat to some people.

No meat but poultry is ok?

By ubergeek65536 • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Since when is poultry not meat?


By TechyImmigrant • Score: 3 • Thread

>The true diet is simple, plant-based cooking

This is a lie of the highest grade.

The data proporting to represent what a mediterranean diet was was collected by Ancel Keys during *Lent* in a couple of coastal villages. Go to the mediterranean and you see a lot of meat being eaten. Go to a Greek restaurant and it's hardly a vegetarian cuisine.

This is another stupid epidemiological study flying in the face of every randomized, controlled, interventional study ever performed on diet.

We understand the biochemical mechanisms of 'healthy whole grains' inducing leaking gut, inflammation and autoimmune disorders. We don't need a confounded epi studies done by vegans with biases to muddy the waters with this nonsense.

Capitol Rioters Identified Using Facial Recognition Software, Cellphone Records - and Social Media Posts

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NBC News reports more than 440 Americans have now been charged with storming the U.S. Capitol building on January 6th, with charges now filed against people from 44 of America's 50 states. They describe it as "one of the largest criminal investigations in American history." The largest number come from Texas, Pennsylvania, and Florida, in that order. Men outnumber women among those arrested by 7 to 1, with an average age of 39, according to figures compiled by the Program on Extremism at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. A total of 44 are military veterans.
Hundreds of arrests happened because rioters later bragged online: In nearly 90 percent of the cases, charges have been based at least in part on a person's own social media accounts.

A New York man, Robert Chapman, bragged on the dating app Bumble that he'd been in the Capitol during the riot. The person he was seeking to date responded, "We are not a match," and notified the FBI.

In fact, the investigative agency has now received "hundreds of thousands" of tips from the public, and has even posted photos of people who participated in the riots online asking for the public's help to identify them.

But NBC also reports that technology is being used to identify participants:
  • "Investigators have also used facial recognition software, comparing images from surveillance cameras and an outpouring of social media and news agency videos against photo databases of the FBI and at least one other federal agency, Customs and Border Protection, according to court documents."
  • Investigators "have also subpoenaed records from companies providing cellphone service, allowing agents to tell whether a specific person's phone was inside the Capitol during the siege."

Re:Facial recognition software?

By gmack • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Since when is this a partisan issue? Why not do both? Rioted/looted/damaged property? Right or Left toss them in jail.

Re:Facial recognition software?

By bluegutang • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Reasonably suspected criminals have less of a right to privacy than the general population. The government can't just look around my house because it wants to. But with a proper warrant for a suspected crime, it can.

Similarly, facial recognition of normal people all the time is bad. But some sort of warrant system for crimes under investigation would be good. In the current case, where anyone recorded indoors by Capitol security cameras is a trespasser or worse (except congresspeople and authorized workers of course), I think facial recognition is appropriate even without a warrant.

Re:Ok, now do CHAZ

By jacks smirking reven • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

According to a study of 7,305 events 96.3% reported no property damage. 97.7% reported no injuries. Only 1% of events resulted in injuries to law enforcement.


Much of the violence was limited to small parts of certain city centers. Certainly Minneapolis is going to stand out considering what happened there and Portland is the most activist city in the entire nation.

Re:Facial recognition software?

By gmack • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

That is mostly down to the fact that the rioters over the summer for the most case, wore masks and didn't take selfies.

The capital riot folks honestly didn't think they would ever face consequences for their actions.

Re:Now do those that destroyed Minneapolis

By dasunt • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Charging people for actually burning down a police precinct is not comparable to charging people for what is essentially trespass. There were a lot more people in the MPLS rioting who could be charged with lesser crimes. Are they being pursued?

Minneapolis has pursued 75 cases. Total arrests during the protests were in the hundreds, but in many of those, charges were dropped because the first amendment provided a strong defense.

Quite honestly, arrests could have been higher, but the police were more focused on arresting protesters than rioters and looters. The cynical side of me thinks this may be due to the protesters criticizing the police, while the criminals were victimizing the general population.

China's Out-of-Control Rocket Plunges Out of Orbit, Crashes Into Ocean

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An out-of-control Chinese rocket plunged out of orbit and reentered Earth's atmosphere in the Indian Ocean (just west of the Maldives), reports CNN, citing China's space agency: Most of the rocket was "destroyed" on reentry to the atmosphere, the space agency said. The rocket, which is about 108 feet tall and weighs nearly 40,000 pounds, had launched a piece of a new Chinese space station into orbit on April 29.

After its fuel was spent, the rocket had been left to hurtle through space uncontrolled until Earth's gravity dragged it back to the ground.

Generally, the international space community tries to avoid such scenarios. Most rockets used to lift satellites and other objects into space conduct more controlled reentries that aim for the ocean, or they're left in so-called "graveyard" orbits that keep them in space for decades or centuries. But the Long March rocket is designed in a way that "leaves these big stages in low orbit," said Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University.

In this case, it was impossible to be certain exactly when or where the booster would land. The European Space Agency had predicted a "risk zone" that encompassed "any portion of Earth's surface between about 41.5N and 41.5S latitude" — which included virtually all of the Americas south of New York, all of Africa and Australia, parts of Asia south of Japan and Europe's Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece. The threat to populated areas of land was not negligible, but fortunately the vast majority of Earth's surface area is consumed by oceans...

The rocket is one of the largest objects in recent memory to strike the Earth after falling out of orbit, following a 2018 incident in which a piece of a Chinese space lab broke up over the Pacific Ocean and the 2020 reentry of an 18-metric-ton Long March 5B rocket [also launched by China].


By AmiMoJo • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Nobody knew where it would land until the last moment because it was tumbling, which meant that the amount of drag it experienced was impossible to predict.

Everyone knew it wouldn't land on Washington or Beijing though because it wasn't in an orbit that took it over those areas.

When it became possible to know where it would land the Chinese did put out information. You just didn't notice because you can't read Chinese and it wasn't widely reported, with journalists preferring to get their information from the US.

Re:Here's the record of what happened

By K. S. Kyosuke • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
Considering the condition of the item upon delivery, I have to ask...was it UPS, or FedEx?


By feedayeen • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

It's orbit was 41.5 degrees off of the equator. As it's not geostationary or synchronized at all with the 24 hour rotation period, it's orbit over each day consisted of 16 helical paths covering everything north and south of 41.5 degrees. Washington DC and Beijing are both at about 39 degrees North. It literally was tumbling out of control over both of those cities.

This is a map of what it's projected orbit looked like for the 12 hours before and after it's crash with the blue line representing were it was detected and yellow where we expected to see it assuming it didn't crash. It passed over both Washington DC and Beijing within 12 hours of it crashing and each of those tick marks represents 5 minutes differences position. It was 55 minutes away from being over Washington DC again.

56 minutes from disaster

By feedayeen • Score: 3 • Thread

This is a terrifying plot. That is a projected orbit at the time of the crash going 12 hours before and after. Blue line is were it was, yellow line where it would have been if it didn't crash. Each tick represents position every 5 minutes.

4 ticks, or 20 minutes, it crashes in Tasmania. No big deal.
5 ticks, or 25 minutes, it can rain debrees down on Northern New Zealand. Bigger deal, but minor.
10 ticks or 50 minutes, it's entering Texas. Bigger deal but largely fine.
11 ticks and it's starting to pass over Washington DC.

It it crashed about 56 minutes later, we would literally have debree rain down on either on or within a few miles of Washington DC.


By radarskiy • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

a) Skylab wasn't a deliberately uncontrolled deorbit, it was a controlled deorbit that failed.
b) This Chinese object was the largest *deliberately uncontrolled* deorbit in 30 years.
c) China has plenty of capability and past examples of controlled deorbit.