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And today I forked Adams chart to use Loess regression instead of the linear model, because I thought temperature isn't increasing linearly (but maybe exponentially?)

So @lisacrost made this chart of how monthly temperatures went up from 1881 to 2017 #datavis

biodegradable disposable cups made from gourds grown in 3d printed molds. sustainable, cheap, eco-friendly. fantastic idea. purpose-grown plants are the future of common household items. why use a semi-permanent petroleum product for something that can be done with what pretty much is elf magic?

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This is the single greatest triumph of technology over itself, boost if you agree.

Galois (the contractor) will bring prototypes of the machines to DEFCON and various universities, as well as publishing all software and hardware designs.

The machines will be based on a DARPA secure hardware project, which is differentiated by active security measures present in hardware itself, vetting operations requested by software rather than just blindly carrying them out.

This approach should mitigate the majority of common exploits, without requiring custom software.

DARPA is working with a contractor to design and build new voting machines, based on a secure hardware project. Contrary to previous digital voting efforts, these new machines will be developed in collaboration with the community, and entirely open-source. This is a pretty major and important step towards a modern voting system.

if you're ever in st andrews go to the botanic gardens!!

fire trucks are actually water trucks

Stop trying to break up big companies, nationalize them.

Banks that are "too big to fail" will not actually benefit by being broken up, because the banking sector will stay the same size, with the same propensity for crashing the economy.

Economies of scale are good, so when a company is "too big", nationalize it, don't break it up.

Whenever some venture capitalist or Singularity University lobbyist or Silicon Valley tech bro mentions “exponential growth” or “accelerating growth” just look them straight in the eye, say “tumour”, and walk away.

Imagine returning to the technooptimism of the 90s, when computers were new and the future was just around the corner, and every once in a while you would glimpse it between dealings with the utterly ordinary everyday everything

just a glimpse, in newspapers, television features and - with luck - in glossy books covering the bright new interconnected world to come


Like think about the kind of web we could self-host without having to pay for web hosting providers to rent tiny slices of computing time. Pretty much every home machine is way overpowered for web hosting, and you can buy dedicated hardware for hosting for just a few dollars now. ISPs are Soo hostile to this, though: data caps, double nat'ing, refusing to roll out ipv6, charging ridiculous amounts for static ips... All of it is just a disaster when you think about what the internet could be.

It's really frustrating how much we could self-host the internet but can't because consumer ISP service is intentionally broken

Realistically, I suspect most of what people use computing devices for could be done with the following:

* 100 MHz CPU with a single 3-5 stage pipeline, a FPU, no branch prediction, no out-of-order execution, no kind of speculative execution
* A GPU with enough resources for 2D desktop composition (not necessary but nice to have) and a hardware-accelerated 1080p60 video codec, that can also be used for some light general-purpose workloads
* A crypto coprocessor

That's it.

"Just go zero-waste!" is to environmentalism as "Just give up all the software you currently use and vet, hack, and troubleshoot all of your software yourself, building an encyclopedic knowledge of all the ways you're tracked and blocking each one!" is to infosec

It shouldn't be our responsibility to keep companies from stealing our data, nor should it be our responsibility to keep them from giving us plastic packaging. Especially when the alternatives are so inaccessible to the average person. Stop blaming the victim

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