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Old 10-09-2017, 07:54 PM   #976 (permalink)
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The Shinmoedake volcano in Kagoshima, Japan has begun to erupt.

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Facebook's "People You May Know" tech is so monstrously omniscient that it frequently suggests closeted sex workers to their actual real-life clients, even when the sex workers have never given real names or made internet accounts, or only ever used disposable phones, for their work. It is also capable of linking you with distant former in-law family members who were completely estranged well before the digital age, and sometimes has recommended doctors' and mental-health carers' completely unrelated patients to each other, potentially outing the patients' medical issues.

It's impossible to opt out of being part of the People You May Know system, by the way. Facebook says users "would not want to do that", even to users who ask them how they can do that. The only possible way to stop yourself from ever showing up in People You May Know is by setting your account to only allow friend requests from "No One", although this method is completely undocumented (so you're welcome) and if you're going to do that, what's even the point of being on Facebook at all? Oh, and also - just because your profile will never show up PYMK if you change the above setting, doesn't stop Facebook from using any and all of your information to build connection points between other people via the feature.

Given all this, I'm frankly glad Facebook's former policy of banning accounts for Second Life avatars dissuaded me from ever trying to start an account under the radar there anyway, because chances are it would be suggesting my SL identity account to RL family members and others, which avoiding that very situation is supposed to be the sole and entire point.

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Old 10-11-2017, 06:17 PM   #979 (permalink)
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Facebook's "People You May Know" tech is so monstrously omniscient that it frequently suggests closeted sex workers to their actual real-life clients, even when the sex workers have never given real names or made internet accounts, or only ever used disposable phones, for their work. It is also capable of linking you with distant former in-law family members who were completely estranged well before the digital age, and sometimes has recommended doctors' and mental-health carers' completely unrelated patients to each other, potentially outing the patients' medical issues.

It's impossible to opt out of being part of the People You May Know system, by the way. Facebook says users "would not want to do that", even to users who ask them how they can do that. The only possible way to stop yourself from ever showing up in People You May Know is by setting your account to only allow friend requests from "No One", although this method is completely undocumented (so you're welcome) and if you're going to do that, what's even the point of being on Facebook at all? Oh, and also - just because your profile will never show up PYMK if you change the above setting, doesn't stop Facebook from using any and all of your information to build connection points between other people via the feature.

Given all this, I'm frankly glad Facebook's former policy of banning accounts for Second Life avatars dissuaded me from ever trying to start an account under the radar there anyway, because chances are it would be suggesting my SL identity account to RL family members and others, which avoiding that very situation is supposed to be the sole and entire point.
I created an SL based Facebook account, in a private tab. possibly on a separate machine, and it suggested friends from my RL Facebook.

I am not trying to hide anything, but it was incredibly disturbing and I promptly deleted the SL Facebook account.

The same sort of thing happened when I created accounts for my cats.
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Astronomers have found a ring of particles surrounding a small, distant space rock at the edge of our Solar System. The ring encircles a strange world called Haumea, a dwarf planet that’s shaped a bit like a squashed egg. Haumea is one of just five officially recognized dwarf planets in the Solar System, but it’s the only one we know of to have its very own ring.

Although Haumea is unique among its peers, this isn’t the first time a ring has been found around a small body like this in our Solar System. In 2014, this same group of astronomers said that they had found two thin rings around a smaller, minor planet called Chariklo that orbits between Jupiter and Neptune. The discovery completely surprised the astronomy community. Up until that point, only the gas giants in our Solar System — Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, and Uranus — were known to have rings.
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Ever get links to Wall Street Journal articles that are paywalled (most of them)? I read this tip. Tweet the link and then click on the link in the tweet. The full article shows up. Weird huh? I couldn't say if this always works but it worked with the first article I tried it on.
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Ever get links to Wall Street Journal articles that are paywalled (most of them)? I read this tip. Tweet the link and then click on the link in the tweet. The full article shows up. Weird huh? I couldn't say if this always works but it worked with the first article I tried it on.
Might be their equivalent of the Google News soft firewall - Daring Fireball noted a WSJ article similarly the other day, and indeed, the t.co link brought up the full WSJ article. Yay?
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Ever get links to Wall Street Journal articles that are paywalled (most of them)? I read this tip. Tweet the link and then click on the link in the tweet. The full article shows up. Weird huh? I couldn't say if this always works but it worked with the first article I tried it on.
I feel like modern systems are designed to be smarter but years ago IGN had one of those soft firewalls with article limits and disabling cookies would let you read as many as you wanted since it couldn't count your articles.
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I know this violates my principle of posting video material rather than describing it, but, this is more playful. = It's a device I'd never heard of, and once its nature is revealed, it's really quite a cool bit of 1950s tech. See if you can work it out before he gives the answer away, a minute or two in. ^_^

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I know this violates my principle of posting video material rather than describing it, but, this is more playful. = It's a device I'd never heard of, and once its nature is revealed, it's really quite a cool bit of 1950s tech. See if you can work it out before he gives the answer away, a minute or two in. ^_^

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Watching this on mute I can only assume it is a

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I know this violates my principle of posting video material rather than describing it, but, this is more playful. = It's a device I'd never heard of, and once its nature is revealed, it's really quite a cool bit of 1950s tech. See if you can work it out before he gives the answer away, a minute or two in. ^_^

http://bit.ly/2zcLx9N

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I'll blank the reference so as not to spoil this, but from the comments:

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That's seriously cool actually. Love the whole Art Deco look of it, too.
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Not Art Deco, it's mid-fifties German consumer product industrial design: smooth, but no longer "streamlined,' no longer containing elements of architectural monument design. Just smooth, rounded, low cost, with occasional slight references to Art Deco, but no longer dominated by it.

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I'm not a car sort (noisy things), but there's so much lovely design work in that collection! If I've got to have umptykajillion of the things passing by every day, I'd love to have them at least be more like those.

(No surprise, perhaps, that my favorite I've personally enjoyed was the Citroen CX2400 Familiale Estate. Beautiful outside and in, and with that fabulous hydraulic suspension - great for tackling "roads" made of small rocks, though actual tarmac still feels like a blessing afterward)
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Most of those cars are more Streamline Moderne than Deco. There's several towards the end that show Deco stylings, but the dramatic, nearly unornamented, aerodynamic look of the cars in the first half are solidly Streamline Moderne.
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For the first time, astronomers detect gravitational waves from two neutron stars colliding
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Once again, scientists have detected gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of space and time created by objects moving throughout the Universe. And this time, the celestial signal stems from a never-before-seen event: the merger of two neutron stars. In contrast to past observations of gravitational waves, the event was also detectable by regular light telescopes, giving scientists unprecedented insight into this cosmic collision.
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If you snoop around his other videos, he does a whole episode on an absolutely ancient yet OMG-still-working Spotmaster cart machine. There's no killing the wretched things! I mean, that thing predates MY broadcast career -- which just barely post-dates Faraday's discovery of induction.

How many of those cartridges I've handled: I knew instantly that that is a 40 second cart in your post, not a 70.
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If it eases your guilt any, we had broadcast automation LONG before digits were even invented (by, I believe, the ancient Sumerians -- but I may be wrong.)

The systems worked off mechanical stepper switches and relays. There were big "carousels" of cartridges -- you can imagine the amazing levels of destruction those could render. CRACK! CRUNCH!

Music was usually on big reel-to-reels (10 inch reels) with little strips of metal tape stuck onto the "play" side of the tape to cue up the next song. Most systems had four or six reel-to-reels of different categories of music. You'd have different numbers of reels for each category so the music would constantly scramble (sort of....)

There were more wires in that freaking control box ... this was before printed circuit boards...than anyone should ever have to see. But, somehow, the infernal contraption worked most of the time. When it didn't, your plan of action was, basically, play SOMETHING and hope for the best.
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