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Ancient technology turns plant-based cheese into 'something we want to eat' ( phys.org )

To produce plant-based cheeses that feel and taste like dairy cheese, scientists have their sights set on fermentation. In a new research result, University of Copenhagen scientists demonstrate the potential of fermentation for producing climate-friendly cheeses that people want to eat.

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That sounds a lot cooler than "civilizations have to do something with their poop".

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Bo Peep and Woody flirting isn't universal ... and being unwed, the sexual innuendo presents a double standard. But that's not politics to you.

But make her a him, call him Beau Peep and change nothing else in the same sentence? "Politics". Ugh.

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He's a fascist troll. Block him. Check his history. Classic "rack up reputation in game subs and then spam right wing hate speech everywhere else". Dude is a total fash troll, again, block him. Fedi works best when we block those guys because just responding to them is spreading their messages through your network.

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Does he want to distance himself? Gabe said he learned more in his short months-long tenure at MS than he did in the rest of his academic career. He dropped out of Harvard, mind you.

He modeled his entire company off of MS. He even adopted their primary strategy, buy, polish and package. It's literally just embrace, extend, extinguish all over. Balmer taught him very well.

I really don't get why people think he's all that different from any other billionaire. He got there by buying out competition, and if they wouldn't sell, theft and litigation.

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Microsoft doesn't want to rely on licensed software every time they install their programs either. Again, Valve taking a queue from MS. And that's fine BTW, the whole industry follows MS.

Moreover the real issue, the difference in computing cost between running Win10 with all the unnecessary boost vs Linux is massive. Had they used Windows it would've costed more to be able to run less.

As to being reliant on Windows, that's been their standard most of their history. Steam was Windows based. If Windows were to go ahead with making a stripped down Windows OS that was specific to gaming, such as the one demoed in a code jam earlier this year, you can bet steam would be selling that version of Windows direct from their store, and likely have a easy tool ready to use to install it to your deck. They would probably offer it as an installation option too. Why not? There's no good reason they shouldn't. The whole verified question goes out the window. That's huge. But again, MS controls that situation, not Valve. They're still reliant on MS in major ways.

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Put simply, they could not retroactively apply new changes to you.

Sounds like they could though?

Jokes aside, this is another in a recent string of "let's pretend our ToS are legally binding documents as fool-proof as the law" actions by major companies because ... well, who's stopping them?

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This has big "I voted the general election in three states and then complained about voting security on Fox News" energy.

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I think this is worse, arguably. Don't get me wrong, Wakefield wasn't good. But this is actually worse.

Wakefield wanted to call into question a thing which, at the time, was a relatively small thing: the MMR vaccine. There was no political platform of vaccines back then, it was the fallout from his con years after that created that platform. He wanted to do that so he could sell his own snake oil cure-all for autism. He frankly didn't care about vaccines, he simply knew people were hesitant about shots and overly concerned about normalcy.

So Wakefield really was just a greedy sonuvabitch ready to capitalize on the tremendous effort parents of autistic children are ready to commit for their kids. Bad, but just selfish greed. Not trying to accelerate an already existential crisis for political maga points.

This though, climate change, is already the political platform. This is very clearly an attack on the very institutions of academia themselves. This is trying to discredit the act of collecting data and replicating experiments as real science. And there's frankly a lot to say about that topic today (p<0.05 apocalypse) but this isn't saying any of that. It's simply saying "here's a reason not to trust climate science at all". That's the argument. That's way more dangerous than anti-vax arguments. Thank God this instance was as ineffective as it was.

Silver lining, it took almost ten years for Wakefield to get caught and detracted. This didn't take long to catch at all because the guy who did it was smug about his shitty goal, in typical right winger fashion: he went and published an opinion piece on his own paper, to the surprise of even his co-author.

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"you guys screw me out of thirteen or fourteen more Kickstarter funding rounds and I'll take my business elsewhere!"

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[News] State Republicans Try to Remove NC Supreme Court Justice for Mentioning the Existence of Racial Bias ( slate.com )

On Tuesday, it was reported that North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls could be ousted from her seat for judicial ethics violations. Did she fail to disclose gifts from a billionaire benefactor on whose cases she was ruling? No. Maybe she’d gone on luxury vacations across the globe paid for by some of the richest...

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Good moment to point out that "white" is an ever-changing target that constantly moves as needed by the white people in power. Remember "one drop" was their rule. There's no such thing as "white".

Fun fact that demonstrates the point: depending on your locale you may already be seeing this happen, but Latinos are about twenty years away from being considered defacto "white people". And it's not accidental. It's a coordinated effort to get hold of a rising voting bloc that's historically very conservative.

If you live in California you might already recognize the difference between Norteno and Sureno (speaking colloquially, not referring to the gangs using those words as their names). If you've been paying attention to folks like Enrique Tarrio, Raphael Ted Cruz, and George "This is My Name This Month" Santos, you'd see it happening elsewhere too.

Latinos who don't embrace their Latino culture while they're here in America are being indoctrinated the same way they did the Irish and Italians before them. Remember neither of those groups were "white" when they first arrived in America either. The inner circle already accepted them as White People, they're just working on their adherents now. Ask yourself why so many second generation Mexican-American immigrants are hesitant to call themselves Mexican. Nope, they'll use Latino though. They've internalized that word as what the white people mean by it, it's a dirty word in that context.

And this is the effect of culturally ingrained racism. We saw it with Irish, Italians, we see it with Black Americans, and we see it with Mexican Americans too. The patterns are right there and obvious.

A Whiff of Genius: Simple Fragrance Method Boosts Cognitive Capacity by 226% ( scitechdaily.com )

Sweet Smell of Success: Simple Fragrance Method Produces Major Memory Boost When a fragrance wafted through the bedrooms of older adults for two hours every night for six months, memories skyrocketed. In fact, participants in this study by neuroscientists from the University of California, Irvine (

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Had the same thought. Got sidetracked sniffing pens.

Jokes aside, any of y'all remember the scented markers for kids? Holy shit talk about grooming children for addictions. Whole classrooms of kids just sniffing chemical markers. The gas station rose vial of the kindergarten.

U.S., FBI Hoovering Up DNA at a Pace That Rivals China, Holds 21 Million Samples and Counting ( theintercept.com )

In an April 2023 statement submitted to the U.S. Congress to explain the budget request, FBI Director Christopher Wray cited several factors that had “significantly expanded the DNA processing requirements of the FBI.” He said the FBI collected around 90,000 samples a month — “over 10 times the historical sample...

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That's a highly generalized take that doesn't hold water at all. The American government sucks but they're not operating organ farms in concentration camps targeting religions, they're not redrawing their maps to include parts of neighboring nations like Mexico and Canada, they're not funding North Korea as the DPRK launches missiles over South Korea and Japan, they don't have social credit scores, they don't systematically harass and threaten their own citizens abroad..

We can keep going if you want. And we can talk about the terrible shit America does too.

But "these two entities are both bad and therefore they do the same exact things" is fucking dumb, naive, myopic, childish, and a bunch of other pejoratives I could think of. Grow up.

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Ah yes, rather than address your inconsistent arguments, call me a racist. Clever one you are, why didn't I think of that?

Jokes aside you can be mad all you like, you're still wrong. We can talk about the awful shit America does and has done, but it won't be the same as what China has done.

Enjoy your second year of community college.

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Again, we can talk about the terrible shit America has done and still does. I won't deny it. Yes murder is bad. Okay? That's not what you're here arguing though. You wanna try again, no sweat. I'll listen. Will you?

"Anything bad China has done, America has too" is what you said. That is not just factually wrong, it's childish and ignorant and above all lazy. You can't even be arsed to be more than nominally aware of things.

I was very clear about this already, so that you want to keep arguing tells me you're not reading my replies at all or they won't matter anyway, you'll just pound your fists and stomp your feet. Fine. Do that. It's alright. Won't help you, won't get you any closer to a better world, but you'll feel better for a half second. Neat yeah?

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Somehow? I'm not stopping you. You keep talking about something else - you keep insisting China and America do the same bad things. And I'm correcting you. That's all.

I'm not stopping you from talking about what America has done, in fact I already told you we can talk about it. Four times I said those words, in each individual comment I wrote to you. Every time you made a choice not to and instead chose to double down on your original take, flawed and incorrect though it was. Every time you just insisted I was defending America and I never did.

So talk. You have things to say, say them. Don't do this childish "well fine" act where you pretend I'm controlling what you can and cannot say.

By the way China never murdered and raped the middle east. Just one more example of the point isn't it?

Call me a hypocrite, that's fine. I never cared much what children think of me. Grow up kiddo.

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Nintendo just waiting for the thing to go on sale to drop their lawsuits.

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Great, we'll have nanoplastic waste brought about by using solvent and high heat furnaces - furnaces that are totally green we pinky swear.

This just takes the eco waste and turns it into smaller eco waste by virtue of wasting more energy. I'm sure the exhaust isn't something you'll wanna breathe either.

Stop subsiding oil. It's real fucking simple.

How Wave Power Could Be The Future Of Energy ( youtu.be )

The ocean has an incredible amount of power potential. China’s brand new Wave Energy Converters has been making a lot of news recently. While this ocean power device isn’t the first of its kind, its sheer size represents a breakthrough for this underutilized but potent branch of the renewable energy family tree. What is wave...

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The amount of energy we'd need to pull from those flows even to power the full need of the world is likely pretty trivial compared to the amount those flows actually contain. Oceans are world engines, literally. There's a lot of energy in there.

These wouldn't prevent flows either, just leech a little and slow it down. Worth exploring.

The biggest issue is upkeep. Oil rigs require a massive amount of upkeep because salt water really wants to destroy most structural material, fast. Then you factor in costs of getting crews out there for maintenance, etc .. it adds up. Costs not just financially but in carbon as well. Material advancements help but you're back to the carbon costs with those in a big way too.

Hopes Dashed As LK-99 Confirmed Not To Be A Room-Temperature Superconductor ( www.iflscience.com )

After a few intense weeks of speculation and drama, more and more labs have been able to recreate LK-99, also known as modified lead-apatite. The material was touted as the first-ever room-temperature ambient pressure superconductor, a claim that was met with healthy skepticism and excitement. After all, extraordinary claims...

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Yeah this all smacks hard of a con then. You don't publish except to get replication. That's the entire point.

Publishing while being intentionally vague about replication is a huge red flag.

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Huh, the games did phenomenally well in America. Weird. /s

We're in an age of knee-jerk finger pointing, with the problem getting worse the higher you get in society. It's just one giant game of blame hot-potato.

Here's the thing: The producers don't owe the fans shit. They don't owe the fans an explanation even. They owe the investors an explanation. The fans are just there, that's the reality of being a fan of something. We don't get a say, we just can choose to watch or not, and then decide to trash it or praise it online if we want to.

So while there's a problem going up the ladder of the blame game, there's another one coming back down the ladder, and it's entitlement. For some odd reason there's an air of "we deserve this content, exactly to our specifications" and it permeates games, movies, music, all of the entertainment content we have been inundated with as a society. And I think the culture generally leans towards encouraging it because it keeps the culture thriving. But it also keeps us in the exact status quo we're in as a society, beholden to these billionaire publishers we all rail on daily.

Because let's face it: We as a society spend an enormous amount of energy and as such, destroy a lot of the planet, on all this entertainment. If we can't accept that as a fact then we're fucking doomed.

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Imagine having the time to actually look at all that nonsense just to find out who clicked an arrow icon halfway around the world.

I don't think people really understand just how privileged it is to be here dawdling at all, given time, technology, access, etc ... nevermind dawdling maliciously over something so petty.

Then again you could easily make bots to check all that shit, do the cross referencing, and pump out a black list of folks you don't want to interact with. I can see there's a lot of use in that for moderation and administration, but as a user? Begging for problems. It won't ever create positivity to have people able to see that. I understand the protocol won't hide it, but apps can.

Edit, Wait, I'm not even sure the protocol allows for downvotes anyway, that's specific to the apps isn't it? So there's a conscious decision going on to show them? That's a miss.

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At this point doing something that you're unsure whether it will make things better or worse is literally a better option than just nothing. I mean really what's the worst thing that happens? The equivalent of an oil spill? Like that's ever stopped us from doing things for profit? Why should we hold ourselves to these "better be entirely certain" standards when we never held ourselves to that standard on the way here?

This is a legitimate train of thought. "This might hurt things but I'm not sure how" simply isn't good enough. Give me a reason to be afraid to use this. Cause we're not afraid of using oil yet. Fuck it let's put a bunch of iron in the oceans. Really can't hurt things any worse than we have, can it?

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No that's what got us here. Profit above all else brought us where we are, it can't bring us back. Apologies for being blunt but that's a stupid thought you shared.

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By positing it as the reality and not just a reality that we can actually change, you're playing defense for em. You're using their talking points.

BTW You don't have to be debating the finer points of morality to be doing something immoral. Corporatists don't debate morality either. Because they know they lose, every time. Hint hint.

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You and the other guy both sound like you're whining that free content isn't being catered to your every taste for you when you have every tool at your disposal to curate your own content.

Y'all are entitled as shit.

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I thought about it.

Y'all are entitled as shit.

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You sound like you're a teenager.

The First Room-Temperature Ambient-Pressure Superconductor ( arxiv.org )

For the first time in the world, we succeeded in synthesizing the room-temperature superconductor (T(C) >= 400K, 127C) working at ambient pressure with a modified lead-apatite (LK-99) structure. The superconductivity of LK-99 is proved with the Critical temperature (T(C)), Zero-resistivity, Critical current (I(C)), Critical...

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Note that the guy said if it gets peer reviewed. Many people have made many claims that would've changed the world as we know it, but until it gets repeated in controlled environments it doesn't change anything.

I think it's an achievable goal for sure. There's nothing I know of that makes room temperature anything but arbitrary so it could happen. If it did, yeah it changes a lot potentially.

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This is a wildly over generalized take.

Twitter was also an important tool for journalists and researchers worldwide. Military targets have come from Twitter posts. It is a reflection of a huge chunk of society. You may as well call all of internet technology "just a porn box" for how wildly over generalized that statement is. The reality is your generalization comes from arrogance. "I never engaged in such frivolous behavior". You're here now. Yes you have and yes you do.

Even your comment is the first cousin of outrage, it's pure disdain. Nothing more or less, and exactly as valuable as outrage.

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Really wanna see how it handles the standard Photoshop touch ups. It's not like the news media has never altered photos to solicit a skewed perception.

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I really hate the label AI. They're data models, not intelligence - artificial or otherwise. It's PAI. Pseudo Artificial Intelligence, which we've had since the 80s.

The thing is that these data models are, in the end, fed to algorithms to provide output. That being the case it's a mathematical certainty that it can be reversed and thus, shown to be from such an algorithm. Watermark or not, if an algorithm makes a result, then you can deduce the algorithm from a given set of it's results.

It wouldn't be able to meaningfully distinguish 4'33" from silence though. Nor could it determine a flat white image wasn't made by an algorithm.

I think what we're really demonstrating in all this is just exactly how algorithmically human beings think already. Something psychology has been talking about for a longer time still.

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You're following me exactly, just not seeing what I'm pointing at.

I agree, a human can't meaningfully distinguish between a flat white picture made by a human (with say, MSPaint) and one made by an "AI" with a data model that includes the color Flat White. Similarly there's no meaningful distinction to be made between 4'33" as performed by an algorithm vs one performed by a master pianist - humans can't do that and neither can a machine.

We've called certain kinds of entertainment "formulaic" - well that wasn't inaccurate. It was. It is. We are. We are algorithmic. And just like in decades past when scientists put forth the idea that our emotions are just the combination of biology and chemistry, there will be serious existential pushback from certain sectors of humanity. Because it belittles the idea of what it is to be human and relegates us back to simple animals that can be trained. The reality is we are just that. And we keep proving it.

We've been seeing this problem framed as one facing teachers and educators: How do we know students aren't cheating and having an LLM writing their term papers? The reality is if they have been and teachers didn't catch that from the start? The fault isn't the tool they used. They're teaching and grading the wrong thing.

Language, like math largely did with the calculator, will be relegated to machines and algorithms because we already did that to ourselves a long time ago. We're just building the machines to do the same thing for us, and getting the desired results. If I ask you what 237 x 979 is I don't expect you to math that out in your head, I expect you to probably use a calculator to get that answer. But it's still important we teach kids how to multiply 237 and 979 together on paper. It's very simple to do that and avoid the use of computers altogether. It's basic writing skills after all. Teaching isn't about producing term papers, what does it matter that LLMs might be used to cheat them then? It's about educating the students. Our whole focus on the problems of LLMs is just highlighting over and over and over the problems we as society have had for a long long long time, far before anyone knew what an "LLM" was.

Sorry. I rant.

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Confirming this has been happening to me.

Hateforking alreading happening for Fireffish ( bungle.online )

"i'm not having another plush.city moment so here's the fucking screenshots, read for yourself the outright hostility and bad faithb no alt text sorry i do not have the time, some other kind soul can do it or i'll do it at a later date (📎5) RE: holy shit contributors to iceshrimp are definitively hostile to firefish i had a...

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We need a good drama sub to track all the meta tea.

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I'm gonna go ahead and say there's a legitimate argument to make that star wars is a religious or spiritual endeavor for at least a fraction of the fans.

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In this thread: examples of characters who offended the precious sensibilities of right wing clowns. That's the common thread of 90% of examples if not more.

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It doesn't though? How are you arriving at that conclusion?

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Man, but the steam deck really is a solid purchase.

I have a sweet gaming rig but I haven't openedva game on it since I got my deck.

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They discontinued em. At one point they sold their remaining stock for a dollar each I think

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This is grifting advertisers.

If a company is advertising on Twitter they are paying these people. One step removed, it isn't even a stretch. Advertisers on Twitter need to be bombarded with complaints. It's the only way anything changes.

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Native English speakers rarely realize how similar B and V sounds are virtually everywhere else in the world.

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This is the unfortunate and altogether wrong (morally, it's not incorrect) truth of the corporate structure. If you can't point to an ROI they don't want to spend money on it. The tech world has gone to great collective lengths to push the value of prevention and best practices even if they take a bit of time and money, and I really wish they'd take up that same passion for this kind of shit.

I also really wish the public would treat these companies as the conspirators they are too, but I know they won't. They never have.

The gross truth is there's a not-inconsequential number of pedophiles in the tech world compared to other industries. It's the kind of world where you're not likely to stumble into it online unless you're well versed in the technology we all collectively call "the internet". Speaking personally I've encountered it myself multiple times, technologically literate people who think they can evade or even worse, relate to others in that industry. Might be an unpopular opinion but I'm in that industry too, I'm not talking about just your industry, reader.

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And it's free too. Why people try to reinvent the wiki is beyond me.

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It's kinda built for that market entirely, remember Microsoft's biggest market is licensing. A hundred cheap computers is still 10k in licensing costs. One big bad gaming rig is only a single license.

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And the thing is they are reporting the number of shadow accounts they create. If I were a meta investor I would be looking for a class action right about now.

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"had to be true, I saw it on the news" is an extremely naive take.

Journalist's are experts in one thing. It isn't technology or social media. Go hop on threads, there's not half the population of the US participating FFS. It's patently obvious. Moreover it isn't illegal. Why wouldn't they misreport?

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Being followed by an idiot != Signing up an account

I can create a billion accounts on my social media instance. Should that matter? No? So why does it matter that Meta did?

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