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am_Unition  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Starting Your Day on the Internet Is Damaging Your Brain

Wow, he got Obama for an hour+. He's also pretty funny, and seemingly genuine. Coo.

When mk posted an article titled something like "You will probably get covid-19", I knew that the world was about to change. Wuhan was already on lockdown, and the fatality rate was believed to be possibly as high as 2% or so, at the time, so yeah, I figured covid would be the event that defined this era. Family thought I was crazy.

am_Unition  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How to Bitcoin by mk

Shoot, I might buy the ETH li'l' dip before it's erased by more gains.

I know; no halving.

am_Unition  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This is history worth watching -- Jon Stewart on Crossfire

Tucker will probably run for president. 2028, maybe. If we can't figure out how to diffuse his "I'm a megamillionaire populist!" bullshit before then, he'll likely win. Railing against the demonization of class warfare is likely a good start.

am_Unition  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Is Facebook Launching An All-Out War On Apple's Upcoming iPhone Update?

    According to The Wall Street Journal, Zuckerberg at the time said this privately to his team about Cook's jabs against Facebook: "We need to inflict pain."

There was a time when I thought "Hmm, maybe The Social Network was a bit harsh in its portrayal of The Zuck", but it's just been borne out time and time again, that no, he really is seemingly devoid of empathy and social skills.

The recent choice by the Fbook board of directors (which, since Zuck stepped down, is SURELY free of his influence) to ban the Myanmar military after their coup is also worth examining. Regardless of how one feels about that particular situation, we should all agree that no private company in a foreign country should have such a disproportionate amount of political influence somewhere else.

am_Unition  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Protest note about user privacy changes by Reddit

Basically, except there was much more fanfare/transparency, and G+ wasn't already a massively established network.

Do you think there will ever be a need to have an ops team on Earth synched up to the Martian day to support astronauts on Mars? Has anyone done it before to support rover ops?

For those unaware, the Martian day is 24 hrs. and 37 minutes long, so it's doable, I guess.

edit: I apologize, it's covered smack dab in middle of the article. I'm in the habit of reading the intro/abstract and outro/conclusions:

    So in the very beginning of Mars missions, you go on, go on what's called Mars time where you wake up when the Sun would be rising with that rover, and then you go to bed at the end of the solar day. And so you're basically getting the data as it's coming down real time and then working with the rover as it's going throughout its day. As the rover gets a little bit older, then you no longer need to be on Mars time. And so we have different passes for each of the satellites, that gives us data. And so, if with MSL, we can have a normal, you know, eight to five schedule, and just count on the data coming in during the night when we're sleeping here on Earth, and be able to plan that way.

So OK, next question: Is it easy to do that?

am_Unition  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Protest note about user privacy changes by Reddit

Hey, you could advertise in that thread without feeling too guilty.

Last week, reddit sniffed out my Google profile, made me a new account with a randomly generated username, and logged me in, all 100% automatically. Zero input from me. And it keeps doing it. gfys, reddit.

am_Unition  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Daft Punk Break Up After 28 Years

I listened to their album, "Discovery", on a CD with my Walkman in the back of a school bus when I was a high schooler.

Hope they're doin OK :(

am_Unition  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 12:30 p.m.—Perseverance Mars Rover landing day livestream for all students


Nah, jk. By and large, I do agree with you, and I'm always good for a sesh of playing rhetorical punching bag.

    You can't wanna ride on billion dollar flown projects without giving me a reason to pay for it.

I did! And you bought it, IIRC. Your family has spent ~$20 on the mission I'm working, so far. It's a harder sell to peeps with less scientific background than you, and I gotta get better at keeping those eyeballs from glazing over. Most of that's on me, for sure, and I can totes polish my pitching, but:

1) people are tired of hearing about scientists working on fusion. 2) ITER and KSTAR are kinda disparaging America's fusion prestige, atm, if it ever existed. 3) the other major angle, pretending like we need to better characterize the space environment for astronauts, is becoming increasingly disingenuous. and 4) it's getting harder and harder to convince myself that solar isn't the best thing to fund, energy-wise (besides some goddamn winterization, locally), at this point, in tandem with schemes to boost Earth's albedo, etc., 'cuz climate change.

So. Other than (finally) finishing my doctorate, I think it's time to leverage social media to my benefit. Not here, I'm talking my personal YouTube account. If nothing else, it'll give me the valuable experience of interacting with the general public ('Tube skews hella young, though). My work does excite me, most people do find it inherently exciting, and even though there are no pretty pics coming out of anything on board, I can make some hella memey shit (unrelated [OC]) with this Adobe subscription we all hate.

Thanks for that. I know, my/scientists' branding could use some work.

I will always be good for reposting this one more time:

Finding exactly who's to blame for that bullshit has been impossible. But Jesus if it still doesn't piss me right off, and I'm doubtful that the main culprit is "because scientists are unable to effectively communicate the potential benefits of unlimited clean energy". And as a "progressive", I've already used my once-weekly "blame oil and gas" punchcard for, uh, something in Texas. Edit: not really, btw, it was simply poor governance, it's just that the government here shares a massive revolving door with the fossil fuel energy sector (this edit is for posterity).