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wasoxygen  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 443rd Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Max Cooper "Repetition"

Music fits the title, but the visuals are striking, including a drone dolly zoom at 4:34.

More from the project at https://www.yearningfortheinfinite.net

wasoxygen  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: NASA beams back spectacular images of Jupiter and Ganymede

Heh, I fell for it too. Must have been the Vangelis credit that made me suspicious.

wasoxygen  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: NASA beams back spectacular images of Jupiter and Ganymede

    NASA's animation team also simulated lightning that would be visible if you were actually viewing one of Jupiter's thunderstorms in person. The camera's point of view for the animation was generated by citizen scientist Gerald Eichstädt, using composite images of the planet and its moon.




fake news

wasoxygen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Life Advice: Become a Billionaire

    My problem with billionaires (and large corporations) is that they control so much of our life in a completely un democratic way.

I don't feel controlled by billionaires or corporations. I can't think of a decision I have made that was controlled by a billionaire or corporation, preventing me from choosing some alternative. My interactions with them are voluntary. Can you give an example?

I agree this is not democratic. The democratic organization controls my ability to travel, my options for buying and consuming goods, my healthcare options, and much more.

    It's just such an unfathomable amount of money that no amount of hard work justifies.

To choose an unusually sympathetic example, J.K. Rowling is a billionaire. The amount of work to write the Harry Potter books would have been similar no matter how popular they became. If she gets a dollar every time someone enjoys one of her books, does that become unjustified after some number of readers are delighted?

wasoxygen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Life Advice: Become a Billionaire

Step 1: Construct a tiny Cavendish pendulum with two solid gold BBs hanging from a silica fiber.

A perturbation, perhaps a truck passing a kilometer off, or an earthquake near the Canary Islands, will set it oscillating, that is, swaying to and fro once every five minutes, so wait until the Christmas season when things are quiet. Set aside three weeks for observations.

Step 0: Don't forget to do this in a hard vacuum: 0.0000000006 bar.

PV = nRT

n = (0.0000000006 bar)(1 liter) / (0.08314 L⋅bar/K⋅mol)(293 K) moles of gas

n = 0.000000000024629 moles

or just about a billion molecules of gas per liter flying around the hypersensitive pendulum in your vacuum chamber, hopefully not adding too much noise to the signal. Don't forget air springs and Viton™ rubber feet to dampen vibrations.

Step 3, etc.: Jiggle a third tiny gold ball mounted on a thin wire near the pendulum very carefully to induce oscillations, and observe.

Thanks, that was fascinating, but I didn't get far enough along to see how they imagine possibly scaling this down below the gram scale, to say nothing of the Planck mass.

wasoxygen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Life Advice: Become a Billionaire

    moralize the relentless pursuit of the acquisition of wealth

I didn't get that message from the article, indeed it carefully avoided justifying existing billionaires, suggesting that you might be a better kind of billionaire.

There are some moral actions you can do which are free.

There are other moral actions, like paying for long-lasting insecticide-treated net distributions in Akwa Ibom and Bauchi States, which reduce child deaths. You can do more of these actions if you have more money, no matter what other billionaires are doing.

wasoxygen  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Robo-callers recap

    We call these calls the neighbor scam.

    You can block these types of calls. In the app tap on the Block List (circle with the line through it along the bottom.) Then tap on the "+" and select "Numbers that begin with." You can then input any area code or prefix you want. You can also block by country code this way.


Google probably has more to lose by blocking calls from a neighboring doctor (or political candidate) than allowing a junk call to go through. Until the FCC acted carriers were prohibited from “censoring” sales calls.

wasoxygen  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dear Hubski, what are you reading this summer?

This stuffy old classic turned out to be a great story, and I considered indulging in my first Loeb Classic, but was already well along with Gutenberg so I just picked up the Classical Library Reader which is crammed with great stories and little filler.

Aware of my acute ignorance of history, I turned to Winston Churchill and his History of the English-Speaking Peoples because the first two volumes were free on Prime. The Birth of Britain might have been subtitled How Kings Die with vivid (if poorly substantiated) accounts of assassinations and mishaps.

The City & The City made for good vacation reading on the first beach visit in recent memory. It wasn't as bizarre and mysterious as the first time through, but I was able to enjoy how smoothly and gradually China Miéville works the gimmick into the narrative.

wasoxygen  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Starlink is a very big deal

I sympathize with your plight, living in a part of the world where the law shields ISPs from municipal competition. City WiFi is not ideal, but could promote better service.

You and your neighbors complaining that you have dollars you want to exchange for better data is the most hopeful approach, I think. HughesNet and Viasat already offer satellite service with speeds that would have seemed great ten years ago, Starry is expanding its wireless network, and Starlink adding one more potential option at least isn't making the situation worse, assuming you are not a grumpy astronomer.

wasoxygen  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Starlink is a very big deal

Great to see you around again!

    I see at lest two trains a night on every moonless evening I am outside.

I am hoping to get a look but haven't had any luck yet. You probably make better use of a moonless evening than I do.

    All this shit so they can sell you disposable gear to feed internet ads

It's an ISP. Wasn't everyone complaining about inadequate ISP options not long ago? The FCC handed out a ton of money to help "close the digital divide" by bringing service to difficult-to-reach rural areas "at rates that are reasonably comparable to the rates for similar service in urban areas." Something something poor people.

    The goal is to get so big as fast as possible that they cannot be regulated, ie the Uber model.

Larger firms are easier to regulate, they are more conspicuous and less flexible. Perhaps someone in D.C. will manage to optimize all the tradeoffs implied in the NOIRLab workshop report and keep SpaceX and Amazon's Project Kuiper in line. Then someone in London will do the same for OneWeb. And Ottawa for Telesat. Surely Beijing will follow the same rules with their mega-constellation, right?

National governments have externalities too.

    The ESA had to move a weather tracking satellite because nobody at SpaceX/starlink was available to talk about moving their satellite on a "near pass" orbit.

Forbes changed their headline from "SpaceX Refused..." to "SpaceX Declined To Move A Starlink Satellite At Risk Of Collision With A European Satellite". According to a statement, they replied to a warning of a "1 in 50k" collision risk, below the threshold for avoidance, and missed a USAF updated risk assessment of "more than 1 in 10k" due to a "bug in our on-call paging system."

Sounds like a flimsy excuse, but ESA confirmed that "Contact with Starlink early in the process allowed ESA to take conflict-free action later, knowing the second spacecraft would remain where models expected it to be." ESA performed 28 collision avoidance maneuvers in 2018, though this was the first incident involving a satellite constellation.

    You cannot use a Pihole or adblockers with starlink either, that is buried in the user agreement.

I can't find any evidence of this in the Starlink Pre-Order Agreement or Starlink Beta Consumer Service Terms.

wasoxygen  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: John McAfee: Anti-virus creator found dead in prison cell

    McAfee is running in the background

Rumors of a dead man's switch are aswirl.

wasoxygen  ·  43 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Shop Class as Soulcraft

A former Hubski user sent me a copy, and I enjoyed it, more than Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance which was also interesting but aggressively philosophical.

wasoxygen  ·  59 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Faux Generosity of the Super-Wealthy: Why Bill Gates is a Menace to Society

Contrary perspectives are great if they make any sense. Has anyone shown that Gates hasn’t paid required taxes? He doesn’t make the tax laws, but advocates for a higher rate for the wealthy.

    I’m for a tax system in which, if you have more money, you pay a higher percentage in taxes. And I think the rich should pay more than they currently do, and that includes Melinda and me.

Do you think his money would have done more good going to the government compared to his foundation?

wasoxygen  ·  59 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Faux Generosity of the Super-Wealthy: Why Bill Gates is a Menace to Society

This seems like a poor critique. ooli, do you suggest we take it seriously? Do any of the points made seem especially strong?

wasoxygen  ·  63 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: An Interactive Guide To The Fourier Transform

The link to Charan Langton in this article is broken, but I found her tutorials at complextoreal very helpful.

wasoxygen  ·  63 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Make Your Own COVID Vaccine
wasoxygen  ·  66 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Any amount of alcohol consumption harmful to the brain, finds study (n=25k)

Reduces volume, reduces density; unbelievably harmful.

wasoxygen  ·  67 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 300-metre-high skyscraper wobbles in China

from the archives

    In the weeks following the disaster, two coalitions representing major retailers joined forces and committed to making factories that supply them safer.

    One was the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, composed of mostly U.S. brands, such as Gap Inc., Walmart and Target. The other was the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, signed by 220 mainly European companies and trade unions.

    The groups set out to inspect all factories that supplied their members’ products, spotting deficiencies, evacuating those with serious structural concerns, and ending their business with the ones that did not comply with needed improvements.

    The Accord was a “game-changer” for how it combined transparency, giving workers a voice and enforcing safety requirements, said Aruna Kashyap, senior counsel for the women’s rights division of Human Rights Watch. It made “brands put money behind lip service.”

Why would Gap or Walmart care about the welfare of workers in Bangladesh?

Bangladesh had a building code and a labor ministry in 2013. What incentives did inspectors have to promote safety?