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First written account of x is becoming a little rarefied, not to say boring and predictable for some values of x. So I expect this to be the peak of consumers buying little bics to write about their trips to Mont Blanc or the Amalfi Coast. Honestly, their friends are not interested. It was sad and ridiculous while it lasted, and now I hope it's over.

Assumed to be obvious before it was observed (how else?).

Seen and filmed many many times for adults leaping into the water.

Already documented: 'witnessed by scientists'.

Published by a site called petapixel with breathless words like 'astonishing', 'unprecedented', 'enormous cliff', 'huge jumps', 'rare and heart-stopping', 'extraordinary footage', 'huge ice cliff', 'brave chick' ... in an effort to create buzz for their sponsor National Geographic.

The only mildly interesting phrase is: 'Scientists who monitor penguins from satellites'. Sounds like a fun job and I'm sure AI can help. I didn't know that (although I once helped the BAS effort to monitor elephant seals diving deep in the S.Atlantic, using radio transponders glued to their backs, with burst-transmit-on-surfacing via satellite, so I should not have been surprised, had I thought for a second). But then they spoil it by adding 'satellites...in space'.

If the chicks were drawing lots to see who had to jump first, then I might be interested.

It’s a Dish of Theseus, though. The electronics have been replaced, and the dish has been widened. I wonder how much of it is actually 50 years old besides the superstructure.

Very often in such projects, The Stuff Not There Anymore is visibly contributing to the overall quality of the installation.

Turing machines are literally “a set of distinguishable states,” along with the tape, and the rules of the machine. There’s nothing about binary in the definition. Or electrons.

2-symbol machines happen to have the smallest possible useful alphabet. And, because of Turing completeness, you can always define a binary machine that emulates any other Turing machine.

The same thing happens with Church’s lambda calculus - there’s no binary, and no electricity required.

Computer Science doesn’t require a digital electronic computer; after all, neither Church nor Turing did, when they wrote their research.

Turing used a metaphor that was appropriate to his time: a tape, an alphabet, and a machine that reads (and writes to) the tape. It is a simplified expression of real machines - but it does not capture the essence of the connection between physics and computer science, because it does not stress the core features of what are required for computation physically, and only presents a simple isomorphism for reasoning about any given computational machinery.

Actually, it had been a while since I read "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" and he does, in fact, speak directly to these issues (distinguishability of states, support for N distinct states not just 2) in sections 3 and 5 [1]. And in fact he notes the arbitrariness of the "tape" formulation. I think my point remains, though, that "The Turing Machine" itself does NOT stress these points, picking only advantageously simple examples of distinguishable states, even if the paper does.

1 - https://redirect.cs.umbc.edu/courses/471/papers/turing.pdf

I’ve noticed that my car’s touchscreen operates at a very high temperature at all times - almost hot enough to burn skin, which seems like a weird choice for something designed to be touched by skin.

That probably means that whatever is running behind the touchscreen is the thing that’s hot, and the touchscreen is doing a poor job insulating that heat. But is also illustrative of why the automotive standards are the way they are.

> higher ups don't want to spend money on a band-aid without really fixing the problem

I have literally never had this problem in my career. Higher-ups LOVE to push the problem off to after the next budget cycle.

I am on an old Premium plan for the Day One journaling app. It was recently acquired by Automattic. Happy to keep paying, but concerned that Apple recently Sherlocked it.

The Apple Journal app is really really limited, and probably good enough for anyone who isn’t a serious journaler.

The only “innovative” feature the Apple Journal app has is access to private data that other apps don’t, to be able to come up with ML-based journalling recommendations. However, this feature is also exposed via an API, for other journalling apps to implement too.

So… if you’re not actually a journaler, the Apple Journal app is probably good enough for you.

If you actually journal, you’ll probably use Day One, because the set of compromises it makes best aligns with the majority of active journalers.

It upset me when they turned off iCloud sync in favour of their proprietary server sync, because they’re effectively asking me to trust them with my data. They finally implemented E2EE though, and it looks like it’s been implemented properly, so it’s less bothersome again.

It’s just a shame that Diarium refuses to implement high resolution images, or they’d actually be a viable competitor with the ability to self-host your E2EE DB sync.

> NYC can't even settle on a car width

This is because the oldest tunnels (the numbered lines) are physically narrower than the other two systems (lettered lines), so you can’t run the bigger trains through them. It would be (relatively) easy to run the narrower trains on the wider lines, but would need some retrofitting, and reduce throughput way too much.

It’s been a long time since I’ve used either, but ext3 _is_ ext2, with journaling added on top, right?

If I recall correctly the journal was stored in a dot file or similar that could only be seen when loaded as ext2.

Yeah, and ext4 is ext3 with some extra features.

Basically they're all ext2 with different implied feature flags enabled.

If you scroll past all the interstitial garbage, there is one final paragraph of the article:

> It isn't clear how North Korea got hold of the TV show but the country has a history of illegally pirating neutral content like football matches and other TV shows.


Regardless of what price they quote in their emails, I’ve heard that Quid will only loan you a quarter of the FMV of your shares, at 15% APR (deferred) — plus 5.5% of your shares outright, which increases annually.

It sounds like a horrible deal.

100% of $0 is $0. Even 25% of $7.4m is $1.8m

These shares weren’t ever worth $7.4m at FMV.

what was the 409a?

Did you really just ask for a 409a in a public forum? You do realize those are closely guarded secrets?

Did you miss the key words of LOAN and 15% APR?

You should be able to get a non-recourse loan, i.e. where you never owe more than the stock is worth. That said, Reddit was one of the more secondary-unfriendly firms, if memory serves correctly, if you didn’t have Board or senior management connections.

it's a non-recourse loan though, so if Reddit didn't IPO and you can't pay, you don't owe money you don't have.

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