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education & political game on topics of democracy & climate. style: sci-fi, #postapoc, funny, real-time Terminal-based #Roguelike

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SomeGadgetGuy, to windows
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It just clicked in my brain. What I haven't been able to articulate about why I'm so anxious about Recall. I'm sure others have already gotten to where I am.

It's worse than "a system that tracks everything you do" and stores that info in a basic database that could be easily compromised.
It's worse than a nanny surveillance tool for companies to spy on their employees.

It's inescapable.

It doesn't matter if I make a dozen "how to disable recall" tutorials. The second YOUR data shows up on someone ELSE'S screen, it's in THEIR recall database.

It won't matter if you're a master expert specialist. You can't account for EVERY other computer you've ever interacted with. If a family member looks up an old email with your personal data in it, your data is now at risk.

If THEIR system is compromised YOUR data is at risk.

I just went from "vague feeling of unease" to "actively writing templates to canvas elected officials, regulators, and attorneys general."

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@droidboy @SomeGadgetGuy as soon as Recall's database is on hosts out in the wild it will become the No 1 juicy pinata for black hat vuln researchers to study and try to find its flaws. matter of time til they find access

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@SomeGadgetGuy @gunstick @droidboy my ideal: security through not totally blatant forehead-slapping levels of idiocy & self-ownage

Nonilex, to Michigan
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Testimony in a court Fri, revealed both & investigators continue to probe certificates that falsely claimed won the , 5 months before the next election.

On day 4 of prelim examinations for 6 who signed the false certificate in MI, MSP Capt Darren Green, said he was interviewed Thurs by the & 2 US prosecutors from DC.


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@Nonilex been ~3.5+ years since 2020 election. these state level cases are going molasses slooooow. shameful incompetence or treanous footdragging

jake4480, to history
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World's oldest skin fossil found so far -- a sample from 286-289 million years ago, before the earliest dinosaurs by at least 40 million years but incredibly similar to modern crocodiles https://newatlas.com/biology/worlds-oldest-skin-reptile-dinosaur

#history #fossils #science #paleontology #biology #evolution

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@jake4480 hopefully they do a DNA test at some point so they can rule out, definitively, whether it came from Mitch McConnell

synlogic, to random
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any MAGA indivs you know in your everyday lives may be especially dangerous today and over course of next few days

wish I was joking

keep extra eye on them, and extra distance. esp the NRA types

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@jgrim I'm a longtime programmer, Golang is my main lang lately, and could love to contrib code or perf upgrades to anything Mastodon/Fediverse related. but can only do it if budget avail

my CV linked from my Mastodon profile

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@lazyguru totally understand

gvwilson, to random
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still hoping someone will publish a geocoded dataset of British Columbia bears

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@gvwilson cant tell if joking or serious. heh

jake4480, to art
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@jake4480 I wonder which came first. his painting with that name. or the game and then they hired him to make a painting to promote it?

octavinavarro, to random
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@grumpygamer My favorite voice actress in Final Fantasy 14, Siobhán Hewlett, just said in a livestream that if she could choose a game to work on, it would be Monkey Island. And she would voice the whole cast of characters xD

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@octavinavarro @grumpygamer Final Fintasy Monkey Island now needs to happen


jake4480, to random
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Upset again just now about a cool LEGO based account I had for years on Instagram that they recently nuked for NO REASON.

Never trust Meta, folks!

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@jake4480 what did they give as excuse? did it have the letters LEGO in name?

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@jake4480 jesus. thats nuts

Cmastication, to random
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Today I installed Ubuntu on an old end of life Mac mini. My main use was to use it as a Tailscale endpoint. But it was pretty usable.

I wish Tailscale was around 13 years ago when I was living abroad. I would have used it to stream YouTube tv from the states 🤣

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@Cmastication I've not benchmarked it but I would not be surprised if a RasPi would suffice as a Tailscale node

TechBean, to HashtagGames
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Joy Division wrote "Love Will Keep Us Together". Captain and Tennile wrote "Love Will Tear Us Apart" in response.

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then Tina Turner followed it up with What's Love Got To Do With It?

jake4480, to random
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I just hope whoever made Star Wars gets a little recognition someday. It's a decent flick

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@jake4480 I saw it on opening day

first showing

line wrapped around the theater's building like 3 times

bummer they never made any sequels to it!

grumpygamer, to random
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I'm in the process of packing up for my big move to NZ so you're likely to see lots of nostalgia posts over the next few weeks.

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@grumpygamer if you've said it in public before, I apologize, but I am curious why you decided to move to NZ?

I have had a pet theory that there would be a spike in Americans moving to other nations this year or next, in large part due to desire to "get the hell out of Dodge" with respect to Trump becoming president again

I do see the attractions of NZ though

hynek, to random
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There’s something funny how you can immediately tell if a keyboard designer has ever used a terminal on macOS or not.

Hint: it’s the second option key.

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@hynek reminds me of when Apple took away ESC. as a longtime vi user I was pissed

markmccaughrean, to Netherlands
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Not bad; not bad at all 🙂

Especially for 52°N 🤷‍♂️


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@markmccaughrean thats real? in the sky?

synlogic, to random
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right now someone somewhere is in process of building a new LLM service that is like ChatGPT but... Fox News ified. If you know what I mean.

We can predict they'll do it. I did anyway. Its human nature. And we know there are already slimy actors out there with billionaire or even trillionaire backers. Koch, Mercer, Thiel,.Musk, Putin -- just those guys alone but there are many more

synlogic, to random
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@jake4480 sketching designs & concepts for a new game. Antikaos

set in Slartboz universe, but not Roguelike. more GUI. more education & political influence. and might try to run a Kickstarter to raise dev funds. might bomb, obvs, but prob wise to try at least once

very early, crude sketch of elements attached. helps me iterate on details in my mind's eye anyway

nyrath, to random
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nuking incoming rogue asteroids

(pdf file)

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@nyrath this is why I come to social media. ha

nixCraft, to random
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why does counting start at zero in programming? wrong answers only.

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@RL_Dane @nixCraft can confirm

er... my friend can confirm

davidho, to random
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Hello from here at 10 pm!

If the traffic calming chicane is the first thing you noticed, let’s be friends.

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@davidho is that of real world? or some CGI/AI mockup? cant tell haha

jake4480, (edited ) to science
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Robots still can't outrun the fastest animals because millions of years of evolution + tissue and bone make for more agility, flexibility, etc. 🤯 Fascinating stuff https://www.sciencealert.com/theres-a-surprising-reason-why-robots-cant-outrun-the-fastest-animals

#biology #evolution #science #robots #robotics #tech #design #future

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@jake4480 I bet Boston Dynamics has best chance. of making something like a robot cheetah/grayhound. in our lifetimes. now imagine such a thing with guns or lasers mounted on it (ala Dr. Evil's sharks)

but it reminds me of that saying: if you and your friends are on a hike and encounter a bear, dont worry about outrunning the bear -- thats actually impossible in a 1-on-1 race with a bear because theyre MUCH faster than youd assume. instead, you only have to outrun your friends. just one of them

jake4480, (edited ) to PCGaming
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32 years ago today on May 5 1992, one of the greatest games of all time (and forever my favorite first person shooter), Wolfenstein 3D, was released. I wrote about it for the list of 20 video games I can't stop thinking about (https://spacetimetech.wordpress.com/2024/04/06/20-video-games-i-cant-stop-thinking-about). I still play it regularly. Sometimes weekly. Killing digital Nazis is always fun and therapeutic.

You can play Wolfenstein 3D FREE in browser here: https://dosgames.com/game/wolfenstein-3d) and you can also download it free and run it on your own machine via DOSBox. Wolf 3D is also on Steam (https://store.steampowered.com/app/2270/Wolfenstein_3D) for a few bucks, and on the Microsoft store (the port of the 360 version). Now if they'd only port it to Switch! 😂

Happy birthday, B.J. Blazkowicz. 🎂

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@jake4480 I loved Wolf3D too. but also the orig masterpiece to which it was a homage/riff by Id: Muse's Castle Wolfenstein

I have an entire plot/scenario/setting planned & designed for Slartboz which is my own homage to it. "The Gurls From Brazil." I just cant afford to work on it anymore unpaid haha

but if I ever resume buildout its the part I'm salivating over most: Nazi zealots! Undead Hitler! WWII era Panzers! and Abro & frens The Lazer Lizards go on their own Inglorious Basterds spree

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