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Yma o Hyd | #ShowYourStripes

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ai6yr, to random
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LA Times: Can satellites combat wildfires? Inside the booming ‘space race’ to fight the flames https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2024-05-30/a-look-inside-the-satellite-race-to-fight-wildfires

tehstu,
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@ai6yr yeah but it sounds good, and so you can get some VC/PE money and probably government grants. Alas.

stux, to random
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She has a real good example of how algorithms on platforms like Instagram not only try to make you addicted but also divide us even more

I real LOVE the fact Mastodon and most of the Fediverse software avoids this all together

A girl explaining comments shown on an example Instagram posts. It looks at your age, gender, interests and serves comments based on that.

tehstu,
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@lertsenem @mekkaokereke @stux I suppose at least it's partially a technical issue here, rather than something fed by the industrial surveillance complex, for want of a better description.

This has been a fascinating discussion, thanks to everyone participating (and who will not see this, due to the nature of Mastodon conversations).

evan, (edited ) to random
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Should citizens of your country who live abroad be allowed to vote in national elections?

tehstu,
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@evan imagine spending the time to legislate against people abroad voting, given they're almost certainly a fraction of the number of domestic folks who don't vote. Invest that energy in making it easier for everyone to vote.

I'm glad they UK recently overturned the law that said I couldn't vote after 15 years abroad.

tehstu, to random
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I've no idea where the "guy must do the grilling" thing came from, I can barely make beans on toast.

Anyway, got the grill going.

tehstu, to random
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After 2 ish years, I just went to report my first post. As I went through the motions, I realized this was going to my server's mods, because it asked which rule of ours it broke.

Is there a way to report it to the user's server? I assume they're the ones who would take action.

nixCraft, to random
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Support for Windows 10 will end in October 2025. Rip goat. Would you upgrade to Win 11 ? Or something else? https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/end-of-support

tehstu,
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@nixCraft "... or throwing away your computer because it's not supported by the arbitrary hardware requirements of Windows 11."

blitzcitydiy, to random
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i've been working on a project with a Pico W and DVI output that includes weather data. we're having a thunderstorm so that means a rare appearance of the pixelated lightning bolt sprite

tehstu,
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@blitzcitydiy That looks awesome. What's the DVI portion of this? I'm trying search but getting a lot of results for the monitor connector.

ai6yr, to tea
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My preferred cheap black tea. Oddly, only found at local Indian markets, and produced here by Unilever Canada.

tehstu,
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@ai6yr Oh wow, that's a blast from the past. Haven't thought about Brooke Bond tea in years.

For anyone wanting to cringe, lookup their TV ads from the 80s with talking monkeys.

tehstu, to random
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Hello @Mojeek! Apropos of, oh I don't know, everything relying on Bing being busted today, could you please help me understand the Search Selections?

I went hunting for a way to make Mojeek my default Firefox search and noticed that section in the settings, which had Brave, Ecosia, and Startpage checked by default. I read the linked blurb but didn't understand it.

AkaSci, (edited ) to random
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Here are the much anticipated 10 images taken by the Euclid "Dark Matter Hunter" space telescope.

The images and accompanying papers were presented today at a gathering by the Euclid Consortium. We have seen the first image before.

These are part of the Euclid Early Release Observation program. The first results from Euclid’s wide and deep main surveys will take until fall, first cosmology papers at least until late 2025.

https://www.euclid-ec.org/first-early-release-observation-science-and-reference-paper-release/
https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/Euclid/ESA_s_Euclid_celebrates_first_science_with_sparkling_cosmic_views
#ESAEuclid #Euclid
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tehstu,
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@AkaSci this may be an odd question, but how much sky are we looking at here? I see how far away this cluster is, and how wide, so we could presumably work it out. I just wondered how large a portion of sky is home to 50,000 galaxies (just a staggering number, really).

I should probably know these things, but I'm decades out of practice.

paulrickards, to retrocomputing
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maintenance today. My HP 7585B stopped responding over RS-232. Diagnostics revealed a problem with the interface card. Luckily I have a spare machine that can donate a new working card!

tehstu,
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@paulrickards That's astonishing engineering. Perhaps par for the course for plotters, alas I never got to use one, but the precision needed to return the paper to the exact location multiple times without drift. Brilliant.

AkaSci, to random
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A particularly dangerous situation (PDS) tornado watch for northwestern Illinois, eastern and central Iowa, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin valid until 9 p.m. CDT.

A tornado watch for western Iowa and northwest Missouri until 5 p.m. CDT.

A tornado watch for most of western Missouri, extreme eastern Kansas, northeast Oklahoma and extreme northwest Arkansas until 10 p.m. CDT.

Over 12 tornadoes so far.

If you are in the area, please take precautions.
https://www.spc.noaa.gov/
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tehstu,
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@AkaSci waiting for this front to get to us, ~1 hour to go. Looks nasty.

metin, (edited ) to amiga
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Loved reading this article. 💚

https://www.datagubbe.se/dpaint/

As a youngster, I made my first Deluxe Paint pixel art on an Amiga 1000 in 1986. Coming from a Commodore 64 with a fixed palette of 16 colors, the Amiga was revolutionary at the time.

I went on to use "DPaint" professionally on a daily basis for around 10 years, creating pixel graphics for games, advertising agencies and television shows.

#TeamHoi #commodore #amiga #RetroComputing #RetroGaming #RetroGames #games #gaming #PixelArt #art

tehstu,
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@metin Yes! Dpaint blew teenage me away, but unfortunately I didn't have an Amiga. However, eventually found a PC version for sale, and while it didn't have HAM it did have 256 color SVGA (800x600). Did all my school artwork in that.

ifixcoinops, to random
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Every winter: 🦝 ah, time to make the annual "Here's how to DIY an anti-SAD lightbox" post
Every summer: 🦝 oho, time to make the annual "Here's how to suck cold air in" post

tehstu,
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@ifixcoinops Well, aye. This enrages people? It's just physics and box fans.

tehstu,
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@ifixcoinops Bizarre. It's not going to run overnight when it's cooler outside, unless you dial it down to daft °F.

Definitely keep an eye on the AQI. Canada ablaze already.

ifixcoinops, to random
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Got me a 27" Panasonic telly, it's a CT-27E13G. It's got some linearity problems.

In an arcade monitor, I'd twist the pot marked VLIN until it looked alright, but instead the manufacturers invented a new system where you try to find the codes for the remote control that you don't have so that you can get the damn thing into a service menu and seriously am I missing something or have we just totally dropped the ball on the whole infrared remote control codes thing

Like, it's 2024, I've got a phone in a drawer with an IR blaster in it, we've had websites full of remote codes for going on three decades now, how come none of them know how to squirt out the "Recall" button for a CT-27E13G

tehstu,
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@ifixcoinops On a whim, I put them in mojeek. Nothing for both, 5 results for the first one and 4 for the second. Wowsers, remember when search results did that? Instead of 20,000 links of SEO nonsense.

sundogplanets, to random
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Here comes a thread on light pollution from satellites, with a concrete action that you all can take to help push for regulation of satellites in orbit!

Astronomers have been worried about light pollution from satellites (if you've been following me for more than 24 hours, you've perhaps heard a bit about this). Astronomers spent SO much time and effort begging and pleading with Starlink to make their satellites fainter, with mixed results.

tehstu,
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@sundogplanets Ugh. Who the heck is asking for these satellites? Or is it rich people who are another chance to capture a market without paying for ground-based infrastructure?

tehstu, to random
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Little Kitty, Big City is on #GamePass and it's an absolute delight.

I wish the developer was on Mastodon, I was following his dev diary making of the game on the other site.

astro_jcm, to Astro
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1/2 I still struggle getting used to the fact that the smallest mirrors of the Extremely Large Telescope are similar in size to the primary mirrors of many current telescopes!

The M5 – the fifth mirror in the optical path – has reached a key milestone: its blank, the piece that will be later polished, has been finalised.

https://youtu.be/xI1IBpTHVX8?si=RekXIDlOG30h4PQU

tehstu,
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@astro_jcm absolutely cannot get my head around a mirror that size tilting 10 times a second. Bonkers engineering. I remember getting a hold of a little CCD that had tip tilt adaptive optics as an undergrad, and that seemed like witchcraft.

ifixcoinops, to random
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Got a CRT telly with a HDMI input a couple years ago as a Goodwill impulse buy for 99 cents. Works and everything, tested it in the shop.

It's sat under a pinball for two years while I find room to set it up, I never once tried plugging anything into it

Anyway I've found somewhere for it to live and started making plans for a stand and figured I'd test it and found out it's a piece of shit lol

tehstu,
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@ifixcoinops Aye, I had the Samsung 720p 27" TV around the time of the Xbox 360 launch. Used DVI if memory serves, not HDMI, was the screen they'd always show off that system on.

Anyway, shield on speakers knackered and that weird color effect on the picture I literally thought could only affect CRTs suddenly appeared. Out of warranty, obviously. Absolute shite.

tehstu,
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@ifixcoinops mind, we've got a house full of excellent Samsung phones, have done for years, and so "it's a Samsung" effect in full swing I bought all their appliances. They're all slowly imploding like that old telly from nearly 20 years ago.

Never again.

thomasfuchs, to Eurovision
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As a European I can assure you that is for many Europeans the most political thing they do all year.

It’s a proxy for many a historical rivalry and friendship between countries; and also always reflects current events.

The claim it’s “apolitical” is laughable.

The implosion they’re experiencing is their own fault.

tehstu,
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@thomasfuchs I mean, for years Terry Wogan would try not to reveal how drunk he was and spend the evening remarking on the politics, as he commentated for the BBC. It has always been nakedly political, as seen by who votes for who.

ai6yr, to random
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tehstu,
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@ai6yr oh man, the societal collapse from a modern Carrington Event gives me sweats. I try not to think about it.

ernie, to random
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Use profanities carefully.

tehstu,
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@ernie That Bluesky? This is where the moderator team says vaccine bullshit is protected speech but swearing offends their delicate sensibilities.

mekkaokereke, (edited ) to random
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Again, "Trump is worse!" Then blocked🤷🏿‍♂️

https://mastodon.stevesworld.co/@steter/112402055418029413

Gotta respect the doubling down! Replying to me posting some dude saying "Trump is worse!" then blocking me, with saying "Trump is worse!" then blocking me too! The commitment to the bit is impressive!

Listen, you can get as mad as you want. You can call Black folk criticizing Biden "Bitching" if you want. We're still going to do it.

The CDC under Biden dropped the Covid isolation period from "5 days" to "vibes days." Not Trump.

tehstu,
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@mekkaokereke I didn't read the blocked guy, but I do wonder if the prospect of things broadly getting worse is too much to deal with for some. Or, I guess they're just solidly bought into the team rhetoric that Teri Kanefield wrote a great blog about.

I mean, I had a good chuckle at the little Biden group when I caucused for Sanders, but I voted Biden and I'll vote Biden. The CDC stuff has been a shit show. Gaza too. Lots of good things, student debt and the environment. We can call out both.

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