fiat_lux

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A bettong bewildered by bagging

Photo is a bettong that has been caught by researchers. The good news is their population has maybe tripled over the last few years in Australia's largest nature preserve that is free of introduced predators - it has 45km (28mi) of 1.8m (just under 6') tall fencing to keep it that way. Just 3 years ago they were reintroduced to...

fiat_lux,

The video in the article has some good footage too. The "why is there bright light when I am nocturnal?!" face is a mood I felt on a deeply personal level.

fiat_lux,

All the time. If it's a company I dislike and I see them advertising on Google, I know I'm costing them money. Google uses an auction house system for ads, so common words can have a lot of competition. You could be making that company pay a dollar or more for that click, and at the same time contribute to a headache for their marketers who are keeping a close eye on their cost per click and customer acquisition costs.

Yeah, google wins in this scenario too, but there's not much I can do about that.

fiat_lux,

Lol. I've seen hot dogs sell here for US$13 (after conversion). The US doesn't understand how cheap their food is, even with inflation. The minimum wage for adults is USD$15.40 though (again converted) and we don't have "but it's OK they get tips so we don't have to pay them more than $2" shenanigans.

Fuck that paywall, but again the problem is largely how underpaid and exploited people are, not how much hot dogs have increased in price.

fiat_lux,

Good news, everybody! Turning your cremation ashes into diamonds is pretty close to being mineralized? https://www.lonite.com/cremation-diamonds-from-ashes they claim close to 99.99% ash carbon, but who knows.

fiat_lux,

1 patient, T2 since mid-30s and now 59, had kidney transplant 2017 after end-stage diabetic nephropathy and fucked glucose control since 2019. The successful cells were endoderm stem cells from him cultivated by mice they injected with his PBMCs that they then made diabetic. So not from cadavers (except mouse cadaver i guess), which is the actual new part here. Intrahepatic implant, and cells from unrelated donor failed that were embedded at the same time. His personalised mouse-donor cells worked well enough to take him off insulin 3 months later.

Wu, J., Li, T., Guo, M. et al. Treating a type 2 diabetic patient with impaired pancreatic islet function by personalized endoderm stem cell-derived islet tissue. Cell Discov 10, 45 (2024).

It's good news, but you're entirely correct that the article missed the point entirely. Thanks for the crash course in islet cell therapy!

fiat_lux,

Hm, 5 year old journal, with the editor board, funding and half of the authors all from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, but significant hospital contribution. I remain skeptical of the headline but hopeful of the science.

fiat_lux,

For sure, I just get antsy when peer review doesn't come from from external sources

fiat_lux,

Looming? Sudan is past the looming stage. When do known verified atrocities reach "current reality" status?

fiat_lux,

I once looked at a job listing for something with very specialist technical knowledge in specific programming areas, for a Japanese company based in Tokyo (pre-covid so remote wasn't really a thing yet). Pretty niche stuff and needed at least basic Japanese language skills too, so I assumed it would pay ok - even if it wasn't good or great in comparison with jobs where i was.

After conversion it worked out to be around USD$40k a year, which is probably just over 1/3 of what it would pay at minimum elsewhere. More like 1/4 or less for Silicon Valley type locations, but the rent for a tiny Tokyo shoebox is about the same price even if food is a cheaper. There was no way I was applying for that.

It isn't just about a weak yen, it's much more about hugely underpaying people.

fiat_lux, (edited )

Yes! Prefers-reduced-motion is nice but was not developed for this reason and it is not enough to be following the rule but this hasn't specifically been tested in court yet.

It was made for people who get sick from things like parallax animations where big things move around, even with interaction. In the future that will have its own rule and prefers reduced motion will help pass that, but it does not help with this one.

Edit: to be clear, you could use it to help, but it's not enough on its own

fiat_lux,

No problem! I really appreciate you making any effort to include all of your audience.

fiat_lux,

Sounds great for daily driving. But you're still free to open another browser at any point to test!

fiat_lux,

Scrolling chatmay have slightly different additional requirement around allowing control of update frequency

fiat_lux,

Correct and nicely sourced!

fiat_lux,

Ok! You have the right to do that.

But the US Department of Justice has the right to investigate and fine you up to $75k the first time, if it is determined that you are running a business or organisation in the US that provides public accommodations and you are discriminating against people who have disabilities and you could afford to fix it.

Lots of rights for everyone! It's so nice.

fiat_lux,

Sadly, the ‘G’ in WCAG is ‘guidelines.’ It doesn’t have teeth; there is no legislation around WCAG.

Used to be true. More and more government agencies are referencing the WCAG as the standard, and The Revised 508 Standards which sets the rules for government bodies directly pins it to WCAG v2.0. WCAG compliance has also been specifically ruled in various Title 3 cases, which sets the precedent.

There is still lots of legal ambiguity around accessibility, but the ADA definitely looks at web accessibility and WCAG when something significant is brought to its attention

fiat_lux,

Yes, unfortunately i think you've missed a few things.

  1. Anyone can be sued for anything, whether the suit is successful depends on validity and damages
  2. It would be difficult to prove damages in this case, but you don't need to sue anyone anyway
  3. Only businesses and organisations serving the public are required to follow the ADA
  4. The government, if it received enough
    valid complaints and received a negative reply from a place which needs to follow the ADA might consider bringing legal action or enforcing penalties
  5. Common practise does not exclude the possibility that something discriminates against people, which is why these rules were written

I think that about covers it

fiat_lux,

How dare they be such precious little nuggets <3

fiat_lux,

I like this a lot. What's your process?

fiat_lux,

Nice, I've never got anything as good from those techniques. Masterfully done!

fiat_lux,

It annoyed me that I couldn't see the whole statue. It's just a statue of the local general but another part of the inscription was also interesting:

THE CONFEDERATE SOLDIER WON AND IS ENTITLED TO THE ADMIRATION OF ALL WHO LOVE HONOR, AND LIBERTY.

Uh huh. From a monument built 50 years after the war ended. Physical copium.

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