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You know, as we worry about the future of international travel, I'll just put this out there- give me a solid wifi connection and some actual elbow room, and I'd happily spend a couple of days flying home on a solar powered zeppelin instead of taking a jet.

Can you imagine how quiet it would be too?

Like taking a sleeper train through the sky. I'm really about this idea.

Today's weather: clear blue skies, and the smell of the mountains burning.

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@Satsuma The bigger question, IMO, is whether the *subjects* of the photos would have agreed to this use. Not an issue when you're training computers to identify trees, buildings, cars, sheep, birds, etc. but definitely an issue with face recognition - both ethically and legally.

That's also part of the article, but the discussion I've seen so far seems to be focused on "you used my photos!"

@Satsuma NYTimes article on how Yahoo used the Flickr Commons collection - which is made up of photos that people CC-licensed - to train machine learning algorithms. And some discussion on Flickr about it.

Yeah, the use that the tech has been put to is in many cases creepy and unethical. But the source data was made up of images that people specifically said, "do whatever you want with this."

Are there people out there using creative commons licenses who don't know what they mean?

I mean, I really don't get this. If someone violated the terms of the CC license you picked, then yeah, that's a problem. If you didn't license it at all, then again, yeah, that's misappropriation of your work, because you haven't given permission.

But if you make the effort to choose a license that preemptively gives people permission?

OMG people used creative commons-licenced works without asking first!!!!

(Um, isn't that the point of licensing something through Creative Commons? So that people won't have to ask you?)

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Remember that certificate you created 10 years ago with a 10 year expiration time thinking you wouldn't need to worry about it expiring in 10 years because it'd be way past the system's lifetime? Well....

@hafnia I have two relatives who had names like this. They both just kind of stuck it out.

But I have another who went by her middle name and took the opportunity to make that her official first name when she got married.

I have co-workers working remotely today because they live on the other side of an active wildfire. So there's that for perspective.

On the plus side, I have power, and neither my home nor workplace is on fire.

Ugh. "It's not the heat, it's the humidity" still applies when the humidity is so low it might as well be negative. I've been drinking water all morning & I feel dehydrated after 10 minutes walking outside.

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I love that the internet has collectively decided that the player character in Untitled Goose Game is named The Untitled Goose.

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Mitred Parakeets:

I stopped to grab coffee and heard the parakeets squawking in the trees. These were the first two I spotted, and they stayed together like that for the whole time I was there.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34209789

#birds
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RIP, Alexei Leonov.

"Alexei Leonov, a Soviet-era cosmonaut who was the first human to conduct a spacewalk in 1965, died Friday in Moscow aged 85, his assistant said. "He died today in Moscow at the Burdenko hospital after a long illness," Natalia Filimonova told AFP."

#Cosmonauts #AlexeiLeonov #Personalities

cbsnews.com/news/alexei-leonov

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