Because seismic waves are slower than internet signals, it's possible to send an alert after an earthquake starts, but before the shaking reaches you. A few seconds' warning is enough to pull over to the side of the road, climb down from a ladder, step away from a high shelf or window, put down a scalpel, etc.
Mexico & Japan both have systems like this, and Los Angeles has launched a pilot program with apps for both Android and iOS.
Apparently tomatoes have inactive genes for producing capsaicin, so scientists are trying to use CRISPR to activate the genes & create a spicy tomato, figuring it'll be easier to grow than peppers.
On color calibration and space probes.
A way to detect when the user is running Curl piped to Bash over Curl'ing to a file.
So you can MITM this stuff trivially now.
This is the way all of the tutorials aimed toward new raspberry pi users suggest install code. :(
"The Ethics of Performance" by Tim Kadlec https://timkadlec.com/remembers/2019-01-09-the-ethics-of-performance/
Interesting perspective. I'd never really thought of performance that way.
"Archaeologists recently unearthed the skeleton of a woman they say was probably a skilled artist who helped produce the richly illustrated religious texts of medieval Europe."
Dreamed that Lily Potter had survived Godric's Hollow, completely obliviated. Unable to find any clues to her previous life, she built a new one as a muggle. Harry found her in his late teens, and they tried to reconnect, but the curse had left her unable to form long-term memories of anything magic, including Harry. Knowing she had new holes in her memory terrified her. Her muggle husband wanted to help, and started trying to develop technology to enhance memory charms.
Neither Flickr's new 1000-photo limit on free accounts nor Tumblr's ban on adult content affect my accounts on either service. But Flickr's move has given me confidence in them, while Tumblr's move seems like they've just pulled the self-destruct lever.
My blog post on why: https://www.hyperborea.org/journal/2019/01/flickr-vs-tumblr/
(TL;DR: Flickr's customers are the paying users, and they're owned by a photo company. Tumblr's customers are the advertisers, and they're owned by a telecom giant.)
Interesting #geology read: There's a break in the rock layers in many places worldwide, ending 700 million years ago. One hypothesis: an ice age with enough glacial activity to scour the crust worldwide. As it turns out, they've found signs of a massive surge in rocks being recycled through volcanoes around that time...
Here's a nice walkthrough of setting up your own #WriteFreely instance, for the less-technical crowd 🤓
I wrote about the corrosion of internet culture for The Baffler: https://thebaffler.com/salvos/404-page-not-found-wagner
Scientists have finally figured out why some impact craters have rays (from Bad Astronomer)
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