My mech is (a short story thread, replies unlisted)
My mech is an aging and surprisingly elaborate system of contraptions comprised of calcium and carbon in its countless configurations... among other things. I am the tiny, frightened creature living inside its cockpit, still trying to perfect the fine controls.
Your daily dose of dystopia...
Google's thought experiment of the "Selfish Ledger."
Understanding the user so completely as to change the behavior of that user, then applying that at scale to change the behavior of entire populations.
I'm honestly impressed by the amount of work MS has put into this - making it so existing accessible gaming devices with a 3.5mm jack work with it rather than trying to sell new ones, making it easy to reconfigure on the fly, making it affordable and supported in a way that previously hacked together controllers might not be.
I literally just saw my heart on a screen, dutifully thump-squish-thump-squishing for about the 1.5 billionth time. It sounded like Deadmau5 music, then like Space invaders, then like a whale song.
Ford can't even make a water pump that they'll guarantee will work for the life of your car, so it amazes me that nature can make one that works continuously for upwards of a century.
(The tech said that mine's working marvelously, as far as he can tell, so I'm having a bit of a grateful moment.)
If there are any Iowans out there with designs on invading Missouri and annexing it, now is the time - this state is broken.
I feel safe in making the promise that you will be greeted as liberators.
When I was about two years old, I had a recurring nightmare about a stick hand that had me waking up in unexplained terror at all hours of the night… for weeks.
My poor mother had no idea what a stick hand was, but once, in the middle of the night, she opened the window and threw it out.
I never had the dream again.
I just opened my door to walk the dog, and I'm afraid that after all these years, it's finally caught up with me.
@kevinja I thought this was a really fascinating article on the subject.
Why Paper Jams Persist https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/12/why-paper-jams-persist
Zach Weinersmith's joke on SMBC today cuts a little bit deep.
We have computers living in people's bodies that can detect and fix when their hearts get off-rhythm.
We have a computer powered by a nuclear reactor, exploring another planet, that we remote control from Earth.
Why is printing on paper the final frontier? Can we humans maybe spend some time making that a little less terrible (or less necessary)?
There will be a Senate vote, probably next week, to block the repeal, and the Senators in favor of blocking think they have the votes.
If the Senate resolution passes, it also then has to pass the House - with no date set, and with a slimmer chance of passing - and survive Trump's potential veto.
We have one month until Net Neutrality is repealed.
I know we've done this before... a million times.
I know it's old... boring...
But this is our homeland.
This is our country.
Now get up there in those turrets.
Operate the cannons.
Stop them in their tracks.
@kevinja You can’t have culture without a cult. When I’ve left various orgs it always surprises me how it changes my thought process… groupthink is real (but it can yield decent results, when leveraged appropriately.)
Software engineer by day, sporadic spewer of words by evening. Author groupie. Proponent of living beings. May do something awesome one day.
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