Covid, food +
An interesting study on what to eat to prevent Covid, and reduce its impact. What you'd expect in terms of diet, but it's good to see the numbers behind it.
I've been down the rabbit hole of looking at the text of the Online Safety Bill. It's nuts. Under the premise of protecting children, there's a big grab for age-verification requirements that will be expensive for sites to use. And will cover a lot of sites. They affect "user-to-user" and "search engines". I couldn't figure out whether the definition of search engine included a site search that links to its own non-user-provided content.
From the archives, The Grass King's Concubine by Kari Sperring came out 10 years ago. An absolutely stonking fairytale:
@rosjackson also the humans who've categorised and tagged those photos are almost definitely in no small part borderline slave labour
DALL-E isn't job-destroying because it's any good, yet. It isn't very good, except for carefully curated selected phrases. It's depressing because it will inevitably improve, and because it's clearly generated using scraped photos that people have carefully described. This means that pro illustrators and photographers now have much less incentive to create new public work, and to put it on the internet with long descriptive text.
Be gentle with yourselves, my beloveds. Things are deeply suboptimal right now, and there’s no shame in knowing as much. If you feel like nothing is okay at the moment…well, you’re not alone in that estimation.
They made their money the old-fashioned way: sheer dumb luck.
"The results are something of an eye-opener. Their simulations accurately reproduce the wealth distribution in the real world. But the wealthiest individuals are not the most talented (although they must have a certain level of talent). They are the luckiest. And this has significant implications for the way societies can optimize the returns they get for investments in everything from business to science."
@Her_Doing In that sense, all of them are probably good prompts for stories about why they seem like a good idea, but aren't. The teleport one could get you into trouble easily. Even the pink one - there's a reason we sleep and dream, it's to lay down memories, and a reason we rest. And so on.
There is a petition for Amazon to change the return policy on finished ebooks. Pretty galling for authors to find finished books getting returned, or whole series of books read and serially returned.
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