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Thursday, 27 February 2020

PragerU's Attempt To Violate YouTube's 1st Amendment Rights Shot Down By 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

quote [ The conservative nonprofit Prager University alleged the company should not be allowed to place its videos on "Restricted Mode" ]

tech-dirt also has a good write up if you don't feel like giving reason magazine clicks.

TLDR, PragerU wants regulation and socialization only when it suits them.
[SFW] [politics]
[by biblebeltdrunk@11:02pmGMT] [0 comments]

Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Images Into Public Domain

quote [ The Smithsonian has released 2.8 million ... images ...onto an open access online platform ...to peruse and download free of charge.
the benefits .. will far outweigh the potential downsides. “Bad actors will still do bad,” “We’re empowering good actors to do good.”
A bevy of research efforts are likely to flourish ... with Google, the Smithsonian has deployed machine-learning algorithms to its datasets to flesh out its list of notable women who have shaped the history of science ]

I'm very confused as how to access the Smithsonian but I found these
https://www.si.edu/spotlight/news
https://www.si.edu/spotlight/movies
https://www.si.edu/spotlight/photography
https://www.si.edu/spotlight/radio
https://www.si.edu/spotlight/pencils

Suggestions?
[SFW] [history]
[by yunnaf@8:55pmGMT] [0 comments]

Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders

quote [ Interviews with dozens of Democratic Party officials, including 93 superdelegates, found overwhelming opposition to handing Mr. Sanders the nomination if he fell short of a majority of delegates. ]

Full in extended (NYT paywall)

[SFW] [politics] [+2]
[by knumbknutz@3:48pmGMT] [1 comment]

Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response

quote [ Speaking during a rare appearance in the White House briefing room, Trump said Pence's experience handling health crises as Indiana governor qualified him to spearhead the growing threat of a global coronavirus outbreak.

In naming Pence, Trump defied calls to appoint an outside expert to coordinate the response. ]

Why did the dumpster put a complete rank amateur, science denier, and religious bigot whose policies caused a rampant HIV epidemic in Indiana, in charge of this? Because fuck you - that's why.
[SFW] [health] [+1 Funny]
[by knumbknutz@3:37pmGMT] [4 comments]

The mattress landfill crisis: how the race to bring us better beds led to a recycling nightmare

quote [ As the sleep economy grows, companies vie to sell us new mattresses, offering 100-day returns. This has helped create an impossible waste mountain – and a wild west of rogue recyclers ]

This refreshingly wide range of eco-crimes!
[SFW] [environment & nature]
[by Paracetamol@8:27amGMT] [0 comments]

U.S. isn’t ready to detect stealth coronavirus spread

quote [ A faulty CDC test has slowed mass screening capacity. ]

Your virus spread among them
[SFW] [health]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:45amGMT] [8 comments]

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Bodycam videos show 6-year-old sobbing, pleading with officers during arrest

quote [ The police body camera videos are disturbing. They show two Orlando police officers arresting 6-year-old Kaia Rolle as she pleads with officers for a "second chance." ]

I'm not part of the ACAB camp, but shit like this makes my blood boil...
[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+3 WTF]
[by XregnaR@9:36pmGMT] [8 comments]

The Creator of the Konami Code Has Died - IGN

quote [ Kazuhisa Hashimoto, creator of the legendary cheat input known as the Konami Code, has passed away. ]

konami's statment
[SFW] [obituaries]
[by biblebeltdrunk@6:21pmGMT] [4 comments]

Musicians Algorithmically Generate Every Possible Melody, Release Them to Public Domain

quote [ "Under copyright law, numbers are facts, and under copyright law, facts either have thin copyright, almost no copyright, or no copyright at all," Riehl explained in the talk. "So maybe if these numbers have existed since the beginning of time and we're just plucking them out, maybe melodies are just math, which is just facts, which is not copyrightable." ]

I was just talking about the possibility of something like this 5 days ago. The fun thing is I was talking about trying to implement something like this on old SE more than 15 years ago but storage capabilities were far out of reach. Technological advancements makes scarcity of IP obsolete. This is what post scarcity looks like. This same brute force concept can be applied to images, movies, books code, etc. AI will simply streamline the process more efficiently.

TLDR; IP is now officially theft of The Commons. Though I'm sure a court case will tell us that actually math is illegal or something. Again.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Informative]
[by steele@5:56pmGMT] [4 comments]

The Internet Of Trash

quote [ We may have made a horrible mistake by unnecessarily making our consumer electronics devices smart—and removing generations of future use in the process. ]

high speed electronic digital device, wait till you see one
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:04amGMT] [0 comments]

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