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    kravietz 🦇
    kravietz 🦇

    Totally legitimate Twitter user for weeks ranted in support of Trump… until it ran out of ChatGPT credits and dumped its prompt (GPT task description) which says “argue in support of Trump on Twitter, speak in English”). Last time I checked this morning, the account was “restricted” but not even suspended.

    Screenshot of Twitter post of the bot

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    mason

    I'm reading reports that I'll have to play as a girl in the new Metroid too??? Woke culture has gone too far.

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    PHIL FISH
    PHIL FISH

    banning masks makes as much sense as banning ventilation. so prepare for that next, i guess

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    Meanwhile, while other parts of the country are in a heat dome, my cat is soaking up what warmth he can on this rainy PNW day

    A black cat lying on top of a MacBook Pro charger

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    Tracy Chou
    Tracy Chou

    i think we should stop giving our ai bots female names (alexa, siri) and give them names from the old white boys club (john, james, chad) in honor of how overconfident and annoying they are even when they’re completely wrong or making stuff up

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    Daniel Keys Moran
    Daniel Keys Moran

    This is seven years old. But I don't think the principle has changed.

    Let us ask how much would it cost for the US to have a British-style National Health Service which covers 100% of the population? Well, the current NHS budget is £133 billion (pounds). If you were to apply that to a population the size of America's (approx 5 times the size of the UK) it would cost you £665 billion to provide healthcare for a country with the USA's population.

At current exchange rates that works out to $851 billion USD. So for $851 billion, the US government could provide healthcare to 100% of its population.

How much does the US federal government spend right now on healthcare? The combined Medicare & Medicaid budget for 2016 was $970 billion, and the VA budget for veterans healthcare was $70 billion. So in total, the US federal government spends $1,040 billion on healthcare in a single year to cover veterans, over 65s and the bottom 10%. For $851 billion they could provide healthcare to 100% of the population, and still have enough money left over to give a $200 billion tax cut to the American people, or reduce the deficit. It's amazing that right now the US government actually spends more on healthcare than it would cost to provide a universal healthcare system, European-style.

This is without even getting into the $2.2 trillion in private healthcare spending that would suddenly be freed up as people no longer needed private health insurance, and could be spent on other things.

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    JosephMenn
    JosephMenn

    Alex Stamos and Renee DiResta's Stanford Internet Observatory is collapsing under political pressure, the largest setback so far for realtime disinformation research. Free gift version at no expense: wapo.st/3RuAlA5

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    U.S. Politics in Real Time
    U.S. Politics in Real Time

    Donald Trump admits he still has a gun, despite felony convictions - It is a violation of federal law for someone convicted of felonies to possess a firearm

    salon.com/2024/06/12/donald-ad

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    Ed Marshall
    Ed Marshall

    Today I saw someone refer to the X logo as a "sans-serif swastika", and now this is going to live in my head forever.

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    Steve Dunham
    Steve Dunham

    And now Google's "AI" is feeding back into itself.

    Screenshot of a google search for "how much glue to add to pizza" with an "AI Overview" describing how much glue to add to pizza, citing Business Insider. Accompanied by links to two articles titled "Google AI said to put glue on pizza".

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    MostlyHarmless
    MostlyHarmless

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    according to the grapevine (one of my slacks), the stainless steel they used for the cybertruck not only rusts (lol) but is also ferrous

    time for some non-destructive (magnetic) vandalism?

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    elle
    elle

    just called ai "the mediocrity machine" in a meeting and a tech bro is twitching so hard he can't even plug this into the mediocrity machine so it can tell him how to respond

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    That Frisian Girl-ish
    That Frisian Girl-ish

    I am, honestly, impressed - and everybody who ever made art probably knows how difficult it is to be impressed by their own work.

    Last year I dabbled a little bit in my
    #StellarPride project - making pride flags from from NASA space photography. On screen things look great, because, space photography is just outstanding. Composing them in bars, and rarely anything more complicated than a ring, isn't all that difficult if you come from print media design like me. So, the praise I got went quite over my head.

    But then,
    @ics@tau-ceti.space requested something out of the ordinary: could I do the Progress Pride flag I did for printing. For printing large. Like an actual flag, to bring out to a parade. Luckily, NASA has their images up in ample resolution, so I could oblige. They sent me a print of the result. And I'm impressed. In this size, and physically in front of me, it is indeed beautiful! #Pride #ProgressPrideFlag

    One of the two Progress Pride flags I had in the mail today, composed from space photography!

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    Hank G ☑️
    Hank G ☑️

    Absolutely 100% this! I've said this a million times but glad it is now comitted to meme form :) #uspoli #politics #economics #libertarian #PoliticalMeme

    Kombucha Girl Meme titled "Libertarians be like:". Ick reaction reads "tyranny.gov". Interested reaction reads "tyranny.com"

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    I'd spent my entire life up until now not seeing a cybertruck in the wild and today I saw TWO (or possibly the same doofus twice, doing laps around the city)

    The pictures do not do its ugliness justice; it's like some moron plugged "future car" into an AI seeded solely by the PlayStation one catalog.

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    Daniel Keys Moran
    Daniel Keys Moran

    I've never liked the word ally. It presumes things I don't necessarily agree with.

    But I love "traitor." I am a happy fucking race traitor, some generations now. Gender traitor. Cis traitor. Christian traitor.

    I'm not much of a joiner. But I am proud of my enemies.

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    Dan Fixes Coin-Ops
    Dan Fixes Coin-Ops

    As many of you know (because I won't shut up about it) I've gotten back into enjoying bikes after a brief two-decade hiatus

    During that time, youtube was invented, and bike mechanics are on it, and oof mate I watched a video the other day

    Dude was complaining about bikes being a durable good and there being so many bikes around and the manufacturers have to come up with new things or they won't sell any bikes anymore and that'll be bad for the industry and this was just such an illuminating look into the other end of how people approach these machines

    Like, bikes are free. They cost nothing. There are so many of them. People put them out on the kerb on bin night. People chuck them in skips. The river's full of them. Once you've scrubbed the rust off and spent a few quid on new tubes etc a bike that you found waiting for the bin van still goes as fast as a brand new bike from today because they're powered by sandwiches that you were gonna eat anyway. Zooming around on trash night laughing your arse off on a bike that still has the "FREE BIKE" sign flapping in the wind feels like sticking your middle finger up at capitalism

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    Mikael Branting 🇸🇪
    Mikael Branting 🇸🇪

    Today, ANTIFA had a meeting in Normandy
    #normandylanding
    #dday

    D Day veterans, most of them in wheelchairs, lined up on the tarmac next to a commercial airliner.

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    Ars Technica
    Ars Technica

    People are seizing, being intubated after eating microdose chocolates

    "Extreme caution" urged as at least 8 people in 4 states sickened, 6 hospitalized.

    arstechnica.com/science/2024/0

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    On the recommendation of my cat sitter, I put a golf ball in my cat’s food dish to slow him down so he stops eating so fast he pukes and it turns out now he’s going to starve to death I guess because he’s mostly staring at his food and screaming

    A black cat near an automatic cat feeder with kibble and a golf ball in the bowl

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    AJ Sadauskas
    AJ Sadauskas

    So Microsoft is shipping a new feature in Windows 11 called Recall, which takes screenshots of what the user is doing every few seconds, and then feeds it into OCR.

    And I've read a number of people describe it as useless.

    But I disagree.

    I'm sure plenty of people will find it very handy.

    For example, your friendly local law enforcement agents and prosecutors are likely to find a feature like this very useful.

    As will the NSA, the other three-letter agencies in the US, and intelligence agencies around the world.

    Including the ones in authoritarian states. A couple of back doors, and it will be so much easier keeping track of who's been typing naughty words like "Prigozhin", "Navalny", or "free Hong Kong".

    Not in the state surveillance business? No worries!

    Assuming this data isn't locked down properly — and we are talking about Microsoft here — it's sure to find plenty of more mundane uses.

    Perhaps for bosses who will no longer need to install keyloggers to snoop on their staff.

    Or jealous current and former partners.

    Mark my words, this poorly-thought-through attempt to shove LLMs in another place they don't belong to temporarily spike Microsoft's share price will find its uses.

    And the next computer I get definitely won't be running Windows.

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    sam henri gold
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    cybertruck

    Scientists are zeroing in on a promising new birth control for men

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    DrALJONES
    DrALJONES

    Analysis

    Who are the billionaires working to re-elect Trump?

    "Elon Musk & Peter Thiel aren’t just hostile to progressivism. They’re hostile to American democracy itself."

    Musk & David Sacks held a secret dinner party for billionaires who want to defeat Biden & re-install Trump.

    Guests included Peter Thiel, Rupert Murdoch, Michael Milken, Travis Kalanick, & Steven Mnuchin.

    theguardian.com/commentisfree/

    #Trump #Biden #Plutocracy ..

    thiel with trump

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    kottke.org
    kottke.org

    In the last 10 years, Paris has closed 100 streets to cars, removed 50,000 parking spots, tripled parking fees for SUVs, and built more than 800 miles of bike lanes. “Those changes have contributed to a 40% decline in air pollution.” nbcnews.com/science/environmen

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    The Monkey Island SCUMM Bar
    The Monkey Island SCUMM Bar

    Quote of The Day from Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge: “Ha ha ha” #MonkeyIsland

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    Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Electronic Frontier Foundation

    The stalkerware industry is a “soft target,” EFF’s @evacide told @TechCrunch. “The people who run these companies are perhaps not the most scrupulous or really concerned about the quality of their product.” techcrunch.com/2024/05/31/hack

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    Abandoned America
    Abandoned America

    The rear stairway at the abandoned Dunnington Mansion in Farmville, VA.

    Check out the new gallery and write up on Abandoned America: abandonedamerica.us/dunnington

    A graceful wooden staircase with a door to the right. Through the door shelves are visible. The paint has peeled and the lighting is dim.

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    George Takei :verified: 🏳️‍🌈🖖🏽
    George Takei :verified: 🏳️‍🌈🖖🏽

    In April 2022, the Heritage Foundation introduced 'Project 2025' with the hope of guiding America toward authoritarianism. Now, with Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket, that threat has only grown more dire. But what exactly are the plans of Project 2025, and how can we fight against this right-wing movement? A Q&A with Thomas Zimmer, Professor of 20th-century U.S. and international history at Georgetown University, sheds light on this dangerous project. thinkbigpicture.substack.com/p

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    Ian Scott :apple_inc: 🐙
    Ian Scott :apple_inc: 🐙

    Just put in my registration survey for @xoxo and appreciated this little note on the deprecated Twitter login button 😆

    A screenshot with a button saying "Log in with Twitter" with the text below that saying: This option is for past XOXO attendees who used Twitter before it became a fascist garbage fire. If you're new to XOXO or remember your registration email address, you can log in with your email above.

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    Matt Laroche
    Matt Laroche

    I appreciate how we've come together to make Cybertruck owners feel like wankers, now let's do that for every lifted truck and every every pickup with a 5 foot tall hood

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    Molly White
    Molly White

    back in my day we called this spyware

    #AI #privacy #Microsoft

    New Windows AI feature records everything you’ve done on your PC

Recall uses AI features "to take images of your active screen every few seconds."

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    Robert Reich
    Robert Reich

    The DOT regulated junk fees. Airlines are suing.

    The CFPB capped credit card fees. Banks are suing.

    Medicare is negotiating drug prices. Pharma is suing.

    The FTC banned noncompetes. Business groups are suing.

    Corporate America can't stand government working for the people.

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    It’s been a couple of years since I’ve replayed #Fallout4 and this time the generic male raider voice being literally Kerry Eurodyne from #Cyberpunk2077 is kind of messing with my head

    imdb.com/name/nm0455058/?ref_=

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    DJ Sundog - from the toot-lab
    DJ Sundog - from the toot-lab

    the inverse of "make sure you have working backups of what's important" is "give yourself permission to delete digital detritus that no longer has any value to your life"

    you do not need every email you've received for the last decade.

    you do not need three copies of every photo you've ever taken with your phone.

    you do not need the downloads folder for each of your previous twelve laptops.

    you can delete some stuff.

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    Brock
    Brock

    Never confuse stenography for steganography

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    niconiconi
    niconiconi

    Q: Why did you need to wait in a long line at Radio Shack to buy a 6502 microprocessor?

    A: Not enough registers.

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    Zev Eisenberg
    Zev Eisenberg

    User: please render fifty million polygons with complex shading and texturing
    Computer: no problem

    User: here’s 4.2 MB of JSON
    Computer: oh no

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Games

  • Fallout 4
(Playstation)

They're Not Dolls…

    4 days ago

    (Playstation)

  • Fallout 76
(Playstation)

Friends in Low Places

    17 days ago

    (Playstation)

  • Little Kitty, Big City
(Xbox Series X/S)

    about 1 month ago

    Little Kitty, Big City
    (Xbox Series X/S)

  • Dragon's Dogma 2
(Playstation)

The True Arisen

    2 months ago

    (Playstation)

  • Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden
(PS5)

    3 months ago

    Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden
    (PS5)

  • Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
(PS5)

    4 months ago

    Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
    (PS5)

  • Pacific Drive
(PS5)

    4 months ago

    Pacific Drive
    (PS5)

  • Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Demo
(PS5)

    4 months ago

    Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Demo
    (PS5)

  • Marvel's Spider-Man 2
(PS5)

    4 months ago

    Marvel's Spider-Man 2
    (PS5)

  • Alan Wake 2
(PS5)

    5 months ago

    Alan Wake 2
    (PS5)

Books

  • Uzumaki

    8 months ago

    Uzumaki

    8 months ago

  • Shiver: Selected Stories

    9 months ago

    Shiver: Selected Stories

    9 months ago

  • Gyo

    9 months ago

    Gyo

    9 months ago

  • If This Book Exists, You're in the Wrong Universe

    11 months ago

    If This Book Exists, You're in the Wrong Universe

    11 months ago

  • The Diamond Age

    11 months ago

    The Diamond Age

    11 months ago

  • John Constantine: Hellblazer, Vol. 2: The Best Version of You

    about 1 year ago

    John Constantine: Hellblazer, Vol. 2: The Best Version of You

    about 1 year ago

  • John Constantine: Hellblazer, Vol. 1: Marks of Woe

    about 1 year ago

    John Constantine: Hellblazer, Vol. 1: Marks of Woe

    about 1 year ago

  • Scorn: The Art of the Game

    over 1 year ago

    Scorn: The Art of the Game

    over 1 year ago

  • Pwning Tomorrow

    almost 2 years ago

    Pwning Tomorrow

    almost 2 years ago

Music

  • The Beatles - Ticket To Ride - Remastered 2009

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    The Beatles - Ticket To Ride - Remastered 2009

    yesterday

  • The Beatles - Let It Be - Remastered 2009

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    The Beatles - Let It Be - Remastered 2009

    yesterday

  • The Beatles - Yesterday - Remastered 2009

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    The Beatles - Yesterday - Remastered 2009

    yesterday

  • The Beatles - Hey Jude - 2015 Mix

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    The Beatles - Hey Jude - 2015 Mix

    yesterday

  • The Beatles - You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - Remastered 2009

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    The Beatles - You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - Remastered 2009

    yesterday

  • The Beatles - Drive My Car - Remastered 2009

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    The Beatles - Drive My Car - Remastered 2009

    yesterday

  • The Beatles - She Loves You - Mono Version / Remastered 2009

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    The Beatles - She Loves You - Mono Version / Remastered 2009

    yesterday

  • The Beatles - I'll Follow The Sun - Remastered 2009

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    The Beatles - I'll Follow The Sun - Remastered 2009

    yesterday

  • The Beatles - Hey Jude - Remastered 2015

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    The Beatles - Hey Jude - Remastered 2015

    yesterday

  • The Beatles - Twist And Shout - Remastered 2009

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    The Beatles - Twist And Shout - Remastered 2009

    yesterday

  • The Beatles - Girl - Remastered 2009

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    The Beatles - Girl - Remastered 2009

    yesterday

  • The Beatles - Across The Universe - Remastered 2009

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    The Beatles - Across The Universe - Remastered 2009

    yesterday

  • The Beatles - Day Tripper - Remastered 2009

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    The Beatles - Day Tripper - Remastered 2009

    yesterday

  • The Beatles - All You Need Is Love - Remastered 2009

    1 day ago

    The Beatles - All You Need Is Love - Remastered 2009

    yesterday

  • The Beatles - Octopus's Garden - Remastered 2009

    1 day ago

    The Beatles - Octopus's Garden - Remastered 2009

    yesterday

  • The Beatles - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - Remastered 2009

    1 day ago

    The Beatles - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - Remastered 2009

    yesterday