NYPD have deployed robot dogs.

Here's a guide on how to combat them if you get robo-attacked.
Instructions on how to remove a battery from a robot police dog
Three quarter view of a robot police dog
The location of the motor shutdown button on the robot police dog
The parts of the robot police dog that could crush your fingers
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R E K mastodon (AP)
Rabbits went out for a walk on Mount Pkols.
Rabbit people stand atop Mount Pkols, under a blue sky.
cyrstem mastodon (AP)
where is jessica hyde

What? No more Mike Wazowski avatar? 😢 😄
I made a Monsters Inc. joke yesterday and nobody noticed it (except the person I replied to). 😭

I guess the movie is getting old...
Cool, but please don't feel obliged on my behalf. 😀
I like Mike! so it's fine! :ac_delight:

Giga Bites: The Hacker Cookbook is now available to read or download on The Internet Archive!
Is it a real and honest quirky cookbook or just a gross 90s joke stretched out to 100 pages? You decide!
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Reminder: You can contribute to Anatoly's food/drink fund, and his ability to avoid using any of the recipes from this book here
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It's fucking miserable is what it is.

Basil mastodon (AP)
When will the "get back to the office or lose your job" briefings start again?

Me: “Do you like computers?”

Child: “no.”

Our child is so wise already!
nope. I have a 3yo that knows the names of flowers in the garden and has no interest in computers.

As far as I am concerned they are on absolutely the right path.
R E K mastodon (AP)
Aw, that warms my heart. Wendell Berry would be proud.

När solen tittade in (typ) i mitt öppna arbetshemmafönster i eftermiddags fylldes jag av nåt slags Tage Danielsson-optimism. Det är gott att leva.
Elias mastodon (AP)
Fint! En annan frejdig favorit ur samma bok är "Sagan om apan som tänkte i flera led", missa inte den! Min pappa brukade återberätta den ur minnet, alltid lika kul.

Rick Wayne mastodon (AP)
Take my Anonymous Digital Prostate Exam!

Seriously though, it's just five questions, and answers are anonymous. If you've read any of my stuff, it would be extremely helpful to get as many responses as possible.
I've always found metaphors about anal probing/insertion generally homophobic when used in that context.
I mean I quite like having cock shoved up my ass. to suggest it might be unpleasant seems wierd.

I've not read any of your stuff

dried mastodon (AP)
work on the feedback box(en) continues. I made the amarula box a friend. here's a pretty nice moment they shared.

@PatchNotes in the olden day.. I fed my DAT machine output back into a parametric EQ and then back into the record input..

It made feedback noises, that i recorded and sampled.

I used to play them live, but sound engineers used to hate it.

When all you have is market orthodoxy, everything looks like a market failure. Take privacy: giant, rapacious corporations have instrumented the digital and physical worlds to spy on us all the time, so some people think they should pay us for our data.

There's a pretty rich theoretical history explaining why this "data dividend" is a stupid idea. First of all, private information isn't very property-like

. And not just because it shares all the problems of digital works (infinitely, instantaneously copyable at zero cost).

Private information makes for bad "property" because it is "owned" by multiple, overlapping parties who generally disagree about when and who to share it with. When you and I have a conversation, we both own the fact that the conversation took place.

What happens if I won't sell, but you will? Tech companies are *really* good at finding the cheapest seller of an information good, after all. For example, whenever you visit a "quality newspaper's" site, there's a real-time auction to bid on the right to show you ads.

Say there are 13 bidders for that right. One gets to show you an ad, but the other 12 get something too: your unique identifier and the fact that you read, say, the New York Times.

That fact is then sold on to garbage chumbox sites like Tabouleh, whose pitch to advertisers is "I can show your ads to NYT readers at 15% of the price that the Times charges." If the same fact is "owned" by lots of people, it's a commodity.

Buyers will find the lowest, least-discerning seller. What's more, you can't solve this by requiring consensus of all "owners" of a fact before it is disclosed - who owns the fact that your boss sexually harassed you: you or him?

Does he get a veto over your disclosures?

Even if we could get property rights to work in privacy (which, for the record, we cannot), all we'd manage to do is transform privacy into a luxury good wherein poor people are coerced into selling their data for pennies, as Malavika Jayaram reminds us:

Data dividends also require someone to set prices on data, and chances are that price will be set by a privacy-invading tech company or a regulator in thrall to them:

And whatever the price, it won't capture the true cost, as Hayley Tsukayama reminds us: "Low-income Americans and often communities of color should not be incentivized to pour more data into a system that already exploits them and uses data to discriminate against them."

"Privacy is a human right, not a commodity."

It's not too late to end "pay for privacy," because, as Dipayan Ghosh says, behavioral data is "temporally sensitive" - companies need more of it all the time, meaning we can still push back.

To get this right, we have to stop pretending that data makes good property and that therefore markets will solve data problems. And just because data isn't property, it doesn't follow that it isn't valuable.

Far from it: the most valuable things we know of (human beings) are not property precisely *because* treating them as property would cheapen them. We humans are so valuable that we have a complex set of rules just for us.

My daughter isn't my property, but I have an interest in her. So does my wife, and her grandparents, and her teachers and school district, and Child Protective Services...and so does she.

This "interest"-based system acknowledged the complex web of overlapping claims.

We have a whole discipline - one that doesn't intersect with markets at all - that describes these relations, with specialized concepts like "nurturance rights" and "self-determination rights" (thanks to Rory Pickens for introducing me to these concepts).

All of these points and more are made in "Why data ownership is the wrong approach to protecting privacy," a 2019 Brookings Institute paper by Cameron F Kerry and John B Morris, who relate them to pending legislation and relevant case-law.

"By licensing the use of their information in exchange for monetary consideration, we may be worse off than under the current notice-and-choice regime...A property-based system also disregards interests besides property that individuals have in personal information."

Victor Venema mastodon (AP)
For less private information the problem may be even worse. Only a few people in my street have to disclose the value of their house to get a very accurate estimate of mine.

Data brokers will pay hardly anything to the few people with the lowest asking price for the information.

Similarly, only a few people you know have to reveal they are gay or Republican and statistics will do the rest of the job.
SJ Zero friendica (via ActivityPub)
We've got to remember that the Internet isn't like a big truck. It's a series of tubes.

Joking aside, we need to stop thinking that we require centralization to survive. It's shocking once you start to decentralize and distribute and federate, how quickly you realize you don't need to give that power to anyone. Not advertisers, not big tech, not alt tech. Federation in particular has shown me that we can control our own destiny online, and we can use the Internet the way it was meant to be as a distributed system that is resistant to attack.

Claes Wallin 🇸🇪🇭🇰 friendica (via ActivityPub)
> It's only Cancel Culture if it originates in the Cancelle region of France.

> Otherwise, it's just sparkling consequences.


Hong Kong or Sweden

Claes Wallin 🇸🇪🇭🇰 friendica (via ActivityPub)
Did something change recently in how Friendica addresses public posts, causing my 31 groups to repost everything I post?

They reposted at least.
Hong Kong or Sweden
I saw 20000+ delivery jobs for your user id and I was wondering how much do you post. :-)
No need to worry. The delivery queue exploded while I was looking at it. After 15-20 minutes it was back to normal. idea about - description sounds pretty similar to how Friendica forums work.
Claes Wallin 🇸🇪🇭🇰 friendica (via ActivityPub)
They didn't repost this one. What was special about the other one?

The upstairs Roomba is throwing a bumper sensor error code. It thinks it's bumped into something all the time, so it just spins around in a circle and backs up, like when a cat gets its head stuck in something. This is often called the "Circle Dance."

The bumper switches are infrared optos, and I'm going to fix them now by replacing the emitter/receiver pairs. All the pics in this thread will be of a Roomba in various states of disassembly.
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Spent 45 minutes outside in the sunshine with my six year old playing French cricket. I sat on a chair and threw balls at him. First time outside (other than emptying bins) since last month due to covid. Felt like a shadow. Shattered.
ghostdancer mastodon (AP)
That's fantastic!.

"You are the chosen one."
"You. The evil god wakes. Without you, he cannot be defeated."
"What must I do?"
"Ask your grandmother to come out of retirement."
"She's the ultimate warrior."
"But... Why don't you ask her?"
"She is scary!"
"She's not!"
"We chose wisely."
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haha! at least the system has reverted to the usual script again.

If any students are interested in getting paid to work on tidal in "google summer of code" let me know - I think applications go in around april time
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never obsolete mastodon (AP)
Super Smash Bros. Melee - Pikachu Adventure mode ending

I saw a math question does the sum of 1/k for natural numbers k=1,inf converge?

My first thought was that they must, as 1/k approaches 0 pretty quickly. To test my assumption I turned to # and was surprised by the result...

sum( [1/k for k in range(int(1E6), int(1E7)]) # ~2.3
sum( [1/k for k in range(int(1E7), int(1E8)]) # also ~2.3

Very much not what I expected!
# #python
I think.. if you keep from 1E6 -> 1E7, then 1E7 -> 1E8 then 1E8 -> 1E9 ..etc.. you will find that they converge on math.log(10)


In a very unpopular tweet after the election, I asked how long it would be after Biden was inaugurated before we started bombing brown people again. The answer is 36 days.
you weren't alone asking the question.

When you and your friends put your fingers on the ouija board planchette and it starts moving around, there's a chance your friends are just yanking your chain - but just as possible is that your friends are experiencing the ideomotor response.

That's when your unconscious mind directs your muscles without your conscious knowledge.

Zombies aren't ever just about contagion - they're also always an expression of a deep anxiety that your neighbors aren't what they seem, that in a pinch, they'll turn on you, and not just because they've been infected, but also to protect themselves and their comfort.

US zombie booms always have an element of this: 1950s (reds under the bed); 1980s (red menace redux); 2000s (immigration "crisis"), etc. It'd be amazing if the only thing driving K-zombies' popularity was the pandemic, or even less plausibly, a mere aesthetic coincidence.


Andy C pleroma (AP)

Content warning: post Covid pub crawl

f**k.. I just tripped over a fibre and broke it. 😟
it's OK! I managed to get it out of the module and replace it.

eris mastodon (AP)
@neauoire does the web-ring require the icon to be shown or can a link be used instead? i'm avoiding images in my website as to reduce the bandwidth it consumes, and i'm interested in applying to the webring
text is alright
eris mastodon (AP)
good to hear! when i've written my next two articles, i'll send in a request :p

¡El futuro de las redes sociales comienza hoy!

¿Qué es el Fediverso?

Cambios en la web 😃
ghostdancer mastodon (AP)
Me había leído la página pero ni me había fijado en la foto hasta que lo has comentado. Hace mucho que no voy pero es fácil de reconocer. @admin
Si 😊 Está hecha desde la campa que hay al lado del estadio abierto de fútbol en el parque etxebarria.

Pero no es mía la foto eeh 😅 Aunque yo también recuerdo haber hecho una desde ahí

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ghostdancer mastodon (AP)
Es la versión educada y fina de lo del obrero de derechas. 😆

silverwizard friendica (via ActivityPub)
[bookmark=]personally I think android is a fucking abomination, and it annoys me to no end that it is perceived as "wrong" that as the owner of my hardware, would want root access to my device.[/bookmark]
Elias mastodon (AP)
The thing is, Android users don't really own the hardware. The true owner is Google, and Google will only allow the hardware to be used in a way that benefits Google.
silverwizard friendica (via ActivityPub)
I'm an android user, I want to.

I get the impetus for this idea, but the fact that it's not an *option* is the issue

Impromptu day off work. Now embarking on a George Best style 24 hour bender.
dick_turpin mastodon (AP)
I want a badge! 😭
ghostdancer mastodon (AP)
Tell me they give you a lollipop too.

So I guess I can thank the, BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and the german politicians for the coming 3rd wave and no vaccination for me in sight anytime soon. Two summers in voluntary # for me. I am very disappointed.
ghostdancer mastodon (AP)
3rd wave? In Spain they are talking about when the 4th will arrive, We have just passed the 3rd.

Ruben friendica
Pfannenstiel incision

Abdomen opened

Lower segment incision

Living male delivered as frank breech

ghostdancer mastodon (AP)
Someone had a baby?
Crikey. Frank Breech. That takes me back. Professional lovable rogue. Had a semi-regular role in Minder, and was a memorably well-hard Cockney invader from another galaxy in the Tomorrow People. Top ten novelty duet with Barbara Windsor: "Wot's Yours Luv?"

Got greedy. Flew too close to the sun, didn't he?

Last of the Summer Wine, first day on location, wallop! Hit by an out of control bathtub. Nothing to do with the shoot, ironically. Doctors said he'd never wink again.

Still he pulled himself back from the brink, then he went back to the brink, then he pulled himself back from it again. Was always milking it, old Breechy.

I read somewhere that he'd retired and bought a pub by the Chiswick Flyover, for the passing traffic. I don't think he'd have minded that most of it was passing directly overhead.

He was a dreamer. None of the dreams were realistic, and in most of them he'd forgotten to wear pants, so I say damn the press reaction, and the fines, he was being his authentic self, right to the end.

gigabit internet connections
screen shot of speedtest result saying download speed of 729 Mbs and upload of 913 Mbs
Vivek mastodon (AP)
I've only seen K instead of M and even that makes me happy most of the times.
it's not something I see very often.. I think I am the only person on campus at the moment

"Protecting organizations with Autonomous Cyber AI"

sounds awful
ghostdancer mastodon (AP)
It's the beginning of some bad scifi movie.

> many successful startups began in a garage

me: many successful startup founders were home owners

Ruben friendica

chemo notes.

The vinca alkaloids are from the periwinkle plant (catharanthus rosea).
The taxanes are from the bark of the Pacific Yew tree (taxus).
The podophyllotoxins are from the May apple plant.
The camptothecan analogs are from the Asian "Happy Tree" (Camptotheca acuminata).
(Podophyllotoxins and camptothecan analogs are also known as topoisomerase inhibitors)

Vinca alkaloids: Vincristine, Vinblastine and Vinorelbine
Taxanes: Paclitaxel and Docetaxel
Podophyllotoxins: Etoposide and Tenisopide
Camptothecan analogs: Irinotecan and Topotecan

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Ruben friendica
Bendamustine is made of chlorinated sulphur synthed with ethylene. the first effective # it was previously known as, Agent X and before that... Mustard Gas.
This needs to be turned into a song while Tom Lehrer is still alive. You'll need to get to him quick. He's 92.

That's what I've been screaming into people's heads for years!

ISO 8601: the better date format 📅

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we need a simple self explanatory poster about this standard. I will put it on every wall I come across.

I got some really cool glitches from Atari. Might try to make more and release them somewhere. I got the opportunity to use some in commercial work last year.
I'm glad you're still doing stuff with Atari, are you these glitches from something new you've been working on?
flame mastodon (AP)
they're some of the first things I got out of it when I didn't understand how asm worked, so I was just messing around

"Watson, you will be interested to hear that I am engaged to be married."

"Oh yes. Jolly good."

"To the Milvertons' housemaid."

"Good heavens."

"I need information."

"Surely you've gone too far?"

# #
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