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Water Cooler / AI vision of ideal body based on social media
« on: December 04, 2023, 07:17:31 PM »
Scrolling Into Bias: Social Mediaís Effect on AI Art

Results when AI is prompted to show ideal female and male body as determined by social media and by the web in general.

This is not that surprising in general, but the cartoonish exaggeration of muscles and breasts (both male and female) and proportions in general is strange. Then worst ones donít look human at all. The best ones do look like they would be very successful IG models. Humans need not apply.

This is old, but cool though - Barbie as re-envisioned using the proportions of an average 19yo American female as reported by the CDC in 2013. This still light result in poor body image for those who are far from the average in one direction or the other, but itís a step in the right direction

Economics & Investing / Growing number of homes sold at a loss
« on: November 27, 2023, 02:53:38 PM »
So much for real estate always goes up.

SF is first on the list. Not coincidentally, someone close to me living in the Mountain View area just bought a place after years of thinking he would not try to own in the Bay Area.

Water Cooler / Thank you all!
« on: November 23, 2023, 03:08:29 PM »
Thank you all for your knowledge, wisdom and tolerance!

The word "community" has been utterly hijacked. Malcolm Gladwell invites me to join "the Pushkin community" for just $10/month. This is the one place that feels like an actual online community to me and I thank you all for that!


Apparently the fact that the objects are still makes it harder, not easier.

Water Cooler / The orbiting toolbag
« on: November 17, 2023, 03:33:48 AM »

Moghbeli dropped a bag of tools. The bag is now in orbit and, incredibly, you may be able to see it with a pair of good binoculars.

Water Cooler / This is what real American freedom looks like
« on: November 17, 2023, 03:31:43 AM »

Land of free, home of the gallon. Except for wine and soft drinks.

Hardware & Technology / Blood test detects cancer proteins in under 2 hours
« on: November 07, 2023, 02:59:49 AM »

Most cancers become deadly by keeping a low profile, causing no symptoms until theyíre too advanced to treat. Ovarian and gastroesophageal cancers are among the most notorious for this sly disease progression, often leading to late-stage diagnoses.

Unlike many cancer tests that are limited in scope, expensive, or rely on invasive tissue sampling, the new method is a low-cost, multi-cancer detector that can pick up the presence of the telltale protein, known as LINE-1-ORF1p, in a tiny amount of blood in less than two hours.

Hardware & Technology / Apple watch for Android cancelled to protect iPhone
« on: November 07, 2023, 02:57:35 AM »

Getting Android owners to switch to iPhone remains a big goal for the company, with iMessage being the other big incentive.

Economics & Investing / Energy Dept. Pours Billions Into Power GridsÖ.
« on: October 30, 2023, 06:05:10 PM »
Ö. but Warns Itís Not Enough


Americaís electric grids may need to expand by two-thirds by 2035 to handle future growth in clean energy, the agency said. The nation isnít on track.

Traffic / The village that banned influencers
« on: October 20, 2023, 08:53:15 PM »

My old stomping grounds. Actually somewhat further south, but only 30 miles from where my mother and her father were born.

Hardware & Technology / NASA sending 3D printer to the moon
« on: October 02, 2023, 02:02:41 PM »


The U.S. space agency will blast a 3-D printer up to the moon and then build structures, layer by additive layer, out of a specialized lunar concrete created from the rock chips, mineral fragments and dust that sits on the top layer of the moonís cratered surface and billows in poisonous clouds whenever disturbed

Traffic / Google too clever by half
« on: August 23, 2023, 08:43:08 PM »
Episode #19304834

Synonym matching or LSI or Semantic Topic Clustering or whatever people call it these days has a side effect I just noticed.

I sometimes do a search for people and narrow by city or state. When I do a search for Firstname Lastname Maryland, I get a lot of hits for physicians, most of whom do not live in Maryland :-)

BTW... Roger's article about how LSI has never been the right term to describe what Google does

Web Development / All-In-One Security plugin exposes admin passwords
« on: July 12, 2023, 09:50:58 PM »

Passwords stored in plain text. According to the bug reporter, and not disputed by the plugin developer, "This is a HUGE issue. Anyone, like a contractor, has access to the username and passwords of all other site admins."

Apparently the state sets the rules, and it is looking like they will give Waymo and Cruise authority to operate 24/7 anywhere in the city, even though SF officials are trying to stop it.

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