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Web Development / Re: Musk offers to buy Twitter
« on: November 30, 2023, 11:02:33 PM »
I can't decide if Musk -

1. Is purposely trying to sabotage Twitter, without making it look like he's destroying Twitter on purpose.  Does he get a tax write off for the losses if Twitter goes under?

2.  Keeps screwing up and harming the company but is so ego bound he can't admit he's made a mistake, so he blames everyone else but never himself.


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Toyota gambled right. 

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Hardware & Technology / All Your Weeds are Belong to Us
« on: November 29, 2023, 10:05:39 AM »
Mother plucker: Steel fingers guided by AI pluck weeds rapidly and autonomously

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2023/11/mother-plucker-steel-fingers-guided-by-ai-pluck-weeds-rapidly-and-autonomously/

Finally a real use for AI: a commercial weed puller for farm fields.  Being able to control weeds in vegetable farming without the use of herbicides or human labor on a commercial scale will be a big win for the organic farmers.

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It's tuned for weeding fields full of onions, beetroots, carrots, or similar vegetables,

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Web Development / Re: Musk offers to buy Twitter
« on: November 27, 2023, 09:07:16 PM »
Elonís Censorial Lawsuit Against Media Matters Inspiring Many More People To Find ExTwitter Ads On Awful Content

https://www.techdirt.com/2023/11/27/elons-censorial-lawsuit-against-media-matters-inspiring-many-more-people-to-find-extwitter-ads-on-awful-content/


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Water Cooler / Re: 2024 is the biggest election year in history
« on: November 24, 2023, 01:30:13 PM »
>2024 is the biggest election year in history

Just, shoot me now.

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Water Cooler / Re: This is what real American freedom looks like
« on: November 18, 2023, 11:12:35 AM »
>laugh

Understood and you succeeded.  Thank you.  The discussion just brought up a lot of old memories.

>conceptualize

Same here.  I can conceptualize a mile or tenths of a mile but not a kilometer.  And it ain't going to go away, our whole Jeffersonian Grid system of measuring land acreage (and where to put a road) is plotted and platted in miles.

Weights are even harder for me, I can sort of judge a pound in my hand but not a kilogram. 

So old ways die hard, ask the British, they still measure their own weight in Stones and they all seem to understand it.  Stubborn and/or they do it just to irritate the French and the EU.  hhh

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Water Cooler / Re: This is what real American freedom looks like
« on: November 17, 2023, 11:15:11 AM »
>fourth grade
Whats that in metric? hhh   Yea, same here or there abouts.  Except, when I first learned about metric, temp. was referred to as 'Centigrade' instead of Celsius.  Old text books.  Took me years to get the memo.

>converting
I remember a guy who bought a Ford Mustang II.  His complaint, in his words, was the car was half metric and half 'American', so you had to have two sets of wrenches and sockets out and he was always grabbing the wrong one.  If that was true, that half-half stuff didn't help with public acceptance.  I'm guessing today all American cars (since the demise of AMC who were still using stuff from the old Rambler parts bin until the end,) are all metric.

>speed limit signs

Distance signs too on the Interstate Hwy's.  For awhile you would see signs to the next big city in both miles and kilometers.  Never took and after 20 years of weathering the signs didn't get replaced. 

I can see why Americans never took to a foreign measurement like metric, during the 1980's and 90's people were all terrified that black United Nations helicopters filled with foreigners were going to appear and declare parts of American soil World Heritage Sites.

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Water Cooler / Re: Nope. Nope. Nope.
« on: November 14, 2023, 01:41:42 PM »
>long

Longer boats and ships somehow create less drag through the water, so a longer boat makes some sense.

>jet

Good catch.  I wonder what horse power it was?

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Water Cooler / Re: Nope. Nope. Nope.
« on: November 12, 2023, 05:09:07 PM »
That is one long boat.  And loaded too.  Crazy good boat handling.

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>Linux

Confirmed it will be Linux based:
https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2023/11/amazon-vega-linux-based-os

This article seems to doubt it will be used on Fire Tablets and is intended for low power type devices.

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>Linux

I was wondering the same thing.  I don't see a lot of other options.

The article says it will make app development easier, but the trick is you still have to persuade app devs that it is worth their time.  You still need to convince corporations that your OS is worth making an app for.  In looking at the eOS community it's amazing how many people have to have X or Y banking app working.  They can't live without it.  Banking apps are just one example.  It's going to be tricky for Amazon to populate an app store for their new OS.  But Amazon has deep pockets.

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https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2023/11/amazon-fire-tablets-and-other-gear-will-reportedly-switch-away-from-android/

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Amazon has been working on an in-house replacement for its Android-based Fire OS, codenamed "Vega" and built for easier app development, according to reporting from Janko Roettgers at Lowpass.

This is all new to me.

Speculation:  This might bring Amazon back into the phone market if the tablet and smart TV versions are successful.  In any event it's good positioning for Amazon no matter which way the US vs. Google anti-trust trial goes in re. Android.

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Window unit heat pump
« on: November 10, 2023, 11:02:01 AM »
That is really slick.  Much better than a window A/C unit.  If they really work they will sell to a lot of homeowners.

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>secure

Darn right.  I remember driving through either Wyoming or Montana and seeing those signs "Next gas stop 90 miles."  You better believe I double checked the gas gauge. (Especially after seeing all the dead snakes on the shoulder of the Interstate, this was not a stretch of road to run out of gas on.)

Also, it's 932 miles under what conditions: hills, mountains, A/C blasting, sub-zero temps, sub-woofers sucking up the amps?  Also, what about vehicles, like Jeeps, with the aerodynamics of a brick wall?  I'd rather have a 932 mile battery in a Jeep and get realistically a 400 mile range than a 300 mile battery and have it conk out going to the dollar store. 

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Traffic / Google Pays $26 Billion to be Default SE
« on: October 27, 2023, 10:18:17 PM »
Over $26 Billion in 2021 to be default across multiple browsers, devices, platforms.

https://www.theverge.com/2023/10/27/23934961/google-antitrust-trial-defaults-search-deal-26-3-billion

$18 Billion just to Apple.

These are the numbers Google wanted to keep secret.


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