TIL that iphones regularly transmit the Mac addresses of devices attached to the same WiFi network to Apple. In addition to their geographical location of course.
So essentially you can be tracked across all locations where an iPhone is near you (and you haven't disabled your WiFi).
Microsoft has released its Visual TrueType hinting compiler under the MIT license.
This is a set of cli tools, but would allow people to write compatible GUI apps, of course.
It's always been possible for people to write TT hints/instructions directly (ttfautohint outputs them), but VTT is the dominant framework for the industry. Most likely this is good news for GUI font-editor developers (since the freeware VTT app runs fine under Wine already). Still cool news.
Firefox, Safari and Brave have all declined to mark off Google’s latest addition to its Black Mirror bingo card, the Idle Detection API.
Birdsite, NFT, craptocurrency
Head of product marketing at birdsite is gleefully posting about NFT integration...
wow thanks to tvtropes i just learned mr. rogers is the reason recording TV on like a DVR or VCR or whatever isn't illegal
"In a case that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1984, the TV and movie industries sued manufactures of VCRs on the grounds that recording their programming was copyright infringement. Enter Fred Rogers, who testified on behalf of home recording, saying he didn't mind if people recorded his shows and that it was a very good thing for families to be able to watch programs together whenever they wanted to, rather than being controlled by an arbitrary network. The court specifically cited his testimony in their decision. So in other words if you like not being tied down to Appointment Television, you can thank Mr. Rogers."
proof of waste algorithm
"Bitcoin's increasing energy consumption has triggered a passionate debate about the sustainability of the digital currency. And yet, most studies have thus far ignored that Bitcoin miners cycle through a growing amount of short-lived hardware that could exacerbate the growth in global electronic waste. E-waste represents a growing threat to our environment, from toxic chemicals and heavy metals leaching into soils, to air and water pollutions caused by improper recycling.
• Bitcoin's annual e-waste generation adds up to 30.7 metric kilotons as of May 2021.
• This level is comparable to the small IT equipment waste produced by a country such as the Netherlands.
• On average #bitcoin generates 272 g of e-waste per transaction processed on the blockchain.
• Bitcoin could produce up to 64.4 metric kilotons of e-waste at peak Bitcoin price levels seen in early 2021.
• The soaring demand for mining hardware may disrupt global semiconductor supply chains. "
Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS)
Interesting birdsite thread about so-called Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS)
I particularly found this striking:
"As the #MUS diagnostic category is alleged to include up to 1/3 of all patients seen in primary care on a regular basis, the scale of the artificially created ‘syndrome’ highlights the absurdity of such a conceptualisation”
1/3 - that's a lot of people being gaslit by the medical establishment.
I feel like we often don't acknowledge how very strange US grocery store names are. People just think it's normal to shop at a place called Big Bear or Giant Eagle or Piggly Wiggly.
So I used GPT-3 to add to a list of Perfectly Normal grocery stores.
Do not buy NFT made with my art.
Do not make NFT with my Creative-Commons artworks.
If you respect my art, remember and apply this.
Here is my article about what just happened: https://www.davidrevoy.com/article864/dream-cats-nfts-don-t-buy-them
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