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Check it out: the paper used for FCC license cards contains UV-florescent anti-counterfeiting fibers.

Check it out: the paper used for FCC license cards contains UV-florescent anti-counterfeiting fibers.

4:28pm | author:
(From The Liberators: My Life in the Soviet Army)
Whoa, dude, how long does a M1 Abrams last, then?
The only reference to service life I can find is here:

M1A2 is fitted with AGT-1500 gas turbine engine. It has service life till major repair in 1 800 working hours or 15 000 km. Tank gas turbines greatly surpass diesel engines in service life which reaches only 600 - 900 working hours. However gas turbine engines have some disadvantages. Firstly they are tenfold more expensive and secondly they use from 20 to 50% more fuel. Engine is multi-fuel and use kerosene, diesel or petrol.

18,000km is 11,184mi, which means the engine in a seven million dollar tank is about a tenth as durable as a used Toyota. (Not to mention that, on a freeway, a car could drive 110,000mi in 1,800 hours.)

(From The Liberators: My Life in the Soviet Army)

Whoa, dude, how long does a M1 Abrams last, then?

The only reference to service life I can find is here:

M1A2 is fitted with AGT-1500 gas turbine engine. It has service life till major repair in 1 800 working hours or 15 000 km. Tank gas turbines greatly surpass diesel engines in service life which reaches only 600 - 900 working hours. However gas turbine engines have some disadvantages. Firstly they are tenfold more expensive and secondly they use from 20 to 50% more fuel. Engine is multi-fuel and use kerosene, diesel or petrol.

18,000km is 11,184mi, which means the engine in a seven million dollar tank is about a tenth as durable as a used Toyota. (Not to mention that, on a freeway, a car could drive 110,000mi in 1,800 hours.)

10:45pm | author:
I’m getting the feeling here that Suvorov here wasn’t a fan of the Soviet system.
(From The Liberators: My Life in the Soviet Army)

I’m getting the feeling here that Suvorov here wasn’t a fan of the Soviet system.

(From The Liberators: My Life in the Soviet Army)

10:16pm | author:

Best speedrun of the year, right here.

8:17pm | author:

Uber’s Algorithmic Monopoly: “We are not setting the price. The market is setting the price. We have algorithms to determine what that market is.”

mattstoller:

That’s a remarkable quote from the CEO of Uber.

Uber of course is a cab service that lets you order a cab from your smartphone via an App. It’s really neat, you get to watch the cab approach on a map, the payment is automatically applied so you don’t have to even deal with the transaction itself. The company is now taking its approach to logistics, and moving to ‘disrupt’ the delivery industry as well, competing with courier services, UPS, Fedex, and the Post Office. It’ll be interesting to see what happens there.

But it’s important to recognize just what Uber actually represents. Uber started out named UberCab, and ‘uber’ is a German word which means ‘over’ or ‘better than’ or ‘the ultimate’. So UberCab meant, the ultimate cab. At the core of Uber’s strategy has been lobbying and advocacy to make sure that it can get into regulated cab markets. And this is so Uber can ‘disrupt’ and destroy them. 

A healthy cab ecosystem relies on expectations of a market (with price-fixing by political authorities, mostly taxi commissions). There have to be people trying to hail cabs, and cabs driving around to find customers. As more people use Uber, there will be fewer people trying to hail cabs, and fewer cabs picking up people, which will lead to reduced expectations cabs will be available, and so on and so forth. Gradually the ‘open cab market’ will be displaced by a closed Uber service. I’ve already noticed it’s harder to hail cabs where I live, capacity is often taken up by Uber riders.

Open cab markets aren’t gone, but they will die eventually. They will go the way of open cattle, pig, and chicken markets, which mostly don’t exist anymore due to concentration in the meat market (read The Meat Racket for a great understanding of what happens when markets are captured by big business).

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9:22am | author:

Anonymous asked: is win8 safe enough without third party antiviruses?

Antivirus has been mostly useless since 2006, or earlier. As long as you’re not buying internet explorer toolbars, or installing pirated software,[1] you won’t be any less secure than average. (Which isn’t all that secure: computer security as public health)

Antivirus as a strategy is a loser anyway. The attack surface of a modern OS is impossibly huge. As soon as a malicious program is executed, everything’s over, you’re going to need to reformat and reinstall anyway.

A compartmentalized OS like Qubes is a much more reasonable solution to the problem. (I’d go so far as to say that Qubes is more functionally secure than OpenBSD.)

1: This means if you’re thinking about securing a copy of Win8 you got off thepiratebay, you have already lost. If you’re lazy enough to still be using Windows, then buy a retail copy, you idiot.

6:16pm | author:

theskinless asked: hello! i am, by no means, practical with my html. on my tumblr, i linked the text 'my art' to the 'tagged/myart' section using the <a href="tagged/art" style="text-decoration: none">text</a>. the link works, but if you click it again, on the page, it repeats the 'tagged/' part for as many times as you want to click it, which also creates infinite nonexistent links. it doesn't look like anyone else complains about this, and so i haven't found a solution. help me, internet god, help me

Congrats, you have independently discovered the difference between relative and absolute URIs:

A relative URI doesn’t contain any naming scheme information. Its path generally refers to a resource on the same machine as the current document. Relative URIs may contain relative path components (e.g., “..” means one level up in the hierarchy defined by the path), and may contain fragment identifiers

Relative URIs are resolved to full URIs using a base URI. As an example of relative URI resolution, assume we have the base URI “http://www.acme.com/support/intro.html”. The relative URI in the following markup for a hypertext link:

   <A href="suppliers.html">Suppliers</A>

would expand to the full URI “http://www.acme.com/support/suppliers.html”, while the relative URI in the following markup for an image

   <IMG src="../icons/logo.gif" alt="logo">

would expand to the full URI “http://www.acme.com/icons/logo.gif”.

An absolute URI, the kind you want here, has to start with a naming scheme, like http://.

Thus, the href you want to use here is http://theskinless.tumblr.com/tagged/art

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leonsbuddydave:

Alternately, use the href:

/tagged/art

Note the preceding slash - adding that forces the link to be resolved from the basename no matter where you are in relation to it, and has the advantage of protecting your links against a URL change.

Ah ha, whoops, I forgot about relative URIs with absolute paths, because I’m dumb.

10:47am | author:

My website is broken!

kazerad:

Don’t panic, Ch’marr and I are already aware and working on it. This isn’t the first time the hosting company has disabled it for using too much of their resources. 

Let’s talk about Wordpress, though. 

Wordpress is a blogging platform that can also be used to display webcomics and stuff. If you are a new webcomic creator, using Wordpress can look very appealing because it is so easy to set up. However, you should be aware that it is also pretty resource intensive. I think my website first got disabled around 5000 hits/day, then again at 10,000, and then again at a 20,000 spike. I’m rounding these numbers. In reality they were probably boring and unmemorable stuff like “11,503”. 

Caching can mitigate this somewhat, but Wordpress really wasn’t built to handle this kind of traffic. Parts of the site that have to be regularly updated, like the comments, draw a lot of resources. When the website comes back up it will hopefully have a shiny new Disqus-powered comment section, which should help some. 

This probably isn’t something you’re going to be thinking about when you’re starting a new webcomic and saying to yourself “I hope all 10 of my friends read this”, but you should nonetheless think ahead and realize if your software has limits. You’ll save yourself a lot of trouble a year in the future!

(previously, previously)

1:20pm | author:

"The Lying Disease"

Since Munchausen syndrome by internet isn’t in the DSM-IV, the best way to detect it is to know the signs, says Dr. Feldman.

Like other forms of the disorder, Feldman explains that Munchausen by internet usually manifests in the late teens or early 20s. It’s often preempted or accompanied by other psychological issues, most commonly personality disorders. And it predominantly affects women. “I’m not clear on all the reasons for that, but it’s a pretty consistent finding,” Feldman explains. “And many of them have medical or nursing training… Their fascination with medical issues is expressed in their career choices.”

The lies escalate slowly, which makes them harder to detect. Someone might sound like a walking textbook when talking about their symptoms, or they may be quick to duplicate the symptoms of other people around them. The lies are intricate, detailed, engrossing. Terrible setbacks are followed by miraculous recoveries. And if someone else becomes the center of attention, their condition will dramatically worsen or they will become the victim of a sudden tragic event.

"A death in the family is common," Feldman adds. "They’re usually gruesome deaths or multiple deaths—like a motor accident that kills the entire family. Either that or they’re surprisingly vivid, like someone describing a decapitation in vivid detail."

Some people even invent tertiary characters—friends, siblings, a concerned mother—to jump into internet threads and corroborate their stories.

The lies slowly escalate, pile up, and create an improbable whole. Then one day, you realize you’re friends with a 15-year-old chronic migraine sufferer online who also happens to be a fourth-year medical school student who plays drums in a band at night—despite those crippling migraines—to pay his med school tuition because his deaf mother and alcoholic stepfather have no interest in his baby-genius education. Oh, and since he’s not yet old enough to drive, he skateboards three miles a day to get to class.

And on that day, you feel like a total schmuck.

This schmucky feeling is a byproduct of the internet. Our natural bullshit detectors are muted online; we can’t rely on facial expressions and other physical cues for sensing lies, and studies suggest that without those cues, we’re prone to generously fill in the blanks.

9:32pm | author:

Google Translate + Lorem Ipsum

chronomex:

Statistical translation can be so wonderful sometimes. From this discussion:

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(this arises because of how statistical translation works: it detects different sentences being used in similar contexts, and assumes that they’re equivalent. because lorem ipsum is used in loads of places, its spot in the translations databases accumulates linguistic fluff from everywhere on the internet.)

1:42pm | author:

Anonymous asked: FIREFOX OR CHROME

Ha ha I use both, simultaneously!

Chrome dev tools are better, but firefox’s process model (and lazy loading of tabs) means it uses less ram per tab, which is important when you’re as bad at closing tabs as I am.

9:24pm | author:

The Martian is way better than it has any right to be.

You see, I’m pretty familiar with Weir’s work. I read his first book, Theft of Pride, which he wrote way back in 2000, and which wasn’t any good. I was subscribed to his webcomic’s feed (Think xkcd, but with dramatically worse art) for a couple years, until it ended in 2008. After that, he moved onto drawing a crappy Alice In Wonderland fanfic comic, which was mostly remarkable for being mentioned by Your Webcomic Is Bad And You Should Feel Bad. More recently, he wrote a short story titled The Egg, which somehow ended up on the front page of reddit, despite it being mawkish, sentimental, new age garbage.

(You’ll notice I’m not linking to most of these things. There’s a reason.)

So, as you might understand, I was a little ambivalent about spending ten bucks on his new book.

But I kept hearing about it. First Howard Tayler posted a glowing review. Now, Tayler’s a pro, so you have to take his recommendation with a grain of salt, because pros will promote any old crap. But then Landon Dyer liked it, and at that point I figured I should give it a shot.

And wow, Weir doesn’t fuck this one up! It’s a real, actual novel!

This is dramatically harder than it looks. The plains of hard SF are scattered with the bleached, crumbling skeletons of writers who said “Why, hard SF about spaceflight, that’s just physics! Easy!” They then proceed to crap out a pile of unreadable garbage, and their bodies are rent apart by the jaws of the critics.

You have to strike a terribly fine balance between enough detail, and too much detail, reams and reams of tedious, uninteresting facts, so much dry, boring shit that you put down the book and decide to go do something more interesting, like tuning into C-SPAN 5, observing your fingernails grow, or watching Twitch Plays Pokemon.

Weir keeps the tension high and the plot moving along, without getting bogged down. (Too much. There’s occasional bogs.) It’s a good book, and much, much better than anything he’s ever written before. Recommended.

9:54pm | author:

(Source: deelekgolo, via vappy)

11:52am | author:

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I’ve had a wristwatch with a dead battery sitting around for a while now, and I figured it’s finally time to pop that sucker open.

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Surprise! It’s actually based around a wristwatch module, floating around in a huge pocketwatch casing…

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… and it uses a tiny wristwatch cell.

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It’s a 377/376 silver oxide cell, shown here next to a CR2032. Nominal capacity of 27 mAh, while a CR2032 has a capacity of 240mAh, and twice the voltage. A 2023 isn’t even the biggest cell you could fit in here, there’s enough room for a 3032, which has more than twice the capacity again. Oh well.

(Though the limiting factor in watches is more self-discharge, than current draw.)

2:56pm | author:

"Recent papers by Susskind and Tao illustrate the long reach of computation"

All of this suggests that, even supposing we could surround an astrophysical black hole with a giant array of perfect photodetectors, wait ~1069 years for the black hole to (mostly) evaporate, then route the Hawking photons into a super-powerful, fault-tolerant quantum computer, doing the AMPS experiment (and hence, creating traversable wormholes to the black hole interior) still wouldn’t be a realistic prospect, even if the equations formally allow it!  There’s no way to sugarcoat this: computational complexity limitations seem to be the only thing protecting the geometry of spacetime from nefarious experimenters.

9:02am | author: