Bookmarked: TRUE Limits Of Humanity – The Final Border We Will Never Cross
Kurzgesagt on the cosmic horizon and the sad story of how it's impossible to ever reach 99% of the universe we can currently see
Bookmarked: There’s no such thing as a tree (phylogenetically) | Eukaryote Writes Blog
Imagine if actually there were amphibian birds and mammal birds and insect birds flying all around, and they all looked pretty much the same – feathers, beaks, little claw feet, the lot. You had to be a real bird expert to be able to tell an insect bird from a mammal bird. Also, most people don’t know that there isn’t just one kind of “bird”. That’s what’s going on with trees.
Bookmarked: The Future is over | The Italian Review
Paul Mason: " can industrial capitalism...adapt quickly enough to deliver a circular economy, stabilise the biosphere, and stop burning carbon?"" The only way to escape climate change is to move forward – with a radical and immediate upheaval in the way we live. The only way to escape the new great game of power politics between Russia, China, Europe and the USA is to spread revolutionary democracy to all states governed by oligarchic elites. The only way to end the stranglehold of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Alibaba is to break them up and start the Internet again, with intellectual property destroyed as a concept. There is no possibility of «reversing out» of these crises as one would a parking space."
Bookmarked: Signal >> Blog >> Exploiting vulnerabilities in Cellebrite UFED and Physical Analyzer from an app's perspective
Signal Blog on vulnerabilities in the software used to scan phones, and ways that you could place files on the phone to break the phone-scanning software. And also, that Signal will be downloading some files that they think are pretty and that have nothing to do with the vulnerabilities in the scanning software honest
Bookmarked: A New Variant In The Philippines
Brazilian variant picking up more spike mutations in the Philippines. The spike mutations increase chance of vaccine escape. While we're fucking about with monopolies and ownership of ideas the virus just keeps churning on. Every unjabbed arm is another chance the virus can make it ownership of a pointless patent on a vaccine that doesn't even work any more.
Bookmarked: Lena @ Things Of Interest
Hilarious and scary sci-fi in the form of an article on emulated brains leaked back through a time-tunnel from the future.
Bookmarked: This Plant-Inspired Robot Could Save Your Life - YouTube
Veritasium on cool wormy compressed-air robots. Seems like something you could make giant Dune-like sandworms from.
Bookmarked: Predictive Coding has been Unified with Backpropagation - LessWrong
The paper Predictive Coding Approximates Backprop Along Arbitrary Computation Graphs[1:1] "demonstrate[s] that predictive coding converges asymptotically (and in practice rapidly) to exact backprop gradients on arbitrary computation graphs using only local learning rules." The authors have unified predictive coding and backpropagation into a single theory of neural networks. Predictive coding and backpropagation are separate hardware implementations of what is ultimately the same algorithm
Bookmarked: Invisible Marble Run - YouTube
Put glass dominoes and marbles into an oil mixed to have the same refractive index, and you can build a marble run with invisible marbles.
Bookmarked: Do we Need Nuclear Energy to Stop Climate Change? - YouTube
Kurzgesagt on Nuke Power and Environmentalism
Bookmarked: Why the Muon g-2 Results Are So Exciting! - YouTube
Ten minute PBS video on the latest physics story: The g-2 measurement everyone's talking about.
Bookmarked: Everything The West Claims It Values Is Invalidated By Its Treatment Of Assange
Our values are not our values, here's how you can tell
Bookmarked: That is the difference between the SNP and Alba. Do you really want Independence, or is it just a genteel discussion point?
That is the difference between the SNP and Alba. Do you really want Independence, or is it just a g...
Bookmarked: Is the UK press bigoted? It's time to face the facts - Press Gazette
Bookmarked: The Fact That Americans Think Biden Has Changed Things Shows How Narrative Rules Our World - Caitlin’s Newsletter
Team lesser evil in still evil shocker
Bookmarked: CFTC Orders Coinbase Inc. to Pay $6.5 Million for False, Misleading, or Inaccurate Reporting and Wash Trading | CFTC
Bookmarked: Rationalism before the Sequences - LessWrong
ESR talking about growing up before Yudkowski's Rationalist Reformation
Bookmarked: Why are the UK’s drug laws so backward?
Trapped by the lies we told
Bookmarked: Propaganda By Omission: Libya, Syria, Venezuela And The UK
Medialens note how much the news media doesn't say.