protesting a transphobe
the local toilet paper usa group is having matt walsh do a speaker event here and the queer org is trying to find out what exactly we should do about it.
uni policy has always been that orgs can have anyone they want over, and "disrupting" the event itself can get you academic citations. which we would like to avoid if possible so we can get more people to agree to it.
the initial plan was to grab up all the tickets so it would be empty but they have a provision anticipating that. i don't really have any experience doing this kind of thing so any tips would be appreciated
"For example, people in Iran are not able to sign up for new accounts on Signal because the standard sign-up process includes receiving a verification code via SMS, which isn’t feasible for many right now. Therefore, simply stopping SMS messages, or blocking Twitter, become effective ways to control the prevalence of Signal usage."
some more background and details of the MNT RKX7 FPGA module including source release: https://mntre.com/media/reform_md/2022-09-29-rkx7-showcase.html
UK petition: Call an immediate general election to end the chaos of the current government
- UK citizen
- UK resident
Petition tracker graph: https://petition-track.uk/check-petition/619781 (Several hundred thousand signatures in the last 3 days!)
Microsoft Edge is officially spyware now. I assume nobody here is using it, but remember to actively switch friends and family off of it, given it now tracks literally everywhere you go on the internet, supplying that data to Microsoft and Cloudflare, companies with deep ties to sketchy US agencies.
I value our democracy and its democratic processes too much to let any calls for #onlinevoting lie unchallenged. It makes me extremely angry to see people with little technical credibility expending their political capital promoting such a daft policy initiative. Places in the world misguided enough to use online voting demonstrate it also offers no hope to those desperate to improve voter engagement and numbers. It's an invalid solution to the wrong problem in democracies.
Computer, ARM history
The ARM chip was also designed to run at very low power. [Sophie] Wilson explained that this was entirely a cost-saving measure—the team wanted to use a plastic case for the chip instead of a ceramic one, so they set a maximum target of 1 watt of power usage.
But the tools they had for estimating power were primitive. To make sure they didn’t go over the limit and melt the plastic, they were very conservative with every design detail. Because of the simplicity of the design and the low clock rate, the actual power draw ended up at 0.1 watts.
In fact, one of the first test boards the team plugged the ARM into had a broken connection and was not attached to any power at all. It was a big surprise when they found the fault because the CPU had been working the whole time. It had turned on just from electrical leakage coming from the support chips.
Kiwi Farms has been breached; assume passwords and emails have been leaked
“Male infants walk earlier, but do so after greater motor encouragement; female infants talk earlier, but are usually spoken to more. Men tend to outperform women on ‘mental rotation’ tasks, that is, when visualising the way an object would appear from a different vantage point. But the difference isn’t observed in young children and is more reliably correlated with time spent playing computer games: it’s less a question of neuroanatomy than of who has a Nintendo”
Uber got hacked and the hacker announced it in the most classy way possible 😆
Under cover of the Queen's death, Liz Truss lifted the fracking ban two days ago. A swathe of fracking licences across the country is the result.
#Bibliogram, the alternative web front-end to #Instagram, is shutting down:
> Instagram is really annoying, and I've given enough, and I don't want to deal with it anymore. Bibliogram will remain mostly broken unless somebody steps up to fix it. The main instance, bibliogram.art, will shut down, unless somebody wants to take it over. If you want to try fixing Bibliogram, you should read through the rest of this post for helpful tips about the current situation.
I like computers but they don't like me