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Ah, the AWS IOT Button. In all its life in my possession, it’s only ever performed one function, which it still does: when I press the button, it emails me to let me know I’ve pressed the button.

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The city of Vallejo was about to be forced to disclose evidence of its many police shootings, so they just went ahead and destroyed it:

openvallejo.org/2023/02/05/val

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Aftershocks (very large, including a M7.5) so far in #Turkey - earthquakes are continuing.

Lent (n.)
"period between Ash Wednesday and Easter," late 14c., short for Lenten (n.) "the forty days of fasting before Easter" in the Christian calendar (early 12c.)

loan (n.)
late 12c., "that which is lent or owning, a thing furnished on promise of future return," also "a gift or reward from a superior, a gift of God"

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Around 100 AD, Plutarch wrote about his own country as if it were under foreign invasion:

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San Francisco's Market Street subway...

Runs off of floppy disks.

And we're not talking those swanky high tech 3.5 inch floppy disks! No no....

Five.

And a quarter inch.

Floppy.

Disks.

sfstandard.com/transportation/

Find the human creators behind AI generated images stableattribution.com/

Given any image generated by stable diffusion 1.x or 2.x, stable attribution finds the images in the model's training set which most contributed to the generated image

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' “Mum! Mum! I think I’ve found a slime mold!”

“No. NO??!!!” I shouted, sticking my feet halfway into my trainers and rushing out to my six-year-old daughter in our garden....

She pointed out a mass of tiny maroon tubes, clumped together on old damp pallets. The wood was loose, so I picked it up and fetched my hand lens. It was a mother-fucking slime mold. In my garden. In my garden! Holy shit. The hunt was really on. '

#SlimeMolds #myxomycetes

emergencemagazine.org/essay/cr

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Did a half empty plot of commercial real estate write this?

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Huge forest fires are spreading rapidly in #Chile. In only 3 days, tens of thousands of acres have burned. Air quality is extremely poor. Temperatures have surpassed 40°C / 104°F. #IncendioForestales

Satellite imagery + detected heat over the past 3 days, Feb 2-4:

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Elijah McCoy was born in 1844 in Ontario to formerly enslaved parents from Kentucky. They saved enough to send him to Scotland to study mechanical #engineering. When he returned and couldn't get work in his field, he took a job as a train oilman and invented a method of automatic lubrication that eliminated the frequent stops trains had to make to oil up axles & bearings. Railroad companies asking for his product rather than copycat devices spawned the phrase "the real McCoy." #BlackHistoryMonth

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I also looked at Telegram channels — some with tens of thousands of members — that were initially set up as truck convoy channels, but I found that over time, a network of them basically became repositories for Russian propaganda, including Kremlin press releases & Russian language content. 10/

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The first major finding is that Russian-funded propaganda outlet RT produced a higher volume of television coverage focused on the truck convoy than any other international media outlet.

In fact, RT produced more convoy coverage than nearly all other international media outlets COMBINED. 4/

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Ok, so now that I’ve had a moment to breathe, let me take a few minutes to dive into the study I just published about Russian involvement in the 2022 truck convoy in Canada. The study can be read in full here: journals.lib.sfu.ca/index.php/

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