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Maybe it's hard to get enough friction to turn a magnet sufficient to recharge? Doesn't seem like it would be... Tangent wheel mouse: oldmouse.com/articles/hawle…
Serious question, since cordless optical mice have small rechargeable batteries and 20-30 hours of life on that charge, why aren't there mice that recharge via spun magnets so you never have to plug them in? Ball-style may not work well, but DEC-style tangent wheels would?
Many (most?) modern institutions are zombified, hijacked versions of institutions that were once young, vital, and functional. Drifting and degenerating across the decades, until we finally ended up here. @TheAgeofShoddy
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@Teslarati @ResidentSponge If you’ve engineered or manufactured smart watches or phones, please join Neuralink! Your skills are directly applicable.
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Really refreshing journalism from @cleoabram, who's just launching her channel. Finally, a journalist with grounded technological optimism, far from the naive, uninformed, lucrative fear mongering going on. It was about time. youtube.com/watch?v=v6k7yB…
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So obviously more tests won't help. The problem is actually caring enough to make the software good. Current programmer culture seems to use tests as virtue signaling, but there is not much correlation with quality since the shipped software is still broken.
I have heard this idea that software is buggy because it is not tested enough. This is obviously false. The function of a test is to detect a bug you would not otherwise know about. Modern software is full of bugs that everyone knows about, and they still don't get fixed.
The Boring Company just raised $675M at a $5.675B valuation from A-list investors. Purpose is to recruit amazing people, scale up boring machine production & build thousands of miles of tunnels. boringcompany.com/seriescround
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Netflix, like the other FAANG companies, has a gazillion percent more software engineers than they should need for what they do. Since scarcity is hitting N first, maybe they will be motivated to understand this and try to fix the problem? But somehow I don't think so.
I am glad you guys liked World 3 of Braid. I thought it was cool too.
Check out this terrible patent, that claims in 2021 to have invented stuff that's obviously been done often in time-manipulation games (PoP, Blinx, Braid, and others) and every puzzle game that has undo: patentscope.wipo.int/search/fr/deta…
PSA, among game developers surveyed, the big trend in electric cars is now the Porsche Taycan. Teslas are over, at least for now. (We'll see again when the new Roadster comes out, I guess...)
In other news, it looks like I picked the perfect night to fly back to Florida. They say you can't time the market...
The city's Covid policies did incredible damage, but this is not all due to Covid -- I was seeing weird vacancies in Union Square back in 2019. It's just much, much more intense now.
I lave lived in San Francisco most of the time since 1995 (and in the Bay Area since 89). I was here after the first dot com crash, and the city was mostly running as normal, just a little sleepy. This is different now, it's a whole different level.
Note that no other car dealer has since moved into this supposedly hot real estate, despite the value-add of intense poo smells coming from the sidewalk (it is right by a freeway overpass).
Even the Mercedes dealer has fled San Francisco, leaving a sign of where to find them now. (South San Francisco is a different city.)
Overheard in Silicon Valley: "Resting moral superiority face."
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Movements are traps followers enter willingly.
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The good big companies are overstaffed by 2x. The bad big companies are overstaffed by 4x or more.
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There are empty storefronts all over the city, including on the supposedly-upscale Fillmore Street where I used to hang out all the time. Union Square seems like it's in especially bad shape though.
It is an interesting exercise to run the math on the question, "How many people have to be turned away, due to this policy, to prevent one transmission event?" Try to guess a priori what power of 10 the answer is.
have the right to do that, it feels much more like a political statement than any kind of decision-making grounded in reality, and this reduced the stature of the organization in my personal opinion (which, of course, nobody has to agree with). I went somewhere else.
There's a new FRO that might be starting in the Research Triangle doing high-throughput screening neuropharmacology. They're looking for someone (that's based there) to lead it. If you know someone that might be a good fit, DM me!
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I just went to fandango dot com for the first time in like five years.
So are the MMT people going berserk now trying to defend their whole thing, or are they just like, super quiet?
We've been planning this for awhile, but everything is finally ready :) Come join @aerettberg and I for Molly Movie Club, our attempt at restoring some sanity to discussions about movies: mollymovieclub.com
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My quality of life is much higher in my new home in St Petersburg, Florida, where buildings are occupied, people are having a good time, new construction is all over the place, and the general feeling is that everything is on the way up.
I missed it due to the deceptive Nespresso sign, but the entire huge space next to *that* is vacant too, so the whole block is vacant except for the extremely valuable T-Mobile store. (This is me leaning way into the reflective window to take the photo…)
Twitter appears to be kinda broken so this thread came out nonlinear, but there are more pictures in there if you click around I guess.
and London Breed and the Board of Supervisors just don’t understand enough about money to know what happened (actually Gavin doesn’t either, but some of his advisors do).
This is a small part of Union Square, but is representative of the rest. When the city brags about its budget surplus — that money got stolen from you in 2020-2021, by printing, and you are paying for it now, through inflation. But Gavin Newsom thinks you are too dumb to notice,
The entire huge building across the street:
The commercial space right next to *that*:
The commercial space right next to it:
Site of the original Apple Store in San Francisco, a thriving spot during the city’s recent heyday:
This part of the book happens right after they finish riding the Hyperloop.
Here is an interesting framework for understanding what is happening economically -- including the stock boom during the pandemic, and moderately high inflation now: youtube.com/watch?v=xguam0…
(The job posting itself doesn't make it sound very much like game engine skills are involved, but ... they are the core skillset for what this project is trying to do.)
Here is a very interesting job offer for someone with game engine programmer / technical lead skills, and who want to work on something outside of games that can push technology forward: jobs.lever.co/astera/355ed0b… Please don't apply if you are a noob, don't embarrass me!
if you haven't checked out the Steam demo for @danielben's Storyteller, it's the last week to download it as it'll go offline next Monday, April 11th! // bit.ly/StorytellerSte…
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This drone video inside Tesla’s new Gigafactory in Berlin is absolutely incredible 🤯M
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