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  1. Comment on Gavin Castleton - Average Man (2014) in ~music

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    After a bit of digging I even turned up a live take.

    After a bit of digging I even turned up a live take.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Don't know if that's a known bug or not, but my new comments count seems to remain the same even after I view the notifications page in ~tildes

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    Because it requires Tildes to collect just a smidge of extra information. Since the goal here is privacy by default, any settings that require the collection of extra information will always be...

    Because it requires Tildes to collect just a smidge of extra information. Since the goal here is privacy by default, any settings that require the collection of extra information will always be opt-in.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Where did the trend of disabling Javascript in one's browser originate from? in ~comp

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    Yep, same one I'm using for it. Most of my other addons are for simple quality of life stuff like gestures, skipping redirects, etc.

    Yep, same one I'm using for it. Most of my other addons are for simple quality of life stuff like gestures, skipping redirects, etc.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Cosmic concrete developed from space dust and astronaut blood in ~space

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    Link to the paper, free to read. Abstract

    Link to the paper, free to read.

    Abstract

    The proverbial phrase “you can't get blood from a stone” is used to describe a task that is practically impossible regardless of how much force or effort is exerted. This phrase is well-suited to humanity’s first crewed mission to Mars, which will likely be the most difficult and technologically challenging human endeavour ever undertaken. The high cost and significant time delay associated with delivering payloads to the Martian surface means that exploitation of resources in situ – including inorganic rock and dust (regolith), water deposits and atmospheric gases – will be an important part of any crewed mission to the Red Planet. Yet there is one significant, but chronically overlooked, source of natural resources that will – by definition – also be available on any crewed mission to Mars: the crew themselves.

    In this work, we explore the use of human serum albumin (HSA) – a common protein obtained from blood plasma – as a binder for simulated Lunar and Martian regolith to produce so-called extraterrestrial regolith biocomposites (ERBs). In essence, HSA produced by astronauts in vivo could be extracted on a semi-continuous basis and combined with Lunar or Martian regolith to “get stone from blood”, to rephrase the proverb. Employing a simple fabrication strategy, HSA-based ERBs were produced and displayed compressive strengths as high as 25.0 MPa. For comparison, standard concrete typically has a compressive strength ranging between 20 and 32 MPa. The incorporation of urea – which could be extracted from the urine, sweat or tears of astronauts – could further increase the compressive strength by over 300% in some instances, with the best-performing formulation having an average compressive strength of 39.7 MPa.

    Furthermore, we demonstrate that HSA-ERBs have the potential to be 3D-printed, opening up an interesting potential avenue for extraterrestrial construction using human-derived feedstocks. The mechanism of adhesion was investigated and attributed to the dehydration-induced reorganisation of the protein secondary structure into a densely hydrogen-bonded, supramolecular β-sheet network – analogous to the cohesion mechanism of spider silk. For comparison, synthetic spider silk and bovine serum albumin (BSA) were also investigated as regolith binders – which could also feasibly be produced on a Martian colony with future advancements in biomanufacturing technology.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Where did the trend of disabling Javascript in one's browser originate from? in ~comp

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    It's less about the javascript and more about me not trusting the 187 rando .wtf domains any given page is pulling scripts from. I just block anything that isn't first party from the primary host....

    It's less about the javascript and more about me not trusting the 187 rando .wtf domains any given page is pulling scripts from. I just block anything that isn't first party from the primary host. I have plugins to cache the latest versions of commonly used .js files without the need to download them every time I hit a page that uses them.

    14 votes
  6. Comment on MIT scientists report 'major advance' in fusion energy in ~science

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    The simple explanation is that while the reactor plasma is the hottest thing in the solar system, there isn't much of it. Just a tiny amount compared to the mass of the reactor and the size of the...

    The simple explanation is that while the reactor plasma is the hottest thing in the solar system, there isn't much of it. Just a tiny amount compared to the mass of the reactor and the size of the reaction chamber - like a handful of dust blowing around in a big room. Even at those high temperatures, it's not enough to melt through the reactor even if it gets in contact with it because of the mass difference. The reactor designs I've seen also run in pulses, so it's not running at maximum all of the time - just hitting that level for a few seconds with each firing. I'm sure we'd like to someday but we're more interested in just getting to net positive first. :P

    5 votes
  7. Comment on The Fantastics! - Pyramid (2021) in ~music

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  9. Comment on Andrew Yang to launch a third party in ~news

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    Bingo. Whatever they were meant to be once, that's all they've become now. I think it might need to go the other way first. We might need a breakthrough President from a new party just to...

    Bingo. Whatever they were meant to be once, that's all they've become now.

    I think it might need to go the other way first. We might need a breakthrough President from a new party just to legitimize them in the public's eyes. I can't see that happening unless most Americans are massively pissed off at both the red and blue teams at the polls on election day. Ready to riot pissed, tailgating the poll locations with beer, bbq, guns, and fireworks - not just grumpy.

    Really though, it's all about one thing in the end: debate access and debate control. Right now, third parties have no access, and until they have access, they will remain a curiosity at best. The questions are a farce and that also needs to change.

    If someone like Rogan were to team up with a group like the league of women voters and run an old school debate that invites everyone on a platform with over a hundred million guaranteed listeners, that might move the needle.

    The best play for the red and blue teams in that scenario is not to show, but if it's Trump on the red team, he'll show - Rogan already turned him down for an interview, he wants to be there. He may be one of those third party options if he's not team red. The blue team won't be able to sit it out and be taken seriously at that point.

    I've watched the 3rd party debates many times over the years. The Green and Libertarian and Socialist candidates will eat the red and blue teams for lunch, they are used to answering real questions with data. They have their own narratives, old and well practiced, that are rather toxic to the red/blue mindset. No matter who wins or loses that debate, American politics 'business as usual' will die on that stage.

    I appreciate the thought of working from the ground up - I heard that 40 years ago. They've tried it, doesn't work. The Libertarians got the closest I think with their New Hampshire 'free state' project. Also, we don't have time to fuck around anymore. Let's have another 40 years of government paralysis and see what's left of the continent by then. We need to get busy.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Andrew Yang to launch a third party in ~news

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    I don't think we need the rich to explain failure. We all know the real reason intimately - eternal september. Every institution, government, church, currency, corporation, and empire is just as...

    I don't think we need the rich to explain failure. We all know the real reason intimately - eternal september. Every institution, government, church, currency, corporation, and empire is just as vulnerable to it as every community on the internet. The digital world's communities just run through the life cycle faster than the real world does. Time dilation gives us a better perspective on the problem. Human intelligence and organization don't scale well. It's still an unsolved problem.

    Our institutions lack an inbuilt capacity for renewal and reflection. Trying to build it into America from the outset doesn't seem to have worked, either. Organizations are slaves to their own inertia. More reactive than proactive. Any exceptions one might point out will just succumb to that rule within a couple of decades and become the usual sort of money-seeking vampires we all know and love. I don't blame the 'rich' for our institutions sucking up to them all the time, that's on us, we built them improperly.

    Sometimes I wonder if the right thing to do might be to abandon long-form institutions entirely, aim for something more like mayflies. Just live for a 'day', long enough to do the 'thing' whatever it is, and then immediately shut it down. Institutions and communities do seem to be at their best while they are young. Corruption is usually a long, slow rot that takes time to settle in. We could perhaps deny it that opportunity. Hard to imagine a government where every single person who works there is fired and replaced every couple of years, along with all the rules for it too. :P

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Andrew Yang to launch a third party in ~news

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    The cynic in me thinks this is more about his book than his new party, but we'll see.

    The cynic in me thinks this is more about his book than his new party, but we'll see.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Andrew Yang to launch a third party in ~news

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    Oh, this makes me happy. Get the hell out of that blue tar pit, Andrew. If you think they'll treat you any better than Bernie was treated you're fooling yourself. If this party starts with his old...

    Oh, this makes me happy. Get the hell out of that blue tar pit, Andrew. If you think they'll treat you any better than Bernie was treated you're fooling yourself. If this party starts with his old presidential platform plans I'm so in. Make it the party of UBI. How many new parties will we have on the ballots in 2024 I wonder? Seems like we might be in for something of a deluge. Nothing like a fractured electorate to ruin all of the predictive models and make 2024 interesting. We know Trump is going to be running again, perhaps we'll get that Trump vs Yang debate after all. I'll tune in for that.

    I guess he's not going to take a swing at Cuomo's job after all. After that abysmal NYC mayoral campaign he ran I figured he was ready to check out of politics like any sane person would. :P

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Joon Moon - Feel It (Acoustic Session) (2021) in ~music

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    Album is on Bandcamp and Spotify. It's pretty groovy. ;)

    Album is on Bandcamp and Spotify. It's pretty groovy. ;)

    1 vote