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  1. Comment on Bitcoin tops $57,000 price level for first time since late 2021 in ~finance

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    That wasn't the goalpost. The goalpost was over here: And the difference between Bitcoin and other monetary assets is efficiency. Bitcoin is not efficient or capable of being a global monetary...

    Which monetary assets in history have survived on only excess energy?

    That wasn't the goalpost. The goalpost was over here:

    Bitcoin mining is often using stranded energy

    And the difference between Bitcoin and other monetary assets is efficiency. Bitcoin is not efficient or capable of being a global monetary asset, it just does not scale, either in time (as mentioned by @streblo elsewhere) or in usage, as it has a hard cap in transactions that Lightning cannot overcome.

    Speaking of efficiency, that study you linked about Bitcoin's efficiency has some awful math in it. I didn't dive fully into it, I was turned off the interesting abstract pretty quickly by the bad math, but for energy usage of printing banknotes, they cited a source that says a 96 page magazine produces X amount of energy to produce. Ignoring that this cannot be compared to the process of minting banknotes, to get the amount of energy per banknote, all they do (and they don't mention it, I had to reverse engineer their numbers), is divide the whole-magazine number by 96, getting a per-page energy value, then multiply that by the number of banknotes.

    Even if you could equate these two different types of printing (and you can't. One is a flexible CMYK process that can print, cut, and bind anything, the other fabricates only a single design unwaveringly), that equates every single banknote to 1/96th of a magazine.

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  2. Comment on ETF approval for bitcoin – the naked emperor’s new clothes [European Central Bank criticises US securities regulator for approving a Bitcoin ETF] in ~finance

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    There is an enormous gulf between the amount of power bitcoin uses and the amount of power almost any other monetary asset uses per unit. Just because no power is ideal doesn't mean less power...

    There is an enormous gulf between the amount of power bitcoin uses and the amount of power almost any other monetary asset uses per unit. Just because no power is ideal doesn't mean less power isn't something to strive for.

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  3. Comment on OpenAI releases Sora: Creating video from text in ~tech

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    The red panda video is in the third row above the glitch reel, although there's a similar video in the glitch reel depicting wolf puppies spawning and collapsing in a very similar way.

    The red panda video is in the third row above the glitch reel, although there's a similar video in the glitch reel depicting wolf puppies spawning and collapsing in a very similar way.

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  4. Comment on A peer reviewed journal with nonsense AI images was just published in ~science

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    Like with other arenas, fakery has always existed, and (in almost all cases) better than any AI could manage. The difference AI makes is the barrier to entry and the mass-produce-ability. You...

    Like with other arenas, fakery has always existed, and (in almost all cases) better than any AI could manage. The difference AI makes is the barrier to entry and the mass-produce-ability. You don't need a PhD to make a convincing photoshop, but you need substantial skill and experience and time investment. And that time investment is constant regardless of the form the fakery takes. But this? This can be automated, and can be set in motion by any one of billions of human beings with access to the open internet.

    The topic of peer review failure in this journal is here regardless of whether it's human or computer generated nonsense. The novel part is the growing question of how we discern and moderate content on the increasingly massive scales it can be generated on.

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  5. Comment on Using work OSX machine while travelling in ~comp

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    Sometimes knowing the nature of the boundaries lets you craft much better solutions, even ones that might appear to straddle or overshoot the line with only a 30,000 foot view of the border. Maybe...

    Sometimes knowing the nature of the boundaries lets you craft much better solutions, even ones that might appear to straddle or overshoot the line with only a 30,000 foot view of the border. Maybe it's presumptuous, but it's something that comes up very often when giving advice, at least in my experience. Assuming the boundaries aren't personal or secret, more information only means better problem solving.

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  6. Comment on Flipped bit could mark the end of Voyager 1‘s interstellar mission in ~space

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    Maybe memory.corruption? That seems more likely to be typed in for a variety of purposes, from rowhammer-type attacks to cosmic rays to software bugs.

    Maybe memory.corruption? That seems more likely to be typed in for a variety of purposes, from rowhammer-type attacks to cosmic rays to software bugs.

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  7. Comment on I got a spam call and the automated voice that requests their reasoning for calling was my voice AI generated in ~tech

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    I checked and there's a Share button next to screened calls that exports a WAV of the call audio. The original filename started with "dobby_audio_", I wonder if that's the name of this call...

    I checked and there's a Share button next to screened calls that exports a WAV of the call audio. The original filename started with "dobby_audio_", I wonder if that's the name of this call screening system.

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  8. Comment on I got a spam call and the automated voice that requests their reasoning for calling was my voice AI generated in ~tech

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    Seconding this. I have the Pixel with call screening and it's switched to a much more human voice, but one that sounds nothing like me. I think it's just coincidence that it happens to sound like...

    Seconding this. I have the Pixel with call screening and it's switched to a much more human voice, but one that sounds nothing like me. I think it's just coincidence that it happens to sound like OP, and there's a comment at the bottom of that thread that has listened to two pixel screening voices from two phones and reported that they also do not sound like their owners.

    10 votes
  9. Comment on How social media’s biggest user protest rocked Reddit in ~tech

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    Some subreddits did, some of the largest of those subreddits were the first to have their mod teams nuked from orbit.

    Some subreddits did, some of the largest of those subreddits were the first to have their mod teams nuked from orbit.

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  10. Comment on Velocipedia: Renderings of strangers' drawings of bikes in ~arts

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    No AI here, these are all images made by the artist based on the sketches by the human participants. At the bottom of the artist's site that @cfabbro linked above there's a video showing the...

    No AI here, these are all images made by the artist based on the sketches by the human participants. At the bottom of the artist's site that @cfabbro linked above there's a video showing the creation process.

    16 votes
  11. Comment on Simple Mobile Tools bought by ZipoApps (company offering apps with ads and tracking) in ~tech

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    I was using Simple Gallery on my old phone, I recently moved to a new device though and I suppose I'll be just using the stock Google Photos for now.

    I was using Simple Gallery on my old phone, I recently moved to a new device though and I suppose I'll be just using the stock Google Photos for now.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Tildeverse.org in ~tech

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    I highly recommend the crew at tilde.town, they're very welcoming and I've that found the wide array of projects being actively worked on makes for a great creative environment and is very inspiring.

    I highly recommend the crew at tilde.town, they're very welcoming and I've that found the wide array of projects being actively worked on makes for a great creative environment and is very inspiring.

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  13. Comment on Realized my screen is 144, not 60 hz in ~tech

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    Not by itself. Smoother motion can make moving objects easier to distinguish and separate from each other maybe that could give the appearance of richer colors.

    Not by itself. Smoother motion can make moving objects easier to distinguish and separate from each other maybe that could give the appearance of richer colors.

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  14. Comment on Crisis at Marvel: Jonathan Majors back-up plans, ‘The Marvels’ reshoots, reviving original Avengers and more issues revealed in ~movies

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    They've even got a decent excuse for it in-universe, as they're intended to be multiversal variations. Loki had a different actor for just about every variant we saw in his show.

    They've even got a decent excuse for it in-universe, as they're intended to be multiversal variations. Loki had a different actor for just about every variant we saw in his show.

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  15. Comment on Unreal Engine 5 first generation games: brilliant visuals & growing pains in ~games

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    That's a shame, I've heard the first is marvelously optimized. I do wonder if those requirements are more forgiving than they first appear, though. The game's rated as Playable on the Steam Deck,...

    (My computer would barely meet the minimum requirements, but maybe I'll get it one day.)

    That's a shame, I've heard the first is marvelously optimized.

    I do wonder if those requirements are more forgiving than they first appear, though. The game's rated as Playable on the Steam Deck, and the only reason for that listed is small text, it says that the default graphics configuration performs well on the Steam Deck, and it's got a heck of a lot less firepower than a GTX 970, even (I think) scaling down the pixel pushing appropriately.

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  16. Comment on Should I switch to Apple Music or stick with Spotify? in ~music

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    At least as far as the mashups, Apple Music's started doing them, too, as of last year. Replay 2023 is already available, just showing your year so far, and you can access the playlists for...

    At least as far as the mashups, Apple Music's started doing them, too, as of last year. Replay 2023 is already available, just showing your year so far, and you can access the playlists for previous years, too. It's under Listen Now all the way down at the bottom.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Starfield's pronoun-removal mod has been banned by NexusMods in ~games

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    It's really not incorrect grammar. Singular they has been in usage for longer than a singular "you." (You can still see traces of its plural past in the way it's conjugated; he/she is, but...

    It's really not incorrect grammar. Singular they has been in usage for longer than a singular "you." (You can still see traces of its plural past in the way it's conjugated; he/she is, but you/they are.) I'm not sure why so many people make a fuss about it now. When I'm writing or speaking about someone and don't know their gender, it's perfectly natural to refer to them as "they." It's certainly better than referring to them as "he" and a lot more wieldy than breaking out a "he/she".

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  18. Comment on Leaked images reveal Lenovo’s Steam Deck competitor with a hint of the Switch in ~games

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    Nope, you're right, that's the ASUS ROG Ally. Although it is a proprietary eGPU, and you only get to choose one of two GPUs, you can't bring your own GPU or cannibalize your eGPU into a different...

    Nope, you're right, that's the ASUS ROG Ally. Although it is a proprietary eGPU, and you only get to choose one of two GPUs, you can't bring your own GPU or cannibalize your eGPU into a different system down the road. If it were a standard Thunderbolt eGPU enclosure, you could pick and choose and harvest and reduce waste.

  19. Comment on Failures in accuracy, ethics and responsibility with Linus Tech Tips and LMG as a whole in ~tech

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    No, it's not a literal quote, it's a cynical reinterpretation of his words.

    No, it's not a literal quote, it's a cynical reinterpretation of his words.

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  20. Comment on Are unwanted Reddit push notifications a new thing? in ~tech

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    If you're on Android, the app BuzzKill has been fantastic for this. I used to be plagued by Snapchat's memory notifications that I do not care about, but had no way to disable specifically as far...

    If you're on Android, the app BuzzKill has been fantastic for this. I used to be plagued by Snapchat's memory notifications that I do not care about, but had no way to disable specifically as far as I could find in Android or Snapchat settings. Just added a new rule, "When I get a notification from Snapchat that contains 'remember this?' then dismiss immediately." Only complaint, at least on my phone there are some phantom cut-off buzzes my phone makes every now and then, I believe it's Snapchat popping up before immediately getting clobbered.

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