[-] ptz@dubvee.org 1 points 55 minutes ago

Ah, okay. lol. Still lost, but less so.

My best guess was that he was the center of the universe (re: getting fired from Iron Man). lol

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[-] ptz@dubvee.org 3 points 2 hours ago

I don't get the reference? lol

[-] ptz@dubvee.org 2 points 3 hours ago

"It was like that when we got here 🤷🏻‍♂️"

[-] ptz@dubvee.org 2 points 3 hours ago* (last edited 3 hours ago)

Yeah, the big thing about the designation (at least how the article describes it being applied here) is that is denies the designees access to the US financial system. Imagine the Proud Boys et al suddenly cut off from their finances. SPLC can designate any group anything they like, but without the backing of the government, it's like me saying "I'm writing your name down on a list": ultimately meaningless.

But yeah, like you said, there are probably constitutional considerations working against taking similar measures for domestic problems. Just wish they'd...do more, I guess. Seems like things are ramping up and getting worse every day (confirmation biases, aside).

Relevant bit from the article:

Friday’s designation will deny NRM members from accessing the US financial system, with the intention of making it more challenging for them to move money through the international system and fund their efforts.

[-] ptz@dubvee.org 1 points 3 hours ago

I was gonna suggest a regular UPS (some have USB ports), but OP said it was for a noise machine/sleeping, so didn't want to recommend something that would start beeping randomly lol.

[-] ptz@dubvee.org 0 points 4 hours ago

The poster should damn well know what they are posting considering they're the one posting it.

I said this in another comment, but paywalls are not applied universally. What's paywalled for you may not be for me (or there may be daily limits, regional differences, etc).

[-] ptz@dubvee.org 10 points 6 hours ago* (last edited 6 hours ago)

The State Department said they were making the designations as “part of a broader U.S. government effort to address the transnational dimensions of the threat posed by REMVE actors and reflect the Biden-Harris Administration’s continued commitment to countering domestic terrorism (DT), which includes REMVE.”

Great. They specifically said "domestic" in that. Now do the American neo-Nazi groups.

[-] ptz@dubvee.org 7 points 6 hours ago* (last edited 6 hours ago)

Most power banks won't output power and charge at the same time.

There are USB "UPS"s that will do that, though. They're typically used to run Raspberry Pi projects and are quite a bit pricier than regular power banks.

Maybe something like this?

https://www.amazon.com/ENOFLO-Portable-Charging-Compatible-Smartphones/dp/B0BX8R392P

[-] ptz@dubvee.org 9 points 7 hours ago

These are the two I'm sub'd to:

!dogtraining@lemmy.world

!dogs@lemmy.world but it's mostly just pictures of dogs / eye bleach

Keeping an eye on this post to see if any other good ones get posted.

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submitted 16 hours ago by ptz@dubvee.org to c/astronomy@mander.xyz

The sun fired off a volley of radiation-riddled outbursts in May. When they slammed into Earth's magnetic bubble, the world was treated to iridescent displays of the northern and southern lights. But our planet wasn't the only one in the solar firing line. From a report:

A few days after Earth's light show, another series of eruptions screamed out of the sun. This time, on May 20, Mars was blitzed by a beast of a storm. Observed from Mars, "this was the strongest solar energetic particle event we've seen to date," said Shannon Curry, the principal investigator of NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution orbiter, or MAVEN, at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

When the barrage arrived, it set off an aurora that enveloped Mars from pole to pole in a shimmering glow. If they were standing on the Martian surface, "astronauts could see these auroras," Dr. Curry said. Based on scientific knowledge of atmospheric chemistry, she and other scientists say, observers on Mars would have seen a jade-green light show, although no color cameras picked it up on the surface. But it's very fortunate that no astronauts were there. Mars's thin atmosphere and the absence of a global magnetic shield meant that its surface, as registered by NASA's Curiosity rover, was showered by a radiation dose equivalent to 30 chest X-rays -- not a lethal dose, but certainly not pleasant to the human constitution.

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A new study by astrophysicist Richard Lieu suggests that gravity can exist without mass, proposing thin, shell-like layers of 'topological defects' as an alternative to dark matter for explaining the gravitational binding of galaxies. This theory posits that these defects create a gravitational force without detectable mass, potentially eliminating the need for dark matter in current cosmological models

Lieu started out trying to find another solution to the Einstein field equations, which relate the curvature of space-time to the presence of matter within it. As Einstein described in his 1915 theory of general relativity, space-time warps around bundles of matter and streams of radiation in the Universe, depending on their energy and momentum. That energy is, of course, related to mass in Einstein's famous equation: E=mc2. So an object's mass is linked to its energy, which bends space-time -- and this curvature of space-time is what Einstein described as gravity, a notch more sophisticated than Newton's 17th-century approximation of gravity as a force between two objects with mass. In other words, gravity seems inextricably linked to mass. Not so, posits Lieu.

In his workings, Lieu set about solving a simplified version of the Einstein field equations that allows for a finite gravitation force in the absence of any detectable mass. He says his efforts were "driven by my frustration with the status quo, namely the notion of dark matter's existence despite the lack of any direct evidence for a whole century." Lieu's solution consists of shell-shaped topological defects that might occur in very compact regions of space with a very high density of matter. These sets of concentric shells contain a thin layer of positive mass tucked inside an outer layer of negative mass. The two masses cancel each other out, so the total mass of the two layers is exactly zero. But when a star lies on this shell, it experiences a large gravitational force dragging it towards the center of the shell. "The contention of my paper is that at least the shells it posits are massless," Lieu says. If those contentious suggestions bear any weight, "there is then no need to perpetuate this seemingly endless search for dark matter," Lieu adds.

The next question, then, is how to possibly confirm or refute the shells Lieu has proposed through observations. "The increasing frequency of sightings of ring and shell-like formation of galaxies in the Universe lends evidence to the type of source being proposed here," Lieu writes in his paper. Although he admits that his proposed solution is "highly suggestive" and cannot alone discredit the dark matter hypothesis. "It could be an interesting mathematical exercise at best," Lieu concludes. "But it is the first [mathematical] proof that gravity can exist without mass."

The study has been published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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submitted 1 day ago by ptz@dubvee.org to c/dadjokes@lemmy.world

Aye aye do.

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submitted 1 day ago* (last edited 1 day ago) by ptz@dubvee.org to c/unpopularopinion@lemmy.world

Quality journalism costs money. Period.

Sometimes it's ads, sometimes it's asking for an email address, sometimes it requires a subscription. The bottom line is good reporting is not free.

There's also a million and one ways to bypass most paywalls that require very little effort (assuming you bother to put forth that minimum effort rather than whining "PaYWaLLEd!" in the comments). Sometimes it's just a soft paywall (daily article limits, regional locking, etc), but some people still can't help but whine about it and demand you accommodate them (while refusing to put forth any effort to obtain the information themselves).

"Just post an archive link instead" I often hear.

That's a terrible solution (and Lemmy UI's worst feature), and here's why:

Astronauts Land on Moon: Discover It Really IS made of cheese

Source: archive.ph/abcdefg

Just scrolling through your feed: Is that headline from a reputable source or some trash tabloid, troll farm, or crazy person's blog?

Should it be believed, taken seriously, or given more than 1/2 second thought? Is it even worth clicking into the article at all?

It's absolutely impossible to tell because its source is obfuscated with an archive.ph link which tells you nothing about where the headline comes from.

People scroll and just absorb headlines as fact, adding that little tidbit of information to their collective knowledge. I do it, you do it, we all do it. I get it: we're busy with lives and can't read every article that gets posted. I'm not shaming the practice.

Having the canonical source of news headlines apparent goes a long way to combating misinformation by giving context to the headline's credibility, letting you know where the information is coming from, and what, if any, agenda it may be pushing. Obfuscating the sources removes all of those protections in a "trust me, bro, this is legit" kind of way.

It should not be on the poster to accommodate everyone's tinfoil-hat reasons. If they prefer an alternate source, that is 100% on them to deal with.

PS: For those of you posting quality news with the official links and not kowtowing to the "pAyWAllEd!" crowd, I thank and salute you.

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submitted 1 day ago* (last edited 1 day ago) by ptz@dubvee.org to c/technology@lemmy.world

Intel's 916,000-pound shipment is a "cold box," a self-standing air-processor structure that facilitates the cryogenic technology needed to fabricate semiconductors. The box is 23 feet tall, 20 feet wide, and 280 feet long, nearly the length of a football field. The immense scale of the cold box necessitates a transit process that moves at a "parade pace" of 5-10 miles per hour. Intel is taking over southern Ohio's roads for the next several weeks and months as it builds its new Ohio One Campus, a $28 billion project to create a 1,000-acre campus with two chip factories and room for more. Calling it the new "Silicon Heartland," the project will be the first leading-edge semiconductor fab in the American Midwest, and once operational, will get to work on the "Angstrom era" of Intel processes, 20A and beyond.

I don't know why, but I've never thought of the transport logistics involved in building a semiconductor fabrication plant.

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submitted 2 days ago* (last edited 2 days ago) by ptz@dubvee.org to c/nottheonion@lemmy.world

Duplicate; Deleting.

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submitted 2 days ago* (last edited 2 days ago) by ptz@dubvee.org to c/askandroid@lemdro.id

I rarely "app", but when I do, I usually get them from F-Droid. Unfortunately, I had to actually go into the Play store today to install my work's new authenticator app. Play Store is practically unusable with ads and "suggestions" strewn all over the place and the app info scattered around those almost like an afterthought. My device's ad-blockers are DNS-based, so there's no blocking those.

I vaguely recall there was at least one alternate frontend for Play Store, but it's been forever and a day since I last went down that route. I don't recall the name of it, and definitely have no clue if it still works or not.

Are there (still?) any recommended alternate frontends for Play Store?

Edit: Aurora Store was the one I was trying to remember. Thanks to @Xirup@yiffit.net and @pfaca@lemm.ee for that. If you know of any others, please share; always nice to have more than one alternative.

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submitted 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago) by ptz@dubvee.org to c/tenforward@lemmy.world

Forgive the terrible photoshop. It's more of a conversation starter.

[At the court martial hearing]

We were observing a pre-warp civilization. The mission was going according to plan until they told me they thought their world was flat. They weren't in the equivalent of our 14th century. No. They were just so contrarian that they were willing to believe any unsubstantiated claim that had a website. They were willing to go back on the conclusion their society had rightly drawn about the shape of the planet on which they live.

Many of the people there, and by 'people' I mean 'idiots', claimed to be "questioning" types who asked why they should just "go along" with the claim that their planet is round.

Well, I told them why: because we came from space, looked out the window, and took a bloody photo.

Are we the baddies?

(Adapted from this segment)

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submitted 2 weeks ago by ptz@dubvee.org to c/atheism@lemmy.world

cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/15908405

Training materials produced by the Florida Department of Education direct middle and high school teachers to indoctrinate students in the tenets of Christian nationalism, a right-wing effort to merge Christian and American identities. Thousands of Florida teachers, lured by cash stipends, have attended trainings featuring these materials.

A three-day training course on civic education, conducted throughout Florida in the summer of 2023, included a presentation on the "Influences of the Judeo-Christian Tradition" on the founding of the United States. According to speaker notes accompanying one slide, teachers were told that "Christianity challenged the notion that religion should be subservient to the goals of the state," and the same hierarchy is reflected in America's founding documents. That slide quotes the Bible to assert that "[c]ivil government must be respected, but the state is not God." Teachers were told the same principle is embedded in the Declaration of Independence.

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submitted 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago) by ptz@dubvee.org to c/videos@lemmy.world

Article if you'd rather read about it.

A common joke is "just launch X into the sun and be done with it". Turns out, that's actually a really difficult thing to do.

From Earth, we would have to accelerate a spacecraft to 33 m/s in the opposite direction of our orbit in order to get it to fall into the sun (without entering an elliptical orbit) For reference, we only need to launch a spacecraft at 11 km/s in the same direction of our orbit to cause the spacecraft to escape our solar system.

This means that it would take less energy to launch a spacecraft to another star than our own sun.

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