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step 1: DRM in the HDMI cable prevents you from recording displayed media

step 2: DRM in the display system prevents you from screenshotting the player

step 3: steganographic watermarking disables cameras to prevent you from recording the screen

step 4: mandate step 3 compliance as condition of licensing an essential patent for modern cameras

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Is the word "facile" always derogatory?

I've just read someone arguing that "we need facile and effective editing tools."

I *think* they're using it to mean "easy" - but I've only seen it in a negative context. Or am I mistaken in how to use it properly?

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So please, don't give me this "the war about the word #hacker is lost" bullshit. It's not. We just keep surrendering and undermining our own position.

So, stop using the word "hacker" to mean "cybercriminal". Stop using the word "hack" to mean "breach" or "compromise".

There are better words.

Like "cybercriminal", "breach", "compromise".

Thanks for coming to my TED talk.

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Please, don't panic: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has been published on October 12, 1979.

Exactly 42 years ago 🙊

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Salvador Dalí: great artist, but shit at civil engineering

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one of the hidden perks of the northern latitudes is that, as you get further north, you get more and more dramatic and drawn out sunrises and sunsets. if you’re north of the arctic circle, you get what essentially amounts to a whole-night sunset/sunrise.

like this:

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RT @natematias
New study: Does receiving a welcome message increase newcomer retention on Wikipedia, with or without a personal offer of mentorship? We worked with FR Wikipedia (and analyzed an independent DE experiment) to find out.


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I love Australian humour, but my facial muscles aren't used to laughing this hard. Such high quality writing. Hard to appreciate all the nuance in just one sitting 😉


via mastodon.art/@Joanie/106885470

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Someone in the YouTube comments called the new HTTP203 video the “the least wrong video on color spaces” they have ever seen.

So, uh, you should watch it.


Unvaccinated Mom Wants To Know If You're Coming Home For Covid This Year. "After all, Grandma's going to be here, and contracting this disease together could be the last time we get to see her."

-- from , via .


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The Great Pyramid of Giza, from a new perspective.

Alexander Ladanivskyy flew a drone with a high resolution camera over top of the Great Pyramid. That alone is an amazing perspective. Such a recognizable icon if there ever was one, but never from this perspective.

Ladanivskyy then got very very close up! It's easy to forget how big the Pyramid is. Of course it's not a straight-edged triangle, but have you really thought about it?



If only eagles worked as carrier pigeons, with the loyalty of a dog. That'd solve a lot of problems, I think...

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Nice mini-site from Alvy Ray Smith, one of the cofounders of Pixar, debunking a lot of the myths about Steve Jobs' involvement in the company.

TLDR; he was a very useful investor for them but the idea that his "vision" shaped the company is incorrect. Around the time Toy Story was poised to be a hit, he positioned himself to *look* like a visionary.


A dark gray-brown Bean goose flying upside down was snapped by an amateur photographer near the Dutch town of Arnhem. The maneuver, called whiffling, is when geese roll their body upside down and twist their neck and head 180 degrees around to its normal position.

The goose flying upside down is "simply showing off", experts say.


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