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I used to host a podcast with a few of my friends about crowdfunded technology. My role was generally debunking tech that was patently physically impossible. We stopped doing the podcast a while later, at some point /r/shittykickstarters began on Reddit. Unfortunately, it seems they're a bit too quick on the trigger to "debunk" projects. e.g

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I can’t believe I’m having to write this code in a fucking web server. What a mockery of the web, human rights, and the GDPR.

Fuck you, Google!

#FLoC #Google #SurveillanceCapitalism

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Happening soon! Come join us. I’ll probably talk about lasers but who knows, I have a wide range 😅
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I had a dream that I was having dinner with Boris Johnson. Sorry, no, I meant nightmare.

Dispite the fact I'm never going to own an internal combusion engine car of my own, I'm still having to learn and pass my test in a manual petrol car because if I don't my insurance premiums will be multiplied by 5 for the rest of my life.

I guess in a sparsely populated country, extreme milage is fairly common. Do people really spend 4 hours a day diving, though, without taking any breaks?

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Is it just my perception, or is Australia especially anti-electric vehicle? Check out the trolls in the comment section of this video: more than one of them claim to be from Australia....

It's a bit shallow and simplified, but it is comprehendible to a wide audience - which is quite important for this issue as it seems like something that more people need to know about!

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I spent quite a lot of time advocating the use of segments for media over the last few years. A lot of the detractors would say "but nobody uses chapters" - which I always thought was a rather narrow minded idea of what a segment can be. YouTube got it (mostly) right, they've got simple tools to make chapters in videos with timestampsp in the description. But that's just the start...

Incidentally, I don't - my hands are extremely average. Obviously I'm not especially protective of this information, but I'm curious to know whether that would/could happen

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Question: if the Oculus hand tracking feature records "estimated hand size", and "We use the information we have to deliver our Products, including to personalise features and content" - does that mean if I have small hands I'll start getting adverts for specialised hand jewelry for people with small hands?

Laundry detergent advert writers: UV light doesn't make "dirt" glow. Comparing clothes that have been washed with your product and a competitors under UV light is completely pointless and misleading.

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TIL: during the brief period when I connected Spotify to Facebook, it made a post every time I listened to anything 😲

tl;dr: a basic, repairable piece of tech to perform a basic task proves to be generally better than a very clever but fragile one.

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But yes, they do use bags! Oh no! But actually, if that extends the life of the motor (by acting as a filter), and is one less mechanism to fail (like the bin latch on my old Dyson) then is that really worse? It might be a consumable product, but so are binbags and we seem to cope OK with those...

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