[-] [email protected] 14 points 1 day ago

Digimon started as a Tamogotchi clone more than a Pokémon clone, the original Digimon toys were virtual pet devices.

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You’ve got this, the potatoes have your back.

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Many things didn’t used to be packaged at all, they were sold loose in bulk. The shop would put them in a paper bag at purchase.

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I ordered a load of network patch cables recently. They all came packaged individually in sealed plastic bags.

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The Panasonic Toughbook has always been the go-to line for rugged laptops.

You may not need such a ruggedised device for workshop use though. I use an older ThinkPad as a secondary laptop for grubbier jobs and environments. It’s taken a real beating and still works fine, and has survived having all sorts spilled and sprinkled over it, hoovers clean with no issues. Easy to service and replace parts too when necessary.

Linux compatibility is also great, which might be more challenging for some of the exotic or specialist portable computer options out there.

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The dangers of Active SETI are based on a lot of human-centric assumptions.

Any hypothetical alien civilisation advanced enough to pose a threat may see our radio broadcasts and space probes as being so crude that they consider us too harmless to bother with.

If there are actively “xenocidal” aliens out there they may also have far more effective ways of detecting their targets.

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We really need to reconsider the place for biomass. It may be “renewable” in that we can produce it. But the production and consumption of biomass is often anything but environmentally friendly.

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There is plenty of this nonsense going on, like the increasingly farcical carbon credit system. Fiddling with the numbers is easier and cheaper than making real change, so that’s what is being done.

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Yeah, as someone who uses public transport having the noise nuisances get 600% louder really doesn’t sound too great.

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There's a big difference between reading an article claiming a politician did something, and watching video that (appearers to) shows a politician doing something. That's the danger with deepfakes, that they will reach the point where direct audio-visual sources can no longer be trusted.

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The difficulties in monetisation is what had been slowly killing RSS support on websites. There have been services that have tried to solve this problem, one is mentioned in the article, but they don’t seem to have had wide adoption.

It’s not just inserting ads either, today it’s also the pervasive tracking that makes money.

RSS was great for things like personal blogs, but commercial sites came to see little value in it, and have been dropping it as a result.

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Google+ could have been successful to a degree, in terms of features it was an improvement over Facebook in several ways. The problem was the invite only launch.

The invite period worked for Gmail because it was still interoperable with other email services, and made getting a Gmail address seem exclusive and desirable. Making a walled garden social network invite only, however, just lead to it being empty. Most who did sign up looked around for a few minutes then went back to Facebook.

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