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This is apparently a TI-77 Plus graphing and scientific calculator. So far, I've been unable to find any documentation or even marketing material on it. There's a similar calculator with an LCD that I was able to find, but nothing in this form factor with a CRT

If it went into production, this is probably the one of the thinnest, if not *the* thinnest, CRT in a non-lab setting


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Absolutely gorgeous illustrations of metropolis Tokyo. There's nothing better than the combination of rain + neon colors.


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Wellbeing, my new lifestyle magazine for beings who live in wells

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Thread on MAIDs (mobile advertising ID) and the industry that wants to unmask and track you. 🤔 You are the centre of the #virtualpanopticon with the potential of several companies and governments looking at you. Information is leverage and power over you.
RT @josephfcox
New: for years tech firms told us data they collect on us is anonymous. So we posed as a customer to companies that shatter that idea. They link anonymous phone IDs …

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I wrote an article about the need for low-carbon and #sustainable #computing and the path towards zero-carbon computing.


** The problem:
* By 2040 emissions from computing alone will be close to half the emissions level acceptable to keep global warming below 2°C. This growth in computing emissions is unsustainable: it would make it virtually impossible to meet the emissions warming limit.
* The emissions from production of computing devices far exceed the emissions from operating them, so even if devices are more energy efficient producing more of them will make the emissions problem worse. Therefore we must extend the useful life of our computing devices.
** The solution:
As a society we need to start treating computational resources as finite and precious, to be utilised only when necessary, and as effectively as possible. We need frugal computing: achieving the same results for less energy.
** The vision: please read the article, I'm out of characters.


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5 years after buying my house, as of today I am out from under all debt.

Big thanks to a lot of people who made this possible.

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@michiel What I find bad is that Elon (in that now fortunately deleted tweet) makes fun of one very good small win on both personal and system level (EU ban is great), which his supporters will then use to remain passive, and just wait for Elon to solve the problems.

Also bad is the implicit system change vs individual change false dichotomy: to enact change at a level we need we always need both and they're interconnected.


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I feel like there's an ideological cold war out there in tech (and possibly in tech education) between

1. "computers MUST be fully user-programmable or a massive social disaster will occur on the order of Fascism and Communism, but now with pervasive surveillance"


2. "computers are far too dangerous to allow users to control, so they MUST be centrally managed and filtered by a genius tech elite".

I stand firmly in camp 1.

Whenever I see people espousing Camp 2 ideas, I shiver and run.

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'If we are to reduce net carbon emissions to zero by 2050, we have not made a good start. Governments, industry and individuals need to do much more.'

Surprising absolutely nobody, especially the likes of me.


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From the University of Reading: showyourstripes.info/

(Data source: Berkeley Earth. Licensed by Ed Hawkins under CC BY 4.0)

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@cjd i suggest we make half the cars "Wright Mobiles" they're just fancy electric cars, which after being made, are thrown into the ocean. The experience of making these cars will make cars 15% cheaper.

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Has anyone polled or focused grouped whether people like being described as "vulnerable"?

The left often talks about "vulnerable"/"most vulnerable" people.

A lot of the most exploited workers are some of the toughest and most resilient people and take pride in that.

Does the right better allow them to take pride in that, while the left seems to want to stress their weaknesses?

@StayGrounded_net What is this zero-carbon fuel? Boom Supersonic dedicates a page to it.

“Today, the best SAF on the market offer an 80% reduction in lifecycle CO2 over conventional jet fuel. In January 2019, we successfully tested XB-1’s engines using a blend of fuel that was ~80% SAF from waste animal fats.”

So, they've made a plane that runs on meat! That sounds very sustainable.


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“The world’s first order of net-zero carbon supersonic aircraft marks a significant step toward our mission to create a more accessible world,” said Brett Scholl, Boom Supersonic’s founder and CEO, in a statement.



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This is legally undoubtedly true, but ignores the fact that fossil fuel producers have the absolute best position to control the world's fossil fuel emissions. If they turn off the tap, everything stops.

We've all read Dune, right?

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