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dgoldsmith

@dgoldsmith@mastodon.social

Started in #physics, landed in #computers. Flipping bits since 1971. Software Engineer at a large tech company. I write #fanfiction in my nonexistent free time. Trans girl when JFK was President. San Francisco Bay Area.

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@assigned.bsky.social@bsky.brid.gy The link in your WPATH/USPATH Cass review response article to the actual response is a broken link (404). This link works: https://www.wpath.org/media/cms/Documents/Public%20Policies/2024/17.05.24%20Response%20Cass%20Review%20FINAL%20with%20ed%20note.pdf?_t=1716075965

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dgoldsmith,
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The link in the article to the actual response from WPATH/USPATH is broken; here is a link that actually works: https://www.wpath.org/media/cms/Documents/Public%20Policies/2024/17.05.24%20Response%20Cass%20Review%20FINAL%20with%20ed%20note.pdf?_t=1716075965

dgoldsmith, to random
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I won't say that watching “Whisper of the Heart” cracked my egg exactly, because I already knew what I wanted at least since I was 8 in 1965. I had set up all sorts of internal barricades over the years, and they were already leaking badly by 1995 (thanks, Ranma ½). I identified so strongly with Shizuku—I saw myself in her in so many ways, and vice versa, in a way I never had before in a fictional character. And I couldn't unsee that. The genie was out of the bottle.
https://mastodon.online/@tottoro/112470220109339199

futurebird, to random
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I don't know how my ancestors survived.

apex predator who could easily subdue and eat me in a tree

my brain: Kitty Cat! Little kitty cat! Let me hug it!

dgoldsmith,
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@servelan @futurebird “If I fits I sits.”

dgoldsmith, to random
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Bridging update:
th***s.net: (yes, some people block even the name.) Working great though still just one-way. I follow several people that way, and have not seen a single ad or a single bully. We'll see what happens when it's two-way. Meanwhile, it's enriching my experience.
Bsky via fed.brid.gy: Very early beta. I'm not seeing replies, or embedded links, or even all posts. Patience.
The promise of the Fediverse is interoperability, so I'm glad these bridges exist.

BlackAzizAnansi, to random
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Where do you get your news from?

dgoldsmith,
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@BlackAzizAnansi Articles people link to here, mostly, plus Apple News as a supplement.

dgoldsmith, to random
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@assigned.bsky.social@bsky.brid.gy I'm sorry to say the bridge isn't working very well, so I'm not seeing most of what you're writing on BSky. It's still in beta, though, so maybe it will get better.

Sheril, to random
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Do you see a series of sunken rectangles or 16 circles?

This is The Coffer Illusion.

Our brains are geared toward identifying objects & here, “pixels” are grouped to form edges & contours, shapes, & objects. The image is inherently ambiguous so there is no “right” grouping.

Rectangles dominate first for most people - including me, but keep staring & the image may flip to circles.

dgoldsmith,
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@Sheril I see the circles when I focus on them, but in my peripheral vision I only see the rectangles.

dansup, to random
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Not sure why safari suddenly renders Mastodon advanced mode UI so poorly, I just accidentally boosted a post when tapping on the favourite button

I know this isn't a Mastodon bug because it's fine on Chrome and Firefox

shakes fist at Safari

dgoldsmith,
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@dansup It's working fine for me. Is it possible you have an extension that's interfering? Try turning off extensions if you're using them.

Cdespinosa, to random
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Do not ask a language model questions involving reasoning, factuality, or moral judgment. Language is a vehicle for those, but it is not the SOURCE of them. And there is an enormous amount of language in the public sphere that’s devoid of them—and that trained the models.

dgoldsmith,
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@Cdespinosa When I was younger I remember reading theories that the human facility of cognition is identical to our facility of language. I think we're seeing evidence now disproving that idea.

rubenbolling, to random
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I wrote on Boing Boing about quantum field theory and multiple universes. No big deal.
Physicist Sean Carroll and the Biggest Ideas in the Universe:
https://boingboing.net/2024/05/17/physicist-sean-carroll-and-the-biggest-ideas-in-the-universe.html

dgoldsmith,
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@rubenbolling Also a big fan of Carroll and his books (and podcast). As a very rusty ex-physicist (dropped out halfway through grad school with an MA) I suspect the debate over interpretations of QM may be settled by increasingly larger "Schrödinger Cat States”: macroscopic objects put into quantum superposition.(e.g. https://apple.news/AZQwoWZiGSNCWR6faczustA). At some point either this will fail, or it will become undeniable that there's no limits to quantum superposition.

drahardja, to TeslaMotors
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Matt Farrah of The Smoking Tire gave an honest and (therefore) devastatingly negative review of the . Good on him. Every point he makes is spot-on (except maybe the chuckle-inducing post-Apocalypse truck argument).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC9a3GR1HJY

dgoldsmith,
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@drahardja The Edsel of the 21st Century.

Sheril, to random
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If you had the time to go back to school to study any field at no cost, what would you choose?

dgoldsmith,
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@Sheril I'd go back and finish my Physics Ph.D.

sundogplanets, to random
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Here comes a thread on light pollution from satellites, with a concrete action that you all can take to help push for regulation of satellites in orbit!

Astronomers have been worried about light pollution from satellites (if you've been following me for more than 24 hours, you've perhaps heard a bit about this). Astronomers spent SO much time and effort begging and pleading with Starlink to make their satellites fainter, with mixed results.

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christineburns, to random
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I can’t believe it. I went to use the PatientAccess app and suddenly, without much explanation, it wants me to CHOOSE and set up an authenticator app — making the service even harder to log in to than it already was. The NHS and its surrogates are so obsessed with security (far more than banks) to the extent they’re making their useless app, with almost zero functionality, practically unusable. Suppose I was in a panic to book an appointment? This is a huge senseless barrier to usability.

dgoldsmith,
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@christineburns I haven't tried it recently but I believe when you're in such a situation, you can just long-press the QR code shown on the phone and it will “scan it" from the image itself, then offer to add it to Passwords.

dgoldsmith,
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@christineburns That also works for any QR code, not just 2FA setup, I believe.

dgregor79, to random
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2021 me did a quick temporary hack to unblock a critical feature.

2024 me just tripped over it in the dark and fell flat on his face.

2024 me is not amused with 2021 me.

Gandalf saying “I have no memory of this place”

dgoldsmith,
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dgoldsmith, to random
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Excellent thread shredding the bogus arguments in transphobic pseudoscience.
https://chaosfem.tw/@JoscelynTransient/112434854812460168

dgoldsmith, to random
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From @ErinInTheMorn:

Dr. Cass is a hit parade of right-wing mythology.

Opinion: No, Dr. Cass, Porn Will Not Make You Trans https://www.erininthemorning.com/p/opinion-no-dr-cass-porn-will-not

dgoldsmith, to climate
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From HEATED:

Pure propaganda. The laws of physics are immune to it.

Don’t fall for “climate-friendly” beef https://heated.world/p/dont-fall-for-climate-friendly-beef

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Cdespinosa, to random
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I take it there’s not a lot of action tonight?

dgoldsmith,
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dgoldsmith, to random
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From @ErinInTheMorn:

Real scientists weigh in on gender-affirming care for trans youth. Care to wager on whether the mainstream media will even mention it?

Endocrine Society And American Academy Of Pediatrics Respond To Cass, Reject Bans https://www.erininthemorning.com/p/endocrine-society-and-american-academy

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