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mackaj

@mackaj@mastodon.me.uk

Husband and dad to a son, two cats and a dog. Living in Northern Ireland.

Work as a Senior SRE for Proofpoint.

Interests: Reading about Science and Tech. I dabble at gardening (badly).

Favourite books: The Commonwealth Saga and The Void Trilogy by Peter F Hamilton.

#linux #openstack #ceph #dns #cockerspaniel #atheist #humanism #bev #renewableEnergy

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liztai, to random
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The freedom to be able to walk and shop in places without worrying about a shooting is something Malaysians take for granted. I cannot imagine living with that kind of possibility in my life. You know what else we take for granted? The fact that Malaysia is free of most natural disasters like earthquakes and volcanoes and such.

mackaj,
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@liztai

Ditto in the UK. Don't have to worry about guns as almost no-one in the general population owns one.

Closest I've come to an earthquake was something that felt like a lorry driving past the house and we hardly ever get twisters.

Daojoan, to random
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I’m excited to launch @theindex on Mastodon!

  • social native news (full story in one toot)
  • just the facts, zero opinion pieces
  • no clickbait, no misleading headlines
  • human verified sources and content
  • no AI hallucinations
  • stay informed in your feed

📰

mackaj,
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@strypey

I thought the same. Why move to a smaller stage when the objective is a to grow the audience. Makes no sense.

@sashin @Daojoan @theindex

atomicpoet, to random
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Yellow Magic Orchestra is the essential electronic band!

Everyone talks about Kraftwerk as being the most important electronic music band. And I’m not taking anything away from them. But in terms of influence, I’d say Yellow Magic Orchestra is just as important – if not more important.

They’ve had a bigger impact on popular music than most people realize. They influenced everything from David Bowie to Duran Duran to Mantronix to Daft Punk.

But their biggest impact – by far – has been on video game music. You know all those 8-bit and 16-bit chiptunes you all love so much? Yellow Magic Orchestra provided the template!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3DSwl3gMTc

mackaj,
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@atomicpoet

Computer Game was my favourite. Had a big impact on me in my youth. I'd skip past the 2min intro though.

veronica, to Battlemaps
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Thanks. I hate it.

mackaj,
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@veronica

Please don't send it over here 🙏🏻

mackaj, to uk
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So, as UK citizens, how can we put pressure on our government to stop sending weapons to Israel ?

We should not be playing any part in enabling this conflict to continue.


Former supreme court judges say UK arming Israel breaches international law https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/03/former-supreme-court-judges-say-uk-arming-israel-breaches-international-law?CMP=share_btn_url

mackaj,
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@CatherineFlick

I completely understand. It's left me feeling pretty flat, helpless and miserable too.

CatherineFlick, to random
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I'm really hoping you don't need me to tell you that using machine learning ("AI") systems to identify potential targets and then to suggest that they be targeted when at home with their family members, including children, is one of the most abhorrent, unethical, inhumane things I've ever seen. There is absolutely no excuse for developing these systems. Technology is never neutral. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/03/israel-gaza-ai-database-hamas-airstrikes

mackaj,
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@CatherineFlick

Now I understand why the civilian casualty death rate is so high. Horrendous.

What's also scary is that military institutions all over the world will be watching this and wondering how they can apply the same AI tools as strategies in future operations for themselves. The genie is out of the bottle and this is going to change how wars and conflicts are executed going forward.

mattferrell, to tes
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Latest follow-up podcast is out! YouTube: https://youtu.be/fcyyrM3_Aks Audio version: https://share.transistor.fm/s/4e031f3b Sean and I talk about using sand to cut down on energy storage costs. Thermal energy storage is getting really hot now, but will it work for homes as well?

mackaj,
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@mattferrell

Don't you have to do that sort of thing at scale for it to be efficient?

snaptophobic, to random
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Today, three years ago.

mackaj,
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@snaptophobic

Congratulations to you both 💛

ai6yr, (edited ) to TeslaMotors
mackaj,
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@deewani

If you're interested in learning about how car battery safety has evolved, then I'd highly recommend watching this video. They also cover the differences in quality and construction standards between the batteries for an ebike vs a car.

https://youtu.be/tcJrUrp_Ygs?si=IVBtexZWfQUaH8Dv

@ai6yr @CStamp

CatherineFlick, to random
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Can anyone explain to me how these people sleep at night? I just don’t understand how a company that feeds kids can see a profit rise of 30% as anything other than a damning indictment of the quality of their food and treatment of their workers.

mackaj,
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@CatherineFlick

Everything is just about the money now. My local dentist for example since being gobbled up by Portman Dental Care group now no longer accepts new NHS patients. If you fall off the NHS registry for any reason - like if your dentist retires, you can't get back on. They're only interested in high profit Private dental care.

Socially responsible business doesn't have much status in today's Western world.

atomicpoet, to fediversenews
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Here’s a table of which Fediverse servers are federating or de-federating Threads.

Of the top 10 most active servers it lists, eight of them are federating, one is offering limited federation (infosec.exchange), and one is de-federating Threads (mas.to).

Of course, there’s some notable large servers missing from this list. For example, is misskey.io federating with Threads?

https://fedipact.veganism.social/

@fediversenews

mackaj,
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@atomicpoet

I wonder where they get their user numbers from. They're a lot less than I would expect to see.

@fediversenews

atomicpoet, to random

In three hours, I will be migrating this account to @atomicpoet. Afterwards, it will be inactive.

Wish me luck!

mackaj,
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@atomicpoet @atomicpoet

Hope it goes smoothly.

vicgrinberg, to random
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I love passing by wind turbines. They are such an essential solarpunk element to me. Seeing one feels like a sign of hope: a different future is possible.

mackaj,
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@vicgrinberg

Ditto. Every time I see one it puts a smile on my face 👍🏻

lovelylovely, to random
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This

The GOP is dead And the MAGA Nazis are alive.👇

mackaj,
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@lovelylovely

Healthcare in the US doesn't have patients, it has hostages!

hobbitswife, to random
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Just switched on the - lady in a flowery swimming costume. Yup no idea. Getting old

mackaj,
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@hobbitswife

I didn't watch it, but I'm the same. Wouldn't recognise most of the 'young' famous people these days if I stood next to them

Rjdlandscapes, (edited ) to Electricvehicles
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So @KiwiEV reviews the Jeep Avenger, its an OK small city hatchback

Its totally compensating for not being a jeep by having a lot of jeep 'dna' glued onto it, which is fine

But its worst aspect is its price and position in the market, at $67k its terrible value

#evs #electricVehicles

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

mackaj,
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@Rjdlandscapes

Those prices look very steep, are they dealer prices? I've read that dealers slap massive markups on cars in the US and lobby for laws to stop buyers from cutting them out of the loop.

In the UK for example the MG4 has an RRP from £26,995 to £36,495. Converted that's $46k tops.

@KiwiEV

raymondpert, to China
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Biden administration to investigate national security risks posed by Chinese-made ‘smart cars’

> Citing potential national security risks, the Biden administration says it will investigate Chinese-made “smart cars” that can gather sensitive information about Americans driving them.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2024/02/29/business/biden-administration-investigate-national-security-risks-posed-by-chinese-made-smart-cars/

mackaj,
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@raymondpert

Don't all smart cars do that these days?

Rjdlandscapes, to Electricvehicles
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Remember when your Uncle Bert told you FCEV's were going to be the future...

Yeah he as dead wrong.

#EVs #electricVehicles #hydrogen #fcev

mackaj,
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@Rjdlandscapes

And they're still eligible for the first $15k of free fuel, so Toyota are effectively giving them away.

Still pretty useless though if you can't drive them very far.

mackaj, to nuclear
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What a disappointment Small Nuclear Reactors have turned out to be. They're not that small, or cheap or being produced and deployed at the rate and speed they were supposed to be.

Not a technology we can rely on to help us react to climate change in a meaningful way.

https://youtu.be/Zr1ecjYFYTo?si=w_lGW6Dtw0agFWwa

Rjdlandscapes, to NewZealand
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Polestar 4 pricing and orders are open for

Long range Single motor $119,990
Long range Dual motor 129,990
Pilot/Plus Pack Standard
Pro Pack $4,000
Performance Pack (dual-motor only) $10,000

100kwh battery, up to 3.8s 0-100km, and 610 km wltp

A bit spendy but quite stylish, better buy than the Polestar 2 imo

mackaj,
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@Rjdlandscapes

Very good looking car. Way too expensive for normal mortals though 😄

philippsteinkrueger, to random
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The still on-going #spam wave shows that we desperately need real #groups on Mastodon, i.e. groups with admins that can add and remove users from the group. guppe-groups are easy prey for the spammers and make using Mastodon a real pain these days.

mackaj,
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@philippsteinkrueger

Strange how its hitting some people and not others. I've not seen a single one, that I'm aware of.

hobbitswife, to random
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On child watch again tonight. Eldest has a fever and is going from boiling hot to freezing and back again. Doesn’t seem to be covid (negative test), but it’s def some sort of rotten virus.

mackaj,
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@hobbitswife

Definitely something going around. Know a few people who've had similar over the past month or so. Hope your son falls asleep quick and gets a good rest.

ChrisMayLA6, to Hydrogen
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For supporters of a economy, its all looking a bit like the Betamax/VHS choice in the 1980s (for this of you old enough to recall the river video system);

the promise of a system is increasingly taking the Betamax role; it may be a superior technology, but all the main are going down the - route (the VHS option).

the political economy of advance is seldom easy to predict

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2024/feb/13/will-hydrogen-overtake-batteries-in-the-race-for-zero-emission-cars

mackaj,
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@Hypx

Almost all hydrogen produced today comes from a fossil fuel source that releases carbon as part of the manufacturing process.

It is not attacking green energy to reiterate that fact, because that hydrogen is not green.

And I know that you know this already.

@guigsy @ChrisMayLA6

mackaj,
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@Hypx

Only you could take a pro-renewable energy + anti grey hydrogen stance and spin it as being pro-fossil fuel 😂

@guigsy @ChrisMayLA6

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