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The AI boom requires massive data centers that consume enormous amounts of water and energy.

Tech CEOs have plans for hundreds more hyperscale facilities in the coming years, but activists around the world are fighting back to protect their communities and force us to ask who really benefits from the future Silicon Valley is building.

https://disconnect.blog/ai-is-fueling-a-data-center-boom/

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@ariaflame One thing they could do(or be forced to do) is pipe heat to a nearby town or city. Then that heat could be dumped into giant heat loops. That would then be used to heat low income homes and homeless shelters. If there's excess left over, use it to heat municipal buildings. If still more is left, use it to heat residential buildings.

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Yeah. Pretty sure you can get a bigger one from the big box hardware stores. For way cheaper. You'd still have to finish the insides, though. Not everyone can follow code for frami ng let alone plumbing and electrical. We won't even get into hanging and mudding drywall.

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CE does it for the lulz while CN does it because fuck it, why not?

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The linked article has a table that gives 1.74 uW/cm^2. However glancing over the rest of the paper there's a ton of variability of output.

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I stumbled across this and I found it particularly interesting that 93 years ago the GOP was being called out for their use of this myth. It is one the GOP has continued to rely heavily on, especially in modern times. It is also interesting that this myth almost never benefited the real frontierspeople, but rather the rich industrialists from the East and Europe. I was hooked after the first paragraph,

There is no more persistent myth in American history than the myth that rugged individualism is or has been the way of American life. Many influences have entered into the creation of this myth, but the man who is chiefly responsible for its general acceptance is Frederick Jackson Turner, who, in 1893, when the western states were loud in their demands for national regulation of industry, said in his now famous Chicago address that the American frontier had promoted democracy—a democracy “‘strong in selfishness and individualism, intolerant of experience and education, and pressing individual liberty beyond its proper bounds.” Its tendency, he said, was anti-social. “It produced antipathy to control, and particularly to any direct control.” It permitted “lax business honor, inflated paper currency and wildcat banking.”*

Sure sounds like not much has changed other than the scale of the belief in this myth.

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God damned sewcialists. You never know when a seamstress might strike.

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Wait, didn't you just describe a fair chunk of the US?

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That requires the people at the top to have the intelligence to hire a competent IT department and keep frequent enough back ups. This is a line of though most of American civilian leadership rejects outright. They see IT as nothing but a huge cost that can be cut at a moment's notice and then offshored to some third world country to "save money." A move which invariably costs them more money, but that's next quarter's problem.

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I mean, both are true, they just cover different stats. You can still a large number of layoffs while still having large job growth. They also cover stats available on different days. Indeed, the second article notes that one of the stats in the first article was wrong. It also indicates that predicted stats for December and November were both underestimated. December and January were both underestimated by half. Also, the layoffs came in fields that are different than the ones that saw growth.

These articles are complimentary, not contradictory as you'd seem to indicate. Perhaps you're just going off the titles and not actually reading the content?

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Did you read the articles? There are no polar opposites here. You'd know this if you read the actual articles instead of going off the headlines.

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While on the one hand, that's true and has always been true for journalism, if you'd read the articles you'd realize that the content of them does contain truth and informs.

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Tell me you didn't read the articles without telling me you didn't read the articles.

Music Piracy Is Back, Baby (gizmodo.com)

“Muso, a research firm that studies piracy, concluded that the high prices of streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music are pushing people back towards illegal downloads. Spotify raised its prices by one dollar last year to $10.99 a month, the same price as Apple Music. Instead of coughing up $132 a year, more consumers...

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I get your anger, but if they no longer have the license to play the song, they cannot allow you to play it, even if the file is on your device. I don't find it scummy in the least. You didn't own the file, you were renting it from Spotify.

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That's exactly what happens. The human body cannot withstand more than 2-3 G for a prolonged period. Above that, the heart just can't pump blood and you die if you stay there too long. For instance, Stapp, the world record holder only withstood 46.2 Gs for a brief instant. Normally your blood weighs about 8-10% of your total body weight, so for the instant he was at 46.2 G, he weighed about 7700 lbs and his blood weighed between 616 lbs and 770 lbs.

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Lol. I think I still have a bunch of the old Slackware floppies somewhere.

Google demos new Lumiere text to video engine. Results are a huge leap forward from previous engines. (youtu.be)

Google’s new video generation AI model Lumiere uses a new diffusion model called Space-Time-U-Net, or STUNet, that figures out where things are in a video (space) and how they simultaneously move and change (time). Ars Technica reports this method lets Lumiere create the video in one process instead of putting smaller still...

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It's almost like most of the time in history cutting edge tech tended to be unusable by the public until it matured enough to get businesses interested. Then they'd invest in a usability layer that was unimportant to the cutting edge research.

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I'll tell you what they're missing - maturity. They're acting like a spoiled child.

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It was never fine. There have been anti-abortionists demonstrating outside Planned Parenthood offices for decades. Planned Parenthood personnel have been harassed, assaulted, and murdered for decades. What changed was that the right, seeking a way to desperately maintain any relevance in a quickly liberalising political environment made deals to fight for the same people who we'd've labelled terrorists and criminals. At this same time a dumb ass named Bill Clinton removed the regulations that kept corporations from owning huge swathes of television stations. In addition, Murdoch started Fox News which was born with the only reason to be a propaganda arm of the conservatives. Oh, and then there was the rise of the radio talk show propagandists like Rush Limbaugh, may he suffer eternally in hell. All these worked together to push a more and more extremist conservatism on the masses. They made it seem okay to be hateful and spiteful and mean. They pushed the idea that intelligent people could not be trusted(unless they were conservative and they towed the conservative line). They pushed the idea that empathy was a weakness and that the only person you should care about was yourself.

It didn't suddenly change, it has always been like this. The problem is the masses on the left tend towards being self absorbed dumbasses blind to what was going on around them - especially the white ones. The white ones thought everything was just fine and dandy because it was for them and they had that one black friend so they totally weren't a racist. And racism was dead because of that, too. The Democrat Party has, for decades, been a disjointed mess led by people who are only vaguely competent to lead a room of kindergartners. There is one saying I've known for decades - "The Democratic Party is the only one who can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory." In addition, hubris on the part of Ruth Bader Ginsberg kept her from retiring when Obama had a majority of Democrats in the Senate. So instead she wound up giving her seat to Trump to fill.

There are so many more things I could list, but won't because I don't want to spend all night going over what you'd get in a polisci course about the last 50 years of American politics. There is, however, one last thing I'll touch on - that every time the Democrats have had a control of the Presidency and Congress, or even a veto proof majority, they never, ever took the time to legalize abortion. Consider that for a moment. This whole mess could have been avoided had the Democrats had the fortitude to do the right thing. They never did. They played just as much a game with women's bodily autonomy as the GOP did. There's no side that is innocent in this mess. I am not "both sides"-ing here. They're both responsible for it in different ways - the Democrats because they valued their seats more than women's autonomy and wrongly banked on RvW always being there and the Republicans who actively sought(and still seek in many states) to destroy women's bodily autonomy not because they believe in it, but because it gets them votes.

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Won't happen in Texas. There are so many people in this state convinced that unions are a horrible evil. Then they complain about how their job mistreats them, doesn't pay them enough, etc, etc, etc. You know, all the problems a union fixes. These people here are the very definition of sheeple.

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It looks like it came straight of a cheesy 80s B movie called Megaforce.

https://prod5.agileticketing.net/images/user/loft_4255/Megaforce_TMDB-b3Yne4Ir8WSx4yQUgs2WU6NZ8j9.jpg

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He is well aware. But if he did that he'd make maybe one tenth of a percent less and we can't have that!

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For old timers like myself, Tom Baker was our first Doctor. He's the bar by which all others are judged by us.

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