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Chat Systems

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I'm one of the few Instagram users who connects solely through the Unix 'talk' gateway.
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POrg
83 days ago
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Champaign, Illinois
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fmeggers
78 days ago
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Chaos communications

iPhone: 47.398945,8.541090
tante
104 days ago
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The Internet will connect us all ... just not really
Oldenburg/Germany
bitofabother
104 days ago
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Too real.
francisga
104 days ago
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I love that AIM users are not reachable any other way.
Lafayette, LA, USA
adamgurri
104 days ago
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THIS
New York, NY
mrobold
104 days ago
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The struggle is real.
Orange County, California
JayM
104 days ago
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No bubble for: Email-SMS-Jabber-iMessage-Skype-IRC-TwitterDM-LinkedIn-PrivateForums-NewsBlurComments
Atlanta, GA
mindspillage
104 days ago
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Also, NewsBlur comments.
Mountain View, California
jth
104 days ago
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POST /inbox/new&msg=Hi!%20How%20have%20you%20been%3F%20It%27s%20been%20years%20since%20I%27ve%20seen%20you%20around.
Saint Paul, MN, USA
drchuck
104 days ago
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Nobody uses Wikipedia talk pages?
Long Island, NY
alt_text_bot
104 days ago
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I'm one of the few Instagram users who connects solely through the Unix 'talk' gateway.
HarlandCorbin
104 days ago
I found me on the diagram, i seem to be in a lonely group.

Check out this incredible drone shot of a frozen lake in Norway....

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Check out this incredible drone shot of a frozen lake in Norway. Captured by @oscarwastaken on a road trip across the country, it reminds us of the unexpected beauty and awe that we can discover from the Overview perspective. (at Stavanger, Norway)

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US State Names

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Technically DC isn't a state, but no one is too pedantic about it because they don't want to disturb the snakes.
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Champaign, Illinois
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Covarr
205 days ago
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I think this map is wrong. Where is Gondor?
Moses Lake, WA
alt_text_bot
206 days ago
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Technically DC isn't a state, but no one is too pedantic about it because they don't want to disturb the snakes.

Metabolism

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I have this weird thing where if I don't drink enough water, I start feeling bad and then die of dehydration.
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POrg
258 days ago
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Champaign, Illinois
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JayM
258 days ago
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hahaha
Atlanta, GA
zenhermit
258 days ago
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Exactly! And that hover text!!!
Calgary
alt_text_bot
258 days ago
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I have this weird thing where if I don't drink enough water, I start feeling bad and then die of dehydration.

Work

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Despite it being imaginary, I already have SUCH a strong opinion on the cord-switch firing incident.
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Champaign, Illinois
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wreichard
264 days ago
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This goes along with one of what I think of life's best hidden lessons: if you assume that things around you are the way they are for some reason, you learn amazing things.
Earth
brico
264 days ago
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A curiously bureaucratic and teleological vision from Randall; I look at these and see evolution, not design. The gooseneck lamp goes back well over a century. And the glass tumbler and the wooden table with aprons are even older forms.
Brooklyn, NY
Brstrk
265 days ago
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No mention on any documentation processes. Some heroes just go unsung.
duerig
265 days ago
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He missed designing for manufacturability. "This shape was chosen because it is easy to stamp out of sheet metal." or "These two parts snap together in order to eliminate two screws."
duerig
265 days ago
Also, I found out how they make plastic soda bottles recently. First, a test-tube shaped piece of plastic is cast. Then before it has cooled, they stick it at the opening of a mold and blow air through it until the sides conform to the shape of the mold. For large bottles (2-liter), they have a rod that automatically pushes the bottom of the tube down deeper into the mold as air is blown in. It is like automated glassblowing with plastic, done countless times over and over for a disposable bottle.
infini
265 days ago
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supernormal design as jasper morrison and naoko fukusawa would call it
Asia, EU, Africa
dukeofwulf
265 days ago
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Related: "I, Pencil." http://www.econlib.org/library/Essays/rdPncl1.html
Covarr
265 days ago
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An artist spent several minutes deciding what objects to put on this table.
Moses Lake, WA
ossiander
265 days ago
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I could see this.
magicseth
265 days ago
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On point
mburch42
265 days ago
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My life.
reconbot
265 days ago
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Truth behind objects
New York City
alt_text_bot
265 days ago
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Despite it being imaginary, I already have SUCH a strong opinion on the cord-switch firing incident.

Earth Temperature Timeline

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[After setting your car on fire] Listen, your car's temperature has changed before.
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280 days ago
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Champaign, Illinois
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tedder
279 days ago
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Keep arguing about parking spaces, XKCD edition.
Uranus
sjk
284 days ago
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Proof that painting, pottery, rope, and bows and arrows cause Global Warming. All we need to do, is revert our technology to those halcyon days and all will be right with the world.
Florida
srsly
285 days ago
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All these likes and shares, even Samuel can't pull this attention!
Atlanta, Georgia
tante
286 days ago
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XKCD's brilliant visualization of global warming.
Oldenburg/Germany
DerBonk
286 days ago
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Munroe is on the top of his game with this web comics essay. Very disturbing. Summer is coming.
Germany
gangsterofboats
286 days ago
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Fossil fuels will solve the problem.
MaryEllenCG
286 days ago
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Yeah, we're fucked, because too many people believe climate change is a hoax.
Greater Bostonia
kazriko
286 days ago
I'd say it's because of doctrinare belief that the only way to stop climate change is to stop emitting carbon. I believe you'd make far more headway if you said that instead of a carbon tax, you had to transfer money to those who design and maintain carbon sinks. That would give people more incentive to create the technology to remove CO2 from the air, and to not cut down forests, etc.
stefanetal
284 days ago
@kazriko Your proposal is about as sensible as letting everybody take your stuff and then hiring people to look for it after a week. It will create costs and employment for looking. But you won't end up with much stuff. Not using the 100x more expensive technology isn't doctrinaire.
kazriko
284 days ago
You're not going to make any headway with the idea that everyone must immediately stop all of the things that make them healthy, prosperous, and happy though. The technology is only expensive because nobody has put money into the research and development of it. Even the drastic step of stopping emissions does nothing whatsoever for the problem because you have to do something about what is already in the air. If you want to actually solve the problem, then funding this research is the only way to actually do it.
stefanetal
283 days ago
Ahm, it's a carbon tax, like a sales tax, it won't 'stop all of the things that make [people] healthy, prosperous, and happy' any more than current sales taxes do. You might as well suggest people not be allow to take all the stuff they see that makes them happy. It's only expensive since property is theft. And if people could take what makes them happy, companies would do research on how to make more cheaply. Maybe the gov should fund research on that instead of wasting it on police. On a less sarcastic note, your view just does't work if you try to write out any basic cost functions based on any input-output technologies. There may be an escape if we get really cheap non-carbon energy, but that's about it. Paying people to put carbon back in the ground if you don't tax others as least as much to take it back out is about as reasonable as say Venezuela buying gasoline on the open market to sell it to 'users' at 10 cents/gallon (who then sell it right back). It may be how the politics play out (see your first sentence), but it doesn't end well (or it needs to be sustained by rationing -- which is where any implementation of your proposal is going).
stefanetal
283 days ago
Also, on 2nd thought, If you want to discuss cost functions and physical constraints on them, I'd be happy to do so non-sarcastically. Writing a good and realistically model of this might help clarify why we disagree and who is right/wrong, under which kinds kinds of assumptions. For instance, sometimes other costs (transportation costs?) do function as the near equivalent of Pigouvian taxes, so things can work out at times for other reasons. I don't see that here.
stefanetal
283 days ago
Real issue is that the climate change 'cost' part is still pretty much all in the future, due to the very very high heat capacity of the ocean and the ocean's slow turnover. Lots of future warming is already fully baked in and many people aren't willing the see it as real yet. And I do expect that using taxes to control carbon emissions is going to look very gentle compared to methods that at least some groups are going to try 50 years from now (say, biological methods to control energy demand by reducing the customer base). So concern about taxes making people unhappy is going to look very pre-crisis quaint.
kazriko
283 days ago
That's quite the wall of text there. I'm not talking about the carbon tax. I'm talking about all of the environmentalists who say that the only solution is the complete ceasing of all emissions, and won't take "nuclear" for an answer. You know, the ones you're referring to as "some groups are going to try." You would be taxing others through this scheme, but you would be then shifting that money to putting carbon back in the ground, instead of shifting it to governments to do... whatever... with. I just don't trust anyone who says that taxes only are a viable answer because it will neither decrease emissions enough, nor will it actually decrease concentrations whatsoever. It alone is not a solution. It is only an intermediate step towards banning all emissions.
stefanetal
283 days ago
You write: "I'm not talking about the carbon tax." I was responding to your 2nd initial sentense: " I believe you'd make far more headway if you said that instead of a carbon tax". And your arguement that carbon can't be in the tax base since taxes are bad is...well, we already have a tax base, just a economically and ecology less good one. Can't follow your other claims, but they strike me as incoherent as articulated (i.e. using word with different coverage in different parts of the argument as if they referred to the same thing, that is 'carbon tax' = 'crazy enviromenatlist", so lets discuss "crazy enviromentalists". You've not shown that carbon taxes are crazy or associated only with crazy enviromentalists. ).
kazriko
283 days ago
The main thing I don't want is for how all of the current taxation schemes seem to be doing it. Emitters are grandfathered in to a certain amount, and if they cut emissions they can sell those credits to others. This basically entrenches all of the existing interests and makes it impossible for new companies to make any headway. Any solution shouldn't give exemptions to the entrenched, only allow those who find ways of mitigating the issue to sell exemptions to others.
kazriko
283 days ago
*sigh* Yes, that sentence doesn't parse the way I was intending. I was meaning instead of ONLY a carbon tax. I didn't also mean "crazy environmentalist" = "carbon tax" but "crazy environmentalist" = "100% end of all carbon emissions" As I said just before, the problem with the tax schemes are that they just go to do whatever, and don't solve the problem, just slightly discourage things rather than solving them. Only a carbon tax will lead to the 100% end of emissions because it won't work, and if it doesn't work, by your own admission people will be doing less gentle methods.
kazriko
283 days ago
You can see what I intended to say by the "transfer money to" thing in the same sentence. That meant transfer money from those who emit carbon to those who remove it.
stefanetal
283 days ago
Ah, mostly a misunderstanging then...:-). We still disagree, but I can dial back to a much more manageable debate...need to run now. I do take the technocratic basline view that Pigouvian taxes are a good starting point, but there are political issues that are serious and hard to model. More later...
Ferret
286 days ago
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:-|
wreichard
286 days ago
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The power of visualization.
Earth
darastar
286 days ago
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This is legit. And also scary?
alt_text_bot
286 days ago
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[After setting your car on fire] Listen, your car's temperature has changed before.
drchuck
286 days ago
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Stonehenge!
Long Island, NY
emdeesee
286 days ago
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Fun fact: If laser-etched onto a 2x4 we use to hit people who say "...but the climate has changed before" over the head, it would be almost seven feet long.
Lincoln, NE
joeythesaint
286 days ago
And since the most common sizes you find 2x4s in is 6' and 8' long and you wouldn't want to truncate the graph, that means you've got more than an extra foot to extrapolate the data further. Or wrap it with a shirt and tape so you don't get calluses.
jscartergilson
286 days ago
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bookmarked
smadin
286 days ago
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