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Overthinking reviewer comments during R&R's is my new hobby.

Sea urchins like to pick up shells and rocks and wear them as "hats"; the reason isn't well-understood, but it may protect them from predators or help weigh them down so they're less likely to be washed away during storms. So some aquarists have taken to making tiny hats for their sea urchins, which the urchins voluntarily pick up and put on:

I had a look at the implications of the Facebook Metaverse on emissions from computing. It is scary.

For the ideal VR experience, you need a network bandwidth of 1.6Gbit/s. To watch an HD video at 4K currently, you need 25Mbits/s; 8K would be 100Mbits/s.

So VR requires 64x more bandwidth than 4K video!

Ignoring the infrastructure emissions, purely running this from a cloud data centre effectively means a 64x increase in energy consumption and therefore in carbon emissions.

When I researched my talk about Frugal Computing, I did not discuss VR, as none of the studies I referenced considered it. But with a giant like Facebook behind it, VR might become a very considerable part of our lives.

That would be a disaster: already, emissions from computing are dominated by video. VR will make this many, many times worse.

The only bright side is that with current technologies, there is not enough electricity in the world to power this ideal-experience VR revolution.


Browser fingerprinting is really bad 

Not just because of its use for advertisers and other surveillance actors, but also because it can be spoofed.

After years of surreptitiously avoiding MPSA conference emails*, I somehow ended up on their list this year and promptly unsubscribed - but not until they'd sent 3-4 'registration deadline is approaching' emails.

I wonder if someone volunteered me for something there without asking. There's no fucking way I'm going to Chicago in early April. Nope, not happening.

*Midwest Political Science Association. Every year they send dozens of emails and extend their registration deadline.

I saw this image and I have not been able to stop laughing for like 3 minutes straight

Another reminder on anonymity. When Twitter analysed the racist abuse following the Euros this summer, 99% of the accounts they had to suspend were *not* anonymous. 99%.
Anonymity is *not* the problem.

How to bluff your way thru any conversation about which programming language is best: a guide

NFT dorks absolutely would have been the most condescending kind of Tulip Bulb dorks 400 years ago

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UK politics/the zombie horde 

In case anyone is wondering, they're fast zombies. As Drezner (2014) notes, the distinction between fast/slow zombies has no real implication for government response (too late to deal with it/all the time in the world to deal with it).

Drezner, Daniel W. Theories of international politics and zombies. Princeton University Press, 2014.

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