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Left feeling ancient by the suspicion that electrical tape used to work better.

Electrical tape used to work better, feels like.

Brisk out today. I guess this is the weekend I harden off my outdoor plants for winter.

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I have a secret fear that vaporwave aesthetics are actually nostalgia for a time that the synthetic could be easily distinguished from the real.

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@lrhodes I forgot to add some details: 1000W/m2 of solar incident radiation, for a phone typical surface 140mmx70mm and let's suppose 16% of PV efficiency gives about 15W. It's not a fast charge, quite decent. The problem is that you'd have to keep it oriented perfectly over two axes to maintain this power. If you casually leave it on a horizontal surface you may get 5W by the cosine law, that gives you about 1000mAh at 5V after an hour. That's roughly equal to half a day of normal phone use. All this would be OK if you don't count the battery overheating under direct sun for an hour or more...
See this nature.com/articles/srep12967 to see how much Li-ion batteries degrade for temperatures from 25 to 55C after 250 cycles.

Why don't phones have built-in solar panels?

States have a right to control immigration if and only if this control is necessary for protecting human rights. academic.oup.com/analysis/adva

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If I were Eugen, I might be tempted to start shipping updates with some easter eggs for license violators. Like maybe admin DMs turn public after 24 hours on instances that conceal that they're built on Mastodon. You could even spell out those changes in the changelog notes, because you know they're not reading those.

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machine learning is amazing because you take a bunch of data you don't have permission to use and a few million matrix multiplications later you can generate the wrong answer to any question

Maybe go ahead and add truth dot social to your blacklist as well, as the Q1 launch of the service may be timed to coincide with the availability of that domain. I certainly wouldn't name my site "Truth Social" unless I thought I could get the shorter domain.

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Yeah, so, if you moderate or administrate anything on the fediverse, now is a good time to preemptively block truthsocial dot com so that you don't get caught by surprise when/if they launch.

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"Its terms also say that 'all source code' of Truth Social is proprietary. That might run afoul of Mastodon’s own license." vice.com/en/article/5dgm5k/tru

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I'm dying to know how much they've modded basic Masto for their instance. The thought of tech-deficient Trump die-hards trying to navigate Masto publishing levels amuses me to no end.

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Trump's new social media site appears to be a Mastodon fork reskinned to look like a far right Twitter. (Screencaps via @MikaelThalen@twitter.com)

Feel free to send me print copies of all of the Thousand Thousand Island zines as a gift. athousandthousandislands.com/

If this works, then my biggest complaint is that it only works with proprietary cartridges and converters. Not a huge deal, but compliance with standard fits would be a whole lot cooler.

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Okay, so user error may have been the major cause here. Turns out I wasn't pumping the squeeze convertor enough. You're meant to pump it until bubbles no longer form in the ink, then let it slowly draw until full. Previously, I wasn't seeing bubbles at all because I was compressing the bulb BEFORE I submerged the nib, and only letting it draw once. It's possible that what little writing I got out of it each time was just the ink in the nib. I've filled it properly now, so we'll see how it goes.

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So far, my big complaint re: the Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop is that the squeeze convertor doesn't seem to hold ink well. I don't know if it's losing ink or drying up or what, but if the pen sits capped for a few days, I have to refill it to get it to write again. I'll look around for solutions (user error is a definite possibility) and maybe try a different convertor. Hopefully, that'll resolve the problem, because I really like the form factor otherwise.

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