@leo Just fyi, yesterday's tech guy episode doesn't seem to exist on techguylabs.com

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NYCers have a new ridehailing alternative to Uber: The Drivers Cooperative is a driver-owned, app-based ride-hailing service that pays drivers more, charges riders less, and pays out any profits to driver-owners as periodic dividends.

nytimes.com/2021/05/28/technol

Platform cooperativism is a powerful antidote to app-based gig work: a way to provide customers with the convenience that made app-based services so popular while putting workers in control of their days, schedules and conditions.

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@leo only a bit into the lastest TWiT episode, I can only hope the anal leakage discussion leads directly into an ad read.

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Microsoft now owns, or will soon own, one of the best text-to-speech engines for blind power-users, through its acquisition of Nuance. But the code has been abandoned for years. It seems unlikely that this TTS engine is a valuable asset for Microsoft. So let's petition them to open-source it. change.org/p/microsoft-open-so (No, I didn't start the petition, but I'm in agreement with it.)

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@leo If the number is part of each episode's name, I could jump directly in to that episode's comments.

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@leo Would it be possible to add the episode number to the Tech Guy podcast episode names? I listen in the car or while out walking, and often a week or so delayed from when they aired. If I want to comment with a belated solution, I have to do the math in my head to convert episode date back to episode number, because techguylabs primarily shows the episode number until you dig into each episode on the site.

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If solar panels covered 1/4 of Utah, those alone would be able to power the entire United States. US consumption is very high, weighing in at 12,000 kWh per year per capita.

So even without reducing consumption at all, we have the technology right now to produce ample clean energy. This is the message. There is hope. #solarpunk #directaction #doyourpart

Sources:
ecotality.com/how-many-solar-p
13750000 acres = 21,484.4 sq mi
justintools.com/unit-conversio
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah 82,144 sq mi

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Oh my goodness, someone just pointed out that NFTs are exactly the same as the "name a star"/"buy a piece of the moon" scam and suddenly it all makes sense.

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As we watch events in Texas unfold, bear in mind that Texas "seceded" from the US national electrical grid in order to avoid federal regulation. They privatized their grid into the hands of a few wealthy people. As a result there are only two limited interconnects making it impossible for surrounding states to share power to keep Texas afloat in terms of electric power.

All this suffering in Texas should not be happening. The grid in Texas is intact, they just don't have generation capacity. If Texas had remained part of the US grid, power from as far away as California, Washington, West Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, could be routed to Texas. Looking at the real-time data here, the US grid is running at more than 200 GW below capacity. There's enough power to hold up two states of Texas even if Texas had no generation at all. But we can't send them power.

Keep this in mind when rich people trick the public and politicians about privatization, and spout garbage like "going it alone, in keeping with the pioneering spirit of the USA". No. Organized cooperation is power. Going it alone is weakness.

Don't believe in cooperation? Study how the Roman army was organized. It was all about very tightly organized cooperation, starting with an individual soldier and those to his immediate left and right. This is how 8,000 Romans could take on 80,000 and methodically slaughter the 80,000 with zero losses.
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Multi-million dollar video game companies when archivist web host and share all of their 40 years old games that they don't sell anymore.

CC @coolboymew

Howdy, federverse. Twitter has suspended me for quoting the Simpsons, so I'm probably going to be here more often if my appeal fails.

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asking for financial help 

Hey folks, the DWP have reduced our benefits again, so if you'd like to help a trans disabled couple survive, please retweet and consider donating if you can. Thank you! ko-fi.com/A231B07

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When asked about fears of automation in 1969, Arthur C. Clarke famously said that we shouldn't worry about automation: "the goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play." I have never seen his answer quoted in full.

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still doing lil among us style sketches for the price of one whole ko-fi (so we can pay for food and travel and other life things!)

ko-fi.com/tinygoblin

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