French Billionaires Pledge €700 Million to Restore Two Vast and Trunkless Legs of Stone

so we have a student who we asked to train a VAE to generate memes. he was showing us his newest model, which has problems with mode collapse, and was only outputting one thing over and over again (I swear I am not making this up):

"one does not simply make memes"

Here's a fun TIL: Because the ratio of terms in the Fibonacci sequence approaches phi, and because phi is close to the ratio of km to miles, you can approximate conversion between distances with adjacent Fibonacci numbers.

So 2 km ≈ 1 mile, 3 km ≈ 2 miles, 5 km ≈ 3 miles, 8 km ≈ 5 miles, 13 km ≈ 8 miles, etc, etc

Big news in #OpenAccess:

- No more embargoes
- No more copyright transfer
- No hybrid journals
- A cap on APCs

...for practically all European-funded research from 2020 onwards. It's called #planS, and it's fantastic!

scienceeurope.org/coalition-s/

Holy crap. Malware hidden in a strand of DNA hijacks the computer that analyzes that particular gene sequence.

We're going to live in a very weird world man.

wired.com/story/malware-dna-ha

Content warning: the cutest thing you’ll see today.

actually slightly annoyed about the price on this ebay listing: ebay.com/itm/263896123505 -- $949 for an unsigned, non-flown NASA chart? gtfo

Oops, PPS:
Already getting people asking how FOSS + Federation solves harassment.

Please understand: I'm not saying it *solves* harassment, just gives us many more options for dealing with it. There's still going to be plenty of noise and pain, and some of it's going to take whole new ugly forms that weren't possible before.

Everyone gets more control. This is both good and bad.

(And now going quiet for a while, because oh god inflight wifi prices)

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