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TIL newton’s pendulum has way more „moves“ than I originally thought it has (never owned one myself and just always saw one in films etc.)


gangnam style ft. newton’s pendulum by xmphysics

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I have indeed enjoyed the new content of the Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe.

Pilot-induced oscillation (ever-increasing overcorrection caused by delayed feedback) is an interesting error. I see similarities with car handling and even computer systems like autoscaling.


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Just In case you’re thinking about getting a #fox. This proves it’s a good idea

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It's symbolic. Eras don't end in a single day. de.icio.us, and "tag clouds" and "folksonomies" died earlier. Google Maps allowed mashups for a few more years. Flickr lips along. But when Google Reader has been shut down, it was a wake-up call that corporations don't support open APIs out of their good heart, and the Web won't be XHTML+AJAX.

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Also in 2013 when the Web 2.0 has ended:

• MyOpenID, the biggest OpenID provider has shut down their API (took VC funding, focused on adtech surveilance). Mozilla Persona died next year.

• Twitter closed their freely accessible v1 API, crippling or destroying open apps and the social backbone of mashups.

• Nokia and Blackberry were dying. Smartphones were booming. iOS7 launched. Android 4 became actually decent. Apps were all the rage.

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Also in 2013 when the Web 2.0 has ended:

• Google's Schmidt said "don't be evil" was "the stupidest rule ever". The actual motto back then was a monetization-centric "You can make money without doing evil".

• Google Talk dropped XMPP federation, and Hangouts dropped it entirely.

• Google pushed W3C to take their "HTML5" API for launching secret DRM plugins.

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Can we agree that Web 2.0 has ended on the 1st of July 2013?

That's when Google Reader shut down. It was a symbolic death of RSS, and it deflated enthusiasm in syndication and open APIs.

Death of RSS was the final blow for XML, and with this the last dreams of namespaced data mashups of Semantic Web died too. That year JSON became an ECMA standard. Access-controlled JSON-over-HTTP eventually replaced public/scraped XML/microformats.

There's more:

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I couldn't switch to an internal-combustion-engine car. Nothing beats the sound of high-pressure steam, and the thrill of shoving more coal into the engine's firebox.

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⚠️ ‘Use Signal if you're in Russia’ is a dangerous advice! ⚠️

Signal does not have usernames, all accounts and exchange is bound to phone numbers. Phone numbers in Russia are literally bound to passports and in cases can replace real passport.

Telegram might not be an encryption paradise, but they got one thing right — you can use it without EVER revealing your phone number or even assigning username.


I've witnessed crypto bros apparently honestly trying to "donate NTFs" to Ukraine.

Yes geniuses, spend a ton of electricity, likely generated from Russian oil and gas, on a fugly grifter token that can't even defend itself from right-clickers. That will help!

Heat Pumps are unbelievably efficient and don’t depend on gas pipelines from invaders.


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And they can't even count. Debian's 3-component OS names are called "tuples", and Rust's 4-component names are "triples".

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