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Sunday, 19 May 2024

How men evolved to care for babies — before society got in the way

quote [ Hrdy argues that men were more involved in childcare before the invention of agriculture, and the ethnographic data from contemporary hunter-gather populations support her conclusion. Once agriculture was adopted — bringing with it the need to protect resources such as land and livestock — men tended to remain near their kin, whereas women moved away from their families when they married. ]

Interesting research on the history of parental roles
[SFW] [history] [+2 Interesting]
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Saturday, 18 May 2024

Copyleft licenses are not “restrictive”

quote [ Permissive licenses do not provide any checks on this power; generally they preserve moral rights and little else. ]

Interesting opinion piece from the Sourcehut head. thumb via Clawmarks
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+1 Good]
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Friday, 10 May 2024

Ten Years Later, ‘Monument Valley’ Is a Monument to Mobile Gaming’s Bygone Era

quote [ it appears to him, in hindsight at least, as though Apple was cynically leveraging premium titles like the Apple Design Award–winning Monument Valley to build the iPhone’s reputation in the 2010s. ]

Interesting retrospective, same for some of the earliwr indie hits on PC, I guess.
[SFW] [games] [+1 Interesting]
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Thursday, 9 May 2024

Stack Overflow bans users en masse for rebelling against OpenAI partnership

quote [ "[The moderator crackdown is] just a reminder that anything you post on any of these platforms can and will be used for profit. It's just a matter of time until all your messages on Discord, Twitter etc. are scraped, fed into a model and sold back to you."
[…]
Stack is not alone in reversing a principled stance on AI for profit; Valve also silently removed its AI-art ban on Steam, allowing over 1,000 AI-powered games to flood the storefront. ]

Oh man, this plays out as one might expect. Wasn't Stackoverflow sold last year or something?
[SFW] [business] [+3]
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Friday, 3 May 2024

takahē magazine – 110

quote [ Kuchen—A Love Story / Cool Jazz and Monochromes: The Paintings of Jamie Te Heuheu / Poetry / Reviews ]

Nice writer's mag from New Zealand you can read online, found via the grumpy story Heat Death of the Internet by Gregory Bennett
[SFW] [literature] [+1 Good]
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Sunday, 28 April 2024

Lay off staff to free cash for AI

quote [ In an interview on the Verge’s “Decoder” podcast published Monday, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston mounted a zealous argument for the importance of AI while defending his company’s 500-worker layoff in April 2023. The two things are linked, he said, noting that Dropbox’s layoff was largely aimed at freeing up cash to hire more engineers who are skilled in AI. ]

Ah well, at least they explain their reasoning.
[SFW] [business] [+2]
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Friday, 26 April 2024

OpenOrb

quote [ OpenOrb is a curated search engine for Atom and RSS feeds. ]

Builds a little search index on the feeds you want to scrape. The example page leans heavily onto programmers but you could set one up on your own computer by running a lovely little set of Python commands.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
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Tuesday, 23 April 2024

What a killer Winnie the Pooh can tell us about remix culture

quote [ “The biggest limiting factor right now is that almost everything that anyone wants is has to be from existing IP,” says Johnston, whose newest project is an animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The Twits” for Netflix. ”And that that the notion of an original idea is somehow scary, certainly to a marketing entity, because they just have to work harder to get it into the public’s consciousness. That’s the bummer.” ]

Notes on copyrights, reusing and remixing, featuring some remarks from Dntel in the end. Thumb via some 10 year old mix from the latter.
[SFW] [art] [+2 Insightful]
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Monday, 22 April 2024

Dracula Daily

quote [ Get the classic novel Dracula, emailed to you in real time as it happens. ]

That was a promise too interesting not to mention. Reminds me of this other gamey dialogue that reads the whole of Moby Dick to you (can't seem to find it, gladly). Via Fallen London newsletter.
[SFW] [literature] [+2 Interesting]
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Friday, 12 April 2024

Prop of her game

quote [ “They wanted a pretty-looking male foot, basically. And I was like, ‘I don’t actually know any of my male friends’ feet’. So I just randomly asked some friends and they were like, Oh, yeah, Tom has the nicest feet in the world!” ]

Great interview on a movie prop builder with nice photos.
[SFW] [art] [+2 Interesting]
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