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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Musicians Algorithmically Generate Every Possible Melody, Release Them to Public Domain

quote [ "Under copyright law, numbers are facts, and under copyright law, facts either have thin copyright, almost no copyright, or no copyright at all," Riehl explained in the talk. "So maybe if these numbers have existed since the beginning of time and we're just plucking them out, maybe melodies are just math, which is just facts, which is not copyrightable." ]

I was just talking about the possibility of something like this 5 days ago. The fun thing is I was talking about trying to implement something like this on old SE more than 15 years ago but storage capabilities were far out of reach. Technological advancements makes scarcity of IP obsolete. This is what post scarcity looks like. This same brute force concept can be applied to images, movies, books code, etc. AI will simply streamline the process more efficiently.

TLDR; IP is now officially theft of The Commons. Though I'm sure a court case will tell us that actually math is illegal or something. Again.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Informative]
[by steele@5:56pmGMT] [4 comments]

The Internet Of Trash

quote [ We may have made a horrible mistake by unnecessarily making our consumer electronics devices smart?and removing generations of future use in the process. ]

high speed electronic digital device, wait till you see one
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:04amGMT] [0 comments]

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Fax on the beach: The story of the audacious, totally calamitous iPad of the '90s

quote [ AT&T's EO Personal Communicator was going to change everything. Too bad nobody cared. ]

Fax on the beach and sticky rubber casings. Also, a lot of 90s tech biz talk.
[SFW] [science & technology]
[by Paracetamol@6:54amGMT] [1 comment]

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Naming the Universe

quote [ How the quick thinking of internationally minded astronomers avoided stamping the solar system with petty European rivalries ]

The power of the universe knows my name
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:03amGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 14 February 2020

Scientists discover how to use time crystals to power superconductors

quote [ Physicists propose using time crystals to bring about a quantum computing revolution. ]

I first read about time crystals through SE, I think. To discover that they've been created and are possibly useful...mind. blown.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Interesting]
[by Bob Denver@2:35amGMT] [5 comments]

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

'Reaper of death': scientists discover new dinosaur species related to T rex

quote [ Species is thought to be the oldest member of the T rex family yet discovered in northern North America ]

I am the reaper of death
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:00amGMT] [0 comments]

Teens have figured out how to mess with Instagram's tracking algorithm

quote [ As an experiment, Mosley shared the account with her cousin, who lived out of state.

That's when she and her friends realized the shared account could be used to obscure their data from Instagram's tracking. ]

This is a cool story. Aren't Uber divers turning off their phones collectively to rise the fee, too?
[SFW] [science & technology]
[by Paracetamol@5:02amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

This is the highest-resolution photo of the sun ever taken

quote [ You can see structures on the surface as small as 18.5 miles in size.

?We have now seen the smallest details on the largest object in our solar system,? says Thomas Rimmele, the director of DKIST. The new image was taken December 10, when the telescope achieved first light. It is still technically under construction, with three more instruments set to come online. ]

I JOECAM this stuff! /25 chars
[SFW] [science & technology] [+5 Hot Pr0n]
[by knumbknutz@9:50pmGMT] [11 comments]

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Why building density matters as much as building efficiency

quote [ my favorite has always been the Canadian Urban Archetypes Project which looked at single family and small multifamily urban projects, finding that crappy old multifamily buildings had lower overall carbon footprints than modern subdivisions. ]

Some stats on eco-friendly housing.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@6:11pmGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 17 January 2020

The case for ... making low-tech 'dumb' cities instead of 'smart' ones

quote [ And there?s a dumb solution to the spread of air conditioning, one of the greatest urban energy guzzlers: more plants. ]

Sounding a bit excited but has some nice examples.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@9:24pmGMT] [0 comments]

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