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Primary hangout of @knapjack, because the Fediverse isn't just one thing.

I snap photos on film, flip bits for a living and live in the subarctic. Be kind, rewind.

knapjack honked 03 Mar 2024 05:12 +0000

Watching the first episode of Murder at the End of the World and it's super tense. 😬

knapjack bonked 03 Mar 2024 03:26 +0000
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🔥🔥🔥 February 2024 was the warmest February on record according to ERA5 reanalysis. This is the 9th consecutive warmest month. @AlaskaWx

knapjack bonked 02 Mar 2024 18:51 +0000
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People are discussing the water impact of AI, a topic that @jfleck and I discussed last year when he gave me a tour of the Albuquerque water system.

John encouraged me to compare AI to other water users. Karen Hao cites 50 million gallons a year from Microsoft's Phoenix datacenter. Golf courses in Phoenix use 80 million gallons per *day*.

When managing water, AI is important but there are other users that could make more of a difference.



knapjack bonked 02 Mar 2024 18:12 +0000
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A star will be born in the coming months! Not quite, but a star in the T Coronae Borealis binary system (T CrB) will explode as a nova between Feb and Sept and become visible to the naked eye.

How do astronomers know? It is because this is a “recurrent nova”, one that grows and erupts every ~80 years. It is known to have erupted in 1217, 1787, 1866 and 1946.

After explosion, it will be visible to the unaided eye for several days and about a week with binoculars.


Artist's portrayal of a classical nova explosion. Shows one star attracting material from an orbiting neighbor and exploding.
K. Ulaczyk/Warsaw University Observatory

knapjack bonked 02 Mar 2024 17:43 +0000
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Another clanger from Microsoft -

- zero day vulnerability being exploited in Windows OS for six months in the wild by North Korea

- They didn’t tell anybody, took six months to make a patch

- released the patch without saying what happened

- didn’t mark it as a zero day in Microsoft Vulnerability Management

You’d think having the largest market cap in the world and having $2bn a year in revenue from security alone would allow.. uh.. investment.


knapjack bonked 02 Mar 2024 17:29 +0000
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Harri’s attempts to pose with every trig point in Radnorshire, an occasional 🧵: 3 - Llandrindod Golf Course (68 in the book). 355m. NGR: SO 07446 60404 - to the SE of the big Llandrindod lake.

A whippet sitting next to a trig point

knapjack honked 02 Mar 2024 16:39 +0000

Wanted to take my Contax N1 out today but I'm going to be in a venue where it's going to be like EV 5, and the zoom is f/3.5 at the good end, which puts me into like ISO 1600 I think.

[Narrator: Jack gets out his phone for the math, because he's lazy.]

Yep, looks like 1/30 territory at best. Which is the same for ISO 400 and something f/2 in the same light. Which means it's the wrong camera for the job today.

knapjack bonked 02 Mar 2024 14:49 +0000
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Heisenberg, Schrodinger and Ohm are in a car.

They get pulled over. Heisenberg is driving and the cop asks him "Do you know how fast you were going?"
"No, but I know exactly where I am" Heisenberg replies.
The cop says "You were doing 55 in a 35."
Heisenberg throws up his hands and shouts "Great! Now I'm lost!"
The cop thinks this is suspicious and orders him to pop open the trunk. He checks it out and says "Do you know you have a dead cat back here?"
"We do now, asshole!" shouts Schrodinger.
The cop moves to arrest them. Ohm resists.

knapjack honked 02 Mar 2024 05:06 +0000

In the mood for an N-mount 70-300 if you have one.

knapjack honked 01 Mar 2024 13:44 +0000

@hrbrmstr If we're picking cyberets I want one in U.N. blue with a Log4j patch.

knapjack bonked 01 Mar 2024 07:02 +0000
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I just looked up Voyager 1's current position for a talk and saw something wild: https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/status/

The distance between Earth and Voyager 1 is actually *decreasing* right now (even though the distance between Voyager 1 and the Sun is increasing). A website bug?

Nope! Earth moves really fast around the Sun. Right now we're moving faster toward Voyager 1 than it's flying away from us

Earth orbits at 30 km/s around the Sun, Voyager is going "only" 17 km/s. I love orbital dynamics!

knapjack bonked 01 Mar 2024 03:41 +0000
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#believeinfilm new Pentax film camera update just dropped!!

- Camera will be Half-frame, with photos being in vertical format
- Planning to incorporate manually set zone focusing system
- Electronically controlled shutter & aperture, some settings can be overridden
- Plan to add winding mechanism & rewinding crank
- Lens design was inspired by the Ricoh Auto Half (25mm f2.8, 4/3 design) & Pentax Espio Mini (32mm f3.5, 3/3 design)


knapjack bonked 28 Feb 2024 15:19 +0000
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If anyone, especially the Nvidia CEO, tells you not to teach your kids maths, science, coding, art, or personal finance. Ignore him and do the opposite of what he is saying. Teach your kids the skills they need to thrive. Embrace education for all kids. By encouraging critical thinking and a love of learning, you give your kids powerful tools to shape their futures, which also helps build strong nations.

knapjack bonked 28 Feb 2024 15:12 +0000
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There was a span of time when it seemed like every kid was named something like Jaxyn or Brynleigh but I haven't seen those types of names in a little while so my best guess is that they all died doing dumb TikTok challenges.