It looks like there's going to be a Stargate video game. Not that the previous attempts went very well.

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Weekly #space / #astronomy news update!

○ InSight's fading power 😢
○ formation of DF2/DF4 (no dark matter!)
○ how soon will humans reach an asteroid?
○ Psyche mission delay
○ OFT-2 in the books! ✅
○ 👀 tau Herculids on May 30


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Check out my chat about supermassive black holes, where I answer the hotly debated question "which supermassive black hole is your favorite?". Spoiler: My answer is super basic 💁‍♀️ (but it's the right answer!)

#XraysAreTheBestRays #iloveSMBHs #scienceisfun

Perl Weekly Challenge 166 by Falvio Poletti

"As an old systems programmer, whenever I needed to come up with a 32-bit number, I would reach for the tired old examples like 0xDeadBeef and 0xC0dedBad. I want more!

Write a program that will read from a dictionary and find 2- to 8-letter words that can be “spelled” in hexadecimal"

Sending Mail via Gmail using OAuth2 (2022 Edition)
by Akkana Peck

"Google has announced they'll be removing support for password access on May 30, 2022. Or maybe it's actually May 22, the date they show on the "less secure apps" page if you're logged in). In any case, passwords are going to stop working very soon."

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I bought a vacuum cleaner. Looks just like your ordinary vacuum cleaner, but it can be controlled via buttons in the handle. How? There's no cabling inside the hose. Instead it's a 2.4 GHz radio connection.

My vacuum cleaner supports AES encryption!

The legalese:
"It shall be prohibited for operators to broadcast, or to enable, facilitate or otherwise contribute to broadcast, any content by the legal persons, entities or bodies listed in Annex IX, including through transmission or distribution by any means such as cable, satellite, IP-TV, internet service providers, internet video-sharing platforms or applications, whether new or pre-installed."

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Apparently the EU ban of Russia Today means you can't even share a clip online to document what they say on RT. This is some scary censorship shit.

If anyone is interested in the reading of a Stargate SG-1 script generated by an AI, with Sam (Amanda Tapping), Daniel (Michael Shanks) and Jack (Richard Dean Anderson) now is the last chance to do it for free.

It is live this Saturday on May 21st 18:00 UTC

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Surprise! You can *now* start listening to all the #fedivision #music! Find it on!

Voting will start tomorrow, 3 PM CEST.

Have fun and give some love to the musicians who made this possible! :blobhaj_heart:

It's ironic that, while browsing with javascript disabled, I use to view e-mail addresses protected by cloudfares crap. Not an effective way to obfuscate an e-mail address, when a human can't read it, but a machine can.

smpl boosted new blog post about the last couple of days' adventure patching/compiling Lua 5.4.4 on FreeDOS 1.3 with Borland Turbo C 2.01.

"Researchers have used a widespread species of blue-green algae to power a microprocessor continuously for a year - and counting - using nothing but ambient light and water."

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I had the opportunity to finally meet @ethanz last night, interviewing him for FLOSS Weekly #678.

We covered lots of ground on federation, the diversity of microblogging systems, the Fediverse and Mastodon, why Twitter is so hard to replace and more. I had a great time, albeit finding we were only starting discussions rather than getting to their meat, and you may enjoy it too!

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@_astronoMay I observed an exoplanet transit recently!

On February 19, I along with 3 other citizen scientists pointed our backyard telescopes at Qatar-8b, a gas giant 1.3x the size of Jupiter located 918 light-years from Earth, & captured it transiting its G-type star! 🤩

Check out our light curve data 🤓

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If you're the sort of website developer who loads a 900kb font to use 2 glyphs out if it... maybe consider a different line of work.

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This picture is going to drive the conspiracy nuts crazier.

I think this is the most artificial-looking thing I've seen in a Mars rover image. I'm sure it's a natural formation, but damn if it doesn't look like a concrete door into the mountainside.

I thought it was fake until I traced it back to the NASA Curiosity mission site.

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Sharing a nice picture from Ny-Ålesund in Svalbard, 79 degrees North. And the first stage of the Endurance rocket that was launched while I was there!

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