ReHacked #154: Kharkiv after liberation from occupants, History of soviet space shuttle „Buran“, Surveillance will not save the children and more

ReHacked #154: Kharkiv after liberation from occupants, History of soviet space shuttle „Buran“, Surveillance will not save the children and more
Kharkiv panorama. From Volodymyr Zolkin video.

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Liberated Kharkiv. #war #ukraine #aftermath

When we learn more about a stranger, we feel like they know us better too – Research Digest #psychology #society

After finding out details about a stranger, we mistakenly think that they also know about us. As a result, we act more honestly around them, according to a recent study in Nature. And this can have a real-world impact: the team finds that after residents are given biographical information about neighbourhood police officers, the crime rate in nearby areas reduces.

Past research has found that we tend to assume social relationships are reciprocal. Most of the time, this assumption is accurate: someone you think of as a friend will usually consider you a friend too, for instance. But sometimes our social ties are more one-sided: for example, you might learn something about a stranger who doesn’t know you at all. Anuj K. Shah from the University of Chicago and Michael LaForest from Pennsylvania State University wondered whether, in this situation, our tendency to believe that social ties are symmetrical could lead us to mistakenly feel that a stranger does actually know us.

The Severed Head and the Soviet Space Plane #space #history

Half disassembled, it sits abandoned and rotting in a hangar in the middle of the Kazakh Steppe. And the Soviet Union’s last spaceplane is owned, not by Russia or Kazakhstan, but by Dauren Musa, a Kazakh Billionaire who is willing to trade it — for the skull of Kazakhstan’s last Khan. To understand how we got here, we need to delve deeper into the development of the Buran program, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

CSAM Scanning: EU Commission's lies uncovered - Surveillance will not save the children. #privacy

We have analyzed telecommunication surveillance orders. Data shows that the EU's CSAM scanning will not have the intended effect.

Morrowind 20-year anniversary book #history #gaming

It may be hard to believe, but as of 2022, Bethesda Softworks’ The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is 20 years old.

For so many who have played the game, the music, and the memories of playing have inspired deep nostalgia. For others, the ability to mod the game captured imaginations and inspired creativity.

So, on this 20-year anniversary of one of the best RPGs ever created, we created a book capturing vignettes of the fans’ memories of the game, what it means to them, what makes it special, all these years later.

Intake of fruits and vegetables according to pesticide residue status in relation to all-cause and disease-specific mortality: Results from three prospective cohort studies - ScienceDirect #health

A total of 27,026 deaths, including 4,318 from CVD and 6,426 from cancer, were documented during 3,081,360 person-years of follow-up. In multivariable-adjusted analyses, participants who consumed ≥4 servings/day of low-pesticide-residue FVs had 36% (95% CI: 32%-41%) lower mortality risk compared to participants who consumed <1 serving/day. The corresponding estimate for high-pesticide residue FV intake was 0.93 (95% CI: 0.81–1.07). This pattern was similar across the three most frequent causes of death (cardiovascular disease, cancer and respiratory diseases).


High-pesticide-residue FV intake was unrelated whereas low-pesticide residue FV intake was inversely related to all-cause mortality, suggesting that exposure to pesticide residues through diet may offset the beneficial effect of FV intake on mortality.

Are humans and other animals machines? #philosophy

Merriam-Webster defines machine so: a mechanically, electrically, or electronically operated device for performing a task.

That is, there is an operator (the entity that will perform the task) and there is a purpose (the task). And the machine is a means by which to perform the task. Various other dictionaries all have variants on this. A machine is some kind of mechanism whereby some task is performed or some physical purpose is achieved.

Can a biological organism be reasonably said to satisfy such a definition?

How to Multiply Roman Numerals #interesting

What happens to TLDs when their country stops existing? | #internet #history

Back in 1989, the Eastern Bloc countries were assigned .su (Soviet Union), .pl (Poland), .cs (Czechoslovakia), .yu (Yugoslavia) and .dd (East Germany). domain. 15 months later, in 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, and it seems that IANA had to deal with the fallout of that.

The Day I Became Friends with a Robot | by Tristrum Tuttle | May, 2022 | Medium #internet #ai

Short story about AI, written by AI, illustrated by… AI

Twitter to pay $150 million penalty for allegedly breaking its privacy promises – again | Federal Trade Commission #privacy

Companies can’t tell consumers they will use their personal information for one purpose and then use it for another. But according to the FTC, that’s the kind of digital bait-and-switch Twitter pulled on unsuspecting consumers. Twitter asked users for personal information for the express purpose of securing their accounts, but then also used it to serve targeted ads for Twitter’s financial benefit. It wasn’t Twitter’s first alleged violation of the FTC Act, but this one will cost the company $150 million in civil penalties.

‘Beauty Revealed’ a self portrait by Sarah Goodridge (1788-1853) painted in 1828 when she was 40 y/o. She gifted the painting to politician Daniel Webster. The first unsolicited nude in history? : redscarepod #art #culture #history #nsfw

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