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I use kubuntu on an old (2012) macbook, and the driver I tried first would only support 2.5GHz Wi-Fi, which is slow if you’re expecting 5GHz.

I switched to the driver contained in the ‘bcmwl-kernel-source’ package, 5GHz started working, and the speeds have been on par with macOS ever since.


Open access publication is just another great idea ruined by unfettered capitalism.

The big publishers decided to make up for the loss of one-time fees by charging thousands of dollars to publish an open access article.

Generally, this money has to come out of the research funding, which is scarce enough already in many fields, and the cost is prohibitive for most projects.

For context, peer review is performed for free by volunteer academics, so all the publishers really do these days is turn a word document into a fancy pdf, and lend a mostly illusory veneer of respectability.


Couldn’t agree more!

As a researcher, I think it’s tough to overstate how much the current publishing system hinders scientific progress.

Not only does it make published results less accessible to other researchers, while siphoning tons of money away from research, it also financially incentivizes a quantity-over-quality approach to publication.

Sci-hub is the best thing that has happened to science in ages, imo.



Self-Sustaining, Intelligent, Electronic Microsystems Created – Operate Much Like Self-Autonomous Living Organisms

A research team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst has created an electronic microsystem that can intelligently respond to information inputs without any external energy input, much like a self-autonomous living organism. The microsystem is constructed from a novel type of electronics that…


Official nutrition recommendations have really lost the forrest in the trees.

Historically, almost every human population survived primarily on plant-based carbohydrate-dominant diets, so it should be super clear that carbohydrates are not ‘bad for us’.

The problem is the processing. Over the last few hundred years, we have started isolating and refining individual nutrients from whole foods, producing fundamentally new and unnatural nutrient combinations our bodies are completely unprepared for. And everywhere these new and improved foods become widely adopted, a predictable constellation of diseases turn up… Go figure.

Personally, I was raised on a standard American diet (99% hot pockets & McDs), was overweight like most of my family, and being fit seemed impossible. In collage I started cooking my own food, to my own taste (plenty of salt, fat, etc.), have been an effortless size 4 since, and I really feel like the answer is no where near as difficult as we like to pretend.

To my mind, the major impediments to widespread dietary health are all societal, as almost no one has the time or money, much less the know-how, to cook real food.

Moreover, processed food makes a lot of money for the processors, so does treating the diseases processed food causes. As such, the powers of capitalism strongly favor continued public confusion, and discourage any meaningful improvement.



Absolutely, and to me, it really hammers home how biologically impactful food processing can be!


Very cool work!

It reminds me of a really interesting book by a primatologist, postulating that the adoption of cooking likely played a major role in human brain development.

Basically, the author argues that the energy provided by cooking drastically reduced the physiological energy required to extract nutrients (like starch) from our food, leaving a relative excess available to power our energetically-expensive cognition.


Scary stuff! And some of these endocrine disrupting compounds can have a hereditary impact, meaning a woman’s exposure today can effect her grandkids’ development.

A lot of these chemicals come from the packaging used in fast food and other ultra-processed foods, so home cooking has really become self-defense.


I think a lot of the pushback stems from the phrasing of the original PR description (which is still available below the clarifying update).

Telemetry can be a valuable tool, but adding Google & Yandex to a popular open source project immediately after acquisition seems… undiplomatic, and I can certainly see why the original announcement caused concerns.

That said, the update provides some important, and hopefully calming, clarifications, including the opt-in implementation.


Fair enough, I think there are some RSS options for the comments, but I don’t use any personally, so I don’t know how well they work.


You could always use their RSS feed, then configure your RSS front-end to only show unread content.


Wow, I bet Skynet is going to love these.

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They do look cool though!


Great! Now developers can stop bothering with Windows apps, and fully focus on Linux!

Edit: I should have added an /s for sarcasm, I definitely understand that this is just more EEE (and Microsoft desperately trying to stay relevant), but the WSL can be a double-edged sword!


Sigh, I just saw an article reporting that DDT exposure can have a hereditary impact (in humans). Meaning, a woman’s exposure today can impact her grandkids’ growth and development.

After 70 years, we’re still figuring out how damaging Monsanto’s ‘miracle’ solutions are.

Undaunted, we are frenetically creating untold multitudes of novel compounds every day… regulated only by profitability, in most cases.

Sometimes I wonder if we are going to last long enough to realize how dangerous our pace of progress is.


I will keep my fingers crossed, but ‘enlightened’ has not been my experience of the US.

It seems to me that the US will continue to prioritize protecting the profit streams stemming from internet tracking over personal privacy until the profits diminish, or the laws (and the system of government providing them) change substantially.

In any event, I was really more speaking to the widespread police surveillance in the US, alongside the national and individual consequences of ubiquitous corporate surveillance.


I hear you, it’s really been a discouraging few years. Unfortunately, I think we have to keep on top of the dystopian stuff, or we’ll end up with even less good news.

That said, here is an adorable interlude from the doomscrolling.


This “New IP” proposal is genuinely terrifying, but frankly, at least from my perspective (as an American), it seems the EU has been leading the way in ethical internet governance.

While the US is certainly less restrictive about information than China (at the moment), in many ways the US is just less honest about the surveillance state it enacts, and I’m not sure it has been leading anywhere the world wants to go.


Nice! For people who already have EFF’s HTTPS Everywhere installed, it can totally do the same thing!


I haven’t seen anyone mention ScriptSafe, which I really like for granular control of javascript!

It also has some fingerprinting protections, among other features.