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- (07:57+00): I read an ArsTechnica article summarizing the scientific community consensus that the magnetic properties of LK-99 were likely the result of copper sulfide formed due to impurities in the reaction reagents. No superconducting effect was able to be reproduced.
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- (17:55+00): I commented on an issue thread in the the Galactic Tick GitHub repository, providing a possible method for recreating the Galactic Tick dates listed by the repository and associated Twitter account.
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- (15:20+00): I published a comment on a New York Times article comparing how Google defends its monopoly with how Microsoft did decades ago.
In order to determine whether Google should be broken up, one need only look at the history of mergers and acquisitions it has made. Some highlights:
- 2003: Applied Semantics, to cripple search rival Overture.
- 2006: YouTube, because Google Video couldn't compete.
- 2007: DoubleClick, to reduce competition with AdSense.
- 2007: Postini, to reduce competition with Gmail.
- 2010: reMail, to reduce competition with Gmail.
- 2013: Waze, to reduce competition with Google Maps.
- 2012: Sparrow, to reduce competition with Gmail.
- 2021: Fitbit, to eliminate competition with Android Wear.
Since most of Google's services are ad-supported (i.e. no costs), current anti-trust laws based on the “consumer welfare” standard fail to prevent anti-competitive mergers as the original “harmful dominance” standard would have (i.e. monopolies are bad). The result is Google's dominance over many markets and ability to force all sellers to pay higher advertising fees. These gains can then be used to acquire more ad-supported markets and intel, ad infinitum, cementing Googleʼs control. Sellers in markets Google dominates are then are forced to pass their increased ad costs to the consumer, raising prices. Thus, the consumer welfare theory puts both sellers and consumers at Googleʼs mercy. Therefore, Google should be broken up not because consumers are harmed, but because monopolies are bad.
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- (00:04+00): I can confirm this advice for mounting a SanDisk Clip Sport Plus portable Bluetooth audio player onto Pop!_OS works.
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- 21:10-07 (04:10+00): I registered for minecraft.wiki (link), a replacement for the Minecraft Fandom site created by some minecraft.fandom.com editors.
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- (15:46+00): Read an article about how Factorio is getting elevated rail in the Factorio: Space Age expansion scheduled for release in 2024.
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- Andrew Jones. (2023-03-10). “Boom! Japanese astronomer catches meteorite smashing into the moon (video)”. space.com. Accessed 2023-09-04. Archived from the original on 2023-09-01.
- Sibu Kumar Tripathi (editor). (2023-03-14). “Japanese astronomer films meteorite crash into the Moon | Video”. India Today. Accessed 2023-09-04. Archived from the original on 2023-03-15.
- John Trimmer. (2023-09-06). “The room-temperature superconductor that wasn’t”. ArsTechnica. Accessed 2023-09-06.
- @OkieSpaceQueen. (2023-09-09). “Happy Galactic Tick Day!”. scicomm.xyz. Accessed 2023-09-09. “Happy Galactic Tick Day! ¶ The Earth takes 365.25 days to travel around the Sun. ¶ The Sun takes 225 Million years to travel around the galactic center. ¶ Galactic Tick Day celebrates one centi-arcsecond of the trip. (0.00000077% of the full journey) ¶ It happened on Dec 15, 2021, and will happen again on June 4, 2025. ¶ Celebrate by boosting this post so everyone will know that today is special! ☀️🕰️”
- “Galactic Tick Day Calendar”. (2020-03-22). Twitter. Accessed 2023-09-10.
- Chris Blakley. “Inconsistent dates (and formula for calculation)”. (2022-12-23). Accessed 2023-09-10.
- Steve Lohr. (2023-09-11). “Microsoft, Google and Antitrust: Similar Legal Theories in a Different Era”. New York Times. Accessed 2023-09-11.
- Dawn Kawamoto. (2003-04-24). “Google buys Applied Semantics”. ZDNet. Accessed 2023-09-11. Archived from the original on 2023-03-25.
- Matt Callahan. (2023-03-24). “Mount a SanDisk Clip Sport Plus MP3 player in Linux”. mfcallahan.blog. Accessed 2023-09-23. “The
parted -lcommand will list all partitions, and
lsblk -fwill list information about the file systems. Running these two commands seems to automagically mount the SanDisk MP3 player;”
- V453000. (2023-09-29). “Friday Facts #378 - Trains on another level”. factorio.com. Accessed 2023-09-29. Archived from the original on 2023-09-29.