As some of you know, my day job is being a lead software engineer. I’ve discussed a lot of science on this site, but I’ve never actually discussed how computers work, even though I have most experience in that area. Time to change that.
California and several other US states are currently trying to create new net neutrality rules since the FCC abolished the ones put in place on the US federal level. What the heck is net neutrality? And why do we even need it?
Mark Zuckerberg caused a row last week about, because in an interview about censorship and fake news, he said he does not wish to remove holocaust-deniers from Facebook. It’s almost funny that the man who gave rise to the biggest social platform in the world, isn’t very socially versatile himself. Funny, if the issue at hand wasn’t so important.
Elon Musk has a new girlfriend. The couple’s courtship appears to have started with a very nerdy in-joke concerning the so-called Roko’s Basilisk. So, today: what is Roko’s basilisk? Or, if you prefer, a nerdy concept about future AI overlords that could land you a nerdy partner.
Goldilocks went into the three bears house and found three bowls of porridge. One was too hot, one was too cold, and one was just right. ‘How does this apply to astronomy?’ you ask. Let’s have a look.