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Scavengers Reign | Official Trailer | Max

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Levitz
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Just in case Dodge has not seen this yet -- it's on Netflix now
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The Chickening

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The Chickening is a surreal visual remix of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining done by Nick DenBoer and Davy Force. It mostly defies description, so just watch the first minute or so (after which you won't be able to resist the rest of it). The short film is playing at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

But seriously, WTF was that?! (via @UnlikelyWorlds)

[This was originally posted on January 26, 2016.]

Tags:Davy Force    movies    Nick DenBoer    remix    Stanley Kubrick    The Shining    video   

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cjheinz
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I increasingly avoid watching modern pop culture, but, OMG, this is indeed totally hilarious! Kudos!

A Potential Major Discovery: An Aperiodic Monotile

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an aperiodic monotile

The authors of a new preprint paper claim that they’ve discovered what’s called an aperiodic monotile, a single shape that can cover a two-dimensional space with a pattern that never repeats itself exactly. One of the authors, Craig Kaplan, explains on Mastodon:

How small can a set of aperiodic tiles be? The first aperiodic set had over 20000 tiles. Subsequent research lowered that number, to sets of size 92, then 6, and then 2 in the form of the famous Penrose tiles.

Penrose’s work dates back to 1974. Since then, others have constructed sets of size 2, but nobody could find an “einstein”: a single shape that tiles the plane aperiodically. Could such a shape even exist?

Taylor and Socolar came close with their hexagonal tile. But that shape requires additional markings or modifications to tile aperiodically, which can’t be encoded purely in its outline.

In a new paper, David Smith, Joseph Myers, Chaim Goodman-Strauss and I prove that a polykite that we call “the hat” is an aperiodic monotile, AKA an einstein. We finally got down to 1!

The full paper is here. You can play around with the tiles here & here and watch an animation of an infinite array of these monotiles.

If you’re looking for a quick explanation of what aperiodic tiling is, check out the first 20 seconds of this video:

This video from Veritasium and this Numberphile one might also be helpful in understanding the concept. (thx, caroline)

Tags: Craig Kaplan   geometry   mathematics   video
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Key

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Click here to go see the bonus panel!

Hovertext:
The nice thing is all the formerly distinct arts can just be repackaged as content.


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Levitz
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@dodge ;)
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The hottest neighborhood in San Francisco: Austin, Texas

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Facebook Is Now Encrypting Links to Prevent URL Stripping

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Some sites, including Facebook, add parameters to the web address for tracking purposes. These parameters have no functionality that is relevant to the user, but sites rely on them to track users across pages and properties.

Mozilla introduced support for URL stripping in Firefox 102, which it launched in June 2022. Firefox removes tracking parameters from web addresses automatically, but only in private browsing mode or when the browser’s Tracking Protection feature is set to strict. Firefox users may enable URL stripping in all Firefox modes, but this requires manual configuration. Brave Browser strips known tracking parameters from web addresses as well.

Facebook has responded by encrypting the entire URL into a single ciphertext blob.

Since it is no longer possible to identify the tracking part of the web address, it is no longer possible to remove it from the address automatically. In other words: Facebook has the upper hand in regards to URL-based tracking at the time, and there is little that can be done about it short of finding a way to decrypt the information.

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jgbishop
707 days ago
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Sneaky stuff.
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jepler
707 days ago
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That didn't take long.
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freeAgent
707 days ago
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Facebook loves finding ways to destroy privacy.
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