Nine states have signed a memorandum of understanding that says that heat pumps should make up at least 65 percent of residential heating, air conditioning, and water-heating shipments by 2030. (“Shipments” here means systems manufactured, a proxy for how many are actually sold.) By 2040, these states—California, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island—are aiming for 90 percent of those shipments to be heat pumps.
I'm not a big fan of sports BUT the amount of money that gets poured into the tech behind it all is pretty fascinating.
This is an environment where I'd imagine there's practically zero room for error, some mistakes can easily be seen by millions of people and talked about for days. A lot of work is required to ensure all of this runs smoothly. It's definitely an incredibly thankless job that almost nobody will think about while the game goes on.
This article is a bit short on details but I thought it was a neat tour of some of the networking/dashboards/etc going on behind the scenes.
While they're a very, very, very, very small search engine, it looks like someone requested a Lemmy search lens and was finally implemented today.
More positive news for those wanting to do self-repairs.
This points to a blogpost that points back to a 2001 article, so this isn't news but it TL;DRs an interesting tactic that DirecTV used in their efforts to prevent circumvention of their content protections. With content providers putting more effort into content protections, I think it's interesting to see what has been done in the past.
For those outside of the US, DirecTV has been a major satellite TV provider in the US since the 90s. They utilized smart cards ("access cards") in consumer satellite receivers to gate access to channel packages and various features, and these satellite receivers could program the smart cards for various purposes.
Pirate satellite TV groups have found security issues in these smartcards that could be used to circumvent content access limitations. Eventually, DirecTV surprised everyone by finding a way to lock out pirates via an unpredictable pattern in their update mechanism a week before the Superbowl, one of the most watched TV programs.
The linked article as well as the WIRED article (https://www.wired.com/2008/05/tarnovsky/?currentPage=all) it cites are an interesting read on how someone worked to crack satellite TV but then devised a mechanism to block pirates from their knowledge of the inside.
I'm burying the lede here for you to read yourself ;)
tl;dr: let's stop the generic and almost-irrelevant-doom-and-gloom karma-harvesting one-liners that can be copy-pasted between any two articles written in the last century
Anyone who has used Reddit for any decent period of time is probably aware of the drill -- when you create an account, unsubscribe from the defaults and find the smaller communities. It will end up in a better experience.
Why were people told to dodge the defaults? They were the largest subreddits. But because they were large, the quality was often regarded as "meh" due to post and comment quality.
How bad was it? You'd find news posted about something, then you'd click into the comments, find they're something to read, then move on.
A week passes and an article on a similar subject comes up. You click into the comments and a sense of "Is this deja-vu?" is felt. Is this comment thread for the article this week, or the article from last week?
Turns out, the discussion was too generic. It wasn't uniquely thought provoking to the article posted. The comments didn't offer much and could be copy-pasted between many news posts spanning any given year.
Reddit became boring after picking up on this pattern, especially as this became the norm on so many communities. The comments served as candy for feeding a doom-scrolling habit. At times I'd joke to myself that I could predict what the upvoted comments would be.
Why do I bring this up?
I've noticed that commentary in the most popular communities have been flooded with unsubstantial commentary as of late -- the type of commentary that could be copy-pasted between almost any two articles in a given month. It feels like cheap karma acquisition, even though Lemmy doesn't really incentivize karma.
The Lemmy community has a lot of energy and a lot of people who want to see it succeed. I do too.
So what should we do?
I am advocating that we collectively try to put in more thought in our discussions. I think Hackernews (sans the occasional edgy political take) and Tildes might be worth learning from. Let's make it a goal to contribute content that others may learn from and do away with the copy-paste doom-and-gloom comments.
Yes, the popular refrain to a lot of concerns about Lemmy is "just unsubscribe from those and join another community". I disagree that is the right solution. This isn't limited to just one or two communities of a given type and what habits are created in one community easily spread to others due to the very large overlap in users.
One of the biggest challenges to reducing car reliance is figuring out how to provide transportation services in areas that might not have the funding or density to fully support transit modes with fixed routes. A couple of Virginia communities have experimented with microtransit services -- on-demand rideshare vans with success.
In addition to helping those who are unable to drive, this might enable more people to reconsider car ownership.
A legally blind veteran can now get out of the house without anyone in his family having to miss work to drive him. A husband and wife living in a homeless shelter, who previously became unemployed each time their work schedules changed, were finally able to hold down jobs long enough to afford an apartment. “It has been a life changer for a lot of people,” said Mountain Empire Transit director Mitch Elliott.