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College has always been a business

It might seem ludicrous to sacrifice public health to preserve indiscretion as an ideal of college life, but that life has never aspired toward well-being in the first place. It’s a deliberate feature of college, not a side effect. “Youthful indiscretions were tolerated and even encouraged as part of the process of upward social mobility that the college facilitated,” Thelin writes.

Source: Why Did Colleges Reopen During the Pandemic? – The Atlantic

You can only do this if you’re white, however. If you’re not white, you’ll likely become another customer of the carceral state and universities are more than happy to throw you down that well.

In the past 60 years colleges have sold the aspirational aspect as something worthy to be experienced no matter the cost. For-profit schools benefited from the halo effect.

No more.

The text itself is the lie

GPT-3 is a communication revolution that threatens to eliminate the possibility of information about the original human intentionality behind a given text post.

Source: GPT-3: Informational Hyper-Inflation – Never Met a Science

Unless you see the name of someone who is a real human on a text you cannot be sure that text was written by an actual breathing human. Even then you’re not assured the text was actually written by a human, merely that it was vetted by a human who then decided it was okay to put their name to this text.

You still cannot be sure the text was actually written by them. As the author of that post says this will only help drive written media away giving priority to audio and video media.

How long until those are mediated by AI? Nvidia is already making a go at it with the purpose of reducing used bandwidth but it won’t be long before the tech is being used to fake entire appearances.

Oh, you want to setup a neighborhood network? They’ll throw the cops at you for that

Stephen Milton, who helped to design and build the Gigabit Now service in Sea Ranch, California explained that his company had to obtain permission from 23 separate local, county, and federal granting agencies to get the new project up and running. Broadband provider Sacred Wind out of New Mexico wrote in a filing to the FCC that an application involving one landowner and one authorizing jurisdiction commonly takes 2–4 years to complete, while something more complex, that involves more than one piece of land spanning multiple authorizing jurisdictions, can take anywhere from 4–8 years to complete. Slow response times translate into delays and adoption lags.

Source: The curious case of Romanian broadband | by Will Rinehart | The Benchmark | Oct, 2020 | Medium

Here in the US most of these bumps are by design by way of from redlining, NIMBYism, and plain old lack of foresight from local governments. This in turn gave more power to state governments who in turn receive most of their regulatory guidelines from the companies they’re supposed to be regulating. A lot of states now explicily forbid cities, counties, and municipalities from even trying to enact their own regulations when it comes to broadband, specially publicly owned infrastructure.

Wealthy neighborhoods will always see at least two companies deal with the regulatory gauntlet as they know the profits to be made will be worth it, which in turn helps attract more wealthy people to the neighborhood. Poor neighborhoods have not seen that kind of investment in decades, and will likely never see it in the foreseeable future. Here in Minneapolis one company is rolling out fiber throughout the city and North Minneapolis isn’t even in the plan for them. This has been a historical goal of racist and classist local governments.

Should government at any level try to change the rules, companies involved in last-mile telecom duopolies will scream bloody murder and call up their wholly owned GOP subsidiary in Congress to keep the status quo.

Night glow

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Night glow

Setting autumn

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Setting autumn

River

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River

Hell of a work area

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Hell of a work area

So meta

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So meta

Ain’t it the truth

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Ain't it the truth

Skyway

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Skyway They're really working fast on getting the Skyway done at the Library

Lines

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Lines

Black Sheep Eat Street

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Black Sheep Eat Street I really wanted some pizza today. The vehicular shenanigans are extra.

Green-tinged sunlight

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Green-tinged sunlight This couch is great for napping if you manage to fall asleep. This morning doesn't seem to be one of those days when sleep comes easily.

Grain Belt Bee

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Grain Belt Bee Bzz Bzz

Still messy

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Still messy

Daystar

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Daystar

damianwaynerocks: iroh: once, i told zuko that he needs to work on his inter turmoil. he screamed…

damianwaynerocks:
iroh: once, i told zuko that he needs to work on his inter turmoil. he screamed at me that he had no such inner turmoil, and then proceeded to go to a cliff during a thunderstorm to scream at God to strike him with lightning phantoms-lair:

Okay, but you’re missing the best part of this. silverscreenx:

fefeman:

I’m still stuck at the “batman has adoption papers in his utility belt”. jess-the-werefox:

*Zuko fighting the Joker* J: “wan na kno w h ow i go t thes e sc ar s” explorerrowan:

Zuko: Do you mind if I wear this blue demon mask? damianwaynerocks:

ok but if bruce wayne somehow came upon zuko fresh out of banishment he would lose his mind. black hair? check. bad parent(s)? check. trauma? double check. bruce: how’d you get your scar? zuko: my dad got mad at me for saying that killing people is wrong so he lit my face on fire and banished me.

bruce, vibrating with excitement, already pulling adoption papers from his utilility: that’s terrible. how do you feel about capes.

Bruce: *sniff, tear in his eye* Not at all.

Z: *rips off mask* i don’t give a fuck

“Quick, it’s time to use the Bat-adoption papers!”

Bat-option papers

Alfred and Iroh complimenting each other on tea while they discuss their overly dramatic children.

alfred: master bruce and i have that interaction at least three times per week.