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May 20 2018

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escapekit:

Australian Salt

Germany-based photographer Kevin Krautgartner has captured the beauty of salt evaporation ponds, also called salterns. They are shallow artificial ponds designed to extract salts from sea water. To make it’s sea salt, many companies in Australia are using a method called “solar evaporation”. Solar salt is produced by the action of sun and wind on seawater in large ponds. The seawater evaporates in successive ponds until the seawater is fully concentrated and the salt then crystallizes on the floor of the pond. Due to variable algal concentrations, vivid colours, from bright blue to deep red, are created in the evaporation ponds. The colour indicates the salinity of the ponds.

May 19 2018

justnoodlefishthings:

iris-has-a-hippie-blog:

justnoodlefishthings:

good morning don’t fucking use essential oils around your pets especially birds and reptiles and cats spraying your pet with diluted lavender isn’t going to antioxidize them or whatever stupid bullshit you pulled off a holistic website

There are SOME essential oils that are safe for pets but many that can and WILL injure or kill your pet. Do your damn research just like you would for yourself

There are NO essential oils safe for your pets.

I did my research. I am a biochemist.

Essential oils are concentrated extracts, which are highly volatile. Their fumes are full of phenols, monoterpene hydrocarbons, phenylpropanes, and ketones. These compounds are toxic and can cause serious illness and death through extended exposure.

Let’s take a popular one: lavender oil. The active ingredient in essential lavender oil is linaool. Linaool is a cytotoxin, it destroys cell membranes. Inhaled and placed on skin, it can cause permanent damage.

“but what if you dilute it?”

Dilution won’t work. Long time exposure of a diluted toxin will result in the same damage as short term exposure of a concentrated one. Ingesting small amounts of radioactive material over time will give me the same cancer a gamma burst would. And if you dilute it extensively, you’re basically removing any effect you desired of the oil.

There’s no reason to use essential oils around pets. They make calming supplements that aren’t volatile and toxic. They make calming pheramone diffusers. If your animal is destructive (like a plucking parrot) then they’re understimulated and bored. Spritzing your pet with dangerous oils aren’t a substitute for reassessing and changing husbandry.

Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract

notclickbait:

notclickbait:

It’s been nearly three months since many Google employees—and the public—learned about the company’s decision to provide artificial intelligence to a controversial military pilot program known as Project Maven, which aims to speed up analysis of drone footage by automatically classifying images of objects and people. Now, about a dozen Google employees are resigning in protest over the company’s continued involvement in Maven.

The resigning employees’ frustrations range from particular ethical concerns over the use of artificial intelligence in drone warfare to broader worries about Google’s political decisions—and the erosion of user trust that could result from these actions. Many of them have written accounts of their decisions to leave the company, and their stories have been gathered and shared in an internal document, the contents of which multiple sources have described to Gizmodo.

The employees who are resigning in protest, several of whom discussed their decision to leave with Gizmodo, say that executives have become less transparent with their workforce about controversial business decisions and seem less interested in listening to workers’ objections than they once did. In the case of Maven, Google is helping the Defense Department implement machine learning to classify images gathered by drones. But some employees believe humans, not algorithms, should be responsible for this sensitive and potentially lethal work—and that Google shouldn’t be involved in military work at all.

Historically, Google has promoted an open culture that encourages employees to challenge and debate product decisions. But some employees feel that their leadership no longer as attentive to their concerns, leaving them to face the fallout. “Over the last couple of months, I’ve been less and less impressed with the response and the way people’s concerns are being treated and listened to,” one employee who resigned said […]

In addition to the resignations, nearly 4,000 Google employees have voiced their opposition to Project Maven in an internal petition that asks Google to immediately cancel the contract and institute a policy against taking on future military work.

However, the mounting pressure from employees seems to have done little to sway Google’s decision—the company has defended its work on Maven and is thought to be one of the lead contenders for another major Pentagon cloud computing contract, the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, better known as JEDI, that is currently up for bids.

Employees’ demands that Google end its Pentagon contract are also complicated by the fact that Google claims it is only providing open-source software to Project Maven, which means the military would be able to still use the technology, even if Google didn’t accept payment or offer technical assistance.

Still, the resigning employees believe that Google’s work on Maven is fundamentally at odds with the company’s do-gooder principles. “It’s not like Google is this little machine-learning startup that’s trying to find clients in different industries,” a resigning employee said. “It just seems like it makes sense for Google and Google’s reputation to stay out of that.” 

[…] One employee explained that Google staffers were promised an update on the ethics policy within a few weeks, but that progress appeared to be locked in a holding pattern. The ethical concerns “should have been addressed before we entered this contract,” the employee said.

Google has emphasized that its AI is not being used to kill, but the use of artificial intelligence in the Pentagon’s drone program still raises complex ethical and moral issues for tech workers and for academics who study the field of machine learning.

In addition to the petition circulating inside Google, the Tech Workers Coalition launched a petition in April demanding that Google abandon its work on Maven and that other major tech companies, including IBM and Amazon, refuse to work with the U.S. Defense Department.

“We can no longer ignore our industry’s and our technologies’ harmful biases, large-scale breaches of trust, and lack of ethical safeguards,” the petition reads. “These are life and death stakes.”

More than 90 academics in artificial intelligence, ethics, and computer science released an open letter today that calls on Google to end its work on Project Maven and to support an international treaty prohibiting autonomous weapons systems. Peter Asaro and Lucy Suchman, two of the authors of the letter, have testified before the United Nations about autonomous weapons; a third author, Lilly Irani, is a professor of science and a former Google employee.

Google’s contributions to Project Maven could accelerate the development of fully autonomous weapons, Suchman told Gizmodo. Although Google is based in the U.S., it has an obligation to protect its global user base that outweighs its alignment with any single nation’s military, she said.

“If ethical action on the part of tech companies requires consideration of who might benefit from a technology and who might be harmed, then we can say with certainty that no topic deserves more sober reflection—no technology has higher stakes—than algorithms meant to target and kill at a distance and without public accountability,” the letter states. “Google has moved into military work without subjecting itself to public debate or deliberation, either domestically or internationally. While Google regularly decides the future of technology without democratic public engagement, its entry into military technologies casts the problems of private control of information infrastructure into high relief.”

Executives at Google have made efforts to defend Project Maven to employees. At a meeting shortly after the project became public, Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene spoke in support of Project Maven, multiple sources told Gizmodo. More recently, Greene and other employees have hosted several sessions to debate and discuss the project. These sessions featured speakers who supported and opposed Maven and stressed the difficulty of drafting policy about the ethical use of machine learning, an attendee explained.

this is terrifying. i’m terrified.

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lady-feral:

diebrarian:

shakypalms:

zombeesknees:

davostating:

hectorescaton:

At first I wanted to kill him. But now I’m glad I’ve spent the time to get to know him. Yeah, of course he looks delicious with his big red cheeks. But we’ve all got an agreement that we’re not going to eat Stu. Right? Right.

#this is even funnier considering that Stu irl was not even an actor and in fact an actual IT specialist who thought he was  #going out for a job  #and somehow they convinced him to be a part of this movie

Oh man, that’s the cherry on top.

Stu Rutherford created a new stroby light technology that Waititi used in Thor: Ragnarok! That gorgeous bit in Valkyrie’s backstory? He and his friend Carlo van de Roer designed that lighting.

HE’S GIVEN US SO MUCH.

I’m glad they didn’t eat Stu.

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unwrapping:

Tumblr’s new privacy settings include the Privacy Dashboard. If you request your device and account data downloads, expect to wait awhile for the email notifying you they are ready. Tumblr advises “it may take up to 30 days for this download to become available.”

hyrude:

my french prof: if you’re talking about a girl cat, you still have to use the masculine. “une chatte” is something… related to cats, but it’s inappropriate and you don’t have any reason to be using it in the context of this class. don’t use it anymore please

everyone for the next 10 minutes: pussy? oh, pussy? pussy? is it pussy? pussy? pussy? pussy? pussy? pussy?

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lithping:

name us and the contract will be sealed

cornerof5thandvermouth:

cornerof5thandvermouth:

cornerof5thandvermouth:

cornerof5thandvermouth:

cornerof5thandvermouth:

so apparently when my grandfather sleep talks he turns into a human numbers station because he’s chanting numbers very urgently and i feel like i’m on the verge of making contact with something not of this world

“seven… seven… seven… SEVEN… seven… seven… eight on the five… SEVEN.. SEVEN… SEVEN…”

it seems he may be making a breakthrough

he just walked out wild-eyed “I NEED TO PUT A SIX ON A SEVEN. THE NUMBERS DON’T MATCH. They match an eight…”

…solitaire. he’s dreaming about solitaire.

kiefbowl:

adulthood is really just being responsible for a ton of pieces of paper that you don’t need that often but when you do need them you REALLY need them

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victorianburrito:

Princess Nokia

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victorianburrito:

Princess Nokia

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birbfreak:

A E S T H E T I C

Domino 💙

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stardust-rain:

i’m sorry

w0manifest:

I will forever be profoundly unimpressed with people who take pride in their unkindness to others

staff:

Greetings Tumblr, we have some important news for those of you who call Europe home.

In early 2012, the European Commission set out to better protect the data privacy rights of those citizens living in Europe. And on May 25, 2018, the culmination of those efforts, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), goes into effect.

More specifically, the GDPR gives you more control over your personal data, privacy, and consent.

We are also updating our TOS and Privacy Policy as part of our commitment to these new regulations.  

Starting on May 25, 2018, some users in Europe between the ages of 13 and 16 may no longer be able to access Tumblr. This ultimately depends on the age that your country has determined is appropriate for you to consent to the processing of your personal data. In a number of European countries, legislation to change the minimum age is pending. We are carefully monitoring this legislation in case the minimum age in your country changes. Read more about our rules on age here.

If you are a resident of the US, this does not apply to you. However, all Tumblr users, no matter where you live, will be able to access the Privacy Dashboard in the coming days. There you can view, manage, and download the data associated with your account. You can read more about it here.

May 18 2018

darrynek:

what she says: no

what she really means: no

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