Thursday, March 14, 2024

Friday Links!

This is a stunning surgical achievement: Delhi painter receives rare double hand transplant

From Iditarod Correspondent Meg McReynolds, and it's a doozy: The Iditarod Is Embroiled in a Controversy Over Moose Guts.

From John Harwood, in honor of Pi Day: How do we know that π never repeats? If we find enough digits, isn’t it possible that it will eventually start repeating?

From John W., and impeccable McSweeney's: Gen Z Beowulf. This is genuinely incredible: Beer Me, Obi-Wan!

From C. Lee, and oh, no: Microsoft engineer begs FTC to stop Copilot's offensive image generator – Our tests confirm it's a serious problem. Another failing: Hackers exploited Windows 0-day for 6 months after Microsoft knew of it. Ugh: AI worm infects users via AI-enabled email clients — Morris II generative AI worm steals confidential data as it spreads. The hype isn't new: We’ve been here before: AI promised humanlike machines – in 1958. I don't want to live in a world without cinnamon: Don’t use these six cinnamon products, FDA warns after concerning lead tests. A fascinating bit of history: World War II ‘Rumor Clinics’ Helped America Battle Wild Gossip. In America, this would just lead to an 8-day workweek: How Does a 10 Day Week Sound? The French Tried It For 13 Years. This is an excellent read: The 'banned' Star Trek episode that promised a united Ireland

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