Things of Your Day


#1959

Speaking of Youtube and Laws, can anyone give me the TL;DR on this Article 11 and Article 13 shit going on with EU Copyright? I don’t know if it’s an actual issue but the only people really pushing it as an issue are bad reactionary Youtubers. Is it actually a big deal if it passes?


#1960

Boingboing and Cory Doctorow are flipping the fuck out over it, but that’s not really much info, he’s like, privacy man.


#1961

Yeah, it’s potentially quite bad, especially if you happen to have a company that is built around user content and based in the EU. The main things are implementing upload filters (think like the content ID stuff on YT) and a “link tax.” The idea is to allow the EU to get money out of the big US tech companies, but in practice it likely means killing small EU based companies that can’t afford to comply.

It also might create some weird backwards incentives. If I blacklist all the big EU news outlets that are asking for link taxes I can save money while also reducing their traffic and therefore ad revenue.

It’s really hard to say what the long term outcome will be, link taxes have been tried and abandoned before and the upload filter doesn’t really seem plausible to implement as written.


#1962

Pretty sure they look at how much it costs them to distribute that volume of data vs the return on investment and decide that if you aren’t going to let us make a cut, we aren’t going to host your videos.

Which if they just said that, would be understandable even if a bit lame. Certainly the massive volume of monetized content can easily subsidize the very few non-profits that choose to go ad-free.

I know that a channel I follow, InRangeTV Is completely demonetized on YouTube, and is going strong with over 160k subs. Blender is just shy of 200k, so, the line between allowed to stream for free and not allowed to stream for free is probably not simply somewhere in that slim delta.

Of course InRange features lots of firearms training content, military and old west history, network security content, and in general hosts plenty of anti-big-media content that is critical of platforms like YouTube, and has made some news about vocally distributing their content over platforms such as Full30, Bit Chute, and even PornHub.

Meanwhile Blender is… a modeling program with a bunch of tutorials I guess?

Which one do you think YouTube would prefer remained on their platform?

Yet who remains?

Strange times indeed.


#1963

#1964

Now if we could just get them to stop flicking their butts everywhere that would be great.


#1965

It’s shocking (but not surprising) that a hugh percentage of all litter is solely composed of cigarette butts in New York, despite so few people smoking.

Frankly, the $500 fine for littering should apply to each individual butt…


#1966

I just read the NYC code and by my NOT A LAWYER NOT LEGAL ADVICE reading, it’s only $250 for a first offense, but if a cop saw you flick a butt more than once they could conceivably write a ticket for each one and its $350 per ticket after the first.


#1967

You would think someone could invent a cig where there is no butt left over, or where the butt just dissolves harmlessly in water or something like that. Then it could be required by law for all of them to be made this way. Would also be useful for other applications, like smoking other things that are less poisonous.


#1968

Problem is that if it dissolved in water it would also dissolve in your mouth while smoking it. Maybe if cigarette holders came back in fashion you could have disposable filter cartridges you put in front of the cigarette in the holder. In any case though even though it would be a good idea for cannabis, modern cannabis is so strong rolling a joint these days is pretty wasteful, you only need a pea sized bit in a pipe or better yet, vaping or edibles to get the desired effect.


#1969

Its called vaping.


#1970

Which I also want to ban in public :wink:

Cigarettes have two problems: awful toxic smell and litter

Vapes have one problem: awful toxic smell

New York banned both in all public parks thankfully, but in practice no one gets a ticket for cigarette litter or smoking in a park unless the cop really has a bug up his butt.


#1971

A vape is about as bad as a fart – it smells bad but it dissipates. I had a friend live in the guest room for about a year and they vaped in there pretty regularly and it still smells fine.


#1972

Also, while common sense would make you think that vaping is somewhat less poisonous than vaping, it is clearly still poisonous. There is also little to no evidence regarding the long term health effects of inhaling vape smoke, first or second hand. So we don’t know exactly to what degree it is poison relative to other poisons. It’s clearly not beneficial for health. It’s not something we should encourage or promote. Get rid of that shit.


#1973

Depends on the vape I suppose. I had a co-worker who vaped in his office and long after he was fired, his office permanently smelled like vape juice…

I can smell it on people who vape regularly just like with cigarettes.


#1974

You just said a form of smoking without the butt. You didn’t say it had to be healthy :stuck_out_tongue:


#1975

The cheap vape units also aerosolize metals from the battery/electronics.


#1976

I am looking to get a few more teething toys, and I came across these. Somethin’ just ain’t right about these designs.

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#1977

Vaping with cannabis is a little different. Instead of having vape juice, you put cannabis you would smoke normally in a small chamber, and when you pull on it it heats the cannabis to vaporize the oils. None of that funky smell from nicotine vaping which I’m pretty sure is from the propylene glycol in the vape juice. The vapor smells a bit like the fluid we used to deice aircraft when I worked for Jet Blue which was just diluted propylene glycol.


#1978

That is true, but a LOT of people vape juice with THC in it instead of just pure flower.