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NAIA approves transgender policy limiting women's sports to some athletes | AP News

NAIA approves transgender policy limiting women's sports to some athletes | AP News

I can't explain how this feels.

Athletics bans don't affect me, personally, in terms of preventing me from playing sports - I'm well beyond the age or ability for it to matter.

But that fact doesn't make it feel any less like another punch to the head, another hit to the gut, another in a long line of kicks when I already feel so beaten down.

I can't explain this feeling.

It's yet another way of being told that we're different, separate from, less than. Trans women are women except. Trans men are men but.

It's especially disheartening when so many struggle to have even the basic aspects of their dignity respected (names, pronouns, getting an education, not getting fired for existing while trans). Time and again, the only concrete actions taken are to strip more from us.

I can't feel.

It's a systematic desecration of our humanity, a systemic approach to telling us not only do we not belong, but that we shouldn't exist.

A cistem built on our destruction.

I can't.

I desperately want to avoid talking about the (junk) science of it all. I'm putting the finishing touches on a conference talk about properly being data-driven - so many people take whatever (bad) available data they have and try to map it to outcomes that are only loosely correlated. This is a prime example.

If the concern is the effects of testosterone on performance, then organize your damn divisions among testosterone blood counts. Period.

Sacre bleu!

Gird your curds! Say a prayer for Camembert! A collapse in microbe diversity puts these French cheeses at risk.

An interesting unexpected side effect of uniformity in food (which I generally like!).

Pogo (musician) - Wikipedia

Pogo (musician) - Wikipedia

Found out today Pogo sucks as a human.

I hate when I found out art I enjoy was created by assholes. But I have little problem dropping it from my life - there's way too much art out there made by people who aren't awful.

There goes half my glitch-hop playlist

Apple Vision Pro review: magic, until it’s not - The Verge

Apple Vision Pro review: magic, until it’s not - The Verge

It is incredible that all of this works with just a single button click, but all that scaling complication also explains the bad news: you can only have a single Mac display in visionOS. You can’t have multiple Mac monitors floating in space. Maybe next time.

How Will The Golden Age Of

How Will The Golden Age Of "Making It Worse" End? | Defector

management's quest to see how much more cheaply an increasingly poor product can be sold at the same price and under the same name as what came before is, at bottom, the story of basically every industry or institution currently in decline or collapse.

The race to the bottom is a problem because nobody knows where to go once you've won

See almost all current commercial applications of AI, for example.

ArVid: how Russians squeezed 4 hard drives into one VHS tape in the 90s – Jacob Filipp

ArVid: how Russians squeezed 4 hard drives into one VHS tape in the 90s – Jacob Filipp

The details of a Russian expansion card from the 90s that allowed you to use a VHS tape as a storage medium.

We randomly went on a rabbit hole last week in the car about how VHS and VCRs actually work - incredible technology.

These Are the Notorious NSA Furby Documents Showing Spy Agency Freaking Out About Embedded AI in Children's Toy

These Are the Notorious NSA Furby Documents Showing Spy Agency Freaking Out About Embedded AI in Children's Toy

“The big curiosity is what medium a Furby uses to record audio,” one employee wrote. “I would assume that since it can ‘respond’ to certain audio cues that it would use storage similar to a digital answering machine or straight computer memory chips. Anybody know?”

Others said “Furby is only a $35 toy and is not that sophisticated. As a previous [listserv] posting pointed out, the ‘learning’ the doll does is programmed into it so that the longer you use it the more it ‘knows.’”

A great reading of newly FOIA'd documents from the folks at 404 Media. I definitely understand the impetus to understate existing rules about banning personal electronics from NSA spaces, but doesn't it also smack somewhat of security by obscurity?

It's always fun to get messages worrying about people FOIA'ing documents in documents you FOIA'ed.

Apple Vision Pro hands-on, again, for the first time - The Verge

Apple Vision Pro hands-on, again, for the first time - The Verge

Apple keeps emphasizing that the Vision Pro isn’t meant to isolate you from the rest of the world, and the display on the front of the headset is designed to keep you connected to others.

I don't care if it isolates me? I don't want to be wearing it constantly, anyway.

If I'm perfectly honest, the killer VR app for me is working. If I can use a head-mounted display for a large screen for an existing computer (and get rid of the gigantic monitors of my workstation / use them when working away from home), I'm in.

Just ... not for $3.5K.

I mean, I would also probably play games on it, but not dramatically more than I do now (which is maybe 1-2 hours a week across all platforms, if I'm lucky?)