NVIDIA's RTX 4090 card has been getting so hot its *power cables have been …

NVIDIA's RTX 4090 card has been getting so hot its *power cables have been melting*! 😱

Apparently it's hard to tell whether the power adapter has actually snapped in, and if it's just a little bit off, it can come loose enough to overheat.

https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/18/23466974/nvidia-rtx-4090-power-cable-12vhpwr-melt-burn-plugged-in

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bitcoin, infosec, weird

DOJ seizes stolen bitcoin from a 10-year-old heist against the Silk Road (remember them?), some of which was stored “on a single-board computer that was submerged under blankets in a popcorn tin stored in a bathroom closet.”

It’s like the classic saying about the only way to guarantee your computer is safe from hacking.

Search warrants, on the other hand…

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/us-attorney-announces-historic-336-billion-cryptocurrency-seizure-and-conviction

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https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/7/23445125/bitcoin-silk-road-recovered-investigators-billions

#weird

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Or, now that I think about it, the plans for demolishing Arthur Dent’s house.

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Oh jeez, I bet there are a lot of bitcoin aficionados who would file stuff under Q on principle

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This is kind of hilarious. Conservation groups asked California to protect 4 species of bumblebees…

This is kind of hilarious

Conservation groups asked California to protect 4 species of bumblebees. The agriculture industry objected on the grounds that the state’s endangered species law doesn’t cover insects. But the state fish & game code, in trying to cover all its marine life bases, defines a fish as “wild fish, mollusk, crustacean, invertebrate, or amphibian.”

So technically, bumblebees as invertebrates are eligible for protection as fish.

#law #weird #nature

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-23/bumblebees-can-be-protected-as-fish-california-court-rules

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The state supreme court ruled in favor, because that’s technically what the law says, and pointed out that the legislature “is in a position to make whatever statutory amendments it may regard as necessary or useful” to resolve ambiguities

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Expanded slightly on my blog, along with a link to another interesting bee-related article I saw this week.

Wait, Bees are…Fish?

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The “sound” of a black hole: pressure waves measured in observations of the interstellar gas …

The “sound” of a black hole: pressure waves measured in observations of the interstellar gas in a distant galaxy cluster, converted to sound, then transposed upward by 57 octaves into human hearing range.

“A scientist behind the project likened the sounds to ‘a beautiful Hans Zimmer score with the moody level set at really high’”

https://wapo.st/3KgRbO6

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Les Mis, goose, dream

I dreamed that Jean Valjean convinced Javert to rescue an injured goose like he helps rescue Marius in the original. Javert took the goose to the station, issued it its own photo ID (it was a modern retelling), and the goose proceeded to follow Javert around everywhere for weeks until it got homesick and wanted him to take it back to the lagoon where Valjean had found it. Somehow it managed to convey this to him and he brought it back.

#goose #lesmiserables #dream #weird

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Is this the weirdest place I’ve seen a volunteer tomato? It’s certainly up there!

Is this the weirdest place I've seen a volunteer tomato? It's certainly up there!

*sorry*

*ok, not sorry*

#plants #tomatoes #tomato #FeralTomatoes #PalmTree #weird #iNaturalist
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31816071

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Devonshire colic: When the Cure for Poisonous Cider Was Hours of Bathtime

Interesting story of a vanished disease called Devonshire colic, caused by drinking poisonous cider and relieved (in part) by soaking in the hot springs at Bath…

…because it turned out that the colic was actually lead poisoning from the cider-making equipment in Devon, and spending all day in water, like living in microgravity, causes bones to shed some of their mineral content.

#history #cider #weird

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Believe it or not, it makes sense when you read the article!

Link: When the Cure for Poisonous Cider Was Hours of Bathtime

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Weird bug

Weird bug I saw today. Looked like a moth as it flew past me, looks like a pair of twigs on the wall.

#iNaturalist suggests it *is* a kind of moth, possibly a plume moth of some sort. I don’t think I’ve seen a moth whose wings roll up forward before.

#insects #weird #moth

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31026136

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Apparently their neighbors reported them for renting it out as Airbnb or similar (which the …

Apparently their neighbors reported them for renting it out as Airbnb or similar (which the city doesn’t allow). Then they painted the house bright pink with giant 😜 and 🤐 emoji on it. Now the neighbors are complaining about the mural, but the city says it’s on private property 🤷‍♂️

Honestly I’m surprised – it sounds like the kind of area that would mandate specific shades of beige paint.

(LA Times, paywall)

#EmojiHouse #weird #LosAngeles #California

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-08-05/neighborhood-battle-over-emoji-house-manhattan-beach

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