10 Apr 08:04

Converse x Lockheed Martin

New Comic: Converse x Lockheed Martin
11 Apr 06:54

Tick Marks

If you're really savvy, you can hide an entire set of illicit transactions by timing them to draw what looks like a graph inset.
10 Apr 17:13

5.25-inch floppy disks expected to help run San Francisco trains until 2030

by Scharon Harding
Floppy disk with hourglasses

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which runs the city's Muni Metro light rail, claims to be the first US agency to adopt floppy disks. But today, the SFMTA is eager to abandon its reliance on 5¼-inch floppy disks—just give it about six more years and a few hundred more million dollars.

Members of the SFMTA recently spoke with the ABC7 Bay Area News and detailed the agency's use of three 5¼-inch floppy disks every morning. The floppies have been part of Muni Metro's Automatic Train Control System (ATCS) since its installation in the Market Street subway stop in 1998. The ATCS has multiple components, "including computers onboard the trains that are tied into propulsion and brake systems, central and local servers, and communications infrastructure, like loop cable signal wires," Michael Roccaforte, an SFMTA spokesperson, told Ars Technica.

The floppy disks are for loading the software running the central servers, Roccaforte said:

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10 Apr 14:40

1301: Bite Size

11 Apr 00:04

Joe Biden’s office launches ‘Out for Biden-Harris’, a re-election initiative for LGBTQ+ voters

by Gabriella Ferlita

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ re-election campaign now includes a launch called “Out for Biden-Harris”, an initiative aimed at LGBTQ+ voters.

Biden’s office has long been one which supports the LGBTQ+ community. The President issued a powerful statement supporting the trans community last month and slammed hateful anti-trans laws.

The 10 April initiative notes the “critical” role that the community played a part in during Biden’s previous electoral win. Campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez said to The Advocate: “LGBTQ+ voters are a force to be reckoned with. They were critical to our victory in 2020, and they will be critical to winning again this November.”

According to the campaign, the election in 2020 saw almost 11,000 LGBTQ+ volunteers who played a key role in electing Biden and Harris. With the new initiative, campaign managers are hoping to further re-engage those in the community. “Out for Biden-Harris” hopes to provide tools for the LGBTQ+ community to organise within their networks, including drag queens, elected officials, and LGBTQ+-friendly faith leaders, said the campaign. 

The initiative has already gained support from LGBTQ+ organisations in the US, including groups like Equality North Carolina PAC, Fair Wisconsin, Delaware Stonewall PAC, and the Center for Black Equity Political Action Fund, with the latter group marking its first-ever presidential endorsement, as per the campaign. 

On the same day as the launch, Harris recorded a campaign video focusing on the initiative. She mentioned the history of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician to be elected in public office in the US. 

She said in the clip: “As the great Harvey Milk said, ‘Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard.’ And because you made your voices heard, marriages are more secure, and Joe Biden is our President.

“We will do what we have always done in this movement, in this community, which is collectively, we will continue to build unity. We will continue to build coalition. We will always be fueled by knowing we have so much more in common than what separates us. We will be fueled by knowing we are all in this together.”

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10 Apr 07:31

Chapter 93: Page 27

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10 Apr 07:12

Girl Genius for Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The Girl Genius comic for Wednesday, April 10, 2024 has been posted.
11 Apr 17:43

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Art

by Zach Weinersmith

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