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Yahoo Lays Off the Leaders of Engadget

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Mia Sato, reporting for The Verge:

Engadget, which is operated by Yahoo, will lay off 10 employees, according to people with knowledge of the situation who say staff were “blindsided” by the decision. In addition to cutting staff, the editorial team will split into two sections: “news and features” and “reviews and buying advice.” The news teams will focus on traffic growth, while the reviews teams will report to commerce leaders.

As part of the layoffs, editor-in-chief Dana Wollman is out, according to posts on X, as is managing editor Terrence O’Brien. People with knowledge of the situation say that there are no plans to replace Wollman.

“[The changes] will allow us to streamline our work, increase our velocity, and ultimately deliver the best content to our readers,” Sarah Priestley, who is listed as Engadget’s general manager on its masthead, wrote in a memo shared by Max Tani at Semafor.

That memo contains this gem of a sentence (boldface emphasis from original):

I am reaching out today to share that we’re making changes to our organization, which will allow us to streamline our work, increase our velocity and ultimately deliver the best content to our readers.

The sort of executive who calls what their own publication creates “content” is exactly the sort of asshole who thinks talented editors and writers can be laid off while increasing “velocity” and the quality of the work. I predict the next time Engadget is in the news will be when they’re caught in a Sports-Illustrated-esque AI-generated content (there, content is apt) fiasco.

A great brand and publication laid to waste. That’s the Yahoo way.

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jepler
11 days ago
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"reviews teams will report to commerce leaders" (who will tell them which items to review favorably, no doubt)
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fxer
11 days ago
“Here’s a list of affiliate links, wrap an article around them”
jepler
10 days ago
much more succinctly put
JayM
11 days ago
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Ruh oh.
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Easy KiCad part symbol, footprint, and 3D models #KiCad #PCB @MrBananas

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Chris Greening Makes the transition from EasyEDA to KiCad. EasyEDA has very tight integration with the LCSC parts catalog- and this includes component symbols, footprints and, as a bonus, lots of 3D Models. KiCad has a very big built in library, but it doesn’t have a lot of parts.

But there is one missing piece of functionality in EasyEDA – there’s no way to export a 3D model of your completed PCB. This is one of the main reasons that I switched over the KiCad. In KiCad you can export your PCB as a 3D model in a variety of different formats.

And you can then import this file into your favourite CAD package. This is incredibly useful if you’re designing boxes or enclosures for your board.

Chris describes easyeda2kicad, a tool to convert a EasyEDA model into a KiCad symbol, footprint and 3D model.

See the video below and more in the post here.

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jepler
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ooh being able to use easyeda's model library seems like an amazing win
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Laws

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I feel like every ethical system works better if you just have people ask themselves 'is this a bit much?' once in a while.

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jepler
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#4 is really no more difficult than the others for a positironic brain
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snac2: a minimalist ActivityPub server in Debian

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snac2, currently available in Debian testing and unstable, is described by its upstream as “A simple, minimalistic ActivityPub instance written in portable C.” It provides an ActivityPub server with a bare-bones web interface. It does not use JavaScript or require a database.

Basic forms for creating a new post, or following someone

ActivityPub is the protocol for federated social networks that is implemented by Mastodon, Pleroma, and other similar server software. Federated social networks are most often used for “micro-blogging”, or making many small posts. You can decide to follow another user (or bot) to see their posts, even if they happen to be on a different server (as long as the server software is compatible with the ActivityPub standard).

The timeline shows posts from accounts that you follow

In addition, snac2 has preliminary support for the Mastodon Client API. This allows basic support for mobile apps that support Mastodon, but you should expect that many features are not available yet.

If you are interested in running a minimalist ActivityPub server on Debian, please try out snac2, and report any bugs that you find.

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jepler
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this seems interesting!
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After a decade and $1.2 billion, NASA reveals its booty from Bennu: 121 grams

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A view of eight sample trays containing the final material from asteroid Bennu.

Enlarge / A view of eight sample trays containing the final material from asteroid Bennu. (credit: NASA/Erika Blumenfeld & Joseph Aebersold)

After years of speculation, NASA finally revealed on Thursday the totality of the asteroid sample returned from Bennu to Earth last fall: 4.29 ounces (121.6 grams).

To put that number into perspective, the total mass is only slightly more than one-half cup of sugar or a box of 100 paper clips. It's about the same mass as a small avocado, and you can't even smear it on toast.

So, in some sense, it's a pretty small sample. Especially when you consider the lengths to which NASA and its partners went to retrieve it. The space agency's Goddard Space Flight Center worked with the University of Arizona and Lockheed Martin to build the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft for $800 million. It launched in September 2016 on an Atlas V rocket, which cost an additional $183.5 million. And as it has traipsed across the inner Solar System and back, NASA has spent an additional $200 million on mission operations.

A tin of tuna

Putting that all together, NASA has invested $1.2 billion and the better part of a decade to retrieve a volume of asteroid dust that could fit—comfortably—within a small can of tuna.

But, as the saying goes, good things come in small packages. And small though the sample may be, it is 20 times greater than the amount of asteroid material previously returned to Earth by a pair of Japanese sample return missions. A little will go a long way as scientists study the organics and other materials in this asteroid dust to divine clues to the origin of life and conditions that existed at the dawn of our Solar System. You don't need handfuls of material to get a meaningful result from an electron microscope.

Moreover, the sample retrieval was double the minimum requirement for the mission, 60 grams. So, OSIRIS-REx can now definitively be labeled as an unqualified success.

Biding their time

The scientific community had to wait longer than expected to know how much material OSIRIS-REx brought back to Earth. As engineers and technicians at Johnson Space Center in Houston worked to open the sample container last October, they were stymied by two stubborn fasteners. Only after new tools were devised was the sample container finally opened to reveal the tiny treasure in January.

In the coming weeks, some Bennu material will be packaged and distributed for researchers to study. As part of the OSIRIS-REx mission, a cohort of more than 200 scientists around the world will explore the regolith’s properties, including researchers from many US institutions, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency.

NASA, however, intends to reserve about 70 percent of the material for future study.

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jepler
18 days ago
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$100 million per gram? sounds like estimating the street value of drugs or something
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Research Account

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Focus of your research: EXTREME PETTINESS AND UNWILLINGNESS TO LET ANYTHING GO
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JayM
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Uh oh… no alt text bot. :(

At least easy enough to hold on image and see these days in Newblur… but scrolling down, even easier!
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jepler
19 days ago
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Same when signing up for access to developer information / SDKs / datasheets
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