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Inside: Feds gouge states, subsidize corporations; Cadillac perfects the murdermobile; Solar's "miracle material"; and more!

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My first picture book just came out! It's called Poesy the Monster Slayer and it's an epic tale of bedtime-refusal, toy-hacking and monster-hunting, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller. It's the monster book I dreamt of reading to my own daughter.

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Upcoming talks:

* The Attack Surface Lectures: 8 nights of bookstore-hosted events in which I and a massive group of entertaining and knowledgeable experts discourse on my latest novel's themes, Oct 13-22 read.macmillan.com/torforge/co

* Milehicon (Guest of Honor!), Oct 23-5, milehicon.org/

* Coding Democracy/Toronto International Festival of Authors, Oct 24 festivalofauthors.ca/event/mau

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My ebooks and audiobooks (from @torbooks, @HoZ_Books, @mcsweeneys, and others) are for sale all over the net, but I sell 'em too, and when you buy 'em from me, I earn twice as much and you get books with no DRM and no license "agreements."

craphound.com/shop/

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I have a (free) new book out! "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is an anti-monopolist critique of Big Tech that connects the rise of conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies and proposes a way to deal with both:

onezero.medium.com/how-to-dest

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Yesterday's threads: Turning plastics into carbon nanotubes; Kids reason, adults rationalize; Someone Comes to Town Part 19; and more!

mamot.fr/@pluralistic/10506219

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Cadillac perfects the murdermobile: "It took 13 children seated in a line in front of the Escalade before the driver could see the tops of their heads."

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Feds gouge states, subsidize corporations: The Federal Reserve is overcharging local governments and showering money on zombie corporations.

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Today's threads (a thread).

Inside: Feds gouge states, subsidize corporations; Cadillac perfects the murdermobile; Solar's "miracle material"; and more!

Archived at: pluralistic.net/2020/10/20/the

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The researchers also speculate that this discovery will allow them to make much higher-density digital storage devices.

Image:
Jeff Fitlow, Rice University
news.rice.edu/2019/11/05/perov

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But now a joint Monash University and the University of Sydney team have announced a major breakthrough that they say will allow for rapid development of practical devices.

independent.co.uk/life-style/g

The researchers say that focused, high-intensity light does not degrade the material the way diffuse sunlight does, and that adding a focusing lens will yield PV cells that perform with perovskite's efficiency but without its rapid breakdown.

uml.chemistry.unimelb.edu.au/r

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Back in 2017, University of Utah researchers caused a stir when they published findings on a material called "perovskite" that was called a "miracle" for its potential to increase the efficiency of photovoltaics from 3% to 20%.

At the time, the consensus was that implementing this research would take at least a decade, while a means of stabilizing the material in direct sunlight was developed.

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My only complaint is that Kia's leasing department insisted on using my home address for correspondence (I only give out a nearby mailbox as a precaution against doxing, SWATing, etc), and now I'm getting TONS of junk mail from people they've sold or given my name to.

Image:
Andrew J Hawkins (modified)
twitter.com/andyjayhawk/status

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We barely drove our free SUV - a couple trips to the beach, some grocery runs. When the lease expired last month, we bought an all-electric Kia that we run off our rooftop solar.

The Kia is frankly great. It has fantastic handling, and dashboard controls based on buttons and knobs that you can find without taking your eyes off the road. We still barely drive it, but when we do, it's 1,000 times nicer than the SUV.

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