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A supermarket trip may soon look different, thanks to electronic shelf labels
  • The year is 2047. Individually tracked pricing algorithms determine prices for each customer. I am the local water man, who everyone pays a small fee to go buy clean water, because my high volume of purchases means I get a slight discount. In only 34 more years I can pay off my 8th grade education and start thinking about a down payment on a double sleeping pod.

  • A supermarket trip may soon look different, thanks to electronic shelf labels
  • This month, Walmart became the latest retailer to announce it’s replacing the price stickers in its aisles with electronic shelf labels. The new labels allow employees to change prices as often as every ten seconds.

    “If it’s hot outside, we can raise the price of water and ice cream. If there's something that’s close to the expiration date, we can lower the price — that’s the good news,” said Phil Lempert, a grocery industry analyst.

    Jesus, I can’t imagine just coming out and saying this like it’s not fucking deranged to charge people more for WATER during a heat wave.

    Also, the first time the price of something rises in the 5 minutes it takes for me to get my shopping done and get to the checkout, I’m taking a shit on the floor.

  • People who still wear masks (and aren't immunocompromised)...
  • I have asthma (is that technically immunocompromised?) and before COVID I used to just get bronchitis every year or two. I haven’t had bronchitis since 2020, except when I caught COVID by taking off my mask. If wearing a mask means I don’t deal with that shit again you better believe I’m not raw dogging public air anymore. Feeling unable to get a full breath is the worst feeling in the world.

  • SpongeRule
  • They get bad for a while, then have some weirdly good ones again later. But if you watch the first 3 seasons you’ll understand basically every SpongeBob meme, and I think probably 90% are in season 1.

  • And it just seemed like any other show.
  • What if I said the show was racist because it showed white, country people as wide-eyed, stupid hicks? How ridiculous does that sound?

    Pretty ridiculous, considering you’d be comparing making classist jokes with the glorification of a nation founded to maintain the enslavement of black people.

    In the 70s in the south people knew what that flag meant, just like they know what it means now.

  • I did shave them.
  • It’s not unheard of among cis men too, my dad was always struggling to bulk up his legs because he thought they looked too skinny. Trans people just tend to be extra vulnerable to feeling pressure about their bodies, both for dysphoria reasons and societal reasons.

  • 16 June 2024
  • Going on vacation without a hotel booked and just hoping you find a good place when you get there, something my parents did for almost every vacation when I was a kid, now seems like an absolute nightmare. I can’t imagine driving that long and THEN having to make the most important financial decision of the trip!

  • Am I old now?
  • I can understand moving transactions to digital and not needing to keep cash or a debit card… but what about your ID? If I just stuck that in my pocket by itself I’d be worried about losing it!

  • FBI Indicts Doc Who Leaked Trans Kids’ Medical Info to Chris Rufo FBI Indicts Doc Who Leaked Trans Kids’ Medical Info to Chris Rufo — Assigned

    Dr. Eithan Haim has portrayed himself as a victim of politically motivated prosecution after he leaked information about trans kids treated at Texas Children’s Hospital to a notorious culture war activist.

    FBI Indicts Doc Who Leaked Trans Kids’ Medical Info to Chris Rufo — Assigned
    retrofuturism Catoblepas

    From Us Steel 1960 series - by Syd Mead

    cross-posted from:

    > From Us Steel 1960 series - by Syd Mead


    In your country, what "common" animals are tourists most excited to see?

    It has always amused me that the tourists to the US that I’ve spoken to are often very excited to see raccoons, and disappointed if they don’t see them before they leave.

    Some others I’ve noticed on the east coast of the US are blue jays and cardinals. Boy, do people get excited about those if they’ve never seen them before! Very pretty birds of course, just very easy to get used to and see as uninteresting as well.


    Wher(ul)e is this from?

    I saved it from a cropped image of an old zine and forgot to make note of where I got it 😭 Reverse image search isn’t helping me

    Queer shitposters you’re my only hope!


    Unexpected pros/cons of transitioning

    Socially, medically, or otherwise.

    Unexpected T pro: my cat loves aggressively head butting my facial scruff after a day or two of not shaving

    Unexpected T con: my cat’s hair gets caught up in my facial hair any time I do this and it’s annoying to get it all out


    The rule is still present in your time, as it was in ours

    Alt text: pictures of suburban neighborhoods and homes with text over it that reads: “this is no place of honor. No esteemed deed is commemorated here. What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. Turn back.”


    What is the strangest tech related bug you can't resolve?

    Note: this is not a request for troubleshooting help.

    For the past few years my 10ish year old “smart” TV will maybe once a week or so completely lose the ability to play sound in the Youtube app, and only in the Youtube app. Sound works just fine everywhere else. Bizarrely this is always triggered by an ad and never a video. Restarting the app doesn’t fix it, and neither does clearing the cache. Fortunately doing a full restart of the TV fixes it, it’s just irritating to have to restart because an ad somehow broke the sound.

    What technological gremlins haunt you?

    Microblog Memes Catoblepas

    Think of the savings for the shareholders!

    Image text:

    We fired the art department and replaced them with an orb. It hovers about four feet off the ground and follows us around the office. Sometimes it feels like it's waiting for something. Sometimes it follows you home. Jim says it told him to dig into the dirt. It will save the company twelve dollars.


    Anyone else having problems uploading images?

    I’m getting an error when I try to upload pictures that says:

    “syntaxerror: JSON

    Parse error: Unexpected identifier “Request””

    I saw an older thread on here about the same error and it was suggested it could be a file size thing, but the files I’ve tried uploading are around 30-50 kb so I don’t think it’s that.

    It doesn’t seem to be an issue with the file itself having something causing an error either, as I’ve tried using image files made on different computers as well.


    Favorite books with trans protagonists?

    As the title says, what are your favorite books with trans protagonists?

    I just finished Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki and thoroughly enjoyed it. The main character is a runaway trans girl who wants to be a violinist. Without spoiling too much it’s also a sci-fi/fantasy story and has a lesbian side-romance. TW for rape and general transphobia.

    What Moves The Dead by T. Kingfisher is another favorite of mine. It has a nonbinary protagonist and is a SFF horror rewrite of The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe. If you like an alt-history Victorian setting with the undead this is straight up your alley.