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POTD: Armed Forces of the Philippines – Archipelagic Coastal Defense×845&nocrop=1

Top of the morning and welcome to TFB’s   Photo Of The Day! Today we get a closer look at U.S. Marines with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, and service members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as they conduct the final exercise for Archipelagic Coastal Defense Continuum in Barira, Philippines, May 2024. The final exercise consisted of a bilateral company-level element conducting close-quarter combat and patrol-based operations.

Below: U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Zachary Thivierge, a platoon sergeant with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, conducts a close-quarters battle drill.

ACDC is a series of bilateral exchanges and training opportunities between the U.S. Marines and Philippine Marines aimed at bolstering the Philippine Marine Corps’ Coastal Defense strategy while supporting the modernization efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, and service members of the Armed Force of the Philippines pose for a photo.
Armed Forces of the Philippines – Archipelagic Coastal Defense Continuum

Images and captions: U.S. Marine Corps, photo by Sgt. Shaina Jupiter.

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Watch: Trump just dropped his most BRUTAL ad yet… it’s nothing but Biden debate highlights

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There’s nothing more left to be said. If I were Donald Trump, I would take the weekend off had I not had a rally planned in the suddenly swingy state of Virginia. Where he is making his first public appearance with … a potential running mate?

I think the word "ad" should be used loosely. Ads have points put behind them and are run on television or Goog… ok, Google would never. But TV, sure. This is a digital video. Trump’s social media team had a lot to work with and, if I were to guess, got into the bourbon. They had fun. This was an easy layup.

IF Team Trump wanted to put this up on TV in any combination of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, and/or Georgia, there would be nothing for the station to reject. Trump isn’t making any claims, misleading or otherwise. Trump isn’t saying anything at all. It’s nothing but ninety seconds of him promoting his opponent.

What would a network do? You can’t claim "cheap fake" anymore. Joe Biden’s braindead gaze took away what the Left and the media (but I repeat myself) were hoping to use as a talking point for the rest of the summer. Trump doesn’t need to say anything himself. Biden said it all last night, at an event designed to make him look good, in his special Biden way.

Not that the ad/digital video couldn’t use a little more Trump. I just need one line:

As of this writing, Joe Biden still has a full day of campaigning scheduled.

As of this writing, at least.


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The Fascinating Science of Cutting

The Fascinating Science of Cutting

Splitting an object into pieces by cutting it has proven invaluable in everything from starting fires to the production of goods. New Mind offers an in-depth exploration of the physics at work when we chop, cut, saw, slice, dice, and machine things to make more things. Along the way, you’ll learn about the history and development of cutting tools.

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Trump Indicted For Murdering Elderly Man On CNN

LAS VEGAS — Tonight’s presidential debate ended abruptly when Donald Trump was served with papers notifying him that he had been indicted for the murder of an elderly man on CNN.

"Hey, I didn’t do anything!" Trump told authorities. "He was like that when I got here!"

Trump, who had planned to debate President Joe Biden, argued that the strange old man keeled over all on his own.

"The very idea…" the old man said before slumping over onto a nearby podium. It was also at this point that Trump discovered the man had been propped up by an apparatus and could not stand on his own.

"You now, I got here and everything was fine. CNN is fake news, but I’m here and they’ve been nice tonight," Trump said. "But then there was this dead old man in the corner. And I thought, wow, the game must be afoot, you know? And believe me, I was about to solve this murder before you got here."

"Yeah, yeah!" said Officer Nolan of the LVPD. "Why don’t we talk about this downtown."

"Ahhh! Political persecution!" Trump said as he was dragged away. But he couldn’t explain away the blood on his hands.

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Seeding test data in Laravel, a full guide

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Published on 1st September 2023

Testing is an integral part of software development, and Laravel provides a robust framework for setting up tests. However, sometimes you need dummy data to test your application efficiently. In Laravel, this is done using seeders and the Faker library. This guide will walk you through creating and seeding test data in a Laravel application.

1. Introduction to Seeding

Seeders in Laravel provide a convenient way to populate your database with sample data. This is particularly useful during the development phase when you want to test your application with real-ish data.

2. Setting Up

Before you can use seeders, make sure you’ve set up a database and configured your .env file with the correct database connection details.

3. Creating a Seeder

To create a seeder, use the Artisan command-line tool:

php artisan make:seeder UsersTableSeeder

This will generate a new seeder class in the database/seeders directory.

4. Using Faker

Laravel uses the Faker library for generating random data. This library provides a plethora of methods to create data of different types.

You can even create your own formatters in Faker if you have specific format of data you need.

To use Faker in your seeder:

use Faker\Factory as Faker;

public function run()
    $faker = Faker::create();

    foreach (range(1, 10) as $index) {
            'name' => $faker->name,
            'email' => $faker->email,
            'password' => bcrypt('secret'),

5. Model Factories

While seeders are powerful, Laravel recommends using model factories for generating large sets of test data.

Step 1: Create a factory.

php artisan make:factory UserFactory

This will create a new factory in the database/factories directory.

Step 2: Define the model’s default state.

use App\Models\User;

$factory->define(User::class, function (Faker $faker) {
    return [
        'name' => $faker->name,
        'email' => $faker->unique()->safeEmail,
        'password' => bcrypt('password'),

Step 3: Use the factory in your seeder.

public function run()
    factory(App\Models\User::class, 50)->create();

This will create 50 users with random names, emails, and passwords.

6. Relationships and Test Data

Often, you’ll want to create test data that has relationships. For instance, a user might have many posts.

First, you’d define a relationship in the User model:

public function posts()
    return $this->hasMany('App\Models\Post');

Then, in the Post factory:

$factory->define(App\Models\Post::class, function (Faker $faker) {
    return [
        'user_id' => function () {
            return factory(App\Models\User::class)->create()->id;
        'title' => $faker->sentence,
        'body' => $faker->paragraph,

7. Running Seeders

Once your seeders are set up, you can run them using:

php artisan db:seed --class=UsersTableSeeder

Or to run all seeders:

php artisan db:seed

8. Resetting and Reseeding

If you want to rollback all your migrations, run them again and then run the seeders, you can use:

php artisan migrate:refresh --seed

Seeding test data in Laravel can greatly improve the development and testing process. Using the combination of seeders, the Faker library, and model factories, you can generate realistic data sets to effectively test your application’s functionality.

Remember, while this data is great for development and testing, always ensure your production database is secured and not populated with test data.

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ChatGPT for macOS no longer requires a subscription

The macOS ChatGPT desktop app is now available to everyone. That is, provided you’re running an Apple Silicon Mac (sorry, Intel users) and your computer is on macOS Sonoma or higher. OpenAI rolled out the app gradually, starting with Plus subscribers last month.

ChatGPT now has an official macOS client before it has a Windows one. (In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft is its most crucial partner.) Of course, Windows 11 has the OpenAI-powered Microsoft CoPilot baked into its OS, which likely explains the omission. OpenAI and Apple are also teaming up on Apple Intelligence, which arrives later this year (unless you’re in Europe).

The Mac app includes a keyboard shortcut (option-space by default, but it’s customizable) for typing chatbot queries from anywhere in macOS. Otherwise, the app mirrors the ChatGPT website’s appearance and functionality (including custom GPTs), except in native app form. You can also upload files, photos and screenshots.

You can download and install ChatGPT for macOS from OpenAI.

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Trump Preps For Debate Against Biden By Going to Nursing Home And Arguing With Dementia Patients

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — The Trump campaign announced Monday that the former president had begun preparing for his upcoming debate with Joe Biden by visiting nursing homes and arguing with dementia patients.

"George, you’re wrong about Lime JELL-O. Nobody likes it," Trump said as he argued with a 94-year-old man dementia patient who claims to be constantly observed by Russian spies. "It doesn’t taste good! Everyone’s telling me all the time how much they hate it and you’re going to say they should serve it every day? On DAY ONE I will ban Lime JELL-O."

Elderly onlookers applauded as Trump slammed the dementia patient after suddenly picking a fight with him while he ate his dessert.

"It’s like he’s saying what we’re all thinking," said Constance Woodrow, a 78-year-old Alzheimer’s patient.

In another instance, Trump yelled at a WWII veteran until he started crying.

"Greatest generation? More like lamest generation," Trump quipped, invoking laughs from orderlies. "You complain about loud music when people — good people — are trying to listen to jazz. You make me sick, to tell you the truth."

"But thank you for your service."

In this, and many such cases, a crowd of old folks erupted in cheers for Trump as he blasted one dementia patient after another.

This new strategy for debate prep is a distinct departure from previous campaign years when he spent time studying government policy and took part in mock debates against former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

"I spent all my time arguing against a fat man about bridges or something," Trump said, reflecting on past debate missteps. "It didn’t prepare me at all. Biden is thin and he hates bridges!"

Sources close to the Biden campaign confirm the president is concerned about this new development leading up to Thursday’s debate.

"Oh no, my ice cream," Biden reportedly said, concern all over his face as his wife led him away.

At publishing time, sources had confirmed that if Trump fails to win the presidency he will be welcome at Shady Oaks Assisted Living.

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New difficulty mod in Stardew Valley will purge your saves if you use a guide

A great number of us have played games in extra-difficult modes (or in the case of Kingdom Hearts, Proud Mode) to challenge ourselves. Now, a Stardew Valley player has created a “hardcore” option for the otherwise chill game, one that will delete the save files of any player who uses a guide while playing the game on PC.

According to GamesRadar, software engineer Sylvie Nightshade created the high difficulty mod on June 21 after reading an article published the day before on the satirical website Hard Drive, the gaming version of The Onion. The article in question joked about a “hardcore mode” in Stardew Valley that will delete players’ hard grown farms if they dare read the wiki at any point during gameplay. That same day, Nightshade quote-tweeted the article on X with the link to the mod in GitHub announcing that she turned the joke into reality.

The mod works by scanning the title of every window or tab that is open while Stardew Valley is running. If any window title includes “Stardew Valley Wiki” in the title, it erases everything the player has worked hard to achieve, forcing them to start from square one without using the guide. Nightshade even updated the mod so that it not only deletes the player’s save file but also closes the browser window the wiki was found in “just to add insult to injury.”

Hardcore mode being programmed into Stardew Valley is another case of life imitating art after Hello Kitty Island Adventure launched on Apple Arcade 17 years after it was mentioned as a joke in the South Park episode “Make Love, Not Warcraft.” Here’s a tip: If you play Stardew Valley on hardcore mode on your computer but use the guide on your phone, you should be safe.

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