Google and Facebook releasing all these (objectively amazing) #opensource #machinelearning tools is shrewd in so many levels: Signals engineering strength, buys developer good will, trains potential employees, calms people down about the "scary AI", diverts attention from the real issue of private data feeding the algos...
I use Ubuntu and a Google-free LineageOS phone, Firefox, Ublock Origin, Pi-Hole... I was gonna set up DNS-over-HTTPS, but now I find out that T-Mobile is selling my location data anyway. At some point it feels like privacy is just impossible https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/nepxbz/i-gave-a-bounty-hunter-300-dollars-located-phone-microbilt-zumigo-tmobile
(thread, 1/3) I posted something about the US Patent Office's proposed new standards (which it seems they're already using), and how it's going to expand what Google can claim as property and limit what medical procedures are in the public domain.
an anthology of outage postmortems, taxonomized: https://github.com/danluu/post-mortems dan luu's explanatory blog post: http://danluu.com/postmortem-lessons/ "I love reading postmortems. They're educational... they tell an entertaining story."
(someone should make a plain text corpus from these links and use it to generate novels)
Gardening and DIY are important not just because it gives people more independence and saves them money, but because it de-alienates them from their labor. There are few types of propaganda more potent than excitedly checking your peppers several times a day and thinking to yourself, "what if all work was this fulfilling"
How is it that the "best" (stable, repeatable, etc) way to update a piece of security software (fail2ban) is to install a new version of the distro? 0.9 is in stretch, 0.10 (w updated sshd rules) is in buster (testing); i could manually backport (python app, deps iffy), src build (iffy), or flip the table. Working around, for now, but this model doesn't seem sustainable
Starting the morning getting IP fail2ban'd ssh-ing to my own server.
gives new meaning to "security by obscurity" :P
I'm getting started developing a resource about the harms of tech, and I need feedback from a few technology creators, researchers, journalists, or concerned people. Would you be willing to email your answers to 10 questions? Let me know! Send me an email address that works for you, and I'll send more info!
he / him, working on a bio, full of bees
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