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...

It turns out that there are many companies doing things similar to Cambridge Analytica

@nolan thank you for talking about this. This is just how GSM / LTE works, triangulation is the system itself. Fortunately, with nearly the same stack and devices without baseband chips, the experience can be nearly identical. Randomize MAC, rub a little TOR on it, and some privacy comes back. But as others mention Zuboff, tech is not alone. Thanks again for talking about it!

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

(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: dan luu's explanatory blog post: "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"

@nuncamind hey, me too! sometimes more, sometimes less, always a fun time.

I'm having trouble searching for this one, so I'll ask here: have any of you collected articles about the effect of certain types of language ("rock star", "hacker") in tech job descriptions, and the effects on hiring of traditionally marginalized groups?

@annika no, but I would love to hear what you find out about this as part of my ongoing research for

Bought a textbook on Amazon for $150, and they sent me a stack of papers with a 3-hole punch. Have they lost their fucking minds?

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

Why is magic coming back as a topic? Plot point in Ant-Man and the Wasp, This American Life episode, FISM Grand Prix video coverage, meme boosting the Ricky Jay special... feels like a forced meme, but, like, from society? Is this a compression artifact of modern information warfare or something?

Five morning rituals to increase productivity:

1) Face North, thrice chant "inbox zero"
2) Face South, thrice chant "bullet journal"
3) Face East, thrice chant "pomodoro"
4) Face West, thrice chant "soylent"
5) Throw your head back to the sky and roar "PRODUCTIVITY"

I confused the first Simon & Garfunkel album (Wednesday Morning, 3 AM) with the first level of the arcade game Turtles in Time (Big Apple, 3 AM) 😩

@annika tfw my cpu compiling `ghc` prevents me from slack-inducing click


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