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And if the biz can't afford as many content moderators as are needed to keep society safe, then do something else. Otherwise it's no different from any other business that dumps costs on others, like waste in rivers to avoid cleanup or selling bad meat to avoid food standards


... I dunno, it made sense when it hit me in the shower

"Ctrl-Alt-Delete: The Planned Obsolescence of Old Coders" has put voice to a thing that has been worrying me for the past 3 years.

One of the reasons I speak at conferences is for fear of becoming irrelevant.

If the security gate starts beeping as you *enter* a store, it means *they're* shoplifting from *you*. Investigate and take action *immediately*!

@aral Have you heard of "free as in helicopter"?

Someone gives you a free helicopter. Awesome, right? But if you don't know how to fly a helicopter it's useles to you.

You know, Mastodon is cool and all, but when you get right down to it Twitter-style communications just kind of fundamentally suck for some kinds of stuff.

You know what'd be cool? An ActivityPub-powered web forum, or a LIveJournal-style personal blog but with some of Tumblr's social aspects thanks to being able to network with other blogs.

Make Web 4.0 into Web 1.0 again.

:blobcathissing: twitter to mastodon crossposting
:blobcat: mastodon to twitter crossposting
:blobcatlewd: automatically posting "i've just made a post on mastodon!" on twitter every time you post to masto

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

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"

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?

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) 😩

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