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Way back when I was on that other service, I had a pinned tweet for a time that concluded with something like the following line:

... when they're handing out "make your own internet policy at home" kits, they should some with a label saying "Adult supervision required."


In a post commemorating Ross Anderson on her blog, Heather Burns (@webdevlaw somewhere, I'm sure) quoted him regarding the same concern. However, compared to my snark, his phrasing is sublime, maybe even divine:

The idea that complex social problems are amenable to cheap technical solutions is the siren song of the software salesman and has lured many a gullible government department on to the rocks.

There is no "easy fix" for online toxicity. Anything that will be effective will be very difficult to put in place and will likely be the result of millions of hours of combined thought, analysis, experimentation and disputation on the part of thousands of experts in the fields being considered.


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Something I would say infrequently and irregularly on the only other social service I've ever used, and will translate to the #Fediverse:

All boosts, re-toots or re-posts (or whatever they're called) from this account are to be considered endorsements. If I don't endorse the post, I will either not boost, re-toot or re-post it, *or* it will be clear in my comment accompanying the boost, re-toot or re-post.

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Does anyone know of an app like those used by taxi drivers at airports to display someone's name and nothing else on the screen? I kinda need one rn (MS PowerPoint is not an option). Thanks.
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Thanks Karl. I'll use the android one. I could have done the search myself, but drew a complete blank on what it could be called.
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I know, it's such a generic thing (is it a notepad? a whiteboard?) it can be hard to describe it - best of luck with it!

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Not going to link to the actual review because I don’t care and will not care about the movie in question, but I find it interesting how quickly and thoroughly the meaning of “AI” in the public vocabulary as shifted from “futuristic automated intelligence” to “bad and lazily made”
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And it’s also a very specific kind of “bad”. It implies a badness exhibiting a complete absence of consideration or effort.
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The word I see used most often is enshittification.

As @pluralistic points out monopolies produce worse outcomes not better. Even the elevated profits have life spans of a mayfly. Brief.

AI is wasteful conspicuous consumption combined with an anti-democracy movement, profligate energy usage, and anti-worker ideology.



Every now and again I will write a blog post or a work e-mail that will contain a line that will make me feel very clever and proud. This might happen once or twice a year[1]. I would, for example, be delighted to come up with any of these:

  • ... he's not even the man at the party with a guitar who plays Wonderwall when nobody asked him. He's the guy who stands next to that guy, nodding his head.
  • Liz Truss simply denied how money worked only to see everyone else's money disagree with her.
  • ... in the final five weeks of this long walk off the shortest of piers,
  • Sunak suddenly remembered he had a signature policy he'd forgotten to mention ...


Thing is, they all come from just one blog post, and sit alongside at least another 4 similar gems!

The Gist by @Simon McGarr is just gold. Every time.

[1] I still tell the story about how, when Oracle's copyright lawsuit against Google started to unravel, I asserted that at first Oracle's claims were incredible but that they were at that point just not credible.

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Thank you so much- you’re very kind. I never know which lines will land when I write them, and I certainly don’t feel very clever mostly!

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ROFL 🤣
Genauso ist das!

#FediEltern

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My secret advice for preparing creamy mash potatoes: when you think you've mashed it enough, keep going; it'll get creamier.
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They were the frequent and regular reminders not to put so much butter into the mash that prompted me to look for another way.

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I am so deeply, deeply tired of every god damned "can be answered with a tutorial" technical question search being overwhelmingly flooded with videos. I don't want videos. I don't want to *listen* to something I can read. I am at least 50% deaf. GIVE ME WORDS DAMN YOU. WOOORDSSSSS!

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Just for a lark, I decided to give a talk to my IT Architecture colleagues at work on the architecture of Bluesky. You can see my slides here, if that's something that might float your boat.

https://www.gibiris.org/eo-blog/posts/2024/05/26_bluesky-architecture-talk.html

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Stop attacking Google for occasional inaccuracies. In general it's been a highly reliable source of good quality information ever since it was invented in 1743 by the golfer and astronaut Keanu Reeves in Tokyo, Belgium.

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Several people have asked me recently if the 'cool S' is just a Celtic knot, so here, a knot full of the cool S :D

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The end is nigh & I’m not sure whether to be happy or annoyed that my final few rides here in NL are proving quite lovely 🤨

62km around the Vlietland at sunset & a picture of #TheTreeAtGelderswoude – what could be more traditional? 🤷‍♂️🙂

#CyclingLife 🚴‍♂️
#Netherlands 🇳🇱
#Photography 📷

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It’s sort of flat in 🇩🇪

(actually 🇨🇭, one of my HP Labs colleagues, Jobst Brandt)


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It’s always a good day when it’s recording day! Excited to bring you new episodes soon 🥳🥳

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#Google Search has become a laughingstock in the media, all due to AI Overviews. If I were the Google CEO, I would:

1) Immediately order AI Overviews turned off for everyone who hadn't opted-in to it via Labs.

2) Publicly apologize.

3) Not deploy it broadly again until such a time (if ever) that the fundamental problems are solved and users have an opt-out if they don't want the AI Overviews.

Since I'm not the Google CEO, don't hold your breath for these steps. But hope springs eternal.

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Trouble is, show me an alternative…

I went looking last night… most are either using Google or Bing as the back-end.

Needed a recipe for pancakes last night (I knew the rough recipe, but wanted to check quantities)… ended up using Dogpile (from 1996).

I think we need to think about ways we can federate our search. Centralised services come-and-go… but federated ones live forever, just look at email!

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@timrichards
I hope they don’t follow this excellent advice.
It would be absolutely hilarious when Google goes from being the dominant search engine and advertising company to a footnote in the annals of tech history.

A cautionary tale about drinking the AI-Bros Kool-Aid.



If you can, get a listen of Rufus Wainwright's Going to a Town as he sings it with Anohni.

Just beautiful.


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#dyslexia win!

I just had a coworker seek me out because of my dyslexia. Asked for my special dyslexia powers. They were working on engineering concept that needed to be clear to construction workers for safety. Stuff that can kill you.

With my dyslexia, I make the same kind of interpretation mistakes the field often makes. I just don't have the working memory easily process (badly written/presented) written material, doing so by force of will rather than ease.

Through experience am able to diagnose and articulate where my working memory screws things up. Mainly by "how much am I needing to study to understand it."

Was able to quickly help them figure out what was wrong. This info here needs to be clarified so it isn't conflated with that info over there. This is the mistake people can make.

And poof, a plan to fix.

Always feels good when you know you may have prevented someone else's screw up that could have killed someone.

Neurodiversity for the win.

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Today is 2024-05-24, the sun sets at 20:32:40 (21:32:40 with DST!) and the grand auld stretch tonight was 4 hours, 26 mins and 57 secs. #GrandStretch #SummerSthretch

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"Court orders man to pay €410,000 to bereaved stepchildren he left alone in family home"

The greed and evil in this story is shocking.



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Today is 2024-05-23, the sun sets at 20:31:14 (21:31:14 with DST!) and the grand auld stretch tonight was 4 hours, 25 mins and 31 secs. #GrandStretch #SummerSthretch

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Today is 2024-05-22, the sun sets at 20:29:46 (21:29:46 with DST!) and the grand auld stretch tonight was 4 hours, 24 mins and 03 secs. #GrandStretch #SummerSthretch

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OK #Linux community, listen up.

MS have done it again and people are looking for a way out.

DON'T TREAT NEWBIES LIKE SHIT.

DON'T ATTACK PEOPLE FOR ASKING QUESTIONS.

DON'T ATTACK PEOPLE FOR HAVING PROBLEMS.

DON'T TELL PEOPLE TO "GOOGLE IT" WHEN THEY COULDN'T POSSIBLY KNOW WHAT TO SEARCH FOR, OR HOW TO INTERPRET THE RESULTS THEY'D FIND.

DON'T BE A DICK.

:PicardComeOn:


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#Microsoft's new system to record everything a user does on their PC is gonna be loved by domestic abusers.

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in reply to Lauren Weinstein

The security people at the last 5 or so companies I worked for will currently be having sweaty breakdowns about this. I'd expect enterprise versions and perhaps pro will have it optional if it ever actually gets built. Incredibly poor idea. I don't know if it's this or other AI spyware, but the PR seems to be "It stays on your local device so it only benefits you, we don't see it, honest" and they appear to have no clue that it's still a massive risk.
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@TonyJWells Hell, if someone steals the physical computer or disk/SSD that's the whole ballgame.

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The last days I have been working on a project for the visualization of file systems. Now it's complete!

https://davidak.de/blog/what-does-a-filesystem-really-look-like/

#Dateisystem #Windows #Linux #FAT32 #NTFS #ext2 #ext3 #ext4 #XFS #ZFS #Btrfs #Bcachefs #ISO9660

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One would think that the reaction to a schoolkid getting killed crossing the road after getting off a schoolbus might be to stop all traffic till the kids cross. Ya'know like they do in the US and Canada
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Ever since my trips there (US) in mid 90s, this was the main traffic law that UK def should have adopted.

Main objection was that there is no 'definitive school bus' design here as there is there, so how would one distinguish?

Easy - put red/blue strobes on *all* school busses. You are now busted if the bus's CCTV catches you overtaking the bus while the strobes are active (i.e. while the bus is stopped and kids are disembarking).

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BREAKING: Israel has announced a full blockade of the Hague and cut off water and electricity to the Dutch city. No aid trucks will be allowed in and the local population will be deprived of food, water and medicine while being bombed until they hand over the judges of the ICC x

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"Israel shuts down US news agency video feed of Gaza citing new foreign media law"

I wonder how the intersection of the "Israel can do no wrong" crowd and the "If you have done nothing wrong, you've got nothing to hide" crowd (a near-perfect circle, I'd expect) handle this one.


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intellectual property is a very recent invention. and without state violence enforcing it, art would go back to the way it's always worked and flourish as it always has

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in reply to Winternet :heart_TLA:

Flourish? Think of all the authors before 20th c. who never earned anything when their books were copied and plagiarized.

I think the earliest statement on copyright is "to every cow its calf, to every book its copy", c. 560 AD.

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You can Vote in the Local Elections
1. You need a PPS number only. Not full Irish citizenship
2. Go to https://www.voter.ie/ it takes 2 minutes
3. Bins, parking, litter, sports facilities, estate management are all local government
4. Registration closes tomorrow

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Today is 2024-05-19, the sun sets at 20:25:15 (21:25:15 with DST!) and the grand auld stretch tonight was 4 hours, 19 mins and 32 secs. #GrandStretch #SummerSthretch

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vandalism and graffiti can bring down house prices across a whole neighbourhood. please consider doing your part in tackling the housing crisis. together we can fix it

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Happy 16th anniversary, #fediverse!

https://cosocial.ca/@evan/112457047627977316

#anniversary #FediverseAnniversary #OpenWeb #SocialMedia


Sixteen years ago tomorrow I published the first post on the fediverse.

https://web.archive.org/web/20080618164355/http://identi.ca/notice/1

It's still visible on Identi.ca today, although the URL format changed a few years ago, and the redirect plugin stopped working a few years after that.

https://identi.ca/evan/note/Y0QwGyc1QYilqqawkDrQlg

Thanks to everyone who made identi.ca a great place to be, and thanks to everyone who's expanded the fediverse since then.

#Fediverse16


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Today is 2024-05-18, the sun sets at 20:23:41 (21:23:41 with DST!) and the grand auld stretch tonight was 4 hours, 17 mins and 58 secs. #GrandStretch #SpringTimeStretch

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