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Proof of work mining should be illegal. Destroying our habitat by intentionally wasting energy on an already-unconscionable and ever-increasing scale is a crime against humanity.


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Remember the names Arnoud Boot, Peter Hoffmann, Luc Laeven, Lev Ratnovski, as signatories to the death of all privacy and the opening of universal surveillance in all commercial and financial dealings.

Under the remarkably anodyne title "What is Really New in Fintech" and published by the International Monetary Fund blog, these four men proposed that credit ratings be improved by "tapping various nonfinancial data: the type of browser and hardware used to access the internet, the history of online searches and purchases".


Everything you do online, transferred to, assessed, rated, and stored permanently, one would suspect, by that most highly egalitarian and trusted of all institutions, the global financial system.

Arnoud Boot is professor of Corporate Fiance and Financial Markets at the #UniversityOfAmsterdam, in the country whose census records were used during WWII to prosecute the Holocaust on the Netherland's Jewish population. Of 107,000 deported Jews, only 5,200 survived.

Peter Hoffman is an economist working at the Financial Research Division of the #EuropeanCentralBank (#ECB), researching microstructure of financial markets, but apparently neither ethics nor privacy and surveillance.

Luc Laeven is Director-General of the Directorate General Research of the #ECB, and previously worked with the #IMF, #WorldBank, and #ABNAmroBank.

Lev Ratnovski is Sr. Econoist at the #IMF's research department.

These men would sell your entire informational history to gain a few fractions of a percent of interest income.

The banality of evil indeed.

#ArnoudBoot #PeterHoffmann #LucLaeven #LevRatnovski #Surveillance #SurveillanceCapitalism #Privacy #BrowserHistory #SearchHistory #Profiling #Credit #Risk #Holocaust

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I wish you were right.
I Also wish big websites like stack overflow would allow people to find stuff without an external search engine, their own being quite crappy.

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Please, /please/, don't make /only/ videos, y'all! Make text articles too!

Text is even /easier/ to make it's just /always/ video


Not everyone can do videos. Especially long videos that we're expected to Sit Down And Focus Entirely On which means engaging speech parsing AND we can't easily back up and reread things like we could text and we /can't slow down/ like we could text and we can't skim like we could text and just

there's often /no point/ to it being a video and we /can't/.

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Today is the day that I'm suspicious of *any* news in case it's fake. Can't we have March 32 today, and go straight to April 2 tomorrow?

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Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya
You are laundry that has finished a full washing cycle
Prepare to dry

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had a 5 AM half-sleep half-waking thought that a key feature of neoliberalism is the hostility to institutional knowledge (e.g., reliance on contractors instead of permanent staff, the rhetoric of innovation, etc). As an archivist working at an institution replacing permanent staff members with 3-year temps, this also impacts my job in preserving the historical record considerably. Who's writing about this aspect of neoliberalism?

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Let's build centralized mainframes and have minimal terminals connected to them!

No wait, CPU is cheap and everyone can have a powerful computer: let's do distributed computing!

No wait, bandwidth is cheap and ubiquitous and servers can autoscale and stuff now. Let's centralize computing and use the browser and mobile apps as terminals!

No wait, that means all my software is subscription and held hostage by the provider and I have less control of my data…

And around and around we go

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This HN comment, I undersign:

"Good Lord, just give me control over the appearance of scrollbars again. Was there some international UI/UX meeting where they declared a holy war on scrollbars? Seems like everyone is trying to make them disappear like they're an embarrassing and unwelcome distant relative they're passive aggressively trying to make go away."


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"Hei, er det anglisismepolitiet? Jeg tror jeg har vært vitne til et ordovergrep."

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The Case Against Tablets

As I hunt for new computing hardware, I’m coming to the conclusion that tablets are simply a mistake. And yes, strongly informed by using one as a primary device for 5 years.

An ultra-light laptop has better utility and vastly superior privacy.

The one killer function, reading documents, seems better served by an e-book reader. ...

I'm exploring this question on Diaspora, with some good suggestions. Upshot is that tablets do most things poorly and virtually nothing well. And the landscape fully sucks.

Text reading and possibly notetaking is the major exception. And for that, an e-ink reader is the preferred option.

I'm surveying what uses people have, multi-response, with a goal more of completeness than representation. Please explain "Other".


#Tablets #Devices #Laptops #Desktops #Servers #Embedded #Mobile #Android #iOS #TheCaseAgainstTablets

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I created this "Maslow's hierarchy of jobs" about 20 years go. Iv'e found to be good guide for when was time to move on (or stay). If you're failing at one or more of the lower 5 levels (pay not likely to continue, getting paid but nobody cares what you do) might be time to find a more productive gig.

You probably won't see this from HR in goals setting and performance management sessions.

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my main hobby is hoarding videogames i don't actually have the attention span to play and modding consoles to run games i don't actually have the attention span to play

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The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more. - Patricia A. McKillip

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1/ This is a comparison more people should be making. In 1898, a couple thousand white supremacists successfully overturned an election in North Carolina, destroying a powerful, anti-capitalist coalition of poor white and recently emancipated Black farmers (the Fusionists).

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lol, "there’s absolutely no sexual or romantic tension between Achilleus and the goddesses who help him. One goddess who helps him is Thetis, his own mother. The other goddess who helps him is Athena, who has sworn an oath of perpetual virginity and frankly doesn’t seem interested in men anyway."

(Spencer Alexander McDaniel debunking Campbell's Hero's Journey, talesoftimesforgotten.com/2020)

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Google removed K-9 Mail from the Play store with zero notice because the description of the app included alternate spellings of the app name we'd included to work around how bad Play's search is.

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Medier kan klassifiseres langs to akser:
- Hvor mange år henger de etter?
- Er det smart eller noe dumt, det de kommer med på etterskudd?

Kombinasjonene er dermed:
- Avisa som formidler dumme ideer flere år på etterskudd (vanlig)
- Avisa som formidler gode ideer flere år på etterskudd (mindre vanlig)
- Avisa som formidler ferske dumme ideer (sjelden)
- Avisa som formidler ferske gode ideer (hypotetisk)

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