I read hacker news a lot at work because it is less obviously goofing around than reading reddit or facebook or whatever. More acceptable. It's got a lot of good content but also a lot of terrible people in the comments, the worst kind of techbros. A dose of Webshit Weekly (in glorious Comic Sans) helps take the edge off. http://n-gate.com/
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my backpack's got jets
well i'm boba the fett
well i bounty hunt for jabba hutt
to finance my vette
So is Gritty now the anti-Pepe?
Next the Red Foliot called for his Cat-bears, that stood before him foxy-red above but with black bellies, round furry faces, and innocent amber eyes, and soft great paws, and tails barred alternately with ruddy rings and creamy; and he said, "O Cat-bears, dance before us, since dearly we delight in your dancing."
They asked, "Lord, will you that we perform the Gigue?"
And he answered them, "The Gigue, and ye love me."
Reading through the guidelines, again, they sound nice, but I keep wondering whether any particular one is more protecting people from harassment, or protecting harassers from criticism.
I guess in the end it doesn't matter because they're just guidelines.
And they would, if they were followed, prevent a lot of open, explicit abuse and toxicity.
Just read the "gnu kindness guidelines." They sound nice, and I mean that in the least complimentary sense possible.
rms calls for respecting people's gender identity and pronouns, but using singular "they" is a bridge too far - the only hyperlink in the piece goes to a personal essay from rms about why singular "they" is unacceptable, and if you must use a gender neutral pronoun, use one from a 1974 science fiction novel rms happens to like.
I spend a ton of time on a tablet, outside of work, and a real computer, inside of work, and the affordances are so different.
Mystery insomnia struck again last night.
when I first ran D&D, my grandmother, who had bought fully into the IT'S SATANISM hype, insisted on sitting and watching the first session
about an hour in, she threw her hands up and yelled 'THIS IS JUST MATH' and stormed off
"That’s the point that I got excited about what this form of writing could do as the fiction launches us into the rules and the rules launch us into more fiction."
That's from Jason D'Angelo's latest post in his series about reading The Clay That Woke. It's pretty great:
My sale ends Friday, so I can get purchases shipped to you and focus on packing and moving and everything else.
Whoa. This completely blows up Google's years-long practice of extorting device manufacturers into bundling more and more Google apps and infrastructure onto all of their devices https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/16/google-will-stop-bundling-its-apps-on-android-phones-in-response-to-eu-fine.html
The idea of Android as something "free" becomes slightly less of a joke with this. At least in Europe. Business as usual everywhere else.
As someone who used to write about leaky apps on a weekly basis, it's so easy for fly-by-night developers to let this happen.
Donald Daters, a dating app for Trump supporters, leaked its users’ data – TechCrunch
God, the MeWe guy is a right winger, and seems to delight in welcoming people of that ilk fleeing "liberal" Facebook.
ESR took a cool counterculture and got his shitty right-wing UNIX ideology all over it—he's not just a bad person, he's a exceptionally bad historian and you shouldn't take his word for anything, the jargon file that he "curates" reflects nothing like an actual 70s/80s programming culture.
here's a pre-ESR jargon file for reference: https://www.dourish.com/goodies/jargon.html
#Bitcoin must die
If Bitcoin were to cease trading tomorrow, 0.5% of the world’s electricity demand would simply disappear. This is roughly equivalent to the output of ten coal-fired power plants, emitting 50 million tonnes of CO2 per year – which would cover one year’s worth of the carbon emission cuts required to limit temperature rises this century to 2C.
14 people died in Hurricane Michael, making Hurricane Michael 14 times more lethal than the Saudi Consolate in Istanbul