"Microsoft-owned GitHub will renew a $200,000 contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, despite concerns about the Trump administration’s policies, according to a leaked email." https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/9/20906213/github-ice-microsoft-software-email-contract-immigration-nonprofit-donation
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"Meaningful consent" implies more than a clause in the user agreement that says "we can update this at any time." It requires engagement with the userbase at large - and thus guarantees conflict, and compromise.
Maybe Apple would still have disabled this framework. Maybe not. What I do know, with high confidence, is that they didn't ask anyone outside the company if it was okay to do so, or explain what it would mean.
The latest Safari update permanently disables the framework uBlock Origin (and, incidentally, 1Password version 6 and lower) relies on. There will no longer be a uBlock version for Safari.
A while ago, someone on Twitter raised the point that users are rightfully gunshy about software updates because developers often use them to make unilateral and unwelcome changes. The question "did your users meaningfully consent to this change" goes unasked, let alone unanswered.
I want better.
Anyone with experience in OCR or AI/ML looking for a challenge to solve which would help climate science?
We have thousands of pages of historical weather observations which need numerical values extracting efficiently & accurately so we can better understand extreme weather.
The realization: the perfect audience for any advertising company is a person who’s impulsive, angry, frightened and tired. The cyclic relationships between what you see and how you feel and react means that any machine learning effort aimed at improving business outcomes for an advertising company will unavoidably optimize itself towards creating an audience that’s impulsive, angry, frightened and tired. The incentives don’t permit any other outcome, whatever the people working there say.
Hey good news everyone “remote direct memory access” is not only a real thing that’s as terrifying as it sounds but Intel actually built it and thinks it’s a feature: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/09/weakness-in-intel-chips-lets-researchers-steal-encrypted-ssh-keystrokes/
I recently learned that New Zealand have expanded the range of indicators for how they measure their country's success. It's not just about the economy any more.
It's about current wellbeing, future wellbeing and their impact on other countries. That covers a huge range of stuff, including biodiversity, life expectancy, literacy, greenhouse gas emissions...everything from fish stocks to child poverty.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Feminists have long said that GDP is a patriarchal measure because it ignores the value of women's unpaid work. It's also useless in so many other ways. Well done to New Zealand for coming up with a better way of measuring how your country is doing.
They're not the only country doing this, but they're one of very few trailblazers.
"Discord’s terms of service, particularly with respect to the rights they assert over participants’ data, are expansive and very grabby, effectively giving them unlimited rights to do anything they want with anything we put into their service. Coupling that with their active hostility towards interoperability and alternative clients has disqualified them as a community platform." - @mhoye http://exple.tive.org/blarg/2019/09/06/forward-motion/
re: countering dangerous misinformation about protest tactics
The "use water or liquid nitrogen" misinformation is being spread by far-right/alt-reich taintstains in an effort to get people who don't know better to hurt themselves and/or damage their own property. Remember the "charge your iphone by microwaving it" scam? Yeah. Same idea.
Again: ⚠️ Do not use liquid nitrogen or water in a thermos to try deactivating tear gas canisters, as that can generate a steam explosion and shrapnel. ⚠️
countering dangerous misinformation about protest tactics, twitter link source
⚠️ Do not use liquid nitrogen or water in a thermos to try deactivating tear gas canisters, as that can generate a steam explosion and shrapnel. The protestors in Hong Kong were using mud or wet sand. ⚠️
Actually, let's make that a general offer to anyone in the US and Canada:
If you want to learn about union organising, I'm happy to teach you what I know and help you find resources.
Anyone who is considering starting a union (you should), I'm happy to help you figure out where to start.
Shoot me a message.
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