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I was born in USSR. There were no votes in USSR. I remember Perestroika. When I was just a teen, my parents were seriously discussing going off the grid to sit out the civil war if the 1991 KGB putsch against Gorbachev succeeded. Everybody was surprised when it failed. What followed was very confusing time, people had no idea how democracy is supposed to work, including the people who somehow made it work anyway, for a few years.

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A good friend's company is looking for a Network DevOps in SF:

Variables don't. Constants aren't. The unlikely is certain.

Evidence: the less press freedom there is in a country, the less noise there is in the country's #SARSCoV2 daily infection counts. This is statistically significant at the p < 0.05 level.

Interpretation: less press freedom => more faking of "open" governmental data: SARS-CoV-2 counts.

Comments welcome on draft revision (81da1ae): = =

#OpenData #OpenScience #FreePress #RSF #COVID19 #Epidemiology

here's a MASSIVE post with a great collection of telemetry guidelines in Free/Open Source Software:

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"The opacity of the larger supply chain for computation in general, and AI in particular, is part of a long-established business model of extracting value from the commons and avoiding restitution for the lasting damage."

(from "Atlas of AI")

You don't need to read Elizabeth Warren's new book to know why she lost in 2020. Her principal mistake was trying to steal votes from the Bernie personality cult. I called it on Feb 7, 2020, right after Iowa:

For a bonus victory lap, in the same thread I also accurately predicted Bernie's final popular vote in the primaries: his hard ceiling was at 26%, that's what he got in Iowa and that's what his popular vote was in the entire Democratic primary.

Leonid Volkov explains what is happening to Navalny organisation after it was declared "extremist" - local branches will stop being "Navalny branches" and become 100% independent political organisations.

I think importance of this transition cannot be overstated - Navalny movement already holds on thousands of local activists, who are very close to the people and highlight issues such as infrastructure, roads, waste management, spatial planning etc.

@isagalaev Consider this as an analogue of discussions in other domains.

We know that the influenza virus exists. We know that there are non-human reservoir pools (it co-evolves in birds and swine, if not other animals as well).

What we've determined here is that if you disrupt the conditions necessary for it to propagate among humans you can virtually eliminate it within the human population, and reduce deaths by 97%.

As an analogue, we know that the viewpoints, thoughts, and expressions that occur via algorithmic social media exist without it. But somehow the addition of that highly-effective and "engagement-generating" distribution system has overwhelmingly toxic effects.

(Both viruses and memes are information transmission under selective pressure with behavioural consequences.)


Realization: Blockchain tech isn't actually decentralized. It's so staggeringly wastefully inefficient that it can't run on less than millions of machines, but the result is still a monobloc of data outside of individual users' control.

"Installation: we recommend that you use Docker."

what I'm supposed to see: "hey, it's a simple one-liner! Such clean install, much wow."

what I actually see: "we couldn't figure out how to install this thing on anything but our own machine, but hey, here is a well-compressed image of our entire disk, use this instead so that we can stop trying"

Comparison of Russia Today coverage of Derek Chauvin trial for international and internal audience by

Got my first doze of the Moderna vaccine. The drive-in vaccination site in Santa Cruz is amazingly well-run, we were in and out in under half an hour, including the 15 minutes wait time after.

Some great advice in this article on @conservancy's site by @sagesharp:

"When you apologize, invest substantial time and consideration to determine what part of your behavior caused harm, and what similar behavior might also cause harm."

Heinlein UBI NYC 

Wrote this a while ago, but it's newly relevant now that one of the heroes of this story is running for another office:

To;dr: Heinlein was more progressive than most people think. If you live in NYC, vote Maya Wiley for mayor.

Delete Chrome. Now.

Google is using its exceptionally powerful position to make *the browser itself* analyze your browsing behavior and serve that on a plate in the form of "cohorts" to anyone interested.

They are transforming Chrome into a "browsing-history-passport" - right now.

If you care about your intellectual freedom even a little bit, you must put Chrome out of your life as soon as possible. Support others doing the same.


That, my friends, is Silicon Valley in a nutshell: techbros who can't be bothered to clean up after themselves, and companies paying people 1/10 what the techbros make to clean up after them.

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Thread 🧵 of 501(c)(3) public charities you can support instead of the FSF, if you care about its mission:

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