Russell Brand, conspiracy theories, politics, covid 

Not that I'm surprised, but Russell Brand is apparently a full-on conspiracy theorist now. A recent video of his discusses "power grabs" due to covid and although I refuse to give him views, the thumbnail, title, and video description are... concerning, to say the least 😕

It might have happened already a long time ago, I'm just not following what he's doing so I just found out.

PSA on Russian media (RT etc) 

These are the people who make lists of "traitors", who bend and mutilate truth until it looks "right", who are *directly* paid by the bloody dictatorship.

When I see people like Sean Swain seeking an interview with them my heart breaks. I know it's a desperate measure but what peeps will say will be used for the bloody regime. It's a propaganda so blatant that it makes Fox reach for a cigarette.

Don't repost RT. Don't link to Sputnik. Be better.

I just published "Software Crisis 2.0"

baldurbjarnason.com/2021/softw

A long essay on our industry's core expertise: failed software projects.

Also experimenting with including PDF, EPUB, and MOBI

I need help and boosts are welcome!

So I want to include books by and about Romani people, especially because they are one of the most overlooked demographics where I live.

But it's... not easy to find books *by* Romani (or just GRT) authors. The only one I've found (and ordered for my personal collection) has been The Color of Smoke.

Does anyone know of any others?

I'm considering moving instances. Not sure where, but maybe weirder.earth (they run the Hometown fork, which I'm curious about).

When you move instances both your follows and your "followees" move to the new one, yeah?

It's a little sad to leave my first Mastodon home, but I don't really use the local timeline and it has gotten too big and annoying and it's blocked in some other instances, so...

Any other instance recommendations, or instances I should avoid?

algorithmic suppression of anti-alt-right video by YouTube 

youtube.com/watch?v=P55t6eryY3 describes how the alt-right recruits people online. It's a popular and valuable video.

Last week, YouTube age-restricted the video, removing it from searches and recommendations, saying it violated their - *checks notes* - ..."sex and nudity policy": twitter.com/InnuendoStudios/st

After a review, they ... claimed it /actually/ violated the "violent or graphic content policy", and also that counts as the one appeal, bye

Looks like we're getting more intense at recruiting at Mozilla. Hit us up if you're an engineer looking for a good remote position!

grnh.se/7b5ab2281us

Holy shit. OpenInsulin successfully formulated a non-proprietary version of insulin and they are ready to scale production! 👀
hackaday.com/2021/08/23/open-s

I want to unionize, but I'm not sure where. As a developer working remotely from Spain for a US company, what would you recommend?

Boosts appreciated.

"I accidentally took down GitHub Actions" by Teddy Katz.

"""
I had considered that this might happen, so I […] deleted my fork, [but the URL] still returned a 404, meaning that I’d accidentally broken everyone’s builds with no way to fix them.
"""

Don't build your systems atop Git shorthashes, kids — They're for display purposes only!

Katz's blog is a great one to follow, with posts on other interesting exploits as well.

blog.teddykatz.com/2019/11/12/

#cybersecurity #websec #github #githubactions

Things I learned from therapy, part one: (chime in if you want to!):

1. The first 20 thoughts while you’re in crisis mode are a lie. Never believe them.

Roblox (-), child worker exploitation, Nebula/YouTube video 

I had vaguely heard of Roblox and knew it was some gaming thing for kids or whatever, but this is shocking. This company is really evil:
youtube.com/watch?v=_gXlauRB1E

(yeah, yeah, save yourself the "all companies are evil because capitalism" or whatever)

Also available on Nebula, where I watched it:
nebula.app/videos/people-make-

The priority given how the situation is unfolding in Afghanistan is to ensure that people are protected.

Those with roles and responsibility in the deployment, maintenance and funding of some of the digital systems in Afghanistan must step up to minimise the damage - now. nitter.net/privacyint/status/1

Next time I meet a transphobic person who says “they were BORN a ________ so they’re a _______” I’ll reply “well you were born a baby and clearly that hasn’t changed either.”

If you're looking for a chance to get paid to write meaningful open source software, here's one of those rare opportunities. Fully remote.

We're hiring additional software engineers to join the SecureDrop team, an open source platform to protect journalists & whistleblowers. Our posting outlines the specific skillsets we're looking for:

freedom.press/jobs/sr-software

If this describes you, please get in touch! Happy to answer questions.

Have you heard that thing about allergies getting worse because city planners don't want to plant female trees? It seems that there is little truth in that.

Sexism is NOT to Blame for Your Allergies
youtube.com/watch?v=C7Ti-4WiFh

« After years of a push to digitise databases in the country, and introduce digital identity cards and biometrics for voting, activists warn these technologies can be used to target and attack vulnerable groups.

“We understand that the Taliban is now likely to have access to various biometric databases and equipment in #Afghanistan ,” the Human Rights First group wrote on Twitter on Monday. »

reuters.com/article/afghanista

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