When someone wants to meet you to tell you about their new ICO/blockchain project

Studies found that in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, there is one kilogram of plankton for each six kilograms of plastic, causing fish to starve because they eat the plastic instead of the plankton.

Also, scientists studying the North Atlantic Garbage Patch found a high concentration of microbes capable of digesting plastics for energy.

Great article on plastics in the Ocean quantamagazine.org/on-waste-pl

"our study has shown that most users are not taking advantage of the main privacy features of Zcash at all"

usenix.org/conference/usenixse

"consumers are rightly worried just how the data tech companies are collecting about them are being used and abused. Yet Apple seems to be the only major tech company that had the foresight–and the will–to begin tackling these issues before they reached a crisis point." fastcompany.com/90236195/forge

Don't drink from plastic bottles ...

"Beginning at 8 weeks, microplastic fragments and fibers were produced from strips of all three polymers"

setac.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/

Before spending a lot of time solving a hard problem, ask yourself if that problem is worth solving.

Life is too short to waste time solving problems that are not the root cause of what you're trying to address.

This community should be able to relate :)

I took the task of filling this captcha really seriously today.

Because if I forget to click on a biker, that will probably lead to some biker getting run over by a Waymo car.

I forgot my wireless headphones at the gym the other day and now I'm going on a run with wired headphones, like a pre-historic walkman-carrying primate

At 128 days without any response on my US visa application, a Department of Homeland Security IT guy emails me for private curl support... The irony is not lost on me.

Added Mastodon link on my homepage, I guess we're trying this again for a little while :)
fredericjacobs.com

My feed here is not really active. Any Mastodon follow recommendations?

Cédric Villani, fields medalist and a brilliant mind I've had the pleasure to work with in the Scientific Advisory mechanism to the European Commission, wrote a very good post on why the French should vote:

Cédric Villani : «S'abstenir, c'est donner la moitié de son vote à Marine Le Pen»
liberation.fr/debats/2017/05/0

The Mastodon "Remote follow" feature could be so easily used to phish the average Mastodon user into signing into a fake instance.

⚠️ Important security reminder: Always make sure the URL shows your "home instance" when logging in.

Here's the Debian Project's statement about the arrest of Dmitry Bogatov, a Debian Maintainer who worked in the Debian Haskell group and currently maintains several packages for command line and system tools. He was arrested by Russian authorities, and Debian has removed his keys from their servers in case they're compromised. debian.org/News/2017/20170417

Mastodon's federation introduces UX challenges.

One that worries me a lot is about message forgery. Anyone can forge a twoot, even cross-server.

Whereas Twitter Inc might be trustworthy enough to not forge transcripts. Anyone can run a Mastodon server and might want to abuse it to influence people (see Russian troll campaigns).

Should Mastodon "home servers" cryptographically sign updates? Should there be end-to-end signatures? Anyone has thoughts on this?

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