I was wrong about Google and Facebook: there’s nothing wrong with them (so say we all)


It’s always difficult admitting you’re wrong. But sometimes you have to in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. So, today, I admit that I was wrong about Google, Facebook, & surveillance capitalism in general being toxic for our human rights and democracy … it simply cannot be true given how they are endorsed by some of the most well-respected organisations in the world.

#JoachimBreitner: « Thoughts on #bootstrapping #GHC

[…] How can we build a whole #OperatingSystem from just and only #SourceCode, using very little, or even no, binary seeds or auto-generated files. This is actually concern that is somewhat orthogonal to #reproducibility: Bootstrappable builds help me in trusting programs that I built, while reproducible builds help me in trusting programs that others built.

[…] the situation looks pretty bad when it comes to #Haskell »

saveurl() { cat > /dev/null; } # Save a url for reading later when you "have time".

‘Even already in 1983, just before Lotus 1–2–3, the president of Key Tronics, the biggest company making replacement keyboards for IBM PC and compatibles made by others, was asked “What is Scroll Lock for?”

“I don’t know,” he responded. “But we put it on ours, too.”’

We love processing the software development work invoices of #ReproducibleBuilds developers. They're the only contractors who attach GPG signatures, sha256sums and the like for all their documentation. Apparently, they're also working on #ReproducibleBilling as well.

Today's adventures in Petra (Lesvos, Greece) include finding a cafe full of middle-to-retired-aged English people, who clearly live here, complaining about immigrants taking jobs. I kid you not.

It's also very smoky, but Sarajevo hardened my lungs. #travel rhiaro.co.uk/2018/12/today

Amazon filed a patent to pair facial recognition surveillance with a doorbell camera.

"Simply walking up to a friend’s house could result in your face, your fingerprint, or your voice being flagged as 'suspicious' and delivered to a government database..."

Why is software that is programmed with taxpayers’ money not released as Free Software? We want legislation requiring that publicly financed software developed for public sector must be made publicly available under a Free and Open Source Software licence. youtube.com/watch?v=iuVUzg6x2y

After 70km middle of the night trip to datacenter all services are back to operational state.

Remember folks, keeping an eye on your BIOS battery can save you. :P

“Hauser and his co-authors reported that the monkeys touched their heads while looking in the mirror. Yet an attempted replication of the study failed, and in 2011 Hauser left Harvard after an investigation found he had falsified data in other studies.”

Studies/papers without replication (but with some peer review) are not facts.

Greetings and friendly wishes to all who may encounter this voyager and receive this message.

Still catching up with 24Accessibility posts for this year, but I just read Olivier Nourry’s on ‘How Ableism Leads to Inaccessibility’. It’s a must-read:


"No it's pronounced Marijn, with an ij as in Dijkstra"

Going to use this all the time with computer people from now on

This toot was brought to you by the fact that I just heard someone pronounce it Dickstra

There's been some progress in producing actual free software builds of the Android SDK. We'll need some help tp bring it over the finish line: forum.f-droid.org/t/call-for-h
#foss #fdroid #android

Show more

Follow friends and discover new ones. Publish anything you want: links, pictures, text, video. This server is run by the main developers of the Mastodon project. Everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!