@bgcarlisle might be something in there about AI - I wrote this a while back, but there's a good argument to be made that at the end of Portal 2 Cave Johnson is alive, for certain values of "alive": http://exple.tive.org/blarg/2011/10/17/shooting-holes-in-the-story/
@bgcarlisle "Remember: The Aperture Science Bring Your Daughter to Work Day is the perfect time to have her tested."
techpol, colonialism, public comment opp Show more
amazon is trying to get the .amazon domain over the objections of every country in the basin. ICANN approved it but it's in a public comment period now.
place you have to sign up to tell them to fuck themselves: https://gtldcomment.icann.org/createuserprofile
the Kilogram redefinition took place two days ago AND I MISSED IT
ICANN granted Amazon.com the domain '.amazon' today, rather than the entire geographic region of the Amazon Basin.
Acts like this are colonial, obviously, but also a slap in the face to early internet promises of global representation + shared power. Its really sad.
(via http://everest-pipkin.com/ , thanks ! )
Academic book that I could write that might actually be fun, but idk about the copyright-type issues:
The research ethics of Aperture Laboratories
It would be an intro to research ethics that takes cues from the flagrant ethical issues that are caricatured in the Portal games to discuss the major topics in research ethics and eventually tie them in to real-world examples
It would be aimed at a popular audience, but usable as an into university course textbook
@avolkov the Pixel Qi screens were magical. The OLPC keyboards were some of the worst keyboards ever made.
Sartorialists of Mastodon, a question: I had to go to a dressier meeting the other day, and my fall weight blazer was a bit much. If I’m looking for a summer weight blazer, preferably in a technical fabric and ideally something that doesn’t result in me looking like I’ve been tasked with the defence of retail commerce, what are my options?
Dying @ this anecdote from Andrew Thaler on birbsite:
“Six years ago today, I walked into the techiest tech-bro bar in San Fransisco, positioned myself obnoxiously into a group of Dudes Wearing Google Glass, and loudly said "Ok Google, Call Mom."
It was magical.
How were you radicalized against pervasive technology?”
The next part of the process: http://exple.tive.org/blarg/2019/05/14/the-next-part-of-the-process/
I see a lot of recruiters saying "we didn't hire that person, and they had a huge success in a different company, we should have hired them". Which is all kinds of wrong.
It's not like success is something that's hidden inside a person that you can somehow detect while sifting through thousands of candidates, discarding the ones that don't have it.
Success is all about the chances that person has been given, the motivation, the teamwork, the mentoring, the trust, the resources — not some hidden talent.
Uber, IPO, come-uppance Show more
In case anyone ever tells you "strikes don't work": Uber is now the worst performing IPO debut in U.S. history. They lost $617 million today because their stock declined almost 8% (due to the double whammy of the strike and tariff increases), and their IPO valuation was $76.5 billion, far lower than $90 billion or $120 billion some "analaysts" (read: fortune tellers) were speculating they'd value at.
Power to the workers.
@nev this is amazing
Chaotic good. (he/him)
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