“Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.” — Clay Shirky

Interestingly positive: "Why did god create atheists?" 

Spotted elsewhere without captioning, a Facebook posting from religiousragings:

"There is a famous story told in Chasidic literature that address this very question. The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson.

One clever student asks "What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?"

The Master responds "God created atheists to teach us the most important lesson of them all - the lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs an act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching. He does not believe that god commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right."

"This means," the Master continued, "that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say 'I pray that God will help you.' Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no god who can help, and say, 'I will help you.'"

(credited to "Tales of Hasidim vol. 2 by Mar")

As an atheist, it pleases me to read such understanding. 👌

2000s hackers: My dream is to connect all of my devices to the internet.
2020s hackers: My dream is to disconnect all of my devices from the internet.

Why #Lisp macros are cool, a #Perl / #C perspective


(Near the end, I think the Author meant "square" whenever he wrote "sqrt")

Aral Balkan, One of us 

@aral is well known to be a firebrand for the New digital freedoms we deserve. But this speech to EU's parliament yesterday... damn man. Truth to power.

17 minutes of spitting straight fire.


In response to the President Trump (USA)'s executive order blocking all commercial and non-commercial property transactions with Venezuela, Adobe has begun cancelling accounts belonging to Venezuelans.

Regardless of this being a continued embargo, this is a lesson to be learned to never trust software which makes it obligatory to register an account in order to use the features of that software.


This is a well-written reflection of RMS's retirement I think should satisfy everyone: medium.com/@thomas.bushnell/a-

But please don't respond by complaining about Medium.

P.S. If the retirement of one man is enough to weaken our movement, it doesn't deserve to exist. Let's not let this be the failure Stallman apparantly worries it is.

Wired, 1993: Rebels with a Cause - Your Privacy. "On the cover were Eric Hughes, Tim May, John Gilmore, holding up an American flag, faces hidden behind white mask, their PGP fingerprints written on the foreheads. Gilmore even sporting an newly-founded EFF T-shirt. (from Thomas Rid, CS Monitor)"

Wired, 2019: YOU'RE IN PRIVATE MODE. To continue using a private window, sign in or subscribe. The title of the article being denied reads "It's Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser. Ad trackers are out of control".

What *NIX camp are you in? Hopefully this will be big so please boost so we can get as many votes as possible

Holy shit did #JavaScript / #React people just discover conditions and restarts from #CommonLisp! Another secret power is out!

Two things:

1) It's not true you "can't touch this"; it's not theoretical, it's been a part of Common Lisp for the past three decades and it works just fine!

2) I'm not surprised this is an active area of theoretical work, but I am surprised by the implication that this area is considered new, or that they don't realize an implementation already exists.


Glad you asked!
1. Pages load twice as fast
2. Laptop battery lasts longer
3. My privacy isn't invaded by 50 different douchebro Silicon Valley companies
4. Your fucking site doesn't slow down my computer to a crawl and I can actually read your fucking articles

New electronic message from a stranger...

1996: Wow, exciting, let's talk to them and maybe become friends.
2019: Report spam.

I really hope this thing catches on and becomes mainstream, mostly because I want to watch stony-faced news anchors talking about the president's toots

wow mastodon censors out your private key if you post it. that's really smart


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