"The Internet Archive is now leveraging a little known, and perhaps never used, provision of US copyright law, Section 108h, which allows libraries to scan and make available materials published 1923 to 1941 if they are not being actively sold."

"If the Founding Fathers had their way, almost all works from the 20th century would be public domain by now (14-year copyright term, renewable once if you took extra actions)."


Ever notice that most mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds with limbs have four of them? It's not a Law of Nature or anything, it's because one lobe-finned fish decided to crawl up onto land and IT had four limbs, and we're all descended from that one uppity fucker.

So, possible 'hot take' here -

-NOBODY- looks good in the 'Reality Winner' case.

The Intercept was extremely careless with how they handled the material they were given.

Reality herself is apparently so utterly inept it's astonishing that she was able to get the document in the first place.

And the counterintel that managed to finally catch her? THEY are also inept; she -sucks- and she -still- managed to get the document out.

this is too cool. play with 4d shapes in this four-dimensional toybox: 4dtoys.com/

The year is 2X17. Due to the competitive advantage it gives them in the Technology Mines, humans have evolved an eyesight which perfectly corresponds to the sRGB gamut. Sunsets look boring now.

It's not so much that people forget about Usenet as that they forget why it died.

It got spammed to death.
It lost control over its culture, and that culture was crucial to its functioning.
It was too problematic for ISPs (or others) to provide ready access to it: spam, harassment, child pornography, and copyright violations all posed massive concerns.
There was no viable business model for providing the service.



"Cliché" and "Stereotype" both have their roots in printing. "Cliché" an onomatopoetic word based on the noise when a printblock squished and clicked against paper. A stereotype is the secondary or copied printblock used in printing instead of the original type-set.

Although that is kinda fun, what is really fun is that "Flong" is what you did when you created a stereotype. "Flong" admit it, its a fun word.

bbs in the old days. I missed the bbs scene because I was was hacking on DEC pdp10 and vax then, but remember when 10 meg hard drive was inconceivably huge and cost an arm and a leg?

My friends! I wrote about my experiences on the Fediverse so far :)


"I don't accept the assumption that my placement on the political compass should determine who I'm allowed to communicate with."

thanks @rw / @rwdigest for having me, and for creating the cool header

"If a lion could speak, we could not understand him" – Wittgenstein

Cat language consists of metaphor from outside our frame of reference.

I think humanity's greatest feature is the extent we will go to try & imagine what the world is like to be a cat: youtube.com/watch?v=nRzsgCp60Y

...And humanity's greatest failure: how little time we spend imagining how our world looks from each other's perspective; instead only assuming.

You are all cats to me. Weird cats.

I saw a guy today at Starbucks. He had no smartphone, tablet or laptop. He just sat there drinking his coffee.
Like a psychopath.

By inhibiting beak DNA, scientists made chicken embryos with dinosaur snouts.

In other words, DNA is like a codebase where version control is done by writing new functions with same name as the old, and then counting on loading order.


By showing new targets, unexpectedly worth hitting, you create new meaning in the world:

Most of my successes have come from finding, defining, and solving significant problems other people didn't notice, not from solving known ones.

Much easier! (For me, anyway—cognitive styles differ.)


“Are Adult Developmental Stages Real?” by Sarah Constantin (with discussion from me and others in the comments): srconstantin.wordpress.com/201

The slippery slope of non-ownership for connected devices gets more and more slippery. John Deere has been in the news for EULAs restricting use of farm implements (implements that farmers have paid big dollars to purchase), but this takes the cake: "you offended me so I'm bricking your garage door opener. Good luck parking your car tonight."


Another bad article about Mastodon from the tech media. Not as bad as the Mashable one which was really just "I don't like the name!" (insert crying baby gif), but still pretty bad.


The main problem here is the idea that some benevolent admin - perhaps a Zuckerberg-like figure - will guide the socnets to the promised land in which there will be One True Domain, zero griefing or impersonations and all will be beautificent...

(record scratch)

That silo model has been around for 10+ years now, and we know how it worked out. The sad reality is that admins themselves can be what the author calls "ne'er-do-wells" and they cannot solve all social ills. People are always going to have to work out their differences themselves - difficult though that may be at times. There is no white knight on a nyan cat who is going to ride to the rescue of the huddled masses of internet proles.

So this is another failure to grok what federation is about and the history of failed meganode moderation attempts. If has been suggested that such comprehension failures might be deliberate, and there could be some mileage in that depending upon where the revenue streams for some of these tech journos originate.
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