”TikTok is introducing Americans to a question that Europeans have struggled with for 20 years: a lot of your citizens might use an Internet platform created somewhere that doesn’t know or care about your laws or cultural attitudes and won’t turn up to a committee hearing.”

Calling smartphone equipped teenagers 'digital natives' is a mistake because a smartphone makes you a consumer rather than a native of anything.

If you want a child to become a digital native give them an actual computer instead of a corporate controlled and curated consumer device.

there should be a thing where you can tip your mail carrier a little extra and then instead of putting the advertising flyers in your mailbox they just put them in the recycling instead, as an extra service.

Well, this is both fascinating and terrifying: arxiv.org/abs/2012.07805

This is honestly like turning the crank on a meat grinder backwards and having that work so well that that cows just mosey out of it under their own power. It is astounding.

2425. mRNA Vaccine 

title text: To ensure lasting immunity, doctors recommend destroying a second Death Star some time after the first.


When asked about fears of automation in 1969, Arthur C. Clarke famously said that we shouldn't worry about automation: "the goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play." I have never seen his answer quoted in full.

i've got a couple of casio watches that listen to the time signal from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WWV_(rad

they happen to both be sitting on my desk just now, and it's incredibly satisfying how

a) they're perfectly in sync as far as i can tell

b) neither one of them talks to the internet at all

1. Do you remember in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" Ginny Weasley wrote scary texts in blood on the wall while posessed by the Tom Riddle spirit?

A strange question: Who has the copyright to these texts – Ginny or Tom?

A strange answer: The same question has been considered by UK and US courts.

Here is a thread about the copyright to texts dictated by spirits and ghosts 👻

#copyright #IntellectualProperty #IP #IPlaw #supernatural #harrypotter #jurisprudence #history #thread

dystopian vision of future as a service 

@cybernomad @loke And yes, for middle class and below this means that when you lose employment (lose the input side of your cash flow), you lose everything. Which, as I understand, is already becoming reality in the US (people don't have savings anyway).

This dystopia becoming reality is one of the main reasons I argue against "everything-as-a-Service" and in favor of actually owning things. Things you own don't disappear when you lose your income stream.


dystopian vision of future as a service 

In the future, we won't be paid in money - we'll be paid in securities. Employment will come with a title to a certain amount of "payment units", which we'll be free to assign to services that provide us with everything - food, clothing, maintenance, transportation, entertainment.

Because in our increasingly subscription-based reality, why do we need money? If you get paid monthly, and billed monthly, why not take time out of the equation?

Welcome to the world wild web. I am sure every browser engine has such rules baked in somehow. In German, I would call this „Notwehr“. 😉
RT @humphd
This whole file, wow github.com/WebKit/WebKit/blob/

if (isAmazon())
return true;
if (isGoogleMaps())
return true; twitter.com/jordwalke/status/1

Elastic Co have changed the licensing on their products to a non-OSI-approved 'source available' license, SSPL, pretty much specifically because they see AWS taking their code, running a commercial service, and not giving back in any way.


From the FAQ: “We also partner with AWS with our listing of Elastic Cloud in the AWS Marketplace, and continue to invest in that relationship to make Elastic Cloud the best hosted Elasticsearch and Kibana experience on AWS. However, we do not have a commercial relationship with AWS on the Amazon Elasticsearch Service. We do not actively support that service, and no longer want our investments in our software to directly benefit that service.For transparency, we also have ongoing litigation with AWS, discussed here and here.”

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