The buried lead in the "Facebook given maximum penalty for Cambridge Analytica breach" story is that if it had occurred after the GDPR kicked-in it would have been $22 million instead of $650 thousand https://www.democracynow.org/2018/10/26/headlines/uk_fines_facebook_for_cambridge_analytica_scandal
This is a good overview of the disproportionate impact of sex-negative content moderation policies on LGBT folks https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/10/blunt-policies-and-secretive-enforcement-mechanisms-lgbtq-and-sexual-health
This is a good overview of the disproportionate impact of conent moderation policies on LGBT folks https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/10/blunt-policies-and-secretive-enforcement-mechanisms-lgbtq-and-sexual-health
Not holding my breath for the Ghostbusters remake haters to get similarly outraged over this FTP mobile game 😪 https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/22/ghostbusters-world-combines-pokemon-go-and-turn-based-battle/
This is a good piece on how the discourse surrounding “tribalism” and “polarization” serves the interests of elites http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/10/polarization-tribalism-the-conservative-movement-gop-threat-to-democracy.html
GNU "Kind Communication" document
I am extremely frustrated with the GNU "Kind Communication" announcement http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/info-gnu/2018-10/msg00001.html
Extremely tone deaf (especially footnote 2); puts down CoCs and ignores their motivations; would have been better to say nothing than publish this right now.
Ludo' of GNU Guix project has a good reply here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18275156
Especially frustrated with "people might have quit". I *did* quit g-p-d because of how *badly* the diversity conversation was going.
This distinction is even more meaningless than totalitarian vs authoritarian https://www.democracynow.org/2018/10/22/headlines/saudi_arabia_says_khashoggi_killed_in_fistfight_amid_mounting_us_pressure
I'm glad to see Linux fix the Code of Conduct issue raised by The New Yorker (that it would be enforced by an all-male committee) https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Linux-CoC-Greg-KH-Revised https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/after-years-of-abusive-e-mails-the-creator-of-linux-steps-aside
Please boost widely !
Remember when people tried to blame the fake anti-net neutrality comments on Russia? https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20181016/13263840851/nys-ag-is-trying-to-tie-major-isps-to-those-bogus-net-neutrality-comments.shtml
Cuomo is trying to bring back the IDC in all but name only http://gothamist.com/2018/10/09/governor_cuomos_unity_pledge.php
62% of all websites will soon be running an unsupported version of PHP https://www.zdnet.com/article/around-62-of-all-internet-sites-will-run-an-unsupported-php-version-in-10-weeks/
A crowdsourcing campaign for a GNUStep based distribution! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/203272607/the-cacoa-linux-project-a-gnustep-based-distro?ref=user_menu
The Trump campaign is now selling its database of supporters to marketers, a first for any sitting president https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/13/us/politics/trump-political-data.html
“Skepticism of geoengineering is driven by anti-government paranoia and scientific illiteracy. Leftists should bear this in mind, and avoid playing on right-wing tropes about government overreach and scientists who are ‘playing god’” http://www.carlbeijer.com/2018/10/a-few-points-on-geoengineering.html
I really hope this proposed change to Linux’s Code of Conduct doesn't get passed. Removing specifically prohibited examples of prejudice against marginalized groups (sexism, racism, etc) would make the CoC as feckless as "be awesome to each other" https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Linux-Kernel-Post-RC8-CoC
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!