Clueless creationist tries to show off how smart he is, flops hard.
This is a good dissection of the obike disaster in AU - '“not a bike-share scheme”, it was “a way to generate enormous amounts of venture capital … a kind of a shadowy organisation … privatising the public realm”, not paying tax, without employees.'
"Facebook wanted us to kill this investigative tool" https://gizmodo.com/facebook-wanted-us-to-kill-this-investigative-tool-1826620111
Upcoming Firefox release will start sending all your DNS requests to Cloudflare
Looks like this will override local resolvers and therefore break any LAN only domains (as well as sending data to a US company).
Details on how to change this in about:config here https://blog.nightly.mozilla.org/2018/06/01/improving-dns-privacy-in-firefox/
I think the idea that a new Mastodon user is supposed to pick an instance based on affinity/interest is the number one thing that prevents people from joining. I think there needs to be a retooling of the messaging to make it about trust.
People don't join email services because of affinity. They do because they trust. They trust Google will be around for a long time. Or that hushmail won't sell their data. Or that Hotmail is easy to use. Etc etc.
A couple of people from various instances have mentioned that #Mastodon is confusing at first. So I decided to write a comprehensive guide on how to get started with Mastodon.
Hopefully this helps new users to Mastodon. Please do Boost if you feel it could be useful to others.
The guys at Velofocus have a new Womens Cycling Road Book on Kickstarter.
Last years edition is a thing of beauty that almost didn't reach its goal and I'm hoping that this year's edition gets the love it deserves much more quickly. If you're into professional road cycling, pledge now!
You will not be surprised to learn that harassers don't think they're harassers.
"Tokyo Medical University for years doctored the test scores of female applicants to admit fewer women because school officials believed that once women got married and had children they would be unable to fulfill their emergency shifts at hospitals." https://qz.com/1346588/tokyo-medical-university-lowered-womens-test-scores-because-it-was-a-necessary-evil/
13 amateur women riding the entire Tour de France route a day ahead of the men! An amazing feat, proof that women can ride the distances the men do in the same number of days. It increasingly appears that the only reason there is no women's TdF is pure sexism.
"LOURDES, France (AP) — They ride every stage of the Tour de France before the men do. Over the same mountains on the same 3,351-kilometer (2,082-mile) route."
I'm setting up a strawman by implying that any reasonable person might hold this view, but if you think that character encodings aren't political https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jul/25/big-tech-warns-japan-millennium-bug-y2k-emperor-akihito-abdication (repeated from last boost)
It's amazing how easily you can lose track of time. Until I looked back through my records, I only thought I'd been using core AWS services for 2 years. It turns out I started building company servers with cloudformation in late 2013!
Boost if your first PC had a Turbo button.
Guido van Rossum (ex-BDFL of Python) "Transfer of Power": https://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-committers/2018-July/005664.html
I'm grooving on this Three Arrows dude.
"We Are All Public Figures Now" https://elladawson.com/2018/07/08/we-are-all-public-figures-now/
Computerer, bikerer, gamerer, Sysadmin zealot
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