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zfs native encryption vs dm-crypt Show more

Erlang, rabbitmq, dataloss Show more

The equivalent using modern technology will cost you at least $1000, won't work when you need it to, and will steal your identity.

Imagine being able to use a pen and write on a paper-like sheet that can then be magnified by 10x just using a light bulb, a few lenses, and a mirror. It's like magic!

Asked Henry Spencer about his use of the Thinkpad instead of the Psion 3. He said he still has his Psion 3 but has been using the laptop more and more lately. But the main reason was that he hadn't yet finished his slides before the conference.

I'm tempted to buy the conference an overhead projector so he can go back to using transparencies.

"There is no longer such a thing as individually 'opting out' of our privacy-compromised world."

Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again nyti.ms/2vfSAyT

#privacy #facebook #SurveillanceCapitalism

#SurveillanceCapitalism allows companies to target the vulnerable.

"In 2017, the newspaper The Australian published an article, based on a leaked document from #Facebook, revealing that the company had told advertisers that it could predict when younger users, including teenagers, were feeling “insecure,” “worthless” or otherwise in need of a “confidence boost.” Facebook was apparently able to draw these inferences by monitoring photos, posts and other social media data."

“The man who wrote one of environmentalism’s most-cited essays was a racist, eugenicist, nativist and Islamaphobe—plus his argument was wrong” by @mmildenberger@twitter.com blogs.scientificamerican.com/v

The biggest risk to any open source project is not getting enough users to develop a sustainable community. If the project allows secondary objectives to keep users away and compromise its primary mission, it's far more likely it will be unable to reach critical mass.

I know this is ambitious, but software for governance will be useful no matter what. Teaching kids how to engage effectively will be useful no matter what. Getting them to know the hopes and dreams of people very different from them will help no matter what.

I forgot translation. Both human and machine.

You know, we could just write the software for world government. Structured debate, committees, votes, meetings, bills, laws, etc. And then make one. Out of kids. And then when they grow up that'll just be the world government.

world politics Show more

My wife just condemned all majorities. I think there's something to this.

@tinker Really great story on Darknet Diaries! I was on the edge of my car seat the whole time. Really educational too! Never heard the show before. Host did a great job too!

Anyway, enough drunken rambling for the moment. I'd love to hear a different perspective, though. In particular I'd be very happy to be convinced that we can get significantly better at economics, or that I don't actually understand what people mean by scientific socialism.

Economists who work at investment banks must believe investment banks are Good Things. Economists in academia have to teach stuff that will get their students jobs.

The fundamental problem with economics is that the vast majority of it is unfalsifiable. Well, that's one of the fundamental problems. The other problem is that the salaries of the vast majority of its practitioners depend on holding particular beliefs. Economists who work for the government must believe the economy can be measured fairly precisely and that the government can usefully intervene in it in all kinds of ways.

By "where the rubber meets the road" I mean when we're creating technology that depends on some scientific principle for its operation. We understand the science of rocketry and semiconductors. Psychology a bit less. Sociology even less. Economics not at all.