Carl Malamud has gone to court - even the Supreme Court - to defend your right to read and utter the law. He's risked millions in personal liability, even criminal prosecution, all because of his conviction that you should face no barriers to reading and reproducing the law.
Malamud set out the case for making the law free to read and publish in his 2013 essay, "The Twelve Tables of Code."
@zens @alcinnz CRDTs as an entire field of research are not even 10 years old yet! Shapiro's first paper - see CMiek http://christophermeiklejohn.com/crdt/2014/07/22/readings-in-crdts.html - is 2011. So we can expect many exciting improvements and variations even with what we already know, and maybe some transformative changes in future.
Die ungezählten Todesfälle aus Gangelt: Vergangene Woche hat der Virologe #Streeck seine Studie zur Infektionssterblichkeit veröffentlicht - doch rund jeden zweiten Todesfall nicht erfasst:
body shaming, trump, adult diapers
A lot of older adults have to turn to something like adult diapers and as much as I hate Trump, I don't like thinking about the proxy shame they may be feeling.
(I don't feel sorry for *Trump* though; given this is the kind of lowball mockery he himself enagages in/encourages.)
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I wonder if the programmers who built this feature are subjected to it themselves? And if not, I wonder when they will be.
I mean, they won't be in the EU. This shit is radioactively illegal under the GDPR. But Americans have FREEDOM.
Now, you may be thinking, "I bet the managers who use this tool will regret it when THEIR bosses start using it on THEM."
As Wolfie Christie points out in his thread, the arbitrary metrics that Microsoft has chosen will have a hugely distorting effect on workplace behavior. Remember Goodhart's Law: "Any measure becomes a target, and then ceases to be a useful measure."
This is the quantitative fallacy on steroids: software can't measure qualitative factors like whether your work accomplished "soft goals" like "a better product" or "a conceptual breakthrough."
Within days of the lockdown, this technological oppression raced up the privilege gradient in the form of "invigilation" software like Proctorio, cruel surveillance tools inflicted on university students. The company is pursuing its critics in court.
Lather, rinse, repeat: before long, everyone's been ropted in. If your meals were observed by a remote-monitored CCTV 20 years ago, it was because you were in a supermax prison. Today, it's because you bought a home video surveillance system from Google/Apple/Amazon.
Last year, Slate's Future Tense and ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination asked me to write some fiction illustrating the Shitty Technology Adoption Curve. The result it "Affordances," a story that grows dismally more relevant with each passing day.
You get a chart. Microsoft gets fine-grained data on your company's operations - data it can sell, or mine, or you know, just lose control over and leak all over the internet. That's some unprecedented Shitty Tech Adoption Curve accelerationism right there.
Not since the day when Amazon convinced Borders Books (RIP) to use it for all digital ordering and fulfilment (giving Amazon 10)% access to all Borders' customer data) has a tech company offered a shadier B2B deal.
Ok, hear me out:
When I used Amazon Prime (through my browser), my laptop would get really hot. I took it as the way streaming works and such.
Now I'm using the stream from my cloud and, even if it is getting hotter, it is nowhere NEAR as hot.
And I bet I could get even less hotter if I played the songs locally.
But what's the difference between Prime Music and my cloud?
DRM not only is bad for you, it's bad for the environment.
This is why I do everything important by email. Not because I like email. I hate email. I, too, have experienced the giddy new relationship energy that comes from switching to an IM-based service!
But I've also lived through the disastrous consequences of zawinskiian carcination enough times that I have learned my lesson. Much as I hate email, I can't quit it.
in a tweet
but then each line grew
to the word sum of the previous two
until I began to worry about all these words coming with such frequency
because as you can see, it can be easy to run out of space when a poem gets all Fibonacci sequency
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