If someone had the fortune to be able to save 100% of a six-figure salary (say, $100,000/year in this case), it would take 10 years to save up 1 million. It would take 10,000 years to save up 1 billion.
Billionaires should not exist. Not in a perfect world, and certainly not in our imperfect one.
Fun fact: you can't name any file anywhere in windows 10 "aux.txt" or "aux" anything with any extension, because it was a reserved name in CP/M before dos was a thing.
If you commit "aux.txt" to a git repo, you break it for windows users. If you distribute "aux.txt" in a zip file, windows computers cannot extract it without error.
#GMail is harmful to e-mail ecosystem; its antispam blocking policy matches too many valid messages as spam.
It blocked LastPass email leak warning email, because it contained "a link" to a leaked site.
It blocked an e-mail from goverment agency addressed directly to me.
It discriminates all non-gmail servers, and it's pretty much impossible to own a private SMTP server these days, because GMail will classify everything as spam.
It's not how e-mail should work.
Consider dropping GMail.
you can tell star trek is utopian sci-fi because they address the ship's virtual assistant as "computer," not "Hey Siri™," or "Alexa™!" or "Okay, Google," or "Hey Cortana™ by Microsoft®,"
imagine the fucking marketing jingle you'll have to sing to your virtual assistant to get it to turn on the lights if capitalism continues its dystopia into 2364
the tech consultant hired to finish skynet
a movie about a tech consultant hired to finish skynet while the union strikes to kill the project. as they read and patch and polish the source, they only understand part of the system. they get inklings of what it is this tech does -- things not fundamentally different from palantir's tech, or ICE's, for whom the protag has also consulted. as it dawns on the viewer what this thing does, how it does it, and to what a brutal extent, the protag remains unaffected. this is what they do. it is what they have always done, and it has always taken care of them. each day a private train carries him underground to work, past the picket line where rubber bullets fly through protest signs.
then, of course, the machine turns on.
A bad idea: Nextcloud signs public letter, opposing German plan to force decryption of chat https://nextcloud.com/blog/a-bad-idea-nextcloud-signs-public-letter-opposing-german-plan-to-force-decryption-of-chat/ #nextcloud #community #blog
A few months ago, Microsoft decided to collaborate with Google and drop its web engine in favor of Google's.
Earlier this week, Google blocked all ad blockers, and now Microsoft has de-listed UBlock Origin (a powerful ad-blocker). Without real choice, monopolies will dictate what you see and do on the Internet.
Real choice comes with Free/Open Source Software.
for those wondering how to establish trade relations with crows:
- feed crows food A regularly
- when crows decide to bring you gifts, feed them food B
- when crows bring you different categories of gifts, feed them a food-per-category, ex: food C for jewelry, food D for paper money, etc
- crows will recognize these exchange patterns and opt to bring you things in order to acquire desired treats
good luck! 🐦
predatory business practices, fake artificial intelligence (boost with CW)
From @silverspookgames https://mastodon.social/@silverspookgames/102192219679672580
Berkeley burrito-delivery bot purported to be using 'advanced neural network' is actually remotely piloted by Colombians, who are paid $2 per hour.
Welcome to capitalism, where tech startups fake 'genius' AI using hidden POC sweatshop labor in a 'black box' to rake in profits.
"AI, games, Amazon, it's all made with magic! In our magic black box!"
"What's in it?"
"Nevermind, just eat your kale salad and let's do yoga!"
*Open box, find a sweatshop*
I just updated WadSmoosh, a tool that allows you to merge all the retail Doom content into a single (PK3) WAD file, to include SIGIL support: https://jp.itch.io/wadsmoosh
Don't believe entrepreneurs, or their cheerleaders in the press, when they say that any of these are possible. Believe scientists who have dedicated their lives to the search for truth, even if the truth means nobody gets to live forever in a robot body traveling the stars.
If we're to survive to the end of this century then we need it to be one of bold social, more than technological, visions.
Overconfidence in the specific path or overall rate of technological process serves capitalist expansionism. You can perpetrate all kinds of harmful shit if you believe tech is going to take care of the externalities later. That doesn't mean don't dream of better possibilities, just don't assume that scifi concept X is eventually going to become a reality simply because you really want it to.
Electron apps are not really apps, they are just web pages with rudimentary heavy-weight browsers included.
If you are about your users' well-being, please, don't use Electron in your project. Using more than 300 MB of RAM and slowing down the whole system just to edit a small text file or send a chat message is a sin.