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.

When you’re rich it’s called a loophole, when you’re poor it’s called fraud

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 word queue is ironic. It's just q with a bunch of silent letters waiting in line.

the tech consultant hired to finish skynet 

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.

Repeat after me: Don't attach critical services to the Internet.

The letter S in IoT stands for security.

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) 

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: jp.itch.io/wadsmoosh

A. Privacy is not a good, it is a human right

B. Google is a surveillance capitalist; its business model is diametrically opposed to respecting privacy

C. Google protects *their* information, not yours, because that’s what your information becomes once they have it: their asset

Has anyone ever noticed that Apple stores seem to be mostly built out of.. Windows?!

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.


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