Early release here on Mastodon. Not putting this on Twitter yet.
Would be curious in everyone's feedback.
#2652 Proxy Variable
Our work has produced great answers. Now someone just needs to figure out which questions they go with.
While I understand people's impulse to push back on the proposed US ban on TikTok, if we're going to get US-based social media platforms to behave themselves we have to start somewhere.
From the US perspective, TikTok has the disadvantage of collecting intel for China instead of for the US government or private profit.
It might never go any further than that in the US, but you can bet China will retaliate with bans on US social media that they haven't outright banned already
When I think about climate change, I think about the Great Stink.
By 1830, London was the largest, richest city in the world. But the city's waste management systems had not changed appreciably since medieval times. Most human waste was handled quite simply: it was just dumped into the River Thames.
The result was a slow-growing crisis that lasted three decades. Cholera outbreaks (from drinking tainted water, though nobody understood that then) periodically wracked the city, killing tens of thousands. The stench from the river gradually grew worse and worse, making life in riverside districts increasingly intolerable. The government was too hesitant to take dramatic action, though; it tried instead to mitigate the problem, by pouring lime into the river to cut the stench.
It all came to a head in the summer of 1858. A dry spell caused the level of the river to drop, leaving the banks coated with mounds of what the newspapers delicately called "impure matter." The stench was so bad that it became known as "the Great Stink." Parliament, whose halls were right on the river, could not conduct business. The smell in the chambers was so strong that all the curtains were soaked in chloride of lime to try and block it. (It didn't work.)
Parliament was now faced with a simple, stark choice: do something to clean up the river, or move itself out of London altogether. Members seriously discussed relocating to Oxford and St. Albans, but in the end, they decided to act. Municipal engineer Joseph Bazalgette was authorized to build a network of new sewers, at the then-staggering cost of £3 million, to be paid for by taxing every London household three pennies for the next 40 years.
Bazalgette's sewers solved the problem. They solved it so well they're still in use today. But democratic government had to be dragged kicking and screaming into making them happen. Only when the problem made their own lives intolerable did they finally act.
How all this relates to climate change, I shall leave as an exercise for the reader.
Which would be the funnier concept:
Establishing a conspiracy to get the word "gullible" removed from the dictionary; or
Establishing a conspiracy to get the word "gullible" added to the dictionary
“To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”-- Douglas Adams, "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe"
ukpol, masterful rant
editorial, meta, best practices
@fox_news Remember kids, anyone posting about committing crimes is either a fed or about to be visited by some.
Small IT departments will have an increasingly harder time remaining secure with the quickly developing attack patterns. Sometimes, the better answer is indeed to cooperate with others and combine (security and other) resources. 9 separate data centers are each hard to defend.
Auch Behörden sollten bei Verlust von personenbez. Daten ihrer Bürgerinnen bestraft werden. Dann wäre die IT-Sicherheit sicher besser…
#2633 Astronomer Hotline
Employment statistics have to correct for the fact that the Weird Bug Hotline hires on a bunch of extra temporary staff every 17 years.
It is a *beautiful* shade of green though! 😬📗
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