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I realized that I never wrote my , so here it goes.

I'm a Python programmer working on open source. After hours I do whatever is my current obsession, so far I have gone through: , , , , , miniature , and music, , walking , , , , , , homebrew game handhelds.

I love and (no patience to watch tv/shows).

I didn't realize that "idiot in space" is a pretty much established SciFi genre.

I like the recent trend of saying "roles" or "positions" instead of "jobs". I think it's much more honest: jobs assume that you are doing work.

Every single time I see the "you cannot attach the hammerhead shark to a letter" message, I think "don't tell me how to live!"

Turns out all those get-off-my-lawners who said that electric light is bad for you were right.

Disturbed sleep patterns cause obesity, diabetes and anxiety. Limited sun exposition results in cancer, cardiovascular diseases and depression. Forced waking times for children cause ADHD and retarded brain development.

It just took us several generations to actually see the effects and to connect them to the cause. And now we are so dependent on this convenience, that it's impossible to give it up.

The main reason for existence of any officially sanctioned organization, such as unions, foundations, the police, the academia, the army, etc. is to prevent people from doing whatever those were supposed to do themselves. As such, they will only do it enough to keep people vaguely dissatisfied with them, but not enough to actually do something.

Things that will never cease to infuriate me:

Museums and archives that do not allow free, non-commercial access to their digital archives.

We could live in an era of unimaginable access to vast cultural trasures...


The perfect high-level language would let us talk about the world in terms of how we perceive and understand it, but would internally work in terms of how the world actually works.

So China is growing plants on the moon. Meanwhile USA is building a wall — seems like they are a bit behind.

I understand the rationale about the changing guidelines regarding both Vitamin D and sun exposure, but this is why people have lost faith in medical science.

Swedes! Poles! Germans! Luxembourgers! The world is depending on you to save the internet from the EU! (PLEASE RT!)

#Article13 #Article11 #CopyrightDirective #FixCopyright

GoDaddy is injecting tracking JavaScript code to websites hosted on its US data center without asking.

If you want it gone you (the site owner) need to opt-out manually from your hosting console:

I think I will stop talking about a project being "open source" or "free software", and I will just say that the code is public. I think that is much less confusing to non-technical people, and fits expectations better.

"Should this government project we are paying for have its code public?" sounds better than "Should it be released under free (libre) license?"

Of course, there is a level of detail that this is not covering, and that's why it's so simple.

@hansbauer @rysiek @erosdiscordia @deejoe

Legislation _creates_ free markets, a free market can not exist without legislation. Legislation gives us the power to correct for inefficient markets. Legislation _creates_ human rights, and gives us the power to ensure they are honored.

I also want to point out that expecting people to 100% advocate for themselves in terms of tech and privacy is a privileged and even ableist position. Not everyone who gives in, does so out of laziness, convenience, or even ignorance. Some genuinely have few options.
@deejoe @hansbauer @retrohacker

@hansbauer @retrohacker legislators were able to create food safety standards that make getting poisoned by store-bought food impossibly unlikely. They were able to create regulations around medicines that make it highly unlikely for people to get poisoned by actual, you know, poisons (every medicine is poison in the right amount).

We can, and should, expect legislators to step in and regulate the IT industry.

Market will not solve it.

@hansbauer @retrohacker nope, actually, it's the lack of legislation.

We don't expect people to be experts in chemistry and food safety in order for them not to get poisoned by food they buy. This is called food safety standards.

And yet we expect people will become tech and legal experts, reading through endless EULAs and understanding the fine print, and then being able to verify the tech behind it, for them to be able to protect their basic privacy?


Key takeaways from this incident are:

1/ Use unique email addresses with each organisation you share data with
2/ Don't share accurate information unless absolutely necessary
3/ Although my password was not breached, unique passwords are vital
4/ If you need to share a phone number, consider a second SIM and dual SIM phone or consider a service like mysudo
5/ Sign up to Troy Hunt's HIBP
6/ Exercise your rights under privacy legislation and complain when they are not upheld

What do you call the reverse of an early adopter, where you wait too long, and now when you are trying it, it's already all obsolete and unsupported?

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