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Windows 9 isn't the first time Microsoft skipped a version number - In the early days, they skipped over MS-UNO and went straight to MS-DOS!

I'm really interested in figuring out a way to measure how much time I take to complete tasks at work. I am already tracking and categorising them all but it doesn't really break them down by time, just quantity.

I reckon I could get a lot more productive by being able to graph out where I'm spending the most time grinding and not really creating value. Probably emails. I spend two hours a day just answering, flagging and following up on emails.

Been messing with here and there... it's fun but I can't see myself switching while being so heavily caught up in the ecosystem.

In particular there just aren't any good mail clients around for Linux. , and just don't do it for me and I have given each a good shake.

I've learned that in a high-intensity workload, more stress comes from expecting to get it all done and then failing, than from the actual consequences of not doing it all.

It's kind of liberating to just expect everything around you to be complete chaos for a while, and focus instead on putting in order whatever things you realistically have the time and resources for.

12 tasks checked off my to-do list so far today, yet the list has grown by 3 items. It's a hydra

6/ It is not right that an algorithm can decide you've done something wrong and punish you, while often obfuscating the fact that you're even being punished at all, without telling you what you did wrong, why it did what it did, or being open to reconsideration.

5/ That's a really shitty situation for the likes of YouTubers, especially, whose livelihoods are affected by having their uploads demonetised and having to get mired in lengthy appeals processes. If AIs are being brought in to police human behaviour, they need to be able to articulate and justify their decisions just like human beings, and be open to appeals themselves.

4/ But you can't ask an AI or an algorithm to articulate for you on why it made this or that decision. It won't tell you, even though it knows. I suppose, partly because its thought processes are proprietary information thank you very much. Also perhaps because to break it down to raw data would not be comprehensible to a human being. So appeals are handed off to human beings who aren't in on the context of each incident and can't handle them all thoroughly.

3/ But you also can't really break the intricacies of what is right or wrong and by which/how many people into if/then statements. Our brains couldn't get a handle on it that way. But you can appeal a judgement like that in real life, if you think you've been treated unfairly.

You can ask a person or group, "What's wrong with how I'm acting? Why are you treating me like this?" And if you, and they, are undertaking that kind of conversation in good faith, you can all end up learning from it.

2/...I understand too the concerns of that. Same goes for YouTube's policing of content. I don't think that it can necessarily be all captured in a terms of service or code of conduct what is and isn't an appropriate way to act. Irl we're generally allowed to say what we like under law (in the West, at least) but our speech is subject to moderation in a social dynamic. Getting ostracised and excluded from a social group is a very effective and natural deterrent to bad behaviour.

1/ Listening to talking to about how Twi... er, birdsite is moderated. Pretty much entirely machine learning. Constantly studying user behaviour, being tweaked and iterated on and guided by all the mistakes it makes. Kinda nuts. I understand why that would be the case on a centralised platform. But...

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It's Australia Day!

This is a wonderful country to live in and I am grateful to have had the good fortune to be born here. Those that worked hard to come here from elsewhere, be proud.

m.youtube.com/watch?v=MLWzPQmd

Quake 1.5 is an absolute corker of a mod for this 23 year-old game. Long live the community!

youtube.com/watch?v=T9t1xpeBiS

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All of this litigation about Fortnite characters stealing signature dance moves is beyond fucking weird. Who decided that moving your body in a certain way should be copyrighted, or that it's even something a person should have exclusive rights to?

Intellectual property is bullshit.
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