I think that one of the most harmful myths around computers is the one saying that you have to be smart to program one. It scares a lot of great people, and attracts a lot of people who are not so great, and only come for the bragging rights.
Using (including programming) computers does not require above-average intelligence. Most programmers I've met are in fact incredibly stupid most of the time. And it's fine, it all works somehow.
Richard Stallman, paedophilia apologia.
Richard Stallman and his defenders have said his comments on the Epstein thing have been misunderstood. Even if this is true it doesn't matter. His positions at MIT and the FSF were untenable regardless due to a history of paedophilia apologia.
"I am skeptical of the claim that voluntary paedophilia harms children"
Fuck him tbh.
@ashfurrow Is there"slow" and "fast" thinking division in the literature (this seems very sensible thing,).
I'm reading a book about learning and how humans form mental models, and it's really good, but keeps drawing on examples from the military and police and, like, ugh.
I really don't want to hear how realistic the police training simulations are, the ones that teach them to shoot first and ask questions later. it's cool that humans think both fast and slow; it's fucked that we train police human's fast thinking systems to recognize all people as threats.
The RMS resignation was inevitable and right, but at the same time very sad.
Things can be right and sad at the same time. We can feel empathy while knowing this was necessary.
For people celebrating, we understand why. For those feeling sad about it, it's okay to feel sad too, but we all knew it had to happen.
SFFBookClub taking October nominations
Haven't done this in a bit. If you want to nominate a book, please reply to this post with the #SFFBookClub hashtag. We take a wide range of books, generally not over ~400 pages, especially from women, authors of color, & other marginalized groups.
The nominee list from previous polls is:
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler
Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow
A Stranger in Olondria, by Sofia Samatar
I'm having a birthday! 🎁
To celebrate, my first three books are Pay What You Want through the weekend. (That includes $0.00!)
If you like your #ScienceFiction mixed with lighthearted office drama, and some properly alien extraterrestrials, The Embassy series has you covered.
One man developement team from Poland. Mostly I do python stuff.
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