AI racial biases
Turns out that AI being racist isn't just a theoretical problem https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54349538 who'd have thought it. Oh, wait, loads of people.
Currently amused at the irate people on Birdsite accusing PC component retailers of “price gouging” when they raise the prices on their RTX 3080 when it flies off the shelves. At what point did a high end graphics card become a necessity? Nobody is forcing you to buy it - and you don’t need it to live. If the price is too high, don’t buy it.
I got a bit worked up about the scary mini industry of unofficial "data migration" tools for WhatsApp data from Android to iOS so I blogged about it (because that's what noughties kids do when they get angry) https://naxxfish.net/whatsapp-android-to-iphone/
There are several YouTube channels that have posted “tutorials” - sometimes several - showing you how to use these apps. They must be getting a commission for this surely. And the apps aren’t cheap! $29.99 per year for one! To move your data!
Turns out that the inability to transfer WhatsApp chat history between android and iPhone has spawned a super weird, shady, potentially unethical market in third party “transfer” apps being marketed HARD on YouTube. It’s really interesting because that app would have access to all of your chat history, which is probably the most sensitive data most people have! And yet it appears all over the Internet people are trusting these apps with it without thinking
I've been informed that this is likely because the driver doesn't have great line of sight to the signal from that position due to the curved platform, so the DRA is particularly important here
So, whilst I support the message of Visa's "shop local" campaign, I can't help but notice that small businesses pay much higher transaction fees than big ones - so it's entirely rooted in self interest. Plus it's easier to endorse an unknown quantity of "local" businesses without I'll effect, rather than one of your big customers.
PSA for tech folks hosting stuff in AWS. These are the 5 sustainable regions: https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/sustainability/#AWS_purchases_and_retires_environmental_attributes,_like_Renewable_Energy_Credits_and_Guarantees_of_Origin,_to_cover_the_non-renewable_energy_we_use_in_these_regions%2E
According to Coed:Ethics whitepaper, if you're using another region, it could be only 30-40% sustainable: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eCCb3rgqtQxcRwLdTr0P_hCK_drIZrm1Dpb4dlPeG6M/edit
Please don't power your apps with fossil fuels!
Speaking of reminder appliances, signallers also have these to remind them not to send trains into sections of track which it is not safe to do so. Originally these were collars which went over the handles in the levers in lever frame signal boxes, but when electronic NX panels came in, they shrunk to small bits of plastic that go over buttons to prevent you from pressing the wrong ones https://www.davron.co.uk/Rail2.html
In British railways, most trains have a thing called a Driver's Reminder Appliance (D.R.A). It's a button that the driver presses if the signal is red which prevents them from pulling off without checking the signal again - they have to disable it (and check the signal) before they can turn up the throttle and start moving again. At Clapham Junction, I have found a Driver Reminder Appliance Reminder. Which may be the most 'railway' thing I've ever seen.
Photography workflow, how mine is https://naxxfish.net/2019/12/08/my-photography-workflow/ #blogpost #photography #workflow