I'm in my 30's and a communist, with a lean towards Full Automation and Intersectionality.
I did a test a long time ago that called my social media style "curator" and I think that's accurate. I won't often post my own thoughts, choosing instead to boost the words of others. Boosts are definitely endorsements.
I'm cis, white, male, a uni drop-out, and a software developer both by trade and hobby. I also play a lot of video games in my spare time.
The Riddler's wacky scheme in "Batman Forever" (1995) - sell vast quantities of a consumer device that entertains its users but makes them dumber, while extracting vast amounts of information from them and using that to artificially boost his organization's intelligence - sure seems pretty silly and alarmist in retrospect now after 30 years of the egalitarian, wealth-levelling World Wide Web, doesn't it.
Hi everyone, it's my birthday today!! & I've discovered a twitter pal who has a fundraiser for top surgery. If you could send over a few £ as a birthday present to me to help them on their way I'd love that so much 💜💜💜
A cis friend in Scottand just phoned and reported they were walking with a cis mate when they unexpectedly saw a tiny terf protest in the city centre.
The terfs were not paying any attention at all to the banners they'd hung everywhere, so my friend quietly removed *all* of them and binned them except for one.
This is the kind of cis allyship I want to see more of in the world.
#startrek I think I finally understand why I love the Klingons so much. It's because they bring a space-operatic, mythic character to the franchise that it doesn't really get anywhere else. Klingon arcs are always about something fantastical, something legendary -- saving the Empire, resurrecting the dead Emperor, getting Jadzia into Sto'vo'kor, visiting Gre'thor. Big, theatrical, legendary stories is where they shine. They're right out of Shakespeare, who was, of course, Klingon.
environmental impact of container tech
I haven't seen anyone seriously study the environmental impact of continuous integration and the redundant steps of containerised workflows. like, it feels pretty likely that it's at least a nontrivial impact.
the standard in tech nowadays is to download and build everything from scratch when you make a change, such that even a small non-code change can result in upwards of an hour of computing work.
like, for example, at work we use Circle CI, and the standard plugin (Circle calls them Orbs) for Node.js will manually download and extract a copy of Node every single time a container is launched. this makes them all prone to supply-side attacks, requires huge infra on the servers that host the Node builds that also cannot go down without impacting code changes made by loads of people, but is extremely wasteful and probably has a measurable carbon footprint.
I personally don't have the ability at my current job to properly examine and fix this waste, but I hope that at least someone in tech seriously takes a look and figures out a way to at least improve things. at minimum, I feel like open-source projects not bound by deadlines and profit margins should try and reduce waste in their CI pipelines.
Apparently, the reason the NHS contact tracing app fell over on my fairphone was because some e users got very concerned about their ~privacy~ so the solution that e came up with was to silently kill the app I was relying on.
My best friend has cancer and I thought I would get exposure notifications which is slightly more life and death than privacy fantasies of fossbros.
They ~silently~ disabled the entire covid thing. I am so livid. This was supposed to be better than google, but in this case they've showed way less sense and responsibility
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