COBOL - Built to Last
In this sense, COBOL and its scapegoating show us an important aspect of high tech that few in Silicon Valley, or in government, seem to understand. Older systems have value, and constantly building new technological systems for short-term profit at the expense of existing infrastructure is not progress. In fact, it is among the most regressive paths a society can take.
Signal created targeted ads for Instagram that show the personal data that Facebook collects about you and sells access to.
They were blocked.
"In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes", Mr. Warhol you are like little baby with your adorable toy 20th century notion of fame, we all get 48 hours where a billion people love or despise you and tell all their friends about you at once and it will be like doing an arm-long line of coke while shanking yourself in the spine with an epipen while the Sauron's Eye of global celebrity reduces you to a Vice article, a knowyourmeme page and a smoking crater where your identity was.
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Signal, WhatsApp, shitcoins
Now that Signal is bundling a shitcoin and everyone is saying “b-but I just convinced like all 127 of my friends to switch from WA”, I feel I need to link this article again: Whatsapp and the domestication of users
Sequel: Keeping platforms open.
Platforms covered across both articles:
Firefox + the Web
(briefly) programming languages
Recognize the potential consequences of getting everyone on a platform before you make recommendations.
Illinois’ biometric privacy law shows the data-surveillance machine can be tamed. “The status quo is not preordained,” says EFF Senior Staff Attorney @adam_d_schwartz https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/technology/the-best-law-youve-never-heard-of.html
@thor It's just one of the classic naming fails: Oh this thing is doing something better/more important than this other thing. Lets name it super-thing. Then later they notice that there is another that does it even better. If you repeat that a few times you get close to
some alarming climate stats
685 kWh per transaction
326 Kg of CO2
equivalent to 100,000 VISA transactions.
35 kWh per transaction
20 Kg of CO2
equivalent to driving car 100km or electricity consumption of a European for 4 days
Inside Cuba's massive, weekly, human-curated sneakernet
Cuba's 'offline internet': no access, no power, no problem
Even more important to never forget:
Technical solution mean only as much as the cultural space they are applied to. No need to welcome fascists disguised under a "free speech" argument.
Good to know:
fash aren't welcome here.
If you needed any more reason to sell your crypto currency’s and run away this is it. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0321-8
Bitcoin emissions alone could push us above 2C warming.
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