inventor of glass: allow me to present my newest material, glass!
audience: wow an unbreakable transparent material!
inventor: oh no, it's extremely breakable
inventor: shatters into hundreds of dangerous shards at the slightest drop
inventor: you'll spend hours trying to find them all
straight up I am in love with water fountains. whenever I look at a public water fountain I go "this is literally a monument to a functioning civilization." when I look at a public water fountain I think about all of the technology, all of the water filtration and pipes and infrastructure that came together to provide Me drinkable water in a public space
some urban designer built Me a fountain to drink from because I might be thirsty. Literally the opposite of hostile architecture.
Here's a bruising takedown of the whole concept of cryptocurrencies by an economist called #NathanJRobinson. It goes quite a bit deeper into the economic practicalities than some of the other critiques I've read:
"If the powerful lie to us, we have the right to know. If they say one thing in private and the opposite in public, we have the right to know. If they conspire against us, as Bush and Blair did over Iraq, then pretend to be democrats, we have the right to know."
I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.
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.
We’ve built a new site to tell you whether or not you are a test subject in Google’s latest tracking experiment. Visit Am I FLoC’ed to see if your browser is putting you into one of their new advertising categories. https://amifloced.org
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
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