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How to respond when you've said or done something people are calling dumb, in poor taste, mean and or very bad:

You're right, that was dumb|mean|in poor taste|bad. I am sorry. <walk away>

You are probably feeling defensive or mad and angry. Wait for that to pass. Nothing good will come from acting on it. Later its a good idea to reflect on why that interaction happened.

Maybe they are right, maybe you need to change behavior.

Maybe they are wrong, if so change your behavior to avoid them.

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Once you've gone through it a couple times your instinct is to ban outright immediately. But most people are not white supremacists, they might have some cultural baggage or poor taste.

And almost everyone will push back on you when called out, the fight gives you the feeling of legitimacy and you reach for the ban.

And it is another reason why you can't suffer the bad and obvious ones. You need the energy to maintain empathy.

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Tips if you run a peertube instance 

Curate your front page. The bounce rate for most peertube sites is probably well over 90%.

Don't lump different language videos together: a lot of peertubes have English, French and other languages all in the same place.

Put proper preview images on videos; See TilVids.com for how much of a difference this can make to presentation.

Group related videos together on your site.

#PeerTube

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Machine learning is a hotbed for racially biased decision making. Seemingly cute robots capable of calling police on supposedly “suspicious” people are no exception. eff.org/deeplinks/2021/01/poli

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I'm just thinking about this blog post I wrote in 2018. Because even when Twitter makes a good decision, the first sentence comes to mind: Why does the entire world have to wait on the CEO of one US company to make a decision?

blog.joinmastodon.org/2018/03/

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Stop. Buying. Apple. Products.

Apple’s longtime supplier accused of using forced labor in China
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/12/29/lens-technology-apple-uighur/

Apple knew a supplier was using child labor but took 3 years to fully cut ties, despite the company's promises to hold itself to the 'highest standards,' report says
https://www.businessinsider.com/apple-knowingly-used-child-labor-supplier-3-years-cut-costs-2020-12

Nike and Coca-Cola Lobby Against Xinjiang Forced Labor Bill
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/29/business/economy/nike-coca-cola-xinjiang-forced-labor-bill.html
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Say you want to test the effect of a libc patch on LibreOffice:

guix build libreoffice --with-patch=glibc=./my-glibc-tweak.patch

Granted, this example would contribute a fair deal to global warming, but the point is that this new option makes it easy to test patches:

issues.guix.gnu.org/45300

#Guix

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@ajroach42 a depressingly large number of people think that computers (mobile devices included) "wear out" with age and use due to this phenomenon. The fact is that in the past 20 years or so that the reason the same computer is slower at doing the same tasks now compared to then is almost entirely due to surveillance and targeted marketing practices.

Even if you're not mining bitcoin literally most of the energy expended by most computers is driven by this BS.

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the new spaghetti code is lasagna code: just add more frameworks and libraries “packages” until your code does what you want

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Child spends $16K on Mom's iPad on micro-transactions in predatory games.

Apple refuses to refund the payments.

HN commenters blame the mother.

Presumably so that they don't have to reconsider their own predatory business tactics.

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Paul Graham is the perfect case for “money doesn’t buy happiness”.

Guy has all the money and connections to do *literally anything* he wants but instead he chooses to argue on the internet.

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I should write a "JavaScript tutorial" that just teaches you how to build websites without JavaScript and never acknowledges JavaScript at all.

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I hereby forbid all programmers from using Electron for anything.

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If your analytics scripts wouldn't pass your university's ethics board... why the fuck is it installed on your website?

Opt-out is not the same thing as informed consent.

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