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Mid 20s guy from .

Doing an MA in . Wannabe researcher. Currently interested in language variation and construction grammar.

I've a long standing interest in and . Never really became a professional thing, but who knows...

This is a general personal account, so it's eveything goes. That may include rants on , and less frequently, on .

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The conformist and the opportunist are the trunk of all evil.

So photons departing from objects hit our retina and we see them.

Then, after they "hit" our retina, what happens? Do they bounce off, or get trapped in our eyes? Or incorporated into the retinal tissue? suggests that some sort of chemical process takes place. Anybody know what that actually means? Where do "consumed" photons go?

Wow! "Apple now receives an estimated $8 billion to $12 billion in annual payments — up from $1 billion a year in 2014 — in exchange for building Google’s search engine into its products. It is probably the single biggest payment that Google makes to anyone and accounts for 14 to 21 percent of Apple’s annual profits. That’s not money Apple would be eager to walk away from."
h/t @volt4ire

source mirror of youtube-dl encoded as image with decode commands

convert -depth 8 yt_dl1.png rgb:yt_dl1.part
convert -depth 8 yt_dl2.png rgb:yt_dl2.part
cat yt_dl1.part yt_dl2.part > yt_dl-2020.9.20.tar.gz

A reminder to all creative people:

If the RIAA's recent actions have reminded us of anything, it's that you cannot guarantee you have a copy of any of your work unless you have backups of it on your own system.

The 'cloud' is someone else's computer, and there is ample evidence that the someone else who owns that computer does not care at all about the hours of passion you've poured into things you make.

Act accordingly.

uspol covid metaphor 

The US COVID response is basically like if you're driving a car, and the engine starts making strange noises, and you go to a mechanic, and the mechanic says "OK, the engine is on the verge of exploding, but I can fix it, just park it here and we'll have it ready in a few hours", and you say "A few hours? I can't leave my car stopped that long. Tell you what, though, let's compromise. I'll drive slower. That's like half stopping it."


okay not only did YouTube-dl get kicked out of github, now YouTube got incompatible - again - with newpipe.

Copyright trolls have long figured this out: DMCA 1201 is a superweapon for getting content removed from Google and elsewhere: if you assert that someone who recorded you doing something abusive is violating 1201, that video goes down and STAYS down, with no counternotice.

DMCA 1201 is a goddamned dumpster fire, a surefire recipe for techno-corporate dystopia. EFF is suing to overturn it. That trial can't come fast enough:


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@rysiek Sadly, Switzerland has article 39a in it’s copyright act. It is illegal “to … advertise or possess for commercial purposes” anything that enables “the circumvention of effective technological measures”. At the same time, Switzerland limits copyright, e.g. I can make copies of protected works for myself or my close friends and family. It is my right to this, but I can’t get the tools to do this because the tools cannot be given to me, as explained above. 😠

In 1998, Bill Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act into law. At the time, most of the attention was on Section 512 - AKA "notice and takedown," which absolves platforms from liability for users' infringement provided they respond quickly to removal demands.

Over the years, this has been horrifically abused, with everyone from post-Soviet dictators to sexual predators to cults and literal Nazis using spurious copyright claims to censor their critics, often without consequence.


A spaceship landed in the park. An alien emerged, carrying a foldable chair. They set the chair up on the grass, and settled down.
"Ah, hello," a dog-walker said. "Shall I take you to our leader?"
"Why would I want that?" the alien said. "I came here to get away from mine.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

if you digitize yourself, you actually decrease your lifespan because you'll become abandonware in like... 5 or 6 years tops

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LinguistList is raising funds. They're only a third of their humble goal so far. Help them out at

More info:

Boosts welcome.

LinguistList is raising funds. They're only a third of their humble goal so far. Help them out at

More info:

Boosts welcome.

@polyphonic @dredmorbius rather, circumvention tools *are* covered by the DMCA but not by the notice/counternotice stuff which is supposed to be for actual content. The RIAA is misusing DMCA notices and therefore faces a potential penalty

This isn't a DMCA takedown. It's a cease and desist letter citing the DMCA.*

The difference matters. GitHub is required to honor DMCA takedowns. Other legal requests are granted on a case by case basis.*

-- /u/telionn @ reddit

As I understand, takedown is a 17 USC 512 (copyright infringement) safe-harbour, but not a required or indemnifying protection under 17 USC 1201, anti-circumvention:

Lumen (Chilling Effects) is silent on this point in their FAQ:


#dmca #dmca512 #dmca1201 #dmcaSafeHarbor #dmcaAntiCircumvention

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Alright doesn't have download links for licenced content, what about that? How do I redistribute that work w/o youtube-dl?

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