Warren Lyford Delano, in memoriam mh(-) Show more
Anyway, Warren suffered some sort of mental health breakdown and killed himself 9 years ago come November. I didn't know him in person, but his work changed my life, and very possibly yours, given how widespread it has been used in the biological sciences.
I remember vividly where I was and what I was doing when I learned, some months after the fact, that he'd died. I heard it in a podcast.
"I've already told you my name, and it meant nothing to you. Or rather, it meant the wrong thing.
Names are tricky that way. The best way to know someone is to have a conversation with them."
--Enoch Root to Randy Waterhouse in Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon.
The point at which I begin to question anyone's rights of free association (which includes the right to pick whom *not* to associate with) is *very* close to the point at which that someone has sufficient heft to need being regulated (eg, de facto public utility w/ monopoly or monopsony power)
25 and still a rock solid distro.
"Happy 25th Birthday, Debian Linux!"
The instance is growing and growing, thanks to everyone who has joined recently, and welcome! We’ve actually had to upgrade our hosting, and are getting close to having to do it again...which is awesome!
If you want to help keep the lights on, a link to our patron is below. Anything that is donated over and above our running costs will go in to a pot for a donation to an open source project of our Patron’s choosing.
Can we just tell Trump how much Obama hated end-to-end encryption?
Excited for "well doesn't that just boost my toot!" to become a folksy colloquialism.
falling bridges Show more
There’s apparently good reason to think the Genoa bridge was doomed not just by lax maintenance but also questionable design.
Its technology is inherently hard to monitor for signs of decay.
Not only that, but the same designer was responsible for two other similar big contemporaneous bridges, one in Libya, the other in Venezuela: https://nyti.ms/2nDOnB5?smid=nytcore-ios-share
If you run an instance, it's always a good time to have an explicit policy about ads in case businesses start trying to leverage their brand here.
I know y'all are out there
@Antanicus I think there are two things preventing non-techies from stopping using Google.
They don't perceive the value being extracted from them, and they only perceive the value they receive. Google is seen as neutral; a sort of commons. That it happens to be a private company is irrelevant. If they stopped using it, they wouldn't get the same value.
What must be changed is the view that Google is a commons.
Reading Matt Fuller’s contribution to a new book- the routledge companion to media studies and digital humanities- where he tears into Critical Algorithm Studies as “decorative, indigestible, and garnishing the semiotically retrospective and materially stale. “ ouch, burn 🔥.
He adds “the literature shows its entirely possible to have a ...discourse of ‘algorithms’ without any references other than to others or thier ilk” and is “elevating technical content to [banal] generalisations” 🔥🔥
> coerce people who fled
yes. remember tweetdeck, and how before twitter bought them they were just one of numerous third-party twitter interfaces, and that they locked down their API to block all those apps about the same time they bought tweetdeck? it created the precedent that if you use twitter's API, you have two futures: incorporation or deprecation.
fb, etc., have similar practices because third-party interfaces are inherently invulnerable to ads.
This past week has been crazy. I hardly can keep up with the influx of traffic and I had to add 2 more servers to my shared hosting cloud and have 2 waiting for me to find time to setup and put online.
Sorry for any hiccups that may have been occurring in the platform, it should be fixed soon.
#Introductions I'm Lucy! I draw comics about maritime history (I'm a tall ship sailor), feelings (my new book is about Imposter Syndrome), and other good stuff (https://lucybellwood.com/comics). I attended XO for the first time in 2015 and spoke in 2016 about definitions of success and financial transparency. I share/teach/write a lot about crowdfunding, travel, and building a sustainable independent practice. I am exceedingly friendly.
I need some Mastodon technical help.
So, because I'm on a resurrected account, some things aren't quite right. While it appears I can interact fine with at least some people, it appears that some of my old followers can't see me. For example, chaos.social says "404" whenever someone from that instance tries to follow this account. I just tried creating an account there and following this one to confirm this odd behaviour.
Anyone know what's up?
Incidentally, this is also a big part of why I'm a socialist: I want everyone to be at least as secure and comfortable as I am. I know what it's like to be poor. It fucking sucks. I also know that I got to where I am today largely because of luck. My dad got to to go college because his employer saw something in him and helped pay for it. If not for that lucky break, we might have always been poor. I might not have been able to go to university and my whole life might have been very different.
french edgy teenagers Show more
basically, on twitter:
- mastodon has no rules let's all go there
- fuck they do we'll conquer it who do they think they are
- fuck they banned me again mastodon will be dead in a week
you can taste the salt and it's delicious
best toot yet literally goes like "shit we went there to shit on lgbt people and they're the admins" and it's so funny