"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)
Shitty handling of parents with babies by @transavia, take 2. Online check in still not available. And they check in mom row 2 and dad w/ baby on lap row 28. Way to go.
Enough about the #GDPR. Let’s talk about the next challenge, #copyright.
«Forget The GDPR, The EU's New Copyright Proposal Will Be A Complete And Utter Disaster For The Internet»
Julia Reda has an update: «Update from May 25th 2018, 13:37: Member State governments have today adopted their position on the copyright reform, with no significant changes to the upload filters and link tax provisions. It is now up to Parliament to stop them.»
I shut down my used bookstore Show more
Yesterday, I shut down the little used bookstore I've been running on Amazon for ten years. It had been a nice semi-passive stream of income, but then the competition got too stiff, and the fees got too high. On the rare occasions when a book sold anymore, the profit was too tiny to be worth my trouble of shipping it. It's a shame to see that biz go, since the initial setup was a lot of work, but it's a relief to get that storage space back. It's a relief to be making ends meet well enough from my office job, without having to do this extra busywork.
I packed up about 300 books and donated them to the public library. Family and I picked out and kept about 100 others that we hadn't really wanted to sell in the first place. My "to read" stack has never been bigger.
But you know what would be cool?
One freebie overage a year, or every N months, or whatever.
You know, a mulligan.
No, really, $CARRIER, the one-time $15 is fine. I don't need to sign up for $10 more every month.
I'll chalk it up to podcasts & fediverse at the airport.
I don't ever remember going over my mobile data coverage before.
RT @firstname.lastname@example.org: Don't buy a Huawei phone as the company will stop providing bootloader unlocking for all new devices - https://www.xda-developers.com/huawei-stop-providing-bootloader-unlock-codes/ #FreeYourAndroid
USpol, Christian Dominionism Show more
US Christian #dominionists (an analog of Sharia, too a not yet sufficiently measured extent) are attempting to force their cooked up legislation through state legislatures across the country https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/26/opinion/project-blitz-christian-nationalists.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
This is how NASA writes software:
I want the software driving cars around my family to be held to the a similar standard of quality. In the context of self-driving cars, "Move fast and break things" means "Half-arse it and kill people."
Humans in the USA manage 1.16 fatalities per 100,000,000 miles travelled. Uber's software couldn't even get to 3 million miles before it killed someone.
We do this properly, or not at all.
RT @email@example.com: Because of #GDPR, USA Today decided to run a separate version of their website for EU users, which has all the tracking scripts and ads removed. The site seemed very fast, so I did a performance audit. How fast the internet could be without all the junk! 🙄
5.2MB → 500KB