White kids' racism is a symptom of white racial respectability politics
White teenagers think it's acceptable to "act out" with symbols of hate because they have absorbed the white American value that racial equality is a matter of respectability, not morality. Because white ppl's idea of racial harmony is so divorced from moral values but consists of injunctions for politeness (don't say slurs etc.) their children break these injunctions for simple shock value without caring who they're hurting.
Interesting article by SF writer Greg Egan on this question: "If you looked through a wormhole, what would you see?"
We're well past the first wave of "I hacked ur b0x3n, s3nd b1tc01n or I post ur n00dz" spam, and it is interesting to note that the passwords they are claiming to have stolen with their malware have been mangled.
Recently, I've been getting an incomplete password substring. This suggests that the password list got corrupted somehow, or the spam scripts have developed a bug.
Have some pride! Automated testing is the gold standard, but these folks could at least run manual integration tests.
Thanks to my wonderful spouse, I now have to come to terms with the fact that the document editing software I am working on, in which I recently implemented a drawing feature, will very likely be used by teenage boys to draw dicks on each others' schoolwork.
Compared with automated mass surveillance and weapons platforms, this seems like a less problematic application of a software product. But a responsible engineer should consider all the ramifications of what they build, regardless.
In the holy name of Cthulhu, stop doing video tutorials!
They are useless, do not allow you to go in depth on a subject, and, unless your production values are top notch (read professional sound and image crew) will probably be horrible and a pain to watch.
If you care about a technical subject, please take the time to *write* about it and publish it on the Internet.
This echoes @mako’s thoughts:
‘These decisions to embrace nonfree and private development tools undermine our credibility in advocating for software freedom and compromise our freedom, and that of our users, in ways that we should reject.’
— Free Software Needs Free Tools 👉🏻 https://mako.cc/writing/hill-free_tools.html
Mozilla is shutting down their IRC servers and moving to Discord, a proprietary chat service.
Hey Mozilla, aren't we forgetting something here? Our very own "Mozilla Pledge for a Healthy Internet” states:
> Principle 2 The internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.
> Principle 6 The effectiveness of the internet as a public resource depends upon interoperability (protocols, data formats, content), innovation and decentralized participation worldwide.
The web browser Brave is marketed as a privacy-friendly ad-free alternative, but that's pretty disingenuous.
Brave exists not to protect privacy, but to make money from selling ads.
Brave is a commercial company funded by venture capital. Its business model is selling advertising and cryptocurrency investment.
One of Brave's owners is Peter Thiel's Founders Fund. Thiel is also the head of Palantir (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palantir_Technologies) and on the board of Facebook.
I do not recommend using Brave.
Exploring the space of auth on the WWW for a personal project, and I am disappointed at how it still seems nontrivial to set up user/password logins for an arbitrary independent Web service. HTTPS with Basic auth is always an option, but anything more complicated or secure quickly spirals out of control. Looks like there are a couple of attractors in the space of popular solutions, which really boil down to "shell out to someone else and hope they don't go under/change their TOS on you."
Also @naturaltonic on Twitter.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko