Data science? More like data seance.

"Ooooh tensorfloooOOooOOow! TellL Mme! Is this image a tRAAaaaaaAaaffic siiiiiign??"

i downloaded all 10.000 of those ugly lazy lions nfts and turned them into a mosaic of a person right-clicking

it's kind of disheartening how every time someone makes incredible advances in what we can do with mobile sensors the story is just about how it's used to invade our privacy for ad money...

I made this post about four years ago initially I guess. But the lesson then stands today.

What I'm not advocating for is that we should accept all content as being public, but rather that giving the illusion that certain things are protected and private when they are not or *cannot be* actually puts users in a state of unsafety.

Architect for more secure systems, be clear about what you can't prevent. Some things are unpreventable, but the scope of them as risks can be reduced.

I got zero responses last time I hit up the Fediverse offering paid creative work, but I'm not giving up!

Some #Owncast features being worked on require iconography. And while we could use an icon library or something like Fiverr it'd be nice to work with an illustrator on the Fediverse who focuses on icons to have something that is custom.

This is paid work, so please boost and tell your friends.

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politics, facebook 

*Facial recognition is used to wrongly arrest at least three Black people*

Facebook: Just needs tweaked a little

*Facial recognition is used to put Uyghurs in concentration camps*

Facebook: We can't be responsible for what people do with it

*Facial recognition is used to track down and convict J6 insurrectionists*


BBC, transphobia, complaint response 

Apologies, I forgot to add alt-text to the image.

It is a screenshot of page 15 of the linked PDF. The tl;dr is this:

If you are unhappy with the BBC's response, you can appeal the decision with a maximum of 1,000 words and not bringing up new points.

You have to complain by post within 20 days.

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BBC, transphobia, complaint response 

If you are unsatisfied with the BBC's response to your complaint about *that* transphobic article, you can appeal the decision. page 15

A small victory: An hour after we sent a cease & desist letter to #Gab's legal team on Oct 21 regarding their failure to publish up-to-date source code in compliance with Mastodon's AGPLv3 license, they have uploaded a new version.

That is not all that we demanded in the letter, but it is nevertheless a victory in upholding the AGPLv3 license of our project, and a signal to those who doubt that we are willing to show teeth to those who ignore it.

More context:

#mastoadmin tip for ya'll. when you're doing a #fediblock of just block as mastodon will also block all of it's subdomains.



building the future is not a purely technical project, I don't even think it's a primarily technical project. it's a project of community and people, which is to say is inherently political. I think that word is a turn off to many programmers in the West who (due to Cold War era education I guess?) are effectively politically illiterate. and when you insist on being "apolitical" then all you can do is bolster the status quo. this is not how you make progress.

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I need a new server (with more than 2GB of RAM, mainly because Mastodon gobbles it up) but I don't want to do the migration 😭

There is bad reporting going on around the news about OnlyFans. Yes it is due to the "payment processor" MasterCard but *that* reason for change was due to Exodus Cry's incessant activism against PornHub and their attempts to abolish all legal forms of pornography, sex work, Strip Clubs, etc under the guise of "think of the children".

Today, July 14th, is International Non-binary People's Day! :nonbinary_flag:

NB people deserve to have their gender–or absence of one–recognised and unconditionally respected. They must be protected from all discrimination they face from bigots and bigoted systems.

Non-binary folx are cool AF, and they have all the reason to be proud of themselves. :heart_nb:

I see Hacker News is having a totally normal one, bitching about the Red Cross not wanting people to *checks notes* violate the Geneva Convention

My mind keeps linking these two facts together:

• Only 28% of patients are able to complete the list of their symptoms without being interrupted by their physician. (Cf. Marvel, M K et al. “Soliciting the patient's agenda: have we improved?.” JAMA vol. 281,3 (1999))

• Victor Lustig, the fraudster who “sold” the Eiffel Tower, listed “being a patient listener” as the first commandment of con men.

Let's not be surprised if people who are in distress shun the doctors and turn to quacks.

WAT?! You're telling me there has been a team at Facebook designing and implementing this feature, and not one person has stood up and asked:

"Uhm, isn't that super creepy, even for us?"

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