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I see Hacker News is having an entirely normal one today, arguing that not being able to deny the holocaust is somehow a deep violation of their personal freedoms...

Today we have a rare chance to make #dataprotection law serve everyone better. Speak out for UK #privacy rights by responding to the @DCMS call for views on the Data Protection Act 2018.

the assumption that if you made an ai that's 'more intelligent' than humans, this would make it normatively superior, and since it was so superior, it would immediately want to enslave or exterminate humanity definitely speaks to how tech bros view themselves and the rest of people

Can we please, please – PLEASE! not make the nonsensical US date format month/day/year the default in applications? 🤦‍♂️


And to all users of that format: it makes no sense, it's counter-intuitive, it makes collaboration frustrating, it introduces inconsistencies and errors... Just stop. Please. Use international standards.
(And don't get me started on your other units of weights, volumes and distances. Bloody hell.)

Boost if I'm right.

Try our app, it's exactly like our website down to the pixel except for how it accesses your contacts, location, microphone, pictures and camera and it's not always nagging you to try our app.

When my app first starts up, it's in its most optimal, pristine state. It's a work of art. I've foreseen everything about that one perfect moment.

It's when people actually start using it that everything goes to shit

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I've updated the animated #COVID19 case map with Week 32 data. Oldham really standing out in the final week.

"trusted advertising partners" is the new "clean coal"

Upgraded to Mastodon 3.2.0... nothing obvious has broken 🎉

Blockchain folks: we have a new and private cryptocurrency based on proof of work, it’s awesome, you should use it!!! 🤓✋

Me: So if someone controls 51% of the mining power they become the God of this currency, yeah? And Jeff Bezos could 51% your network for the whole year with 0.1% of the money he made in a day this week? 🤔

Blockchain folks: *crickets*

Stop mirroring your Twitter account to the fediverse, especially these retweets of a single picture without any caption or comment.

We used to say the Web had shrunk to four websites where people posted only screenshots from the other three, let's not add a fifth one to that dumpster fire.

Do not shame folks for being averse towards the terminal. Not everyone is as adventurous or (gasp!) fearless as you.

Example: my partner is averse to using the terminal for fear of making a grave mistake (as anyone learning about linux *should* be). I tell them that they should explore a little bit but to be careful when they do.

You don't tell someone to "stop being a pussy" when they express hesitation. You quell the hesitation by assuring them that you'll be there to help if they need it.

RT kennwhite: A "no logging" VPN service had millions of user logs exposed on an open Elasticsearch server, including plaintext passwords, geo, & IPs and took 2+ weeks to close after being notified.

Lesson: Commercial VPN services lie. A lot.

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