Gardening dilemmas in times of climate change: Do I try to cultivate disappearing, endangered native plants, or do I pick winners that are more likely to survive the new hotter, dryer summers without constant watering?

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If something is wrong enough to get angry about as a matter of principle, there's no point in picking a scapegoat and harassing them.

When you're pissed at something on the internet, you can write a comprehensive rebuttal to convince the world to agree with you, or not -- there's no shortage of people willing to argue with you.

When you're pissed at some*one* on the internet, you need to ask yourself -- is this their fault, or is there a deeper issue that you're ACTUALLY mad at?

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@anarchiv Coming back to this I think part of why it's so hard is that people tend to think they're very clever for being able to reckon out a thousand questions to ask about whether they should do something - look, they're being so smart, thinking about the global water supply while they're considering planting two tomato plants! - but... is it really a useful sort of clever?

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FOSDEM 2021 will take place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 February 2021 as an online event.

fosdem.org/2021/news/2020-09-0

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@emsenn A lot of what we would have called nerds here. Unless that's a bad word to use in which case I withdraw that. I see a lot of passionate arguments about FOSS and recently libre software. It's like wandering thru a party where people are split between Arsenal's defensive strategy and
Tottenham's flair and even when there were conversations like that I had no idea what to add but these days you get called an ignorant capitalist racist if you pick the wrong side @yaaps

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More experimenting with postage stamp edges, self-dividing line algorithm, and meandering in today's #inkyDays drawing. patreon.com/posts/40469432

#generative #art #ink #drawing #SaveUSPS

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'New' toys. At this rate, people will expect me to actually make something out of wood.

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RT @JoannaMerson@twitter.com

1/x This morning I woke up to see viral maps incorrectly comparing the damage area of the Beirut explosion to London and New York. I have corrected the maps with a little thread to explain my corrections. img 1. tweet with my notes. img 2-4. my new maps.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/JoannaMerson/statu

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People focus on the technology and the language of 1984. Or the fact it was a look at what a totalitarian regime could be like in the UK. But the entire book is an exploration of a society built on the idea of the Panopticon. People always being watched so they conform.
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The backstory of "1984" is that people didn't care about being lied to.

They were content to facilitate the rise of monsters.

The monsters didn…
twitter.com/SimonUbsdell/statu

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Good counterpoint to the million eyeballs theory. It's the persistent gaze of a few eyeballs which finds many security issues because they are buried deep in inaccessible code. To add to that, consider the motivation of persistent eyeballs vs CADT eyeballs. Only shallow systems have shallow bugs.

hoot: https://twitter.com/halvarflake/status/1156186033253490689

@halvarflake: There is a lesson from the iDevice remotes that @natashenka and @5aelo found: Identifying and unlocking attack surface is often the time-consuming part of attacker research, and unnecessarily so. Attackers that focus on a single target again and again are at an advantage, ...

@halvarflake: defenders that need to achieve breadth are disadvantaged. This could be fixed by device vendors (providing easier APIs and better documentation for these attack surfaces). Closed systems give advantages to the real for-profit meanies.

In case anyone wants to try soap-and-clay finish on wood, this is what it looks like on pine. The bottom piece is treated, the top piece is not. The effect is very noticeable in real life, but it's the contrast and reflectiveness of the wood that change, not the colour.

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1. Do you remember in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" Ginny Weasley wrote scary texts in blood on the wall while posessed by the Tom Riddle spirit?

A strange question: Who has the copyright to these texts – Ginny or Tom?

A strange answer: The same question has been considered by UK and US courts.

Here is a thread about the copyright to texts dictated by spirits and ghosts 👻

#copyright #IntellectualProperty #IP #IPlaw #supernatural #harrypotter #jurisprudence #history #thread

Would this fix things completely? Not anymore than ARIA guidelines fixed accessibility. But establishing best practices would change the narrative around privacy in a positive way.

Companies like Facebook would not be described as 'groundbreaking' or 'predatory' (depending on whose side you're on), but as being competent or incompetent in anticipating and understanding privacy.

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Today I finally managed to finish Nissenbaum's Privacy in Context. Although it's written as a philosophical text, it is surprisingly practical in its approach to privacy. If it were taken to heart, I can imagine Privacy Experience Design to become a discipline comparable to User Experience design.

And maybe this would be a way to embed privacy in our industry; as something that can be understood and modeled and antipicated, given the right skills and focus.

Today I finally managed to finish Nissenbaum's Privacy in Context. Although it's written as a philosophical text, it is surprisingly practical in its approach to privacy. If it were taken to heart, I can imagine Privacy Experience Design to become a discipline comparable to User Experience design.

And maybe this would be a way to embed privacy in our industry; as something that can be understood and modeled and antipicated, given the right skills and focus.

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We have metasearch, like searx, but the underlying search engines still run on business models which are murky. So is there a better way to implement internet search? Should we go back to using webrings and bookmark sharing sites and blogrolls? What would decentralised information search look like ideally?

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“Tech Sector Job Interviews Assess Anxiety, Not Software Skills“ news.ncsu.edu/2020/07/tech-job

‘in our study, all of the women who took the public interview failed, while all of the women who took the private interview passed. Our study was limited, and a larger sample size would be needed to draw firm conclusions, but the idea that the very design of the interview process may effectively exclude an entire class of job candidates is troubling.”’

The paper has a diagram of performance/gender, omg 😱.

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