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Why is this not happening? Maybe because many companies, including Spotify (despite the subscription models) also want to track everything we do. Spotify's app is filled with trackers and asks broad permissions.

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Pretty sure I've mentioned it before, but I have two copies of MMM so I could read it faster

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"The speakup project is basically a bunch of blind people who like messing around with Linux and writing cool and, hopefully useful, software. It began with the Speakup screen reader package and has grown to encompass a number of projects as well as becoming a vibrant community. "


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Saw the news that Tesla is now accepting Bitcoin payments for cars, so I looked up some figures and did some math.

According to Tesla's own figures, a Model 3 saves 30 tons of CO2 emissions over its lifetime compared to a traditional car. A Model 3 costs 0.69-1.21 BTC. Mining one BTC results in 257 tons of CO2 emissions.

For the next time someone tells you Elon Musk is saving the planet.

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This kind of S-joint can be done with a jig and router, but having it CNC machined is definitely easier. Also, this joint is dimensionally stable in horizontal and vertical directions, once glued

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nlpol, rant 

With great fanfare, the government announced it will invest billions for the future of our country in ....

A subway line from the financial district to Schiphol Airport. An estimated 1.5 billion(!) for 8 kilometers of above-the-ground railway track. There's a already highway along the same route. There's already light rail along the same route.

1.5 billion is about half of what the country spends on welfare. Just so that a banker can catch his plane on time.

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My department (Glasgow Computing Science) is hiring a lot of new people at lecture/senior lecturer/reader level (associate prof) and also one full pro:

- Responsible AI (x4)
- Socially Intelligent Technologies
- Machine Learning
- Healthcare Technologies (x3)
- Low Carbon Computing (x3)
- Software Engineering
- Cyber Security (x1 Prof.)

I am leading the Low Carbon and Sustainable Computing theme.

📅 Deadline 26 April.


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The Great Man theory of social progress or art or anything is inherently colonialist and supports kyrarchy. It's a persistent idea in western culture and apparently nothing in a typical CS education ever challenges this. Computers are either invented by a series of great men or they exist in some sort of end-of-history eternal present. RMS is a great man. Therefore any toxicity in his actions is overlookable and toxicity in his defenders is at worst just over exuberance or at best necessary and therefore good.

I'm picking on CS here, but its hardly unique. I've been teaching a course this year that specifically invokes this model of history in the official design documents.

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and the FSF and GNU are basically just a distraction. the stallman thing doesn't matter, none of it matters, because we'll never have meaningfully free computing in the hands of the many

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Is there a way to speak out against the McCarthyist condemnations of RMS without defending RMS?

There's a very good case that he's a poor fit for any representative position.

There's a very poor case that he's a despicable human being.

If you can only oppose people if you can make yourself believe they are monsters, then you refuse to acknowledge that the status quo is perpetuated by perfectly likeable, decent human beings.


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