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@alex really? (I'm able to grab the images from developers.google.com/speed/we (first search hit, no endorsement) without effort. Right click, open in new tab, save to disk. All seems to work.

@alex I've mixed feelings about the supposed size benefit, but what makes them as hostile as AMP?

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Absolutely gorgeous illustrations of metropolis Tokyo. There's nothing better than the combination of rain + neon colors.


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Wellbeing, my new lifestyle magazine for beings who live in wells

@clacke I always understood that part of the reason was that the switch from film to digital greatly reduced the recording and distribution costs of longer movies in the early 2000s

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Thread on MAIDs (mobile advertising ID) and the industry that wants to unmask and track you. 🤔 You are the centre of the #virtualpanopticon with the potential of several companies and governments looking at you. Information is leverage and power over you.
RT @josephfcox
New: for years tech firms told us data they collect on us is anonymous. So we posed as a customer to companies that shatter that idea. They link anonymous phone IDs …

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I wrote an article about the need for low-carbon and #sustainable #computing and the path towards zero-carbon computing.


** The problem:
* By 2040 emissions from computing alone will be close to half the emissions level acceptable to keep global warming below 2°C. This growth in computing emissions is unsustainable: it would make it virtually impossible to meet the emissions warming limit.
* The emissions from production of computing devices far exceed the emissions from operating them, so even if devices are more energy efficient producing more of them will make the emissions problem worse. Therefore we must extend the useful life of our computing devices.
** The solution:
As a society we need to start treating computational resources as finite and precious, to be utilised only when necessary, and as effectively as possible. We need frugal computing: achieving the same results for less energy.
** The vision: please read the article, I'm out of characters.


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5 years after buying my house, as of today I am out from under all debt.

Big thanks to a lot of people who made this possible.

re: frpol 

@cjd @josias Nobody said they were. But if a member state legally requires processing of data for a certain purpose, that is a lawful basis for processing under the GDPR.

re: frpol 

@josias @cjd assuming they have the backing of the legislature, then no, because there's no real way for a legal requirement to 'violate' the GDPR.

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@michiel What I find bad is that Elon (in that now fortunately deleted tweet) makes fun of one very good small win on both personal and system level (EU ban is great), which his supporters will then use to remain passive, and just wait for Elon to solve the problems.

Also bad is the implicit system change vs individual change false dichotomy: to enact change at a level we need we always need both and they're interconnected.


@ttiurani people need to be allowed and helped to project their dreams and desires onto a carbon neutral future, or they will fight it. (2/2)

@ttiurani There's a lot wrong about him, yes. His main virtue is that he helped depoliticize climate change.
Pro-capitalist men with a love for fast cars, who would typically be opposed to environmentalism, now have a hero who seems to have escaped from an Ayn Rand novel. And they're giddy about the prospect of charging their own cars using solar panels.

I think we need someone like this for the builders. And the Globe trotters, the farmers, and the SUV moms. (1/2)

@ttiurani It's fossil capitalism's frame that the climate would be saved, if it weren't for our small individual failings, like using plastic shopping bags.

I'm no admirer of St. Elon, but I agree that the big ticket items: transportation, construction, and heating, deserve more attention.

@miramarco in the 1960s, here, and I think in Italy as well, centuries-old buildings were eagerly torn down to make room for sleek, concrete flats. Away with that old rubbish! It's hard to imagine such an attitude today.

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@meena @natecull When I did frontend development, I kept expecting it to get *easier*, something along the lines of 90s-style RAD tooling; that was fast, accessible and effective for prototyping.

Around the time Angular came out I muttered "gloves" to myself and got out of the webdev industry.


@meena @natecull There's the "tech privilege" argument to be made against Camp 1. "Decentralized user-programmable systems are hard to use for non-technical users, and easily manipulated by technical users. Camp 2 solutions are effectively more egalitarian than Camp 1 solutions."

I don't think it's entirely wrong. I'm still firmly in Camp 1, though.

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I feel like there's an ideological cold war out there in tech (and possibly in tech education) between

1. "computers MUST be fully user-programmable or a massive social disaster will occur on the order of Fascism and Communism, but now with pervasive surveillance"


2. "computers are far too dangerous to allow users to control, so they MUST be centrally managed and filtered by a genius tech elite".

I stand firmly in camp 1.

Whenever I see people espousing Camp 2 ideas, I shiver and run.

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