The conclusions are not surprising, and the author's binary applications of AI is really more of a gradient, but the argument is interesting. Centralization of information services offloads responsibility for assigning ambiguous class membership (good restaurants, permitted speech) to a single authority. Because there is only one authority, a single assignment has to be made, and we lose the critical grey areas in between.

The rain held off long enough to let us go for a walk in the morning at Coney Island, 9 Jan 2021. Among the things spotted as this wonderful architecture that looks like a miniature pile of logs created by the caterpillar of a Bagworm Moth (Family Psychidae).

A nice start to observations in 2021. 🙂

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/6 ]

#iNaturalist #Nature #Singapore #Photography #Insects #Moths #Lepidoptera

RT @EU_Commission@twitter.com

Today we are proposing a set of new rules for all digital services: the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act.
We want to make sure users have access to a wide choice of safe products and services online, and that businesses compete fairly and freely.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/EU_Commission/stat

Imagine there existed a cooperative dedicated to bringing GNOME forward, and its members worked full time on polishing the ecosystem.

If the designers and engineers announced their projects, and a communication team kept you posted of progress.

Would you throw money at it? And how would you contribute?

🔄 boosts welcome

@j1mc @sir The other problem is one of scale. Programmers feel like they're allowed to create things that Might Not Work because a) they don't value their craft and b) the worst case that they can think of is that it will segfault.

The first one is a problem with how the craft is obtained. You're not going to value something that you learned in a month at a bootcamp, you can't appreciate anything about the actual Craft of it at that level yet, because you haven't grown the lenses appropriate. People spend like, the entirety of their lives growing up seeing Good Art, so by the time they come to do artwork, they have a model of what's appropriate. When you start programming that's almost always the first time you've seen code, there isn't that run-up period that allows you to discern what is and isn't Good Code.

The second one is a problem with scale. The craft of programming is so removed from the effects, that you can't accurately understand what the effects will be. The solution here is teaching, and accountability. Civil Engineers know that if they build something that fails, people will very likely die, and they, personally, will be inspected. Programmers need to be taught that if they fuck up, not only will they caused a lot of stress (Which honestly, is underappreciated in our current Zeitgeist), and time-loss, but they will likely cause environmental damage (Because of the sheer fucking heat and power that are used and put out by server farms), and they can ruin people's lives (Bad notification times have social consequences on people's social groups and also mental state).

But teaching isn't enough. Because programming is most of the time used in building products, and the rotation period of employees is very short, not to mention that so many people touch a codebase during it's development, it's impossible to develop an accurate idea of what you should be accountable for. It's a firing squad mentality, where nobody knows if the bullet that they shot caused someone to die. You cannot have any sort of accountability in that environment.

Honestly if I could boil all design advice down to a single tip, "make it difficult to do the wrong thing" would be it

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The Oatmeal - Comics, Quizzes, & Stories / I have a hard time taking compliments
A comic about taking compliments.

In memory of the many lost, and the one who brought us joy. May they always know where their towel is.

We have resolved our patent case with Rothschild Patent Imaging. We thank our pro-bono counsel - Shearman & Sterling LLP for representing us.

#FreeSoftware #OpenSource

Following #COVID-19 medical advice is a partisan issue in the US now. The virus is non-partisan, but if one party engages in riskier behavior resulting in more deaths among its members, recent elections have been close enough that it could impact the outcome in November.

And as an aside... let me state just how cool it is that by having /home on a different disk you can be fully up and running after completely replacing your OS in < 30 minutes.

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Tried out over the last few days. Comparing it to mainline Gnome3, it's a fair bit slicker. I like the OSX-style dock, and holy crap I've missed column view. On the other hand, some things are frustratingly obtuse: Defaulting to the shortcuts window every time you hit meta, app switching without a pop-up window showing which app you're on, and single-click open in column view are all incredibly frustrating. Charging $5 for a launcher menu editor is also... less than ideal.

New accept at HILDA. Link Once and Keep It (Loki), is our new approach to streamlining data integration tasks by keeping humans in the loop.


Announcing the SourceHut project hub 🎉


I don't usually explicitly ask for shares, but this is a big deal for SourceHut - the project hub solves one of our major goals for the alpha. Please help spread the word ❤️

It's incredibly disheartening when a peer review includes the phrase "there must be a way to X" without pointers. If you, as the reviewer, think there should be a better way to do something than the authors propose, it's your responsibility to find it. It's irresponsible to expect the authors to conjure up related work that you yourself are not aware of.


Shame on you . The title, intro graphic, and social media quote blurb are all misleading abuses of statistics: If you play with the interactive graph widget in the article, it clearly shows that the graph on the right puts the peak off the right edge of the plot area.

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